I remember my final week of Summer Camp. I was in the Weeniechoke Mountains when I had my first experience with a girl. Her name was Michelle Branch. Not the singer, but a branch I named Michelle. This final week of Summer Camp is equally less-than-ideal for some bullpens. “Certain teams with uncertain ninths.” That’s me being poetic. Michelle Branch would’ve appreciated it. So, Keone Kela hit the IL. As I said in Friday’s Buy, “Kyle Crick stands to act as the Pirates’ closer for at least the re-opening. Crick is also one of the few players who will have a cheering section in the fan-less stadiums.” And that’s me quoting me! Since then, Crick gave up four earned in a third of an inning vs. the Indians and I’m checking my watch for Kela’s return. Nick Burdi is lurking there too, but you’re speculating two deep on a pen that might get ten total saves? Next up, Roberto Osuna hasn’t thrown off the mound yet and, when asked when Osuna would, Dusty said, “We don’t have any answers.” Dusty is reassuring as always! I think Osuna will be fine, since he’s with the team, but Ryan Pressly is there, and ain’t no hound dog. (Sorry. Moving on…) Giovanny Gallegos‘s undisclosed reasons for being away have turned into he’s ‘dis close’ to rejoining the Cards’ bullpen. Likely can tear up your Ryan Helsley shares, they’re doing a backwards STONKS. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Gregory Polanco – Tested positive for Covid. The Pirates’ lineup depth is kiddie pool shallow, and I saw Adam Frazier now as their three-hole hitter, and I cackled for a good five minutes. Yeah, the Pirates are buying free agents and trying to get better. Riiiiiiiiiiight. Yes, eleven I’s.

Ke’Bryan Hayes – Tested positive for Covid. *opens window, casually sticks head out* NOOOOOOOOOO! *casually pulls head back in, shuts window* So, that sucks.

Matt Kemp – Made Rockies’ Re-Opening Day roster. Bud Black said, “I like the youth Kemp brings.”

Chris Owings – Made Rockies’ team. Chris Owings it all to being a vet and Bud Black has a Cougar love only rivaled by me.

Jordan Zimmermann – Out for likely the season with a forearm strain. Zimmermannia is not running rampant this year. Too bad the Tigers don’t have any prospect pitchers they could use in his place, which is what I say to throw people off the scent of Matt Manning and Casey Mize.

Kyle Tucker – Dusty said Tucker will get quite a bit of action this year. Like running to get his toothpicks. I kid, this is actually good news with some opening in the Astros’ lineup for Tucker to see at-bats. I’m intrigued, y’all!

Lourdes Gurriel – Dealing with something oblique, but not oblique like “undisclosed” but oblique like oblique. Hopefully he’s fine, because he’s one of my major breakouts I’m relying on (for like three days until I start picking up and dropping everyone off waivers). Also, not sure if you heard but the Blue Jays maybe playing in Buffalo this year. Rudy dug into park factors, and it’s all in his fantasy baseball projections. I did some scientific research of my own:

Carter Kieboom – Will share time at 3rd base this year with Asdrubal Cabrera, and Kieboom’s fantasy value went kie-blowie. This is not good news, hoping for a “psych” from Dave Martinez. Or a psych eval.

Jon Jay – Won a spot on the Diamondbacks’ roster. Maybe this will help soothe the pain of his Hamilton snub. Jon Jay was in the room where it happened!

Aristides Aquino – Optioned to the alternate Summer Camp. Or, as I like to call it, the That’s A Bummer Camp. It’s got a catchy ring, right? Hopefully we see The GGOATOAT with the Reds soon.

Yasiel Puig – Tested positive for Covid, and we can’t have anything nice, and now Puig is no longer signed by the Braves because this fiery hellball we call earth is overrun with microscopic germs that don’t like us to have wonderful. Damn, you microbes! Seriously, anything that small ever that good? And don’t answer Jose Altuve, he was cheating. So, Rudy and I have removed Puig from our rankings, because if he’s not healthy for two weeks, and then needs to sign again, teams may wait until end of July to sign him, and bleh. It’s not good.

Freddie Freeman – Could be ready to start the year. Welp, I’m not moving him up in my rankings, but that’s the problem with discounting guys based on Covid. Their timetable is more oblique than obliques. If I had a draft in the final few days before the season, I’d prolly risk a Freeman pick again in the top 20 overall.

Josh Tomlin – Signed by the Braves. Nothing for fantasy, but in real life teams are crazy to not be signing guys like this. Their rotations are going to be in such disarray by mid-July, if not sooner.

Yonder Alonso – Made the Braves team. Had little doubt he would. As a backup 1B/DH, who’s over Yonder? *distant yodeling can be heard*

Matt Adams – Released by the Mets. Gotta be a blow to a guy’s confidence when you’re released by a team that has Jed Lowrie taking grounders while sitting in a folding chair with his leg in a brace.

Domingo German – Wrote an Instagram post that said he’s leaving baseball, then deleted it. He blamed the Instagram filter, Dramatic Exits.

Eduardo Rodriguez – Arrived in Boston and said, “Can’t I get some red clam chowder?” What a sellout! Actually, he said he hopes to be in the rotation soon.

Collin McHugh – Opted out. Red Sox pitching looks as bad as Orioles’ pitching; that’s not a joke. I mean, they’re a joke, but I’m not joking about it. So pathetic. When did the Red Sox become Small Market Bozos? Absolutely ridiculous. Any hoo! McHugh wasn’t even in my top 500, so I opted in…on smarts!

Yonny Chirinos – Was away from the team for undisclosed reasons, which are disclosed by saying “undisclosed reasons.” Rays expect Chirinos to be ready by opener. It’s always about openers with the Rays.

Willie Calhoun – Could be ready for Re-Opening Day. Willie be healthy — it’s a statement and a question.

John Means – Day-to-day with a dead arm. Great for reenacting Weekend at Bernie’s, not great for pitching.

Logan Morrison – Made the Brewers. Not sure if that’s in place of or in addition to Ryon Healy, Brock Holt, Jedd Gyorko or Ben Gamel. So many great names, will be hard for them to pick who has to spray each batter with hand sanitizer after a home run.

Jesus Luzardo – Returned to the A’s Summer Camp. He was in Friday’s Sell. That’s all I can stan, but I can’t stan in 60 games, said a’la Popeye.

Carlos Martinez – Sounds like he’s going to be in the rotation, which is what I’ve been saying since January, when I ranked him in my top 60 starters. Mah gawd, this preseason has been longer than The Irishman.

 
  1. toolshed says:
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    Blue Jays not allowed to play on Canada because of the Covid pandemic. The government doesn’t think it is safe to travel to/from the US, yet the Leafs are on all systems go beginning Aug 1. Priorities. Seriously how the eff does that make any sense? You wonder how much longer there will be baseball in Toronto.

    • JDB says:
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      The NHL is playing all of their games in Canada, so no going back and forth to the states which is why the Blue Jays are being treated differently.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ah, I see

    • Lar Gand says:
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      Toronto will not be allowed to play in Canada because of all teams exposure to virus hotspots like Florida. The Jays players also spoke out against the mandatory quarantining that would be required (or face 6 months in jail and a $750 000 fine).

      The NHL will play in two bubble locations, both in Canada, under strict distancing guidelines. I believe MLB would have preferred this scenario, but Arizona, Florida and Texas (proposed locations) decided to have a COVID contest. Florida is winning I guess…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure on the NHL

      • goodfold2 says:
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        the canadian rules are if you enter the country you have to be quarantined for 14 days first (this is why they have no cases compared to here). this is fine if you take all the playoff hockey teams and stick half of them in EDM and the other half in TOR for entire duration of their playoffs (which is usually just under 2 months from start to finish, obv when a team gets eliminated they can go home); but that stuff doesn’t work for baseball teams to fly into TOR, stay for 2-4 days then leave and probably fly into town 0-1 days in advance of those 2-4 days.

        cool part is that BUF minor league stadium is the only one i’ve ever been to and seen a game. it was fun (free hot dogs and small beers if you got these free tickets at the front gate, and when they don’t sell out in middle of game you can just go back and keep getting those tickets, so super drunk (it was craft beer too you could get) and super fat from small hot dogs)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think they could make an excepmtion for guys on a private plane self-quarantining but I guess they didn’t want to

          • goodfold2 says:
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            yeah that is exactly what they took like 2-3 days to decide whether or not to allow, and it sounds like they had said they likely WOULD allow TOR to do that, but eventually, nope.

            – politically i get it, if say TOR had an outbreak (even if it had nothing to do with MLB teams) and canada has been quite safe on these corona cases, meanwhile disgusting/diseased amuricans (which, by case numbers comparatively, we most certainly are) suddenly show up and right after an outbreak happens, that ain’t no way to re-elected. stupid people (re: most people) wouldn’t care about the facts of MLB not having spread the outbreak, people in general don’t take to “facts” they take to stories, and it’s a VERY easy story to tell that the MLB amuricans started that outbreak and YOU let it happen.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I get it, but it’s politics more than anything

              • goodfold2 says:
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                oh for sure.

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  now they are trying to share PIT’s park with them. yeah cause that’s easy to schedule (actually with no fans it might be)

    • Elvis says:
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      Need anyone to chime in on Willie Calhoun or Kyle Lewis?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Willie

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome report, like an oasis in a dry desert at 125F only it’s a mirage! Damn! Thanks, Grey!

    a. Made it off THAT island yesterday and I didn’t have to say it was my idea!! My wife couldn’t stand the prospect of being with her mother (even with our son and me to deflect some of the sh*t she sends) until the end of August. So with 3 votes to 0, we left! It was a good time, but….her mother….Dang!

    b. Oh! Canada! Buffalo would be the best bet if they have to stay in the NE league. Can you imagine if they move to Fort Myers and then after a game that ends at midnight they have to travel to New York or Boston for a game the next day? Even last year under ‘normal’ conditions some teams arrived like 1 hour before game time for some games.

    c. So here is your WS fantasy lineup #1 heading into the home stretch of SC

    Kiner-Falefa (Alfaro still on WW after I put him there)
    Olson
    Moustakas
    Ramirez
    Lindor
    CWalker
    Mondesi
    HunterDozier (not to be confused with Brian, so I made that distinction)
    Peralta
    Schwarber
    Mallex Smith
    Soler
    Riley
    Bench – Madrigal

    SP – SGray, Hill, Giolito, Lynn, Odorizzi, RRay
    BP – Dustin May, Hand, Yates, Knebel and Pressly

    Myles Straw is on the WW among others of course. Would you add him over Knebel? I think Myles is gonna play in Houston. Kintzler also available in this league.

    d. This is WS fantasy lineup #2

    Kiner-Falefa
    Alonso
    Villar
    Urshela
    FTJ
    La Stella
    Mondesi
    Ketel Marte
    Mercado
    O’Neill
    Soler
    Andujar
    Bench – Madrigal

    SP – SGray, Heaney, GRichards, Ryu, Odorizzi
    BP – Chapman, Kintzler, Nick Anderson, Workman, Helsley and Pressly

    Straw available here too. Can add him over Helsley with the news on Gallegos, right? Or can just leave it open for streamers.

    e. MLB quote of the day for July 20, 2020.

    “He (Addie Joss) voluntarily signed a contract [with Toledo] for this season but when Bill Armour of Cleveland showed him the $500 bill he forgot his pledge and sneaked off like a whipped cur.”

    Adrian ‘Addie’ Joss, aka ‘The Human Hairpin’. Btw, 500 1901 US$ is equivalent to $15,366 today, so not a big deal. But folks were really desperate for ANY dollar in 1900. Joss suffered from many illnesses (contracted malaria in the US!) and ultimately died of tuberculous meningitis, not a good way to go, in 1911. He is the career MLB leader in WHIP (0.968) in 2327 IP fueled by his 1908 season where in 325 IP he allowed 232 hits and 30 BBs for a 0.806 WHIP on the season. He also had 234 CG with 260 games started. Think about that! He completed 90% of the games he started in his 9-year career.

    His 162-game average is as follows.

    20-12, 1.89 ERA, 32 GS, 29 CG, 290 IP, 235 H, 91 R, 61 ER, 45 BB, 115 Ks, ERA+143, FIP 2.25, 0.968 WHIP, K-BB 2.53. Ok so his K/9 was not so good, but to pitch 90% complete games and maintain an ERA under 2 despite the deadball era was pretty good.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha, she can’t be that bad

      B. Yeah, I think they have to stay relatively close to home base (Pun? maybe!)

      C. Straw? Meh, if you need steals, I guess

      D. I’d hold for now

      E. Wow, that is super random — a whipped cur — haha

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Thanks, man. Straw it is in #1!!

        b. She’s bad, man. Quick example.

        My wife and her friend from college left a bag of like 10 items for return for recycling (like we get 0.10$ back for every plastic bottle, glass bottle and tin can which your charged for and which has a stamp on it confirming the 0.10$ back.). The local store across the road from us that offered that service did not offer it during the corona lockdown here so the items were left behind until the service was available again. Well it was available and my mother-in-law returned all the items. Unfortch, one of the items was not redeemable for return (it was a plastic yogurt bottle that had no stamp and for which you can’t anything). She was all over me when she got back. She was like you retard, how could you put a plastic yogurt bottle in the return for money back items? My wife came to my defense and said that it was her friend from college who did it (it was her, I never touched the bag, call the local CSI team they would find 0 of my forensics on or in that bag!). There were more examples. She’s the devil’s spawn of evil. She calls my wife at 07h00 and asks when did you wake up!

        c. On Joss, I looked up ‘top 10 WHIP, career MLB’ in google and he was #1. He would turn his back completely to the hitter and then spin like a pinwheel and throw the ball to the plate, hence the name ‘human hairpin’.

        d. Hope you had a nice weekend despite me not wishing you a great weekend. Shame on me!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. No problem

          B. Yikes

          C. New name for me!

          D. Yeah, what’s up with that???

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!!

            Ga!!! Sorry, it was early in the AM when I posted (really close to midnight Hawaii time) so the thought of the weekend was still far away. Though I did read the buy/sell column (’cause I’m whore for your content) and didn’t say anything then either. Sorry, man. It didn’t really hit me that Friday was Friday until it was Saturday and then it was too late to post a ‘have a great weekend’ comment when it’s half over, right?

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Will be forgiven this time

  3. William Hung says:
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    Had my draft last night – 12 teams, 5 standard roto categories for hitters with the following added: Ks, Errors, and OPS

    Pitchers have the following cats: W, L, SVs+HLDs, Ks, ERA, WHIP, K/9, and QS

    C- Will Smith
    1B- Matt Olson
    2B- Jon Villar
    3B- Eugenio Suarez
    SS- Trevor Story
    OF- Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Ramon Laureano
    UTIL- Adalberto Mondesi
    SP- Sonny Gray, Carlos Carrasco, Ryan Yarbrough, Max Fried, Zac Gallen, Dinelson Lamet
    RP- Chad Green, Diego Castillo, Matt Barnes, Aaron Bummer, Yus Petit, Craig Stammen

    I tried to focus on HLDs guys as much as possible since they are as valuable as closers, and I could get them for cheap. I feel like my K/9 might need a boost with guys like Yarbrough, Petit, Stammen, and Bummer expected to be below 9. I might be OK overall if Rudy’s HLD$ value ends up being somewhat accurate. The advantage of Chad Green and Diego Castillo is their SP eligibility.

    One thing I didn’t realize was that Ryan Yarbrough won’t have an opener this year, and will be acting as a traditional SP – does this kill his value a little bit?

    • William Hung says:
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      Oh one other thing I forgot to mention – we have a 35 inning requirement – which i’ve been vocal is a mistake for a season like this… but it’s what I gotta deal with. Also, I drafted Joey Bart for funzies, so I did the biggest no-no in Fantasy – draft 2 catchers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bart’s fine for now in most cases, but you have a top catcher, you don’t need to back him up

      Your team looks solid overall, I think your hitting is especially stacked and your pitching should be ok, but you do have some risk, which is fine — You better make sure you get 35 IP tho each week, some of your SPs might only go 4 IP a start — Hopefully Yarbrough gets 5 IP/ start, we’ll know more by this time next week

      • William Hung says:
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        Bart was for kicks – it’s 2020 and it’s a 60 game season sooooo YOLO!!!! Plus, Bart’s roster spot is prob gonna be my streaming spot unless Chad Green is an opener or doesn’t get me any holds. Also, my hitting better be stacked – I invested my first 8 picks on it. I only got Sonny Gray in the 9th cause someone took Willson Contreras ahead of me.

        Other stray observations – Villar went in the 7th round – I know you aren’t a fan, but at that price, I had to go for it. Looking back, I probably should’ve skipped Suarez and drafted Matt Chapman, as people kept skipping Chapman until I believe the 10th round. So I could’ve gotten a SP in that spot

        With pitching, I’m especially excited for Petit – word out of OAK is in a short season, they are gonna give him an Eddie “Everyday Eddie” Guardado (remember him?) type of workload. In terms of SVs+HLDs, is my mindset that MRs are just as good as closers? Wade Davis went undrafted, so I could in theory have a “closer” for free.

        So glad we potentially have 60 games of baseball – I’m back to checking this site 5-6 times an hour to see what kind of questions and answers there are.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s fine with me, but with Will Smith you could YOLO on someone else

          Villar is crazy in the 7th

          Meh, we’ll see on Petit

          Baseball!

          • William Hung says:
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            Do you think I’m OK with HLDs based on what you know today? I’m kind of fuzzy on some of the bullpen situations across the league (i.e. Brewers). Here are some guys I was debating on:
            -Freddy Peralta & Corey Knebel (are these guys 8th inning guys?)
            -Cam Bedrosian (not sure if he’s a backend bullpen guy either – similar to Chad Green’s situation)
            -Wade Davis
            -Trevor May
            -Nick Wittgren
            -Rowan Wick
            -Nick Goody
            -Yoshi Hirano & Matt Magill (SEA is fuzzy too)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              “Chad Green, Diego Castillo, Matt Barnes, Aaron Bummer, Yus Petit, Craig Stammen”

              Freddy over Stammen; May over Petit — but are these moves have to make now? Nah

              • William Hung says:
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                yeah of course not – i’m just starting my rosterbation early

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

          • William Hung says:
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            I think Rudy had Petit at $4.7 worth for HLDs as well… tho I saw some other names on there that didn’t exactly make sense so not sure how accurate that list is

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s up to date

              • William Hung says:
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                oh wow yeah he boosted Stammen up to $6

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Whoa

                  • William Hung says:
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                    That’s why I’m not sure if this is accurate or how much weight I should give it right now

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He updates it multiple times a day…That’s his take on the HLDs situations there

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      that’s a good one, check this bad mother i did yesterday, a lot of the same hitters, you are getting the same discounts i did likely.

      C narvaez (21)
      1B olson (this is sick cheap, after going bellinger didn’t intend on this happening, 7)
      2B hiura (5)
      SS mondesi (3, was NOT playing the ADP game here as i picked 27th then 46th next up)
      3B gurriel (11, hard to find high AVG hitters after here, so went him over some others, and war room said i was in possible danger of being AVG weak if i got no help here, plus this team ain’t steals or HR’s weak)
      OF (3): bellinger (1B, 1)
      – harper (2)
      – stanton (6, this crazy low now that we see he’s healthy for now)
      util (2): dahl (13)
      – hampson (2B/SS/OF 15)
      BN (1) mcclutchin

      SP: morton (4)
      – lynn (8)
      – paxton (10)
      – odorizzi (14)
      – stripling (17, and in rotation to start it appears)
      – j.gray (20)
      – cueto (22)
      RP: (max 5) – rogers (MIN, 9)
      – r.iggy (12)
      – d.hudson (18)
      – d.castillo (23, )
      DL (5): urquidy (19)

      olson, stanton, paxton simply shouldn’t be this cheap if healthy, and all are right now.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        obviously mine i had no holds (5×5 only) and from slots max RP is 5 (4 i have) so i have more SP than you; had to pay more for the RP likely (at least the closers). obv spent less on catcher and 3B than you (gurriel since war room was showing my AVG was getting low at around that spot)

    • Trader says:
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      How did you get Cody and Betts? Those guys have been going in top 7 picks in my leagues Trade? . Kudos sir!

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        he below mentions it is a keeper league (gotta be short keepers since olson/suarez were both draftable)

        • Trader says:
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          Thanks!

  4. The Great Knoche says:
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    Stanton with 2 bombs last night. Maybe it was the pressure of all the fans in New York just calling him Mike over and over again that caused the injuries and lack of performance. Maybe he hits 120 HRs this year with no fans.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Or one. Oops. Damn ESPN commentators. 60 in 60!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      60 in 60 works for me since I have him on so many teams

      • William Hung says:
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        I also wanted Stanton cause I went Adalberto with my first pick after keepers, but he ended up getting taken right before my turn came up and I decided to snag Matt Olson early at that point.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love both in 60 games

          • William Hung says:
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            Yeah but I was hoping for the 4-some with Mondesi, Stanton, and Olson

            I guess Mondesi, Suarez, Olson will have to do

            • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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              got those exact 3 plus harper above last night (not suarez though). so i got 4 guys that in any “who’ll hit most HR’s this year prop” in top 16, 3 in top 6 or so.

            • Grey

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              That is sexy!

  5. Ben W says:
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    Had an auction draft last night. Not a team I’m fully proud of. It was a 5 hour draft that started at 9 pm EST, which does not suit well with babies to care for at home. So I bowed out early. How does it look, and where do I need to improve on?

    14 team. Roto. non-keeper. Lots of bench spots
    R, HR, RBI, OPS, SB
    W, ERA, WHIP, K/9, SV+H

    C- Tom Murphy
    1B – Matt Olson
    2B- Mike Moustakas
    3B – Renanto Nunez
    SS- Fernando Tatis JR
    OF – Ronald Acuna
    OF – Marcel Ozuna
    OF – Eddie Rosario
    OF – Kyle Lewis
    Util – Aldaberto Mondesi
    Util – Danny Santana
    Bench: Hanser Alberto, Kevin Newman, Kevin Pillar, Jesse Winker, Eric Sogard

    SP: Chis Paddack, Lance Lynn, Spencer Turnbull, Chris Bassit, Nate Eovaldo, Reynaldo Lopez
    RP: Brandon Kintzler, Kyle Crick, Rafael Montero, Tyler Duffey, Craig Stammen, Wade Davis, Shane Greene

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Bats are fine. After Paddack and Lynn your pitching staff is junk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Knoche, your pitching is a mess, you need to work on it

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        I like Spencer. Hope he takes a step for next year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not a big fan

  6. Rebar says:
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    Dang the Rockies love to prospect block! If they aren’t gonna play ’em, then trade ’em for an aging veteran that is actually good ! Bud Black I curse you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Bud hates anyone under the age of 28

  7. Big Ticket says:
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    Have we heard anything from CHW on who’s starting the season at 2B? Obviously hoping for Madrigal, but have they made that official?.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t heard anything official

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        A source of mine haha says it’s Leury shugs emoji

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t say that!

  8. Sagacious Sally says:
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    Play in a mixed 10 team Weekly H2H League Points League. Scoring is TB, R, RBI, SB-CS, AVG (hit 350 for week get 14 pats.)
    Anyway, I need two OF’s. Pick 2
    L. Gurriel, C. Dickerson, Grichuk, T O’Neil, Senzel, Grisham

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gurriel, Grisham

      • Sagacious Sally says:
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        Thank you, Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. Yaz Mantle says:
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    Had our draft last night in ur 6 x 6 (holds), 12-team, h2h league. Thoughts?

    C– Pedro Severino
    C-Yan Gomes
    1b–Pete Alonso
    2B– Jonathon Villar
    SS–Adalberto Mondesi
    3b- Eugenio Suarez
    CI- Anthony Rizzo
    MI– Eduardo Escobar
    RF–Christian Yelich
    CF-Luis Robert
    LF- Bret Gardner
    OF-Franmil Reyes
    OF–David Peralta
    Util–Josh Donaldson

    Bench- Kyle Lewis. Sam Hilliard, Jon Berti, Dan Vogelbach

    SPS: Patrick Corbin, Lance Lynn, Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy, Caleb Smith, Rick Porcello
    RP’s: Raisel Iglesias, Craig Kimbrel, Ian Kennedy, Adam Ottavino, Daniel Hudson, Kyle Crick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy, Porcello and Smith aren’t my faves, you should have another solid SP — RPs look fine, one too many — On hitting, looks solid but Gardner’s garbage

  10. Perfect Game says:
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    Jays won’t be playing in Buffalo. The players are against playing in a non-major league park and have communicated with management about it. Look for them to share a home with another club.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d bet Tampa or Pittsburgh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, okay

  11. Stat Man says:
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    All of Ketel Marte’s Statcast numbers backed up his breakout. There was concern the power will regress. I don’t think so. He’s been raking and hitting bombs during summer camp. Sometimes it takes some time for young players to figure it out and he’s one of those players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I own him in every league so you know how I feel

      • William Hung says:
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        How many SS do you have per team? I feel like you gotta have at least 2 if you got Ketel and Adalberto as big time trapper keeper loves.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotta have at least 2 on every team, mandatory!

          • Erad says:
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            I have 4! They’re real and they’re spectacular!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ketel Marte is the best there ever was!

  12. krazyivan says:
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    Really love the Dodgers approach. Buehler will only pitch 3 innings per week but he is going to be so overwhelming for those 9 outs.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      It’s just for Wednesday as he builds up. Guessing a few more pitches in game against Houston next week and then Good to go after that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, only for a start or two supposedly

  13. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    I guess we know know where that pinky has been.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very dirty thoughts, Lenny

  14. NUX says:
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    Did Rudy mention which day the tools will be ready for 2020? I’m finally done drafting, so I’m ready for the rosterbation portion of the 2020 season. Its a sprint, not a marathon!!!

    • William Hung says:
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      oh man i rosterbated for like 4 hours after my draft ended… and all the undrafted players are still waivers!!!

    • NUX says:
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      Will fling a few thoughts against the wall.

      Wilmer Flores: Does he get the 1B start against on Thursday night? I though I saw Belt may not be ready. And I just checked BvP, he is 5 for 16 (.312) against Kershaw for whatever that’s worth.

      Kike Hernandez / Chris Taylor: Maybe they don’t start on Thursday, but I found them in the player pool in my deeper leagues and we’ve got an extended IL, so I’ve got room for a few batty calls. Will then drop them both for something different come Friday’s games.

      Chad Green: I see he has a new pitch, that’s cool. But he is just a filler for the short day, dropped once the games start. Maybe they push Cole 7 innings. But why not grab a guy that could snake a W on Day 1 of this sprint.

      If you can’t tell, I’m running my own Taxi Squad over here on Team NUX. I don’t play in leagues that limit adds/drops. So I’m running all my roto leagues like they are RCLs.

      • William Hung says:
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        I was debating between Chad Green and Cam Bedrosian for that SV+HLDs category and gave the edge to Green since he plays for a better team and should hopefully get more oppos for a HLD, but now i’m thinking i should’ve gone Cam… This is for my SP spot so I can add a extra guy for HLDs when none of my guys are starting.

        • NUX says:
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          Yep, I’m of a similar mindset, that’s the type of stuff I’ll be thinking about for the next 2 months. Just not going to get attached to the bottom third of my rosters. Churn and burn baby!

          • William Hung says:
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            I am limited by 6 moves per week, and at 35 innings per week, I think I’ll end up for sure trying to stream a few times a week to make sure I make it there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Once all rotations are in place maybe? I don’t know, I’ll ask him

      • NUX says:
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        Thx G!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      By end of day Tuesday, Rudy said

      • NUX says:
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        That’s awesome, appreciate it. Also, please, please, please keep doing the Patreon thing to get the Buy/Sell on Thursday’s. I love that!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  15. Cliff says:
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    Grey,

    Awesome reporting this whole year. Can’t wait to start this shit show up. Just drafted last night in a 12 team H2H standard categories with Wins replaced by QS. Thoughts?

    C-Garver
    1B-Abreu
    2B-Hirua
    3B- JD Davis
    SS- Lindor
    MI- FTJ
    CI- Olson
    OF- Soler, Verdugo, Akiyama, Kingery, Berti
    UT- Bogaerts
    SP- Darvish, Gray, Ryu, Fried, Stroman, Odorizzi
    RP- Diaz, Betances, Yarbrough, Houser

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, me too!

      Pitching looks great, and I like your infield…Your outfield could be ok, but it’s risky with upside after Soler…Not a bad team

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey all – anyone know if Julio Rodriguez will be IL’d for his wrist injury vs. not officially “IL’d” and just out for the season? Trying to figure out if I should wait until Thursday before lineups lock before dropping him in my keeper league . . . if he could be IL’d, I would just stash him there instead of dropping…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a minor leaguer and they won’t start service time to put him on MLB IL

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        ah, thanks, makes sense!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  17. Matt says:
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    Grey – just drafted a 12 team h2h. Bats kept falling to me – I even nabbed Trout at #7! Hopefully he plays… Is my pitching enough to hold up? Thanks!

    c – Murphy
    1b – Olson
    2b – Marte
    3b – Ramirez
    ss – Bogaerts
    of – Trout, Judge, Soler
    Util – Dozier, Edman
    Bn – Encarnacion, Kingery
    Sp – Berrios, S. Gray, Lamet, Luzardo, Wheeler, Gallen, Martinez, Hill, May
    Rp – Helsley, Britton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, hopefully Trout and Wheeler play all year…I love the pitching assuming Wheeler pitches…And I like the hitting, you look a little light on steals, but it’s fine in H2H

  18. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Which reliever would you rather have?
    Daniel Hudson
    Pedro Baez

    • NUX says:
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      Its Hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hudson

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        two more questions.

        1) What is going on with Giovanny Gallego? Why is he out?
        2) Should I pick up Baez to replace Gallego until he returns, or hold?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Covid

          2. Hold

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          would you rather have Hudson or Kahlne?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hudson

            • Scott Kimmel says:
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              ok i have a open roster spot. Would you drop chad green for Kahnle or Baez or just pick up Kahnle?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Nope

                • Scott Kimmel says:
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                  so dont even pick up Kahnle for the empty roster spot?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    So you’re not dropping anyone? Then grab him

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      ok thanks

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  19. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Excellent write-up as always. I have my draft tomorrow in a pretty serious league. I have first overall pick, and I wanted your opinion on something. This is a 10 team (26 roster spots so 260 positions), 5×5 roto league.

    1st) Acuna

    2nd/3rd) I was thinking of grabbing Mondesi and one of Rendon/Harper/Alonso… I realize that grabbing Mondesi early makes my team pretty steals heavy. Especially because I’m looking at Villar later on in the draft. Do I punt Mondesi this pick, and go for 2 of Rendon/Harper/Alonso, and hope to grab Mondesi rounds 4/5? (pick ~40ish).

    4/5) I’m looking at Lucas Giolito as a first starter to grab.

    When should I target a closer?

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Acuna, Alonso, Harper, Giolito — closer in the 90-110 range, depends on your team to that point

  20. BadFantasyManager says:
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    Ohh master… I failed you… I had my draft yesterday and drafted a SP with my first pick (I didn’t have a first round pick, instead I began with the 3rd pick of the 2nd round).

    It’s a 14-team Weekly H2H. Batting stats include the typical 5 plus OPS, BB, K against and instead of SB, we use Net Stolen Bases. Pitching stats included the typical 5 plus QS, Holds, BB, and K/BB.

    Here’s my team:

    C: Narvaez
    1b: Carlos Santana
    2B: Albies
    SS: Ketel Marte
    3B: Bregman
    OFs: Starling Marte, Eddie Rosario, Laureano
    Util: Shogo Akiyama, Nelson Cruz
    BN Bats: Howie Kendrick, Kyle Tucker

    SPs: Bieber, Hendricks, Heaney, Boyd, Yarbrough, Maeda, Civale
    Rps: Hendriks, Rogers, Robles, Buttrey, Helsley

    Want your opinion on my team? I feel I have a good team compare to the others but I feel I’m low on HR, K’s and Holds. I have many SPs to play the matchup game with them.

    Also, was thinking of trading Hendricks and Laureano for Springer. And a second trade with Rosario for Woodruff and a RP (probably Pressly). Should I pursue any of the trades?

    And finally, should I drop any of my players for Madrigal that is available?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What an absolute mess! I kid, but I don’t love your hitting…Hopefulyl Santana and Starling are solid, not two of my faves…Not sure point of Civale, but that’s minor, your pitching is great — I’d hold Hendricks and Laureano and no way would I trade for another top SP

  21. abmsports23 says:
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    Happy almost Opening Day Grey!

    Keeper question for ya. H2H categories, no playoffs for this year, so in a way its a H2H cat/roto. Keep 3, but have to have drafted or kept them the year prior. They move up 1 round each season.

    Trea Turner – 20th rd
    Ramon Laureano – 22nd rd
    Shane Bieber – 9th rd
    Tyler Glasnow – 11th rd
    Aaron Nola – 12th rd
    Brandon Woodruff – 23rd rd

    Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea, Bieber, damn, tough third call…I think Laureano, but case for Woodruff or Glasnow

  22. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Morning Grey! Time for some “please rank these guys in my shallow 10-teamer” lowercase yay! If your thoughts haven’t changed, please yell at me to just look at your rankings! With that being said, we drafted back in early March, kept out squads and now have our first waiver period tonight. So, hoping you can help rank these guys for me. Shallow 10 teamer, weekly transactions with only 2 bench spots so a bit of stability is helpful. Thanks in advance, sorry for these lame questions! Anywho, please rank:
    1) Stripling, D May, Odorizzi, Yarbrough
    2) Yarbrough, Al Wood, Matz
    3) I Happ, Grisham, Cespedes, Riley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. rankings
      2. rankings
      3. Prolly move Riley up, and would look at Happ, kinda team dependent

  23. Dumbo says:
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    Happy opening week!

    I have a keeper question – 8 teams, no keeper limits or dollar amounts.

    Trade my Arenado/Biggio for his Devers/Hiura.

    I have to take that right? Any concerns on Hiura’s elbow going forward?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  24. Skufer says:
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    Is Sam Hilliard still worth a roster spot now thst Kemp made the Rockies team and it seems that Raimel Tapia will get more time than Hilliard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bump Hilliard down, but I’d hold him for now if I had room

  25. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    1. The footnote on playing in Buffalo(if it happens) is it boosts Lefty power… So Tellez, Biggio, SHAW, and Fisher would be the direct beneficiaries. ;-)

    2. Damn Polanco can’t catch any breaks

    3. My CMart sleeper post is feeling pretty good right about now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sounds like it might not happen

      2. He caught something

      3. I love CMart too!

  26. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Say Hey Grey! What do you think of the offer I just received. 8 team keeper. My Suarez $5 and Castellanos $15 for his $15 Arenado. Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey Uncle Ernie! Arenado side

      • Uncle Ernie says:
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        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 13 team roto
    1st three picks
    Story
    JRam
    Olsen
    With my 4 th pick if Mondesi is still there should i take him or my first outfielder?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi works for me

      • Cohen says:
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        Grey, i know u love CMart. U have him around 200. Would u take him above guys like Hendricks or Maeda or is that too high?

        • Grey

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          You named two SPs who I have above him

          • Cohen says:
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            Ok thank you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  28. Shawn Guerrero says:
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    Kyle Lewis or Willie Calhoun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Willie

      • Shawn says:
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        Thanks as always Grey. Have a good week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  29. Dave D says:
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    Had my one and only NFBC replacement team draft last night when I should have been sleeping? Does it show? 15-teamer:

    C
    Christian Vazquez – BOS
    C
    Tom Murphy – SEA
    1B
    Jose Abreu – CWS
    2B
    Ozzie Albies – ATL
    SS
    Trevor Story – COL
    3B
    Miguel Sano – MIN
    OF
    Luis Robert – CWS
    OF
    Michael Conforto – NYM
    OF
    David Peralta – ARZ
    OF
    Shogo Akiyama – CIN
    OF
    Jarrod Dyson – PIT
    CI
    (1B) Anthony Rizzo – CHC
    MI
    (SS) Paul DeJong – STL
    UT
    (SS,OF,2B,3B) David Fletcher – LAA
    P
    Jack Flaherty – STL
    P
    Brandon Woodruff – MLW
    P
    Hansel Robles – LAA
    P
    Madison Bumgarner – ARZ
    P
    Ian Kennedy – KC
    P
    Taijuan Walker – SEA
    P
    Hunter Harvey – BAL
    P
    Griffin Canning – LAA
    P
    Dellin Betances – NYM
    Pos
    Bench
    BN
    (OF) Dylan Carlson – STL
    BN
    (P) Merrill Kelly – ARZ
    BN
    (P) Zach Davies – SD
    BN
    (P) Zach Eflin – PHI
    BN
    (P) Eduardo Rodriguez – BOS
    BN
    (OF) Aristides Aquino – CIN
    BN
    (C) Daulton Varsho – ARZ
    No Changes
    Back
    My Teams
    Set Lineup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davies, Aquino, Kelly, and Canning don’t light the fire….But I guess they’re fine for now…You look a little weak on speed but not terrible overall…

      • Dave D says:
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        Spot starts. Yeah, I had to have some weaknesses in a 15 team. SP has risks. Jarrod Dyson apparently is starting in PIT. He can hold me over until Carlson is ready I hope. The guy could bag 20 if full time. I just have to pray he makes contact with his bat or body and the ball.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I don’t mind Dyson and he’ll carry some speed weight, but will see if it’s enough…Carlson I ignored, but yeah I don’t know if that flyer’s working…Maybe

    • Nice club DD

  30. Will says:
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    I can’t believe we are four days away from MLB opening day and one team has no idea where it is going to be playing their home games. Talk about a clusterf*ck. Oh and not dropping Puig yet I think someone may sign him again soon. Maybe even the Braves come back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, I know

  31. swaggerjackers says:
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    Who gets more ABs this season: Berti or Hampson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hampson, hopefully for his owners

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        ESPN (vial rotowire) is throwing cold water on the Hampson hype:

        Hampson likely will begin the season in a reserve role and could operate as a utility player, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

        Spin: The addition of the designated hitter to the National League this season should bring additional opportunities, but it appears to be a more indirect benefit for the 25-year-old. Beyond the utility usage, Hampson should see somewhat regular time at the keystone as starter Ryan McMahon should cover first base when Daniel Murphy serves as the DH. However, top prospect Brendan Rodgers and veteran Chris Owings are also in the mix as options at second base.

        ——————–

        For fantasy purposes, especially in weekly formats, it seems like there are always one too many infielders and outfielders in Colorado to ever get too excited about their young players.

        *cries*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wouldn’t shock me tbh

          • swaggerjackers says:
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            Me neither. I’ll let him ride the bench but he’s getting a quick cut if he has like 12 ABs after a week one.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Makes sense

  32. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto (w/2 keepers). finally had my draft last night. thoughts?

    C – Alfaro
    1B – Bellinger
    2B – K Marte
    3B – Vlad
    SS – Mondesi
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Mercado
    OF – Dahl
    DH – Tucker
    SP – Flaherty, Glasnow, MadBum, K Hendricks, Stroman
    RP – L Hendricks, Kimbrel

    Bench Hitters – Riley, K Lewis, Madrigal
    Bench Pitchers – M Keller, Eflin, Josh James, J Sheffield, Z Britton, D Hudson

    IL – Yordan Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, and think your pitching should be solid as well…I like the team a lot! Minor quibbles, lose Justus for an RP

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: awesome, much appreciated. good to be back for however long this season lasts…..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Steve says:
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    Need starting CF for roto (weekly moves), who’s best cadidate out of:

    Verdugo
    I Happ
    Hicks
    Hilliard ( no job right now?)
    Teoscar

    Apologies for laundry list, clearly there’s no standout. Just curious if you have a personal favorite among the group (your breakout).

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verdugo

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        As pointed out, I have Happ above Verdugo

  34. Gregg Jeffries, Future Star says:
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    BENCH BAT CONUNDRUM!

    I feel I have a short of bench bats to plug into my lineup. Normally, I would be comfortable going into the season with a lineup of every day guys and only one bench bat, but with the probability of players getting sick or (more likely) being scratched due to delayed test results, I may be looking at leaving a spot/spots empty!

    Head-to-head league, so this is a bit magnified.

    My lineup:

    C – Ramos
    1B – Olson
    2B – Villar
    3B – Muncy
    SS – Story
    OF – Springer, Laureano, Schwarber, H Dozier
    Util – Trea Turner, Mondesi
    BN – Arraez

    SP – Giolito, Glasnow, Sonny Gray, Ryu, Lynn, Odorizzi, Maeda, Weaver, Yarbrough
    RP – Kimbrel, Anderson, Britton, Lugo

    What it comes down to – are any of my pitchers droppable for the FA bats listed below? Are any of these guys preferable to Arraez?

    FA: Urshela, Kendrick, Fletcher, Hilliard, Kyle Lewis, Sunday Santana, Gardner, Tapia

    Danke!

    • Grey

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      Domingo over Arraez

  35. Denver90 says:
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    12 team, 5×5, net w +QS, net Sv + 0.5 hld,
    CI, MI, U, 5OF

    C Vasquez
    1b Rizzo, abreu, Walker
    2b Kingery, Kendrick
    3b joram, Machado, hayes
    Ss semien
    Of acuna, Rosario, Gurriel, akiyama, Grisham, benintendi
    Sp Bieber, Corbin, EdRod, Lynn, musgrove, pabLo, cSmith, Yarbrough, stripling
    Rp Jimenez, Pressly, Britton, kahnle, Ottavino, Cgreen, castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, I think you might be low on power on hitting which isn’t great — your pitching is stacked

      • Denver90 says:
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        There’s some FA bats like odor, Bruce, cespedes, klewis, but I have no room right now.
        Thanks for the assessment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Josh Ansley says:
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    Morning Grey and others,
    Drafted in my home league last night, hoping I could get a little feedback. Due to shortened season we switched from head to head to traditional roto. I have never played roto so it’s all new to me and totally appreciate any help I can get.
    League context – ESPN 12 team roto, 6 player keeper. I sold out last year to win, so my first pick in draft was 35th overall (end of 3rd)
    My team
    C – Mejia
    1b – Encarnacion
    2b – Biggio
    SS – Tatis (keeper)
    3b – Moncada
    OF1 – Acuna (keeper)
    OF2 – Bellinger (keeper)
    OF3 – Betts (keeper)
    OF4 – Kyle Tucker
    OF5 – Cutch
    U – Mondesi (keeper)
    Bench Bats – Grisham, Adell
    SP1 – Flaherty (keeper)
    SP2- Berrios
    SP3 – Lamet
    SP4 – Odorizzi
    SP5 – Yarborough (RP)
    RP1 – Bradley
    RP2 – Urias (SP)
    RP3 – Melancon
    RP4 – Britton
    Bench Arms – Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Corey Kneubel, Ryan Pressly
    With changing to roto, wondering if i have ant obvious holes. My closers are a work in progress … hoping Britton/Press can provide some early save production while i hunt waivers. Maybe kneubel works into something …
    Thanks for any and all feedback.
    Take care

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, your keepers are stacked, that doesn’t hurt….I love your team overall, if I had to nitpick, I’d say you’re low on AVG but really love the team overall…Knebel feels unnecessary, but you can hold him for now

      • Josh Ansley says:
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        Thanks, appreciate it! Yes, love my keepers … made the draft salvageable even though i watched 34 players fly off board before selecting one!
        In terms of average, could move Belly to 1B and start Grisham over EE.
        Top bats on waivers – Berti, Tapia, Daniel Murphy, Domingo, Happ
        Any of those guys help? If yes, drop Kneubel? or someone else?
        Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Edwin might crash your AVG, but hopefully he’s hot…. I’d stash Domingo over Knebel

          • Josh Ansley says:
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            Gotcha, sounds good. I’ll try EE at start maybe, like you said, he starts hot! And will make the move to Domingo …

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

  37. detroit3224 says:
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    Hey Grey! Long time no talk! Looking forward to this shortened season. Wanted to get your general reaction to my auction team. This draft I took your advice and did the opposite of how I usually draft – tried to hit speed heavy early on while getting some cheap power on the back end. Only things I dont like… 1) I got in a bidding war for Sano and wouldve otherwise got him for about $5 2) the amount of SS I have. Maybe should’ve spread the wealth on some OFers or RP instead of taking the SS I really like. Looking forward to reading your thoughts! GL this year and thx for the content.

    $260 total
    C – Narvaez – $1
    1B – Sano $14
    2B – Muncy $11
    3B – Bregman $33
    SS – Lindo $45
    OF – Springer $24
    OF – Ozuna $8
    OF – Mercado $2
    UTIL – Bichette $16
    UTIL – Mondesi $26

    BN – Franmil $2
    BN – Mcneil $1
    BN – Lux $1
    BN – Dozier $1

    SP – Clevinger $26
    SP – Snell $15
    RP – Kennedy $1
    RP – Gallegos $2
    P – Lynn $5
    P – Boyd $3
    P – Stroman $1
    P – Manaea $2
    P – Odorizzi $2

    • detroit3224 says:
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      Total redraft for this season in this league***

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you! Team looks solid, love the hitting and pitching…Not a huge fan of Boyd, Bregman and Manaea, but they fine, and hopefully work for you — Franmil prolly plays on that team over Mercado

      • detroit3224 says:
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        I feel you on those three guys. Boyd is a homer pick being a Tiger. I was sad Gallen went for $10 so I panicked a bit. With the COVID situation in Houston and the launch angle issue you have with him im more worried on Bregs, but Rendon, Arenado, Devers, J Ram all were more expensive so I decided to take a chance with the value. The Bringer of Rain might’ve been a cheaper, safer option. And Manaea gives me heart eyes idk why! Starting Franmilly-milly-milly, then. Thanks again Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, No problem

  38. Cram It says:
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    Baseball is finally here on and so is the abundance of comments!….about….relief pitchers? Hehe

    Watch any Brockmire yet???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, very few catcher questions tho

      Nah, I haven’t started Brockmire yet, I will

      • William Hung says:
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        yo Grey, can you rank Ramos, Alfaro, Sean Murphy, and James McCann? No specific scoring

      • Cram It says:
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        If there was ever a time to go Frankencatcher….

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Lost Posey in a BestBall with only two FAAB periods. Just spent minutes debating between Austin Allen or Austin Hedges. It was brutal.

          • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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            allen easily, per at bat he’ll be far better (likely) and if SD is really limiting hedge’s at bats he’ll have more of them than hedges anyway

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, 100%

  39. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    Appreciate all you and Razzball has done over the baseball hiatus and we are almost there!

    I’m in a 10 H2H 7×5 (more like obp) 10 player keeper. Wanted your thoughts on my team:

    C – Will Smith
    1B – Olson (K)
    2B – Albies (K)
    3B – Rendon (K)
    SS – Mondesi (K)
    OF – Acuna (K)
    OF – Bellinger (K)
    OF – Meadows (K)
    Util – Ketel (K)
    Bn: V. Robles, Wander (K),
    IL: Yordan (K)

    SP: Giolito, Corbin, E-Rod, Fried, McCullers
    RP: Hendricks, N. Anderson

    Waiver wire arms: K. Hendricks, Mitch Keller, Josh James, Rich Hill, Odorizzi, Weaver, Robbie Ray

    1) I’ve sold off some arms for bats and plan to stream pitching like a madman all-season. Any hitter or pitching areas to address?

    2) The Tatis owner wants one of Ketel or Albies (maybe straight up but I may have to add a pitcher or draft pick as well) as he has no one at 2B. With Mondesi and Wander at SS is this worth pursuing?

    Thanks!
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, we’re getting close now!

      1. Don’t see how you have anyone to drop right now

      2. Nah

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, and your team is obviously stacked, you have like 10 guys in the 1st 3 rounds

        • LG Baseball says:
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          Thanks Grey! Looking forward to the top of the line Razzball tools for in-season management!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks!

  40. Cohen says:
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    Grey, i saw an earlier comment where u picked Verdugo ahead of Happ although u have Happ rated higher. Is that because u think Verdugo has a better chance to breakout or are they just close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Honestly, think I missed Happ, but they’re around the same diff in position rankings — I like both if healthy

      • Will says:
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        FWIW, Happ batted 9th in the Cubs / White Sox game last night. Not good for his value if that continues. He’s not in the lineup tonight as Almora is playing CF. Pretty sure we’re going to see a timeshare in CF on the Northside.

        • Grey

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          Not great, agreed

  41. DonnieB says:
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    Would you trade McCutchen and F Peralta for Austin Riley and MacKenzie Gore? All players can be kept this year and two additional. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      long term i’d take both of the riley side over yours. so easy yes.

  42. Mex says:
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    5×5, mixed standard roto…

    Who would you want for the next two years: Machado or Eloy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy

  43. Harley Earl says:
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    So Grey, one question for you.

    Why would the Rockies with young players to give at-bats to in a shortened 60-game season that they don’t even plan on contending in sign an old fart and then give him valuable playing time? I imagine it all went down something like this:

    Marlins’ Don Mattingly:

    “It’ s a 60-game season, let’s not waste any time on an aging old fart like Matt Kemp. We need to figure out what we’re working with here.”

    Followed up by Derek Jeter:

    “Now that’s why I hired you D-Matt!”

    Followed up by the Rockies’ Bud Black:

    “It’s a 60-game season, let’s not waste any at-bats figuring out what we’ve got in Hampson, Hilliard or Rodgers. Let’s give them to this old guy so we can stymie our development for another year or two.”

    Followed up by Rockies GM Jeff Bridich:

    “Now you’re learning. I’d better be careful or you might have my job pretty soon!”

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      Sad but true, Cat in the Hat. Next thing you know they’ll bring Alex Rios out of retirement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly about right!

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      hampson appears to be str up starting right now, not even platooning anymore after the opt outs and injuries to others plus NL DH. hilliard till about 2 days ago was righty side starter, and still shows up in depth charts as that, COL local writers think tapia has the job for now (but we’ve seen for years now how many at bats bud black gives him, whereas hilliard was up at SAME time last year as tapia and hilliard got those at bats late in year). rodgers in lefty only side at least at first.

  44. FrankGrimes says:
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    In or out? Corbin Burnes.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      In, but I think Counsell is gonna fuck with 3ish inning combos with the guys he has and mix up some left/right combos

      Something like this and then constantly mix it up.

      Woodruff – Traditional Starter
      Brett Anderson -3/ Freddy Peralta -3
      Lindblom -3/ Suter -3
      Lauer 3 -/ Burnes -3
      Houser -3 / Phelps – 2

      This is why I think Suter and Peralta could lead majors in wins.

      • William Hung says:
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        I was reading Dustin May will piggyback off Buehler for the first couple of weeks/starts – you think May will piggyback off Stripling as well once Buehler is going +5 innings?

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Maybe off Urias. I don’t see the Dodgers holding anyone but Buehler or him back to build up strength or limit pitches.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d guess they piggyback for 2 weeks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In

  45. Alex says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Psyched to start this bizarro season. Just drafted. League added some BE/P/IL spots this year to account for the Covid madness.

    Aside from the obvious peculiarities (yes taking Hader as a first pitcher was a crazy nod to the times pick which I will regret), Carrasco (Co-owner’s request which I will also probably regret as he has screwed me over every time I have drafted him) and our 50 third basemen … thoughts?

    I should add I was pretty underprepared this year given the malaise of the longest preseason in history.

    10 team H2H mixed H2H R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG/OPS K/QS/ERA/WHIP/K-9/SVHD

    Thanks man!

    ps: Claim Kyle Lewis or Austin Riley for any of these bench guys?

    C Francisco Mejia (286)
    1B Matt Olson (55)
    2B Albies (45)
    3B Tornado (K)
    SS Trea Turner (K)
    LF Oscar Mercado (126)
    CF Laureano (95)
    RF Yelich (K)
    UTIL Vlad (86)
    UTIL Cavan Biggio (166)
    BE Kyle Tucker (155)
    BE Scott Gingery (186)
    BE Christian Walker (226)
    BE Hunter Dozier (235)
    BE Gio Urshela (275)
    BE JD Davis (195)

    P Giovanny Gallegos (266)
    P Tony Watson (255)
    P Luke Weaver (215)
    SP Giolito (75)
    SP Sonny Gray (106)
    SP Carrasco (116)
    SP Max Fried (146)
    SP Robbie Ray (206)
    RP Josh Hader (66)
    RP Brand Hand (135)
    RP Jose LeClerc (175)
    BE Tanaka (246)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks good even with Hader! I think your pitching and hitting look stacked, but those keepers will do that…I’d try Riley over Gio

      • Alex says:
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        Yeah got lucky with those guys. Will do.

        Thanks brother!

      • Alex says:
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        Thanks man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  46. Nightpandas says:
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    We are almost there Grey! Hope you are keeping COVID free…

    15 team keep 11 obp slg qs k/9…feels line the draft was years ago

    The Kinder Falafel sitting on waivers…is he worth a grab or stick with Will Smith at C

    Upside bench spot (could keep): keep Dylan Carlson or grab Kyle Lewis

    Upside arm: drop Josh J or Houser for Freddy P?

    Thinking hold on these

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We are, Duda!

      Hold Smith

      Grab Lewis

      Hold SPs

  47. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – in an OBP OPS league, would you trade:

    Freeman + Bradley

    for

    Muncy + a keepable Glasnow Bauer or Maeda?

    I have 5 RP as is, so definitely can spare + Muncy and Freeman are morE similar in this format..,also a little worried how Freeman’s strength is

    • Grey

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      Seems okay for this year if you’re getting Glasnow or Bauer, think you can do better tho

  48. TrickRey says:
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    Hey Grey – thanks for the write-up!

    If you were drafting today for a H2H 5×5 OBP 10 tm league, are there any players that you are going out of your way to reach for?

    The way the league is set up is so that we are going H2H with the other 9 league members each week in each category.

    I’ve been thinking that I may do whatever it takes to get Mondesi on my team for Steals, although he may not be as valuable for OBP. Any players that you’d reach for just to make sure you got them?

    Thanks!

    • William Hung says:
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      Top 100 rankings identify most of these guys like Adalberto and Olson – or if you go through the Top 20 & 40 SPs / OFs as well – most of these guys are called out as well

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      olson and stanton and paxton are going far lower lately than they should be (olson probably all preseason, the other 2 from injury risks but they currently aren’t injured, the majority of the ADP price on them is from march when they both were). judge has this similar thing going on too, but not to the level of stanton/paxton’s.

  49. OK, our 12 team, weekly standard roto went down yesterday. Draft was an absolute blast, (5 hr zoom) your influence had me almost wait too long on SP, whew! got Darvish in the 5th. Even used last 2 picks on C’s! Took a few chances )Ed Rod, Gallegos and Buxton) I know Luzardo in bullpen, but think he’ll be starting shortly, took a shot.
    Solak or Dyson? (if Bux doesn’t cut it) Pearson instead of Ed Rod? D. Castillo instead of Gallegos? Thanks Grey, I appreciate you
    OF – L. Robert
    OF – Soler
    OF – Conforto
    OF – W. Calhoun
    OF – Buxton ?
    1B – P. Alonso
    3B – Y. Gurriel
    CI – JD Davis
    2B – Hiura
    SS – TreaT
    MI – Story
    DH – N. Cruz
    C – D. Jansen
    C – Kiner-Falefa

    SP – Darvish
    SP – Montas
    SP – Lamet
    SP – Urias
    SP – Luzardo
    SP – Ed Rod ?
    RP – T. Rogers
    RP – E. Diaz
    RP – Gallegos ?

    RES – Madrigal
    RES – Solak
    RES – Dyson
    RES – Pearson
    RES – Urquidy
    RES – D. Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson — EdRod — Hold Gallegos too

      • Thank you brother-man. Think I’ll head out to the Weeniechoke Mountains and chill

        • Grey

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          HAHA

  50. erad says:
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    Here’s the annual rate my team AKA rate how I followed the prophecy of Razz – 10 team roto 6×6 (OPS and K/9)

    C. Jorge Alfaro
    1B. Jose Abreu
    2B. Starlin Castro
    3B. Miguel Sano
    SS. Trea Turner
    CI. Vlad JR (k)
    MI. Aldaberto Mondesi
    OF. Aaron Judge (k)
    OF. Ketel Marte (k)
    OF. Jorge Soler
    OF. Alex Verdugo
    OF. Ramon Laureno
    UT. Marcus Semien
    UT. Hunter Dozier
    BN. Nick Madrigal
    NA. Jo Adell

    P. Shane Bieber (k)
    P. Chris Paddack (k)
    P. Lance Lynn
    P. Andrew Heaney
    P. Jake Odorizzi
    P. Liam Hendricks
    P. Joe Jimenez
    P. Hansel Robles
    P. Zach Britton
    BN. Roberto Osuna
    BN. Ryan Yarbrough
    BN. Yonny Chirinos
    BN. Nate Eovaldi

    • Grey

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      It’s dripping with sex, erad. Love that hitting a lot, you look you’ve been paying attention — Pitching shouldn’t be that good either…I can’t even quibble, except I guess Eovaldi

      • erad says:
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        My only complaint is that I wish I could own Mondesi for the full 162 – I’m already gaga!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh I know

  51. Trader says:
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    1. Morton or Castillo
    2. Hand or Iglesias
    3. Judge, Abreau, Suarez, Au Shizz (top 2)
    4. Manaea or Stroman
    5. Paxton, K Hendricks, Ryu, C Mart (top 2)
    6. Voit, Walker, Cron

    Thank u

    • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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      morton (assuming non keeper/dynasty)
      hand
      judge/suarez
      stroman
      pax/ryu
      cron (if this is c.cron, this might’ve been walker if not for unknown injury timeline on him)

  52. Raf says:
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    Grey, I’m excited for baseball but mainly excited for Razzball. Thanks for keeping me sane.

    Got a question. Here’s my team in a 12-team 5×5:

    C Kiner-Falefa
    1B Olson
    2B Moustakas
    SS Marte
    3B Rendon
    OF Bellinger
    OF Soler
    OF Castellanos
    ÚT Biggio
    UT Kingery
    BN Walker, Calhoun

    SP Bieber, Gray, Kluber, Gallen, Hill, Stripling, James, Houser
    RP Giles, Workman, Gallegos

    What do you think? Anyway, I feel the need for speed. Would it be crazy to offer Soler for Luis Robert straight up? I know you have Soler ranked well ahead, but given my team needs, maybe? Or am I a dummy?

    • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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      sounds good to me, and while grey does have soler 36 spots higher (50 vs 86) rudy has robert in the OPS rater (and robert i’d NOT have thought would be higher in the OPS rater as usually steals guys and rookie guys are NOT loved by that, meaning grey is just higher in general on soler than consensus likely by a lot).

      • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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        OPS rater on soler vs lou bob
        soler: 12.3
        robert: 22.2

        so the OPS rater likes robert TWICE as much more than grey likes soler (15 vs 10 on grey), this is even with the lineup, being a rookie, and having no small part of his value coming from steals and OPS related stuff (robert’s biggest weakness is his OBP). this is likely since soler spent years before doing well and it’s cooking in the 3 or so years before. but OPS rater also USUALLY docks rookies due to not having an MLB past at all and projection systems usually don’t assume upside is all that likely in somebody with no history of MLB success.

        • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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          sorry should be here:
          “having no small part of his value coming from steals and NOT OPS related stuff” forgot the not.

          • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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            projections systems in general also tend to undervalue (i.e. not believe) in breakouts after a guy hadn’t for a while (so soler). lou bob must’ve really kicked the minors’ ass for his age level to get projections machines to like him THIS much.

            • Raf says:
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              Thanks!

  53. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    kim just got announced for closer, which is both interestingly odd and odd we heard this at this time (not earlier, clearly gallegos probably isn’t locating enough just yet)

  54. Dave says:
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    godquino and civale in na slot- gotta drop one. I know it’s blasphemous but I’m leaning towards waving Aquino. Sin?

    • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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      civale will have value (for leagues where pitchers that deep do anyway) shortly. however aquino is better for stash purposes in case he ever plays. you ain’t losing much by throwing civale out (i.e. replacements for him would be far easier to find)

      • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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        also civale very shortly won’t even have an NA tag so you’d have to:
        1. make no moves at all (yahoo doesn’t allow moves if not elig guys are in slots)
        2. drop somebody else to use him anyway (and if that was the question you’d have mentioned that, so unless you didn’t AND have a worse SP to drop it’s not an issue)

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