Never in the history of fantasy baseball posts has anyone successfully pulled off what I’m about to do. I’m going to write out my pre-draft plan here for everyone to see, and leave it unchanged even if the plan doesn’t come together. I’m the world where Mike Nesmith’s mother never invents Liquid Paper. Yo, keyboard, take away my delete and backspace buttons, don’t need ’em. Have you heard of the My Pillow guy? Well, I’m the My Plan guy. Okay, here goes, prepare your eyeballs. My Plan: Buy top hitters, and cheap pitchers. Use Rudy’s War Room (free with a Razzball Tools subscription). Change underwear in case something happens. Surprise! This is the same plan as I’ve used just about every year in NL and AL-Only leagues. I really need to start changing my underwear more than just prior to drafts. I go for balance in 12-team mixed leagues. (If you want one of those, play against me and hundreds others for prizes –> Razzball Commenter Leagues.) In these mono-leagues, I go for a few big bats, and usually around a 78/22-ish split. Doesn’t always work out; let’s be honest, sometimes I barely spend 18% on pitchers. If you’re wondering why I don’t spend on pitchers, welcome to the site, may I suggest starting at top 20 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball? Anyway, here’s my LABR 12-team, NL-Only draft recap:

Psyche! Before going into the LABR draft recap, Donkey asked that I notify people that RazzSlam qualifier leagues are now signing up. Didn’t get into the RazzSlam and wanna correct that for next year? Top 10 finishers will secure a spot for 2022. Slow drafts (4-hour pick clock) will begin 30-minutes after your league fills. It’s Best Ball, so after you draft, you don’t need to change your lineup. Just slowly rub your hands together and smile evilly. Here’s the RazzSlam rules if you’re a completist. Anyway II, the LABR recap:

C: Elias Diaz $6, Jorge Alfaro $3
C: Tyler Stephenson $1, Andrew Knizner $1, Austin Barnes $1, Curt Casali $1, Manny Pina $1, Victor Caratini $1, Andrew Knapp $1
1B: Cody Bellinger $38, Freddie Freeman $35
2B: Ketel Marte $21, Jurickson Profar $6, Jon Berti $8, Brendan Rodgers $14
SS: Trevor Story $35, Javier Baez $28, Dansby Swanson $22, Trea Turner $36, Fernando Tatis Jr $38
3B: Alec Bohm $25, Ke’Bryan Hayes $18, Austin Riley $24, Colin Moran, $5, Manny Machado $32
MI: Javier Baez $28, Dansby Swanson $22, Jurickson Profar $6, Jon Berti $8, Brendan Rodgers $14
CI: Tommy La Stella $10, Ke’Bryan Hayes $18, Pete Alonso $25, Manny Machado $32, Austin Riley $24, Colin Moran, $5, Garrett Cooper $5
OF: Juan Soto $40, Mookie Betts $37, Acuña $43, Michael Conforto $24, Ian Happ $20, Wil Myers $19
OF: Raimel Tapia $16, Bryan Reynolds $15, Nick Senzel $15
OF: J.D. Davis $7, Shogo Akiyama $6, David Peralta $6, Anthony Alford $5, Jackie Bradley Jr. $5
OF: Tim Locastro $5, Roman Quinn $5, Scott Kingery $5, Jared Oliva $5
OF: Austin Slater $2, Kevin Pillar $2, Ender Inciarte $2, Alex Jackson $2
Util: Josh Rojas $1-3, Monte Harrison, Tyler Naquin, Drew Waters, Daniel Robertson, Eric Sogard, Dee Strange-Gordon, Kyle Farmer, Josh VanMeter, Todd Frazier,
Bench: Chris Owings, Pavin Smith, Jose Martinez, Lewin Diaz, Stuart Fairchild, Sheldon Neuse, Corbin Martin, Zach McKinstry, Andre Jackson, Jose Garcia, Colton Welker, Jazz Chisholm, Lewin Diaz, Jesus Sanchez, Jerar Encarnacion, are you even reading anymore at this point, Tyrone Taylor, Oneill Cruz, Luis Campusano, Maikel Franco, Yasiel Puig, Yasel Antuna, Khalil Lee

P: Carlos Carrasco $19, Chris Paddack $20, Blake Snell $24, Patrock Corbin $22, Sonny Gray $20, Brandon Woodruff $23
P: Kevin Gausman $20, Zac Gallen $20, Zach Eflin $15, Julio Urias $14
P: Marcus Stroman $12, Drew Smyly $8, Sandy Alcantara $10, Elieser Hernandez $9, Anthony DeSclafani $8,
P: Freddy Peralta $6, Alex Wood $5, Luke Weaver $5, Adbert Alzolay $4, Caleb Smith $4, Carlos Martinez $3
P: MacKenzie Gore $3, Adrian Morejon $3, Taijuan Walker $3, Noah Syndergaard $3, Tejay Antone $3, Trevor Rogers $3, Spencer Howard $3
P: Logan Webb $1, Austin Gomber $1, Michael Lorenzen $1, David Peterson $2
P: Kenley Jansen $17, any other closer for less than $15
P: Closer for less than $10, aim for Joakim Soria
P: Pitcher who won’t break camp, but if MacKenzie Gore was purchased, then work on the fly, homey. You got this!
Bench: Stefan Crichton, Sean Doolittle, Matt Moore, Aaron Sanchez, Trevor Williams, Joe Ross, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Eric Lauer, Braxton Garrett, Roansy Contreras, Ryan Weathers, Wil Crowe, Miguel Yajure, Rick Porcello

THAT TEAM LOOKS SOLID BUT WHY DO YOU HAVE MULTIPLE PLAYERS AT EACH POSITION AND YOUR PITCHING STAFF…WELL, I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT IS.

It’s not my team!

WHOA, IS THIS THE UPSIDE DOWN?

No! I faked all of you out! That team is actually my plan! When I said I didn’t have a plan outside of a few nonsensical things like changing my gotchies, I was luring you into a trap!

WHAT TRAP?

The trap of you thinking I’m stupid!

UH….ARE WE STILL IN THAT TRAP? BECAUSE YOU STILL SEEM STUPID.

No! I mean, yes, this is still the trap. So, I wrote out my plan beforehand of a team of targets I wanted to draft. As you can see from my target list, I didn’t always want the top guy at a position. You can also see my target prices, and I tried to be as realistic as possible. Those prices don’t necessarily match up with my War Room. I knew Fernando Tatis Jr. would go for more than $38 (he went for $41), which is why I have him listed last in my targets for shortstops. If you get FTJ at $40+, you can’t get Bellinger or Freeman. But, if you get Bellinger or Freeman, you can get Trevor Story or, say, Machado. All about trade-offs. I did want a top shortstop, just not *the* top shortstop. Anyway, let’s see what I came away with when the rubber met the road:

C: Austin Barnes $3
C: Manny Pina $2
1B: Freddie Freeman $34
2B: Nico Hoerner $7
SS: Trevor Story $35
3B: Alec Bohm $25
MI: Kyle Farmer $2
CI: Pete Alonso $24
OF: Ian Happ $17
OF: Kyle Schwarber $16
OF: Mauricio Dubon $12
OF: Cristian Pache $8
OF: Tim Locastro $1
UTIL: Anthony Alford $2
Bench: Lewin Diaz, Jesus Sanchez, Cole Tucker

P: Carlos Carrasco $17
P: Pablo Lopez $12
P: Julio Urias $12
P: Kevin Gausman $10
P: Amir Garrett $6
P: Anthony DeSclafani $5
P: Joakim Soria $5
P:  Luke Weaver $3
P: Carlos Martinez $2
Bench:  Eric Lauer, Matt Wisler, Kyle Wright

SOME OF THESE GUYS WEREN’T EVEN ON YOUR TARGET LIST. I FEEL LIKE I WAS SOLD A LIE, LIKE WHEN I THOUGHT BREAKING BAD WOULD BE A COMEDY BECAUSE IT OPENS WITH THE OLD GUY FROM MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE IN HIS UNDERWEAR.

Before we go any further into the “Wha’ happened,” here’s my War Room totals:

You can see, prolly without looking at the War Room, my offense is stacked like library books in my closet that are 18 years overdue. Alec Bohm was a late pick, and I likely could’ve used that money better on my pitching, but sometimes ya boy’s gotta Bohm, nah’mean? After drafting him, someone said to me, “Wow, you are extremely handsome, and you really seem to like Bohm this year.” They said it like it was news to them (the Bohm part). Did they not read my 2021 fantasy baseball rankings, you might ask yourself, if you talk like a Talking Head. Let’s refresh your cocktail of insight with a splash of me quoting me. From my top 20 1st basemen:

Alec Bohm – I call this tier, “Christopher Cross’s Ride Like the Wind.” This tier is pure joy. Just ride, ride like the wind. Christopher Cross and I insist. By the way, you think he ever went by Chris Cross and wore his clothes backwards? As for Bohm, this is a trust fall more than anything. He hit four homers last year or the same number Hard Hittin’ Mark Whiten be hittin’ in one game. There’s a large gap with funk banned between what Bohm could drop on me. Anywhere from under-15 homers to over 30 homers. The bright side of Bohm is the rebuilding of property value with his easy-.280-ish average and handful of steals that he should chuck in. Wouldn’t put money on it happening in 2021, but Bohm could be 35/10/.300 within two years. 2021 Projections: 88/22/81/.289/5 in 581 ABs

Is that not clear? Alec Bohm and Chris Cross at karaoke singing Kris Kross make me Jump, Jump.

OKAY, THE HITTING IS BUTTER ON A HOT CRUFFIN, BUT CONFESS YOUR SINS WITH YOUR PITCHING STAFF.

All my targets are just that — targets. You can’t get too tied into having to get a guy. How’sever, I did goof by not going an extra dollar or two on Mackenzie Gore. I even said above in the target list, “Pitcher who won’t break camp, but if MacKenzie Gore was purchased, then work on the fly, homey. You got this!” Narrator: Grey did not in fact have this. In this league, you can’t move guys out of your lineup unless they’re sent down or injured. I wanted Gore so I could send him down, and stream with my bench. Now I have to hope C-Mart has a phantom injury and is sent to the IL. By the by, C-Mart screws up my entire team. I might just drop him before the season. So, why did I buy C-Mart? Because it was the end of the draft, someone said a dollar, and Big-Brained Grey thought, “I’ll go to $2, someone will go to $3, and I won’t own him.” Well, HA! I’m dumb.

IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU JUST REALIZED YOU’RE DUMB. THAT’S A STUDY IN BEING BLIND TO ONE’S SELF. 

Honestly, I feel pretty good if I can come away with an entire team, and only regret one dopey $2 pitcher. I wanted a better closer, but Jansen went for $17, and I didn’t want to go to $18. Pete Alonso was an obvious steal on my team, and I’m not just saying that because I want to birth Albombso’s children. He went for less than Bohm! C’mon. To give you perspective, Kris Bryant went for the same price as Albombso.

Another guy who I’m starting to warm to in deep leagues is Tim Locastro. Given 500 ABs, he could be a 35-steal guy. Will he be given 500 ABs? Well, how dumb are the Diamondbacks? Very dumb? Perfect! Finally, at like the 400-minute mark of the draft, I decided I wanted to own Pache. On my sheet, I have him listed for $13, and I called City Hall to officially change my name to Maximillian Bid, or Max Bid for short, because I had to get him. When I did for only $8, I did a short victory jog around my desk, which might’ve been when I accidentally fell into the $2 bid for C-Mart. Maybe he can close, because I desperately need that.

 
  1. VinWins

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    Your pitching looks like most of my mixed teams, unfortunately for me.

    • Grey

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      Haha, thanks! (I think)

  2. VinWins

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    RCL 10, drafting tonight at 7 PT/10 ET, has 1 opening.

    • VinWins

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      Full.

    • Grey

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      Thanks for keeping an eye on that, Vin!

  3. Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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    First?

    You change your underwear?..c’mon bro…this is still the
    Apockalips!

    Also, just curious, does every purchase of a My Pillow come with instructions on How To Be A Usurper? Or, what to do if your insurrection lasts longer than 4 hours?

    Lastly, your team is loaded. You violated your fellow gurus… in a good way!

    • Grey

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      Haha, thanks, Cobblers! I change my underwear on draft day, it’s a custom I have…It’s one way I can get Cougs to agree to me drafting all year

  4. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!

    Great LABR draft report!

    a. Great team and again your solid by ASB you’ll have enough to entice DT to trade you Bieber for Bohm straight up.

    b. Did two RCLs over the weekend. How did I do?

    1. RCL 6 (out of the 7 hole)

    Trevor Story 7
    Adalberto Mondesi 18
    Pete Alonso 31
    Nolan Arenado 42
    Kyle Lewis 55
    Kenta Maeda 66
    Sonny Gray 79
    Matt Chapman 90
    Dylan Moore 103
    Raisel Iglesias 114
    Wil Myers 127
    Nick Anderson 138
    Nick Solak 151
    Leody Taveras 162
    Richard Rodriguez 175
    Jared Walsh 186
    Kyle Schwarber 199
    Jordan Montgomery 210
    Jose Urquidy 223
    Ryan McMahon 234
    James Paxton 247
    Austin Nola 258
    Nathan Eovaldi 271
    Freddy Peralta 282
    Jordan Romano 295

    1.a. Added McMahon as an after-thought but will kick him to the curb for streamers as soon as Solak gets 2B eligibility.

    1.b. Can’t believe I was able to sign up Nola as my catcher. Am I retarded in thinking this?

    2. RCL 8 (out of the 11 hole)

    Christian Yelich 11
    Adalberto Mondesi 14
    Pete Alonso 35
    Marcell Ozuna 38
    Hyun Jin Ryu 59
    Kyle Lewis 62
    Eugenio Suarez 83
    Dylan Moore 86
    Dylan Bundy 107
    Kevin Gausman 110
    Richard Rodriguez 131
    Nick Anderson 134
    Tommy Edman 155
    Leody Taveras 158
    Nick Solak 179
    John Means 182
    Noah Syndergaard 203
    James Paxton 206
    Kolten Wong 227
    Ryan Yarbrough 230
    Myles Straw 251
    Austin Nola 254
    J.D. Davis 275
    Freddy Peralta 278
    Tommy La Stella 299

    Drafted JD Davis by mistake. Immediately dropped him after the draft, adding Andres Munoz. Put both Syndergaard and Munoz on the IL and added Tejay Antone for Munoz and Jordan Romano for Syndergaard.

    c. MLB quote of the day for March 6-7, 2021

    1. Lefty Grove, born March 6, 1900

    ‘He (Lefty Grove) didn’t have a curve. All he had was a fastball. Everybody knew what they were going to hit at, but they still couldn’t hit him. He was fabulous.’

    Doc Cramer

    2. Kirby Puckett, died March 6, 2006

    [RIP Kirby Puckett]

    ‘There are just certain people in baseball that you feel honored to have played with and against. Kirby Puckett was one of those players. For 12 years, Kirby played the game the way it was meant to be played – with enthusiasm, with class, with all-out energy and, most important, with a smile on his face. For Kirby, baseball was a joy and it made the game fun for everyone around him too.’

    George Brett in Puck Kirby Puckett: Baseball’s Last Warrior (Taylor Trade Publishing, 04/01/1997, Page 13)

    3. Joe Carter, born March 7, 1960

    ‘I was having a bad (1993 World) Series at the plate. Just awful. All I was looking for was a pitch to put into to play. Get a good look at it and take an ugly swing. I never, ever thought that ball I hit would leave the park. It was a moment and a swing that will be with me forever.’

    Joe Carter

    d. MLB quote of the day for March 8, 2021

    1. Dick Allen, born March 8, 1942

    ‘Now I know why they boo Richie all the time. When he hits a home run, there’s no souvenir.”

    Willie Stargell (after Allen’s home run cleared the left-center field roof of Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium) in Baseball Digest (January 1975, Page 36) [Dick Allen Quotes]

    2. Jim Rice, born March 8, 1953

    ‘He (Jim Rice) has the right attitude, but I suspect he’s not going to get as much opportunity. He had six-hundred seventy-seven (677) times at-bat last year. That’s amazing. They’ll pitch to him a little differently this time.’

    Ted Williams

    3. Joe DiMaggio, died March 8, 1999

    ‘(Lou) Gehrig is great, of course. But somehow you don’t get the same feeling when he’s at the plate as when (Joe) DiMaggio comes up.’

    Carl Hubbell in the New York Post (AP Wire, ‘1938 All-Star Game’, Page 13) [Joe DiMaggio Quotes]

    e. Happy International Woman’s Day to all our female readers. You are appreciated yesterday, today, tomorrow and every day of the year. Imagine a world without women. The menu would be:

    1. Meat;
    2. Potatoes;
    3. Beer

    f. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 8, 2021

    ‘I am not merely a baseball player. I am a black man who has done what he wants, gotten what he wanted, and will continue to get it.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      Thanks! I see you have your internet again

      1. Your pitching gets a little wonky towards the end, I don’t love Urquidy, but that’s small..I love the hitting, but looks light on AVG by a lot — Mondesi and Alonso are two of my faves, but they might drag down your AVG, Suarez and Lewis won’t help…I think you need like 3 David Fletcher types there

      2. Looks very similar, I like these teams, but I do have AVG concerns

      Still can’t believe Kirby Puckett’s dead, and it’s been a long time

      F. Nice!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!

        a. Pitching went early in both leagues. We’ll see. I thought Urquidy would be good with the Framber news then they signed Odorizzi. Anyway, can use his slot for streamers.

        b. Average is a constant problem for me. Solak will help, right?

        c. At least I signed up your boy Jordan Romano!!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Yup, not worried about SPs in RCL

          B. Solak won’t help, but he might not hurt

          C. Ha, uh…

    • pinkman says:
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      Damn, I didn’t know I was drafting with Ante all along! I had drafted in the 8 slot and I think you were 7th… Your teamname was unassuming for this draft, and we were going back and forth in the chat a lot!

      Looks like I screwed you out of David Fletcher per Grey’s advice above, sorry about that

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Pinkman!!

        Damn you!!! You were my cryptonite the whole way through sniping away before I picked on one side and after me on the other side.

        Want to make a trade involving Fletcher? Am open for good offers.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Pinkman send him your Fletcher, Ante does good work with the quotes and needs him

        • pinkman says:
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          You should send me an offer if you want him :)

          • Grey

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            Haha

  5. Lou says:
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    In an Ottoneu formatted points league…..

    Innings Pitched (IP) 7.4
    Saves (SV) 5
    Hits (H) -2.6
    Home Runs (HR) -12.3
    Walks (BB) -3
    Hit Batters (HBP) -3
    Strikeouts (K) 2
    Holds (HLD) 4

    Right now, I have 10 starters and 1 reliever….most are good to very good, but still, I need to change that. What are some high end relievers that should get the most points per game in this format? Guys that will either work multiple innings and/or record a ton of strikeouts. Would you target:

    Freddy Peralta
    Garret Crochet
    Drew Pomeranz
    Tejay Antone

    And are there others you like who can fit the bill? These are all players I would target in trades, but feel RP like this will pop up out of nowhere during the season. I just want to make the most out of my per inning points.

    • Grey

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      I’d target all 4 of them…Pom, Peralta that order — May, Diekman, Green, Brusdar are a few more

  6. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    That’s a pretty filthy team even in a mixed league. Love that hitting and so funny about Bryant and Albombso!

    • Grey

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      Ha, thanks!

  7. Denver90 says:
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    RCL 5 (10th pick)

    Story
    Freeman
    Devers
    Ozuna
    Carrasco
    Grisham
    Bundy
    Castellanos
    PabLo
    Moore
    Jansen
    Franmil
    Bassitt
    DevWill
    Solak
    Eflin
    Taillon (timed out)
    Montero
    Taveras
    Fletcher
    Mcmahon
    Dalbec
    Sale
    Thor
    Posey

    Grabbed Puig, Odorizzi, and Severino after.
    Neither Solak nor Moore 2B eligible therefore McMahon

    • Grey

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      I like this team a lot, looks like guys I’d all draft…I think you look a tad low on pitching, no true ace for a 12-teamer…I do like the SPs you do have tho

      • Denver90 says:
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        Snell, Glasnow, Ryu, Lynn, Gray, Maeda, Burnes all went after the Ozuna pick. Hind sight says I grab one of those instead and could’ve got Conforto or Smarte. Live and learn.
        Try again in the next one!

        • Grey

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          Yup!

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    Hey Grey!

    Entering round 29 of my first crack at a Draft Champions draft and hold, and since we’ve now reached the point at which everyone’s stretching a bit I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on my roster:

    C: Nola
    C: Jeffers
    1B: Olson
    2B: Marte
    SS: Lindor
    3B: Machado
    MI: Kiner-Falefa
    CI: Escobar
    OF: Ozuna
    OF: Moore
    OF: Happ
    OF: Frazier (still believe they’ll start him)
    OF: Kingery
    UTIL: Aguilar

    Bench: Cesar Hernandez, Akiyama, K. Calhoun

    P: Gray
    P: Plesac
    P: Gausman
    P: N. Anderson
    P: Mahle
    P: Barnes
    P: Montgomery
    P: Canning
    P: T. Walker

    Bench: Yimi Garcia, DeSclafani

    Took some real risks in my outfield that I tried to shore up with my bench, but I also feel like to win these leagues you need to take shots on guys you like who can separate you. General thoughts? Any particular categories/positions/weak spots I should be targeting? Appreciate the help, love your work! Money well spent every year.

    • Grey

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      The hitting looks great, you look solid…I like the OF, prolly a bit risky — in general, you look low on SBs

      Pitching looks stacked, love the pitching staff… No real complaints there

      • blab97 says:
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        Yeah, I ran into the problem I always do — hate drafting just for speed so I wind up hoping to compile enough 8-10 SB guys (Marte/Machado/Happ/Frazier/etc) to not totally get left behind. Thanks again, really appreciate the feedback and all the great work!

        • Grey

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          No problem

  9. Stream Weaver says:
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    Thanks Grey. Exactly the kind of auction insight I’ve been looking for. Very helpful!

    • Grey

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      No problem

  10. Crime Dog says:
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    This looks like a great team. I’ve never done an “only” league but just curious how much thought you have to put into players getting traded. If someone gets traded from NL to AL in this league you’d completely lose that player, similar to a season ending injury right? I’ve heard a lot of rumors about Story getting traded, do you consider that at all when drafting?

    • Grey

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      In most leagues, you lose the player if they’re traded, not in this league…I don’t put any thought into that aspect tho, if being honest — Story might get traded to the NL…Wherever he’s traded to, if he’s traded, it’s going to be a team that’s trying to win and should have a better lineup than he’s in

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        OK that makes sense why you wouldn’t care in this league at all if you don’t lose that player regardless. Agree with you on not caring either about whether he’s traded out of playing in Coors. Story is a great player regardless, and like you said, would likely be traded to a good team in a good lineup if he’s even traded. Thanks for the info. One day I’d like to do one of these only leagues.

  11. Lobo990 says:
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    Grey, in my 12 team, H2H keeper league where we keep 10.. what sp would you get in the first rd?
    My current SPs (I don’t pick until the 5th after this pick); Darvish, Buehler, Sixto.
    Current bats; Olson, Hiura,Bo, Moncada, Alvarez, Mookie, Jrod.

    Sps that will most likely be available to draft -Urias, Paddack, Pablo Lopez, Alacantar, Erod, Carrasco, Civale, Morton, Paxton …

    I think my bats are good enough to compete enough that i dont need to draft another offensive player in the first round.

    thoughts?

    • Grey

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      Not sure my answer is any different than my overall rankings…Carrasco, Urias, Paddack, etc

  12. Mario says:
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    Is Hot Rod doing his war room excel doc again this year?

    • Brad Cote says:
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      +10000

    • Grey

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      I will email him again, but I have not heard anything

      • Grey

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        Sent additional email

  13. ron says:
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    YO Grey – who are a few guys u want on every h2h pts league team this yr

    • Grey

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      I don’t know how to answer this

  14. The Great Knoche says:
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    First RCL team. – Marquez was a internet issue pick. Probably took too many closers early based on what was still there at end. Other than that, loaded and lovely.

    C Nola (25)
    1B Abreu (3)
    2B Marte (5)
    SS Story (1)
    3B Machado (2)
    CI Rizzo (10)
    MI La Stella (18)
    OF Conforto (6)
    OF Grisham (8)
    OF Tavares (15)
    OF Robles (16)
    OF Kepler (17)
    U Stanton (12)

    P Woodruff (4)
    P Chapman (7)
    P Pressly (9)
    P Gausman (11)
    P Marquez (13)
    P Rosenthal (14)
    P Barnes (19)
    P Javier (20)
    P Bard (21)
    P Soroka (22)
    P McGee (23)
    P Harvey (24)

    • Jolt In Flow says:
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      That infield is nuts!!!

      Jolt

    • Grey

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      Agree with Jolt, nice infield…Not even sure how you drafted that infield…The pitching looks great too! Your outfield obviously is a little risky…But overall stacked team

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Morning Grey! Who would you prefer as a final keeper, taking into account the usual draft hype/inflation in home leagues . . . $24 Robert or $4 Lewis? I know auction values say Lewis is the bigger value on paper, but not sure if you’d keep Robert nonetheless . . . for reference, Starling Marte and George Springer each went for $37 in our 2020 draft in this league…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Think you keep Robert, you can redraft Lewis for close to that or no?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks, yeah I doubt Lewis goes for more than $10, probably less. Last year I got Christian Walker for $0, so those back end high upside gambles can sneakily go for real cheap at the end of the draft . . . particularly since that tends to be when people are hunting for SB or those sort of needs. Wouldn’t shock me for both Tapia and Straw to go for more than Lewis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s what I figured too…I say keep Robert

  16. chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    3 Keeper League, 12 teams
    Avg, Obp, runs, HR, RBI, TB, SB
    W, ERA, WHIP, Ks, SV, QS

    For keepers I have Acuña, Story and Machado.

    Due to trade, I have the 3rd pick in the 1st round, and 2 picks in the 2nd round.

    It is possible that Lindor is available as my 1st pick.

    Should I pick Lindor and play him at UTL since I already have Story in SS, (no MI or CI).??? and then add back to back SPs in the 2nd round?

    Or should I go with the best SP which will be Scherzer, and not pay for Lindor as UTL?

    thanks for the advise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should draft an SP

  17. Clive92 says:
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    10 team H2H OPS league

    I’m keeping Tatis Rd 19, also have Rd 10 Treat Urner but only 1 Util spot..

    Would you trade Turner for a Rd 15 Tucker if you needed OF help?

    Appreciate the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would not

      • Clive92 says:
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        Thanks!

        What about a Rd 13 J Ram?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

  18. Earl says:
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    I am amazed at how some drafts go and how I have to learn to control my reactions to it. There are alot of drafts were it is stupid crazy how many pitchers go in 1st 2-3 rounds. In draft I am in now, all of the aces down to Nola, Gioloto and such were gone by around end of 2nd round.

    Also, all top 12 closers gone by like 10 round.

    Not to mention like 5 catchers gone also by 10-11 round.

    Where does the insanity stop?

    Anyway, what u think of this in 5×5 roto 12 team:
    1b – Abreu
    2b – Dylan Moore
    ss – Bichette
    3b – Devers
    of – Soto and Yordan Alvarez (yordan of eligible in our league)

    Sp – Ryu, Sonny Gray, Jesus Luzardo
    Rp – Arolodis Chapman and Nick Anderson

    Thoughts as to where I should be headed next? Wondering if I should start going something like 1 hitter, 1 pitcher combos for like next 4-6 rounds. But guess it always depends on what is available at the time I suppose and where does one see value.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5 catchers by round 10 in a 12 teamer? That’s nuts — 1 hitter/1 pitcher for the next six rounds is usually what I do, but I do it for like the next 15 rounds, but always depends on what’s available, you don’t need to do hitter/pitcher alternate

      • Earl says:
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        thanks Grey.

        You think team is pretty good and perhaps just follow the rankings to some degree going forward.

        Know I still need to address some speed issues but think power and even batting average well covered thus far.

        Really hoping Alvarez plays well and was at least good if not great season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love Yordan

  19. leon says:
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    Tesocar Hernandez for my Will Smith (catcher) 16 man keeper. walks counting stats. given toronto will be crowded. one slump from teoscar could be trouble for PT. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Teoscar

  20. NUX says:
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    I see you’ve given some more though to Locastro since we chatted about him the other day. I’m psyched to hear that you are taking fliers in a similar fashion with him. That’s all he really is right now for me, but why not take a stab on the speed like we do with saves late. And if it doesn’t work out first few weeks in April, he can locate-he-asstro on the wire or someone elses bench. Fantastic dart in an NL only

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, yes…100% — I’m drafting him everywhere after around the top 350 overall…I should prolly add him into rankings, but it might confuse people without a formal update

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I think Alford is a fantastic dart too

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          Edward Olivares Anyone?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I like him, but is he ever playing for the Royals?

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              Micheal Taylor? gimme a break… haha

              And what kind of lunatic takes a third catcher before round 30?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Wait, huh?

                • FrankGrimes says:
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                  Taylor stinks so I can see Ed getting ABs

                  Also in my Razz DC 3 teams have 3 catchers before round 30 koo koo emoji

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Koo koo ka choo emoji

            • Cram It says:
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              I think they’re both good dart throws. I was actually deciding between Olivares and Alford with the last OF pick I made. Olivares only has Michael A Taylor to contend with, like Grimey said. Alford…I just couldn’t muster any faith in him that he’ll do anything with the opportunity.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha, I know…let’s be honest, likely both will be bad

                • Cram It says:
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                  If we’re not forced to play them, that’s the best thing that could happen.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha, yeah

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      Piscotty Doesn’t know that he hasn’t been drafted yet and its almost round 30.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He should know tho!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice!

  21. Will The Thrill says:
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    10 team head to head categories league. Who do I keep in addition to Acuna and Beiber?

    Mondesi round 4
    Ozuna round 11
    Arozarena round 22
    Corbin Burnes round 22

    We can keep them forever with a two round escalation each year.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

  22. toolshed says:
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    Olsen mashing in spring. Now his cost is going to go up. I know spring doesn’t mean anything, but people see the news and react to it. I was planning on taking him in my draft earlier than where he was going, now I am going to have to do it earlier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love me some Olson!

  23. JB says:
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    Slow draft starting today:

    already off the board is :
    Z Plesac
    T Hernandes
    B Nimmo
    D Smith
    Ha Kim

    3 more picks will come off before I draft at 9 and 12

    Some names left:
    Devin Willams
    T Rosenthal
    D Moore
    A Santander
    C Santana
    W Castro
    P Lopez
    C Kluber
    Kjerstad Heston
    g Mitchell
    P Crow-Armstrong
    F Valdes

    My weakness is RP and we have holds and saves as separate cat.

    What do you think about D Williams and W Castro if they are still there. Santander is a stud but im loaded in the OF.

    Also we are using CBS, not sure how their ranking compared yo yours!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Without knowing your team, Moore or Lopez

      • JB says:
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        1B Cody Bellinger 1B,OF | LAD
        2B Whit Merrifield 2B,OF | KC
        3B Tommy Edman 2B,3B,OF,SS | STL
        SS Javier Baez SS | CHC
        MI Keston Hiura 2B | MIL
        CI EMPTY
        OF Nick Castellanos OF | CIN
        OF Bryce Harper OF | PHI
        OF Ramon Laureano OF | OAK
        OF Marcell Ozuna OF | ATL
        OF George Springer OF | TOR
        DH J.D. Martinez OF | BOS
        U Eddie Rosario OF | CLE

        Garrett Hampson 2B,OF | COL
        Willie Calhoun OF | TEX
        Victor Robles OF | WAS
        Amed Rosario SS | CLE

        Shane Bieber P | CLE
        Alex Colome P | MIN
        Yu Darvish P | SD
        Max Fried P | ATL
        German Marquez P | COL
        Max Scherzer P | WAS
        Blake Treinen P | LAD
        Julio Urias P | LAD
        Jose Urquidy P | HO

        Minors:
        Francisco Alvarez C | NYM
        Sean Murphy C | OAK
        Adley Rutschman C | BAL
        Seth Beer 1B | ARI
        Bobby Dalbec 1B | BOS
        Jared Walsh 1B | LAA
        Luis Garcia 2B | WAS
        Yusniel Diaz OF | BAL
        Alek Manoah P | TOR
        Luis Patino P | TB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, you have a full team practically…Draft CI possible? No one better than Santana or Castro? Don’t you need saves? Rosenthal for 1st pick

          • JB says:
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            I like Castro because of his age.

            Its OBP as well, so Santana is good….. he may slip to RD 3 or 4

            Right now Ill have Walsh and Dalbec up from my minors.

            Yes, I need saves…. wasn’t sure if I should grab them right away or chance and wait.

            Is Devin williams good for Dynasty format?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Castro too, but is he really going to be drafted that high? Oh, OBP? Santana is decent there then

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Devin’s good, but get saves vs. dynasty

          • JB says:
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            Edwin Rios?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh, that is poverty

              • JB says:
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                hahahaha!

                Ok…. Ill let you know who is left once the picks comes around.

                Thanks Grey

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

                  • JB says:
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                    Rosenthal went off the board right before my pick!

                    Still grab saves or take something else?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Take comments to my newest post, I don’t know what this is regarding

  24. hot corner says:
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    In NL-only and at a time when I thought you needed a little speed, I liked the Dubon pick. He could go 15/15/.280 and was cheaper than Bader and Polanco.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I was chasing speed right after my 3rd pick until end of draft

  25. I am the Walrus says:
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    I’m rebuilding long term in a dynasty league.
    So better long term keeper? A. Giminez or Jarren Duran?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For 2022 or later? Duran

  26. David says:
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    Thanks for all your input, and great LABR report…….14 team, 5×5 roto, with OBP replacing AVG and saves combined with holds. Which three do I keep? Harper as a 1st rounder, Mondesi as a 5th, Lamet 5th, M. Ozuna 5th, Alonso 11th, Happ as a 14th or Vlad Jr 15th….. thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Vlad, Alonso, Mondesi

  27. branta says:
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    Great write-up, Grey. Love the team.

    Quick War Room question: when I try to draft a multi-position guy (in this case, Brandon Lowe), nothing happens when I click Draft. I’ve tried in Firefox and Chrome, regular and private/incognito mode, etc. Nothing doing. Help?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have you tried clearing cookies?

      • branta says:
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        I cleared cache, not cookies. I’ll try that now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let me know

          • branta says:
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            No bueno, still can’t get it to let me pick the position

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              In browser, did you go in and search cookies for razzdraft and delete them?

              • branta says:
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                Just did a full clear, I’ll try to clear those specific ones

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ok

                  • branta says:
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                    Got it, thanks!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  28. The team is looking good friend.

    Noticed you went Freeman over Bellinger…

    Carrasco
    Pablo
    Monocle
    Gausman …$10 ? What a San Francisco Treat!

    Staff looking good.

    But you didn’t even bid on Mondesi…COWARD!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Wake! Monocle 4 lyfe

      • Wake Up says:
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        Did you almost get Stro too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I went to $10, someone went to 11, alas

          • Wake Up says:
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            Same thing happened with my last amp…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  29. Tigres says:
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    Grey! I’ll admit, “No, the first time thru, I was not reading anymore by that point!” Hey, I snagged Kyle Lewis in trade right before our keeper deadline, so make room on the bandwagon for one more person. Looking fwd to the season and all the great RB content!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  30. tank1 says:
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    Keeper question – 10 team 6×6 (OPS + Holds), 5 keepers

    Right now my defenites are follows – Acuna, Betts, Buehler and Arozarena. Based on league rules, my best remaining options for the last spot are as follows –

    M. Olson
    R. Mountcastle
    J. Karinchak

    Who would you recommend? Olson may be the safest bet but I like Mountcastle’s upside and closers are always at a premium in this league.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson

  31. moldyforgoldy says:
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    props to the FML….you’ve kept me in mix in every league ive done since i started reading the site

    keeper question…..mind picking 3 from the below?

    12 team/h2h/6×6 scoring categories

    bellinger – 3rd round
    bauer – 5th round
    ozuna – 8th round
    lance lynn – 9th round
    kyle lewis – – 24th round
    sixto – 24th round

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Cody, Bauer, Ozuna

  32. Curious George says:
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    Does this kelenic injury really change much as far as drafts go? Sounds like worst case is 6 weeks… with a week of rehab in triple a that puts him at the end of April (which was kind of what I expected anyway?!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, he wasn’t playing in April anyway

      • Curious George says:
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        Beautiful. That’s what I thought, just wanted to make sure. Thanks, grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Cram It says:
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    Dang, there are some industry names in these Razzslams huh? This should be fun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, good luck!

      • Cram It says:
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        Thanks!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Soto rd1!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, I wish I could’ve got him — I got Story…again

          • hot corner says:
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            Of course, in a league of industry experts, I get pick 12. That said, was pretty excited to get Trea/J-Ram there.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s amazing! I would’ve taken Trea 7th

              • Cram It says:
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                I know this format is different, but Lindor at 27? Ok, thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  FWIW, on my points spreadsheet he’s 17th overall, so you got a steal

                  • Cram It says:
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                    Do you have a Bestball points system specific spreadsheet?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I do

                    • Cram It says:
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                      And you don’t share that because….??? Just kidding. That’s dedication, friend-o.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, it’s from Rudy, I don’t do it…

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    So 3rd round you lean Mondesi or SP or maybe an Eloy since it’s points ??

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Eloy is a beast in this format

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    Guess I should have gone eloy over lindor in the 2nd haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I did, but felt I could’ve got Eloy in 3rd, so who knows…I took Vlad Jr. in 3rd

      • Cram It says:
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        This Steve Paulo is a piece of work.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know him very well

          • Cram It says:
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            I certainly don’t, but he’s talking some smack and was quick to run to twitter to brag about getting Cole at 7 in this draft. Tool.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Guy in my room is like I’m on a podcast will pick in an hour…. haha it’s round two dopey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                Curious what round in these DCs do you pretty much stop using the War room?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  After roster is filled…Then I just try to get backups for all positions and a ton of arms…

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    Makes sense… thanks.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  34. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey don’t go giving up too many secrets! Great write up!

    Would you deal Machado for Devers in a keeper?

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Devers

  35. Whatever says:
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    Which one you prefer for 2021 in a Saves+Holds league? Devin Williams or James Karinchak.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devin

  36. Stream Weaver says:
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    Yo Grey. Do you set up dollar amounts for each starting player (40, 35, 25, 20 etc) and adjust as you go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Stream Weaver says:
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        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. toolshed says:
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    I just read that price isn’t locked into a rotation spot. I know bosox pay half of that salary but really? $32 million a year swing man this year and next. That makes me want to throw up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That seems crazy, I don’t know if I buy that

  38. The Great Knoche says:
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    Razzslam started Soto/DJ

    Not having to actually get steals I think that’s a dynamite start for this format. Two over .300 hitters with some pop and multi-position eligibility. Sexy

    • Cram It says:
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      Isn’t Soto + anything a dynamite start in any format?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yeah I guess you’re right.

        What pick you start with?

        • Cram It says:
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          Ha.

          1.3 Betts/Darvish/Lindor.
          I went SP because I’m not familiar with this format but it seems like the thing to do.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Solid start!

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Like it.

            I go more for high innings and low WHIP guys here and less on Ks. (Hendriks and Marco are always targets.)
            Can make up for it actually with closers. Saves are valuable in this format. I invest more there than I normally do in roto. If a guy hits for 3 in a week he’s a top scorer.

            • Cram It says:
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              Right on. That was my thinking from the Best Ball draft, that a top closer could really score some points on any given week.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Honestly I draft RazzSlam as I’d draft RCL

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Soto + anything, hope I get it this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Love Soto in this…DJ, well, good luck!

  39. 183414 says:
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    Thought Victor Reyes has showed he’s deserving of every day play , over the last 2 years. Tigers sign Mazara. What effect will his signing have on Reyes ? Grossman, Jacoby Jones are their other o.f.’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I updated rankings…Reyes plummeted… Even if Reyes plays most days, Mazara has to play

      • 183414 says:
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        I’m @365 now in a Best Ball. Seems like still a value.
        Jones is meh, and Mazara sucks. Not like Grossman is Acuna.
        Would you take him @365 ? (round 37)
        My o.f.’s are:
        Trout
        Springer
        Lowe
        Blackmon
        Eddie Rosario
        Peralta
        Duvall
        Kike

        Could probably get O’Neil or Odubel (he’ll get the c.f. job, I bet) in the last couple of rounds.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d go O’Neill or Reyes

      • 183414 says:
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        O’Neill, Avisail available or I can switch gears for 1 3d s.s., and take either Rojas or JP Crawford, who will be leading off and be getting every day a.b.’s for an improved Mariners team. Crawford had a mini breakout year and is about to make good on his initial hype. Still only 26 years old. Jacoby Jones also available.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crawford is safest, but boring…I’d go O’Neill, honestly

          • 183414 says:
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            Thanks grey.

            Forgot I also have Victor Robles, to go with Trout/Springer/B.Lowe/Blackmon. and Rosario. Strong top 6, with Peralta, Duvall, and Kike there for their breakout weeks.

  40. OaktownSteve says:
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    Magoo is co-managing the RCL team I signed up for. Should be a ton of fun. Plus we’ll have east coast/west coast coverage for moves.

    I signed up for a RazzSlam satellite. Seems like a fun format. I’m in Satellite 969, which if I am not mistaken was the age of Methuselah in the Bible. Of note, something I’ve never seen before, the guy at 1.1 timed out the pick. Not judging, but never seen that before.

    Watched a little bit of the Cubs game today. They had Ian Happ miked up. Seems like a great guy. Was great on the hot field mike.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Bobby Witt Jr. just hit a 485 ft home run off Yusmiro. Damn.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        About to draft him in our league!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Razzslam Format is nice. Only two in season management moves. Draft, Faab it twice and forget it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, it’s the best…Ball! Seriously, I like this no in-season move shizz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Happ is gonna be top Cubs fantasy guy…Wagers? You on West Coast and Magoo on East Coast feels like cheating…Will discuss with Truss, we need laws against that

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        It’s kind of like having the bots back in.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          I missed the bot era. What was that like? Did the bots win?

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            The bots made all the best moves every time . Cream of crop was gone. They had a bunch of top 20 teams. Cram beat them a few times, I managed a top 10. Hard to keep up with bots grabbing the best guys right after lineups lock. UNless you have no life outside fantasy.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I think that’s possible on Happ. He’d have to get to double digit steals and Baez would need to come back to him a bit.

        One thing I learned from the Happ mic was that all the Cubs players call Rizzo “Tony.”

  41. Earl says:
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    What do people think of Lamet as Sp4 or is he too risky and have limitiations to take him over say Pablo Lopez, Sixto Sanchez or even Zach Eflin.

    Is Lopez better than Sanchez or just different depending on needs.

    I currently have Ryu, Sonny Gray and Jesus Luzardo as starters and Chapman and Nick Anderson as RP.

    I am entering round 13 of 12 team roto draft and wondering if I wanted to pounce on another starter if I should consider one of the above mentioned.

    Thanks for help/advice

    • Cram It says:
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      I’m not touching him, but he’s worth the risk to many.

      • Earl says:
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        How you feel about Lopez vs Sanchez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t draft Lamet

    • 183414 says:
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      As an SP4, he would be amazing. Looking great right now, and I’d ride him until he breaks, assuming he even breaks. SP 4’s aren’t that difficult to replace off the waiver wire. Particularly when he’s really a #2.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        i think below there i almost got him at SP 3 in a 20 (or i’m wrong and it was SP over gausman, but i wasn’t taking him over gausman with that injury stuff, plus that league only has 2 DL spots)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  42. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    ok, so without war room working got this for 20 team redraft, for the first time ever i don’t have stanton (6th year here pretty sure) and for only the 2nd time ever have a pick that’s not something in the 17th-20th overall range (had a 12th or something once too, 5th here, which makes SP go really easy right at 45, don’t have to go early, nor worry about going too late either).

    20 team h2h, added cats: QS, holds, OPS, hits, total bases, K/9.
    C ramos (316, if not for the lone auto picker probably would’ve had s.murphy maybe even here)
    1B olson (76)
    2B solak (the other 2B options looked super lucky after here, mostly playing time issues or something else, 165)
    SS fletcher (196, same thing on SS, albeit i probably should’ve just waited a little and went willi castro, was ABOUT to go j.polanco, till i noticed that after the alien simmons signing he’s now on bad side of 2B platoon with arraez)
    3B son of donald (him i don’t like, but i used some of your rankings, some of OPS rater for hitters and he has more value in that, 156, also sano was only real 3B OPS guy around by here)
    OF (3): soto (5)
    – lou bob (having gotten small steals at 5, wanted to come out of here with steals guy if possible without overpaying, lou bob in a vacuum i had behind devers and ceager, 36, had i been in position to get tatis or treat urner or acuna or story i’d have gone non steals guy here)
    – 54 buck vending machine steak (116, did NOT think he’d be around at this point)
    util (1): riley (3B/OF, nor him, 205)
    BN otani (hitter only, 245)

    SP (h2h and innings total is also a category)
    – snell (45)
    – gausman (125)
    – j-mont (236)
    – odorizzi (that late signing ADP bonus sure is nice, 276)
    – dunning (325)
    – m.keller (356)
    – c.smith (365)
    – desclafani (436)

    RP (max 5)
    – chapman (some people didn’t notice his suspension is only 2 games, 85, hader went 69th, l.hendriks like 50 something)
    – t.may (285, could’ve went weak 2nd closer here, but elite holds guys tend to just BE better and sometimes end up with saves anyway)
    – t.rainey (396, almost got romano here)
    – soto (405)
    – alvarado (445, people seem to have completely forgotten about this guy, now is the only good lefty on PHI’s late guys, unless t.watson counts)

    i tried to budget 64/24/12 here (with assumption that all picks from 460th (last) to 1st were linearly better than the one next to it) but when you’re rostering 13 pitchers and 1 BN bat (making only 10 total hitters) it’s quite hard to do that unless you just never draft pitchers nearly at all (my last 7 picks were all pitchers too, only 3 of the first 11 too) and end up with complete garbage ones, i ended up here with: .584 (hitter)/.287 (SP)/.129 (RP). i need to figure out some sort of adjustment, as i’m fairly sure the standard 66/34 or 65/35 hitter/pitcher split is for leagues with CI/MI and 5 OF along with a util, not the 9 total here.

    stanton went 93rd, i almost went grin a lamet but that sounds TJish coming. i missed him by a few spots (he was cheaper from that injury stuff)

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      any ideas on the budget thing for adjusting to shallow yahoo types

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not sure I follow

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          oh, sorry i’ll explain. i try to use the standard (which i’m suspecting assumes 5 OF and a CI and a MI, which these shallow yahoo’s don’t use) 64-66% of budget for hitters (i drafted 1 BN bat so only 10 total hitters), 34-36% for pitchers total, and that broken up into about 1/3 of that for RP (5) vs 2/3 of that for SP (8). but even here above where i for “early” picks only went a pitcher at all in rounds 3 (snell), 5 (chapman), and 7 (gausman) out of my 1st 11, but still ended far below 65% for hitters. clearly if i DID make 64% even for hitters my SP would be very bad.

          – so, considering how my guess is that the 64-66 hitter, rest pitcher idea comes from the standard 5 OF, 1 CI, 1 MI not 3 OF no CI or MI should i take 10/14th of hitter budget for the adjusted hitter budget? (since with 1 BN bat i’m drafting a total of 10 hitters, not 14 as it would be for CI/MI and 5 OF leagues)

  43. hal_incandenza says:
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    My slow draft is drifting from the plan. Sonny Gray isn’t suppose to have still been there at 98, so he’s now my 3rd SP. It’s drifting, Grey! I will now resolve to not take another SP for many rounds to get back on course. Which is fine bc I don’t have a single RP yet and this is 6×6 w/Holds.

    The updated roster so far:

    SS Fernando Tatis Jr. – SD
    CF Cody Bellinger – LAD
    LF Eloy Jimenez – CHW
    3B Rafael Devers – BOS
    P Brandon Woodruff – MIL
    RF Charlie Blackmon – COL
    UT Yordan Alvarez – HOU
    P Hyun Jin Ryu – TOR
    2B Ketel Marte – ARI
    P Sonny Gray – CIN

    Have suggestions of where to look for RP rankings in a league with both Saves and Holds? I pulled the pitcher 6×6 with Holds rankings and I’m questioning what I see.

  44. toneDEAF! says:
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    Grey! Thanks for your preseason rankings! Looking forward to another year subscribing!
    I’m in a 12-team H2H custom scoring keeper league. Points are structured in a way pitchers are just as valuable as batters. Top 10 scorers last year- Biebs, Freeman, ozuna, Treat urner, Tatis, Abreu, Ramirez, Bauer, Darvish, Machado.

    Who would you keep? Need 6:
    Abreu 4th
    Mondesi 11th
    Harper 1st
    Franmil 10th
    Eloy 3rd
    Maeda 11th
    Giolito 16th
    Bauer 4th
    Darvish 5th
    Glasnow 7th

    Thanks GREY!

  45. Dude says:
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    That fakeout was utterly brilliant. LOVED IT.

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