You might remember ten years ago I drafted in the live LABR NL-Only auction. Okay, you don’t remember, but I do, so you’ll have to take my word for it. It was the first major league I was in. I was sailing on the wind of doves. I thought my feces smelled like Reese’s Pieces. I even joined the Local 564, a railway union, thinking LABR had something to do with that. Ah, the memories…they sure were fleeting! I was booted from the league after one year. Why? I’m not sure, but my money’s on I insulted someone. Well, ya boi’s back and he’s learned his lesson! Though, someone drafted Rhys Hoskins for $28 and I was cackling about that for a good 45 minutes. Yo, just send Rhys flowers and a ball in the dirt for him to swing through; he might respond quicker. For those of you not in the know, this is a 5×5 league with average. (If you want a shallower league, play against me and hundreds others for prizes –> Razzball Commenter Leagues.) Anyway, here’s my LABR 12-team, NL-Only draft recap:

C: Austin Hedges $1
C: Matt Wieters $1
1B: Pete Alonso $28
2B: Jurickson Profar $11
SS: Javier Baez $30
3B: Josh Fuentes $2
MI: Trevor Story $35
CI: Jose Osuna $1
OF: Sam Hilliard $7
OF: Ketel Marte $25
OF: Tyler O’Neill $7
OF: Ian Happ $9
OF: Trent Grisham $7
UTIL: David Dahl $20
Bench (free): Matt Adams, Billy Hamilton

P: Kevin Gausman $7
P: Craig Kimbrel $12
P: Dinelson Lamet $16
P: Steven Matz $6
P: Mark Melancon $8
P: Freddy Peralta $5
P: Jose Quintana $6
P: Julio Urias $14
P: Bryse Wilson $2
Bench: Edward Cabrera, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Jordan Hicks, Drew Smyly

YOU WANT TO TELL ME YOUR WAR ROOM VALUES, SO JUST TELL ME SO WE CAN MOVE ON WITH THE RECAP.

Mr. Al Caps, you sound like you could use mediation.

IT’S MEDITATION, YOU IDIOT! MEDIATION IS WHAT YOU LEARNED IN THAT RAILWAY UNION.

Ah, yes. A brief, but enlightening stint. Okay, here’s the War Room goals and where I’m at.

For this league, I once again use Rudy’s NL-Only rankings, and his War Room (it’s free with a subscription). To blow some extra smoke up his hoo-ha:

I jpg’d the important stuff, because I know your reading comprehension is between “fortune cookie” and “bathroom stall limerick.” The general gist is Rudy is fan-effin-tastic for pitching. By the way, General Gist was also the name of my high school band. You might remember our single, “I Get The Idea (Sorta).” For full disclosure, my war room values in that above screenshot are from before Bryse Wilson, because he would’ve brought my numbers down, and I didn’t draft him for that. I drafted him to send him down. Allow me to explain.

TERRIFIC. AN EXPLANATION WITHIN AN EXPLANATION.

Right, so in this league, you can’t move guys off your bench into your lineup and vice versa (great movie!) unless a guy is sent down or injured. Ideally, Bryse will be sent down and I can start Smyly for good matchups. If I had drafted Smyly and Bryse was on my bench, then I’d be stuck with starting Smyly every single week, even if he was in Coors. So, not only was this an explanation, but within it you also found a plan. Punny? P to the erhaps.

PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW YOU DRAFTED DAVID DAHL AGAIN — FOR $20 NO LESS! — AFTER ALL THE HARDSHIP HE’S GIVEN YOU IN PAST YEARS.

David “Porcelain” Dahl is my Achilles heel, which is ironic because his entire body is like Achilles’s Achilles heel. “What’s hurting you?” David Dahl looks sullenly in the mirror, and replies to the doctor, “Everything.” Hayzeus freakin’ Cristo, I can’t get away from David Dahl. There’s Joe Ross, Tyson Ross, and he’s the third Ross brother, Albat Ross, and he’s hung around my neck. I admittedly can’t resist a guy in Coors. See also Sam Hilliard, and to a lesser extent, Josh Fuentes. I say lesser extent because, for Fuentes to play, I think I need a giant wind to pick up Arenado, have him become the Marvel superhero, Torenado, and get relocated to one of the other 29 MLB teams.

OKAY, YOU SOUND CRUMBY IN YOUR HEAD, SO SEARCH BETWEEN THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES OF YOUR BRAIN CUSTARD AND GIVE ME SOME TAKEAWAYS.

My offense is ridunk. It is rerun on Showtime after midnight and guys mute the volume and just watch my offense when their spouse has a headache. It’s a gorgeous vessel of wonderful like a Pepperoni Combo. As you see from my War Room totals, I’m so far above in runs, HRs and RBIs, and that’s without a 3rd baseman or corner man. Can I get a cackle?! Even my steals are good and I didn’t sacrifice anything else, well, except average. I could quibble with Rudy’s projections for Albombso, Baez, Ketel and Story and say that my average is actually better than his projections, but if I’m trusting the other stats, I’m not going to pick and choose. (Not to be confused with hair picks and Choos from The Seoul Train Awards.) Also, Rudy’s projections are conservative on Happ, who I love, Grisham, who I love, and Alonso, who I love love love, so if I’m more accurate on those guys than Rudy, my offense is going to be silly stacked like a drunk game of Jenga.

YOU’RE PURPOSELY NOT TALKING ABOUT YOUR PITCHING, RIGHT?

Listen, you can’t get the offense I managed to buy and not have some weaknesses. In these NL-Only leagues (and AL-Only, for that matter), I ignore pitching a bit. I’ve discussed it many times, so I’ll keep it brief, after this awkward intro about keeping it brief, at least nine of 12 teams are going to have weak pitching staffs. As long as I can get around a 4.00 ERA, I should put myself in the running to win the league if my hitting performs. Specifically, about the guys I drafted? Matz I can’t quitz; Gausman in San Fran is worth a flyer in every league as I say in my top 80 starters; Lamet is capable of being an ace, and I wrote a Dinelson Lamet sleeper; Julio Urias will be an ace if he gets 150 IP, and Quintana, well, someone’s got to get wins and innings. Overall, I like my chances, which is what’s important. When you get one chance a decade to play in LABR, you gotta make it count (like counting to 28 for dollars spent on Rhys Hoskins).

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ozone ranger
ozone ranger
2 years ago

NL Only Labor —-

So…. ESPN guy who shall not be named bought the entire Nationals OF? And got their 4th OF in the reserve draft? Don’t get wrong, I like them all, but you need to diversify your bonds. Go to WU Financial.

Someone paid $19 for Hector Neris!?!?!? He can’t continue to throw his splitter 126% of his pitches and not be exposed. Also makes the $20 you spent on Kimbrel and Melancon look like a deal. If Neris goes for $19 in my leagues, I will not be buying closers. Well at that price at least.

$28 Hoskins. Ha ha ha, that deserved the 45 minutes you dedicated. I had him for $30 last year, and somehow still finished 2nd. Finished 8th in average… I wonder why?

The same team bought Votto for $13 and Longoria for $8, because the DeLorean is going to show up and take us back to 2012.

I think your main competition for the title will be Gardner of USA Today. I like his team on top of yours. Maybe the Athletic guy, Van Riper. Another solid mix. Their holes are minimal. So are their cans. It’s all about cans and holes.

Marty
Marty
2 years ago

Grey,

Yahoo 10 team, 6×5 including OPS, keep 7 players which are tied to the round they were drafted last year. I have 10 players and get to keep 7. Which 3 would you throw back? Thanks!

Trevor Story (round 9)
Mookie Betts (round 7)
Jose Ramirez (round 5)
Alex Bregman (round 2)
Aaron Judge (round 24)
Ozzie Albies (round 14)
Eddie Rosario (round 4)
Nelson Cruz (round 6)
Blake Snell (round 16)
Trevor Bauer (round 10)

zzelasko2
zzelasko2
2 years ago

Hey G!! We’re geared up for a 3rd title run in 4 years….. LETS ROCK!!! This year we’ve expanded to a 12 team league with H2H Categories 6×6 (OPS and Holds). We get 4 keepers this year, for as long as we want to hold on to them. It’s an auction draft and their values factor into our $260 budget. Which 4 you thinkin?

$55 Trout
$36 Acuna Jr.
$31 Treat Urner
$26 Rizzo
$24 Gerritt Cole
$23 Bellinger
$21 Baez
$16 Strasburg
$9 Mondesi
$1 Sano

Really appreciate it!!

Paul Talbot
2 years ago

Grey
What are your thoughts on Jesse Winner and Ian Desmond?

Paul Talbot
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
2 years ago

Rudy lost the game of chicken. Just couldn’t resist Giancarlo’s charm.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

No, Rudy lost the game. Gave in to the temptation in the 5th.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

He did. I’ve been telling you that he drafted him.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Oik6dXm-0l0

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Big Magoo
2 years ago

Taking Abreu after I took Stanton must’ve been like eating a bowl of white rice while the guy next to you is eating blowfish sushi

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
2 years ago

Haha. I’ll take my boring, predictable rice. I don’t even know if that other one’s a thing, but I’d rather not spend the rest of the night in the bathroom.

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Acuna, Flaherty, Alonso to start off RazzSlam. Like it

Philip
Philip
2 years ago

Grey, which package would you want if you were rebuilding a deep league dynasty team and had no hope of contending:
A. Miguel Sano
B. Kieboom, Pearson
C. Pederson, Hendricks, Pache

Thanks, Homey! Always appreciate it!

philip
philip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks!

Jr
Jr
2 years ago

Follow up from a question a few days ago. In a 10 team h2h dynasty league where 20+ players are kept. I’m wondering what you think of trading Weaver for Severino and Patino. My pitching staff looks like this after a few trades:

EdRod, Lamet, Ray, Weaver, Manaea, Marquez, Lucchesi, DeSclafani and minor league pitchers of Mize, Honeywell, Hunter greene, and triston McKenzie. Might be able to pull off a trade of my hunter Greene for Jake odorizzi.

With this staff, would you consider trading to get Severino for the future?

Thanks!

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey.

How bad is my pitching? Went all in on Marquez last year and moved scherzer and strasburg, so I took a pretty big hit.

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, I know. He’s really the only ace available now, so just seeing what I can do. Made trades to get lamet and Edrod all this year, so hopefully some of those high upside 2’s and 3’s can make a big step forward.

You like the trade of Greene for Odorizzi!

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I hear ya. Thanks for talking me off the ledge!

pinkman
pinkman
2 years ago

10tm 5×5 with OBP instead of BA. Four keepers per team. Guy offered me Mookie (round 1 price) for my Gerrit Cole (round 8). My best hitting keeper left is Bogaerts. If you’re me, do you take it?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
2 years ago

Started my DC with Lindor, Flaherty, Torres, and Robert. These are dynasty startups, right?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Didn’t think that Robert would make it back to me in the 5th, so I jumped him a bit

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

That’s aggressive, but then again how many players are capable of going 25/25?

Stephen
Stephen
2 years ago

NFBC 15 team draft champions, drafting from the 10 spot.

1. Lindor
2. Tatis

We’re one out from our third round pick. Initially thought we’d go SP but Alonso, Yordan and Marte are all still available. Corbin and Giolitto would be options if we went SP. Not afraid to piece together pitching but have in the past taken an “ace” early on in these DC. Thoughts on the remaining available?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I would’ve taken Ketel, but Rudy grabbed him one pick in front of me. Don’t mind Torres though.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Looks up Grey’s rankings… Gleyber at 28, Ketel at 39… It all checks out!

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Big Magoo
2 years ago

more or less a coin flip for me….Marte was a better fit w/ Harper.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
2 years ago

Yeah, I agree that Ketel was a better fit for you there. The top four in my queue were Springer, Ketel, Torres, and Meadows leading into my 3rd pick. At least the choice was easy.

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, did a 12 team roto mock
Please give me your opinion on it
C-Kelly
1b-Olsen
2b-Muncy
Ss-Story
3b-JoRam
Mi-Mondesi
Ci-Walker
Of-Springer
Of-Soler
Of-Mercado
Of-W.Calhohn
Of-Happ
Util-Tauchman
Sp-Giolito
Sp-Gray
Sp-Lynn
Sp-Odorizzi
Sp-Luchessi
Rp-Kimbrel
Rp-Robles
Rp-Jimenez
Rp-Oberg
Rp-Castillo
Rp-A.Miller
Rp-W.Davis

omar
omar
2 years ago

10 team Mixed Weekly H2H 6×5 (standard + OPS). Keep 3 for 1 year max. Who makes the cut for 2020?

JustDong
FTJ
Story
Soto
JoRam

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
2 years ago

G, I’m back, baby! Need help with my keepers. 10 teams, H2H, 5×5 with OPS (no Avg) and QS (no Wins), $260 budget, auction price goes up 20% every year.
KEEP 5 from the following (leaning first 5 but wanted second opinions):
Trout $50
Yelich $49
Treat Urner $6
Alonso $2
Scherzer $20
Javier Baez $17
Bieber $13
Strasburg $20
Verlander $34
Buehler $36
Suarez $30
Mondesi $30

I know Trout and Yelich are the most expensive by far, but I think I still gotta keep the best players. There’s still probably some “savings” in their prices (they’d probably go in the $60s), along with the fact that I’m guaranteed to own them. Baez and Bieber are tough to let go at those prices but I don’t think I have any other options except maybe keep Biebs over Max?

Thoughts?

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks man! I traded away a lot of young and/or cheap and/or proven talent last year (e.g., Tatis, Yordan Alvarez, Hiura, Hoskins) but Trout, Bieber, Stras, and JV were all acquired via trade to help me to the ‘chip so I can’t really complain about having too many good players that I need to let go now. JUST WIN, BABY!

BBQ Warren
BBQ Warren
2 years ago

I’m full in the middle infield the other guy is full at the corners. I can trade my $2 Tommy la Stella for his $12 Yuli gurriel. It’s a 12-team Al only Roto auction. Sure he might get the cheaper player and I would have to extend gurriel this year where she only has to make a decision on la Stella next year but I think I’m getting much more reliability and the same profit if I don’t extend. Do you agree

BBQ Warren
BBQ Warren
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Just did the deal. Enjoy the year at 12 or sign at 17 for 2.
Btw justsigned up for my first RCL this year. Excited. If I have questions where do I go for that

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, can u give opinion of this 12 team roto mock with 6th pick?
C-Kelly
1b-Olsen
2b-Muncy
Ss-Story
3b-JoRam
Mi-Mondesi
Ci-C.Walker
Of-Springer
Of-Soler
Of-Mercado
Of-W.Calhohn
Of-Happ
Util-Tauchman
Sp-Giolito
Sp-Gray
Sp-Lynn
Sp-Odorizzi
Sp-Plesac
Rp-Kimbrel
Rp-Robles
Rp-J.Jimenez
Rp-Oberg
Rp-Castillo
Rp-A.Miller
Rp-W.Davis

JaysforDays
JaysforDays
2 years ago

Got offered Lindor and Sherzer for my Soto and Corbin. It’s a keeper league, thoughts?

Also, do you think Puk will have any impact this year?

galica
galica
2 years ago

Grey!!!!!

Excellent LABR draft report, from start to finish.

a. Loved the way your message is reinforced on Hoskins going for $28! Really comes full circle! At the same time comparing Alonso to Hoskins each for $28 is really absurd.

b. Late, yes! Kill me. Went to a virtual job fair (so actually didn’t leave the house but I had to get dresssed okay it was a shirt and tie above with shorts and flip flops below, but I had to be there in my mind’s eye from 04h00 to 10h00 EST). Maybe something will come up from the job fair.

c. Kind of down because the job interview +test +French test for a really good job I had lined up (the one where I wrote the best application of my life) was postponed indefinitely because of corona. That is, the employer was concerned for the candidates contaminating their premises with the corona virus? I’m confused, you don’t stop businesses because of corona. Just wash your hands and face when you come home and try not to directly massage your eyeballs with a transfer of the virus from someone who just coughed and spit into both their hands and then thought it would be cool idea to shake your hand, right? Anyway, super pissed. They claim ‘postponed only’ not cancelled.

d. MLB quote of the day for July 31, 1948

‘You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.’

Roy ‘Campy’ Campanella

Cheers,
Ante

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

That team looks super solid. Offense is obviously filthy (wait, so someone got Rhys for the same price as Albombso?? or did i misread?). I like the pitching a lot too. You’ve got the Ks and upside from Urias and Lamet, and Gausman / Quintana will give you IP. Also think Melancon is a super under the radar RP2 pick. If he keeps getting unremarkable saves like he did last year, why mess with it? Plus, plenty of opportunities to come from ATL.

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

Ooof! That’s why it’s good to keep an eye out for early bargains auctions. That last guy in a tier (like I’m guessing Rhys was) gets inflated when more than 1 team need to fill that spot + don’t want the tier below (like Daniel Murphy haha). I learned that the hard way a few years ago when I planned a team around getting Deshizz for cheap SB, but he was the last speed guy, so I ended up paying like $18 for him!

Yea, I like Melancon a lot too. I feel like Wade Davis is sort of similar, except Davis will definitely implode + also has a contract that incentives COL to ditch him at some point.

J_FOH
J_FOH
2 years ago

Hey Grey, Great post…DCDR!

I love watching you and Magoo going back and fore. You guys should collab for a point/counterpoint post. Grey you ignorant slut! For all the Razzicans/Razzballians/Razztards who gloss over the comments to ask questions about their 4 team home leagues.

Smoochie Boochies

Jack

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

what happened to LT Murray?

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

Like the Bikram yoga guy?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  J-FOH
2 years ago

Makes me think of G. Gordon Liddy when I see that name

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

Top five intro of any show ever!

Ben C
Ben C
2 years ago

Looking for some keeper advice. I have 8, need one more. 5×5 obp/qs 14 team $260
A=can be kept this year and next
B=this year only

Keeping
Fernando Tatis Jr A4
Vlad G B4
Jorge Soler A1
Cavan Biggio A4
Lourdes Gurriel A2
Will Smith A1
Liam Hendrix A2
Brandon Workman A1

One out of this group

Eugenio Suarez B10
Trent Grisham A1
Mark Cahna A1
Aaron Civale A1
Archey Bradley A1
German Marquez B3
Adrian Houser A1

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Robert at 3.1 is extra reachy…

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Was just going to say that ha

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yep exactly

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

Funny how everyone’s own projection system *always* comes out numero uno when they try and rank who’s best…

Yo, this squad is legit! Way better than the last one haha.

Your IF is juicy af. The OF has uber sex appeal. Happy to see you got a share of Dahl and don’t even really need him to be OK.

I was soooo off Dahl last year, and still don’t have a share, but he’s the kind of guy I really like in an auction format where his value can fall. I might grab him in some 12 teamers, but I still don’t love where he’s going for 15 teamers w/ that injury concern.

Staff looks solid enough. LOVE Lamet for that price. What a freakin’ steal! Urias too. Nice gamble on Quintana for that price. I see you’re lovin’ the Ponce de Leon this año. ¡Felicidades!

I really don’t understand the Bryce Wilson blurb, but also pretty sure I don’t want you to try and explain it again. lol

15-team DC w/ Donkey started yesterday afternoon. We’re in the middle of round 3 — not too bad for a 4h slow draft.

My start is Bellinger, Bieber, Albies from the 5 slot. Really happy w/ that. DT has Turner and Freeman, waiting on his third pick. Cram It has Arenado and Harper. Knoche has Tatis and Buehler. Pretty happy my pick isn’t near those guys!

Later, bro! Read the Jose Bautista news if you want a good laugh.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

hahaha

I’ve gone Bellinger, Albies, Castillo in a draft. I wanted to gamble that Albies or even one of the other 2B would still be there in the third, and get my Bieber share. I’m super high on him, so wanted to put my money where my mouth is…

I wouldn’t do this in a regular league, but since there’s an overall component… trying something new here. TBC!

I’ll give you another update in a few hours, but SP going SUPER light in this draft so far. Kind of what I expected to see from a Razzball DC haha.

Only 9 pitchers taken through 43 picks. And there are 2 teams w/ 2 pitchers each. I expect things to start to change coming up in round 4…

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

If you have a pick in the top half of a 15-team league, I feel like you kind of need 1 pitcher in the first 3 rounds to help avoid the possibility of getting shut out on the guys you like when it comes back around.

What’s your start and from what pick?

Nick
Nick
2 years ago

how often is your top 500 link updated? https://razzball.com/projections-grey/

I see Snell still ranked at 35 overall right behind Buehler and Stras. I imagine that changes now with the news about his elbow. Or are you holding steady?

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Punting 3B is a bold strategy Cotton, lets see how that works out for him.

Though Happ has eligibility already in that format, right?

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

oof

Rocky Colavito
Rocky Colavito
2 years ago

So I’ve been reading your player ranking blurbs as I always do this time of year and starting wondering how paragraphs and paragraph breaks hurt you in the past to the point of such trauma that you refuse to use them? Have you brought this up in therapy?

hankg
hankg
2 years ago

Quick strategy question – in a league that includes OPS and Holds as sixth categories, would you use your standard rankings for the draft or Rudy’s modified rankings for each format. I mention because depending on which set is used, there appears to be some sizable differences in player values (e.g., JD Martinez is ranked as the 5th player overall under Rudy’s OPS rankings).

Thanks!

Primetime
Primetime
2 years ago

Grey,

My league has Y Alverez as U spot only. He’s the best available next to Jimenez. Do I just take Alverez and wait for him to play OF 5 times or just take Jimenez?

Thoughts?

I have the 1st pick in 10 team keeper league. My U spot is already used up by Tatis.

1b – Bellinger
2b – Albies
SS – Lindor
U – Tatis

Cabby
Cabby
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

12 team keeper league. Keep 10 players and up to 7 Minor leaguers

R, Total bases , RBI, SB, OBP
ERA, WHIP, K, wins +qs, holds+saves

C,C-
1B-
2B- Ozzie Albies
SS- Trea Turner
MI- Villar
3B- Arenado
CI-
5 OF- Acuna, Harper, Marte
6 Sp- Walker Buehler, Snell, Patrick Corbin

Minors- Mitch Keller, Patino, Graterol, Brujan, Royce Lewis, Andrew Vaughn, Alec Bohm

Question for you. I really need a 1B. I had a chance to trade Marte and Snell for Olson but the owner backed out.

Now I have a chance to trade Snell and Arenado and 3rd round pick(like pick 150 after keepers) for Gerrit Cole, Miguel Sano and round 10 pick.

I still think it’s an overpay on my part and I hate to give up Arenado. Thoughts? I have the first pick in the draft and would likely use it on a 3B

Cabby
Cabby
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

So pass on this….I have other keepers(eg. Tim Anderson) that I could keep instead of Snell if the injury is severe.

toneDEAF!
toneDEAF!
2 years ago

Hello Grey! H2H custom Pts league. Need to figure out my last 3 keepers. Who would you take?

Willie Calhoun – last rnd
Kyle Tucker – last rnd
Giolito- last rnd
Senzel – 15th
Darvish – 8th
Kingery – last rnd
Glasnow – 12th
Trevor Bauer – 7th
Caleb Smith – last rnd
Dinelson Lamet – last rnd

AdamH
AdamH
2 years ago

14 team H2H dynasty, probably got the best team in the league. We add K/BB and L’s to the usual 5×5.

All else equal, would you trade Buehler 1/$10 and (dump) Lucchesi 3/$10
for
LCastillo 2/$16?

The Great Knoche
Reply to  AdamH
2 years ago

I’d want Buehler

DonnieB
DonnieB
2 years ago

Keeper question for you. It s a 12 team roto keeper auction where you keep 8. The team cap is $300. Keepers for sure are Yelich, Buehler, Laureano, Corbin at $33,$10,$10 and $4 respectively. My other would come fro the following:

Grandal at $3 for one more year
Will Smith C at $10 for two more years
Eduardo Escobar at $2 for two more years
Springer at $33 for two more years
Trevor Bauer at $16 for one more year
Roberto Osuna at $10 for one more year
Jesus Luzardo at $10 for two more years
Soroka at $10 for two more years
Gallen at $10 for two more years
Liam Hendriks at $10 for two more years
Top 10 players go for $55-75. Which additional 4 would you keep? Thank you and another great on Razzball is upon us!

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah. Trying to trade. Can’t get a value better than I have other than maybe Story at $51 for two years. I think I need to keep Grandal over Luzardo or Gallen just for balance. Also, then could just spend a buck or two on a second C. I won this league by a wide margin so I do look stacked. Should I give up Will Smith and Gallen for Story? Thanks for your help there too.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I would throw in Arenado at $58. OK?

marti
marti
2 years ago

Always look forward to your N/L only posts since I am in a n/l only 10 team auction roto with unlimited keepers and have won the league for last 3 years…$4500 cha ching. $260 budget

Here are my keepers this year. Would you keep everyone?

Acuna $16 obvious Yelich $38 obvious Story $26 obvious christian walker $6 kolten wong $6
Eugenio Suarez $26 Joc Pedersen $14 Dubon $6
Paddack $14 Castillo $16

My question marks are pedersen and dubon. If it were a 12 teamer they are definite keepers . Do you still keep them in 10 team n/l ony league?

LOLmets
LOLmets
2 years ago

Your light on speed and saves need a little sagnof.

There’s already been 7 waiver wire transactions

That’s going to be a competitive one

Joey
Joey
2 years ago

Is JoRam a good or bad 2nd round complement to Trevor Story in a 5×5 OBP league? I know that in your pairings write-up you had said that you would not pair Lindor with JoRam, so just wondering if it is same case with Story or if that had to do more with both playing for a team who may be tanking?

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Turned out much better than your CBS NL Mock warm up.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I dunno, you went after Matz again.

Prettaaay, prettaaaay, prettay good
Prettaaay, prettaaaay, prettay good
2 years ago

Grey,

I love this team. Your years of pitching propaganda has led me to completely devalue it. In my upcoming auction I don’t plan on spending more than $12 on any pitcher, other than a top closer. Also your write up format for these teams is by far the best. I’m actually mildly interested in someone else’s fantasy team which is impressive.

Good luck in LABR!

florida jack
florida jack
2 years ago

12 team H2H pts

keep 2, thanks

ray
e rod
wheeler
gallen

happyharry
happyharry
2 years ago

Hey Grey, keep up the good work Man! 12 team, H2H, 6X6, last year of auction re-draft. No bench and two Catcher League. I thought salary cap was $250, however it was $260 so I left so money on the table, that I probably could of used on my last two P’s. Was not going to draft an RP but Liam was there at the end for $1..and Musgrove & Bundy. Your opinion Please.
C-Omar Narvaez, Mil
C-Carson Kelly, AZ
1B-Matt Olson, Oak
2B-Lourdes Gurriel, Tor
3B-Jose Ramirez, Clev
SS-Francisco Lindor, Clev
MI-Paul DeJong, St.L
CI-Anthony Rendon, LAA
OF-Mookie Betts, LAD
OF-Bryce Harper, Phi
OF-Eddie Rosario, Min
OF-Oscar Mercado, Clev
OF-Max Kepler, Min
DH-Justin Turner, LAD
P-Max Scherzer, Wash
P-Luis Castillo, Cin
P-Yu Darvish, Tx
P-Trevor Bauer, Cin
P-Jose Berrios. Min
P-James Paxton, NYY
P-Joe Musgrove, Pit
P-Dylan Bundy, LAA
P-Liam Hendricks, Oak

foul balls
foul balls
2 years ago

Hey grey, got a trade offer before our draft. 12 team. 6×6 h2h. His 1st, 2nd, 22nd, 23rd draft picks, for my 3rd,4th,5th,6th picks. Would you take that trade?

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  foul balls
2 years ago

Crucial info for a question like this: What is his draft position, what is your draft position, and are there any keepers off the board?

foulballs
foulballs
Reply to  LenFuego
2 years ago

I have the third pick and he has the 7th pick

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  foul balls
2 years ago

Agree with Len. But if it’s a straight redraft league then I’d do it.

Earl
Earl
2 years ago

I am always confused as to how many other ‘experts’ are saying that times have changed regarding pitching and that it is now wise to grab pitching earlier rather than later.

Yet I know that here at Razzball still say that is not true and should still grab hitters early. I still follow this advice for the most part.

I should for one of my drafts, go for early pitching and see where it leaves me in the hitting department.

In a draft I am in now, one guy took DeGrom in 1st round and Buehler in 2nd. He then switched over to hitters for like next 5 or 6 picks and come to round say 14 and he is doing okay overall it seems.

Anyway, food for thought perhaps??

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

It can work but I don’t like starting with two aces.

Rudy seems to like starting with an ace this year actually…

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Took Bieber in our DC to feel this out myself. Happy I got a share :)

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

Hitting is much stronger than pitching in the 30-70 pick range, in my opinion. Snell just had a cortisone injection in his elbow. Severino’s finished. Sale’s a mess. Giolito was unrosterable prior to last season. Clevinger’s still recovering. Strasburg just had his biggest workload by far. Morton’s old, and has had tons of durability issues throughout his career. Lots of land mines out there, and plenty of quality bats. Grabbing an early ace this year looks like a smart move.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Big Magoo
2 years ago

I’m still not doing it tho haha
Magoo!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Grimey!

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Big Magoo
2 years ago

Scherzer just went #7 in my RazzSlam league ahead of Cole

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  The Great Knoche
2 years ago

That’s aggressive. Verlander and Scherzer are gonna run out of bullets eventually.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Big Magoo
2 years ago

Agree mostly, but I like Morton this year at that price. It’s not like taking Verlander at the 1/2 turn price.

And Giolito isn’t *that* risky. He’s really only had 2 seasons: 1 bad and 1 good. He’s going to be 25 and made a lot of great changes last year. My main concern w/ him is that injury doesn’t turn out to be sports hernia (or wtv they call it nowadays).

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I guess fangraphs and baseball reference are making up his numbers from 2017 and 2018…

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It’s not all top pitchers. Depends on the player. I’m not in on Verlander or Scherzer, and I think that Cole’s numbers will come back down to earth a bit. But deGrom, Buehler, and Flaherty? I’m in. Bieber should be solid again. I like Castillo. Filthy changeup. Kershaw is priced nicely.

Who are you counting on? Giolito a year removed from a 6+ ERA and a 6.5 K/9? Sonny Gray, the guy who had a 5ish ERA two years ago? They’re suddenly aces? Good luck with that.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It’s not about some blanket strategy of having SPs early. I just like the guys I mentioned above and trust them much more than the Giolito/Gray types. Not to mention the whole mess of SPs with issues that I referenced in my initial comment.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I agree that it’s very specific. I have Bieber up at SP 4 now. Hence why I took him at 26 (and I just really wanted at least 1 share)

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

Do you think you could have gotten baez for less than 30

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Steve
2 years ago

Ha I’m pretty sure if he could’ve then he would’ve!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Steve
2 years ago

Prolly yes. I heard that part of draft.
Grey nominated Baez for $30 and got crickets hahaha.
Gotta respect it tho.
I hate when dbags say “uh Trout for $1” knowing full well his price.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

wow that is nutty AF

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I like that strategy. It’s like the no-bluffing, no b.s. approach. Good in many cases when you really want a player and know what you’re willing to pay.

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

Good morning!
10 team league. We get to keep one pitcher and one hitter for a max of 3 times, repeating keepers Move up 2 rds each year. I’ve got Captain Jack in rd 21 (2nd time keeping) and Mondesi in rd 10 (2nd time keeping). I know you’ve got Mondesi higher than Eloy, but I’d get an extra year of keeping Eloy if I kept him. I’d keep eloy in the same round 10. Whatcha think?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Sam
2 years ago

Mondesi for me still

Hernan
Hernan
2 years ago

Actually, I like your pitching here, lol, was following the auction and was soo mad I didn’t know there was a chance to be in audience, maybe shake hands with some of my heroes, Grey Albright, Lenny Melnick and others, so I’m gonna write a Razzball Commenter Schmohawk post on myself…, horrible…, by the way Happy RazzSlam day!!!!, good luck to everyone, !!!!

bill
bill
Reply to  Hernan
2 years ago

I agree…Happy RazzSlam day!!!!, good luck to everyone except Duffy !!!! HA!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  bill
2 years ago

RAZZSLAM!!! Get em!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ha!!!

Hernan
Hernan
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Lol, Tampa Area

Hernan
Hernan
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Lol, of course, hopefully LABR comes back

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Same goes here. I’ll meet you and Ralph if you ever get nearCT. Maybe catch a Yard Goats game.

bsquash
bsquash
2 years ago

That offense plays in a 12 team mixed; in an NL only, its EMF Unbelievable.

Did any of the other teams in the league strike your fancy?

LOLmets
LOLmets
2 years ago

Snell injection in his elbow. Wouldn’t touch him even if he fell a few rounds.

Just came across your Seth Brown article from last October and picked him up for a final outfield spot flier, since Piscotty doesn’t know when hes going to be healthy.

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

I know you don’t put stock in spring stats but for a rookie with an opportunity to win an everyday job def important.

Seth Brown is 8 for 18 this spring with 4 doubles a tripple and a HR (which was a grand slam yesterday)

Kinda surprised you don’t have him higher in the rankings considering Piscotty doesn’t have a time table and seems like a lock to start the season on the injured list. And considering how you thought Brown could blow away the projections if things break right.

I’ve never even heard of the guy until yesterday but I’m thinking Seth Brown is a good sleeper for 2020 and he should be getting way more attention in drafts right now (thumbs up emoji)

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

Seth Brown’s current ADP on fantasy pros (which I think is a concensus big box ranking site right?) is 599.

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

Apparently Brown can play first base also so if they want to bench khris Davis vs the righties Davis had a .588 ops vs righties last year! Eww Wow!) and dh Olson those days or put Brown in the DH vs righties, that’s another avenue for at bats. Why am I getting so excited about this guy?

Oakland is so good I’m starting to realize. They might have the best rotation in baseball and nobody knows it.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

He is pretty high on Seth Brown, check the ranks. I have him in a few DCs thanks to Grey

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

For sure. Got to love Piscotty getting shut down. Seth Brown Moon

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Can he take a pitch the other way or does he only pull it? Seems like the shift could tank his avg but he hits a lot of line drives apparently. I saw his highlights from a 3 hit game vs the Yankees in regular season last year all basically pulled on the ground. all hard but wonder if he can go oppo. Then in the post season Rays shifted hard on him. Anyway I’m excited about him. Keep em coming!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

Yup, no thanks on Snell

Gator
Gator
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would you keep Syndergard or Lamet over Snell at this stage?

Gator
Gator
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Lamet for 2 years. Others just 2020. No dollars or rounds associated with keeping.

Gator
Gator
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks!