Early on Saturday, I heard the news that Jay Bruce made the Yankees’ Opening Day roster, and I was like, “Cool, if this is 2012.” Then I thought, “Is this 2012? Am I time traveler?” Turned out it was not 2012, and I was not a time traveler. Double bummer there. Somehow, Jay Bruce is still only 33 years old, so he might be a time traveler. After my brief flight of fancy through a time portal that didn’t exist, I thought, “That sucks, keeping Bruce over Tauchman. He can’t catch a break. That’s not the bee’s knees, that’s BS.” Then I thought, “I can just curse in my own head, I don’t need to spell out BS.” Then, out of nowhere, I saw the Yankees were keeping Mike Tauchman on the Opening Day roster too, and things began to peel away from my very logical brain. How were the Yanks keeping three 1st basemen? Was everything fine with Luke Voit? Welp, turned out it wasn’t. The Yankees were watching a triple feature of Luke Skylimper; Luke Cool Hand, But Torn Meniscus and Luke Voit in Meniscus Cowboy. After disowning Angelina Jolie, Voit will be undergoing surgery on his torn meniscus in his knee, and will miss at least April and May. This puts the spotlight on Bruce to reclaim his Glory Days, when every speedball wasn’t thrown right by him. Whereas, Tauchman is interesting in AL-Only leagues, if he can get in the lineup. I’ve added neither to my 2021 fantasy baseball rankings, because they might only be platooning for six to eight weeks. In the top 20 1st basemen, I lowered Luke Voit, taking roughly 200 ABs off his projections. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2021 fantasy baseball:

Eduardo Rodriguez – Dealing with a dead arm. You can hear me more or less predict this in our latest fantasy baseball podcast. Sometimes the noodle still woks..woks…WORKS! Damn it! Tanner Houck will be in the rotation for the time being. I have Houck listed in my top 100 starters. “Oh, Houck’s yeah,” fist pump.

Matt Barnes – Diagnosed with Covid. VAGNOF! Virus ain’t got no face. The virus does look a bit like a cleaning product in pictures and pamphlets. Or an evil Q-Bert. Any hoo! Barnes isn’t showing any symptoms, so the Sawx think he should be back soon. I still upped Adam Ottavino in the top 500, and lowered Barnes.

Kwang-Hyun Kim – Will begin the season on the IL. Bad year so far for Kims. You win, Eminem. Temp fill-in is John Gant, and, outside of NL-Only leagues, you can ignore.

Miles Mikolas – Will also start the year on the IL. And Mikolas anagrams to “Kim also.” Whoa. In his place temporarily, Ponce De Leon. He’s my preseason pick for FOY.

Nico Hoerner – Sent down to save service time. Wander Franco? It sucks, but I get it. Jarred Kelenic? Sucks, get it. Nico Hoerner? What are you saving service time for? So you have control over his 8/8 line when he’s 30?

Myles Straw – Out due to contact tracing. Please don’t let this be the news that broke my fantasy team’s back.

Kyle Lewis – Continues to be sidelined due to a banged up knee, and take one of my knees. Take them both and choose which one you want. Please, man, don’t do this!

Taylor Trammell – Will start the year with the Mariners, and likely an everyday job. He stole 41 bags one year in the minors. Think he might be what we thought we were getting from Tim Locastro about three weeks ago. Will call him Tim LoearlyMarchtro.

Joakim SoriaDiamondbacks manager and MTV’s Challenge competitor, Torey Lovullo, said the Diamondbacks have no clear-cut closer. Not taking anything away from them, as we all are our special snowflakes, but I’m not sure anyone has a clear-cut closer this year. Maybe the Brewers and White Sox. Maybe. Stefan Crichton is also in Arizona.

Anthony Santander – Dealing with a minor oblique issue. Ah, one of those. I’m not moving him in my rankings yet, but, yeah, I’m just thrilled to hear he’s got an injury that knocks players out anywhere from two days to two months.

Pablo Sandoval – Made the Braves’ Opening Day roster. That groan you hear is the clubhouse caterer.

Jazz Chisholm – Won the 2nd base job in Miami. If only there was some hand sign I could do to show excitement, something for Jazz with my hands…Hmm, oh well. This is surprising, and I wish I grabbed Jazz in more NL-Only leagues. In mixed leagues, he’s still a borderline option. Jazz might hit .200. You never know, calculations like average don’t like improvisation. His projections and Isan Diaz have been updated in my top 20 2nd basemen, and top 500. I.e., I removed Isan Diaz completely. Maybe he does better in the summer. Because the heat Isan.

Wade Davis – Made the Royals’ roster, and the Royals are going with a closer-by-committee so, please, ignore Wade Davis and look at Josh Staumont.

Scott Kingery – Optioned to Triple-A. Wow, this guy got enveloped real fast by the Brett Lawrie SuckTM. Once that enevlopes a player it’s very hard to extradite yourself. You need lots of Tom Emanski videos and lube. I removed Kingery from the top 100 outfielders, and added in Odubel Herrera.

Jed Lowrie – Made the A’s roster. Looking forward to the 7-part true crime podcast about how Jed Lowrie robbed the Mets of $20 million. It will be one episode for each at-bat Lowrie had with the Mets.

Daulton Jefferies – Pitched another gem yesterday, and spring training means nothing yadda-blabbity-burp, but he’s already in this week’s Buy, and it’s already available for Patreon members.

Carter Kieboom – Demoted to start the year, but no one was drafting him anyway, right? With the demotion of Carter Kieboom, the Nats seem like they’re going with Josh Harrison, and I, for one, have to hand it to them and applaud their decision. Sorry, weird punctuation there, I have one hand to applaud that decision. Top 20 2nd basemen is updated.

Jake Bauers – Won the 1st base job in Cleveland. I never watched the TV show 24, but if think I get the gist. So, what we’re watching now is bonus summer episodes after the clock has already expired on Jake Bauers.

Nick Wittgren – Next to Wittgren’s Post-it note on my desk it says, “Check status.” I guess I need to leave that Post-it note a little while longer, because I have no idea of his status vs. Karinchak’s.

David Price – Won’t be announced until after Opening Day, but I have a feeling Dave Roberts is gonna shock the world and make Tony Gonsolin the 5th starter.

Travis Shaw – Will split time with Orlando Arcia at 3rd and Luis Urias will split time with Arcia at short, which is a cha-ching for my shares of Orlando Arcia in NL-Only leagues. As for Shaw and Urias, well, did you really want them? No? Good.

Justin Topa – Dealing with elbow discomfort. After throwing 7 2/3 IP last year, I figured he’d have plenty of stamina to get through 15 innings this year.

Todd Frazier – Elected for free agency after he didn’t make the Pirates. Amazing that Todd Frazier, Mike Trout and Grey Albright are all from the same state. Me and Mike laugh at you, Todd! Laugh hard!

Bryan GarciaTigers manager A.J. Hinch said he doesn’t plan on naming a closer prior to Opening Day, which is a pretty funny line in itself. Is there a guy on the Tigers who could be the closer? Don’t answer Joe Jimenez, he was demoted, and removed from my top 500.

Casey Mize – Made the rotation, which is. Dot dot dot. Good? They went with him over Michael Fulmer, and Casey Mize’s name works better replacing Stacy’s Mom so this was right call. He’s in my top 100 starters, and I haven’t drafted him once, so you do the math.

Renato Nunez – Didn’t make the Tigers’ Opening Day roster. That’s a bit of a shocker. Maybe someone in the front office is a drunk, and couldn’t refuse any Goodrum. The top 20 1st basemen and top 20 2nd basemen were updated. Renato removed, and Niko added back in.

Isaac ParedesTigers announced his first name is pronounced ee-sah-AHCK. Fun fact! Ee-sah-AHCK is also an exit off the LI Expressway.

 
  1. TJ says:
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    Hey Grey. Hope you might be able to review my team. It’s a 10team H2H keeper league 7×7 with AVG, OPS & K/BB, QS & Saves/holds being the different stats we use.

    C-Gary Sanchez
    1B – Matt Olson
    2B – Ketel Marte
    3B – Justin Turner
    SS – Javier Baez
    OF – Mookie Betts
    OF – Aaron Judge
    OF – Kyle Lewis
    Util – Charlie Blackmon
    Util – Nick Castellanos
    BN – Austin Riley, Andres Gimenez, Ohtani (batter)

    SP – Darvish, Woodruff, Bundy, Gausman, Gallen, Eflin, Pablo Lopez
    RP – Matt Barnes, Yimi Garcia, Crichton (going with a SAGNOF approach on saves/holds)

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting and pitching, looks rock solid, bit low on SAGNOF at the end but it’s fixable in-season

  2. Brendan says:
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    Hey Grey! What are your thoughts on Trevor Rogers as a potential sleeper? His K rate is amazing and he’s had a good spring, do you see a potential breakout here?

    • fausto

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      I picked him up in a 17tm so prob nah .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Trevor Rogers, but in shallower leagues he’s still a streamer…Definite potential breakout tho

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I talk about him a few times in my starter rankings

  3. Member Berries says:
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    vagnof- read it with the G making a j sound hehehe

    Glasnow threw some winks your way – he wants to know if you’re still not interested?
    Franchy said what’s up. Maybe just in time
    I’m apparently all in with Joc and The Falafel man(yahoo catcher)
    No shares of Avisail, Tyler O Neill and Dahl but I am intrigued. Ralph podcast influence.
    Would you stash eloy as a free pickup for fantasy playoffs or is he out for the season?
    Kyle Lewis – we need you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha, I mean, well, haha

      I wouldn’t mess with Glasnow

      Tyler O’Neill!

      I’d stash Eloy as long as I had room to stash him

  4. James Bishop says:
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    In standard leagues, drop Matt Boyd for Daulton Jefferies?

    • James Bishop says:
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      Or Quintana for Jefferies?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Quintana

  5. MrKnish says:
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    Hey Grey, I drafted my home league and need your analysis / blessing. How’d I do? (Note: I learned about Eloy’s injury 3 hrs pre-draft; was gonna keep him in the 5th but my league mates let me switch to Castillo in the 4th.)

    8×8 keeper league
    Hit: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG, K
    Pitch: W, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9, K/BB, HLD, QS

    C: d’Arnaud (14)
    1B: Alonso (13 – keeper)
    2B: Moustakas (7)
    SS: Swanson (10)
    3B: Devers (2)
    CI: Bohm (9)
    MI: Solak (19)
    LF: Yelich (1.3)
    CF: Kyle Lewis (16)
    RF: Y. Alvarez (3)
    OF: Kelenic (26 – keeper)
    UT: Walsh (21)

    BN: Robles (11)
    BN: Tapia (22)
    BN: Senzel (24)
    BN: Polanco (29)
    BN: Julio Rodriguez (25 – to keep next year)

    SP: Castillo (4 – keeper)
    SP: Ryu (5)
    SP: Berrios (6)
    RP: Iglesias (8)
    RP: R. Rodriguez (15)
    RP: Sims (18)
    P: Gausman (12)
    P: May (20)
    P: Barlow (27)

    BN: E. Rodriguez (17)
    BN: Means (23)
    BN: Javier (28)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams

      • Andrew Rothman says:
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        12 teamer!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought it was a 10 teamer, hitting is so stacked, you have exactly type of team I’d draft…Pitching looks great two, you two aces…Only quibble might be low on Ks on hitting, which is to say high on them

      • Andrew Rothman says:
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        Hot damn! I was feeling good about the team, now I’m positively giddy.

        I find Ks for hitters is the hardest category to draft for, but hoping I can land in middle of the pack there and then dominate everything else.

        Thanks as always for completing me… er, I mean, for all your fantasy help.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, No problem

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    What a cornucopia of good stuff!!

    a. Still have today’s ST games, hopefully Lewis is back and all is well with the world.

    b. Comp seems to be responding positively. No rhyme or reason, though I did re-watch that epic Chris Rock HBO episode where he gave the black woman who dated a white man a reason for dating him, ‘member? I think the comp got the message.

    c. Added Jefferies. On one team I dropped O’Neil, he was a bench bat in case Lewis got injured. On the other team I dropped Lucas Sims (he was my eighth RP – Iglesias, Kennedy, RichRod, McGee (your old friend), Pagan, Romano and Wittgren). How’d I do? Be brutal as always.

    d. MLB quote of the day for March 27-28, 2021

    1. Michael Cuddyer, born March 27, 1979

    ‘”I don’t think even in Little League that I’ve ever hit for the cycle before,” (Michael) Cuddyer said, his dimples showing more than usual thanks to his mile-wide smile. “It’s fun. You can’t really describe it. Obviously, it doesn’t happen every day. It’s a day that I’ll always remember.”‘

    Sportswriter Kelly Thesier on MLB.com (05/23/2009, ‘Cuddyer rides out cycle against Crew’, Source)

    2. Jaime Navarro, born March 27, 1967

    ‘He’s (Jaime Navarro) a very polished young man. He handles himself very well from the mental part of the game. That’s outstanding character for a young man his age. It’s great character for an old man. What he’s done is taken advantage of an opportunity that has, in turn, made us a much better ball club.’

    Milwaukee Brewers Pitching Coach Chuck Hartenstein in The Milwaukee Journal (Mike Stephenson, 08/04/1989, ‘Navarro Fits in Well’, Page 2C)

    3. Glenn Davis, born March 28, 1961

    ‘Davis has averaged 27 home runs a season despite playing his home games inside the Astrodome and despite having no protection to speak of in the lineup. One can only wonder what the Georgia native would do if he were sandwiched between Ron Gant and Dave Justice in Atlanta.’

    Sportswriter Paul Ladewski in Inside Sports (Baseball Ratings and Inside Stuff, ‘You stare at that same crack in the wall day after day, and it starts talking to you…’, February 1991)

    4. Sam Bowens, died March 28, 2003

    ‘It (being hit on the head by a pitch) affected my hitting. I’d pull my head out up there. I wouldn’t stay with the inside pitchers. I would bail out and drop my hands.’

    Sam Bowens

    e. MLB quote of the day for March 29, 2021

    1. Billy Beane, born March 29, 1962

    ‘If you are a David in a land of Goliaths, you’d better learn something fast: You cannot beat the big boys at their own game. In baseball, that means you cannot outspend the competition; you won’t outbid them for big-ticket free agents or even realistically expect to keep your own homegrown stars long-term. That means you must be nimble and quick, and sometimes, just maybe come up with a plan that will change baseball. The Athletics may have done just that the last couple of years, defying all odds to win back-to-back American League West titles. For that creativity and nimbleness, Billy Beane is Baseball America’s Major League Executive of the Year.’

    Sportswriter Casey Tefertiller (Baseball America, Executive of the Year: Oakland’s Billy Beane, 12/03/2013)

    2. Alex Ochoa, born March 29, 1972

    ‘It’s nice to throw someone out, but to stop a runner from even running, to watch him hold up and not even try because he knows you’ll throw him out, that feels great.’

    Alex Ochoa in The Virginian-Pilot (Harry Minium, 08/07/1995)

    3. Rusty Staub, died March 29, 2018

    ‘The redhead from New Orleans signed with the Houston Colt .45’s in 1961 for a bonus of $110,000. In 1963, at barely 19 years old, Rusty Staub began his baseball career as Houston’s first great rookie hope. Staub worked harder than most to become the durable, excellent offensive player that his 23-year career revealed him to be. Hall of Fame greats Ted Williams and Duke Snider both described Rusty Staub as one of the greatest pure hitters they had ever seen.’

    Texas Baseball Hall of Fame (2006, ‘RUSTY STAUB’, Source)

    f. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 29, 2021

    ‘The mini-series ‘The Bronx is Burning’ thoroughly embarrassed me the way the story was told.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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      Jamie Navarro was like the greatest pitcher in 1992 (at least from a Brewers fan) to the worst pitcher ever in 1993.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Hope so

      B. I don’t remember that

      C. Sounds good, makes sense

      F. Really? Hmm, I want to rewatch it now

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        a. The conversation went…

        Chris: Why do you date white guys?
        Black girl: ‘No reason, no reason.’
        Chris: ‘So I punched her in the face. Now she has a reason.’

        b. Want to rewatch too if I could find it. Howard Cossell was the first person to say ‘The Bronx is burning’ in game 2 of the WS. So much happened in July of 1977, incredible!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          B. 77 was a crazy year with Son of Sam and Reggie

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! 5 minutes before keeper lock, a rebuilding owner pinged me to trade for my injured $10 Eloy (offering $23 ozuna and other pieces). So I ended up keeping Eloy at the very least to get ozuna-plus in those trade chats…but, the two guys I didn’t keep as a result? Voit (phew!) + Lewis (hope it’s nothing because he’s a keeper in my other league, but a deep bone bruise in one of the knees that have plagued him has me a little worried).

    ANYWAY! Here’s how the draft turned out…12 team roto $260 budget weekly lineup locks:

    C – $1 Jansen
    C – $1 Diaz
    1B – $3 Vaughn (KEEPER)
    2B – $6 Marte (K)
    SS – $19 Story (K)
    3B – $19 Devers (K)
    MI – $1 Cronenworth
    CI – $15 Muncy
    OF – $32 Acuna (K)
    OF – $24 Robert (K)
    OF – $14 Moore (Lewis who I was planning to grab went for 17 despite knee injury news)
    OF – $1 Renfroe
    OF – $0 O’Neill
    UTL – $15 Yordan (wild price but love it…he was the first utl only to go…for reference: franmil and cruz were 15, JDM 19, Stanton 17…and guys like Meadows and Myers were 16, Correa 20?!!)

    Bench – $0 Riley (loved this price too)

    IL – $10 Eloy (K)

    P – $19 Ryu (before ryu, Snell went for $35(!) Nola for $37…Schwezer $43..kershaw $34)
    P – $6 Sonny Gray (see above! Didn’t take a pitcher for the first 90 min…)
    P – $16 Luzardo
    P – $7 Lopez
    P – $8 Stroman
    P – $1 Eflin
    P – $0 bassitt
    P – $24 Edwin Diaz
    P – $7 Holland (I thought he had the royals gig, didn’t realize it was a committee?)

    Bench – closer bets: l$0 Wittgren, $0 Kennedy,
    $0 Green (doing this only to stream the first week lineup of 3 games where chapman is suspended)

    IL – $1 Sale …. $0 Pearson

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      With my IL guys + streaming green, I’ll have 4 open roster spots to FAAB. Some guys I’m looking at below, any favorites for this team?

      BATS
      Any Catcher replacements? Barnes (seems like getting good chunk of ab) Trevino, Stallings. Suzuki
      Actual bats: Austin Hays, Cordero, Hilliard, Adam Fraizer, Adam Eaton.

      ARMS
      Cease
      Rodon
      Tejay
      Ray
      Puk
      Odorizzi
      Bush (locking potential rangers closer?)

      • Ralphy says:
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        I’m not Grey, but Ive been adding Rodon everywhere.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ralph likes Cease, some like Rodon, Odorizzi is safe, I’d hold Bush for now, can never have too many closers in April that become something

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Surprised Moore went for so much, tho, I do like him, just surprised…I like the team a lot! All guys I like…The pitching is stacked…Holland is likely close, good closer bets at end…Solid team, Duda!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks! Was worried heading into the draft without a pitcher keeper (gee thanks Carrasco) but it turned out better than expected thanks to the early overbidding – and hopefully Sale or Pearson give me a fun SP keeper for 2022.

        Moore surprised me too, but at that point in the draft I had the money to spare – then Senzel went for $15, i.e. 1 yordan alvarez. Bids were very unpredictable.

        Thanks for the FAAB pitching help, all sounds good. Would pay a buck to swap my C2 Diaz for Austin Barnes / Trevino / Suzuki / Stallings, or better to just wait til season starts + see how everyone’s doing?

  8. The Skrimmer says:
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    Finished my contract/keeper league draft this weekend. I have the following contracts: One-4 year, Two-3 year, and Three-2 year contracts to give players with their current salary. Scoring is 5×5 with typical categories aside from OBP instead of BA. Please share your thoughts on my team overall and the six players I should contract. My initial thoughts on contracts are listed as well. Thanks!

    C-Vazquez $4
    1B-Bellinger $29 (3 year contract)
    2B-Lux $4
    3B-Arenado $17 (2 year contract)
    SS-Bichette $22 (3 year contract)
    MI-Ha Kim $2
    CI-Hosmer $10
    OF-Blackmon $16
    OF-K. Lewis $5 (2 year contract)
    OF-B. Reynolds $6
    OF-L. Robert $18 (2 year contract)
    OF-Santander $10
    U-F. Reyes $12
    U-Walsh $4
    Bench – Luciano-$0 (4 year contract)
    Adell-$0
    SP: Bundy-$5; Gausman-$8; Heaney-$6; McCullers-$10; Ryu-$14; Gallen-$12; Severino-$5; Bumgarner-$0; Means-$0
    RP: Iglesias-$11; Jansen-$8; Montero-$5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams

      • The Skrimmer says:
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        12 team league. We also get two keepers at the end of the year…thinking that might be on my pitchers since I am not sure any are worth a contract.

  9. teembo slice says:
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    Hey Grey, finished up a 12 team mixed roto 5×5 draft last night. I might have taken the wait on pitching approach a little extreme. How do you think I fared out?

    c-Mitch Garver
    1b- Pete Alonso
    2b- Ozzie Albies
    3b- Ke’Bryan Hayes
    MI- Nick Madrigal
    CI- Tommy LaStella
    OF- Cody Bellinger
    OF- Randy Arazarena
    OF- Lourdes Gurriel Jr
    OF – Ramel Tapia
    OF- Kyle Lewis
    UTIL- Yordan Alvarez
    BENCH- Hunter Renfroe
    BENCH – Josh Rojas

    SP-Zack Greinke
    SP- Jesus Luzardo
    SP- Charlie Morton
    SP- Elieser Hernandez
    SP-Frankie Montas
    SP- Triston McKenzie
    SP- Aaron Civale
    RP- Aroldis Chapman
    RP- Daniel Bard
    RP-Anthony Bass
    RP- Matt Bush

    If Kyle Lewis is out some time I’m thinking of going after Jay Bruce for the time being and using streamers for that Matt Bush spot

    • Grey

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      I don’t like Greinke and Montas, so you waited and took guys I don’t like… Hitting looks okay, nothing special, I can’t believe you punted pitching and got La Stella as a corner man…

      • teembo slice says:
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        technically alonso is the corner man and i used bellinger to fill in the kyle lewis OF void

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  10. Got the 20 and 21 pick in 20 team 5×5 league. Next pick will be 60-61. Do I need to take the best s.p. At the 21 pick?

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • It’s in a Tim McLeod run league. I know they draft pitching. Should I draft sales, Thor, around 165-200 then put on d.l. To have any chance at finishing in the middle of pack in 20 team roto.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, sure stash Sale

  11. JAscher says:
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    In Grey We Trust!!!

    27 round 5 keeper league would love your thoughts?

    C –
    1B – Matt Olson
    2B – Max Muncy
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Tim Anderson
    CI – Eric Hosmer
    MI – Andres Gimenez
    OF – Ronald Acuna
    OF – Luis Robert
    OF – Austin Hays
    OF – Nick Solak
    OF – JD Davis
    Util – Jonathan India
    Util- Kyle Lewis
    Bench – Anthony Santander
    Bench – Eloy Jimenez (had to keep him in the 24th round)
    Bench – Wander Franco

    Pitchers
    Dylan Bundy
    Pablo Lopez
    Kevin Gausman
    John Means
    Brad Keller
    Framber Valdez

    Alex Colome
    Daniel Bard
    Emilio Pagan
    Tanner Scott
    Nick Wittgren

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • JAscher says:
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        12 teams. We had 10th pick and no 4th or 5th round pick

        • JAscher says:
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          We also kept:
          Acuna in the 21st
          Eloy in the 24
          Kyle Lewis in the 25
          Luis Robert in the 26
          Wander Franco in the 27 (last)

  12. Here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey? Excited to be back for another year!

    Just did my one and only draft this season. 7×7 w/ OBP and TBs plus QS. Feeling great about my hitting…

    C – Nola
    1B – Rizzo
    2b – Moostakis
    SS – Bichette
    3B – Moncada
    OF – Soto
    OF – Lou Bob
    OF – Castellanos
    Util – Mondesi
    Bench – Kebryan Hayes
    Bench – Clint Frazier

    P – Woodruff
    P – McCullers
    P – Pablo Lopez
    P – Corbin
    P – Means
    P – Eovaldi
    P – Montas
    Bench – Colome
    Bench – Pomeranz
    Bench – Eli Hernandez

    • Grey

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      # of teams?

      • Here comes the pizza says:
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        12 teams, my bad!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look like great on speed, but maybe low on OBP…Mondesi scares a little in OBP…But Soto is so good it’s prolly fine… Might be okay…Your pitching looks solid, I like the team in general just scared on OBP due to Mondesi

      • Here comes the pizza says:
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        Thanks Grey. Hopefully Soto and Rizzo are good enough in OBP to make up for Mondesi’s deficiencies there. I was mostly just excited to draft Mondesi after just barely missing out on him last 2 years

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, No problem

  13. McKinzie says:
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    Who are 3-4 great MR who could get save chances but mostly be great for ratios this year in my daily to use while SP are off

    • Earl says:
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      Devin Williams the best IMO.

      Chris Martin perhaps from Braves.

      Maybe Tejay Antone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Earl, will add Staumont

  14. Denver90 says:
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    I’d love opinions on my team after a draft where everyone seemed to use a different list than me.
    C
    1 Abreu -k
    2 Muncy
    3 JoRam -k
    SS Anderson
    MI De jong
    CI Olson -k
    OF Grisham -k, Robert, Taveras, Hicks, JD Davis
    U Franmil
    B Riley, Rowdy

    SP Bieber-k, Ryu, Bundy, Gausman, PabLo, Bassitt, Framber, Elieser, Gonsolin
    RP DevWill, Wittgren, Crochet, Bummer, C. Green, Ottaviano, Graterol.

    Notes: net saves + .5 Holds
    I’ll need to drop one of these players before Thursday and I obviously need a C.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Denver90 says:
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        Sorry, 12 teams. Drafted 12th…again!
        Also W-L+qs.
        Thanks

  15. William Hung says:
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    2021 Sphinx Tour Draft (12 team – 8×8. Batting is standard 5 plus Ks, OPS, and ABs. Pitching is W, L, K, SV+HLDs, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS)

    C- Falefa
    1B- Olson
    2B- Moore
    3B- Chapman
    SS- Story
    OF- Betts, Bellinger, Yordan Alvarez,
    UTIL- Tim Anderson
    B- Kyle Lewis, Jon India
    SP- Ryu, Paddack, Corbin, Plesac, Framber (IL)
    RP- Montero, Rogers, Castillo, Diekman, May, Rich Rodriguez

    The draft kind of went sideways a little bit when a bunch of your sleepers went earlier than expected – like Ke’Bryan Hayes went well before Chapman and I got Olson like around the 100th pick while Rizzo went around 60 overall. For my final pick of my draft, I was debating between India and Chisolm, and rolled India since I think his AVG, OBP could be higher while not killing me in Ks, but I am still debating whether I should swap those 2 once the undrafted guys become FAs. Also – pitching is probably not great – a lot of teams made runs on SPs and by the time it got to me those rounds, it wasn’t great so I went with a bat. I tried to stay within the tiers you liked, so hopefully it works out. I also feel like I could use more SBs.

    So what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks great, absolutely stacked…Maybe high on Ks — Pitching looks great, low on quantity of SPs, you need a couple more, I guess you’re planinng on streaming

      • William Hung says:
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        I forgot to mention it’s H2H format.

        I tried to target guys with low Ks like Rizzo, but those guys went so early. Someone drafted McNeil in the 6th round and Ke’Bryan Hayes who I was targeting went round 9.

        What are your thoughts on my final spot? I chose India for the same reason you cited – that my Ks might be a little high – but I think Chisholm might have a better shot at good 5×5 counting stats, so not sure if I should swap or hold for now. Do you think this team should be able to hold its own in SBs? Also I got Kyle Lewis in the 12th round of my draft – I usually only go 1 bench spot, but I just had to get Lewis at that point.

        For my open SP spot once Framber goes on IL – I was thinking John Means, Dane Dunning, or Trevor Rogers. Rogers is intriguing since I think he’d have the highest K/9 of the 3.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          India is fine for now, Jazz is terrible on contact, unless he’s fixed everything from last few years…You have Moore, Story, Betts for SBs…Seems fine — I’d grab Means…Rogers for upside, but you don’t need upside

          • William Hung says:
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            Thanks Grey!

            Extra pressure this year on the Tour – after steamrolling to 3 straight championships, got bounced in the semis by 1 K 2 years ago (thanks for the podcast shoutout that year), then lost in the finals last year in what turned out to be a non-competitive matchup.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, yeah! It’s time to regain glory

              • William Hung says:
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                Yeah I’m excited with this team – I hope Kyle Lewis starts off strong. I have a weird feeling that Alvarez is going to get off to a slow start before going on a binge from the summer till end of the season. Be interesting to see how well I do with SBs weekly – this is the first time in 3 years I couldn’t get Adalberto or have a heavy SB guy. Stupid Adalberto had to just have a great final 2-3 weeks of the season to skyrocket his 2021 value.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, maybe, I hope so on Lewis too…Losing last week on ABs wouldn’t seem to help

                  • William Hung says:
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                    I hope you didn’t jinx Lewis like you did with Travis Shaw. There should be a term for that – I mean talk about completely going off the rails in terms of his career

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, ugh, don’t even

  16. RoarOf84 says:
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    Team review!

    Context: 10-team daily league where everyone kept 8 players (marked with *). 6×6 H2H categories scoring with holds and OPS. I had a lot of “early” round draft picks due to selling off excess talent last season after stumbling out of the gate.

    What say you?

    C – Contreras
    1B – Bellinger*
    2B – Ketel
    3B – Bregman*
    SS – Mondesi*
    CI – Ke’Bryan
    MI – DeJong*
    OF – Acuna*
    OF – Soto*
    OF – Meadows
    OF – Brantley
    U – Yordan*
    Bench Bats – Wander*

    P – Flaherty*
    P – Luzardo
    P – Hendricks
    P – Hader
    P – Kenley
    P – Wheeler
    P – Pagan
    P – Rainey
    Bench Arms – Gausman, D. Castillo, Wittgren, Domingo German, C-Mart, Staumont, Kennedy

    IL – Sale, Carrasco, S. Gray

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks solid, great RPs and SPs…CMart is a streamer…Can drop him..Hitting looks okay, but you look low on power, which isn’t great in OPS

      • RoarOf84 says:
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        Not gonna lie, I didn’t realize that until after I was well into drafting. Based on my keepers, I didn’t have a ton of hitting spots to fill so attacked SPs and RPs. Looking back, I should’ve drafted a big bopper, instead of Meadows/Brantley, as one of my last two OF spots.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Meadows and Brantley are least favorite part of your team

  17. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    11 team 6×6 keeper with ops and holds the extra categories. Crazy auction ESPN projected values were messed up. Nobody was listed over $22. Got some great deals but pitching went too high. So I need some to be taken off the ledge on my pitching. Here’s my team

    Hitters: McCann, Alonso(K), Lux, Tatis (K), Machado, Lindor, Vlad, Acuna (K), Bellinger(K), Roberts, Lewis, Senzel, Baez

    Bench: Bohm, Rojas

    Pitchers: Bieber (K), Lynn, Luzardo, Mahle, Means, Civale, Garrett, Pagan, Gallegos, May

    Need help with my last roster spot and some suggestions on who you would you grab starter options trevor rogers, Gonsolin, yarbrough, stash options syndergaard, severino or pearson or reliever bass, wittgreen, crichton

    Thanks

    • Brett says:
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      Also would you trade machado for yu? Have bohm to plug in… don’t know if I should wait a little and see how things play out but can’t play bohm currently unless I bench vlad alonso machado Baez Tatis or Lindor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, you have an ace, you don’t need Yu — Trade Machado for Albies or Bohm for a 2B….I like Lux, but he might not get job done in a very shallow league like this — Stash Gonsolin for now

  18. Phil says:
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    Hey Grey! I was wondering if you could opine on my team below…12 team roto, standard format, keeper league (so basically a handful of teams have very competitive rosters with a couple of 1st or 2nd round studs, so I’m not the only one). I really don’t like my team for some reason because my draft didn’t go according to plan due to getting sniped several times, and I was wondering if you either agree and I jump out of my window, or if you think I’m ok:

    C-Falefa/Wilson Ramos
    1B – Matt Olson
    2B – Nick Solak
    3B – Ian Happ
    SS – Francisco Lindor
    OF – Juan Soto
    OF –Christian Yelich
    OF – Franmil Reyes
    Util – Jesse Winker

    BN – Austin Riley, Raimel Tapia, Andrew Vaughn, Jon India

    SP – Jacob Degrom, Kevin Gausman, Jesus Luzardo, Pablo Lopez, Freddy Peralta
    RP – Craig Kimbrel, Amir Garrett, Emilio Pagan, Drew Pomeranz, Lucas Sims, Jake Diekman

    • William Hung says:
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      One of your catchers is an easy drop unless it’s a 2 C league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Hung — Lose Ramos — You looks weak on speed, but not bad overall on hitting, it’s a shallow league tho, so every hitting team looks good I’d guess…I think your pitching is obviously very strong with deGrom

  19. whitt23 says:
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    12 team auction keeper (8) with 3 minor league spots, 6×6 roto with OPS and QS with saves being saves+holds. Let me know what you think. Ended up with this:

    McCann
    Ramos
    Freeman
    Muncy
    Tatis
    Riley
    Anderson
    Walsh
    Robles
    Robert
    Harper
    Happ
    Renfroe
    Cronenworth
    Bench: Wong, Cordero
    Minors: Kellenic, Julio Rodriguez, Corbin Carroll

    Woodruff
    Plesac
    Maeda
    Gausman
    Bassitt
    Singer
    Mize
    Karenchak
    Garrett
    Bench: Daulton Jeffries, Logan Webb
    Minors: Kumar Rocker

    I’ll add 3 more bench guys in Wednesday night FAAB to round it out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look solid on hitting, I think you might be a little low on OPS, but not terrible — I like the pitching a lot, but Mize is kinda meh, but fine if you like him

  20. The Harrow says:
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    my only 12 team’er and only 5×5 league (shallow yahoo, where spending 60% or just over of draft capital on hitters while not having a horrible pitching rotation, since h2h you want a lot, is hard, it’s easy to have good hitting though).

    drafted out of the 11th slot. (story at 11 is just stupid)

    C garver (23rd round, 2nd to last pick, completely hilarious that all SORTS of people (some writers around here too) were falling all over the place to overdraft this dude last year, now he’s completely free in 12 teamers)
    1B bellinger (1B/OF, 2)
    2B mostsuckass (1B/3B, 10th)
    SS story (1)
    3B bregman (SS, i gambled taking bregman here thinking y.alvarez’s ADP he might fall to me later at 59th overall, just missed that but i still got similar OF to him all right in a row anyway, 3rd)
    OF (3): conforto (5th)
    – jd mart (6th)
    – stanton (8th)
    util (2): semien (SS, 11th),
    leody (OF, 14th)
    BN otani (hitter, 16th)

    SP: woodruff (4th, 38th overall)
    – s.gray (7)
    – corbin (12th)
    – nazi (15th)
    – means (18th)
    – carrasco (20th, 5 DL slots)
    – j-mont (21st)
    – ohtani SP (22nd)

    RP (max 5): karinchak (9th, 107 overall),
    – kimbrel (13th)
    – rogers (MIN, 17th)
    – fairbanks (19th)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team is stacked on hitting, it’s clearly big on power, and low on speed…Pitching seems okay, Nazi is bad, and who knows with Carrasco…It’s fine, you need to stream

      • The Harrow says:
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        yeah carrasco was just on price (if like 2 DL’s not done it at all too). sale/thor went earlier than that too. yeah stream all the time, it’s a h2h league (have to).

  21. Bbboston says:
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    Thoughts on Scott Barlow saves potential?

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      seems behind staumont now but will likely still rack up holds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Staumont

  22. LOLmets says:
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    i wont bore u with my entire draft, but you think these 7 sp were good enough to come away with in my 12 team mixed league? feels a little light maybe?

    max fried
    jose berrios
    julio urias
    chris bassitt
    nate eovaldi
    aaron civale
    tyler mahle

    i have more faith in fried to be an ace than you do, and im going to need that to work out..

    my offense is $

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, if you like Fried, then it’s all good, all other guys I like

      • LOLmets says:
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        thanks. yeah i mean with fried he doesnt allow any solid contact so i dont see why he cant be great again. especially lining up as the braves ace. he went 7-0 in 11 starts in a 60 game season and seems in as good a form as ever right now. hes 26 and has a career 9.25 k/9 in the bigs and around 3 bbs per 9. dont think the braves could afford to limit his innings so sky is the limit if he stays healthy he could moon. maybe im crazy but i like him a lot in round 5.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, we’ll see, you might be fine on Fried, I’m a bit alone in not liking him

  23. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 Team H2H 6×6 OPS QS Redraft No Starts or Innings Limits

    While waiting for hopefully good news on Framber I’m considering picking up one of the following: Skubal, Jeffries, Descalfini, B. Keller, Webb.

    I currently roster Lynn, Bundy, McCullers, Morton, Gausman, Mahle, and Means.

    Do you think it’s even necessary to add one? I would be dropping bench bat Cronenworth to do so.

    Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Cronenworth for now

      • Saint says:
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        Thank you, will do

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. CT Old School says:
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    Catcher question…your FAVE.

    I didn’t draft a catcher because Dinner-Falafel got sniped. Austin Nola, Yaddie and Posey, among others, are FAs. Some guy auto-drafted Realmuto and Perez and offered me Perez for Franmil, who I’d be replacing with Austin Riley. So…

    Franmil Reyes and Nola/Molina/Posey
    or
    Austin Riley and Salvador Perez

    • Earl says:
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      anyway to keep and play both Reyes and Riley and then go with whoever for catcher?

      • CT Old School says:
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        I have Riley on my bench, so he’d slide into Franmil’s starting OF slot if I traded him away for Perez.

        The offer is: Franmil OF for Sal Perez C … one-for-one

        • Earl says:
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          or maybe counter with Riley for Perez and keep Franmil who I think is better than Riley overall.

          • Earl says:
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            or what might be interesting and I will stop with this is to offer:

            Franmil for Realmuto or Riley for Perez.

            guess you will see what experts say (which I am not lol).

            • captain obvious says:
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              Too much catcher stuff. Just keep your hitters and don’t worry catchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

      Franmil/Nola

  25. frank rizzo says:
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    What about Kyle Lewis? Is he healthy or headed to the DL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      IDK

  26. CT Old School says:
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    I have Riley on my bench, so he’d slide into Franmil’s starting OF slot if I traded him away for Perez.

    The offer is: Franmil OF for Sal Perez C … one-for-one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franmil

  27. Btdrnks says:
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    Grey, psyched for this season to get rollin! Tomorrow is my draft in my long time 12 team points keeper league. We keep up to 13 and give up the 1st to 13th draft choices (if you keep that many). I’m in the unfortunate position of deciding between keeping Eloy Jimenez and Chris Paddack with that 13th pick. Do i keep Eloy and stash him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too! Paddack

  28. david parker says:
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    ESPN 12 team draft. Waited long time for starting pitching. Did I wait to long? Thanks for all y’all do.

    C James McCann
    1B Jared Walsh
    2B Keston Hiura
    3B Rafael Devers
    SS Trea Turner
    2B/SS Tommy Edman
    1B/3B Matt Olson
    OF Cody Bellinger
    OF Marcell Ozuna
    OF Michael Conforto
    OF Nick Castellanos
    OF Victor Robles
    UTIL Jean Segura
    Bench David Fletcher
    Bench Nick Senzel
    Bench Jake Cronenworth
    IL Empty
    IL Empty
    IL Empty
    PITCHERS
    P Dinelson Lamet
    P Dylan Bundy
    P Pablo Lopez
    P Kevin Gausman
    P Tyler Mahle
    P Richard Rodriguez
    P Greg Holland
    P Chris Martin
    P Hector Neris
    Bench Tanner Scott

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can stream SPs, and I think you’re gonna have to, it’s very risky — hitting looks solid, if high on speed and low on power

  29. stevie says:
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    When you’re bored, here’s another of a hundred teams for you to praise or rip! I do appreciate all your advice. I’m thinking I went too pitcher-heavy, but I just couldn’t resist. 12-team H2H categories
    C- Grandal
    1B- Abreu
    2B- Muncy
    3B- Edman
    SS- Baez
    OF- Bellinger
    OF- Springer
    OF-Conforto
    Ut- Blackmon
    Ut- Brantley
    Bench- Lewis, Donaldson

    SP- Bieber, Flaherty, Marquez, Keuchel, Means, Eovaldi, Canning
    RP- Jansen, Rogers, Melancon, Neris

    Waiver options right now are Canha, DeJong, Santana, Villar and Wong just to name a few. 72 hours and counting!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great pitching up top, then you took a left turn with German and Dallas — Hitting looks great, I like the team outside of those two SPs

  30. James says:
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    Monday’s amirite? In a 16 team H2H (6×6, OPS, HLDS) who you want ROS, Teoscar or Mountcastle? Teo has RBI, HR power but low BA and OPS, Mt more consistent. Would you trade Teo for Mountcastle and a pitcher like Urias or Ohtani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

      Mountcastle/Urias sounds fair

  31. i don't want to brag but i got irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    AL only 10 team h2h, with OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, total bases added for hitters, for pitchers QS over wins, holds added. how’s this look: (keep 3 in previous season’s late season FP ADP’s)
    C ramos (14)
    1B y.gurriel (3B, 12)
    2B l.gurriel (OF, 4)
    SS semien (6)
    3B rendon (2)
    MI straw (SS/OF 18)
    CI tellez (1B 16)
    OF (4): arozarena (25, K)
    – stanton (3)
    – lou bob (5, K)
    – naylor (19)
    util (1): solak (2B/3B/OF 9)
    BN otani (hitter only, 10)
    NA (1): julio rod (21)

    SP: (want like 8 with 1 of them being a streamer here):
    – bieber (1, K)
    – heaney (7)
    – r.ray (11)
    – odorizzi (15)
    – sheffield (17)
    – minor (22)
    – rodon (23)

    RP (room for 4):
    rogers (MIN, 8)
    – fairbanks (13)
    – clase (20)
    – barlow (24)

    1. add which of these first: kremer, jefferis, arihara, folty, roark, shoemaker, archer

    2. drop rodon for a 2nd of that group (rodon it might not have been known during rankings that he’d have a job)

    • i don't want to brag but i got irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      jefferies above

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Jefferies

      2. Not yet

  32. moleman says:
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    grey, and fellow fantasy baseballers (<–grey's mom's term!). 16 team dynasty league, keep forever, no annual penalty or salary. 7-category H2H scoring, with OBP and SLG as the additional categories

    who are you taking in this dynasty league, Arozarena (25 yo) or Ozuna (30 yo)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

  33. BadFantasyManager says:
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    I want the opinion of the master here. This is a yahoo 14-team H2H. The stats are:

    – Hit: The typical five (net stolen bases instead of Stolen bases); OPS; K against; BB, 2B, 3B and some other things that I don’t remember.
    – Pitch: The typical five plus QS, holds, BSV, K, BB against, and K/BB… and a couple more that are not important.

    Here is my team:
    C – Sean Murphy
    1B – Alec Bohm
    2B – Madrigal
    SS – Swanson
    3B – Rendon
    OF – Soto, Ozuna, Conforto
    Util – Frammil Reyes, Andrew Vaughn
    Bench – Riley, Ty France

    SPs – Lynn, Burnes, Gausmann, Gallen (Drop too far to not take the risk), Elieser Hernandez, Skubal, Dunning.
    RPs – Pressly, Ricardo Rodriguez, Wittgren, Fairbanks, Pomeranz.

    • Grey

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      Think I’d try for a safer pitching staff in a QS league, and Gallen, well, who knows…So you might have to stream a little, hopefully that’s doable…I like the hitting a lot, Madrigal does get caught a lot, so there’s that, but nice OPS, solid team!

      • BadFantasyManager says:
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        Thanks for the review. And yes, streaming is doable since I’m active on that front.

        One additional question, I saw that Swanson is dealing with calf issues. Would you drop Ty france (or anyone else) for a backup SS like Newman, Chisholm or Straw (I’m in yahoo league and they are all available)? Jonathan India is also available, and don’t know if someone is worth dropping for him?

        • Grey

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          Nope, not yet

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Oh, 2 ET is what I meant by midday by the way, should probably mention that.

      • Foxman says:
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        I jumped in, still need 4 more.
        Let’s fill this up!!!!

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Thanks Foxman!

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        I’m in too, only two spots left now!

  34. Prawn Lord says:
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    In a holds and saves league (Separate categories) is it worth stashing Seth Lugo or Joely Rodriguez on the IL? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joely

  35. Michael says:
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    Did my big 12 team auction last night. How’s the rotation?

    Snell (18), Musgrove (8), Greinke (10), Gallen (8), McCullers (4), Paddack (4), Means (1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t draft Greinke or Gallen

  36. rhodyballer says:
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    Need some help Grey-meister…you’ve led me to back to back ships in a 12-team 5×5 but I think my ADD got the better of me toward the end of my draft last night.

    Please let me know your thoughts on this squad and how much work I need to do?

    Thanks in advance!

    Story (1.10)
    Machado
    Alonso
    LouBob
    Lance Lynn
    T. Anderson
    T. Grisham
    B. Lowe
    S. Gray
    E. Rosario
    K. Lewis
    K. Gausman
    A. Santander
    K. Hayes
    J. Means
    M. Stroman
    A. Nola
    C. Kelly (2-C league)
    C. Bassitt
    E. Pagan
    A. Bass
    R. Rodriguez
    N. Solak
    J. Montgomery
    H. Renfroe
    E. Hernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, hopefully Santander and Lewis are fine, I think you might be good tho on speed and power…It’s a decent looking team on pitching too…It looks like a team I’d draft

  37. Jolt In Flow says:
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    “Justin Topa – Dealing with elbow discomfort. After throwing 7 2/3 IP last year, I figured he’d have plenty of stamina to get through 15 innings this year.” Slow and loud clap coming from me for this write-up. I bet you had a giant smile when you were in the process of writing it. Funny stuff!

    Jolt
    PS. In case you’re reading this Justin, I hope you get well. Nothing against you at all, was simply a funny comment.
    PPS. Now that I think of it, I wonder if MLB players actually read fantasy sports sites…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, I’ve wondered the same PPS

  38. Swaggerjackers says:
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    India or Jazz for a late round OBP flyer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      India

  39. Joseph Bennett says:
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    First draft of the year last night, what do you guys think? 10 team.

    1. Ronald Acuña Jr. $47
    2. Christian Yelich $36
    3. Jack Flaherty $21
    4. José Ramírez $41
    5. Bo Bichette $31
    6. Luis Robert $24
    7. Sonny Gray $10
    8. Matt Olson $14
    9. James Karinchak $9
    10. Dinelson Lamet $8
    11. Pablo López $2
    12. Marco Gonzales $1
    13. Chris Bassitt $1
    14. Jordan Hicks $1
    15. Sandy Alcantara $1
    16. Tommy Edman $5
    17. Paul DeJong $1
    18. Andrew Vaughn $1
    19. Kwang Hyun Kim $1
    20. Jake McGee $1
    21. Adam Ottavino $1
    22. Garrett Hampson $1
    23. Giovanny Gallegos $1
    24. Mitch Garver $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like you’re light on power and AVG…Might be okay on power, depends what you get from back half of team minus Hampson — I like the pitching, but injury risks with Lamet and Gray

  40. Matt says:
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    Had a fun time doing a RCL draft last night – It’s always more of a challenge playing against a league of Razzball readers!

    How does this team look?

    C – Grandal
    1b – Abreu
    2b – Madrigal
    3b – Arenado
    Ss – FTJ
    Mi- Villar
    Ci – Donaldson
    Of – Springer, Laureano, Mountcastle, Solak, Schwarber
    Util – Alvarez
    Sp – Ryu, Bundy, Plesac, Sixto, F Peralta, Manaea, Eovaldi, Walker
    Rp – Kimbrel, Melancon, Bradley, Crichton

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Horrible horrible team…. just horrible

      • Matt says:
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        bring it on Grimes!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha Looks like a solid team, Matt! I’d be happy to draft a similar team, love Freddy and your infield, minus Villar, but that’s small issue

      • Matt says:
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        Thanks Grey! Came in 2nd in my 1st RCL last year, hopefully this team can bring home the glory!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  41. Hawk says:
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    In other news, upon missing today’s game Aaron Judge will have missed three straight. I get being rested and ready but given his history, it’s more likely that he’s nursing something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Absolutely about to miss a month of baseball

  42. ndgwynn says:
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    14team roto keeper forever league
    C-Molina
    1b-Sano
    2b-Lux
    3b-Machado
    SS-Cronenworth
    CI- Y.Gurriel
    OF- L.Roberts, Santander, Taveras, A.Hays,
    DH-Soler
    Bench-Franco, CJ Abrams, W Adames, Escobar,T O’neill, Renfroe
    P-Degrom, Sherzer, Gausman, Paddock, Hendriks, K. Jansen, A. Bass
    bench P- Eflin, Valdez, Yarbrough, Houser, Skubal
    Thoughts on my team? Thanks to you guys here I have won the league 2 of the last 3 and the other was a 3rd place finish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that pitching is stacked…You can likely trade away one of those arms, like Scherzer….Hitting looks okay, you’re light on power by a lot…Trade Scherzer for a big OF bat

  43. Yaz Mantle says:
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    hey grey, any thoughts on my team (12-team, h2h, 6×6 (holds) ), would be welcomed:

    c– matt garver
    c- james mccann
    1b- pete alonso
    2b-keston hiura
    ss- fernando tatis, jr.
    mi: bo bichette
    3b: kris bryant
    ci: matt olson

    LF–JD martinez
    CF-teoscar hernandez
    rf- victor robles
    of-kyle schwarber
    of-hunter dozier
    util: adalaberto mondesi

    bench:
    1. nick senzel
    2.eduardo escobar
    3.kole calhoun

    sp–yu darvish
    sp- dylan bundy
    sp- dinelson lamet
    sp-andrew heaney
    sp-nathan eovaldi
    sp-chris bassitt
    sp-jake odorizzi

    rp- tyler duffey
    rp-adam ottavino
    rp- daniel bard
    rp- stefan crichton
    rp- sergio romo
    rp-pedro baez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks okay, you have Lamet and Heaney, who I wouldn’t have drafted and they’re risky… Hitting looks fine, but weak on AVG, which means slumps in H2H

  44. KevinB says:
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    Who do you consider the top 5 middle relievers (MR) that can help with ratios?

      • KevinB says:
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        Thanks! Of course, those guys were drafted. :O

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Treinen? Who is available?

          • KevinB says:
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            Yes, Treinen is available … I just placed Barnes on the IL and replaced him with Duffey. Treinen looks like he will pick up a few saves over Duffey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, try him — Ottavino?

              • KevinB says:
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                Ottavino was drafted … Tough crowd in that league. :)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

  45. steve stevenson says:
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    AL-only keeper with only 3 minors slots, are you holding Royce Lewis through his injury this year or using that slot for someone more likely to get called up and contribute (like Downs or Jung)?

    NL-only keeper:
    1. to activate Lux, drop Solano or Newman?
    2. prioritize these P pickups: Smyly, Alex Reyes, Weaver and Sims?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Lewis, get Downs

      1. Newman

      2. Smyly, Sims, Reyes, depends on needs tho…Weaver over Sims if need IP

  46. Acuña Machado Means No Worries says:
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    Thanks for the updates Grey! Thoughts on my lineup post-draft?
    10 team, 5×5 w/ OBP, 6 keepers

    C- McCann
    1b-Alonso
    2b-Gimenez
    3b-Rendon
    SS-Machado
    CI-Olson
    MI-Escobar
    OF-Acuna
    OF-Tucker
    OF-Blackmon
    OF-Lewis
    Util-Hosmer
    B-Santander
    B-Taveras
    B-Grigorius
    B-Kiner-Falefa
    SP-Giolito
    SP-Ryu
    SP-Means
    RP-Iglesias
    RP-Neris
    RP-Pomeranz
    RP-Melancon
    RP-Rogers
    B-Gray
    B-Eflin
    B-Civale
    IL-Syndergaard

    Have an extra spot with Thor on IL. Eovaldi, McKenzie, Price, Manaea, Singer all SPs available for spec add, plus plenty of hitters, mostly OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You hitting is stacked, if I had to quibble, maybe light on speed, but I like this hitting….Pitching is stacked, not sure how you got this good a team, but you did well

      • Acuña Machado Means No Worries says:
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        Thanks! This is year 21 of the league (my first pick was Nomar!) and as some guys have lost interest over the years, their knowledge has fossilized a bit too. Goldschmidt got kept, Votto and Gardner got drafted in the middle rounds – you get the picture. So just by me reading razzball every am I’m at a significant advantage :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, nice!

  47. B the Esq. says:
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    Good morning!

    We are rebooting our keeper league after altering things for COVID.

    Can keep 1 hitter and 1 pitcher. My options at hitter are Soto, Trout (probably dont need to go further than that), Bellinger Lindor. Pitcher options are Gerrit Cole, Walker Buehler, Bauer, Kershaw, Soroka, Paddack, Mize, Kopech, Hader.

    Feel like its either Soto or Trout for sure.
    For pitchers, Cole seems like the chalk pick, but anyone think one fo the younger guys, is worth keeping over him for this year or the long term?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto, Cole

  48. Lucky Dog says:
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    Well, it’s that time again – time for me to bore Grey with a “how’d I do?” post, even though I feel like I did pretty well. But it’s the Internet, so I need validation!

    Long story short, the 1st 7 rounds were a little surreal. Picked 3rd in a 10-team Yahoo 6×6 weekly H2H format, with 30 man rosters. First two picks were Tatis & DeGrom. I was so shocked I almost accidentally took Soto anyway, but fortunately I was on my 1st beer so Acuma at 1.03 it went.

    The turn continued to be generous to me, almost never taking my targets. 2/3 I felt like I needed the best bat & took Lindor. sure I’d miss my top SP targets and “settle” for Scherzer, ok. Exept teams 1-2 liked Beuhler/Scherzer so I had to “settle” for Yu.

    4/5, I was happy to see not one but both Devers & Robert there. Hated the choice, but had more OF I liked than 3B so Devers it was. And Robert made the turn. Thank you, turn.

    The silliest was 6/7. Tucker was the top player in the rankings, and a dude I like. I thought he shoulda been gone. But Corbin Burnes was the last of my favorite pitchers & I’d just gone bat bat. 1-2 needed pitching so I begrudgingly took Burnes. And 1-2 went SP/RP/SP/SP, giving me stupid value on Tucker at 7.03

    Here’s the rest. We have large starting rosters of C/1B/2B/MI/3B/SS/CI/4x OF/2x Util

    I’ve already dropped Chris Taylor for Robbie Ray (for those weeks my ERA is already toast & I need some K’s)

    The only bummer was other teams reaching for 1B I wanted so I was forced to reach for Bell by a round & Mountcastle by a bit as well, but I wanted both those guys anyway. I wanted them as Utility though, nor 1B/CI.

    8. (78) Sonny Gray (Cin – SP)
    9. (83) Austin Meadows (TB – OF)
    10. (98) Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (Tor – 2B,OF)
    11. (103) Max Fried (Atl – SP)
    12. (118) Josh Bell (Was – 1B)
    13. (123) Patrick Corbin (Was – SP)
    14. (138) Pablo López (Mia – SP)
    15. (143) Ryan Mountcastle (Bal – 1B,OF)
    16. (158) Rafael Montero (Sea – RP)
    17. (163) Didi Gregorius (Phi – SS)
    18. (178) Marcus Stroman (NYM – SP)
    19. (183) Kyle Schwarber (Was – OF)
    20. (198) J.D. Davis (NYM – 3B,OF)
    21. (203) Anthony Bass (Mia – RP)
    22. (218) Nick Solak (Tex – 2B,3B,OF)
    23. (223) Richard Rodríguez (Pit – RP)
    24. (238) Nick Madrigal (CWS – 2B)
    25. (243) Zach Davies (ChC – SP)
    26. (258) Pete Fairbanks (TB – RP)
    27. (263) Chris Taylor (LAD – 2B,SS,OF)
    28. (278) Jorge Alfaro (Mia – C)
    29. (283) Trevor Williams (ChC – SP)
    30. (298) Austin Hays (Bal – OF

    Whatcha think?

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Ps – I also swapped Trevor Williams for David Peterson because Razzball told me he’s good yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never a bore! Team sounds stacked and solid, love the guys you took minus Davies to the end, except Hays — Trevor Williams doesn’t seem real, how is that a pick? Other end guys are fine for now if you want to see how say Fairbanks shakes out, but kinda meh

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ah, seeing 2nd comment now, so that’s good

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Thanks! And yeah, the real challenge with a 30-Man roster is being bored AF in the last 7 rounds and staying awake.

        Fairbanks was a “meh, he’ll get some saves” pick.

        Hays was Mr Irrelevant, so I’m considering swapping him with Skubal & going with a 2-man bench. Your thoughts on Skubal?

        Also your thoughts on sending teams 1-2 a fruit basket as a thank you for those first 7 rounds? I feel like I owe them something…fruit basket, handjob, gift certificate to Best Buy…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Skubal, better than Peterson — how about a gift certificate for a handjob?

          • Lucky Dog says:
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            Ooh, a gift certificate for a handjob at Best Buy!

            Thanks buddy, I can always count on you.

            And wait – you do or don’t like Hays? I’m so confused.

            • Grey

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              I like Hays

    • Cram It says:
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      Long story short…as he goes into a round by round psychoanalysis of his picks. Haha.

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Haha – that was the joke, yes. Take my wife, please.

  49. Colin says:
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    Don’t be surprised if Urias breaks out this year. Last year was a wash with the hand and Covid. Nice hitting environment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so

  50. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    12 team, 5×5 roto

    Hey Grey,

    I just finished my draft – how’d my team turn out? I think I’m light on speed and maybe average? Xander fell to pick #42 so I took him even though that left me with 2 shortstops. Thanks for the great content and info throughout the site!

    C- Kelly
    1B- Olson
    2B- Muncy
    3B- Devers
    SS- Story
    OF- Bellinger
    OF- Laureano
    OF- Santander
    UTIL- Bogaerts
    BN- Solak
    BN- Kyle Lewis

    SP- Woodruff, Ryu, Sonny, Means, Eovaldi
    RP- Karinchak, Holland, Pagan, Gallegos, Wittgren

    • Grey

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      You look light on speed, but fine on AVG…Devers, Xander, Story…Plenty of AVG there, hopefully at least — pitching is stacked, you have 3 aces

  51. Danny says:
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    Has Logan Allen’s strong spring and rotation spot gotten your attention for mixed leagues? Or nothing to see here.. Spring 14.0 IP, 18 k’s, 0.64 era

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For sure, I think I’d take a flyer on him in 12 team mixed at this point, in last rounds

  52. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    anybody know if keepers go in earliest or latest rounds in espn? this’ll determine the draft order as we keep an odd number. used to yahoo/fantrax where you can put them wherever you want.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

    • Swaggerjackers says:
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      The first rounds will show keepers.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        so does that mean if having 9 keepers the draft order should be worst last year teams drafting last since we’ll start in the 10th round or does site auto adjust for that?

        • swaggerjackers says:
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          You’ll have to check your leagues settings. In the ESPN league I run, I set the draft order. If you leave it defaulted, I think whoever finished last gets the first pick.

          And if some times don’t keep 9 players, they automatically jump to the top and get all the primary picks until all team have 9 players. Then everyone can start drafting.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            yeah espn is goofy like that, comish
            1. has to check to make sure the right number of keepers are in (i’ve seen owners intentionally try to keep less to get whole rounds to themselves)
            2. has to turn off moves predraft as their default setting actually allows adds PREDRAFT.
            3. if say somebody quits last second the draft can’t exist.

            so all that stuff is goofy and far worse than yahoo, but FAR better than yahoo i was able to talk to an actual human in chat and was told that where ever the draft starts THAT is the draft order input (i know how to input draft order already), so it auto adjusts to whether keepers are odd or even numbered. that was what i didn’t know (this isn’t my first rodeo here in espn, but i probably have to remember to check this every year since in espn you can’t even see the draft results before draft starts (unlike yahoo/fantrax))

  53. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just had my draft tonight and think I did pretty damn good. I had keepers on Xander and Adalberto Mondesi. And then I took Lindor with my first pick…. and then I just couldn’t help myself when Tim Anderson was there in the fifth round!

    So now I have 4 top-10 SS with only three slots for them to occupy: SS, IF and UTIL.

    As my team currently stands, I am pretty balanced on offense with a lot of speed/avg guys as well as a couple big boppers. I’m going to try to trade at least one of my SS for a solid SP.

    I know it’s somewhat of a loaded question, but if you had to trade one of them, who would it be? It’s worth mentioning that with the keeper rules in my league, if I kept Mondesi again next year, he’d replace my second round pick – which as of now I don’t think is worth doing.

    So I’m leaning toward Mondesi being the odd man out… let me know what ya think! Btw, 12-team H2H with QS.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade Lindor or Anderson

  54. Coconut Willie says:
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    During my research in my virgin tour of FBB, as a 59yr old, I found your style to fit with my sense of humor.

    I’d appreciate if you could hammer my selections… I’ve heard my back end of OF is a bit weak, but I know there is time to fix. I’m in a 12 team mixed 5×5 with saves/holds.
    C – Kelly
    1 – Olson
    2 – Biggio
    SS – Story
    3 – Edman
    OF – Comforto DMoore Solak
    SP – Woodruff Snell Bundy Mahle Singer
    RP – Diaz Pressly Wittgren
    P – Fairbanks
    Bench – Taveras Wendle Wong
    Menaea Green B Keller Kikuchi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Welcome aboard!

      I like Moore, Solak a lot, don’t think they’re that weak…You look weak on AVG and maybe power tho…Biggio, Moore, Solak, Edman…I like them but they’re not big power or AVG guys

      Your pitching looks great

      • Coconut Willie says:
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        Thanks… I’ll be interested to follow on how to fix that..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can you trade Woodruff or Snell for a big power OF?

          • Coconut Willie says:
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            I’ll try. Haniger, Robles and Castro still available. Dump someone for any of them?

  55. Robert says:
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    Keeper league 5×5 11 teams.
    C. Vasquez 1b. V. Guerrero 2b O Albies SS: G Torres
    Mi: B Lowe 3b E.Suarez Ci J. Abreu
    Out: S. Marte, E. Rosario, T. Hernandez, T. Grisham, V. Robles,
    U. Y Alvarez.
    P: G Cole, S.gray, C. Paddack, P. Lopez, W. smith, A. Garrett, R. Rodriguez, J. Means, A. Bass,
    Bench: K. Schwarbe, P. Corbin, Taylor Rogers, Mike Minor.
    I feel fairly deep team, lots of second tier closers. But good power and speed. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with you on power and speed, prolly a bit weak on speed, if one of the two…Pitching looks stacked, not sure much to complain about

  56. KevinB says:
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    Hey Grey! Please give your opinion on my team … RCL … I drafted from 9th position.

    C- McCann
    1B – P. Alonso
    2B – Segura <– I don't know what even happened here. lol
    3B – Devers
    SS – Story
    CI – E. Escobar
    MI – Bo Bichette
    OF – Conforto
    OF –Blackmon
    OF – Santander
    OF – Renfroe
    OF – Dylan Moore
    UT – Christian Walker
    Bench – Berti, Hays

    SP – Sonny Gray (7), Bundy (9), Gausman (10), Musgrove (14), J. Montgomery (21)
    RP – Barnes, Richard Rodriguez, Rafael Montero, Kennedy, Reyes Moronta

    • Grey

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      Looks like a pitching team I’d draft, I love the extra RP flyers…You’re solid on hitting too, I’d draft a team like this

      • KevinB says:
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        Thanks for the compliment and assessment of my team.

        I decided to following the instructions you layed out in the “2021 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep, Pitchers’ Pairings” under “The Safety Dance”. It was hard to resist the SP that were out there between in the 4th and 5th rounds though, but this gave me an opportunity to build up my hitting.

        • Grey

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          Yup, can tell you followed…No problem

  57. NUX says:
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    I just picked up Kyle Isbell in a 15 team league. Hope he makes the roster, after the Royals sent down Nicky Lopez, it looks more likely. Maybe they plan on moving Whit Merrifield back to 2B? I memba Isbell lighting up Arizona Fall League in like 2019 or something.

    Anyways, he didn’t even make the cut for Itch on his 2021 Top 10 Royals prospects. And I know he hasn’t hit above Single A yet either. So he’ll be a quick drop if he doesn’t end up making the squad. Just curious if you’ve looked at him at all yet for 2021 though?

    • Grey

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      Seemed to be a hot guy people were bidding on in 15 teamers…Projections hate him…Looks like a 7/12/.225 guy at best…Which is something

      • NUX says:
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        True True, yea I saw that the Prospectonator says that if given 500+ ABs, we could expect an 11/11/.211 season from him. Lots of elevens going on there. Also, he has 2B ELIG in this Fantrax league I mentioned, so that helps a little too. Just a FAAB dart, I’m honestly ready to drop him after hearing you say this.

        • Grey

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          Haha, so not good

  58. Bo Duke says:
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    Pick one for a 12 team 6×6 QS please & thanks.

    Jefferies
    Justus Sheffield
    Frambler
    Antone
    Skubal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of them? Daulton

  59. lindorphins says:
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    Hi Grey! Love all the work you guys do here as well as Patreon.

    Just had my draft in a 12-team, H2H 7×7 (R, HR, RBI, K, SB, AVG, OPS // K, W, L, ERA, WHIP, K/9, SVHD). We can keep up to four players each year and I kept Trout, Lindor and Mondesi (was also going to keep Eloy to but FML) and in our league there’s no round implications for keepers, so having kept three that just means I start drafting in the fourth.

    Anyway, curious what you think. Thanks!

    C – Danny Jansen (FA afer IL moves)
    1B – Matt Olson (5th, 60 overall)
    2B – Max Muncy (8th, 85 overall)
    3B – Ke’Bryan Hayes (9th, 108 overall)
    SS – Francisco Lindor (Kept)
    LF – Dylan Moore (11th, 132 overall)
    CF – Mike Trout (Kept)
    RF – Nick Castellanos (4th, 48 overall)
    UT – Adelberto Mondesi (Kept)
    UT – Franmil Reyes (7th, 84 ovearall)
    B – Andres Gimenez (13th, 156 overall)
    B – Raimel Tapia (14th, 157 overall)

    SP – Hyun-Jin Ryu (6th, 61 overall)
    SP – Dylan Bundy (10th, 109 overall)
    SP – Kevin Gausman (12th, 133 overall)
    RP – Matt Barnes (20th, 229 overall)
    RP – Nick Wittgren (21st, 252 overall)
    P – Chris Bassitt (15h, 180 overall)
    B – John Means (16th, 181 overall)
    B – Diego Castillo (FA afer IL moves)
    B – Alex Reyes (FA afer IL moves)

    IL – Chris Sale (17th, 204 overall)
    IL – Noah Syndergaard (18th, 205 overall)
    IL – Nate Pearson (19th, 228 overall)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I touched the computer screen where your hitting was and it sizzled, In think you’re low on runs, but that’s contingent on lineups — pitching is great too, solid team!

      • lindorphins says:
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        Ha, thanks! Thinking about trying to swap Moore for Verdugo to help with runs and average (I think I have enough speed to make that trade off). Verdugo went just before Moore but he needs a 2B so hopefully it works out.

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

  60. fausto

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    did a 12 tm job while sous chefing last night

    how bad is it ? honestly??

    c.s.murphy
    1b.olson
    2b.happ
    3b.rendon
    ss. story
    Ci Rizzo
    Mi Semien
    OF Yelich
    OF Teoscar
    OF Franmil
    OF V. Robles
    Util Schwarber
    BN India(just in case)
    BN Grichuk
    BN W. Adames( just think its his yr)

    SP L. Castillio, Maeda, Hendricks, Bassit, Stroman, Elisier Henandez, Ed. Rodriguez, Manea

    RP WIll Smith, Jordan Romano, yimi garcia.

    so as you can see i need to go to sagnof city my sb options are
    Hampson
    Tapia,
    Straw
    Margot
    Kiner-Falaefa is available if you think hes better than Murphy.

    as far as saves
    Fairbanks
    Staumont,
    G. Soto,
    Rainey

    sorry the formatting and punctuation may make this a nightmare thnks for dealing with me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome on the job! I tried to make dumplings this weekend, not so good!

      I love the hitting and pitching, what’s the “bad” part? Looks solid, I think you’re a little light on speed but that’s finable, hopefully…Pitching is stacked

      • fausto

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        thank you means a lot coming from the boss CBS gave me a 10th of 12 place finish. I’m not counting on many closers getting more than 30ish saves so I’ll sagnof those as best I can. I’m going for hampson Ithink. carrying 3 SS elig only seems a lil cray.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  61. OaktownSteve says:
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    Eternity: The time between when you draft your last team and the start of the baseball season.

    Is it late for another couple of bold predictions? Here are a couple:

    Will Smith will lead the majors in saves. Throw out 2020. Smith was very, very good in ’18 and ’19. He’s one of the handful of guys who has been named the 9th inning guy for a good team. Top 3 closer this year.

    Mondesi will finish a top 10 player. I tried to get as many shares of Mondesi as I could and was already dreaming on a 20/50. Now, and this isn’t guaranteed to stick, it looks like he’s going to hit 3rd. 3rd! The chatter around him this spring is that the bat looks really good. He will be drafted inside the top 10 next year.

    The Astros have had Kyle Tucker in the middle of the order pretty consistently in the last week. Today they have a pretty opening day looking line up that looks like: Altuve, Brantley, Bregman, Tucker, Correa, Alvarez, Gurriel, Chas McCormick, Maldonado.

    Per O’s beat writer, Santander expected for opening day.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Grabbed Framber in the last round of a 12 team mix NFBC this weekend. He’s kind of a fun mystery here. He’s out for the season! He’s not out for the season! He’s got predator blood!

      Then *crickets*

      • Grey

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        HAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith could, I’d guess under 25 saves for him, but 35 saves leads majors

      Mondesi! Finally everyone is on the train! 20/50 is happening

      Please on Santander, please

    • Swaggerjackers says:
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      I think you were the one pushing Stanton as a huge profit in the comments last week. You convinced me! Took him just inside the top 100 this weekend. Sucks that he’s burning up my Util but a lot of teams are stuck in the same boat.

      Did you get some shares?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        3 Stantons out of 7 teams. I’m always nervous when I convince somebody of something. Perpetual prayer circle this year!

        • swaggerjackers says:
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          It makes a lot of sense to roll the dice on Stanton around pick 100 or so. The facf that he has a built in injury discount while he’s healthy at the moment is pretty awesome. This is an OBP league, which boosts him even further.

          With 3 IL slots, I won’t mind it when he gets hurt because then I get the joy of using my UTIL again. :)

        • AL KOHOLIC says:
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          ive got him in 4 of 6

  62. Nightpandas says:
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    Morning FML

    12 team 5×5 + ops/k/9 and s+h draft last night

    C ISF
    1 Olson (k)
    2 Marte
    3 Moose
    Ss Lindor (k)
    Lf Stanton
    Cf Buxton
    Rf Meadows (k)
    U Blackmon (k)
    U Bichette (k)
    Bn Haniger

    Sp Berrios (k) Lynn (k) SGray McCullers Alcantara Plesac Gonzales Odorizzi Bassitt Kokichi

    Rp Karinchak Diekman Ottavino

    Tried for balance, you likey? Might look at another rp like Bummer Treinen or Barlow on the wire

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching is goofy stacked, you have 9 SPs I’d own…Hitting looks fine, but Bux, Stanton, Meadows, Marte…Were any of them healthy last year? Hopefully they’re fine

  63. Thundershoe says:
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    Happy Monday, Grey!

    A. Got a trade offer: My A. Vaughn for their Stroman + another side piece (e.g. Pomeranz, G. Crotchet). Which side do you like? For context, I’m in a H2H points league. My trade partner is in love with Vaughn, but I’m also interested in seeing if he can turn into a long-term keeper, esp since his keeper price will be just $7 next year – yah, I know it’s probably waaay to early to be thinking about that.

    B. How would you rank: Kikuchi, L. Webb, D. Jeffries, and Skubal?

  64. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 40 moves – no streaming

    Just drafted last night, def a weird draft with so many odd calls it had me second guessing my own rankings. Either way, team below. Will need to move Voit to IR when he gets listed but what do you think and any wire targets to scoop up right away that slipped through undrafted?

    WIRE
    HIT – A. Nola, L. Taveras, K. Seager, B. Posey, B. Anderson, A. Hicks, G. Hampson, N. Senzel, R. Grichuk, J. Berti, H-S. Kim, A. Dickerson
    SP – N. Eovaldi, M. Minor, MadBum, J. Lindbolm, M. Keller
    RP – M. Melancon, M. Barnes, E. Pagan, J. Soria, H. Neris, C. Martin, G. Gallegos, J. Diekman

    My team:
    C – Mitch Garver
    1B – L. Voit
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – Eugenio Suarez
    SS – T. Turner
    CI – P. Goldschmidt
    MI – I. Happ
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – M. Conforto
    RF – R. Laureano
    Util – E. Hosmer
    BN – T. Mancini
    BN – J. India N/A

    SP – W. Buehler
    SP – S. Gray
    SP – A. Civale
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – T. Mahle
    P – J. Means
    BN – B. Singer
    BN – T. Gonsolin
    BN – D. Dunning
    BN – J. Montgomery

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks great, man, really solid, and that’s with Voit…I think you’re prolly fine picking up Barnes for now, and slotting in Mancini — he has 1B elig there right?

      Pitching is stacked, I love the team you have here…

      • MarvPesos

        Marv says:
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        yeah well a lot of this is thanks to the Razzball team, you guys are crushing the draft prep / articles, thanks!

        Yeah, Mancini is 1B eligible. Kinda nice because I can try him out, see if he can still hit that long ball (need the HR help) and if not eventually swap him out. He was a late round pick either way.

        thanks.
        Marv

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

    • captain obvious says:
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      Hampson

  65. Sal says:
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    Where in Jersey are you from? Do you expect Rosenthal and tanner scott to close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Union county

      I expect both to close…Rosenthal, Tanner Scott that order

  66. Cram It says:
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    People all like “how’s my 8-team keeper draft look?” and I’m over here excited that Yolmer Sanchez got sent down, opening the door for Ramon Urias to see playing time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I’m pumped I got Chris Owings in one league!

      • Cram It says:
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        Oh you know he’s in your lineup anytime he starts in Colorado!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

      • captain obvious says:
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        No!!!

  67. Jeters Never Prosper says:
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    Please let me know where I need improvement. 14 team redraft roto. usual 5×5 categories.
    C. Narvaez, Ramos,
    1B. Olson
    2B. Albies
    SS. Bogaerts
    3B. Devers
    MI. W.Castro
    CI. Wendle
    OF. S. Mater
    OF. Ozuna
    OF. Margot
    OF. Nimmo
    U. Mullins
    U. C.Hernandez
    U. Naylor
    U. Av. Garcia

    P. Giolito
    P. Woodruff
    P.I. Anderson
    P. Civale
    P. Mahle
    P. Pineda
    P. Eovaldi
    P. Means
    P. Ottavino
    P. Wittgren

    Res. G.Cooper
    Res. Quintana
    Res. Lucchesi
    Res. G.Richards

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wendle, Mullins, Margot, Hernandez, Castro, S. Marte and RPs — those need improvement…So, you’re low on power, but prolly fine on pitching, minus saves

      • Jeters Never Prosper says:
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        Thought I was low on steals so I bought W.Castro, Mullins and Margot. Hernandez for Avg. and Runs and S.Marte gives some power plus steals. 14 teams x 30 players counting reserves it’s hard to get everything 420 players deep. Any deep players you’d recommend?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No idea who’s available, and I like those guys in general (tho, not Marte), it’s just they’re all varying levels of speed — I’d look to replace Mullins if he’s in a platoon, which he might be

          • Jeters Never Prosper says:
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            TY.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  68. James LeGade says:
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    Grey- We have a 7 pick snake at the end of our Auction and I have first pick because… well… I’d rather not go int that. But any way; I had have pick o the litter for SAGNOF… who should I grab???

    Bard
    Bass
    McGee
    Romano
    Soto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Romano

  69. Perfect Game says:
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    Patrick Corbin’s velo isn’t up from last year. His K/9 this spring is also under 7.

    Sonny Gray’s has back issues and you have been against pitchers with back problems in past posts.

    I’m in a QS league. Who would you take would you take between the two today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

      • Perfect Game says:
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        Thanks Gray.

        One more – I was offered Snell for Corbin AND Paddack. I can replace Paddack on the wire with S. Gray (he was dropped for some reason after draft by someone). Again, it’s a QS start league and Snell hasn’t gone 6 in forever and only once exceeded 130 IP. Take Snell for Corbin and Paddack?

        On another note, your rankings always make my draft fun and easier. Much appreciated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Snell side — No problem

  70. Stream Weaver says:
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    What’s up Grey. NL only I give JD Davis and Arcia for Hampson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

  71. Sagacious Sally says:
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    Hi Grey –

    I can’t believe the season is just a few short days away. So excited for a full season, hopefully. Anyway, had my draft Saturday and, of course, I wanted your opinion. H2H NL only Points League I know points isn’t your speciality, but I always go to your anyway because, well…your opinions have helped more than not. League’s points system fairly standard, i.e. pt per TB, r, rbi, bb, SB +2, CS -1; pitching: pt per k, 10 win, -3 loss, 8 save, 4 qs, 3 h. BA and ERA unique twist: a batter who hits 350 for week nets 14 pts, 600+ 24pts; pitcher with no earned runs nets 24pts, 3.00 = 12pts, etc. Starting lineup must include one at every position with 2 DH spots (any position) and 4SP, 2RP.

    C-Posey
    1B-Hosmer
    2B-Moose
    3B-Bohm
    SS-Baez
    OF-Grisham
    OF-Tapia
    OF-Peralta
    DH-A. Dickerson
    DH-Cronenworth
    Bench: Wong, Stephenson, Rojas, Hilliard, B. Reynolds
    SP-deGrom
    SP-Darvish
    SP-Stroman
    SP-Gausman
    RP-D. Williams
    RP -G. Gallegos
    Bench: Gonsolin, Webb, Martin, Rainey, Rutledge (it’s a keeper league and have him for $1)

    Would you make a deal for Blackmon? I probably could get him for Stroman/Gausman + Hilliard.

    The FA pool, as you can imagine, is week. I’m thinking of putting in an aggressive bid for Desclafani, especially if I trade away one of Stro or Gausman.

    Always appreciate your feedback.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, pumped!

      Team looks really solid, I like the hitting a lot, crazy depth considering how deep the league is….Your pitching is nuts too, you have two aces…You have good keepers or something?

      No on Blackmon, I’d see how this team did 1st

      • Sagacious Sally says:
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        Thanks Grey. I appreciate you very much. Yeah, I had some god keepers. It’s a $260 auction draft. I protected deGrom, Darvish, moose, Hosmer, peralta, Wong, Baez.

        I can roster 2 FA picks and have $50 to spend for the year. Left the draft with 26 players and roster size can never exceed 28. Should I put a bid in for any of the following this week or next? If so, how much of my budget should I spend? Desclafani, Moronta, Kintzler, Villar, Vogelbach, Locastro, Both.

        Thanks again for all you and your staff do. Loved the podcasts, articles and everything.

        • Sagacious Sally says:
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          Bote not “Both”

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Gotcha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! Both? You mean Bote? Villar and Locastro or DeSclafani…Depends on needs, but no more than $2 on Villar and $1 on the last two options

          • Sagacious Sally says:
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            Will do, thanks. Be well!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

  72. Scott says:
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    Just drafted in a 16 team 5×5 obp auction. Grey and other commenters, what do you think of this team? Anything I should focus on improving?

    C- Kelly
    1b- Alonso
    2b- b Lowe
    Ss- bichette
    3b- devers
    Mi- willi castro
    Ci- E. Escobar
    Of- Harper
    Of- Luis Robert
    Of- Moore
    Of- A. Hays
    Of- renfroe
    UT- Rowdy
    UT- O’Neill

    Sp- Giolito
    SP- Burnes
    SP- Sixto
    SP- Eovaldi
    RP-Romano
    RP- Soria
    RP- Wittgren
    RP- Rainey
    P- Bassitt

    BN-Pearson, Staumont, A. Sanchez, Kikuchi, India

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks weak on power and OBP…It’s got some holes…I like your pitching much better, it’s likely a better pitching staff than you need…Nice on India!

      • Scott says:
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        Thanks, Grey!

        Should I be looking to flip Sixto or Burnes for a power/obp guy? If so, any ideas that stick out?

        (I’ll also check your rankings again to see who is in that range).

        Yeah I’m excited about India. Hope he’s Taj Mahal and not curry inspired diarrhea.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t have drafted Sixto — Muncy is great for power/OBP

  73. J-Money says:
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    What up G,

    Back for another year! Appreciate all your pre-draft prep work, excellent content and some great laughs, per usual. The obligatory “how’s it look” post:

    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS & K/9 with SV+HLD

    C – Ramos
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – Marte
    SS – Lindor (K)
    3B – Chapman
    MI – Anderson (K)
    CI- Bohm
    OF – Acuna (K), Yelich (K), Myers, K. Lewis (182!)
    U – D. Moore
    B – E. Escobar

    SP – Lynn, Luzardo. Gray, Gausman, P. Lopez, Means, Pineda, Pearson, Odorizzi
    RP – D. Castillo, R. Rodriguez, Gallegos, May

    Thanks brother.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting and pitching, your keepers are so good, I think your hitting is better than your hitting which I’m fine with…Just pointing it out…I’d love to have this team

      • J-Money says:
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        Thanks man! Here’s to a great season

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  74. OaktownSteve says:
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    Hey, meant to ask, where are you getting that the Royals are going to committee pen? I’m still reading it’s Holland until bust.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Just added my first RCL stream of the year. Logan Webb, come on down.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Can’t go wrong with Giants SPs at home…well, maybe Cueto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Believe Ralph told me, let me ask him

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ralph said technically Holland is closer, he was using metaphorical that it’s really a committee

        • William Hung says:
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          The monkey has Holland, Barlow, Staumont in that order

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yes, I’d flip last two…Think what Ralph meant was Holland is not safe, which he’s not

            • William Hung says:
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              oh for sure – very few closers are safe though, to be fair

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, like maybe 2!

  75. ERad says:
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    Here we go! I feel a little bad about another rate my team post but I’m gonna pony up for the full year Razzball subscription so we’re even!

    My squad feels prettay prettay razz-ish, my closers are meh but sagnof

    10 team 6×6 (OPS and K/9)

    C. Falafel
    1B. Matt Olson
    2B. Ozzie Albies
    3B. Vlad Jr (K)
    SS. Dansby Swanson
    CI. Ke’Bryan Hayes
    MI. Dylan Moore
    OF. Aaron Judge (K)
    OF. Nick Castellanos
    OF. Ketel Marte (K)
    OF. Luis Robert
    OF. Lourdes Gurriel
    UT. CJ Cron
    UT. Andrew Vaughn
    BN. Kolten Wong
    BN. Luke Voit (K)

    P. Shane Bieber (K)
    P. Julio Urias
    P. Pablo Lopez
    P. Tyler Mahle
    P. Zach Eflin
    P. Freddy Peralta
    P. Craig Kimbrel
    P. Amir Garrett
    P. Joakim Soria
    BN. Adam Ottavino
    BN. Giovanni Gallegos
    BN. Dustin May
    BN. Elisier Hernandez

  76. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    1. Closers are the new catchers.

    2. I want Matt Albers to make a return to the back end of the White Sox bullpen so they can have “Crochet and Tubbs” pitching in leverage situations.

    3. On all your various teams, do you do much hedging, i.e. diversifying your player portfolio even with guys you are less than fond of?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes, indeed

      2. Fatt Albers!

      3. Not really tbh…I just draft guys I like, repeatedly…It’s why I stopped drafting last week, I had everyone I wanted on like 10 teams

      • William Hung says:
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        and kyle lewis must be on all 10 if your draft went like mine

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        I credit the strength of your convictions. I like the idea of drafting teams until you get all the guys you want on various teams. I ended up with no Bohm, Mondesi, Yordan, or Plesac. Also no Bellinger or Story, but that had more to do with draft pick positioning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sometimes where you are in draft pick positioning is the difference in who you get and not anything else — I don’t have many Alonso shares, but I love him…Was taking an SP when he was going

          • William Hung says:
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            same – Alonso went right before my first pick post keepers, so I settled on Tim Anderson, which I think worked out well with the way cheap steals ended up not being so cheap with the way my league drafted

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, shizz happens sometimes

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Ha

  77. Jonathan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I drafted last night for my only league in this year. This is a 10 team roto league, 6×6 (R, RBI, HR, SB, AVG, OPS / W, SV, K, WHIP, ERA, Holds), with 29 players rosters. Just looking for some feedback / ideas on what to improve:

    Position – Player – First number is where I drafted – (Second number) is your ranking in the top 500

    C Sean Murphy 238 (201)
    1B Pete Alonso 38 (28)
    2B Gurriel Jr 118 (77)
    3B Moncada 63 (43)
    SS Mondesi 23 (18)
    OF Soto 3 (3)
    OF Blackmon 58 (42)
    OF Franmil Reyes 138 (93)
    Util Bichette 18 (12)
    Util Anthony Santander 143 (97)
    BN Andres Gimenez 163 (116)
    BN Eric Hosmer 178 (92)
    BN Austin Riley 183 (149)
    BN Gio Urshela 198 (134)
    BN Carson Kelly 223 (225)
    BN Jared Walsh 278 (123)
    BN J.D. Davis 283 (148)

    SP Luis Castillo 43 (46)
    SP Ryu 78 (56)
    SP Sonny Gray 83 (69)
    SP Plesac 103 (86)
    SP Jesus Luzardo 123 (88)
    RP Kenley Jansen 98 (118)
    RP Richard Rodriguez 158 (115)
    RP Tanner Rainey 203 (316)
    RP Pete Fairbanks 218 (288)
    RP Trevor May 243 (258)
    BN Austim Adams 258 (-)
    BN Matt Barnes 263 (211)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, if I had to nitpick, I’d say low on AVG but that’s fine in 6×6….Your pitching is so good, I have no issues there, maybe Adams but whatever

  78. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    I see you’re still rating Framber ~ 360, implying you do expect him back in the reasonable future. Houston has not been generous on providing any update on his status. When are you postulating he’ll come back — early June?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s just a big question mark…A flyer at end of drafts

  79. Shitwolf says:
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    Thanks man

    Hey I have my 12 team h2h OBP league drafting tomorrow can I ask you a few questions? YA? ok GREAT
    a) After I draft is it ok to flex my team on here and ask for a rating?

    b) Question A kinda feels like the fantasy equivalent of asking for a peen rating on onlyfans

    c) I am drafting 9th and was looking to grab Bellinger, but after doing a few mocks Yelich available at 9 and Bellinger has been cool to grab on the turn. Do I risk Belly to try and greed both! I feel like both can be top 5 in the league! AM i too greedy!??

    d)From the mocks I have been waiting till round 7 and grabbing either ryu or sonny gray is this to greedy also? Feel like even if i miss those two I could probably grab 3 guys from ur sexytime point on the list. it is a net svs/holds league as well so I can always fill in high strikeout RP with nice ratios end of draft.

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Ha, sure

      B. HAHA might steal that

      C. If you want both, you have to take Yelich first and hope Cody’s there — I tried to get both the other way and failed

      D. That’s not too greedy, but dangerous…Have to feel out room, you might have to take an SP sooner

      • Shitwolf says:
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        B)I bless the material onto you sir!

        Consider it a small repayment from all the material I have stolen from you ;)

        C) Am down to Gamble like ya boy Rudy!

        D) word

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          B. Haha, I forgot how wonderful that was when going thru all the other comments

  80. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Grisham placed on 10 day IL to start the season. Picking up O’Neil as utility bat (have Trout in CF)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  81. Cubs Fan says:
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    Joc has been tearing the cover off the ball this spring and will be an every day player in a decent offense.

    – Do you think this is his breakout year? Counting stats and a decent average?

    – Joc or Franmil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, he’s fine for power…. Franmil

  82. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    Hi Grey!
    Been lurking and glad a fresh season finally starting. Funny being from Detroit and not knowing any of the guys on the Tigers any more, should be a strong 40 win season. How much are we paying Miggy this year?
    Hope you’re doing well man, cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much?

      Hope you’re well too! I do like Willi Castro, Skubal and Jeimer

  83. FireRobManfred says:
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    I drafted Kyle Lewis 165th overall last night and I really hope that knee is good and he’s just scaring everyone to provide late-draft value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, he’ll be fine, even if he needs a 10-day IL stint

  84. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    FFS, Sixto optioned to the alt site. Yeesh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wasn’t drafting him, but yeah

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      He was behind in camp. He’s going to have an innings limit anyway. Sixto needs to develop his secondary stuff and start missing bats. Rogers is fo’ sure the young arm to have there.

  85. OaktownSteve says:
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    I think “Eggs” would be a good nickname for Jake Odorizzi. Eggs Odorizzi.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think I’ve done that a few times (prolly 3 dozen)

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I figured I couldn’t have been the first. The ghost of Chris Berman! (may be still alive)

        The Astros broadcast team is talking about cartoons and their example of the funniest was “Casper.” Boo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, baseball announcers are hip (for 1982)

  86. Player X says:
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    Anyone care to Razz this team? 6×6 roto obp 18 teamer

    C-V.Caratini/R.Jeffers
    1B-M.Olson
    2B-I.Happ
    3B-A.Rendon
    SS-FTJ
    CI-A.Vaughn
    MI-T.Turner
    OF-Arozarena
    OF-Laureano
    OF-Castellanos
    UTIL-C.Walker
    BN-J.Rojas
    BN-ZMcKinstry
    BN-O.Mercado
    BN-C.Carroll

    SP-Bieber
    SP-Yu
    SP-Yarborough
    SP-Elisier Hernandez
    SP-Rodon
    RP-J.Romano
    RP-J.Alvarado
    RP-L.Allen
    BN-T.Antone
    BN-J.Fleming
    BN-S.McClanahan
    BN-D.Jefferies
    BN-A.Morejon
    BN-A.Lacy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Impressive to get that good of hitting for a team in that deep of a league…I think you’re looking pretty good, maybe a tad low on speed, but solid OBP and I like it — your pitching is stacked, not sure how you got that good of a pitching staff….

      • Player X says:
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        I rolled in with some stud keepers (didn’t designate them with K’s). Thanks boss!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  87. ERad says:
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    Posting again, got skipped over

    Here we go! I feel a little bad about another rate my team post but I’m gonna pony up for the full year Razzball subscription so we’re even!

    My squad feels prettay prettay razz-ish, my closers are meh but sagnof

    10 team 6×6 (OPS and K/9)

    C. Falafel
    1B. Matt Olson
    2B. Ozzie Albies
    3B. Vlad Jr (K)
    SS. Dansby Swanson
    CI. Ke’Bryan Hayes
    MI. Dylan Moore
    OF. Aaron Judge (K)
    OF. Nick Castellanos
    OF. Ketel Marte (K)
    OF. Luis Robert
    OF. Lourdes Gurriel
    UT. CJ Cron
    UT. Andrew Vaughn
    BN. Kolten Wong
    BN. Luke Voit (K)

    P. Shane Bieber (K)
    P. Julio Urias
    P. Pablo Lopez
    P. Tyler Mahle
    P. Zach Eflin
    P. Freddy Peralta
    P. Craig Kimbrel
    P. Amir Garrett
    P. Joakim Soria
    BN. Adam Ottavino
    BN. Giovanni Gallegos
    BN. Dustin May
    BN. Elisier Hernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, sorry I missed you…Closers looks fine, your SPs look dope, I love the pitching staff, tbh…I’d like to draft a similar one… The hitting looks solid, if a bit light on OPS, which isn’t ideal since that’s HRs, and likely RBIs….I think you’re in decent shape overall

      • ERad says:
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        Yeah need Cron and Vaughn to excel and for Dansby to find his power stroke. Probably should’ve went Muncy over Swanson but SBs yanno.

        You’ve never steered me wrong with pitching!

        Good luck with your teams this year, go baseball!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, baseball! Thanks!

  88. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Bench bat — Inida or Ty France? I assume both will start season w/o playing time risk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can only pick up countries? France, but could see India for upside

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Pick up Johnny Kazakhstan?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA, taken!

      • William Hung says:
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        I was targeting France but then I needed the SB potential from India, but France is expected to bat 5th or 6th in that lineup, so early returns will be counting stats

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, France is better in general rn

  89. I am the Walrus says:
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    Deep dynasty league – would you drop Kieboom for Bote, M.Franco or Zach Collins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maikel

  90. leon says:
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    is carlos rodon rosterable in 16 man? looking for ways to fill starts now that sixo has been optioned.
    he looks to be having a pretty good spring.

    • leon says:
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      16 man dynasty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is

      • leon says:
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        but you wouldnt touch him. is that correct haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s correct

  91. bobsnyder4210 says:
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    Remember when I said a few days ago that you should stay away from Yahoo public prize league drafts for your own health and safety? No? Me neither. Anyway, Sunday night’s draft was even more of an unmitigated atrocity than last week’s. It was like one continuous run on RPs and fast, multi-position players. Trippy.

    I feel like I drafted 1 ½ starting lineup cores with little upside and my closer strategy was basically, “I’m not friggin’ reaching that far.” I’m not sure if I like my team or hate it, but here’s what I came up with (5×5/H2H/daily):

    C – Posey
    1B – Moustakas
    2B – Albies
    3B – Ramirez
    SS – Muchado
    OF – Castellanos, L Gurriel, F Reyes
    Util/Bench – Gallo, Swanson, Kepler, Canha

    SP – Woodruff, Lynn, P Lopez, Stroman, Means, E Hernandez
    RP – Kimbrel, Pagan, Fairbanks, Scott, Neris

    If nothing else, maybe I have some trade capital to go out and get more speed…any thoughts? Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s not to love? You have two aces, and a #2, two #3s…RPs are fine, if forgettable…. Your hitting looks solid, but I agree you have no speed, pretty low there…Gallo for Raimel trade?

      • bobsnyder4210 says:
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        Yea, I’m gonna work on something like that…people drafted late speed guys way too early, so somebody’s gotta have power problems…thanks, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  92. Task Force says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Just wanting your take on my draft… I feel I panicked on a couple of picks because of comments being made during the draft. It’s a 12 team 6×6 OBP and Holds, 5 keeper league, know I kind of punted Saves (top 12 RP were gone by round 7) and traded my 5 and 6 round picks last year:

    C – Carson Kelly 23(276)
    1B – Jose Abreu Keeper
    2B – Ozzie Albies Keeper
    SS – Francisco Lindor Keeper
    3B – Anthony Rendon 1(12)
    OF – Yordan Alvarez 2(24)
    OF – Kyle Lewis 3(36)
    OF – Ramon Laureano 8(85)
    OF – Dylan Moore 10(109)
    UTL – Jarred Kelenic 12(133)
    UTL – Wander Franco 13(156)
    Bench – Leody Taveras 15(180)
    Bench – CJ Cron 20(229)
    Bench – Jon Berti 21(252)

    SP – Lucas Giolito Keeper
    SP – Yu Darvish Keeper
    SP – Sonny Gray 4(36)
    SP – Kevin Gausman 7(84)
    SP – John Means 11(132)
    RP – Alex Colome 9(108)
    RP – Emilio Pagan 14(157)
    RP – Blake Treinen 16(181)
    RP – Chad Green 17(204)
    P – Aaron Bummer 18(205)
    P – Nick Wittgren 18(216)
    Bench – Jake McGee 19(217)
    Bench – Jake Odorizzi 19(228)
    Bench – MacKenzie Gore 20(240)
    Bench – Caleb Smith 22(253)
    Bench – Luke Weaver 24(277)

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard to go too wrong with those keepers…I like the pitching a lot, Green, Treinen, Bummer seems excessive for Holds, but it’s fine…Your hitting looks decent but maybe a tad low on speed, but not bad…Berti/Leody are decent flyers there

      • Task Force says:
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        I was hoping Chapman, Jansen, or Hendriks lose their jobs or an injury happen and Boom Saves! but I can always use them a trade bait for saves later on.

        Yeah I wasn’t overly happy with most of the speed coming on flyers but most it went early so I was just trying to find it where I could.

        Thanks for the feedback!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Task Force says:
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        Would you look at any of the following for saves then?:

        Bryan Garcia
        Yimi Garcia
        Taylor Rogers
        Reyes Moronta

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rogers, I believe…I’ve ranked these guys

          • Task Force says:
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            Sorry it was Tyler Rogers not Taylor Rogers

            And yes you did but I haven’t downloaded the most recent top 500’s in awhile now I see they are not worth it haha

            Done with questions thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

  93. In AL Only league drop Robbie Ray for Daulton Jefferies?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  94. OaktownSteve says:
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    Houck tore up the Braves A team today. Probably pitched his way into the rotation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His stuff is filthy, but all over the map

  95. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    I notice Sixto will be sent to alternate site. I assum team can rescind this decision at any time (no minimum stay). Then again, Miami is loaded with young arms-> less likely to return soon.

    Would you drop Sixto for Canning or Gonsolin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, Marlins just don’t need a 5th starter

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        So you advise no change (and anticipate him back in two weeks or so). right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, if you can hold

  96. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Got 1-2 open slots with Grisham going on IL and Soria not being a closer. Which of these would you jump on?

    Hitters: Chisolm, Cron, Hampson, India, Rojas
    Pitchers: Kikuchi, Sheffield, Singe, Taijuan

    C – Garver, 1B – Bellinger, 2B – Biggio, 3B – Arenado, OF – Ozuna, Conforto, Frazier, Util – Laureano, IL – Grisham
    SP – Fried, Gallen, Gausman, Montas, Musgrove, Ohtani, Pineda
    RP – Bass, McGee, Montero, Pagan, Soria

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      India, Singer

  97. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft holds league

    c- McCann
    1- Abreu
    2- Gurriel Jr.
    3- Muncy
    SS- Didi
    OF- Soto, Harper, Yordan Alvarez
    Util – Pete Alonso, Matt Olson
    bench- Dalbec, Franmil
    NA- Wander Franco

    SP- Berrios, Urias, Ryu, Lament, Yarbrough, Price, Keuchel
    RP- Rainey, Castillo, Fairbanks

    Just want to get your thoughts – appreciate you man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks on hitting, huge, stacked on hitting…Like almost too much hitting…You are missing pitching, but I guess you plan on streaming which is fine, but you’re gonna need to

      • William Hung says:
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        Loves the Rays pitching the way you love Marlins pitching this year

  98. Ralph says:
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    Grey. I am choosing between drafting 1st or 9th in a 10 team H2H. Which would you choose?

    • Ralphy says:
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      Its a Kentucky Derby style draft. We get to choose our draft spot. I am choosing between 1st or 9th.

      • Al KOHOLIC says:
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        Think I’d go 9th get two stud bats to start and another plus a top sp second time thru

        • Ralphy says:
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          Thank for the feedback. I see your point and I don’t disagree, but I think I am going to go 1. Get Acuna, then Albies and maybe Bichette, Devers or one of the OF’s. I think Ill be happy with the SP I get at 40.

  99. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    I’m looking at the weekly pitching analyses, and one of the columns (% owned) doesn’t seem correct. It indicates 100% for several pitchers (e.g., Robbie Ray) that wouldn’t appear that popular; and lower values for others that I assume should be ~ 100% (e.g., Kevin Gausman @ 83%). Where is the data coming from — Razzball Leagues; or from a composite of other leagues (e.g., Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, etc)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I don’t think the ownership is right yet…Need all drafts to finish first

  100. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    MLB Tools. Streamonator.

  101. Scrapski says:
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    Hi Grey,
    10 team Roto 5 x 5. No streaming
    One free replacement move each week on Sunday night…

    Thoughts?

    1B Alonso
    1B Stanton
    2b albies
    2b Hampson
    Ss bichette
    SS cronenWerth
    3b moncada
    3b J India
    C stassi
    C C Kelly (yes, ugh to two C league)
    Of soto
    Of springer
    Of Blackmon
    Of myers
    Of soler
    Of C Frazier
    Sp woodruff
    Sp ryu
    Sp sixto
    Sp gallen
    Sp P Lopez
    Sp bassitt
    sp eflin
    Rp pressley
    Rp Garrett
    Rp bass
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks very strong, solid base of power and speed…Your pitching looks okay, but Sixto and Gallen, I would not draft…So, you have two of 7 guys I don’t love

      • Scrapski says:
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        Thank you!

  102. Giacomo says:
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    Would you rather take a flyier on Freddy Peralta or Kikuchi in a Ottoneu points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freddy

  103. toolshed says:
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    Would you want to own freddy Peralta in a 10 team roto league with an innings cap? I am intrigued by the k rate, but I remember he wasn’t good when he started before and went to relief. He started one game last year; it wasn’t good. He excelled in relief, but can he do it 2nd time through order or 3rd? The k rate is sexy, but I’m worried everything else goes south after 3 innings. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I love Freddy

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I too love Freddy P. The invisi-ball!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Top 25 starter next year incoming

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            I talked Magoo into drafting him over Woodruff two years ago despite the fact that I also loved Woody. I had FOMO with Freddy’s K%. Pretty sure you drafted Woodruff with the next pick. Peralta then went out and gave up like 13 runs over his next 4 or 5 innings and went to bullpurgatory.

            • Grey

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              We just need a clean April from Peralta and it’s off to nirvana

  104. krazyivan says:
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    H2H 10 hitting and 10 pitching categories (40 inning minimum). I usually punt speed in this setting
    It is a 12 team league.
    C: Garver
    1B: Muncy
    2B: Ketel
    SS: Seager
    3B: Saurez
    OF: Betts
    OF: Bellinger
    OF: Castellenos
    Utility: Santander
    Utility: Fletcher

    Bench: Hoskins
    Bench: Kepler

    SP: Buehler
    SP: Lynn
    RP: Williams
    RP: Pressly
    P: Montero
    P: Fairbanks

    Bench: Wheeler
    Bench: Plesac
    Bench: Civale
    Bench: Taillon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      With so many cats and H2H, it’s hard to say what to make of team, but I don’t like Wheeler, and you look like you need pitching even with two aces, guessing you’re gonna need to stream — just sheer quantity of SPs looks low — Hitting looks very well-balanced which I’m assuming helps with all those cats

  105. OaktownSteve says:
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    The closer situation is so hard to fathom. Neris and Alvarado both got lit up today. Pomeranz has risen from the dead and K’d the side in the last two outings I think. The Indians are playing their hand like Jesus Ferguson. The Reds and the Diamondbacks are like, “everybody is a closer AND no one is a closer!” You and Ralph are declaring committees like you’re the Politburo.

    I for one, sir, am befuddled.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      I concur

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Dan Bard Por Vida!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If Bard doesn’t go down in flames, and say Hader does, well, it will be a fitting season

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            Bold prediction: Dan Bard is the Rockies lone All Star!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm, maybe, I hope not tho bc I own Story everywhere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha, yes, Po’lil’burro

  106. Art of Bat Flipping says:
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    Yelich/Patrick Corbin for Betts

    Which side?

    Fair deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts, unless it’s a deep league

      • Art of Bat Flipping says:
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        Is it a fair trade in your opinion?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, completely

          • Art of Bat Flipping says:
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            I’m more in need of durable inning eating high K with good ratio SP.

            Was thinking of offering Corbin and Fried for Bauer. Too much or just right?

  107. Will says:
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    Prediction: Taylor Trammell grabs the starting LF job and runs with it. Will be a “why didn’t we draft this guy?” fantasy player by midseason.

  108. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Better bench bat in a points league: E Escobar or Haniger?

    Thanks!

    • bossmanjunior333 says:
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      You can add Hayes to that mix

  109. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh Great Grey,

    my plan is to take pitching late in my draft. Which 3 of these would you target?

    Lamet, Glasnow, Fried, Luzardo, Marco Gonzales, Burnes, Wheeler, Ian Anderson, Paddack, Gausman

  110. Cohen says:
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    Grey, just finished my 12 team roto draft
    Please critique it for me and tell me how i did?
    C-Kelly
    1B-Alonso
    2B-Lowe
    SS-Story
    3B-Machado
    CI-Moncada
    MI-Swanson
    OF-Robert
    OF-Blackmon
    OF-Lewis
    OF-Moore
    OF-Tapia
    Util-Franmil
    Bn-Croneworth(while Lewis is out can move guys around)
    SP-Ryu
    SP-Maeda
    SP-Gausman
    SP-Eflin
    CL-Barnes
    CL-Smith
    CL-Garrett
    CL-Bard
    CL-Castillo
    CL-Neris
    CL-Crichton

  111. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    In a 14 team h2h category league with SVHLD, hold Pagan and Pomeranz or drop either for Amir Garrett, Wittgren or Puk? Thanks!

    • bossmanjunior333 says:
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      My only other RP is K Jansen

  112. Son

    Son says:
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    Ya da best, Grey

  113. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Grey,

    Thoughts on my starting pitchers in a 10 team H2H league?

    Burnes
    Woodruff
    Plesac
    Mahle
    Luzardo
    Dustin May
    Domingo German

    I have an open spot available….who would you add to my rotation?
    Eflin
    Eovaldi
    Elieser Hernandez
    Smyly
    Means

    Thanks

  114. fausto

    fausto says:
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    E.HERNANDEZ

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