Scott Boras is pushing this “MLB owners are in collusion” narrative, and what better way to push that agenda than have Mike Moustakas turn down a $17.4 million dollar qualifying offer from the Royals to re-sign with them for $6.5 million.  Boras is playing a long con here, and no one’s seeing it!  But I see it!  *takes index and middle finger and points at eyes, then points at picture of Boras*  You know who Mike Moustakas needed as his agent?  Regina King.  She is doggedly persistent.  Have you ever seen Regina King quit?  Oh hell no.  There’s no quit in that woman in every role she’s in.  If Scott Boras were married to Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire, Cuba would’ve signed for chump change, and never waited for his quan moment.  Moustakas needs to hire Regina King, stat!  So, I haven’t changed anything in my projection and ranking for Moustakas in my top 20 3rd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball with this re-signing, because that was the baseline I was projecting off of anyway.  Now to see if I can get Regina King to do my auction bidding for me.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the post, there are a few RCL drafts this weekend that need you!  You as in you you.  Why are you looking over your shoulder?  I’m talking to you!  Sign up for a league, and if we don’t fill them, you’ll get your money back, but let’s assume they will be filled because you like to win some cash-money.  Yes, you you still!  Also, in those leagues are JayWrong and MattTruss, so you know the leagues will be talked about on the site.  Anyway, the roundup:

Lucas Duda – Signed with the Royals to be their number one hitter.  *clenches lips together to stifle laughter, bursts out*  Gah!  I’m sorry.  I feel like a contestant on that old timey game show, Make Me Laugh.  By the way, you ever notice contestants on old game shows all look so old?  They could be 25 years old in 1985 and they look like they’re 65 years old and in 1962.  There should be a game show filter on SnapChat that does this to pictures.  Any hoo!  Duda will perform exactly as he has over his career — power and low average.  He is ranked in the top 20 1st basemen.

Ricky Nolasco – Signed with the Royals.  He’ll compete for a rotation spot and a spot in their lineup.  I say bat him third with their options.

Jon Jay – Signed with the Royals to hit leadoff and platoon with Paulo Orlando aka The Florida Project.  Last year, The Federalist hit .296 with two homers and six steals in…Guess how many games.  C’mon, two homers and six steals.  Guess how many!  Bet you’re not within 20 games of how many he played in.  Okay, give up?  He played in 141 games.  I will now cackle myself silly.  The Royals might have the first leadoff man in fantasy baseball history to not be worth owning in 15-team leagues.

Corey Dickerson – Traded to the Pirates.  From Pittsburgh to Tampa is just about neutral, culturally and baseballically.  Baseballically is defined as Norman Rockwell with throat cancer from chewing tobacco.  The only iffy on the snafu is there’s no more DH and Pirates have two locked-in OFs and a bunch of other guys who can play in place of Dickerson, so Dickerson may lose 45-70 ABs, and I’ve moved him into my top 80 outfielders.

Cameron Maybin – Signed with the Marlins.  Jeter raises mic and drops mic.  He’s done.  Are you not entertained, Marlins fans?!  Okay, seriously, the Marlins not only traded all of their players away, but now they’re also making it so they can’t play their rookies either?  Please tell me Maybin’s not gonna start over Brinson.  Please.  As for Maybin, he’s in my top 100 outfielders rankings.

Ben Gamel – Out for 4-6 weeks with a strained oblique.  Dah, first sleeper of mine down and we’re not even through March.  At least get to April healthy before disappointing me, right, Delino DeShields?  I’ve lowered Ben Gamel in my top 100 outfielders.

Drew Pomeranz – Dealing with a minor flexor strain.  As Dr. James Andrews says, “There’s no minor flexor strains, there’s only elbows that have not yet paid for me to buy Larry Ellison’s island.”  I haven’t moved Pomeranz in my rankings yet, but I’d be lying if I said I was drafting him with full confidence.  He says, I repeat, he says he’s fine.

Stephen Vogt – Out a few weeks with a shoulder strain.  Move him down your draft boards!  *moves Vogt from 470 overall to 471, claps hands*  Whew, I’m exhausted!

Yuli Gurriel – Had hamate bone surgery and out for 5-6 weeks, according to the Astros, which means he’ll miss 8-10 weeks and never look same.  Okay, being negative, but this isn’t good news no matter how you slice it.  It being his hand.  For his sake, hopefully Yuli’s doctor isn’t Asian.  Updated his ranking and projections in the top 20 1st basemen, and War Room.

Forrest Whitley – Top Astros pitching prospect was suspended for 50 games.  No word if the Cardinals hacked the drug test results to make it look positive.

Tim Lincecum – Signed by the Rangers.  My column:

Paul Goldschmidt – I caved to the dankest of humidor timelines and moved Au Shizz down a few pegs in the top 10 for 2018 fantasy baseball (CLICKBAIT!).  To say there’s no effect from a humidor is to ostrich our heads into the dunes of dopiness, but to say it will mean everything is going too far the other way.  I throttled a little bit, but I’d still draft him where I now ranked him.

Steven Souza – Traded to the Diamondbacks.  You know when you lose a girlfriend (or wife, for some of your sadder beanbags) and your natural inclination is to work harder to make the next girlfriend like you?  Your last girlfriend said you never went out with her and her friends enough!  You always complained about that tapas bar she liked to go to!  You used to insist her friend Robin used to be a man who went by the same name!  But with this new girl, you’re not going to make the same mistakes.  And, sure enough, the new girl doesn’t like you for different reasons.  This seems like what’s going on with the DiamondbacksJ.D. Martinez refused to re-sign with them, and now they’re going out and being aggressive suitors for everyone.  Jarrod Dyson?  Sure, what the hey!  Souza?  And the band played on!  Why won’t all this work?  Because they’re putting in a freakin’ humidor!  I left Souza in my top 60 outfielders, but this does dunk the trunk (totally a saying!) on Jarrod Dyson in my top 100 outfielders.

Chris Owings – If the humidor didn’t convince you that the Diamondbacks don’t want anyone to own their hitters in fantasy, they’ve announced Owings will not start.  I’ve updated him at the top 20 2nd basemen.

Zack Greinke – His velocity is down and said he doesn’t have it anymore.  Oh, man, someone please keep an eye on Greinke, he sounds like he’s in a dark place.  Greinks, ol’ pal, it’s only the beginning of March.  C’mon, have an ice cream cone and cheer up!  I haven’t moved Greinke in my top 20 starters, but I’m not excited about drafting him now either.

Ben Revere – Signed with the Reds as a backup outfielder, and to perform at kids’ birthday parties under his magician name, “Denard Span.”

Zach Davies – Dealing with a strained oblique.  He could miss the beginning of the season, will depend if Davies can work out the kinks.

Colby Rasmus – Signed with the Orioles as a backup outfielder.  Opposing teams’ pitchers better watch out on short schedule days from around the 6th to 8th inning when Rasmus is ready to pinch-hit!

Carlos Gonzalez – Sounds headed back to the Rockies.  The Rockies are the worst!  They’re like the poisoned apple.  “Ooh, looks yummy, I wanna taste said apple.”  And now you’re dead.  Sorry, apple eater!  Every time there’s light on Tapia or Dahl or any rookie, the Rockies make some dumb decision to re-up a vet.  Beware, Ryan McMahon owners, Mark Reynolds will be next.  As for CarGo, once the deal is official, I will add him into my top 100 outfielders, and moved down Dahl, Parra and Tapia.

Carlos Gomez – Signed with the Rays.  Wow, the Rays are almost as bad as the Marlins.  This is like a race to the bottom for both Florida teams (though, technically, there’s three Florida teams, and the third one, the Yankees, has more fans than the other two).  I added CarGo to my top 100 outfielders, and top 500 overall.

Brent Honeywell – Out for the year with a torn UCL and had Tommy John surgery.  He’ll be genuine for two-zero-one-nine, and ain’t no half steppin’.

Jose De Leon – Also needs Tommy John surgery.  Apparently, Brent Honeywell sneezed on him.  You gotta Dracula, Honeywell, c’mon!

Francisco Liriano – Signed with the Tigers.  I added him to my top 500 alternate names for garbage.

Adam Engel – With Charlie Tilson being cut in White Sox camp, it looks like they’re doing a 180 to Engel.  Engel is similar to Carlos Gomez without his flashy .245 average, and more like a .205 average, i.e., he’s a destitute man’s CarGo, I will call him, The Shopping Cart.   I added Engel to my top 100 outfielders (barely).

Matt Carpenter – May not be ready for the opener.  To pretend I’m a real journalist, this news got me:  *insert appropriate meme*  Damn, I sound bitter, but that is how things are reported now.  If it was 1974, Woodward and Bernstein would just tweet a blinking white guy GIF.  Any hoo!  I’m not moving Carpenter yet.  Because, Jesus, I’m not Roman!  Also, I assumed he’d miss some time.

Seung Hwan Oh – Signed a deal with the Jays after a deal with the Rangers fell through when Oh failed a physical due to elbow ligament inflammation.  The exchange rate right now between US and Canadian Dollar is 1.00 for every 1.26 ligaments, so he should be fine.

Troy TulowitzkiJays manager, John Gibbons, said Tulo’s not expected ready for Opening Day.  Gibbons added, “Well, dur.”

Mike Napoli – Signed with the Indians to help them transition from mascot, Chief Wahoo, and his smoke signals to new mascot, Napoli and him jogging while smoking.  He’s in my top 20 1st basemen (more like top 60), if barely.

Danny Salazar – Will begin the season on the DL, which moves Clevinger into the rotation for the time being, at least.  In my top 60 starters, Salazar is in a tier of starters who I wouldn’t draft, and, in that same starters ranking post, Mike Clevinger is listed in a tier I would draft, so I didn’t move anyone.  Is Salazar above Clevinger even though I wouldn’t draft him and would draft Clevinger?  Yes, because my brain works in mysterious ways and that’s why you love me!  Metaphorically!  Get your hand off my butt!

Brandon Moss – Released by the A’s.  I think this makes the Athletics a rolling stone.  With how their team is assembled, that Rolling Stone would be Matt Jagger, an all-or-nothing slugger who can’t field.

Adam Lind – Signed a minor league deal with the Yankees.  Cashman referred to Lind as an “insurance policy.”  So, Lind is the Affordable Don’t Care Option.

Brandon Drury – Traded to the Yankees to play 3rd base, and make every Noo Yawker sound drunk when they say his last name.  “Awfficer, I’m sorry for running dat red light, I was gettin’ somethin’ outta my car Drury.”  “Drury?”  “Yeah, dat thing, other there.”  “You mean, glove compartment?”  “Glove compartment-Drury…Tomato-tomahto.  Let’s hurry up here.”  The Noo Yawk Glove Compartment finds himself in a good place to play, but, unfortunately, it’s still him doing the playing.  I’ve added him into my top 20 2nd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.

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Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago

Ever look into these props for MLB futures?

Vegas is offering the following:
Who will hit most HR’s out of: Stanton, Judge Sanchez
Who will hit most HR’s out of: C Correa, Altuve, M Gonzalez

Both steamer and your projections have Stanton and Correa with double digit more HR’s than a different guy in the group, seems like free money no??

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Kevin
4 years ago

@Kevin:
hells ya put a dime on it for me too bro

Jimmy Suitcase
Jimmy Suitcase
4 years ago

Hiya Grey –

In a 13 team standard 5×5 yahoo rotisserie league with an auction draft. Each team can keep 3 guys with cost of the player being the average of: 2017 draft value + 2018 average auction value. We have a$260 budget. Out of these folks which three am I keeping?

-Jose Altuve: $49
-Bryce Harper: $45
-Joey Votto: $32
-Robbie Ray: $11
-Segura: $14
-Buxton: $14
-Rendon: $18
-Jake Lamb: $9

Rick Garlinghouse
Rick Garlinghouse
4 years ago

Cano just came out of the game mid-inning. Not sure why. So did Finnigan of the Reds.
When do we re-up our streamantor and or roto-delux subscriptions for 2018?

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

What’s up SunGrey? Love seeing the news from Texas naming Delino as the official everyday leadoff/CF, coupled with Banister saying that he wants Delino to aim for at least 50 SB (!).

I can keep Delino for $4 in my keep 7 forever roto league – in light of this news, would you now keep him over a $4 Godley in hopes of a 10/50 100 run season from our boy?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: meant to add – my other 6 keepers would be a $10 Robbie Ray plus a lot of cheap pop/AVG guys (Harper Bellinger JDM Blackmon Devers).

Worried that if I don’t keep DeShizz (after all these years of drafting him at higher amounts) I could regret it in a way similar to when I didn’t believe Trea would get full time ABs when the Nats has him splitting time with [what’s his face veteran]…

Thanks.

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

@Grey: thanks – I feel like i’ll save more if I keep Godley (he’s going for 12-15 in mock redraft auctions). If I now have to pay 8-10 for Delino,, I’m still saving more net

nightpandas
nightpandas
4 years ago

Grey

15 team keep 11 Cats: h r sb strikeouts rbi hr obp slg w l sv era whip k k/9 qs
Keepers are:
C
1 – Gallo
2- Odor
3 – Devers
SS
LF – Schwarber
Cf – Brinson
RF – Puig
Util – G Torres
SP – Sale, Castillo, Bauer
Rp – Osuna

I’ve got all my picks in the first 5 rounds of a 10 round draft. I’ve got 4th overal pick. who would you pick from:

Beltre, Mazara, Brantley, Bird, W Calhoun, Vlad Jr, Kingery, A Miller, Zimmer, Salazar, Lamet, Fulmer

(assuming Ohtani will be taken) Guess it depends on whether I can compete this year….

Can you pick three for me?

thanks boss

Ganggreen
Ganggreen
4 years ago

You know what, i think id rather spend money in the auction on pitching because the hitting gets garbage after the top 50. Id rather keep 4 hitters in my top 50 and use my budget on pitching, right? Kept thor, get a couple closers, and a top 20 pitcher. The rest whatever happens happens.

Ganggreen
Ganggreen
4 years ago

should i keep hand 6$ myers 15$ duval7$ delino 1$ i can keep one. Due tonite

Ganggreen
Ganggreen
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: 12vteam rotisserie, i have minus 15$ and 10$ from my auction budget for dropping arrietta and schwarb. Doubled if i kept them. I already am keeping thor, votto, hoskins, and c seager.

Ganggreen
Ganggreen
Reply to  Ganggreen
4 years ago

@Ganggreen: one utility 3 outfield one catcher. 1200 innings pitched limit.

Ganggreen
Ganggreen
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: yeah ill go myers, and hope he hits .270. Hand could be a great bargain at 6$ with 35 saves or more. Its just that top 5 closer go for 25 and the next tier 20, and the backend are always 15, or 10$. Depending on security. Theres no way to get a bargain in closers in my league without keeping one from waivers you got last year. I was thinking myers i could get for 20$ in the draft.

Alfred E. Naujocks
Alfred E. Naujocks
4 years ago

20 team roto, 7×7 with OPS, XBH,holds, QS added. keep 4-8 (used to be 7-9 but league has gotten way too top heavy with really good teams vs really bad ones, leading to 4 bad ones and 1 good one quitting last year, so trying to balance out the keepers, also not allowing anybody to trade for players they aren’t keeping or draft picks this year, as the best teams were always able to leverage their lesser keepers to force the worst teams to volume up by trading away their best player(s) just to make keeper minimums. also this year it’s front loaded draft, so worst teams will get best rounds picked in as well if they keep less). my team tends to get top 5 but not top 2 last 2 years. roster, 1 of each position (3 OF), 1 util. about 5-7 SP optimal (only 1250 innings so you can bench guys in bad spots, and even for a 20 teamer streamable guys are findable at times), room for 5 RP (which is optimal to get holds/saves).

keepers for sure
C kraken
1B
2B
SS treat urner
3B
OF (3)
util
SP ray
RP
which of these others should i keep (closers are hard to come by in the draft, but clearly i found my 2 just by drafting the best holds RP)
cano, dahl, mcmahon, rivero, knebel, c.santana, godley, piscotty, carpenter (he’s sounding like he went from an easy yes to an easy no)

Alfred E. Naujocks
Alfred E. Naujocks
4 years ago

wow, that turning down the qualifying offer better have mostsuckass firing boras’ ass right quick. looks REAL good when yr agent’s “advice” leads you into losing 62.64% equity while he STILL gets the 15% or whatever cut of your 6.5 if agents were doctors he’d actually have a malpractice lawsuit against borass here.

– is gurriel’s injury worse or about the same as desmond’s last year. these guys aren’t just “out for 5-6 or even 8-10” weeks, IF they don’t actually rest the hand they’re straight up garbage for MONTHS (re: this season). also matt carpenter is one stupid as F. last year starting in like early june he needs shoulder surgery, cardinals being cardinals this isn’t reported till like sept openly (but STL fans knew what was up, dude couldn’t drive a ball to save his life starting on around june 8th or so); so rather than i don’t know get the surgery to fix his shoulder he doesn’t and now his back is f’ed up from probably trying to favor the shoulder. cardinals being cardinals they WILL CONTINUE to play him through now in it’s 2nd year this injury because when healthy he’s a doubles and OBP machine with moderate power and a batting eye literally probably 2nd to only votto in entire MLB.
so either STL’s doctors are as bad as the mess’s (not that likely, probably not possible) or it’s just crapenter himself. he’s pretty christian so i’m thinking this might’ve had an influence.

Alfred E. Naujocks
Alfred E. Naujocks
Reply to  Alfred E. Naujocks
4 years ago

@Alfred E. Naujocks: and now lynn booted 5.4 million at least as well. these guys are hilarious. agents are not looking too good right now. i’m sure his agent told him to hold out and he’ll “most certainly get at least 20 per for at least 4 years” back in december.

pager24
pager24
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Which side do you like better? 12 team 5×5

R. Iglesias for Javy Baez

Thanks!

VinWins
VinWins
4 years ago

Just watched the first half of Sneaky Pete season 2. Still loving it.

And if I get Judge for $10, Im ok with paying $35 for Bryant.

Set up a public Razz league drafting this afternoon for practice.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: The public draft was a poor exercise. First, only 8 other teams joined, and then only 3 of them actually participated in the draft. So 5 teams are loaded with all the high-ranked players instead of top Razz players.

Jonathan Fersh
Jonathan Fersh
4 years ago

hi @Grey, I could really use your guidance finalizing my keepers today, pick 5: (Auction, Yahoo 12 team, $260)

– Buxton $10
– Strasburg $31
– Judge $10
– R Ray $10
– Devers $10
– K Bryant $35
– Severino $10

Jonathan Fersh
Jonathan Fersh
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: @Grey:

Does it change your answer if I tell you it’s Roto?

So you think the surplus value for Ray will be greater than that for Bryant? what have you seen them go for in auction leagues – similar to $18 and $39 respectively as you show in your auction values?

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

Hey Grey, Need some help on keepers.
Have to choose 5 of the following:
Goldschmidt (1st)
Rizzo (1st)
Machado (1st)
Daniel Murphy (10th) – knee isnt looking good
Wilson Ramos (22nd)
Strasburg (3rd)
Berrios (15th)
Knebel (12th)
Kimbrel (7th)
Ray (14th) – KEEPING

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: who would you pick if you could take multiple 1st? thanks again

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: sorry not sure why that double posted

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

Grey, Need some help on keepers. I know this isnt really the place but I need an answer by the end of the day… oops.
Have to choose 5 of the following (cant choose 2 of the first rounders):
Goldschmidt (1st)
Rizzo (1st)
Machado (1st)
Daniel Murphy (10th) – worried about his knee otherwise he’d be a no brainer
Wilson Ramos (22nd)
Strasburg (3rd)
Berrios (15th)
Knebel (12th)
Kimbrel (7th)
Ray (14th)

I’m leaning towards Goldy, Ray, Ramos, Berrios and Knebel But Stras and Murphy are hard to say no to.

Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit
4 years ago

I’m in a keep 10 players league with the option of keeping 12. I have 8 guys I was planning on keeping, but could use help with the rest.

Who would you keep?
1b – votto
2b schoop
3b rendon
Ss Bregman
Of jd Martinez
Sp sale
Sp c-mart
Util encarcion

Options – Nola, posey, bogaerts, odor, Rosario, Braun

Thanks a lot

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

@Grey: Heads up, On clock.

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

@Grey: only 18 more tough choices to go!

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
4 years ago

@Grey:

I just found out I have the 50th overall pick in my 12 Team H2H Category
OBP instead of AVG league. This is the second overall pick after everyone’s keepers.

Keepers can be kept indefinitely with no penalty so if I can get in on the ground floor with a young superstar, I can have them be part of my core roster for a long time. Current keepers are Trea Turner, Goldy, Springer and G Sanchez.

Potential options with the first pick: Rendon, Benintendi, Bregman, Hoskins.

I’ve read your rankings so I know you’re all in on Rendon. Benny and Breg are young and upsidey but the one that’s got me intrigued is Hoskins.

The Razz 5×5 OBP rankings have these values for the upcoming season:

Rendon: $21
Benintendi: $23
Bregman: $21.5
Hoskins: $23.9

In this situation, would you go Hoskins?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  swaggerjackers
4 years ago

@swaggerjackers:

I’d want Rhys to add to those keepers.

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: Thanks for the confirmation, Grimey!

Good luck in your leagues this season, G man!

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Hoskins, it is!

Mike
Mike
4 years ago

Should I keep Pollock at $13 or Chase Anderson at $4?

THANKS!

Herry
Herry
4 years ago

Dynasty points league: Chris Owings, Albert Almora, Austin Riley, Erick Fedde and Jharel Cotton for Felipe Rivero, Eduardo Rodriguez and Robert Gsellman?

Dave
Dave
4 years ago

Points league.

O. Arcia and Kingery for Rosario and Ohtani (batter only).

Who wins? For this year and beyond.

Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago

Ha, ha! I meant ERA not AVG.

Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago

I apologize for asking a random question on this post, but I trust the Razzball braintrust and its audience for sane fantasy advice. In a H2H league with Holds, Saves, Wins, WHIP, AVG, Ks, what is a reasonable/challenging/fun innings pitched minimum setting? I’ve played in a league for 3 years now that has a 25 IP minimum. That’s crazy low, right?

Humm Baby
Humm Baby
Reply to  Kevin
4 years ago

@Kevin: we’ve had 35 inn min for 15 years and haven’t had too many issues. A few missed innings weeks mainly due to manager error.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
4 years ago

@Eli Man Penguin Boy: if you don’t know how to do this, do you know how to contact espn for me to have them find this?

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
Reply to  Eli Man Penguin Boy
4 years ago

@Eli Man Penguin Boy: sorry, i didn’t me that YOU’D contact espn “for me” but how for ME to contact espn. sorry about that one.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: GD it then. a creator of league (yet not comish, which was me) removed a league (hockey) just now, the details wouldn’t be at all i’m sure interesting to you but i am interested in:
1. current rosters of said league
2. email contacts of league members

pretty gross if i can’t get this info. in yahoo this would be easy to do too.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
4 years ago

you guys used espn for years. how do you look up previous teams you had in espn (this would apply to all fantasy sports i’d assume). it’s very easy to do this in yahoo, have no idea here.

Speill
Speill
4 years ago

Hi there Grey. I’m sorting out my last few keepers and would like your opinion. Debating on keeping Donaldson $20 or Thorr $6. I have Scherzer as my only other pitcher keeper. Other option is Grenkie $10. It’s 8 team league with 7 keepers. Thank you sir.

Raider
Raider
Reply to  Speill
4 years ago

@Speill: Thor not close

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
4 years ago

Europe, from the slow guy. At least use my name and don’t call me buddy.

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
Reply to  Gigorilla
4 years ago

And don’t call me Shirley, bud.

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
4 years ago

hey yo guy. I have been enjoying the articles you and your fellow razzballers have been throwing down. I felt super prepared for my drafts but then I found out one league changed to having OPS and my other changed to OBP instead of RBI. I’m wondering how those cats effect your rankings or what is the best resource for pre draft rankings?

I’m assuming it makes hitters like hoskins and someone like Gallo more valuable?

Appreciation and Gratitude.

The Heckler
The Heckler
4 years ago

chlorophyll…more like borasphyll!!! Jack ass!!!

Cram It
Cram It
4 years ago

Sam Dyson is mine! haha. I can’t believe he made it almost 2 entire rounds to me.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: You’re right, because he can do nothing but make me hate him from this point on.

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

vacuum Cram

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

I understand it is difficult to be a savant and misunderstood at the same time.

Chud
Chud
4 years ago

Trade offer in my 10 team full keeper salary:

I give Mazara ($5).

I get Alex Wood ($2).

Thanks and have a great weekend!

J bone
J bone
4 years ago

Serverino as an 11th round keeper or Hoskins as a 10th round keeper. Can control for next 6 years, losing a round each year. Thanks

Cram it
Cram it
Reply to  J bone
4 years ago

@J bone: Bat wins

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Can you help me out with my keeper situation? 10 team H2H points.

I currently have 4 guys signed to three year contracts that are going in to year 2, I can drop one of them for Benintendi as a 4th rounder. They are:
MadBum: 7th
Rizzo: 11th
Dozier: 5th
Porcello: 25th
Should I drop one for Benny in the 4th round?

Also I can sign one more to a three year contract my options are:

Hoskins: 25th
Rosario: 25th
Merrifield: 25th
Yelich: 1st
Pham: 25th
Smoak: 25th
Jon Gray: 16th
Wood: 25th
Weaver: 25th
Faria: 25th

I feel like the answer is obviously Porcello to drop for Benny and Hoskins as my new keeper, but just wanted your input. Thanks, excited for the season!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Steve
4 years ago

@Steve: Yes, Porcello obvious drop. I would take Hoskins as well.

Trust The Process
Trust The Process
4 years ago

Yo Grey! 12 team forever keep 10 & 10 farm… Roto.. all keepers are in .. draft is Sunday night .. I’ve completely hit the reset button .. building up the farm and going young w upside this year… anyways I have 1st overall pick & 9th overall… Narrowed down to Castellanos, Rosario, Dejong, Stroman…. hopefully get 2 of the 4… Who should I go with at 1? Thank you as always

knucks
knucks
4 years ago

So I’m all caught up on this Pod I had mentioned last week called Tanis. Pretty good. Had planned to recommend it and might already have done so. But I want to revoke the rec. As I recall that you either didn’t enjoy or just never watched Twin Peaks.

I think if you Tanis before you Twin Peaks, you’re gonna have a mediocre time. Or maybe vice versa. Or both. Who can never be sure *shrug emoji* ?

Will be starting that Audible book you recommended on Monday.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Sounds awesome, I def look forward to that.

Got our home inspection in about in hour. If all goes well with that, we should close on our new house on April 6th. I’ll be about 4 miles from the LV Iron Pigs stadium. Only a $7 Lyft. Pretty pumped for that.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
4 years ago

What’s the general consensus on Colome this year? Lots of saves last year but everything else was blech. He’s not the next Rodney is he? Really thought he’d build on 2016 last year.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, I know. Saw Smokey, too. Faithful reader! But still, might like him better on the Cards. Just not sure he can be totally trusted but I guess that’s true for a bunch of closers.

Baggiejohn
Baggiejohn
4 years ago

Davies … kinks … like it!

Cram It
Cram It
4 years ago

If/when Melancon can’t pitch, you think it’s Dyson’s gig over Watson?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: I think it’s Watson. Dyson is a head case.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche: I think he’s their only lefty though. Maybe Strickland?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: No, no they haven’t. Which is remarkable considering how awful Dyson was. But at least he has experience now!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: They have Osich. I still say Watson.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

If I could get 10 non-hideous saves out of him in the NFBC I’ll be thrilled.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 years ago

First RCL last night. Crazy autopick glitch. A guy ranked about the first 60 players and then drafted catchers all the way to the end of draft. I had to take one before round 25 so I didnt end up with Roberto Perez.

Picked 9th, Other than you not liking Blackmon at 9, and the fact I didnt really draft a starting pitching staff, thoughts?

C Castillo (18)
1B Freeman (2)
2B Castro (20)
SS Bregman (4)
3B Devers (8)
CR Hosmer (7)
MI Story (10)
OF Blackmon (1)
OF Hoskins (3)
OF Margot (12)
OF DeShizz (17)
OF Trumbo (22)
U Kyle Seager (11)

P Kimbrel (5)
P Nola (6)
P Rivero (9)
P Richards (13)
P Miller (14)
P Clevinger (15)
P Brach (16)
PZiegler (19)
P Snell (23)

Res Barraclough (21)
Res Minaya (24)
Res Givens (25)

Phil Oliveri
Phil Oliveri
4 years ago

Greetings & Salutations Grey and fellow Razzers…

In a 12 team roto league (6×6…it counts batter strikeouts), is it worth keeping Judge for a 24th round pick and Ozuna for a 14th round pick? Judge in particular, with his 200+ K’s, could fax me up badly. But I only have to give up a 24th rounder. Still, it will be tough to compete in Ks and I hate punting categories.

Any advice any of my fellow Razzers can impart?

Earl
Earl
4 years ago

Looking for some input as to do people think Archie Bradley will be DBacks closer even with less than stellar spring training.?

Starting to think that perhaps Boxberger might wind up being the closer but wondering if this has any merit?

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Earl
4 years ago

@Earl: Hirano has an outside shot too.

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Quite possibly, but he has a closer pedigree – at least 29 saves four of the past five seasons in Japan with good control and solid K numbers (and apparently injured the other year).

Willy Mo
Willy Mo
4 years ago

Haha old tv is the best. Especially the commercials. Ive been watching bowling from the 80s and 90s on youtube dont ask why and they show a bowler who looks 52, bald with a combober and say hes 31. Was everyone just old looking in 1980?

Willy Mo
Willy Mo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: nice move on goldy. I know position scarcity is not as important as some make it seem but id much prefer starting my team with altuve or trea turner. Feels like 1b has more appealing options behind the top pick than ss or especially 2b imo.

Yeah i saw owings will be the 4th outfielder. I think david peralta is gona sit vs lefties, hes got some pronounced splits which obv hurts him. He stunk down the stretch peralta think last september he hit like 250 with 1 homer in 90 at bats.

Willy Mo
Willy Mo
Reply to  Willy Mo
4 years ago

@Willy Mo: i maybe misread the depth chart on where owings is but yeah saw hes not starting, hes just extra outfiled depth. Still worry peralta sits vs lefties this year.

Ciwa
Ciwa
4 years ago

Hi Grey, I’m in my 14team keeper league draft of the remaining players after have chosen the keepers. I took Mancini in the first round and then Moustakas and Tim Anderson. I don’t like much of the remaining players and I thought to draft Tatis Jr. Do you think he could have a call-up this year? The other option is to draft Brinson and wait another round for Tatis(yeah,i love him). What do you suggest?

Jeff P
Jeff P
4 years ago

In my slow draft keeper league 5×5 OBP, I badly wanted Yelich in the third round (opened Rizzo/Freeman), got sniped and took Marte. The guy seems amenable to trade him if the guy he wants is there for my 5th round pick, and he’ll give me his 6th (which is 10 picks later).
Would you do this trade and target SB later in the draft, or stay put?

Jeff P
Jeff P
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: My 5th and Marte for his 6th and Yelich

Pablo Hamdoval
Pablo Hamdoval
4 years ago

Hi Grey!

Keep between 5 and 9 of these guys, 10 team mixed OBP:
– $6 Castellanos, $10 Paxton, $10 L. Castillo, $10 Thames, $6 Wacha, $16 Hamilton, $10 E. Rosario, $10 E. Diaz, $29 deGrom

Thanks!

Mouth Corpse
Mouth Corpse
4 years ago

Albies or Moncada? The Taco Bell Lardito or All Tendon Pho on Sepulveda?

slimbo
slimbo
4 years ago

hey boss!

what am i doing with devenski this year in my dynasty? i currently have osuna, giles, diaz, davis bradley for saves with claudio

should i be dropping devinski or claudio to pick up one of these guys available

matt chapman, deshields, renfroe, scooter
bedrosian, leone, edwards jr, bearclawww

thanks!

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

Hey RazzNation – lookin’ for some keeper advice… in a keep 7 league, might be able to trade non-keepers of mine for a $33 Kershaw. I know we’re not huge on Kershaw, but he would go for $44+ in this league, and it’s not like he’d be hurting my team.

Here’s the thing . . . would a $33 Kershaw replace any of my current 7 keepers below?

$3 Bellinger
$21 Harper
$26 Blackmon
$13 Just Dong
$11 Devers
$10 Ray
$4 Godley

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: If you’re trading non-keepers, sure. Over Godley.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Thanks – yeah, none of these guys would be involved . . . though based on you and Grey I suppose I could make Godley available now (but I’d prefer to draft him).

Hanklongball
Hanklongball
4 years ago

Grey,

I am trying to figure out how far to reach for Acuna in a 5×5, 12 team league with three possible keepers. Since everyone keeps three players (mine are Betts, Harper, Rizzo), the draft essentially starts at round 4.

What round would be fair value for Acuna in this format? If you really wanted to make sure you got him (without overpaying by taking him in the first couple rounds), what round would you reach to?

Last, do I simply give up on the dream of owning Acuna with the keepers I have?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Hanklongball
4 years ago

@Hanklongball: You can take him round 4.

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  Hanklongball
4 years ago

He’s been going in the 70s in drafts I’ve seen. So, 6th round basically. That doesn’t mean someone won’t reach, it’s a keep forever I assume so you never know what people might do.

Hanklongball
Hanklongball
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks for the advice… and for not crushing my dreams!

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Hanklongball
4 years ago

@Hanklongball: In a league with only three keepers per team, I do not think Acuna’s value is much different than a redraft league. If you want him, go get him, but I certainly would not be surprised if he falls to somewhere in the 3rd to 5th rounds, and if you gamble on that and do not get him I would not lose any sleep over it.

Cram It
Cram It
4 years ago

We need more discussions about specific deep league SP’s. Where are this year’s in-depth comment section breakdowns of the Jharel Cottons, Nathan Eovaldis, Daniel Norris’, Matt Moores and Andre Triggs’ past? Where is OTS??? I had Daniel Mengden queued up, but he was taken.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: I’ll tell you who it is in about 22 picks

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Biagini, Reynaldo Lopez, Desclafani. Those deep enough? Not sure if they have starting jobs yet.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Peacecoast
4 years ago

@Peacecoast: Bullpen, well-known youngster (taken), garbage (taken).

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Oh, and Chris Stratton. I already drafted him.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche: He gone. Ty Blach!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I do! But he’s gone. I wish one of Lugo, Gsellman, Wheeler had a spot secured.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: He went 10 rounds ago! What round are you in?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: That’s the best.

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

@Grey: You talked him into it.

Laura Holt
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Hey Cram, I wrote a deep league post a month (or 2?) ago announcing that deep league pitching is officially and completely absolute shit this year. I mean, it is just a garbage pit after a certain point and for the first time in ages there aren’t even enough guys late that I would roster over a middle reliever to write a post about. Of course the first damn deep league I drafted (over 2 months ago!), I’ve got Stroman (fingers crossed), Salazar (obviously that was risky in the first place), Gohara (fearing bad news)… and Cotton and Moore are the top 2 names on waivers. So I’m already completely screwed, I think. I have been scouring for a few good names to take a flier on for this league plus my upcoming AL-only super deep auction… but god it’s ugly out there!

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
4 years ago

Florida Project II. Moonie goes to live with Dayton and the Royals. She gets into mischief during the day with her new best friend Salvy (who readily makes friends with Moonie because he’s sad his bestie Lorenzo is gone). At night, she lives with Dayton who puts up the facade that everything is OK while he’s secretly smoking crack and whoring out the roster to the rest of MLB (save the Marlins and Rays).

Someone pissed in my alphabet soup
Someone pissed in my alphabet soup
4 years ago

Grey 10 team OPS league you draft trout. 2nd and 3rd picks who do you take? Bellinger springer or Rendon pick 2 please

knucks
knucks

@Someone pissed in my alphabet soup: I’d prob do Springer and Bellinger

Bobby Van, not Ohtani Bonaduce
Bobby Van, not Ohtani Bonaduce
4 years ago

Thank you for not commenting on Ichiro, we have enough laughs going on at the M’s org.

Marti
Marti
4 years ago

The Rockies just show me how every organization and baseball needs to have it Fantasy Baseball expert in the front office. Like seriously how can you not look at your roster and say to yourself yes let’s go out and get another outfielder cuz we already have five on the roster. But let’s ignore our starting pitching because our pitching staff is so great. It’s honestly mind blowing. I bet there’s like a 80% chance they resign Mark Reynolds too.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
4 years ago

Has anyone done an over/under on TJ surgeries to young studs this year? There always seems to be about 4-5.

MattTruss
Editor
4 years ago

I was thinking CarGo coming back already effs McMahon with Desmond now playing more 1B to make room in the OF. That would be the most Rockies thing to do.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  MattTruss
4 years ago

@MattTruss: And effs Dahl, Parra and Tapia. What a clusterf*ck.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: At least until CarGo gets hurt.

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
4 years ago

Good point, but it is a total clusterfudge until then

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
4 years ago

Grey!!!!

Great write-up, enjoyed thoroughly!!

a. Had my first hot shower since I left the hotel on January 16!!! Well, we have an above ground water tank so when it’s sunny the water heats up to about lukewarm so lukewarmish only since January 16.

b. The Moustakas deal is so crazy! I guess it’s like Vegas for every 20 losers there is 1 winner, right?

c. Trying to keep my responses to a minimum, lest I piss off Jack. J/k, Jack-o!

d. Haven’t seen Gareth around for a while! G4!!

Cheers,
Ante

Justin
Justin
4 years ago

South land was an amazing show. Regina king was gritty. It’s maybe not as good as the wire (real policing by McNulty) but it’s not far off. And enough hedging on the wire. Season 1 was maybe best season of a tv show ever. Yes, season 2 with the docks garbage was a hot mess but season 3 on was great, just not as great as season 1.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Justin
4 years ago

@Justin: Southland is one of my all-time favorite shows. So badass.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Justin
4 years ago

@Justin: I stopped the Wire halfway through season 2 and never finished the rest. I need to bite the bullet, rewatch season 2, and finish the rest

Justin
Justin
Reply to  Old School Brother
4 years ago

@Old School Brother:

You can skip season 2 and not really miss much imho….so humble…

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I think maybe Hulu.

Justin
Justin
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

South land will give you a Regina King boner. In regards to her acting obviously….

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
4 years ago

Had my 10 team standard roto draft last night. Would appreciate your thoughts on my team. Feels a little light on power, heavy on pitching, which has me kicking myself … Can’t believe I took Wood over Mancini at 130 …

C – Barnes
1B – Hoskins
2B – Rizzo (Keeper)
SS – Chris Taylor
3B – Machado (Keeper)
CI – Suarez
MI – Odor
OF – Trout (Keeper)
OF – JDM (Keeper)
OF – Rosario
OF – Inciarte
OF – Haniger
U/Bench – Acuna/Peraza/Conforto/Healy

SP – C-Mart (Keeper)
SP – Tanaka
SP – Wood
SP – Weaver
RP – Osuna
RP – Iggy
RP -Bradley

Bench – Bauer/Wacha

Thanks Grey!

Justin
Justin
Reply to  Big Ticket
4 years ago

@Big Ticket: I think wood was the right move, your hitting is solid

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Weekly league with no max GP, so I’ll play matchups and teams with 7 games in a week. Usually can end up with 100-150 more games played than several teams. Should I look at flipping Acuna since it’s highly unlikely that I can keep him next year?

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Can only keep 4 hitters. Doubt he is more valuable than trout, Rizzo, Machado, JDM, and possibly Hoskins next year

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Big Ticket
4 years ago

@Big Ticket: You never know, plus he may end up solving your light on speed issue this year.

Justin
Justin
4 years ago

Love Regina King!

SWCMinor
SWCMinor
4 years ago

Curious if you still have Goldschmidt as a top 10 option in points leagues? The uptick in steals (4-5) don’t make up for 5-6 homers.

Fanciful Basesball
Fanciful Basesball
4 years ago

Is this Grey’s New segment called “old news, just in case you read my blog in early March but don’t pay attention to baseball news” ?