I hear the only way this Coronavirus goes down any smoother is with the Lyme Disease. Thank you, I will be here all day. Don’t forget to tip your waitresses. *waitress coughs on me, I tumble slowly out an open window*  WHAT…THE…WHAT…THE…WHAT…? Sadly, I’ve landed on my feet…and standing in a sea of mouth breathers! AHHHHHHH!!! Well, this sucks (unlike mouth breathers — yo, do you ever breathe, like, in?) and there’s no easy way to say it, but baseball is about to go MIA for a few. Guy in Miami, “Don’t send anyone here!” Not to MIA International Airport, they’re going missing in action. The healthcare professionals say–I’m totally kidding. I’m quoting healthcare professionals? WHO am I. No, I’m not the WHO. WHO is the World Health Organization. But WHO’s on third base? Ugh! This is garbage-awful news, but we must soldier on. Holy crap, Tom Hanks has it! AHHHHHH!!! No! No! No! No freaking out! We must pull up our big-boy pants, wash our hands while singing Happy Birthday twice, and get through this national crisis. I’m Grey and I approve this message. In my highly unprofessional opinion, baseball will return in some capacity by May 1st. In the meantime, I’ll still have posts every weekday, because, honestly, what else are we doing? I write every day during the offseason, nothing’s changed for me. Thinking about doing a series of posts about guys most likely to cough without covering their mouths. Is Matt Albers still in the league? He 100% never covered his mouth. I’ve updated the top 500 for 2020 fantasy baseball with a few small adjustments, which I’ll get to in the post. And, to the Coronavirus, I say, “T. Hanks, but no thanks!” Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for 2020 fantasy baseball:

David Dahl – Bud Black, bless his crazy heart, says Dahl is a strong candidate to hit leadoff. Hopefully that means that when the Fantasy Baseball Overlord brings his injuries and general smite-ness for Dahl, he will just miss Dahl, expecting to see him hitting second, third or fourth–Damn, now that I think about it Dahl is insane value if he can stay on the field. Sadly, that ‘if’ is the size of my yawns when Cougs is watching Mrs. Maisel. I get it, it’s schtick! By the way, with MLB players being sent home, I can’t wait to hear how David Dahl got injured opening a jar of pickles. “This pickle sure has some snap to it. Oh…that wasn’t the pickle.”

Brad Boxberger – Being reported that he’s made the Marlins, and, with his closing experience, I’ve added him into the top 500. Still think Brandon Kintzler is the Marlins’ 1st option at closer, but nobody puts bergers in a box! Wait…Nobody puts Brad’s box in a berger? Nobody’s Brad’s in a berger? Meh, you get what I’m saying.

Max Scherzer – His side injury sounds minor, but, and this is a J. Lo at the Super Bowl halftime show-sized but, has everyone forgotten how Max Scherzer couldn’t lift his arms during the playoffs and his wife had to dress him? Scherzer is persona-non-drafta for me.

Johan Camargo – Supposedly in the lead for the Braves’ 3rd base job. This might end up biting me in the the rear keister, as a dachshund might say if a dachshund could talk, but hear me out. The Braves always used Camargo as the utility guy and Austin Riley is more a guy they can make a future with, and they’ve promoted Riley already. Wouldn’t you think they’d go Riley at 3rd?

Michael Conforto – Diagnosed with an oblique strain, which was obviously going to be the news when the news was just oblique rather than oblique. He was lowered into the top 60 outfielders, and docked about 80 ABs, but everyone might need to be docked 80 ABs soon, so *raspberries lips* On one hand, the baseball season being delayed sucks. On the other hand, Oscar Mercado, Giancarlo and Conforto can get healthy. I’m on that 2nd hand right about now saying, “Don’t mind if I do.”

Carlos CarrascoIndians are saying Carrasco’s inflamed elbow is minor, no biggie, but, ya know, he might miss the beginning of the season whenever that is. Oh…*travels by foot from Oregon to Chile while snacking on trail mix*…kay. I’m sure his elbow inflammation is nothing. Riiiiiiiiiiiiight. Yes, eleven I’s. As I said in my top 40 starters blurb on Carrasco, I’m rooting for him, but I would absolutely not draft him.

Chris Sale – Won’t start throwing until pain free. Hey, Sale, good idea. See you in 2022.

Seranthony Dominguez – Experiencing tightness in his elbow, which had a torn UCL. He tried to rehab vs. have surgery and that worked out so well for him. Even the Oscar-winning actor, Seranthony Hopkins Dominguez, can’t fake it. Pitchers who need surgery should have surgery. I’m farting in Sale’s general direction. Dominguez has been removed from the top 500.

Jake Arrieta – Left his start with shoulder stiffness. Damn you, Coronavirus and your many-tentacled microbes! There’s likely not going to be an update on Arrieta for a few, but I wasn’t drafting him anyway, and neither should you.

Max Fried – I don’t talk much about performance in these spring roundups, because performance in the spring doesn’t matter — plus, who knows when we’re playing games?! — but Fried has issued nine walks in just under eight innings, and, well, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.

Paul Goldschmidt – Suffering from elbow soreness. When did Au Shizz start pitching? So, the Cards are downplaying Au Shizz’s injury, and, honestly, all teams downplay all injuries. I said not to draft Au Shizz in my top 20 1st basemen, so this does pretty much nothing. Filling in for Goldschmidt might be Carpenter (with Edman shifting to 3rd) and/or Rangel Ravelo starring Johnny Depp. Rangel Ravelo generates about zippo worth of interest for me, and that’s not as in “a Zippo is a type of lighter and that produces flames so Grey’s saying Rangel Ravelo is fire.” No, zippo as in zilch. The most interesting thing here is if Edman shifts to 3rd and Tyler O’Neill (or Dylan Carlson) fill-in for Edman in left.

Trey Mancini – Had a malignant tumor removed from his colon. Wow, the shitty news just keeps getting shittier. Pun unintended, but noted. I haven’t removed him from my top 20 1st basemen or top 100 outfielders, but I wouldn’t draft him until we hear next week of his timetable. If I had to guess, I’d assume August at the earliest. I did draft my 2nd share of Ryan Mountcastle the other day, and 1st share of Anthony Santander and third share of Hanser Alberto and now I want to eat crabs and watch The Wire.

Jose Berrios – Will be the Twins’ Opening Day starter. Yes! Yes! Yes! Okay, I’m being sarcastic. Why do fantasy sites even report this shizz? Why do I care who’s pitching on Opening Day? I just sound salty. Do we even know when Opening Day will be? Do we?! *shaking fists at sky*

Gary Sanchez – Tested positive for the flu. Just to be safe, the Yankees have a built a containment area around Sanchez’s crotch, and, for now, there’s a no-fly zone.

 
  1. Crazy J says:
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    The CDC and authoritarianism gone wild… sick to my stomach… no, not literally! *joins Grey in shaking fists at sky*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *shakes fists at sky, person walks past coughing, shakes fist at passing person*

  2. Puddy says:
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    Thank you for your service.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am a hero

      • RicoSuave says:
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        you’re my Hero! …wink wink

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re my gyro!

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome report, man!

    a. Ah, corona! Reminds me of a quote heard around the US at the same time but with some slight difference in intonation and location of the quote you get 4 different meanings out of the same quote.

    1. ‘Oh, Henry!’ (said with a sigh, indignation and embarrassment) – Home team baseball commentator after Dwayne Henry gave up a homerun.

    2. ‘Oh, Henry’ (said in a sexy voice) – said Henry’s wife to Henry after he introduced a new move in the bedroom.

    3. ‘Oh Henry!’ (said with joy and excitement) – a kid in the 80s after trying his first Oh Henry! bar, reading the wrapper out loud.

    4. ‘O(h). Henry’ (said in a sad voice) – said by high school sophomores all over North America.

    b. MLB quote of the day for May 2, 1980

    ‘I had strong legs that would have made me a good sumo wrestler and I used that to my advantage, but my home runs were achieved by technique.’

    Sadaharu Oh, aka Wang Chen-Chih, the world HR record holder at 868 career homeruns.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • ozone ranger says:
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      There is some vide-Oh recordings of Oh on YouTube.

      One is an old timers game where the Japanese players are throwing and hitting like it is a real game. No lobbing of pitches, etc. Oh is 55yo in the game. Oh hits a mid-80s fastball down the RF line for a HR. At 55. Amazing athlete. Amazing baseball player.

      Ichiro Suzuki (and Nomo somewhat previous to him) proved that the great Japanese players could come to MLB and be good to great players. Baseball is just that: if you can hit or pitch, you can hit or pitch, no matter what league you play in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Next year, all quotes that are said 4 times with 4 meanings!

      B. Awesome!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Yep, yep! all quotes said in 4 different ways! That’ll be easy enough. Just like how the Chinese pinyin ‘ma’ can be said with different intonations to get four different words from horse to soup to mother and I don’t know the fourth one. That would be a ‘no, thanks’ on four times with 4 meanings! I’m still a closet masochist, don’t make me come out of the closet.

        b. Sadaharu was a beast. Still he hit 868 HRs with only 2170 RBIs. Not a fantastic RBI/HR ratio.

        Oh 2.5 RBI/HR
        Ruth 3.1 RBI/HR
        Canseco 3.05 RBI/HR
        Gehrig 4.05 RBI/HR
        Jimmie Foxx 3.6 RBI/HR
        Aaron 3.04 RBI/HR
        Griffey Jr 2.91 RBI/HR
        Juan Gonzalez 3.24 RBI/HR
        Frank Thomas 3.27 RBI/HR
        Larry Walker 3.42 RBI/HR

        Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig, tops.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. HAHA, Ante you are a treasure

          B. Wow, had no idea Oh wasn’t good with men on — interesting on Gehrig…I wonder if he had a guy behind him, protecting him

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!!!

            Thanks, man. In fact, Gehrig hit clean up most of the time but with Ruth walking so much it was no wonder he had a higher ratio. It was a different time too so maybe all this ratio stuff is a useless stat.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, good call…All those cleanup RBIs, makes sense

            • ozone ranger says:
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              If you ever see pictures of Gehrig standing next to Ruth, you realize he was built like the side of a house. Massively broad shoulders. Same with Honus Wagner. They weren’t tall, just built. And bowlegged, which meant they could also run.

              Or look at Walter Johnson. A large man with arms that hung half way down his thighs. No wonder he threw actual lightning during his time. Like a human catapult.

              They were all greats for a reason – god gifted them physical superiority.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Good stuff, Ozone!

    • bigbear says:
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      Oh – the Japanese Josh Gibson.

  4. Donny says:
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    Your intro had me laughing out loud. I needed that. I appreciate you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, thanks!

  5. Cheap Trout says:
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    Grey,
    If you blink you miss it, but Larry David explains the term “Schmohawk” to Jon Hamm on this week’s Curb. An 8 second stealth tip of the cap to Razzball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thought he just spelled it?

      • Cheaptrout says:
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        The scene starts mid-conversation and then Larry is quickly interrupted. Hamm uses the word but they don’t actually show a full explanation.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice! Yeah, I saw it…Good ol’ Larry

          • Whatever says:
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            Is he a fan of Razzball?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He best be!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, wow, they look so young there

  6. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    I don’t post much anymore because I work my goddamned ass off everyday as a working American and I’m too goddamned exhausted to post witty and pithy questions — I let you do all that and I’m still here checking you out!

    Anyway …

    This is all BS — 30 thousand Americans have already died from the “regular” flu but that never gets talked about anywhere.

    And did I mention medical error is the third leading cause of death in America?

    And how about America’s epidemic and still rising suicide rate.

    I work in healthcare — here’s my professional advice to everyone …

    1. Wash your hands, frequently.
    2. Don’t put your tongue where it doesn’t belong, like on public toilet seats.
    3. If you’re frail and elderly or a child, stay away from filthy fat slobs who don’t wash their hands.
    4. And while we’re at it, for all regular Joe’s and Jane’s out there, sweatpants are not substitutes for formal wear — exercise and stop eating so much slop — in ten years half of all Americans will be morbidly obese, with all the cascading debilitating co-morbidities that will entail.

    Thanks Grey — I love checking you out everyday because you never fail to deliver joy to what is supposed to be our great country’s National Pastime.

    • Dave D says:
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      Yeah, totally. COVID is real indeed but the hysteria is bullsh*t and the media is doing us no favors. This seems totally contrived to me and benefits no one I know, maybe just some short selling billionaires somewhere who don’t give an F about any one of us or our families.

    • ozone ranger says:
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      Man, you need to post more… again. That was fargin hi-larious.

      Reminds me of an old joke:

      “Did you know you could AIDS from a toilet seat now?”

      “Really, how is that?”

      “If you sit down before the other guy gets up.”

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        Lol, nice

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        Lol ……..wow

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      And how many people died of boredom listening to the Bloomberg commercial every 7 minutes while trying to enjoy sports talk radio ? A true crime against humanity.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Welcome to my True Crime podcast, where we talk about Bloomberg commercials and how they bored people to death

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Respectfully, I don’t think you guys have any idea what you’re talking about.

      Experts predict 40-70% of the US population will eventually contract this virus: https://www.linkedin.com/content-guest/article/notes-from-ucsf-expert-panel-march-10-dr-jordan-shlain-m-d-/

      Italy has shown what happens if a large portion of the population is infected all at once compared to countries like Singapore and Taiwan who enacted strict containment regulations to slow the immediate spread. Italy’s death rate is around 4-5% vs 1% in other places because their healthcare system became overwhelmed. People there believed it was, “just the flu.”

      Cancelling these large gatherings could have the affect of saving millions of lives by reducing the % of the population who become infected all at once and giving our healthcare system a fighting chance. Stay in if you can and help “flatten the curve.”

      • Harry Connick Sr. says:
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        Thank you for sharing that, the above irresponsibility was troubling. Please listen to experts over, well, non-experts.

        • Dave D says:
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          The problem is nobody is really an expert on COVID-19 at this point.

          • Harry Connick Sr. says:
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            But there are experts in the field with vast knowledge of similar viruses, contagions, outbreaks and pandemics.

            As is said any and everywhere reputable, don’t panic, but this needs to be taken seriously…

      • Dave D says:
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        Or we’ll all get it anyway and have less to enjoy while we recover. There’s a middle ground somewhere in there. Let’s all hope this doesn’t stretch out and ruin too many lives whether loss of loved ones or the financial devastation many will soon face if this persists long.

      • Cram It says:
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        Agree with DT.

      • John O'Brien says:
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        Agree 1000% with DT

      • bigbear says:
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        This: Stay in if you can and help “flatten the curve.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Flatten that shizz yo!

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        DT the spread is fast and cancelling large groups is a good idea, philadelphia was hardest hit by spanish flu deaths due to Liberty War bonds Parade they did not cancel against recommendations. many thousands died. l i think most of the comments here are in jest

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not you, but the actual Lenny Dykstra has a 105% chance of getting it

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Thanks, Lenny!

          I don’t think RaceHorse was joking FWIW.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      4. Hey, you’re commenting on my formal attire now!

      Thanks, Racehorse, good to see you

  7. Lubes says:
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    Lousy news but smart. My gut is a late May opening day. Have you thought about some more RCLs with drafts happening when the season actually will?
    We went ahead and drafted last night because we needed something to do (just wait until we’re all home with our kids for the next month). ESPN standard 5×5, can keep 5 players with annual inflation. Obviously some fliers but it’s suddenly the equivalent of having a January draft. Thoughts?

    Mike Trout
    Los Angeles Angels $50 (k)
    Tyler Glasnow
    Tampa Bay Rays $10 (k)
    Yu Darvish
    Chicago Cubs $10 (k)
    Keston Hiura
    Milwaukee Brewers $10 (k)
    Cody Bellinger
    Los Angeles Dodgers $12 (k)
    Willson Contreras
    Chicago Cubs $6
    Liam Hendriks
    Oakland Athletics $17
    Marcus Semien
    Oakland Athletics $17
    Ramon Laureano
    Oakland Athletics $17
    Lucas Giolito
    Chicago White Sox $21
    Matt Chapman
    Oakland Athletics $15
    Tim Anderson
    Chicago White Sox $13
    Matt Olson
    Oakland Athletics $13
    Yasiel Puig
    FA $2
    Oscar Mercado
    Cleveland Indians $7
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    Boston Red Sox $7
    Chris Sale
    Boston Red Sox $3
    Ian Kennedy
    Kansas City Royals $7
    Dinelson Lamet
    San Diego Padres $5
    Christian Walker
    Arizona Diamondbacks $2
    Hunter Dozier
    Kansas City Royals $1
    Drew Pomeranz
    San Diego Padres $1
    Zac Gallen
    Arizona Diamondbacks $3
    Daniel Hudson
    Washington Nationals $1
    Sean Doolittle
    Washington Nationals $9
    Remaining Budget: $1

    • Racehorse says:
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      “Lousy news but smart.”

      Ever hear of soap and water?

      According to America’s most prestigious medical journals, soap and water works wonders.

      As does not doing saliva tests on public urinals.

      • ozone ranger says:
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        “But my store is running out of hand sanitizer!”

        You ever heard of rubbing alcohol. They still have tons of that. And it is cheaper. Sanitizer is just rubbing alcohol in gel form.

        “But it smells like a doctor’s office.”

        Bingo. You just proved my point.

      • Harry Connick Sr. says:
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        I can’t tell if you are just joking or not, and if so I apologize for taking your comments seriously; but you do realize this thing is airborne, right? Soap and water aint gonna save ya…

        • Racehorse says:
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          “but you do realize this thing is airborne, right? Soap and water aint gonna save ya…”

          Don’t French kiss anyone who doesn’t wash their grubby hands.

          Any more questions, just let me know.

          • Harry Connick Sr. says:
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            Ahhh, sorry everyone, I don’t normally post on messageboards. I think I ‘ve just gotten my first taste of what it is like to be “trolled.”

            I’ve heard that if you stop responding they go away, my bad…

            • Grey

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              Don’t sweat it, Harry

    • Grey

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      I like the team, I think, it’s a bit hard to tell what it is when you lay it out like this… I think you snuck Chris Sale in there and we have a social contract not to draft him, which Donkey has not agreed to at all, drafting him everywhere

      • Lubes says:
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        This should look better

        Mike Trout LAA, CF $50 K

        Tyler Glasnow TB, SP $10 K

        Yu Darvish ChC, SP $10 K

        Keston Hiura Mil, 2B $10 K

        Cody Bellinger LAD, RF $12 K

        Willson Contreras ChC, C $6

        Liam Hendriks Oak, RP $17

        Marcus Semien Oak, SS $17

        Ramon Laureano Oak, CF $17

        Lucas Giolito CHW, SP $21

        Matt Chapman Oak, 3B $15

        Tim Anderson CHW, SS $13

        Matt Olson Oak, 1B $13

        Yasiel Puig FA, RF $2

        Oscar Mercado Cle, CF $7

        Eduardo Rodriguez Bos, SP $7

        Chris Sale Bos, SP $3

        Ian Kennedy KC, RP $7

        Dinelson Lamet SD, SP $5

        Christian Walker Ari, 1B $2

        Hunter Dozier KC, 3B $1

        Drew Pomeranz SD, RP $1

        Zac Gallen Ari, SP $3

        Daniel Hudson Wsh, RP $1

        Sean Doolittle Wsh, RP $9

        Sale was an effort to drive up the bidding, but clearly that’s where it landed. For $3 I think worth the stash until we know when the season starts but you may disagree. Unlike the trolls above, my social contract involves both washing my hands and following the orders to avoid mass gatherings.

          • Lubes says:
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            Gotcha. here-

            C
            Willson Contreras

            1B
            Cody Bellinger

            2B

            Keston Hiura

            3B
            Matt Chapman

            SS
            Marcus Semien

            2B/SS
            Tim Anderson

            1B/3B
            Matt Olson

            OF
            Mike Trout

            OF
            Ramon Laureano

            OF
            Yasiel Puig

            OF
            Oscar Mercado

            OF
            Hunter Dozier

            UTIL
            Christian Walker

            P
            Tyler Glasnow

            P
            Yu Darvish

            P
            Liam Hendriks

            P
            Lucas Giolito

            P
            Eduardo Rodriguez

            P
            Chris Sale

            P
            Ian Kennedy

            P
            Dinelson Lamet

            P
            Drew Pomeranz

            Bench
            Zac Gallen

            Bench
            Daniel Hudson

            Bench
            Sean Doolittle

            • Grey

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              Perfect! You you have 2 #1 SPs, 3 #2s and lots of sex appeal…Your pitching is stacked, and I’m not counting Sale… Your hitting looks fine, but you look low on power, which isn’t great

              • Lubes says:
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                Thanks! As the auction was headed towards the end I saw a lot of really good SPs going for really cheap (Lamet $5, Gallen $3) so they were better values at that point than extra OF. Once we have IL started, we can add some bats. Can also always trade or add whoever gets hot.

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, makes sense

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Sale was like pick 200 last night. If they start the season in July then maybe I break even!

        • Grey

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          I doubt it

  8. Cheaptrout says:
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    Grey,
    If you blink you miss it, but Larry David explains the term “Schmohawk” to Jon Hamm on this week’s Curb. An 8 second stealth tip of the cap to Razzball!

    • Grey

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      I thought just the spelling

  9. Earl says:
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    Would you recommend taking a chance with Aaron Judge with the delay of season? Or is everyone still out on him.

    If so, at what point would you jump in and take shot. I am in draft now around pick 115; 10th round of 12 team draft. My next pick is at 132. Judge is (as of now) still on the board.

    Oscar Mercado is still available as well. Do you see his injury being a big deal??

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I took Judge around pick 100 in the Yahoo friends and family draft last night. Seemed crazy late to me since he’s getting all this extra rest. We’ll see…

      • Earl says:
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        I hear you Donkey. I was thinking same thing and trying to decide if he is worth the gamble at my next pick which would be 132.

        I currently have Starling Marte and Franmil Reyes at OF and thinking of adding Judge to the stable

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Do it!

    • Grey

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      I think Judge is going to get maybe a month or two this year, he doesn’t sound like he’s going to benefit much from season delay

      I’d draft Mercado everywhere

      • Earl says:
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        Hey Grey,

        You think Judge takes that long to recover and only plays like 2 months or is it u are thinking he gets hurt again after playing 2 months.

        Either way guess u are only predicting 1-2 months for him??

        • Earl says:
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          Also, are u only really drafting Mercado for speed with little bit of contribution in other categories?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Judge swings funny and misses 6 weeks…He can’t stay on the field…I’d put him at 100 less ABs than everyone else

  10. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Not saying it’s gonna happen and certainly hope it doesn’t but Dahl is very much at risk of Corona because he doesn’t have a spleen. The guy needs to self quarantine out of caution. HASHTAG mlbbubbleboy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, way to pee in my water and call it corona

  11. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Funny intro! Funnier than usual. I think pandemics might bring out the best in you.

    No Willie Calhoun update?

    Any idea on whether having a metal plate installed in your jaw helps you come back earlier or later than anticipated? Should I be happy or sad if I take a chance on him?

    Thanks for this. Keep ‘em coming.

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      Every time a player gets hit in the face with a pitch, I can’t help but to think about Tony Conigliaro. Wasn’t the same after taking one to the face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I wrote up Calhoun in the last roundup

  12. Mex says:
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    14 team, 5×5 mixed league, 1 year keepers.

    we are Keeping 4 this year, I have the following guys to choose from:

    Flaherty, Giolito, Ryu, Lamet

    Mondesi, Muncy, Laureano, Dahl, E. Escobar, Santan(TEX)

    Initially I was planning on keeping Flaherty, Gio, Mondessi and Laureano

    I have been offered Bieber for Giolito and Laureano. Thoughts from the Razzballers?

    • Earl says:
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      Think I would keep Gioloto and Laureano. Bieber is good but not that far ahead of Gioloto to warrant giving up Laureano; IMO

      • Mex says:
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        The question also becomes, what if any is the difference in value between Laureano and the next guy I would keep, which would most likely be Muncy. Which 4 is better?

        Flaherty, Gio, Mondesi, Laureano
        or
        Flaherty, Bieber, Mondesi, Muncy

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d do the deal for Bieber and then keep Muncy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty, Bieber, Mondesi, Muncy

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        BTW, Mex, you really need power w/ those 4 keepers

        • Mex says:
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          Thanks for the counsel. I figure I don’t have to think about SP or steals(even though Mondesi’s shoulder scares me a bit) for a bunch of rounds. Gonna look to add big bats.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, totally

  13. NUX says:
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    Is everyone postponing redrafts until we know more? That is what my league decided to do. But the vote was nearly split.

    • Mex says:
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      One of my leagues is pushing it back. The other one probably not because it is so darn hard to find a day that works for 14 guys with families.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      We just drafted Yahoo friends and family league last night. Nice distraction.

      • Dave D says:
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        Did your SoloShot fill? Mine has only 8.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Grey and I were doing the live one in NYC originally. Then we cancelled and moved online. Now they’re all cancelled until further notice per NFBC…they’re waiting to see when the season will start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’d draft still…Everyone has same info… But I could see continue to draft as well

      • Dave D says:
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        NFBC has postponed drafts for both Main Event and Solo Shot along with some HighStakes in person drafts. Cutline and DC keeps on going.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I might start another DC next week…Give me something to do, I’ll announce it if people want in

          • Dave D says:
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            Maybe if work shuts down. Schools just closed here indefinitely so kids will now be driving their mom nuts. I don’t think things will shut down here completely but you never know… I might need draft-therapy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, draft therapy, good way to put it

  14. ozone ranger says:
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    I watched Fried’s last spring training start. And the last baseball game I get to watch for a while. Piss on you Corona-with-a-lime-virus. I guess Wuhan Clan is nothing to f with.

    Fried is definitely working on a changeup. No radar gun, so I could not determine what he was throwing at times based upon velocity, but there were changeuppy looks to his pitches. But I’m worried as well. He did not look sharp, nor has in his other starts. Five BB in 4 2/3 this start. Not good. I know, spring training, blah, blah, blah.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wuhan Clan! Haha

      Yeah, that’s not what I wanted to hear, or see

      • Long Balls says:
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        WUHAN, got you all in check!
        -Bustah Rhymes

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  15. Natty Boh says:
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    I’ve relied on streaming and volume for pitching over the years. With a shortened season, do we bump the value of starting pitching up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I think maybe bump it down if season is delayed long enough — Think about how little SPs can do with only 120 IP vs. 220 IP

  16. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    LOL so many gems in this post Grey but this is the best

    Gary Sanchez – Tested positive for the flu. Just to be safe, the Yankees have a built a containment area around Sanchez’s crotch, and, for now, there’s a no-fly zone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        Don’y you mean ………T. Hanks, but no Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          T. Hanks but no thanks!

  17. Milarky says:
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    Yeah, totally bummed by the news, but so far our draft is still scheduled. I guess this makes my keeper decisions easier but I still think mine are pretty crappy. We keep 4 hitters, and right now here’s who I’m keeping.

    Story
    Stanton
    Rizzo
    Altuve

    Would you consider slotting in any of Gallo, LeMahieu, Starling Marte or Ozuna ahead of any of them?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      keep your original four.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, agree with MP

  18. happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team, H2H, Dynasty, 7X7 slow draft. Your advice on two late round fliers , hitter or pitcher no need:
    Drew Waters ATL., Nick Madrigal CHW, Spencer Howard PHI, Garrett Richards SD, Ian Anderson ATL, Kyle Wright ATL.
    thanks,

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Id take the two bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madrigal for sure…Then…I guess Richards, this doesn’t seem like a league that deep you need to hoard prospects, but if I’m wrong tell me

  19. Skeezix says:
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    Prospect question! We have a 3-round prospect draft every year, and we get to keep those prospects for that year and two more, so we always need to declare the 3 we’re keeping prior to every main draft. Which 3 of mine do you think I should keep? Number of years of protection left in brackets.

    Kyle Tucker (1)
    Forrest Whitley (1)
    Alex Kirilloff (2)
    Jarred Kelenic (2)
    Casey Mize (2)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Id keep the three bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call…Tucker, Kirilloff, Kelenic

  20. thehombre says:
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    I’m just here looking forward to Son’s next Treasure post on Josh Hamilton. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he has Yan Gomes lined up

  21. Dustin says:
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    Willie Calhoun may now not miss any time at all depending on his recovery time and when the season starts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is true, too soon to say

  22. Huffin Gas says:
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    Baseball season delayed. Now I won’t have anything to do at work, ha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  23. LOLmets says:
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    One thing about the opening day starter you mentioned in berrios blurb. I think it matters to notice where the pitchers slot in for head to head leagues. I’ve ran into problems where I didn’t pay attention to this at all and it fucked me for the first few weeks. You want 2 start per week pitchers early and often in head to head, and pitchers just have less oportunity to have 2 start weeks if their first two start week doesn’t come until the 3rd or 4th week of the season.

    Someone like Adrian houser who I read is in line to start the Brewers second game of the season for me gains value in my head to head leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I guess, but with rainouts and schedules, #1 SPs take on #5 SPs before too long

  24. costaricanchata says:
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    Grey :

    the entire season is down the crapper ,
    but that doesn’t mean that i want the content to stop .

    there are those among the baseball community who expect things will improve in
    the coming 2 weeks , 2 months , etc .

    get real … life doesn’t work like that .

    see what you can about providing some of that content .

    am expecting , as always ,
    that your results will exceed “industry” standards .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, chata, appreciate that! Stay safe down there in Costa Rica!

  25. Phil says:
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    That Matt Albers blurb cracked me up, bro. You’re a champ, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  26. Cram It says:
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    re: Max Fried, I guess I’m in the minority but Mike Soroka has been way more of a target for me than Fried. Fried never had a great minor league track record, Soroka has. Fried’s BB rate has always been terrible (which is one of the most important regular stats I look at), Soroka’s has been great. While both have the same short MLB sample size, both have been on par with their minor league history. I’m guessing it’s Soroka meh K/9 that doesn’t get people excited, but he clearly seems like the better option of the two without the hype.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think I liked them 1A, 1B, but I might be out on both…Soroka’s K/9 doesn’t excite me where he’s being drafted and Fried now has me worried…If their price falls (it hasn’t), I could see drafting either, of course

  27. Chin Music says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I’ve been doing a lot of wheeling and dealing in my keeper league to stack the best 10 players I can, and address my major weaknesses from last season (runs scored, SBs).

    Shipped out: Lux, Arenado, Luzardo, Lamet, Gore, plus 3rd, 4th and 12th rd. picks in supplemental draft (125 total players get kept)

    Brought In: Albies, Moncada, S.Marte, Aaron Nola, Paxton, plus 8th, 8th and 12th rd. picks in the supplemental draft.

    My 10 keepers now: Abreu, Albies, Moncada, Correa, Soto, Eloy, S. Marte, Buehler, Clevinger, Aaron Nola

    Paxton was the first guy I dealt for, before he got hurt (dealt straight up for Luzardo). I have the 2nd pick in the draft, and with the season getting delayed, I’m considering whether I should draft him (#2 pick in supplemental draft), since I consider him the most talented SP available in the draft. Other options available to me will likely include Mercado, Conforto, Eduardo Rodriguez, Gallen, K.Hendricks and Osuna. Possibly Grandal, although I could see him getting taken #1.,

    You were all in on Pax when you published your rankings, then all out “with both feet” once he got hurt. If the season gets delayed until May and Paxton is not going to miss much time, how do you see this affecting his value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Pax might be a buy again, so hard to say bc we don’t know baseball or his timeline, but I’d be more willing to own him now…He still might get more injured tho, bc that’s what he does

      • Chin Music says:
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        I read yesterday that Paxton was saying his best case scenario would be middle May. However, he is definitely ahead of his original timeline and reports seem to be good…so far. The delayed start should also bounce Clevinger’s value nacl up, no? He probably doesn’t miss any time, now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d guess so, but if this season gets super delayed I’m not sure SPs won’t be even more devalued

  28. Thundergunn says:
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    My league is still drafting as scheduled on Sunday

    I’m wondering if guys who have low ADP’s due to missing time for injury are now prime targets? I’d love a post on that, ranking guys in that category on who could turn the biggest profit since we may miss a month or more anyway, how would you rank guys like ..

    Giancarlo, sale, Mercado, conforto, etc. ..

    Or any other names you might suggest grabbing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale will never be healthy until surgery, Conforto and Giancarlo are starting to look better with a month of rest…Mercado is fine, he said he was fine already

  29. Pointman says:
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    I go all the way back to last strike in Fantasy – it sucked.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I remember it as well

  30. Earl says:
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    So here is what I got so far (I know that I violated RAZZ policy and went with Buehler at pick 13 so bear with me on that if you will):

    1B – Abreu
    3b – Rendon
    ss – Baez
    mi – Tim Anderson
    of – Starling Marte
    of – Franmil Reyes

    sp – Buehler, Sonny Gray, Frankie Montas
    rp – Yates

    So my next picks 132/133 are coming up in a bit.

    Do you think I should maybe grab Mercado for OF and perhaps another starter like Lynn or Lamet or maybe go with closer #2 like Neris or Workman or the like (assuming they are available when turn comes)

    If I go with Mercado, then do you think I am ok for speed with Marte, Anderson, Meracdo and Javy Baez (for little bit of speed) or would I still need some more later.

    Forgetting fact that I went with Buehler at 13, do you think it is looking ok but need to probably find some more power in a bit.

    Thanks for input

    • Earl says:
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      sorry it is a 12 team 5×5 roto. Most owners go with 3 closers and 6 starters give or take for pitching as we have 9 pitching spots.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You drafted a top closer too, which I say not to do…Your pitching is way too strong and your hitting needs speed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why you disappoint me with Buehler?

      Grab Mercado, yes

      • Earl says:
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        guess i was trying something little different but maybe realizing error of my ways haha. Usually i do not do either of those.

        And after Mercado I would be ok for speed or still need maybe 1 more from perhaps 2b or something?

        So I am thinking you are saying that I should back off pitching for next couple rounds and go mostly hitting??

        Thanks oh Grey one!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d look at guys like Amed Rosario after too — you can back off pitching

          • Earl says:
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            I already have Baez and Anderson at ss though so would like to get 2b with speed maybe. Was thinking maybe Biggio or Tommy Edman.

            Thanks for helping me fix this up a bit.

            Little worried to back off getting closer #2 but I will heed your advice and hope there is something decent left in couple rounds

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Amed was an example…Someone like him…Maybe Danny Santana? Kevin Newman? That sorta thing

              • Earl says:
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                Ok one last thing then.

                What do you think of maybe Cavan Biggio or Tommy Edman for 2b and some final speed (assuming I also get Mercado).

                Might try Mercado and one of Biggio or Edman at 132/133.

                Thanks again.

  31. the tone ranger says:
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    Grey- thanks for being a constant in a crazy world man! Appreciate the ability to reach out on something like this and know youll respond. Please stay safe in CA!

    12 teamer, k/9 is a category….would you move a 1st round keeper Cole for a 20th round Bieber?
    and yes I read the projections and know you (still) love the biebs, but you think beibers k rate (which was 10 last year is ok enough to lose cole’s which was almost 14 lol)

    like if youre in a k.9 league, how much better does cole become than beiber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! You guys too!

      I’d go Bieber

      • the tone ranger says:
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        Thanks! ill make the move.

        If i do that then who are your best 6
        I have 3 givens…Bieber (20), treat urner (21), soto (24)
        need the next 3…javybaez (6), muncy (23), sonny gray (27), Mercado (26), laureano (25), luke voit (27), schwarber (27) robles (24), merrifield (20), cruz (6), hader (3)

        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Baez, Laureano, then bit up in air…Muncy

  32. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    thanks for keeping us going during these terrible times,still in the two razzslam drafts that help also,We need to start a strat-o-matic baseball league,back in the 70-80s this game was a blast.We would play full seasons and of course keep stats and all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, let’s start a Stratomatic so I can get Jack Clark!

      • Remember Whitey Herzog saying, “I’ve never seen Jack Clark take a swing I didn’t like”

        • AL KOHOLIC says:
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          Yeah then Joajiun Andujar started swinging harder than Jack

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, yes, but with his fists

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, totally

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hey, Smitty, the quotes are Ante’s thing!

            • Ha! Snuck one in on my boy, but no doubt Ante is the quote master and that’s me quoting……wait a minute

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

              • Ante Galic says:
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                Smitty!!!!

                Quote away my friend. I am not the quote person, you can quote me on that. Love me some Jack Clark and Frank Thomas in strat-o-matic!

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Cheers Ante!

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        Jack was my hero when i was in the St. Louis area

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I figured, that’s why I brought him up…Pulling on heartstrings!

  33. BENJAMIN KUPERSMIT says:
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    Thank you!!!!
    (I got nothin what do you want from me I’m tired with the three kids so Thank You is all I got)
    b

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, No problem

  34. larry womack says:
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    Trade offer on the table

    My A. Bradley and Eovaldi for D. Price and Daniel Hudson.

    I currently have Giles and H. Harvey as closers.

    Would you take this trade?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? I guess Price

  35. Going to my home league draft a week from Sunday. It’ll be great to see everyone and it’s always a blast. The delay gives Yordy time too! We’ll get through this, we always do. Carry on!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, positive thinking!

  36. LOLmets says:
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    Following up on Max Fried, Kimbrel picking up right where he left off last year already allowing 2 homers in 2 innings so far (allowed 9 homers in 20 innings last season) Call me crazy but at even money I’m taking Hansel Robles over Kimbrel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve drafted Kimbrel in a bunch of leagues, so hope you’re wrong

      • LOLmets says:
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        Yeah I mean I’ve def taken him in mocks becasue he’s going at a fair price but idk if ima do it on draft day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You gots to!

  37. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Having some Chinese food for lunch and washing it down with a cold Corona beer.
    Stay safe people.
    WASH YOUR HANDS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

  38. gargamel04 says:
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    Ohtani (Pitcher) gets a HUGE boost, IMO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, yeah, he’s got a good Corona timeline

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Still not for weekly leagues tho

        • gargamel04 says:
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          Good point!

      • gargamel04 says:
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        “A good Corona timeline”

        Hilarious way of putting it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  39. John Donnell says:
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    Good stuff as usual Grey.

    Could I get your input on a keeper decision? Standard 5×5, 10 team league with 5 keepers but also a minor league system. Have Robles from MiLB time, definitely keeping Harper, Treat Urner, Jose Ramirez, and Soto. 5th keeper could be Goldy, Moncada, Corbin, Muncy or Paddack.

    Thanks in advance,

    John

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Time for an arm…Paddack or Corbin, your call

  40. Primetime says:
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    Today starts my extended draft. 10 team keeper.

    Do we like and trust Suarez over Chapman & Donaldson? OBP

    drafted Jimenez already.

    Bellinger
    Albies

    Lindor
    Jimenez

    U- Tatis

  41. Blint says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Hope you’re well. Stay safe!

    Just got around checking my fantasy league this year. Have keepers due this weekend. Have most of my obvious ones decided already. I need help to pick two out of these 5. All 5 are $3 pitchers and I can keep them at same price for two more years after this one.

    Lamet
    Justus Sheffield
    Honeywell
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    Wheeler

    Ive totally forgotten what the upside was for Honeywell and Sheffield. I swear with the amount of news we take in these days, the season end of last year feels like 1-2 years have passed already. Forgotten so much baseball.
    Thank you in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You too!

      Lamet, EdRod

  42. Sal says:
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    do you have any reservations with Mondesi recovering.. in my keeper league im down to deciding to keep Mondesi in round 18 or Jo Ram in round 8.. tons more value with Mondesi, but I worry about his health.. i do also worry about Jo Ram being good for half a year again also

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not at all, Mondesi will now get even more time, and he was already ready

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go Mondesi there

        • Sal says:
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          Thanks Grey

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  43. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    Hope you’re staying safe from the Coronas!

    10 team, 6×5, including OPS, h2h, keep 7 in the round they were drafted (round noted in parentheses).

    Ultimately I decided to keep everyone below and throw Albies back in to the draft pool. With the news that Scherzer is a bit banged up, although we don’t know how serious, and with the season being delayed and pitchers throwing less innings, would you still keep Scherzer and throw Albies back, or would you now throw Scherzer back and keep Albies? Thanks!

    Trout (1)
    Yelich (2)
    Mondesi (3)
    Scherzer (6)
    Olson (7)
    Arenado (13)
    Albies (14)
    Acuña (24)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So, all bats then Scherzer? Yes, that

      • Charlie says:
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        Yes. All bats. These 7 and throw Scherzer back.

        I think you’re saying yes keep these 7 bats and throw Scherzer back? Just want to confirm.

        Thanks.

        Trout (1)
        Yelich (2)
        Mondesi (3)
        Olson (7)
        Arenado (13)
        Albies (14)
        Acuña (24)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I’m saying 6 bats and Scherzer…You should have one arm at least

          • Charlie says:
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            Gotcha. Thanks!

            Of those 7 bats, you still say throw Albies back?

            Stay safe, my friend.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, you too, Charlie!

              • Charlie says:
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                Thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  44. LaRockakis says:
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    Mancini will still hit 30 dongs. You heard it here first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep hope alive!

  45. primetime says:
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    I emailed earlier about my draft… We keep 7 players total.

    10 team keep 5X5 OBP; been using your list, Rudy & NFBC ADP.

    Hows it shaping out.?

    GRANDAL – 4th
    Bellinger
    Albies
    SAUREZ – 2nd
    Lindor
    JIMENEZ – 1st
    LAUREANO – 5th
    ?
    U- Tatis

    Flagherty
    Bieber
    Giolito
    DARVISH – 3rd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, your pitching is stacked, take a closer or two and another bat

  46. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    14 team h2h auction $260 budget 6×6 (OBP, R, RBI, HR, SB, TB) and (QS, K, SV+HLD, K/BB, ERA, WHIP)

    Keep 6

    Took ove a horrible team last year but was able to add Tatis, Contreras, and Donaldson to the core.

    Tatis $15
    Donaldson $17
    Glasnow $8
    Contreras $11
    E Rosario $16
    J Turner $11
    LeClerc $6
    Encarnacion $13
    Segura $12
    D Peralta $6
    W Calhoun $5
    Paxton $13
    Nimmo $7

    I feel like the first 4 are locks but then I am completely lost after that. Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For a second I thought you owned Willson Cornoavirus — Those three and Glasnow, Rosario, Calhoun

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        I just hope he’s more Contreras and less Contractus

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  47. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!

    On my keeper league I keep 5. Here’s the deal:

    I am keeping:

    Juan Soto
    Yordan Alvarez
    Ozzie Albies
    Jack Flahtery
    Shane Bieber.

    I have the fifth pick.

    I am making a trade

    I am GETTING:

    Matt Olson, his 3rd round pick

    For

    GIVING:

    Alvarez, Luis Castillo, my 12th rounder (he is keeping the guys in sending, no harm no foul, he has Loreano but seems to be new to FBB and chose Castillo over Bichette and Robles)

    I now have

    1B – Olson
    2B – Albies
    OF – Soto
    SP – Flahtery
    SP – Bieber

    12 Team H2H 6X6 R HR RBI SB AVG OPS K ERA WHIP K:9 QS S+H

    I basically gain a second 3rd rounder but lose a 12rounder get Olson for Yordan (he gets Castillo who I wasn’t keeping so I helped him in a sense that he’ll be keeping Castillo instead of Loreano or whoever else he would of kept who is now draftable)

    Good idea?

    I also pick 5th, more often, because after taking first and second the first two years, I had a horrible third year. We start fresh!

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  48. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    Just wanted to agree with your assessment on the Braves and Riley. It really makes no sense that they don’t give the youngster the shot at least for the first half. Riley has improved all his numbers this spring (if that means anything). His average is up, his take rate is up, walk rate is up, you name it, he’s been better at it. Hell, his OPS is like .935 or something. I’ve read the same things that says Camargo is in the lead, but I’m thinking that’s Braves management trying to keep a competitive fire under Riley’s ass. They need him to be serious. They need that out of Camargo too for that matter. The competition makes them both better. Anyway, I think they lok at Riley first because he appears to be their long-term answer. Sending him back down to the minors does him absolutely no good.

    Once again, you’re on the bullseye.

    • Grey

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      Yup, thanks!

  49. Willie Fistergash says:
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    Grey!!

    You are “essential personnel” right now. We thank you for your service!

    My league is apparently still drafting soon, so gotta secure my keepers…

    12 team, 6×6 categories, keep 8 forever, 3 utility slots

    Do i have the right 8?

    Keepers currently earmarked (I’m a bit obsessed with youth/upside):
    -Acuna
    -Tatis
    -Guerrero, Jr.
    -Yordan
    -Hiura
    -Paddack
    -Machado
    -Mondesi

    Other options: Matt Olson, Benintendi, Robles, Berrios

    Was thinking maybe Olson instead of Machado…but if I do that, I’m sure Manny returns to MVP form…

    As for Benintendi – same thing…I don’t keep him, and he’ll finally put it all together and go full Yelich. Ha! Hate to lose him or Robles, but was unable to consolidate anyone via pre-keeper lock trade, and here i am…

    Thanks, oh great and wise Fantasy Master Lothario!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, you’re welcome!

      Olson over Machado, maybe, but depends on what your team looks like

    • Grey

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      Looks filled, homey

  50. LOLmets says:
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    We’re not having baseball for a long time. June is optimistic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, China was opening stuff again after a month and they discovered it…MLB wants to play 162 games, which is improbable, but I’d guess May 1st

      • hot corner says:
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        Sounds about right. I think the young pitchers who are on innings limits are looking a lot better right now. 150 IP will get you through the entire season.

        • Grey

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          Agreed!

          • hot corner says:
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            How are feeling about your DC team?

            • Grey

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              It sucks…Worse team I’ve drafted so far, not sure what happened…I’ll go over it in a post

              • hot corner says:
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                It has been a tough draft. I have had to go with a plan B with almost every pick and have a lot of guys that I would normally not take. Rudy’s War Room likes my team more than I do. It should be competitive, but it is really boring.

                • Grey

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                  War room hates my team, which worries me

      • LOLmets says:
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        Hope you are right.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

  51. hondo says:
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    Rage against the dying of the light my ass! I just picked up a new electronic fly swatter at Harbor Freight for $2.99.I can replace my OCD rage drop quota with that and save the MLB.TV subscription.

    • Grey

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      HAHAHA

  52. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Long time, no type. There is so much to catch up on, I don’t know where to start. I haven’t had much time to look at anything baseball related until a couple days ago when everything shut down up here (two weeks too late in my opinion). It’s amazing how many people didn’t pay any attention to this until sports were cancelled and schools began closing for six-weeks. Now everyone is panicking and rushing to the grocery store to stock up on Captain Crunch and toilet paper. People are stupid and it’s madness…thats all there is to say.

    Anythehoo, I’ve been trying to cram in as much baseball before our keeper-league draft tomorrow! We had to select six keepers two weeks ago and I held onto Torres, Arenado, Turner, Yelich, Hader, and Bauer. I had Sale and Corbin to choose from as well for my final pitching slot, but I traded Corbin for a 2nd and a 7th round pick. Couldn’t keep an injured Sale (and likely to be shut-down) over Bauer. I’ll let you know how my draft shakes out tomorrow. Hope you’re doing well. Have you heard this song?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNerWPC4DyY

    • Grey

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      ‘Poop! My man! How goes it? Why do people need so much toilet paper? Have they confused t’s and p’s (thoughts and prayers) with TP?

      Good luck with the draft!

      I hadn’t heard that song, but I have now!

  53. fausto

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    16tm keeper
    (all top bats were kept besides Trout, Betts, and Bogaerts and they went for ~$60/$275!).
    c. J.Alfaro
    1b. J.Bell (K)
    2b. K.Hiura (K)
    3b. M.Chapman
    SS. A.Rosario
    CI. C.Walker
    MI. S.Kingery
    OF. M. OZUNA
    OF. Ed.Rosario
    OF. O.Mercado(K)
    OF. M.Kepler
    UTL W.Calhoun
    UTL L.Robert(K)
    BN. JD Davis

    SP P. Corbin, K.Maeda, Z.Gallen, J.Odorizzi, Y.Chirinos, R.Yarbrough
    Pab.Lopez
    RP B.Hand, R.Stripling, S.Lugo

    Light on saves but ill SAGNOF , naturally, and maybe light on HR?
    dOEs i RaZzbaLL correctly?
    I gave my team an 8/10. Yahoo hates it. what say you FML?

    • Grey

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      Yahoo hates it? Then you nailed it! I love this team, solid pitching and great hitting…agree obviously on saves which are light

  54. OJ Simpson says:
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    5×5 obp/qs instead of avg / w league
    Kepler 10th round
    Wil smith 22
    Verdugo 22
    Rosario 22
    Jo adell 20
    Zac gallen 22
    Keston hiura 22
    Sonny gray 22

    What six ya keepin?

    Been awhile grey!

  55. nb0yeah says:
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    On each player page in the “Grey Albright’s 2020 Player Summary” please put a hyperlink to the Sleeper page if there is one. It takes many clicks to get Grey’s thoughts on a player if he previously laid them out in a detailed Sleeper article .
    Thanks.

    • Grey

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      Sorry about that

  56. James says:
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    Does anyone know why players like PAche and O’Neil Cruz do not have NA designations on yahoo, despite never playing in mlb and have already been cut from spring training rosters.

    • Grey

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      Not sure

    • Grey

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      Not Aware!

  57. Licketty Splits says:
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    Quite amazing you are going at this early on a Sunday morning. Appreciate your dedication especially not knowing how long the games are suspended for. In another fantrax best ball points league & I’d say maybe my best team yet despite picking from the 12th slot.
    My team so far with 30 rounds to go:
    C
    1B Pete Alonso – NYM 3/36
    2B Jonathan Villar – MIA 7/84
    3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – TOR 6/61
    SS Francisco Lindor – CLE 1/12
    OF Ramon Laureano – OAK 10/109
    OF Ketel Marte – ARI 4/37
    OF Luis Robert (R) – CHW 9/108
    OF
    OF
    U (3 players TBD)
    P Walker Buehler – LAD 2/13
    P Frankie Montas – OAK 8/85
    P Chris Paddack – SD 5/60
    Obviously need some SP depth & RP but only 4 gone so far. They definitely seem to wait on closers in this format based on my prior 2 drafts. Like my hitting and looking to grab Franmil if available in the 11th. Hitters I want seem to falling to me. SP was at a premuim & I wanted Montas on a team so reached a bit.
    Thoughts??

    • Grey

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      Yeah, I had to draft at 6 AM

      Your team looks dope so far…You need a closer and power, you’re good on speed…Watch your AVG too

  58. The Great Knoche says:
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    Ray Flowers loves your Tout pitching staff….

    • Grey

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      I do too! What do you think of the team?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Uh oh Kiss of death!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          Seriously tho great team boss!
          Isn’t Rudy usually in Tout too?

          • Grey

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            He is, he’s in Tout Mixed

  59. Lucky Dog says:
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    Man, what a weird day. Drafted my lone 10-teamer, and felt like I had a fantastic draft. And the world is ending, so it maybe doesn’t matter since we may not even have baseball.

    This is a 20 year+ league. One guy who’s been along the entire time is in Boston, and quarantined because he has a 101 degree fever, but he can’t get a test.

    Most of our parents are in their 70s. Heck one guy in my league is 69 (nice!)

    Anyway, In the crazy event we even have baseball this year, how do you like the squad?

    6×6, H2H
    Start 1 C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, 5x OF, Util

    1.01 – Acuña – almost got cute & took Yelich.
    2.10 – Tatis
    3.01 – Alonso
    4.10 – Mondesi
    5.01 – Olson
    6.10 – Eloy
    7.01 – Moncada
    8.10 – Soler
    9.01 – Glasnow
    10.10 – EdRod
    11.01 – Lamet
    12.10 – Lynn
    13.01 – Mercado
    14.01 – Fried
    15.01 – Dahl
    16.10 – Colome
    17.01 – Leclerc
    18.10 – Heaney
    19.01 – will Smith
    20.10 – weaver
    21.01 1 Watson
    22.10 – Alcantara
    23.01 – Archer
    24.10 – Kingery
    25.01 – Verdigo
    26.10 – Solak
    27.01 – Lugo
    28.10 – Cueto
    29.01 – Alex Wood
    30.01 – Yosxhi

    I loved the first 8 picks & feel like I got some decent value for a make-shift pitching staff.

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