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 Carrasco – Indians 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.

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Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
2 years ago

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.

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Ray Flowers loves your Tout pitching staff….

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Uh oh Kiss of death!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Seriously tho great team boss!
Isn’t Rudy usually in Tout too?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
2 years ago

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??

James
James
2 years ago

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.

nb0yeah
nb0yeah
2 years ago

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.

OJ Simpson
OJ Simpson
2 years ago

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!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago
fausto
fausto
2 years ago

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?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
2 years ago

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

hondo
hondo
2 years ago

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.

LOLmets
LOLmets
2 years ago

We’re not having baseball for a long time. June is optimistic.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

How are feeling about your DC team?

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Hope you are right.

DFresh
DFresh
2 years ago

Need 3 more owners for RCL #24 drafting at 11am central time today. Free league. Please send tweet

https://www.fantrax.com/newui/fantasy/joinLeague.go?leagueId=1b1cl410k5wrn9i6&isSubmit=y

Willie Fistergash
Willie Fistergash
2 years ago

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!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

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.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
2 years ago

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!

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
2 years ago

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!

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I just hope he’s more Contreras and less Contractus

primetime
primetime
2 years ago

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

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
2 years ago

Mancini will still hit 30 dongs. You heard it here first.

Charlie
Charlie
2 years ago

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)

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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)

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Gotcha. Thanks!

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

Stay safe, my friend.

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks!

Sal
Sal
2 years ago

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

Sal
Sal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey

Blint
Blint
2 years ago

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!

Primetime
Primetime
2 years ago

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

John Donnell
John Donnell
2 years ago

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

gargamel04
gargamel04
2 years ago

Ohtani (Pitcher) gets a HUGE boost, IMO

gargamel04
gargamel04
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Good point!

gargamel04
gargamel04
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

“A good Corona timeline”

Hilarious way of putting it

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

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

LOLmets
LOLmets
2 years ago

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.

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Smitty
2 years ago

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!

larry womack
larry womack
2 years ago

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

BENJAMIN KUPERSMIT
BENJAMIN KUPERSMIT
2 years ago

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

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
2 years ago

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

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Smitty
2 years ago

Yeah then Joajiun Andujar started swinging harder than Jack

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Smitty
2 years ago

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

Smitty
Reply to  Ante Galic
2 years ago

Cheers Ante!

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Jack was my hero when i was in the St. Louis area

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
2 years ago

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?

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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!

Earl
Earl
2 years ago

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
Earl
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

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.

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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!

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Pointman
Pointman
2 years ago

I go all the way back to last strike in Fantasy – it sucked.

Thundergunn
Thundergunn
2 years ago

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

Chin Music
Chin Music
2 years ago

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?

Chin Music
Chin Music
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Cram It
Cram It
2 years ago

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.

Phil
Phil
2 years ago

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

costaricanchata
costaricanchata
2 years ago

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 .

LOLmets
LOLmets
2 years ago

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.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
2 years ago

Baseball season delayed. Now I won’t have anything to do at work, ha.

Dustin
Dustin
2 years ago

Willie Calhoun may now not miss any time at all depending on his recovery time and when the season starts

thehombre
thehombre
2 years ago

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

Skeezix
Skeezix
2 years ago

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
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Skeezix
2 years ago

Id keep the three bats.

happyharry
happyharry
2 years ago

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
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  happyharry
2 years ago

Id take the two bats.

Milarky
Milarky
2 years ago

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
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Milarky
2 years ago

keep your original four.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

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.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Don’y you mean ………T. Hanks, but no Thanks

Natty Boh
Natty Boh
2 years ago

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?

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
2 years ago

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.

Long Balls
Long Balls
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

WUHAN, got you all in check!
-Bustah Rhymes

NUX
NUX
2 years ago

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

Mex
Mex
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

We just drafted Yahoo friends and family league last night. Nice distraction.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Did your SoloShot fill? Mine has only 8.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

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.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

Mex
Mex
2 years ago

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
Earl
Reply to  Mex
2 years ago

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

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  Mex
2 years ago

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

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
2 years ago

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.

packers2018
packers2018
Reply to  Jolt In Flow
2 years ago

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.

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
Reply to  packers2018
2 years ago

Jason Heyward – same thing.

Ray Chapman – well, he died from the Carl Mays pitch. And baseball reacted by requiring baseballs to be changed out with regularity instead of using the same ball until it was lost out of play.

Chin Music
Chin Music
Reply to  ozone ranger
2 years ago
Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
2 years ago

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

Earl
Earl
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

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
Earl
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

Do it!

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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
Earl
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

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

Cheaptrout
Cheaptrout
2 years ago

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!

Lubes
Lubes
2 years ago

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
Racehorse
Reply to  Lubes
2 years ago

“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
ozone ranger
Reply to  Racehorse
2 years ago

“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.
Harry Connick Sr.
Reply to  Racehorse
2 years ago

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
Racehorse
Reply to  Harry Connick Sr.
2 years ago

“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.
Harry Connick Sr.
Reply to  Racehorse
2 years ago

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…

Lubes
Lubes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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
Lubes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

Lubes
Lubes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

Racehorse
Racehorse
2 years ago

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.