As many of you know, I’m in the NL-Only Tout Wars league, so every year I take part in an industry NL-Only league with the CBS peeps to try to find my footing before I go off to New York to take on the heavyweights, and Andy Behrens, who appears to have a healthy BMI.  Some might mock, some might mock draft, but this is my draft prep, and am happy to take part in this league.  Until about 25 minutes into the draft, and players go for way too much, and I start getting hungry and I just want the whole thing to be over and ermahgerd!  But, for those first twenty-five minutes of the five-hour draft, I’m laser focused.  For this league, I once again use Rudy’s NL-Only rankings, and his War Room (it’s free with a subscription).  I won’t try to get you to buy it anymore.  You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make the horse put a cape down so I can walk over the water without getting wet.  (If you want a shallower league, play against me and hundreds others for prizes –> Razzball Commenter Leagues.)  Anyway, here’s my 12-team NL-Only team and some thoughts:

C: Jorge Alfaro $9
C: Brian McCann $4
1B: Jose Martinez $10
2B: Joe Panik $1
3B: Mike Moustakas $22
SS: Trevor Story $35
MI: Keston Hiura $1
CI: Eduardo Escobar $11
OF: David Dahl $24
OF: David Peralta $20
OF: Marcell Ozuna $26
OF: Victor Robles $22
OF: Harrison Bader $12
U: Peter O’Brien $1
Bench:  Roman Quinn, Phillip Ervin, Pat Valaika, David Bote

P: Josh Hader $12
P: Raisel Iglesias $15
P:  Jose Quintana $10
P: Jose Urena $4
P: Brandon Woodruff $4
P: Ross Stripling $8
P: Joey Lucchesi $7
P: Dan Straily $1
P: Derek Holland $1
Bench: Max Fried, Wei-Yin Chen, Andrew Suarez

I WISH I WEREN’T ALREADY BOLDED AND CAPPED BECAUSE I’D LIKE TO EMPHASIS SOMETHING.

You can try underlining.

FAIR ENOUGH.  YOUR PITCHING SUCKS, YO!  DID YOU POOP YOUR PANTS MID-DRAFT, RUN TO THE BOUDOIR TO CHANGE SAID PANTS AND MISS THE PART WHERE PEOPLE DRAFTED PITCHING?

I did not.

SINCE I KNOW IT’S COMING — THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID — JUST TELL ME WHAT YOUR TOTALS WERE SO WE CAN GET THE BIG-PICTURE RATIONALIZATIONS OUT OF THE WAY.

Fine:

Before basking in the glory that is my offense, we will take a small detour through Shizzville, population:  my pitching staff.  Not a whole lot of 20 game winners on this staff, unless Dan Straily tattoos “20 game winner” on his penis.  “Yo, Joey Lucchesi of the Tomato Pie Crime Family, you gonna break eight wins on the Padres?”  “Dahhhhhh, bagadonuts.”  “Thanks for your reply, Joey!”  How about all of the 200-strikeout pitchers on the team raise your hand?  Don’t see any hands?  You’re not alone!  Unless the Crime Boss can throw 190 IP.  Unlikely with a front-end splash of nope.  To get micro on the macro, I don’t even want to own Jose Quintana, and, well, what do you know.  Poppa Greystein is rocking Quintana.  It’s what happens when you get stuck price enforcing.  Rudy’s rankings have him down for $13, and, tee bee aitch, that does seem reasonable, so I went to $10.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately if he pitches decently), no one in this league saves any money for players after the first 50 are off the board, which brings me to…

WHY DON’T YOU HAVE A MIDDLE INFIELDER?  KESTON’S GOT ABOUT AS MUCH CHANCE PLAYING IN THE MAJORS THIS YEAR AS I DO, AND I’M A RANDOM VOICE IN YOUR HEAD.

Okay, maybe, maybe not.  For $1, it’s not bad, but it was not my ideal scenario to have no middle infielder, no 2B and no utility guy.  It’s not how I roll in Only leagues.  I like to aim for a bunch of five-dollar players at the back-end of my drafts.  So, what happened?  Let’s lay it out for you nice and simple like a Jeff Dunham show.  Eduardo Escobar was $17 on my sheet, and he was dawdling around $9, so I bumped the bid to $11, figuring someone else would bid more, and the clock went tick-tick-ticking away and I got stuck with Escobar.  So, now I have five players needed and $1 max bid on each.  Not a great place, but, as previously mentioned, a lot of people in this auction had only max one-dollar bids.  So, I figure I’ll throw out a few that I know will go for more than $1 to thin the money, because at least half the league could bid $2.  First player I throw up (literally), Peter O’Brien, and, apparently, no one else wanted him for $2, so I own the world’s oldest player yet to complete a full season in the majors.  So, now I need an MI and 2B.  I want Jef McNeil and Kolten Wong, but I’m not sure they’ll go for only a dollar, so I bide my time, waiting for more people to spend their money.  I toss out Trevor Williams, because I figure someone will spend more money on him, and they do.  Then someone tosses out Touki Tousaint and he goes for a $1, and now I’m flummoxed!  I could’ve bid a $1 on Touki and owned him?!  I sigh.  It’s too late to worry about that.  McNeil and Wong are still possibilities.  Then, someone tosses out McNeil and gets him for a $1!  I could’ve had him for a $1!  At this point, I throw my computer out the window.  After retrieving my computer, I decide now is the time to nominate Kolten Wong for a $1.  If no one bid up McNeil to $2, no one is bidding on Wong.  Guess what, guys and five girl readers?  Our very own Donkey Teeth bids Wong up to $2!  The rest of the draft is a blur from that point.  I was even on autodraft at one point in the free rounds.  In related news, Donkey Teeth is no longer writing for us.  I keed.  Kinda.

SO, THAT WAS A LONG, SHAGGY DOG STORY.  PERHAPS I SHOULD KEEP MY QUESTIONS MORE CLOSE-ENDED. DID YOU INTEND TO GET A BETTER OUTFIELD IN AN NL-ONLY LEAGUE THAN YOU NEED IN A 12-TEAM MIXED LEAGUE?  PLEASE:  STICK TO YES OR NO ANSWERS.

Well, Peralta is another player I didn’t target, but his dollar value is $23 and I went to $20–

YES OR NO.  PLEASE.

I like the team.

IF I’M GONNA BE HONEST, I KINDA LIKE THAT TREVOR STORY BUY.

You don’t even know, Mr. Bolden Al Capps!  Top players did not go for cheap.  Shoot (not you, Dick Cheney), Nolan Arenado went for $49!  Paul Goldschmidt went for $41!  Freddie Freeman went for $40!  Rizzo went for $35!  You’re telling me Rizzo is a better player than Eduardo Escobar by $24?  You can’t tell me that, because you have sworn an oath of honesty.  Freeman is a better player than Story by $5?  If you wanna say yes, you’re wrong.  My only major regret is my purchase of Jose Urena.  Not because I don’t like him for that price, but I think it might upset Acuña.  I miss you, baby boy!

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Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Grey

Checking in on my NL 8 team keep 4 three years including draft year.

I’m keeping

Acuña 16
Muncy 4
Albies 5
Hoskins 8
Vazquez 1
Corbin 1

Last 2 spots

Nola 26
stripling 1
Tatis 1
Armed Rosario 1
Cesar hernandez 5
Grandal 8
Minter 2

Thinking Nola and Tatis. The top closers are being kept 2 teams keeping 6 closers so grabbing next best option to be able to keep close enough in saves is my strategy. Keeping Tatis for next 2 years at $1 is what I’m thinking. And having Corbin and Nola.lots of top bats will be up for auction this year.

Your thoughts are appreciated.

Zach
Zach
3 years ago

What’s the highest you would pay for Trout, Turner, Acuna and mondesi in a 10 team auction draft where we will have 4 lifetime keepers based off this draft.

Rich
Rich
3 years ago

Keeper league. Head to Head Points.

was offered Harper for Machado?

im thinking i take it. would you accept?

Danny almonte
Danny almonte
3 years ago

Yo

Keep Mazara in the 19th, Mikolas in the 18th or Ohtani batter in the 15th? Thx

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

You’re on the clock, Albright

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 years ago

@OaktownSteve:

Which guys you and Magoo start with?

DMurph
DMurph
3 years ago

Grey,

I’m a big fan and have been reading Razzball for years. I think this is the year I invest in the tools and start using the Hitter-tron and Stream-o-nator. I am curious about your rankings. Do you and Rudy work together and agree on those? Are they staff rankings? I’ve read in your posts that Rudy is “the numbers guy.”

Thanks!

DMurph
DMurph
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: how about the rankings?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  DMurph
3 years ago

@DMurph:

Think of razzball as getting the best Duo in the biz.
Like you get Cruise and Hoffman (Shitty Rainman reference sorry)

DMurph
DMurph
Reply to  frankgrimes
3 years ago

@frankgrimes: lmao that’s good. Thanks guys!

Hnaklongball
Hnaklongball
3 years ago

Grey,

Thanks for the advice in the earlier comment. My bad about the wording earlier, but if you could only keep one to pair with Betts and Harper in a 12-team league, which would it be of the following:

DeGrom, Rizzo, Mondesi

Sad to see Albies had to go, but maybe I can pick him up after everyone else sours on his second half…

Thanks as always for the help!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
3 years ago

Baez at 12 fun!
I thought I’d might get him but he went 8th.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Ended up grabbing Harper/Stanton.
Hard to choose when you have to wait 28 more picks til R3.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
Sale was tempting but the risk like with Lindor
made it an easier pass.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Too bonkers to wait on SP then go back to back at end 5/6?
Guess I’ll see who gets taken first haha.
Draft fever!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

So you’ve posted your five Schmohawk pieces for this year. Just wondering when your five Sleeper picks will be rolling out? Waiting to get a little closer to the season to see who grabs a starting job or roster spot?

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

Thanks for yet another great read Grey!

Desperately need your keeper advice, need to keep 3:

Yelich $29
Rendon $24
G Sanchez $15
Trea $15
Acuna $14
J Ramirez $14
Gleyber $5

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
3 years ago

Just mentioned to OTS that my entire draft over the weekend was finished by the time this one today was five picks in. Slow draft indeed.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Maybe the NFBC can send out notification emails tonight, or someone in the league can do it. It’d be nice to get this in the books by opening day.

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

@Grey: our one guy holding us up has the audacity to tell us he has a job, unlike the rest of us. Doesn’t everybody just take March off for fantasy baseball.

There’s always one guy. This one apparently must have a flip phone where he can’t access the site.

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

If you had to pick one(12T, 5×5 Roto), prefer:

Villar(10th round)
Hader (15th round)
Tatis jr (15th Round)

Only one round penalty per year kept, there’s an NA slot for one minor leaguer (so doesn’t burn a roster slot to hold Tatis all year).

Other keepers
Bauer (4th)
JD (10th)
Beni (11th)
Severino(12th)

Thanks

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Steve
3 years ago

@Steve: can you also throw Devers (14th round) in that mix for the final keeper spot?

Villar (10)
Hader (15)
Tatis(15)
Devers(14)

Thanks

GanGGreen
GanGGreen
3 years ago

Does Hoskins value go up in the long term value, with Harper signing? Do you think Hoskins looks more attractive as a keeper.

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

Hey Grey! Thanks for all your words, and some of your wisdom!

My keepers and their salaries are
Verlander 26
Bauer 19
Baez 10
Corey Seager 4
and either Tailon at 11 or Andujar at 4 or Seager at 12
We also have a minor league system, and since I can only keep 5 major leaguers I am looking at the following trades
A) Verlander for Robles
B) Tailon for Honeywell (extra good because I can leave him in my ‘minors’ except when he’s pitching for most of this year)
c) Andujar for Kopech and Justice Sheffield
I know option A seems like a no brainer because it’s the bigger name, but our league is very pitcher friendly. We have a 10 start limit and only 3 acquisitions per week to cut down on streaming. For example, Verlander got the third most points last year behind Yelich and Mookie.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

Amed Rosario got hit on the hand and left the game. In the DC league I just finished I’ve had:

Odubel (hamstring), Roman Quinn (oblique). Ji Man Choi (back), Colin McHugh (back), Rosario (hand), Yarborough (groin), miss time.

And I drafted Lindor and Pedroia.

And Doolittle is my closer….which brings me to: Kimbrel is a damn time bomb about ready to explode on somebody’s closer plan. Hear the Nats don’t want to go over the luxury tax. I saw you took Kimbrel in the Big Ol Fantasy Jerk Off league.

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, 12 team roto
This mock scenario
Yelich/Baez/Hoskins first 3 picks
Planning on moving Hoskins over to 1st base
With my 4 th pick if Bellinger and Springer are there which one is a better fit with the team i have drafted so far?

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: thank you

J-Hova
J-Hova
3 years ago

Do you worry that the guys from that draft look at this? Your Mondesi ranking was referenced on the Sleeper and Bust ep last night! BTW, they were killing him so hoping his adp goes down!

Quick favor, can keep Harper at 19 and have the 2 pick with Trout kept. Should I draft Yelich and take best available in rd 2 or draft Turner and keep Harper. Other option is to start with 2 of (Harper and Yelich). Standard 10 team roto – 3 OF league.

Thanks Grey!!!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

I honestly don’t see how he flops fantasy-wise. He’s on a bad team. Let’s say worst case scenario ( if healthy all year) is hits .225 and goes 20/30? I mean that might be a not great return ona 3rd rounder but more like Tim Anderson last year. It’s worth the gamble in my view at his current NFBC ADP of 42. I bought my first share of him yesterday at 42. That’s the lowest Ive seen him drop in my five drafts so far, all money leagues. Your average money league NFBC 1st place league finisher is way more saaby than any other “experts” sans Grey ( and maybe Rudy, hehehe) in my opinion.

J-hova
J-hova
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yep I agree. Worst case is low avg with great steals and ok power. Best case ( just close to last years finish) is top 10. One who I’ll leave nameless said 25 steals based on the possibility that Yost could get fired in favor of Matheny and that last years success running was in Sept vs pitchers who couldn’t hold runners. I turned off the podcast at that. Seems to be selective grasping…

Worst case with yelich – Stanton who my league seems to have soured on, maybe Goldie – Absolute best case is Baez which would be a long shot

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  J-hova
3 years ago

@J-hova:

The fake news machine extends to the fantasy realm too so good call on turning off the BS. I haven’t watched network news in years as it only inspires my contempt. I guess there’s more to be gained in deceiving the public than informing them. Sad times. Long live Orwell.

J-Hova
J-Hova
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Yep, agree. The craziest part which was pointed out is Yost had already announced that he’s not staying beyond this season making it highly unlikely he’ll get fired

I’m leaning towards yelich at 2 and rolling the dice but it’s a big risk. There is a chance that Stanton falls with no infielders.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
3 years ago

If Derek Holland on your roster doesn’t scream championship then I’m a monkeys uncle

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
3 years ago

Jose Peraza has 4 SB this spring. Looking for him to run a lot during the regular season too.

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

Loving that team – I think that pitching gets you what you need for your offense to take you the rest of the way.

What are your thoughts on Ohtani in keepers? He’s 99% going to be an FA in my two keeper leagues this year, and right now feels like the lowest he’ll be for a long time, barring injury.

In those leagues, I’ve been toying with the idea of drafting him as my UTL (with a very solid backup/filler of course). No expectations for 2019 but could be a pleasant surprise + nice keeper for 2020+ if all pans out (or even if he just gives up pitching and becomes an outfielder!).

How many more dollars would you bump him up from your $8 redraft price in keeper leagues? Thinking specifically about standard 12 teamer keepers.

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

@Grey: Thanks! So used to him being over-hyped, glad to hear I’m not crazy for thinking he’s underrated now.

Here’s hoping (a) the current owners who paid top-hype for him last year don’t keep + (b) he gets nominated late in the draft after some people have filled their UTL.

Of course, that could all change if there’s some glowing ST update about him hitting moonshots before our drafts.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

For some reason I thought your league was NL LABR. I was wondering why you weren’t in.

Can you real quick pop into the draft room and go into the chat and mention that you’re high on the following players: Lindor, Ramirez, Scherzer? That’d be swell.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Usually.

How is it that there are people signed up for this draft not in the room for the first round or two? Drafts are like dork Xmas morning? We gonna wait 4 hours for a guy at pick 4?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
He just went fourth in ours

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

going berserker and taking two catchers right away

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: and I thought I loved Jorge, jeez

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Lindor at 15… thoughts?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Hoist with your own petard

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

@Grey: Son just took Turner at 4.

I agree how does the first round not take like 15 minutes. They don’t call it a slow draft for nothing!

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  The Great Knoche
3 years ago

@The Great Knoche:

Where’s your pick?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  frankgrimes
3 years ago

@frankgrimes: 8, right in the middle next to Rudy.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  The Great Knoche
3 years ago

@The Great Knoche:

Nice. Maybe I will get to pick before tomorrow haha.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I had to go into settings and turn the emails on. Draft started Trout / Betts / Yelich / Turner in ours

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 years ago

@OaktownSteve:

I tried to get Grey to give us the two hour option but apparently he had sadistic tendencies. The four hour slow is tedious when there are d*mbshits, as there always are. I did a two hour and an Express. The Express was a truly blissful experience. Done in 3 hours, 58 minutes. All pro’s.

Bill Hodgeman
Bill Hodgeman
3 years ago

When are you going to post the top 100 Keepers?

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

Grey ,,

so much money on HADER makes me wanna KEEP him !!!

as he’s not in top 100, he’s not in my Y! keeper list, but i hope i’ll get him back @picks110-111

in ESPN , would you keep him over HAND CLE- RP ?

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Nick
3 years ago

@Nick:

OR “how i’ve been forgotten because of “Holly Molly Grey missed draft time” !!!

Curious George
Curious George
3 years ago

Great write up, Grey!

Unrelated question: how many rookies/sophomores is too much risk? I am keeping Acuña, Soto, and Vlad on the cheap. Knowing my leaguemates, there are several other young players who I could draft cheap relative to where you rank them (in particular mondesi, Robles, and eloy). Would you be willing to draft/roster mondesi, Robles, and eloy in addition to my keepers? If not, how many?

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: So I already rostered Acuña, Soto, and Vlad. Would you be comfortable rostering those three plus eloy, Robles, and Mondesi? That’s 6 rookies, feels like a ton of risk

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

That OF can be really, really good. Like Alfaro too but that lineup is obviously dogshit. Combined .413 BABIP the last two seasons for Alfaro. If he can clean up the plate discipline and hit more fly balls he can push for 20 HR. About 30% FB in 2017-18, gotta be higher.

How do you analyze BABIP for fantasy? I’ve seen some outlets vary on opinion of accurately diagnosing a guys future success based on BABIP and if a current streak is based on luck. What do you factor most i.e hard hit %, LD/GB/FB, spray charts, exit velo, etc. Thanks Grey

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
Reply to  Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

@Skip Mcgillicuddy: btw, the marlins lineup is dogshit, thats what i was referring to lmao

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Yea i agree, having watched Alfaro in Philly for 2 years, the power is legit. If he can lower the swinging strike % (i think he was highest or one of the highest) in the league, he will eclipse 20 bombs. And LD/FB/GB- hard contact % is a very reliable indicator of sustained babip. For lefties in particular, i think their spray chart can tell a lot about future regression if they are pull heavy. It’s likely the shift is coming if that’s the case.

Hanklongball
Hanklongball
3 years ago

Grey,

Getting ready for the 12-team draft in a couple days and I’d live your take. 5×5 keeper league, with QS and OBP instead of W and avg. I have Betts, Harper and need to choose from the following:

DeGrom, Rizzo, Mondesi, Albies

Who would you keep as keeper #3 on this list? Thanks as always for the help!

AKA
AKA
3 years ago

Always love seeing your NL results since I’m in a similarly set up NL Only league! Looking forward to Tout as well!

I have 3 cheap guys for $4 each that I can only keep 2 of …. who would you keep out of Nimmo, Yates, Hader?

AKA
AKA
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Yes! Keeping Taillon, Story, Ozuna at higher prices but still good bargains. Could keep all the $4 guys if I drop one of them.

AKA
AKA
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: One of Taillon ($11), Story ($19), or Ozuna ($14). My plan was to keep those 3 and then 2 of the $4 guys I asked about to start. Could keep all of
those cheap guys (Nimmoo, Yates, Hader) if I drop one of the better and higher priced guys.

Dave D
Dave D
3 years ago

Interesting. I’m suprised you didn’t roll with David Fletcher over Hiura. Maybe a FA acquisition? McNeil must have hurt at $1. Ah the pain. The team

I had a reallyweird NFBC draft last night too. Oddly enough I did get McNeil below his ADP somehow. I drafted a bunch of guys I don’t own anywhere else. DH’s were cheap. Khris Davis was still available at 79 so I grabbed him. Grabbed Castellanos at 109. Ahmed at 162. Ohtani at 282!!!??? That was super weird. I passed on him until I could no more. I can’t play two DH’s so I guess he’s injury insurance for Davis ( unless he gets unexpected OF games). I kind of drafted Ohtani out of self defense so someone else couldn’t that kind of value there. Weird approach I know.

Lots of weird picks by other guys at times directly or indirectly led to atypical pics later for me. Soto 16. Rendon 32. Berrios 59. Hendricks 73???!!! Lucchesi 148? Your boy Realmulto even went 38 overall!!! Weird shizznit!!!

crimedog
crimedog
Reply to  Dave D
3 years ago

@Dave D: Fletcher is AL

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  crimedog
3 years ago

@crimedog:

MY Bad. Apparently my reading comprehension today has suffered from drafting until midnight last night on a work night. Either that or early signs of dementia

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Matz could be good if they start letting him finish 6 innings. Or that could be his demise. He seems like a good late 200’s arm. Then again its the Mets. They’ll probably screw with him somehow. I won’t be buying high on Wheeler as I really dont trust how the Mets handle arms. The only worse team is the Royals. I will own zero Royals pitchers anywhere this year.

TJ
TJ
3 years ago

Yo Grey. Just got done with my draft and actually not overly impressed with myself this year…
12 Team H2H keeper. AVG/OPS/Net Stolen Bases — Quality starts, Net Save/Holds

C – Welling Castillo
1B – Goldschmidt
2B – Baez
3B – Rendon
SS – Story
OF – Betts
OF – Judge
OF – Inciarte
Util – Moustakas
Util – LeMahieu
BN – Braun, Laureno, Happ

SP – Nola, Severino, Wheeler, Luchessi, T. Williams, C. Anderson
RP – LeClerc, Givens, Woodruff, Watson, Will Harris

I think the hitting is down right sexy (will need to SAGNOF some steals). But my pitching makes my heart hurt…

Any other advice you have for me?

Thanks as usual for all you do!

TJ
TJ
Reply to  TJ
3 years ago

@TJ: Also K/BB is another stat on the pitching side for reference..

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
3 years ago

I’m in a league that uses LF, CF, RF. Bellinger currently has 1B/CF eligibility. With the Pollock signing, are you expecting Belly to move to RF?

Wilmy BlueRocks
Wilmy BlueRocks
3 years ago

Grey the Wise & Powerful,

Need some wisdom. Better minor league keeper – Mejia or Kyle Tucker? Tucker is more highly touted but Mejia has positional advantage and a clearer path to playing time, and the lineup may not be as bad as once believed…

Also, would you keep Rendon in the 8th or Peraza in the 16th? Leaning Peraza due to round value but Rendon puts up stats and is more proven.

Many thanks!

Hamporter726
Hamporter726
3 years ago

I’m in a 12 team AL only league, we can keep 15. I have Joey Wendle and Cedric Mullins, but only have room for one. Which one do you like more? My other MI are Lindor, Boegarts and my other OF are Rosario, Mazara, and Meadows.

Cabby
Cabby
3 years ago

Sorry for the multiple posts!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
3 years ago

Yu Darvish is BSOHL…except it’s Best Stuff of His Life

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
3 years ago

First RCL last night. Starting Pitching got a little sideways on me, but I’ll be streaming a bunch I think anyway.

Crazy thought went through my mind as I drafted the White Sox Middle infield. The comnbined floor there is probably something like .230/140/30/125/30. But the ceiling could be .260/180/50/160/45. Anderson for sure had a really quiet 20/20 season last year and Moncada is post-hype ready.

Whatcha think?

C Alfaro (25)
1B Bellinger (4)
2B Murphy (9)
3B Bryant (3)
SS Anderson (10)
MI Mondada (13)
CI Cron (20)
OF Acuna (1)
OF JUdge (2)
OF Ozuna (6)
OF Rosario (7)
OF Laureano (16)
U Bell (22)

P Clevinger (5)
P Castillo (8)
P Freeland (14)
P Marco Gonzalas (21)

P Leclerc (11)
P Doolittle (12)
P Bradley (15)
P Colome (17)
P Barnes (19)

Res Jon Gray (23)
Res Peter Alonso (18)
Res Buttery (24)

knucks
knucks
3 years ago

Looks like the newest Business Wars Pod should be good, two episodes out so far but I haven’t started it yet.

Bad Boy vs Death Row

chicitysox23
chicitysox23
3 years ago

@chicitysox23: Jansen not Jensen

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  chicitysox23
3 years ago

@chicitysox23: Chicitysox23!!

Jensen not Janson.

Your turn.

Cheers,
Ante

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Ante Galic
3 years ago

@Ante Galic: Jensen not Jansan

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Jansun not Jensen

Cabby
Cabby
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

In a 12 team keeper league where we can keep 10 players, would you trade Altuve and Gleyber Torres for Trea Turner? I have more than 10 potential keepers and I thought this would be a chance to upgrade but am I giving up too much?

My other keeper options: Arenado, Harper, Acuna, Snell, Buehler, Kluber, Marte, Mazara, Abreu,Corbin, Andrus

Cabby
Cabby
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

In a 12 team keeper league where we can keep 10 players, would you trade Altuve and Gleyber Torres for Trea Turner? I have more than 10 potential keepers and I thought this would be a chance to upgrade but am I giving up too much?

My other keeper options: Arenado, Harper, Acuna, Snell, Buehler, Kluber, Marte, Mazara, Abreu,Corbin, Andrus

TC
TC
3 years ago

In a forever keeper league, players count in the round they are drafted, if you already had a solid core of 12-13 of 15 keepers, would you role the dice on Hiura in the 9th round? I have no 2b to speak of. Thanks.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  TC
3 years ago

@TC: Lean towards passing but hard to say without more info about the league…

Cabby
Cabby
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

In a 12 team keeper league where we keep 10 players would you trade Altuve and Gleyber Torres for Trea Turner. I have more than 10 potential keepers and thought this was a chance to upgrade. Am I giving up too much though?

R,SB, RBI, OBP, Total bases

Thanks

chicitysox23
chicitysox23
3 years ago

Draft still in progress, let me know how I am looking and issues you see. Dynasty/Keeper league, keep 6, and 8 slots of Minor Leaguers

C (still Open) Jensen on Minor Roster
1B Matt Olson (keeper)
2B Jonathan Villar (8th rd Pick)
SS Tim Anderson (keeper)
3rd Machado (1st RD 2nd Pick in round)
OF Yellich (1s rd pick)
OF Bryce Harper (2nd RD Pick)
OF Springer (3rd Rd PICK 1)
UTIL Khris Davis (keeper)
UTIL Yoan Moncada (keeper)

SP James Paxton (keeper)
SP Wheeler (3rd rd, but my 5th pick taken in draft)
SP Luchesi (5th RD)
SP KYle Hendricks (keeper)
SP Chase Anderson (8th RD)
RP Wade Davis (6th rd)
RP Robertson (6th RD)
RP Iglesias (7th RD)

My Minor League players to help this year possibly
Vlad JR. Hope when he comes up I can move Manny to SS and Anderson can fill in or be utility
Pete Alonso
Palka
Ramon Laureano

chicitysox23
chicitysox23
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: 12 team

Dr Y
Dr Y
3 years ago

10 mixed keeper, no ci or mi, 5 outfielders. Can keep for 3 year max with $3 annual increases. Players not bought at auction are all considered $10 players, so kept for $13. Top 5 or so hitters go for around $60 at auction.

Choose 3:
Mondesi $13
Story $8
Acuna $19
Soto $13
Betts $48

Thanks Grey!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Dr Y
3 years ago

@Dr Y: Acuna and Story are must keep at those prices. Tough call between Mondesi and Betts but I’d keep Mondesi and just pay up for Betts in the auction.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

@Donkey Teeth:
How dare you take FMLs Wong!

Depending on format I may keep Soto over Mondesi here.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  frankgrimes
3 years ago

@frankgrimes: He wong slapped me after the draft. I’ve learned my lesson!

ottovonbismark
ottovonbismark
3 years ago

Grey, your pitching staff. Woof!

Which 6 would you keep forever in a 6X6 league with OBP and SLG?

Goldy
M Carp
J Upton
Gallo
D Murphy
Senzel
Ozuna
J Turner

I’m thinking the first 6 but also want to get younger. Does leaving Ozuna off make sense in an OBP league?

DonnieB
DonnieB
3 years ago

My Castellanos at $3 for 1 year, Corey Seager at $10 for 2 years and Hader for 2 years for his Hoskins at $10 for 1 year. Take it or too much for Hoskins.
I can keep 8 and current keepers are Yelich at $33, Buehler, Peraza and Dahl at $10,and Bauer at $16. My 7th could be Arenado at $54, Osuna at $10 or Grandal at $3. If I trade for Hoskins, who of the above become the coveted 8th and final. THANKS!!!

DonnieB
DonnieB
3 years ago

His Hoskins At $10 for 1 year for my Seager At $10 for 2 years, Castellanos at $3 for 1 year and Hader at $10 for 2 years? Too much for Hoskins or take it?
My other keepers are Yelich, Bauer, Buehler, Dahl, Peraza, Corbin and Arenado $54 or Grandal at $3 or Osuna at$10. Do I accept trade and then who are my last two keepers. Can keep at 8. THANKS!

jon
jon
3 years ago

Who would you take out of the following with league categories

W SV HR K ERA WHIP K/9 QS

Heaney, Quintana, Pivetta, Strippling, Ryu

only need two… I am thinking Pivetta first and then Heaney?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  jon
3 years ago

@jon: Heaney has elbow inflammation already, I’d pass on him for now. Ryu and Pivetta for me…

jon
jon
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

@Donkey Teeth:

I like Ryu but he stinks in QS category master of 5 innings just like most dodger pitchers

Louis V
Louis V
3 years ago

Nice one Grey! Need a little help in my keeper league. 12 team H2H 6×6 (OPS, QS). Can keep 6 and it’s just rounds 1-6. I’ve got Lindor and JD for sure. Then need to pick 4 out of: (Khris, Mondesi, Whit, Abreu, Murphy, Cain, Rosario, Cruz, Eloy, Corbin, Paxton)
League has 2 Util spots so Khris and Mondesi would eat those up once Lindor is back. Do you like going 6 bats? Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Louis V
3 years ago

@Louis V: Mondesi, Khris, Corbin, Eloy for me

Louis V
Louis V
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

@Donkey Teeth: Thanks DT!

Zain Mirza
Zain Mirza
3 years ago

Hi Man,

thanks again for the great content Grey. In a keeper, with equal cost of keeping either one, who would you keep? Matt olson or Miguel Andujar. Judging by your rankings and skepicism of Andujar, I’m guesssing Olson but i’m not sure.

Thanks,
Zain

crimedog
crimedog
3 years ago

Can you add from waivers during the season or is this the league where you have what you drafted?

rapscallion13
rapscallion13
3 years ago

Looks like there are still some spots open in Razzball NFBC league that is supposed to start today. I think this is the one with Matt Truss and other great razzball writers. I found the info on the Thor schmohoawk article. Maybe somebody could post here if needed. Sign up and let’s get started.

rapscallion13
rapscallion13
Reply to  rapscallion13
3 years ago

@rapscallion13: This is not an RCL. It’s an NFBC slow draft. 50 rounds no trades. No waivers.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  rapscallion13
3 years ago

@rapscallion13: We’re full already, good to go.

rapscallion13
rapscallion13
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: I just looked and it says 12 of 15. What am I missing here?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  rapscallion13
3 years ago

@rapscallion13: That’s just the regular one NFBC is running today starting at same time.

Florida Cracker
Florida Cracker
Reply to  The Great Knoche
3 years ago

@The Great Knoche: I signed up last Friday and did get a “Welcome to Sportshub games network” email. I haven’t heard anything since. Am I good to go?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Florida Cracker
3 years ago

@Florida Cracker: I would think so as long as you registered and paid. Go to the NFBC website and click on My Teams.

Florida Cracker
Florida Cracker
Reply to  The Great Knoche
3 years ago

@The Great IKnoche: I have not paid. I registered and that was it. I have not gotten a link to pay or to even to get to the NFBC leagues. I’m missing something just not sure what.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Florida Cracker
3 years ago

@Florida Cracker: If it’s a Razz league, you should have gotten an email from Rudy with instructions.

Florida Cracker
Florida Cracker
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: It is a Razz league. I got an email from Grey on Friday with a link to register. I did that and that was the end of it. Nothing since. No site to pay, no league to look at. Not sure what I’m missing just Techno stupid.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  rapscallion13
3 years ago

@rapscallion13: I don’t know what you’re looking at. Go to the draft room link you got in your email.

Florida Cracker
Florida Cracker
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: I never got a draftroom link. That’s the problem.

rapscallion13
rapscallion13
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: after I created my team, I emailed Greg to make sure I was in the right league. He wrote back that I am. Draft order has been determined now. I must not have been looking at what the others were earlier.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Ha! Thanks for the reminder. I actually forgot it started today. But, then again, maybe we don’t even pick today at the back end.

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
3 years ago

Grey,

First of all, definitely bask away in that fine warmth of massive sinewy longball launching forearms! I mean, damn! I count a minimum of nine 15-HR hitters, with a few of those studs hitting over 30. I think you take 2-3 hitting categories running away. Is trading allowed in this league? You could salvage your pitching then.

Segue, that pitching is barf city, son! You nearly placed higher bids on all five outfielders than any of your pitchers! You Reggie Roby’d your starting pitching! You outkicked your coverage! I like the Hader buy though, he will pay dividends in multiple categories. So I need a little more background: were your target starters going for too rich a price? Did you zig when the others were zagging and pick up the value bats over the pricey arms? I expected to see a Wheeler, Castillo or a Pivetta type anchoring the standard Grey type rotation. Quintana??? Oh man, Quintana is the worst! But a bounceback candidate I guess. Very interesting assortment of arms there.

I’ll say one thing, you never cease to amaze your readers! And I think you could win this year based on those bats. It’s a very Razzballian type of squad btw, bats bats bats until……crap I’m out of position player slots, time to draft pitching. And you didn’t really overpay for anyone, maybe Moose, he could platoon. Lots of value all over that offense. That will be a fun league to follow.

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Always PayLittle for DooLittle!

The only guy you will regret not bidding the farm on is Acuña. The Champ Stamp! With the state of that rotation, Acuña is going to get 15 wins and 200 K’s to go along with his 40-40 season! Would’ve solved all your problems.

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

That’s the dance in auction ain’t it? You don’t want leave money on the board when the draft is over, but you kinda want a couple of extra bucks just in case you really need someone. And there’s always that guy who has way more money than everyone else. He screwed up his draft, and now he’s going to screw you by paying $5 for $1 guys.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It:
hate those guys who just have to point out you may be getting a steal.
“Whoa Robles for ONLY $22”

CardFan
CardFan
3 years ago

Nl Only Auction League, 5 by 5, 11 Team league I can keep 12 players. I have for sure keepers as:
J Turner $11, P DeJong $12, R Acuna $18, B Nimmo $6, A Nola $27, Mikolas $8,Musgrove $6, Vazquez $10, W Contreras $10. Pick 3 from M Ozuna $21,Alex Reyes $6, J Hicks $8, J martinez $4, N Markakis $11. Who would you pick as your last 3 keepers. Thanks

Count de Monetball
Count de Monetball
3 years ago

That David Bote pick is sneaky good , with the potential to pay off nicely (for an assumed $1 price tag);

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Count de Monetball
3 years ago

@Count de Monetball: Agreed on Bote. I like him cheap here. And that’s a great price for Dahl and Bader too.