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!

  1. Branta says:
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    Great team and write up (as always), Grey! I notice you have > 0 bench bats. Is it a draft and hold or is that just something you prefer to do in AL/NL-only format to hedge a bit?

    Also, just finished drafting my team in my keeper league (12-team h2h 6×6 OBP/SLG instead of AVG, QS instead of W, and HR allowed)

    Check it out:

    C: Gary Sanchez (1)
    1B: Jesus Aguilar (3)
    2B: Jonathan Villar (5)
    3B: Kris Bryant (K8)
    SS: Jose Peraza (7)
    OF: Mookie Betts (K6)
    OF: Andrew Benintendi (K8)
    OF: Ronald Acuna (K9)
    UT: Rhys Hoskins (K4)
    UT: Domingo Santana (16)

    SP: Blake Snell (K11)
    SP: Noah Syndergaard (K9)
    SP: Tyler Glasnow (12)
    SP: Andrew Heaney (13)
    SP: Rick Porcello (14)
    RP: Edwin Diaz (2)
    RP: Ken Giles (15)
    RP: Wade Davis (17)

    BN: Fernando Tatis Jr. (10), Kenta Maeda (18), Touki Toussaint (19), Ryan O’Hearn (20), Justus Sheffield (21), Asdrubal Cabrera (22)

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Branta: I do same thing with bench bats. Unless I’m holding a guy coming up in a few weeks like Jimenez, it’s better to take a flyer on a potential 8th inning guy getting a closer job, or a guy getting a rotation spot.

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        @The Great Knoche: Yeah, I’m a proponent of drafting coverage (I’ve only ever played one weekly lineup league, the rest I play allow daily changes) but I remember Grey saying drafting bench bats wasn’t worthwhile.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Branta: I draft bench bats in deep leagues… Anything deeper than 14 team, usually… Nice team! Crazy stacked outfield, and pitching… I don’t know how you even got this team, tbh, it’s good tho

      • branta says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! The outfield is all keepers so that’s why it’s so stacked. I grabbed Rhys early when he first came up and he paid off big time. Acuna I grabbed at the end of the year before he came up.

        • Grey

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          Ah, nice!

  2. bas says:
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    Sir Grey!

    ‘Stormy’ weather here in Holland while we are preparing for the mess better known as Brexit.

    I hope you can give me some advice for me last keeper in my 5×5 12 teamer.

    I already have 7 guys: Scherzer, Story, Judge, Rizzo, Tilldaddy, OZUNA and Andujar.

    Best options are (looking at the Razzball Top 100 for 2019): Peraza, Bauer, and Dahl.

    I don’t have a 9th round pick anymore, but have 3 picks in the 10th round.

    many thanks for the advice!!

    Best,

    Bas from Holland

    • Louis V says:
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      @bas: I’d go Bauer

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @bas: Bauer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bas: Here we have Stormy Daniels… Bauer

      • Bas Hoedemakers says:
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        @Grey:
        I know ;-)

        And Thanks Sir Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great draft recap report! By great I mean, really interesting, piqued my interest.

    a. Now I can say great team!!! Get it? ‘Cause the 0 line above is to talk about your report. Thereafter, I can talk about your team!! I love the team in that context. Too bad you didn’t get Touki and McNeil, but you got a lot of other great deals. If your team stays healthy, you’re gonna win hands down. Hopefully everyone on your team took their off-season yoga classes. We can send out a survey via twitter and see how many of your players respond if you like and by we I mean me.

    b. The pitching is pretty bad but it could turn out great, a lot of potential. I love Hader for 12$ and now you have the entire law firm of Bader, Hader and Panik.

    c. Random thought…Jimmy Smits’ career kind of tanked after LA Law. I heard he wanted to change his last name to Smith to finally avoid all the hassles at hotels with the receptionist asking “Will that be cash or credit card, Mr Smith?” but the Smith surname organization refused him access to Smith as a surname so he remains Smits.

    d. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for March 4

    1. Scientists now say that trout can communicate with each other with subtle physical gestures. Just when you thought trout couldn’t get any more fascinating.

    2. Archaeologists evacuating a trash pit at a Jamestown colony site in Virginia have found direct evidence of human cannibalism. It’s believed to be the first historical occurrence of someone eating a bag of dicks.

    3. Bill Clinton says he wouldn’t be surprised if some day we are visited by aliens from outer space. Leading Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said shouldn’t you be getting a blow job somewhere?

    4. Las Vegas is now home to a 550 foot tall Ferris wheel. Also drawing 1000s to Las Vegas? Whores!

    5. Health officials in Texas raided the home of 60-year old sisters and found over 100 cats. The cats are named Bootsie, Lola, Tippy, Cornelia, Fluffy, Minerva, Ringo, Jasper, Charles, Spanky snoots, Doodle, Wally Happy Pants, Zeke, Veronica, Dolly, Clyde, Ajax, Rusty, Puff ball, Mr Moody, Leonardo, Zeke reborn, Wanda, Everrude, Nimrod, Sylvester and Frank Stallone (the Stallone twins, one is smarter, one is stronger), Ski ball, Tootsie…there’s more, you get the drift.

    6. The street drug, Special K, has been found to be an excellent treatment for depression. This according to the New England Journal of Gary Busey!

    7. A Michigan man has received a 15-year prison sentence for having sex with his pet pit bull. What’s that last Lassie? Woof, woof. Grandpa got stuck in a whale? Woof woof, oh you got raped.

    8. A knew study found that men with beards are more attractive. More great work from the University of Bob Seager.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! B. Ha, yeah, it’s not terrific, but could be ok C. Haha, WUT… Jimmy Smits is so random… D. 4. HA

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        You have the best relief pitcher in the MLB and that’s twice as valuable in an NL-only league, am referring to Hader, and you got him for 12$. Then you go and get Woodruff who will be awesome in all of his roles – start or relief – but he could be lightning in a bottle. Great, great pick up of Woodruff for $4. I love Woodruff.

        Other guys, yeah as you say. At least you didn’t draft dead weight guys like Jon Lester (how much did he go for? I’m betting more than 16$), Bumgarner, Gio Gonzalez, Keuchel. There are others but you get my drift guys who won’t return value for their auction price.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Thanks! I agree, was surprised Hader went for $12, when Doolittle when for $17 (just an example)… Bumgarner went for $17, and Keuchel I think like $5, not sure on rest

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            Yeah, great deal is what I meant on Hader. Yeah, Keuchel! Duh, I forgot he’ll prolly sign on with the ‘Stros, but who knows really where he’ll land. It’s tricky but I’d rather have 5 x 1$ than spend 5$ on Kuechel and then see him sign in the AL.

            Who would you rather have this year in a points league?

            1. Ryu
            2. Ed Rodriguez

            I’m EdRod.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              EdRod

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!!

                Thanks, man.

                a. Did you notice I wrote ‘I’m EdRod’. You knew I meant to write I’m leaning EdRod, right? Ah, man. You’re reading my mind.

                b. Watched Episode 1 of Mindhunter with my wife yesterday. It’s definitely interesting. Her comments about half way through? Is this a movie or a TV series? Crazy, right?

                c. We’re planning to go here for a 5-night trip when our son is off for the Easter Break. Nice, right? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuerteventura

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  A. I like that, EdRod, nice ring to it B. Yeah, Mindhunter is solid — or MiHun — nothing about it not to like, really C. Wow, jealous, that looks beautiful!

  4. Cabby says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 112 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.
    Categories are R, SB, OBP, total bases, rib

    Thanks

  5. Cabby says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 12 team keeper where you can keepn10 players would you trade Altuve and Torres for Trea Turner?

    I have more than 10 potential keepers.

    R, SB, total bases, rbi, OBP

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      @Cabby: Depending on who your other 9 keepers are, sure.

      • Cabby says:
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        @Donkey Teeth:

        My other keepers are

        Harper, Arenado, Acuna, Marte, Mazaro, Jose Abreu, Snell, Buehler, Kluber/Corbin. May trade Kluber

      • Cabby says:
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        @Donkey Teeth:

        Current keepers,

        Harper, Acuna, Arenado, Marte, MAzaro, Jose Abreu, SNell, Beuhler, Kluber/Corbin.
        May try to trade Kluber yet

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        @Donkey Teeth:

        Current keepers,

        Harper, Acuna, Arenado, Marte, MAzaro, Jose Abreu, SNell, Beuhler, Kluber/Corbin.
        May try to trade Kluber yet

      • Cabbu says:
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        @Donkey Teeth:

        Harper, Arenado, Acuna, Marte, Mazaro, Jose Abreu, Snell, Beuhler, Kluber/Corbin. May trade Kluber yet

      • Cabbu says:
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        @Donkey Teeth:

        Harper, Arenado, Acuna, Marte, Mazaro, Jose Abreu, Snell, Beuhler, Kluber/Corbin. May trade Kluber yet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cabby: Agree with DT

  6. Dave Funnell says:
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    Great team. I’ve learned over the years that playing time is just as important as quality of play in an “only” league. Getting starters or even at bats and innings is key. I think you did a great job.

    Question: I lost Sal Perez hours after keepers were set. So he was $11, and now that’s gone from the draft. $300 budget so it’s not the end of the world. That said, I need a catcher. I was thinking of drafting 2 $1 catchers, but both from the same team, so that if one sits, I can start the other. That way I’ll get to my 162 game cap.

    Which teams do you think have the best 1-2 punch there in terms of quality and price. I get that you don’t know who is taken, but all catchers you would say are above $1 are gone. Just think of teams please and go with that. This is a points league.

    Thanks.

  7. Count de Monetball says:
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    That David Bote pick is sneaky good , with the potential to pay off nicely (for an assumed $1 price tag);

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Count de Monetball: Yeah, hopefully, was surprised he made it to the last round of the free rounds… No $1, free

  8. CardFan says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CardFan: Ozuna, Reyes, coin flip… Jo-Mart

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Yeah, exactly… No one is a bargain really, when it comes down to it

  10. Bitter Beerface says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bitter Beerface: Yeah, I could trade half my hitting for pitching and be all right, maybe… Starters went for way higher than I had budgeted… Sean Doolittle went for $17! I should be fine overall, hope for middle of the pack on pitching, and top for hitting

      • Bitter Beerface says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t I know it, Acuna is the only player you need!

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

      • Cram It says:
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        @rapscallion13: We’re full already, good to go.

        • rapscallion13 says:
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          @Cram It: I just looked and it says 12 of 15. What am I missing here?

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @rapscallion13: That’s just the regular one NFBC is running today starting at same time.

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

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

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

              • Cram It says:
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                @Florida Cracker: I don’t know then. I’m not the guy to ask. You didn’t get an email with this body?

                Hi all –
                We are ready to fill up the Razzball NFBC leagues!

                Here’s the link: https://playnfbc.shgn.com/landing/117

                Click on the green Signup button under the $150 Draft Champions

                Then on Registration pull down Venue to Online and for Date Time select Monday 3/4/2019 1:10 pm ET

                If you already have an account w/ credit card, this should be easy peezy.

                If you do not have an account, you should be prompted to register. Once signed in, just proceed like above.

                Once you are in, remember to update your KDS – aka draft order preferences. To do that just go to My Teams, click on the LEAGUE link and a page will pop up with shields 1-15. Put them in the order you like and then save. Owners will be randomly picked by the computer, but you will get your highest preference available when you are randomly selected.

                I’ve cc’d Greg A. from NFBC if anyone has any questions/issues.

                Thanks!

                • Grey

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                  Thanks, Cram!

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: We’re under way! Let the stress begin…

                    • Grey

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                      I know, people need to draft already!

                    • Florida Cracker says:
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                      @Cram It: Not sure how it happened but I never got in. I’ve been talking with Darik B. at NFBC and was told league was full and draft has started. Guess I missed out.

      • rapscallion13 says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

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          Nice, I just opened the draft room, starts soon!

          • Dave D says:
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            @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.

  12. crimedog says:
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    Can you add from waivers during the season or is this the league where you have what you drafted?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crimedog: Nah, there’s waivers, zero dollar bids too

  13. Zain Mirza says:
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    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

  14. Louis V says:
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    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

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

  15. jon says:
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    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

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

      • jon says:
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        @Donkey Teeth:

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jon: Agree with DT… Hold off on Heaney for now

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Though the Angels said he won’t even need an MRI

  16. DonnieB says:
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    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!

  17. DonnieB says:
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    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!!!

  18. ottovonbismark says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ottovonbismark: Big time woof! Ozuna over Carp or Senzel, your call

  19. Dr Y says:
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    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

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @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 says:
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        @Donkey Teeth:
        How dare you take FMLs Wong!

        Depending on format I may keep Soto over Mondesi here.

        • Donkey Teeth

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

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Donkey Teeth: I’ve been playing the song Detachable Penis ever since the draft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Y: Agree with DT

  20. chicitysox23 says:
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    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 says:
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        @Grey: 12 team

  21. Cabby says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cabby: Answered above

  22. TC says:
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    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

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TC: Agree with DT

  23. Cabby says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cabby: Answered above

  24. Cabby says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cabby: Answered above

  25. chicitysox23 says:
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    @chicitysox23: Jansen not Jensen

    • Ante Galic says:
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      @chicitysox23: Chicitysox23!!

      Jensen not Janson.

      Your turn.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Ante Galic: Jensen not Jansan

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jensen not Jansan

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Jansun not Jensen

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Jason not Jansen

  26. knucks says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Nice, I just watched Unsolved on Netflix about it… You should listen to Over My Dead Body pod

  27. The Great Knoche says:
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    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)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: True on White Sox MIs… I like Clevinger and Castillo but then it’s okay, I guess… Solid RPs if Bradley and Doolittle have closer jobs in 3 weeks… Your hitting looks low on AVG, and low on speed, less so there… Decent team, not all my faves

  28. The Great Knoche says:
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    Yu Darvish is BSOHL…except it’s Best Stuff of His Life

  29. Cabby says:
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    Sorry for the multiple posts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  30. Hamporter726 says:
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    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.

  31. Wilmy BlueRocks says:
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    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!

  32. Big Ticket says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: I don’t mid the pitching, you are missing saves, but with Holds, it’s fine… Don’t see the real problem there, I like the team

  34. Dave D says:
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    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 says:
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      @Dave D: Fletcher is AL

      • Dave D says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, hopefully it’s the former, whichever the former is

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D: Yeah, this was NL, like crimedog said… Ohtani at 282? That’s insane… I just grabbed my 1st share of Niko Goodrum as my 2B, and grabbed Matz… Lots of 1st and only shares in this league

      • Dave D says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think the Mets always get one good year from their starters before they’re ruined forever… This year is Matz’s year

  35. AKA says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Not Nimmo — but do you have other keepers

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        ?

        • AKA says:
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          @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.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Drop one of who?

            • AKA says:
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              @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.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Lose Taillon there

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Lose Taillon there

  36. Hanklongball says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Like my take or love my take? Think you have to send back Albies, unfortch

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alfaro’s gonna hit 20 HRs this year, he hits the ball so far it’s inevitable… I like LD/FB/GB and hard contact %

      • Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All he needs is to get into 20 fly balls… He can hit .225 for all I care at catcher

  38. Curious George says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You seem to have one rookie already, so another one is fine

      • Curious George says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not 6 rookies, it’s 3

  39. Nick says:
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    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 says:
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      @Nick:

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

  40. Bill Hodgeman says:
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    When are you going to post the top 100 Keepers?

  41. OaktownSteve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Going there now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, are you trying to trick me?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @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?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess Trea isn’t falling to me

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            He just went fourth in ours

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Third in ours

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                going berserker and taking two catchers right away

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I just drafted Jorge Alfaro 11th overall, mixing it up!

                  • Old School Brother says:
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                    @Grey: and I thought I loved Jorge, jeez

                  • frankgrimes says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Lindor at 15… thoughts?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that doesn’t sound bad, I’d take him 10th/11th area

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Hoist with your own petard

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m petarded!

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @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!

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @frankgrimes: 8, right in the middle next to Rudy.

                • frankgrimes says:
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                  @The Great Knoche:

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

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I didn’t see any emails for it, so I wouldn’t have known it started if not for you guys… Turner went 3rd here

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Honestly, tho, if I wasn’t in comments today, I would’ve forgot about the draft starting… Did they send out emails? I didn’t see one

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

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, that’s what I was missing

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks, hc!

        • Dave D says:
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          @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.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sigh… I know

  42. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Duda! I like Ohtani, I think he’s now underrated… He’s not going to be out *that* long this year… Could be a $15 keeper for years to come, try to get him for less tho, obvi

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @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.

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love him!

  44. Old School Brother says:
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    If Derek Holland on your roster doesn’t scream championship then I’m a monkeys uncle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank you, OSB, we are simpatico

  45. J-Hova says:
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    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!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now people don’t like Mondesi, I get so confused… Some people love him one day, and hate him the next… Who would you get with Yelich? Most likely

      • Dave D says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, don’t disagree… Worst case scenario is 15/35-20/40 and .225, that’s easy top 50 — ESPN has him ranked around 100!

          • J-hova says:
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            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 says:
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              @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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yost gets fired?! Haha, if that’s your knock, sign me up… Best case, Dave Roberts could get traded for Casey Stengal, everyone gets confused to what dead Stengal is saying and runs every time they’re on base…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                (Not your knock, obviously… I meant their)

                • J-Hova says:
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                  @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.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Imagine not drafting someone bc you think their manager might be fired… Seriously, try to imagine that…

  46. Cohen says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cody

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank you

        • Grey

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          No problem

  47. OaktownSteve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, that’s exactly what that league is… Might start calling it that… I don’t even know why I took him, I don’t like him at all, but I was like *shrugs* Meh…

  48. Mike says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Okay, C is awful… B is likely best, A is fair

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Hoskins a lot, but Harper’s signing is not going to help him hit lefties

  50. Steve says:
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    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 says:
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      @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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  51. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m not sure people know the draft started… As I said earlier in the comments, I would’ve forgot if I didn’t read the comments… I didn’t receive an email about it (maybe in junk mail)

      • Big Magoo

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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just asked them, and they told me to set my notifications under the gear icon, which is fine for me now, but doesn’t help anyone who doesn’t know the league started

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, wait, you guys don’t take MArch off for fantasy drafts? Shame!

  52. Mike says:
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    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

    • Grey

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      Jo-Ram, Trea, Acuna

  53. OaktownSteve says:
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    l’M GOING TO PAY MONEY TO JOIN A FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE AND THEN I’M GOING TO TIME OUT ON MY FIRST PICK BECAUSE NOBODY SENT ME AN EMAIL AND I’M NOT BEING HYSTERICAL YOU’RE THE ONE BEING HYSTERICAL WHY IS IT ALWAYS THE OTHER PERSON WHO’S BEING HYSTERICAL.

    https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/60-minutes/n9280

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s your turn to draft Lindor!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get on the same page with Magoo, and let’s go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woof, panic pick!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        TOTAL PANIC PICK…ONLY HAD 3 HOURS AND 57 MINUTES LEFT.

        You’re in trouble. You got some real garbage options. I know who you’re hoping for. If you don’t get him it’s gonna be Beyond the Thunderdome for you.

        • Grey

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          Meh, I’ll always have last year to keep talking about until September of this year, then I can talk about 2020

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Seriously, though, what happened to the 1st round?

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              Anything after 7 is mine field. Hate to be in your shoes. I guess it’s a blessing you have last year’s rapidly fading glory in which to bask.

              When Magoo and I were looking at Harper yesterday it was like…ok here’s his career best slash 118/42/100/21/.330 and here’s his career worst in a mostly full season 84/24/86/4/.243

              • Grey

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                Agreed, I don’t mind Harper, especially when faced with what we’re faced with here after 7… It’s weird that from 7 thru around 19 is a mine field, then one would be more than happy to draft dozens of guys…

                • frankgrimes says:
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                  @Grey:
                  I always get last pick! Haha.

                  I set it for emails when I’m next but it didn’t hit me when I was up sooooo not sure why.

                  • Grey

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                    Haha, not sure, I never heard back if we emailed everyone, so sorry if you (or anyone reading this) didn’t hear…

                    • frankgrimes says:
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                      @Grey:

                      Thye didn’t have to wait too long.
                      I totally Passed on Lindor/Story and Sale!

                    • Grey

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                      Haha… I just drafted Baez 12th

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Grey:

                  At least he’s got top 3 upside. I’d take 30/10 close to 200 counters and .265

                  • Grey

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                    Wow, far cry from drafting Trout 1st overall in my last draft…Crazy the difference in 10 picks… Actually, for my draft spot, very happy with him

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Grey:

                      I knew you would be by your rankings obviously. Was hoping you’d have to take a Padre. Magoo hates Baez.

                    • Grey

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                      I don’t buy the Baez hate… He has 30-homer and 20-steal ability, he’s gonna hit .265 this year? Okay, but he hasn’t hit that low since his rookie year… I don’t know, feels like people hate Baez, for things that have nothing to do with 5×5

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Grey: for magoo it’s the contact rate/plate discipline primarily.

                    • Grey

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                      I know, but I don’t buy it

  54. Harley Earl says:
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    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?

    • Grey

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      Position sleepers start tomorrow

        • Harley Earl says:
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          @Grey: You’re the best!!!

          Love coming to this site and reading your stuff. Thanks boss!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

            • Harley Earl says:
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              @Grey: Begging you for an Alex Reyes or Julio Urias piece!!! Or, for that matter, both!!!!

              Haha! Kidding, buddy. I know you’ll pick the guys you really see something in!!

              • Grey

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                Haha

              • Grey

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                I will say this, neither of those guys should throw more than 100 IP

  55. Licketty Splits says:
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    I’m probably way behind with this but Yelich is making a guest appearance on Magnum PI. Now he not look like a middle schooler with this world class mustache.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D0dXpXtXQAA9l7g.jpg

    Unfortunately I’m guessing it was photoshopped

    • Grey

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      HA! I hadn’t heard about that…

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was happy to get him… Was thinking I’d be ‘stuck’ with Machado

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

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

        • Grey

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          Yeah, you have to grab an SP next time through, can’t wait another 28 picks… I’m between Stanton and Freeman, happy to take either with Baez

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

            • Grey

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              Think you made right call

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @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!

  57. Hnaklongball says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      deGrom — No problem

  58. 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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tools are Rudy’s bag, but I use them religiously… Silly not to use, tbh… For what they cost, it’s just a 2nd pair of eyes to make sure you’re thinking right…

      • DMurph says:
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        @Grey: how about the rankings?

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @DMurph:

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

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

  59. OaktownSteve says:
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    You’re on the clock, Albright

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, was eating… Picked now…

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Which guys you and Magoo start with?

  60. Danny almonte says:
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    Yo

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mazara

  61. Rich says:
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    Keeper league. Head to Head Points.

    was offered Harper for Machado?

    im thinking i take it. would you accept?

  62. Zach says:
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    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.

  63. Joe says:
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    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.

    • Grey

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      That sounds fine to me, Nola/Tatis

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