Whole lot of reasons I never expected to be writing this schmohawk post.  I don’t usually write a top 20 starter schmohawk post, because I would never draft some of those guys, so you know how I feel about them, but this got me ruminating.  I ruminate, y’all!  And I was thinking how I would never draft Jose Ramirez, Matt Carpenter or other schmohawks this year, so why wouldn’t I write a Noah Syndergaard schmohawk post?  Just because I’m not drafting someone does not exclude them from being stamped schmohawk, it is the one requirement.  I only wish I wrote the Clayton Kershaw schmohawk post before he broke.  Man, was that shizz obvious eh-eff.  I mean, as eh-eff as eh-eff gets.  Another thing that nailed it home for me that I had to write this post was Noah Syndergaard’s current ADP:  44.  In a slow draft I’m doing right now, he went 37th!  Have you people lost your mind?  Seriously, put your medulla oblongata on the back of a milk carton, cause shizz is lost.  He’s being drafted in front of Patrick Corbin, Stephen Strasburg, Jack–Okay, he’s being drafted in front of all but 13 starters.  Clayton Kershaw is another guy who’s <biggest font the world has>still</> being drafted in an area of drafts where it makes me want to use a word that don’t mean anything like loopid.  Just because you live in your mother’s basement does not mean you need to be a cellar dweller in your fantasy league too.  C’mon, guys and five girl readers, boost up your self-esteem!  Turn to your mirror and tell yourself you’re good enough.  You don’t have a mirror because you threw it out after your last bout of self-esteem fail?  Then look at the reflection of yourself in the toilet and give yourself a pep talk!  You’re better than drafting Noah Syndergaard (and Clayton Kershaw)!  Anyway, what can we expect from Noah Syndergaard for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him overrated?

His 2nd half K/9 was 8.1 down from 10.2 and his BB/9 was up to 2.6 from 1.9.  His K% was down to 21.5 in the 2nd half, which is about the same as Jake Junis, Jose Quintana and Marco Gonzales.  “Excuse me, bartender, can I order a Woof with a side of Nuh-uh?  Put it on my tab, that Syndergaard will pay when it’s revealed he has elbow issues that he’s been battling since the 2nd half of last year.”  I am no soothsayer.  Not a sayer of soothes.  But, I mean, right?  He has an elbow issue, doesn’t he?  His velocity was down a full mile per hour last year, but was still 97+, so won’t make a big deal of it.  He threw 154 1/3 IP last year, and has never thrown more than 185 IP in a season.  He’s still only turning 27 this year, so it’s not like 200+ IP can never happen, but he’s no lock for a ton of innings.  If he threw more than 190 IP this year, I’d guess at least 10 of those innings came in the postseason, but then I’d be guessing the Mets made the postseason, so I might need to reevaluate my guessing abilities.  I have him ranked currently 73 overall, which sounds crackers late, right?  Well, our Steamer rankings have him ranked at 69 overall, which is niiiiiiiice, but basically saying he’s as bad as I’m saying.  Rudy’s projections have him at:  11-10/3.50/1.17/188 in 181 IP.  If you’re scratching your head, thinking, “Golly, that doesn’t sound like a top 13 starter.”  You’re right, he’s not.  However you want to slice it, he is not worth his current ADP price tag.  Also, next time someone says “However,” raise your finger, shaking your head and say, “Howm-ever.”

BTW, my NFBC league is filled, Rudy’s league is filled and we need a few more people to take on MattTruss and Podcast Ralph in an NFBC league.  It’s $150 to enter, top 3 places get paid, overall prize is $30,000. (2nd place is $6,000; 3rd place is $5,000 and so on.  Can read rules here.)  To sign up, put your email in the signup form and Rudy will contact you with details:

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  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Fantastic Schmohawk report, I concur.

    a. While I agree with Grimey that there is a danger in blindly accepting everything you report, I have to say you approach all your work by using your heart and your brain which for me is sufficient. Therefore, I don’t think that the ‘group think’ problem that affected JFK on his failed attempt #1 at the Bay of Pigs Crisis will be an issue in Razzball land given all the free thinkers and Wally Pipp who always questions our moves making us better overall.

    b. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for February 28

    1. Barbara Walters announced that she’s retiring from The View. Well, actually she announced it five years ago but no one could hear her ’cause of all those yammering bitches.

    2. They say pimpin’ ain’t easy, but what they won’t tell you is how much more difficult it is being a prostitute.

    3. It’s hard to believe that the entire cast of Saved by the Bell is now dead.

    4. Hey George Clooney may be a dapper fellow but don’t forget he whacks off just like the rest of us.

    5. If there’s two things I’m 100% sure are true it’s that #1 no means no and #2 you should never take no for an answer!

    6. There is a new service called side car where if you need a ride somewhere you will be picked up by a stranger and driven to your location. However, in a few months, the company plans on going back to its original name…murder.

    7. Accomplished comedian Sinbad (!!) has announced he’s filing for bankruptcy for the second time. Sounds like things have gone from Sinbad to Sin worse.

    8. Organist Ray Manzarek died this week at the age of 74…the curse of The Doors!

    9. There are over 10000 missing person cases in America. I hope I’m not telling tales out of school but I think the answer to where these missing people is very clear…Joran van der Sloot. [This one is dedicated to my friend Bas from Holland]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Bas says:
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      @Ante Galic:

      Hey Ante,

      Thanks for the shout out!!!

      Joran is still in prison in Peru. Has another 20 plus years to go. He wanted to sit the rest of his time in Holland (who wouldn’t right?;-))) but no luck for that crazy guy.

      Totally agree with you on the posts from Sir Grey! The man who gave us the term fantasy Baseballer (it sounds so much like a real sport) has become a legend.

      Best,

      Bas from Holland

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Bas: Bas!!!

        Thanks so much for the update man. I hope you are well.

        Good luck to your teams this year. Am happy I’m not in any of your leagues.

        Cheers,
        Ante

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Bas: He got more time than that shooter in Norway

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. I’m putting out there what I think is accurate, so, at worst, our objectives are aligned B. 9. Nice… I also wanted the movie about the insane mass shooting in Norway to be better (Not sure if you saw it; movie, not the shooting)

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Oslo, what ever the date. Yeah, I saw it. Not great, for reasons as you say. I guess all these mass shootings can’t be made more attractive or appealing, but I’d like them to get inside the mindset like I’ve seen some criminal movies.

        Glad you liked #9, made you look him up in google, right?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I remembered Natalie Holloway, but not the guy behind it

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Ante Galic:

          Haha that’s not what I said!

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @frankgrimes: Natalie’s aunt and uncle actually live in the same town I do. Very very good people and very very good family. Very very sad story.

  2. ThE sHiT says:
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    Whats this im seeing you got picked up by The Athletic???

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @ThE sHiT: They actually hired every fantasy baseball writer in the business this year.

      • knucks says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Tehol already earned a promotion too. Pretty impressive.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @knucks: Update: we (Razzball commenters) have also been hired by The Athletic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Rudy made a joke, people started talking about it like it’s real, it’s not — they can’t hire me, they’d have to hire Razzball

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        You’d never pass through HR when they checked you for political correctness. We prefer you that way.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey: ok good, i spent some time last night looking through their content trying to figure out what was yours lol

        The fact that they have Funston doesnt make me wanna read much of their fantasy stuff

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, I wouldn’t subscribe

  3. Scott says:
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    Morning, Grey. This has nothing to with the Noah article, but since I have your ear (you’re VanGogh!) I’m curious how much you feel a few extra categories weighs on a player’s value. Case in point…the one and only A.Mondesi. You have him ranked very high, and with good reason. However, when I plug in custom rankings (on another site) and include my league stats (H-2-H roto, standard 5×5 plus 2B and BB) he falls way down the list. Are his shortcomings in 2B and BB that much of a hinderance to his value? Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott: He’s a terrible OBP guy. At least he has been thus far.

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @Scott: If I like a player and think he’s going to break out, I ignore secondary stats like BB. As long as you don’t have too many of those type on one team you should be fine. People maybe remember Arenado never had many BB in his first few seasons.

      • Scott says:
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        @Fungazi 2.0: Thanks for the replies. Good point on ignoring the lack of BB with him, since his other stats should be solid and I can probably compensate for the BB with one of my picks in the first few rounds (someone like Harper, Freeman, Soto, etc). It was just an eye opener to see the difference in rankings when adding BB and 2B.

  4. Cram It says:
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    I must be in with Truss and Ralph, since my league isn’t full. It starts Monday, someone get in there!

    • MattTruss

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      The one I’m in is 9/15, need 6 more to kick this thing off, let’s goooooo!

      • Cram It says:
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        @MattTruss: 9/15? I don’t know how many leagues there are, just that mine isn’t full either.

        • MattTruss

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          It’s got 9 of 15 spots filled

          • IV says:
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            @MattTruss:

            I am one of those 9 teams. Good luck Truss!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: Welcome to the idiot club

          • Cram It says:
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            @MattTruss: @The Great Knoche: Oh I thought that was a date, and you were the idiot. Idiots rejoice!

            Yeah that must be the same one. 9 out of 15!

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Cram It: Thinking of it. Never done NFBC. Remind me how many players and rounds again? General strat is to roster how deep since there are no trades and waivers? Does it take much time to manage during the year?

      • MattTruss

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        It’s a 50 round draft, set your roster once/twice a week. NFBC let’s you adjust hitters on Friday, but pitchers are locked on Mondays I believe.

      • Cram It says:
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        @peacecoast: 15 teams, 50 rounds, slow draft. Basically every hitter and SP on a MLB roster gets drafted so there’s depth everywhere. There’s virtually no in-season management except for editing your whole lineup before Monday, and hitters if you want on Friday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: I think we got four more today so far — emails that is, we know have to have reach out to them

      • Wampa says:
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        @Grey:
        I put my email in a few days ago but haven’t heard anything. Should I re submit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I see your email, let me see the problem

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was told by head guy at NFBC, you’re in 3rd league, and we’re waiting for it to fill…

          • Wampa says:
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            @Grey:
            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: How come you and I are never in the same NFBC league?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Right on. And they have to actually sign up.

        Maybe you’re like the first one to sign up and I’m lazy in doing that right away?

        • Grey

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          They just place me in the 2nd league (once Rudy’s is filled), so if you sign up a little bit lazily, but not totally lazily(for 3rd league), then you’re good

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I can’t time my laziness. But I feel I was only moderately lazy as I signed up the day after I got my invite.

            • Grey

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              You’re underestimating your laziness

  5. Big Ticket says:
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    Startup OBP dynasty draft … Eloy or Xander?

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Big Ticket: eloy c’mon

      • Big Ticket says:
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        @peacecoast: Only a four year difference between them, Xander has about a 3-4% higher walk rate at MLB compared to Eloy at AAA, Eloy has no speed, Xander could easily go 180 R/RBI … it’s a question worth asking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Ticket: I think it’s a toss up and would prolly go Xander

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: how dare u

        • Grey

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          Hehe

  6. MR BASEBALL says:
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    Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B

    LOOKING TO TRADE FOR PITCHING in KEEPER LEAGUE

    the team wants Andujar – these are his pitchers

    who do you like the best and who would you want
    to get to make the trade here – I need at least 2 pitchers to make the deal
    these pitchers are a crap shoot but some of them might put it together
    I like Miguel Andújar there was a 2 page article about him in the NY Daily News
    The yankees claim he worked his butt off in the off season and he is looks much betterin the field

    Shane Bieber Cle – SP
    Luis Castillo Cin – SP
    Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD – SP
    Madison Bumgarner SF – SP
    Felipe Vázquez Pit – RP
    Raisel Iglesias Cin – RP
    David Robertson Phi – RP
    Andrew Heaney LAA – SP
    Felipe Vázquez

    another team has this

    Miles Mikolas StL – SP
    Joe Musgrove Pit – SP
    Josh James Hou – SP

    how much can i ask for and who should I try to get here keeper league

    • Cram It says:
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      @MR BASEBALL: I’d start with Bieber and Castillo or Heaney. Or Mikolas and James and work from there.

  7. Donny Simms says:
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    I haven’t done a categories league in a while and I’m not sure how to evaluate my team for weakness. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you

    8 team H2H
    Hitting – R,H,HR,RBI,SB,AVG,OPS
    Pitching – IP,SV,K,ERA,WHIP,K/9,KS

    C- Grandal
    1- Rhys
    2- Mondesi
    SS- Story
    3B – Baez
    OF- Yelich, Dahl, Castellanos
    CI – Muncy
    MI – T Shaw
    UTIL – Gallo
    UTIL – Laureano
    Bench – Renfroe, Jackie Bradley Jr

    SP- Buehler, Flaherty, Strasburg, G Marquez, Kershaw, Lucchesi, Bieber, Heaney, J Gray
    RP – Vasquez, Hand, Yates

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Donny Simms: IDK what an 8 team league should be, since it’s super shallow. I’d probably go with a bunch of upside guys, and you have several of those. I’d cut those bench bats for RPs and streaming SPs. Seems like you’re short on steals.

    • Grey

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      @Donny Simms: Team looks solid… Pitching wise, don’t like Kershaw, but that’s fine, solid staff otherwise… Your hitting looks fine, I have no problem with them… Agree that your bench bats can be lost if you need to lose them

  8. knucks says:
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    A Wilmer Flores tear from all of us Mets fans out here in RazzNation, when waking up to this post this morning. I had a feeling we’d be seeing this.

  9. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Signed up for my first RCL! I’m excited to give it a shot despite the fact I’ll be studying for the bar this summer.

    Another HR for Tatis Jr. in spring training!

    • MattTruss

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      Nice! Love seeing RCL virgins joining the fray. It’s hectic, but oh so fun!

      • here comes the pizza says:
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        @MattTruss: Been a lurker/commenter for a few years now but was hesitant to jump in. Now I’ve cannonballed into the deep end of the pool

        • MattTruss

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          Bombs Away!

    • Dave D says:
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      @here comes the pizza: Just wait until you have a full-time job, babies and a house payment. The bar is the easy part before the real fun begins. Should I even mention the wife?

      Drafting a decent team? No problem. You’re in the right place here.

  10. Steve says:
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    Grey,

    Need help with keepers in a 14T h2h, QS, k/9 league. Keep 9

    Arenado
    T Turner
    Stanton
    Harper
    Benintendi

    Bubble:
    Kershaw
    Thor
    Bauer
    Taillon
    Hader
    Abreu
    J Aguilar
    Brantley

    Do I keep the bats over the arms on the bubble? Is Hader worth the hold, he was incredible last year. Brantley can be kept on the cheap.

    Thank!

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Steve: prob need to share the keeper costs. I’d be inclined to keep Kershaw and Syndergaard (def Bauer), over those other guys, but hard to know without seeing the cost.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Bauer, Thor, Taillon, Aguilar — there’s prices?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey:

        Here are the prices (in round kept) for my bubble choices (keep 4 of this list):

        Kershaw – rd1
        Thor – rd5
        Bauer – rd4
        Taillon – rd7
        Hader -rd18
        Abreu – rd1
        J Aguilar -rd21
        Brantley – rd 14

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hader, Bauer, Taillon, Aguilar

  11. NJW says:
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    Grey,

    Couldn’t agree more on this Schmohawk post. Thanks for all of your continued wisdom. As a reminder of how much better Razzball is than ESPN, let me share the dumbest post I read from them yesterday.

    “Mass: Juan Soto

    I’m not saying 2018 was a fluke, nor am I suggesting that Soto will bat .220 in his first 50 games and get sent to Triple-A to try to get back on track. However, a 20-year-old being selected as a third-rounder is inherently risky — especially considering that he started last season at Advanced-A Potomac. I think there’s every chance that he ends the season with more strikeouts than hits, and though I do think he could have a solid April, that might hurt his fantasy value in the long run as pitchers simply start to pitch around him.”

    Yeah, sorry if I don’t see it as a red flag that the guy was skilled enough to fly that quickly from High-A to the MLB. I’m also not one to question the plate discipline of a guy who (as a 19-year in the bigs!!) had an OBP exceeding .400 and walked 79 times to 99 Ks. Could there be some regression? Sure, but the logic here seems flawed.

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      @NJW: suggesting soto will have more K’s than hits is flat out insane. he was probably a better pure hitter than maybe anybody in MLB at that age last year ever (not power, but hit tool/OBP). the guy who wrote that should wear a sign for the rest of his life saying what he typed, like the jew hunter in inglourious basterds with the swastica on his head (the writer probably thinks he’ll take off that uniform after the war too)

      or be forced to change his name forevermore to “the mess” or steve anus (or art areola, pete perineum, clint taint or the like)

    • Grey

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      @NJW: ESPN also ranked Acuna 170th overall last year… They’re terrible, just saying nonsense — what does the fact that he’s a 20 year old have to do with anything about his 3rd round status. That’s not a reason to not draft him — and more Ks than hits? Why? What possible reason… That’s a classic terrible ‘graph from them

  12. The Harrow says:
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    reading the top 100 post, it’s cute how yr 2 years younger than stanton in that. thing is you should mention how young you were when you created the site, you’ll appear more awesome when everybody sees this. hehehe.

  13. jaw says:
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    10 team 5×5 h2h dynasty keeper league – would you trade goldie + springer for one of baez/lindor/machado + berrios?

    other keepers are below
    gary sanchez
    stras
    rosario
    bauer
    mondesi
    andujar
    robles

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @jaw: I would (though you’re pretty set in SP already). All 3 of those bats beat Goldy by a pretty good deal in dynasty format . . . so I guess it depends on how important springer is to you (also a v solid dynasty guy, who you might be selling low on).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw: Yup, Springer and Berrios are going around same time in some drafts… Those bats much better than Goldy

      • jaw says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks gray. how would you rank baez/lindor/machado in dynasty format?

  14. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Not to cause a cackle, but something’s in the water with my league + these trade offers flying around at god-speed (cue Eddie Izzard joke about that). A few new members and suddenly we have like 12 Dipotos out of nowhere! Even I’m fatigued by it.

    Anyway, I was handed an $11 Benintendi for a dump of non-keepers the other team wanted, but now I’ve got 6 guys I love angling for 5 keep forever spots. Who’s the odd man out? (OBP OPS not avg)

    $11 Benintendi
    $4 Vlad
    $8 Rhys
    $8 Bellinger
    $9 Nola
    $5 Buehler

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: That’s where I was leaning too. Anyone else just seemed preposterous to lose. To avoid the roster crunch, would you pull the trigger on any of these 2:1 deals? Feels wasteful to let Nola hit FA…

        $11 Benny + $9 Nola for $16 Bregman or $23 Yelich? (those are on the table currently, yes that quickly…these guys are suddenly nuts/focused!). $10 Baez is maybe available for the same deal (gets a little downgrade for OBP).

  15. Bro Pat says:
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    Grey….in my 12 team AL only $26 budget league, I have a trade on the table where I am giving a $1 Miguel Andujar and $2.10 Xander Bogaerts for a $.10 Adalberto Mondesi and the rights to be able to add $.10 to whatever Jose Berrios goes for in the auction and retain him in the draft.

    Here are my 15 keepers for now:
    Xander Bogaerts – $2.10
    Miguel Andujar – $1.00
    Willie Calhoun – $1.00
    Daniel Palka – $1.00
    Teoscar Hernandez – $1.00
    Austin Meadows – S1.00
    Eloy Jiminez – No cost if doesn’t make team out of camp, otherwise $1.00
    Vlad Jr. – No cost if doesn’t make team out of camp, otherwise $1.00
    Jurickson Profar – $.60
    David Fletcher – $1.00
    Mychal Givens – $1.00
    Tyler Glasnow – $1.00
    Reynaldo Lopez – $1.00
    Jose Alvarado – $1.00
    Michael Kopech – No cost(not activated)

    Should I pull the trigger?

  16. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Im up next in my 12 team H2H keeper league. Looking for more pitching and/or a UTIL bat. Could use some more speed
    Players i’m looking at next
    LAUREANO,B.HAMILTON,EATON
    A.MILLER,STROP,BARNES
    GRAY, STRIPLING, MCHUGH
    What do you think?

    • Grey

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      @dubjay: I love Laureano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dubjay: And if you want to go pitching, Stripling or McHugh

  17. Matty says:
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    All that without even bringing up his risk of getting hand-foot-mouth disease again.
    Or food poisoning from the Chicken Tartare Brandon Nimmo prepared for the clubhouse.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Ha! Yeah

  18. Dave D says:
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    Well, Grey, not only are you right on, you may not be even going far enough in your critique. Maybe when he goes on the DL with elbow/shoulder inflammation the picture will become clearer.

    This pitcher stuff can get out of control. I did my first non-DC, NFBC satellite last night. It was crazy what was going on with arms. I didn’t go in intending to wait until round 10 to draft a SP, but it made sense given what was going on. I loaded up on offense instead. As it was I drafted SP’s 4 out of next 5 and my staff turned out solid, all guys I was targeting.

    I even got 4 closers. Again, I wasn’t going in with that intent, but I had to take advantage. Guys were doing crazy stuff. A guy drated Hader at 108, and then Jeffress, not Knebel, at 138!!! WTF? There were other guys who are unlikely full time closers (Seranthony, Archie, W. Smith, Hicks) going rounds 13-14 ahead of likely closers. Shizz was cray-cray, Grey-Grey.

    • Grey

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      @Dave D: Yeah, could be re: Thor…. I have some head scratchers in the slow draft I’m doing right now too — Carlos Martinez was around the 20th pitcher off the board, like he isn’t walking around in a sling

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey: Oh and I thought you’d like to know VGJ went #32 overall, one pick BEFORE Bryant. Not only that, another guy congratulated him fo it. Hell, why not just take him ahead of Arenado as the #1 first baseman overall??? Seriously.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, people are not very smart… I’d like to collect chat room congrats and show them again in October…

        • Dave D says:
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          @Dave D: 3B I mean of course…

  19. Earl says:
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    What are thoughts on Eloy Jimenz vs Victor Robles?

    Would either be good picks around round 10 in 12 team roto as potential OF3/4.

    I know they are different (power vs. speed).

    Thoughts??

    • Cram It says:
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      @Earl: They’re ranked.

      • Dave D says:
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        @Cram It:

        Ha! In mid-season form already, Cram?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Dave D: I’ve already established that I’m in the Idiots Club so I can get away with it now!

      • Earl says:
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        @Cram It: I understand that they are ranked (actually at 84 and 83 respectively).

        Just trying to determine what are people’s thoughts about their upside and would around round 10 or 11 be an acceptable target range. Also, wondering about playing time and I suppose Robles will start season on roster where Jimenez likely will not and how much does this affect value?

        Thanks

        • Cram It says:
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          @Earl: Ok so they’re ranked 82/83 overall, which equals round 7. So that answers your first question.

          They’re different players so I’d say it depends on the construction of your offense so far.

          • Earl says:
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            @Cram It:

            So I am hearing, trust the rankings unless you have good reason not to!

            • Cram It says:
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              @Earl: Yes, but you have to consider your team needs at this point.

            • bigbear says:
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              @Earl: Investing rule #237: Arbitrage. Sure you could draft them in round 7 and still walk away a winner. But say you’re in a Yahoo league where they are 115ish (round 9). Start looking their way in round 7 while seeing who else is on the board. If you have higher ranked guys still on the board, grab them first. Then look again in the 8th.

              Things I “learned” from Grey: Have a disciplined approach. Draft who you like (if you have him ranked in round 7, be willing to draft him in round 7). There is no C. Set and track goals for categories during the draft (this is where the ‘team needs’ caveat comes in).

  20. srpst23 says:
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    I have Noah in my auction keeper league (actually ended up with him in a trade last year). Our league is set-up so that in the year after you draft someone, you have the option to sign them for up to 4 years, at $2 additional dollars per year. So for example if you draft someone for 15 dollars and sign them for 4 years prior to the next draft, their salary becomes 23D for that season, 23C for the next, until they become a FA after thier “A” season. I have NS at 23A this year, and if I were to not keep him this year, I would take a $2 penalty at the auction. I only have him at ~$17 value. I would effectively be keeping a -$4 in value by keeping him, but since I don’t know yet who everyone else is keeping, or what the inflation is going to be, it might be a wash in the end. I know that there’s the saying of that there’s no such thing as a bad one year contract, but I’m really thinking of dumping him and taking the minimal budget hit. My other definate keepers are :

    Trout 60B
    Acuna 23D
    Hoskins 23C
    Buehler 21C

    on the fence about keeping:
    Syndergaard 23A
    C Seager 23A

    Figuring out if/how long to keep:
    Castellanos $8-14
    Rosario $5-11

    My current thoughts are to try like hell to trade NS and CS (so I don’t take a penalty), and if I can’t, just drop both for the $4 penalty. Also thinking of letting Castellanos (~$14 value) back in the draft and signing Rosario as 7B (I have him at ~$19 value).

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @srpst23: $23 isn’t terrible for either… Castellanos at $14 sounds fine, and Rosario up to $11 isn’t bad

      • srpst23 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the feedback, you really are the best at answering questions from the hoi polloi!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  21. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Byron Buxton’s breaking out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi 2.0: You heard it here first! (3 years ago)

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        @Grey: Nice! Greg Bird too! I gotta rethink my draft strategy now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Use the draft strategy “Study draft rankings from 2017”

  22. Chris Harrelson says:
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    I now have 3 out of 5 of your schmohawk’s on my Dynasty team. Can you please give me a break? Or, should I just change my team name to the Schmohawks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw, man, sorry!

  23. Bitter Beerface says:
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    Grey,

    I can’t even spell Snydergard, so I ain’t drafting ‘im!

    I can spell the latino names just fine: Martinez, Fernandez, Hernandez, Ramirez, Gomez, Gonzalez…I mean, don’t even get me started! Until they put that snake over a letter, I’m the Latino Baseball Player Spelling Bee Champ o’ the World!!!

    And when they put that snake over a letter, that’s like a death’s head tattoo, I call it a Champ Stamp! That’s my Acuña, my Champ Stamp! (Oh and he’s up to 3rd overall in my ranks, just FYI!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That ain’t a snake, it’s a mustache!

      • Bitter Beerface says:
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        @Grey: A mustache can be a champ stamp, we’re both right!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, perfect!

  24. reese says:
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    If Harper goes to LAD, what is the impact on Muncy’s fantasy value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Platoon with Pederson, prolly

  25. BJFOHOHL says:
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    Tell me about this Bubly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s all Ron Washington drinks… I drink La Croix, never had the Bubly

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: I bought the Blackberry Bubly yesterday and it’s pretty F-ing good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But how is it compared to La Croix? Cause that’s my go-to

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: I never cared for La Croix but I also have never tried the La Croix Blackberry…if they even have it

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t think they have that, I think they have straight berry or Pomelo

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: WTF is a Pomelo?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t know, maybe French for delicious

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: or dishwashing soap

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      But with wetter bubbles

                • frankgrimes says:
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                  @BJFOHOHL:

                  grapefruity!

  26. Metsfan says:
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    Grey, I love Razzball and thanks for all you guys do. I’m in a 12 team 6 x 6 (OPS/Holds) ESPN league. Every year we try to come up with ways to keep everyone interested the entire year. We’ve had category winners, daily record winners, etc. What’s th ebest way you’ve seen to keep it inetresting for even the last place team in the dog days of August/September?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought a BUT was coming… I like the last place team has to pay $ to 1st place team, so it gives people incentive to not finish last… Doesn’t have to be a lot of $, like $50-100

    • bigbear says:
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      @Metsfan: Agree with Grey. That’s the best way. A little financially tied humble pie is a motivator!

      Another trick is tying it to the draft order the following year. But modify it a bit. In a lot of leagues the last place team will draft first and the champ drafts last. I keep the reverse order for all the teams that make the playoffs, then the team that just misses the playoffs gets the first pick overall, then next team gets the second pick, and so on. It’s a consolation for just missing and doesn’t reward those who tank the season.

  27. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    He might have the most hitable 99mph fastball in the major leagues. The 92mph sinker on the other hand is nasty. I will say this though: while the k/9 is worrisome, i think that has to do more with health. The guy is literally a Scandanavian Viking, the durability issues are getting annoying. And the hand foot mouth disease wtf, was he in a match with Mick Foley and got the ol Mr. Socko?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, it’s not, refresh your page

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Which team is yours?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I had 1st pick with Trout

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Damn, I was thinking that looks like the best team. To get a good #2 SP like that so late. Kinda ballsy holding out that long. Little surprised you went Puig over Dahl.

            But uh, is this a the Razz league? First 2 drafts have a week head start on us!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s a TGFBI league, some expert league… yeah I wanted Dahl, was between him and Puig, but went that way bc it’s a no DL league and was scared

              • peacecoast says:
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                @Grey: I assume you will be able to stream SP?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not well, it’s weekly

                  • peacecoast says:
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                    @Grey: what you waiting for on Laureano son

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I know, I need him

  28. TJ says:
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    Have a 12 team roto need 4 keepers:

    Arenado, Yelich, Bregman, need 1 from:

    Baez, Soto (age), Verlander.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  29. peacecoast says:
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    Harper to Phillies. Ridiculous 13/330 deal.

    Anyway Hoskins value goes up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A little, can’t hurt

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: How would this SP staff look like to you in a 12T mixed: taillon, castillo, darvish, Heaney, skaggs and 1 other end of drafter

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t love Yu, but not bad, little light on top end

    • Cram It says:
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      @peacecoast: Goddamnit!

      The coverage of this sucked. He’s going to the Phillies, the Phillies are out, he’s going to the Dodgers, he’s going to the Giants, he wants to play on the west coast, the Phillies are in, the Phillies are out.

  30. The Dude says:
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    Harper signs with the Phillies! $330m

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bam!

      • The Dude says:
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        @Grey: $10 gone in that AL only league…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, oh well… I figured as much

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            But at least you got that first baseman for $1 who will be making a higher AAV at 41 (stated age) than Bryce ever will. Strange but true.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, my team is fine… As I said in the post, I didn’t even count Harper into my projected totals

  31. peacecoast says:
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    dude jung ho kang, if he gets the job what do you project? some late round value there huh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eek, no thanks

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: mark my words! he hits 20 HR this year in the majors

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Which majors do you mean?

  32. Clay says:
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    Grey,

    1) Rizzo was 2B-eligible in Yahoo in 2017 (thanks to Maddon) but not in 2018. How likely is it that Rizzo will regain 2B eligibility in 2019? Just wondering if you knew if Yahoo had any policy changes or if you had any insights.

    2) You had Harper at 11. Does his signing make him a top-10 player now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. He was never a 2nd baseman, Yahoo gave him that bc he covered 2nd base on bunts 2. I’ll be updating when I return from lunch

  33. GanGGreen says:
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    Do you think Yelich will the most common number one pick in next years drafts? If not then who?
    What Pitcher will be the most common starter to be drafted first in next years draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        Ha! Like let’s focus on at least finishing our drafts for this year and maybe get to the all star break at least before that. Have you bought your wife’s hirthday present for 2020 yet Grey? I haven’t bought my six year olds high school graduation present yet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, walk before running, true true

  34. frankgrimes says:
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    Guessing Harper does not make it me at 15th anymore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly not

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Prediction Lindor falls to me and doesn’t play until June!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds like a reasonable prediction! Haha

  35. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    What do you think of this team so far? 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(keep 10)
    C-MOLINA
    1B-ENCARNACION
    2B-ALBIES
    3B-ARENADO
    SS-BREGMAN
    OF-TROUT, ACUNA, SOTO(sexiest outfield ever?)
    UTIL-OZUNA, C.SEAGER
    BENCH-VOIT, LAUREANO

    SP-SNELL, PAXTON, BIEBER, PIVETTA, HEANEY, EOVALDI
    RP-YATES, ALVARADO
    Im thinking of grabbing another RP or SP next time out. Any weaknesses I should work on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amazing outfield! Nice team overall, you need an RP

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        I was just offered T.Shaw and T.Anderson for Voit and Laureano. Should I take this? Or is Shaw going to be losing playing time with all of the extra ABs Moustakas and co. will be getting. Worried there will be time shares finding playing time for all of the Brewers infielders. I dont really need Anderson with Seager and Bregman but he would be a nice source of SBs/HRs.

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          @dubjay:
          He also has Buxton, Hampson, A.Reyes. Could maybe work one of them into the deal over Anderson.

  36. Captain Obvious says:
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    In an rcl League will I be able to draft on an android phone? Plus we only have 3 teams. It’s league 14. Thanks.

  37. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    “MLBPA is “watching” TOR and it’s lack of calling up vlad”, this is entirely hilarious as they JUST signed their agreement in 2017. if they didn’t want this shit, don’t sign up for it.

  38. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    keepers for 2 leagues, one AL only and the other NL only. both OBP over average, net steals over steals, total bases added, QS over wins, holds added h2h 10 teamers. keep 3 in each using previous season’s ADP prices. rosters 1 of every position with a CI/MI and a 4th OF, 1 util. 4 max RP slots.

    NL only possibles (with harper/machado in now):
    harper (1, OPS rater has him over freeman)
    freeman (2)
    rhysus/marte (3)
    ryu (21)
    gone varnish (15)
    legs mcneil (25, sounds like they actually ARE trying to get him at bats now finally)
    stripling (25)
    sera anthony (25)
    seems like harper and freeman are locks, but who’s 3rd? hoskins and marte come up right next to each other in the OPS rater, but i have little speed, so maybe that’s a thing here (or peraza in 15th)

    2. AL only:
    vlad (25, easy)
    villar (9)

    then one of:
    bieber (25)
    whit (4)
    brantley (12)
    devers (5)
    morton (8)
    happ (11)

    might be able to trade for stanton (but he’d obv take up a 1st rounder), guessing bieber is the way here.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Beware the Shit Rope: sorry, might be able to trade for judge not stanton, the judge/stanton owner can only keep one and he’s picking stanton (previously he had said he wanted judge there but changed his mind). as the keepers come in i’ll have a better idea who i might get in the 1st round anyway.

  39. Kingslayer says:
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    You lost me when you inferred that Strasburg (dubbed by me as Trashburg) was in some way safer or should be drafted beThor (before Thor, im not as great at dubbing as my genius Trashburg nickname would suggest)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

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