Welcome to another season of Razz-matazz Fantasy Baseball. For those of you wondering, that actually was Grey’s second choice for naming this site, but as you can see, Razz-ball won out, much to the chagrin of jazz fingers around the world. And just one ball. No multiple balls I guess. Kinda like the opposite of how Hilton didn’t want just one tree. Double that sh*t! But here we are with another year of staff picks. So what’s the goal with this? Hashtag content, baby. (That’s the technical term.) There’s another goal though, one less self-fulfilling, unlike your mother. Despite the modern advancement of technology and science, we still have no way to have every writer provide their extended (or in Tehol’s case, I always hope abbreviated) take on every single player in the MLB. We try though! And so we have this quick-and-easy (I regret burning my “yo momma” joke now…) presentation that provides you, the Razzmatazzball community a viewer-friendly and succinct breakdown of how we feel about the upcoming season. Last season’s can be found here for posterity! So without further ado, here are our Official 2017 Razzball Picks!

Major League Baseball Picks

Writer ROY (NL) ROY (AL) Cy Young (NL) Cy Young (AL) MVP (NL) MVP (AL)
Grey Hunter Renfroe Andrew Benintendi Noah Syndergaard Yu Darvish Freddie Freeman Rougned Odor
Rudy Tyler Glasnow Andrew Benintendi Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Bryce Harper Mike Trout
Andrew Dansby Swanson Andrew Benintendi Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Nolan Arenado Mike Trout
Dan Pants Tyler Glasnow Andrew Benintendi Clayton Kershaw Jose Quintana Bryce Harper Mookie Betts
Elliot Hunter Renfroe Andrew Benintendi Noah Syndergaard Aaron Sanchez Giancarlo Stanton Mike Trout
Jay Ozzie Albies Clint Frazier Max Scherzer Marcus Stroman Bryce Harper Mike Trout
JB Gilpin Hunter Renfroe Andrew Benintendi Clayton Kershaw Yu Darvish Anthony Rizzo Manny Machado
Kerry Josh Bell Andrew Benintendi Clayton Kershaw Marcus Stroman Giancarlo Stanton Carlos Correa
Lance Lewis Brinson Andrew Benintendi Clayton Kershaw James Paxton Kris Bryant Mike Trout
[email protected] Dansby Swanson Mitch Haniger Clayton Kershaw Yu Darvish Bryce Harper Mike Trout
malamoney Cody Bellinger Jharel Cotton Madison Bumgarner Jose Quintana Anthony Rizzo Mike Trout
Matt Truss Dansby Swanson Andrew Benintendi Carlos Martinez Yu Darvish Bryce Harper Mookie Betts
Mike Maher Manuel Margot Andrew Benintendi Carlos Martinez Chris Sale Kris Bryant Mike Trout
Phil Hunter Renfroe Andrew Benintendi Kenta Maeda Corey Kluber Anthony Rizzo Jose Altuve
Ralph Robert Gsellman Andrew Benintendi Noah Syndergaard Chris Archer Paul Goldschmidt Mike Trout
Sky Dansby Swanson Aaron Judge Clayton Kershaw Yu Darvish Nolan Arenado Mike Trout
Smokey Austin Meadows Andrew Benintendi Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Yoenis Cespedes Edwin Encarnacion
Stan Son Cody Bellinger Andrew Benintendi Madison Bumgarner Yu Darvish Bryce Harper Mookie Betts
Tehol Josh Bell Yoan Moncada Max Scherzer Yu Darvish Giancarlo Stanton Manny Machado
Viz Dansby Swanson Andrew Benintendi Madison Bumgarner Yu Darvish Bryce Harper Mike Trout

AL Cy Young

Marcus Stroman led the MLB with a 60.1% ground ball rate last year. His K/9 was a respectable, but not elite 7.32. And to cap things off Stroman just pitched six blank innings in the finals of the World Baseball Classic against Puerto Rico holding the heart of their lineup of Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina and Javier Baez to 1 hit. Could be his year. – Kerry.

I see the AL Cy Young as a race with only a few top tier horses. Yu Darvish, Chris Sale, and to a lesser extent, Cory Kluber. If you’re going to make a bold pick, like I have with Paxton for my AL Cy Young, it needs to be done within a crop of talent that lacks the considerable depth of an award like the NL Cy Young or NL MVP. Arm slot, improved defense, velocity, a dominant pitch, southpaw, tangible success, command. The list goes on for characteristics I love in this guy. Paxton is a consensus sleeper that the market still hasn’t properly adjusted to. I’m happy to live and die by Big James this season. – Lance.

Fantasy Baseball Picks

Writer Sleeper Bust Infatuation Come Back MVFP MVFH
Grey Keon Broxton Daniel Murphy Rougned Odor Michael Conforto Lance McCullers Tommy Joseph
Rudy Drew Smyly Jonathan Villar Steven Matz Giancarlo Stanton Drew Smyly Keon Broxton
Andrew Jose Peraza Carlos Carrasco Jose Ramirez Stephen Strasburg Gerrit Cole Jean Segura
Dan Pants Yasmany Tomas Brian Dozier Xander Bogaerts Giancarlo Stanton Danny Duffy Ryon Healy
Elliot Dylan Bundy Trea Turner Gary Sanchez Greg Bird Chris Archer Javier Baez
Jay Shin-Soo Choo Wil Myers Ryan Gosling Jose Bautista Yu Darvish Andrew McCutchen
JB Gilpin Blake Snell Carlos Santana Joe Ross A.J. Pollock Yu Darvish Trevor Story
Kerry Taijuan Walker Trea Turner Brandon Drury Andrew McCutchen Lance Lynn Joc Pederson
Lance C.J. Cron Jonathan Villar James Paxton Lance Lynn Danny Salazar Miguel Sano
[email protected] Keon Broxton Jean Segura Joc Pederson Greg Bird Matt Shoemaker Ian Desmond
malamoney Joe Panik Gary Sanchez Jon Gray Andrew McCutchen Jharel Cotton Greg Bird
Matt Truss Joc Pederson Ian Kinsler Jose Peraza Michael Brantley Kenta Maeda Byron Buxton
Mike Maher Brandon Drury A.J. Pollock Joc Pederson Bryce Harper James Paxton Alex Bregman
Phil Ryon Healy Carlos Gonzalez Ryon Healy Jose Bautista Garrett Richards Ryon Healy
Ralph Ryon Healy Eric Thames Andrew Benintendi Greg Bird Noah Syndergaard Kyle Schwarber
Sky Delino DeShields, Jr Chris Sale Jorge Soler Jason Heyward Francisco Liriano Kendrys Morales
Smokey Mitch Haniger Daniel Murphy Dee Gordon AJ Pollock Cole Hamels Kendrys Morales
Stan Son Steven Moya Rougned Odor Greg Bird Jose Bautista Jacob DeGrom Jonathan Villar
Tehol Randal Grichuk Jake Arrieta Domonic Brown Garrett Richards Taijuan Walker Javier Baez
Viz Jarrod Dyson Daniel Murphy Jonathan Schoop Greg Holland Yu Darvish Gregory Polanco

Break Out Player of The Year (Sleeper)

You might think we’re describing someone who breaks through walls and then falls asleep really fast. Which seems weird. So I wouldn’t really put it past us… To limit the confusion, I’d better point out that these are our potential break out candidates that you should be grabbing long and grabbing hard.

Jose Peraza has the leadoff spot in Cincy, and batting in front of on-base king Joey Votto and hard hitting Adam Duvall will lead to run chances. He’ll be able to bat at least 0.280 and steal bases, along with insane multi-position eligibility. Reach for the stars! – Andrew.

Obviously there is more risk with Jarrod Dyson than going with Hamilton, Gordon, Peraza etc. but you’re getting him at an extreme discount (I drafted him 223rd in the Razzball Writers League).  Dyson could play every day giving him 50 steal potential, especially if he bats leadoff. – Viz

Most Overrated Player of The Year (Bust)

These are the guys being held on a pedestals, who will, in return for all your worship and sacrifice, ruin everything thing you hold dear. See: 2014, Fielder, Prince. Or 2015, Longoria, Evan. Take heed Razzballers, avoid these guys at all costs.

I mean, what can you say about the Padres offense that hasn’t already been said about the Trump administration? Wil Myers second half was something awful, and I’m still not quite convinced that the speed, an aspect that helped round out his success last season, is something we can expect on a regular, seasonal basis. The fact he’s on the Padres suggests to me that he’s the best baseball player of all time… ALL TIME!, but I soon returned to my senses. – Jay

This has more to do with me just rooting against this no fun, old, white fart with Ian Kinsler.  I hope pitchers do cartwheels off the mound every time they strike him out this year.  Make baseball fun again! – Matt Truss.

I Think I Love You, So What Am I So Afraid Of? (Infatuation)

Yep, we all have one. Find out which player your Razzball writer has an undying love for, despite any rational reason or purpose.

Come Back Player of The Year (Come Back)

Again, pretty easy to figure out what this one means. Unless you’re Jason Heyward. BURN.

Most Valuable Fantasy Pitcher (MVFP)

This is where things get sticky. That’s what she said. Technically, this could be the best pitcher overall… but the key word here is value. You know this because I underlined it. While the vanilla pick of  Clayton Kershaw could still technically be the most valuable pitcher at the end of the year, there’s still enough room in the definition to allow the possibility that Bruce Chen will come out of retirement, have an ERA of 2.50 and get 20 wins. Seeing as his ownership rate historically always stood in the nothing-to-negative digits and someone like Kershaw is gone by the second round, a performance like that would be the most valuable in the history of mankind. And probably destroy the universe as we know it.

Most Valuable Fantasy Hitter (MVFH)

Same thing as the Most Valuable Pitcher, but with hitters. CRAZY, I know.

I believe Ian Desmond is back by the end of April at the latest. With his power/speed combo and the elevated BABIP coming his way in Coors Field he may still produce a 25/20 season. The current ADP of #142 on ESPN and an upside of still giving Top 25 production means he’s primed for this award.[email protected]



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  1. Ryan says:

    2016? Surely that year is too easy to pick, even for you studs.

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @Ryan: Fixed, thanks!

  2. William Hung says:

    Why is the blurb for NL Cy Young all about Marcus Stroman?

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @William Hung: all contributors were given an opportunity to explain their picks. The responses you see come from the writers willing to take this extra step.

      • Ross says:

        Isn’t Stroman in the AL? @Jay:

      • Michael Lenertz says:

        @Jay: But Kerry picked Stroman to be AL Cy Young.

        • Jay

          Jay says:

          Oh, I see, just a typo then. Thanks!

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:

    I read Truss’ comments and think Anti-Semite!

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @Ralph Lifshitz: I heard it’s the trendy thing to do nowadays!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:

        @Jay: Matt “Alt-Right” Truss

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      Total hater of my people!

  4. SheriffMcRawDawg says:

    hope Sky’s right on the Liriano call haha. got him a few places.

    Sleeper: Carlos Gomez (I know right!)
    Bust: Springer
    Infatuations: Sano / Darvish
    Come Back: Moosetacos / Matt Harvey
    MVFP: Gotta go McCullers with Grey probably (but love DeGrom, even where he’s drafted)
    MVFH: Steve Pearce COUNT IT

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @SheriffMcRawDawg: I, too, am infatuated with Yu Darvish. We should stalk him together.

  5. The Great Knoche says:

    Can’t Believe Ralph didn’t have Benintendi as Sleeper, Infatuation, ROY and MVP.

    Here’s mine:

    ROY NL: Jesse Winker
    ROY AL: Aaron Judge
    Cy Young NL: Clayton Kershaw
    Cy Young AL: Sean Manaea
    MVP NL: Bryce Harper
    MVP AL: Mike Trout

    Sleeper: Tyler Skaggs
    Bust: Francisco Lindor
    Infatuation: Keon Broxton
    Comeback: Jose Reyes
    MVFP: Sean Manaea
    MVFH: Jedd Gyorko

  6. Grey

    Grey says:

    Rudy somehow jinxed three of his picks in less than 24 HRs

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @Grey: I dunno, his sleeper pick of Kris Bryant was pretty savvy a few years back. That very night Bryant fell asleep!

      • Grey

        Grey says:

        Rudy explained his sleeper picks to me, it’s the least ‘woke’ player

        • Jay

          Jay says:

          @Grey: He’s so crafty, that Rudy.

  7. Malicious Phenoms says:

    Wow, fun day on razzball, what with the new contest ( I picked an unpickable..lol) and now this..woohoo!!

    ROY NL: Dansby Swanson
    ROY AL: Aaron Judge
    Cy Young NL: Clayton Kershaw
    Cy Young AL: Yu Darvish
    MVP NL: Bryce Harper
    MVP AL: Mike Trout

    Sleeper: Matt Harvey
    Bust: Madbum
    Infatuation: Dylan Bundy
    Comeback: Cutch
    MVFP: Stephen Strasburg
    MVFH: Corey Seager

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @Malicious Phenoms: It was totally planned! (I think.) Love that Matt Harvey pick there, totally forgot about him.

  8. FBV says:

    ROY NL Andrew Toles
    ROY AL Mitch Hanigar
    Cy Young NL Noah Syndergaard
    Cy Young AL Chris Sale
    MVP NL Bryce Harper
    MVP AL Jose Altuve

    Sleeper Matt Kemp
    Bust James Taillon
    Infatuation Javier Baez
    Comeback Ryan Zimmerman
    MVFP King Felix
    MVHP Wil Myers

    Bonus…First to get arrested Francisco Liriano

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @FBV: Love that Harper pick, I’m really high on him this year too!

  9. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:

    Sky trolling 2016 Grey HARD. But, also a good choice.

    Thoughts on Jankowksi as a deep sleeper? He was stealing at a faster pace than Hamilton, and is a marginally better hitter with much better BB-rate…I’m expecting 35/40 SB but if keeps a full time gig, any reason to be surprise by 55+?

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      Wait until Sky loves Max Kepler in 2018!

      • jay says:

        @Grey: what about this article on Kepler? his home runs apparently had very little juice last year, major red flag no? any concern?

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I love Jankowksi there… there is some organizational pressure to get other players into the mix, but for now, I’m liking him for at least 30+ SB with room for more. 55+ seems high, but I think if we’re talking ceiling, yeah, I guess I wouldn’t bee stunned.

  10. kenly0 says:

    ROYNL Swanson
    ROYAL Judge
    CYNL. Arrieta
    CYAL Archer
    MVPNL. Harper
    MVPAL. Machado

    Sleeper Moustakis
    Bust. Trea Turner
    Infatuation Rodon
    Comeback Lynn
    MVFP. Manaea
    MVFH. J. Lamb

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @kenly0: I don’t agree, but at the same time, love the bust label on Turner. Nice list!

  11. John Holden says:

    Hey guys what do you think?
    W. Castillo
    Napoli (Desmond )
    Rendon (Healy )
    Upton (Dahl)


    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @John Holden: I like the first group the most!

      • John Holden says:

        Yeah the top group are my position players, and the bottom are my pitchers. Do you think I have enough pitching? Thanks man

        • Jay

          Jay says:

          @John Holden: I do. Pitching is overrated to an extent, but I love that Stroman pick up.

  12. Lt says:

    I gotta ask and this post has all of you here. You guys have to kill it betting baseball no? I feel like Rudy has an algorithm for dogs on sundays vs previous cy young award winners. Can we have a gambling post with the free pick of the day or buy a shirt and get Greys 3 pick special? Thanks guys. (Tanaka has never lost to the Rays I believe, lock it up)

    • Shawn Knoche says:

      @Lt: Buying the DFS tools and Streamonator/Hittertron dont hurt. The DFS daily column is solid advice too.

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @Lt: I actually don’t do any betting, but I heard Tehol has won some of that cash monies.

  13. Anodyne says:

    ROY NL: Harrison Bader
    ROY AL: Andrew Benintendi
    Cy Young NL: Max Scherzer
    Cy Young AL: Corey Kluber
    MVP NL: Paul Goldschmidt
    MVP AL: Rougned Odor

    Sleeper: Leonys Martín
    Bust: Brian Dozier
    Infatuation: Nomar Mazara
    Comeback: A.J. Pollock
    MVFP: Michael Pineda
    MVFH: Kendrys Morales

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @Anodyne: Yeah, when Mazara got picked last night in Grey’s RCL, eight people claimed snipage.

      • Anodyne says:

        @Jay: I picked him as my infatuation because I know my love for him isn’t entirely rational. I believe he’s going to be a great player before too long, but I’m not sure if this is the year for him–especially since he’s likely to be platooning.

  14. Eric says:

    I’d like to thank the Razzball staff for making so many bad picks, thus making my following picks look far smarter at the end of the season:

    NL ROY: Dansby Swanson
    AL ROY: Andrew Benintendi
    NY Cy: Clayton Kershaw
    AL Cy: Yu Darvish
    NL MVP: Kris Bryant
    AL MVP: Mike Trout

    Sleeper (outside top 300 ADP): Mike Zunino
    Bust (within top 30 ADP): Edwin Encarnacion
    Infatuation: Kyle Schwarber
    Comeback: AJ Pollock
    MVFP: Jon Gray
    MVFH: Greg Bird

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @Eric: Haha, we try!

  15. luvdarooks says:

    Who will get the MOST VALUE on their 1million price tag on a 22 man roster 12 team 25 million cap 12 team mixed league?
    6×6 OBP and 2b/3b are two of the categories and losses count on the P side:
    Out of
    Dom. Santana ( mil)
    R hill
    Yelich is 2.2 million
    Jus Upton

  16. El Famous Burrito says:

    The lack of Jesus Aguilar is depressing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      We have a few Jesus Aguilar Truthers

      • El Famous Burrito says:

        @Grey: Good, there’s some room left on the bandwagon.

        Don’t sit on my Cheetos.

        And the pocket behind the front seat is not, repeat NOT, to stash uneaten Wendy’s garbage.

        • Grey

          Grey says:

          *discreetly removes garbage and puts it under backseat mat*

  17. Schwab says:

    Hey Jay,
    H2H 8 team points based league. We keep 15 every year. Was offered Stanton and Manaea for Aaron Sanchez. Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Cyler says:

      @Schwab: No Thanks, I’d hold onto Stanton.

    • Jay

      Jay says:

      @Schwab: yeah, I’d want Stanton.

  18. Cyler says:

    My pciks:

    ROY NL: Glasnow
    ROY AL: Bradley Zimmer
    Cy Young NL: Mad Bum
    Cy Young AL: James Paxton
    MVP NL: Nolan Arenado
    MVP AL: Mike Trout

    Sleeper: James Paxton
    Bust: George Springer
    Infatuation: Tyler O’Neill
    Comeback: Michael Brantley
    MVFP: Raisel Iglesias ( I think he may get 30+ saves from a SP slot)
    MVFH: Ian Desmond (comes back after missing a month and still goes 25/25)

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      Ooh, Tyler O’Neill is sexy

  19. Tweak says:

    My late picks:

    NL ROY – Harrison Bader
    AL ROY – Joe Jimenez
    NL Cy Young – Madison Bumgarner
    AL Cy Young – Yu Darvish
    NL MVP – Nolan Arenado
    AL MVP – Carlos Correa

    Sleeper – Andrew Toles
    Bust – AJ Pollock
    Infatuation – Andrew Benintendi
    Comeback – Greg Bird
    MVFP – Jharel Cotton
    MVFH – Byung ho Park

  20. Frank White says:

    Sup Jay.. Can you tell me what you think on my draft in my 10 team h2h points

    Chris Davis
    Adam Jones
    JD Martinez

    Cole Hamels
    Matt Moore
    T Walker
    Gio Gonz
    Lance Lynn

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