For Opening Day, I woke up at the crack of dawn on the West Coast, because no one in this godforsaken country cares about the West Coast.  Once I had my coffee and vape set up for a full day of baseball, I saw the Pirates/Tigers game was postponed and thought about how they should have their seasons postponed.  “I Mahtook you for a friend of the Tooks!”  That’s Mikie Mahtook.  Finally, I opened the MLB app on my iPad to find I had forgotten my password.  Cut to two hours later, and I was ready to watch some baseball!  Then Carlos Martinez gave up multiple runs on multiple fantasy teams of mine and I was ready to nap again.  Ah, it’s good to be back!  Speaking of which, I’ll trade you Carlos Martinez for a bag of Dick Pole’s.  Doesn’t matter which bag.  Maybe the one Salvador Perez was carrying.  You know what would’ve been Sweet Baby Jesus of me?  If I benched that goofy-haired, can’t-keep-his-hands-to-himself Cardinals pitcher.  Not to worry, I had Chris Archer going later in the day.  *sees Kiermaier and Span misplay a Eduardo Nunez ball into an inside-the-parker, crawls under bed*  Fantasy baseball:  When everyday stress is just not enough.  Any hoo!  It’s good to be back, now let’s get down to business.  Matt Davidson went 3-for-4, 4 runs, 5 RBIs with his 1st, 2nd and third homer.  Someone wants to be Tuffy Rhodes.  “Not bad for five innings.”  Oh, shut up, Mark Whiten!  Do we have our first hot schmotato?!  I schmay schwe schdo!  Sounded better in my head!  Davidson won’t be in today’s Buy column, but he could’ve been.  I grabbed him in my RCL, because I’m in straight panic mode and Joe Panik is already owned!  Yes, there’s a Buy/Sell later today.  You’re welcome.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

James Shields – 6 IP, 4 ER vs. Danny Duffy – 4 IP, 5 ER.  In a game of whatever you can do, I can do worse.  This round went to Duffy.  My money’s on Shields in the rematch.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and two homers.  My Tim Anderson sleeper isn’t looking so bad right now.  *blows on knuckles, wipes knuckles on shirt, sees knuckles are bleeding from beating the wall during Carlos Martinez’s start*  Damn!

Jose Abreu – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Commissioner Rob Manfred was in attendance for this game, handing out Super Balls to the pitchers.

Greg Holland – Signed by the Cards.  In related news, Scott Boras and the Cardinals were visited by the Guinness Book of World Records to record their times in the Last One To Blink Contest. Sounds like Holland should only take a few weeks (ten days?) to be ready to take over closer duties.  A shame, the West African province of Dominic Leone was beautiful this time of year.

Jose Martinez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 1st homer as he hit fifth for the CardsMatt Carpenter (1-for-4) moved to 3rd base and Jedd Gyorko looked like the big Gyorko on the bench.  Jo-Ma could be an early season breakout.  Pay close attention.

Carlos Martinez – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Days like these when you wish MLB would believe the women and suspended C-Mart for one start.

Michael Conforto – Could return from the DL by April 5th, which means he’ll be back on the DL by May 5th.  I’m only half kidding.  Or am I half adulting?

Brandon Nimmo – 2-for-3, 2 runs as he hit leadoff.  Likely squeezed a bit for playing time when Conforto returns, but Conforto could go to first over A-Gon and–What I’m saying is you won’t find Nimmo in my afternoon Buy column, but I did grab Nimmo in one mixed league.  Always be rosterbatin’.

Jose Urena – 4 IP, 5 ER vs. Jon Lester – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  Good ol’ fashioned Opening Day pitchers’ duel!  Unfortunately, they both came out of that duel like Alexander Hamilton.

Ian Happ – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer.  I’m not gonna waste my shot!  I’m not gonna waste my shot!  Sorry, mentioned Alexander Hamilton, and I went all Lin-Manuel on you.  I wrote an Ian Happ sleeper this offseason, and I can’t believe I didn’t draft him anywhere.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Addison Russell – 2-for-3, 1 run and his 1st steal.  I know, I know, it’s one game and vs. the Marlins, but I watched Addison’s at-bats and he looked better yesterday than I had seen him in two years.

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  He looks like a complete LUZR out there.

Luis Severino – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Yeah, those Quality Starts league are much better.  Maybe Prospector Ralph wasn’t Ralph Batshitz for ranking Severino 5th in the top 100 starters.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer.  58 homers to go!

Brett Gardner – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  Clunky Metaphor Alert!  You just bought a new car.  It’s a nice car, Brent.  You like the car a lot.  You live in sunny California.  You don’t need windshield wipers.  Then the day after you buy the car, it rains.  You’re glad you got the windshield wipers.  Gardner is windshield wipers.  You’re never happy about buying him at a draft, but you always end up glad you did.

Kevin Pillar – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  One of these days I’m gonna blink and Pillar’s gonna be batting leadoff for the Jays.  It’s really hurting my staring contest chances.

Josh Donaldson – 0-for-3 and a steal, but John Gibbons said Donaldson is dealing with a dead arm.  If that’s the case, it looked like Jonathan Silverman was moving Donaldson’s dead arm to throw.

Kole Calhoun – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  Also, in this game, Albert Pujols (2-for-5) and Zack Cozart (leadoff; 3-for-6) homered, but WHAT ABOUT SHOHEI OHTANI?!  He actually hit a rope in one at-bat, at least a tightly wound piece of string.  Was he playing possum in the spring?  Maybe, but he looked like junk left in a mildewy trunk the other four at-bats and ended up 1-for-5.

Mike Trout – 0-for-6.  Who is this bum?

Garrett Richards – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Kendall Graveman – 5 IP, 5 ER.  This matchup was billed as One Foot In The Grave, Man vs. Graveman.

Matt Olson – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer.  All praise to Allahson!

Khris Davis – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer.  He’s like a power windshield wiper (the clunky metaphor that won’t end!).  No one cheers when they draft Davis, but then he goes out and hits 35+ homers.

Chase Anderson – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Yes, it was vs. the Padres but I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy owning Anderson this year.

Joey Lucchesi – Will make his major league debut today.  That’s Joey Lucchesi of the Teaneck Lucchesis.  Not the Fughetaboutit Lucchesis from Bensonhurst.  Different Lucchesis.  Any time a Padres pitcher is in the mix, count me interested, but, before we start grabbing each other with consent, Lucchesi might be out of the rotation when Lamet returns.  I don’t mind the flyer on Lucchesi, but keep expectations in check.

Clayton Richard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Hodgepadre.

Eduardo Nunez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  That homer was of the “the defense is stupid” variety as mentioned in the lede, but they all count.  *hears something in my ear bud*  I hear this one does not count.  Oh well.

Chris Sale – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. Chris Archer – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  This game was billed as Chris vs. Chris, Sale vs. Back Corner Of The Sporting Goods Store.

Enrique Hernandez – 0-for-2 as he hit cleanup.  Yo, Dave Roberts done stole so many bases his head went goofy.  LA area Taco Bells are selling the brand new, Robertoloco.  It’s a fast food speciality that doesn’t know how to set a lineup.

Clayton Kershaw – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks as he was outpitched by Ty Blach – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Baseball, you weirdo!

Mark Melancon – Officially hit the DL, as I predicted yesterday after reading a large-scale mural that said, “Melancon is going to the DL.”  Actually, the mural was Melancon’s name being peed on by Calvin.  I’ve grabbed Tony Watson, Hunter Strickland, and Sam Dyson wherever I could, which is to say I grabbed Watson and Strickland, and made excuses for not grabbing Dyson.  Bochy says Strickland will close, but sometimes, due to the size of his head, his brain doesn’t always know what his mouth is saying.  Yesterday, however, he was on the money and Strickland recorded the save.  SAGNOF!

Jon Gray – 4 IP, 3 ER.  So, Gray’s gonna be shaky early, but he will find his side piece–Wait, that’s me imaging a side piece.  Gray, the pitcher, hopefully will fine his slide piece.

DJ LeMahieu – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  I guess Rockies players know how to hit in the humidor.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  This inspirational note my mawmaw wrote me when I was eight on how to always be my best self, this note that has always carried me through the toughest of times, I’m going to leave it by this open window–NOOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Patrick Corbin – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Let’s just say if I wrote a sleeper post about you this offseason (Patrick Corbin sleeper), you had a nice Opening Day.  The world thanks me.

David Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st steal.  Sonavabench!  Damn it, why can’t all games happen at the same time so I know who is starting?  Don’t you answer!  I’m talking to the Lord.

Michael Brantley – Placed on the 10-day DL.  Who took the under on the over/under of one day?

Felix Hernandez – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I still wouldn’t own F-Her, but against an Indians team that has some weapons even if they’re retiring Chief Wahoo’s tomahawk, not a bad start.

Brad Brach – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  Let’s just say my dog, Ted, attacks elderly people on the street and I have him on a longer leash than I think the O’s will have Brach.  I have already picked up Darren O’Day.

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. Dylan Bundy – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Don’t think I have any shares of either of these pitchers (hey, it’s still early I don’t know who I own across all of my leagues), but I liked both of them in the preseason, so hopefully you (and I?) own one of them.

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 1st steal, and robbed of the season’s first slam & legs when Craig Gentry said, “I’m starting on Opening Day?  Well, may as well leave on my jet pack.”  Too bad because Hitter-Tron loved Rosario yesterday, like it loves rubbing itself on a metal toaster.

Byron Buxton – 1-for-3 and his 1st steal, as he hit eighth and was subbed out for Robbie Grossman.  Not to yell fire in the theater of Razzball, but I’d be concerned.

Tyler Flowers – Left yesterday’s game with oblique soreness.   Braves are about to call 1-800-Suzuki.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  C’mon, let Freeman set balls free all year, and I don’t mean by forgetting his jockstrap.

Ozzie Albies – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer.  I have a feeling by the end of the year I’m going to be typing Albies’s name with my drool.

Nick Markakis – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Sparkakis!

Pat Neshek – The Phils’ Six Trillion Dollar Bod, Gabe Kapler, said the Phils won’t have a set closer.  Yo, Kapler, stop doing burpees, start overeating and smoking like most MLB managers, and play by the rules, and announce a closer!  Yesterday, Hector Neris (1 IP, 3 ER) took the loss and I grabbed Neshek everywhere, but Neshek is said to be dealing with a lat injury.

Aaron Nola – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks and pulled in a 5-0 game after 68 pitches.  Kapler should put a treadmill in the dugout so he can rid himself of excess energy.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Buzzfeed Quiz, What MLB Player Is Most Like A Robot?  Insert picture: Verlander.  That’s journalism!

George Springer – 1-for-4 and a leadoff home run for the 2nd Opening Day in a row.  As Rudy says, Springer’s got top five fantasy player written all over him.  I don’t disagree.

Keone Kela – As announced here before the Rangers’ manager, Jeff Banister, even knew it, Kela will be the closer.  He could be your 2018 Felipe Rivero.  No foolsies.

Anthony DeSclafani – Hit the 60-day DL.  Good news is we don’t have to talk about his bad news for a while.

Raisel Iglesias – Left on paternity leave.  In the maternity ward, Raisel said, “Here is the Iglesias, here is the steeple, here is my wife’s vagina with little people.”

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Alex
Alex
4 years ago

Alfaro not playing again, time to jump ship?

Also in 16 team OBP league which side wins

Tim Anderson and Mitch haniger for Jordan Montgomery

MIHAI
MIHAI
4 years ago

Hello Gray! Would you trade Stanton and Gausman for Kluber and Upton?

Ron P
Ron P
4 years ago

Points League – Jose Martinez or Carlos Gonzalez?

Baldy
Baldy
4 years ago

In a 14 team head to head league. I currently have Javier Baez at SS, but I have a chance to pick up Marcus Semien or Tim Anderson off Waivers. Should I ride it out with Baez or jump at picking up one of the other two for my starter?

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

Whoah, Jordan Zimmerman turning back the clock! Wonder how he’ll do second time through the order…. Oh… Oh, I see.

PS: Using Archie Bradlee and Carl Edwards Jr as solid ratio guys. Do I drop either of them to speculate saves with Neshek? Thanks!

Cyler
Cyler
4 years ago

In a dynasty keeper league, roto scoring, would you trade Rizzo for Machado? I feel like because it’s a dynasty Machado side is slightly better.

H
H
4 years ago

With the Cardinals signing Holland should I drop Leone and pick up Nechek or hold for now?

LeftCoastYankee
LeftCoastYankee
4 years ago

How much of a $100 free agent budget would you spend on Boxberger to make him your 3rd closer?

King Andrus
King Andrus
4 years ago

Drop Leone for Strickland?

DeerHeadGhost
DeerHeadGhost
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Silly question: how many starting pitchers make sense in an RCL league? I’ve only done h2h points before, not roto. I currently have 5 SPs and 4 RPs.

Thanks for the Jose Martinez plug on the mid-March podcast. Drafted him that night in the 23rd round.

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Good insight, Oaktown. I, like Grey, also dropped Claudio for me.

Joel
4 years ago

I’m stacked for hitters

Wilson Ramos TB – C
Rhys Hoskins Phi – 1B,OF
José Ramírez Cle – 2B,3B
Anthony Rendon Was – 3B
Francisco Lindor Cle – SS
Mike Trout LAA – OF
George Springer Hou – OF
Marcell Ozuna StL – OF
Eric Hosmer SD – 1B
Jonathan Schoop Bal – 2B

BN:
Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – OF
Trey Mancini Bal – 1B,OF
Nomar Mazara Tex – OF
Jake Lamb Ari – 3B

—Someone dropped Shohei Ohtani—

SP
Chris Archer TB – SP
Alex Wood LAD – SP
Felipe Rivero Pit – RP
Alex Colomé TB – RP
Masahiro Tanaka NYY – SP
Luis Castillo Cin – SP
Charlie Morton Hou – SP
Kevin Gausman Bal – SP
Michael Wacha StL – SP

Grey, I followed your SP drafting suggestions to a T, only to have a decent amount of SP remain available later rounds….mostly “intellectual property” SP

5X5 H2H (8 teams)

Soooooooooooo, whad’ya think. is Lamb droppable for a Shoei chance? I dunno, i’m kind of nervous about him….your rankings suggest otherwise. Thoughts? Thanks!

Joel
Reply to  Joel
4 years ago

@Joel: Sry for the multiple posts. The site timed out several times and redirected me.

Joel
4 years ago

I’m stacked for hitters

Wilson Ramos TB – C
Rhys Hoskins Phi – 1B,OF
José Ramírez Cle – 2B,3B
Anthony Rendon Was – 3B
Francisco Lindor Cle – SS
Mike Trout LAA – OF
George Springer Hou – OF
Marcell Ozuna StL – OF
Eric Hosmer SD – 1B
Jonathan Schoop Bal – 2B

BN:
Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – OF
Trey Mancini Bal – 1B,OF
Nomar Mazara Tex – OF
Jake Lamb Ari – 3B

—Someone dropped Shohei Ohtani—

SP
Chris Archer TB – SP
Alex Wood LAD – SP
Felipe Rivero Pit – RP
Alex Colomé TB – RP
Masahiro Tanaka NYY – SP
Luis Castillo Cin – SP
Charlie Morton Hou – SP
Kevin Gausman Bal – SP
Michael Wacha StL – SP

Grey, I followed your SP drafting suggestions to a T, only to have a decent amount of SP remain available later rounds….mostly “intellectual property” SP

Soooooooooooo, whad’ya think. is Lamb droppable for a Shoei chance? I dunno, i’m kind of nervous about him….your rankings suggest otherwise. Thoughts? Thanks!

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
4 years ago

Hicks to the DL. Already in mid season form

Regan
Regan
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
4 years ago

@Fungazi 2.0: What a fantasy tease! Bird and Hicks got me all worked up and left me with a serious case of blue baseballs!

Joel
4 years ago

I’m stacked for hitters

Wilson Ramos TB – C
Rhys Hoskins Phi – 1B,OF
José Ramírez Cle – 2B,3B
Anthony Rendon Was – 3B
Francisco Lindor Cle – SS
Mike Trout LAA – OF
George Springer Hou – OF
Marcell Ozuna StL – OF
Eric Hosmer SD – 1B
Jonathan Schoop Bal – 2B

BN:
Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl – OF
Trey Mancini Bal – 1B,OF
Nomar Mazara Tex – OF
Jake Lamb Ari – 3B

—Someone dropped Shohei Ohtani—

SP
Chris Archer TB – SP
Alex Wood LAD – SP
Felipe Rivero Pit – RP
Alex Colomé TB – RP
Masahiro Tanaka NYY – SP
Luis Castillo Cin – SP
Jameson Taillon Pit – SP
Danny Duffy KC – SP
Michael Wacha StL – SP

Grey, I followed your SP drafting suggestions to a T, only to have a decent amount of SP remain available later rounds….mostly “intellectual property” SP

Soooooooooooo, whad’ya think. is Lamb droppable for a Shoei chance? I dunno, i’m kind of nervous about him….your rankings suggest otherwise. Thoughts? Thanks!

Joel Blauvel
Joel Blauvel
Reply to  Joel
4 years ago

@Joel: BTW 5×5 H2H (8 teams)

Thanks for all your upcoming advice this season!

Joel Blauvel
Joel Blauvel
Reply to  Joel
4 years ago

@Joel:

Oh, scratched James Taillon….added Charlie Morton

Scratched Duffy, added Kevin Gausman

SKy Burnz
SKy Burnz
4 years ago

Joe Panik drinks boba.

herschel
herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: my league couldnt agree on a draft day so we are having ours this weekend after the start of the season (worst idea). anyway, with news of trea batting 6th to start the season, do you think that affects his overall ranking at all ? still like him more than betts/goldschmidt in 5 x 5 weekly roto?

thanks!

herschel
herschel
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks. would you take betts or goldschmidt before him? would probably start out betts/rizzo or goldie/springer?

herschel
herschel
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: would you take betts or goldie over him? would probably start out betts/rizzo or goldie/springer.

thanks!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
4 years ago

Love me some Opening day! Even if I got hosed by some of these guys.

And the closer carousel begins. I currently have Nate Jones, but would you drop him for Strickland?

Thank you and welcome back baseball!

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

How many MR would you recommend having in a H2H lineup? 16 team 5×5 OBP, my UTIL and bench bats are Tim Anderson Jose Martinez and Mitch haniger. Have 8 SP, minter and petit are my MR currently, my weakest starter is Trevor Williams. Really want to add Nicasio and steckenrider but I’m not comfortable dropping Williams or haniger right now

luvdarooks
4 years ago

NL only $260 league medium inflation this year. standard 5×5
10 KEEPERS and minors stay at the price till we activate them…. $5 year raise yearly.
23 man roster tru NL roster auction then we have a draft where ANYONE is available that we keep on a 14 man bench so the league is very very deep.
I am keeping
Bryant 20
Goldschmidt 25
Hoskins 15
A. Wood 13
F. TATIS 2
SOTO (WASH) 2
—————-
WHICH 4 do I keep from:
D. Santana 20
Deitrich 8
L Castillo 19
A. Reyes 7 (only 12 nexrt year)
dahl 12
Isan Diaz 5
chatwood 10 (he will go for more if I cut him)

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

How many MR would you recommend keeping in a H2H lineup? 16 team 5×5 OBP league, my UTIL and two bench bats are Tim Anderson Jose Martinez and Mitch haniger, feel like none of those are with dropping for a MR right now. Have minter and petit currently I have 8 SP right now my weakest is Trevor Williams. Really want to add Nicasio and steckenrider but not at the expense of haniger or Williams. minter

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
No just saves figured MR would help with ratios and some Ks

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
No it’s a saves league. Figured MR would help with ratios and some Ks

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

How many MR would you recommend keeping in a H2H lineup? 16 team 5×5 OBP league, my UTIL and two bench bats are Tim Anderson Jose Martinez and Mitch haniger, feel like none of those are with dropping for a MR right now. Have minter and petit currently I have 8 SP right now my weakest is Trevor Williams. Really want to add Nicasio and steckenrider but not at the expense of haniger or Williams.

J-FOH
J-FOH
4 years ago

I always enjoy seeing touches of FOH (bloody knuckles, Robertoloco) in your round-up…I’m somebody. I have this problem, I thought I was taking the year off and ended up in two leagues that are bi-weekly lineups weekly FAAB and after 1 day I can’t handle it. I need to Rosterbate.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Relationship! What do you do?

No seriously how do I get out of these presumed TV deals with them

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thats like saying maybe we’ll have sex if you take out the garbage and when you come back in they’re asleep.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: also really glad you liked the Looming Tower. Its an easy watch with a good story of how fucked up government agencies can be with each other

RT
RT
4 years ago

Love the daily updates!

Question: I need to fill two spots after DL’ing Samardzja and Limet in my Points League. Deciding between Ryu, Flaherty, Hellickson, Faria, Blach or Ryu. Ryan MaMahon also an option.

Thanks!

rick
rick
4 years ago

my whit for madbum russell? is the difference between russel and whit a madbum (6 weeks out)?

Scott
Scott
4 years ago

Turner hitting 6th. Wth? I thought Dusty’s lineups were bad. This is a big deal if it sticks. What is up with managers today? The decision making ability is so bad. I don’t think it gets enough attention or criticism. Cora’s usage of the pen yesterday another example. Kapler pulling nola after 68 pitches, etc. 161 games left to set the bar lower. Ugh….

JC
JC
4 years ago

Jose Martinez or McMahon?
Thx, Grey

Luigi
Luigi
4 years ago

who would you rather have for rest of year: Desmond or Josh Bell. Have some concerns about Desmond’s playing time.

JC
JC
4 years ago

McMahon or Davidson?

Nathan
Nathan
4 years ago

Nothing on Rhys? Looks like he picked up from last year and is gonna give Judge a run for his money with that rookie HR record!

ERad
ERad
4 years ago

Treat Urner batting 6th, that’s just bizarre

I bet if we pooled all your ad money and my left over bar mitzvah checks, we could probably buy a team and field a lineup better than some of these schmohawks.

Frank Lynch
Frank Lynch
4 years ago

Hey Grey how you een..? good luck on a new season..! I’m in a 10 team mixed points league. I think i screwed my whole draft. I’m in a league that favors pitchers cause of the 20 points for a win 6 quality start and 1 point per K and inning. Anyway i hope you can convince me otherwise. Thnx buddy
gattis
votto
schoop
rendon
baez
trout
McCutchen
polanco
travis shaw
matt carpenter

DeGrom
carlos martinez
Peakock – I thought he was a starter, unless he will be?
greinke
alex wood
castillo
morton
gausman
giolito
mikolis
alex reyes

HarperBetterThanTrout
HarperBetterThanTrout
4 years ago

Two questions here.

For this year: Correa + Michael Taylor or Corey Seager + Acuña?

Second question : In a keeper league, Correa or Acuña?

birrrdy!
birrrdy!
4 years ago

Damn stop it, Grey! I can’t stop laughing after that Iglesias blurb. Priceless. And on Good Friday no less.

WNWDOTCOm
WNWDOTCOm
4 years ago

Eric Thames or Jose Martinez? Who do you all have? Great baseball is back!

WNWDOTCOM
Reply to  WNWDOTCOm
4 years ago

@WNWDOTCOm: Also throw in Brandon Belt (H2H points league)

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  WNWDOTCOM
4 years ago

@WNWDOTCOM:

Belt is NEVER the answer.

WNWDOTCOM
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: lol

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: giants fan: can confirm. AAAA player – might have once been something but Giants ruined him bouncing him up & down for years, and what Sabien didn’t ruin, ATT Park did.

hotmilk8
hotmilk8
4 years ago

10team Points League. Have Betts,Marte,Puig to shore up bench pick 2 of 3 E.Rosario,A.Hicks,J.Reddick? noticed Reddick seemed always a favorite by hittertron in points leagues last season and is pretty high up there today but wondering if worth over Rosario or hicks Thanks a bunch

Brian
Brian
4 years ago

best bet for saves spec…hirano, o’day, or edubray ramos?

Andy Dwyer
Andy Dwyer
4 years ago

Do you think Machado’s steal in opening day is telling if whats to come? Or a fluke?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Andy Dwyer
4 years ago

@Andy Dwyer:
I think he thought it was the third out and was running back to the dugout..

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago
Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
4 years ago

Grey in midsession form. Razz readers asking Catcher & closer questions, players getting A.D.D./dropped like crazy, everyone wondering if Matt Davidson is for real (yes, and likely so is his .expected 215 BA) – but he’s on pace for 486 HRs so holy shitballs!

…damn I missed baseball.

Ps – obligatory C question: hold hurt Zunino or pick up Beef Wellington? Batting practice injuries – the struggle is real.

Ian
Ian
4 years ago

Thanks for info. My keeper pitching staff.
Thor
Kluber
Pax
Corbin
Bauer
Matz
Kenley J
Shane Greene
Kela
Should l hang with Matz for as long as he lasts or pull the trigger early and exchange for O’Day or the likes of Jepsen? Thanks again.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
4 years ago

Too early to drop someone to speculatively pick up Addison Reed? I have a surplus of mediocre pitchers and could drop Duffy to pick up Reed in the hopes Rodney finally does the father time thing and Reed becomes the Minny closer. Or I could drop Duffy for a J.Martinez or a Davidson. Or I could just hold.

Team in a 12-team, h2h, 5×5, non-keeper:
C – Ramos; 1B – Abreu; 2B – Kipnis; 3B – Machado (pending SS elig.); SS – Anderson; OF – Stanton, Cespedes, Cain; Util – Sano (until Machado is SS); Bench – Margot; DL – Murphy
SPs – Darvish, Berrios, Duffy, Richards, Corbin,Fulmer, Montgomery, Roark
RPs – Davis, Morrow, Ziegler, Strickland

Hugglebottom
Hugglebottom
4 years ago

So, I have Archie Bradley AND David Robertson on my team. I can’t keep both when I need a bench bat or two can I? Who would you drizzy?

Herschel
Herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. Which pair do you like better? Rizzo/Yelich or Springer/Abreu?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Herschel
4 years ago

@Herschel: Springer side

phil
phil
4 years ago

Would you start any of them today Folty, Manaea, Lucchesi ?

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

O’Day or Barraclough for possible saves?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

Bedrosian came in before Middleton yesterday. Then Bedrosian didn’t look real good. I’ll read that as Middleton is ahead of Bedrosian and behind Parker and Parker may be lousy. Not saying to pick Middleton exactly, but I do think it’s not a bad place to keep an eye. Throws 100 and has secondary. Converted catcher a la Kenley. How’s that for a tempting, meaningless equivalence?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve:
Since when did the scociopath do what’s right?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: NEVER

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Good insight, Oaktown. I, like Grey, also dropped Claudio for me.

malamoney
4 years ago

Was that a Weekend at Bernie’s reference I detected?

Pick two “closers”: Neris, Holland, Greene

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
4 years ago

12 team keeper league: Drop Pirela for Pujols for my UTL? Assume power and speed are of equal need.

Charlie
Charlie
4 years ago

Grey,

6×5 including ops, 10 team, h2h

Was worried about my pitching, had excess hitting, and an owner who was thin at 1st and I ended up making a trade two days ago.

My Rhys Hoskins and Tim Anderson for his Scherzer.

Was feeling pretty good about it until Tim decided to go off yesterday. Did I give up too much in the trade, or did I do well?

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Thank you!

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Charlie
4 years ago

@Charles Varon: You did fine. You picked up the guy that may well end up the season as the most valuable fantasy starting pitcher – you are not going to score that for a bunch of crud.

Ian
Ian
4 years ago

Thanks for post and I hope Moncada turns into somthing in my keeper league ( as I chose to keep him over Happ). Thoughts on Thor’s start?

Willy Mo
Willy Mo
4 years ago

Carlos martinez looked about as bad as he did in the spring. That was ugly. The mets walked like 40 times yesterday i think. The cards pen is atrocious.

Severino was sparkling prolly the most impressive pitching i saw all day. Def good job by ralph having him top 5.

Watch the springer home run in slo mo. Pretty sure he homered with his eyes closed. Maybe it was a Guriel dare “pretend you are darvish and try to hit a home run!”

I feel like matt davidson is for sure worth an add unless you are loaded with power. Looks like theres going to be a lot of homers hit this year again maybe even more than last year. So give me a 30 hr guy after the draft as a free agent, which davidson should be, right?

Willy Mo
Willy Mo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: he had 68 rbi in 414 at bats last year, that’s like 2/3 of a season. watch him go 32 and 95, but yeah no debate on the avg.

Mike
4 years ago

Made the mistake of watching the entire Phils game. My first anger management class is today. If anyone in the group is named Gabe…so help me Jesus.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Mike
4 years ago

@Mike: He was brutal. Talk about earning a loss.

Nola- Hoskins- WTF

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Mike
4 years ago

@Mike:

It was awful….The time is yours.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
4 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood:

Probably the only thing worse was the decision in philly sports this week was to play “Freindly Fire” Fultz so that he could take out Embiid

knucks
knucks
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
4 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Respectfully disagree. Phillies are holding fan tryouts for a Left Handed BP pitcher. Asking 100-200 Tony Lukes/Tommy Buhbotz to congregate in one place and strut their mediocre stuff is never a great decision.

Fultz looked great by the way, excited for him. Was at that game the other night. Just so grateful it wasn’t a knee or anything like that with Joel. He’ll be back. Sounds painful as hell though.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  knucks
4 years ago

@knucks:

kaplan thinks he can rely on that bullpen it is only one game but nola did’nt throw that many pitches he blew it.

Fultz has some crazy skills and hopefully he will be the player we all expected himt to be…….he looks good but no one is game planning for him yet other teams will figure out how to slow him down ….i think they should have kept him out of the mix at this point they don’t have any chemistry with him yet possibly part of the reason for the collision

Either way been along time since we all could enjoy the sixers…trust the process

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Mike
4 years ago

@Mike: Mike!!!

Really nice to see you again, man!

Sorry about the Phils loss. They will be special this year.

Hope all is well with you.

Cheers,
Ante

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Mike
4 years ago

@Mike:
Hey Mike, thanks for stoppin in, great to see you. Here’s to better things for the Phils and best of luck to you this season.

AND yeah, Kapler is a joke! Hopefully he only has a temp contract. lol

MP

Mike
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago

You too fellas :)

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 years ago

Marte hitting 6th? WTF.

Winker leading off, Yes! I mean sorry about Peraza hitting 7th.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche: High on Winker. Big Winks gonna get some.

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

@Grey: quick somebody Nancy Kerrigan Eaton.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Haha

Robert Schroeder
Robert Schroeder
4 years ago

Would you start Sanchez v NYYin a deep 16 man league or wait to see how he looks.?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
4 years ago

Gabe Kaplan needs to go back to Welcome back kotter he seems to have cr apped the bed yesterday. Phillies fans are already calling for his head! Ironically the same way they called for Doug Pedersons..

Had our draft yesterday here is my team please let me know what you think? Every year i forget how fast it moves. I was searching through my list and it drafted from my queue and i didnt realize so next pick i got Baumgarner. Should i just drop him? Also Shohei Ohtani went undrafted i know he is a risk but is there anybody on my list worth dropping to take a chance on him.

trea turner harper muchado kris bryant cody bellinger dee gordon starling marte aaron nola paxton brad hand ed diaz kole calhoun jay bruce will ramos madison bumgarner danny duffy taijuan walker lucus giolotio eric hosmer lance lynn edwin encarnacion

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
4 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood:

Just looking back on it out of the top 30 hitters i grabbed 9 of them in a 10 team H2H league. Small league so most of the teams will be good. the guy with #1 pick took Trout, degrom, and surprisingly D Price in 3rd round.

anyway thanks Grey and rest of razzball crew for all the insights

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
4 years ago

Hey Grey!

Would add Yonder or Jose Martinez over Chris Davis? My league is a 10 team 6×6(ops & holds are the extra cats).

Thanks, Homie!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  OldMilwaukeePounders
4 years ago

@OldMilwaukeePounders:

Jose! Of course.

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: Thanks, Grimey. I ended up going for Jose!

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks, Grey. It’s my last roster spot and a guy who will slide in to the CI spot after Machado gets his SS eligibility.

EZ
EZ
4 years ago

You like giolito this year?

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  EZ
4 years ago

@EZ: I love him. I think Grey is meh but he will come around.

Fred
Fred
4 years ago

I have Ohtani as a batter in my league, drop for Tim Anderson?

Fred
Fred
Reply to  Fred
4 years ago

@Fred:

Or pick up Jose Martinez?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Fred
4 years ago

@Fred: Drop your 2nd catcher as well and grab them both.

If you’re saying that you own Ohtani as a Bat only (is that Yahoo where he exists twice?), I’m not optimistic on holding and wasting a lineup spot. Would not have drafted that.

Fred
Fred
Reply to  knucks
4 years ago

@knucks:

I agree – it was a waste ill be honest, but mistakes get made

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

10 team h2h points league where saves are at a premium

My closers are Wade Davis, Sean Doolittle, Boxberger and the west african province of Dominic Leone. Greg Holland is somehow on the wire. I’ve got the #1 waiver claim so I could get Holland to replace Leone. I feel a little uncomfortable burning my #1 claim on a closer in the first week of the season. But if I don’t someone else will for sure. Would you go for it or hold back?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Chris
4 years ago

@Chris:
Saves at a premium haha good one!

Newbvic
Newbvic
4 years ago

Jose Martinez or Ian Desmond when focusing on R Sb and avg.

Newbvic
Newbvic
Reply to  Newbvic
4 years ago

@Newbvic: also add Cesar Hernandez and odubel herrea if you could rank those ty

dude
dude
4 years ago

5×5 roto keeper league, with limited FA pickups (I currently have 2). Do I drop Brach for Strickland or sit tight?

I took Dustin Fowler with last pick in the draft, which gives him a $1 salary. Pirela is available. Do I pick him up and drop Fowler? If so Pirela becomes a $10 player (value assigned to FA pickups). -This won’t matter unless these become players I want to keep as we have a salary cap for the 15 players.

dude
dude
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

We start season with 2 pickups, then get an additional one every 2 weeks.

hanklongball
hanklongball
4 years ago

Would you start Snell today against BOS at home, or is he still a matchup play for the time being?

Brooks Jacoby
Brooks Jacoby
4 years ago

Drop Smoak, Domingo Santana for Jose Martinez or pass on dropping either?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Brooks Jacoby
4 years ago

@Brooks Jacoby:
Smoak.
One day over reaction continues!

peacecoast
peacecoast
4 years ago

Hi Grey! It feels so good, like I am home again. Capi?

Curious, why is the website so slow? Is it traffic from all of us commenters?

I feel bad for all the Do I add Davidson now omg questions you are gonna get today. The way I see it is, with his K rate, if his final line is 230/30 HR then you just missed three of them.

Re: Gomorrah. Damn that Don Pietro is such an asshole. Seriously does he ever do/say anything nice to fucking anyone? I guess that is how you run a mob gang. Genny has some dead eyes too don’t he? And Ciro is the sexiest bald man alive.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  peacecoast
4 years ago

@peacecoast:

Patrizia is bad ass too!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 years ago

Archer Vs Archer? Is that like Kramer Vs Kramer?

Would you look at that? Markakis and Blach leading my NFBC team to the promised land.

Moneyball
Moneyball
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

That POS was 0/4 before Neris threw that splitter that didn’t split.
Yes, Neris is in my lineup.

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

@Grey: yes. Sale

Josh
Josh
4 years ago

In a nfbc league do you start a guy like Peraza vs Scherzer or wasting average?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Josh
4 years ago

@Josh: Will need to know your other option(s)

BSA
BSA
4 years ago

“Smell that? You smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
That’s what it is like to wake up to Grey’s morning round up after a long winter.
Seeing Tim Anderson’s two dingers is a bonus.

Carl
Carl
4 years ago

So Grey, can we all agree Lester is done?

Tigres
Tigres
4 years ago

Baseball is back! And so far the HR score is Matt Davidson 3, my team zero! I picked up Jose Martinez yesterday, as the dinger off of Syndergaard was leaving the yard – great sign (for him, and now hopefully me) that Cardinals start him on opening day.

Jeff
Jeff
4 years ago

Why are you concerned about Buxton? The fact that he was slotted eighth or that he was subbed out or that he had 2 strikeouts?

Justin
Justin
Reply to  Jeff
4 years ago

@Jeff:

Maybe the manager not trusting him?

Jeff
Jeff
Reply to  Justin
4 years ago

@Justin: I hope not. He’s my top OF in my 18-team dynasty league

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Jeff
4 years ago

@Jeff: All of those things!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Jeff
4 years ago

@Jeff:
I’d be worried about management in Minnesota. They have jerked this kid around so much, bringing him up to soon, and expecting him to be some kind of savior.

Buxton is a legit stud, he will figure it out, prolly needs a change of scenery.

Willie Mickey and the Duke
Willie Mickey and the Duke
4 years ago

Benching Brach…what order so you put these guys in a standard roto redraft league (all are available)
Holland, Strickland, Boxburger and N Jones
I will also love the Anderson brothers, Chase and Tim

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Willie Mickey and the Duke
4 years ago

@Willie Mickey and the Duke:

Drop Brach! Happy overreaction day!

Willie Mickey and the Duke
Willie Mickey and the Duke
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: I didn’t say I was cutting him..I have a bench spot and could use another closer

Racehorse
Racehorse
4 years ago

Does anyone know why waiver claims on the 2nd day of the season always seems to take longer than any other time during the season?

Usually I wake up to a new day to immediately see whether or not my waiver claims were successful.

But it just seems that Day 2 of the season I have to wait well into the morning.

Maybe it’s yahoo waiting on MLB? Or, considering Yahoo’s ridiculous Ohtani situation, it’s just Yahoo?

Regan
Regan
Reply to  Racehorse
4 years ago

@Racehorse: Yahoo crashed last night. Fantasy nerds killed it!

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  Regan
4 years ago

@Regan Sayer:
Ha, yeah exacly ~

My waiver claims just got processed …

Scooped up Mychal Givens in a 16 team dynasty w/holds = luv it!

Lost out on Greg Holland in a public 12 team h2h = crap

Win some, lose some.

Duda Want To Build a Snowman?
Duda Want To Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

[random italicized voice] Jo-MAMA could be an early season breakout!

Dubjay
Dubjay
4 years ago

Hey grey,
Lucked out in the closer carousel yesterday and managed to grab Strickland. Want to strike while the iron is hot so offering him up along with e.thames for j.smoak. hace I.desmond at 1b right now and that scares me a bit. Does this look like as great of a deal for me as I think it does?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dubjay
4 years ago

@Dubjay: Yes, if he accepts

TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
4 years ago

Great work my man, opening day was amazing. In my qs league, both my pitchers got yanked at 5.2 while having good games (corbin and teheran), i think this might happen a lot this year. You’re not dropping eddie rosario for jose martinez yet are you? This wouldn’t even be a question if gentry wouldn’t have robbed eddie haha. Thanks man.