We (me) have gone over the catchers2nd basemenshortstops and 3rd basemen to target, cause I have to do everything around here!  Look at me, throwing shade like a beach umbrella!  That makes sense…if you don’t think about it!  That’s what I want my bumper sticker to say, and then when I step out of my car, I want my clever t-shirt to say it too, “That makes sense….if you don’t think about it.”  How can I arrange my life so this happens?  I need a personal assistant.  “So, it says you worked as Kanye’s assistant and you bought mirrors for nine months straight….”  That’s me checking the CV of my favorite imaginary assistant.  Okay, so this post is all the outfielders that are being drafted after 200 overall that elicit uber-sexy feelings.  Last year, I featured Mitch Haniger, Stephen Piscotty, David Dahl, and Michael Taylor, who I’ve featured every year since 1922, but not this year!  Now, this is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Canada) supplement to the top 100 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2019 projections.   Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2019 fantasy baseball:

Austin Meadows (216 ESPN)  When Meadows lands in Tampa to try on new jersey, he’ll put a macaroni in his hat and call himself Brendan Byrne, and that is a jumble of puns for 2% of the population.  Meadows was a top 10 prospect, is still only 23 (!) and has easy 20/20 ability.  Put on your leotards covered in question marks, and riddle me this, Riddler:  Tommy Pham or Austin Meadows in 2019?  You answered wrong if you said Pham.  To read more:  Austin Meadows sleeper.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (222 NFBC, 202 ESPN, 202 Yahoo)  As I mentioned on the outfielders’ podcast, I was very close to writing a JBJ sleeper post, but I didn’t because it’s boring as all get-out to read about JBJ.  Sorta like his claim to fame of three walks in his first career game.  Now if he had one gam and three walks…  Any hoo!  He is not a boring name at all if you look at his Statcast data.  You could even say he’s a Statcast darling!  Statcast darlings are the Queen Bees of all the Sadie Hawkins dances, they wear Marchesa to their friends’ cotillions to show them true style and grace, and they stand in front of all puddles, waiting for a gentleman to lay his cape over the aqueous obstacle.  They also hit the ball hard.  The problem is he’s much more ground ball or line drive than fly ball, but, if he elevates a few ding-dongs, he could have a surprising season.

Domingo Santana (229 NFBC, 260 ESPN, 236 Yahoo)  Interesting (to me), that Domingo Santana found himself in a place where he will start again, but no one is back in on him.  Last time he had an everyday job, he was a top 20 outfielder.  Not sure why the shine is gone.  I’m not just saying this because ESPN and Yahoo’s rankings of him are goofy.  Even more informed players at NFBC are waiting on him until the 200’s.  Have none of you people heard of Sunday Funday?  What, you don’t like great fantasy outfielders and mimosas?

Randal Grichuk (235 NFBC, 240 ESPN, 243 Yahoo) I want the Jays to tear down the entire patriarchy of their team.  No more BJs!  That’s, uh, short for Blue Jays, but is also what Cougs shouted on our wedding night.  Quick clumsy comparison:  Grichuk is a cheap Khris Davis.  I will call him Grichukhris, and minds will be blown, unlike me after our wedding–Okay, moving on.

Ramon Laureano (247 ESPN, 216 Yahoo)   No foolsies here, he feels like an easy top 20 outfielder.  All he needs for it to happen is to become the A’s’ (not weird punctuation at all) leadoff hitter.  I went over the chances of that in my sleeper post, and not much has changed.  Chances are still high, which is also what they say about missing people and bud at Murder Mountain.  Laureano feels like a classic case of us getting to June and people being like, “Why didn’t I draft Laureano like Grey told me to?  Did I not think someone so handsome could also be so smart?”  To read more:  Ramon Laureano sleeper.

Cedric Mullins (304 NFBC, 273 ESPN, 278 Yahoo) Similar boat for me that Domingo’s paddling around in.  ESPN and Yahoo?  Sure, you can’t expect much from them, they actually thought it a good idea to make Matthew Berry their top fantasy analyst, but after 300 overall in NFBC?  That’s crazy to me.  To read more:  Cedric Mullins sleeper.

Daniel Palka (346 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo)  Admittedly, I am insanely high on Palka, and no one else is.  Palka’s family recently rang me up and was like, “Yo, you believe in Daniel more than anyone else in his life.  Can you be his agent and his mother?”  To read more:  Daniel Palka sleeper.

Greg Allen (383 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo) Indians are a legit mess from the top to bottom of their lineup, but all the better for scrubs and schmohawks to get some playing time.  Enter stage left:  Greg Allen and…he’s pulling a futon.  Sure, his name sounds like a furniture store, but he’s taking this too far.  Want a random prediction?  Allen outperforms Billy Hamilton for fantasy.  He just needs Hanley, CarGo, Leonys and Naquin to fail to produce.  Have I mentioned what a mess the Indians are?

Christin Stewart (481 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo) Unless you’re Robert Pattinson or on Team Edward, there’s no reason to not draft Christin Stewart if you need power.  If you are Team Edward or Robert Pattinson, she broke your heart and that’s a tough pill to swallow, but you’re better off knowing now.  You are now woke.  One might even say you’re an awarewolf.

  1. thatguy says:
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    Let’s face it, JBJ wouldn’t be on this list if he wasn’t on the Red Sox. Anywhere the top 200 is a huge overpay and he shouldn’t be rostered except in deep AL only leagues. Hard pass

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Gotta respectfully disagree (and I’m a yankee fan!). He made a real approach change in the second half last year (and had an awesome second half), linked directly to working with JDM’s magic sorcerer hitting coach (who he continued working with in the offseason) to do exactly what Grey said above…hit fewer ground balls and more hard fly balls. Who knows if it’ll work for JBJ and I’m obviously not saying he’ll be anything close to JDM at all, but that’s more than enough for an OF5 gamble .

    • Cram It says:
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      Nope. Grey’s only team bias is that he hates the Mets (because he secretly used to love them).

      • Luis Rivera says:
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        Grey has argued David Ortiz doesn’t belong in the Hall… so yeah, I’d say he’s got a Red Sox bias.

        • Justin says:
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          That’s because David Ortiz was using PEDs. Better at 40 than 26. Weird…

        • Cram It says:
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          Maybe he just doesn’t like Ortiz.

          But if he’s touting Bradley as evidence that he’s biased TOWARDS the Red Sox, how can hating Ortiz be evidence that he’s biased AGAINST the Red Sox? Which is it?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        he hates the Giants too.
        He secretly loves the Dodgers toooo much.

    • MookieBestt says:
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      JBJ was one of the 5 lowest in all of baseball for soft contact rate. When he makes contact, he hits it hard. His second half, after he mentioned starting to work with JD Martinez’s hitting coach, he hit .270 with 7 homers and 6 steals in 60 ABs. The playoffs he hit 3 more homers in 14 games. In that time frame, he cut his ground balls significantly. 10 homers, 7 steals in his last 74 games to end the season, with speed upside, and great lineup around him. I’ll happily take that for basically free.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Change thatguy to guythatsaysWUT

  2. Harley Earl says:
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    Gotta love this Laureano kid.

    I think he’ll be a fantasy darling if they’ll just let him run with the leadoff job!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Hopefully he hits and keeps it. Fowler got sent down but actually had a better spring. He’s only 24 and has 20/20 potential. Ramon will need to hit to Keep job or Dustin will be up to take it from him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll be hitting leadoff

      • Bbboston says:
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        What about Profar?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Profar

      • c says:
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        looks like GROSSman is leading off today.

    • Dave D says:
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      He’s hitting 8th. Grossman leads off.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        For now

        • Dave D says:
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          They really like Martini at leadoff for some reason. I’m pretty she he and Grossman platoon there unless they tank. I read several articles interviewing Bob Melvin and that is what he indicated.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d guess that’s the case for the first few weeks, but I’m hoping Laureano can play himself into 1 hole

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Great outfielders to target report!

    a. Signed up Mullins (90% drafted) dropping Brett Gardner (68% drafted). Mullins will be better if he steals more bases and corrects his splits, right? J/k, I think Gardner is past due. I signed up Gardner dropping Greg Allen so essentially I upgraded my 23rd round draft pick of Allen for Mullins, that’s gotta be positive, right? Damn, you are a tyrant, a slave driver and the definition of a terrorist as defined in this book…https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Dieux_ont_soif

    b. On a brighter note, signed up Kang, dropping Choi. I can’t have two Korean hitters on my bench and now that Kang has been confirmed at 3B and position scarcity is a real thing, Kang wins. That said, Choi is in his year 27 season after toiling like 8 years in so many organisations you kind of feel sorry for the guy. Haven’t seen him do well without a BABIP boost, I think it’s one of the key measures for a hitter. Like if you do well with a lower than career average BABIP then it’s the sign you are a good hitter – like that year Frank Thomas did alright despite a low BABIP – 1998, the year he only hit .265 after 7 straight seasons of 100 runs, 100 RBIS, .300+ BA, 20+ HR and 100+ BBs. Fantasy championships are won by using your brain and NOT your heart, right?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! A. Ha, thanks! B. Yes, sir!

  4. bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    In AL only, 8 keeper, 5×5 auction league, I have two injured OF’s at great keeper prices: Gallo $6; A. Hicks $7. What do you think about keeping these guys, given that I could replace them with guys like Shoemaker $5 and/or T. May $8 ?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d keep Gallo and Hicks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  5. Sean says:
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    Grey,

    Need some keeper help, but I’m probably overthinking this issue. I can pick 4 keepers and my 2 locks are Soto (12th Rd) and Flaherty (21st). I need to pick 2 out of Corbin (11th), Albies (14th), Rosario (13th), Taillon (11th or 10th if Corbin is kept). My gut says Albies and Corbin, but I like the idea of keeping Flaherty, Corbin, and Tailon as a 1,2,3 punch and can draft my hitters in my first 8 picks. Thoughts?

    • bigbear says:
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      Not Rosario (you can draft him if you want/need him). I’d go with the 3 SPs there too and load up on hitters with the first 8 rounds myself.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Albies and Corbin for me.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Albies and Corbin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  6. Slappy Jack says:
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    Nice piece FML Albright!

    I think Meadows has only had two healthy seasons since 2013, he makes me nervous. But I want to love him !

    I saw a sign that read ‘Join us on the BJ Bus ‘ during the Toronto spring game… It took me a minute to figure out it meant Blue Jays. Canadians are weird.

    I’m all over Domingo and Mullins at their ADP, it’s like free money!

    • Grey

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      Ha! Nice on the bus… Totally on Domingo and Mullins

  7. Grey, dynasty league what order on these Colorado Rockies? David Dahl-Garrett Hampson-Ryan Mcmahon ? thanks for the help, Jeff

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      I feel like you ranked them. Dahl way over the others, Hampson way over McMahon (even though it’s certainly possible that the Rockies playing McMahon a ton over Hampson this year, even though they shouldn’t’).

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with Duda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  8. AYL says:
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    12 team 5×5 H2H redraft. Got the following proposal:

    I trade Wheeler and Bellinger and get back Guerro and Pivetta.

    Who wins?

    • Cram It says:
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      Hold

    • bigbear says:
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      Wheeler/Belli all day in a redraft.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  9. bigbear says:
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    Dang Cougs! Playing hard ball… False advertisement I tell you!

    Here’s to Sunday and Laureano having a bang up year! And I can see JBJ and/or Allen SAGNOFing on my teams at some point throughout the season.

    • Grey

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      I know! I’m hoping so on Sunday Laureano

  10. Cram It says:
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    I have Domingo, Palka AND Mullins in my NFBC outfield….starting for now. *Fingers crossed*

    • knucks says:
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      Same.

      And praying that Domingo does not double dong in one or both of the games this week, cause most of my drafts go down Friday through Opening Day and I’m hoping to be able to grab him close to his current ADP.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yup. Hopefully he’s 0 for 9 with 5 Ks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so!

  11. Nick says:
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    Here is how it went :

    C. Alfaro (i have him in ALL my team!)
    1B. Goldy / Aguilar / Pete Alonso
    2B. Altuve / G.Hampson
    3B. Shaw / Senzel / I.Happ
    SS. Treat / T.Anderson
    OF. Acuña / Springer / DDAhl / Castellanos

    Steady performers and youg batters ! ,, and many of your sleeper targets
    I may miss some SBs stat…
    Most interesting on FA : Bader, but i have OF allready

    SP. Bauer / Corbin / Severino
    RP. KJ / T.May / W.Smith
    P. Yu Darvish / Z.Eflin / Lucchesi / Eovaldi / Woodruff

    Yu was my worse pick @131… cause i missed on Bieber, Hader, Castillo, and Y! rank screwed me … i’d better picked up EdRod or Glasnow
    –> would you trade Yu ? for Wu? (those listed right here?! maybe Pivetta as well)
    or NOT : Yost is pretty high on him!

    with NA spot i still can add 1 player :
    Hunter Strikland for Saves?
    M.Wacha / Chacin / F.Peralta to complete the starters?
    … i have no Holds stats yet … Pressly in Houston? Baez or Alexander in LAD to backup KJ?

    • bigbear says:
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      You should be fine with SB (especially if Hampson plays).

      I assume you can’t start all of those bench bats. If that’s the case, I’d drop Anderson and Happ for other needs in the starting lineup (holds, SP). You might be high on them, but if you can’t use them daily then they don’t add that much value to your team. As Grey would say, Cyclops them with your monocle.

      If Ed Rod is available grab him. Use the NA slot to stash someone (don’t care how, Strickland sounds good if he’s an NA, Tatis…).

      Not sure I’d drop Yu, but if you can find a buyer go for it. Maybe you can package one of those droppable guys above with Yu. I bet Altuve and Yu might have enough eye candy to get someone of interest too. You could slide Shaw into the 2B slot then and start Senzel.

      • Nick says:
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        Thanks for the analysis Bear,

        Altuve might be tradable now before getting injured for real.
        Yu is not droppable, but i already sent 1/1 trades for SPs

        The guy who picked Tatis has Archer or Tanaka… to go with a combo trade
        and he ‘s got Villar Segura at 2B/SS spots

        Senzel is my NA spot for now… so i have an open space after the draft !!

        and No Edrod been picked right after Yu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with bigbear

      • Nick says:
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        Agree on ?

        ? to trade Altuve for a top /good SP?
        –> which one? Buehler!?

        ? to drop T.Anderson, Happ , else??
        or combo trade with Yu?

        my picking strategy follows your “Pitchingpairing – Foaming lips: Bauer/Corbin/Lucchesi + a bit of Butter deodorant and adulting with Eovaldi / Eflin

        as soon as Severino is back i’ll be good
        only mistakenly picked Yu too soon, what’s your feeling?

        if you name it
        would’YU pick Freddy Peralta or Wacha ?

  12. BadFantasyManager says:
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    Excellent post! Both Palka and Mullins are available on my league, but I don’t know how helpful can they be when my league has Net Stolen Bases; K against, and other things that I don’t remember.

    On another subject, Is McMahon going to win the 2B gig over Hampson? How crazy are the Rockies to pay Murphy, and then don’t know what to do with two good players… Oh well, in the scenario of McMahon winning the position, who would you want between him and Goodrum?

    • bigbear says:
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      I’d go with McMahon.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      McMahon over Goodrum for me also

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  13. Jc says:
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    1. Please pick two from this group…..12 teamer, H2H league with ten hitting categories. HR, BB, Ks, 1B, 2B, 3B, R, RBI, SB, Ave.

    Margot, J O’Neill, A Jones, Bruce, Flores, Adames, Palma, White, Mullins, Trumbo, T O’Neil, Healy, Avasail, Kang,.

    2. Please pick three for holds and ratios….Britton, Ottavino, Seranthony, Presley, Braiser.

    Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Adames, Mullins

      2. First 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  14. The Sportsguy says:
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    Speaking of Greg Allen…PT projection to start the season ? (Before failures of guys listed in article)…I’ve seen projected lineups with him as starter both ways and others that don’t list him as a starter at all

    • Grey

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      I don’t see why he’s out of the lineup right now, but I see that he is… Hoping he’s back in to start the year, I honestly don’t know PT for him to start year, but hoping he gets 400+ ABs on year and 20+ SBs

  15. bigbear says:
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    Austin Hays was optioned.

    Gio signed with the Yanks.

    McMahon had another good game… Combined with Hampson hammy, I beginning to think 2B is McMahon’s job to lose.

    • Grey

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      And he’ll lose it

      • bigbear says:
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        And get it back. Rinse/repeat…

  16. prey879 says:
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    Thanks for the read!

    Just did a draft and already have an offer on the table:

    Give: Matt Strahm and Tim Anderson
    Get: Tyler Glasnow and Willy Adames

    Trade analyzer says don’t but looking at your rankings I’m thinking of doing it. I have Mondesi as my shortstop so Anderson’s just a bench bat.

    It’s a 12 team redraft 5×5 OBP & QS league.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want the Glasnow side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with DT

  17. Timmy says:
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    Would you pick-up Luke Voit or Domingo Santana to replace any of Tim Anderson, Nick Senzel, or Eloy Jimenez to start the year? They would all be bench bats to start

    Current team:
    C: Wellington Castillo
    1b: Olson
    2b: Albies
    3b: Bryant
    SS: Mondesi
    OF: Betts, Springer, Soto, Dahl

    Redraft league w/ OBP instead of Avg.

    • bigbear says:
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      Normally I’d go with Domingo here for secured playing time. But your OF is full on beast mode. So I think I’d roll the dice with Luke Voit over Anderson. If Voit gets the gig, then he could outperform Olson.

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Agree with Big Bear

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

      • Timmy says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      do you have pitchers?

      • Timmy says:
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        lol my pitching doesn’t look as good but i snagged a couple of Grey’s favs.

        Flaherty, Clevinger, Lucchesi, Bieber, Strahm, Mccugh, Gibson

  18. Jj says:
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    What happens to Palka when Eloy comes up?
    Does Jay go to center and Engle sits?
    Or does Palka go to the bench?

    • Grey

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      Hoping Jay is to the bench

  19. Henry Rowengartner says:
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    Hey Grey!i just finished my 12 team h2h 5×5 with obp league draft. I kept turner and Acuna. I love my hitting but my pitching makes me nervous. What are your thoughts.

    C – Jorge Alfaro
    1B – Anthony Rizzo
    2B – Adalberto Mondesi
    3B – Travis Shaw
    SS – Trea Turner
    OF – Ronald Acuna
    OF – George Springer
    OF – David Dahl
    OF – Nomar Mzazara
    Util- Harrison Bader
    Util – Garrett Hampson
    Bn – Luis Urias
    Bn – Didi Gregorius
    Bn – Francisco Mejia
    Bn – Willy Adames

    P – Mike Clevinger
    P – Jake Flaherty
    P – Joey Lucchesi
    P – Rich Hill
    P – Nathan Eovaldi
    P – Raisel Iglesias
    P – Mychal Givens
    P – Arodys Vizcaino
    Bn – Shane Greene
    Bn – Chad Green
    Bn – Collin McHugh
    Na – Brent Honeywell

    • Cram It says:
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      Rosenbagger! Runamucker!

      Your pitching looks like a Razzball-approved staff.

    • packers2018 says:
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      You have plenty of speed. Seems like you can lose Hampson for sure and your bench hitters to free up roster space for pitchers. With so much speed your power is lacking.

    • bigbear says:
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      Lose Mejia (or Alfaro). No need for 2 C’s. Lose Urias. It’s only a matter of time for Tatis to bump him (maybe he’ll still play 2B, but maybe not). Grab a couple of SPs in their spots.

      Stash Didi when he’s DL’d. Keep Hampson/Adames for now.

      You might be ok with HR if Mondesi, Shaw, and Dahl live up to expectations.

      • Henry Rowengartner says:
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        That’s exactly what I’m thinking. My power seems to be in a much better spot then it looks if those guys live up to expectations.

    • Grey

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      Agree with others, especially bigbear

  20. Hip hip jorge says:
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    Looking for more relief help – would you trade Braun for Jordan Hicks (Domingo Santana is a FA and would replace Braun for me)

    • Hip hip Jorge says:
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      Oh and it’s saves/holds!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sure. Domingo over Braun for me in the first place…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  21. Wally Pipp says:
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    domingo santana could be primed for like a matt kemp breakout.

    side note- im fading ozuna. he had a shoulder issue that zapped his power last year, he fought through the pain (never good) shot up cortisone and had a decent finish to the season but def messed himself up in the process of playing through it. then off season surgery to remove scar tissue. his shoulder is jacked still. hes got no power right now. i know we dont want to rely on spring but hes got 4 singles and 1 double in 32 at bats. im real concerned about him and am avoiding because i dont think hes healthy.

    • packers2018 says:
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      Agree. There are plenty of quality players at hid ADP to choose from.

    • Grey

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      Agreed with you and packers

  22. Crime dog says:
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    Roster resource has Austin Meadows in a platoon. I don’t get it, his splits look identical from either side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t either, but knowing the Rays everyone is in some sort of platoon except Snell

      • crimedog says:
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        haha yes, even their pitchers are platooned (except Snell). Meadows kind of reminds me of Benintendi without the split issues. Play him every day!

        • Grey

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          Agreed!

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    12 team 5×5 OBP. Saves plus holds. H2h.

    C – Jorge Alfaro
    1B – J.Gallo
    2B – Adalberto Mondesi
    3B – J.Candelario
    SS – Trea Turner
    MI – O.Albies
    CI – R.Braun
    OF –G.Stanton
    OF – V.Robles
    OF – David Dahl
    OF – E.Jiminez
    Util- J.Bauers
    Util – R.McMahon
    Bn – Luis Urias
    Bn – S.Ohtani
    Bn – A.Hayes

    P – T.Bauer
    P – Miles Mikolas
    P – Joey Lucchesi
    P – Robbie Ray
    RP – Raisel Iglesias
    RP – Edwin Diaz
    RP – J.Familia
    P – R.Pressly
    P – R.Brasier
    BN. C.Kimbrel
    BN. A.Ottovino
    BN.K.Freeland
    BN.A.Wood

    Wish I had 1more so in 20-30 range and I realized in rd. 24 out of 29 I had zero 3b. Grabbed Candelario and McMahon soon after. So that’s a glaring hole. All my late round sleeper hitters got nabbed right be before I picked so I’m short a good bat on bench/utl spot…..P.Alonso/F.Reyes/C.Mullins/D.Santana….other than that 5hi k team had a chance.

    Prolly need to secure another so along the way and Hope Eloy…Hays….and Ohtani get here sooner than later.

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      I would offer one of your RPs for a 3B/UTL bat

      • LightBlack says:
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        Thanks what I was thinking. Thanks for the input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Benintendo, see if you can pull off a trade of one of your RPs

      • LightBlack says:
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        Sounds good I’ll give it a try. Thanks Second Coming!!

        On a fucking hilarious note….Second Coming autotexted as Sexy Cumming at first. Almost left it….almost.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey now!

  24. Christian Warne says:
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    Who has a better year Meadows or Buxton?

    • Cram It says:
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      See rankings

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      BUXTON!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust Buxton at all

  25. zombie says:
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    Mullins, Allen & even Happ went undrafted and/or already dropped in our H2H 12 Teamer. Replace Odubel (who unfairly is already somehow pissing me off before the season even starts.) with any of them? Could use additional SBs, but hesitant; tempted to wait & see what Odubel might do in that Phili lineup versus the upside of those three options. But don’t think that they remain on the waiver wire to have that luxury. THANKS. Great list.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      They’re all very fringe players in a 12 teamer. Probably Mullins for me but hold on loosely…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with DT

      • zombie says:
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        Thanks, gents!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. bacca72 says:
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    12 team 5×5 OBP. Saves+Holds

    1. Have choice between pick 8 and 9 (awesome!) Does it matter? Prob going to choose 8 and hope Yelich or Turner fall if a few pitchers go.

    2. Really enjoyed your draft pairings, what type of pairings would you be looking for at 8 in an OBP league?

    3. Do you think there is that much of a difference between Stanton and Judge? Stanton is ranked 5 in OBP in Rudy’s rankings (judge 14) but Judge had a .50 points higher OBP last year (.343 Stanton .392 Judge). Also projecting 11 few HRs and 30 fewer RBIs for Judge. Curious as to your thoughts as Judge on the turn seems like a solid option if I go IF for the first pick and Stanton in the first round seems high.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d want 8. For OBP If he falls, I’d grab Harper and try pair up with Altuve. Otherwise I’d look to pair Turner up with Judge for if possible.

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      Turner/Judge, Machado/Judge, Bregman/Harper, Arenado/Stanton are some of the pairs I would target

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      8 2. Harper and anyone in OBP is insane value at 8 — maybe Harper/Machado? Be totally fine with that 3. I follow Rudy’s rankings for my OBP leagues, seriously, my rankings are not OBP — of course, my blurbs could help to tell you where my head is at on a player, but Rudy’s OBP rankings are what I use

      • bacca72 says:
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        Thank you!

  27. Ryan Kearney says:
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    I’m grabbing Domingo late-ish every chance I can get

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I had him in more leagues, but only 1 so far

  28. Matt says:
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    Had my 1st draft last night. 12 team 6×6 (ops + qs).

    C – Mejia
    1b – Bellinger
    2b – Baez
    3b – Donaldson
    SS – Segura
    Of – Acuna
    Of – Soto
    Of – Springer
    Util – C Taylor
    Util – D Santana
    SP – Marquez, Lucchesi, E-Rod, Bieber, Ray, Musgrove, Williams
    RP – Hader, Vizcaino, Bradley, Steckenrider
    BN – P Alonso, Minter

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you’re great on OPS and balance on hitting, though I hate Donaldson, but that’s a small thing… Your pitching is exactly as I would draft it — nice team!

  29. RePete says:
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    Deep 14-Team H2H OBP Keep 6 Forever League;

    C – Contreras
    1B – Hoskins
    2B – Mondesi
    SS – Trea
    3B – Rendon
    MI – Luis Urias
    CI – Voit
    5 OF – Judge, Ozuna, Puig, McCutchen, Schwarber
    Util – Braun
    BE – Kyle Tucker, Bird (holding until Voit gets the nod)

    SP – Price, Wheeler, Ray, Ryu, M. Gonzales, Woodruff, Eflin, Stroman, Junis
    RP – Iglesias, Strickland, Morrow, Rosenthal

    My pitching seems pretty weak; do you think I could get by or should I trade from my OF depth to improve? Once the season starts I can move Tucker to my NA slot and Morrow to my IL slot to add 2 players but not much left in waivers.

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      Your hitting is loaded! Trade one of those OF and get yourself a young SP 3-4 is what Id do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Benintendo

  30. Ray says:
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    Need some pitching depth in 12-team mixed H2H, 6×6 OPS/QS. Was offered Clevinger for Cruz. Think I have enough power. Fair trade?

    • Cram It says:
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      Clevinger

      • Old School Brother says:
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        OPS league I’d keep Cruz

        • Cram It says:
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          But if he needs the arm, it’s fair in H2H.

          Side note, how long can Cruz keep this up? He’s gonna be 39 this year.

          • Old School Brother says:
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            As long as he keeps up the roads

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      Rudy’s projections loved Cruz (top 20) for my OBP and SLG league, I’d hold

    • Donkey Teeth

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      It’s fair…take it if you need the pitching

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  31. NLonley says:
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    I noticed everyone on your list is in the AL. I always look forward to these posts to target guys in my NL Only league.

    Do you have any NL names on par or just below these guys you recommend targeting? Thanks!!

  32. Benintendo64 says:
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    Just had my draft last night, 10 team H2H. There’s still so many good players available on waivers! Would appreciate your thoughts fellow razzballers.

    Hitting: HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG
    C- Jansen
    1- Gallo
    2- Murphy
    3- Suarez
    SS- Story
    OF- Betts, Judge, Dahl
    Bench- D Santana, Eloy

    Available FAs: Voit, Laureano, Meadows, Hampson, McMahon, Palka

    Pitching: QS, ERA, WHIP, K/9, S+H

    SP: Flaherty, Marquez, Lucchesi, Bieber, Ryu, Paddack, Strahm
    RP: Hader, Dominguez, Betances, D Castillo, Pressley

    Available: M Gonzales, Maeda, Stripling, Skaggs, A Wood

    Side note- 10 teams sucks! Too many good players that went undrafted

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      Oops.. forgot I have Muncy and Shaw in my 2 Utility spots too

    • Cram It says:
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      Gonna be good players out there in that shallow of a league. You have the rankings. But at first blush, maybe Stripling over Castillo or Pressley.

      • Benintendo64 says:
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        Since Eloy is starting in AAA would you swap for Palka or should I hold Eloy for now?

        • Cram It says:
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          Hold Eloy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woof! Hold Eloy

      Maybe what Cram said

  33. Five-on-One says:
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    Please rank the following four as bench bats (6 player bench, 4 occupied by pitchers):

    JBJ, Wendel, McMahon

    Currently have JBJ and Wendel, but thinking that McMahon will be more valuable than either if he gets the everyday 2B job in Colorado.

    Also, start any over Laureano?

    Last question – Any issue with grabbing Oak/Sea guys just for the 2 games in Japan? It is a separate scoring period for us, only risk is that you could lose the guys you drop for the quick fix. Hitters available to grab (Grossman, Semien, Bruce, Healy) or RP (Soria). Suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Laureano, JBJ, Wendle…..McMahon

  34. Dave Funnell says:
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    Great article Grey. Love these targeting lists.

    Do any of the above players apply to points leagues? Laureano is still available. I wanted him but it never happened in my auction. Would you drop Eaton, Braun, Schoop or Dickerson for him?

    Or maybe I package two of them for a SP upgrade like Price.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Package sounds like way to go — Eaton/Braun for Price?

  35. Launch Angle says:
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    Grey,

    Would you give up Muncy to get Dahl? I can move Hoskins to 1B when eligible and I have Shaw at 3B. I also have Voit on the bench to back up 1B. Got a couple nods in favor and wanted to get your vote.

    • Chucky says:
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      Dahl seems like the kind of player who’s best served at home v RHP. Muncy’s OBP leads me to believe 2018 is somewhat repeatable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  36. Ghost says:
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    Grey your Expertise please! Long time Reader!!! Love your Style!!
    10 team Roto, 3 Keeper League, Auction draft. Avg, R, Hr, RBI, SB ~ Sv, QS, K, Whip, ERA.
    Who do I keep?
    $39 Just Dong
    $29 Goldie
    $24 Soto
    $22 Whit
    $20 Vlad
    $20 Buehler
    $17 Adalberto Mondesi (Really want to keep afraid of his regression.)
    $16 Corbin
    $14 Andujar
    $13 German Marquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Dong, Soto, then bunch of hard calls… I guess Buehler so you have a top pitcher at a decent price

  37. OaktownSteve says:
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    Heya Albondigas…hope you don’t mind if I drop my bold predictions for the year here.

    Jackie Bradley Jr will go 20/20/.270 and be a top 100 player. Craig Wallenbrock…enough said. My favorite target player this season.

    Speaking of Craig Wallenbrock the hitting guru, one of the new narratives worth paying attention to is the guys who use Driveline or private hitting coaches. I missed on Bauer last year because I hadn’t caught up with the work he put in during the last couple of off seasons. These coaches seem to be effective, but there’s also an indicator there of who is all in committed to improving their game. I’ll take two Driveline guys for my bold prediction here. I’ll say Kyle Zimmer will finish the year as the Royals closer with 20 plus saves and Tyler Beede will be the Giants most valuable pitcher from July 1st on.

    Jose Berrios will be a top 10 pitcher… Berrios appears to be a horse and was one of the 16 guys to hit 200 Ks last year. He’s shown a new two seamer with more downward action this spring that can help round out an arsenal that relied heavily on the four seam fastball and curveball. Only 24 and entering his 3rd full season.

    …and all four of the Twins other starters (Gibson, Pineda, Odorizzi, Perez) will be mixed league relevant. Martin Perez has been a personal punching bag for me over the years. The A’s Joel Pinata’d him a number of times. So, when I heard he was hitting 97 on the gun this spring I was pretty much hell no. The Twins were on my radar. Good park and great division match ups. Turns out they’re basically running their own Driveline Academy in house. Makes sense. After years of showing nothing but potential, Kyle Gibson finally took a step forward last year. His final numbers aren’t indicative of how good he was for stretches. If you can turn Perez’ flat fastball into 97 with run and his terrible slider into a nasty cutter, you know I’m pretty much sold on the whole Twins package.

    Freddy Peralta will average better than 13 k/9. I don’t know how the Brewers will use him and I’m not sure what the results will be, but when he’s staying up in the zone with that fastball he’s untouchable. There’s a bit of Mariano Rivera to him in that he’s got a funky spin that seems unlike anything hitters are used to. Last year he was sitting 91-92. This spring he’s been 94-95. The curve is a work in progress but it has bite when he buries it. Tons of fun to watch.

    Amed Rosario will go 15/35/.270, end the year hitting lead off for the Mets and be a top 12 SS. Just 23, went 5 HR 18 SB in just 265 second half ABs. Brought his K rate below 20%, more than doubled his BB rate, jumped his exit velo by 3 mph, upped his hard hit rate by 7%. All accounts say spring looks like the new approach only improving. All indicators pointing up.

    At the end of the year the Braves 3 most valuable starters will be Kyle Wright, Touki Toussant and Max Fried. Wright looks extremely polished and stood out from the crowd in the 5th starter competition. Toussant has been a darling in the prospector world it seems like. I haven’t seen him. I have seen Fried. If he can command the fastball he’s going to be real dang good. The secondary stuff is good. Already seen the K upside. But this is also about fading the rest of the Braves pitchers. Folty is a regression candidate. His Ks should come down and now there’s a balky arm. Teheran sees to have shown us who he is. Ditto Gausman. Not a fan of Newcomb. The stuff doesn’t pass the eye test for me.

    Frankie Montas (or somebody like him) will win 15 games. I’m surprised that there hasn’t been more talk in the fantasy community about Ryan Yarbrough’s 16 win season last year. That’s very fantasy relevant. The loophole in the rules that often awards the win to the “bulk” guy following the opener is something we’ll have to pay attention to. In weekly leagues where you can get some streaming, if you get two appearances out of the bulk guy you could be looking at 9 innings, 7 or 8 Ks and a pair of wins. Plus you get a guy who will only face the opposing top of the line up once per appearance. Guys I think who might get that gig this year include Montas, Bassitt, Mengden, Nick Kingham, Jordan Lyles, Yarbrough, Yanny Chirinos, Ryan Borucki and Buchholtz.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Good stuff oak!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed Rosario will be a top 12 SS — I thought you said bold? Kidding!

      Good stuff and agree on JBJ, Berrios and all the Twins starters and why I wanted to bet for them to win the World Series… I don’t agree with the Braves SPs note. I think Bryse Wilson, Max Fried, Touki and Wright will have stretches, but I think they’ll also have roofies, especially Fried and Touki

  38. FrankGrimes says:
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    $430 Million!?!
    $$$ cha mother f’n ching $$$

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — that’s Genarro in South America type money

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Genny!
        I got to rewatch the first three seasons.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just did!

  39. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    Kang worthy of pick up? hes got power, but im not sure about obp. points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not unless the league is very deep

  40. Gotime says:
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    Looking for some keeper help since this is my 1st year taking over the old team.
    12tm 6×6 keeper. Auction draft $260 budget. You can keep players after this year for 5 years max.
    Drafted:
    Soto $31
    Mondesi $20
    A Rendon $15
    Bader $10
    Lucchesi $7
    Ed-Rod $7
    Beyond this year, how many would you extend and for what term? No limit to how many to keep. They would be kept at their draft prices Appreciate the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So 5 of 6? Lose Bader

      • Gotime says:
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        Thanks Grey, you confident keeping the others at another 4 years? Or pitching for shorter term, and Rendon shorter term because of age?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto, Mondesi, for 5 years — Rendon for 3 years, pitchers for a year

  41. Matty says:
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    PSA for anyone playing in an ESPN League (although hopefully I’m just a dolt and everyone knows this):
    In my dynasty draft last night there was a setting on ESPN that the commissioner couldn’t change (or maybe didn’t want to…) that required teams to fill out their empty roster slots. One team had only two catcher slots available and was forced to draft catchers. I had some dual eligible guys occupying starter spots and got stuck drafting three relievers and sitting on the sidelines while Mondesi went for $17 (I didn’t neeeed him, buy wouldn’t be sad if price enforcing left me with him).
    Like I said, I wasn’t privy to the inner workings, so maybe this is avoidable, but I wanted to make sure other people didn’t get stuck with $1 middle relievers and fighting on the waiver wire. (At least some of these guys are still available for me).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  42. Warren says:
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    Drafted Sunday..just missed out on a few players but still relatively pleased with how things shook out. OBP 10 team keeper league

    Biggest need is at SS which I punted with a Didi DL stash; hoping Hampson gets the starting gig because I feel a hair light on speed. Otherwise what should I look out for?

    C Realmuto
    1B Rizzo
    2B Odor
    3B Shaw
    SS Hampson (Didi on DL)
    OF Acuna Jr
    OF Soto
    OF Dahl
    U Senzel
    NA Vladdy Jr
    NA Tatis Jr

    SP Buehler
    SP Wheeler
    SP Morton
    SP Ray
    SP Hill
    RP Yates
    RP Leclerc
    BN Castillo
    BN E-Rod
    BN Paddack

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t see anything bothering me except Morton and Ray

  43. Five-on-One says:
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    Any issue with grabbing Oak/Sea guys just for the 2 games in Japan? It is a separate scoring period for us, only risk is that you could lose the guys you drop for the quick fix. Hitters available to grab (Grossman, Semien, Bruce, Healy) or RP (Soria). Suggestions? Can you rank the available guys and let me know if any are worth using in a 5×5, 12 teamer (mixed)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitter-Tron is set up to rank hitters available… I wouldn’t drop guys just for a 2 games series

  44. johnnyhobbes says:
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    soooo, what up? i have meadows and Laureano thanks to your sleeper posts over the winter. domngo on waivers… guys i could part ways with now … jake Bauers? OR wait until freakin didi gets IL’d and then pick up domingo. But obviously im risking someone else taking action before then. I’m getting worried about playing time for meadows, and Bauers, and Laureano for that matter. Points league so playing time is the main underlying issue ontop of performance. I also want to keep basically no bench bats and stream double starts or what ever Rudy’s machine tells me to do with the most options possible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Bauers for now

  45. ozzie smith says:
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    10 team league h2h 5×5 redraft.
    12 innings minimum pitched per week.
    4 moves allowed per week, daily lineup construction.
    C, 1b, 2b, 3b, SS, CI, MI, OF, OF, OF, Util
    Sp, Sp, RP, RP, P, P, P, P
    Five bench slots

    I’m trying to follow your rankings closely FML as they have served me well the past few seasons. With a league set up like this where would you start drafting starting pitching?
    I’m contemplating not even drafting starters until I have all my hitters in place and about a half dozen closers/ top middle relievers since it’s only 12 innings minimum pitched per week.
    What are your thoughts on this strategy, the guys in this league have a tendency to draft a lot of starters early.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think you need very good SPs, but I would draft them… Maybe start around Castillo section of the pitcher ranks, then draft about 5 over the course of the draft… You don’t want to punt Ks and Wins

  46. Leon says:
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    Have a slow power team with no steals in a AVG/OBP/SLG format. (7X7)HOLDS, QS, Saves Judge(RF)/correa(SS)/albies(2b)/hoskins(1b)/conforto(OF)/glasnow/luchesi.. how would you handle drafting steals. Would you take the hit on a Low avg low obp low slg speedster…not sure…. player pool came out for the draft, would like some thoughts on who you would consider to take with a team like mine. Doesn’t have to be speed, but curious who you would consider. name a few please. thanks.!

    brantley, devers, peraza, miggi cab, hamilton, Cesar hernandez, M. smith, profar, nimmo, bader, kepler, meadows, Voit, Eaton, moustakas, A, hicks, Ramon Laureano, Domingo San., Bauers, Smoak, Garret Gampson

    Rasiel iglesias, david robertson, leclerc, hader, other saves guys.

    Eduardo Rodriguez, L. Castillo, Morton, Eovaldi,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try to get ten SBs from everyone you can or draft Trea Turner or Mondesi

    • Leon says:
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      Happ, Luis Urias, Mejia, Ryan Zimm as well.

  47. Evil Knebel says:
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    Largely thanks to you Grey, and some interesting choices by my competition my 10 team 6×6 obp qs draft went outstanding.
    Alfaro
    Abreu
    Odor
    Bregman
    Bryant
    Mondesi
    Moose
    Yelich
    Acuna
    Buxton
    Eloy
    Puig
    D Santana
    Schoop

    Carrasco
    Taillon
    Flaherty
    Bieber
    Darvish
    Glasnow
    Kikuchi
    Hader
    Leclerc
    W Smith
    Sir Anthony.

    Think I may need to hunt down more power but otherwise love the look of this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sweet team! I like the sexiness of it and balance on hitting… Pitching is crazy too… Nice team!

  48. Sad Keanu says:
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    You have Pham at 114 and Meadows at 209 in your top 500 rankings but telling us to draft Meadows over Pham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pham’s ADP is 55 overall, if you can get him at 114 more power to you

  49. Greenie says:
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    Doesn’t Cargo kinda tank poor Greg Allan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t help, but let’s see if CarGo can even get on field and play

  50. RoarOf84 says:
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    6×6, 10 team

    Would you trade or hold?

    My Dahl, Leclerc, and Darvish

    For

    His Pham, Diaz, and Marquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  51. Salvatore Grieco says:
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    Its funny you mentioned greg allen and hamilton in the same breath. In my keeper league someone offered Upton and Tanaka for Greg Allen and Hamilton. Meanwhile they have Marte Enciarte, Baez, Story, and Myers as a steal source already

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are also character names on Orange is the New Black

      • Old School Brother says:
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        Ha!

  52. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey who do you like as a flier in a w l qs k k/9 league

    Chad Green
    Caleb Smith
    Dakota Hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith

  53. William Hung says:
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    Brad Peacock is looking like he’s getting a rotation spot – is he in the Strahm/Paddack tier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s in the rotation until Whitley is called up or Josh James starts games… He’s ranked

  54. Dave Funnell says:
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    Looking to pounce here on some relatively unknowns….at least to me and apparently my league.

    In a pts league, I stumbled upon Trevor Richards and Pablo Lopez of the Marlins. Both have looked great this spring. In my league, it’s all about individual players. Points for outs and innings pitched loss if give up a hit, walk, HR. No ERA or WHIP.

    Should I pick these guys up now for $1 and see how things go? I currently have deGrom, Kluber, Berrios as my SP and a lot of RP for (hopefully) easy points.

    I would drop Braun and Eaton (who are depth on my bench) for these two. Thoughts? I just know very little about them, but was encouraged by a few articles I read (Stottelmyre called these the best arms he’s coached) and the performances this spring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, grab both

  55. Brett says:
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    Grey

    need some keeper help. 12 team league 260 budget and keep 5 players. drafted players can be kept in year 2 at draft price and in year 3 can be kept at draft price and then lose them after the season. or in year 3 you can contact a player which will increase their price $5 in year 3 and then each year of contact their price goes up $5. Pick ups can only be kept the year after picked up at $5 or faab bid whichever is more.

    i need help with determining if i should contract Bennitendi?

    current keepers

    i have Machado under contract this year at 34 and next year at 39
    Baez at 13 in year 2. I can keep/contract in 2020
    Acuna at 17 in year 2. I can keep/contract in 2020
    Snell at 3 in year 2. I can keep/contract in 2020

    Bennitendi is currently 11 for this year only. Or if I contact him i’d do 2 years so he’d be $16 this tear and 21 next.

    the debate is do i want this many locked in keepers if i contract him? I tend to also have free agents that can be kept for 5. last year i had bellinger and hoskins both for $5. This year i could’ve kept Buehler, Flaherty Osuna, Castillo at 5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for $21 for him

  56. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    Glad to have baseball back. And to bore you and your readers, I wanted to get your take on my SPs for our Yahoo 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds and 2 Keepers:

    Snell (12 Round Keeper)
    Corbin
    Bieber
    Hamels
    Lucchesi
    Glasnow
    Paddack (SP?)
    Strahm (SP?)

    Also thinking of adding the German Yankee or Urias as another SP and dropping RP. Any thoughts?

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, can add them, you have no one to drop here tho

      • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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        Thanks Grey. I was going to drop one or both of Rosenthal and Holland, as they are at the end of my bullpen. Both would be good adds?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  57. DonnieB says:
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    Did a 12 team auction last Friday. Finished my offense with Domingo,Laureano.Eduardo Escobar, Jackie Bradley all at $2. Renfroe at $3 and Alfaro at $1. The rest of the offense is Grandal,Rizzo,Odor,Machado,Arenado,Peraza,Yelich and Dahl.

    My pitching is Bauer,Buehler,Corbin,Eduardo Rodriquez, Lucchesi and Strahm. Closers are Osuna,Giles, and AMiller. Will I have to do a move all year? Do you like the team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Set it and forget it! Tell your leaguemates to send you the title now…

      • DonnieB says:
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        Are you coming to Las Vegas this weekend? Still have a chair for you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, I should! I can’t tho, I have my home league this weekend… Seriously, I want to go next year

          • DonnieB says:
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            Monday night Main Event?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              When, next year? I don’t know, we have to plan something…

              • DonnieB says:
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                This year. Just throwing it out. Still a few spots left or as a partner. Next year for sure.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I can’t do this year, but I’m seriously down for next year… I was watching people draft this year in NYC Main Event and pumped myself up

                  • DonnieB says:
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                    On plane now. It is a fabulous week or weekend. Some stay for two weeks. You will love it. Plus, March Madness.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice! Have a great time!

  58. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    6×5, including ops, 10 team, h2h league. Below is my team. I’ve been offered his Villar for my Peraza. Who would you rather have my Peraza or his Villar? In your rankings you have Peraza at 42 ranked higher than Villar at 90, but in Rudy’s OPS rankings Villar at 101 is much higher than Peraza at 167. Villar feels like a higher risk higher reward player vs Peraza who’s a safer player. Who would you rather have?

    C – Molina
    1B – Goldschmidt, Olson
    2B – Albies
    SS – Mondesi, Peraza
    3B – Arenado, Eduardo Escobar
    OF – Trout, Yelich, Acuna, Dahl, Mazara, Danny Santana

    SP – Scherzer, Corbin, Marquez, Lucchesi, Glasnow, Chase Anderson
    RP – Alvarado, Bradey, Barnes

    NA – Kyle Tucker, Keston Hiura, Nick Senzel
    DL – Gregorious

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In OPS you want Villar

      • Charlie says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  59. Favorite Position says:
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    Did I miss the multi-position players list post this year? Anyone know how I could track down the link?

  60. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey!
    Thanks for another great read.
    Got a Q: How would you adjust draft strategy for a deep league that limits moves during the season thus complicating streaming? Would you bump up SPs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, you need to bump SPs, I’d make sure I had a guy in the Bauer tier

  61. knucks says:
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    Submitting my NFBC lineups, after having just read the rules for Week 1 lineup locks.

    All the Japan games count for Week 1, as does Opening Day on Thursday 3/38… then you can swap in your bats for the weekend like a typical Friday lineup lock (w/ no swapping of pitchers). I’m prob using both Fiers and Marco Gonzo… hoping to maybe get a decent sneaky 2 start week out of one or both.

    Over the weekend for their 2nd starts, Fiers would get LAA at home and Marco would get Boston at home. Obviously one of these matchups looks a bit better than the other. And I have no idea how either team plans to schedule their starters beyond the Japan games. We’ll see how it works out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Even if we’re still drafting we can do this?

      • knucks says:
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        No clue about still drafting. That’s a good question. I dunno how they are handling that

        • Joet says:
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          Yes, even if you are still drafting.

    • knucks says:
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      Something interesting that I wasn’t thinking about until locking in lineups just now. Need to sit a guy like Shane Bieber, which feels ridic, but the Indians have 3 games and he isn’t going to start one of them (I don’t think….) And if that’s the case, I guess I should also sit Clevinger??? They should have made the Lineup locks after the Japan games. But if I’m reading this right in the rules, that is not the case.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wait, I can’t set my pitchers bc I’m still drafting?

        • knucks says:
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          Its a question for Greg or Tom… amiright? Hahah

    • knucks says:
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      From the NFBC Rules: First Lineup Deadlines for Week 1: The MLB season starts on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 with two games in Japan, with all 30 teams playing on 3/28/19. All of those games plus the Friday-Sunday slate of games will comprise Week 1 in the NFBC. Week 1 will include games from Wednesday, March 20, 2019 to Sunday and owners can still change out their hitters on Friday. Lineups for every week after that run Monday-Sunday.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        So as long as I have my team’s lineup set on Friday the 29th, I will get stats from Japan games and Thursday’s games?

        • knucks says:
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          I think you could have a guy bat on thursday and get his stats… then take him out for a replacement bat who will get you the Friday-Sunday stats. I don’t really understand how the Japan games would work for leagues that are still drafting atm. But for mine, where we have been done with the draft for a few weeks, I’m locking in guys like Domingo and Beckham right now for the games in Japan, then I guess I have to use them again for the Opening Day games on 3/28, then can take them out on Friday 3/29.

          Does that make sense? If not, its because I don’t think that I’m fully understanding it either, but this is my best shot at understanding it. I will go about it as I described and if I fugg it up, then I’ll just play on and blame the NFBC for my shortcomings.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That makes sense… But pitchers lock on Mondays usually so…If I’m still drafting and have Marco Gonzales in my lineup and he has a terrible start, do I have to have him in my lineup? Or do you set lineups at any point until Thursday? It must be latter, bc some teams have not even drafted yet in Vegas for their Main Event

            • knucks says:
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              Yea I have no clue how to answer that one. Hopefully someone knows and posts.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I wonder if Oaktown knows, we should ping him

                • knucks says:
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                  I found a post from Greg on the NFBC boards… here it is: “So the first scoring period is March 20-31st. You don’t need to set your starting lineup until before each player’s first game on Thursday.

                  On Friday morning your stats will include anyone who played on March 20th, 21st and 28th. If you switch out a hitter on Friday, that player’s stats will count up until that day and then he will be on your bench. Pitchers obviously accrue stats from March 20-31.

                  If you pick up a free agent on the 24th it doesn’t matter because like any other player you decide whether to start him on March 28th or not.

                  Hope that helps. Everyone gets the free look of the March 20-21 Japan Games no matter when they drafted and if any of those players are in your starting lineup on March 28th then they get all stats through Thursday.”

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ah, that makes sense… Okay, thanks!

                • knucks says:
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                  A much more clear understanding there. So the Japan games are just freebies. And we don’t have to set our lineups without knowing Probable Pitchers, so that’s good too. Still think there is obvi a good chance that I have to sit guys like Bieber/Clevinger who aren’t in the Top 3 of their rotations and only have 3 games. But at least I’ll prob get that information before my lineup locks. Much better.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, makes sense since people still haven’t drafted

    • knucks says:
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      Obvi meant 3/28* in that part about the Opening Day Thursday. But I am curious what others are doing about this stuff.

      • Cram It says:
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        I still don’t understand the pitching. So if you have Mike Fiers, can you just get his stats for the Thursday game, then switch him out before Monday? Or are they counting 3/21 through 3/31 has one week for pitchers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have the opportunity to see how he does then have until next Thursday to decide to put him in your lineup.. Once games lock on Thursday you will get Japan games

          • Joet says:
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            You can switch out hitters on Friday. Not so with pitchers.

            Then the next lineup set is on Monday, April 1

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, thanks!

  62. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Drafted last night. Thoughts, comments, illuminations?

    There were some obvious bumps in the road but I feel generally ok about it. Don’t even know what to think about pitching after getting so horribly burned last year (Ray, Castillo, Darvish, Luke Weaver) but whatever!

    10 team Mixed H2H x 12 Cat R HR RBI SB AVG OPS K QS ERA WHIP K/9 SV/HLD

    C Jorge Alfaro (253)
    1B Rhys Hoskins (33)
    2B Javy Baez (3 – Keeper)
    SS Mondesi (48 – Drank the Koolaid)
    3B Andujar (88)
    LF Giancarlo (13 – Keeper)
    CF Brandon Nimmo (148 – Not my best moment)
    RF Judge (23 – Keeper)
    UTIL Jose Peraza (53 – Fucked up, meant to draft Euginio Suarez but clicked the wrong Red, oh well could have been worse)
    UTIL Muncy (128)
    BE Ohtani (133 – Reached, I know. Just wanted Ohtani :\ )
    BE Josh Donaldson (Seems like not a crazy gamble at 203 in that lineup)
    BE Rougned Odor (213 – see above)
    BE Luke Voit (233)

    SP Jack Flaherty (68)
    SP Jameson Taillon (73)
    SP Bumgarner (108 – Bit of a reach, even more a risk I know)
    SP Tyler Glasnow (153)
    SP Shane Bieber (168)
    SP Joey Lucchesi (173)

    RP Chapman (93)
    RP Kirby Yates (113)
    RP Jordan Hicks (188)
    RP Jeurys Familia (193)
    RP Brad Peacock (228 – Making starting rotation they say?)
    RP Keone Kela (248)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solid team, I don’t like Bum, but your pitching is fine otherwise… You have a ton of high RPs… Your hitting looks a little light on OPS but not too bad, I’d take this team…

      • Mike says:
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        Thanks man! Yeah know you’re down on Bum wasn’t a great pick and definitely a risk fingers crossed…

        Chris Taylor is out there thinking I should drop Nimmo for him or maybe Cedric, what do you think?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, hold for now

      • Launch Angle says:
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        I drafted Glasnow in a standard roto. Been really bad this spring. Giving up runs in spring doesn’t bother me as much. But, the control issues do. He’s walking a lot of batters.

  63. PZ says:
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    I’ve got an embarrassment of riches in an NL-only roto league. I can only keep five: Acuna, Baez, Goldschmidt, Soto, Bryant, deGrom. It’s keep forever, so I’m looking long-term as well as this year. This year, I probably can’t go wrong. But I don’t want to let someone go who’s the next Pujols or something.

    Who do I let go? Who can I afford to trade without it biting me in the butt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Easy, lose Goldy

      • PZ says:
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        Aww Shiz! First is kinda barren in NL leagues, but it makes sense. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a shizzshow

  64. Crime dog says:
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    Let’s revisit pairings Grey. Right now I have:

    Baez (SS, 2B, 3B)
    Acuna (OF)

    And I pick 2nd (meaning my top Target may be off the board so pick 2) so from the following list what two players in order are you pairing with acuna and Baez

    Yelich
    Treat urner
    Machado
    Bregman
    Stanton
    Jo Ram

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them, really… I’d go Treat/Yelich

      • crimedog says:
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        I was gonna guess just go by your rankings, but didn’t know if the 2 I already had would change that at all in your mind. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  65. abmsports23 says:
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    Would you rather keep Mitch Haniger in the 18th Round for the next 2 years or Eloy Jiminez in the 21st round for the next 2 years?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy

  66. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Pads are trying to get Bauer or Kluber – hopefully not before I draft Bauer on Sunday… cause that’ll be a boon to either player’s value

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love it for Bauer

  67. MisforMookie says:
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    Would you drop Markakis for Palka as a Util position? 12 team roto with OPS. Based on your rankings, I would guess hard yes

  68. MisforMarkakis says:
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    Would you drop Markakis for Palka (in a util/bn spot situation)? 12 team roto with added OPS. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  69. Greg says:
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    Grey, what do you think of this team (11 team ESPN 6×6 – OPS, QS SV+HD):
    C Wilson Ramos
    1B Freddie Freeman
    2B Travis Shaw
    3B Alex Bregman
    SS Jose Peraza
    2B/SS Joey Wendle
    1B/3B Max Muncy
    OF Andrew Benintendi
    OF Rhys Hoskins
    OF Marcell Ozuna
    OF David Dahl
    OF Joc Pederson
    UTIL Rafael Devers
    Bench Niko Goodrum
    Bench Mark Trumbo
    Bench Willy Adames
    P Jameson Taillon
    P Walker Buehler
    P Eduardo Rodriguez
    P German Marquez
    P Will Smith
    P Yoshihisa Hirano
    P Alex Colome
    P Jeurys Familia
    P Carl Edwards Jr.
    Bench Sean Newcomb
    Bench Chase Anderson
    Bench Forrest Whitley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the hitting, but you’r light on speed, which is fine in an OPS league… I think your bench hitters are whatever and can be dropped, especially Trumbo — Your pitching is great

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So dreamy

      • Swat290 says:
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        Yeah, you look better in color I have to say!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  70. Lovdarooks says:
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    IN a 5×5 OBP where do you rank K Davis with Benintendi?
    Two different players so its hard.
    I am kerping mondesi besides Benintendi as my other hitter in this 4 keeper league .
    I have been offered davis and a bit of bidding modey.

  71. The Great Knoche says:
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    Just went through my leagues and I own 2 shares of Marco Gonzales for tonight. Not an ideal matchup for him .340 Oba vs righties last year. I’d bench him but come on it’s day 1.

    Here’s to hoping the As have jetlag.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems worth a shot

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      They’ve been there since Saturday

      According to comments above seems it doesn’t really matter until next week how your lineup is set up for these Japan games.

  72. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 12 team roto.
    I have 1 bench bat, Peter Alonso. Do u think he has a starting job? Looking for runs/speed.
    Hold Alonso or drop for Hampson/McMahon/McNeil/Deshields/Goodrum or Mullins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need a starting job? Goodrum… is hold for now tho

  73. fisher_price says:
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    Can I get keeper advice? 12 team 5×5 Yahoo league where we can keep up to five forever as the first five rounds of the draft. I won last year (thanks in no small measure to the excellent info here).

    C no name
    1B Tyler White
    2B Villar
    SS Trea Turner **
    3B Kris Bryant **
    OF Stanton **
    OF Judge **
    OF Soto **
    Util/BN Brantley, Matt Chapman, Conforto, etc.
    NA Vlad Jr
    P Bauer, Strasburg, etc.

    I’m looking at keeping the five ** above but am torn about Vlad Jr (over Soto? Bryant?). Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those would be my 5, sucks letting Vlad go but think you have to there

  74. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 12 team roto
    Have 1 bench bat, Peter Alonso. Does he have a starting job?
    Looking for speed/runs
    Hold Alonso or drop for
    Hampson
    McMahon
    McNeil
    Deshields
    Goodrum
    Mullins

    • Cohen says:
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      Sorry for double post

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

  75. jaw says:
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    10 team 5×5 h2h dynasty league (round penalty in parenthesis)

    would you trade goldschmidt (2), taillon (14), and robles (25) for trea turner (1) and one of Berrios (8) or Blake Treinen (15)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Berrios

  76. MattyIce says:
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    Help me, O Grey One. 5×5 OBP Keeper League, can keep 6 forever. Keeping these gents so far:

    Sale
    Corbin
    Bauer
    Stanton
    Correa

    For the 6th, I’ve got my pick of Blackmon/Marte/Haniger/Strasburg. Really struggling with this one. Who would you keep? Leaning towards Strasburg as that would give me a huge pitching advantage and I’m down on Chazz/Marte.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

  77. johnnyhobbes says:
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    and Laureano not starting in the opening day line up…. sheeet.

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      i dont KNOW know but thats what espn is telling me. ESPN is also telling me Olson isnt starting at 1B…. so that doesnt make sense.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Did they travel with the club?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn it!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        This guy is high.
        He is batting lead off.
        So set your alarm you bum!

  78. Ed Spinelli says:
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    Happy Almost Almost Opening Day!
    I hope you and the cough have been well and had a fabulous winter. Our draft is this Sat. and we are in a Yahoo keeper league. We can keep 2 keeps. last years draft position determines current Keeper position and here are my 3 best choices.

    Hoskins in the 8th,
    JT Realmuto 9th or
    Vlad in the 10th.

    If Keepers are drafted in 9-10 rounds you can keep up to 5 years, 7-8 uptimes to 4, etc. etc..

    Being a die hard home grown Phillies fan I think meh hometown love is clouding meh judgement but was thinking of a win no philosophy and being able to pick up JT late and not have to worry about 1b/ and C early lets me grab some nice pieces or am I being crazy and should I grab Vlad?

    I mean I could be run over by a bus before the 2020 season and the novelty of having Vlad would be moot…( yeah I am overthinking)

    Grey I trust your wisdom….What say you my friend?

    As always thanks and looking forward to a fun season on Razzball!

    Best to you & yours!
    ED

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Vlad, Hoskins

  79. Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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    16 teamer with hits, OPS, total bases, slugging, OBP over AVG, steals % added roto. for pitchers, K/9, K/BB, QS, holds, net saves and holds added. 4 keepers at previous season’s ADP prices
    C jansen (12)
    1B box wine (all OF, 5)
    2B schoop a doop (SS, 9)
    SS bregman (3B, K, 3 )
    3B mostsuckass (just missed chapman, rudy has them near tied, 6)
    MI l.gurriel (2B/SS 16)
    CI kendrys (18)
    LF soto (K, 27th)
    CF marte party (2)
    RF mookie (K, 1)
    OF laureano (CF 15)
    util (3) otani DH (8, 5 DL’s here)
    joc (LF/RF 19)
    mcmahon (1/2/3B good side platooner right now, 20)
    NA (2) hiura (2B, 23)
    BN franchy CF/LF (good side platooner right now, 26, funny since everybody is drafting franmil as IF he’s starting, but not franchy))

    SP (1800 max innings, one of these guys is a streamer):
    bieber (K, 28)
    corbin (4, went a round earlier in this SP, figured probably right that i could wait longer on #3)
    ed-rod (10)
    lucchesi (14)
    strahm (17)
    wacha (21)
    pineda (24)
    RP (room for 6, i’ll grab the last after stashing):
    kimbrel (7)
    barnes (11)
    givens (this was MISTAKE this early, site froze when it came back i must’ve double clicked him, 13, thought i was going to lose one of lucchesi or laureano from this, but didn’t)
    kelly (22)
    buttrey (25)

    war room loves it, HOWEVER war room doesn’t seem to understand 16 teamers with this many hitting slots, it likely assumed i have less than i have. it shows barely steals weak (got franchy for some of that), HR great, counting stats and average good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think you look weak in steals, seems like you have plenty… I like the hitting, it should be enough… Your pitching is stacked, hopefully you get something from Pineda and Wacha…

  80. Nate says:
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    What do you think: 12 Team, H2H, mixed, points, no 4/5/6 rd picks

    C Alfaro
    1B Muncy
    2B Shaw
    3B Bregman
    SS T Turner
    OF1 Benintiendi
    OF2 Dahl
    OF3 Robles
    UTIL ELOY J
    SP1 G Marquez
    SP2 Bieber
    SP3 Quintana
    SP4 Lucchesi
    SP5 Skaggs
    RP Stripling
    Bench: J James, N Senzel, W Miley, T Andersen, D Santana, K Yates, Pomeranz, J Musgrove,

    Avid reader, thanks for the help.

  81. Crazy J says:
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    The good news… I got Senzel with pick 241! The bad news… he’s my only option at 3B. How much should I be biting my nails at this point?

    • Crazy J says:
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      Aww ship! Hello David Fletcher!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wait, what did I miss?

        • Crazy J says:
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          ESPN was reporting Senzel was sent down to minors, and now Scooter has pulled his groin (but not in a good way), so maybe it works out. If they shipped him down for time, I’d assume he’d stay down? I’m not completely down on what it means to be sent down.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I think he stays down for a few

  82. Launch Angle says:
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    Drop Stripling for Marco Gonzalez or Kyle Freeland? In a standard rotor league that uses QS instead of W. Don’t want to blow up ratios though. Current SP are Buehler, Flaherty, Clev, Marquez, Flasnow and Stripling.

  83. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I just got a trade offer and wanted your opinion.

    I give up Jose Quintana ($19) for Jon Gray ($20). Would you make that deal?

  84. Jeff Jaffee says:
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    $10 Jesse Winker or $5 Tyler O’Neill? Would it be better to keep both and have 5 outfielders going into the auction? I hate not having an outfield spot open because someone better is 99% going to be available. You guys are by far the best fantasy website on the Planet except maybe Earth Girls Are Easy. JJ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

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