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. 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

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d keep Gallo and Hicks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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 ?

  11. 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

  12. 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

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Adames, Mullins

      2. First 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  13. 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

  14. 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

      Grey says:
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      And he’ll lose it

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others, especially bigbear

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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.