The season is here baby!  Boy what an awesome opening day…  The Cardinals are in dead last in the NL Central!  So beautiful…

Hard to believe we’re going into year 4 of the Pitcher Profiles.  So much profiling!  And it’s the 3rd year of the weekly re-ranks.  I’m doing so much SP heavy-lifting that I might have a UCL injury!

Speaking of injuries, a lot has changed since I put out my initial ranks exactly a month ago, but it feels like this Spring was a little more injury-free than last year.  In fact, the biggest elbow injury wasn’t even a pitcher!  Take that, pitching detractors!  It’s mostly been some surprise risers (my K:BB obsession gave me a Juan NicasiO-face looking at his stats!) and some guys losing their opening day rotation spot (wahhhh Paxton, whyyyyy?!).  As always, green for ascenders and red for The Descenderists, who as a band should be marked in red.  I haven’t heard anything about them for years!

We’ll be getting into the Profiling next week (everyone watched those first 3 games, seems silly to profile any of those Opening Day guys), so get ready for some GIFfing magic!  Here’s my updated top 100 SP for the first week of the fantasy baseball season:

Razzball Baseball

Updated Top 100 SP

(rankings for ROS based on 12-team Roto, green for risers, red for fallers)

RANK SP, TEAM
1 Clayton Kershaw, LAD
2 Jake Arrieta, CHC
3 Chris Sale, CWS
4 Max Scherzer, WAS
5 David Price, BOS
6 Jose Fernandez, MIA
7 Jacob deGrom, NYM
8 Madison Bumgarner, SF
9 Matt Harvey, NYM
10 Corey Kluber, CLE
11 Chris Archer, TB
12 Carlos Carrasco, CLE
13 Noah Syndergaard, NYM
14 Gerrit Cole, PIT
15 Stephen Strasburg, WAS
16 Dallas Keuchel, HOU
17 Jon Lester, CHC
18 Felix Hernandez, SEA
19 Zack Greinke, ARI
20 Carlos Martinez, STL
21 Danny Salazar, CLE
22 Carlos Rodon, CWS
23 Cole Hamels, TEX
24 Francisco Liriano, PIT
25 Marcus Stroman, TOR
26 Jeff Samardzija, SF
27 Justin Verlander, DET
28 Patrick Corbin, ARI
29 Joe Ross, WAS
30 Taijuan Walker, SEA
31 Tyson Ross, SD
32 Johnny Cueto, SF
33 Sonny Gray, OAK
34 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
35 Yordano Ventura, KC
36 Luis Severino, NYY
37 Raisel Iglesias, CIN
38 Drew Smyly, TB
39 Adam Wainwright, STL
40 Michael Wacha, STL
41 Steven Matz, NYM
42 Jason Hammel, CHC
43 Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA
44 Jose Quintana, CWS
45 Michael Pineda, NYY
46 Mike Fiers, HOU
47 Wei-Yin Chen, MIA
48 Jake Odorizzi, TB
49 Ian Kennedy, KC
50 Garret Richards, LAA
51 Collin McHugh, HOU
52 James Shields, SD
53 Jordan Zimmermann, DET
54 John Lackey, STL
55 Vincent Velasquez, PHI
56 Andrew Cashner, SD
57 Kyle Hendricks, CHC
58 Aaron Nola, PHI
59 Gio Gonzalez, WAS
60 Julio Teheran, ATL
61 Shelby Miller, ARI
62 Kenta Maeda, LAD
63 Robbie Ray, ARI
64 Jared Eickhoff, PHI
65 Lance McCullers, HOU
66 Anthony DeSclafani, CIN
67 Tyler Glasnow, PIT
68 Jimmy Nelson, MIL
69 Kevin Gausman, BAL
70 Nate Karns, SEA
71 Juan Nicasio, PIT
72 Scott Kazmir, LAD
73 Blake Snell, TB
74 Yu Darvish, TEX
75 Jaime Garcia, STL
76 Adam Conley, MIA
77 Ervin Santana, MIN
78 Taylor Jungmann, MIL
79 Jose Berrios, MIN
80 Clay Buchholz, BOS
81 Jake Peavy, SF
82 Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS
83 Edinson Volquez, KC
84 Nathan Eovaldi, NYY
85 J.A. Happ, TOR
86 Mike Leake, SF
87 Andrew Heaney, LAA
88 Rick Porcello, BOS
89 Derek Holland, TEX
90 Matt Moore, TB
91 Henry Owens, BOS
92 Jon Niese, PIT
93 Bud Norris, ATL
94 Josh Tomlin, CLE
95 Kris Medlen, KC
96 Kyle Gibson, MIN
97 Aaron Sanchez, TOR
98 Marco Estrada, TOR
99 Hector Santiago, LAA
100 Shane Greene, DET

Dropped Out: James Paxton, SEA (wahhhhhhh!), Brandon Maurer, SD (that didn’t work out at all, did it?!), Trevor Bauer, CLE (bullpen), Daniel Norris, DET (broken back), Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD (broken shoulder), Rich Hill, OAK (broken pitcher)

  • I can’t remember the last time I drafted an injured pitcher.  I just can’t do it.  So some big dropoffs from the guys entering the year on the DL, even though all the guys I moved down have pretty brief timetables.  That is, if there’s no setbacks.  Then there’s Minor League rehab starts…  It’s too much!
  • I love the vote of confidence the Phillies gave Vincent Velasquez, putting him in the opening day rotation.  Sure he’s likely getting a lot of early yanks and not staying in the rotation all year most likely, but I think he could start hot.
  • I’ve been really impressed by Jimmy Nelson his last few Spring outings.  Off-speed looked crisp, his fastball looked like it was in mid-season form…  I’m not going crazy for him, but gave him a little boost.
  • I’m not going full O-face for Juan Nicasio either, but he does obviously deserve to be in the ranks and there’s some upside.  I might even roster him over some of the guys ahead of him on the off-chance he starts off nuts, but building in the risk he flames out in ROS ranks.
  • With Paxton sent down, at least I really like his replacement!  Here’s my blurb on him in the original ranks: “Sometimes the research can surprise you, and it certainly has for Karns, who I think is being MASSIVELY overlooked this year.   Unfortunately, the Mariners might be overlooking him as well, as a long-term rotation spot is in question.   Looking back at his numbers, I see a lotttttt of 10+ K-rates in MiLB stints, was 9.47 K/9 in AAA in 2014, and 8.88 in the Majors over 147 innings last year. He needs to get the walks a little better under control (3.43) and he gave up a few too many homers (19), but he remains in a pitcher’s park with the move to Seattle, and not too many guys this late have 9ish K-stuff that we’ve seen in the Majors ALREADY!   Could be a huge last-pick anchor on your mixed league squads if we get word he’s making the rotation before your draft day.  Pitcher Profile – June 15, 2015”  And that’s me quoting me!
  • Obviously not too excited for that new crop filling out the back end (that’s what she said!), and I just couldn’t help myself with that #100 ranked guy.  Hey, he had some scary blood clots and tried to pitch through his hand being numb in 2015, and his Spring has been awesome.  Maybe there’s a chance we can be SUPER GREENE again!

Happy opening day, Razzball Nation!  I hope you got off to a great start in the first few games yesterday and may your week 1 pitching ratios stay low-to-da-flo!  See you next Monday with the first full Profile!

  1. Chris says:
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    Thanks JB!
    I hope you’re right on Rodon, I got him for $9. Can you check out my team. I wanted all of your opinions, already sent it to Grey and J-Foh and Oakwood gave me some good feedback. Also what are your thoughts on Urshela. He’s at AAA right now I have him on my bench it’s a deep league. Should I hold out or drop him for Graveman?

    14 team league h2h roto.

    C- Hundley/Norris
    1-Abreu
    2-Walker
    SS-Crawford
    3-Carpenter
    CI Encarnacion
    MI_Andrus
    DH-Duda
    DH-Deshields
    OF-Kemp-Pence-Polanco-Conforto-Joc Pederson
    SP
    Carrasco-Liriano-Matz-Rodon-Corbin-Gio-Fiers
    RP-Krod
    RP-Street

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Hah I hope so too! Got him everywhere! Looks pretty good! I bet STL will be a loss most weeks, so might look to trade some away there, but steals are fluky week to week so youll still win some of the time. Meh, I’m not huge on Urshela, but I would prob hold, don’t like GRaveman much either ha

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks! I like it for a 14 team league. You may be right on the stls I’ll check on that the first few weeks thanks. I guess I broke it down like this.

        Deshields 40-Polanco 30 Andrus 25 Pence 12ish and 10ish for Kemp 10ish for Joc and 15 more for the rest combined. Which would be 142 over 26 weeks thats 5.5. Which would be about right for this league. Straight roto and yes I think it would be too light. Head to head is getting on my nerves, would have taken 2nd the past two years if it wasn’t h2h. You’re right stls are fluky though. What do you think about the small ball concept? Trying to win Ave R and stls and loading up on pitching? It’s not as fun of a concept to me but a guy won doing that about 3 years ago.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Chris: You’re prob right, in a 14er it’s not too lacking. I’m not quite that bullish on DeShields or Andrus, but not taking them for much lower. I actually don’t think your power is that bad tbh!

  2. Fister Furbush says:
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    Woohoo! Nice write up. Love where you have Lester and Iglesias ranked.(predicting a 10 K outting this afternoon from Raisel)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Thanks man! Damn only 7, but pretty solid start!

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Shane Greene?!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grey: It was Shane Greene or someone just as bad without upside haha

  4. Scott says:
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    Whoah, you’re putting Nicasio over Darvish?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Yeah that will change a few weeks in, as I rank for ROS each week and with his impending return date nearing he’ll climb in ROS terms. Also not factoring in DL stashing.

  5. TheTinDoor says:
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    Samardzija > Cueto? lol.

    Samardzija has never had a better season than Cueto.

    They both had down years in 2015, but Cueto’s “down” was 3.5 ERA/1.13 WHIP with 7.5 K/9, while Samardzija was 5/1.3/ 7 K/9.

    They’re both going to a much better situation, so you can’t give the ballpark/defense edge to Shark.

    Shark was brutal this spring, so you can’t use that.

    Cueto is younger than Samardzija.

    Cueto used to be ‘injury prone’, but has put up consecutive seasons over 200 IP.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheTinDoor: Been that way since the original ranks too! Well Samard’s arm is fresher since he barely pitched in college. So looking at pure age doesn’t tell the whole story. But I don’t care so much about that, I think Cueto is an injury risk and will have a pretty bad K rate. Just because he made it through the elbow thing last year doesn’t mean I see him 100% a pillar of health

  6. Scott says:
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    I love that you’re going back to the well with Shane Greene. He actually was really good for a couple of weeks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Haha yeah, I mean he had that injury he pitched through as I mention and he’s fixed and looked good this spring. Had that great K rate in 2014. Crazier things have happened!

  7. Scott says:
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    I predict that Tanner Roark is going to break onto the list at some point this season. :)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Hah it’s possible! Without that rotation spot right now though, it’s tough to rank that way :)

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @JB Gilpin: ESPN has Roark starting April 7 vs Miami. I hope I’m reading that correctly. [Rubs eyes and squints at player card again…]

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JakeTPE: Oh oops. I dunno why, I thought he was the odd man out, I guess I was considering Giolitto in? I dunno, either way if everyone stays healthy, I think he goes to long relief, but this is why I don’t have Giolitto ranked either…

          • JakeTPE says:
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            @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: It’s not like they haven’t jerked Roark around before, so who knows how long he sticks? “Hope they give him a month or so until Yu or Ryu are ready,” he thinks selfishly. Looking forward to the podcast, sir!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @JakeTPE: Yeah exactly, and a lot of this is saving Ross’s innings. It just seems a bigger deal right now since it’s early

  8. Scott says:
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    Does the DeSclafani rank factor in his DL stint?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Yup. I don’t like drafting injured guys and I still considered this re-rank pre-draft, because well, it more or less still is kindasorta haha

  9. Frank White says:
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    Sup JB how you been brotha!!! This is my team in 10 team H2H mixed points.. I dropped Colby Lewis for Ceser Hernandez.. first Colby sucks but Ceser also plays 2nd 3rd and SS in my league.. You like? Oh i also forgot that i need a streaming spot for pitchers throughout each week. Should i drop Bruce? I’m sure he won’t be missed. It’s a 10 team league with a lot out there. Also it’s a pitchers league so i can’t have more then one batter on the bench. If not Bruce then who?? Thanks Bro!
    d’Amaud
    Abreu
    Carpenter
    Seager
    Brandon Crawford
    Harper
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Pence
    Jay Bruce
    Stephen Piscotty

    Price
    Jose Fernandez
    Carrasco
    Carlos Martinez
    Matz
    Samardzija
    Tiajuana Walker
    Iwakuma
    Fiers
    Alex Wood
    Colby Lewis
    Francisco Rodriguez RP

    Read more: https://razzball.com/the-official-2016-razzball-picks/#ixzz44tHCvjvF

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Whats good Frankie?! Yup I like! Ceaser was good last yr. Sure yeah, I don’t mind streaming Bruce’s spot! He’s the first one out for sure

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks Mayn… Yeah Ceser did good today at leadoff

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Frank White: Yup! Noice!

  10. The Fridge says:
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    Would you trade a solid closer like Pap or Osuna for Nicasio’s sweet sweet upside?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fridge: Ummm, depends on the league, but probably not

  11. Jvanslyke says:
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    thanks JB

    I’m reading bad things about the new M83. Are you seeing them with Tame Impala?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jvanslyke: Thanks for stopping by! Oh damn, that’s unfortunate… I really liked disc 2 of hurry up we’re dreaming. I’m not sure who they’re with, I don’t think the venue listed opening acts…

  12. Wacha wacha says:
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    Not concerned about was starting with a 4 man rotation for J Ross?

    Also, I realize you have I Kennedy ranked higher but would you drop him in a shallow ten team league for the upside of maeda, a Nola, or Velázquez or should I hold?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Wacha wacha: A little, I did move him down 2 spots. But didn’t seem consecution enough to call it out. Nah I think I’d hold Kennedy, Velasquez is tempting. But Kennedy has the K rate upside too, on a better team and better park, so I see upside there for him too.

  13. Jensen says:
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    Are the Brewers playing the NL all starts today? No??? Just the Giants? So you’re saying we should stream hitters against the Crew?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jensen: DEFINITELY! Starting rotation is pretty bad, bullpen is ATROCIOUS. At least right now, too many injuries. PS – I offered ya a deal in REL!

  14. Swfcdan says:
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    Baseball’s back JB! At last! Gah felt like forever this year, seemed like a late start to the season too.

    Yeah Paxton ugh, brutal but luckily I have Nate “the not so great” Karns in one deeper league where I held onto him, so I lose one and gain another. The Ross ranking looks craze high man, at least we ain’t paying for that! Ugh Pollock what timing too, had 1 share in him, you have any?

    Many great pitching matchups today. G Richards is the guy I expect a lot more of this year, now that he’s fully healthy and been working on a changeup in spring. Think he could be a real good value and rising up your rankings too!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Swfcdan: Yessir, so happy it’s back minus that Brewers opening day… ha. Nice! I do like Karns.

      Yup 2, drafted him in an RCL a few weeks ago and in a dynasty where I’m trying to move him. Hurts more in redraft.

      It’s possible on Richards! Fastball was just so hittable, I dunno, I looked at his career trends vs 2014 which seems an outlier now… Kinda like that one great year from J Zimmermann

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: True it maybe, but you don’t see many starters throw such octane gas with a nice hook and not be very successful. I mean I don’t think his repertoire (geeky word of the day!) is all that different from Gerrit Cole. (or is it?). He could use a changeup so I’m looking forward to seeing if he uses it tonight.

        One nice opening day thing though, took Harper and Murphy for the first time this year. Seeing Murph’s postseason made me sure there must be more power in his future and not a bad start with that bomb! I guess Bryce does the slam and legs everyday..right?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Swfcdan: The hook is the key there. It just doesn’t seem 100% reliable all the time. Meh, Cole has much better secondary stuff to me, and better command and control. But yeah I’m watching the Angels and will be interested to see how the change looks, rough start for Richards.

          Hah Bryce with a great start! And Rudy sold me on Murphy, I got him in a couple :)

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Well that didn’t go quite as expected! Watched the first few and he looked decent then had to sleep (watching west coast games from the UK is a challenge!) and found out next day he gave up 3 in 5. But hey at least the K’s were there, something to build from, definately a tough interleague matchup opening day.

            Of course whatever Bryce can do Correa can do better, you got any shares? None myself painfully, a deal just went down in my dynasty shipping Cesp, Bum, AND Blackmon for Correa essentially, and that’s looking fair probably! Unreal.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Swfcdan: hah yeah it’s only one game though against a good offense, I’m not gloating yet. I will say the Ks don’t surprise me against the Cubs though.

              Haha unfortunately not, no picks in top 3 in my redrafts and at 6/7 I took a lot of machado and arenado… Pretty crazy trade!

  15. griff says:
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    In a dynasty, which two SPs do you like best long term: J. Ross, Nola, or Gausman?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @griff: I’ll go Ross and Nola, I think the Orioles really effed up Gausman

  16. Lee says:
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    Is Giles droppable in a 10 team 5×5 H2h league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lee: Yikes. I’ll say yes he’s “droppable” but I would most likely try to hold.

  17. Dr Sauce says:
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    Hey JB … really respect your insight!
    ESPN/12 Team/mixed/head to head/6 man keeper (no limits) …My 6 keepers were all bats (hitting is strong) so wondering if you could give me some of your thoughts/insight on this pitching staff build (we start 5 starters/4 relievers) ;
    SP – Syndergaard, Salazar, Hamels, Smyly, Walker, Corbin, Rodon, Nola
    RP – Britton, Cishek, Colome, Velasquez (qualifies as a reliever), Pomeranz (qualifies as a reliever), Boxberger (injured reserve)
    Thanks in advance

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dr Sauce: Thanks man, I really appreciate that! Damn, well put together for no keepers! Corbin/Rodon are huge for me this year, and you have some solid guys in front of em. SV can be fluky some weeks, but I think another closer will help give you a 50/50 shot in that cat (or is it pts?).

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Thanks JB, Yah hear you on the saves. With no keepers pitchers I went hard after starters and had to give a little on the closers. Did manage to secure a top tier guy in Britton but understand I need some help. My thinking was closers are pretty fluid and I may be able to secure some saves off the waiver wire. Also hoping (or should I say praying) Cishek and Colome can get me a few saves. And hoping Boxberger can get back and re-claim that role. There is a lot of hoping going on! Thanks for the response.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Dr Sauce: Yup for sure, it all depends on the league. In the Razzball Perts, I HAVE to trade for a closer, so many RP are being rostered due to the starts limit setting vs innings (roto). Any time man!

  18. griff says:
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    I only have one open spot and will need saves. Which is the best speculative stash: Dyson, Zych, or Hinojosa?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @griff: Ummmm, I guess Hinojosa but don’t feel great about it

  19. Doug says:
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    Agree with Swfcdan…Garrett Richards and his increased velo will be closer to top 20 than 50th imo.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doug: Well it’s not all about velocity, Wily for my Brewers was at 96-97 a lot of pitches, just doesn’t have the best secondary stuff and it’s too straight at times. Richards is obviously better, but that describes him pretty well. I think it depends on that secondary stuff not his fastball velo (which was still plenty fast in the years before 2014)

      • Doug says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I understand that and didn’t mean only because of his velocity boost. Just add that to a very good pitcher and I see a potential top 20 starter. If he ends up close to 50th, I’ll be back to eat crow…don’t expect to though ;)

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Doug: Hah well not the best start, but small sample obviously! Potential? Oh definitely! But I have a lot less optimism than most.

  20. Mike says:
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    JB,

    I’m a big fan! I try to catch you as often as I can on Spadora on Sports!

    Thoughts on a trade offer: I give up Justin Upton and severino, I get sonny gray and big game james. Should I go for that, or counter with Upton and severino for grenkie?

    This is the first year for me that I feel that I have a decent balance of power/avg/ speed…. I’ve got others that would produce HRs to offset the loss of Upton.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mike: Oh wow, thanks man! Appreciate it! Those guys are great.

      I’m gonna pass on both of those deals. Grey and I are both pretty low on Grey (not great Ks, peripherals say he was a little lucky last few yrs) and Greinke is due for regression too. I’d try for a little more.

  21. munchkin says:
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    Hi JB, would love your input on how my draft went, appreciate it!

    C: Hundly (will drop for Realmuto)
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Schoop
    3B: Kris Bryant
    SS: Bogaerts
    OF: JD Martinez
    OF: Khris Davis
    OF: Starling Marte
    Util: DeShields, Grichuk, Polanco

    Pitchers: Carrasco, Salazar, Walker, Liriano, Matz, Severino, Smyly, Joe Ross, Paxton (dropping for Nicasio), Andrew Miller, Fernando Rodney, David Hernandez

    • JB Gilpin

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      @munchkin: Sure thing! I think you might have some AVG issues at times, but I like the speed and power. 3 closers(ish) is decent to start, but who knows with Hernandez/Rodney, then Chapman getting back… So you’ll need to add some closers like a waiver wire hawk, and/or trade for one down the road. Good luck this yr!

  22. Eric B says:
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    Good stuff JB. I noticed a familiar name from last seasons early rankings snuck in at 100. Think he can stay and move up? Also , once healthy who has the best shoot at being a top 50 or better SP Gausman or E-Rod?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric B: Haha yup! Ummm, if he pitches well, he will move up slower than someone else just due to cautious optimism, but we’ll see how it goes. Eesh, I’d say that’s a coin flip, I guess I’ll lean E-Rod since pre-injury I liked him more, but seems about even

      • Eric B says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I know youre not big on Moore but what did you think of his performance?Any reason to have hope lol? Corbin got hit hard a few times but Nicasio has looked good so far. Hopefully Corbin improves…what did you think of Happ?

        • Eric B says:
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          @Eric B: Heres my roster below:

          12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS

          C J.T. Realmuto
          1B Cabrera
          2B Daniel Murphy
          3B Seager
          SS A. Russell
          OF Stanton
          OF Springer
          OF Polanco
          UTIL Burns
          UTIL Sano
          Bench 2B/SS Castro
          Bench OF Domingo Santana
          Bench 1B Zimmerman
          DL Pollock

          SP Salazar
          SP Corbin
          RP Kimbrel
          RP McGee
          P T. Walker
          P Odorizzi
          P C.Rodon
          P M. Moore
          Bench RP Tolleson

          With this roster, a scarcity of closers on the wire, and Tolleson’s implosion, would you drop Moore and handcuff Tolleson with Sam Dyson? Or is there a bat like say Domingo, that you would drop for Sam Dyson? Last scenario would be replace Moore with say Kennedy, Nelson, Karns or Happ and drop Domingo for Dyson as a handcuff. So, what says you JB? Like any of those scenarios?

          • Eric B says:
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            @Eric B: Last question…my apologies, hit post too soon…Keep Realmuto or swap for Ramos at C?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Eric B: Hah, many questions welcome! Ummm, still not huge on Moore, 2 walks, 5 hits, mehhh. I’d rather Happ. I thought Corbin looked pretty good, it’s a hitters park against a hot offense right now. Ummm seems like 3 bench bats is a lot, I usually use those for streaming, I don’t mind spec adding Dyson. I’d get Kennedy for Moore. And yeah I’d switch those catchers!

              • Eric B says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Guess I went with the 3 bench bats probably in a panic after losing Pollock lol. So I dropped Moore for Dyson as a handcuff for Tolleson. So you think my O would be OK dropping Domingo and adding SP Kennedy? And then swap Realmuto for Rasmos? Really appreciate your time, I know that’s a lot of questions.

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Eric B: Hah yeah I don’t blame ya, rough rough injury. Yup all those moves look good to me! Michael Taylor is def tempting over Kennedy though, to see how he does… I might let this first week matchup dictate that (needs for HR/STL or needs for K/W)

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                    @JB Gilpin: I have a feeling we’ll continue last years theme of running out of reply room with each conversation. There are a few SPs on the market, Happ, Kennedy, Nelson and DeSclafani(DL) and Gausman(DL); who should have short DL stays. So if I were to pass on Kennedy and swap Taylor for Domingo I suppose I could add an arm later. Im curious do you just not like Domingo, read a lot of breakout hype about him, but it appears you think he’s the most expendable bat I have correct?And lastly do you think Ramos will be a significantly better C for me or is it kinda a toss up on the C move iyo?

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                      @Eric B: Hah sounds like a plan! Ummm, I think Domingo is OK, but totally forgot until scrolling above you’re in an OBP league. I like him in that format a good bit more. Changing my answer! I’d keep him over Taylor. Meh, yeah C is a toss up, I would take Ramos but not by a ton

  23. Connor says:
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    Fiers at 46 and Kazmir at 72? Explain this one to me, JB. I’d have Kazmir higher.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Connor: 1 – worry about his velo and he had some shoulder discomfort in spring I think it was 2 – Kazmir has faded down the stretch in a horrible way past 2 seasons 3 – Fiers has a better K rate, and these ranks are for Roto. Pts leagues it would be a lot closer.

  24. Luvdarooks says:
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    NL DEEP– because after 23 starters we have 15 reserves. 11 teams & 10 KEEPERs/year.( $260). SO OBVIOUS HIGH INFLATION. (McCutch went for 41 & Kershaw was 38 in’14)
    Minors stay the salary till activated while all others get a $5/yr raise.

    5 X 5 standard roto

    Need some Pitching & Want to win NOW- Have a 10 Bryant 15 GolDy- 6 Grishuk & 20 russell.
    Should I trade my 10 PEDERSON and a 5 Piscotty For a $2 Story/17 J Fernandez and an 8 Corbin ? ( he also has 10 Matz -R Ray & Eikoff & 15 Familia)
    Is this lopsided-YES? Then what is a beter Trade?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Luvdarooks: Yeah that’s a lopsided yes for sure! I love Corbin this year, and those are some great salaries for still young pitchers, for a still-unproven upside OF and just a meh OF in Piscotty. yes yes yes!

  25. Mm says:
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    Hopefully J.Ross gets a few early RP games in so the team doesn’t have to worry about his innings limit down the stretch and so he can get SP/RP eligibility.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Mm: Yup that’s what I’m thinking too

  26. Sal says:
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    JB, how do you feel about a starting staff of deGrom, Salazar, Kennedy, Buchholz, Joe Ross, Eickhoff, Conley, Velasquez and Greene? Plenty of risk but plenty of upside too. Going for the gold!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sal: yeah I mean midrange guys are lacking, but I love Ross, Kennedy has sneaky upside, I think it’ll work out for sure!

  27. BambooLounge says:
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    I drafted last Monday and wound up with the following staff (Rd#):
    Carrasco(5)
    Salazar (8)
    Hamels (9)
    Darvish – DL Stash (10 – this was a panic pick)
    T. Walker (13)
    Rodon (15)
    Corbin (16)
    Nicasio (24)

    I also have 4 SAGNOF closers in Jeffress/Colome/Hoover/Hinojosa

    Question: Should I drop Peraza for a bench bat like Michael Saunders or a SP like Karns/Greene/Snell? Or I could try to drop Peraza for Cozart, I guess.

    It’s a weekly lock league, so batty calls aren’t really an option.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @BambooLounge: Ummm, yeah I probably would, is a league where you can play a SP/RP? In weekly lock, if you have SAGNOFs like that I might look to play starters in those roles at times

      • BambooLounge says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks.

        It’s 9 P slots, so I can mix and match btwn SP and RP each week. No innings max.

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          @BambooLounge: Oh OK, yeah then you’re playing 2 start pitchers as best you can. I’d keep a spot open for streaming 2-start guys every week

  28. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey JB,

    Is Joe Ross really so much better than Fiers? You sometimes have to take players that you dont like much but i generally dont trust pitchers with a 89 MPH fastball…and your ranking makes me think about adding Ross and drop Fiers in a 12 teamer

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Moscowitz: Oh for sure, I think so. Ross wasn’t nearly as hittable and has better control. Plus AL vs. NL. I’d make the swap!

  29. Scott says:
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    I take back my Nicasio comment. You da man!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Scott: Hah def a nice start!

  30. Surfer dude says:
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    Hi, what do you think about what R.Stripling is doing tonight, is he worth picking up?
    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Surfer dude: Mehhh, 12+ leagues for the speculation maybe, but I watched some of his spring and he just looks like a boring 4th or 5th starter on an MLB team to me

  31. Eric B says:
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    Ran out of room: So my rosters changed a bit…dropped Dyson as Tollesons handcuff because I added Vizcaino as another relief arm, hopefully Tolleson gets it together. So my roster is as follows:

    12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS

    C J.T. Realmuto
    1B Cabrera
    2B Daniel Murphy
    3B Seager
    SS A. Russell
    OF Stanton
    OF Springer
    OF Polanco
    UTIL Burns
    UTIL Sano
    Bench 2B/SS Castro
    Bench 1B/OF Will Meyers
    Bench 1B Zimmerman
    DL Pollock

    SP Salazar
    SP Corbin
    RP Kimbrel
    RP McGee
    P T. Walker
    P Odorizzi
    P C.Rodon
    P Nicasio
    Bench Vizcaino
    Bench RP Tolleson
    DL SP E-Rod

    My new question is hold Will Meyers or add Ian Kennedy? Which do you think would benefit my team the most. Sano hasnt done much for me, but I cant drop him, Meyers had gotten hot and had position flexibility so I added him off the wire. but I’m wondering if an Arm would benefit me more? Any obvious moves I’m missing here?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Eric B: Oh wow, surprised Aroldis V was available! And yeah, nice to see Tolleson get a SV last time out. I’ve been big on Kennedy all offseason and he started really well, I think I’d get him

      • Eric B says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I flipped Domingo for Vizcaino and snagged Meyers off the wire. You think Meyers is the drop for Kennedy JB? Burns isnt starting everyday but hes not droppable imo, so probably either Meyers or Zimmerman have to be dropped for Kennedy.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Eric B: Yeah one of the two… I’ll still lean Myers is the drop while Zimmerman is healthy

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