I’m a big fan of the everyman. I consider myself the everyman. I’m every man’s everyman. A pioneer of normcore. Track pants and a blinking light on my car’s dashboard that either means my seatbelt isn’t on or I need oil. That is me. What better way to elevate the Everyman Culture, than to take part in a tourney where no one is smarter than anyone else. Enter the RazzSlam, a Best Ball tourney.  Every everyman likely knows what a Best Ball league is, but, if you don’t, it’s when you draft a team and the computer manages it for you by choosing who are your best players, and you get those stats. It’s basically one fantasy league removed from the robots taking over and killing us all. Well, the last laugh is on you robots, there’s a virus beating you to the punch! Kinda love that Razzball is putting on a tourney (hosted by NFBC — thank you!) that no one really has any clue how to strategize against. A true everyman experience. Oh, I’m sure there’s a few people who think they know the best strategy for, uh, Best Ball, and a few of them might be right, but there’s an under 1% chance they know why they’re right, and it isn’t just luck. In some ways, Best Ball leagues are a lot like Best Ball strategies. Throw a ton of them out there and a few good ones will rise to the top through sheer force of players’ performances and nothing you’re actually doing. That’s the fun. Anyway, here’s my RazzSlam, a 42-round, Best Ball 12 team draft recap:

C: Wilson Ramos 22
C: Danny Jansen 23
1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3
2B: Tommy Edman 9
SS: Trevor Story 1st round, 7th pick
3B: Alec Bohm 6
MI: Kolten Wong 21
CI: Ryan Mountcastle 12
OF: Eloy Jimenez 2
OF: George Springer 4
OF: Jesse Winker 15
OF: Hunter Dozier 17
OF: Raimel Tapia 19
UTIL: Yordan Alvarez 8
Bench: Yuli Gurriel, Enrique Hernandez, Josh Naylor, Nico Hoerner, Evan White, Luis Torrens, Marwin Gonzalez, Cristian Pache, Jonathan India, Tucker Barnhart

P: Blake Snell 5
P: Carlos Carrasco 7
P: Kevin Gausman 10
P: Chris Paddack 11
P: Jesus Luzardo 13
P: Lance McCullers 14
P: Marcus Stroman 16
P: Chris Bassitt 18
P: John Means 20
Bench: James Paxton, Dane Dunning, Devin Williams, Anthony DeSclafani, Spencer Howard, Logan Webb, Jake Arrieta, Joey Lucchesi, Daulton Jefferies

OKAY, NOW THAT WE GOT ALL THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF HERE BY YOU SAYING YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE DOING — VERY SLY, BY THE BY. SO, HOW DO YOU REALLY FEEL ABOUT THIS TEAM?

Short answer is I have no idea. Long answer is the rest of this post. Here’s the scoring so we can at least try to make heads or tails of the league:

Last year in what was admittedly a screwy year, Trea Turner led scoring with 385 points; Jose Abreu was at 384; Ozuna at 376 and the top pitcher was Shane Bieber 12th overall, at 306.30. This seems like it would play right into my hands, but, honestly, I think all leagues are designed to play into my hands. Nancy Sinatra would say, these hands were made for winning, and that’s just what they’re gonna do… There were only two starters in the top 27 points scorers (Bauer had 263 points, just after Nelson Cruz). Speaking of Nelson Cruz:

We’re having laughs, y’all! So, when four starters went off the board in my league by pick 19, well, I was confused in this league as I am in every other league where it happens. Sadly, my answer to that was Eloy Jimenez. A true champion of kicking me in the nads. Yes, this draft happened before Eloy thought he was Stretch Armstrong and could reach a home run ball 75 feet past the wall.

SO YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE DOING BUT YOU’RE SURE YOU’RE DOING IT CORRECTLY? THIS SOUNDS LIKE EVERY OTHER DRAFT RECAP FROM YOU.

Unlike roto leagues, I think Points Leagues are more about exploiting the format than about what players you draft. Well, the players you draft are important, but how they play into the format. There’s more “format play” than “get the good players” play. For unstints, top of the order guys who get a lot of hits and maybe steal a base or two — hello Raimel Tapia — can be very valuable. Last year, Tapia scored the same number of points as Keston Hiura and one more than Matt Olson, and only two less points than Hyun-Jin Ryu or Paul Goldschmidt. That’s exploiting format vs. getting a player who you think is good in roto. Also, last year, Brad Hand was more valuable than Lucas Giolito. So, another format buster:  saves. Or are they?

AM I READING A FANTASY BASEBALL ARTICLE OR QUESTIONING THE SPHINX? YOU DIDN’T DRAFT CLOSERS, SO, PRAY TELL, WHY?

Last year’s closers valuableness might have been predicated on the length of the season. Lucas Giolito scored 17.20 points per game on average, and Brad Hand scored 9, so I’d guess if there were another 100 games, then Giolito would’ve pulled away with more value. This was the direction I went with my pitching staff. Just a shizzton of starters–

–AND CARLOS CARRASCO–

–and Carlos Carrasco. Yes. Between him and Eloy, this team is jinxed real good. Obviously I drafted Carrasco before the 1st injury was announced — the elbow injury. Then Carrasco was like, “I see my elbow MRI and I raise you a hamstring MRI.” Not sure if it was better his injury happened while I was drafting vs. after, because it sent me in a shame spiral and I drafted a ton of starters to cover for him. I have arguably four number two’s and three number three’s. If not for Carrasco, I likely wouldn’t have gone that aggressive after Gausman, Paddack, and Luzardo as I made like a short order cook and scrambled. Though, Eloy’s injury happened after the draft, and I’m kinda fine with Enrisqué, Naylor and other fill-in options.

I SEE YOU’RE STILL MAKING OPEN, WHITE-HOT LOVE TO ALEC BOHM. DOES YOUR LOVE KNOW NO BOUNDS?

I can’t stop drafting Alec Bohm. At this point, we’ve moved past the point where I know why and now I just have to have him, like anyone who actively wants Yeezys. Common sense out the window and in its place is lust, greed and wish-upon-a-star-iviness. Vlad Jr. is another guy who is finding himself on all my teams too. No wonder I can’t get a bad batting average in all my leagues no matter how hard I try. All these guys do is batting average! For this league, they showed up high on my spreadsheet, because of how many points you accrue for hits, runs and home runs. Another guy who I haven’t mentioned much who I am actively eyeing in all drafts late is Enrique Hernandez. Who knows if the leadoff thing lasts, but for his price in drafts, it’s well worth the flyer. Finally, I secured my first share of India. Naan naan naan naan naan naan naan naan naan hey hey hey, hello!

 
  1. Fister Furbush says:
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    I did this draft last night at my restaurant job during rush hour while sweating over a really hot oven. The things we do for fantasy baseball… Quick thoughts on my squad?

    ESPN 12 team H2H OPS categories keeper league.

    C- Willson Contreras
    1st- Eric Hosmer
    2nd- Jose Altuve
    3rd- Justin Turner
    SS- Trevor Story
    OF- Ronald Acuna/ Cody Bellinger/ David Peralta
    UTIL: Shohei Ohtani
    UTIL: Nelson Cruz
    Bench: Fletcher/Seager/Kelenic

    SP: Trevor Bauer
    Jack Flaherty
    Patrick Corbin
    Ian Anderson
    Dallas Keuchel
    RP: Aroldis Chapman
    Alex Colome
    Bench: (Ohtani)/Wainwright/Davies

    • Jolt In Flow says:
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      My one comment: keep doing drafts at your restaurant job while working. That’s a heck of a team.

      Good luck,

      Jolt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank you for your service, and your team isn’t bad either — you look low on speed and Altuve sucks balls, but the pitching is insane considering how good your hitting is…You have two top 5 SPs, hmm, how?

    • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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      Need a 1B

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    I finished so bad in these last year I didn’t even try this year figuring it was 100 percent my ignorance to the format and now wish I would have played this year. Nice breakdown though thanks to u and all of Razzball nation for all u do ????????????????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You were in my league, I remember! Haha

  3. RJ says:
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    Thanks for all the offseason content as usual, Grey! Drafted my main league the other day, can I have your thoughts please? Thanks!

    12-team ESPN 5×5 Roto (K/9 instead of K’s, SV+HD instead of SV)

    C. James McCann
    1B. Pete Alonso (Keeper)
    2B. Ketel Marte
    3B. Austin Riley
    SS. Javier Baez
    1B/3B. Eric Hosmer
    2B/SS. Dylan Moore
    OF. Juan Soto (Keeper)
    OF. Christian Yelich
    OF. Kyle Tucker (Keeper)
    OF. Kyle Lewis
    OF. Ian Happ
    UTIL. Clint Frazier
    BN. Jo Adell

    P. Jose Berrios
    P. Jesus Luzardo
    P. Kevin Gausman
    P. Lance McCullers Jr.
    P. Tyler Mahle
    P. Tarik Skubal
    P. Triston McKenzie
    P. Trevor Rogers
    P. Daulton Jefferies
    P. MacKenzie Gore
    P. Taylor Rogers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! You don’t have an ace, I like the SPs you have tho, and you look low on saves/hlds, but that’s fixable in-season…Your hitting looks awesome, keepers don’t hurt, but I’d happily take that hitting team

  4. Denver90 says:
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    I’d love opinions on my team after a draft where everyone seemed to use a different list than me.
    C
    1 Abreu -k
    2 Muncy
    3 JoRam -k
    SS Anderson
    MI De jong
    CI Olson -k
    OF Grisham -k, Robert, Taveras, Hicks, JD Davis
    U Franmil
    B Riley, Rowdy

    SP Bieber-k, Ryu, Bundy, Gausman, PabLo, Bassitt, Framber, Elieser, Gonsolin
    RP DevWill, Wittgren, Crochet, Bummer, C. Green, Ottaviano, Graterol.

    Notes: net saves + .5 Holds
    W-L+QS
    12 team/12th pick
    Added: Posey,Franchy, Kike. Lost Gonsolin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a solid team, your keepers are awesome, which doesn’t hurt…If anything, you’re low on AVG — only Abreu might hit .290

  5. Bbbsoton says:
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    Grey,

    Curious about your Danny Jansen pick, especially with all the Kirk love out there……

    Why do you like Danny boy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems like as good as any catcher, if you punt catchers…I can always drop him if he’s awful

  6. Giacomo says:
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    Gallen, May, C.Burnes, Manning, Mahle, Kikuchi, Luis Catillo, Woodroof, German Marquez, Pablo Lopez, Trevor Rogers.

    I’ve to drop one and pick up a Hitter. 10 teams 25 players Ottoneu Points dynasty league.

    Which one would you drop? There is Freddy Peralda among FA wolud you switch him with some?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      10 team id think Kikuchi Marquez are streamers at best and id want Freddy for a few starts for sure to see if he has figured it out not even sure Manning is worth a roster spot in 10 teamer unless u can NA him

      • Giacomo says:
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        Thanks for answering. In redraft I surely agree with You, but in Dynasty Manning has high ceiling and If Marquez gets traded away from Coors will suddenly become a must start Sp1 or Sp2. I doubt about Kikuchi, Mahle and Rogers but the last one is a big developing lefty with great potential. There is hype around Peralta but he is also short for a starting SP. So I have trouble to take a decision…..Please Help me!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kikuchi, Rogers

  7. bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    AL-ONLY 5×5 league with 8 keepers. (Cobb and Shoemaker are bounceback gambles. Giles will be reserved and Roark released for MR’s through FAAB).

    C Jansen $8
    C Meija $4
    1B Abreu $29
    3B Alberto $5
    COR Walsh $19
    2B Altuve $26
    SS Simmons $16
    MI Correa $22
    OF Canha $10
    OF Buxton $17
    OF Franmil Reyes $17
    OF Haniger $19
    DH Polanco $20

    SP1 Luzardo $8
    SP2 McCullers $3
    SP3 Bassitt $8
    SP4 Cobb $7
    SP5 Shoemaker $5
    SP6 Roark $1
    SP/RP McHugh $2
    RP Barlow $1
    Closer Giles (IR) $1
    Closer Matt Barnes $12

    • Grey

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      Hitting looks fine, all AL-Only teams are gonna have some holes, you’re low on speed — your pitching looks solid, but you’d have to pay me to take Cobb and Shoemaker for $12 combined — Shoemaker is okay, flyer, I guess…Cobb is wretched

  8. packers2018 says:
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    Back in the mid 1960’s I remember my dad taking me to the record shop and I bought my first 45 record. It was Nancy Sinatra’s, These Boots Where Made for Walking! I thought as a teenager she was so hot. Thanks for the memory.

    My thoughts when you draft early, key injuries to stud players the odds are in the drafters favor. In your league 11 out of 12 teams benefited from your bad luck on the Jimenez and Carrasco picks. I’ve had both scenarios happen to me over the years…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

      Yeah, nothing can do on Eloy/Carrasco — if anything, I have ready-made excuse if team tanks

  9. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Grey,

    Thoughts on my starting pitchers in a 10 team H2H league?

    Burnes
    Woodruff
    Plesac
    Mahle
    Luzardo
    Dustin May
    Domingo German

    I have an open spot available….who would you add to my rotation?
    Eflin
    Eovaldi
    Elieser Hernandez
    Smyly
    Means

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love all those SPs minus… German for Eflin

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, open spot…Elieser too

  10. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Nice team, it’s in the mold of what you preach.

    a. Comp problems continue despite the Chris Rock story from yesterday. Comp is in revenge mode!

    b. Got a cold shower (metaphorically speaking) this morning from a meeting I had with a former colleague who works in HR for my former employer. Long story short, I need to REALLY improve my skills at the competency-based interview. Am boning up and am planning to do some mock interviews.

    c. MLB quote of the day for March 30, 2021

    1. Chris Sale, born March 30, 1989

    ‘It was fun (setting the Chicago White Sox record for strikeouts in a season). It was a great experience, something I’ll never forget. It’s awesome, something that hasn’t set in yet, but I know what it means, I know what it is, I’m very thankful for it and appreciative of it.’

    Chris Sale (Scott Merkin, 10/03/2015, ‘Sale sets franchise single-season mark for strikeouts, Left-hander breaks record set by Walsh in 1908’, Source)

    2. Bob Turley, died March 30, 2013

    ‘He (Bob Turley) was no herky-jerky tangle of arms and legs like Dizzy Dean or Cleveland’s fireballing Bob Feller, with whose fastball his was sometimes compared. Like the great Walter Johnson, he pitched with practically no windup, and had a remarkably smooth delivery for his 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame. He had a curve, a slider and a change-up, but the fastball was his magic. To a batter’s naked, unflinching eye, it was an intimidating marvel to behold: the ball perfectly hidden as Turley looked in for the sign, paused to inspect the crowd, and let fly—an incoming rocket, a white blur barely visible for just over four-tenths of a second, and then—smack!—gone into the catcher’s mitt. ‘Man!’ Roy Campanella, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ catcher, exclaimed after Turley struck him out three times in succession in a 1956 game. ‘When you see me take three swings at three fastballs and not even foul tip one, the fellow throwing ’em must have something. Maybe he was using a little gun to fire that ball up there.'”

    Sportswriter Robert D. McFadden in The New York Times (03/30/2013, ‘Bob Turley, Pitcher With a Blazing Fastball, Dies at 82’, Source)

    d. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 30, 2021

    ‘You don’t face Nolan Ryan without your rest. He’s the only guy I go against that makes me go to bed before midnight.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      lReggie Reggie

    • Nolan Ryan was absolute filth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Might need go fund me for Ante’s computer…

      B. Yuck, but good luck!

      D. Haha, Reggie is so good

  11. Steve says:
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    Good morning Grey,
    looking forward to your opinion for this draft and if I already should make a move for some guys on the FA.

    10 Team H2H, 7×5 with BB/TB, Roster including CI, MI, LF/CF/RF.

    C Sean Murphy
    1B Alec Bohm
    2B Ozzie Albies
    3B Rafael Devers
    SS Francisco Lindor
    CI Dylan Moore
    MI Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
    LF Juan Soto
    CF George Springer
    RF Franmil Reyes
    OF Yordan Alvarez
    UTIL Anthony Santander

    BN Nick Solak
    BN Jared Walsh

    SP Lance Lynn
    SP Hyun Jin Ryu
    RP Jake Diekman
    RP Amir Garrett
    P Julio Urias
    P Sandy Alcantara
    P Jesus Luzardo
    P Tyler Mahle
    BN Emilio Pagan
    BN Pete Fairbanks
    BN Tanner Rainey

    IL
    IL

    Not sure about the drop list, since Diekman seems to close for Oakland? Fairbanks has the chance to grab the spot or be the setup guy, drafted Rainey for ERA/WHIP, but I guess he’s droppable. Then Walsh maybe?

    FA: Trevor Rogers, Jonathan India, Joc Pederson, Logan Webb, Noah Syndergaard, Adam Ottavino, Anthony Bass, Ian Kennedy

    Thank you.

    • NUX says:
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      Diekman was going to close until they signed Rosenthal. No saves for Diekman as far as we know.

      There is no 1 guy in Tampa, as I’m sure you know. I’d be shocked if they end up with an actual “closer” in 2021. That said, I would try to keep Fairbanks if I were you, I like him alot. But this is a 10 teamer, so pretty shallow. You can prob get away with dropping him if there are Saves on the wire.

      The Marlins beat writer, Craig Mish, has been saying Bass is the closer. I would add him over Diekman right now. But when you make the switch, add Thor first, stick him on the IL, then add Bass.

      Also, you can drop Rainey right now, even though I think Hand could eventually lose the gig. Rainey should be there on the wire for you later when needed. Plus they also have Daniel Hudson still, he could be next up instead of Rainey.

      Would try to squeeze Trevor Rogers onto this squad, dropping Rainey. Just in case he really does break out like some think he might. Can drop him in April if a few starts go sideways

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosenthal is A’s closer…He might not last, but Diekman is not closer rn

      Go with Bass

      Your team looks solid otherwise, great pitching but RPs are a bit of a mess… Hitting looks solid, I’d happily take this team

  12. Venezuelan winter league says:
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    Hey grey
    Mind reviewing my team? I feel like I need to drop someone to have another SP slot to stream.

    It’s a 10team H2H keeper league

    Hit: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG, SLG
    Pitching: W, SV, BB, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, Q

    C. Vázquez Bos – C,1B
    M. Olson Oak – 1B
    K. Marte Ari – 2B,SS,OF
    A. Rendon LAA – 3B
    A. Mondesi KC – SS
    M. Trout LAA – OF
    R. Arozarena TB – OF
    N. Castellanos Cin – OF
    Y. Moncada CWS – 3B
    M. Muncy LAD – 1B,2B,3B
    R. Laureano Oak – OF
    K. Lewis Sea – OF
    K. Hayes Pit – 3B
    D. Moore Sea – 2B,3B,SS,OF
    A. Santander Bal – OF

    H. Jin Ryu Tor – SP
    D. Bundy LAA – SP
    J. Luzardo Oak – SP,RP
    L. McCullers Jr. Hou – SP
    P. López Mia – SP
    W. Smith Atl – RP
    A. Bradley Phi – RP
    R. Montero Sea – RP
    A. Bummer CWS – RP
    C. Bassitt Oak – SP
    T. Mahle Cin – SP

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting is low on power, Mondesi and Laureano and Moore and Hayes and Marte, might be low on BB too…Pitching looks like a staff I’d draft

  13. Riley says:
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    2b- Jonathan India or Jean Segura?

    • NUX says:
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      I would check the Top 500 for these kinda q’s

      https://razzball.com/top-500-for-2021-fantasy-baseball/

      Looks like Segura is like 200+ spots ahead. But I’m sure Grey will note that he prob wasn’t likely to end up drafting Segura at all, since he ranked him in the 20s at 2B position.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  14. Do I start Dustin May or sit first week. His first start will be at the Rockies?

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @COL? Hard pass.

    • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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      Is it a weekly league? Roto, or H2H? Unless I’m missing something, game 5 will be against the A’s. Sure, it’s “just spring training”, but that’s all we have to go on at this point. Rockies have a -13 run differential, and Dodgers are +5. If he’s going up against the A’s, the have a +45 run differential (the best in baseball at this point). All that being said, it’s week 1. Do whatever you want. I’d probably sit him. Then again, I was taking Gonsolin over May in drafts. Dave Roberts is a tool.

    • NUX says:
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      Are we sure? Isn’t he #5 guy? I saw Julio Urias is planned to start on Sunday @Rox. So I would think May is on Monday @OAK

    • NUX says:
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      NM I see now that you had a question mark there, as in not sure. I just checked the MLB app and May is on there for Monday against Oakland. So unless you here otherwise, much better start for him

      • Five-on-One says:
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        Is at Coors in April really a start to be avoided?

        • NUX says:
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          Fair point. Its still not one I would start the season seeking out. But you could be absolutely correct here. Lineup for Rox isn’t all that scary and its prob cold as hell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pass

  15. Paul says:
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    C: did not add one yet (thinking about adding Austidillo, but Mitch Garver, Posey, Molina, Navarez, Kelly, Ramos are available
    1B Vlad Keeper
    2B Marte
    3B Machado Keeper
    SS Lindor
    OF Bellinger
    OF Alvarez
    OF Lewis
    OF Moore
    UTL Pederson
    UTL Baez
    BN Benintendi
    BN India

    SP Bundy
    SP Urais
    SP Burns Keeper
    RP Jansen
    RP Kimbrel
    RP Ottavino
    P Smyly
    P German
    P Reyes
    BN Javier
    BN Carrasco (waiting to put him in IL to add a Catcher)
    BN Puk
    BN Walker
    BN Alzolay
    IL Severino

    12 Team H2H Categories
    Hitting: R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, K, AVG, OBP
    Pitching: Net W, QS, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, SV/HOLDS

    How did I draft and what Catcher would you add?

    • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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      Kelly … This is the way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly works

      Your hitting is stacked, love it…Your pitching looks okay, but risky…You don’t have a #1

  16. Coriell says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Please give me your thoughts on my 12 Team Head to Head points league squad.

    C Grandal
    1B Alonso
    2B Ketel Marte
    3B K Bryant
    SS Story
    OF Soto
    OF Hicks
    OF Teoscar
    U Yordan Alvarez

    Bench A Vaughn

    SP L Lynn
    SP H Ryu
    SP M Stroman
    SP L McCullers
    SP J Means

    RP Jansen
    RP Bass

    Bench Eovaldi, J Happ, Sixto, D Cease, Trevor Rodgers, E Pagan

    Here’s an idea of a few a few of the pitching points. Hitter points are fairly standard. 30 points for wins, 20 points for saves, 10 points for holds, -15 points for losses and -10 points for blown saves.

    I feel like my pitching is a little weak as it was so hard not to take stud bats in the first couple of rounds where I landed Soto and Story. I tried to be more aggressive as you suggested in a H2H league and took Lynn in round 3 and Ryu in round 5.

    Just curious what you think. Thank you. Have a great day.

    Coriell

    • Grey

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      Pretty shallow league to own Hicks and Bryant on hitting…I guess you like them more than I do…We’ll see, but I wouldn’t draft Bryant in any league…Hicks is fine for deeper ones…Pitching looks decent, don’t understand the Happ pick tho

      • Coriell says:
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        Would you like A Riley over Kris Bryant?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  17. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh Great Grey,

    my plan is to take pitching late in my draft. Which 3 of these would you target?

    Lamet, Glasnow, Fried, Luzardo, Marco Gonzales, Burnes, Wheeler, Ian Anderson, Paddack, Gausman

  18. The Skrimmer says:
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    12 team contract/keeper league with $250 salary cap. 5×5 stats with OBP instead of BA. Below are the players with their salaries that I am thinking of contracting. I also included other players to consider instead. Let me know your thoughts and if I should change any of the contracts. Thanks.

    1B-Bellinger $29 (3 year contract)
    3B-Arenado $17 (2 year contract)
    SS-Bichette $22 (3 year contract)
    OF-K. Lewis $5 (2 year contract)
    OF-L. Robert $18 (2 year contract)
    Bench –SS- Luciano-$0 (4 year contract)

    Other contract options:
    2B-Lux $4
    OF-Adell-$0
    SP: Bundy-$5
    SP: Gallen-$12

    • Grey

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      Sucks on Gallen… Hard to argue with what you have

  19. Giacomo says:
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    Thanks for answering. In redraft I surely agree with You, but in Dynasty Manning has high ceiling and If Marquez gets traded away from Coors will suddenly become a must start Sp1 or Sp2. I doubt about Kikuchi, Mahle and Rogers but the last one is a big developing lefty with great potential. There is hype around Peralta but he is also short for a starting SP. So I have trouble to take a decision…..Please Help me!!!!

  20. Matty says:
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    I’ve also ended up with more Alec Bohm shares than expected. At least twice it’s been because I already have Matt Olson and you can’t also take Matt Chapman since they’re the same player.

    Everyone- last RCL of the year (I think) is drafting at 2 PM EST today and we have two slots left. Throw a meeting up on your public work calendar, give your students a video to watch, fake a cough, or otherwise shirk your obligations and get in on this fun. https://www.fantrax.com/newui/fantasy/joinLeague.go?leagueId=iyjfqx4zkm2dknu2&isSubmit=y

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Ha! Good looking out Matty, great minds (…and great names)!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Matty!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      Looks like it is full!

      • Foxman says:
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        Then this is a first. My first RCL that doesn’t include Vin
        ha ha

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          Ha. Yeah, I can’t do money leagues. Or I would have loved an afternoon draft!

  21. happyharry says:
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    12 Team, H2H.6X6-K’s, reDraft. Your opinion Please? I think u gonna like-Partial to your rankings. And, advice of WW p/u for OF-Grisham,IL….Thanks Man!
    C-S. Perez
    C-D. Jansen
    1B-Muncy
    2B-Biggio
    3B-J. Ramirez
    SS-Lindor
    MI-Moustakas
    CI-Rendon
    OF-Betts
    OF-Harper
    OF-K. Lewis
    OF-Grisham
    OF-D.Moore
    U-K. Hayes
    P-Darvish
    P-Bauer
    P-Castillo
    P-Gray
    P-Berrios
    P-Bundy
    P-Gausman
    P-Musgrove
    P-L. Hendriks
    OF WW-Robles, Hicks, Dozier, Dickerson, Madrigal, McCutchen….rank the top 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I see something like Yu and Bauer and I look at your hitting to see what you’re missing, but I don’t see anything, so I don’t know how you got this team, but it’s great

      • happyharry says:
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        thanks, can you give me a couple WW OF’s to replace Grisham–Robles, Hicks, Dozier, Dickerson, Madrigal, McCutchen….rank the top 3.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Robles, Dozier, Madrigal

  22. Fat Mack says:
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    Hey Grey — Would love your quick thoughts on this team. Snake draft, unfortunately, and I didn’t love a few of my picks.
    12 team mixed league, 5×5 but with OPS instead of AVG.

    C – C Vazquez
    1b – A Bohm
    2b – Albies
    3b – Devers
    SS – Bichette
    OF – Betts
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – L Gurriel Jr
    UT – Franmil Reyes
    UT – A Verdugo
    BN – Mountcastle, N Solak, J Kelenic

    SP – L Castillo, J Berrios, K Gausman, Sixto Sanchez, N Eovaldi
    RP – W Smith, A Garrett, D Castillo, T Scott

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks solid…Your hitting looks good too…Nothing to nitpick on really…

      • Fat Mack says:
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        Thanks, Grey! Looking forward to the daily notes columns — required morning reading.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  23. RobMac says:
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    Thanks as always for the great content and guidance during draft season!

    ESPN – 11 team 6×6 roto – standard categories plus OBP, Sv+Hd (instead of saves), BAA.

    Thoughts?

    C: Mitch Garver – 23
    1B: Cody Bellinger – 2
    2B: Ozzie Albies – 3
    SS: Trevor Story – 1st round, 10th pick
    3B: Matt Chapman – 7
    MI: Nick Solak – 18
    CI: Rhys Hoskins – 10
    OF: Nick Castellanos – 6
    OF: Tommy Pham – 13
    OF: Max Kepler – 17 (keeper)
    OF: Jesse Winker – 19
    OF: Raimel Tapia – 22
    UTIL: Franmil Reyes – 14
    Bench: Justin Turner (15)

    P: Brandon Woodruff – 4
    P: Kenta Maeda – 5
    P: Ian Anderson – 8
    P: Lance McCullers – 9
    P: Kevin Gausman – 11
    P: Frankie Montas – 16
    P: John Means – 20
    P: Ryan Pressly – 12
    P: James Karinchak – 21 (keeper)
    Bench: Emilio Pagan (24), Tanner Rainey (26)
    IL: Chris Sale (25)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks low on speed, but fine otherwise…Your pitching looks stacked, prolly should’ve went for a better CI when you took one of your SPs

  24. swaggerjackers says:
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    Streamo has some pretty strong opinions against a couple of our heavily drafted SPs.

    Ryu = -8 @NYY
    Lynn = -16 LAA
    Lynn = 0.5 KC

    Start em anyway?

    • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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      Do you draft guys like Ryu & Lynn to stream, esp. at the beginning of the season? I’m guessing they’re the best 2 pitchers you have, or 2 of the best 3 anyways. Plug ’em in.

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        Yeah, I generally agree. Just curious if there’s a point where if Streamo dislikes a start so much (let’s say -10 or so) we should consider benching a stud SP. Clearly there is something about the matchup that it hates. I think there will be more FOMO with benching a stud in week 1 that does well than benching a lower tier guy like Eovaldi against BAL that has a stream worthy matchup against Baltimore. But if both the Ryu @NYY and the Lynn against LAA go poorly, I’ll be more inclined to trust the bot, going forward.

    • NUX says:
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      Also, once more games actually happen and data rolls in, you’ll see stuff balance itself out a bit. At least that’s always been my impression of the April SON/HT tools. I rely on them heavily for lineups, nearly everyday. But in April, I kinda just roll with what I drafted and then fill in the streams as needed. Like P_sway said, you kinda gotta start these guys if you drafted them.

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        Yeah, I think we have to start them. I’m surprised Streamo hates that Lynn start against LAA so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Throw your aces

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        …IN THE TRASH.

        Good one, right? High five!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • swaggerjackers says:
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            But on the reals, I feel like we need to establish a Wandy line for this season.

            Sonny Gray. He’s at the end of the last favorable tier in your top 20. Everyone from Sonny Gray and up is a must start. Everyone else is worth a look at the SON matchups. 2021 = The Sonny Line.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, it’s forever moving tho

  25. Brian says:
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    Hello. Should I trade Jonathon India straight up for Dustin May in a 16 team H2H league (dynasty) with both BA and OBP as hitting categories?

    I already have Jeff McNeil at 2B and Eugenio Suarez at 3B and my pitching staff is Ryu, Madea, and pray for rain (Yarborough, Stripling, Mananea, and Caleb Smith). However, this trade would leave middle infield depth lacking as it would leave Caesar Hernandez and Andrelton Simmons as my only bench infielders behind Cron, McNeil, Baez, and Suarez.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take May

  26. Cohen says:
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    Grey, 12 team roto
    Please critique my team and tell me what u think?
    C-Kelly
    1B-Alonso
    2B-B.Lowe
    SS-Story
    3B-Machado
    MI-Swanson
    CI-Moncada
    OF-Robert
    OF-Blackmon
    OF-Lewis
    OF-Moore
    OF-Tapia
    Util-Franmil
    BN-Croneworth(using him to move arould players while Lewis is out)
    SP-Ryu
    SP-Maeda
    SP-Gausman
    SP-Eflin
    CL-Barnes
    CL-Smith
    CL-Garrett
    CL-Bard
    CL-Neris
    CL-Castillo
    CL-Crichton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching is clearly a staff I’d draft and like…RPs are a little wonky, but you have a lot of them, so that’s good…Hitting looks great, maybe a tad low on AVG

  27. Brett says:
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    France has been batting 2nd and Moore has been batting at the end of the line up the last couple of games for Seattle. I know Lewis has been out, but do you think France gets the #2 spot in that line up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess Moore moves up, lineups aren’t set in stone…Will depend on health and who’s hitting

  28. stevie says:
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    I don’t think any of us knows what we’re doing but you know a little bit more!
    1. Would you drop Stripling, Gore or Antone for a flyer on Logan Allen?
    2. Bad closer question: Wittgren or Neris?

    • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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      1. Probably a hold … but, Stripling if you feel inclined.
      2. Neither have a defined role at this point. However, Cleveland appears more likely to use a committee, at least to start. Girardi will pick a closer. Obviously, if he doesn’t pick Neris, he’s of no use. Wittgren will get some opportunity. The question is how much. Answer … how much risk do you want to take? Alot .. Neris, a little … Wittgren.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, maybe!

      1. Can lose Gore in shallower leagues, Stripling would scare me to start anywhere tho, streamer

      2. Wittgren for now

      • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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        Giardi named Neris as his closer, to start out anyway, today.

  29. Art of Bat Flipping says:
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    Bauer for my Corbin/Paddack. Which side?

    Looking for high K upside, QS and lower ratios.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      I’d take Bauer

      • Art of Bat Flipping says:
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        Think it’s a fair trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Grimey

      • Art of Bat Flipping says:
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        He wants Corbin and Fried for Bauer now. Still take Bauer?

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  30. mcstarrs says:
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    Dad,

    Your Mondesi- Loving Son here,

    I am guilty of being one of the majority of fantasy baseball managers that spent an early round pick on an elite arm the past few years but decided to give your theory a shot.

    Wound up with Tatis, Mondesi, Devers, Ozzie & Vlad as my first 5 picks. Also scored Moncada, Franmil Reyes and Kyle Lewis.

    My pitching is weak in my opinion, I have Paddack, Gray, Luzardo and Urias with 4 other mediocre arms (Means, Civale, Manaea & Cristan Javier). I didnt draft any RP with the idea of being able to secure a few early on in the season as closer job’s become more clear.

    I have a question for you though regarding waiver strategy post draft:

    Do you think it is important to put in waiver claims (For me im thinking Dahl and Ian Kennedy) for the first date you can pickup players on waivers ? Or do you think its better to save your waiver spot and just pick up the leftovers after everyone else has spent their claims?

    Looking forward to hearing from anyone’s perspective on this!

    Thanks,

    Your Petulant Mondesi-Loving Son.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d use my waiver claim when I needed it, whether it was 1st week or 12th week or any week

      I never said draft 2 shortstops with 1st two picks, or to punt SPs

      • mcstarrs says:
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        yikes

      • mcstarrs says:
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        Being your Mondesi-Loving Son, I couldn’t resist the thought of Mondesi putting my team on his back and carrying (again) me to a championship.

        I liked the batters more than the pitching available at the time (in rounds 3-5). Although I do agree with you on the pitching. I did put myself in a tough position. Luckily, I have the staff’s beautiful insight and the MLB Tools to navigate me through a full season(ad free I might add).

        Looking forward to another season baby!!

  31. return2earth says:
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    spring training has been BRUTAL for Jared Walsh; should we be concerned for his playing time to start the season?

    is he waiver wire fodder in 10/12 teamers or hold for a few weeks?

    • Pyrrhic Victory says:
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      Haha, jinx. I’m the comment below thinking of dropping him in a 14-teamer, so I’d hope there’d be some good options in a 10 team.

      • return2earth says:
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        glad i’m not alone in this corner today .. i do have faith in Walsh over the full season and these stats are JUST spring training but there’s not much of a track record outside of his September last year so it makes sense to have some reservations at this point

        only have 2 shares of him in 2021 .. 1 is a 15 teamer as my CI & the other is a 10 teamer BA/OBP/SLUG where he is a bench bat flier for upside based on his 2020

        not sold on Ohtani staying healthy (might not be even now?) or Pujols being effective at all so there’s a chance this worry is for nothing but the results may not come to fruition until the Summer which doesn’t help in a shallow league when Candelario, Dalbec & others are out there now w/ just as much upside & less PT concerns

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          10 teams I’d drop him like a bag of dirt

          • return2earth says:
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            thanks Frank .. sometimes you just need a voice of reason

            on a side note, stumbled upon the Willy Adames sleeper post from 2019 this morning .. dug into his spring stats & season over season adjustments and i’m starting to think that post is going to be relevant for 2021

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              Interesting but I don’t want that I have too many Franco shares hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think he’s fallen into a platoon at best with a terrible spring…I’m gonna lower him in my rankings, sadly… Sorry, it didn’t work

  32. Pyrrhic Victory says:
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    Any thoughts on Jared Walsh? I drafted him as a UT slot in a 14 team 5×5 league, and the last week or so have not looked particularly promising for his performance or playing time.

    Waiver wire options aren’t great, but include Enrique Hernandez, Rowdy Tellez, Kiner-Falefa.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      For UT spot I’d maybe move on for one of those

  33. bobsnyder4210 says:
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    I think you know more than you’re letting on Grey…I play this same format on the low-stakes side of the site (BB10s), about 20-25 baseball best balls a year with an average profit margin around 50% over the past few years. Having bragged, this year I will now doubtless proceed to tank. Moving on…

    Your back-of-envelope calculations are correct, I think…the fact that IPs are worth 3 pts means volume is king over the course of a season. So, having a bunch of starters with good volume – even if they’re just ok-to-decent WHIP/ERA guys – gets you more in this format than aces or highly-drafted closers do, because the high-end guys cost you a lot in lost bats. And since the ratios don’t count, only the hit, walk and run counts-against do, even a kind of crappy starter you draft in round-38 can give you a few good weeks over the season. I’m not recommending crappy starters, I’m just saying…

    As for closers, a couple dart-throw closers after all the just-decent starters are gone can be fine. That way if they spike for a couple 2-SV, 4-K, 0-BB. 2-IP weeks, they equal a few good starter outings through the year. And if not, so what? They’re basically free. There are people who use a draft-all-closers (or mostly closers) strategy to try to fill their weeks with closer spikes…I don’t really know how that works out for sure – because I’m not that “adventurous,” shall we say – but I have serious doubts.

    And bats…you need lots and lots of good bats…but you knew that already.

    Just some thoughts…take them for what you think they’re worth…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good stuff! I guess I was going on gut more so than usual so it didn’t feel great, but thanks for conforming my suspicions…

  34. Crime Dog says:
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    Paddack last night 2.1 inn 7 hits 8 ER 3 walks. yikes.

    I came here because I need to hear someone tell me they aren’t worried and it’s spring training.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Nah dog be worried

    • mcstarrs says:
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      What if someone tells you that they share your pain? Someone took Lynn the pick before me and I panicked picked Paddack as I only had 3 seconds left to draft. which in my opinion ruined what was otherwise an excellent draft for me.

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      I’m glad I don’t own him anywhere.

    • Crime Dog says:
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      This isn’t helping

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        Just reread the pre season blurb. Pretty wishy washy endorsement.

        Podcaster Ralph texted me about Paddack just as I was about to write this blurb, and convinced me to take another look at him, and move him out of the next tier of guys I don’t want. Then a few weeks later, Ralph told me he’s no longer into Paddack, so do we trust December Ralph, or January Ralph?

        —————-

        Clearly a polarizing player and now his spring has been bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As long as he’s not hurt, I’m not worried

  35. negatto says:
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    Grey,

    10 Team 5×5 Mixed Roto

    Where would you look to improve this team? The CBS site gave it a D+. :)

    C-Nola, Diaz
    1B-Abreu
    2B-B.Lowe
    SS-Torres
    3B-Devers
    MI-Semien
    CI-Rizzo
    OF-Betts, Rosario, Grisham, Verdugo, Hicks
    Util-Bohm
    SP-Flaherty, Woodruff, Gausman, Lopez, Mahle, Bassitt
    CL-Diaz, Montero, Neris
    BN-Turner
    IL- Sale

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Your pitching looks stacked, not sure how this is a D+…Unless that’s a good grade to get from them…I guess you’re low on speed and AVG, maybe…But not even that much…Hicks is kinda whatever in that league

      • negatto says:
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        Nah, bad grade, but if they said it was good I’d be worried. Nice drafting against their projections though.

        Thanks again, love the site and love the content.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  36. Crime Dog says:
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    Bush or Staumont for saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bush

  37. Phil says:
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    13 team, 6×6 roto league (OPS and holds), keeper league in Yahoo, 1400 innings cap, 4 ofs and just one MI, only two bench spots. I’m in rebuild mode, thus the lack of studs on my team. Thoughts and any advice on what I should improve at this juncture?

    C-Sean Murphy
    1B-Wil Myers
    2B-Lourdes Gurriel
    3B-Matt Chapman
    SS-Tim Anderson (keeper)
    MI-Ian Happ
    OF-Kyle Tucker (keeper)
    OF-Yordan Alvarez
    OF-Franmil Reyes
    OF-Raimel Tapia
    Util-Austin Riley
    BN-Nick Madrigal
    SP- Aaron Nola (keeper), Jack Flaherty, Kevin Gausman, Pablo Lopez, Tyler Mahle
    RP-Jordan Romano, Taylor Rogers, Jake McGee, Chad Green, Tanner Scott

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have two aces, and 3 #2’s, so yeah your pitching is stacked…And I like the RPs, but they’re weaker

      Your hitting looks low on speed, but not bad team in general…I’d take it!

  38. Chus says:
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    Looking for 2B value pick up: With the news of Gavin Lux and Jazz Chisholm both starting along with Dylan Moore available who would you pick up?

    Thanks

    Chad

  39. Fred says:
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    Are you going to bring back the patreon where you update the Weekly buys and sells a day before it comes out on this site?

  40. JR says:
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    What side in a 10 Team H2H Dynasty league?

    Machado and Altuve
    or
    castellanos, lux, Martin, and berrios or Framber (dynasty so framber has value)

    I currently have manny as my SS (thanks Yahoo!), with devers and bohm in my 3b and CI spots, l

    • Cram It says:
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      Machado

    • Jr says:
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      Another option could be Manny for Eloy and Clevinger. It’s a love for next year, but my team is about a year away at the moment so might make sense for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  41. Tyler says:
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    Gray! Would love your opinion. I generally lean pretty, well, lean on starters and load up on bats, however I think I may need to make a trade for a pitcher? 10 team, 5×5, 30 roster spots…
    I have Gray, Bundy, Gausman, Luzardo, Urias, Bassit, McKenzie and May.
    Would you trade Abreau ( I have Bellinger, Muncy and Olsen ) for Woodruff? Could I reach higher?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

      • Tyler says:
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        Do you think my starting is strong enough to compete, barring injury?
        I went “cheap” on starters to have a strong offense.
        C- Mcann
        C-Falelefa
        1-Aubreu
        2-Albies
        Ss-Tatis
        3-Devers
        CI-Olson
        MI-Muncy
        Of- Bellinger / Yordan Alvarez/ Springer/ K Lewis/ Franmil
        UT- M Chapman / Buxton

        Already seeing Springer and Lewis are questionable for opening day and will grab Tapia most likely to fill in

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think it’s solid

          • Tyler says:
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            Thank you Fantasy Master Lothatio! Have a good first week of fantasy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks! You too!

  42. FrankGrimes says:
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    With your boy Odor gone maybe the Rangers won’t stink this year… rim shot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  43. Here comes the pizza says:
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    Today is the day T-Mobile gives out free MLBtv subscriptions. One of the best days of the year since it means the season is finally here!

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      I signed up first thing this morning. Pretty awesome they keep doing this every season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      nice!

  44. BAC says:
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    11 team 5×5 OBP. Have the 10th pick after winning last year (thank you Razzball team).

    Seems like Turner, Ramirez, Harper, Bellinger, Freeman, Yelich may be around (potentially one gone). I’m thinking Bellinger / Harper or Yelich then going for Robert / Anderson and Alonso / Ozuna in the 3/4 turn given a lot of pitchers will most likely be taken in the interim picks.

    Any thoughts on the best 1/2 picks in this format?

  45. The Wild Card says:
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    Grey,

    I need to get rid of an OF so would me trading Teoscar and Sticks Mckenzie for Realmuto and Manaea make sense? or is that too much? My pitching is pretty thin though, no pun intended.

    • NUX says:
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      I would do it, but only if I know I could flip JT for a better OF than Teoscar. And I think you can, but you know your league better than me

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Trade to hope to make another trade? Come on Nux!?

        • NUX says:
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          LOL! Easy for me to say about someone else’s team lol

          People really overate JTR. If I knew someone else in my league had the hots for him and also had an OF I wanted more than Teoscar… I’d be pulling an Ian Kahn and making phone calls facilitating a 3 team deal

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Meh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  46. fausto

    fausto says:
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    16 Team league better bench bat Akil Baddoo or Sam Hilliard ? baddoo u has five home runs and and is hitting 350. Hilliard has one home run a 36% K rate and it’s probably in a timeshare with Chris Owings
    same league caleb smith is scary as my sp4 hold or.lose caleb for one of these Oakland arms ? appreciated

    • NUX says:
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      Its Hilliard right now, for sure. But Baddoo is def hot coming out of Spring training. I’d keep an eye on him and make the switch if it makes sense at some point in April. But in a 16 team league, gimme the OF that will play at Coors over the Rule 5 guy.

    • Grey

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      Agree with Nux

  47. Dr Sauce says:
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    Drafted my home league last night. 12 team, ESPN, 5X5 roto league, 6 player keeper (no limits).
    C-Murphy
    1B-Olson
    2b-Lux
    SS-Tatis (K)
    3b-Hayes
    OF (start 5) – Acuna (K), Betts (K), Bellinger (K), Tucker (K), K. Marte
    U – Ohtani or Vaughn
    Bench Stash – Bobby Witt jr.
    SP (start 5) – Flaherty (K), Luzardo, Urias, Gausman, Bassitt, Paxton, Ohtani, Syndergaard
    RP (start 4) – Pressly, Holland, Pagan, TJ Antone
    Thoughts? Areas of concern?
    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

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      Looks like a solid pitching staff, I think you might be low on arms tho, so you will need to stream…But guessing after IL’ing Noah, you will pick up someone…Hitting looks stacked, your keepers don’t hurt

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        Awesome thanks for the feedback. And yes, when roster moves are permitted I will IL Noah. I have another bat (not mentioned above) to drop as well. My plan is pick up Framber Valdez and place him in my other IL spot. And then I have two spots to fill. There are a few interesting names, please choose two from the following list;

        SP options – Brady Singer, Taijuan Walker, Griffin Canning, Dane Dunning, Trevor Rogers (Mia), Carlos Martinez, Adrian Morejon, Daulton Jefferies
        RP options – Alex Reyes, Aaron Bummer, Bryan Garcia, Gregory Soto, Logan Allen (clev), Matt Bush, Keone Kela

        Thanks again, appreciate it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Canning, Bush

  48. Five-on-One says:
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    standard 12-team 5×5 league with Weekly moves.

    Closers on my team:

    Montero (SEA) – Solid and healthy so far
    Pomeranz (SD) – Some competition (Melancon, Pagan), and recovering from minor injury
    Rodriguez (PIT) – Awful spring, not named closer (Crick)
    Scott (BAL) – Is he the closer?
    Bush (TEX) – With Leclerc getting TJ, is it Bush, Kennedy or Joely (when healthy) the closer?
    Crick (PIT) – Or is he the guy?

    1) Please rank.
    2) Other than Montero and Pomeranz, are any of these guys terribly valuable? Or easy to add as a throw-in to get something more valuable bak in a trade?

    Thanks.

  49. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Eloy in 4-5 (not 5-6) months suddenly sounds not too bad comparatively! July/August potential return would be awesome.

    Now let’s hold hands and pray for the inevitable Kyle Lewis update not being that bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, my 2nd rounder back in August, lowercase yay!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        I’m just happy I panic-kept him for $10 in my keeper league instead of Lewis or Voit. I hope I’m wrong about Lewis, but this really feels like he’s going to be out a while.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why?

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            He hasn’t played in 9 days from running his knee into the OF wall + has a “deep bone bruise” that hasn’t been responding as expected. He’s still expected to be ready around opening day, but due to his history with knees the non-news has me a little worried. Hopefully it’s nothing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I feel like I’m going to faint

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                Fingers crossed + prayer circle formed! This is also a team where I have Yordan for $15, so there’s only so many questionable knees I can handle!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Prayers up!

  50. Matt says:
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    had my 13 team 6×6 (OPS + QS) draft last night and am excited about this squad:

    C – McCann
    1B – Olson
    2B – Moore
    3B – Bohm
    SS – Bichette
    OF – Soto, LouBob, Springer
    Util – Giancarlo, Mountcastle
    Bn – Taveras
    SP – Bundy, Luzardo, Paddack, Bassitt, Peralta, Means, Pearson, Javier
    RP – Castillo, Pagan, Barnes, Puk

    1 final draft tonight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t have an ace, your pitching is gonna need some help, especially in an QS league…Stream on streamer! Your hitting looks solid tho, if low on speed

  51. FrankGrimes says:
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    Don’t you love the wait for these frig’n teams to IL players!?

    • Hepcats13 says:
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      Like pulling teeth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It adds to the final days before the season malaise…

  52. BAC says:
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    Does the Dustin May rotation news change your ranking or tier at all? Probably not given this will be a constantly moving rotation but wanted to see.

    • BAC says:
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      sorry, didn’t see you had already moved him up around Peralta.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah

  53. Hepcats13 says:
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    Greyt write up!

    Yahoo, 12 team, H2H

    Would you trade Walsh for Tellez as a bench 1b? Abreu is my starter.

    Thanks! I am excited for the smell of moustache wax in the morning again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  54. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Yo Grey!

    Just got done with my 12 team dynasty league draft, standard 5×5 cat H2H league. I took over an abandoned team in 2017 and won the league in 2018 and 2019, and then got bounced in round one of the playoffs last year.

    C W Smith
    1B A Vaughn
    2B D Moore (also has OF eligibility)
    SS T Anderson
    3B E Escobar
    MI A Gimenez (has 2B/SS/3B eligibility)
    CI J India
    OF Mookie
    OF Lou Bob
    OF Conforto
    UTIL Santander
    Bench: K Wong, W Franco

    SP’s: G Cole, S Bieber, B Snell, K Gausman, C Bassitt, J Means, Y Kikuchi, L Webb, and in the last round I snagged Thor and put him on the IL
    RP’s K Jansen, B Hand, M Barnes, D Pomeranz, E Pagan, N Wittgren

    The team I took over back in 2017 had a stupid amount of pitching, and I have slowly gotten that more balanced over the years. After this draft, an owner offered me Tim Anderson and Blake Snell for Vlad Jr, and I took it. Is it time to flip Cole for a stud bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, your pitching is insane…Keeping trading SPs…Snell or Cole are so unnecessary on that team…You should be able to move Cole for a better corner man and have your team looking dope…Maybe Freeman? Jo-Ram? Or Snell for Alonso? Olson?

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        Awesome, thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  55. Hoseidon says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I got screwed with Eloy too. You in good company.

    Can you rate my pitching in a 12 team league that has H/IP and QS along with the regular 5 cats.

    Ryu, Gausman, Chris Bassit, John Means, Taylor Rogers, Richard Rodriguez, Devin Williams, Zach Eflin, and Joakim Soria. As soon as Eloy is IL eligible, I can pick up an extra pitcher. Can you give me your top 3 options on the waiver wire:

    Trevor Rogers
    A.J. Puk
    Pineda
    Canning
    Walker
    Devi Garcia
    Odorizzi
    Dunning
    Kikuchi
    Cease
    Weaver

    Thanks for all your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Misery loves company, yet, sigh

      Your pitching looks solid, you don’t have enough SPs tho…Dunning, Canning, Gerunding….Odorizzi

  56. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I drafted both of my teams for the season, one a continued re draft and one a keeper. I won both in 2020. I’m pretty happy with my team and it’s odd how many guys weren’t drafted in some sure as Villar (who I picked up as a bench bat) and Yarborough.

    12 Team H2H 5X5
    R HR RBI SB ONP
    W K SV ERA WHIP

    c – Kelly
    1B – Alonso
    2B – Andres Gimenez
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Lindor
    OF – Yelich
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – Teoscar
    UTIL – Franmil
    UTUL – Walsh
    NA – Vaughn

    I know I have a 1B UTIL and a 1B BB but Vaughn should get OF eligibility and I can use the wire AND the late round picks on both seem to be regarding. I know I MAY be a tad light on steals but I have 3 20+ Steal guys and I can stream.

    SP – Lynn
    SP – Ryu
    SP – Urias
    SP – Luzardo
    SP – Pablo Lopez
    SP – Heaney
    SP – Civale
    SP – Means
    SP – Trevor Rogers
    RP -Diego Castillo
    RP – McGee
    RP – Barnes

    Yarborough and Alozay are available and I also have an additional spot via NA but Vaughn is making the roster so I doubt it matters

    Also, nobody drafted Sale or Thor, I have 2 IL Spots. Is it logical to pick one or both up and IL them until I need those spots if I do?

    Thanks!

    • TarmanGotHim says:
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      OBP*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love Heaney, but like your pitching otherise…I don’t know who you’re dropping for Yarbrough or Alozay…Hold for now…Your hitting is stacked, maybe low on AVG, which isn’t a category, but feeds counting stats so runs/RBIs

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        Thanks Grey!!

        That’s funny you mention that because I don’t like Heany either. I hesitated that round. I was about to draft Eliser Hernandez, than Ke’Bryan Hates, than I got to the 5 second mark and took Heaney and said “really”. But my pitching is stacked I’m not concerned.

        Yeah, I drafted based on OBP not AVG. I feel very confident with my team!

        Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, No problem

  57. DonnieB says:
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    My pitching in a 12 team drafted before Gallen injury was Gallen, Burnes, Luzardo, MCCullers, Elieser,Means,Kluber and Rogers? Would you drop Kluber for Logan Webb?

    How about Neris or Ottavino or Tanner Scott?

    THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t just drop Kluber, though I wouldn’t have drafted him either

  58. Will says:
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    Urias @ COL on Sunday, start or sit? I’m leaning sit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I wouldn’t mess with Coors

      • Will says:
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        He’s appeared in six games there, 4 starts, 22 innings. ERA 6.55 and WHIP 1.59 .

        So he’ll probably go 7 scoreless innings on my bench, lol.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup!

  59. Boomer19 says:
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    Morning. Enjoyed the write up. Better stash for impact this year…Kiriloff or Witt? 5×5 roto 14 team. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kirilloff

  60. Denise says:
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    Can you rate my team

    C: Sanchez
    1B: Abreu
    2B: Torres
    3B: Bohm (keeper)
    SS: Bichette (keeper)
    OF: Trout
    OF: Myers
    OF: Hernandez
    OF: Riley
    UTL: Olsen
    UTL: Sano
    BN: Hampson
    BN: Upton
    BN: Franco (holding him NA)

    SP: Luzardo (keeper)
    SP: Wheeler
    SP: Montas
    RP: Chapman
    RP: Gallegos
    RP: Castillo
    P: Marquez
    P: Paxton
    P: Taillion
    BN: Means
    BN: Manaea
    BN: Kikuchi
    IL: Schmidt

    12 Team H2H Categories
    Hitting R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, K
    Pitching Net Wins, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, SV+H, QS

    Please let me know how my draft looks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Wheeler and you have no #1 SP, so your pitching is a bit of a mess, not great for a QS league

      Hitting looks fine, but low on AVG and high on Ks

  61. OaktownSteve says:
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    What are we doing with these closer committees, Comrade Albritzky?

    In RCL, it works out pretty well actually. I’ve got Alvarado, Fairbanks, McGee, Garrett, Pagan, Rainey, Staumont, and Wittgren. Get the super high k/9 plus somewhere between 50 and 100 saves there.

    But in an NFBC style contest, what are we doing? I count 13 teams going with some kind of committee. And a high percentage of named guys have some kind of question mark on them. Even like Jansen and Chapman, certainly Kimbrel. Diaz doesn’t feel like a lock to be good. Hand looks terrible. Then you got Holland, McGee, Bard, Bass, Montero. No locks there. Iglesias has had some ups and down. Rosenthal was good last year.

    Is it possible that 40 saves puts you in the middle of the pack? If you’ve got a guy who is going to get 15 saves maybe like a Wittgren or Garrett type as your SP2, that could actually be worth a few standings points, where as in year’s past you couldn’t really roster anybody but the absolutely highest K rate, multi-inning non-closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, feels more SAGNOF than ever…and speed is a mess too…I think I mentioned yesterday, I drafted Hader for 1st time ever taking a top closer in one league, and it was happiest I’ve felt about my pen in any league…I’m so jinxing that Hader guy…I like Montero, Romano, if he gets job, Dick-Rod, and Raisel…Then I’m worried about everyone

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Glad you noted Rodriguez — Ithought Pit mgr indicated something dumb “like Crick will usually close since Rodriguez too valuable to move from middle relief.” Did you hear anything like that?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          I don’t count Pitt as settled. I read what you heard.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crick will usually close? Where’s that from?

          • Norman Ginsberg says:
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            Don’t remember — possibly MLB.COM (which admittedly is often ridiculous — let us pray).

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Does it feel like these situations starting out as a committee end up coalescing around one guy pretty early on?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        At least ten of them can get taken over…For instance, Bush or Kennedy could run with Rangers job until August — not like Rangers are going to have a ton of opps, so as long as one of them is good once or twice a week

  62. Stat Man says:
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    Yelich has a 47% OBP this spring in 13 games and has only 4 runs. Thinking out loud, I’m wondering how he is going to get to 100/100 Runs and RBI in this Brew Crew lineup? Is Harper the better play for counting stats this year? I drafted Yelich. Grey, reassure me or redirect me. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brewers have a real problem with Ks in their lineup…Harper might beat Yelich in runs and RBIs, yeah…He shouldn’t in any other cat tho

      • Stat Man says:
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        You still taking Yelich over Harper in a standard roto?

        What do you think Yelich projections look like at this point compared to your earlier projections?

        Thanks for your thoughts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am

  63. Denise says:
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    Can you please rate my team

    C: Sanchez
    1B: Abreu
    2B: Torres
    3B: Bohm (keeper)
    SS: Bichette (keeper)
    OF: Trout
    OF: Myers
    OF: Hernadez
    OF: Riley
    UTL: Olsen
    UTL: Sano
    BN: Hampson
    BN: Upton
    BN: Franco (holding while in minors on bench)

    SP: Luzardo (keeper)
    SP: Wheeler
    SP: Montas
    RP: Chapman
    RP: Gallegos
    RP: Castillo
    P: Marquez
    P: Paxton
    P:Taillion
    BN: Means
    BN: Manaea
    BN: Kikuchi
    IL:Schmidt

    H2H Categories 12 Team
    Hitting:R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, K, ABG, OPB
    Pitching: K, ERA, WHIP, k/9, QS, SV+H, Net Wins,

  64. Otis Nixon's Eyes says:
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    Ahoy hoy,

    I wasn’t planning to fantasize this year – what with having spent the last year in my dainties, burning my retinas staring at screens – but apparently, i couldn’t resist.
    I didn’t do any pre-draft prep this year, other than to have a look at some razzball posts (sidebar: motivation to read razzball posts is reason enough to join a fantasy league every year).
    I’m in a 12-teams h2h league, with weekly (and with my rotation, weakly) locked lineups. Standard stats: R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP and W, K, SV, ERA, WHIP.

    I’m feeling pretty good about my hitting, but my pitching gives me the tummy gurgles.

    C – Austin Nola (picked up T. Murphy while Nola is IL’d)
    1B – Pete Alonso
    2B – Keston Hiura
    3B – Rafael Devers
    SS – Francisco Lindor
    OF – Juan Soto
    OF – George Springer
    OF – Trent Grisham (Hunter Dozier standing in)
    UTIL – Nelson Cruz
    BENCH: Kyle Lewis, Nick Solak, Niko Hoerner (for some reason)

    SPs:
    Max Fried
    Pablo Lopez
    Chris Bassitt
    Ryan Yrbrough
    Jordan montgomery
    Dinelson Lamet
    Dustin May
    Cristian Javier

    RPs:
    Drew Pomeranz
    Chris Martin

    the gurgling!

    What say you? Should i invest in anti-diarrhetics?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate that!

      Your hitting looks stacked, I like it a lot…Maybe a tad low on speed…Pitching is okay, you have no ace, I don’t love Fried and Lamet is a disaster waiting to happen

      • Otis Nixon's Eyes says:
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        Thanks! Guess there’ll be a lot of streaming – of one type or another – for me, this summer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice!

  65. Grabbed J. Urias over the weekend and faced with him starting @ Col right out the gate – in 22 IP @ Coors 6.55 ERA / 1.59 WHIP. Want to roll with this kid, whaddya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Gotcha

        • hot corner says:
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          I have Urias in a few spots but don’t see the need to risk a Coors start in week one. It is a long season.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, totally

            • SteveNZ says:
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              Butting in here, but I’m as excited to be owning Urias as I am about almost any other player for quite a while.

              Not because I think he’s going to preform like a No.1 but I am (and have been for a while, as you know) totally, 100%, completely, head-over-heels in love with just how easy he makes the act of throwing a pitch look. To my inexpert eye he just looks so gifted.

              Next time we’re at Dodger Stadium I know what t-shirt I’m getting!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Are you hinting I need to send a Urias shirt to New Zealand?

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  I mean it wasn’t my original intention…

  66. Earl says:
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    What you make of this Akil Badoo guy for Tigers (other than badass name)?

    Is he just a spring training hot potato that will not amount to much?

    Also, thoughts about Joc Pederson and Tyler O’Neill and their hot spring thus far and will it carry over to season?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is he even starting for the Tigers or is he a platoon guy?

      I just drafted O’Neill, and would draft Joc

      • Earl says:
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        think he is like 4th or 5th OF but could get playing time over Nomar or Victor Reyes depending how they do.

        Ya think I like O’Neill and Joc as well

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reyes and Mazara aren’t just not going to play, but maybe

  67. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey

    R hr rbi Sb avg ops keep7 12 teams

    Was offered Harper and a 9th for My Bichette and 1st round pick next year

    Currently have lindor in ss and bo in one of my 2 util spots so no issue there

    Seems a bit much, not sure here…what do you think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  68. Mike says:
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    Grey – was taking a look at the top 500 and it looks like Jared Walsh got downgraded to #408 based on an assumption of only 280ish at bats. I’m not seeing any news about injuries or reduced playing time (outside of the occasional day off in the field for the Pujols retirement tour). What gives? He’s my stopgap while Luke Voit recovers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Walsh’s awful spring caused him to fall into a platoon at best, bench at worst

  69. RhodyBaller says:
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    Bohm or K. Hayes or flip a coin?

    Also – pick up Dunning, Aldozay, Skubal, Cease or B. Keller over JoMo or Bassitt?

    Worried about Kyle Lewis, Grisham or Santander to start the year? Could pick up Kirilloff, Myles Straw or LaStella

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bohm

      Hold

      Yes, I’m worried about injuries

      • RhodyBaller says:
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        Too early to make a move? Or pick up Straw?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pick up for who? Who are you dropping?

          • RhodyBaller says:
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            Sorry – pick up LaStella, Tellez or Kiner Falefa in my UTIL spot and dropping Pagan, Bass or Rodriguez due to Santander, Lewis and Grisham injuries…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t drop saves

  70. Cohen says:
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    Grey, looking to pick up O’Neil for insurance if Lewis misses time
    Whos the drop out of these guys to pick up O’Neil?
    Barnes
    Garrett
    Bard
    Castillo
    Neris
    Crichton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t drop saves — Crichton

  71. Chris R says:
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    Probably too late in the morning for a Grey reply, but here’s my team drafted two weeks ago. I guess for two weeks i’ve avoided the injury bug well enough

    C: Danny Jansen
    1b: Alonso (keeper)
    2B: Ketel MArte
    3b: Devers
    SS: Mondesi
    IF: Bellinger
    OF: Trout
    OF: Kyle Lewis
    OF:Dylan Carlson
    OF: Leody Taveras
    Util: Justin turner
    Bench:Solak, Amed, Franchy, Rowdy, Renfroe (I know too many bench bats we do have 11 bench spots, I plan to drop whoever stinks it up quick)
    NA stash (5 na spots) Vaughn, Julio Rodriguez, Trevor Lanarch, Odubel Herrera, Roberto Osuna

    P:Maeda
    Gallen (kepper)
    Burnes (keeper)
    Urias
    Musgrove
    Eovaldi
    Elieser Hernandez
    Trevor Rogers
    Adbert Alzolay
    Tarik Skubal
    Syndergaard (5 IL spots)

    RP:
    Will Smith
    Nick Anderson (ugh)
    Tanner Scott
    Nick Wittgreen
    Jake Diekman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • Chris R says:
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        12 teams, sorry! 5×5

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Love the pitching, but Gallen is injured, so will need to grab someone there…I think your RPs are very weak…Anderson is injured too, what do you mean avoided injury bug? I guess Eloy…Hmm, hitting looks solid, but potentially weak on AVG

          • Chris R says:
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            Yeah, compared to others it could have been worse, and gallen as a keeper, I don’t think I would have replaced him base don my options.

            I always end up sucking at average, biggest flaw in my drafting. I’ll need to focus on it next year.

            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  72. Thundershoe says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Here’s my team in a 14-team H2H points league:

    Batters: A. Kirk, C. Santana, Madrigal, Escobar, Gregorius, Springer, McNeil, Brantley. J. Polanco, Vaughn

    Pitchers: Bieber, Castillo, Giolito, Luzardo, Pab-Lo, Taillon, Kikuchi, Skubal, Gonsolin, Pressly, Romano, D. Williams, Gallegos

    A. What’s your take on my team? I’m thinking I should try to improve my batting a bit.

    B. Some ideas I have for improving my batting through a trade involve sending Luzardo/Pab-Lo for the likes of S. Marte, Rosario, Muncy. Am I under/over-valuing Luzardo/Pab-Lo and which of those targets do you like best?

    C. I think it’s easier to find solid SPs on the waiver wire than hitters (esp in a points league). Do you think that’s a sound perspective?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, your hitting is a mess…You’re low on power and speed — your pitching is way too strong which has killed your hitting

      B. Trade one of your aces for a top bat

  73. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Grey – drafted my 10 team 5×5 (OPS and QS) H2H keepers league. Thoughts? Concerns?

    C – Vasquez
    1B – Olson
    2B – Moustakas
    SS – Turner
    3B – Devers
    OF – Harper
    OF – Meadows
    OF – Grisham
    UT – Franmil
    Bench – Carlson, Bohm, Wander, Lux, Robles

    SP – Snell, Paddack, McCullers, Sixto, Alcantara, Montas, Mahle, Kikuchi, Rogers, CarMart
    RP – Hicks, McGee, Pagan, Barnes

    • Sano Chance in Hell says:
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      Missed Urquidy too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid, hitting is stacked and pitching is a team I’d draft minus Sixto…Drop Car-Mart too

  74. joeurso1 says:
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    Dilemmas already. The robot hates John Means start vs the Red Sox at $ -19.7. (Hates #2 too against the Yankees with a $ -17.3.) But he was so good end of last year. What’s the community thinking. I’ll probably roll him out. What fun is it in benching him, but it’s nervy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At home or away? In Fenway, yuck

      • joeurso1 says:
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        At Fenway. Opening Day. Then at Yankee Stadium. Finally home to the Mariners after that I think.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah!

  75. William Hung says:
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    I’m intrigued by Nick Madrigal in my league’s format – standard 5 batting cats + OPS, Ks, and ABs

    I’d think he would help with Rs, BA, SBs, and Ks – I have India as my upside pick, but thinking Madrigal might be a better fit. I guess it’d just be rearranging chairs but wanted your thoughts on Madrigal anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m intrigued as well, but it does suck it looks like he’s batting 9th — maybe he’ll move to top of order

      • William Hung says:
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        Yeah Tim Anderson is leadoff I think… may as well stick with India then and see how he does

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Madrigal makes sense at #2 tho…But will see

  76. Marlowe says:
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    Thanks for taking a look at my team, appreciate your help so much!

    10 Team

    C Realmuto
    CI Abreu
    CI Olson
    MI Bogaerts
    MI Story
    OF Bellinger
    OF S Marte
    OF Castellanos
    UT Laureano
    P Lynn
    P Ryu
    P Burnes
    P Alcantara
    P Civale
    RP Rosenthal
    B Edman
    B K Lewis
    B Biggio
    B Gimenez
    B W Ramos
    B Santander
    B Romano
    B Bass
    IL Sale
    IL Carrasco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like it’s solid on hitting and pitching, I enjoy the voodoo you did with this team…If I had to nitpick, the closers suck and wonky amount of bench bats

  77. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Grey-

    12 team mixed league keeper draft… love my offense… took waaaay too much risk on my pitchers and am really kicking myself. Yahoo so positions are screwy:

    1-Elias Diaz
    2-Rizzo
    2b-Biggio
    3b-Happ
    SS-Mondesi
    OF-Acuna
    OF-Azorena
    OF-Yordan Alvarez
    Util-Kyle Lewis
    Util-Kelenic
    minors-Bobby Witt Jr.

    P-Woodruff
    P-Lynn
    P-Lamet
    P-Mahle
    P-Civale
    P-Ohtani
    P-Gallen
    RP-Bass
    RP-McGee
    RP-Bard

    Whoops! Just got sniped on too many guys right in front of me (particularly the Marlins guys you love). Stream-o-nator here we come!

    Happy Opening Day Eve Eve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lamet and Gallen aren’t great, but at least Gallen can just be IL’d…You don’t have RPs either really, I mean, kinda, but barely…I like the hitting a lot tho!

  78. the tone ranger says:
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    Ello Grey!
    In a k/9 league, does Scherzer get the nod over nola? or do you think Mad Max is too much of an injury risk? Thank you mucho

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ello the tone ranger,

      I’d go Nola

      • the tone ranger says:
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        alrighty then – thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  79. toolshed says:
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    If you had an extra spot to play with for a while/ maybe longer…would you add straw or antone? Obp league. Straw obp last year was horrendous. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Antone

  80. OaktownSteve says:
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    Per Astro beat guy Brian McTaggert on Twitter on Framber: “News is very, very exciting and very good.”

    Got him with my last pick in my last two NFBC drafts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, I have him in a league, so good news is good

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I think you have him in our DC.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, yeah! I think you’re right

  81. OaktownSteve says:
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    Dylan Cease with 11 ks today. He was a guy on my list that I wanted to get shares but never made it happen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ralph likes Cease a lot

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        Guys around him are crazy about the stuff. I’m hearing the Sox new pitching coach, Ethan Katz, is more of an analytics guy and is a good fit with Cease. I know that they have him throwing a lot more sliders and the slider is a good pitch. They also adjusted his 2 seam/4 seam mix.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I might grab him in like an RCL, but I don’t own him anywhere

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            I just grabbed him in the RCL! Chances are he makes one start for Magootown and then it’s hit the road.

            What percentage of your starts will be stream in RCL? How many SPs you carrying?

            • Grey

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              I’ll recap RCL team tomorrow, I think I got 6 SPs, but two are May and Peralta

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                I’m afraid I’m still playing like it’s pre-innings cap RCL. I’m planning for about 100-120 stream starts. I’m interested to see how much competition there is in my league for attractive streamers.

                Attractive streamers!

                • Grey

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                  Haha, I’m gonna be streaming aggressively, but I usually take it easy in April

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    I always say I’m going to take it easy in April and then I’m like, “Brad Keller opening day at home against the Rangers you say?”

                    • Grey

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                      You gotta save them for September when nearly every stream is good

    • Big Magoo

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      That would be something if the Sox are able to help Cease pull a 180 just like they did with Giolito

  82. Mordacious Levator says:
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    14 teamer roto dynasty, have these (max 1500 innings): darvish, maeda, carrasco, s.howard, ryu, paddack, gausman, javier then which one of houck/carmart?
    OBP over AVG, slugging over HR’s, pitching 5×5 stuff.
    also have these:
    C w.smith
    1B goldy
    2B (threw back t.france, and last year dropped e.esocbar)
    SS semien
    3B riley (OF)
    OF (3): stanton
    – ozuna
    – grisham
    util (1) laureano
    BN: o.cruz, brujan (3 NA slots), varsho, verdugo
    RP (max 3): karinchak, e.diaz (threw back bard and can improve on him)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Houck

  83. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    In a 14 team h2h category league with SVHLD, hold Pagan and Pomeranz or drop either for Amir Garrett, Wittgren or Puk? Only other RP is K Jansen. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  84. Ryan741 says:
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    Grey, need a trade opinion in a H2H points league. I’d be trading Lindor/Sano for Albies/Tim Anderson, which side do you prefer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I guess Albies

  85. rhodyballer says:
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    Cease or Elieser?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Elieser

  86. Sagacious Sally says:
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    Hi Grey –
    Trying my luck at 5×5 H2H mixed. I’m an emergency replacement. Never done roto scoring, always in points leagues. Anyway, it’s an 8 team league. Is it best i use the top 500? Still draft pitchers later than everyone else? I read all your articles even when they didn’t apply to my league format.

    I’ll take any and all advice with much gratitude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, top 500 is up to day — Draft an ace or two, don’t be afraid to get ’em, but you can grab guys off waivers too I’m assuming

      • Sagacious Sally says:
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        Thank you, sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  87. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    What’s cracking Grey?! Doing well I hope.

    Watch anything good lately? I joined an RCL again this year, watch out now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      NOISEWATER

      What is up bro?

      Watched the Qanon doc last night and kept waiting for me to see my moms

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        Oh noooo, they get her?

        Not much here. All vaccinated, but still don’t want to see people. Umm, quit smoking cigs in February.

        Pretty excited to see these battling buccos this year. They’re keeping attendance lower than allowed because they know the actual total of fans will be 14.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think MOms is a moderator on 8 chan

          Ya boi! That’s awesome you quit smoking…Good stuff, bro! Cougs and I are watching The Break on Netflix, btw…It’s aight, still early in it

  88. Big Magoo

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    It’s shaping up to be a bitch of a year for SAGNOF, isn’t it? Got a couple of shares of Tatis, a bunch of Madrigal, and some of Turner, Albies, Arozarena, Robles, and Wong scattered about, but I’m not quite as worried about speed (even though it’s not that easy to come by). It’s saves that are looking like a nightmare. Hope that guys like McGee, Wittgren, and Fairbanks manage to get a solid amount or else my DCs are going to struggle there.

    These last few days before opening day are always the worst, aren’t they?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      The longest days of the years

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, the struggle is real… I do wonder if we’re overestimating how many pens are up in the air and once the season starts…Guys fall into place and it’s biz as usual

  89. rhodyballer says:
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    Ok – last one for today: Elieser or JoMo vs Framber?

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Or drop Bassitt for Framber/Cease?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of these are in my rankings

  90. thekid2004 says:
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    Hoping to sneak a comment in for some trade fodder.

    12 team Y! OBP 6×6 H2H Dynasty… Which side do you like? 15% Annual Inflation

    Albies ($4)
    vs.
    Rendon (Not a keeper) + Dylan Carlson ($1)

    Rest of my team:
    C: Yadi
    1B: Alonso
    2B: Mous
    3B: Rendon
    SS: Dansby
    OF: Soto, JDM, Carlson
    Util: Moncada
    Bench: Polanco, Verdugo, Grisham

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

  91. SteveNZ says:
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    FFs when are some of these guys going to go on the IL? I got some moves to make!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know right

      • SteveNZ says:
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        As of now, who ar we expecting to get more mileage from – Leody or Tyler O’Neil?

        I’m a bit loathe to get rid of Leody as I have zero speed in the ol’ H2H. Not that thats unusual haha, but he’s not stealing bases if he’s not on the team.

        • Grey

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          Leody and Tyler are so different…Leody harder stats to find tho

  92. Art of Bat Flipping says:
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    I can’t find my earlier post. Sorry for the repeat question.

    Is Corbin AND Paddack for Bauer a fair trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Bauer

      • Art of Bat Flipping says:
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        Me too, but I don’t want to insult the owner with an unfair offer.

        Wanted to get your opinion first if offering Corbin and Paddack is fair before doing so.

        It’s a standard roto league no $ values.

        • Grey

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          Oh, it’s not really fair if that’s what you were trying to figure out, little insulting

          • Art of Bat Flipping says:
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            I thought so. Thanks. I’ll shoot a little lower.

            Corbin and Paddack for Snell fair?

            There’s IP per game and QS issues with Snell, but I like the K and ratios he can deliver.

  93. Cohen says:
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    Grey, still ok to draft Gray with confidence as a #2 starter?
    I know u still have him ranked 69

  94. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. you ok dropping tejay for singer? tomato tomahto?

  95. Garrett says:
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    Hey Grey

    Was reading the patreon buy Column and relooking at the rankings and need to replace Gray and carrasco with DL moves. Based on rankings I think I know who you would go with but wasn’t sure if Jeffries changed anything.

    Some solid options available how would you rank the below as I can only choose 2

    Montgomery
    Minor
    Smyly
    Jeffries
    Carlos Martinez
    Eovaldi

  96. Green Monstahh says:
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    Hey master Grey! I’m back & ready for fantasy ‘21! Just drafted , want to see your thoughts on my team it’s H2h pts

    Here it goes:

    C: Wilson Contreras (c/DH)

    1b: Vladimir Guerrero Jr (1b/DH)

    2b: Ozzie Albies

    3b: Yoan Moncada

    SS: Fernando Tatis

    IF: Xander Bogaerts

    OF: Bryce Harper (OF/DH)
    OF: Charlie Blackmon
    OF: Austin Meadows
    OF: victor Robles

    DH: JD Martinez

    Utility: Alec bohn
    Utility: Alex verdugo

    Bench: Ke’bryan hayes, Andrew Vaughn, Justin turner (3b/DH), Andrew benintendi, David Fletcher (SS/2b), Bobby Dalbec, jurikson profar (OF/2b), ohtani (DH/SP)

    SP: jack Flaherty
    SP: Blake Snell
    Sp: Zach Plesac
    SP: Ohtani (SP/DH)
    SP: Marco Gonzalez
    SP: Chris Bassit

    RP: Freddy Peralta
    RP: ottavino
    RP: I just picked him randomly last pick: Scott Barlow

    Bench: James Paxton, dustin May, eovaldi, Marcus stroman, John means , wainwright

    Available players in comparison to the bench or lower end bats or pitchers:

    Bats: buster posey, Adam Frazier (2b/OF), wander Franco, Jonathan India, Tyler O’Neil

    SP: Carlos Martinez , Brady singer , kikuchi, Thor as an IL stash?, Kyle Gibson , bumgarner, Mike minor

    RP: Peter Fairbanks, Ian Kennedy , Matt bush, AJ puk

    Thanks man I’m looking forward to all of your write ups this season like in years past, I may throw in some R Kelly lyrics to you from time to time !

  97. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!

    I waited a bit and will now get your opinions on my 5th year keeper league team that I just drafted.

    Keep 6
    Yahoo H2H 6X6 12 Team
    OPS AVG R HR RBI SB
    K ERA WHIP K:9 QS S+H

    I had the last pick as I won the league last year because Tarman doesn’t lose or else he eats your BRAINNNNS!! Lol.

    Here’s the team:

    C – James McCann
    1B – Jose Abreu – K
    2B – Ozzie Albies – K
    3B – Yoan Moncado – K
    SS – Gleyber Torres – K
    OF – Juan Soto – K
    OF – Dylan Moore
    OF – Kyle Lewis’s
    UTIL – Matt Olson
    UTIL – Dansby Swanson
    B – Anthony Santander
    B – Johnathan Villar
    NA – Jared Kelenic

    SP – Shane Bieber – K
    SP – Kenta Maeda
    SP – Dylan Bundy
    SP – Pablo Lopez
    SP – Trevor Rogers
    SP – Marcus Stroman
    SP – Tyler Mahle
    SP – Nathan Eovaldi
    SO – Justus Sheffield
    RP – Hake Mcgee
    RP – Nick Wittgren
    RP – Chad Green
    RP- Tyler Duffey
    RP – Mike Mayers

    Catchers went really late and the large amount of roster spots in our league is why I snagged him in the later rounds as too tier catcher

    I have 3 Mariners LOL. Kyle Lewis and Santander went so late because of their injuries I couldn’t resist. They are steals in this particular draft and I see their injuries being minor and I’m so deep I can bench or IL them until they’re better.

    I had an open roster spot and I need 1-2 BB in this league especially with roster sizes so large than I NA’d Kelenic and nobody drafted Villar surprisingly. I picked him up. Would you stick with him or the following are available:

    JD Davis
    Leody Tavares
    Jorge Polanco
    Victor Reyes
    Wily Adames
    Jon Berti

    There are other great players and I’m surprised to see some of the guys who weren’t drafted in this league. It blows me away.

    I mean Villar is one year removed from 111/24/73/40/.274/.792 and he’s on the stacked Mets.

    Thanks Grey!!

  98. Wheezy says:
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    Grey! I’m getting jealous seeing all of the analysis of teams from the Fantasy Master Lothario. I want to get in on the action.

    10 Team H2H Categories, 6 Keepers (can keep twice, one round increase each year)

    Hitting: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS

    Pitching: K, QS, W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP

    C – Sean Murphy (25)
    C – Omar Narvaez (29)
    1B – Vlad Jr (28 Keeper)
    2B – Keston (30 Keeper)
    3B – Moncada (4)
    SS – Story (1)
    MI – Mondesi (3)
    CI – Ke’Bryan Hayes (7)
    IF – Mike Moustakas (10)
    LF – Yelich (2)
    CF – Leody Taveras (22)
    RF – Dylan Moore (15)
    OF – Soto (11 Keeper)
    OF – Nick Solak (17)
    OF – Clint Frazier (23)
    UTIL – Ohtani (12 Keeper)
    UTIL – Yordan (13 Keeper)

    BN – Kelenic (14)
    BN – Jorge Polanco (24)
    BN – Bobby Witt (27)
    BN – Rowdy Tellez (33)

    IL – Eloy (21)

    SP – Snell (16 Keeper)
    SP – Kenta Maeda (5)
    SP – Luzardo (6)
    SP – Pablo Lopez (9)
    SP – Bassitt (18)

    RP – Hader (8)
    RP – Devin Williams (19)
    RP – Alex Reyes (31)
    RP – Yimi Garcia (32)

    P – Tyler Mahle (20)
    P – Skubal (26)

    Ohtani is eligible to pitch

    Thoughts?

    Thanks for all that you do for us fantasy baseballers (<— your mom's term)!

  99. Jon Greene says:
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    Long time reader first time writer:

    My team NLonly 260 any suggestion

    Greene Machine, owned by Jon Greene

    Total Active Player Salary: $95; Total Team Salary: $95
    Pos Active Players Team Con Sal Stat Elig Games Played By Position
    DH C 1B 2B 3B SS OF
    1B Rhys Hoskins More Phi B 19 act 1B,CI 1 0 40 0 0 0 0
    SS Nick Ahmed More Ari C 2 act SS,MI 0 0 0 0 0 57 0
    OF Michael Conforto More NYM B 23 act OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 52
    OF Roman Quinn More Phi C 1 act OF 0 0 0 0 0 0 39
    OF Raimel Tapia More Col C 1 act OF 12 0 0 0 0 0 38
    OF Alex Dickerson More SF C 2 act OF 3 0 0 0 0 0 46
    UT Jesse Winker More Cin B 12 act OF 37 0 0 0 0 0 16
    C J.T. Realmuto More Phi B 23 act C 8 36 6 0 0 0 0
    CI J.D. Davis More NYM C 2 act OF,CI,3B 13 0 0 0 34 0 8
    P Joe Musgrove (04.03) More SD B 1 act P
    P Zac Gallen More Ari C 5 act P
    P **Noah Syndergaard More NYM B 3 act P

    Was looking at
    Soto 44
    Robles 22
    Buehler 15
    Seager 28
    MArte 20

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