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!

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Jon Greene
Jon Greene
1 year ago

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

Wheezy
Wheezy
1 year ago

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)!

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
1 year ago

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!!

Green Monstahh
Green Monstahh
1 year ago

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 !

Garrett
Garrett
1 year ago

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

herschel
herschel
1 year ago

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

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

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

Art of Bat Flipping
Art of Bat Flipping
1 year ago

I can’t find my earlier post. Sorry for the repeat question.

Is Corbin AND Paddack for Bauer a fair trade?

Art of Bat Flipping
Art of Bat Flipping
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

Art of Bat Flipping
Art of Bat Flipping
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
1 year ago

FFs when are some of these guys going to go on the IL? I got some moves to make!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

thekid2004
thekid2004
1 year ago

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

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
1 year ago

Ok – last one for today: Elieser or JoMo vs Framber?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
1 year ago

Or drop Bassitt for Framber/Cease?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
1 year ago

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
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Big Magoo
1 year ago

The longest days of the years

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
1 year ago

What’s cracking Grey?! Doing well I hope.

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

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

Sagacious Sally
Sagacious Sally
1 year ago

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.

Sagacious Sally
Sagacious Sally
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you, sir!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
1 year ago

Cease or Elieser?

Ryan741
Ryan741
1 year ago

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?

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
1 year ago

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!

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

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)

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

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

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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?”

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

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

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

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.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I think you have him in our DC.

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

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

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
1 year ago

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

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

alrighty then – thanks!

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
1 year ago

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

Marlowe
Marlowe
1 year ago

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

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

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.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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

joeurso1
joeurso1
1 year ago

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.

joeurso1
joeurso1
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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

Sano Chance in Hell
Sano Chance in Hell
1 year ago

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
Sano Chance in Hell
Reply to  Sano Chance in Hell
1 year ago

Missed Urquidy too

Thundershoe
Thundershoe
1 year ago

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!

Chris R
1 year ago

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

Chris R
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

12 teams, sorry! 5×5

Chris R
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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!

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

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

RhodyBaller
RhodyBaller
1 year ago

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

RhodyBaller
RhodyBaller
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Too early to make a move? Or pick up Straw?

RhodyBaller
RhodyBaller
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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…

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

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!

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
1 year ago

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

Earl
Earl
1 year ago

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

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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

Smitty
1 year ago

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?

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Gotcha

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Smitty
1 year ago

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.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I mean it wasn’t my original intention…

Otis Nixon's Eyes
Otis Nixon's Eyes
1 year ago

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?

Otis Nixon's Eyes
Otis Nixon's Eyes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks! Guess there’ll be a lot of streaming – of one type or another – for me, this summer.

Denise
Denise
1 year ago

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,

Stat Man
Stat Man
1 year ago

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. :)

Stat Man
Stat Man
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

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.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

I don’t count Pitt as settled. I read what you heard.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Don’t remember — possibly MLB.COM (which admittedly is often ridiculous — let us pray).

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

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

Denise
Denise
1 year ago

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

Boomer19
Boomer19
1 year ago

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

Will
Will
1 year ago

Urias @ COL on Sunday, start or sit? I’m leaning sit.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

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!

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It was one of those where bidding stopped too early. I will pick up Webb when Gallen goes on DL. Do you like Scott or Ottavino over Neris? Thanks.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
1 year ago

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
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  TarmanGotHim
1 year ago

OBP*

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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!!

Hoseidon
Hoseidon
1 year ago

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!

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
1 year ago

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?

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Awesome, thanks Grey!

Hepcats13
Hepcats13
1 year ago

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!

BAC
BAC
1 year ago

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
BAC
Reply to  BAC
1 year ago

sorry, didn’t see you had already moved him up around Peralta.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
1 year ago

Don’t you love the wait for these frig’n teams to IL players!?

Hepcats13
Hepcats13
Reply to  FrankGrimes
1 year ago

Like pulling teeth.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

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!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

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.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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!

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
1 year ago

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.

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
1 year ago

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

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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!

fausto
fausto
1 year ago

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
NUX
Reply to  fausto
1 year ago

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.

The Wild Card
The Wild Card
1 year ago

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
NUX
Reply to  The Wild Card
1 year ago

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
FrankGrimes
Reply to  NUX
1 year ago

Trade to hope to make another trade? Come on Nux!?

NUX
NUX
Reply to  FrankGrimes
1 year ago

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
FrankGrimes
Reply to  The Wild Card
1 year ago

Meh

BAC
BAC
1 year ago

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?

Here comes the pizza
Here comes the pizza
1 year ago

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
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Here comes the pizza
1 year ago

I signed up first thing this morning. Pretty awesome they keep doing this every season.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
1 year ago

With your boy Odor gone maybe the Rangers won’t stink this year… rim shot

Tyler
Tyler
1 year ago

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!

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

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

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you Fantasy Master Lothatio! Have a good first week of fantasy.

JR
JR
1 year ago

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
Cram It
Reply to  JR
1 year ago

Machado

Jr
Jr
Reply to  JR
1 year ago

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.