So, usually I have an idea if a team is good, and, if I don’t know that, I have some idea when the season will begin, but welcome to the year 2020 when all is unknown. I’m currently typing this with my hands tied behind my back so I don’t accidentally touch my facet–Face! Damn it, this typing with my nose is more difficult than I thought it would beet–Damn! This is giving ‘hunt and peck’ typing a new definition. More like ‘hen and peck’ amiright? Don’t answer me because you might accidentally transmit saliva into the air. Thanks, and remember, SOCIAL DISTANCING!!!, which is what I scream at Cougs every time she comes within six feet of me. Makes for interesting sleeping as our bed is about six feet in width. So, the RazzSlam is a Best Ball tourney with Points scoring. Everyone 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 the 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! Anyway, here’s my RazzSlam, 12 team draft recap:

C: Travis d’Arnaud (22, 259)
C: Chance Sisco (29, 342)
1B: Freddie Freeman (2, 19)
2B: Ozzie Albies (3, 30)
SS: Jorge Polanco (10, 115)
3B: Matt Chapman (7, 78)
MI: Michael Chavis (17, 198)
CI: Pete Alonso (4, 43)
OF:  Mookie Betts (1, 6)
OF: Giancarlo Stanton (5, 54)
OF: Ramon Laureano (8, 91)
OF: Oscar Mercado (13, 150)
OF: Bryan Reynolds (15, 174)
Util: Avisail Garcia (19, 222)
Bench: Mallex Smith (24, 283), Austin Riley (25, 294), Anthony Santander (28, 331), Hanser Alberto (31, 366), Ryan Mountcastle (32, 379), Adam Haseley (34, 403), Adam Frazier (36, 427), Austin Hedges (38, 451), Monte Harrison (39, 462), Jose Iglesias (41, 486), Jeimer Candelario (42, 499)

P: Chris Paddack (6, 67)
P: Roberto Osuna (9, 102)
P: Eduardo Rodriguez (11, 126)
P: Zac Gallen (12, 139)
P: Julio Urias (14, 163)
P: Andrew Heaney (16, 187)
P: Luke Weaver (18, 211)
P: Dylan Bundy (20, 235)
P: Ryan Yarbrough (21, 246)
Bench: Mackenzie Gore (23, 270), Johnny Cueto (26, 307), Pablo Lopez (27, 318), Justus Sheffield (30, 355), Drew Smyly (33, 390), Taijuan Walker (35, 414), Patrick Sandoval (37, 438), Joe Ross (40, 475)

THE RAZZSLAM WAS ALL THE RAGE FOR ONE WEEK IN MARCH BEFORE EVERYONE WENT VIRAL LIKE AN INSTAGRAM INFLUENCER WITH MOUTH BLISTERS. WITH THE NEW CIRCUMSTANCES, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS TEAM?

Short answer is I have no idea. Long answer is the rest of this post. NFBC, who held these drafts, gives the team a B+, which is prolly the best grade I’ve ever received for a team coming out of a draft, so that’s concerning. But not only do I not know when the season will begin, I don’t know heads and/or tails with this RazzSlam scoring either:

These points do not compute like most Points Leagues. According to their scoring, last year in what was admittedly a wonderful year, Shane Bieber accrued 610 points. Michael Conforto walked away with 612 points while being, essentially Michael ConfortoMax Muncy is great, wonderful, adjective, but he scored the same number of points as Jacob deGrom. Yes, that Jacob deGrom. I wouldn’t even say this Points League is skewed for hitting; it’s basically hitters and then reach over your FUPA and grab a bunch of pitchers. Also, I found last year that closers are oddly valuable. Maybe it’s that whole 8 points for a save thing. If Osuna gets three clean saves in a week with one K per game, he gets 36 points. In a one start week from deGrom, where he throws a 10-K shutout with seven baserunners, he scores 36 points.

SO, IN YOUR INFINITE HANDSOMENESS AND EXTREMELY FINITE INTELLIGENCE, WHY DID YOU NOT DRAFT MORE CLOSERS?

Good question. Also, I kinda need more shortstopsses (Shortstopi? Shortsto3.14? Maybe it’s just shortstops), too. Can I blame coronavirus for my lack of closers? No? How about now? Same answer? Okay. At a certain point, around round 20th-ish (you sound adorable saying that aloud — “around round 20th-ish” — you’re like a rhyming lisper!), it was announced the season would not happen on time, so I called an audible, then Googled what an audible was, then started drafting a ton of starters. You’d think I’d be able to find nine decent starters each week from my seventy-dozen starters. Also, closers went fast, so c’est la vie, as Jeff Francoeur would say. My best guess is this team is good. Could it be bad? As Mallory from Family Ties would say, you damn Skippy it could be! I don’t love my lack of flexibility with my hitters. In these Best Ball-style leagues, I like to get guys with a lot of eligibility, so when the robots fill out my lineup, guys can slide in anywhere.

I SEE YOU’RE STILL MAKING OPEN, WHITE-HOT LOVE TO PETE ALONSO, BUT FREDDIE FREEMAN SEEMS LIKE A NEW ENTRY INTO YOUR LOVE DEN.

More like I’m making an entree of them!

I’M MAKING A FACE INDICATING I WOULD’VE PREFERRED NOT TO HEAR THAT.

Right, right. Tough, but fair. I went with a bunch of hitters here who haven’t been on a ton of my other teams, if you’re keeping track, and obviously you are. The goal in these Best Ball Points Leagues are guys who give all five categories, and get on base, whether a hit or walk vs. all-or-nothing guys. That, hopefully, explains Betts, Albies, Freeman, Laureano, Mercado, Reynolds–Okay, just about my whole team’s offense, besides Albombso and Giancarlo. They were just so cheap that it was hard for me to pass up either. All the kicking of myself earlier in this draft season about drafting Giancarlo, against my better judgement, now I can’t wait for the season to start with him at 100% health (and then he’ll be 100% injured again a week later). Also, Albombso is the type that could hit 30 homers in a 100-game season, and lead the league. (By the by, all my 2020 fantasy baseball rankings are updated for a 100-game season.)

OKAY, REAL QUESTION BEFORE I PEACE OUT AND WASH MY HANDS WHILE TWICE SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ARE YOU SECRETLY AN ORIOLES FAN? YOU ALWAYS DRAFT SO MANY OF THEM.

You need to qualify that, Mr. Al Caps. I don’t love Orioles pitchers; their own mothers don’t love them. I love late Orioles hitters. Hanser, Santander, Mountcastle and Sisco have ended up on so many of my team this year. Let’s take Santander — I take Santander everywhere, and people give me strange looks! — Steamer hitter projections (all now at 100 games) give him 14/3/.262. I know, snooze. His ADP is 392. Justin Upton’s ADP is 210 and his projections are 17/3/.240; Nomar Mazara’s ADP is 240 and his projections are 15/2/.255; Nicholas Castellanos’s projections are 16/2/.274, and his ADP is 93! Runs and RBIs are already fluky in 162-game seasons; wait until you see how they look in 100-game seasons. People are ignoring late Orioles hitters in drafts like they’re ignoring CDC’s warnings to shelter-in-place, but I’m grabbing the Birds and trying to avoid flu’ing the coop.

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ratedm4man
ratedm4man
2 years ago

I’m not sure which razzslam team, but what’d’ya think of this one?

Barnhart
Stallings

Rizzo
Marte
Mondesi
Arenado
Gurriel
Gregorius

Shogo
Jd martinez
Eloy
Louie Robbie
Kepler

Mercado

Paddack
Sonny
Eduardo Rodriguez
Minor
Manaea
Luccesi
Archer
Chironos
Cueto

Calhoun
Garrett Hampson
Hays
Arraeaz
Myers
O’Neil
Franco
Bohm
Austidillio
Pujols
Chris Davis
Pache

Shoemaker
Burnes
Bassett
Yamamoto
Skubal
Quantrill
Pivetta

183414
183414
2 years ago

I took Albies/Springer. Dude has snaked me twice in a row. Love Hiura, but also love Albies. Have Hiura on my other Best Ball. Springer on a contract year whatever that means, and last year was pretty sick despite missing a month. Starling with a career year last year and 2nd with 600 a.b.’s.
Didn’t want to reach for a 1st baseman, but Olson, Rizzo, and Abreu are the only 3 I really like that are left, besides Olson, who’ll probably be gone by pick 50/51. Can get [email protected]/71, but would rather not reach for him. Then there’s not much I like until Santana/Walker/Cron.

183414
183414
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

Took Eloy/Rizzo @50/51. Olson gone @31. Was close between Rizzo and Abreu. Would have taken Stanton if Eloy was gone. Thought about Bryant.

183414
183414
2 years ago

Dude who snatched Arenado ahead of me, just took Alonso. I’m pissed. Up now @30/31. Since I drafted Story/Devers, I’m considering Marte or Springer and Albies or Hiura.
Don’t want to take JoRam, who’s fallen, as I already a 3d baseman. Same w/ Bogaerts/Baez, and don’t like Blackmon, and not about to take Le Mahieu.
What do you think ?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
2 years ago

Did you see the Boras scheduling proposals? Looks like yacht down payments are non-refundable.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

This is so brutal. Today feels especially tough since it was supposed to be opening day. Instead, we have to wait at least two more months (in a best-case scenario). I’m stuck trying to platinum Bloodborne. What’s on your agenda?

Stat Man
Stat Man
2 years ago

I’m not as bullish on your Devers and Xander projections with the loss of Betts hitting in front of them and setting the table and his base running getting into scoring position. R

Relying on Benintendi to set the table with a34% OBP isn’t great and he can’t hit lefties. It’s still a decent lineup, but missing Betts is going to hurt.

Is there are way to dissect Devers and Xander’s RBI from 2019 to see how many of those where with Betts coming across the plate?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Stat Man
2 years ago

On baseball-reference, you can go to any player page and click on game logs. There’s an “RBI Opportunities” section near the top that has that info for any particular season.

Stat Man
Stat Man
Reply to  Big Magoo
2 years ago

This is great. Thanks Big Magoo.

It confirms what I suspected. Devers and Xander RBI totals were a huge beneficiary of Betts being on base.

Most Driven In Stats (Devers)

Self – 32 times
Betts – 29 times
JD – 9 times.

Most Driven In Stats (Xander)

Self 33 times
Betts – 32 times
Devers – 21 times
JD – 7 times

I think I would take the player hitting behind the other this year, but I still don’t think the numbers are going to be as big as last year.

What do you think, Grey?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
2 years ago

Hey Grey,
Looks to be a great team …quite the OF if Stanton could just stay healthy & love Gallen & Urias’s upside with the shortened season.
I finally gave in & started a another slow draft this time a 50 rounder NFC(?) style roto league.
I got the 1st pick & took Acuna. My question is how essential in this format is SP?? Do I need to take at least one with picks 30-31 or can I wait till picks 60-61??

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks …given the delay in opening day would the risk of Clevinger be mitigated given his youth & it not being an arm issue? Otherwise given their current ADPs that would be Stras (28), Castillo (33), or Corbin (40).
Assuming all those were gone it would then be a bit of a reach but waiting till 60-61 would be dicey.
So taking one at 31 then you probably leave SP alone till 90-91?

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
2 years ago

16 team h2h with 6 keepers and hits/OPS/QS/holds added. see how this one looks (it’s speed light, but not horrible, and i should be likely to keep mercado as one of the 6 going forward). drafted out of the 8 slot in odds, 9th in evens.
C vaz (17)
1B goldy (K)
2B l.gurriel (12)
SS amed (so far i think i’ve drafted this guy everywhere, 11)
3B torenado (K)
OF (3) gallo
ozuna (7, 1st round after keepers)
mercado (8)
util (2)
– otani (hitter only, K)
– E5 (13)
BN joc 1B/OF (16)
NA (1) kirilloff (20)

SP (7 or 8)
– corbin (K)
– lynn (K)
– carrasco (10)
– musgrove (14)
– gausman (18)
– gibson (21)
– cueto (23)
streamer spot goes in SP 8 after slotting kirilloff
RP: (6 or 7)
– rogers (9)
– d.castillo (15)
– kintzler (19)
– karinchak (22)
– barlow (24)
– magill (25

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Better Call Limehouse
2 years ago

gallo was a keeper

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

yeah had to keep lynn since we don’t know about puig, he’d have been the last keeper otherwise. goldy falling down makes this so, it’d be a good hitting team if he was still what he was going into last year. other than rogers (1 good closer in a league this deep with RP) i don’t think i overdrafted pitchers, and got E5 late too, but a ton of good hitters were already kept. ozuna was top of board when i went him. gurriel/amed were exactly who i wanted at 2B/SS and didn’t have to overpay. also predraft but after keepers i was so weak in steals that i had to go mercado quick (he will probably be a keeper too)

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Better Call Limehouse
2 years ago

i suppose i could’ve foresaken carrasco at SP #3, but i didn’t want musgrove levels of SP for that (paranoia maybe)

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
2 years ago

Odorizzi for Sano- which side would you want in 12 team 5×5?

Coolwhip
Reply to  KrazyIvan
2 years ago

Sano easily

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago
Coolwhip
Reply to  KrazyIvan
2 years ago

Haha nice! Thanks dude, appreciate it. That was one of my favorite ones to write along with the one on Hiura. Always been big on Odorizzi when healthy, so imagine me taking Sano over him. Mostly due to his league top barrel% for 2019.

Pops
Pops
2 years ago

RazzSlam:
C T Murphu (20)
C Suzuki (23)
C Barnhart (31)
C Severino (35)
1B Abreau (7)
1B Hosmer (21)
1B Pujols (37)
2B Albies (5)
2B Kiki Hernandez (41)
2B Wendle (42)
SS Semien (8)
SS Andrus (14)
SS Iglesias (36)
3B Rendon (3)
3B K Seager (22)
3B Longoria (34)
OF Yelich (1)
OF Conforto (9)
OF Upton (11)
OF Eaton (15)
OF M Smith (17)
OF Gardner (24)
OF K Calhoun (25)
OF Pollock (28)
OF Pillar (29)
SP Bieber (2)
SP Castillo (4)
SP Paddack (6)
SP E Rodriguez (10)
SP Soroko (12)
SP Minor (13)
SP Musgrove (16)
SP Tanaka (19)
SP M Gonzales (26)
SP Porcello (27)
SP Ana Sanchez (30)
SP Lyles (32)
SP Bassitt (33)
SP Leake (38)
SP Davies (39)
SP Wainwright (40)

Classic Rock or Oldies but Goodies ? Or Just Old
I preferred 2 start weeks from those last starters than closers.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
2 years ago

You watch Tiger King on Netflix yet? Shizz is crazy.

Super late to the game on this but started Sopranos while being cooped up, so good. I’m sure that’s stating the obvious for everyone though at this point.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I know I know. I was like 10 when it came out. It’s always been on my list to watch but always looked so daunting to start. Figured now is the perfect time. Better late than never.

I still have 2 more episodes to decide who is more crazy, Joe or Carole. It’s so good so far though.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

At least Joe comes off crazy from the get go. He let’s you know it so you know what you’re dealing with. Carole seems sneaky and conniving, sometimes those are the most dangerous. I should finish it tonight. Can’t wait.

Coolwhip
2 years ago

I’ll join post your RazzSlam roster fun too!
I went with the “Edging your first starter as long as possible” technique lol. This points format favors hitting so much, I said F it, and snatched up big bats while others in this league were super bullish on pitching, and took the “community pitching” angle. I was pinched in the turn by Berhens and Barner, so with getting sniped as much as i did, think it still came out decent.

C Vazquez (17)
C Suzuki (31)
1B Abreu (7)
2b Mous (9)
SS Baez (3)
3B Devers (2)
MI Lux (12)
CI Machado (4)
OF Acuna (1)
OF Stanton (5)
OF Rosario (6)
OF Schwarber (10)
OF Peralta (19)
U Verdugo (20)

Bench – Adell (21), Nunez (22), Berti (26), Galvis (27), Heyward (34), Maybin (36), Pence (38), Vogt (40), Pujols (41)

P Bauer (8)
P Jansen (11)
P Montas (13)
P Odorizzi (14)
P CMart (15)
P Workman (16)
P Stroman (18)
P DeSclafani (23)
P JJames (24)

Bench – Harvey (25), Gibson (28), Pearson (29), MarGo (30), Bassitt (32), Davies (33), PSandoval (35), Wright (37), Yamaguchi (39), Freeland (42)

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

So sad I missed this damn slam thing lol
How did that happen!

Coolwhip
Reply to  FrankGrimes
2 years ago

damn! you did? major bummer.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Woo! you know I gotta rep the RB!

Pops
Pops
2 years ago

My RazzSlam team and the Qualifier team I went with:
4 c
3 1b
3 2b
3 3b
3 ss
9 of
17 Starters

I should have a lot of 2 start pitchers each week. I’m hoping a 2 start Anibal Sanchez type is better than a closer that might not pitch. Each score is totaled each week like hth.

daviddal
daviddal
2 years ago

I have an offer I give acuna,bieber, and D swanson and I get Betts, Semien and Berrios? which side do you like?

daviddal
daviddal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

thx

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Only four teams for the draft from yesterday.
Tell Truss to postpone I guess?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

One team in it I’ve drafted with twice…
Both times showed up late after he was auto drafted 8-9 pitchers.
Some radical strategy lol

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

They should fix the auto draft nonsense if possible. Every time it sticks the auto with all pitchers.

183414
183414
2 years ago

2 guys ahead of me and appears that the guy on the clock isn’t logged in and has 18 minutes to go, so the computer would pick Betts. Lindor/Arenado/Story are next in order, assuming the guy ahead of me takes the full 2 hours. 1st 8 picks went pretty quick. Think I’d take Devers over Rendon, if Arenado is gone, along with either Story or Lindor, assuming the guy doesn’t show up in the next 13 minutes.

183414
183414
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

…and Betts it was. Story or Lindor for sure. Arenado taken. How about Story/Devers or Rendon or Bregman ?

183414
183414
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

Sorry, I see you replied, as usual !! You the Man, Grey !!!

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Mets games on MLB The Show 20 as I mentioned yesterday by SNY! Baseball is back baby!!!

https://www.sny.tv/mets/news/watch-live-mets-vs-nationals-opening-day-on-mlb-the-show-20/313138336

183414
183414
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

Do they count ?

Brett
Brett
2 years ago

Great to read your posts again Grey!

Question: Need of power. hr, rbis, xbh.. sorta thing… Need 1 (Or just best player)

CJ Cron, D. Swanson, W. Calhoun, Avisail Garcia, Willy Adames, Austin Hays

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Agreed !

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

RazzSlam League 1 with Son, Heath Cummings and a bunch of really fucking slow drafting experts. Also highest NFBC has ever liked mine. It’s A “B”.

I thought I looked light on average but had enough speed and pop to make up for the singles. Also have plenty of positional flexibility which is really good in this format. Can’t wait for first FAAB to get rid of Healy.

Pitching staff had lottery tickets with Glasgow and Kopech but should have plenty of depth in this format. Just need a few bench guys to have decent starts for the week.

C Kelly (13)
C Castro (26)
1B Alonso (3)
2b Villar (5)
SS Andrus (14)
3B Chapman (8)
MI Odor (20)
CI Chavis (18)
OF Acuna (1)
OF Jimenez (4)
OF Laureano (6)
OF Danny Santana (11)
OF Canha (17)
U Andujar (16)

Bench – Nunez (23) Domingo Santana (24) Santander (28) Franco (29) Simmons (31) Cordero (33) Pence (35) Asdrubel (37) Allen (39) Desmond (40) Healy (42)

P Flaherty (2)
P Paddack (7)
P Glasgow (9)
P E Diaz (10)
P Neris (12)
P Urias (15)
P Richards (19)
P Keuchel (21)
P Kopech (22)

Bullpen – Harvey (25) Teheran (27) Fiers (30) Karinchak (32) Davies (34) Chatwood (36) Roark (38) Perez (41)

Beastman
Beastman
2 years ago

Your squad sucks!

Your squad rocks!

Who the hell cares, they’re not playing till June!

I’ll be finishing up my RazzSlam league in the next few days, and was wondering if there are any Razzball NFBC leagues for money? I was in one last year and enjoyed winning that nice $1k prize pot. Maybe I’ll get lucky twice (said every guy everywhere).

Beastman
Beastman
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

plans for any more ? or what that just an experiment for last year that got replaced by RazzSlam?

Beastman
Beastman
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

was talking about last year’s NFBC slow drafts with razzball readers and writers, $100 (or $200? entry fee). didn’t see yesterday’s post and have been jonseing for another slow draft other than razzslam

Beastman
Beastman
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Gotcha, was just wondering if there will be more leagues opening up for us.

I think i need a drink.

Wait, I’m already on drink #2

183414
183414
2 years ago

Soto gone.

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 years ago

Hey Grey –

Hope you’re staying safe. We had our virtual coronadraft last night (only took 5 hours) for a 12 team 5×5 and CBS gave my below team a D+. WHat say you?

Thanks!

S. Perez
J. Alfaro
P. Alonso
K. Hiura
R. Devers
H. Dozier(R)
T. Anderson
D. Swanson
M. Olson
O. Mercado
T. Pham
R. Acuna
R. Laureano
D. Peralta(R)
R. Braun(R)
G. Polanco(R)
K. Tucker
J. Odorizzi
L. Lynn
S. Doolittle
A. Bradley
K. Maeda
B. McKay
W. Smith
S. Gray

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I can grab Davis, Oberg or Gyvens and drop…Tucker? McKay? Or hold?

LenFuego
LenFuego
2 years ago

I am curious about your rules … if you become disenchanted with a guy in the middle of his contract, can you cut him, or once you commit to a guy is he stuck on your roster for the entire contract length? I kind of assume the latter … otherwise there would be no reason not to keep $1 or $2 players like Akiyama, Davis and McKay to anything less than 4 years.

183414
183414
2 years ago

Wouldn’t mind a couple of Rockies. 3 ahead of me and both Cole and deGrom gone.
Betts, Lindor, Arenado, Story, Soto, Turner all there. All good. Any preference ?

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey.

183414
183414
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

In the off chance that they are BOTH there, would you double up on s.s.’s ? If not, I’m figuring either of them, and Betts/Arenado. I’m guessing yo prefer Betts, though Arenado finish 5th overall last year in this format. He has been devastatingly consistent over the last 5 years.

183414
183414
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

Looking down the road to 30/31, there are obviously more favorable options in the o.f. than at 3d base. Makes me want to consider either Bregman, Devers, or Rendon as an option if Arenado is gone. Betts is great, but at 30/31 there are some great o.f. options. I know Bregman has a higher adp, but a little concerned given what we now know. Would you consider Devers/Rendon ahead of Bregman, in this format ?
Thanks. I always look ahead when drafting.

David
David
2 years ago

Who do you like best Aaron Civale or Adrian Houser?

tyler
tyler
2 years ago

Watching the 2015 game 5 Blue jays bat flip game on opening day.
Can I say, I understand your long term fascination with Deshields watching it.
Wow, what he could have…
Should have been…

183414
183414
2 years ago

I’m thinking maybe Cole, though I doubt he’ll be there.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey.

183414
183414
2 years ago

Just started my 2nd Best Ball-10 teamer and for the 1st time ever in any draft, I have the 10/11 picks; 30/31…….
At least it’ll be different.
Would you dare take a starter, even if Cole/deGrom were available ? Guess that’s my only question, for starters.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

He did finish 17th overall last year.

Smitty
2 years ago

Wow! Hitting > pitching! And you still got Paddy to anchor a solid staff. Nice!
Corona making “back in” on Giancarlo much easier to pull trigger (at a discount)
Those bats are extra juicy, great team!

leon
leon
2 years ago

C – change sisco
1b – Diaz
2b- Biggio
3b – moncada
ss – lindor
MI- bogats
CI – Brian Anderson
OF – Dahl, Kingery, Ozuna, Soler
Util – hampson, pillar

SP – Maeda, Montas, Paxton, Ryu, Leaver
Rp – cishek, Crick, Osuna, Soria, Alvarado, Stanek, Clase

16 man Dyanasty, Any thoughts? what do you think is good or missing? thanks ahead.

leon
leon
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

i was worried i dont have a second closer. Or if i trade hampson, i wont have enough sb.
thanks.

leon
leon
Reply to  leon
2 years ago

i mentioned yesterday i was offered Pearson, Jd davis swaggerty and jose de Leon for Hampson, groshans, and prister. Does this fix my problems? also worried groshans could be way more valuable in the future. And i might be selling short.

leon
leon
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Just got an offer of Montas($18), ($0)Brujan for ($29)Giolito as well.

leon
leon
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

you mean you would stick with montas?

NUX
NUX
Reply to  leon
2 years ago

Don’t worry about trying to win the saves category in a 16 Team league like this. You have a top tier closer and I bet there are a handful of teams that barely even have 1 closer.

The convo could change mid season of course, if you’re going to try to make a push in 2020 in the later months of the year and you may need to overpay for Saves. But don’t do it right now.

leon
leon
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

Just got an offer of Montas($18), ($0)Brujan for ($29)Giolito as well.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  leon
2 years ago

Beaver Leaver?

Also, 16 Team Dynasty? You need a better 1B than Yandy Diaz, unless thats a diff Diaz that I’m not thinking of. I would try to trade one of your solid OFs for an 1B that is 27 or younger. You’ll find that pop-up OFs are going to occur alot more often for you.

But I think pitching is your biggest problem. I like most of these guys for right now, especially since Paxton will likely be fine when games start up in 2020. But you need to get a bit younger there in my opinion. A fine line though, as I’m sure you looking to try to win NOW and later, so I wouldn’t necessarily overhaul the entire pitching staff. I dunno if this is Roto or Points or whatever, but if you take a dip and don’t think you’ll finish in the money during the 2020 season, sell your guys that are getting Saves for a stud bat or ace that is 27 or younger if you can.

leon
leon
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

yea its roto. standard 5×5 with holds and counting stats for walks. so 6x6Which of my OF would you trade? and yea its yandy diaz. i coudl trade Hampson, but not sure if that will hurt my SB situatioin. I also have minor leaguers that i could trade for some help. Brujan, Groshan, Witt, and joey bart.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  leon
2 years ago

I’d def find someone who likes Catching prospects and move Bart. But I’d also be dealing Brujan too.

You should def check in with the Itch next time he posts. Maybe you have already. He really helped me to turn this one dynasty squad I took over in October.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  leon
2 years ago

Oh I didn’t answer your OF question. I would prob think about moving Ozuna a month or two into the season for an equally valuable 1B if you can swing something like that. Ozuna, whether he has a decent year or not in 2020, will likely bring a bit less value back to you next year when he is in his Age 30 season.

But I would still check in with the Itch for sure on all of this before doing something. He should be your go-to Dynasty guy, no offense to Grey at all. But you’re likely to get better feedback and eval from the Razzball Prospector than Grey on someone like Groshans.

leon
leon
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

thanks. yea im looking into moving brujan and bart.

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
2 years ago

Hey Grey. Someone just dropped Austin Riley. Would you drop either Dylan Carlson or Sam Hilliard for him? 12 team 7×7 keeper league, extra categories are OPS and TB.

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
2 years ago

Great team. Too bad Shortstop was shelter in place

NUX
NUX
2 years ago

Here’s my Razzslam League #5 squad. I got the Itch and James Anderson, our buddy Mike Maher, etc to battle against. But I’ll admit, that I was shooting for the moon and I won’t be surprised if several lotto tix don’t pan out and I finish bottom of the pack. Obvi depends on when we actually get baseball, but it’ll be interesting to see when the cutlines/waiver runs will be.

Roast me like a (brandon) Marshmallow!

C – Ya$mani Grandal
C- Austin Allen
1B – CWalker
2B – Altuve
3B – Moncada
SS – Tim Anderson
CI – DJ Lem
MI – Muncy
OF – Yelich
OF – DannySantana
OF – Ian Happ
OF – Kyle Tucker
OF- Buxton
UT- HDozier

Bench – Vogt, Biggio, Kieboom, Andrelton Simmons, Jose Iglesis, Dexter Fowler, Tyler O’Neil, Seth Brown, Andujar, Aaron Hicks

P- Walker B
P- Bieber
P- Gallen
P- Stroman
P- Cueto
P- Eflin
P- Kimbrel
P- JMontgomery
P- BMcKay

Bench – Josh James, FPeralta, Mackenzie Gore, Karinchek, Gallegos, Fiers, Leake, ZDavies, Chad Kuhl

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I was inputting the ADP into Smada’s tracker for our league and that was really helpful for me to scope out other’s strategies or just players in general — when to grab them — when to let them slide with fingers crossed. If I’m remembering correctly, I don’t think NFBC was showing any ADP in the draft room, so it made it more of a “get your guys” type of situation after about 10 rounds or so.

I went with Biggio over Mercado/WCalhoun and I wonder if I’ll regret that one. Would NOT do that in a regular roto type league.

Grabbed JMont right after the Yanks named him as a part of the rotation, jumped the ADP by alot on him but still loved the scoop… or at least I did at the time.

Same with FPeralta and Josh James. I was grabbing them right when it seemed like there was a decent chance that they open the year as starters. And I figured, after grabbing upside in my OF like Tucker and Buxton, why not just keep the upside rolling. Then had to back it up with innings eaters, which I prob wouldn’t do now, knowing that we’ll likely have a shortened season.

I love the Urias pick for your squad. I been jumping ADP on him and Luzardo all over the place recently. The point you made about eligibility in leagues like this cannot be emphasized enough. Getting Muncy and DJ Lem meant being able to grab extra OFs and extra Pitchers without any worry about my infield throughout the rest of the draft.

Sidenote: I been doing a million $10/$25 Best Balls on NFBC and have employed that strategy time and time again. Grabbing a 2B with Ketel, Albies, Hiura is key. And when I grab one of them, I still go Muncy next pick. There is no telling how many leagues I’ll end up doing over there. I’m up to 27 leagues right now lol

Anyways its gonna be a weird year (if we have one at all). The stuff about players getting to keep their service time for 2020 and a guy like Mookie never playing for the Dodgers is hilarious.

Things are getting pretty weird here by me in Pennsy, about 90 mins from Philly + NYC. We were in NYC twice last month, so it led to a bit of a stressful couple of days a few weeks back… my wife and I just staring at eachother each time we had a cough. I hope everyone is staying safe. Stay the EFF inside and wash your damn grubby little fingers.

Thx for pumping out the content still Grey + Razz fam. We NEED it now more than ever!

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Looking forward to that writeup tomorrow, sounds like it’ll be a fun read. Though since I follow your content like gospel, I expect it to sound like youre writing about my teams.

I could prob write it up for you at this point.

**~~ SPOILER ALERT! ~~**

Ketel, Alonso, Story, Mercado, Paddack, Giolito, Heaney, Stroman, Odorizzi, Yarbro, Cueto, Eflin, Gausman

packers2018
packers2018
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

Nux, I’m sure we are in a few leagues together. I have drafted 14 $10 and $25 leagues. I use them for glorified mocks for my big money entry leagues. I know the format is different, but knowing the player pool, in a 45 second roto draft helps plenty.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  packers2018
2 years ago

Hah! Yea, I’m sure we have, I’m in 3 that are going on right now. I def use it for very similar reasons, more serious mocks where people are less likely to just go on auto. Mocks are dead to me. My nick on NFBC is @knucks88 or something close to that, unless I change it to NUX before the draft room opens.

packers2018
packers2018
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

Bowhunter for me.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

For what it’s worth from a non-pro, 2 things popped out at me. 1. Saves issues – I don’t know how long Kimbrel will be around. I feel he might get dropped from closers position mid-year. I don’t see anyone else on your team providing it. 2. You’ve got your best player on your bench, Andujar, which will fix itself when the season starts. I get the feeling like he’ll make his presence known this year. With multi-positional eligibility for next year along with the power and bags, he’ll start getting drafted in the top 15 next year.

Good team! Especially the pitching as Grey pointed out. Good luck.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Jolt In Flow
2 years ago

It’s Points cause it’s bestball. So Saves don’t exactly matter, just need pitchers that get points.

Earl
Earl
2 years ago

Need some help. I am in 16th round of 5×5 12 team roto.

My team is in need of some more speed as I only have Story, Ramon laureno and Cavan Biggio for some speed so far.

In isolation of my other hitters, do you think I should burn pick and take chance with Mallex Smith or try and get some more speed later with perhaps Kevin Newman or maybe Jon berti?

Thoughts??

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would Mallex be good now and also Newman later or just leave Mallex alone for my team?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

15×12=180. Mallex is ranked 161.

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

If I take mallex now, i still might try and take Newman later for MI.

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

well I went with Mallex and time to pray I did not waste pick and move on to last 14 rounds of draft. guess hoping he gets on base alot and average is better say .260+ and then I will be happy without drain on average and the SB and anything else is gravy I suppose.

Thanks for advice

Slappy Jack
Slappy Jack
2 years ago

reaching over the FUPA is always a risky proposition

Donkey Teeth
Admin
2 years ago

I’d go with Story, Soler, McKay all for 4 years

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Happy opening day. Will throw my RazzSlam team up later. Going back to bed, hungover.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

Heard on the Radio MLB is reviewing all possible scenarios for contingincy plans

one the came up with if it starts late summer keep play through the fall and movve playoffs and WS to Japan in a compressed format.

not likely but they are doing some serious Brain Stemming

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

That’d be fun. I think they’ll figure something out.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

They will not be able to compete with football ……..unless they do something exciting like a round robin or double elimination bracket trounament like we used to play in our adult softball leagues……we used to start Friday finish sunday and play up to 4/5 7 inning games a day. That would be fun to watch they could do regional brackets to get out finals

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

That already happens since they pushed the past october many people tune out if they don’t have interest in a team. Same with basketball and hockey if there isn’t a team i’m interested in still alive in June i’m on to baseball

the seasons are too long in most sports for me i like to move onto the next thing.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I do like 1 of Manfred’s ideas. 2nd games of double headers going 7 innings. I have no problem with that. Could be a new thing.

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

I suspect we will see 8 games a week schedules (2 DH each and one day off) and rosters expanded to like 28 to 30 to accommodate teams having enough pitchers to cover that.

Advantage teams with lots of pitching depth, like the Dodgers.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

When I did one, I keyed in on the positional eligibility. I’ve never done one, but it would seem like you want to give the cpu the ability to maximize which players and where they can be used. This is my infield:

C- Narvaez (C)
C- d’Arnaud (C,1B)
1B – Muncy (1B,2B,3B)
2B – Torres (2B,SS)
SS – Correa (SS)
3B – Moustakas (2B,3B)

Then just double up on OF & P and sprinkle in back-ups for each position. What you think of this strategy? I also wanted to get as many Rockies players due to their fluctuations but only managed Desmond and Dahl so far.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

Multi position eligibility was very valuable in this, I took a similar approach.

183414
183414
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Multi position is always valuable…..if the player is valuable. ?

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Boom, roasted! It’s because I used my early picks on OF – Acuna Jr and Harper.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I wasn’t, you the one roasting me!

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Love you too. Also love sitting in my driveway banging on a trash can in memory of our lost opening day

bangin on a trash can
bangin on a trash can
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

Bang the can slowly!

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

When I grab a Muncy or DJ Lem in one of these type of bestballs. I slot them in as backups/bench on my google sheets tracker, then pretend that I don’t have a 1B/2B/3B at all. And I’m totally with you, fill out that infield early, that’s def the way to go.

Some other Multi Elig to target heavily in bestballs. Some of these I wouldn’t be so into for more standard (not draft/hold) type leagues:

Ketel (2B/OF) obvi, we love him anywhere
Villar (2B/SS)
McNeil (2B/3B/OF)
DJ Lem (1b/2B/3B)
DannySantana (1B/OF)
Sano (1B/3B)… he’ll get 1B quickly, doesn’t have it to start
Brian Anderson (3B/OF)
McMahon (2B/3B)
Starlin Castro (2B/3B)

I don’t necessarily love grabbing Jon Berti, but I find myself taking him more than I would have thought, especially if I end up with Villar and Berti starts sliding well past ADP, it just seems like a decent flier in certain situations like that. For similar reasons as to when Osuna nails 3 Saves in a week. It sounded like a better rational when I was dreaming on more Thor matchups for Berti

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

Yeah, I had a few of those guys on my list too but went when I was targeting pitchers. A couple of real late guys I remember were Asdrubal 2b/3b and Shaw 3b who will be starting 1b.

Hernan
Hernan
2 years ago

So excited!!!, just traded 2 mega rolls of Angel Soft for Dylan Bundy in 15 team dynasty league…., to shore up my pitching staff…., stay safe!!!!, soo bored…

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Hernan
2 years ago

Bunderscore swindled you in that deal!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Kirkland for me ;-)

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Btw, I read on NFBC discussion board that they ended 2 and 4 hour DC drafts out of interest in not giving unfair advantage in national contest to people who draft late (knowing its a shortened season). There is still a 1-hour slow and DC express (50rounds of55 second picks). They will continue “stand alone” or satellite drafts for at least the next three weeks since there is no advantage or disadvantage with no national contest. I might try one of those with some of my refund(ed) money or the Trump stimulus money, lol.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

The DC Express doesn’t allow you time to think, just react. It’s a blitzkrieg @55second picks. I think its really worth trying one just to say you did it. The one last year I did was great. Everyone was fast. We finished in 3 hours 59 minutes. Not bad for 50 rounds.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

That is long. My NFBC Auction Championship took5 hours but was pretty fun. Exhausting though.

183414
183414
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

I scored a 12 pack Kirkland this week. 2nd best to Charmin. haha

183414
183414
Reply to  Hernan
2 years ago

You didn’t even give up Charmin ? Good deal.

FANTASY ICON
FANTASY ICON
2 years ago

Good looking squad.

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

How in the world did you get Albombso #43? Amazing fortune! Good team.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

LOL, in my slam league Alonso went like 1st/2nd pick in round 2… That was kingly gift indeed!

thehombre
thehombre
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It is because I love AlBombso and 1B is a trash can.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Went 29 right before me.

183414
183414
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

I got 1 huge gift last year. Hader @ 139 (or something like that) and won the OA thanks to him. Helped having Yelich/ Story/Cole/Rendon/Clevinger/Corbin/Castillo/ Gleyber/ Olson/A.Rosario/McNeil/JD Davis, and picking up Edman, Hendriks, Rogers, Fried, W. Smith (c), and d’Arnaud. Damn, definitely a year to remember.
Oh well, I guess Cruz falling to me @125 and Amed @164 and [email protected] 140 ain’t so amazing. haha
Problem with last year is that everything will suck in comparison. I did draft Bellinger/ Flaherty/ Mondesi/ Giolito/ Springer/ Machado/ Rizzo/ Woodruff/ Soler/ N. Anderson

daviddal
daviddal
2 years ago

c- C Vasquez
1b-M Olson
2b- Kingery
ss-Boegaerts
3b-R Nunez
ci-B Anderso
mi-D Swanson
of-Acuna
of- Laureano
of-P Palanco
util- N Cruz
P-Bieber, Giolito, Corbin, S Gray, Gallen, Urquidy, Chirnos, Bassett, N anderson, W Smith
B-S Castro, Verdugo, tsutsugo
14 team hth How did I do?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  daviddal
2 years ago

Pitching looks great. Offense not bad either. Is that Placido Polanco as your 3rd OF?

Daviddal
Daviddal
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Gregor

daviddal
daviddal
Reply to  Daviddal
2 years ago

I have T. La Stella also have a waiver claim to drop Him and add M Givens. Would you drop S Castro instead?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  daviddal
2 years ago

Crucial decision!

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Placido Planco LOL ……..he had the most mis-shapen head i ever saw…….he took too much HGH to come back from injury

MattTruss
Editor
2 years ago

We started up another $20 RCL on today, what should have been Opening Day :(

Draft tonight at 9 PM ET, click here to join and play Grimey & Squat Cobblers…I might hop in there as well:

https://www.fantrax.com/newui/fantasy/joinLeague.go?leagueId=kcn53eyak87itqzh&isSubmit=y

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  MattTruss
2 years ago

Oh shit I forgot to join lol

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes