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, then 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, cholesterol is 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. A true everyman experience. Oh, I’m sure there’s a few people who think they know the correct strategy for 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:

Psyche! Before we get into the draft, I am in the process of lowering projections in my 2022 fantasy baseball rankings by a week of games. The top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball is automatic; my positional rankings will be more challenging. I have no insider info about the state of MLB. My guess has been for a while that we’d get a 154-game season, and would never see 162 games again, but who knows. Some people have told me May 1st is a more likely timeframe. All I know is Rob Manfred is large-scale douche canoe whose real job is to make Bud Selig look better in retrospect. Anyway II, my RazzSlam recap:

C: Omar Narvaez (19)
C: Carson Kelly (20)
1B: Ty France (10)
2B: Tommy Edman (7)
SS: Wander Franco (3)
3B: Rafael Devers (1, 12)
MI: Gleyber Torres (12)
CI: Gio Urshela (18)
OF: Kyle Tucker (2)
OF: Eloy Jimenez (4)
OF: Jesse Winker (8)
OF: Seiya Suzuki (11)
OF: Adolis Garcia (15)
UTIL: Mike Yastrzemski (21)
Bench: Raimel Tapia (24), Andres Gimenez (25), Eric Hosmer (27), Jose Miranda (30), Vidal Brujan (31),Willie Calhoun (33), Jurickson Profar (36), Tyler Wade (38), Manny Pina (39), Riley Adams (40), Leury Garcia (42)

P: Robbie Ray (5)
P: Lucas Giolito (6)
P: Max Fried (9)
P: Chris Bassitt (13)
P: Tyler Mahle (14)
P: Sonny Gray (16)
P: Mike Clevinger (17)
P: Noah Syndergaard (22)
P: Bailey Ober (23)
Bench: Tony Gonsolin (26), Cristian Javier (28), Nestor Cortes Jr. (29), Nate Pearson (32), Luke Weaver (34), Jake McGee (35), Jose Suarez (37), Robert Suarez (41)

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?

I wasn’t being sly, I really have no idea.

I SHOULD’VE KNOWN.

Here’s the scoring so we can at least try to make heads or tails of the league:

RazzSlam Scoring

We have a Best Ball War Room, that I suggest everyone use, because I use it, not because Rudy throws me a nickel every time I mention it. By the way, who’s got more nickels than me?

That’s right, I was drafting my RazzSlam team from Vegas, because I’m a high roller! I went to Vegas, with 42 cents, sat down at a penny-slot Willy Wonka machine, and deposited one penny after every pick for roughly 198 hours, because I am the whale all casinos want! Ended up down more than half my money, but I had a good time, and that’s what matters. So, back to the draft-a-roo-ski, here’s some points accumulated by players last year:

Trea Turner: 881
Fernando Tatis Jr.: 831
Jose Ramirez: 815
Gerrit Cole: 560

Why did I pick this very random sampling of 1st round picks to show you? Oh, I don’t know, maybe to point out how undervalued pitching is? Could that be the reason? Maybe, who’s to say! I could point this out every year, and next year someone will still draft a starter in the 1st round(s). Why? Oh, it makes no sense! Don’t ask me! The scoring is clearly slanted towards hitting, but people like to think they know best. That is the one trait that unites all fantasy sports people: They think they know best. Unfortch, as the league standings say at the end of the year, 11 of 12 people in each league won’t know better than one person. Ronald Acuña Jr. missed 80 games last year, and scored 516 points, just a hair off from Cole and Corbin Burnes (554). Would that change anyone’s mind about drafting a starter early? Nope, never, no way, nuh-uh! People are way too smart to be swayed by actual evidence.

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 it’s about how they play into the format. There’s more “format play” than “get the good players” play. For unstints, in this format, it seems to be mostly about top of the order guys who get a lot of hits and maybe steal a base or two. Last year, Raimel Tapia scored 415 points, and I got him at pick 277 overall. Tapia scored only 145 points less than Gerrit Cole? Yes, but, again, don’t whisper things like that into the air, while others are drafting starters way too high. It’ll only confuse them. To actually compare apples to apples, Dylan Carlson went about 150 picks earlier than Tapia and scored 440 points last year. This league seems to really love the batting average guys. Ty France scored 517 points last year, so I grabbed him. Mookie Betts scored only 516 last year. Sure, Betts had a down year, but I don’t expect that to get better and I like Ty Freedom a lot.

YOU DIDN’T DRAFT ANY DECENT CLOSERS, SO, PRAY TELL, WHY, YOU BEAUTIFUL MUSTACHIOED BASTARD?

Since you don’t need saves for a Saves category, per se, I felt the safer bet was going with starters over closers, and, since I was gambling such high stakes during this draft, I had enough bets being made in the real world. (By the way, I was gambling in the same seat where Trishelle from The Real World: Vegas sat with no underwear. I waited in a five-hour line to get that seat.) Why are starters safer? Let’s take the top closer, Liam Hendriks. He had 586 points last year, averaging 8.50 per appearance. Giolito had 464 points, but averaged 15/appearance. So, on average, Hendriks had to make two appearances to top Giolito. Not impossible, but Giolito would only need one, which he always had, if healthy. Also, Giolito had a down year last year and was nearly the same as the top closer. Next, you don’t need to move very far down the closers’ ranks to lose almost the whole advantage. Aroldis Chapman scored 425 points and 7/appearance. So Aroldis would’ve needed more than two appearances in a week to beat Giolito’s average, and, again, Giolito didn’t even have a great year. Finally, iffy closers or great middle relievers? Nearly useless. Last year, Taylor Rogers had a 13.2 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 3.35 ERA, but only 9 saves in 40 1/3 IP. He only secured 187 points and 4.70/appearance. Great year from him, and he was about the same as a horrific year from Mitch Keller, who had a 6.17 ERA and scored 4.50/appearance. Very late I did grab Jake McGee, because he scored 411 points last year, or 6.60/appearance, and I don’t believe he’s completely out as the closer for Camilo Doval.

ANY TAKEAWAYS THAT I CAN PRETEND ARE MY OWN INSIGHTS?

I did a little foot-stamping and teeth sucking when I saw I had the 12th overall pick, but I kinda liked getting Rafael Devers and Kyle Tucker with my first two picks. Sure, there’s a big difference between being able to get Vladdy, the Mini Impaler (924 points) and Devers (750), but it’s so nice to be able to get a top 3rd baseman in Devers, and not have to worry about that shizz again for a long time. Not saying to turn down the first few picks for the 12th pick, because of the points difference mentioned, but I enjoyed the 12th pick more than I thought I would. Also, and this is more about the act of drafting vs. the actual players, but it’s nice to be able to draft two picks back-to-back in a slow draft, then close the draft window for 10 hours — more time to count my pennies!

OKAY, THAT WASN’T AS HELPFUL AS I EXPECTED. WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT SEIYA SUZUKI?

I’ll tell ya (no relation) about Seiya, I’ve recently fallen in love with him, due to the Seiya Suzuki projections that Rudy gave him in the hitter projections, and Coolwhip’s Seiya Suzuki fantasy. Maybe he’s just a 20/5/.270 hitter, but in this Points League format, that’s solid. Maybe he’s more on power and average too because *looks around, ducks under desk, whispers* upside. Either way, I’m leaning in as being pro-Seiya, thinking he absolutely signs, and if he doesn’t, then it’s see ya, Suzuki.

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Pops
Pops
5 months ago

I thought I was one of the first ones to sign up for the Razzslam.
Guess it didn’t go through. My Bad!

mcstarrs
mcstarrs
5 months ago

Hey Grey,

We had some similarities with our Razz Slam Draft:

C: Joey Bart (21)
C: Austin Nola (25)
1B: Bobby Dalbec (18)
2B: Tommy Edman (12)
SS: Wander Franco (3)
3B: Yoan Moncada (10)
MI: Corey Seager (5)
CI: Adalberto Mondesi (7)
OF:  Ronald Acuna Jr. (1, 9)
OF: Luis Robert (2)
OF: Eloy Jimenez (4)
OF: Jared Kelenic (13)
OF: Wil Myers (22)
UTIL: Gavin Lux (19)
Bench: Spencer Torkelson (20), Alec Bohm (23), Kyle Lewis (24), Julio Rodriguez (26), Francisco Mejia (30) ,Vidal Brujan (31), Nick Solak (32), Nick Senzel (35), Carlos Santana (37), Pedro Severino (39), Jose Barrero (43)
P: Robbie Ray (6)
P: Joe Musgrove (8)
P: Jack Flaherty (9)
P: Shane McClanahan (11)
P: Carlos Rodon (14)
P: Michael Kopech (15)
P: Ranger Suarez (16)
P: Logan Girlbert (17)
P: Alex Reyes (27)
Bench: Sixto Sanchez (28), Nate Pearson (29), Devin Williams (33), Dinelson Lamet (34), Chris Paddack (36), Tyler Anderson (40), Danny Duffy (42)

This is my first time playing razzslam. Looking forward to the upcoming season.

-Your Mondesi Loving Son

mcstarrs
mcstarrs
Reply to  mcstarrs
5 months ago

Left out Karinchek @ 39 (Severino was 38)

Last edited 5 months ago by mcstarrs
mcstarrs
mcstarrs
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

thanks for the input! I completely agree with your assessment. I’m ready for some Mondesi Milk :)

Here was my thought pattern while drafting:

I’m hoping Dalbec/Santana can keep me alive until Tork gets called up. Then plan on dropping Santana to fill other needs in the first FAAB. I definitely overpaid for Lux, figured I would throw a dart to see if it sticks. If it doesn’t, I went and grabbed Solak for extra insurance at 2b/OF. I’m not too high on Myers myself, so I followed him with Kyle Lewis, Julio Rodriguez and Nick Senzel hoping 1 of those 3 will maintain some success this season. With Myers giving me a good week every now and then.

As for Yoan, I have a strong love for him (not quite as much as Mondesi). And it allowed me to make my team name Acuna Moncada. Hard to pass that opportunity. But Yoan won me a championship in 2019 as he was absolutely scorching during the fantasy baseball playoffs (outscored all of my stud bats the last 3 weeks of the season). Mondesi did just that for me the next year in the shortened 2020 season when he decided to start balling out at the most important time of the fantasy season.

mr. papagiorgio
mr. papagiorgio
5 months ago

C Mike Zunino (16)
C Omar Narvaez (17)
1B Jared Walsh (9)
2B Ozzie Albies (2)
SS Bo Bichette. (1)
3B Luis Urias (11)
CI Nathaniel Lowe (21)
MI Wander Franco (4)
UT Franmil Reyes (8)
OF Teoscar Hernandez (3)
OF Randy Arozarena (6)
OF Marcell Ozuna (12)
OF Adolis Garcia (14)
OF Jesus Sanchez (18)

P Aaron Nola (5)
P Freddy Peralta (7)
P Trevor Rogers (10)
P Chris Bassitt (13)
P Marcus Stroman (15)
P Ranger Suarez (19)
P Tanner Houck (20)
P Mark Melancon (22)
P Trevor Bauer (24)

Reserves:
Mike Yastrzemski (OF) (23)
Julio Rodriguez (OF)
Jonathan Villar (3B)
Rowdy Tellez (1B)
Adbert Alzolay (P)
Tylor McGill. (P)

Drafting with Rudy in this one, through 29 rounds. My first Razzslam. I doubled down on the POS discount (Ozuna, Bauer), so all the industry guys in the league would not have to deal with any blowback from readers. You’re welcome fellas! Has been very enlightening drafting with all the heavy hitters, definitely using it as a learning experience, much like drafting with Grey in the NFCB last month really prepared me for this slow draft.

hooydonck
hooydonck
Reply to  mr. papagiorgio
5 months ago

Wander in rd. 4? Wow; very nice. He went 14th overall in my Razzslam.
Nice value on Houck, Ranger, and J. Sanchez too.

hot corner
hot corner
5 months ago

I am kind of digging my RazzSlam team so far. Starters only since I only want to type as little as possible….

C – Stephenson
C – S. Murphy
1B – Walsh
2B – India
3B – J-Ram
SS – Bogaerts
CI – Candelario
MI – Wong
OF – Trout
OF – Jimenez
OF – Verdugo
OF – Carlson
OF – Bader
UT – Tellez

P – Alcantara
P – Berrios
P – Montas
P – Mahle
P – Luis Garcia (HOU)
P – Means
P – Suarez
P – Syndergaard
P – Urquidy

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Got Sandy in Round 5 (7 slot)

Perplexus Maximus
Perplexus Maximus
5 months ago

Pardon my ignorance or if I missed it in yer write up but is this season long points or h2h points?

I’ve always been about exploiting format. The first h2h league I was in – no one paid attention to RPs other than saves even though the data suggested middle relievers and setup guys had a huge impact on pitching ratio categories like K/9 whip and Holds. Once I figured that out Rather than keeping 7-8 sps mostly on my bench, I trimmed down to 4-5 sps loaded up on high k/9 relievers (especially ones that qualified as an sp) and have been dominating the pitching in this league since.

This happens to be the league I have a keeper question about.

8keepers 16 team keep forever deep league including ops k/9 QS and Saves separate from Holds

Vlad
Treat
Acuna
Bo Bichette
Lou Bob
Woodruff

Bieber
FPeralta
JHader
India
JulioRodriguez

The first 6 are no brainers but the last 2 are giving me trouble.

India could be really good in this format if he takes a step forward.

Would Peralta still get the edge even though my other starter is the same team?

I traded a lot to get Bieber just before he broke down (Trevor Rogers and Adley Rutschman +pick) even tho Rogers was shut down soon after and Adley wasn’t going to get a sniff of playing time (which is why I moved him – was just wasted assets if I kept him all yr.) Trade was a push overall but thought I was getting another dominant keeper.

Hader probably safest of saves rps – basically gives me a good floor for saves with that lovely 14-17 k/9 juice and lets me leave rps to later in the draft where I can pick off more high k/9 middle relief and setup guys that graduate to the role once closers start falling apart mid season.

Anyway I’ve rambled enough.

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Reply to  Perplexus Maximus
5 months ago

he didn’t say h2h above so i assumed roto points (which i guess is “season long points”)

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well from below, 3 months roto points. then cut, rinse repeat.

drunk mets pr team
drunk mets pr team
5 months ago

I love all the draft recaps here, Grey’s and Rudy’s both. More. MORE

Also, I’m a total idiot who signed up for the Razzslam lottery way after the deadline without realizing it, so I have no skin in the game… but for what it’s worth (negative value after inflation), I started diving into week-by-week point totals for hitters last year in this format and noticed something.

Looking at top ~30 hitters: For both average points/week and 80th percentile points/week, the two categories with the highest correlation are AVG and Runs. I am a points league noob but I really thought power would be the key to ceiling. It isn’t. (Though it does seem to help with consistency.) Echoes what you’re saying about looking for top of the order bats.

Also x2, these hitters’ average points/week line up SUPER close to their season $ values in the 2021 Player Rater. Maybe that’s obvious to most, the scoring was probably designed that way — but it kinda blew my mind. Anyways, looking forward to giving this a whirl next year!

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
5 months ago

That OF is so sexy, I want to smear whip cream all over the screen and lick it top to bottom. Oh, and f&*k the owners!

toolshed
toolshed
5 months ago

Do you think prospect eta’s will be impacted by this delay above and beyond the general delay for everyone in MLB? Correct me if I am wrong but the minor league season is expected to start on time with one exception. Prospects on 40-man rosters can’t participate in camps or the MILB season during the lock out. I don’t who qualifies on the 40-man list but I know j-rod and brujan do and they would be of interest to many of us this year if not drafted in redraft leagues. Thanks

Sport
Sport
5 months ago

To be honest I have never played in a points league. It wasn’t until I read your comments that I understood, a little more, about why you made the picks and how the points leagues work. I had seen another couple drafters about a month ago also punt closers in a points league. It didn’t make sense to me as saves were worth so many points, but I appreciate how you broke it down.

I love baseball Grey! manfred and the owners will never take that away. It was a gut punch yesterday for sure. I can handle 154 games, but losing spring training hurt, and the painful reminder the ones in control of the MLB are driven by greed and will manipulate every faucet possible to feed it. MLB network cutting off the MLBPA announcement, but airing all manfred’s is just a small example of the manipulative power.

But I still love baseball. It’s still the game I played since I was 4 years old. Still the game I had catch with my dad and my best friend in the front yard. I still get goosebumps driving through small towns at night and seeing the glow of the lights in the distance. There, kids won’t consider the night a success unless they have covered their uniform in dirt. Baseball is the game when I finally maxed out my potential and knew I wasn’t reaching my childhood dream of playing in the major leagues, it was time to hang up the cleats. But when you love something so much, you never stop admiring it, and so I pushed my body a little longer, playing some old men’s slow pitch softball, continued to follow one of God’s greatest creations on TV and the internet, and dove into fantasy baseball. And so baseball became a method of keeping that inner child alive, and an outlet to adulthood responsibilities and the stresses that come with it. I don’t get to go to Kaufman stadium very often, but when I do, I love sit in the stadium 30 minutes ahead of time and just take in the beauty of the major league ball field. It rekindles that old childhood dream I suppose.

So I have to put it on pause a little while, watch some college baseball, and look for some more fantasy baseball articles to read. When it starts up again, I will watch, probably spend some more money on some Royal’s hats, and probably go to another game. I still love the game and I will still enjoy watching other adults playing the game and carrying out my dream. manfred and a few heartless owners can’t change that. Not for me.

Sorry for blabbing! I’m finished now, but thank you for your part in bringing us baseball in such a fun format. I know it sounds corny but it truly is therapy diving into your fantasy write ups every day.

packers2018
packers2018
Reply to  Sport
5 months ago

Sport you said that so well. I echo how you feel.

My first MLB game was the Tigers vs the Athletics at Tiger stadium. I’ll never forget how green the grass was, the ushers selling hot dogs and cotton candy. I wanted everything but knew my dad didn’t have the money to spend on souvenirs or food as he complained how parking was a dollar. That was back in 1962. I can remember riding my bicycle through our neighborhood with my ball glove hanging from the handle bars and a baseball wedged in the frame of my bike and every house you road by had Ernie Harwell’s voice coming over the radio. I wore my dads car battery down once listening to the game. We only had This Week in Baseball once a week on TV. I cried when Al Kaline broke his arm.
The greed the owners and players is a hard pill to swallow. They don’t realize they are taking these type of memories from little boys and their dads and grandpas. Most people if they had the $650,000 minimum salary once, it would set them up good financially. SMH

Sport
Sport
Reply to  packers2018
5 months ago

Thank you for sharing your memories! I really enjoyed reading them and nearly gave me goosebumps!

Even though I know some of the players are as greedy as the owners, I still tend to side on the players’ side. There are so many that play the game with an inner child like character. And I recall this quote from Salvador Perez, “You never know how much they sacrificed to come and buy the ticket to see you play. I always say we need to play hard every inning because you don’t know how hard they work or do whatever they got to do to buy a ticket to come to see you. We need play hard for the fans.”

You’re right one year’s salary would be life changing for many of us. I’m just glad there are lots players out there that recognize that and respect that.

Sport
Sport
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

You mentioned earlier about making some adjustments to rankings. Will you be posting a writeup about some of the players that might be affected the most by this? Like an Acuna? Does it change any thoughts on guys like Rodon, Kershaw, etc. or is that something you will discuss more with us moving forward? I suppose that’s a hard question to answer until we find out the timing of this.

Thanks for the optimism as well! Hopefully this is just a short stoppage.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
5 months ago

nice team, really like it.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
5 months ago

I like the squad, sad we both struck out on India :(

C Carson Kelly
C Eric Haase
1B Vladdy
2B Jazz Chisholm
3B Justin Turner
SS Tim Anderson
CI CJ Cronic
MI Brendan Rogers
OF Aaron Judges
OF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Ryan Mountcastle
OF Avisail Garcia
OF Ian Happ
UTIL Nelson Cruz
BEN Luis Arraez

P Shane Bieber
P Liam Hendricks
P Lucas Giolito
P Aroldis Chapman
P Will Smith
P Jordan Montgomery
P Clayton Kershaw
P Alex Cobb
P Carlos Carrasco
BEN Yusei Kikuchi
BEN Kyle Hendricks

Punted Catchers because they were going way too early, and wound up with several closers because they fell so low in ADP. Still have 16 more rounds to go

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

My first go at the Razzslam format, so we’ll see how this year goes and I’ll make adjustments to my strategy next year. I was leaning heavy on the points estimates from Rudy’s war room

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Grey is not a Belieber! Kershaw was kind of risky too, I think there is a good chance that he retires and spends his days sipping cocktails in highland park village

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Oh nice! I saw him up at Top Golf about a week after they lost in the NLCS, I wanted to tell him to sign with the Rangers but he was with his kids so I decided not to bug him. Even after Semien/Seager the Rangers are kind of a dumpster fire, if the Dodgers want him back I’m sure that’s what he does.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

You got to see my favorite celebrity, the weasel. Steven Tyler PJ’s!

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
5 months ago

Grey!!!

Awesome!

a. Love the team overall. Had three questions.

1 HOFmer in round 27
2 Edman in round 7
3 Calhoun in round 33

Please explain. Otherwise great picks all the way through.

b. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for March 2, 2022

‘Republican presidential candidate Phil Gramm said that if he faced President Clinton in the elections he would ‘chew him up and spit him out’. President Clinton said he would deep fry him, dip him in mayonnaise and swallow him whole.’

c. Marx Brothers quote of the day for March 2, 2022

‘Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never long enough to make them all yourself.’

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Grey!!

a. I like the team. Suarez in the end is pure butter in THAT format, in any format.

b. My concerns

1 Edman….they moved him off SS to the OF. He goes on weeks at a time without any stats. Hopefully he can get you 20 or so SBs and then I look stupid. Just watching him play last year is like watching paint dry.

2 HOFmer…he had the second worst UZR at 1B (the worst was Sano). That shocked me a lot because he was drafted by the Royals as an 18-year old meaning he only knows baseball. I guess the Pads have to pay him, might as well get something for their money not liking him a lot.

3…Calhoun with the signing of the other Calhoun (let’s call him Kalhoun to make it easier) and all the other OFs I don’t see Willie getting 400 PAs or 15 HRs. Ya never know.

c. Loved Devers/Tucker to start. Hope you win.

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Grey!!!

As you say up top, only 1% get it (so not every man, I’m in this group) so I don’t need to understand. I hated owning Edman last year in my RCL. He could be great in bestball.

Yeah, again you’re right (damn you!) on Hosmer. He has to play, he’ll play in Coors, who knows maybe he pops 8 hrs one month then goes to sleep for the remaining 4 months. Good enough in bestball.

Cheers,
Ante

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Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

yeah if profar counts as 1B you still have 3 total 1B with hosmer, profar, france. that’s probably your only possibly real bad weakness. edman is a superstar relative to regular ADP in this format almost (leadoff, steals, possibly good average), w.calhoun cost nothing and leadoff. i actually went back and checked if this was 12’er or 15’er or something when i saw the 1B depth. 2 waiver periods certainly a lot better than the none i thought best balls had.

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For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron

edman: empty (which it isn’t, he steals, and runs from leadoff) average ain’t crap in this format.

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For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

absolutely, anybody leadoff should be before the 33rd round. really, in a league that has 2 waiver periods and super deep rosters most definite starters (or righty side platooners with upside or lineup spot that’s good) should be owned (unless it’s like c.davis at the end or something)

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron

maybe wade has 1B too, so that’s better if so.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

no no i didn’t mean i didn’t like france here, i meant just depth issues on having 3 total 1B at all (and that assumes profar has 1B here) in a league that either has none or max 2 waiver periods.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
5 months ago

yeah other than the very tippy top RP’s (that always cost too much anyway and that’s due to needing saves in standard leagues) there’s no reason to roster RP’s probably at all with those scoring settings. that 3 per inning pitched, yeah, kinda a big deal against guys who basically never go over 2 (and some not over 1) innings. i mean you don’t want really horrible SP’s either of course so at some point the back end possible closers could come into drafting them again, but probably by that point the useful RP’s are gone anyway. for sure hader (and the other top closers) is valuable here, but somebody’ll pay more than you would anyway if the opp’s don’t adjust properly to those settings and probably even if they do. actually i forgot it’s best ball, so the really horrible SP’s won’t even BE started, making their innings when they get started worth a ton in the albeit rare occurance of them having a decent start. also if g.cole types are THAT far behind the those top hitters there’s dozens of other hitters i’m betting better than cole too (i had to go check where on razzball rater cole ended last year, it was 5th SP), so your already norm strategy of never paying more than 40th overall for pitchers becomes even more powerful and anybody drafting like standard ADP’s for topish SP are likely really hurting themselves, even IF those top end pitchers perform relative to the other SP’s in the way expected.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes

One factor being best ball tho is Chapman or any closer will have weeks they help a lot. It’s not horrible to have that potential after you grab all your big bats.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

right they could beat your worst starter but by the point where you are drafting the starter you mean chapman is LONG gone, so it wouldn’t matter.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

Oh for sure. I think I got Chapman in Round 16ish.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  frankgrimes
5 months ago

I got him at the end of round 14, I like him there

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For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
Reply to  frankgrimes
5 months ago

those are good prices on him, is that for league settings like this one though?

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For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
Reply to  Grey
5 months ago

ok, so the league did adjust to the settings on RP then, as that’s around 100 picks later than ADP’s for regular leagues (just checked, 95th). that’s where you had s.gray and all your above him pitchers.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron

and that certainly is a fair argument on s.gray vs chapman with CIN’s defense (if it’s like last year) and park. be curious on their last year points totals for this format (i’m fine assuming some amount of regression for s.gray in general)

Al KOHOLIC
Al KOHOLIC
5 months ago

Nice team and love the theory behind it. Your all over Wander this year I see. Be interesting to see if he runs any

VinWins
VinWins
5 months ago

I finished 9th (of 15) in my only Best Ball league last season. I drafted a great team, but my computer played poorly.