My final final final final draft of the year. Believe it was four finals, might’ve been five finals. Finally, the final final, as we extend our arms and coax into the 2021 fantasy baseball season. HalleBerrylujah, we’ve made it. Since this is my fourth or fifth final final draft of the season, I decided to throw everything to do with ADP out the window.

I mentioned at one point in the draft, I wonder what a draft would look like if all players were simply listed alphabetically rather than by ADP, or some arbitrary ranking by someone I don’t trust. It would likely mean at least one person would autodraft Andrew Abbott, but besides that I think it would change the entire draft landscape. Whether people want to believe it or not, they are influenced by the in-draft rankings. When it says a player is the next hitter or pitcher off the board, they don’t sit there for very long. Well, except for Sixto Sanchez in our league who went in the last round to Coolwhip. When you ignore ADP, it feels. Dot dot dot. Freeing. The most YOLO of drafts incoming. Anyway, here’s my RCL draft recap, 12-team mixed league:

C: James McCann 24
1B: Freddie Freeman 2
2B: Jake Cronenworth 20
3B: Austin Riley 11
SS: Trevor Story 1, 10
CI: Bobby Dalbec 18
MI: Tim Anderson 4
OF: Michael Conforto  3
OF: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 6
OF: Kyle Lewis 8
OF: Dylan Moore 10
OF: Tyler O’Neill 21
UTIL: Jonathan India 22

P: Lance Lynn 5
P: Dylan Bundy 7
P: Sonny Gray 9
P: Pablo Lopez 14
P: Freddy Peralta 15
P: Dustin May 17
P: Matt Barnes 12
P: Amir Garrett 13
P: Richard Rodriguez 16
Bench: Aaron Bummer, Jake Diekman, Brandon Workman

OKAY, LET’S SEE THE WAR ROOM TOTALS AND GET THIS SHOW COOKING LIKE BAREFOOT CONTESSA FIVE MINUTES BEFORE JEFFREY WALKS IN.

I didn’t use the War Room for this.

YOU…WHAT? AN INNER MONOLOGUE CAN’T SPIT TAKE, BUT YOU ALMOST GOT ONE THERE.

That’s right, no War Room.

NOW, I’M INTRIGUED. DID YOU USE A COMPUTER?

This was my YOLO draft and I didn’t pay attention to ADP or War Room totals. I’ve done enough drafts this year, and RCLs that I know the general gist of what I’m trying to accomplish. Also, General Gist is my high school band name, and our most memorable song was, “I Know Enough (Kinda).” So, this is it, man and five womans! I just shook off my Lil Nas X blood-soaked Nikes, kicked up my well-manicured toes, cracked my eleven Alfonseca fingers and drafted a team I wanted!

AND??? HOW DID IT COME OUT?

Surprisingly familiar. Drafting out of the 10th spot and Trevor Story for what feels like the tenth draft this year sets a certain tone, and, even if I throw out ADP, I’m still a slave to it. Or Slave 4 ADP, if Britney Spears is reading. You’re stacked at shortstop right off the bat, then you need a corner man. Not reaching for Devers that early in the 2nd, so Freeman it is, then you’re going best outfielder in the 3rd, and I wanted OZUNA, but he was taken one pick before by Ralph, so I got Conforto. More on that in a moment. Then from Conforto, you go with best bat available, and that happened to be Tim Anderson, which was good for speed, where I was feeling weak, but did hamstrung me to my 2nd shortstop early. Then you grab a starter in the 5th, and alternate bat and pitcher until the end, unless someone drops. So, I threw out all roadmaps, but still looked up and could see landmarks for East, West, North and South, without the use of Brandon Moss.

LIKE A PITH-HELMETED CEO SETTING UP A CALL CENTER, I SEE YOU’RE GOING ALL IN ON INDIA.

This goes back to Ralph robbing me of my OZUNA. For payback, I might’ve subconsciously drafted all players he liked. He loves Bobby Dalbec, India, and Tyler O’Neill so I swallowed the bitter Conforto pill, but Ralph was going to pay! Though, no one stays on RCL teams, except maybe your first ten picks, and even those guys better produce quick and hard, like horny rabbit, so I might drop Dalbec, India and O’Neill prior to tax day, and he can likely just pick them up off waivers in a week. That’ll teach him, huh?

THIS POST IS LIGHT ON ACTUAL STRATEGY AND LONG ON SIDE-EYED GLANCES. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR TEAM TO ADD?

First share of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and it caused me to do a fist pump into my mirror’s reflection with a sly smile. Lou-Gu-Ju was a guy I loved in my top 40 outfielders in the “Ricola commercial guy with giant lips” tier, but he kept going so early in drafts. Well, ignoring ADP has its benefits and I just grabbed Lou-Gu-Ju on the YOLO firebrand tip. Next up on the “what the heck, let’s do this” strategy, Dylan Bundy hadn’t been drafted by me yet, and I was like, “Try to count to 5 on me grabbing Bundy, you won’t get there.” Also, didn’t mind getting the injury discount on my boy, Sonny Gray. In an RCL, there’s plenty of guys to pick up for an injured player. Gray can’t norm his core and he’s in street clothes for a few weeks? Meh, whatever, will just pick up someone else. Unlike someone like Sixto Sanchez, who you have to stash vs. IL. Samesies with Kyle Lewis and the IL. One guy who I was actually excited about drafting that surprised me a lot was James McCann. A possible top three catcher in the next-to-last round? Yeah, I’ll take that. And likely drop him by Friday, but for a few fleeting seconds I enjoyed drafting a catcher. Oh, and I got Dustin May within an hour of him making the rotation, and upped him in my top 80 starters and top 500.

OKAY, GIVE ME ONE BIG TAKEAWAY SO I CAN PUT THAT CHESTNUT IN MY BRAIN CHEEK FOR THE SEASON.

Saves are a mess. SAGNOF feels more like SAGNOFAGNOF. There’s maybe five closers I trust, and four of them are wildly overdrafted. The fifth is Rafael Montero, and he went in the 13th round of this draft, so that ain’t no bargain either. Jake McGee went in the 12th round! I’m kinda shocked I was able to get three three-quarter-ish closers. Matt Barnes isn’t good, and has Ottavino behind him; Mrs. Muslim Garrett can’t get the manager’s nod of approval, and Dick-Rod has a Crick in his armor. Peter Fairbanks, Clint Frazier, Anthony Santander and Eric Hosmer all went within four picks. There’s no world where Fairbanks should be in with those other three with the uncertainty in that pen. Gonna see how this year goes, but I might shock the world next year and show up saying guys like Josh Hader and Aroldis Chapman are worth their prices. We’ll see how this season plays out, but when Anthony Bass is being drafted in the 14th round of a 12-team mixed league, we might need to reevaluate. Now LFG! Start the season!

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Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
1 year ago

C’mon Mondi!! Stay healthy!
With Mondesi on the DL, I can move either Jorge Polanco, Paul DeJong, or Andres Gimenez to my MI spot. (12-team 5×5 roto – HR, RBI, SB, R, and OBP) and have 6 OF for 5 spots (F.Reyes clogs up my U) so who is the odd man out? Acuna, Edman, A.Hays, D.Moore, Solak, and Pache.

I’m thinking start Polanco at MI and Pache rides the bench Week 1.

Al KOHOLIC
Al KOHOLIC
1 year ago

I would

RyanH
RyanH
1 year ago

Grey, need a trade opinion in a points league. I’ve got 2 stud SS but am short in the OF. Would you trade Lindor for Roberts and Yordan? A bit of a drop in points per game from Lindor to Roberts potentially, but hopeful that Yordan could make up the difference even though he’s utility only

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
1 year ago

Which two sit on opening day? Flaherty, Gausman, Ryu, Bundy or Means?

Welcome back, Razzballers!! Cheers to a fun season ahead, Grey

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Waivers question for tonight is there a big difference between Bryan Reynolds Corey Dickerson Alex Dickerson Tyler O’Neil Victor Reyes ? I have Bryan Reynolds thinking of cutting to stash syndergaard and then reclaiming my fifth outfielder on Sunday.. Would you recommend cutting Reynolds and risk losing him to another team to stash syndergaard? We have 3 il spots

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Brett
1 year ago

I would and add O neil

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, just finished my other 12 team roto draft
Please critique for me and tell me how u think i did?
C-Kelly
1B-Olsen
2B-Solak
SS-Bichette
3B-Devers
MI-Swanson
CI-Croneworth
OF-Acuna
OF-Castellanos
OF-Lewis
OF-Santander
OF-Taveras
Util-Alvarez
Bn-Wong(can move guys around while Lewis is out)
SP-Castillo
SP-Ryu
SP-Gray
SP-Gausman
CL-McGee
CL-Montero
CL-Bass
CL-Bush
CL-Kennedy
CL-Gallagos

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

Happy Opening Day Eve!

Start tomm
Madbum @ Slam Diego
Cueto @ Seattle

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Not owning, streaming

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
1 year ago

How is Vaughn not starting on Opening Day??? Smh damn La Russa

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

14T OBP

I’ve punted C and curious if you’d rather Jansen or Astudillo?

Sorry for the C question before the season even starts.

Would you rather O’Neill, India or Dahl for fill-in UTIL?

Happy opening day tomorrow.

Thanks Grey

Harper Better Than Trout
Harper Better Than Trout
1 year ago

So today I lost Mondesi and I think Sonny Gray is going to the IL also? So I have a couple of empty spots in my team at the moment and I think I will play Andres Gimenez instead of Mondesi for now. So, I will try to bring a couple of pitchers. Using your rankings, you have:

Jordan Montgomery
Brady Singer
Dane Dunning
Triston McKenzie

* Which ones would be your 2 picks as of today?
* Out of the 4, who has the highest upside? McKenzie?

Thanks

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
1 year ago

Grey,

I have another question but instead of adding onto my previous post, because it is a different team, I’ll ask here:

Nobody drafted Sale and Syndeeguaard.

Should I pick either up and IL them as I have 2 open spots?

I have the 3rd claim, should I use it or wait hoping nobody picks them up? I mean during a season a claim can come in handy but based off of past experiences I tend to sit on high claims which is not no use.

Thank you.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks!! Will do.

I am doing P1 Noah P2 Sale via your rankings recommendation and common sense via recovery timeframe.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
1 year ago

How would you rank (top 3) of these starters: L Webb, Mize, Jefferes, Smyly, Cease, Rodon and Cmart?

Thanks!

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, Lewis on DL
Whos the pick up
ONeil or Naylor?

Task Force
Task Force
1 year ago

It’s being reported that Kyle Lewis is out for a “couple of weeks” with a deep bone bruise.

To cover him for the next couple of weeks who would you choose:

Bryan Reynolds
Myles Straw
Josh Naylor
Taylor Trammell

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Task Force
1 year ago

What you need?

Naylor for Power, I love him

Straw for Speed

Reynolds for meh counting stats

Trammel for upside

Task Force
Task Force
Reply to  NUX
1 year ago

Grey said I was light on speed the other day so I was leaning to Straw and Trammell but still trying to keep some of Lewis’s power numbers in Roto.

Going by Grey’s ranking Reynolds is the choice however

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

I have worked in a high traffic, public arena for 13 months now. I have also been responsible for keeping 75 or so employees safe plus thousands of possible contacts a week. Here are two of the things I’ve learned.

1. No matter how much you beg/educate/remind, not all employees will follow COVID rules.

2. In every instance, employees who ended up with COVID were the ones I knew weren’t following the rules.

COVID still a thing in baseball this year.

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
1 year ago

Grey is my pitching strong enough to move my Maeda for Ozuna

15 team keep 11 obp slg k/9 qs

1 Olson
2 Albies
3 K Seager
Ss tatis
Lf Canha
Cf S Marte
Rf Merrifield
U Tapia
Bn India
IR Mondesi
Sp Buehler Maeda Hendricks Gausman Eovaldi Yarbrough Rogers Dunnig
Rp Iglesias Fairbanks Chrichton

Thundershoe
Thundershoe
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

A. Who would you go with between Naylor and Straw in a points league?

B. Taillon or Trevor Rogers? Who’s got more upside and who’s got more downside?

C. Which side do you like better in this trade: L. Castillo for LeMahieu?

JP
JP
1 year ago

Would you trade Chris Sale for Jordan Romano in a keeper? Also, Anthony Bass or Hector Neris?

LewBobfan
LewBobfan
1 year ago

Points league question for you. I was offered Woodruff, Tim Anderson and Devin Williams for Lindor, Sonny Gray and Domingo German. We do get 3 points per hold, so Williams does have some value. Not sure what to expect from German, but looked pretty good this spring. Would you deal or hold?

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Sticking with John means over any of these?

Cease
Rodon
Rogers

Brett
Brett
Reply to  Brett
1 year ago

I mean would you take any over means?

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Grey,

I am in a 12 team keeper and trying to decide realistically how competitive my team will be this year or if I should sell to some early aggressive buyers. Apart from not having anyone on my team would would be a first round pick, what do you think?

S Murphy
P Goldschmidt
M Muncy
M Moustakas
J Turner
T Anderson
M Semien
D Moore
S Marte
N Solak
G Springer
M Straw
T O’Neill
A Baddoo

L Castillo
M Fried
E Hernandez
D Dunning
D Jefferies

L Hendriks
J McGee
A Bass
J Soria
C Heuer
T Matzek
J Staumont

I also have Verlander on the IR, I could try to sell him to a rebuilder for some starter help.

Thanks!

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey, yeah, I definitely need to add a starter or two. I will see what I can do this year, it’s less fun to rebuild from Day 1.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
1 year ago

So Eloy is back at 5-6 months now? I held of dropping him outright when it was 4-5. Just wish the stupid Sox would IL him. My roster is basically frozen until they do.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Nah, redraft. You suggested I dump him last week, but that shorter timeframe made me hang on to him.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I have this irrational fear that, if I drop him, someone else will scoop him up, and use him to beat me in the playoffs!

Will
Will
1 year ago

Nats just announced 5 positives, will impact Opening Day roster. So the fun begins…

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Will stink if they don’t tell us the names, have to wait for lineup to be posted

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Will
1 year ago

1 is a staff guy,so only 4 players.

Will
Will
Reply to  hondo
1 year ago

True, but if those players are Scherzer, Brad Hand, Trea Turner and Juan Soto it makes a huge difference.

Daze
Daze
1 year ago

Grey
Would you drop Pineda for either Cease, Yarbrough or Carlos Martinez
Thanks

nightpandas
nightpandas
1 year ago

Oy Mondesi…

looking for a replacement for my Util spot: R H HR RBI K SB OBP SLG

choices: Tavares, J Polanco, Y Gurriel, J Rojas, Tapia, Straw

thinking Tapia….what do you think FML?

stevie
stevie
1 year ago

Glad I have no Mondesi’s, but I am stuck with Springer. 10 day IL for now. Choices for OF bat are
Canha, Reyes, B. Anderson, or Hampson. Which stands out? No real needs, 12-team H2H categories.

stevie
stevie
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

No it’s Victor, thx Grey!

Trickrey
Trickrey
1 year ago

Would you rather have France or India (the 2nd basemen, not the countries? 6×6 league with HR, SB, Runs, RBIs, Total Bases, and OBP.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

Bench bat – Hampson or India?

herschel
herschel
1 year ago

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

also, for sagnof, who do you like between bush, kennedy, wittgren, fairbanks and dolis?

thank you!

McKinzie
McKinzie
1 year ago

Team looks nice, couple SP pan out, you are money G!

Daily 5×5 redraft, could you love with making Luzardo and Sonny G your 1-2?I am picking #1 and want 4 hitters with my first 4 picks….

McKinzie
McKinzie
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks! Gonna grab 1 SP at the 48/49 pick then, your the best man thanks!!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

I’m going to go silver lining here on the Mondesi news as I have a couple of shares to replace. I’m going to find me a Chris Shelton (9 home runs in 13 games April 2006). Somebody who will end this season looking scrubby, but will look like Frankie Frisch all April and outproduce what Mondesi would have given me. I’m going to find that guy. It’s 12 team mixers in April. There are still MIs on the wire. I’m eyeballing Adam Frazier right now. Red hot spring, hitting at the top of the line up. I WILL NOT GO GENTLY!

Ryan741
Ryan741
1 year ago

Grey, need a trade opinion in a points league. I’ve got Lindor and Tatis, and the Mondesi owner is asking for Lindor. Would you do Lindor/Sano for either Luis Robert/Matt Olson/Moustskas or Robert/LeMahieu, and if so which one would you prefer?

Stream Weaver
Stream Weaver
1 year ago

Jonathon India officially the starting second baseman for the reds. Got him for $1 in my NL only league. I’m excited

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Nerris or bass for saves

Russ
Russ
1 year ago

Would you still draft Mondesi in the 3rd round without knowing anything more about the severity of the injury than what we do now?

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
1 year ago

Oh Great Grey,

need a hitter to fill last utility spot. Who ya got?

Yordy Alvarez
Eric Hosmer
Matt Olson

Deryl
Deryl
1 year ago

Grey,

Looks like ESPN weekly leagues are counting week 1 as Apr1st – Apr11th. Need your advice on which two of these guys I should start for this week.

Luzardo – Hou, LA
Urias – @Col, Was
May – @Oak, Was

Which two guys should I start?

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Would you hold David Price in a 14 team league. I had my draft a few weeks ago; he was penciled in as a starter for me. I know he is starting in the pen, but there isn’t much available in FA. I still can’t believe he is in relief with that salary. I know may is in now, but do you think it will be fluid all year?

Rabbit
Rabbit
1 year ago

So have we truly reached the Apocalypse post-2020? Scott White over at CBS Spurts is crowing about how he won Tout Wars last year with a SAGNOF approach (for saves, not SBs), and how he utilized it again for his draft this year with full confidence it will play to his advantage, and the Patron Saint of SAGNOF, one Grey Albright, is now backing away from SAGNOF and saying that maybe high bids for Chapman and Hader are worth it? What is the world coming to? Oh right, that Apocalypse thing.
To my mind, this is the year to double down on SAGNOF (again, for saves only–I think SBs are in such short supply, and are produced in high quantities by such a limited number of players, that it makes sense to pay for SBs). With so many bullpens in flux, doesn’t it make sense to avoid paying big for the big names, and instead spread a bunch of one dollar or late-round picks on guys who are in closers-by-committee and may win out, or who are setup guys for a shaky closer, in the hunt for a closer role? (Saving those dollars that could be spent on top closers for top hitters, maybe even SPs.) In my auction league, I took five guys like that with $1 bids or in the reserve draft, and if a couple of them pan out I’m golden (along with my high-risk pick of Jansen at $17) and either way I can keep playing the waiver wire all season–along with every other owner, yes, but all you need is one or maybe two guys to pan out on the waiver wire.
The reason why SAGNOF works so well for saves is that saves are more or less a set commodity: every team accrues saves, some player has to be credited with them on each team but who that player is will likely change substantially as the season goes on, so you can play the game of watching and predicting who will be that player will be and end up fine at the end of the season for the category of saves. In contrast, stolen bases are not a set commodity–if a team doesn’t have any speedsters and/or they have a manager who doesn’t like to run, there are no SBs to be had on that team. SBs actually _do_ have a face, while saves have a _team_, but no face.
So Grey, I don’t see why you would give up on SAGNOF for saves in this year, when to my mind SAGNOF holds such promise. Please, don’t let Scott White get the upper hand on this issue. That simply cannot be.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Rabbit
1 year ago

I look at a major stipulation of the SAGNOF philosophy as being able to draft cheap closers who actually have a gig. Just like not paying a premium for an ace, you could compile 2 or 3 shitty closers later in the draft, but they’re actually closers going into the season. This year, there’s an extreme dearth of concrete closers. So all those grab bag relief pitchers you’re compiling, you don’t know if any of them are going to hit. And you’re weighing down your roster hoping that one does. But sure, if you already have one of those closers (Jansen), then you’re not fullblown SANOFing anyway.

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

I took josh rojas in the last round of a 10 team mixed league since I was looking for sb and knew he’d play initially. He qualifies at 2b,of in yahoo. I have reserve OF and can play another guy at mi if needed as a backup. Would you rather hold rojas and see if there is something here or cut him and go with a boring segura who no longer runs like he used to for that reserve spot. Daily lineup. Thx

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Sad face

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Mondesi, Lewis, Voit, Sonny, Ray all on one NFBC OC team

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

F!

Pat
Pat
1 year ago

OMG NO NOT MONDESI. oblique strain day before opening day when he’s on all my teams lol

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

And of course he’s already on the IL while guys who have had surgery this week aren’t.

FireRobManfred
FireRobManfred
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Did he sneeze in his sleep? Maybe he got a massage from Carlos Correa’s masseuse?

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Mondesi on IL with oblique. Are you kidding me? Now?

Jr
Jr
1 year ago

10 Team h2h OBP keeper league, so I do have guys you don’t like, but I got them when you did like most of them lol. Will try to move a lot of them in season. How does the roster look?

C: Perez
1B: hosmer
2B: Altuve
3b: Devers
SS: Machado
CI: Bohm
MI: Baez
OF; Arozarena, Gurriel Jr, Reyes, Frazier
Util: Cron
Bn: Riley

SP: Gray, Burnes, Lamet, Means, Bassitt, Marquez, McKenzie, Dunning, Taillon, EdRod, Trevor Rogers, Mize and Howard

Thanks!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Jr
1 year ago

You don’t seem to have many power studs for a 10-teamer. Machado, Devers…?

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

Yeahi feel ya. It’s a keeper league and one team has Trout, Acuna, Soto, Olson, joram and Suarez and he’s not open to trading any of them. Working on a trade for Abreu at the moment so that should help. We started the league 13 years ago and there’s never been a ton of turnover so makes it difficult to rebuild without stashing a ton of prospects.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Jr
1 year ago

True, depending on how many guys you keep, there may not be much to choose from in the draft.

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

It’s more a dynasty league. Average team keeps 20 out of 30 spots, plus we can keep 10 prospects for free as long as they have no reg season service time. So it’s been rough. Hopefully some of my prospects pan out (franco, rutschman are my top 2)

David
David
1 year ago

Hey Grey! Any thoughts on my team? 10 team league. Appreciate any feedback!

Hitters:
C – Christian Vazquez
1B- Cody Bellinger
2B- Max Muncy
3B- Yoan Moncada
SS- Trevor Story
2B/SS- Jorge Polanco
1B/3B – Matt Olson
OF – Luis Robert
OF – Dylan Moore
OF – Ryan Mountcastle
DH – Yordan Alvarez
BENCH
OF – Kyle Lewis

SP
Kevin Gausman
Chris Bassitt
Blake Snell
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Sonny Gray
Dinelson Lamet
James Paxton
RP
James Karinchak
Devin Williams
Alex Reyes
Trevor May

David
David
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Appreciate it!

btw, Andres Gimenez is out there… would you take out Polanco out for him?

thanks!

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
1 year ago

Any thoughts to any “I have kids and every streaming service but I also want to support your patreon” deals where you get like 3 months for 20$ type promotkons?

You guys deserve money, help be rationalize it in my putrid budget lol

2Many Braves
2Many Braves
1 year ago

Need to add a piece to a trade, buddy wants Santander or Verdugo who would you hold? Or should I flip a coin? Got a pretty balanced team with no gaping statistical holes just hoping to keep the better player

Thanks! Love the content

Ozzie Smith
Ozzie Smith
1 year ago

Happy Opening Day Eve! I like that team a lot, looks a lot like the last one I just drafted after I was borderline unhappy with a couple.
This is a 12 team redraft H2H 5×5.
4 roster moves allowed per week.

C McCann
1 Bohm (missed Olson by one pick dang it)
2 Dylan Moore
3 Jose Ramirez
SS Story
IF Tim Anderson
Of Conforto
Of Laureano
Of Gurriel JR.
U Arenado
BN Mountcastle
BN Clint Frazier
BN Josh Bell
BN Vaughn

SP Pomeranz
SP TJ Antone
RP Hader
RP Liam Hendricks
P Romano
P Bass
P Richard Rodriguez
BN Archie Bradley
BN Wittgren
BN Tanner Scott

What are your thoughts on this strategy in this type of league. I’ll get rid of a couple of these bench bats once I see how things are going and swap a reliever or two out for some starters and stream some with my 4 weekly transactions against some opponents that don’t have strong pitching.
Thanks for all the hard work this winter, I really enjoy your writings and podcasts.

Ozzie Smith
Ozzie Smith
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I understand where you’re coming from, I used to draft starters in these H2H formats and it was great winning 8, 9, or sometimes 10 categories every week because the team was balanced but every year as soon as the H2H playoffs would start (the last 2 weeks of the real season) over half my starters would be skipped, shut down etc. and they were useless when I needed them the most. This year I believe it will be even worse.
I believe most weeks with the way this lineup is constructed I will win 7 or 8 categories and not have any of my high draft picks wasted for the playoffs. I think we will all be streaming heavy August and September.
Could crash and burn but we will see!

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
1 year ago

Thanks Grey! Have a guy asking about acquiring my Kelenic in shallow OBP keeper league. He gave me a choice of T Anderson, Gleyber, or Baez. Hold? Ask for more pieces with one of them?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
1 year ago

Do you have a link to the ‘Perts league draft results? I’m curious to see it in all its glory.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Maybe. Of course he does. He’s just too busy working to destroy me in the leagues we’re together to share it. Ok.ok, it doesn’t take that much work.

alps
alps
1 year ago

Hey Grey
can you pick 2 SP from the list and 1 RP
Carlos Rodon
Carlos Martinez
Ryan Yarbrough
Dylan Cease
Madison Bumgarner
RP
Hector Neris
Lucas Sims
Stefan Crichton
Mychal Givens

Thanks

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Agree on Yarb. And for 2nd SP, I’d prob try CarMart. But bench and see… and be ready to pull the plug in April.

Could see Cease instead. People have been really excited about his Spring and the possibility of him to “pull a low-key Giolito” this year

alps
alps
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

is there another SP from the list you would add
Thanks

alps
alps
Reply to  alps
1 year ago

Sorry I missed your comments
thanks guys

Boomer 19
Boomer 19
1 year ago

Hey Grey. You like Carrasco or Luzardo more this year in 5×5 roto? Thanks.

David
David
1 year ago

Hey Gray! Any thoughts on my team? 10 team league. Appreciate any feedback!

Hitters:
C – Christian Vazquez
1B- Cody Bellinger
2B- Max Muncy
3B- Yoan Moncada
SS- Trevor Story
2B/SS- Jorge Polanco
1B/3B – Matt Olson
OF – Luis Robert
OF – Dylan Moore
OF – Ryan Mountcastle
DH – Yordan Alvarez
BENCH
OF – Kyle Lewis

SP
Kevin Gausman
Chris Bassitt
Blake Snell
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Sonny Gray
Dinelson Lamet
James Paxton
RP
James Karinchak
Devin Williams
Alex Reyes
Trevor May

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

Feels a bit silly asking advice for a 10-team mixed league where every roster is fairly loaded, but how does this look at the moment, and would you consider adding Garrett, Pagan, or R Rodriguez instead of Hicks or Neris?

C – J McCann
1B – Bell
2B – Moore
3B – Ramirez
SS – Bichette
CI – Bohm
MI – Swanson
OF – Bellinger
OF – Conforto
OF – Arozarena
OF – O’Neill
UTIL – Edman
UTIL – France
Bench – Cronenworth, Grisham (IL)

SP – Flaherty
SP – Bundy
P – Gausman
P – Bassitt
P – Taillon
P – Hicks
RP – Iglesias
RP – Neris
Bench – Gallen (until IL), Ray, Jefferies, German

Thanks!

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

My thoughts as well, thanks! I’ll just have to monitor the first few weeks and see which low-ownership SP are standing out, since it feels like a crapshoot between German, Jefferies, Ray, and the available names (Davies, Montgomery, Allen, Skubal, Cease, Bumgarner, Wainwright, Antone….)

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Phil
1 year ago

For additional context: 10t mixed, h2h categories (each), standard 5×5

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
1 year ago

OK man I did it! The draft is done time to whip it out and slap it down on the razz forums…
MMMMMM!

Strategy time!!!!! This league is a weekly 5×5 h2h with OBP and net svs/holds. They added 4 IL slots (extra for covid) and a 6 player bench! I used Rudy’s OBP rankings for hitters and ur pitching guide for this draft. My strategy was get my hitting done ASAP and punt SB most likely. I also tried to draft as many top upside arms as possible to take advantage of the extra IL and bench slots and save drafting RP till the end. OK time to flex!!!

C – NOOOOBODY! uhhh ya so I don’t have one right now woops! Have to wait for waivers to grab LOL
1st – Cody Bellinger (2) – I DID IT GRAY… the Dream yelich + belly hazaa!
2nd – Max Muncy (7)
SS- Corey Meager (3) – sorry bro last stop in top lvl SS land gonna ride the hype train!!
3rd – Rafael Devers (4)- named after a great ninja turtle I could have gone woodruff here but nah
OF – Christian Yelich (1)
OF – Yordan Alvarez (5)
OF – Joey Gallo (9)
UT – Franmil Reyes (10)
UT – Josh Donaldson (12)
BN – Schwarber (18)

SP – Hyun Jin Ryu (6) Good call on not waiting till 7th wouldn’t have been there!
SP – Sonny Gray (8) maybe I could have waited another round but I like Grays ;)
RP – Amir Garret (15)
RP – Trevor May (21)
P – Jesus Luzardo (11)
P- Sandy Alcantara (13)
P – Sixto Sanchez (14) – can just stash on bench until rdy being a weekly league
P – Freddy Paralta (17)

BN/IL – Chris Sale (16), Noah Syndergaard (19), Nathan Eovaldi (20), Chad Green (22), Tyler Duffey (23), Nate Pearson #24.

With my other slots after I IR I’m just gonna grab more Tejay Antone (mmm sagnof) / Montgomery… gotta stock those high strikeout RP!

Thank you guys for the help :)

Shitwold
Shitwold
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

12 sir woops!

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

12 sir woops!

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I ended up just punting SB. The SB guys all got drafter early and no real deals to be had on any of them. I figured if I just stack sluggers + OBP I could take 4/5 cats every week (this is the plan anyway haha). I asked Rudy about that strategy after his Tout wars draft and he was very helpful.

Not caring about ADP was also super helpful in reaching for Muncy/Gallo who in past years I lost out on who shine in this format.

Speaking of that you bring up a good point that it is really odd that our brains get so caught up on rankings when every year players from early ranks get injured/bust and guys ranked higher up break out and become studs. Then you fantasy perts get ranked on your rankings! It is a RANKSTRAVAGANZA!!

Is there a razz word for being too obsessed about rankings?

Norbs
Norbs
1 year ago

10-tm H2H Cats league with 3 keepers & OPS added cat. See any glaring weaknesses?
We start 3 OF and 5 SP with 2RP each week:
C- Vazquez
1B- Freeman (K)
2B- Moustakis
3B- Devers
SS- Tatis (K)
OF- Betts (K), Blackmon, Rosario, Pham, Winker
DH- Franmil

SP- Flaherty, Berrios, Ryu, S Gray, Eflin, Bassitt, Heaney, Stroman
RP- Pressly, Garrett, McGee

Would you recommend dropping any of the above RP for Pagan or Barnes or Bard?
Thanks for the great content!

Norbs
Norbs
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks for being real!

brett
brett
1 year ago

just best player available …. 2nd/ss.. leaning towards AVG. , then steals

Jorge Polanco, La Stella, Andres Gimenez, Jake Cronenworth, Cesar Hernandez

Thank you!

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Need to drop one (league that counts saves)

Wittgren
Pomeranz
Ottavino
Gallegos

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Tito says a 3 way committee between he and Clase and Karinchak. I think I saw that last night.

I think that Gallegos is the drop here… more high upside guys in that Cards pen than on Red Sox.

For transparency, have a lot of Ottavino, Jordan Hicks shares. A couple Wittren and Pom. And zero Gallegos shares. So many I’m just rooting for myself to be correct.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Random other bullpen thoughts from Team NUX.

I like Soto for the Tigers Saves. But Derek Holland should be on your watch list. I don’t think its crazy to see him possibly thrive in April and get the role so they can trade him a few months later.

I’m on Crick for the first Pirates saves, over RichRod.

Neris loses that job and Archie/Alvarado get a chance. But I’m hopeful (for dynasty reasons) that Brodgon is getting Saves by the end of the year.

Barnes gets first shot, then Ottavino, but by ASG its Sawamura

It will take both Hand and Daniel Hudson blowing saves, but eventually Rainey gets the job late this year and he is finally given the chance to be long term closer this time next year. If true, he could be Top 10 guy when we are drafting next year. I don’t think this is all that bold.

Its Bukauskas, within a month or two for the Snakes Saves. Get him now in deep/dynasty if you can.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yes.

To all of that, lol

Barnes call is just the vibe I’m getting, not official by any means

zeus
zeus
1 year ago

Twins @ Milwaukee, you benching Cruz? Though my mind still registers the Brewers as an AL club they aren’t and have no DH.

Deep league, only options on my bench are J Iglesias 4 at home vs CHISOX

or G Cooper 3 at Home vs TB

thanks

Zeus
Zeus
Reply to  zeus
1 year ago

Also have Grisham but hes officially DL right?

Smitty
1 year ago

Stassi or Alfaro at C? Forgive me I didn’t look at the rankings, not high on Alfaro

Russ
Russ
1 year ago

Hey Grey
12 Team Roto
Would you rather take Snell in the 4th round as your first starter or take another bat in the 4th and then take Ryu as your first starter in the 5th?

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
I have one bench spot dedicated to streaming as well.

Thoughts?

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

Funk
Funk
1 year ago

16 team yahoo auction league H2H 6×6 OBP instead of BA, slg %

C- Austin Nola (IL)
1b- Jared Walsh, Austin Slater
2b- Mauricio Dubon, Chris Owings
3b- Hunter Dozier
Ss- Trevor Story, Bo Bichette
OF (3)- Ronald Acuna, Bryce Harper, Austin Hays, Alex Dickerson, Hunter Renfroe

SP (2) Zach Eflin, Tyler Mahle, John Means, Ryan Yarbrough, Elieser Hernandez, Trevor Rogers, Daulton Jefferies, Jordan Montgomery, Kwang Kim (IL)

RP (2) Jordan Romano, Emilio Pagan, Nick Wittgren

P (4)

5 spot bench

General thoughts? Obviously my pitchers have no real ace lots of lottery tickets basically. Really hoping I can trim a few breakouts and cut the fat for general stream spots. RPS usually play well so i end up carrying 4-5 for ratios cause losses are a cat which hurts sps. But I figure those guys out as the season gos. Wasn’t worried about covering C spot while Nola was gone so I can speculate on breakout with that roster spot

Jameson Taillon was cut easily hugest percentage guy on waivers. Any clear add/drops for you?

Jameson Taillon, Adbert Alzolay, Tanner Houck
Luis Arraez (2b 3b of), Christian Pache, Akil Baddoo
Josh Staumont, David Bednar, Lucas Sims

Funk
Funk
Reply to  Funk
1 year ago

Hugest percentage hahaha how silly sounding

Funk
Funk
Reply to  Funk
1 year ago

Had hoerner for infield depth… Bote a play?

Funk
Funk
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Dickerson I just grabbed cause he was the only guy from like the top 100-150 last year not being rostered. Was hoping Hays could cover the 3rd stater spot. Yeah like I said I think in my league I really only need 3 or 4 starters to pop. I missed on getting the Sonny Grey level guy I usually get. I try to have enough rps to fill out all my pitching spots if I don’t have a start as the season goes on and I typically have a light pitching staff but definitely more light then usual this year. I missed out on Olsen and kind of panicked at the corners TBH and played up maybe a hit too high in a bid far for BO. I wanted to split my Harper buy into 2 lesser guys as ge qas the last of my big 4 but he his value was way to good to let go. Elites were in the early 70s top 10ish, next tier 60s, got Harper for $46 but that did lock me up for a long while.

Felt good to get both Bo and Harper though so IDK. Acuna went for less then Trout, Soto, Tatis, Betts, Yelich, and like 3 or 4 more then belly We have daily moves so I’m always on waivers either for Streams or early season breakouts. I don’t find value in rostering floor guys unless they are multi position because churn. Also early season feel like bunch of guys work out of the scene in 2020 and this new season we haven’t seen some guys for 2 years and more guys will come from the depths to be prominent then usual. Long time reader appreciate the thoughts. Renfroe vs Frenchy Cordero low stakes hold who you like

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Funk
1 year ago

That’s a funk azz infield. Looks like you spent all your money on 4 players.

Funk
Funk
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

Yeah I mean sure to put it simply. Tried to put emphasis on multi position guys that I can move and looking for returns on $1 bids so very easy to move on. Dozier is 1b/3b/of, Dubon 2b/ss/of, Slater 1b/of, Nola tobal lesser extent but C/1b/2b. Owings no one really believes in but having as part time to stick anywhere last year had some value, maybe more in theory. But Owings 2b/3b/ss/of

I read alot if not all of your comments I know you are a smart guy but the shtick is a little heavy.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Funk
1 year ago

Schtick? I didn’t know being acerbic and critical was a schtick. I just thought it was my personality!

Funk
Funk
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

So it’s your personality to pop on a random comment thread and not really further a conversation at all. You didn’t actually offer any information of value, or any information at all. Paired with your general condescending tone certainly makes it seems like all you were offering was a schtick, yes. I know you like to troll bad comments so you feel like Grey doesn’t have to be mean to dumb or repetitive questions. That’s cool.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Funk
1 year ago

Ah, that escalated quickly….now I’m a d*ck just here for mic drops. You asked for a general opinion. My opinion is that your infield is funky because you have 4 part time players there. I will refrain from responding to your posts if I can’t offer solutions to your problems.

Funk
Funk
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

Maybe if I quote xwOBA or something you won’t be a dick and try to just get mic drop one liners off

Coriell
Coriell
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Riley over Bryant at 3 rd base?

Dobnak or Logan Webb over JA Happ?

Thanks

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Hey Grey – finished up my final draft a 12 team 5×5. 1st time owning Treat (went with him over Story at #6) & Chaz Noir! Also happy to report I own Freddy P in 3/3 leagues this year!

C – Kiner-Falefa
1B – Alonso
2B – Moore
3B – Devers
SS – Treat
OF – Bellinger, Blackmon, Franmil
Util – Olson, Solak
Bn – Taveras, Hampson
SP – Lynn, Luzardo, Urias, Bassitt, Alcantara, Peralta, Pearson
RP – Hader, Castillo, Neris, Rogers

RTP123
RTP123
1 year ago

Great work as always, thank you for all that you do.

Who should we roll the dice who might get hot week#1?
Pick 1: Yastremski, Bohm, Pham, Mancini, Cron

Better shot at running with closer roll: Gallegos or Kennedy?

Thanks!!

Luke
Luke
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

I was proposed Machado and Corey Seager for Jose Ramirez and Tim Anderson in a 12 team 5×5 redraft league.

What’s the move?

Thanks.

Commish Cauda
Commish Cauda
1 year ago

16-team, H2H-Points League (SB=3)

Need an injury replacement bat for the first couple of weeks. Who do you like?

Rowdy Tellez
Randel Grichuck
Willy Adames
Evan White
Hunter Renfroe
Josh Naylor
Kevin Newman

THANKS

Jeffe
Jeffe
1 year ago

As always, great breakdowns and content! Really enjoying the podcast! Keep up the great work! I know closers and saved are a S***show with all the committees. However, if you had to choose two of these three at the start of the season, who would you choose between Jordan Hicks, Will Smith or Jordan Romano? Thanks again!

G
G
1 year ago

Just asked about my roster above but I’m also wondering how you would prioritize these waiver adds since I have NA and injuries which would allow a few adds (we have Saves and Holds as separate categories and average and OBP as separate categories): Treinen, Renfroe, Bryan Reynolds, Dane Dunning, Austin Hays

G
G
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It’s the team right in the comment above but here it is

C – S. Murphy
1b – Olson
2b – Merriefield
3b – Arenado
SS – Trea Turner
OF (3) – Happ, Hicks, Tapia
Utility (2) – Lindor, CJ Cron
Bench/Injured/NA – Trent Grisham, Kelenic, Nimmo, Julio Rod, CJ Abrams

SPs – Bieber, Bundy, Gausman, Heaney, Eleiser Hernandez, Freddy Peralta, Eflin

RP: Romano, Kimberly, Neris, Bummer

G
G
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Just had my 12 team keeper draft and it was a weird one. My league does OBP and AVG as separate categories, and also Saves and Holds. Made a couple picks I didn’t expect but wanted some feedback to see areas to work on and explore via trade. My keepers going into draft was Lindor, Trea, Arenado, Gresham, and Julio Rodriguez.

C – S. Murphy
1b – Olson
2b – Merriefield
3b – Arenado
SS – Trea Turner
OF (3) – Happ, Hicks, Tapia
Utility (2) – Lindor, CJ Cron
Bench/Injured/NA – Trent Grisham, Kelenic, Nimmo, Julio Rod, CJ Abrams

SPs – Bieber, Bundy, Gausman, Heaney, Eleiser Hernandez, Freddy Peralta, Eflin

RP: Romano, Kimberly, Neris, Bummer

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
1 year ago

Contracts league, rather have

Huira ( – 2026) & Plesac ( -2026)

or

Meadows (-2024) & K. Hendrick (-2022)