Lionel Richie, “Say you…

Suzuki, “Seiya…”

All together, “Say it for always…That’s the way it should be!”

And he’s signed by the Cubs! Um, Seiya Suzuki not Lionel Richie, Though, how’s Lionel’s arm? The Cubs could use a starter. “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” That’s Lionel Richie picking up the bullpen phone. All right, enough giggles, this move’s got me all fired up! Seiya Suzuki just landed in a top five situation. The lineup around him is whatever, but that’s better for him. No way the Cubs pull any nonsense like platooning him or resting him more than he needs. As the new Cubs starter Lionel Richie would say, “We’re going to Party, Karamu, Fiesta, forever!” Also, Wrigley gives Seiya the little extra bang for his power buck that you want to see. Saw him as a 23-29 homer guy. A much bigger range than you want, but he landed in a solid spot that will give him the top-end of his homer range. “I’ve got this feeling down deep in my soul that Seiya just can’t lose!” That’s right, Lionel! Finally, Seiya’s speed was likely five to 12 range. Again, big range, bigger than you want, but he prolly lands on the high-end of that because the Cubs won’t slow him. “Woo-oh, what a feeling (Woo-oh, what a feeling).” I got it too, Lionel! I’ve done a big update on the outfielders rankings and moved Seiya up to the top 40 outfielders for 2022 fantasy baseball, and he’s now on the tail-end of the top 100 for 2022 fantasy baseball. Also, my top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball has been updated. For a huge breakdown of Seiya, check out Coolwhip’s Seiya Suzuki fantasy. It’s worth the read. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this preseason for 2022 fantasy baseball:

Rafael Ortega – With the Hiya to Seiya, some might be moving down Ortega, Clint Frazier or Heyward in their rankings, but, in my top 100 outfielders, those guys were already buried, so I’m not changing them. On a related note, Clint Frazier’s gonna be a 35-year-old post-hype sleeper.

David Robertson – Signed with the Cubs. Interesting. Places hand on an emoji’s chin. Does Robertson become the closer? Rowan Wick is there, but has no command. Robertson is 36, and returning from Tommy John surgery. Right now, on our bullpen chart, it’s a timeshare, only you don’t get $20 in chips for visiting this one. On my top 500, I put Robertson as the head of the committee, but I don’t know yet.

Freddie Freeman – Signed with the Dodgers. Dodgers’ lineup is now Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, Mookie Betts, 1954 Willie Mays, John Cazale coming off The Deer Hunter, King Edward the Great and Gandhi. Watch out when they get Dustin May back! Okay, in reality, it’s not too far off.

So, Dodger Stadium became a launching pad sometime around 2017. My guess is Rob Manfred and Magic Johnson made a deal, and Magic said the Dodgers would spend $400 million per year, if MLB would supply them with Super Bouncey baseballs. You thinking MLB is above that chicanery is cute because of your naïveté. Hopefully, Manfred didn’t agree to also watch the HBO show about Magic and the Lakers, because that is painful. Here I thought John C. Reilly could do no wrong. Woof, mistaken there. Freeman was going to be great wherever he ended up, and LA is as good a landing spot as any. I’ve updated him in the top 20 for 2022 fantasy baseball.

Kris Bryant – Signed with the Rockies to be a part of their rebuild. I’m joking! The Rockies are the dumbest organization. I know they play in Coors, but do the Rockies also have to act drunk? The Rockies’ rebuild is just running around in circles for decades. Rockies’ owner Dick Monfort, “Can’t believe we’ve got Kris Bryant locked up until he’s 37. We are so smart,” as Monfort pushes on a door that says pull. A no-trade, seven-year deal to a 30-year-old Kris Bryant is honestly one of the funniest things I’ve heard in a while. Thank you, Rockies. So, this is great for Kris Bryant, obviously. He might just hit .300 with 30 homers. This is the anti-Winker as far as fantasy value goes. Going to be conservative, but I’ve moved Bryant up a whole tier in the top 20 1st basemen, (and in top 20 3rd basemen and top 40 outfielders) and upped his projections.

Kyle Schwarber – Signed with the Phils, because he spent a weekend in Vegas, when he was young, and ran into Bryce Harper in the Circus, Circus parking lot, asking everyone that walked in, “Is that a clown casino, bro?” Schwarber is about the same no matter the landing spot, but Citizens should welcome him, assuming his paperwork is in order. He’s been updated in the top 20 1st basemen.

Matt Chapman – Traded to Toronto. Where Vlad Jr. has great contact, Chapman lacks. The ying to Cake Batter’s yang. I will call him, Bake Catter. He was updated in the top 20 3rd basemen and Santiago Espinal was removed.

Chris Sale – Stress fracture in his rib cage and it will be weeks, not days, and now I have a stress fracture in my brain. I’ve moved his projections and rankings down in my top 40 starters, and I would no longer draft him so he was removed from the pitchers’ pairing tool, and would like to trade you the shares I already have. Who wants some? We got a Sale sale!

Eddie Rosario – Re-signed with the Braves. “Let’s run this shizz back!” I scream at my life-size Chipper Jones poster of him in jorts. Makes me super glad I didn’t bother ranking and projecting Drew Waters too. Waters’s fantasy value, like holding water in your hand. Damn, I’m poetic, and am aware of it. Rosario seems to be underappreciated in fantasy circles. Not sure why. I compared him in my Byron Buxton overrated post as being a cheap Buxton. Call him Coinston. He’s updated in my top 40 outfielders.

Joc Pederson – Signed with the Giants. That team loves themselves some platoon players, especially aging ones. You either die a hero or live long enough to become a platoon player in San Fran. Giants are so crazy about platooning watch them platoon Joc with Carl’s Jr. Jr., who is also a lefty. More than likely, Joc will platoon with the dogpound, Ruf.  I’ve updated the top 100 outfielders.

Andrew Chafin – Signed with the Tigers. This deal can be summed up with, “Carole Baskin.” Ya know, Chafin/Tigers.

Zack Greinke – Signed with the Royals. “Zack is back” is a headline on The Kansas City Star and would also be the longest sentence Greinke has ever said besides, “Chipotle’s guac is too expensive.” He was updated in the top 100 starters.

Amir Garrett – Traded to the Royals. This is gonna be huge for the Royals (next time someone throws at one of their batters).

Mike Minor – Traded to the Reds. Yo, I don’t know who Minor screwed over in a past life, but going to the Reds? My man needs to fix his chakras! At least guys traded to the A’s will be going to a good park. Going to Cincy? For a team not competing? Seriously, go see a karma healer. He was updated in the top 100 starters.

Donovan Solano – Signed with the Reds. Wish they would’ve included some shizz in the new CBA that if a team is tanking, they have to at least play their prospects. Signing the 34-year-old Solano is some brainworm nonsense that will drive me crazy if I allow it, and I prolly will allow it.

Anthony Rizzo – Signed with the Yanks. A lot of people confusing lineup strength with being a good thing for fantasy. So, I will clarify here, as I have a few dozen times before, and will again after this. Volume is more important than lineup strength, and park is most important. Yankee Stadium is great, but their lineup is rich with options, which is not good. Rizzo will be rested for anything and everything, and, if Rizzo struggles for a second, he’ll be platooned. If he were in a good park with no options, like say Coors, then he’d move up the rankings. I’ve moved him down a little bit in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball. For 2022, I’ll give Rizzo projections of 72/25/79/.246/4 in 476 ABs.

Brad Miller – Signed with the Rangers. Brad Miller is the guy, who stands five feet from you the whole night at a party, telling every girl that you have bad gas. Brad Miller: The ultimate prospblock everywhere he goes. So, Rangers finally have their 3rd baseman, and I have removed Andy Ibanez from the rankings. Let’s never speak of him again. In fact, let’s never speak of Brad Miller either, except for the random week in June when he’s a hot schmotato.

Greg Holland – Signed with the Rangers. In a statement, Holland said, “Don’t kiss these tulips goodbye just yet.”

Lance McCullers – Said he has a flexor tendon injury, not an UCL issue. McCullers then attempted to give a thumbs up, but it hurt too much.

Giovanny GallegosCards keep saying Gallegos won’t be the closer, like A) They’re trying to lower his draft price. B) They have other options. C) There’s no C.

Jack Flaherty – Sent to a doctor about his shoulder. The one benefit to drafting early is all the guys I peg as injury risks that I’m out on are still being drafted. Then they get injured in camp and there’s no advantage to drafting. Also, you think my pitcher rankings are the best, but they’re even better for all the guys I tell you to ignore early on, before everyone else dodges a tomato–excuse me, catches up.

Jeff McNeil – Showalter said McNeil will be the Mets’ everyday 2B. Is that a threat? Is he filling out his lineup card with cut-out magazine letters? If you give McNeil 400 ABs, he’s projected for 10/4/.260, so, yeah.

Collin McHugh – Signed with the Braves. He’s from Georgia, which seems to be an ongoing theme with the Braves this offseason. Now sign Andre 3000.

Nick Martinez – Signed with the Padres. Was told he’s being added tonight to our pitcher projections. Will be interesting to see what Steamer thinks of him. I know what I think of him, a gentile Josh Lindblom. Call him Nick Retail. Interested in seeing how the projections look, but my take is he’s kinda meh. Good for roughly 130 IP, and first one out of the rotation for a better arm to become a long-man in the pen. What’s kinda funny in an unfunny way, I added him to my top 100 starters, and ranked him around 520 overall, then looked up his ADP and it’s 511, so general enthusiasm is about same.

Chris Owings – Signed with the Orioles. A guy signs on a bad team and the first thing that comes to mind, “Who was he signed to block?” Very normal stuff. As far as I can tell Owings wasn’t signed to block anyone, but maybe platoon with Ramon Urias, which is less of a compliment to Owings and more an indictment of Urias. Not sure why the O’s wouldn’t be playing Mateo full-time, and I might need to lower him in my rankings. Will wait to see how things look in camp.

Heath Hembree – Signed with the Pirates. So, that’s where he is! I loved Heath Hembree in Can’t Hardly Wait. Bullpen chart is updated.

Daniel Vogelbach – Signed with the Pirates. In limited ABs last year with the Brewers (better park), Vogelbach hit 9 HRs in 215 ABs and .219. That’s not, as they say, good. Also, Vogelbach only works in limited ABs, maybe because he actually only has one big ab. We did get an exclusive of him on his new team. Pictured below is Bryan Reynolds walking in front of Yoshi Tsutsugo and Daniel Vogelbach:

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Ken Plane
3 months ago

Grey – In years past you posted a sheet showing the player rankings by tiers, will that be added to this years offerings.

Cohen
Cohen
3 months ago

Story signs with Redsox

VinWins
VinWins
3 months ago

And this is why real people avoid ESPN public leagues:

SNOW trades
Gerrit Cole, NYY SP
Jacob deGrom, NYM SP
Shane Bieber, Cle SP
Eduardo Rodriguez, Det SP
J.T. Realmuto, Phi C
Luis Urias, Mil 3B
Jared Walsh, LAA 1B
Bryan Reynolds, Pit CF
Aaron Judge, NYY CF
Jorge Polanco, Min 2B
DJ LeMahieu, NYY 2B
Austin Riley, Atl 3B
Josh Bell, Wsh 1B

RAY trades
Drew Rasmussen, TB RP
Jon Gray, Tex SP
Ranger Suarez, Phi RP
Lance McCullers Jr., Hou SP
Willson Contreras, ChC C
Jack Flaherty, StL SP
Justin Verlander, Hou SP
Ian Happ, ChC LF
Michael Conforto, FA RF
Jean Segura, Phi 2B
Kolten Wong, Mil 2B
Josh Donaldson, NYY 3B
Yuli Gurriel, Hou 1B

We already vetoed once, but they’re trying again.

Jayrod
Jayrod
3 months ago

How does the Voit trade out of NYY affect your overall ranking for Rizzo? Do you kind of adjust him back to the original projections? 30~ HRs

Thanks Grey!
-Jay

DonnieB
DonnieB
3 months ago

Morning Grey! Would you keep Bogaerts at $38 or Kelenic at $10? Or maybe drop both for Franmil at $6. I have way too many keepers and driving me nuts. Already planning like Varsho,Baz,Swanson, Rodon,etc and etc. thanks for any help keepers thus far are : Burnes,Robert,Tucker,Chisholm,Riley,Raisel,and Bellinger for a cost of $73 out of a $300 budget. Give me your your best insights,my friend . Today is the day. Thank you!

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  DonnieB
3 months ago

I meant to say I am plan to drop Varsho,Baz,Swanson,Rodon,and a few others I would love to keep and keeper are Burnes,Robert,Tucker.Riley,Chisholm,Raisel and Bellinger. Need one more. I hate keeping a closer but they will be scarce with a job.

Kutty
Kutty
3 months ago

What’s the bid for a Suzuki pickup? $100 budget. I’m thinking $16

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
3 months ago

Hey Grey! I got the guy’s old offer wrong – he’s actually offering a $5 Baz (not India) for my $4 Clevinger. Keep forever 12 teams.

Baz side without hesitation?

Thanks!

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

14T obp & ks, looking for keeper help, keep-forever

Keeping:
Trea
JoRam
Tatis
Harper
F Peralta
Wheeler
Hader

2 more spots, who do you keep out of:

Rodgers in 22nd
Varsho in 21st
Swanson in 14th
Cronenwoth in 12th
Conforto in 3rd
Arenado in 2nd

Thanks

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
3 months ago

My Latest Fantrax draft with weekly lineups Got sniped a few times & had to settle on some upside guys that I hope win the starting jobs (looking good …so far). I ended up getting Bohm on an auto pick when I had computer issues but it could be worse. Here’s the team I ended up with:
C. Sanchez
1B Walsh
2B Rojas
3B Chapman
SS Bichette
CI Torkelson
MI Witt Jr.
OF Teoscar; O’Neill; Adolis; Sanchez; Vaughn
U Yordan
Bench Bats- Bohm; Candelario; Kwan

SP Berrios; Montas; Eovaldi; Bassitt; Stroman; DeSclafani
RP Pressly; Rogers; Sims
Bench SP- Bundy; E Hernandez; Kluber & Bench RP- Rainey; Warren
Certainly better pitching this time around even without a typical “ace”. Hitting might depend on youngsters winning jobs & playing well.
How does it look?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

12 teams

DonnieB
DonnieB
3 months ago

Tough decision in a keeper. Can only keep three of the following:
Raisel Iglesius. $10
Cody Bellinger. $10
Franmil Reyes. $6
Jarred Kelenic. $10
Dansby Swanson $4
Which three would you with?
it’s a 12 team roto auction with 8 keepers allowed. Thank you.

Good Bob
Good Bob
3 months ago

12 team 5×5 h2h keeper league
$500 auction budget
+$5 per year kept

Will Smith 2
Machado 65
Goldy 22
Buxton 3
Franmil 8
Bogaerts 48

Good Bob
Good Bob
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Need to pick two to keep. I’m an idiot.

Good Bob
Good Bob
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

What if you wanted to go cheap to maximize budget? Outside of machado snd bogaerts, how would you rank the others?

toolshed
toolshed
3 months ago

I am about to take Seiya Suzuki in a draft. You sold me. I sure hope he’s more like Matsui and less like Shogo Akiyama who didn’t work out so well.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  toolshed
3 months ago

akiyama didn’t ever once put up stats that suzuki put up for like 5+ years straight.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 months ago

Which report is more timely — the top (100 OF say) or top 500?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Doe either update stop at opening day; or do both proceed through the season.

Why is the Jesus Sanchez; Seya Suzuki; Eddie Rosario not consistent in those reports? I’m not complaining (I’m impressed with your methodolgy) but I’m confused.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Might have been too early. I downloaded the Top 500 at 3:50 PT this morning and Suzuki was at 155; now I see he’s 102. So I downloaded again!

Good Bob
Good Bob
3 months ago

12 team 5×5 h2h keeper league
$500 auction budget
+$5 per year kept

Will Smith 2
Machado 65
Goldy 22
Buxton 3
Franmil 8
Bogaerts 48

Was leaning towards Goldy and maybe Buxton or Reyes as they’re so cheap. Could also go buxton and Reyes for 11 dollars, pray every day, and yeah. What do you think?

Last edited 3 months ago by Good Bob
Good Bob
Good Bob
Reply to  Good Bob
3 months ago

Thinking this didn’t post because it wasn’t approved?

Daniel
Daniel
3 months ago

10 Team Points Keeper League
-Keep three per year at a two round penalty.

Options this year…
-Gausman 12th
-Haniger 20th
-Morton 8th
-Lynn 9th
-Severino 19th (RP Eligible for Sparp)
-Syndergaard 18th

Thanks!

Thought I was locked in Gausman, Haniger and Morton but Severino/Syndergaard are tempting.

toolshed
toolshed
3 months ago

Do you have any projection for thames in Oak? I’d assume he is playing because they are running out of bodies the way they keep unloading players. He was productive in mil a few years ago Deep league so I am reaching. Thanks

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Ugh. I keep remembering mil and .850 and .870+ ops seasons. Maybe those days are done. He qualifies at 1b/of in yahoo btw.

Last edited 3 months ago by toolshed
moses mashers
moses mashers
3 months ago

Great update

15 team standard roto draft with 7th pick draft I’m in. Here are my 1st 5 rounds.

1- Robert
2-Yordan
3- Giolito
4- Alonso
5- Wander

I like this start!

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
3 months ago

AL-only keeper, can only keep 2 of the following: Semien $14, Franimal $16 (OF-eligible), Joe Ryan $4, Taylor Rogers $4. FWIW I’m keeping 3 other OF, though Ohtani is one and I may move him to P some weeks for 2-starts or to cover for injuries.

lolmets
lolmets
3 months ago

last thing on chris sale, you’re the guy who always says (and i agree with) once a pitcher starts showing you they are injury prone, believe them!

Sale has dealt with one injury or another for literally three straight years. hes tall with an awkward build, seems like somebody who can get an elbow joint injured easily, as he has for 3 years in a row.

he turns 33 years old in 2 weeks. you think his health and body will improve?

how do you think its unlucky that sale is hurt right now?

more like super obvious that at some point he was hitting the disgraceful list, and likely the 60 day variety.

I’ll wait for your non reply.

zzzzzzzzzz

lolmets
lolmets
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

you’re better than this. once you’re old and injured as Chris sale is, your body is going to start compensating in other areas to disguise one injury or another, which causes other injuries to other body parts.

just stop making excuses and take the loss on Chris sale and say that you had him ranked too high in February… because that’s the truth

lolmets
lolmets
Reply to  lolmets
3 months ago

zzzzzzzzz

lolmets
lolmets
Reply to  lolmets
3 months ago

it’s like okay his elbow can’t hold up, so now he makes a minor change in his delivery or motion to relieve some of that stress from the elbow and ends up injuring his rib cage. Chris sale has been finished as a guy who’s taking the ball every fifth day for years, it was extremely optimistic of you to consider him a top 30 starting pitcher in 2022.

im bored

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  lolmets
3 months ago

I wish Grey would block u because you are a complete fuckin douchbag

JDB
JDB
Reply to  Cohen
3 months ago

Yes, he’s a douche, but it’s entertaining watching him make a fool out of himself on here, so please don’t block him. He must be in bed with another fantasy site/analyst because he only comments when he thinks Grey is wrong, which isn’t often and Grey owns up to it when he is. I think a better punishment would be for Grey to reply “Gotcha” to anything this f-tard posts.

packers2018
packers2018
Reply to  lolmets
3 months ago

I trust Grey’s pitching rankings. Someone like Sale who I didn’t trust either just draft someone else from his tier. Seems simple to me, you wouldn’t have brought this up if Sale hadn’t hurt his rib. Let it go!

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  lolmets
3 months ago

Tons of people provide tons of opinions on different sites. If you don’t like Grey’s opinion, simply shop around other sites until you find an “analyst” whose narrative matches your analysis of Sale’s injury and the breakdown of the human anatomy with time.

Just because your Sale picks got burned by his current injury, you’re the one who chose him in your drafts. Take responsibility for picking him and stop blaming others for what you chose to do. You won’t progress in life until you do.

Chhhhhhhh
Chhhhhhhh
Reply to  lolmets
3 months ago

When Sale comes back and is deGrom, will you shut up?

jnienow
jnienow
Reply to  lolmets
3 months ago

Let it go lolmets

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  jnienow
3 months ago

I call this tier, “Raining cold water on the pants tent.” This is just a tier of guys who could be good, but Redd Foxx would call you a big ol’ dummy if you drafted any of them.

That’s me quoting Grey from the tier Sale was in.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
3 months ago

Grey, with Montas and Manaea likely gone in the near future, can I get your thoughts on who could be a sleeper hitter, and, who could bd a sleeper pitcher in Oakland?

Just looking to find cheap ($ dynasty auction) sources of stats that that might pay off in the future. I feel potentially overlooked Oakland could be the answer.

Thanks Grey,

Jolt

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
3 months ago

HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY MATES, FROM THE LA ND OF SNAKES AND LEPRECHAUNS!!

ChickenDinner
ChickenDinner
3 months ago

What’s your general philosophy on keepers? Value vs rank. Example: I can keep Schwarber at pick #122 (R7) or Renfroe at pick #338 (R19.) WWGD? Thank you.

ChickenDinner
ChickenDinner
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thanks.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago

Good stuff as always G. In a vacuum, would you trade Arozarena for Kopech? We keep 12 so I love Kopech long term. I’m trading from depth for a position I’m a little weaker on too. Thanks.

I am the walrus
I am the walrus
3 months ago

Dynasty League – Seya Suzuki or Boston ss prospect Marcelo Mayer? Seems safer to go with Suzuki right?

Shifty
Shifty
3 months ago

I can’t believe Sale is down but at least he got hurt before prime drafting season.

Anyway do you mind helping me with my third keeper? OBP league + slugging. It’s 10 teams, auction $260 dollar budget. For my final keeper do I go cheap or dependable?

Bryce Harper $42
Dylan Cease $5

My other keepers are Bichette ($15) and Witt ($5)

Thanks!

Hepcats13
Hepcats13
3 months ago

Greyt Write up!

I saw a similar question above, but would you cut Rosario or Straw for Suzuki?

Or wait?

Thanks!

Hepcats13
Hepcats13
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, it was an odd draft. But I listen to my mustached guru!
Yahoo 5×5 12 team H2H I ended up with:

C Stephenson
1B Olson
2B India
3B Devers
SS Lindor
OF Luis Robert, O’Neill, F. Reyes
UTil Mountcastle, Straw
Bench Witt Jr., Urias, Rosario
SP Musgrove, Montas, Manea, Baz, Eovaldi, Stroman, Montgomery
RP Rogers, Floro, Sims

That is why I LOVE the smell of mustache wax in the morning!

Hepcats13
Hepcats13
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Good eye hah That is why I am leaning Suzuki over Eddie. Thanks again!

Chris
Chris
3 months ago

Hi Grey,

Good morning.

7 Keeper League with obp

Current Keepers:
Alonso, Story, Judge, Tucker
Scherzer, Peralta, Gausman

A.
Would you trade Merrifield and a Round 2 pick for Teoscar Hernandez (i would get Tesocar)?

B.
If yes, I would keep Teoscar.
Which of Gausman or Peralta should I keep? the other one will go to the FA pool.

Thanks,
Chris

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 months ago

Gary Sanchez at DH today. Had read that the Twins were almost sure to flip him but looking at their roster I don’t really see any impediment to them running him out at full time DH. Away from NY and not having to worry about defense…veeeeery interesting.

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

If Sano, Kepler, and Sanchez back-to-back-to-back… Then depressed ribbies for whoever bats next.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 months ago

Yo Oak you want in the FCL this year?

Chhhhhhhh
Chhhhhhhh
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 months ago

Other than taking at bats from my main squeeze Miranda….

Mr. Baseball
Mr. Baseball
3 months ago

I need some sage advise from Grey Matter.

I’m in a small, shallow 6-team 5×5 roto redraft league.

Bichette or Turner will be my first pick. I will have back-to-back picks around the turn at 12 and 13. Want to prioritize power/speed my first few picks.

Probable available picks in my league at 12 and 13 will be:

1. Ohtani – 40/25 potential
2. Albies – 30/20 potential, but 2B is pretty deep
3. Devers – 3B is weak, but could wait for Wander or Riley later.
4. Acuna – 30/30 potential

With Bichette or Turner as your first pick, who would you take for your next two picks at 12 and 13 around the turn?

Again, small and shallow 6-team so each team will be stacked.

Mr. Baseball
Mr. Baseball
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thanks.

When you draft do you take the best available players projection-wise the first few rounds or by filling out positions?

lolmets
lolmets
3 months ago

weird flex in the jack flaherty blurb, you just admitted to making the same kind of mistake by drafting huge injury schmo chris sale in early drafts who hasnt been healthy since 2017. lol

lolmets
lolmets
Reply to  lolmets
3 months ago

its not like you got unlucky with taking sale and then he gets hurt, i was shocked you had that injury loser as high as you did in the rankings before the obvious injury… he was the stone most likely guy to lose value from an injury from the time you ranked him as a top 30 starter (crazy) thru the start of the season.

lolmets
lolmets
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

sale never had a chance to pitch more than 100 innings. you the man but you being way to optimistic here.

lolmets
lolmets
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

look at all those injuries over the last 3 years lol. yeah that health prob gets better when youre 9 feet tall and aging… cmon man.

that doesnt even list his most recent (obvious) injury.

take an L, enough with the “gotcha” crap.

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lolmets
lolmets
Reply to  lolmets
3 months ago

elbow, elbow, elbow, shoulder…. nope, nothing to see here.

Sport
Sport
3 months ago

Awesome stuff as always! Greinke coming back to my Royals! Kind of sad when we get excited about getting a SP that doesn’t even rank in your top 80SP! From a baseball standpoint it’s exciting for us, and hopefully he’ll eat some innings up.

I have Ohtani in a 12 team dynasty roto. It’s a daily league so he can be used as a SP and hitter. My SP staff already consists of Robbie Ray, Nola, Manaea, Manoah, Houck, Syndergaard, and Gonsolin. I was just offered Bobby Witt and Franmil for Ohtani and Kwan (my back up OF). We only bat 10 players (3 OF) Kwan is probably just gonna be a bench bat. Would you keep Ohtani or would you rather have Witt long term? Thank you!

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
3 months ago

Morning Grey,
Sounds like Witt has a path to everyday at bats at 3b right from opening day. Sounds like his job to lose, Mondesi to play SS.
League Context – ESPN, 5X5, roto, 6 player keep forever (no limits).
Current Keepers – Bichette, Ohtani, Acuna, Robert, Tucker, Betts
Other Considerations – Matt Olson, Austin Riley, Urias, Gausman, Witt jr
Really want to keep Witt jr! Thinking of selling off Betts, Olson, Riley for early picks so I can hit pitching hard (since I’m not keep in pitchers of my 6 keeps). The top guys will be gone but guys like Peralta, Urias, Gausman, Lynn, Berrios, Musgrove and pitchers ranked lower will be available. Use the extra picks to stock up on 2 or 3 of these guys.
Since it’s long term keeper, would you consider this? Or am I overthinking, just keep Betts and keep it simple!

Mike
Mike
3 months ago

Keep 6, 5×5 OPS.. Options are Story (14th), Altuve (8th), Walsh (19th), Rendon (15), Kopech (20), Sale (16th), and Gilbert (21st). Planned on keeping Sale over Gilbert due to the value, but with the injury it sounds like you’d side with Gilbert? We have 2 IL slots so I could just stash Sale. Who is the odd man out in this group? Thanks!

Phil
Phil
3 months ago

HA! Bake Catter! Coinston! You’re the best, Grey.

Eddie
Eddie
3 months ago

In a 10-team OPS mixed, would you take Devers or India + Story? In a shallow league, is it better to just take the best player? Thanks!

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
Reply to  Eddie
3 months ago

Devers side. If it is a keeper league, then a harder decision, but I would still go Devers side.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  Ace of Spades
3 months ago

Thanks, Ace. It is a keeper, and Devers has a first round tag and India is extremely cheap. It’s only a Keep-5 league, though, and most of the elite bats get kept. If I throw Devers back I’d get a first round pick, but someone in the Story range would likely be the best available.

Gator
Gator
3 months ago

Need to keep one for just 2022…Sale, Mahle, Pablo Lopez, A Chapman. Thanks

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Gator
3 months ago

Mahle for me.

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
3 months ago

How much does Freeman to LAD impact their SP ranks, especially thinking of Urias? He should be at least top 15, right? Feels like that run support pushes him to be more than a 13 game winner at 3.50ish ERA. Thanks Grey.

armcurls
armcurls
3 months ago

Will Baz be starting season in Rays rotation?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
3 months ago

This is the best schwarber comment I’ve heard so far: “All in on the Schwarber signing. Look at that head. Immediately joins Placido Polanco atop the all-time Phillies noggin rankings – knocking Dave Hollins down a notch. Just a remarkable dome piece.”

KyleSchwarberfathead.jpg
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
3 months ago

In case you forgot polanco was always meloncholyi ………head like a melon face like a collie

polanco.jpg
Thundergunn
Thundergunn
3 months ago

50$ FAAB for the season
16 team Dynasty H2H
Standard Scoring

How much would you bid on Seiya?

Succos Baseball
Succos Baseball
3 months ago

Grey,

Sorry if I missed you talking about this before, but what are your thoughts on Mets & Yankees players needing to be vaccinated to play home games?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  Succos Baseball
3 months ago

the mandates are nuts have been from the start now it it just ridiculous……. Kryie irving was allowed to be in the stands at the garden but could not play in the game due to vax. ………last night Irvin said something about the mandates that kind of hinted they will be ending soon he may have some inside info.

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
3 months ago

Haha! That’s gold!

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
Reply to  Succos Baseball
3 months ago

Mayor Eric Adams had his fantasy draft last week and the word on the street is that he grabbed Aaron Judge in the third round. Being that he hates losing in his fantasy baseball league, he will be announcing the lifting of that mandate starting April 1st.

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Ace of Spades
3 months ago

I hope that’s true from every snarky angle!

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

the nets have no pull but they Yankees and Mets have alot of money behind them

jnienow
jnienow
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

True on that but they may have a problem going to Toronto as they need to be vaccinated 14 days prior to entry!

True and Correct
True and Correct
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Not from Herr Trudeau.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
3 months ago

Don’t be hating on Bamboo Brad ………..next you will tell me you did’nt like steve jeltz either

Schwarber is going to hit check swing HR’s in Philly that porch is short but hopefully the phillies are’nt done they did’nt do near enough they should have got him and Bryant they are still 12 under the luxury cap.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Grey,

what lineup would you think w/ schwabby
girardi doesn’t like Left left but leading him off seems like a waste of RBI’s and putting in 4 or 5 missed opportunities

1. 2B Jean Segura
2. LF Kyle Schwarber (L)
3. RF Bryce Harper (L)
4. C J.T. Realmuto
5. 1B Rhys Hoskins
6. 3B/DH Didi Gregorius (L)
7. DH/3B Alec Bohm 
8. CF Odubel Herrera (L)
9. SS Bryson Stott (L)

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

I guess speed is an issue there ….still seems like they need another bat as defense is week LF, CF and 3B hope they have another move left in them

Foxman
Foxman
3 months ago

Circus Circus needs to hire Bryce Harper as spokesman, but obviously in 20 years when he’s way past his prime.
Clown Casino Bro, bahahaha! Great one!

bigbear
bigbear
3 months ago

Bake Catter is the best nickname so far! Has a Dazed and Confused vibe that plays!

In other news: The CBA did nothing for the competitiveness of the game. Rockies are doing what those who support the minimum payroll want. And they’ll still be a joke for however long they continue down that clap-trap. Long term pain, short term shame. The Reds are in for some pain, but at least they’ve kickstarted the process building from the ground up. Short term pain, long term gain?

Local O’s scuttlebutt is they made an offer for Correa…

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
3 months ago

You ever read some of these comments and be like what an idiot?
Come and kick my ass and other frequent commenters in our annual RCL? Only a few teams left!

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Need to be invited.

thehombre
thehombre
3 months ago

Nick Martinez got 20 million? Who’s his agent? Does this mean Paddack is definitely not the 5th starter? Who’s Nick Martinez?

DonslaughtOnslaught
DonslaughtOnslaught
3 months ago

Uhhh, I hope the John Cazale Dee Hunter reference is “this dude is coming off of an insane run of movies” and not “this dude is about to tie tragically young of cancer.”

DonslaughtOnslaught
DonslaughtOnslaught
Reply to  DonslaughtOnslaught
3 months ago

I have used the trivia question “name the five films in which John Cazale has appeared which were all nominated for Best Picture” at my trivia night.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 months ago

Would you cut either (or both) Rosario oe Sanchez for Suzuki?

  • OF ratings, Suzuki (34); Rosario(40); Sanchez (46)
  • But in the 500 ratings, their order is reversed
Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
3 months ago

Grey!!!

Awesome!!

a. What happens to Biggio now that Chapman is in town in Toronto? I knew they weren’t going to sign Freeman when they saw how much of a hack VGJ is around 3B. Seriously, Biggio is droppable in standard 12-team leagues, right?

b. Seiya!!!

c. George Carlin quote of the day for March 17, 2022

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.’

Cheers,
Ante

DonslaughtOnslaught
DonslaughtOnslaught
Reply to  Ante GALIC
3 months ago

I heard yesterday Biggio will probably play 2B (unless they trade for Jose Ramirez)

Matt
Matt
3 months ago

good morning Grey…. 22 team 5 by 5 standard roto 275 salary offered Sale 9$ for Manaea 12$ and Mclanahan 3$ and he countered his 2 for my Logan Webb 2$ A) what do you think of his counter B) should I not protect Sale and keep Logan Gilbert 3$ or Joe Barlow 2$ Thanks for your help my only other keeper is Wander 3$

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
Reply to  Matt
3 months ago

I would take Manaea and Mclanahan for Webb. I would throw Sale back to the bidders and keep Barlow for $2. In a 22 team league a potential closer for $2 is worth the dart throw.

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
3 months ago

Grey, my annual spring rite is coming out of hibernation to read through all your offseason posts. Thanks for all your great work, you’re the best in the biz! In a standard 10-team NL-only h2h that drafts 21 rounds, what round are you targeting Tatis?

Al KOHOLIC
Reply to  Weird Fishes
3 months ago

I believe he said 8-9 round in yesterday’s post

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
Reply to  Al KOHOLIC
3 months ago

Thanks for the heads up. Went back and he said 100 tops, I believe for universal leagues. Wondering where he would consider drafting him in an NL-only redraft

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
3 months ago

Would you like… to touch…. My penis?!

Lol

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  TarmanGotHim
3 months ago

You two may need to get a room

Jayrod
Jayrod
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Hows the slot? -Lenny Dykstra

Dark horse
Dark horse
3 months ago

How soon would you draft Bryant in a 5×5 OBP league? (.376 lifetime obp) thanks!