Some of the highlights of this post last year were Tim Anderson, Gleyber Torres, Amed Rosario and Marcus Semien.  Then there were guys like Addison Russell and Chad Pinder — or simply Chaddison — and *raspberries lips*  So they’re not all winners, but 2nd basemen to target and the shortstops are necessary evils like changing your underwear.  Whether you want to or not, it is a good idea to take a flyer on a late middle infielder, and you should still expect to get crapped on.  That metaphor was like the yodeling guy in The Price is Right.  This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2019 fantasy baseball.  The players listed have a draft rank after 200 on other sites.  Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2019 projections.  Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2019 fantasy baseball:

Jorge Polanco (219 NFBC, 202 ESPN, 225 Yahoo) Completely and utterly off topic, but who was the idiot who put the O key right below the zero key on the keyboard?  Or I should say idi0t.  That nonsense trips me up 5,000 times a day.  Or rather 5,ooo.  One other note that’s more on topic but still not about Polanco, I went over Garrett Hampson and others in the 2nd basemen to target post, so don’t ask me why they’re not included again, which is to say that will be the number one question of me.  *long breath*  So, Polanco reminds me of Joey Wendle, and, if Polanco hits in the top three of the Twins’ lineup, it’s going to be hard for him not to justify at least a top 200 pick.  I think even yours truly has under-ranked him.

Chris Taylor (219 NFBC, 232 ESPN, 201 Yahoo) I cheated a little by not including Taylor in the 2nd basemen to target (that’s pronounced tarjay), because I knew this post was going to be super light since so many shortstops also have 2nd base eligibility.  I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t mind Chris Taylor, but Dave Roberts and his stupid platoons and, bleh, I’m gonna go take a nap and start a podcast like everyone else.”  First off, Taylor played in 155 games last year and had 604 plate appearances.  Roberts tends to play Taylor — Playlor? — but I will admit that playing time could be a bit more squeezed for him with Seager healthy.  As for that other part, you should start a podcast, everyone has one!  Taylor is not an exciting name as he currently stands, but to become very valuable, he needs to hit 17-ish homers (around his projections), steal 17 bags (what he did in 2017) and see an injury to Justin Turner or Pollock (very possible), so Taylor hits in the top third of the lineup.

Fernando Tatis Jr. (302 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo)  As I said earlier this preseason, “Fernando Tatis Jr. was born in 1999.  Recently, it was announced Acuña was so young he didn’t know who Mickey Mantle was, well, Tatis Jr. is so young he doesn’t know who Mike Trout is.  Tatis’s dad is so young he didn’t even use charcoal as his medium; he used MS Paint.  Tatis Jr. looks like an All-Star ready to happen, until the 75th round draft pick, Albert Pujols Jr., comes along and replaces him.  Tatis looks damn near perfect.  A lanky Machado maybe, a young Hanley possibly.  Like something Ryan Brasier would cover, Tatis looks real and spectacular.  I’d say the difference him and his pops is the difference between Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr., but Ken Sr. wasn’t that bad.  How about this, the difference between Tatises (Tatii?) is the difference between J.D. Martinez and J.D. Martinez Sr.  Was there a J.D. Martinez Sr.?  No idea, but that’s the point.  FTJ is going to be special.  Now Fun the Jewels fast!  Now Fun the Jewels fast!  Now Fun the Jewels fast!”  And that’s me quoting me!  The only question is how much we see of FTJ this year.  Don’t think it’s much, unfortch, but, if I’m wrong, and he’s up early, he’s going to be worth owning in every league.

Hernan Perez (405 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo)  Wow, here’s an exciting name!  Hey, shortstops were light on guys after 200 overall, which is worth noting, so I had to pad a little.  Truth bomb alert!  I almost ranked Hernan Perez about 100 spots earlier, and would if I thought he could get 450+ ABs.  I love Hernan Perez if he’s getting at-bats.  I don’t love how crowded the Brewers’ lineup is.  Well, I do for the guys in the lineup, but not for Hernan.

Didi Gregorius (419 NFBC, unranked ESPN, 255 Yahoo)  His ranking is all over the map like an estuary, and there’s a good chance in shallower leagues he’ll be available to stream into your lineup.  (Cartographers are like, “I see what you did there, and I like it.)  However, if you have DL spots to spare, you could see Didi back by June/July and I’d be shocked if he’s not an everyday player if he’s healthy.  So, a pick around 300 now, could yield a top 150 guy two months into the season.  That sounds delicious to me; I may just start calling him Chef Boyardidi!  Or not.  I’m still in committee with myself.

Brendan Rodgers (568 NFBC, unranked ESPN, unranked Yahoo)  The Rockies will call up Rodgers as early as June 15th of this year or as late as June 15th, the year after the apocalypse as predicted in the Book of ELA, which is short for Escape from L.A.  Rodgers will be known in either scenario as Robo Blastoff 5000, and he will hit more dingers than the Rockies’ mascot, Dinger, dinging his own dong in a Swedish massage parlor.  Do you understand me?  Am I speaking clearly enough for you?  Rodgers will be up soon and hit home runs or he won’t be up for 27 years because the Rockies are dumb.  Is that plain enough for you or do you need me to spell it out to you again in hot wings inside a Hooter’s?  Am I being clear now?

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Jersey Adam
Jersey Adam
3 years ago

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is so young, he doesn’t know who Vladimir Guerrero is.

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
3 years ago

12 team h2h dynasty roto auction league. contracts are on 3 year cycles. max 257 budget predraft and max 18 players predraft. during draft it’s 25 players and 342 max budget. in season budgets mean nothing. anybody can be cut with no penalty, guys that aren’t drafted or kept at a certain price are 10 in year 1 already (unless prospects, who’s clocks don’t start till the year they hit a total of 130 at bats/50 innings). OPS, QS, K/9 in play here. i had to match a bunch of guys with price ups that are good.
C
1B freeman (matched 47 year 1/3 now, 1B is so damn weak)
2B
SS peraza 10 (2/3, assuming he’s a keeper)
3B rendon 26 (2/3)
LF k.davis 25 (matched, 1/3)
CF robles 10 (0)
RF stanton 35 (2)
util (2)

SP (around 8 is useful):
reyes 10 (0)
nola 22 (2)
morton 5 (2)
hendricks (10, i matched the 10, 1/3)

RP (saves only, room for 5)
yates 13 (2)
treinen 7 (2)
chapman 10 (1/3, i matched for this price, HAD cost 29 which i was letting go, so if nobody bid he’d have gone back into the draft where he most certainly would’ve cost more than 10)

NA (10 slots): kieboom SS WAS (top guy), 10 (0)
DL (5 slots): kopech 1 (0)

so far that’s 15 out of max 18 and 241 out of 257 max. we do a 2018 MLB drafted player rookie draft, round 1’s cost 10, round 2’s cost 5 (both in year 0)

keep any of these?
– buxton 18 (1/3, got bid up from 1, would have to drop somebody else here for the money)
– moncada 1 (3/3)
– mallex 10 (2)
– mcneil 10 (2)
– brantley 10 (2)
– schwarber 1 (2)
– wacha 5 (2)
– gausman 3 (2)
– a.wood 10 (2, probably not with the move to CIN)
– givens 10 (2)
– y.alvarez 1B/LF HOU 10 (0)
– paddack SP SD 10 (0)

only 16 bucks left and max 3 spots left predraft to keep. i let kraken (25) and c.seager (30) go in the bidding.

Ben W
Ben W
3 years ago

Grey – I drafted a snake draft. 12 person league. 5×5 categories. How do you rank this team? I tried to follow the guidance of Grey as best I could.
C – Willson Contrearas
C – left in blank for now. 2 catchers leagues are redic
1B – Jesus Aguilar
2b – Max Muncy
SS – Trea Turner
3B – Kris Bryant
OF – Marcel Ozuna
OF – Khris Davis
OF – Eddie Rosario
OF – Daniel Palka
OF – Austin Meadows
CI – Eduardo Escobar
MI – Niko Goodrum
Util – Luis Urias,
Bench: Lewis Brinson

SPs: Patrick Corbin, Stephen Strasburg, Joey Lucchesi, Shane Bieber, Nick Pivetta, Eduardo Rodriquez, Brandon Woodruff
RPs: Cody Allen, Shane Greene, Andrew Miller, AJ Minter

DMurph
DMurph
3 years ago

like the video! Good stuff

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
3 years ago

Grey,

Had a real conundrum the other day and it wasn’t a run-of-the-mill conundrum like breakfast cereal or “Could I be seduced by any or all of the Golden Girls in their Golden prime?” Those leave me in sheer mental anxiety for hours on end! Especially if my cereal choices outnumber the Golden Grrrls, you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, Lindor or Story was my conundrum in the 2nd rd of a 12-team H2H Pts draft. I have 3 more of these drafts, as you know, so if it happens again in a similar spot, mid-2nd rd of H2H pts (Fantrax scoring), who would you pick?

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: That’s what I did! But man, that’s a tough call right now. Thank you for easing my conscience!

kevin montemagni
kevin montemagni
3 years ago

Keeper question. 5 x 5. keller $1 KC. Whitley. $1 K. Davis $29. ???

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
3 years ago

Hi Grey. Long time man.

What is the television show you and another were referring to as TLK in yesterday’s comments? I did watch Gomorrah last year but now I’m questioning if I saw season 3. I don’t watch a lot but I try to watch the good stuff. Always happy to see you drop some recommends.

Any thoughts on this group for an 11-team 6×6 w/OPS and Holds league with draft still underway? 1400 IP cap.

C Willson Contreras
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Travis Shaw (2B, 3B)
3B Anthony Rendon
SS Trea Turner
INF Max Muncy (1B,3B)
LF Ronald Acuna Jr.
CF
RF Yasiel Puig
OF Marcell Ozuna
Util Eduardo Escobar (2B,3B)
Bench1 Domingo Santana (RF)

SP1 Carlos Carrasco
SP2 Patrick Corbin
SP3 German Marquez

RP1 Wade Davis
RP2 Shane Greene
RP3 Hunter Strickland
RP4 Seranthony Dominguez
RP5 Kyle Barraclough
RP6 Greg Holland

So, as you might see there, I’ve done it again. Or maybe, oops I did it again? I’ve refused to grab a CF (OF-specific spots) so far. Of course this isn’t a surprise, but I probably departed seeking value elsewhere to sheer stubbornness a few rounds back. I’m actually hoping to shift tilde over there assuming he gains eligibility, but until that happens I should probably roster someone to play.

Thanks!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
What’s next? Third season of true detective is kinda meh.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
Will give it a go.
Is that Netflix or Amazon?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
I need a mike Milligan spin off

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
How about Mike Milligan stars in season 4 true detective? Lol

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Haha it writes itself!

Wally Pipp
Wally Pipp
3 years ago

If greg bird really doesnt make the opening day roster (cashman saying only room for voit or bird) im moving voit up to like 13ish round. Hes batting cleanup tonight and should be in the middle of the order usually. Some performance risk but at 150 or so overall with his role give me that.

Wally Pipp
Wally Pipp
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: loiasiga blowing his chances to be the 5th starter. Good bet they tag domingo german as an “opener” when they need a 5th starter for a stint here. Lots of rain outs in april so… I think Yankees brass thinks the opener play is sharp with their pen. Doubt they sign someone.

When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank
When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank
3 years ago

site is back baby

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Test

When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank
When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank
Reply to  Grey Albright
3 years ago

@Grey Albright: yeah but the player rater is working. that’s what i need most currently.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

Grey,

I got a trade offer today, wondered what you thought about it. I need help at both SP and RP so it’s basically who you think will have the better season/career since this is a dynasty league.

Was offered Ken Giles for Luke Weaver. What side do you like best? Any extra thoughts?

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Harley Earl
3 years ago

@Harley Earl: Neither side, I guess Giles

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey Albright
3 years ago

@Grey Albright: Yeah I’m not particularly excited about it either LOL

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  Harley Earl
3 years ago

Take Giles. Weaver is worthless.

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
3 years ago

14 team keep 9. start 1 of every exact spot, including a CI, a MI and a 4th any kind OF and util. max 5 RP, keeper rules have us keeping 4 pitchers, max 2 OF and 3 other differing positions. i traded away mccutchen and hand for draft picks. keepers are hoskins (LF), stanton (RF/LF or DH), puig (RF, over mallex), goldy, andujar (over muncy), kimbrel, giles (or bradley), wheeler and otani (i get the hitter for free in keeping him as a pitcher).

i got an offer for my hoskins + 11th rounder for treat urner + 28th rounder? is this good by itself or should i lessen the pick i’m giving up here? my team is steals weak, and i already traded for an extra 7th and 11th (giving away last 2 rounders 27th and 28th) by moving hand and mccutchen.

hope we get the player rater back soon i’m trying to rank like 300 or so players by tomorrow night for my first non dynasty draft of the year

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  Stupid Sexy Glanders
3 years ago

He has rankings ass.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
3 years ago

Thanks for the shout-out on Sirius haha
“Someone came to me and said…”

thought you were going to fall back to sleep on air

Hater Bell
Grey
Reply to  FrankGrimes
3 years ago

@FrankGrimes: thought I’d sound even more crackers if I blamed it on Grimey from the simpsons

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
hahaha

Jon
Jon
3 years ago

I’m looking to repeat in my H2H 10-team keep forever. I have Severino but I’m nervous about a potential lost season from him — would it be stupid to deal him for two lesser SPs like, say, Mikolas and Tanaka, to diversify risk this year but not have him in future seasons?

Current staff looks like this:

Cole
Carrasco
Severino
Berrios
Price
Lucchesi
Maeda
Strahm
Woodruff/Burnes (I’ll keep the winner of the 5th starter spot)

The best staffs in this particular league go 10 deep. I’m competing against the likes of Sale/Verlander/Corbin/Marquez/Flaherty/EdRod/Morton…, deGrom/Scherzer/Ray/Greinke/Pivetta/Ryu/Stripling…, Nola/Thor/Taillon/Archer/Kershaw/Paxton…, plus a couple more loaded rotations. In my opinion, my guys hold up, but it’s questionable without Sev.

Should mention too that we have rules against streaming. I’m set with my offense, so no need to turn Severino into a positional weakness elsewhere.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Hater Bell
Grey
Reply to  Jon
3 years ago

@Jon: answered above on this, sorry site’s been wonky today

Mister Lister
Mister Lister
3 years ago

I have the first pick, dare I take Trea Turner? 12 team league H2H points

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  Mister Lister
3 years ago

If you’re retarded go for it.

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
3 years ago

site has been wonky since about 11 AM CDT… please feed the hamsters @Grey

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
Reply to  WhiteRabbit
3 years ago

@Greg Funke: see first post – sorry about double posting… carry on

Hater Bell
Grey
Reply to  WhiteRabbit
3 years ago

@Greg Funke: yup

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

14 team H2H 6×6 ops Keeper League

My team now is : Stanton, Devers, Robles, Moncada, Castellanos, Bumgarner

I’ve had some nice offers for Stanton. I could turn my team into this

Team A- Devers, Robles, Rizzo, Corey Seager, Pham and Moncada or Castellanos as my 6

TEAM B- Devers, RobleS, Eloy Jimenez, Gleyber, Gerrit Cole
And moncada or Castellanos

So should I just keep Stanton and stay with my original team? If not which offer would you accept? If I did accept, should I take Moncada or Castellanos as my last keeper?

Thanks

Ben W
Ben W
3 years ago

Hi Grey! Been a reader for a long time and hope to follow the gospel of Grey!

Here’s my team in auction league draft. 14 teams. 7×7 with holds. And yeah, my pitching could use some help. I love finding saves on the waiver wire. I definitely need to drop some RPs for more SPs. Which 2 should I cut loose?

How’s the team overall??

C – Danny Jansen
1B – Rhys Hoskins
2B – Alberto Mondesi
SS- Trevor Story
3B – Kris Bryant
OF – Ronald Acuna
OF – Nomar Mazara
OF – Ender Incariate
OF – Lewis Brinson
Util – Jesus Aligar
Util – Joey Wendle
Bench: Niko Goodrum, Brendan Rodgers, Luis Urias

SPs: James Paxton, German Marquez, Luis Castillo, Alex Reyes, Trevor Williams, Danny Salaazar
RPs: Wade Davis, Mychal Givens, Ryan Pressley, Trevor Rosenthal, Ty Buttrey, Chaz Roe, Craig Stammen, Yoshisha Hirano

Ben W
Ben W
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! I’m curious about Brinson if this is the year he takes off. Got him for cheap!

Hater Bell
Grey
Reply to  Ben W
3 years ago

@Ben W: worth the gamble

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  Ben W
3 years ago

You better have got him for cheap cause he sucks.

Cheavy
Cheavy
3 years ago

You look at the keyboard when you type?

Cheavy
Cheavy
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: hahahaha

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
3 years ago

Yeah my 1st night back after 24 weeks of for 2 separate surgeries on both wrists. Was a nice time off to do some serious fantasy research. Listening to fantasy radio when they are actually sharing some relevant info (not that I always agree) helps make the 70 + mile commute a bit more bearable.
Oh & yes Ray Flowers seems to be know it all …legend in his own mind douche

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
3 years ago

Caught your short interview on XM radio this morning on my drive home from work. Grey in all his glory …no apologies …..love it

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Licketty Splits
3 years ago

@Licketty Splits: sooo unfair @ 7 AM WTF who can think at that time??

Jon
Jon
3 years ago

Kind of off topic but are you guys putting out a top 100 keeper list again this year?

Hello Rockview
Hello Rockview
3 years ago

Keeper question on how to fill the last spot
Already have :
3b rendon
Ss bogaerts
Of Soto, JD
Util bregman
Sp sale, Nola, Bauer, flarhety

Option 1- trade away Cain for gallo
Option 2 – trade 13th and 16th round picks for Realmuto and Olson
Option 3 – trade 15th round for Olson

Thanks

DonnieB
DonnieB
3 years ago

Who are you leaning toward for saves among Boxberger,Peralta,Herrera, or Parker? Are you taking Chase Anderson over Woodruff or Burnes? Thanks for the help.

Jon
Jon
3 years ago

I’m looking to repeat in my H2H 10-team keep forever. I have Severino but I’m nervous about a potential lost season from him — would it be stupid to deal him for two lesser SPs like, say, Mikolas and Tanaka, to diversify risk this year but not have him in future seasons?

Current staff looks like this:

Cole
Carrasco
Severino
Berrios
Price
Lucchesi
Maeda
Strahm
Woodruff/Burnes (I’ll keep the winner of the 5th starter spot)

The best staffs go 10 deep in this particular league. Should mention too that we have rules against streaming. I’m set with my offense, so no need to turn Severino into a positional weakness elsewhere. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
3 years ago

@Grey Albright: Test

Hometown Heroes
Hometown Heroes
3 years ago

Great article as always, Polanco has definitely flown under the radar this spring but word is getting out!

In a 12 team al only keeper league. Would you trade Correa $16 and Bieber ($1- 2 yrs) for Danny Jansen ($1-3yrs), Mallex Smith ($15-2yrs) and Colin McHugh $10?

Thanks again!!

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
3 years ago

@Grey / Razzball

logging in or commenting has been super slow or not available at all since about 11 am CDT… someone feed the hamster and get this rolling again
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WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: thanks – we live in an instant society and i need instant gratification – sorry, may or may not have double/quadruple posted here.

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
3 years ago

logging in or commenting has been super slow or not available at all since about 11 am CDT… someone feed the hamster and get this rolling again
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Hometown Heroes
Hometown Heroes
3 years ago

Great article as always, Polanco has definitely flown under the radar this spring but word is getting out!

In a 12 team al only keeper league. Would you trade Correa $16 and Bieber ($1- 2 yrs) for Danny Jansen ($1-3yrs), Mallex Smith ($15-2yrs) and Colin McHugh $10?

Thanks again!!

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
3 years ago

logging in or commenting has been super slow or not available at all since about 11 am CDT… someone feed the hamster and get this rolling again

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  WhiteRabbit
3 years ago

@Greg Funke: Yeah, spammers attacking the site this morning

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

Grey have you ever seen The Battered Bastards of Baseball on Netflix? Thought it was really good, should definitely check it out if you havent seen already.

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

These posts are so helpful for auction draft planning! Couple pitching questions for you . . .

1. Assuming Keutchel doesn’t sign with the Astros, what do you think about a Peacock / Josh James pairing for the back end of your rotation in 12 teamers? I like both, and feels like between the two of them there will be at least one full time high quality SP3/4 there . . .

2. Trying to plan out my auction draft planning in a 12 team weekly lineup keeper league (6 SPs start per week). Due to the format and limited FAAB, it’s harder to stream than usual….and there are very limited SP1 options available in the auction pool + I’m one of the only teams without at least one ace kept (I kept 7 top tier hitters and no pitchers).

More specifically, only 6 of the top 20 are available . . . Verlander, Nola . . . Clevinger, Paxton, Strasburg, and Marquez.

Listening to the last pod where you were talking about taking Bauer higher than normal due to circumstances. . . what do you think about me going into the draft planning to pay a premium to lock up one of Verlander/Nola + one of Clev/Pax/Stras/Marquez (even if it costs me $50 total to do so, given the prices top arms go for even when many are available)?

FWIW, this is a league where the hyped upside SP2s (think Luis Castillo last year)go for about $20.

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
3 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: 1. Don’t think it’s worth a ton, think they’re mostly MRs 2. That works for me in a keeper if you have some bats already

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey Albright
3 years ago

@Grey Albright: Thanks! Yeah, I’ve got a nice controllable core in Betts, Acuna, JDM, Story, Rhys, Villar, M Chapman . . . so I don’t really need to spend much on the rest of my offense + can instead focus what I’ve got left to lock at least one reliable top arm.

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
3 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Then why do always ask? Why do you even play the game if you have to ask about every little damn thing you do? What’s the point?

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

Tatis is my one prospect in NFBC thus far. Here’s to hoping!

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: I’m not even messing with prospects this year unless one falls

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

Got Tatis in NFBC. Here’s to hoping!

Jayrod
Jayrod
3 years ago

Awesome insight Grey! Huge fan of Jorge Polanco this year. That lineup seems to be in for some good things if all goes right.

Real quick, I was looking for the free downloadable War Room with the Tiers in it, I asked Rudy after signing up if he had any clue. He said that the paid subscription I signed up for gave me access to his, but yours is the one with the tiers?

Let me know! I’ll be checking out Rudys in the meantime!
Thanks again for all you guys do!
-Jayrod

JC
JC
3 years ago

12 team 6×6 keeper league question, snake draft. Three keepers are kept in first three rounds, no penalties involved. R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG and QS, K, ERA, WHIP, SVHD, K/BB.

Anthony Rendon
Carlos Correa,
Rhys Hoskins
Andrew Benintendi
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Anthony Rizzo
Trevor Bauer
Patrick Corbin

I’m thinking Acuna, Rizzo, and Hoskins. The only other guys I’m even thinking of keeping are Benintendi and Rendon. I’ve kept Correa before, but I don’t trust his health anymore. Am I crazy for not considering the pitchers, especially B or Correa?

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  JC
3 years ago

@JC: Acuna, Rizzo, and Hoskins, then draft an SP

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey Albright
3 years ago

@Grey Albright: Thanks! Didn’t mean to post this twice like a needy child. Internet issues.

bigbear
bigbear
3 years ago

Good stuff!

The Rockies are loaded. I think it’ll take an injury or some massive underperforming to have Rodgers crack the line up. I wonder if they’ll be quicker to take at bats from slower starting/cold spell guys this year than they were last year (like Desmond last year).

Tatis – Muchado is campaigning for him. Even if they play the clock game, he’ll be promoted in short order. Actually, Tatis reminds me a bit of Muchado in the minors. They both took a little bit to adjust to the level of play, but once they do it’s game over. I love Vlad’s potential, but I believe Tatis has more fantasy upside given his speed.

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  bigbear
3 years ago

@bigbear: Prolly right on Rodgers… I love Tatis but I’m not super optimistic about PT

JC
JC
3 years ago

12 team 6×6 keeper league question, snake draft. Three keepers are kept in first three rounds, no penalties involved. R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG and QS, K, ERA, WHIP, SVHD, K/BB.

Anthony Rendon
Carlos Correa,
Rhys Hoskins
Andrew Benintendi
Ronald Acuna Jr.
Anthony Rizzo
Trevor Bauer
Patrick Corbin

I’m thinking Acuna, Rizzo, and Hoskins. The only other guys I’m even thinking of keeping are Benintendi and Rendon. I’ve kept Correa before, but I don’t trust his health anymore. Am I crazy for not considering the pitchers or Correa?

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  JC
3 years ago

@JC: Sounds fine, you’re losing 3 good keepers at leats no matter what you do

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
3 years ago

@bossmanjunior333: like Donkey’s picks but would probably go with Matz/Ray over Peralta. Pretty rough when you’re keeping mostly pitchers/[email protected]Dr Y: Soto/Mondesi. Spend the savings to get others

happyharry
happyharry
3 years ago

12 team, H2H,6X6 – I’m heading into the 12th round of draft and need a 2B….how do you rank these-Profar, Schoop, Moncada, Hernandez? thanks,

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  happyharry
3 years ago

@happyharry: Idiot. Rank your mom.

Smokers Delight
Smokers Delight
3 years ago

12 team 5×5 AL only auction standard Roto but OBP instead of average
I have a chance to give a crappy draft pick and get a 33 dollar Pham. Its expensive but with inflation, I think I a getting a solid contributor when there wont be a lot available.

Trout will be kept at 53, Stanton kept at 49, Judge on the last year of an entry contract is protected. Betts will likely be 50 and JD will go for 36-42.

Is it so crazy? Even Rosario will go for over 30 and I think Pham is more valuable in OBP.
Do the trade?

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Smokers Delight
3 years ago

@Smokers Delight: Not crazy, keeper prices get inflated

Smokers Delight
Smokers Delight
Reply to  Grey Albright
3 years ago

@Grey Albright:
Thakts worth a Boba for sure.

I hope you guys get into draft software that is easy in the next few years. I used to use Benson then Rotolab and now Rotowire. Dying for a Razzball product one of these years

Ashtray
Ashtray
3 years ago

I’m in a keep 6 forever OPS league with 14 teams. Who would you keep out of these:

Soto
Harper
Stanton
Gallo
Story
Hoskins
Bryant
Benintendi
Aguilar

I’m not concerned with positions

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Ashtray
3 years ago

@Ashtray: Soto
Harper
Stanton
Story
Bryant
Benintendi

ryanoger
ryanoger
3 years ago

10 team h2h holds league

What’s your take on innings limit? What seems like an ideal limit for this type of league?

Cheers
Ryan

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  ryanoger
3 years ago

@ryanoger: 1400 IP limit is cool

Lt
Lt
3 years ago

Grey,
This site has helped me every year and it’s akways appreciated you guys are awesome. I’m in one points league 12 teams h2h. Any idea how to adjust your top 500 into points league rankings? I know other writers cover points leagues but you just each year put your rankings out and I hit on the great calls, it’s gotta be your rankings! Haha thanks for the help

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Lt
3 years ago

@Lt: Points spreadsheet is newest post on site right now

Dr Y
Dr Y
3 years ago

I am keeping $16 Acuna & $5 Story in a 5 x 5 h2h mixed keeper league. There are 5 outfielder spots and no MI or CI. League that has been together awhile, with keeping 3 players, the top 10-20 players are purchased more expensive than typical. Trout for $60-65 is the normal.

For my last keeper spot should I keep Juan Soto for $13, Betts for $48, or Mondesi for $13? Mondesi or Story would need to by my 1 utility player since on ESPN mondesi doesn’t have 2B eligibility.

Thank you!

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Dr Y
3 years ago

@Dr Y: Soto

Rick
Rick
3 years ago

Ohtani (hitter only) or B.Dozier for this year?

Thanks

prestige
prestige
3 years ago

Questions about your auction values: I’m comparing your value to the NFBC average going price for a player and your is almost always lower.

Mondesi for example, you have ranked way above his ADP, but your auction $ is the same as the NFBC $. I know your strategy isn’t to take any top guys generally, but is there a better way to user your $ value for the draft?

Thanks!

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
3 years ago

Any updates on the Rockies with Hampson, McMahon, or even Rodgers? Seems like so much potential, but need to know who’s gonna get the AB’s in April … Thanks Grey!

Mike L
Mike L
Reply to  Big Ticket
3 years ago

@Big Ticket: The real question is, why won’t they just trade 1 and solve the problem. Not sure who’s weak up the middle and what the Rockies needs are but someone in that organization has that job and needs to do it.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Big Ticket
3 years ago

@Big Ticket: No chance of Rodgers in April

hanklongball
hanklongball
3 years ago

Grey,

I have to decide on a final keeper before our league deadine. Would you rather have Rizzo or Mondesi as keeper in a 5×5, 12 team with OBP?

hanklongball
hanklongball
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Thanks for the tip!

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: since you have Mondesi ahead of Rizzo in your rankings, can one assume you are taking Rizzo here because you think he is better in an OBP league?

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
Reply to  hanklongball
3 years ago

@hanklongball: There are rankings for all this shizz.

peacecoast
peacecoast
3 years ago

what about the fucking CAPS LOCK key just above the SHIFT key???

Nehocstu
Nehocstu
Reply to  peacecoast
3 years ago

@peacecoast:
True Story…
The “QWERTY” keyboard was designed to slow typists down. In the olden days, there were many designs to make typing eaier and quicker, but mechanical typewriters were constantly jamming from people going too fast. One design moved some common letters “e, r, a, s, t” to the left hand and pinky or ring fingers. Fewer jams. An old lesson from typing class in 1975.
… and now you know… as if it mattered.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Nehocstu
3 years ago

@Nehocstu: I make sjure to use ‘j’ a lot to keej my rijht middle finger stronj!

Nehocstu
Nehocstu
3 years ago

Hi Grey, Hi Rudy!!
I gots to know… You guys have some significant differences in your rankings…
Whom do I follow for drafting?

For my 6×6 OPS league, e.g.,
Rudy has Stanton 4th in hitting
Grey has him 14th

Many other differences. Is it because I used Rudy’s projects including OPS and Fantasy Master Lothario uses 5×5 rankings? I’m a true believer, but a true believer of which one of you prescient savants?

Always love your writings; Rudy is too smart for me and Grey is too much the oracle.

Regards, Nehocstu

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Nehocstu
3 years ago

@Nehocstu:
You ever see Rain Man? Grey is Cruise and Rudy is Hoffman amiright?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  frankgrimes
3 years ago

@frankgrimes: One minute to Wapner!

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  frankgrimes
3 years ago

frankgrimes on mondays!

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Nehocstu
3 years ago

@Nehocstu:

Or you could try to follow Ray Flowers on the Twitter instead

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Nehocstu
3 years ago

@Nehocstu: Stanton gets an OPS boost for sure. I think Rudy’s projections were a little higher on Stanton in 5×5 also.

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Nehocstu
3 years ago

@Nehocstu: Rudy’s OPS rankings are for OPS, his non-OPS rankings are not for OPS

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Grey Albright
3 years ago

if you are going OPS, best to use rankings that are special OPS.

Wally Pipp
Wally Pipp
3 years ago

Yeah, decent post Grey. But it’s nothing compared to Jose Canseco’s twitter page.

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Wally Pipp
3 years ago

@Wally Pipp: It’s true

Rich
Rich
3 years ago

I’m hoping you are right Grey about Baez this year. Every fantasy site and yesterday The Real Joey Bart pick on points of regression,high strike out, average will be 50 pats lower, low walk rate, etc.

Peter guigli
3 years ago

Drafted didi in last round. 1st year in a RCL,how do you move him to d.l. On fantrax? Thanks

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Peter guigli
3 years ago

@Peter guigli:
Once the Yankees put him on the mlb DL then you can dl Didi..

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Peter guigli
3 years ago

@Peter guigli: Agree with MP

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
3 years ago

Took over a horrible team in a keeper league, need your help picking the 6 keepers to roll with

14 team mixed h2h auction keeper $260 budget 6×6 (OBP + TB; QS, SV/HLD + K/BB)

J Turner $13
E Rosario $16
K Jansen $13
M Tanaka $14
R Odor $13
R Ray $10
D Peralta $7
D Kuechel $9
J Bauers $5
B Trienen $4
S Matz $2
T Glasnow $2
J Avarado $2
K Kiermaier $6

Right now, I am leaning towards Jansen, Trienen, Turner, and Peralta being locks.

Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  bossmanjunior333
3 years ago

@bossmanjunior333: I’d go Glasnow, Peralta, Treinen, Rosario, Turner, Jansen.

I have Ray and Jansen close for the final spot.

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

@Donkey Teeth: like Donkey’s picks but would probably go with Ray over Peralta

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

@Donkey Teeth: like Donkey’s picks but would probably go with Matz/Ray over Peralta. Pretty rough when you’re keeping mostly pitchers/relievers

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
Reply to  bossmanjunior333
3 years ago

@bossmanjunior333: like Donkey’s picks but would probably go with Matz/Ray over Peralta. Pretty rough when you’re keeping mostly pitchers/relievers

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  bossmanjunior333
3 years ago

@bossmanjunior333: Agree with DT

Fanciful Basesball
Fanciful Basesball
3 years ago

But Grey, what about Garrett Hamps0n?

I really like the idea of adding Didi with a license to IL and OMG WHY HAVEN’T I BEEN DOING THIS IN ALL MY DRAFTS?!?!?!?

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Fanciful Basesball
3 years ago

@Fanciful Basesball: Get on this!

BC
BC
3 years ago

Thanks for the posting!

Auction league with 2 keepers

6×6 (12 man) with:

OPS, Batter K’s (bad), And K/BB, along with pitcher K’s are the stats with AVG being dropped along with Wins:

Would you weigh batters or pitchers more in the War Room? It always seems like SP’s and super dominant RP’s are always way up at the year end player rater.

-Cheers-

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
3 years ago

Grey!!!

Great report and by great I mean fabulous.

a. Just a quick question as I prep for my RCL draft this Saturday, how do you integrate pitchers into the overall rankings? Or how does one or how does anyone? Like is DeGrom more valuable then Goldschmidt? I’d say yes but I know without looking that he’s ranked lower in your rankings OVERALL. It’s almost as if I have to go back to the beginning to re-learn who gets drafted where? Seriously, though, I will follow these simple rules. Please tell me if I’m correct in my thinking.

1. Follow Grey’s top 100
2. From that top 100 draft the guys you REALLY like and want on your team
3. Follow which positions are being drafted. Like when Scherzer goes off, DeGrom should be next etc. There could be some profits to be made if someone perhaps drafts Sale in front of DeGrom and instead of getting stuck with Sale you get blessed with DeGrom etc., right?
4. Be present for the draft. I will, I have 4 alarms set to go off at the hour of the draft. I took that page from our daughter who failed to wake up despite setting 9 alarms to go off at the same time!!!
5. Don’t draft hi-end relievers in the first 8 rounds. I still won my league last year despite drafting Jansen and all his baggage but that’s because I got lucky with SAGNOF. Better to avoid that noise if necessary.
6. Prep the draft room.
7. Don’t panic.
8. Everything will be fine in-season because Unkie Grey will post his weekly buy/sell columns.

b. Who will be this year’s Verlander? Last year I drafted Verlander and got a career year from him. Not going near him this year, but do you see someone who is worthy to be a tier 1 pitcher that is not yet been declared so or a good pitcher who will be really good this year?

c. Gotta a whole bunch of guys waiting in the wings for my last 5 picks – like Franmil and some others. List me your top 10 after 200 pick guys (so basically, go back over your most recent sleeper reports and choose your 10 favorites).

Cheers,
Ante

KCC26
KCC26
3 years ago

Morning! Long live Jorge Polanco!

Question: in my 6×6 H2H mixed league, I’m entering the draft with no SP as of right now. Best guys available are Paxton, Taillon, strasburg, Berrios, other guys that are ranked after that.

Was offered a Carrasco (4th round keeper) for my Jesus Aguilar (16th). Thinking about taking it rather than reaching for one of the above guys in the 2nd round. What do you think? Stay the course and try to piece together a staff or lock down a rotation anchor?

Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  KCC26
3 years ago

@KCC26: Sounds like Carrasco makes sense for your team

Curious George Springer
Curious George Springer
Reply to  KCC26
3 years ago

@KCC26: do it. And also draft one of those guys you mentioned.

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  KCC26
3 years ago

@KCC26: Jorge Polanco has already lived long, he’s actually 76 years old. PEDs keep you fresh

What are you entering draft with?

KCC26
KCC26
Reply to  Grey Albright
3 years ago

@Grey Albright:

Benintendi (7)
Acuna (10)
Albies (12)
Aguilar (16)
Robles (17)
Muncy (18)

So yeah it probably does make sense. And yeah I’d still look to grab another guy early on as a lot of guys have early picks tied up in keepers. Feel like I need to grab a first round bat though! I should be looking at like Goldy, Stanton, Blackmon, Marte, Rizzo, Correa there!

Thanks guys!

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  KCC26
3 years ago

@KCC26: Yes, you need an SP

Hater Bell
Grey Albright
Reply to  Grey Albright
3 years ago

@Grey Albright: Test

KCC26
KCC26
Reply to  Grey Albright
3 years ago

@Grey Albright:

Benintendi (7)
Acuna (10)
Albies (12)
Aguilar (16)
Robles (17)
Muncy (18)

Yeah I think it makes sense too given the dearth of available pitching. And yeah I may try to grab another of those arms in the 2nd. Should be looking at bats like goldy, altuve, blackmon, marte, rizzo, correa at my first pick.

Thanks all!

Jr
Jr
Reply to  KCC26
3 years ago

@KCC26: My two cents…I’d move Aguilar for Carrasco, target Goldy Or Rizzo in the first and take best SP available in the 2nd. With Acuna, Benintendi and Robles already you you can wait till later to fill out OF.

Hater Bell
Grey
Reply to  KCC26
3 years ago

@KCC26: test