While the 2nd basemen to target is a necessary evil like changing your underwear. This post, well, have you seen the top 20 shortstops for 2021 fantasy baseball? Dude, why did you not draft one of the glorious top top TOP guys? Did you show up late to your draft because you were delayed by the underwear necessary evil? Bzzt! Wrongo, Bucko! Unlike previous years, I’m hopeful that everyone owns at least one shortstop prior to getting to the sleepers in this post, and likely two. Top shortstops are the bee’s knees, and bees have knees; I’m a scientist. This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Lichtenstein) supplement to the top 20 shortstops for 2021 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 2021 projections. Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2021 fantasy baseball:

Ha-seong Kim (ESPN unranked, Yahoo 280, NFBC 221) Wow, there was no one for this post after throwing out all the sexpots I would draft early and often at shortstop, and the guys eligible for 2nd base. Please, I’m asking you while eating a cannoli suggestively, draft a shortstop early. It’s my one wish while wearing 7 For All Mankind jeans while watching For All Mankind. I’m doing this for the hive mind, and for the one guy in his mother’s basement with Cheetos finger. We’re all in this together, but if you don’t draft an early shortstop, you’re not with us. You have literally turned on our entire family. Us, we’re your family. And you’ve turned on us. Okay, if it’s late and I have a UTIL spot available, I could see the flyer on Ha-seong Kim. I’m in the 30% of fantasy baseballers who think he’s breaking camp with the Padres. You don’t sign him for duckets and send him to the minors. Will he get everyday playing time? Not without an injury to someone. I’m intrigued, but not “I’m intrigued, y’all!” I.e., my excitement is couched like your ass. Also, it’s fair to point out, I’ve recently lowered Kim’s projections and ranking in my top 20 shortstops. Padres are showing that Eminem isn’t the only one down on Kim.

Paul DeJong (ESPN 226, NFBC 218) Colonel Mustard in the draft room with a 200+ pick (axe). I ranked DeJong around (150 overall) where he’s been ranked and drafted for the last three years. Little did I know people would be looking at a 60-game season, when the Cards played like sixteen 7-inning games in a ten-day span as gospel. Mmkay.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa (ESPN 245, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 300) This one’s as goofy as I’ve ever seen. Yahoo gave Israel Diner-Falafel catcher eligibility, which you would think would have him higher in the rankings. Well, once you start applying logic, that’s when you get in trouble. Yahoo not only doesn’t rank him in their top 300, but doesn’t rank him in their shortstop rankings either, and ranks him above some catchers in their catcher ranks who are ranked after him in their top 300. *holds hands to head, makes kaboom sound as hands slowly move away from head* Big fan of Diner-Falafel. That’s some delicious chickpea! Which is what one exclaims right before being arrested for some serious shizz they bought off Silk Road. Israel Diner-Falafel should be around a 85/8/60/.270/15 hitter, and in deeper leagues that has value.

Willi Castro (ESPN unranked, Yahoo 304, NFBC 246) He hit .349 last year! Slippin’ Willi! *then in a quiet inside voice* With a .448 BABIP, and he hit .230 the year before. *with big outside voice* He stole 20 bags in only 67 games! *small voice* In Single-A where catchers don’t throw to 2nd, they fake throw to the pitcher. Honestly, don’t think we know what we might get from Castro over a full season. He could have 15-homer power, and 15-steal speed while not killing you in average. Willi’s a sleeper, which is also what I tell the ladies.

Mauricio Dubon (ESPN 271, Yahoo 281, NFBC 283) He should be Willi Castro with a better average. Bunch of Middle Infidel Castros, huh? Better not go to Miami with that noise, unless you come out hard against your man. On a side but actually related note, Dubon is clearly a good average hitter (maybe nothing else), but all projections, aside from mine, make him seem like a barely average, uh, average hitter. Don’t get that, but also don’t care to try to get it.

Myles Straw (Yahoo 236) He shouldn’t have shortstop eligibility, which is why I didn’t list ESPN and NFBC for him, but he does in Yahoo because they gave everyone whatever eligibility that wanted. What is this, the census? Maybe they pulled straws for positions, forgot what they were doing, looked at their hand during the shortstops and were like, “Hey, put Straw in there.” Either way, he has 70-grade speed, so you might fall into 30 steals here.

Miguel Rojas (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 482) If we’re comparing like-minded apples to other Golden Green Sours, Rojas is essentially the same as Dubon and Willi Castro, but drafted and/or ranked way later. Guess there could be a bit more strain on playing time for Rojas, but where did you read that? There’s a Spanish pun in there. De nada. Berti and Jazz could force out Rojas, and “Berti and Jazz” sounds like an album your dad had with a cool cat on the cover.

Nico Hoerner (ESPN unranked, Yahoo unranked, NFBC 518) Little boy blue Hoerner for his late-draft picks. Woo, he needed the (auction) money! Maybe it’s because I drafted Hoerner in LABR so I’m suddenly feeling him a lot more for him in drafts, but when Rudy said to me the other day, he’s now liking Hoerner late, I was like, “We are going to the moon on the back of this pride ship.” If you take me out of the equation, Steamer projections have him down for 10/10/.273 in only 435 ABs. Boost him to two-hole in the lineup (because why would Contreras hit 2nd?), and 550 ABs, and Hoerner’s going to be incredible value.

 
  1. John Shultz says:
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    Lol @ the Eminem reference.

    Which reminds me . . . if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it? Or just let it slip? . . . (oh, how did Em not make this sound corny) . . .

    Razzball’s ‘Night of the Living Zombinos’ legacy commenter league has an opening, and we’re looking for a bold challenger to take on our returning vets. (Experience not doctors; although we’d love to welcome our first animal vet!). We’ve got the same classic format as all the other RCLs, however, ours requires a buy-in of $100.00. (Pay-outs: $700, $350, $150.)

    If you think you’re ready to add an RCL with bigger stakes, shoot me a message at jdshultziii[at]yahoo.com, and we’ll chat. And remember, draft a shortstop early. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, it does sound so corny when I read it like that

  2. Put the devil back in ray says:
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    Shallow 14 team h2h with 10 bench and open waivers. Do you approve of waiting until the final two picks of the draft (bench picks 9 and 10) to take my 2b and c? My logic is that after the 6th ranked 2b the difference between 2b seven and 2b seventeen is negligible. Same with c. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine to me

  3. Simsbad says:
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    Grab SS early you say? Hopefully Story and Lindor are good enough. With Semien to boot! Round 3 I passed on Mondessi and Anderson (based on best available from your list) because I was worried about already filling up my UTIL spot by round 3… which ended up like that anyways with Semien. Glad I grabbed Alonso there. Expecting big things from Mets offense

    • Simsbad says:
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      So this is pretty crazy… I just now went through and read the rest of your Sleeper articles (having already drafted on Sunday) and I’ve literally drafted everything you said… two “top top TOP” SS in Story (12) and Lindor (13), Solak (180) “a definite grab if you can”, Alonso (37) and Olson (61) get your “nethers ablaze”, and Grandal (156) “don’t avoid five girls if they fall.”

      I’m not going to tell you the two 3Bs I drafted because I want to see if you’ll say something great about them without knowing, I’ll hint that I did draft them at 205 and and 229 so fingers crossed they’ll both make the sleeper part of the article

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Austin Riley?

        • Simsbad says:
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          O_o

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            o_O

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love them guys

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Awesome report! Loved it!

    a. Grabbed SS early. Love SS.

    b. St. Patrick’s day joke of the day for March 17, 2021

    An Irishman walked OUT of a pub.

    c. Haiku of the day for only today!

    It’s nearly a year
    You know by now that the mask
    Goes OVER your nose

    d. MLB quote of the day for March 17, 2021

    1. Hank Sauer, born March 17, 1917

    ‘As far as I’m concerned, I was one way. I wanted to win. There was no other way I could play.’

    Hank Sauer in Banks to Sandberg to Grace (2001)

    2. Danny Ainge, born March 17, 1959

    ‘I don’t know if the Blue Jays want me or not. I think the Blue Jays would be willing to give me up if enough money is involved. I’m not surprised I’ve changed my mind. At the time, I felt pretty much committed to the baseball situation, and I wasn’t sure if I would get a chance to give basketball a shot. I had a better senior year (he averaged 24.4 points a game) than I anticipated, and things in baseball haven’t gone as well as I had hoped. I just feel now I’ll regret it if I don’t give basketball a shot.’

    Danny Ainge in The Day (New London, Connecticut, Sports Section, Tuesday, September 29, 1981, ‘Will Danny Ainge be a baseball or basketball player?’, Page 11)

    3. Chris Davis, born March 17, 1986

    ‘The thing is, when he’s (Chris Davis) relaxed, there’s not many people better. I think that’s what he needs. It always helps to be secure to where you can go about your own work, do your own thing and strive for your goals without having to be constantly looking over your shoulder thinking, ‘What’s this guy doing? What’s that guy doing?'”

    Teammate Tommy Hunter on MLB.com (Brittany Ghiroli, 03/05/2012, ‘O’s have faith in Davis’ ability to prove his worth’, Source)

    e. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 17, 2021

    ‘The only difference between me and those other great Yankees is my skin color.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah!

      B. Haha

      E. Reggie

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        !

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      B. All pubs closed here today and have been since before Christmas.

      Cheers

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn

  5. Homers got the Runs says:
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    What do you see from Ty France long term? Is he rosterable in keeper format? Does he have a decent chance of a high level of success?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      He destroyed a baseball last night.

    • Cram It says:
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      Sure

    • Tom says:
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      In 2019 he hit 27hrs in 348 ab’s with a .399 batting average in AAA, granted it was the PCL but wow. Sand Diego gave him a grand total of about 200 ab’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think he could have some power and AVG…I don’t hate him actually very late, but he seems super limited in upside

  6. OaktownSteve says:
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    Your old buddy David Dahl looked really good last night against Cueto and the gang. Bat looked super quick. He can definitely hit. Looks penciled in to the ever glorious two hole.

    • Cram It says:
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      There are so many late round guys like him (post-post, etc. hype/in their prime) this year that I’m in on. Like more than usual. It’s tough getting shares of all them though because you don’t want too many of them on your team.

      • Bill Lumbergh says:
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        Who are your late round targets? I’m nearing later rounds in a couple of my slow drafts and could use the help. Thanks!

        • Cram It says:
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          A few already mentioned by Grey in his articles…Rodgers, Willi Castro, Dubon, Gimenez. I like Fuentes, Locastro, Senzel, Winker, Mercado, Gregory Polanco, Willy Adames, Joc Pederson to name a few.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Mercado is crazy late bc…? There was no season last year? Can’t figure it out

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            I’d toss Haniger in there.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m kinda okay with Haniger too if he’s healthy

              • Jolt In Flow says:
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                I’ve been getting lots of Haniger shares lately. He’s fallen precipitously this year. Huge value… as you said, as long as he’s healthy.

                Jolt

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, seen similar

            • Cram It says:
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              Agreed.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I was saying to Albright the other day, I generally delay pitching more than anybody in my draft and yet generally end up with stronger pitching than hitting. I think part of the reason is there are a lot of bats that I end up missing out on in the part of the draft where I’m pounding pitching.

        • hot corner says:
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          What I have noticed is that the masses seem to follow the advice of grabbing 2 SP’s early, but they tend to ignore pitching for a number of rounds trying to catch-up on hitting. In rounds 5-10, I am generally finding the SP2-types freely available.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            Yep. And pitching is about the whole staff. If the back end of the staff is lousy you undercut your early investment in those SPs.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Exactly, hot corner…My last draft, I took a few SPs from rounds 5 thru 11, and everyone else was taking guys like Grisham/Arozarena…And I have Castillo, Berrios, and Snell

        • Cram It says:
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          Same here, I’m generally last to grab my first pitcher. But I still try to sprinkle in bats when playing SP catch-up. If you generally draft like you did in the NFBC, where you took 7 pitchers in 8 middle rounds, yeah, you’re going to miss those types of bats.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            I took volume pitching somewhat to the extreme in that draft because of the format and the innings cap environment this year but I do now wish I’d gotten two more bats in those late middle rounds.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              Also in that league, I had a couple of later bats I thought would be around and I got sniped. Never underestimate the room.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t do that Dahl thing again…Just can’t

  7. omar says:
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    10 team 6×5 (Standard + OPS) Weekly H2H. Drafted players can be kept thru 2022. Who do you like better in that format (over that time frame)?

    Corey Seager or Devers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers

  8. Thesportsguy says:
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    10 Team AL 5×5..which $1 guy am I keeping at $1?
    Brad Keller
    AJ Puk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You asked yesterday and got a huge response

      • Thesportsguy says:
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        My bad..forgot where I posted and couldn’t find it…now that I’ve had a physics lesson, I feel much better about Keller

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

          • Thesportsguy says:
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            Saga continues..still 10 team AL 5×5 ( runs minus HR)…
            Can trade Keller and keep Puk for one of two guys

            Keuchel $5
            judge $35

            My keepers will be
            Puk $2
            Voit $10
            Tim Anderson $23

            And either keuchel or Judge at prices above…leaning towards keuchel giving me 2 cheap SP…

  9. Johnny Be Good says:
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    Grey! In a H2H weekly scoring keeper league, picking at the end of the first round, which 2 guys would you target from these available guys with your first 2 picks :

    – Buehler (already keeping Bauer)
    – Giolito
    – Scherzer
    – Boegarts (already keeping Tatis)
    – Arenado
    – Robert
    – Devers
    – Springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers, Robert

      • Johnny Be Good says:
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        Devers over Arenado, huh?!

        If you were keeping 4 hitters & only 1 starter, would be inclined to go Hitter/Pitcher with my first 2 picks.

        If picking Robert over Devers, which SP of these guys you taking ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Have you see my rankings?

          • Johnny Be Good says:
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            Oh no I haven’t , shoot.

            So Gio & Robert ? Give me all the white sox !

            • Johnny Be Good says:
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              LouBob hitting 7th or Devers hitting 4th tho?!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Devers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes!

  10. 3timesadad says:
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    Keeper Question— 5×5 standard, 12 team, H2H $260 Budget, +$4 each year kept.

    For Sure w/ price:
    Acuna 16
    Robert 12
    Mondesi 16

    Pick 2 of the Next 4:
    Alonso 12
    Buehler 16
    Flaherty 16
    Lowe 6

    I’m leaning Alonso and Buehler, but I’m scared of the AVG.
    Thanks for the input guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso, Buehler

  11. pugs slugs says:
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    Grey Dawg! It’s been far too long since my typed words have been in the presence of such “Greytness”.

    Last year was a pass for our NL-Only H2H league. Instead, we did a mixed league 5×5, and I only followed. We are in the 19th year of our Keeper League, and I since 2019, I’ve lost Rendon, Ryu, and Yates to the AL. I also lost Kela and his possible CL status for PIT.

    10-TM, NL-Only, H2H, $280, 5×5 (OBP instead of AVG.)

    My for sure keepers are: Acuña (47), Corbin (10), Escobar (13), and Kimbrel (11). I am thinking about also keeping Harper (49).

    I know the prices look rather high, but we overspend on the top guys. Soto went for $51 after his rookie season, and will probably fetch $55-60+ this year along with Betts. McCutchen went for $53 after his MVP year.

    Key hitters already being kept: Tatis, Story, Bellinger, Turner, Yellich, Freeman, Machado, Alonso, Arenado, Albies, Conforto, Ozuna, Bell, K. Marte, Seager, McNeil ,Baez, DeJong, Muncy, Swanson, Happ, and Hosmer.

    A. Should I throw back Harper and try and get Soto or Betts for $6-$10+ more? My thoughts are if Soto and Betts go for close to $60, I might have to pay $50+ for Harper. These are the last of the 5-tool players with the high OBPs. There is A LOT of $$ available to spend for teams with cheap studs, and they WILL spend it.

    B. If I keep Harper, I would be looking at a Walker/Joc type 1B. Or, I could possibly do a Rizzo/Grisham combo for around the same price. OBP favors the Harper side, but loses some SBs unless I go the “C” route (below).

    C. My original goal was to have 3 studs for about $145(crazy I know) for Acuña, Lindor, and one of Harper/Soto/Betts. Have you seen this done before? Too many eggs in 3 baskets, especially since Harper and Lindor have injury history? Regardless of going this way or only with 2 High-price guys, I plan to keep my pitching around $75 total.

    D. If only 2 High-Price guys, do you go with a Harper/Cronenworth type combo, or Lindor/Yaz type combo? I favor Harper/Cronenworth because of the OBP and position flexibility of Cronenworth.

    Thanks!

    Matt (formerly “pugs & slugs”, but the “&” isn’t allowed in a username for this site.

      • pugs slugs says:
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        Thanks!

        I really missed having our league last year, and it sucked seeing Acuña adjust so much, but oh well.

        We are doing an Online Auction this year so It’ll be really different, and with the quirks might come some really good deals as well as overpayment.

        Looks like Yellich is also getting thrown back. If I were to throw back Harper, then there will be 5 guys that go over $50. I will at least have the money to do so.

        We have $280, and there are some teams going in with 5 keepers and $200-$230 to spend. Betts and Soto will most likely go for $60. You’d still toss back Harper(47) for sure, or you could still make the case for spending the extra $12 for Soto or Betts?

        Would you be good with Gallen and S. Gray for a total of $45-50? Match them with Corbin for $55 total? Buehler, Nola, Darvish, Flaherty, Castillo, Woodruff, Kershaw are all being kept.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya… I don’t see why you would’ve go extra for Betts or Soto — Gray and Gallen sounds fine for that price, but I shore up hitting 1st

          • pugs slugs says:
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            Thanks! Looks like Yellich is being kept. I might need to keep Harper. I definitely want the hitting 1st this year. I usually get too many SPs that are on my target list, but leave a couple hitters out. That’s why I was thinking of going with 3 five-tool guys originally.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

  12. Cliff says:
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    5×5 12 Team league. Got a trade offer from another owner. My Luis Castillo, Mondesi, and Will Myers to receive Ryu, Bichette, and Kyle Lewis. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d take Bichette

  13. Huffin Gas says:
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    Watching the video above. Nice, but….you should get anime Grey out in the world. Maybe do a “man on the street” piece in front of a strip mall massage parlor. I’m sure there’s all kinds of thoughts and feels about fantasy [baseball] that can be extracted from folks. “And a good time was had by all.” <—— actual reporter sign off following every single package he guy put together for a local news station.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yes!

  14. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    How do you draft for holds? I’ve just joined my first holds league. Seems like you’d draft good RP that could be put into saves positions in the later rounds, and sort it out from the waivers after. It’s a bit deeper at 18 teams if that matters.

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        Thanks Grey. I missed the article because I don’t pay attention to holds, since it seems silly to me to add a category that just requires you waste a couple roster spots with players you would generally ignore.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

    • Whatever says:
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      better to combine saves and holds into one category. thats usually how most leagues do it. Just my 2 cents.

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        I could see that in terms of reducing the number of RP you need to carry. But then the top closers are essentially worthless.

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Down to 3 final offers to pick from in a keep forever 12 team league ($260 budget) . . . how would you rank these?

    A – Trade my dirt cheap Giolito ($7) for his Albies ($12) + Gallen ($14)

    B – Trade my still very cheap Eloy ($10) for his Devers ($19) + K Marte ($6) + Vaughn ($3) (keeping Vaughn would probably edge out my $10 Voit keeper).

    C – Trade Giolito + Voit for Vladito ($14) and Castillo ($17)

    Thanks! If you like option B, would you plan to keep that $3 Vaughn over $10 Voit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Ok

      B. Ok

      C. Ok

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Prolly would keep Voit

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I mean, what’s $7

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            True – and thanks!

  16. Acuña Machado Means No Worries says:
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    Decision time on keepers. 10 team 5×5, 6 keepers, 28 total spots, only 20 adds per season.
    Hitters in great shape (I think!)-
    Acuna
    Machado
    Rendon
    Alonso
    Tucker

    The decision comes to pitchers- Kershaw or Glasnow?

    OR- I can trade draft picks to someone with extra keepers. Available targets would be Giolito or Nola. Only catch here- I’m already down my 11, 17, and 18 round picks (and have 3 extra last round picks) from last year’s midseason trades. So one more trade would bump me some more- is that enough of an upgrade?

    Thanks!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      What sort of guys would be available in the 11th round? Giolito/Nola beat Kershaw/Glasnow as long as the draft picks aren’t going to cost you some great talent.

      • Acuña Machado Means No Worries says:
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        I’d expect to trade a 9th round for 15th or so, or a 15th for a 25th or so. So just going off Greys’ top 500, guys going in the 9th would be-
        Semien, moore, Carrasco, torres, Chapman, Diaz, Realmuto, Bundy, Plesac, Berrios

        15th would be-
        Soler, Altuve, Yas, Robles, Dejong, McCullers, Pressley, Hendricks, Donaldson, Corbin

        25th would be-
        Dunning, Berti, Nunez, Nimmo, Garrett, Madrigal, Wittgren, Holland, Weaver, A. Reyes

        So is the upgrade to Giolito/Nola worth the drop from the first group to the second, or the second to the third?

        Follow up questions- keeper preferences btw Giolito and Nola? or if i dont trade btw Kershaw and Glasnow?

      • Acuña Machado Means No Worries says:
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        Follow up- got Giolito and 26th rd for my 16th rd. Hopefully it’ll help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw — Tho, I’d take Gio or Nola too for picks

  17. Pochucker says:
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    No love for Josh Rojas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I drafted Rojas in one league already…But around 500th overall…So I like him, but within reason

  18. Cassity Jones says:
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    Grey!

    We are in the 12 team league RCL #18 with the infamous JKJ which just drafted last night.

    It was mentioned that you might be able to sponsor our league with an opening day game package including flights, hotel, and dugout seats to a game?

    If you are not currently offering this package, our league will volunteer to pilot this 1st annual program. Think of the future possibilities!

    PS We are low maintenance so any opening day team/city will work ?

    • Grey

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      What city you thinking? Will the flight cost zero dollars?

    • Cassity Jones says:
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      Arlington would be fantastic!

      I’ll check and see how many airline miles JKJ has and get back to you… if transportation is the only thing not covered I’m sure I can sway RCL #18 to take that offer!

      • Grey

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        Haha, great!

  19. Timmy T says:
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    Hi Grey, I’m in a 12 team, 6×6 (OBP, SLG, R, HR, SB, RBI and QS, HD+SV, IP, K, ERA, WHIP) roto league. We can keep 4 players in the round they were drafted in. I’m already keeping Yordan Alvarez in the last round. Which 3 of these 6 players would you recommend keeping (I can only keep each for the next 3 years in the round listed and then they go back to the draft pool).

    -Corey Seager – 6th round
    -Kenta Maeda – 11th round
    -Trevor Bauer – 4th round
    -Dansby Swanson – 18th round
    -Will Myers – 24th round
    -Ryan Mountcastle – 25th round

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      -Corey Seager – 6th round
      -Kenta Maeda – 11th round
      -Trevor Bauer – 4th round

  20. Earl says:
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    What do you guys think about taking too many players from same team especially if it is maybe not the best team? Should that matter or not.

    I have found myself with sometimes two or three Mariner hitters (Moore, Lewis, France, Kelenic) in some combo on few teams and wondering if I should be concerned by that??

    In some cases, I have passed on few players just because I already had a player or two from that same team and wondered if I should diversify??

    Also, what do you make/see of Yordan Alvarez for this year?

    Finally, do you think Alec Bohm and/or KeBryan Hayes will be much of power hitters this year or should you draft them for perhaps their average and maybe 20+ hrs?

    Thanks

  21. Earl says:
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    Also wondering if it is wise to not have too many shares of same players on many of your teams?

    I have found myself grabbing alot of shares of Dylan Moore (for speed/2B) and perhaps Matt Olson for 1B and others. Thinking if have too many shares and something happens to that player, then it affects/sinks many of my teams.

    Yikes!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  22. MarvPesos

    Josh Mavec says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 35 moves – no streaming

    This year we reduced our keepers to 10 and in my focus on winning last year (which I did) I now am left with a harder keep 10 selectins than I thought. My team is below and as mentioned, only keeping 10. My league is very pitcher heavy as most teams will sport 8-10 pitchers per team. I’m really torn on players like Goldy, Rizzo, Hader and risksy but hopefully high ceiling pitchers like Paddack.

    I’ve highlighted below my for sure 8 but need help with the remaining 2 from:
    M. Conforto, P. Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez, C. Burnes, C. Paddack, J. Hader

    My team:
    C – Yasmani Grandal
    1B – L. Voit *Keeper
    2B – K. Marte *Keeper
    3B – Eugenio Suarez *Keeper
    SS – T. Turner *Keeper
    CI – A. Rizzo *Keeper
    MI – I. Happ
    LF – C. Yelich * Keeper
    CF – M. Conforto
    RF – J.D. Martinez
    Util – P. Goldschmidt
    BN – D. Fletcher
    BN – J. Wendle

    SP – W. Buehler *Keeper
    SP – S. Gray *Keeper
    SP – C. Burnes
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    RP – B. Hand (RP)
    P – T. Rosenthal (RP)
    P –C. Paddack
    BN – C. Bassit
    BN – F. Marquez
    BN – A. Civale
    BN – J. Urquidy
    BN – Mike Minor
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, Marv — Conforto for sure…Then prolly Hader to lock up saves

      • MarvPesos

        josh mavec says:
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        awesome, thanks.

        do you think I’m mucking this up keeping Rizzo > Au Shizz ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  23. Cohen says:
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    Grey which team do u prefer so far?
    Team A
    Tatis
    Devers
    Robert
    Alonso
    Gallen
    Blackmon
    Muncy
    Team B
    Soto
    Bichette
    Devers
    Alonso
    Gallen
    Alvarez
    Biggio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  24. primetime says:
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    Grey,

    5×5 OBP; K/9 Keeper League

    Got waivers going tomorrow. I have3rd pick in waivers, couple closers going 1 and 2.

    Is Mountcastle Victor Robles droppable for Aroarena Solak both could be there or do i add more pitching like Musgrove and Means.

    Closers I have to wait, cause the best ones avail will be gone Williams and Karinchak.

    Smith
    Freeman
    Biggio
    Arenado
    Story
    Bellinger
    K Lewis
    Rosario
    Mondesi

    Bench
    Vaugh
    Moustakas
    Chapman
    Stanton
    Robles
    Mountcastle

    Pitching
    Bieber
    Nola
    Maeda
    Glasnow
    Tailon
    Hick (prob dropping) for another close.

    Bench
    Civale
    Urias
    Gore
    Skubal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, that yes isn’t clear… Robles is droppable for Arozarena

  25. I am the Walrus says:
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    Different twist to a question I asked yesterday. Which player would you keep.
    You lose a pick the round he was picked in last year.

    Harper – 1st round
    Giolito -4th
    Conforto – 6th

    Best player obviously is Harper but is the value better by keeping Giolito at the cost of a 4th round pick as opposed to a 1st rounder for Harper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure of your other keepers, It’s between Lucas and Bryce

      • I am the Walrus says:
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        This one is the only keeper.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, I’d prolly just lock up Gio, and not draft an SP for a while

  26. toolshed says:
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    Laureano getting an mri. Ugh. Oblique injuries linger and take forever. Not good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, just waiting for results, but it’s not gonna be good news

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Picotty knows!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but not Piscotty

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      It’s Buddy Reed time!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Here comes Buddy Reed! Welp, Buddy Reed headed for MRI on quad

  27. Eddie says:
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    yoo The man the myth the legend

    In a 12 team Keeper league , Keep 5

    Current keepers are Freeman, Story, Tucker, Arozearena, Chapman

    Another manager is offering me Bellinger and an 8th round pick and a 12 th round pick for my tucker and a 2nd round rounder and a 5th . What do you think?
    Im thinking long term. dont care about thisyear. I Know u dont like tucker this year lol. do u think hes gona be a stud.

    Also im looking to draft a stud for the future. someone i can get later in draft who has the potential to be a top 30 keeper. kinda like how trevor story, robert and eloy are now.Any suggestions? You think wander is that guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yo yo yo!

      I want Belly, and I want you to win this year and stop worrying about future — Wander is the guy

      • Eddie says:
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        Thanks Grey… Gotta live for the moment !

        What round would you target wander this year in a keeper league 12 teams 5 keepers

        I want to go for it this year but i also dont wana spend a first round pick on him for him to sit on my bench the whole year. Thanks G

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe like 3rd to 5th

  28. Justin Ralph says:
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    Keeper League Question

    Acuna, Harper and Trevor Bauer for Trea Turner, DeGrom and Scherzer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        I knew that would be your answer but for some reason I still felt the need to ask! Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. 18-team, 8-keeper league Grey. OBP in play. Tatis, Betts, Soto & Buehler seem obvious as my first 4.

    Who do you like of Moncada, Ketel Marte, Kelenic, Corbin Burnes, Paddack & Pablo Lopez for the last four?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada, Ketel Marte, Kelenic, Corbin Burnes

      • Thanks again! Appreciate it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. OaktownSteve says:
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    Couple of guys dealing today. Alcantra with 9Ks. Skubal looks good too. Skubal I like but I haven’t gotten him anywhere. I feel it’s unlikely you get more than 100 IP and he’s on a terrible team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love Alcantara too — so many SPs, it’s crazy — Skubal is fine for late flyer who you use here and there

  31. Mets rays guy says:
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    10 team H2H keeper league, 6×6 format. Need to pick 7/8 players listed below as keepers. Number next to them is the round penalty to keep. Keep seven players each year.
    Shane Bieber 2
    Jose Ramirez 13
    Austin Meadows 14
    Jarred Kelenic 15
    Cody Bellinger 16
    Vlad Jr 16
    Keston Hiura 23
    Luis Robert 26

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Kelenic

  32. omar says:
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    10 team 6×5 (Standard + OPS) weekly H2H. Drafter players can be kept thru 2022. Based on that format (and that time frame), who would you draft?

    Yordan or Kyle Tucker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yordan

  33. Dave says:
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    H2H Points keeper league where pitchers are very powerful and players can be kept for a long time…

    I got Freeman $34
    Bauer $23
    Baez $15
    Glassnow $14
    Corey Seager $9
    Ryu $7

    Am I crazy throwing back Freeman, even though he’s my best player, because I’m getting so much value out of the others? Feel like Glassnow would be the guy who’d get cut otherwise and that’s a nice price point and room to grow if he keeps improving.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Little crazy, yeah

  34. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Just received a trade offer in my keeper/Salary cap/Auction league.

    I give up:
    Xander Bogaerts ($29)

    I get:
    Blake Snell ($22)
    Austin Hays ($5)

    Make the deal or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        so hold.

        is witt jr making the royals?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems doubtful

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            grey,

            Here is their mlb roster. Who else should I ask for along with snell for Bogaerts?

            C Travis d’arnaud (ATL) $11.00
            C Gary Sanchez (NYY) $10.00
            1B Josh Bell (WAS) $11.00
            1B/OF Hunter Dozier (KC) $8.00
            1B/OF Ian Happ (CHC) $10.00
            2B Keston Hiura (MIL) $19.00
            3B Rafael Devers (BOS) $29.00
            3B Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT) $5.00
            OF Dylan Carlson (STL) $5.00
            OF Austin Hays (BAL) $5.00
            OF Austin Meadows (TB) $14.00
            OF Eddie Rosario (CLE) $19.00
            SP Lucas Giolito (CWS) $25.00
            SP Yusei Kikuchi (SEA) $8.00
            SP/RP Jesus Luzardo (OAK) $14.00
            SP Robbie Ray (TOR) $10.00
            SP Blake Snell (SD) $22.00
            SP/RP Ryan Yarbrough (TB) $7.00
            RP Edwin Diaz (NYM) $16.00
            RP Drew Pomeranz (SD) $10.00

            Would you trade Bogaerts for Giolito?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’d want Xander

                • Scott Kimmel says:
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                  just for the record i have Xander, Bichette, and in my nminors I have: Abrams, Winn, and Witt jr. if i could get Giolito it will solidify my starting rotation

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    If you need SPs, I guess Giolito — it looks like you have no shortstops

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      i have Bo Bichette, and Xander, plus in my minors i have Abrams, winn and bobby witt

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sounds pretty good

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      what sounds pretty good?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Giolito if you need an arm

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You don’t seem like you need an SP, but if you do Xander for Giolito is fair

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      here s my starting pitching:

                      SP Trevor Bauer (LAD) $28.00
                      SP Yu Darvish (SD) $25.00
                      SP Clayton Kershaw (LAD) $20.00
                      SP Lance McCullers, Jr. (HOU) $11.00
                      SP/RP Tristan McKenzie (CLE) $5.00
                      SP Chris Paddack (SD) $6.00
                      SP Chris Sale (BOS) IL $17.00
                      SP Max Scherzer (WAS) $29.00
                      SP Luis Severino (NYY) IL $9.00
                      SP Noah Syndergaard (NYM) IL $21.00
                      SP Jameson Taillon (NYY) $12.00
                      SP Julio Urias (LAD) $11.00
                      SP Brandon Woodruff (MIL) $16.00

  35. Nightpandas says:
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    Hello Gray,

    Hope you and the loved ones are keeping safe

    Looking for your assistance with my keepers

    12 team keep 7
    Bats: regular 5 cats plus OPS
    Arms: W L era whip k k/9 sv+h
    Positions; no mi or ci but Lf cf rf and 2 util spots

    My thoughts:
    Lindor
    Bichette
    Olson
    Meadows
    Gallen
    Lynn
    Berrios

    Other dudes:
    MChapman
    Blackmon
    Greinke
    Karinchak
    R Iglesias
    Gausman
    Swanson
    K Lewis

    Dr. Albright do you concur? Or would you do any switcheroos

    I do have 2 picks in each of the first three rounds as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Please, Dr. Albright is my mother. Call me Fantasy Master Lothario — yes, those 7

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, better draft some hitters with 1st two picks too

  36. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    If Laureano is seriously injured it will take me 2 weeks to get him out of all my lineups, And I probably shouldn’t have spent that $11 on him in an auction today, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have a little over two weeks before season, so hopefully we find out today

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        Thanks. I guess that means I should quit adding him to all my teams. Well, really I should quit adding teams.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  37. Gigorilla says:
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    Hello Grey, happy St Patty’s Day (I just poured one) and welcome to the 2021 BB Fest.
    Looking forward to getting some normalcy back….maybe….

    Off topic question — what are you thinking about SPs and innings pitched after last year’s ultra short season?

      • Gigorilla says:
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        Yes I have followed your columns over the winter, and am preparing for our roto draft
        coming up. I am wondering about SPs and having innings limited due to last year, and being pulled after 4-5 innings ala the Brewers and others.

        Your projections seem to be business as usual.
        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, I go over that in the top 20 SPs

  38. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Grey-

    How are you handling Garrett Hampson now that it seems there are extra ABs for him with Rodgers’ hammy?

    Keeping him at 188? Further separating himself from Tapia? I WANT TO BELIEVE BUT BUD BLACK IS THE DEVIL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not changing Hampson…Rodgers injury sounds minor

  39. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    12 team points h2h keeper 1,000 FAB

    Just completed my first points league draft. Took over a team with some pretty mehh keepers. Tried to follow the auction calc pretty closely.

    C Realmuto (K)
    1B Voit (K)
    2B Marte
    SS Torres (K)
    3B Turner
    OF Yelich (K)
    OF Yastrzemski
    OF Conforto (K)
    UTL Hicks
    UTL McCutchen
    BN Kelenic
    BN Winker
    BN E Escobar

    SP Woodruff, Morton, Montas, Price, Gausman, Means, German, McKenzie, Minor

    RP Hendricks (K), Soria, Antone, A Reyes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love your pitching…Price, German, Minor…Bleh — Hitting looks solid tho! Little iffy on old OF

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        Yeah the team I took over had zero good starting pitching, best starter was Corbin, who I am not fond of. Got Woodruff with my first pick and will just have to stay vigilent on the wire for a starter that pops.

        Oddly enough, the commish decided to add 4 more bench spots today to stash players however we see fit. How would you use these extra spots? More pitching? More active players? Stash top prospects that could make an impact this year and be viable keepers? Or a mix?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          More pitching I guess, depends who’s available

  40. Simps says:
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    Grey,

    I just saw Mondesi was throw back in my standard, H2H, 6×6, 12 team, yahoo keeper league. 5 keepers (2/2 and choice of bat/arm).

    I have Acuna, Robert, Torres and Cole and Gray (back)/Lamet (elbow).

    What arm do I keep? What do I do with my 4th overall pick. Possible options include Machado, Devers, Nola….. where does Mondesi rank among them and considering my other bats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray…take Machado

      • Simps says:
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        Thank you. Much appreciated

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    In response to the above comment, ie adding 4 extra bench spots in a points league and how to best utilize said spots, here is the best options available in 4 different categories. Which ones stand out to you?

    Top prospects: Adell, J Rodriguez, Torkelson, Manning, Rutschman, Howard, Skubal, Brujan, Marsh, Meyer, Larnach, Gorman

    Hitters: Kim, Villar, C Hernandez, J Upton, Tallez, Straw, Hampson, N Lowe, Franchy

    Starters: Canning, Kikuchi, Dunning, Richards, Hill, Weaver

    Relivers: Bradley, D Castillo, Fairbanks, Ottavino, Melancon, May, Green

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canning, Hampson, Dunning and Bradley seem most interesting

  42. Amazingly the top 8 SS match up favorably with the top 8 OF this year, not including Seager. Top heavy but still very deep, the SS position can win championships. Really high on Bichette whose 20/10 floor should be shattered. He and the other 7 top dudes are among the best in the game, especially our game. Early and often!

  43. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    16 team h2h keep 4 at previous season’s late season FP ADP costs. OPS, hits, steals %, OBP over AVG, net saves + holds over saves, QS, K/9 added.
    options: (if multiple guys in same round one of them has to move to better round, unless 3 are in same round, then one can move down, so 3 5ths = a 4th a 5th and a 6th). large amount of hitter spots (2 utils, 4 OF, a CI and MI)
    soto (1)
    bellinger (1)
    yelich (1)
    ozuna (7)
    hayes (28)
    arozarena (28, a clear one here i’d think)
    otani (get both SP and hitter, 9)
    happ (OF spots only, not yahoo, 18)
    woodruff (6)
    carrasco (8)

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      lots of other crappyish SP and/or RP options but also:
      gonsolin (28)

  44. Boomer19 says:
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    Good day everyone.
    Have a chance to start my 5×5 13 team roto league with either A)Jose Ramirez and Machado or B)Freeman and Mondesi. Positional flexibility makes it tough but we do have 3rd, corner and utility. What side you like?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Macho JRam no doubt

  45. Trader says:
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    Trader says:
    March 16, 2021 at 6:52 pm (link)
    19 cat, 12 team, h2h league. Saves and holds league focusing more on holds. Looking forward to your assessment and areas to shore up.

    C – Molina
    CI – Freeman Hoskins, Urshela
    MIi – Story, Albies, DJL
    OF – Conforto, Santander, Solak, Frazier, Tapia
    Util – Tavares , A Rosario
    SP – Gallen, Ryu, Hendricks, Luzardo, Plesac, Canning
    RP – D Williams, D Castillo, Melancon Gallegos

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