Baseball, like a flower, blooms in the spring.  They also share equally effusive PR people.  Just the other day I read about how a petunia’s branches gained 15 pounds and was in the best shape of its life.  Sure, it’s always good to look at spring training numbers to give you an idea what you can expect from guys during the season — can I draft Adalberto Mondesi yet?!  Players in spring training are facing the top pitchers who are all displaying their best stuff.  No one needs time to get warmed up.  No one’s trying new pitches or getting a feel for the ball.  They are at the height of their game in the beginning of March.  Our former commissioner, Bud, once doffed his toupee and tried to have the World Series played in March.  Since these spring training numbers mean so much, I decided to look at some players stats so far:

Joey Gallo – Hitting everything:  home runs, line drives, dinkers and dongers.  You name it!  You can’t name anything else?  How about doubles?  Can you name those?  Then they’ve been named!  Joey Gallo is not striking out at all.  His plate discipline is so good Joey Votto said this, “Did he train with Tom Emanski and Fred McGriff?  Because he’s better than me.”

Elvis Andrus – I know, I know…I KNOW!  We can’t only list Rangers, but Andrus is hitting .432 and has hit two homers.  He may have ceremoniously left the building, but Elvis is back, y’all!

Garrett Hampson – Stole six bags and, better yet, has started 25 games.  Let the butter melt and be applied softly to all toast, because the breakout has begun already!  *tries to dunk lobster into Hampson’s mouth*  C’mon, man, you’re filled with butter!  Now share it!

Ian Happ – Leads all baseball players with seven homers.  *picks up phone*  “Hello, Charles Schwab?  I want to sell all my stocks and buy shares of Ian Happ.  What is Ian Happ’s stock symbol?  D-O-P-E, just like my mom used to call me.”

Jason Kipnis – Only has six homers and one behind Ian Happ (and Dan Volgebach).  Need to draft Kipnis with the quickness!  High-fives self!  Ow!  Not so hard!

Max Scherzer – Not to bum everyone out like the socialists would want, but Scherzer has a 4+ ERA and has given up six homers, the 2nd most in baseball along with Phil Hughes and Samardzija.

Clayton Kershaw – He has 21 scoreless innings.  Wake me when he’s no longer the best pitcher in baseball.  Seriously, I want to take a 45-year-long nap.

Oh, please.  This is such nonsense.  Now we get to grade everyone’s reading comprehension because these are LAST YEAR’S spring training stats.  If someone can read everything but capped words, I apologize in advance if you draft Elvis Andrus.  (I DON’T.)  I like to do this post every year because every year I get the same comments about how well a player is doing in the spring and if I’m going to change my fantasy baseball rankings because of it.  Spring training stats are a joke.  They mean nothing.  Let me say it again for emphasis, spring stats mean nothing.

Jason Kipnis had the best spring training in the history of spring trainings last year, and that led him to do what last year?  How did Gallo’s reported cutting down of strikeouts go?  Garrett Hampson looked ready to break out with last year’s spring, never sniffed a full-time job last year, and appears to be headed to the bench again this year.  Maikel Franco is talking about hitting more fly balls this year.  Sure, just like he did last spring and went on to have another poor season.  J.T. Realmuto had one of the worst springs last year, and went on to be the number one catcher for fantasy.   Scherzer?  Did he seem fazed by last year’s spring?  Yeah, and how did Kershaw do last year after those scoreless innings?  You should only be looking at who’s healthy, who’s winning position battles and who’s winning rotation spots.  The rest is meaningless.

As with everyone hitting well this spring, they’ll turn back into a pumpkin in April like Mr. Grapefruit, Billy Butler, always did.  Speaking of which, here’s the most relevant spring training graph:

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Big Red
Big Red
3 years ago

It’s fazed not phased. See, I read carefully.

waffles
waffles
3 years ago

hi grey

i drafted the following team in a 10 team 5×5 h2h with a couple wacky drafters

C
1B Rizzo (46)
2B Muncy (126)
3B E Suarez (55)
SS Trea Turner (15)
CI Senzel (166)
MI DeJong (195)
OF Acuna (6)
OF J Soto (26)
OF Dahl (86)
OF Robles (106)
OF Mazara (125)
Util Braun (186)

P G Cole (35)
P Corbin (66)
P Flaherty (75)
P Wheeler (95)
P Yates (115)
P Darvish (146)
P R Iglesias (155)
P Glasnow (175)
P M Barnes (206)

BE M Givens (215)
BE R Laureano (226)
BE Strop (235)
BE Paddack (246)
BE Sano (255)
BE Luzardo (266)

any categories I’m weak in (10 teamer standards?) Any general advice for 10 teamers? As you can see I don’t have a catcher yet. i was thinking of waiting until Sano is DL eligible to pick up Danny jansen but there’s so many other intriguing players I might rather roster someone like forest whitley or whoever over a catcher. should a catcher definitely be owned in a 10 team?

thanks for reading the drunk history of my team and keep up the good work!

KillerB
KillerB
3 years ago

@grey – in an auction keeper league and can trade matt Chapman ($1) and glasnow ($1) for Goldy ($56). It’s obviously great to turn those two guys into an all star, but it also means I have two more spots to fill with $54 fewer dollars. Still have enough to go after a top tier OF and SP but not much else.

Instead I could keep both $1 guys, keep Abreu ($36) and Springer ($44) and effectively have as much money to spend (ie, costs a little more, but fills 4 spots rather than net -1). What do you think? Grab the elite 1B or spread it around?

PS. Only other 1Bs in the auction are Carpenter and Votto. And both will go for around $30-35 I think.

Herschel
Herschel
3 years ago

@Grey: what up?? weekly roto, which pair do you like better? Yelich/Mondesi or Turner/Springer?

Gracias!

Herschel
Herschel
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Just coming out of hibernation. Good to be back….another amazing feat on all of the pre-season content. Well done to you, Rudy and the team….

JB
JB
3 years ago

Are you staying in the city proper, or that godforsaken place that somehow deals with 99% of the northeast’s toxic waste?

erad
erad
3 years ago

Fax me some bagels and lox upstate yo

Random Collmenter
Random Collmenter
3 years ago

Was offered a trade in the middle of a slow draft. 11 team redraft 5×5 roto with QS.
My Trea Turner for his Rendon + Robles.

Here is my squad so far:

C:
1b: Bellinger
2b: Odor
3b: Justin Turner
SS: Trea
OF: Judge
OF: Conforto
OF:
U: C Seager

SP1: Bauer
SP2: Carrasco
SP3: Taillon
SP4: Mikolas
RP: Knebel
RP: Hader
P: Darvish

Am I crazy for considering this offer? Thanks!

Jesus... Auguilar
Jesus... Auguilar
3 years ago

What do you think Trea Turner’s auction value is in 12 team mixed OBP leagues? Are you higher than the razz projection?

Orval
Orval
3 years ago

“Not to bum you out like a socialist would want”
What does that even mean?

Orval
Orval
Reply to  Orval
3 years ago

Yeah, no take, about what I thought. Stick to baseball.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
3 years ago

I’m backtracking on Mondesi a bit Grey, convince me otherwise. I feel like yea he’s a lock for probably 15/35 at least….but his profile is so similar to Yoan and Buxton and the more I’m looking at that the more it scares me. The main difference I see between Mondesi and the other two mentioned is Mondesi hit the ball harder and struck out a little less than the other two names. It’s a small sample though. We’ve seen an amazing half from buxton before in a small sample. What’s separating Mondesi from Buxton and Yoan in your eyes? You’ve ranked Mondesi 20 and I don’t think you ever ranked Yoan or Buxton that high so there’s gotta be something. Projections love him too, I just can’t shake that his plate discipline is so similar to Buxton and Yoan

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

true true. I guess I should ask the bots haha. It must be hard contact and lower K rate amongst other small things.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

Slower than Lee Arthur Smith walking in from the pen. Slow like Bruce Bochy going 1st to 3rd. Slow like a Mike Hargrove at bat. Really very slow.

OaltownSteve
OaltownSteve
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

No, my opinion of your picks has remained pretty consistent

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

No, my opinion of your picks has remained pretty consistent

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I like your team. One or two picks I didn’t love but nothing to strange. Solid.

You worried about Buehler?

omar
omar
3 years ago

Switching to a new format: 10 team Head to Head Weekly Categories – R,HR,RBI,SB,Avg – W,ERA,WHIP,SV,K/9. Have to start 4 SP, 2 RP, and 3 P, but it’s only a 9 inning weekly minimum. Debating going thin on SP and heavy on RP, basically punting Wins, since IMO it’s the most arbitrary projectable stat in a weekly window. Targeting Bauer to anchor the staff (seems to be undervalued, looking at grabbing him in the 4th) and Glasnow (high K potential), and will fill out the other 2 SP spots with relievers – looking at Diego Castillo and Ryne Stanek, maybe Romo – to get a jump on the ratio cats. Will fill out the staff with as many high K closers as I can. My thinking is that this strategy will allow me to load up on bats early on while others are taking SPs. If I lose in Wins every week, so be it. I just feel like with this strategy I have the most control over the outcomes of all other categories, or at least the overwhelming majority of them. Thoughts?

Omar
Omar
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yeah. Just seems like there aren’t a whole bunch of SP/RP this year, especially ones with high K upside. Will probably grab Strahm as well – kinda hoping the Pads keep him in the pen; that works better with this strategy. I venture to guess I’m the only one in fantasy hoping for that outcome though!

LadyScorpio
LadyScorpio
3 years ago

GREAT article as always, Grey! Thank you for being upfront about what we SHOULD look at when it comes to drafting players!!

Miles
Miles
3 years ago

phew! thanks for the disclaimer, I nearly moved Joey Gallo and Elvis way up my draft queue

ROY BROOKS
ROY BROOKS
3 years ago

2018 Spring stats?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
3 years ago

My latest fantrax 12 team 5X5 team drafting from the 10 spot. Definitely messed up with the 45 second timer & more time then I can ever remember being sniped at least 6 times by the drafter right in front of me. Overall I think the team is pretty decent.

C Alfaro (injured but easily replaced)
1B Hoskins
2B Flether (my last positional player)
3B Machado
SS Story
CL Muncy
MI Segura
OF Comforto, Marza, Piscotty, Domingo, Bauers
Util Peraza
Bench Mullin, Deshields, Flores (need Flores till Hoskins able to move to 1B) ( Mullins & DeShields …prabably keep just one of the 2 after a month or so)

SP Bauer, Flaherty, Happ, Bieber, Lucchesi
RP Vasquez, Hicks, Barnes, Herrera
Bench Woodruff, Eflin, Peacock, Cahill, Buttrey
I guess at the end of the draft I was not happy just missing on several guys I wanted but looking at it a few days later…it looks decent.
I’d love your take on it.
Have fun in NYC & Good Luck in Tout

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

You’re wrong about Hampson.

You were wrong on Story’s elbow being spaghetti and you’re wrong about the Rockies’ intentions with Hampson. Sometimes you should see the glass half full rather than always seeing it half empty.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Wrong in that you’re always “hedging” your bets so you won’t look bad or be wrong.

Pick a side. He’s either in or he’s not. Show some backbone Keemosahbee.

I’m all-in on Hampson. Looks like you’re folding.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Haha!

You were all-in on Story’s elbow being spaghetti four months ago! Wrong!!!

Eh, maybe you’re right. It is the Rockies.

JB
JB
Reply to  Harley Earl
3 years ago

Change your avatar, you fraud!

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Harley Earl
3 years ago

He’s been telling me to hold on to him for now…. He definitely seems to be hedging on Hampson but he’s not out on him

Chris
Chris
3 years ago

Hello Grey,

looking to shape up my bats… have extra pitching.

Would you trade:
Kluber + Hosmer

Receive:
Lucchesi + Goldschimdt

Thanks!

J-Dawg
J-Dawg
3 years ago

I was waiting in court for my client’s case to get called when I saw the Billy Butler chart and nearly lost my s**t laughing so hard!! That made my day. Thanks Grey!!

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

Yeah but Anthony Santander is batting .393 in 30 AB’s, with 2 HR’s and….6 doubles! I was NFBC drafting him regardless of his ST stats but this has to aid in his push to get some run during the regular season. I like this kid.

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
3 years ago

Grey,

In a 12 team , 6×6 (OBP & QS), H2H with up to 5 keepers (keep forever), would you trade Bellinger & Springer for Kris Bryant?

Springer is my odd man out, so essentially it comes down to do you like Bellinger or Bryant more as a keeper. The other owner could definitely use both guys, so I believe he will accept this deal.

What is your take, homie?

Dave D, el Punter
Dave D, el Punter
3 years ago

Ha! Nice pick on Kelly. You’re being aggressive on C’s for a punter!!!

I’m proud to be the last man standing with no C’s. Maybe I should wait until round 35 for my first this time around…

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Well, I found two players that I liked: Duggar and Yonny “Live at the Acropolis” Chirinos. I cant complain. As long I don’t get stuck with Yandy Diaz and his biceps I’m happy.

Chris H
Chris H
3 years ago

OF question
10 Team Yahoo dynasty league with OPS as 6th category and we start LF, RF, CF, OF.

Starters are set, but for Util/bench depth and long term worth rank the following:

Billy Hamilton
Hunter Renfroe
Manuel Margot
Franmil Reyes
Willie Calhoun

Cory
Cory
3 years ago

I’m in a 10 team Roto OPS league with QS. Dynasty keep forever. My current keepers are:

Rizzo
Hoskins
Bregman
Trea
Whit
Springer
Rosario
Votto
Nola
Puig

My question here is if I could trade to nab another pitcher should I or is keeping pitching overrated and just stick to Nola? I could get:

Buehler
Strasburg
Snell

Could trade one of my keeper hitters.

Should I hold and just draft pitchers using the pairing tool starting with Nola? I tried that exercise yesterday and came up with this staff:

Nola
Berrios
Wheeler
Mikolas
Paddack
Dereck Rodriguez

Will stream after that core.

Cory
Cory
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Beautiful. Thank you your Greyness.

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
3 years ago

I guess Buxton also falls into this category? good ST and then fall off the map…

what do you think?

Cory
Cory
Reply to  RicoSuave
3 years ago

Trust Buxton like a lactose intolerant man trusts a fart after eating a gallon of ice cream

bigbear
bigbear
3 years ago

I’m currently stashing Hampson and Wendle as my bye fill-in bench guy. But I’m interested in McMahon too mostly as a hedge in case he starts and Hampson is a spot starter/pinch runner type. Stand pat? Or drop Hampson, Ryu or Strahm for McMahon?
,

Sano Chance in Hell
Sano Chance in Hell
3 years ago

10 team keeper, 5×5 w/ OPS in place of AVG

Castillo
Rizzo
Villar
Bregman
Rendon
Hoskins
Ozuna
Marte
J Upton

Bench: Robles, Devers, Mazara, Peraza, D Santana

How’s the lineup above? Am I too light on power?

omar
omar
3 years ago

Looks like there’s a possibility of Acuna batting cleanup. If that sticks, how much of a bump in his RBI #s do you foresee? How much will it diminish his steals?

peacecoast
peacecoast
3 years ago

What draft r u doing in NYC again?

You are called Grey more times a day than your real name I am sure. Do you ever get mixed up IRL and introduce yourself as Grey?

Why did you call the site Razzball?

Do Cougs and Rudy call you Grey? Do you wish she did (eg. sex games)?

Why Albright? Where did you get the token pic from?

I guess that does it for now.

David
David
3 years ago

5×5 with OBP replacing AVG, H2H, 14 teams. Which 2 do I drop: Ramirez as a 3rd rounder; Gallo as a 6th; Judge as a 10th; Corbin 18th or Guerrero as a 25th rounder? Thanks

Jon
Jon
3 years ago

Similar question, this time 5×5+hitter BB. I can keep 3 of:

Turner, Rizzo, Conforto, Ozuna, Greinke, Flaherty

Who do you like?

Jon
Jon
3 years ago

5×5+OBP league, I can keep 6 of:

Abreu, Rendon, Arenado, Albies, Correa, Conforto, Hoskins, Snell, Carrasco, Strasburg

Which 4 don’t make the cut?

pinkman
pinkman
3 years ago

Hi Grey! Final forever keeper in a 5×5 10-tm roto- Dahl rd 28 or Bauer rd 8?

MarvPesos
marv
3 years ago

Grey,
12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS.
I need to Pick 12 keepers from below, I’ve added keeper beside the 12 I’m thinking but what do you think ? Typically our league (with a deep bench – 6 bench) load up on pitching. We need to decide by this Saturday.

You had mentioned a couple weeks that it’s a decent list but that I might consider Diaz. I’m also really considering Taillon. I didn’t keep Cole last year (kept Quintana instead) so that blew up in my face. Im worried that I’m doing the same by not keeping Taillon (that he’ll have a great season). Also, with Paxton now in NY, which isn’t a pitchers stadium do I keep Taillon over him? or keep them both and not Suarez ? thoughts ?

My team:
C – W. Ramos
1B – P. Goldschmidt – Keeper
2B – J. McNeil
3B – Eugenio Suarez – Keeper
SS – T. Turner – Keeper
CI – A. Rizzo – Keeper
MI – X. Bogaerts – Keeper
LF – C. Yelich – Keeper
CF – C. Blackmon – Keeper
RF – M. Haniger
Util – J. Upton
BN – S. Piscotty
BN – B. Dozier

SP – C. Carrasco – Keeper
SP – J. Verlander – Keeper
SP – N. Syndergaard – Keeper
RP – R. Osuna (RP)
RP – W. Davis (RP)
P – E. Diaz (RP)
P – J. Leclerc (RP)
BN – W. Buehler – Keeper
BN – J. Paxton – Keeper
BN – RJ. Taillon
BN – Rich Hill
Thanks bud
Marv

MarvPesos
marv
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

yeah, I can keep both Taillon and Eugenio IF I don’t keep Paxton. So I guess Taillon > Paxton ?

I can only keep 12 in total

Thesportsguy
Thesportsguy
3 years ago

10 team AL 5×5, held our auction last week (way too early due to scheduling conflicts)…now sweating out two weeks before season and starting to worry about a few of my guys…time to worry or no big deal?

Upton (knee)
G Alllen (playing time?)
Smoak (split time with Tellez)

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
3 years ago

What’s up Grey?

Just wanted to get your thoughts on this team, I took over an abandoned dynasty team, 9 keepers, and we just finished our draft. Any major weaknesses you see? The previous owner clearly waaaaay overvalued pitchers, thats how I ended up with Cole, Corbin and Strasberg on the same team. Once Ohtani is IL eligible on ESPN I’ll be using that spot for another streaming pitcher until he comes back.

C Ramos
1B Miggy
2B Senzel
3B Suarez
SS Peraza
OF Betts
OF Castellanos
OF Robles
UTIL Sunday Santana
BE Vladito
BE J Polanco
BE Ohtani

SP’s Cole, Corbin, Strasberg, Bieber, Kikuchi, Luzardo, Eovaldi, Wood
RP’s Yates, Strickland, Colome, Minter, Romo (has SP eligibility on ESPN so if he wins the job I can sneak him into a SP slot on days where I don’t have 5 guys starting)

Thanks man!

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yes sir, 12 team. I lucked out in getting Suarez, the team that had him had Arenado at 3B and too many top bats to keep him, and I had the #1 pick. Otherwise my power would be even worse LOL. Thanks man!

Reno 911
Reno 911
3 years ago

Ha! Great post. Somehow, this is the first year I’m reading this (with last year’s ST stats). Also, NEVER retire the Billy Butler graph. N. E. V. E. R.!

The Skrimmer
The Skrimmer
3 years ago

My keeper/contract league just finished our draft and I have 3 two-year contracts to give out. I will already be coming back next year with the following players: Machado, Acuna, Margot, Judge, Kimbrel, and either Harper or T. Turner.
Which three should I choose from the following:
Schoop – $1
M. Chapman – $4
E. Escobar – $1
Inciarte – $17
D. Santana – $1
Palka – $1
Flaherty – $12
C. Allen – $2
Giles – $12
Hendricks – $7
LeClerc – $9
Stroman – $3
Lucchesi – $5
Glasnow – $1
Keuchel – $3
Ryu – $3

Irevilo
Irevilo
3 years ago

I love your shizz Grey…pause!

Crazy question but I have to ask: In a keeper league that counts errors and batter strikeouts and a 1,250 innings pitched cap (I know, but it’s my third league), and I’m keeping Yelich, Juan Soto (Sexy Dr. Pepper) and Trevor Bauer, who of the following remaining options would you draft in the first round:

Machado, deGrom, Altuve, Harper, Baez, Stanton, Au Shizz, Rizzo, Verlander, Nola, Kluber.

knucks
knucks
3 years ago

Yo Grey, safe travels and good luck with your draft this weekend.

I added Vogelbach this AM to my league that had already slow drafted and waivers are now open. After seeing that he will fly with the team for those opening games in Japan… also Roster Resource has him in the starting lineup right now… Healy at 3B, E5 at DH, Bruce in the OF and Vogey at 1B. Seeing some complementary rhetoric on him from the M’s brass during camp.

Not in your Top 500. Any thoughts on him if he plays?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  knucks
3 years ago

I guess because of Ichiro, he prob doesn’t start in the Japan games. Still curious on your opinion here though.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Knew I was missing something silly like that. Thanks brutha

Mike L
Mike L
3 years ago

Any clue or good guess on the Braves and Padres rotations? I believe guys like Paddack and Wright could be another Flaherty but really hope they get an idea of who’s gonna be there in the next 10 days.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

ralph’s the big one on wright. i’m just parroting him.

Dave D
Dave D
3 years ago

Abreu takes grounder off eyeball?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yup. At least its not a testicle. He’s supposed to be fine in a few days. I think he really 35 though.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Ha!

John
John
3 years ago

Another Great Article. Thanks for the daily content!!

Grey i have a conundrum…..

10 Team Keeper League 10 MLB keepers 5 MILB no penalty Ottaneau scoring PTS H2H

Here are my keepers prior to the draft…..It’s pretty amazing prepare yourself

C –
1B – Bellinger
2B – Altuve
SS – Lindor
3B – Arenado
OF – Acuna
OF – Harper
OF – Soto
UT –

P – Degrom
P – Bauer
P – Verlander
P –
P –
P –
P –

MILB roster – Whitley, Guerrero jr, Adell, Austin Riley

Any general advice on your thoughts would be great…..any piece you would try to trade to hedge up a bit? I’ll trade Riley 1st chance i get i figure Guerrero will fit nicely in the UT position once he gets the call. My plan is to draft 2-3 SP’s with my first 3 picks. Top guys available: Clevinger, Wheeler, Castillo, Archer, Bieber, Glasnow, Paddack….which of those lot would you get?

One last question if i may: Mondesi is available in the draft….any reason to draft him with my 1st pick instead of a pitcher?

Thanks a ton….loved the last podcast btw :)

John
John
Reply to  John
3 years ago

Marques is also on the list of available pitchers in the draft.

200 Proof
200 Proof
3 years ago

Grey,

Thanks for all you do; you da man.

I’ve got most of my keepers figured out but would love input to finish off my list.
8 team keeper league, pick one of the following 2 to keep:
-Haniger in the last (23rd) round
-Rendon in the 5th round

Thanks!

200 Proof
200 Proof
Reply to  200 Proof
3 years ago

I’m thinking of leaning Haniger for the value, but Rendon is consistent AF.

Gibby
Gibby
3 years ago

Our keeper deadline is fast approaching and barring a trade, I’m stuck on my last few guys.

10 team H2H, using OBP and SLG

Definite keepers
Arenado
Freeman
Rendon
C.Seager
Senzel
Robles
Verlander
Carrasco

Last two keepers can be
E.Rosario
Haniger
Puig’
Abreu

I’m leaning towards Haniger and Puig

NonTrads
NonTrads
3 years ago

Hi Ya’all

5×5 standard 12 team Yahoo $260–

Keep 5 league (+$4 each year kept)

Pick one of the of the following:

Puig 15 (could trade for $5)
Albies 21

Current Keeps (These guys were on my minor league farm system, $10 minimum keep in the 1st year):
Mondesi 10
Acuna 10
Buehler 10
Flaherty 10

NonTrads
NonTrads
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks!

What if I could ship Puig for $5, and then purchase Eugenio Suarez ($6 keeper) for $3?

So Eugenio would be $9 this year…

NonTrads
NonTrads
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I can trade the “rights” to keep Puig to another owner, and that owner sends me $5. I would then keep Eugenio Suarez for $9 instead of keeping Puig for $15.

Seth Swirsky
Seth Swirsky
3 years ago

12 team mixed, h2h. who do you liken your team more:

1)acuna or yelich?

2) whit or adaleberto?

3) giancarlo or baez?

thx!!

Wildfire
Wildfire
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

Not sure if you’re the one who manages the RCL leagues but the Friday, March 22nd ($20) league has 1 spot left but the spreadsheet indicates it’s full. I think someone quit after it was filled…figured you’d know who could fix it. Thanks.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Good thing for you its warming up out here on the lesser coast.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I stepped out for lunch today with no jacket for first time since early November. 52 degrees here.

How is it live drafting? Seems like itd be strange. I’ve signed up for a couple Main Event Qualifier satellite leagues. 15 team winner take all which is a “free” $1700 entry into the Main Event. If I win one I might try the live drafts next year in NY. I’m not sure how one prepares live at a hotel versus online: buy your competitors drinks while you stay sober?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yeah, perhaps like being at a game in the stands versus watching on tv in living room.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Ok, I am going to will myself to victory then…

KB
KB
3 years ago

Thanks for all the info, hopefully you helped me build a winner. Drafted last night, anything I should look to upgrade.

12 Team H2H Points.

C: Castillo
1b: Hoskins
2b: Villar
SS: Turner
3b: Machado
Of: Stanton
Of: Gallo
Of: Inciarte
U: K Davis

Pitching
Snell
Buehler
Marquez
Lucchessi
Happ
Ray
Matz
Ryu
Quintana
Gibson

Thanks again

brian
brian
3 years ago

Keeper question. I can keep 1 until the end of time, the other I have to throw back before the draft.

12 team h2h

standard batting categories + BB + Total bases + K’s

Keep Turner or Arenando?

Thanks in advance

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  brian
3 years ago

If Turner is treat I wud keep him..

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

Julio Urias – keep or cut loose in a 10 team 5×5 MLB roto league? Available on the waiver wire are guys like Aa Sanchez, Matz, Pineda, T Williams, Samardjiza, L Weaver and I need another starter now that my opening day guy has gone down. We typically carry 10 starters and 4 closers in our daily transaction league. Thanks.

Bill
Bill
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

OK, thanks.

HRMMM
HRMMM
3 years ago

Who do people like out of Paxton, Strasburg, K Davis, Rendon, Albies, and Murphy for my first round pick in an upcoming draft?

Keepers are Arenado, Lindor, Hoskins, Vlad Jr, and A Chapman.

Thanks!

Chooch
Chooch
3 years ago

Happy Spring, everyone! Glad to have a daily dose of razzball back in my routine.

Roto 7×7 (OBP & Slugging + Innings & Holds) Keeper League (Straight up. No Penalties) 12 Teams
Need to Pick 3

J.D. Martinez
Eddie Rosario
Jean Segura
Anthony Rendon

Nola
Bauer
Buehler
Carrasco
Strasburg

I tried trading JD and Stras all damn season (keepers last year) to no avail.

Chooch
Chooch
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I wasn’t sure how your “wait on pitchers” strategy applied to keepers if you don’t have 3 top 30 hitters on the roster to choose from.

Thanks Grey! Much appreciated, as always.

abmsports23
abmsports23
3 years ago

Would you rather keep Rendon for 1 year in the 5th round or Eloy for 2 years in the 23 round?

RICE
RICE
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

These look like 2018 spring training numbers, not 2019?

Chris
Chris
3 years ago

Hi Grey,

Just finished my draft for 14 Team League H2H, 7 Keeper League.

H, 2b, 3b, hr, rbi, runs, sb, avg, bb
w, l, sv, k, hld, era, whip, k/9, qs

i did not have a round 1 and 3, which I traded last year.

C – Welington Casitillo
1b – Encarnacion
2b – LeMahiue
3b – Machado (k)
SS – Story (k)
OF – J. D. (k)
OF – Blackmon (k)
OF – Bader
UTL – Hosmer
UTL – Braun
BN – Dickerson

Sp – Scherzer (k)
Sp – Kluber (k)
Sp – Corbin (k)
Sp – Hamels
Sp – Maeda
Sp – Rodon
Sp – Josh James
Rp – Giles
Rp – Givens
Rp – Matt Barnes
Rp – Seranthony Dominguez

I think my pitching is solid with good k guys with good era and whip except Rodon.

My hitting apart from the keepers, I think is too conservative players (know what I will get) but not a lot of upside.

What do you think? Good enough to win or should i look to add other players and increase some stats in a specific category (steals, avg, etc.)

Thanks!

MattTruss
Editor
3 years ago

RCL Update for everyone:

-We are looking for ~6 managers for our longest running legacy RCL, Original Recipe. Always a competitive league, this is a great one for those that hate when teams quit halfway through the season. E-mail me: [email protected] and I’ll forward you to the commish.

-Drafts all weekend long including Friday at 10 PM and all day Saturday (3 PM, 8 PM, 10 PM). Sunday we have early morning drafts at 10 AM and Noon.

GET IN THERE!

Brett
Brett
3 years ago

Grey

Do you think McMahon gets platooned or does he play every day?

Bob
Bob
3 years ago

I have the number 5 pick out of 12 Roto
Thinking about taking shot and drafting Acuna at 5
Too Early or maybe Turner ?
Ty

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
3 years ago

ESPN, 5X5, head to head, 6 man keep forever. Thoughts on the following draft;
C – Castillo
1b – Bellinger (K)
2b – Viller
SS – Mondesi
3B – Bryant (K)
OF – Betts (K), Benintendi (K), Acuna (K), Dahl, Meadows
U – Renfroe
SP’s – Bauer (K), Flaherty, Marquez, Ed-Rod, Castillo
RP’s – Leclerc, Hader, Dominguez, Hicks
Bench bats – Happ, Tatis
Bench Arms – Herrera, Peacock, Luzardo, Sanchez
Anything jump out? Areas I should focus on as the season gets going?
Cheers, you all do great work!

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Sorry, 12 teams
Thanks

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Good day sir, Apologies, needy owner looking for some feedback. Hoping to jump back in the queue re: my question above. Thanks so much

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks, appreciate your time! I was thinking might be a little light on power. I just could not resist the draft value of some of these guys(72 guys protected);
-Targeted Mondesi and he fell to the 8th pick in the first round
-Was hoping Dahl would fall to the 2nd, he did but Flaherty was there as well so paired him with Bauer (luxury), Dahl, Villar and Marquez all fell to my next 3 picks. Got Renfroe late to boost my power.
Daniel Palka on waivers … is he a potential fit? If yes, who does he replace? Or just stay the course for now?

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Cheers, thanks again. I was happy things fell the way they did!

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

What the hell is the deal with Buehler? Man i really don’t like the Dodgers.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

A bunch of reasons listed in a beat writer’s article yesterday that would have you optimistic that he will be fine… if he played for any other team. He sounds healthy, but they used the term ‘dead arm’. Just a bunch of stuff in there that sound like they are already looking for reasons to rotate him on and off the IL.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

You actually expressed that concern about Buehler for 2019 last November but came around in him. I think your first impulse may have been the best. To be continued…

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Kershaw and now Bueler..this is why I own Stripling.

Mickey Maloney
Mickey Maloney
3 years ago

Happ had a great spring last year and then sh*t the bed once the season started. It is his third year though… Maybe its break out time! Should get early and consistent ABs with Russell sidlined a month and Descalo hurt.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
3 years ago

Crab RCL draft last night!

C Alfaro
1B Gallo
2B Baez
3B Arenado
CI Yuli Gurriel
MI Semen
OF Hoskins
OF Dahl
OF Conforto
OF Mazara
OF Piscotty
UT Domingo Santanta
Bench Bat Jose Martinez

SP Corbin
SP German Marquez
SP Happ
SP Glasnow
SP Chase Anderson
SP Eovaldi
SP Ryu
SP Heaney
SP Reynaldo Lopez

RP Givens
RP Robertson

Love the hitting, lots of power and a decent amount of guys with speed. Pitching is solid too, just need to SAGNOF for saves

Thoughts?

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Old School Brother
3 years ago

and at SS Jose Peraza

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Old School Brother
3 years ago

Solid squad OSB!

Chud
Chud
3 years ago

Dynasty league offer I’m considering:

I give Sale/Altuve.

I get Strasburg/Baez.

Thanks!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Chud
3 years ago

I’d keep Sale and Altuve..

Chud
Chud
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

appreciate the insight! I agree w both of you but this guy is hard for Sale.

Offered: his Corbin/Mondesi for my Sale/A.Hicks.

Thanks

mthom42
mthom42
3 years ago

Hey Grey, here’s my entire team for you to look at. JK
I heard Hampson will be splitting time at 2B with McHahon (who’s hitting .412). Any concerns with Hampson’s AB?

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  mthom42
3 years ago

yes, it’s the Rockies

Ciwa
Ciwa
3 years ago

Rockies signed Murphy and now we have a shitty platton at 2B. Gods of fantasy baseball, curse them!
#freemcmahon

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Ciwa
3 years ago

isn’t he gonna play 1B?

Ciwa
Ciwa
Reply to  peacecoast
3 years ago

Yes. But without him they would have played McMahon 1B and Hampson 2B

Peter guigli
Reply to  Ciwa
3 years ago

If you’re in a daily league might be nice to have both. And put in the one playing that day. 162 games of stats. Is nice. One might be full time. Murphy health could come into play also.

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

Keeper league -keep 5- proposal in a Yahoo! 6*6 league:
JD Martinez
for
Trevor Story

(As the current owner of JD Martinez, my 3 of my 5 keepers are presently OF’s)

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

I’d take Story.

Crime dog
Crime dog
3 years ago

Appreciate the shout out in the Gallo blurb!

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
3 years ago

I was just thinking we were about due for this post on my commute to work today. Thank you for your yearly public service.

themendozaline
themendozaline
3 years ago

No question, just wanted to say that the conclusive 2 paragraphs to this article were some of the best content I’ve read on here, had a good laugh. Thanks Grey

themendozaline
themendozaline
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Also, I’ve just registered an account today (always commented as a lurker) and I’m trying to edit my account so that my actual name doesn’t pop up as it did here, i’d rather use my username, but I can’t seem to edit my profile, I get a screen that says I don’t have access. Help!

themendozaline
themendozaline
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

No worries, about this post, I will get a hold of Rudy. Thanks again.

themendozaline
themendozaline
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

It’s been resolved. The beauty of it is I actually spelled my name wrong and it had to be corrected as well.. Two technical f ups today, maybe my “millennial” status will be revoked (Though I think technically that would be a good thing?)