Today concludes the fantasy baseball sleepers‘ portion of our program.  *nudges homeless woman sleeping on my couch that I tried to get Cougs to agree to a threesome with*  No more sleepers, Francine.  Meh, I’ll let her rest.  Like the outfielders to target, this post is necessary.  You need to target the right names at the end of the draft for starters.  Last year’s starters to target post included Jameson Taillon, Blake Snell, Charlie Morton, Miles Mikolas, Trevor Williams and Patrick Corbin.  All guys who this year are in the top 40 for starters, with two making the jump to my top 20 starters., and, one, well, can you believe ESPN ranked Snell 242nd overall last year?  Also, on a side note, Fantasy Pros recently talked about ‘perts who had foresaw breakouts last year, and they didn’t mention Blake Snell (or Jo-Ram or Acuña), but mentioned Jose Urena, Jared Hughes and Wade LeBlanc by three writers from sites that help or support them.  Not to get too aluminum-foil-hat-wearing here, but, if you don’t think they have an agenda with who they highlight, you’re not seeing the big picture.  As with other target posts, these guys are being drafted after the top 200 overall.  Anyway, here’s some starters to target for 2019 fantasy baseball:

Joey Lucchesi (206 NFBC, ESPN 212) Thus far I’ve drafted Lucchesi of the Fugetaboutit Crime Family in three of three drafts and I’m doing all I can to push his ADP up.  Wearing a shirt right now, “Leave the gun, take the Lucchesi.”  Here’s my Joey Lucchesi sleeper, i.e., Lucchesi sleeper with the fishes, I before E except in Lucchesi, don’t Fugetabouthim!  Crime Family name aside, and all.

Kenta Maeda (221 NFBC)  This is the weirdest one I’ve come across in all my positional sleepers.  Usually NFBC ADP is way above Yahoo and ESPN, because, brucely, ESPN and Yahoo are dopey, but this one shows ESPN and Yahoo have ranked Maeda way above 200 overall, so what can we gather from that?  ESPN and Yahoo are still dopey.  What I think people at NFBC are thinking is, Roberts used Maeda as a reliever for parts of last year, and we know that means, once something gets in Roberts’s head, it’s hard to get it out of there.  That’s also why Roberts still goes into Taco Bell and asks for a free taco, because he stole a bag in the postseason seven years ago.  I have Maeda ranked around 205 overall, and that’s where he should be drafted, because he might be a long man during the year.

Joe Musgrove (224 NFBC, 208 ESPN, 254 Yahoo) This is funny (not funny).  Rudy’s rankings love Musgrove; I know I like him; I saw someone at Fangraphs say they like him.  Then, I looked at his stats from last year and I was like, “Damn, I was expecting to like him more.”  He had a 7.8 K/9 last year and a 3.92 xFIP.  Plus, we know Ray Searage loves to direct people to have his pitchers paint the corners with the Dutch Boy color, Wet Blanket (which is a shade of yellow).

Ross Stripling (226 NFBC, 258 ESPN)  Look at these peripherals:  10 K/9, 1.6 BB/9 vs. 7.8 K/9, 1.8 BB/9.  Clearly the better pitcher is the 1st one, right?  Yeah, well, 1st one is Stripling and 2nd one is Musgrove.  Stripling also threw more innings last year.  So, why are people drafting Musgrove first?  He’s locked into the rotation and Stripling needs Maeda, Kershaw or Ryu to go down, which, ya know, would never, ever, ever, ever happen.  Oh, wait, it already has for Kershaw.

Tyler Skaggs (236 NFBC, 202 ESPN, 242 Yahoo)  Skaggs reminds me of Pineda and, before him, Nolasco, though listed after him in this sentence.  The promise of something great always seems to circle around Skaggs, and occasionally he shows it, but over the long haul, it’s just, sigh, promise.  Today, he’s in the same shape as he’s been every other preseason.  He could be a breakout, but, sigh, be nice to see it already.  (Man, this is negative shizz I’m writing today; hey, Grey, you in a funk?  C’mon, man, smile a little!  Thanks, little voice in my head.)  Also, you kinda know if you do luck into the great Skaggs year, we’re never going to see it again after this year. (Wow, very optimistic.)

Collin McHugh (240 NFBC, 222 ESPN, 222 Yahoo)  For what it’s Werth, I didn’t bother mentioning Forrest Whitley or Jesus Luzardo.  I’ve gone over both in the past, and in my rankings.  I don’t hate them, by any means.  Just think they’re actually a tad overrated for how many innings we’re going to see from either.  This is even more pronounced for Luzardo now that he’s injured.  Not pronounced by me, because I can’t pronounce anything — have you heard the podcast?  Speaking of innings, I’m not entirely convinced McHugh might not be better served in middle relief and might resort to a 4.00 ERA and 8.5 K/9 as a starter.  People might be quick to point out he added a slider as a middle reliever last year, but maybe he throws that in middle relief and not as a starter, since it puts more effort on his arm. Or I might just derisively roll my eyes.  Like Altuve going for the cereal, I’ll prolly go for the latter.

Jimmy Nelson (249 NFBC, unranked ESPN, 286 Yahoo)  We might be a year early on Nelson, or two years too early if he needs another Tommy John surgery.  Would’ve loved to see some innings from him last year, but I’d still take the flyer to see if he can get back to even three-quarters of the pitcher he once was.

Steven Matz (254 NFBC, 241 ESPN, 245 Yahoo)  Okay, like Lucchesi of the Rigatoni Crime Family, I’m unabashedly a fan of Matz.  (Also, of Bieber, Eduardo Rodriguez, Pivetta, and Glasnow, but they’re being drafted before 200 overall.)  Took me until March before realizing I had a full-on crush for Matz.  Better late than never, right? In the 2nd half of last year, he had a 10.4 K/9, 3.81 xFIP and worked in his slider, which he ditched completely after arm problems earlier in his career.  If Matz is throwing sliders again (and he is in the spring), then we can see a 9.2+ K/9 and 3.40-ish ERA again, like when he first came up.  Feels like there’s writing on the wall that Matz is going to be a top 25 starter next preseason.  Though, I’m writing this from a restroom stall and there’s a lot of limericks for me to get through before I read the Matz news written on the wall.

Kyle Gibson (279 NFBC, 242 ESPN, 269 Yahoo)  Last year he broke out and this year he’s simply building on it.  Or (no, not or; please no or) last year was a fluke.  I don’t think it was; he made serious strides last year on the mound, literally and figuratively.  Now if he cuts his walks to earlier career year numbers, he could be a number two.  Bet on the Twins to win the World Series!

Marco Gonzales (281 NFBC, ESPN 210, unranked by Yahoo) His stats look similar to Musgrove.  I will call them, Joeco Musgonzales.  Or not.  TBD.

Julio Urias (285 NFBC, unranked ESPN & Yahoo) Not trying to deflate every single starter, except Lucchesi and Matz, but if Urias throws more than 100 IP this year A) Roberts is crazy. B) Well…Roberts is crazy, but something else must’ve happened. C) There’s no C.

Corbin Burnes (293 NFBC, unranked by ESPN & Yahoo) I recently just added Burnes into top 100 starters and the pitchers pairing tool after it was announced he would be in the Brewers’ rotation.  Only thing I will add to what I said in the rankings, if baseball announcers don’t call him, “Burnsie,” I don’t know anything.  Even Eric Byrnes, aka Burnsie, will call him Burnsie.

Touki Toussaint (333 NFBC, unranked ESPN & Yahoo) Great pitching is on the come. Very few are Snells of 2018, but, if the Braves let Touki rack up 160 IP, then, well, there’s not a ton of guys being drafted after the top 300 that could have that kind of impact.  Impactouki, even.  Sorry, no, that’s just not right.

Chris Paddack (334 NFBC, 263 ESPN, 202 Yahoo) I didn’t list Matt Strahm, but consider this his mention, as well. Paddack and Strahm are headed for glory on the wings of every fantasy baseballer’s hopes and dreams or they will Icarus into a fiery cubby hole of Takis Fuego and unshaven shame.

Trevor Richards (381 NFBC, ESPN & Yahoo unranked) Just like I said above for Strahm, I could’ve also listed Urena, Pablo Lopez and Caleb Smith here, and just did. At some point during my 5th draft, I started to fall in love with Marlins starters. Richards only has one pitch, but it’s a doozy; Caleb Smith might have the highest upside that no one is talking about and Pablo Lopez appears to be a 3.60 ERA pitcher. I don’t want to say I told you so, because, brucely, I didn’t really tell you so until this moment, but I could see all of these guys being 12-team, mixed league relevant.

Brandon Woodruff (341 NFBC, unranked ESPN & Yahoo)  Okay, I need to skeddaddle before I list every starter being drafted after the top 200 overall.  This is your last major reminder that you do not have to draft a starter prior to the top 40 starters going off the board.  I do, and this isn’t a do as I say do vs. do as I do do (hehe, you read do-do).  It’s fine if you do grab a starter before the top 40, or even top 20 starters, are gone.  You should.  I’m merely saying you can wait late to draft starters or get a ton of starters wrong (with injuries or underperformance) and still do fine.  As for Woodruff, I should’ve wrote a sleeper post for him.  He recently was named to the Brewers’ rotation.  He will be owned in 95% of leagues by May, assuming Klara Bell doesn’t draft 25,000 teams to try to fill his virtual trophy case.  (By the by, Yahoo has Cueto ranked above Woodruff for a redraft league.  Yeah, and somehow they rank in the top 5 overall on Fantasy Pros.  Mmm-hmm, right.  Someone needs to do some kind of Theranos-type exposé on Fantasy Pros.)

  1. Aardvark says:
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    Who do you like more: Gibson, woodruff, Corbin burnes?

  2. LenFuego says:
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    12 team 2 catcher standard 5×5 weekly roto with up to 7 regular keepers and up to 5 supplemental keepers (only players acquired in the post-auction draft who never see their way into the starting lineup are eligible), each team drafts 18 supplemental players after filling their 23 active roster spots – prices go up for keepers in their third year, you cannot keep a guy longer than five years. We drafted last Friday.

    SP – Trevor Bauer ($13 regular keeper)
    SP – James Paxton ($10 regular keeper)
    SP – Shane Bieber ($16)
    SP – Robbie Ray ($12)
    SP – Eduardo Rodriguez ($9)
    SP – Joey Lucchesi ($4)
    RP – Aroldis Chapman ($19)
    RP – Corey Knebel ($9)
    RP – Arodys Vizcaino ($5)

    Bench: NPivetta (supp keeper), Wacha, KGibson, KWright, SAlcantara, HStrickland, Seranthony

    Knebel’s UCL injury obviously sucks, but I feel awfully good about getting Strickland in the 4th round of the draft — I already lead the league by 2 saves!

    I was criticized by another owner who knows what he is doing for not going after a true ace in the auction (Scherzer 52, Kluber 40, Kershaw 30, Strasburg 29, Greinke 28 and Syndergaard 27 were the top SP not kept), but I felt like I was pretty covered with Bauer and Paxton as ace or ace-ish keepers, and did not want to spend that much budget on any of those guys.

    Should I have gone after one of those aces? Where do you think this pitching staff finishes?

    • Daniel Moran says:
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      You good home slice! But knebel though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have two and a half aces — Bauer and Paxton aren’t aces but Strasburg, Greinke or Noah are?

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    What a lovely post of starters to target, incredible intelligence!

    a. So, these guys should either be drafted or rostered right throughout the season?

    b. On Corbin Burnes…..the double Bruin….https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corbin_Bernsen

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for March 22

    Lou Costello : Well that’s gonna cost you overtime because I’m a union man and I work only sixteen hours a day.
    McDougal : A union man only works eight hours a day.
    Lou Costello : I belong to two unions.

    d. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Depends on league B. Ha, yup… He was a guest on the Razzball podcast, way back when C. Nice! D. You too!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Wow, what a story about the double Bruin! I guess he’s a baseball nut? Does he know anything about the art of fantasy baseball?

        b. Hopefully the quotes get better, I’m taken them one at a time through each of their I think 30 some movies. rather than going after the best quotes ’cause then I’ll get confused and Wally Pipp will accuse me of double quoting the same quote and we can’t have that, can we?

        c. On a dour note, my wife just had her wallet stolen from her purse. This wallet had everything in it. We blocked all her bank cards (4) and the two cards that she had power of attorney for my accounts (2). But everything else her ID, her drivers license, God knows what else…gone. Do you have any advice on what I should say when she gets in? I did everything she told me to do, call the bank and block the all the cards so that no one can touch anything, also confirmed with the bank that no transactions today, ergo nothing is gone. It’s tough for her but also for those around her walking on egg shells.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Ha B. Haha, they’re good! C. That sucks… Only one thing you can do, throw your wallet into the garbage in solidarity…

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!!!

            And to make the comedy complete, my sister-in-law just found all 6 cards in the bottom of a shopping bag. My wife thinks it wasn’t her who put them there, we’re still trying to get to the bottom of the mystery. So cards blocked, cards found, but can’t take back the cards blocked, go to the branch for new cards. Damn! My stomach was on the roof of our building and now it’s like nothing happened and I feel like a piece of shit! Well, at least, I didn’t throw away my wallet in solidarity ’cause that would be extra bad, good thought process in a hurry! Much appreciated.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, glad it all worked out, but now you can hide your wallet only to ‘find’ it later if it helps…

              • Ante Galic says:
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                Grey!!!

                I’ll do that, just to make everyone laugh! Thanks so much for being my help in time of need.

                By the by, I received more bad news on the job front. I had been applying like crazy for jobs in my organization meanwhile an internal memo (that I didn’t get because I’m no longer on the internal mailing list) came out stating that there is a hiring freeze until like the end of April. So, at least I can kick back and enjoy life until May 1. There’s always a silver lining somewhere.

                Thanks once again for being you.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  Enjoy the time off, my man!

  4. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    This list makes me all sorts of jelly. I feel like there’s more starters I want than roster spots here!

    In a redraft league where tons of rps are always kept (similar to the old RCL format but due to a fairly tight IP cap as opposed to start cap)….

    What do you think about the strategy of only grabbing like 1 top 20 SP (Bauer prob given his yahoo ranking) and a couple elite closers (sagnof but also there’s like 10 closers with guaranteed jobs) in the first 12 rounds, then going HAM on the back end when everyone else is looking to round out their OF and MI etc….? maybe I’m crazy but if I had Bauer Lucchesi Strahm Paddack Maeda Woodruff Burnes Stripling CSmith Gibson (with say, Treinen kimbrel Alvarado or Strickland), I’d be pretty pumped about that let alone the hitting advantage that would be enjoyed there…..

    I tried a 12 team mock, drafting normally on yahoo and ended up with Bauer (4th) Treinen end of 6th clev 8th Kershaw 11th Bieber 12th …. that’s pretty cool, but feels like I could have been taking more hitters (despite starting with Yelich Goldy Soto Mondesi )

    • Ozzie Smith says:
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      This is pretty much exactly what I did in a 10 team h2h redraft a couple nights ago and I’m pretty happy with the results. I’m not spending early picks on SP anymore just to have them shut down/ broken down/ rested etc. when I need them the most in the playoffs.
      I ended up with…
      SP- kikuchi
      SP-Freeland
      RP- Yates
      RP- Robertson
      P- Wade Davis
      P- Knebel
      P- Hader
      P- Andrew Miller
      BN-Jon Gray
      BN- Wacha
      BN- Musgrove
      BN- Gibson
      BN- Alex Reyes
      These are some of the guys still on the wire…
      Strahm
      Woodruff
      Pineda
      Odoozzi
      Teheran
      Etc. plenty of streaming options

      Going his route I ended up with
      C- Contreras
      1B- Rizzo
      2- Albies
      3- Rendon
      SS- Profar
      Of- Acuna
      OF- Judge
      OF- Soto
      MI- Shaw
      CI- Chapman
      Util- Puig
      Bench- Moncada

      • Ozzie Smith says:
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        Forgot to mention Domingo Santana also on the bench with my last draft pick.

    • Cram It says:
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      You know that’s the general strategy around here! I mean, if you use the Pitcher Pairings tool, starting with Bauer, you get basically the staff you just described.

      • ozzie smith says:
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        Yes it’s a great tool! Very handy.
        The guys in the Bauer tier still went way too early for me to get any of them, the round I was set to take Bauer Shaw was still sitting there and I still needed a Corner and Middle infielder so I went with Shaw.
        20 picks later that next best SP available was a significant drop off from Bauer with Kikuchi but I still think it was the right move.

    • Cram It says:
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      Like in your mock, after Bauer, skip Clev and Kershaw and go Bieber in the 12th, Luccessi, Maeda, etc.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks – great point

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, and these are just guys after 200 overall… I think grabbing one SP in the top 20 is fine — Bauer, Lucchesi, etc looks solid, maybe one more safer guy like a Ryu

  5. Bas Larsen says:
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    I’m in on Pineda again in spite of things like common sense. I just can’t help myself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sigh, me too

  6. Bob says:
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    Quick one for Grey and the commenters: Nimmo, Domingo Santana, or McMahon?

    • clemsoncrushers says:
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      Domingo and not close.

    • Cram It says:
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      Dominsanity.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo!

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Cue Doors music:
        Domingo risin’, Domingo risin’
        Domingo risin, Domingo risin’
        Gotta keep on risin’

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotta keep on risin’!

          • Sweatpants Nation says:
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            Risin’, risin’

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can we get the remaining Doors members to sing this for Razzball pod?

              • Sweatpants Nation says:
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                That would be awesome. Use your LA connections and make it happen!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Done and done

                  • Sweatpants Nation says:
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                    Maybe this is a job for Weird Al. haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  7. peacecoast says:
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    Here is my FCL RCL team. I know parts of it are anti-grey but I think I like it. What do you think?

    C Realmuto, J.T. – PHI 4/46
    1B Voit, Luke – NYY 14/166
    2B Murphy, Daniel – COL 6/70
    3B Ramírez, José – CLE 1/3
    SS Mondesi, Adalberto – KC 3/27
    CI Turner, Justin – LAD 10/118
    MI Shaw, Travis – MIL 7/75
    OF Bauers, Jake – CLE 19/219
    OF Braun, Ryan – MIL 16/190
    OF Blackmon, Charlie – COL 2/22
    OF Haniger, Mitch – SEA 9/99
    OF Piscotty, Stephen – OAK 15/171
    UT Kiermaier, Kevin – TB 20/238

    reserve: UT Lowe, Brandon (R) – TB 24/286
    OF Hernández, Teoscar – TOR 22/262

    P Carrasco, Carlos – CLE 5/51
    P Darvish, Yu – CHC 12/142
    P Maeda, Kenta – LAD 23/267
    P Ray, Robbie – ARI 11/123
    P Ryu, Hyun-Jin – LAD 18/214
    P Allen, Cody – LAA 13/147
    P Kimbrel, Craig – (N/A) 8/94
    P Steckenrider, Drew – MIA 21/243
    P Stripling, Ross – LAD 17/195
    P Smith, Caleb – MIA 25/291

    • frankgrimes says:
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      It stinks! Voit is my boo not yours. Haha.

      • peacecoast says:
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        what’s your team name again grimey?

        • Old School Brother says:
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          Team Old School Brother

          • frankgrimes says:
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            Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’ve insulted my entire family with that draft… Murphy, Turner, Braun, Darvish? Ray? Why did you defame me?

      • peacecoast says:
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        hahaha it was a draft room full of greysciples I had to go a little anti-grey. I do like darvish tho. Not thrilled about ray the fucking timer stressed me out. I had a stiff drink too around round 10 and the rest was fuzzy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m sorry, but your team stresses *me* out!

          • Old School Brother says:
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            Peace proclaimed “suck it grey!” After he drafted Murphy in the 6th

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow! What’s that all about?

              • Old School Brother says:
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                Here’s my team, no grey stress

                C Alfaro
                1b Rizzo
                2b Odor
                3b Muncy
                ss Treat
                CI Encarnacion
                MI Elvis (ok this isn’t a grey pick)
                OF Soto
                OF Dahl
                OF Ozuna
                OF Mazara
                OF Domingo
                Util Jose Martines

                SP Corbin
                SP Wheeler
                SP Archer
                SP Eovaldi
                SP Lester
                SP Eduardo Rodriguez
                SP Gausman
                SP Newcomb

                RP Strop
                RP Kelvin Herrera
                RP Blake Parker

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thank you, OSB. I will even overlook Elvis Andrus… And those backend Braves SPs

                  • Old School Brother says:
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                    Have you seen Sean Newcombs smile tho? How can you not draft him

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He does have a certain magnetism

              • peacecoast says:
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                I so did not!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Peacecoast, I’m listening to sad songs, looking at your team and weeping

  8. ozzie smith says:
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    Great post, I want all of these guys!

    Quick question, I don’t like that I ended up with Profar at SS in a h2h redraft but he will get a chance for a bit.
    I do have 2 empty DL slots, would you add Gregorious now to insert later or take up an active roster spot by adding Tatis JR?
    I hate to give up the streaming spot but if it’s worth it, I could do it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stash Didi

  9. Kcc26 says:
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    Draft tomorrow! Keeper league where we keep 6. Going into the draft I have 3 OF (Acuna, Benintendi and Robles), plus Albies and Muncy (and a SP). Our league goes C/1B/2B/3B/SS/INF/4 OF/Util

    Given the players I’m already holding, how would you rank these players in terms of who you would take in round 1 if they are available?

    Stanton, Goldschmidt, Altuve, Blackmon, Rizzo

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton or Goldy

  10. Prettay, Prettay, Prettaaaay, Prettay good! says:
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    Fantasy Master Lothario,

    I’m a few days late on my bold prediction, but here it goes.

    Tyler O’Neill will be the most valuable outfielder on the Cardinals for fantasy. It is a long shot, which is why it is bold, but, he has 30+ homer power, stole 10+ bags in AAA in 2017, plays all three outfield positions. Ozuna has injury concerns and Fowler is Fowler. For some reason the Cards don’t seem to trust Bader to play everyday. Pretty soon O’Neill plays 5 of 6 games per week.

    Since you are the only expert I trust (and probably the only one who will respond to my comments) I’d love your thoughts on my team in a 14 team mixed 5×5 H2H categories.

    C Meija $1
    1B Gallo $16 (keeper)
    2B Schoop $6
    SS Bregman $50
    3B Rendon $28 (keeper)
    OF E. Rosario $12 (Keeper)
    OF J. Upton $26
    OF H. Bader $5
    UT R. Laureano $7
    UT T. Anderson $1 (keeper)

    Reserve: T. O’Neill $1
    Reserve: A. Meadows $4

    P Degrom $31
    P Bieber $1 (Keeper)
    P E. Rodriguez $13
    P Ryu $7
    P Matz $7
    P Gibson $3
    P Gausman $4
    Reserve C Anderson $1
    Reserve Whitley $2

    Closer: Davis $15
    Closer: Viscaino $10

    • Grey

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      That is bold! I think your hitting is decent, but low on speed, which is ok for H2H… Your pitching is stacked, prolly better than you need, though I can’t own Gausman, and Anderson is droppable

  11. Ellis says:
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    How about Wade Miley, I think he is a sleeper especially since he’s on the Astros, what do you think? thank you!

    • peacecoast says:
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      late round pick up not a bad idea in 12+ teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not owning him this year, unless off waivers during season… But, if the league is deep enough, I guess it’s okay… He was a $3 player in an AL-Only auction tho, so very deep

  12. zombie says:
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    Having rostered Lucchesi, Paddack, and Eflin (Not one of your sleepers. But thought that surprising, as the endless potential clever name derivations might have carried him onto your list.), I tried to add some stability with a more reliable Ryu and even a late Wacha veteran addition. Do you think that the upside of Urias (IPs? sort of need a true starter.), Burnes, Toussaint or Richards might warrant dropping a meh Wacha (or even my personal f’n sleeper, Eflin)? Or is fishing for so many breakouts unwise, when you could always just go to Red Lobster for flavorless all you can eat? GREAT sleeper lists throughout, Grey! Thanks.

    • Grey

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      I’m not sure where Eflin is ranked by those other sites, tbh, but I do like him… Is he after 200? Then he could’ve made this list… Solid sleeper

      Urias could be great, but he’s only throwing 100 IP or less — I’d hold Wacha for now

  13. Fantastic as always. Fingers crossed for Gibson.

    Is Chase Anderson droppable now? My pitching looks good and chasing saves. 14 team Roto mixed

    Thank you!

    • peacecoast says:
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      drop him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I removed Chase from my rankings, him in middle relief is terrible

      • Thanks. Making moves early.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  14. BadFantasyManager says:
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    Great write up master. I don’t own any one of this pitchers because I got Pivetta and glasnow after pick 200 for some reason that I don’t understand.

    Nonetheless, I was on Luzardo’s train and got him…. with the news of the news of him being shut down for 6 weeks (which means he will be up in june at earliest), would you drop him for Gibson, Skaggs, or even Eflin who is not in this write-up (14 team, H2H, with QS and K/BB)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Drop for Gibson

  15. Dave D says:
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    Good stuff. There are definitely some advantages to drafting late like rotation sleepers and UCL tear news. Nice read. I own a couple shares of Touki, Gibson, Lucchesi. I’m happy about that (Btw, I regret to inform you that you don’t actually own Lucchesi in our league), and I also own a few shares of Freddy Peralta. I know you can’t list everybody but I was wondering if you had any comments on him. It’s interesting that he won out over Anderson who I also ownand know that you like as well. I guess he’s droppable in FA leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, I like Peralta a lot too… OaktownSteve was talking about him in yesterday’s comments and convinced me he was worth the late flyer… He looks like a 11+ K/9 guy, which is awesome for where he’s going… I can’t believe our league is finally done, thankfully!

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, I usually like having a few drafts late but never DC’s. Talk about dragging it out. Maybe next year you can host like a $150 satellite that drafts about now. I like getting my DCs done early more as prep for more important leagues.

        I’m not sure how I feel about the draft. I imagine you’ll be sharing your thoughts in an entry so I wont ask you about it in comments but wait til then.

        But, yeah, I do plan to target some of the guys discussed in my final (and most important) draft this weekend. I’m drawing up my strategy and cheat sheet now. Once again I got the short straw and pick priority was 12, but I’ll hopefully turn that into an advantage!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck this weekend! My team is okay, I think… These last 10 rounds are such a crapshoot anyway, I went back and looked at my team that won last year and I didn’t really have much that helped in the last ten rounds — John Hicks was about it

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, if anything after 40 has impact you probably really f’d up in the top 35 rds anyway and it wont matter. The one exception for me was Maybin like 4 years ago when he came back from the dead and helped me win a DC. I got him round 41 that year I seem to recall. I took a flyer there this year on Jo Adell based on his spring. If he picks up where he left off I’d say theres about a 5% chance he is recalled in July and pulls a Tildaddy-Sexy Dr. Pepper 2018 act. Definitely will go hard after him in 2020. Real deal and no mirage seems.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Adell is interesting, he looks like a guy that might K a lot, I have to see him more though, to be fair

              • Dave D says:
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                Yeah, K’s are worth monitoring. In 26 PA’s this spring he had 7ks and 3bb’s. Not terrible but hopefully improving though small sample. Those 19 year olds with 5 tools of elite everything can blossom very rapidly as we witnessed last year.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I wouldn’t rule Glasnow out until he fails for at least 2 more years, forget a few IP in spring

  16. Jj says:
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    Still in on Glasnow?
    I’m out

    • peacecoast says:
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      I am out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why?

      • Dave D says:
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        I could maybe see benching him for his first start against HOU, but not drafting him? That seems nuts and a classic case of reading too much into spring performance. Cash and Michael Perez said they are not at all concerned. His command of the curve is there just didn’t have great command of fastball againt Yanks recently. But all is good with him. If you drop him I’m scooping him up ;-)

      • Cram It says:
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        Haven’t you heard, he’s been awful in Spring Training!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Spring Training news is all such noise to me

          • Cram It says:
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            It’s as irrelevant as apparently your rankings are to people who keep asking you to rank guys.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

            • Dave D says:
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              Ha!

              Cram, make the horse drink already!!!

      • Jj says:
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        I know spring training and all, but he looks awful
        And they’re saying he’s still tinkering with his mechanics
        A 6’8” tinkering with his mechanics a week before the season doesn’t sound too good to me

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, maybe, I hope not

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not like he’s being drafted that high

  17. Chucky says:
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    Thoughts on Newcomb, and all those Bases on Balls , as well as my deep sleeper Brad Keller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I say in my rankings I wouldn’t draft Newcomb… Keller is a deep league flyer, maybe off waivers if he shows something, but you have to be really scrounging for him

  18. Raja says:
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    Wow – what’s with the beef between you and Scott Pianowski? he really laid into you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe bc I never went to the Beanpot… I don’t know, I have no beef with him

      • Dave D says:
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        My theory is that Pianowski is a like fake news peddler secretly on a misinformation campaign to dumb down the public a la CNN, and he sees Grey like the annoying truth-spreading libertarian/individualist type alt-right” (has a ring to it!!!) blogger supporting the insurrection against the establishment. Pianowski is like Jim Acosta and Grey “Alt-right” is like Alan Dershowitz. Hehehe!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • frankgrimes says:
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        What did I miss?
        Another fake baseball war?
        Ray flowers haters unite!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I’m not getting baited this time!

          • frankgrimes says:
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            Baited? Haha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  19. Chris says:
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    Morning Grey!

    Non-Starter question for you…

    12tm, H2H, Redraft – Was offered the following:

    (His)Springer/Villar/Bader for (My)Albies/Hicks/C Hernandez

    I purposely overdrafted on IF (still have LeMahieu/Wendle at 2B) but am very shallow in OF (Harper/Hicks/Happ/Hamilton) and we start 4 OF. Would you do the deal?

    Thanks!

    • peacecoast says:
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      springer side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Peacecoast

  20. florida jack says:
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    here are a few observations after spending a month at spring training, this is what i saw

    Zach Britton–looks like a few years back, for the most part unhittable, lots of swings ans misses–dialed in

    Joe Jimenez–my guess he soon will be the closer, nasty stuff

    Tanaka–lots of swings and misses and great movement

    Judge—-no signs of any lingering injuries, pretty well locked in at the plate

    Miggy Cabrera—lost some weight, driving the ball very well to right center, still cannot run, mostly played first base

    Markakis–locked in mid season form, always surprises me

    Gary Sanchez—better behind the plate, runs to first slower than last year, if that is possible

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jack Florida! Good to see you!

      Thanks for the breakdown! Be nice to see what Tanaka can do if great for all year, and not just 2nd half

      • florida jack says:
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        i am here every day, i just do not comment all that often

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, good to see, either way!

          • florida jack says:
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            thank you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  21. Whatever says:
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    Hey Grey,

    First real snake draft of the season last night. 9 team mixed standard cats. Please let me know what you think.

    Jansen, Danny
    Goldschmidt, Paul
    Baez, Javier
    Bryant, Kris
    Mondesi, Adalberto
    Encarnacion, Edwin
    Albies, Ozzie
    Conforto, Michael
    Desmond, Ian
    Yelich, Christian
    Piscotty, Stephen
    Santana, Domingo
    Escobar, Eduardo
    Peraza, Jose
    Semien, Marcus
    Aguilar, Jesus
    Smoak, Justin
    Renfroe, Hunter

    Corbin, Patrick
    Flaherty, Jack
    Happ, J.A.
    Marquez, German
    Pivetta, Nick
    Skaggs, Tyler
    Givens, Mychal
    Iglesias, Raisel
    Miller, Andrew
    Treinen, Blake
    Rodriguez, Dereck
    Jeffress, Jeremy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your team looks solid, I like the pitching a lot, solid group… Your hitting looks fine, but low on AVG

      • Whatever says:
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        Thanks Grey. Yeah I will need a bit of variable luck for avg.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  22. Game Of Throws says:
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    Grey – Finally got thru all your rankings. Thanks for all you do!

    I’m wondering if Eddie Rosario’s second half scares you at all?

    Pre All Star: 64/19/60/.311/6 in 376 ABs

    Post All Star: 23/5/17/.240/2 in 183 ABs

    • Hebrew Hammer says:
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      As a 2018 Rosario owner, he was hurt down the stretch and I think that really hampered his performance before he actually landed on the DL. Assuming he’s healthy now, I’m not worried. But you’re right, those numbers aren’t great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with Hebrew, he was hurt

  23. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,

    This is a GREAT way to finish the “Targets” to open the year. I was already looking at several for my 10-TM H2H NL-Only Auction today. I didn’t get a chance to thank you for your reply yesterday to my really long question. Thank You Sir!!

    Here’s my projected hitters. I forgot to mention it was H2H.

    CA Kelly or Alfaro
    1B Rhys
    2B Hampson
    3B Rendon
    SS Kike – I had Peraza here, but I think he’s being kept.
    INF McNeil
    OF Bryant, Acuna, Robles, Schebler
    UT McMahon
    B ?
    B ?

    A. You mentioned yesterday my projected roster didn’t have enough power. I think this team would project me at about 200 – 215 from the starting roster. That’s on the higher side in an NL-Only, and given it’s H2H, I should do okay.

    B. Would you sacrifice Rhys for Muncy if it gave me $15-20 elsewhere? I could then upgrade Schebler to Cutch, or Kike to Segura, or get Scooter over McMahon.

    C. With the Knebel news, would you risk an $8 -10 bet on Kimbrel over one of Ryu, Stripling, Urias, Musgrove Woodruff? I could always get a cheap Dak. Hud or Burnsie. What’s the most you’d go on Kimbrel if you wouldn’t do $8-10?

    D. Worth a $2-5 bet for a bench spot for Kluber if it costs me an RP like Stammen or Kela?

    E. I’m taking a personal day (teacher) to travel down for my auction tonight. I wrote the following on my whiteboard for my students: “Happy NL-Only Auction Day to Me!! Good luck on your Quadratics Test – P.S. I don’t plan to draft any Giants!!”

    Thank you again for taking the time to help out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! A. Okay B. If you can turn Rhys to Muncy/Cutch, then yes do that C. I’ve seen Kmbrel go for exactly that, $8-10 and that sounds right for NL-Only — think he went for $9 in Tout on Sunday D. Kluber? For what? A possible trade? Meh E. Ha! I wish I had a teacher like you when I was in school!

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        Thanks! When I told my students I was gonna be gone the other day they asked why. I gave them the hint: “It’s the best day of the year for me.” They started guessing my birthday, anniversary, a weekend away with my wife. Told them it had nothing to do with my wife. Someone guessed Spring Training in which I replied that if what I was going to take place at LAD ST, it would be amazing. When I finally told them, the looks on their faces was awesome, followed by “Huh, wow, why, you’re such a nerd.” Yes I am.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, classic!

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        Hi Grey,

        Here is my team (10-TM NL-Only 5×5 w/OBP, $280 Auction.

        I did my best, but you know how auctions go (especially with the tequila flowing and lots of Armenian food). Guys get thrown out at random, and you might get stuck with some you thought might go higher. Muncy ended up only going for $18 (12th guy thrown out), which I was extremely shocked at, especially in a Dodger-homer league. This made me rethink my Rizzo pick. It probably would have allowed me to get both Marquez (20) and Pivetta (15) instead of Ryu and Stripling. Hind-sight. I really think my offense will do well in all 5 categories if Hampson can get regular PT. Hopefully my pitching will be sufficient so long as Kimbrel signs in the NL. If not, I really have to SAGNOF and hope my SPs can do enough. Ks and Ws should be okay. What are your thoughts?

        CA Cervelli (2)
        1B Rizzo (40) – 3rd guy thrown out. Rhys went 13 picks later for $48
        3B Rendon (33) – 4th guy thrown out. What can I say, but I’m a sucker for Rendon.
        SS Hampson (13) – I really wanted his speed and eventual position versatility. McMahon went for 11.
        3B E. Escobar (13) – wasn’t expecting to get him this low, but I needed another 25 HR in the heart of the lineup, and I’ll take his position flexibility between SS and 3B.
        INF Zimmerman (10) – wasn’t expecting him this low, so I got stuck with him. I’m fine with it though, as he’s slated to hit 5th.
        OF Bryanat (38 Keeper),
        OF Acuna (31 Keeper)
        OF Robles (10 Keeper),
        OF Granderson (1) – It was near the end and I threw a player out I thought might get bid up by $1. OBP league and the lead off guy with a little bit of pop. Can’t complain and can always drop for a hot bat.

        SP Ryu (10), Stripling (10), Musgrove (6), Matz (5), Mikolas (5 Keeper), Eflin (4), T. Richards (1).

        I also put a $1 bid for Kluber (keeper) so he’s occupying a bench spot. I can always drop him, but I’ll hold onto the spot for now to see if he’s traded to the NL ( Dodgers or SD).

        Here are some guys that weren’t drafted. Would you swap anyone?
        Hitters: Chisenhall, Parra, Dietrich, Duggar

        Pitchers: Jeffress (could put on DL). Trevor Williams and Anibal Sanchez.

        I appreciate any thoughts/advice you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tequila and Aremenian food? Why am I not in this league? I like Granderson a lot in this format, which sounds crazy to say bc he’s so whatever, but solid $1 guy… Any hoo! I love the hitting, great infield and OF — my guess is you’re a little heavier in speed than power, which isn’t ideal, but the hitting looks good! I like all your pitchers, but that is a super cheap staff — usually spend around $75-85, you spent about $45? Those waiver guys don’t do much for me

          • Pugs & Slugs says:
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            Yes, you’d like our league. I went with an extra speedster in Cesar, but hopefully it comes with 15+ bombs. It was soooo late and I seriously had 1/3 of the bottle of tequila (Don Abraham anejo w/ a little agave nectar).

            Here’s the rest of my staff.

            Rosenthal (5) – solid
            Kimbrell (11) – Please sign in NL
            Yates (3 Keeper)
            Sir Anthony Dominguez (10) – Went too high, but he should do great

            My total pitching staff was $61 for the 10 guys playing with teams in the NL. I feel I held to my strategy for the most part.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, so there was more, gotcha, it’s still pretty weak… Not awful, mind you

              • Pugs & Slugs says:
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                I hear ya. The good news is that it’s H2H and other teams have weak pitching as well. I may need to make a deal, but my ratios might be decent, and I have enough starters that I can get some Ks and Ws. If Kimbrel signs with MIL or ATL I’m set with S and ratios. I could probably afford to move one SP and a bat for a better Arm. There are some teams that have extremely weak hitting.

                Jeffrey’s is on FA. I’m not sure I can add him right to our IL spot, but I’ll figure something out.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I wish Kimbrel would sign already! I’d think Jeffress should be owned

    • Pugs & Slugs says:
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      Maybe O’Neil for some power to throw in the mix as a bench bat?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I don’t mind O’Neil on bench in an NL-Only for $1-2

  24. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Matz, Skaggs, and Strippling are all money when they’re healthy… which they rarely ever are. Worth the flier for sure, but not guys I’d bank on for consistent starts. Love identifying these kind of guys outside the top 200. You hit on them and you’re golden.

    Curious of your thoughts on my SP and if you think it’s enough to squeeze by.

    Buehler (you’re ok)
    Bieber (please don’t through too many strikes)
    Darvish (please be healthy)
    Hamels (please come close to 2nd half)
    Glasnow (please don’t walk too many guys)
    Heaney (please be healthy)

    Thanks for all the wisdom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love Darvish this year, but I can understand the gamble, and it’s fine… The staff looks solid, but risky, not saying I wouldn’t own exactly this staff though (aside from Darvish)

  25. Lovdarooks says:
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    12 team auction,23 spots with 8 reserves. 4 KEEPERS.
    6 x 6 mixed league with net wins and quality starts.
    QUESTION IS:
    I have Buehler and taillon.
    I need to go heavy $$ w hitting and wondering which pitchers to pair with these two as my next starters?
    D0 i go a mid $20 then single digits or two mid to low teens considering who is in this pool. ?
    Here who is in the pool:
    Verlander & Cole & Kluber seem to expensive as that leaves a tier of carrasco Strasburg Syndergaard Greinke paxton morton Berrios Foltynewicz hill price —-then another tier of:
    peacock paddock happ kikuchi wheeler tanaka strahm ryu etc.
    where should i pick my next two P from….. can you give me a choice of a few to PAIR with my two keeper starters

    • Cram It says:
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      Berrios, Wheeler.

      • slimbo says:
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        Hey boss

        Tim Anderson or amed rosario in a dynasty?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Amed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  26. Launch Angle says:
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    Yesterday, I posted a question about accepting a trade offer where I get Haniger for my Muncy. You said you would take that deal. Before I pull the trigger, I wanted to have you look at my lineup first.

    C Ramos
    1B/3B Muncy
    2B Gennett
    2B/3B Shaw
    SS Story
    OF Yelich
    OF Acuna
    OF Hoskins (Can move to 1B if I trade Muncy when he gets 1B eligibility from ESPN)
    UTIL Mondesi
    UTIL Robles
    BENCH 1B Voit

    Take Haniger for Muncy or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, works for me

      • Launch Angle says:
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        Or…I can wait on an offer I made where I give up Voit instead for Dahl. The other team has no decent 1B and OF surplus. He may counter and want Muncy though. With limited 1B options out there teams are showing interest in both Muncy and Voit.

        In order of preference:

        1. Give up Muncy for Haniger?
        2. Give up Muncy for Dahl?
        3. Give up Voit for Dahl?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          3 Is a slam dunk

  27. CardsKinger says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just drafted W Astudillo in a 16 team 2C dynasty league. Is it:
    A) Better to start him even though he wont get ABs (wont hurt ratios either I guess..)
    B) Drop for someone with a regular job?
    C) Stash him on bench in hopes of ABs?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B. Who?

      Prolly start him tho

      • Jesse Feldman says:
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        Thats the thing….theres NO One on waivers. Literally scraping the barrel with Greiner/Castro types… ugh. Damn you Rocco Baldelli!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, then hold and try to get those Astudillo ABs

  28. Anon says:
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    unrelated to this post – but are we still drafting Lindor in the top 10 with that injury?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Funny, I had a similar Q, but the reverse. He was moved to #10 after the injury (though know it’s sounding like he’s back by week 1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I reranked him after his injury

  29. zach jany says:
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    Will u rank these pitchers in order of who u would roster please

    Eovaldi
    Skaggs
    Woodruff
    E rodriguez
    Glasnow
    Lucchesi

  30. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – landed pick 3 in my redraft work league, which is definitely my least favorite pick this year I think!

    Assuming you don’t luck out and land Betts at 3, are you taking Yelich 100% of the time there?

    I know you have Yelich #3 closing out the same tier as Trout/Betts, but figured I’d check in since Lindor (originally 3) now sounds like he’s going to be playing within the first week, etc.

    FWIW – mocking the first 4 rounds in yahoo, I’m in all likelihood going to get [my pick 3] plus [goldy most of the time, but sometimes baez or lindor or manny or stanton] plus [soto rhys or bellinger] then Mondesi in the 4th. That pairing change anything for you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you have to take Yelich… It’s a nice safe pick that you shouldn’t regret… Can go Trea or Acuna, but they’re riskier…

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks – yeah … downside of Yelich is basically what we used to draft cutch in the first round for (300 20/20)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s true, but it won’t kill your team

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            exactly – nice super high floor

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup!

  31. Troy says:
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    Gray,

    I have to finalize keepers today. You still like andujar at $3 over Glayber at $6? 2b is a wasteland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do

  32. Epstein's Mother says:
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    Anyone want to help me rank these guys?
    -Brandon Woodruff
    -Matt Strahm
    -Corbin Burnes
    -Josh James
    -Steven Matz
    -Pablo Lopez
    -Trevor Richards
    -Caleb Smith
    -KyleWright
    -Kyle Gibson

      • Epstein's Mother says:
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        I demand today’s rankings!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Chucky says:
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      Lots of dart throws. If I had to take one it’d be Matz. The others can get ranked out of a hat. JJ’s future looks like a Betances in the Astro pen.

    • Cram It says:
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      They’re ranked, ya know, in the rankings.

      • Epstein's Mother says:
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        Are you not familiar with the wisdom of the crowd!?!?

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        This sight has rankings? Since when?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  33. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Grey,
    Always hate drafting pitchers because I wind up dropping them a week/ month into the season because spring projections are nothing compared to real life. I drafted my first 7 hitters in the first 10 rounds in this RCL and then waited for the last 7 rounds to get most of these pitchers.

    Strasburg, Stephen
    Burnes, Corbin
    Colomé, Alex
    Davis, Wade
    Greene, Shane
    Hader, Josh
    Romo, Sergio
    Smith, Will
    Strickland, Hunter
    Bieber, Shane
    Woodruff, Brandon
    Hudson, Dakota

    I know this is the first time I am ever excited about drafting pitchers. I won’t feel too pressured to drop starters and yet I might not have to…until the first week/ month of the season when I realize the cycle was not broken because spring projections are nothing compared to real life… sigh.

    Have a good weekend!

    • Joe Shmoe says:
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      sorry… they are not in the order I drafted them. But I think you know who went top 3…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Looks good! That looks like an RCL pitching staff

  34. Mookiewilson says:
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    I adopted Severino as a keeper this year. Just got offered Corbin straight up; I assume from your rankings you would do this deal?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Corbin

  35. Not Randy BoBandy says:
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    Definitely glad baseball is back – and good to have my daily razzball fix back!

    Pitching for me is a bit meh, but I’m forever a skeptic:

    Bauer, Tanaka, Chapman, Glasnow, Ed-Rod, Kikuchi, Freeland, Musgrove, Herrera, Strahm, and Eflin.

    Any of those obvious drop candidates for Urias/Richards/Woodruff (all are available). I’m thinking Herrera as I’m basically punting saves anyhow…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Herrera for Woodruff

  36. H says:
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    Adam Eaton or Domingo Santana for my last OF? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

  37. Abe Froman says:
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    G,

    Had an auction draft the other night I was sorely unprepared for. Glanced at your rankings and articles for about an hour beforehand and assembled this squad.

    12 Team ESPN Standard 5×5 H2H

    C – Carson Kelly
    1B – Aguilar
    2B – Shaw
    3B – Muncy
    SS – Story
    MI – Mondesi
    CI – Ronald Guzman
    OF – Giancarlo
    OF – Benintendi
    OF – Dahl
    OF – Palka
    OF – Allen
    U – Senzel

    P – Bauer
    P – Castillo
    P – Bieber
    P – Marquez
    P – Wheeler
    P – Glasnow
    P – Josh James
    P – Justus Sheffield
    P – Mychal Givens
    BE – Urias
    BE – Whitley
    BE – Trevor Cahill

    1. Overall thoughts on this team?

    2. Drop anyone above for someone like Nelson, Burnes, Paddack, Woodruff?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I like the team, love your hitting and your pitching looks exactly how I would draft… Not much bad here, I think you can lose Sheffield and Cahill for Woodruff & Paddack

  38. tocs says:
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    in a 12 team, weekly lineup roto league with deep benches (21 starters, 10 bench) when are you looking to draft your first SP if you have the first pick? 2/3 turn or later?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 50th overall

  39. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Alright people, we can’t let our longest running RCL die this year! We need 2-3 more managers in Original Recipe. Let’s GOOOO! Shoot me an email: [email protected] and I’ll have the commish send you an invite. Looking to draft Sunday sometime.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Die may not be best choice of words here, but cmon people!

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        ECFBL is the league where we had 2 managers pass away, not Original Recipe. Original Recipe is AL KOHLIC, Hank, Big Fat Hippo and that crew from back in the day. Now it’s adopted NickTheDick and others, but man, we’re having a tough go filling it. I joined to try and help the cause.

        • frankgrimes says:
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          When’s the draft? I’m I tooooo many leagues!

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Me too Grimey! I’m at 11 RCLs right now! AHHHH!

            Draft sometime Sunday…9pm maybe

            • frankgrimes says:
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              Damn!

              I have two overlapping Sunday already.
              And you’re in one of them Haha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… I gotcha, is SteveNZ in it?

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Used to be I believe. Royce is in there, MattH is in this year too!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bunch of powerhouses!

    • MattH says:
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      Get in there!!!!!!! It’s where all the cool kids are.

  40. Markowskinator says:
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    I started listening to the fantasy pros podcast just to get a different perspective on who they like and see how well it matches with who I like. Some of the stuff they say is completely mind-boggling. My favorite example is hearing bobby valentine say he thinks rhys hoskins is completely overrated and that he would rather draft mark trumbo instead lol. Wtf?!?!?! He has no clue! Even some of his guests on the show dont know what to say lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bobby Valentine the ex-manager?

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Maybe there is a reason he has “ex” before manager in his title

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  41. Jax says:
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    Hi, Grey.

    Have a keeper question. Freinds and Family custom Yahoo 7×7 (w/ OBP and TBs…bleh). Can keep up to three. My options for keepers are:
    – Betts (for this year only)
    – Acuna (for this year and next)
    – Arenado (for this year only)
    – Macho Man (for this year only)
    – Soto (for this year and next)

    Thanks,

    Jax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      – Betts (for this year only)
      – Acuna (for this year and next)
      Soto

      • Jax says:
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        Thanks, Grey!

        I know the parentheticals might have been confusing. Those were meant to show that I have just 1 year left for Betts, Machado, and Arenado and two years left for Acuna and Soto. I’m not necessarily bound to the two years for Acuna and Soto if I cnoose them, if that makes any sense or changes your opinion.

        Thanks again! Always love your insight!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s why I went Acuna and Soto

          • Jax says:
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            That’s what I thought, but just wanted to make sure. Thanks, man

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  42. Crime dog says:
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    I might’ve went too heavy on SP in my 14 team league. I waited until round 5 to take a SP but wound up with

    Corbin, German, wheeler, glasnow, luchessi and I was about done after luchessi then all those guys went.

    I’ll probably wait a little longer in my draft this weekend for SP3-5 and snag some of these guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, a bit maybe

  43. Ty says:
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    Hello Grey, it’s that wonderful time of the year where I ask you to rate my team then I proceed to ask you dumb questions for the rest of the season. (Crying laughing emoji)
    12 team 5×5 Roto. I had the 4th pick. Drafted Tuesday
    C Realmuto 4
    1B Freeman 2
    2B Gennett 6
    3B Ramirez 1
    SS Segura 5
    OF Pham 8 , Robles 10, Peralta 13
    DH. Cruz 7
    Bench E. Jimenez 15, Buxton 18, D. Santana 20

    SP Cole 3
    SP Wheeler 9
    SP Pivetta 11
    SP Hendricks 12
    SP Maeda 16
    SP Stripling 19
    RP Kimbrel 14 Iglesias 17 Hicks 21
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, it is! Solid team, I worry about your OF (tho I do like Robles) and you look low on speed, but it’s a shallow league and your bench bats should prop up your OF… Nice pitching!

      • Ty says:
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        Thanks buddy. Can’t wait for buy sell Friday’s

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Ty says:
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        Oh and Rich Hill is hurt (again) my Dodgers look even better

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, of course he is

  44. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Cockcroft bold predictions posted yesterday:
    Corey Knebel will be top 5 closer
    Jesus Luzardo will give Vlad a “legitimate’ run for ROY
    Haha
    But:
    Domingo will return to top 40 OF!! (someone was watching the Japan series but not following the latest injury reports)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! That’s pretty good

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Most were pretty lame.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah

  45. peacecoast says:
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    Did you ever watch season 1 of the OA? I think you hated it. Anyway S2 drops today.

    Watched Split. was not bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, OA was terrible, that 1st season was so bad — I might watch 2nd season tho anyway

      • peacecoast says:
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        fer real this Brandon Lowe guy looks legit

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s spring!

          • peacecoast says:
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            just hit another double! his minor league stats were good too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t hate him, I’m just saying there’s some reason for pause

              • peacecoast says:
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                just promise me a mention when he is in your first buy column

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I might mention a Brandon, I mention a low price, but I’m not sure I’ll mention him

  46. BItter Beerface says:
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    Grey,

    You’re getting me pumped for the season!!! Thanks for your continued excellence and creativity!

    Two questions:

    1). Are you avoiding the Tigers pitching staff like they have some nasty fantasy team transmittable disease? Like they could infect the rest of your squad? I wasn’t expecting to see one on this post, but though Boyd or Norris might be possible waiver adds at some point. Ross is struggling this spring.

    2). Who is your longshot to win the World Series? (I recall you liked the Braves last year, and they made a nice run…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yeah, I wouldn’t draft any of them even in an AL-Only league 2. Twins

  47. OaktownSteve says:
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    Here comes Debbie Downer…

    Matz I disallowed on the Magootowners. I could be wrong on him of course. Both you and Magoo in, who am I to say “boo.” I hate his fastball. It’s high effort, he doesn’t finish the pitch. Leaves it high and away to righties then center cut when behind in the count. Throwing the slider more probably helps, but I did watch some of his late season starts on tape and came away still unimpressed. The comp I came away with was Daniel Norris. He’s in a good park and he’ll get some Marlins. Mets should be decent so maybe he won’t be terrible, but I don’t see breakout at all.

    Skaggs has been on my do not draft list for ever. This one is probably shitty analysis, but I’ve seen him twice live from good seat in Oaktown and did not like the sfuff at all. His curveball for me is just awful. Roller with a tendency to hang. He’s always going to give up homers. Just blah with a side of meh.

    In addition to Freddie Peralta, the guys I wanted to get late are Woodruff, Pineda, Martin Perez, Logan Allen, Fried, Montas, Tyler Beede, Wade Miley.

    Speaking of the late rounds of the draft champs….I have some hopes for Spencer Turnbull. Caught a little film on him. I think the stuff might play. Gardy likes him.

    • Dave D says:
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      Yeah I saw you grabbed him in our DC right before I planned to do. I have him in another DC. Me likes to as a late round flyer or spot starter.

      • Dave D says:
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        Turnbull that is…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’ll have to put some eyes on Turnbull

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m pretty invested in Matz, so I hope you’re wrong… I do worry that if Noah, deGrom and Wheeler are all good, how can Matz be good too, but that seems super anecdotal… I really just need a low 4 ERA and 8 K/9 for my picks of him to work out, so I’m not wildly concerned… I do like Skaggs’s peripherals a lot, but I’ll be honest I don’t trust him a ton, I do own him tho — really hoping Pete Alonso breaks camp

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I think that’s reasonable hope on Matz. Who knows. Maybe he puts it together.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m hoping, but I don’t technically need it in leagues where I have him

  48. Dave D says:
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    Btw, Mets vs. Cards intersting today. Bader leads off top of 1st with double. McNeil leads off bottom of 1st with HR. Juicy. Fingers crossed on line-up positions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love that!

      • Dave D says:
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        I think youre right about McNeil. I own three shares already and hopefully four after this weekend. Adding more to his upside is he will have 3B/2B eligibility in a couple weeks and may eventually get OF too. Bonus!!!

        I think he’ll bat 2 when Nimmo is in and leadoff when Nimmo is out. I could see him getting 90/15/60/.280/20 if all goes well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally agree… I wish I owned him in more leagues

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      No chance Bader leads off against RHP in the regular season unless he has improve a lot. I did hear Whatshisface their new manager say they think he has improved. I have one share so like to see it. If he gets 600 PAs near the top of the order he will steal 40

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, I think you’re right. Admittedly, Fowler is bowing to JoMart today and I think its his spot to lose for now. But if Bader improves and Fowler reverts to his diminished self of the last couple years Bader could be that 100R 40 SB monster we know he has the potential to be. Its worth monitoring.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bader steals 40 SBs? Where’s the Bold Predictions post?

          • Dave D says:
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            Right? He swiped three the other day.

            I’m think even though I own a few shares of B. Lowe that I haven’t been bullish enough. Two more hits from the 3 hole today and that contract! He’s moved up my chart a bunch lately. Picking up off last years suprise without missing a beat it seems. I’m in.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m not in any leagues, the Rays have never seen a hitter they didn’t want to platoon

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            That was earlier this week. Where have you been?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’ve missed out on all the fun, apparently, and no one tells me about it for a few days

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Do you remember how you told me Flaherty was going to be crap, and how you thought he stunk? Yet then you go and draft him in a league? What’s up with that?

        Flaherty looks like he’s going to pick up right where he was. You did right by picking him even if you don’t think he’s worth a hoot. You’ll be glad you followed the rest of us telling you he is!!!

        Now, Go Cardinals! Haha!

  49. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    Just drafted in a 12 team H2H points league with deep bench. Went early on SP. 10 points for a W! Let me know what you think. Thanks!

    C. Molina
    1B. Bellinger
    2B. Shaw
    3B. Carpenter
    SS. Trea Turner
    OF. Benintendi
    OF. Ozuna
    OF. McCutchen
    UTIL. Inciarte
    BN. Meadows
    BN. Hampson
    BN. Andrus

    SP. deGrom
    SP. Nola
    SP. Flaherty
    SP. Hendricks
    SP. Lucchesi
    RP. Hicks
    RP. Barnes
    BN. Musgrove
    BN. Gibson
    BN. Burnes
    BN. Rodriguez
    BN. Peacock
    BN. Whitley
    BN. Pomeranz
    BN. D. Hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s a stacked team.. Nice hitting and pitching… Not sude what’s to knock, I guess Carpenter isn’t someone I want, but that’s fine

  50. happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6×6..how do you rank these OF’s ?Please!..Dahl, Mazara, Pham, Mcutch, Robles…….thank You

  51. BJFOHOHL says:
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    The only starter I see is the start of the receding hairline you have…..Flukazy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re attacking my greatest attribute

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        I’m just razzing you. Geez you would think I was on Twitter

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t razz the locks!

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            #razzthelocks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh hellz no!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Wait until the stache goes….Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never!

  52. sideshow says:
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    Still high on Freddy Peralta who also made the rotation? Over, under or equal w Woodruff?Expected to see his name

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I like Peralta

  53. Licketty Splits says:
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    I had my 1st RCL of this year. I always avoided RCLs then gave them a try two years ago & got killed. Totally different from 30 player drafts plus going up against other Razzballers is always daunting, so you need to be a bit out of the box at times. Last year I did quite well. I will say this to anyone on the fence …join a RCL. It will make you a better manager in all your other leagues.
    My team from last night:
    C none… will pick one up before season starts
    1B Goldy (22) maybe should have taken Stanton since OF dried up quick in this draft
    2B Villar (94)
    3B Shaw (75)
    SS Trea (3)
    CI Rizzo (27) plan was to take Rendon but he got sniped …Rizzo was best guy left
    MI Segura (46)
    OF Nomar (118)
    OF Domingo (123)
    OF Piscotty (142) finally able to grab a few OF with 3 straight picks
    OF Winker (190)
    OF Kepler (214) the last 3 were best left not razzball guys/ used NFBC to help get guys
    Util C Stewart (238)
    Bench T White (243)
    SP Corbin (51)
    SP Stras (70) fell too far /had to take him over Carpenter, Comforto or Peraza
    SP Glasnow (147)
    SP Lucchesi (195)
    SP Woodruff (219) you’re pumping him up plus I love this guy as a brewer fan …had to reach
    SP Skaggs (262) hopefully healthy
    SP Pineda (267)
    RP Vasquez (99)
    RP Hicks (166) slightly risky but loving the added change with the avg 102 fastball
    RP Barnes (171) more risk if he does not get the job
    bench RP Holland (286) & Boxberger (291)
    Seemed like everyone went OF heavy which I can understand but I built a great infield & tried to cobble together a decent-ish OF. Pitching seemed solid with some risk & plenty of upside.
    Post draft best OF available are Pillar, Souza, Mullins, Kiermaier, Schebler, Soler & Palka.

    Thanks for looking at yet another draft Mr Grey …any Razzballer comments welcome as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As you know, so much is dependent on in-season moves with an RCL, but I do like the team… I think you have solid speed/power… Look low on RBIs and maybe AVG, though less the latter… I like the pitching, looks like a solid team!

    • Ante Galic says:
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      Lickety!

      Like the name.

      Like the team.

      I would add Mullins and drop Stewart. Just my 0.02$.

      Cheers,
      Ante

  54. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Mr. Grey,
    Does Mejia come in and steal that closer job for Boston…Already have an itchy sagnof finger…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah…I mean, at some point, but not right now

  55. Licketty Splits says:
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    Also just saw Leonys is out there but I figure he is mostly speed & I seem pretty solid there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinda meh, but can try him

  56. Jj says:
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    P Alonso making opening day roster
    Woo hoo!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome!

  57. Ryan O'Hara says:
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    10 team dynasty 5×5 OBP

    My ozuna for c seager

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  58. Launch Angle says:
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    Last trade option proposed.

    Give up Muncy for Conforto or Haniger? M’s lineup is interesting this year and wondering if Haniger can get the counting stats in R/RBI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto, sure

      • Launch Angle says:
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        Another owner is giving me Rosario for Muncy. He doesn’t really have a good 1B option and likes Muncy’s multi-position eligibility too. He did auto-draft and ended up with a lot of good OF’s – 8 OF to be exact, including Trout, Harper, Haniger, Piscotty, Upton to name a few.

        I like Rosario better than Haniger, because of the Twins lineup this year and was hoping he would agree to it. Lucky me, eh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Rosario

  59. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Senzel to the minors, man, eff the Reds!

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Ugh Hope it’s only two weeks.

      • zombie says:
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        Prayer circle.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why we bringing out the prayers?

          • zombie says:
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            Two weeks max would be greatly appreciated. Prayer worthiness is questionable, I suppose. Just had glorified expectations of his presence on opening day. Why do bad things happen to good people?

            • frankgrimes says:
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              He just wants to be right hahaha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re overusing the power of prayer!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but of course

    • hondo says:
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      Looks like there will be a spot at 2B open depending on how long Scooter is out,he played there some in the minors.Solves the OF logjam.

  60. Matt says:
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    Julio Urias or Freddy Peralta in a deep bench league that starts 5 SPs per week? I’ve got Rich Hill & Ryu so maybe Urias makes sense to hedge when they are DL, but is Peralta’s likely volume too much to overlook for similar ratios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta

  61. The Scrant Dog

    The Scrant Dog says:
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    For Stripling, you forgot the human blister Hill.
    He’s already DTD with a knee issue

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course!

  62. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Haha. Hill is on IL to open season. Never saw THAT coming. Ryu gets opener, Stripling game 2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, of course!

  63. Ryan O'Hara says:
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    10 team 5×5 OBP

    My ozuna for Eugenio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip, Eugenio

  64. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team 5×5 OBP 1 catcher league

    My OF is stacked, with Dickerson basically a bench bat.

    Overall I need SB and closers/starters.

    Domingo Santana hit the wire and I have lust in my heart for him, but Greg Allen is also available and Domingo doesn’t run.

    Dickerson is 123 and Domingo 135 on the OBP rankings, but on the Top 500 Dickerson is 185 and Domingo 101.

    1. Drop Dickerson for Domingo, Allen, or a pitcher? Or hold?
    2. I auto drafted Gary Sanchez and have plenty of offense, so I could afford to trade him. What level of pitcher should I be targeting for Sanchez?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes, Domingo 2. A #1, I’d prolly hold him for now until he had major trade value

  65. Dave D says:
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    Ha! That Fantasy Pros thing on my NFBC is predicting a 15th place finish for me!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, it’s so dumb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where do you find that nonsense?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Forget it, I see it, man that’s dumb… I kinda wish I was in last place

        • Dave D says:
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          Yeah maybe their intent is to scare managers into buying their product. I’m not expecting to win but I’m takng a screen shot in case I fare a bit better than they anticipate and I can send to them ;-)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I guarantee that is not close to accurate

            • Dave D says:
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              Yeah, I figure as much. Maybe they are Erstad fans and my team name pissed them off.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha!

  66. Cohen says:
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    Grey, i know u like McNeil but would u drop Schoop for him or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  67. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    With news that Chase Anderson is headed to the pen, which of the following would you pick up while dropping Anderson?

    Brandon Woodruff
    Marco Gonzales
    Joe Musgrove
    Tyler Skaggs
    Kyle Gibson
    Jimmy Nelson

    My current starters are Scherzer, Corbin, Marquez, Lucchesi, Glasnow

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woodruff

      • Charlie says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  68. Art Vandelay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Technical question — I can’t figure out how to clear the Razzball war room. I did a mock draft using it but now when I go back in to try to use it again, I still see all the players I previously drafted and can’t obviously figure out how to reset it so I can use it again. Am I missing something?

    Thanks!

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Clear you cookies!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can delete team, top right corner under arrow dropdown, or clear cookies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In cookies, there’s something called Razzdraft delete that… Don’t delete all your cookies

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Mmmm… cookies.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wrong Simpsons character!

  69. Braves UK says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I’m in a deep 15 team 5 x5 roto with OBP.

    Drafted ok but forgot to get a 2nd baseman. Well I got DJ Le Mahieu….

    Q1) do I stick with LeMahieu or is McMahon or Goodrum better in this sort of league? Or all similar?

    Q2) Same league – my SP’s start with Bauer, Clevinger and Ryu (plus Anibal as n.5 and Josh James who I will dump as he doesn’t have a rotation spot). Is Gibson or Pineda a better no.4 to complement what I have.

    Thanks as always…!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Goodrum 2. Gibson

      • Braves UK says:
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        Thanks Grey, your advice appreciated as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the live looks at injuries, do this all year!

  70. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Well Urias certainly happened fast!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  71. Perfect Game says:
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    In a 10-team standard roto that uses K / QS / ERA / WHIP / SV. My staff includes Buehler, Flaherty, Marquez, Clev, Glasnow and Stripling.

    Who would you rather have in your rotation for K / QS / Ratios and in what order – Glasnow for the upside, but has had horrible control this spring, Robbie Ray or Beiber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber

      • Perfect Game says:
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        Beiber or Pivetta for K / QS / Ratios?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bieber

  72. Jc says:
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    12 team, H2H, nine pitching, ten hitting cats. Couple of questions:

    1. General thoughts on the team below, areas to shore up?
    2. I have one pickup to make when Ohtani goes on IL. Concerned about RF (damn Cards) since we must play 5 OF with three in specific positions. Who am I picking up?

    Wire: Jones, Allen, Adames, Flores, Polanco, White, Fowler, Zimm, Alonso, Mullins or do I go pitching with Musgrove, Godley, Givens, Woodruff?

    Ramos
    C Santana, Gurriel, Aguilar
    Odor, Trea, Segura
    Acuña, Rhys, Inciarte, Leonys, Bruce
    Util: J McNeil
    Bench: JoMa
    Sp- Castillo, Carresco, Berrios, Strasburg,Bieber, Wheeler
    RP- Seranthony, Britton, Ottavino (punting saves)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. You own Jay Bruce? Shore that up
      2. Mullins

      • Jc says:
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        So true on Bruce. Grabbed him for the two games. Not smart by Me.

        So if I drop Bruce, my replacement would be one of these beauties. Who do you like?
        Fowler, Palka, A Jones, Kemp, Schebler, Thames

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Palka

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 Spots left

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, it’s at 8 PM EST, btw

  73. Harley Earl says:
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    Looks like Scooter Gennett suffered a pretty serious injury just a while ago. Told his trainer “it popped” .. .appears to be a groin injury while playing the outfield.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sounds bad

      • Dave D says:
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        That shouldn’t affect any Razzball owners, should it Sir Grey? I’m 0/8 invested on him. I am guilty of drafting Fulmer. That, Newcomb and Reynaldo are my only blaspemies against Grey this year but I did before rankings. The only one I’d defend is Lopez who I kinda of like despite my 97% agreement with el Maestro Gris

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t own him anywhere

  74. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Would you drop Keuchel for Peralta? Unless he signs imminently, he’s just a wasted roster spot (for quite a while). Who is the best pitcher you would not pick up for Keuchel?

    • Norm Ginsber says:
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      Not worded well. Who would be a fair trade candidate for Keuchel? Note: Boris implies he’s close to signing — which means nothing.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Boris? I wouldn’t want Keuchel… I would want Peralta

  75. SteveNZ says:
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    What’s happening with this Carson Kelly fellow? Not seeing him in any spring lineups. Is he going to be any going to be any use to us fantasy baseballers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not playing?

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        mlb depth charts.com. ARI team list.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        I hadn’t seen his name but maybe I haven’t been looking on the right days!

        In any case I discovered that Alfaro had gone undrafted so I pulled the old switcheroo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha, nice!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        C Sanchez
        1B Goodrum
        2B McNeil
        3B Rendon
        SS Macho Man
        CI Moustakas
        MI Pinder
        OF Puig
        OF Eloy
        OF Upton
        OF Meadows
        OF Allen
        U Krush Davis
        BN Senzel

        SP Scherzer Mikolas Glasnow Strahm McHugh Peacock
        RP Vazquez Doolittle Romo Bradley Betances

        My FCL team. Last pick tried to get peep I have no where else.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have Goodrum at 1B and Pinder at MI and McNeil at 2B, Allen at OF…Well, you know, why. Cause you own Scherzer… I do like the pitching, but what’s not to like there, you have Scherzer

          • frankgrimes says:
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            Yup! FCL is whacky so I tried the Max route (not very well haha). I’ll be steaming the Crons and batty calls for sure.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  76. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 team h2h 5×5.
    C molina
    1B rizzo
    2B mondesi (SS)
    SS story
    OF (3) acuna, mcclutchin, rosario
    util (2) a.rosario,
    otani DH
    SP: corbin, marquez, ryu, archer, the SD useful 3 (padd/strahm/lucch), gibson
    RP (max 6 slots, plan on later at least dropping whichever BOS guy isn’t closing, assuming that the lesser talented brasier but too early to say): kimbrel, both BOS guys, alvarado, stricland

    this is a newbie money league, somebody dropped eloy, who’s my drop here (i’ll get another hitter for sure when otani is FINALLY DL’d)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brasier

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        man this league isn’t competitive, not only did some whiptard drop eloy, my 10 waiver didn’t get him (used it for strickland earlier, JUST in time for his 2 saves actually), BUT it only lost to the 9 waiver. people in this league are special stupid, the guy who dropped eloy did it for tatis (no NA slots here either), who’s almost certainly up later anyway (even if we give him the rankings on them prospect-wise)

        anyhoo i need 2 more hitters now (dropped renfroe to get strickland, decent bats abound in this shallow 12’er), brasier is currently listed as the better side of the co-closer BOS at depthcharts.com. you probably already knew that though. i could just wait and grab 2 bats when otani is ruled out sometime in the next 4-5 days. which of these are best for this roster:
        cron, renfroe, mancini, j.polanco (good night rudy likes this guy FAR more than ADP, or even more so yahoo rankings, you can sometimes get this guy in the last rounds of 16 teamers, probably due to his lack of real speed or power, but if he hits for average and bats 2nd…), adames, franchy, grichuk, palka.

        – in more weird news, yahoo now ranks the SD upside rookies OVER lucchesi (i have all 3 here of course, but lucchesi can be found later and later in yahoo drafts over the last say week)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Palka, Renfroe

  77. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – if Tildaddy is batting cleanup instead of leading off, does that boost his overall counting stats for you? Maybe runs roughly stable but rbi up by like 20?

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      You ask a lot of easy to answer shit. Do you actually read what he writes or just sit there and keep asking dumb shit? For someone that posts so much you’d think you’d know this. Ask about another trade tool.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks for your apparently deep interest in my random post comments! Best of luck in your drafts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just flips his runs and RBIs, that 20 count sounds about right

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  78. Launch Angle says:
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    10-team standard, roto league. I own Gennett who looks like he will be out a while. Need a 2B replacement.

    Grey and Razzballers, my choices on the FA markets are:

    Schoop, Senzel (might be called back with Gennett down). Lourdes Gurriel and Joey Wendle. Who should I go with? I think I need to lean Schoop and Senzel for decent power and counting stats.

    My lineup:

    C Ramos
    1B Voit
    2B Gennett (groin injury)
    3B Shawn
    OF Yelich, Acuna, Rosario
    UTIL Mondesi, Robles

    • Launch Angle says:
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      Forgot to include my SS – Story

    • Captain Obvious says:
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      Pfft

      • Captain Obvious says:
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        Sometimes I want to launch angle people for being stupid.

        • Captain Obvious says:
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          And it’s 10 team. No one can help you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  79. Jc says:
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    What are your thoughts, recommendations on this squad? 12 team, H2H, standard ESPN league. Thank you.

    C- Ramos
    CI- Aguilar, C Santana, Gurriel
    MI- Trea, Segura, Odor
    LF- Acuna, CF Inciarte, RF Palka, OF Mullens, OF Rhys
    Util: J ONeil (until Ohtani returns)
    Bench- JoMa, Leonys
    IL- Ohtani
    SP- Carresco, Strasburg, Wheeler, Berrios, Castillo, Bieber
    RP- Britton, Seranthony, Ottavino (holds league, punting saves)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      J ONeill? Is that Tyler?

      Your pitching is stacked and your hitting looks solid enough, crazy MI… You might be a little low on power

      • Jc says:
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        Thanks for the feedback. I used your pitching guidance and loaded up well into the draft. It is Jeff McNeil not ONeil….I should never type before coffee!

        Side note: I enjoy SON’s hoops commentary.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, SON’s solid… No problem

  80. braves uk says:
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    Early morning Grey! Or anyone else…

    Have waivers in one hour.

    15 team roto. SP5: Julio Urias, Freddie Peralta or Anibal Sanchez?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta

      • Braves UK says:
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        Thanks, that was v helpful!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. Brian says:
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    I’m curious how much stock you put into what division a pitcher is in. Do you know off-hand (feels like a Rudy question) what percentage of games any given pitcher might throw within their own division? Thanks.

    • i don’t put a lot of stock in it. AL East has always been the toughest but you’re pretty much just losing a couple extra starts when your guys face NYY or BOS (and less if NYY or BOS pitchers). i think it’s a little overrated to be honest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not that much, might push me in one way or other in a coin flip

  82. The Man says:
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    Here’s the squad I drafted last night. I’m feeling pretty good heading into the season. Thoughts?

    C: Alfaro
    1B: Bellinger
    2B: Shaw
    SS: Mondesi
    3B: Bryant
    IF: Muncy
    IF: Segura
    OF: Trout
    OF: Dahl
    OF: Bader
    OF: Santana
    UTIL: Senzel

    SP: Flaherty
    SP: Marquez
    SP: Wheeler
    SP: Glasnow
    SP: Lucchesi
    SP: Skaggs
    SP: Strahm
    RP: LeClerc
    RP: Alvarado
    RP: Bradley
    RP: Strickland
    RP: Boxberger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • The Man says:
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        12-points league

        • The Man says:
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          What do you think of the team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your hitting looks sweet, I like the Mondesi, Trout, Shaw, Belly…All of them really and you know I love your pitching… You know I love this team, they’re all my faves!

  83. steve stevenson says:
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    So while I’m eagerly awaiting the best ball writeup, quick questions on the format (9 bats, 7 pitchers, 14-man bench):

    1. When do you start thinking about taking injured guys like Severino and Ohtani?
    2. How far does Mondesi slide where the points are +1 BB and -1 K?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Where they’re ranked, like 150 overall 2. He didn’t fall that far, I drafted him in the 5th

  84. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: saw your comment this week about alvarado but curious if there are any other closers you have been targeting or just ended up with multiple shares of. I know, sagnof and all, but gotta start somewhere….thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have Strickland on so many teams, and drafted before the Japan games

      • Herschel says:
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        Gracias. Not drafting til next weekend so guess some questions might be answered by then.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: also, out of curiosity, did you end up with any shares of Bregman? I’m staring at Bregman vs Arenado in first round and kind of agree about the seemingly doucheness of Bregman.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I didn’t

          • Herschel says:
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            @Grey: Assuming you still like him more than Arenado? Getting caught up in a Torenado just seems like so much more fun….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do like him more

              • Hershel says:
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                Cool. Thanks man…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  85. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    12 team OPS, QS h2h dynasty auction. keep max 18 (25 total roster) predraft with max 257 predraft and max 342 during draft. see how i did here. mallex went out there early, wasn’t willing to get into war for him, DID get into war for hampson (i know he’s probably not starting, but i don’t need him to start and have 10 NA slots if he goes down) and laureano later (last spot filled). we can cut contracts with no penalty and in season there is no budget. FA adds that weren’t drafted/kept cost 10 (unless you win a guy for more than 10 FAAB, then it’s that price). anybody dropped costs his draft/keeper price. contracts are 3 years long, prospects clocks don’t start till the season they go over their limits
    C molina14 (1) (i missed that jansen wasn’t owned, he went for 11)
    1B freeman 47 (1, had to match, i didn’t know goldy (42) and rizzo (36) weren’t being kept at higher prices)
    2B moncada 1 (3)
    SS peraza 10 (2)
    3B rendon 26 (3)
    LF k.davis 25 (1, matched)
    CF robles 10 (0)
    RF stanton 35 (3)
    util (2) schwarber LF 1 (2)
    braun 1B/LF 9 (1, he’s LOVED by the rudy tools for OPS)
    BN hampson 2B/SS 13 (0)
    BN laureano CF 19 (1,if mallex goes later i go to war for him, he went for 14 and i didn’t KNOW at that time how cheap i was going to get most of these other players for), and NOBODY decent for steals laying around.

    SP morton 5 (2)
    hendricks 10 (1, matched)
    reyes 10 (0)
    paddack 10 (0)
    nola 22 (2)
    ed rod 11 (1, great price here, bieber was 18, kershaw bid up to 27)
    lucchesi 6 (1, natch)
    streamer slot later too

    RP: (max room for 5, saves only, knew i wasn’t spending anything further here, during draft):
    -chapman 10 (1, matched, odd he wasn’t bid higher since guys like kenley DURING draft went for like 29)
    -treinen 7 (2)
    – yates 13 (2)

    NA (10) kieboom 10 (0)
    w.franco 10 (0, just won)
    DL kopech 1 (0)

    if hampson starts i probably don’t need laureano but we’re far from knowing that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not sure you need Hampson or Laureano anyway, your team looks very solid in speed, and, since it’s OPS, I’m not sure if that’s great… Don’t love Morton, but I guess keeper, and your pitching looks decent otherwise, tho I don’t know about Reyes… Team looks okay for H2H…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        the speed part going from war room. anywho, i could drop laureano for one of these easily: cron, white, grichuk, smoak, palka, kang, r-zimm, choi for higher OPS. if hampson goes down i could just add one of those, no drops.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  86. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    15 team keep 11

    Really going for 2020

    Got offered Domingo Santana, Willy Adames, Navaez, first and a second in 2020 for my Contreras and Jordan Hicks and a couple of late rounders not likely to keep them unless Hicks goes nuts.

    What ya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it for you

  87. Captain Obvious says:
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    I have a solution for everyone asking about their team.
    https://razzball.com/war-room/
    I have fun team I’d like to share. Looks pretty good. Did this in an auction 12 team Yahoo h2h league.
    C Cisco
    1b Shaw
    2b Baez
    3b Machado
    SS Chris Taylor
    Of Trout
    Of Betts
    Of Acuna
    Ut Cesar Hernandez
    Ut Domingo Santana
    Bn Jake Bauers
    Bn Ohtani the hitter

    Sp Eduardo Rodriguez
    Sp Joey Lucchesi
    Rp Iglesias
    Rp Parker
    P Dominguez
    P Strickland
    P Steckenrider
    P Brasier
    Bn Glasnow
    Bn Pineda
    Bn Matz

    It will be one of my most interesting teams ever. Should be interesting. The war room says I’m pretty close to the top of most categories in pitching and I’m killing it in hitting. Watch everyone get hurt lol.

    • I find it difficult to believe you could get 3x top ten players in Trout (ADP 1.01), Betts (1.02) & Acuna (1.08) in a 12-team league. Plus Baez, a late 2nd/early 3rd round equivalent?

      I realize it’s auction format, but that’s a trio that should have taken a massive % of your budget to acquire, plus Baez. How’s that possible in a 12-team auction? Was no one else bidding? Was this a mock draft? Free public league?

      Yes; it’s an interesting team. there’s zero question you’d dominate hitting. There’s a lot of questions about the folks you drafted with who allowed that to happen.

      Pitching is pretty shaky. EdRod has nice K’s but gives up the long ball a lot, Glasnow & Matz could both be ok, but maybe SP4s ok. I like Lucchesi, but beyond that your SP is rough.

      Still, scratching my head at those top 4 hitters. That….shouldn’t happen.

      • Captain Obvious says:
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        Trout 62
        Betts 61
        Acuna 43
        Baez 31
        Machado 39
        Iglesias 6
        I think the rest were 1 $.

          • Oh I believe the league exists, I just question what your league mates we’re spending their money on while you were drafting the big three. Given your overall budget, those prices still seem relatively low which allowed you to also land Machado and Baez.

            That group of hitters would be impressive for a 10 team redraft league.

            That said, there’s no doubt that you’re pitching suffered the most. You’re heading should keep you in it, but you might want to consider trading for a Lidget them at Ace, because I can’t see you being competitive in the pitching categories with that group as assembled.

            I’m guessing that is a free public league?

            Good luck to you.

            • Lucky dog says:
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              Agh, Voice to text is killing me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  88. Dear Penthouse,

    i never thought this would happen to me.

    Wait – wrong letter. dang it!

    Here’s my one and only sucktastic team this year I hate it more than i hated my team last year that won my 6X6 in the same league. It’s my oldest fantasy league with the same 11 geeks more or less for 20 years.

    6th cats are OBP & WHIP, because we aren’t friggin savages.

    Big teams, big benches.
    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, 5x OF, Util
    8 man bench

    1.08 pick, because god hates me and wants me to be miserable.

    C – Alfaro (or a PTBNL, don’t care)
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Albies
    MI – Andrus
    SS – Seager
    3B – K.Bryant – uh, go cubbies?
    CI – Suarez
    OF – Acuna (go Braves?), Springer, McCutchen, Eljoy, Buxton
    Util – Devers
    BN – Meadows, TyWhite, Marte, Wendle

    SP – DeGrom, Clevenger, Morton, L.Castillo, Lucchesi, Bieber, Musgrove, Matz, Teheran
    RP – Viz, Fresh Prince, Willie Peralta, Joe Jiménez

    I feel so light everywhere. Pitching feels especially tough. 8th suuuuucked, I missed Dahl by one pick, and (of lesser importance) only landed 2 closers. This will be rectified in short order.

    I feel like I need an awful lot to go right with my youts, too. Eljoy, Meadows, Acuna, Devers – I drafted the all-upside team. I’ve done this before and have had awesome teams and terrible teams. I need sound bounce-back seasons from a couple folks too.

    Ask me how much I hated the McCutchen pick. Go ahead ask I HATED IT!

    Anyway, as always I value your thoughts, sir. Peace and love and fantasy baseball are in the air again and now I can go finish my letter to Penthouse,.

    LD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love Morton, but the pitching doesn’t look bad, you did go a little yout heavy, but I like the ones you have… I think Eloy and Acuna are gonna be steals this year, even with their high prices… McCutchen looks to be in a great spot this year… The team looks pretty solid overall, you’re being hard on yourself

      • I’m being hard on myself is the title of my sex tape!

        Also I got Eljoy in the 13th,, so I felt like the value was pretty solid.

        Love Acuna, but I’m often a sophomore slump magnet.

        I kinda got trapped into Suarez, McCutch, Andrus & Devers by that too – how far they fell. I kept saying, “that’s just too good a value to pass up” which can be good for one guy, but probably not 4-5. Dunno, we’ll see.

        I also don’t love Morton. That was a shaky pick when I missed Dahl by 1 pick & got flustered.

        Thanks for the feedback though – I always hate every team the night I draft it, but after sleeping on it & looking at the rest of the league I think I’ll compete.

        Looks like Romo to close for MIA. Drop Kettle Marte for him or one of my non-closer RP?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… Yeah, Marte for Romo

  89. GanGGreen says:
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    Hey grey..I finally had my draft last nite. Its a 12 team auction 6×6 rotisserie. What do you think of my team?
    C: Contreras
    1st: Hoskins
    2nd: Mondesi
    3rd: Machado
    SS: Seager
    Of: Yelich
    OF: Mazara
    OF: Piscotty
    Uty: Tim Anderson
    Bench: Odor, Schwarber, Healey, Verdugo, Goodrum, teoscar hernandez.

    Sp: Snell
    Sp: Corbin
    Rp: Chapman
    Rp: Roe
    P: Kelvin Herrera
    P: Trevor Richards
    P: Peacock
    Bench: Musgrove, Gibson, Nate Jones
    Who should i be looking to drop? Im not sure whos available yet but alot of relief pitchers are . I didnt get to grab more starters because others had alot more in in the budget left then i.. My bench bats are hitting well this spring. Is it terrible

    • THE JU says:
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      Hughes, and romo, are out there

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You don’t need more RPs, you need more SPs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop Jones, and your entire bat bench except Odor and Schwarber… Your pitching is okay, but that is a huge dropoff from your top tier guys to your next tier… You have no #2s, just two #1s and a bunch of other guys

      • GanGGreen says:
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        Should i trade Odor for Tyler White? I named a bunch of starters available under nearh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

    • Ganggreen says:
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      Available players are, hector rondon, devinski, Diego Castillo, hughes, bleier, bud norris, justin miller , sean alexander, brasier, jose Alverez, claudio, Winkler, Rodney, Jacob Barnes, Barrclaugh, Burnes. Thats all relievers.
      Starters available are saroka,, max fried, Junis, louisasiga, Gausmen, Shoemaker, joe ross, Reynaldo Lopez, Bassit, Rodon, kingham, Chase Anderson, Smyly, Pomeranze, Straily, Montas, Fiers, sonny Gray, domingo German, Derick Rodeiguez, Roark, Brett Keller, Lauer,
      Please help me out Grey Thanks!

  90. Jc says:
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    I have JoMa on my 12 team, H2H league. This is an ESPN league counting ten hitting cats so he could be useful with adequate playing time or a trade to the AL (how has that not happened? Instead they resign him?).
    1. Anyway, about what kind of OF or CI would you think he could fetch?
    2. I usually make the playoffs so patience is key for me. Maybe I hold him and see what shakes out or are you trying to move him now?

    • Jc says:
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      Crap. Just rechecked your rankings. Unless they have changed it looks like he has no value LOL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. What kind of hitter can a guy not in your league get? I don’t know, maybe Goodrum 2. Sure

      • Jc says:
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        Got it. I think I will hold JoMa for now and grab Polanco once I move Ohtani to IL. I know he won’t be in the lineup for awhile but upside seems significant compared to others on the wire. That gives me several RF options to sort out over time. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense

  91. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you rather have: Gio Gonzalez, or Kyle Gibson? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        ok thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  92. Anon says:
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    Mr Grey,

    Thank you once again for all the content – for what seems like the 10th year in a row (Whenever you made fun of Matthew Berry in an interview and I found out about you) – followed your guide and have a team of youngins oozing with tremendous upside potential. 12-team 10-cat ESPN H2H

    C-Alfraro
    1b-Gallo
    2b-Shaw
    3b-Muncy
    SS-Story
    OF-Trout
    OF-Benintendi
    OF-Dahl
    UTIL-Mondesi
    UTIL-Mazara
    B-Eduardo Escobar
    B-Domingo Santana
    B-Ramon Laureano
    B-Palka
    B-Mullins

    Pitchers: Flaherty, German, Happ, Lucchesi, Ryu, Stripling Glasnow, Wade Davis, Mychel Givens

    Couple comments – I kinda miss the $12 salads, the donkeycorns, and the brain freezes. I’m too old to learn new (7-11) terminology!

    Also – I liked the tiers sheet that you used to make – found it handy during drafts – I wonder if it could ever make a comeback?

    Thanks again

    Anon

    • Grey

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      Tier sheets are in the War Room… VinWins used to do separate sheet, but he disappeared, hope he’s okay… As for $12 Salads, have to let new writers choose their own path…

      Love your pitching and hitting, I think you’re rock solid on pitching, all guys I love, I think you’re maybe light on speed on hitting, but it’s totally fine, and it’s not bad…

  93. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. Which pairing do you prefer? Yelich/Bryant or Bregman/ Soto? Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich/Bryant

  94. Cable says:
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    H/H points league…..if you were trading Scherzer for two SPers who would expect and be happy with getting back in return

    • Grey

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      A top 10 and top 20 SP, but it’s not a great move

  95. Kevin says:
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    15 Team NFBC. Thoughts?

    C: Alfaro
    C: C Kelly
    1B: P Alonso
    2B: Albies
    3B: Baez
    SS: Segura
    MI: McNeil
    CI: I Happ
    OF: Acuna
    OF: Benitendi
    OF: Ozuna
    OF: Eloy
    OF: D Santana
    Util: Palka

    P: E Rodriguez
    P: JA Happ
    P: Lucceshi
    P: Archie Bradley
    P: Woodruff
    P: Gibson
    P: F Peralta
    P: Toussaint
    P: B Parker

    Bench:
    Boxberger
    D Fletcher
    Shoemaker
    Cishek
    Renato

    • Grey

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      Love this pitching staff, for 15 teamer, it’s great… Well done there… And I love the hitting, how’d you get this team? You cheat? Seriously, solid team…

  96. The Great Knoche says:
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    No Touki….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, I mean, nope

    • i don't want to brag but i got irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      holy crap that’s dirt, probably the biggest depth charts being wrong dirt (unless mcmahon also isn’t on the good side of the platoon) so far. but of course i’m sure nobody assumed mcmahon vs hampson too much, it IS COL on that one. touki i’m glad i didn’t pay for in too many spots though.

      just saw the gausman news, didn’t know about that either, now b.wilson/wright got the spots.

    • Grey

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      Eek

  97. i don't want to brag but i got irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    20 teamer redraft h2h with OPS, total bases, slugging, hits, QS, holds, BB’s, total innings, complete games, shutouts added. 80 moves per year. 2 of those get done when hill and otani get DL’d finally, one for a RP. so 3.63 per week. drafted 11th in odds.
    C iannetta (barely missed jansen, wasn’t paying for catcher in a 20 teamer, 18)
    1B rizzo (2)
    2B mcneil (this guy actually has speed, forecaster shows him with very good speed, could’ve went some dude named marwin instead, but no speed there, 15, might be able to trade j.polanco to somebody for a 2B later when otani and senzel are up)
    SS segura (4)
    3B mostsuckass (7, it hurt my SP slightly by grabbing him, but the fall off from him to other 3B’s…)
    OF (3) stanton (1, i’ve now had stanton in this league every year, never gotten lower than 3rd)
    – gallo 1B (5)
    – bauers 1B (13)
    util (1) j.polanco (16)
    BN senzel 3B/OF (12, my only non dynasty senzel, he finally fell to his ADP here)
    DL (3)otani DH (9)

    SP (want 8): corbin (3), paddack (10), gibson (14), junis (17), burnes (19), shoemaker (21),
    hudson (23)
    RP (max 5): hader (he usually goes higher, the projections of rudy finally assume there is a good change kimbrel might miss time by now too, 6), barnes (11), parker (20), buttrey (22)
    DL: (3) hill (8)

    war room only goes up to 16 teams, says i’m obviously week in steals (bauers helps, otani/senzel also will when up, mcneil too), says i’m actually above 100% for 16 teamer in HR’s (so good for OPS), in the 80’s for runs and RBI’s. very strong in ratios for pitchers.

    • i don't want to brag but i got irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      i ranked this league badly apparently, didn’t notice j.kelly isn’t owned, clearly he’s my RP add if nobody else notices this in time, gotta wait on the DL’s for hill and otani. so i’ll add a shitty SP and kelly.

      • i don't want to brag but i got irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        tried going the old .64/.25 (higher since h2h for depth)/.11 here, ended up going .60/.284/.117 on hitter/sp/rp. and possibly could’ve went even lower on hitting maybe (could’ve went say laureano over bauers, but OPS rater has bauers a good amount higher, loves j.polanco too)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Meh, not that big a loss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, looks weak in speed — Gallo will do that — but some decent balance… Good buys on Bauers, Seagura, Suckass, McNeil, etc… I like that hitting! Your pitching looks decent, if a bit risky with Shoemaker, Burnes, etc, but guys that I do like!

      • i don't want to brag but i got irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        had i not gone mostsuckass when i saw he was still there at pick 131 i’d have had bieber instead of hill. hill per game is quite highly ranked though (and higher than bieber), lower overall from his constant DL stints. when nabbing segura i had about 5 guys technically ranked higher (e.rosario/puig etc) but in a 20 with only 3 OF spots the dropoff from a good SS to a bad one (plus i badly needed steals at that stage) is large, not so much on puig/rosario to gallo in an OPS league.

        – i only missed mondesi at 70th overall by 6 total picks.

  98. JMAC says:
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    In a 5×5 OBP H2H Keep any 5 league (1 SP mandatory)

    Only pitcher worth anything is Strasburg

    For Bats have:

    K Bryant
    J Segura
    M Ozuna
    S Marte
    O Albies
    M Haniger

    Which 4 of the bats would you keep?

    Thanks!

    • Jmac says:
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      And Realmuto*

    • goodfold2 says:
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      bryant, segura, ozuna and probably albies over marte (from age, and i know grey’s pretty sure marte’s speed is about to die, or mostly die)

    • Grey

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      Agree with goodfold

  99. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Big money draft in 20 min! wooooo!

    1. I have the 5th overall pick in a shallow OBP league, was leaning towards J Ramirez in that format, but now his minor knee injury today has me questioning this. If these options were all available for you in a OBP format, how would you rank them at this moment?

    Yelich, Acuna, T Turner, J Ramirez, Arenado

    2. Would you be ok taking Lindor with the 15th overall pick?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      1. I wouldn’t draft Jo-Ram 2. Sure

  100. YC says:
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    *Grey reaches across his desk and picks up a folder titled “2019 Schmohawk List”. He places it flat on his desk and opens it to find a single sheet of paper. He runs his finger down the list and finds the name Jose Ramirez. Out of his Tout Wars championship coffee mug he pulls out a red marker. He places a check mark next to Ramirez’ name and closes the folder. He then reclines in his chair and a barely noticible smile creeps out of the corner of his mouth*

    • Grey

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      Haha, shh!

  101. William Hung says:
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    My projected draft got thrown out the window – Story and Benintendi both fell to me – so I went there 1/2 – now I am praying Mondesi and one of Hoskins/Bellinger are available in 20 something picks…

    • Grey

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      Not bad guys to fall to you!

      • William Hung says:
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        I couldn’t draft a starter through 6 rounds – here is my team:

        1B- Bellinger
        2B- Mondesi
        SS- Lindor
        OF- Betts, Benintendi
        UTIL- Story

        I’m debating on drafting Dahl next along with a T1/T2 starter or going with 2 T2 starters… and then saving that last OF spot for Conforto or Robles

        • Grey

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          Couldn’t or didn’t want to? The hitting looks stacked, I like it!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You’re ready for an SP

            • William Hung says:
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              I took Clevinger – looking to take one of Taillon and Wheeler the next time I pick

              • goodfold2 says:
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                what the hell sized league are those hitters all on your roster already AND clevinger AND taillon/wheeler are out there? good god that’s awesome. just start drafting even your first pitcher in the 7th round AND it’s clevinger?! if that’s even a 10 teamer that’s awesome. i know i’ve never seen a 12 teamer where even one of them is around at pick 73 (and that’s IF you were 1.1 and got trout with the 1st pick, clearly you here weren’t 1st so it would be even later than 73 overall where you got clevinger if a 12 teamer, albeit you probably were 1.2 overall, so 74th your pick in the 7th if a 12’er)

                • William Hung says:
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                  10 teamer – and we get 2 keepers

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    ok, so the keepers were clearly either NOT high end SP in most cases OR some were and they are the types you don’t want much of anyway. ok, believable, i guess, but still crazy that clevinger was around at pick in the 60’s AND taillon/wheeler still are. mookie likely a keeper there. probably mookie/story were for you. or lindor/mookie

                    • William Hung says:
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                      yea lindor/mookie – i was in total shock Story and Benintendi were both available for me when I was drafting. I had the last pick – i caught breaks when my mates were drafting SPs early.

          • William Hung says:
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            Didn’t want to with those bats available – I would’ve gone SP where I took Bellinger if he wasn’t available.

  102. William Hung says:
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    I might commit a mortal sin – drafting Buxton with my final pick

    • William Hung says:
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      Officially, this is my team coming out of the draft:
      C- Contreras
      1B- Bellinger
      2B- Mondesi
      3B- Shaw
      SS- Lindor
      OF- Betts, Benintendi, Dahl
      UTL- Story
      B- Buxton (last pick)
      SP- Clevinger, Marquez, Lucchesi, Glasnow, Stripling, Woodruff
      RP- Barnes, Bradley, Alvarado, Holland, Strickland, Brasier

      I messed up and drafted Bradley before knowing that Holland was the “closer” – the monkey wasn’t updated.

      So I’ll have a roster spot open once I drop Bradley. Gotta put Lindor in my IL spot and then put Story there, and probably drop Buxton for a different bat before the season starts for my UTIL spot – though I might just roll with Buxton for shits and giggles

      • goodfold2 says:
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        that holland shit came out only a total of a few hours ago. i missed getting holland (had harris as my worst RP, he’ll get more holds) by like 12 minutes in a few spots today off FA.

  103. brett says:
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    grey

    if alonso makes the mets what would you project for him?

    also did u update your projections for eloy with him making the team?

  104. Elwood Blues says:
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    NL Only 5×5
    Would you rather have $3 Velasquez, $7 Weaver.. or $6 Wilmer Flores.. or none of the above.

    Trying to decide if I just hold onto VV.. or trade him for either of those players.. trade VV to move up in our prospect draft

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