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 Kenta Maeda, Chris Paddack and Brandon Woodruff. They’ve moved way up ranks this year with one making the jump to my top 20 starters, and, well, can you believe ESPN ranked Paddack 263rd overall last year? Yeah, well, Woodruff was unranked by Yahoo and ESPN. As with other target posts, these guys are being drafted after the top 200 overall. A quick aside portion of the program, as for the coronavirus aka Covid-19 aka “The Disease That Apparently Hates Baseball,” I’m not pretending it’s not going on, but some people still have drafts, and if I liked these guys before the virus started karaoke’ing to Public Enemy’s Shut ‘Em Down, I still like them. There are upcoming RCL drafts, and I plan on doing another NFBC league for s’s and g’s to pass time until the National Pastime returns. Is there more interest from you in another NFBC draft vs. me vs. youse? Let me know in the comments. (Side note within side note:  If NFBC is still doing new leagues, I’m hearing conflicting reports.) Also, all Steamer hitter projections have been updated to 100 games, and all 2020 fantasy baseball rankings have been updated. Anyway, here’s some starters to target for 2020 fantasy baseball:

Frankie Montas (ESPN 200) If NFBC or Yahoo or ESPN aren’t listed in the parenthesis, the player is being drafted before 200. I mention this specifically now because ESPN’s just got a bunch of WUTs and I don’t want people to think Montas is really going to be drafted this late in all leagues. You should pay attention to ADP, because if you want a guy, it’s fine to wait, but don’t wait so long you miss them. Also, here’s my Frankie Montas sleeper.

Kenta Maeda (ESPN 206) As I said in my Kenta Maeda sleeper, I’m overjoyed to be putting him on my fantasy teams, and that was, wait for it, here it comes, where the hell did I put it, what on earth, it was right here…*empties George Constanza-like wallet*…oh, here it is…That was before his trade where his value went even higher. Give me all those Maeda shares!

Joe Musgrove (NFBC 212, ESPN unranked, Yahoo 214) Say what you want about me and my gorgeous head of hair, but I write my sleeper posts in November of previous year, and then you see people saying things like, “Joe Musgrove sleeper,” in February and March and I’m like, “Um, yeah, dude, I invented that nonsense. Take a seat.” Honestly, it goes for nearly all my sleepers. I say that shizz so early, then people come along and wanna rock wit’ me. But, please, pretend like I’m not inventing this shizz and everyone isn’t following along.

Marcus Stroman (NFBC 216, ESPN unranked, Yahoo 208) Okay, unlike Montas, Maeda, and Musgrove, Marcus (say that fast 117 times!) is not a raging pants tents for fantasy baseballers. People must not believe me when I say his Ks went up after the trade to the Mets (they did), and I’m picturing that picture of a pitcher (seriously, Dr. Seuss is writing this shiz now) to continue into 2020. If, by chance, Stroman doesn’t have a 9+ K/9, though I think it will be close, he still has a 3.76 ERA in 850 career IP and has an insane ground ball rate. I have no idea why others aren’t into Stroman, but I am. Also, a Marcus Stroman sleeper.

Jose Urquidy (NFBC 229, ESPN unranked) It’s a huge range of ADPs here since Yahoo has Urquidy within the top 200 and ESPN hasn’t even ranked him, but ESPN is out to lunch, and lunch is the brain custard of their co-workers so they’re zombies ghost riding their rankings. With 145 IP thrown last year, Urquidy *could* (asterisks for emphasis not as some kind of low-rent Astros symbol) throw 120 IP and be a 9 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 guy. That’s a neutral luck guy with a 3.50 ERA and a top 20 starter year. Verlander, Greinke and the whole Astros organization can go into the nearest trash can, but Uriquidy looks primed for a breakout. Josh James? Yeah, him too, but I like Urquidy more, even though consensus is James.

Mitch Keller (NFBC 232, ESPN unranked, Yahoo 220) Price is good for Keller from what I’ve seen *insert sunglasses emoji* but I do have a little nagging feeling that the Pirates will never have anything nice. Of course, that’s unfair. A guy on the Pirates can be great, as soon as they get off the Pirates. I kid (sorta).

Julio Urias (ESPN 243) These starters who are going after 200 in ESPN (Maeda, Montas, Urias, Heaney, Odorizzi) are, honestly, goofy. I wrote a sleeper post for some of them, so you could draft them at like 140th overall instead of 160, but someone of these? I mean, Urias at 243? That’s laughably misguided. That’s why I say shizz like if an ESPN ‘pert were in your draft, he would even reveal to you that his rankings for Urias are likely around 150th overall. They don’t use their own rankings! Any hoo! Urias is a full, shortened season of innings away from a top 20 starter year. Stop navel gazing, and get in on that Urias!

Ryan Yarbrough (NFBC 260, ESPN 251, Yahoo 244) Trying to think back to last year and remember if my pitching sleepers were so obvious to me, but were being so slept on and not drafted high by anyone as much as this year, and I can’t remember, so that was a waste of my time. Me screaming at my brain, “Stop wasting time trying to remember shizz!” Well, whatever the case was in previous years, I’m seeing so many sweet, sexy — sweexy? — picks, that I’m most excited about my chances for getting a great pitching staff again this year without drafting a top starter. Ya know how they say if you don’t know who the sucker is at a poker table, you’re the sucker? The people drafting Scherzer, Sale, etc. are the suckers. More:  Ryan Yarbrough sleeper.

Adrian Houser (NFBC 261, ESPN unranked, Yahoo 275) I understand that he had a 1.47 ERA as a reliever last year in 30 2/3 IP and a 4.57 ERA in 80 2/3 IP as a starter. You’re not telling me anything I don’t know. Why are we now relying on ERA for Houser when we’ve never relied on it for anything else? His other stats as a starter: 9/4 K/9; 2.9 BB/9; 3.71 FIP; 52% ground ball rate with a 4.4 launch angle, and a 86 MPH exit velocity. Most of those numbers should be obvious, but, for those that don’t know, an 86 MPH is top 10 in the majors for weak exit velocity and that ground ball rate is great (would’ve been top 5 in the league). So, to wrap this up with words vs. numbers. Houser produces weak contact on the ground when he’s not striking guys out.

Andrew Heaney (ESPN 283) When drafting this holiday season (holiday season for fantasy baseballers is in March), just draft from this target list by going, “Eeny, Heaney, miney, Yarbrough.” Okay, and pulling one of my favorites from my Andrew Heaney sleeper post, “Andrew Heaney is getting people to swing and miss and has the 11th best ability to avoid contact in the strike zone.” And that’s me quoting me! If you only draft based on Swinging Strike rate, you can’t go that wrong. Heaney was 13th best in the majors.

Jake Odorizzi (ESPN 286) I nearly wrote an Odorizzi sleeper post, but I didn’t think he’d be drafted late enough in most leagues, then ESPN did a number two on their rankings and Odorizzi is a steal in at least those leagues. I’m going to keep this super simple for you. On our Player Rater last year, Odorizzi was the 22nd best starter. To rank him as your 73rd best starter, as ESPN did, should disqualify them from ranking anything ever. Wanna know their top five rappers? Sorry, they lost the privilege. Wanna know mine? Rakim, Eminem, Tupac, Biggie, Kendrick Lamar. GTFO out of here with Jay Z.

Yonny Chirinos (NFBC 290, ESPN unranked, Yahoo 226) Yarbrough and Yonny are back-to-back in my top 80 starters, and that’s why I basically flipped a coin on which one to write a sleeper post. I did it for Yarbrough, but could’ve done it for Yonny. To show personal growth, I’m actually excited for Yonny to come into games in the 2nd inning and pitch four innings. Bring on four great innings and a win. I’ll take it, thank you. I’m thanking him, not you.

Johnny Cueto (NFBC 320, ESPN unranked, Yahoo 295) Just throw out his last year and ignore it. Was a lost year. So, instead look at his career numbers, 1856 1/3 IP and a 3.35 ERA. Sure, ERA’s dumb, but around 300th overall in drafts? Okay, that seems like a dumb-easy draft pick.

Chris Bassitt (NFBC 342, ESPN unranked, Yahoo 291) We’re admittedly so deep here you don’t even need great reasons to draft a guy, but Bassitt’s fastball velocity went up a tick, and became around the 7th best fastball in the majors for wins above value. He also dropped his slider usage dramatically, which is great because the pitch was a dud, while doubling his change usage, another positive pitch for him. Sometimes a different mix is all someone needs. A different mix for Bassitt should have you mutt-ering greatness. Worse pun ever? Perhaps.

Pablo Lopez (NFBC 370, ESPN 273, Yahoo unranked) Very similar to Bassitt. Lopez has solid stuff, but needs to find the right mix. He’s scrapping the bleh K/9 of 8, but if he can get up to 9 like he was in the minors, people are gonna be shocked by Lopez’s season. Well, people other than us.

Kevin Gausman (NFBC 374, ESPN unranked, Yahoo 374) Honestly, I think I could’ve listed another ten starters. There’s so many guys from my top 100 starters who I love that are being drafted way late. You might not need to draft a starter in the top 100 overall and still put together a solid team. Though, don’t take that literal. You need to have some starters who are safer than these guys. At least three of the pitchers I listed here will break out, but they do have risk. (And one will break out and ESPN will still rank them after 200th overall again next year, i.e. Hello, Maeda; hello, faddah.)

 
  1. Crazy J says:
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    I might have etch this on my laptop somewhere!

    “it’s fine to wait, but don’t wait so long you miss them”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right underneath, “Erase browser history every night.”

  2. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    All of these guys are definitely players of interest. Could field a pretty solid staff just from this group.

    It should be mentioned that in competitive leagues, Montas and Urias won’t sniff those ADPs. Can basically cut them in half. Got Montas in the 11th round of an early 12 teamer I did almost a month ago, and took him in the 7th in Rudy’s DC. He’s been going in the 100-120 pick range recently, and for good reason. Factoring in the abbreviated season, he’s a top 20 SP for me. Won’t have to worry about workload issues. Urias gets a nice bump too.

    Odorizzi is baffling to me. Increased velo, great team, solid profile. Been taking him around pick 180ish, happily.

    Have three shares of Bassitt too. Good, not great, stuff but seemed to optimize his pitch mix like you mentioned. Just one of those solid, boring guys to round out your staff.

    I’d toss Alex Wood into this group for sure. Last season was a lost one for him, but he’s back with the Dodgers, and has been confirmed as the 5th starter. In 304 IP in LA from 2017-18, he produced 25 wins with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Just under a strikeout per inning with great command. Saw a nice bump in velo this spring as one of the driveline guys with Kershaw and Jansen. Health/workload issues are lessened with the shortened season. Top 40 SP for me.

    I’m not as familiar with the current crop of rappers (as I’m a 90s guy), but that’s a solid top four. Rakim, Eminem, and Tupac would make mine, along with two of Biggie, Nas, Chuck D, Snoop, and Treach. Hard to narrow it down, so I’ll include them all.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, agreed on competitive leagues taking these guys earlier…Not really sure why people aren’t in on Odorizzi either…People realize he was good last year for a reason, right?

      Alex Wood’s a great call too, his price is so cheap and a bump in velo makes him viable…

      Treach is so overlooked! He’s like the Odorizzi of rappers!

      • Big Magoo

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        Right? People always seem to sleep on Treach. One of the best.

        I forgot to mention Ice Cube. He’d be in that mix for me too. And then I’d probably round out the top 10 with Jay Z. I agree with you that he’s overrated, but that doesn’t mean he’s bad. Consider him like Bregman. A consensus late 1st rounder who’s more of a late 2nd rounder.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I used to have Ice Cube as my #1 around 1995, times hasn’t treated the memory of his rapping skills very well, but he was one of the best

          • Big Magoo

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            C’mon now, those were the glory days of rap. Or maybe I’m looking at it through rose-tinted nostalgic glasses. He was great back then though.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed…Ice Cube was the best rapper from like 90-93

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Grey and @magoo: Who from this list do you like better for a quality start league?

      Heaney or Keller?

      I’m also pretty high on Civale. Lots of potential for a breakout.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Heaney

      • Big Magoo

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        Heaney over Keller. Keller has some upside, but he got knocked around big time last year. Need to see significant improvement to be able to trust him.

  3. whitt23 says:
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    Had a draft last night. 14 team league 6×6 with OPS and K/BB and saves+ holds. Ended up with a staff of Giolito, Woodruff, Maeda, Price, Bassit, Houser, Lynn, Cueto, Yamamoto, Pomeranz with Kimbrel and Hand as CL.

    Offense looks like Olson, K Marte, Story, Devers, Laureano, Robles, Peralta, Dozier, Grisham, Berti, Walker, Swanson, Newman, Berti, Hilliard, Madrigal and I won’t bother to list my catchers.

    I don’t know what to think of the team to be honest. I like the pitching but not sure what to make of the offense.

    Any feedback is appreciated.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      You might be a little late on power but all in all I like it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That staff is solid, I like most of those guys and Price is fine

      Your hitting looks like too many Bertis, but fine overall, looks pretty balanced…

  4. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Nice starter sleeper report.

    a. I like a lot of these SPs as sleepers. Only able to draft Odorizzi in a competitive draft.

    Drop any of the following for any of Lopez, Bassitt or Gausman.

    Bats
    Alfaro
    Olson
    Moose
    JRam
    Lindor
    CWalker
    Mondesi
    Shogo
    Peralta
    Schwarber
    Soler
    MallexSmith
    Bench Seth Brown, Madrigal, Myles Straw

    Arms
    SP Giolito, SGray, Lynn, Odorizzi, Ray, Pearson
    RP Yates, Hand, Hudson

    b. You were right about Sale. Say it, I told you so. Not to me, I didn’t draft him.

    c. MLB quote of the day for September 9, 1965

    ‘I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.’

    Sanford ‘Sandy’ Koufax, who pitched a perfect game on September 9, 1965 (hence the date) with 14 Ks. Didn’t pitch the 1st game of the 1965 WS because it fell on Yom Kippur. He went on to lead the Dodgers to the WS win in 7 games, pitching 3 games, including game 7 on 2 days rest.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey Ante,

      I’d lose Brown and Straw for Lopez and Gausman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A.Agree with DT

      B. Yeah, of course

      C. So good!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Thank you much, done and done on Lopez and Gausman.

        b. Will the innings limits of 1000 (min.) and 1400 (max.) still be in place when and if the season restarts? That would favor stockpiling pitchers wouldn’t it? ‘Cause you could go full on practically for the entire season. Or am I dreaming?

        c. Have a nice weekend.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          B. 1000 min. will be thrown out, we’ll have to see how many games we play if we put another in place… My guess is we don’t

          C. You too!

    • Thanks Ante!
      #32 the best ever – watching him blow absolute gas and mix in his filthy curve to render many elite hitters helpless was truly a work of art and so fun to watch.
      In addition, Sandy is a true role model and a class human being.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And Bill Nye too, simply bc he looks like him

        • Hahaha totally!

  5. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Grey: Excellent work once again! Much appreciated. Favorite Eric B and Rakim track is a toss-up between Don’t Sweat The Technique and Know The Ledge. You got the juice now man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Know the Ledge is oft-overlooked, great track! I love a lot of them, but Relax with Pep is great, under-radar track

  6. The Great Knoche says:
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    Guy I’ll throw out really late is Chatwood. Seems to have gotten his control at least back to a normal level. Almost a K/Inning guy going around 600. Super deep. He has 3 positive pitch values and a decent swinging strike%. Could actually turn out to be the #2 for Cubs this year if he continues to find the plate like he did at the end of last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s not bad call, I haven’t drafted him yet, but would

      • Beat the Bots says:
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        Taijuan Walker (velocity back, finally feels normal) and Cal Quantrill (assuming he gets a rotation spot) could be sneaky adds for a deep league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

  7. return2earth says:
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    aloha Grey!

    so if the season does take place and say there are only 100 games played .. teams decide that starters won’t have enough time to build back up to be able to pitch 5-7 innings per game and instead starters only go 3-4 innings .. this scenario makes me think 2-3 inning firemen & elite relievers/closers would be far more valuable than any starters at that point. you’d be able to grab wins & saves along w/ the ratios & Ks using players that are built for this type of situation.

    all of this is hypothetical but right now i’m thinking that players like Zach Eflin, Sandy Alcantara, Jose Urquidy ..etc. might not make sense this year due to the high variance of outcomes if it is a shortened season. it might make more sense to roster someone like Freddy Peralta, Corbin Burnes, Michael Lorenzen, Seth Lugo etc. because you’ll still get somewhere between 80-100 innings using players that understand how to be deployed in shorter stints where they can be most effective.

    it also wouldn’t shock me if teams use this season to let their older players/veterans rest and get the necessary surgeries for nagging injuries and let the kids get more run to see what they’ve got given the uncertainty.

    just had to get this out of my head. thanks for continuing with the content/pods. it helps and is appreciated during these strange times.

    • Grey

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      Starters don’t need 100 games to get up to speed, but might need 2 weeks to get up to 5 IP

      I think there’s something to guys who are able to go 120 IP of great pitching vs. 180 IP of just okay — so Julio Urias vs. Kyle Hendricks

  8. Earl says:
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    Does anyone have much concern taking Soto in first round since Rendon has left team? Not sure who will protect Soto behind him?

    Also, would anyone see issue taking Soto and Turner in 1st 2 rounds (if it can be done) since both are from Nats and I wonder if they will see much of drop in production this year again with Rendon leaving.

    • Cram It says:
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      Grey has both in the top 10, you know that right? Are you looking for someone to disagree with that?

      • Earl says:
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        not looking for any disagreement, was maybe wanting feedback of any concerns that losing Rendon might have on say Soto.

        Maybe having little concern over Nats offense this year but maybe my concern is not warranted.

        Thanks

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          I am even less concerned than Grey and DT. Harper left the year before, didn’t hurt Rendon at all. Nats WON the Worlds Series!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’m not concerned

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not concerned

  9. Earl says:
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    Is NFBC site still one of the better ones for source of ADP?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      They have a big sample of sharp drafters, just note what formats those people are drafting for…2 catcher, 5×5, roto, etc

    • packers2018 says:
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      Earl, Yes. Filter the number of teams to be more accurate. Keep in mind it’s a 5×5. So, if your league is different…….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  10. Powdered Toast Man says:
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    I’m with ya on Rakim. Erik B and Rakim never gets old.
    Followed The leader and I drafted:

    Odorizzi
    Houser
    Chirinos
    To go w my Cole Clevinger Cease and Garret Richards for SP

    What you think Grey?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Good staff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was just listening to Relax with Pep based on a comment above…

      Way more pitching than you likely need but don’t know how many teams, and I don’t love Cease, but it’s a flyer

      • Powdered Toast Man says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        Its a 15 team mixed league. Carry 15 offense players. Carry 10 pitchers and its save+hold so added Chirinos, Hand and Duffey.

        Cease has had a lot hype this year and looks like the Houser. Urquidy. Josh James tier though his home park could bite in the hinney.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, he’s ok to try if you want

  11. Dong Show says:
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    If Eovaldi can actually stay healthy, I think he’s another sneaky add here to those names you listed (but I also admit I’m not sure when he’s getting drafted because I play dynasty, so may he be disqualified here.)

    Locked into what is essentially the number 2 role on Boston, he has “stuff”where he can throw gas and has a few other sound pitches with a curve he’s been working on to help offset the speed. He’s a guy I’m willing to gamble on and an easy toss back if it goes wrong.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agreed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t draft Eovaldi anywhere, I gave him about 7 seasons of chances, not doing it again

      • Dong Show says:
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        All fair and understandable. This is the same feeling I have with Buxton haha so I understand this response.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup

  12. costaricanchata says:
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    Grey :

    March 10th (2014)
    dropped … Drew Hutchinson
    picked up … Andrew Heaney

    May 16th (2016)
    dropped … Andrew Heaney
    picked up … Tyler Duffey

    August 4th (2016)
    dropped … Ben Revere
    picked up … Joe Musgrove

    March 6th (2017)
    dropped … Joe Musgrove
    picked up … Sean Manaea

    Enough , already !
    what did i miss ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2018 and 2019, I think

  13. LOLmets says:
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    My top 5 rappers of all time- Puff Daddy, Bieber, MC Hammer, Shaq, and of course Vanilla Ice (Honorable mention: Mac Daddy of Kris Kross)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know you’re kidding, but Shaq was awesome

      • LOLmets says:
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        What’s your favorite Eminem album?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Either The Eminem Show or The Marshall Mathers LP — both are excellent

          • LOLmets says:
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            You’re kind of like the Cage of fantasy baseball

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  14. thehombre says:
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    Thank you for this. I read Razzball too much, but it’s because I like winning. My keeper sp are Flaherty, Paddack, Erod and…

    Montas
    Maeda
    Houser
    Bassitt
    Heaney

    Plus May, McKay for upside.

    Again, thanks Hombre.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup! No problem

  15. Buddy Knickerbocker says:
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    Last minute keeper advice please. Keep 3
    Story rd3
    Castillo rd5
    Bieber rd6
    Snell rd7
    Glasgow rd12

    It was gonna be Story, Bieber, and Snell. But with Snells arm, I’m thinking Glasnow or Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story, Glasnow, Bieber

  16. Earl says:
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    Just had question regarding how rankings are determined.

    Do certain categories for say 5×5 roto carry more weight (say perhaps stolen bases).

    As an example when I compare Jose Ramirez to say Bryce harper, here is what rankings say:

    Jose – 89,28,96,27,.263
    Bryce – 105,39,111,12,.261

    So the batting averages cancel out.

    If you just add up the total of other categories, you have following:
    Jose – 240
    Bryce – 267

    based on that, Bryce seems like better pick but Jose is always ranked higher on almost every site. I am sure it must have something to do with the stolen base premium of sorts.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steals are premium, and likelihood a player will reach stats, and position, and lineup and park and risk and lots of factors

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    Hey G,

    Just stopping in quickly to say hi. Have been MIA recently w/ the markets going nuts and obviously baseball is suspended indefinitely.

    Have been WFH the last couple weeks… have my RCL tonight w/ B underscore Don!

    Tonight is my first ever RCL, first time on the Fantrax platform, first live (non-slow draft of the year), and while I’ve done a lot of prep this year–the last couple weeks I’ve done next to nothing… lmk if u have any tips my man. Fortunately, was keeping up w/ the RCL series previously.

    Going to try and hammer through as many of your/Razzball posts as humanly possible after work / before the draft (10pm EST).

    How are you holding up?? Miss chatting w/ you haha. Always a good time. Hopefully can start to check in a bit more again soon.

    Best,
    sealito

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baby seal, where you been? Taking it day by day, man… You will draft fine, you read all my posts, you know what’s up… Be well, be safe, be careful…

      • baby seal says:
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        Thanks bro, stay safe too. Just listened to the first half of your podcast w/ DT & B_Don and loving it so far.

        I’ve been under the gun the past couple weeks. Exciting times in the markets, but working ~14-15 hour days recently… starting to take a toll.

        Would be an understatement to say the line between work and home has been blurred. There is no difference. Work is home; and home is work. I need this weekend pretty badly. Bought The Show 20 this week to get my baseball fix in, and looking forward to getting some games in.

        Listen to this trade I made last night. Paxton, Domingo German, and a mid-level prospect for Avisail Garcia and Hader! I also got Luis Castillo and Iglesias for a pretty reasonable price. Gumby, Gardy, and Andujar, haha. Signed Puig to a 1-yr $6mm deal — wanted to see if I could flip him — but so far, literally no team will even entertain an offer lol. Super strange. Never seen this happen before. So he’s my DH / 4th OF until further notice.

        Be well, homie

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, nice trades! Glad to see the market closing hasn’t hurt your baseball trading!

          I warded off video games about 15 years ago, but I might have to re-engage

          You be well too!

          • baby seal says:
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            Market hasn’t closed, bro! Just halts every 30mins because the volatility right now is like trading crypto. Actually, feels like the time spent there has made this market a lot easier on me.

            Last one, traded Happ and Hicks for Wheeler. Best I could do w/ Happ’s age and contract and not give up a top prospect.

            They have Jasson Dominguez valued goofy high in this game…. 99 potential, 72 overall, which to give you some perspective, is where they also have Robert, except his potential is prob a little lower. That makes him already one of the best players in AAA… and he’s obviously yet to see a professional pitch in *real* life. [This game *is* real life, goddammit!]

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice on Wheeler, that’s solid… I thought it closed bc everyone was infected with corona… Okay, I’m hankering to play some video games right about now — Covideo games? Meh, maybe not on that… Be safe, seal!

              • baby seal says:
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                Haha, not your best pun! Getting in some last minute prep now to take down B_Don… LFG!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You went against Bunderscore Don? Don’t let him cough on you!

          • baby seal says:
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            Not sure if you guys get to this in the podcast, since I’m just at the part whre you needle DT on Sale one more time, hahaha….

            But, if you’re of the opinion that MLB is intentionally changing the balls, and isn’t just random manufacture variance… wouldn’t you think any potential plans of slightly de-juicing them goes out the window? May as well let it rip. Thought of this when you were saying how *someone* will hit 30 homers–we just don’t know who yet.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t think we mention, but 100% the balls will be juiced…After this layoff, they’re going to want lots of offense

              He drafted Sale again!

              • baby seal says:
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                LMAO!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Are you in the FCL?

      • baby seal says:
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        Going to guess no, since IDK what that is or means… I’m in B_Don’s league, which drafts at 10pm EST

  18. FrankGrimes says:
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    all these guys are so
    obvious. What about one
    for pick #732?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Felix Pena, Amir Garrett, Rogelio Armenteros

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Instead of a sixth catcher? Haha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          May as well!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Btw started Giri/Haji… three episodes in.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s solid, it gets better as it goes along too

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            What’s with The animation part in first episode then they don’t do it again?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They do it again in recaps in future episodes

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                What else is the lady cop in?
                She seems familiar…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Boardwalk Empire

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Bobby Bradley, Greg Allen, Chad Kuhl

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Give me all the Allen shares at pick 700

  19. Lucky Dog says:
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    Copy/pasted because I keep missing the new topics. lol

    Not that it matters if we don’t have a season, but after my best draft ever© I dropped Yoshitomo Tsutsugo for Domingo Santana. like you I love the kid, but also I read an interview with one of his teammates who said he might struggle against higher speed pitching & more breaking pitches. Apparently the competition they faced wasn’t anywhere close to MLB pitching. I like my chances with Domingo.

    Ps – How’d ya like the Hell Hound?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      How dare you!
      Yoshi gonna rake.

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        “Bats, they are sick. yoshi cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cougs walks in yesterday and she’s like you got some Hell Hound, wanna try? And I’m like, sure! My mouth is still on fire… It’s awesome, man! Thanks so much!

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Hahaha – it’s not subtle.
        ;)

        Who handled it better, you or Cougs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cougs, by far

  20. NUX says:
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    I can def confirm that the NFBC 10s and 25s are going off on the reg. I know its a different product, but I doubt they would continue one and not the other.

    I’d consider one of those $150 NFBCs with yinzers. But only if I get the draft slot immediately before you Mr. Albright.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you using our War Room? If so, no way…Bc that has killed my team with Son drafting in front of me

      • NUX says:
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        In fast drafts I use the one Hot Rod put together that are using your ranks and stats. But for Slow Drafts, of course I use Rudy’s. I aint no fool!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, ugh, then sorry you’re not allowed to draft with me

  21. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Noticed guys like Urias are also docked IP due to COVID (but not Glasnow). Just curious what your thinking was there . . . Dodgers still playing Dogeritis despite shortened season? In my head, I would have expected Urias to jump up in rankings since he’ll throw about what everyone else will due to the short season, it seems. Also figured that since Dodgers will have fewer games to pad their division lead, they’ll rely more on their core rotation and less on the Gosslins of the world.

    I might have missed it in the initial getting ready for quarantine days haha, but would be cool if you did an article on the biggest SP value-gains due to COVID. Got 1 more draft that won’t be scheduled until opening day ETA is known.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m going to go thru each position and talk about Covid value gains and minuses… I don’t know with Urias yet, still trying to figure that out…Does he get 120 IP now bc he can, or does he go 90 IP, bc he’s really only a 5 IP pitcher? Figure 19-20 starts for Cole, that’s 125-130 IP, if same number for Urias, that’s 90-100

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Still 100 from Urias vs. Cole at 120 is huge value for Urias

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          Thanks, super helpful.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  22. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    A) Odorizzi seems ridiculous why he’s written off so much. He was solid for 3+ years, had 2 years of playing through injuries, and then got healthy last year and had his best velo of career.

    B) Montas seems primed for a top 20 corona season now

    C) If Matt Shoemaker can last 10 starts, he’s easily a top 30?
    And if not, then Nate Pearson becomes a top 30 pitcher, no?
    And you combine them = top 15?
    seems like in this shorted season you draft both after 200 and laugh all the way to the bank.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yes, yes, YES!

      B. Totally!

      C. Shoemaker prolly still 50 IP season, but if everyone is a 100 IP season, then giddy up!

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        bingo, maybe 50 innings from shoemaker, 60 from pearson… Pete Rock and CL Smooth from the radio to my ears.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My creator!

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            There`s no need to play the outside
            Guess who`s on the flyer
            The man of your desire
            Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth all the honey-dips admire

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              So good! TROY!

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                One of my favorites, Reminisce. thats some realtalk

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That shizz hits different

                  • Coolwhip

                    Coolwhip says:
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                    that whole album man. gotta be underrated, don’t hear enough hype about it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      People always go to him being a producer, but that album slaps, as the kids say

  23. KrazyIvan says:
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    Thoughts on Tony Disco of the Reds? I will definitely be steaming him a fair bit but depending on draft needs I may take break out the disco ball late-late round.

    He made some adjustments mid-season that resulted in a dip in K% but much improved quality contact % numbers.

    I don’t see him truly breaking out but maybe doing something similar to what Julio Teheran pulled last season, with a little better K upside. Not bad for a 5th/6th starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I always love drafting Disco in NL-Only leagues, he’s a cheap innings eater…Kinda like a poor man’s Hendricks, maybe even a few more Ks

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        i don’t know why, but every time i see Tony Disco it makes me snicker/chuckle/etc

        • KrazyIvan says:
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          CoolWhip! Snicker tonight when I draft him in RCL#39! (Hong Kong Cavaliers)

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            LOL! you are HKC? hahaha. Why are you not using your commenter handle??? I would have never known.

            • KrazyIvan says:
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              It being a Razzball Commentator League that would seem pretty obvious. I’m pretty unpredictable – last year in an RCL I had pick #1 and accidentally queued up Gary Sanchez. I did get a shout out in one in a post for that one.

              • Coolwhip

                Coolwhip says:
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                LOL… you are welcome to do that again. I’ll allow it.

                • hot corner says:
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                  Nah. I think that I have the #1 pick in your RCL tonight. That’s two #1 picks in a row for me. I had it for my RazzSlam league as well.

                  Spoiler alert: I will take Acuna.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha

                  • KrazyIvan says:
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                    Gary’s going to go all 2016 on you with the short season and make you pay!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I picture Disco Stu

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            LOL

  24. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – who do you like best as a speculative $1 FAAB grab?

    Helsley (my other closers are Hand, Anderson, and Hunter Harvey)

    Justus Sheffield
    Kikuchi
    Wade Miley
    Cueto (less interesting in shortened season since no longer need a volume play?)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, can go Helsley for now

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        thx

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  25. JG says:
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    Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem No problem No problem

  26. Zoro Hombre says:
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    Good Stuff Grey,
    Stumbled on the website as I searched for confirmation bias to keep Mondesei this year.
    Look no further.
    Couple strategy questions for you for a less competitive league

    1) Do you have the same wait to draft approach for SP in 10 team leagues?
    Just wondering how much I should adjust your rankings for shallower league, I notice a lot of SPs get moved down the rankings.

    2) I swindled the top 2 picks in my upcoming draft. (5 keeper league, 10 teams, 5X5)
    I am sitting pretty with my 5 keepers, but due to the influx in draft capital I am overthinking my strategy.
    Would you pounce on your 21 and 22 ranked players to get a big jump in HR’s with those picks, or pick one of those big bats and pair with Flaherty? (One of my keepers is a “Hot Grandma”)

    Thanks for the advice, and keep up the quality work on the fantasy baseball posts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You want Mondesi love? You’ve come to the right place!

      1. I do (I think we’re married now) — I’d wait until around pick 50-60

      2. Who are you 5 keepers? Prolly wait until after Flaherty, but give me specifics

      • Zoro Hombre says:
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        Acuna, Lindor, JoRam, Mondesei and Hot Grandma Max Scherzer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s a sexy 5 — you don’t need Flaherty

          • Zoro Hombre says:
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            Thanks G
            Stay Clean brotha
            Keep kicking out great material and I will keep reading it
            New subscriber fo sho

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks, homey!

  27. ElBoss says:
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    Lets get to the real questions, is Tom Brady going to make your qb’s to Target list this year? Are you targeting your qb early this year? Hope you’re doing well Grey!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Insert Reggie Ruby joke here…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Ruby? Haha. Roby dammit. Roby!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Roby! How dare you!

      • ElBoss says:
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        Haha, ok, in all seriousnes, I am looking forward to a relief pitchers and closers to Target post! Please Mr. Lathario.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  28. Tigres says:
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    Grey! So the news in NY today is that Aaron Judge had a collapsed lung (!?!) along w his rib injury. What the actual F? Baseball aside, I hope he gets well soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I know! How do they miss that?

  29. Kailuaboy says:
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    What do you think about AJ Puk?

    Draft em or get Lopez, Cease, Richards Ceto?

    Aloha,

    In Lockdown in N. Cal

      • 183414 says:
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        Was a great day to take a walk in Encinitas. The few people who were out and about keep to themselves. My frenchie loved it as well.
        Hit 3 grocery stores and CVS all before 10:00.
        Guessing Oakland will be using both Puk and Bassitt as starters. Shorter season helps Luzardo’s value.
        Tampa Bay is another puzzle, what with Morton, Snell, Glasnow, Yarbrough, Chirinos, and McKay. Wouldn’t be shocked if they utilized 6 starters as well. Given Snell’s injury history, Glasnow’s injury history, and McKay’s.

        • Dave D says:
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          Happy NWO Rollout Week, Andrew. Any prediction on MLB Opening Day?

          • 183414 says:
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            Honestly I’d be happy with Memorial Day or sooner, but don’t have much faith in Man(?)fred. Would hope by Memorial Day with season extended a month to help get in at least 120 games. I’m normally a much more optimistic person, but overwhelming doom and gloomers have worn on me.
            NYC has closed my sons’ gym, that he put in over $1 million, and had to fire all of his employees just as it started to come together. Another son , who lives in Del mar had his restaurant closed. My wife has COPD, and she’s self guarantining. Had my march 21 draft cancelled, and opted to move it to the last day possible, april 15. I’ll be going up against the CDM Roto champ from last year, which should make it more interesting. Waiting for Super lgs. to be rescheduled. Even played 1 Best ball team. Other than that, have 10 12 teamers in the bank, and look forward to the 1st preseason faab to replace darts who have no value.

            • Dave D says:
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              Sorry to hear about your family being so impacted by this shutdown. My first reaction to this whole rollout is that it will harm far more people economically than people it will help medically. I work in mental health and can also think five steps down the road. Many more people will lose their life savings, businesses, dignity and sense of self if this continues much more than 30 days. This is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and there seem to be very nefarious forces at work. I’m praying for our president and am hoping there is a focused public outcry if/when the protected class pushes for this to continue beyond the point of no socio-economic return.

              I can’t really get excited about baseball and canceled my NFBC Online Auction Championship draft on Friday. I’m still trying to check in on baseball news but, as you, my normal optimism and good cheer has taken a hit with this insane power grab happening right before our eyes. Our governors offices should be inundated with expressions of people’s pain and suffering if this persisted too long. I fear there will be a massive spike in suicides, relapses, domestic violence/homicides, and many more bad things in not too long. I’m dad to say it but I feel a responsibility to point it out. And good luck finding a therapist or bed in a psych facility right now for the person who needs help. Very sad and terrifying times.

              • 183414 says:
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                Spot on Dave. It’s ironic that political lifers like Newscum and Cuomo never ran a business and aren’t affected an iota by shutting down everything, except having an eye toward 2024. President has no choice to take charge while dealing with a corrupt media who more beholden to China than our citizens.
                God bless you bro !!!
                The economic and psychological harm to small business owners and hard working americans is a million x (probably more than that) than the medical harm inflicted on anyone in the United States. No surprise as those that are so supportive of complete lockdowns and shutdowns bear none of the horrific fallout.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know, it absolutely sucks…but on the bright side, they’re playing baseball in Japan and Korea and they’re only about six weeks ahead of us

              • 183414 says:
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                Might want to text that to Rob (UN)Manfred !! Have zero faith in him. Where’s Kenesaw Mountain Landis’ great, great, great grandson, when you need him ?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Encinitas is beautiful, be well down there!

          Yeah, could be on the Rays, but with a shortened season McKay might just be in bullpen, hard to say right now

          • 183414 says:
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            If he’s not starting, he’ll be a preseason drop. Rather not carry a long reliever, in a short season. Hoping for an extended season, maybe giving us 120 games.

  30. JC says:
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    12 team, h2h, saves and holds are separate cats. Here is my latest team. I need to add/trade for speed. Hoping my late drafts of RPs can help facilitate those trades. Punting saves for now. Other thoughts, advice?

    Ramos
    Olson, J Turner, Chapman
    Altuve, Segura, Andrus
    Trout, Blackmon, Mercado, Conforto, J D Davis, Verdugo
    Bench: Madrigal, Berti
    Morton, Noah, Soroka, Manaea, CMart,
    Lugo, Betances, Pressley, Pagan, D Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe a little light on speed and I don’t love your pitching

      • JC says:
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        Thanks! Just to be the positive sort that I am, I read:

        Hitting looks good, , speed looks a bit light, need to address better quality pitching. See, it is not so hard.

  31. ozone ranger says:
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    Andres Munoz – Dr. Tommy John Andrews Surgery.

    Where in the bleeping bleep did that bleeping come from?

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      guys that throw 102 or whatever he does i guess it can just always happen.

      • ozone ranger says:
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        You’ll have the “forearm pain” run up. I do surmise when he was shutdown last year, it was a sign.

        102 is freakishly unnatural, but not a correlation to someone being more susceptible to TJ surgery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      People are just now going for TJS bc they have nothing else to do

      • 183414 says:
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        haha

  32. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    20 teamer h2h redraft with OPS, hits, slugging, total bases, QS, holds, complete games, shutouts added. got the 17th slot (i’ve been in this league 5 drafts now, had stanton EVERY year, and never got worse than 4th, and all but one time had a pick in the 16-20 range, weird randomness in the randomizer, i guess some people get more random than others hehe). after starting out getting 3/4 of the early picks just happening to be top of my board non speed masher types (well harper gets some) i backed into middle infielders that get them later, didn’t overspend nor go off near the top of my overall board at any time for hitters (1/3 of hitters are your rankings, 2/3 rudy (since OPS/OBP/total bases stuff), same for SP (QS), rudy’s alone for RP (since holds))

    C DTD arnaud (17th)
    1B rhysus (5th missed l.robert by one pick here, would’ve gone him)
    2B wong (12th)
    SS kingery (10th)
    3B edman (9th) my 3 steals IF guys
    OF (3) – jd mart (1, 17th overall)
    – harper (2nd)
    – stanton (4th, 64th, which is nutzo)
    util (1) otani hitter only (was him or y.gurriel here, they have nearly the same ADP in yahoo and i had them both at top of board, otani for a while, 8th)
    BN tsutsugo 3B/OF (14th)

    SP (want 8 or so since innings is also a category per week):
    – clevinger (3rd, 57th overall, this is just stupid to get this good of a SP here, was the 18th SP drafted too, very few owners wait till even the 3rd round on their ace)
    – lynn (7th, nobody has this guy ranked close to you nor rudy)
    – j.gray (i could’ve/should’ve gone musgrove here, but innings projections for him, also missed nazi in exile by like 4 picks, 11th)
    – archer (13th)
    – gibson (15th, rudy far higher on him than you, yet not as high as past years)
    – gausman (16th)
    – k.wright (18th, no stash slots in this league)
    – junis (21st, streamer spot really)

    RP (max 5):
    – osuna (6th, 104 overall)
    – watson (19th)
    – barlow (20th)
    – gott (22nd, insures SF saves too)
    – karinchak (23rd, and i don’t want him getting saves)

    how’s that one look. my guess is it’ll come back with weakish SP but i did accidentally spend 31% on SP (intended 64/25/11 for hitting/SP/RP, reasoning is this is shallow hitter spot, no 4th or 5th OF, no CI/MI)

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      also, since i’m going 2/3 rudy/ 1/3 you for SP he’s higher on some than you are. i did just miss a bunch of your target guys who should be quite easy to get in 16 and unders while still having a better offense than here (except in OF, which is just hard to do at all)

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        i was never going to take stanton at 20th, that’s just how much even only taking rudy’s OPS rater at 2/3 with 1/3 of your stanton makes him. harper was still there at 24th anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It looks strong on pitching, solid one closer and some flyers and your rotation looks kinda stacked…I see now you said you spent 31% on pitching…Yeah, it looks it…You have a solid team overall, I like the hitting too, a bit lopsided, meaning if any of your OF get hurt, you’re weak on power and if any of your infield get hurt, weak on speed…Not balanced, speed and power coming from two separate places, which isn’t awful, it just is

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        i almost didn’t take osuna that early (RP that early) as it turns out i could’ve waited till 2 rounds later and got one of giles/iglesias (what i usually do in 12-16’ers) but here i wasn’t even sure i’d get one of those later (7 other RP went before where i went lynn after going osuna. big gaps in a 20 teamer with 17th overall pick). knew i was going lynn or best SP for SP #2 in the round right after osuna. knew early on it was likely i was getting 1 of otani hitter or y.gurriel (but not both if i wanted a good 1 closer and a pretty good SP 2). other than gurriel i didn’t like the fall off at 1B after rhysus either.

        i’m so used to doing the 65/24/11 (or near it) split but for leagues with more hitters starting (2 utils and/or CI/MI and/or 4th or 5th OF) that it probably needs to be higher for SP where i own 8 SP, 5-6 RP, 9 or 10 total hitters (with 1 BN). here assuming i wanted to pay for 1 good closer and a pretty good SP #2 the only hitting slot i could’ve really improve on at all would’ve been catcher or the 1 BN hitter, but those would’ve been marginal improvements (esp at catcher). not waiting on wong/edman/kingery wouldn’t have netted me much better 2B/3B/SS, esp if i wanted steals from those spots, which i was forced into with my 1st 3 OF hitter picks. i mean i could’ve gone j.segura instead, but it’s not like he’s good anymore, nor steals anymore really.

        – here i really want like 1.5 or so closers so 2/3 of the SF group + 1 solid closer and holds outside of that is optimal.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I don’t mind the one rock solid closer (in a deep league, which this is) as long as you don’t follow him w/ another high closer and you didn’t — that part doesn’t bother me at all

  33. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    listening to the recent podcast, players were officially sent home, but i know for sure some teams (at least chunks of those) aren’t going anywhere, they are working together (not openly of course) trying to stay sharp. not all teams of course.

    • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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      also rudy doesn’t even have almodova in his rater, which seems odd (at least OPS rater) since don’t you usually go off those, esp for deep stuff like that.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Almodova? Are you saying the last guy in Tout? That was just to fill roster at end bc Fantrax couldn’t do a swingman

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s not actually on my team

      • who is almodova? i see no fangraphs page under that last name either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but not same as game shape

      • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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        yeah, esp for pitchers. ok, he was just some placeholder name, that makes sense. i use those in yahoo slow drafts where i’m inputting some name that represents a name that’s not even in yahoo (still at least about 30 of any respectable top 200 list or so)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  34. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    Keeper question for you today. I’m having hard time figuring out who is the best value based on draft position. So, Of these guys, I need you to pick one to keep based on talent and the round he will be slotted into:

    Manny Machado in the 2nd round

    or

    Luis Castillo in the 5th round

    or

    Hyun-Jin Ryu in the 8th round

    or

    Brandon Woodruff in the 13th round

    or

    Max Fried in the 18th round

    I’m leaning Brandon Woodruff as the best overall value. But maybe I’m missing something? What’s your call?

    • Grey

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      Castillo — Woodruff

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, all of them are Ors? Woodruff

        • Harley Earl says:
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          Thanks! I considered Castillo very hard and thought long about Fried but was really leaning toward Woodruff at his 13th round position. Thanks for your opinion. Definitely solidified what I will do!

          Appreciate you man!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  35. The Great Knoche says:
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    You might see a lot of questions on this guy next week, but what are you thoughts on Super Sleeper Luis Laurencio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Come on, Laurencio.

        OSB took him in FCL last night trying to draft Laureano.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA, really?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            It was quite the blunder!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

    • Hernan says:
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      Laurencio can be a 30/30 guy…., if you add up his HR/SB totals, next 10 years…, in the Mexican Summer League…

      • Grey

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        Easy, don’t sell him short…

  36. Task Force says:
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    Hey Grey I don’t know much about fantasy pros but a guy in my League pointed out that according to them I drafted the worst team in the league by a lot…. if you had choice which team you taking in a 6X6 Holds and OBP:

    Grandal -C. Maeda -SP
    Muncy – 1B. Marquez -SP
    Torres – 2B. Strasburg -SP
    B Anderson-3B. Uriquidy- SP
    Baez – SS. Yarbrough- SP
    Castellanos-OF. Chapman -RP
    Gallo -OF Hader – RP
    Mazara-OF. Iglesias- RP
    Tsutsugo-OF. Oberg-RP
    Biggio-Ult. Britton – RP
    Ohtani -Ult W. Smith -RP
    McMahon -Bench. Carrasco-Bench
    Odor -Bench. Musgrove -Bench
    Yandy Diaz -Bench. Lyles – Bench
    Kingery -Bench. Ohtani – Bench
    Gurriel Jr – Bench

    Or

    Vazquez- C. Giolito -SP
    Abreu – 1B. Lamet -SP
    Albies – 2B. L Weaver -SP
    Rendon – 3B. Woodruff – SP
    Lindor -SS. DeSclafani -SP
    Y Alvarez- OF. D Castillo – RP
    Stanton -OF. L Hendriks -RP
    Mercado-OF. Petit -RP
    Grisham-OF. H Robles -RP
    Edman – Utl. R Helsley -P
    JD Davis – Utl. Alvarado-P
    C Cron – Bench. Kahnle – Bench
    Madrigal-Bench. Bassitt – Bench
    W Franco -Bench. Canning – Bench
    Cueto – Bench
    Treinen – Bench

    Not saying either team is bad but the difference in Fantasy Pros was huge!!

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want the 2nd team…FantasyPros never grades teams properly…they’re not overwhelmingly different

  37. johnnyhobbes says:
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    What are the odds the season doesn’t happen? Is there a market for that bet ?

  38. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Griffin Canning was dropped in my league…worth a pickup thanks to the corona timeline? Seems like he should be back by whenever the season starts, no?

    • Grey

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      I don’t see him getting better, but can try him

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks. Seems like spencer Howard is a better bet for that spot! Getting psyched about him with the news he could be SP5.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I saw that, that would be something

  39. KrazyIvan says:
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    Grey hope you’re doing well during this lock down
    My pitching 12 team
    SP
    1.Darvish
    2.Gray
    3.Rodriquez
    4.Musgrove
    5. Urquidy
    6. Yarbrough
    RP
    Hand
    Givens
    Kintzler

    Other reserves are:
    Arraez
    Eaven White

    Would you drop any of these guys for Howard?

    • Grey

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      White or Arraez depending on your IF situation

  40. Trader says:
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    Fantasy Pros is good for hoops only. For whatever reason, their aggregated approach takes into account defensive stats better than most individual sites.

    Now on to baseball. H2h, 12 teamer. Ten hitting and nine pitching cats. Punting saves. Holds is a cat. Suggestions?

    Contreras
    Olson, Donaldson, Yuli
    Villar, Mondesi, Semien
    Trout, S Marte, Blackmon, Gurriel Jr, Verdugo
    Util: Andujar or G Polanco
    Noah, Luzardo, Ryu, Odorizzi, K Hendricks
    Britton, Lugo, Pressley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What categories

      • Trader says:
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        Singles, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, average, stolen bases, rbi, runs scored and strikeouts

        Wins, losses, home runs allowed, strikeouts, Walks, era, whip, saves and holds.

      • Trader says:
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        Ugh

  41. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Did a draft, subject to re-do in case of further postponment to start of MLB.

    Anyhow, below my draft:
    h2h, 12 teams,
    tb, runs, hr, rbi, sbs, avg, obp
    w, sv, era, whip, ks, qs

    C. Garver
    1b. Pete Alonso
    2b. Ketel Marte
    3b. Sano
    ss. Story
    OF. Soto
    OF. Starling Marte
    OF. Puig
    UTl. Encarnacion
    UTL. Ahmed Rosario
    BN. Choo

    Sp. Giolito
    Sp. Berrios
    P. Montas
    P. Ryu
    P. Odorizzi
    P. Urquidy
    P. Cueto
    P. Anibal Sanchez
    Rp. Daniel Hudson, Watson, May

    i figured i went some what late on pitching but had high cealing with the first 6 sps.
    then went with 2 “old” sps looking for some magiv, and with RP, punted the saves, but are top rp next in line.

    what are you thoughts?
    strong to contend are need to look for some pieces eswhere?

    regards,
    Chris

  42. Bill says:
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    Grey,

    Hope you are avoiding the Corona like pitchers in the first four rounds. Need your genius thoughts on the following team.

    Yahoo 10 team league – H2H
    Must have (3) bench pitcher and (3) bench hitters
    Batters Cats: R – H – HR – RBI – BB – SB – TB – AVG
    Pitchers Cats: W – L – SV – K – ERA – K/9 – WHIP – QS

    C – Francisco Mejia
    1B – Matt Olson
    2b: Jeff McNeil
    3b: Jose Ramirez
    SS: Alberto Mondesi
    CI: Yoan Moncada
    MI: Corey Seager
    OF: Cody Bellinger
    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: Elroy Jimenez
    OF: Giancarlo Stanton
    UTL: Franmil Reyes
    Bench: Luis Robert
    Becnh: Shohei Ohtani
    Bench: Ian Happ
    SP: Chris Paddock
    SP: Lance Lynn
    SP: Andrew Heaney
    SP: Carlos Carrasco
    SP: Julio Urias
    RP: Nick Anderson
    RP: Giovanny Gallegos
    Bench: Carlos Martinex
    Bench: Sandy Alcantara
    Bench: Joe Musgrove

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