Ah yes, so we meet again… wait, did we actually formally meet? I mean, technically, we’re meeting again, this is the third year we’ve done this… but did we really meet? Of course I’m an existential crisis waiting to happen, but that’s only because clinical depression requires so much work. I mean, I’d rather jog than emo, ya know? But back to where we started, this is your (and our I suppose) official 2016 Razzball picks. Or selections. Or whatever nomenclature you prefer. I guess whatever it takes for me not to force you to read word “nomenclature” over and over again. We do this because, frankly, we just can’t write about everyone and everything that we love or hate. I mean, we’re talking about 853 players here (source). And so this is the quick and easy “viewer-friendly” version that allows you to quickly see our likes/dislikes/predictions for all of you to promptly point and giggle at. And for added humor, here are last season’s picks, with the bonus value of us again being able to pick on Rudy for choosing Kris Bryant as his sleeper. I’m assuming he thought Bryant was just sleepy and needed a nap, but you might want to ask him about it. Regardless, here are your (and our!) Official 2016 Razzball Picks!

Ever wanted to have a Razzball Podcast devoted to Game of Thrones? No? Oh. Never mind then. But for those of you with an open mind, we have just that for you. Check out our very first episode here!

Note: Everyone chose their picks blind, meaning they didn’t see anyone else’s choices, and possibly used a blindfold. Also, the choices were locked on 3/30/2016.

Major League Baseball Picks

Writer ROY (NL) ROY (AL) Cy Young (NL) Cy Young (AL) MVP (NL) MVP (AL)
Grey Corey Seager Byron Buxton Gerrit Cole Carlos Carrasco Paul Goldschmidt Jose Abreu
Dan Pants Corey Seager Jose Berrios Clayton Kershaw Chris Archer Giancarlo Stanton Mike Trout
Hodysseus Corey Seager Byron Buxton Carlos Martinez Chris Archer Anthony Rizzo Carlos Correa
J-FOH Trevor Story Sean Manaea Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Kris Bryant Mike Trout
J.B. Corey Seager Byron Buxton Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Kris Bryant Mike Trout
Jay Trea Turner Max Kepler Jake Arrieta Dallas Keuchel Andrew McCutchen Mike Trout
Kenyon Roy Campanella Roy White 290-175 221-141 A.J. Burnett * Torii Hunter **
[email protected] Steven Matz Byron Buxton Jacob DeGrom David Price Anthony Rizzo Mike Trout
Magoo Corey Seager Jose Berrios Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Bryce Harper Mike Trout
Malamoney Tyler Glasnow Jose Berrios Stephen Strasburg David Price Paul Goldschmidt Manny Machado
MattTruss Steven Matz Byron Buxton Madison Bumgarner Carlos Carrasco Bryce Harper Mookie Betts
Max Corey Seager Jose Berrios Clayton Kershaw David Price Paul Goldschmidt Mike Trout
Ralph Corey Seager Byung-ho Park Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Paul Goldschmidt Mike Trout
Rudy Orlando Arcia Tyler Naquin Clayton Kershaw Carlos Carrasco Giancarlo Stanton Mike Trout
Sky Orlando Arcia A.J. Reed Stephen Strasburg Carlos Carrasco Anthony Rizzo Miguel Cabrera
Smokey Steven Matz Jose Berrios Clayton Kershaw David Price Anthony Rizzo Mike Trout
SON Steven Matz Byung-ho Park Clayton Kershaw Chris Sale Anthony Rizzo Jose Altuve
Tehol Corey Seager Byron Buxton Carlos Martinez David Price Bryce Harper Carlos Correa
Viz Corey Seager Byron Buxton Jose Fernandez Chris Sale Paul Goldschmidt Mike Trout

* “Assuming he unretires… and starts playing the outfield… which I’m pretty sure he will!” – Kenyon.

** “Assuming he unretires… which I’m pretty sure he will!” – Kenyon.

Fantasy Baseball Picks

Writer Sleeper Bust Infatuation Come Back MVFP MVFH
Grey Nick Castellanos A.J. Pollock Delino DeShields Matt Holliday Patrick Corbin Jonathan Schoop
Dan Pants Yasmany Thomas Nelson Cruz Xander Bogaerts Adam Wainright Marcus Stroman Manny Machado
Hodysseus Vincent Velasquez Kyle Schwarber Addison Russell Hunter Pence Carlos Rodon Yasiel Puig
J-FOH Danny Valencia Nelson Cruz Justin Turner Carlos Gomez Kyle Hendricks Josh Reddick
J.B. Joe Ross James Shields Patrick Corbin Jean Segura David Price George Springer
Jay Joey Gallo Chris Sale Chase Headley Shin-Soo Choo Yu Darvish Byung-ho Park
Kenyon Rip Van Winkle Scarlett Johansson Rosin Bags Boomerang Jenrry Mejia A.J. Burnett ***
[email protected] David Peralta Corey Dickerson Mookie Betts Anthony Rendon Clayton Kershaw Paul Goldschmidt
Magoo Randal Grichuk Ryan Braun Lucas Duda Carlos Gomez Patrick Corbin Maikel Franco
Malamoney Jonathan Schoop A.J. Pollock Gerrit Cole Robinson Cano Felix Hernandez Jason Heyward
MattTruss Carlos Rodon Nelson Cruz Mookie Betts Anthony Rendon Noah Syndergaard Carlos Gomez
Max Jake Odorizzi Freddie Freeman Anthony Rizzo Adam Wainright Jon Lester David Ortiz
Ralph Michael Saunders Adam Jones Jose Peraza Matt Holliday Carlos Carrasco Kevin Pillar
Rudy Josh Reddick Troy Tulowitzki A.J. Reed Marcell Ozuna Clayton Kershaw Giancarlo Stanton
Sky Jose Peraza Carlos Gomez Jonathan Villar A.J. Griffin Clay Buchholz Travis Shaw
Smokey Danny Valencia Gregory Polanco Rougned Odor Jean Segura Michael Wacha George Springer
SON Michael Conforto Chris Davis Paul Goldschmidt Yasiel Puig Clayton Kershaw Jose Altuve
Tehol Trevor Story Freddie Freeman Domonic Brown Matt Wieters Cole Hamels Justin Upton
Viz Khris Davis Adam Jones Danny Salazar Yu Darvish Jose Fernandez Delino DeShields

*** “Assuming he unretires… and starts playing the outfield… which I’m pretty sure he will!” – Kenyon.

Break Out Player of The Year (Sleeper)

You might think we’re describing someone who breaks through walls and then falls asleep really fast. Which seems weird. So I wouldn’t really put it past us… To limit the confusion, I’d better point out that these are our potential break out candidates that you should be grabbing long and grabbing hard.

Most Overrated Player of The Year (Bust)

These are the guys being held on a pedestals, who will, in return for all your worship and sacrifice, ruin everything thing you hold dear. See: 2014, Fielder, Prince. Or 2015, Longoria, Evan. Take heed Razzballers, avoid these guys at all costs.

I Think I Love You, So What Am I So Afraid Of? (Infatuation)

Yep, we all have one. Find out which player your Razzball writer has an undying love for, despite any rational reason or purpose.

Come Back Player of The Year (Come Back)

Again, pretty easy to figure out what this one means. Unless you’re Josh Hamilton. BURN.

Most Valuable Fantasy Pitcher (MVFP)

This is where things get sticky. That’s what she said. Technically, this could be the best pitcher overall… but the key word here is value. You know this because I underlined it. While the vanilla pick of  Clayton Kershaw could still technically be the most valuable pitcher at the end of the year, there’s still enough room in the definition to allow the possibility that Bruce Chen will come out of retirement, have an ERA of 2.50 and get 20 wins. Seeing as his ownership rate historically always stood in the nothing-to-negative digits and someone like Kershaw is gone by the second round, a performance like that would be the most valuable in the history of mankind. And probably destroy the universe as we know it.

Most Valuable Fantasy Hitter (MVFH)

Same thing as the Most Valuable Pitcher, but with hitters. CRAZY, I know.

 

 

Want more of the Jay? Don’t we all folks? Don’t. We. All. Well, you, in fact, can have more. AMAZING. I know. You can find Jay enjoying his digs over at the Football side of Razz.

  1. Troy: The Collector

    Troy says:
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    My first thoughts when I see this… why is Kenyon such a tool?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Troy: You’ll have to ask him on Wednesday!

      • Troy: The Collector

        Troy says:
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        @Jay: I’m good lol he brings nothing to the table. Not interested in anything he has to say, if he can’t answer something like this seriously.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Troy: Up to the readers, but I think any writer we bring on should have some time to establish themselves. Grey started out with just a few readers, and look what happened.

          • S P says:
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            @Jay:

            I’m kind of over Grey. His shtick was funny the first year, but after 3 years I find myself scrolling through until the last line of what he writes to see the point. Funny how things change.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @S P: to each his own.

            • Tehol Beddict says:
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              @S P: I’m totally over Grey too. Gods, he’s sooooooo lame!

              APRIL FOOLS, SNITCH!!!!

              GREY IS GOD

        • swaggerjackers says:
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          @Troy: I generally agree. Having one or two funny players is one thing. Disregarding every single category is just wasting people’s time.

          • Kendrick Twerkins says:
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            @swaggerjackers: go read rotoworld if you don’t want humor. Was it really such a hassle for you to see one guy who obviously was giving a joke answer for every thing?

  2. Philsfanr says:
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    Lol Domonic Brown!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I don’t think anyone has ever bothered to try and save Tehol from himself. The results are just too spectacular.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Philsfanr: what’s so funny?

  3. Cram It says:
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    My turn, for posterity:
    CY Young AL: Dallas Keuchel
    CY Young NL: Noah Syndergaard
    MVP AL: Mookie Betts
    MVP NL: Anthony Rizzo
    Sleeper: Jake Lamb
    Bust: Gregory Polanco
    Infatuation: Stephen Piscotty
    Come Back: Anthony Rendon
    MVFP: Carlos Martinez
    MVFH: Kevin Pillar

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Cram It: Bold strategy there on Jake Lamb, but I like the outta nowhere picks. Makes things interesting.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Jay: I mean, h’es not gonna put up MVP numbers, but the “Lamb or Beltre/Longoria/Moustakas?” will be flooding in due time.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Baaaaa!

      You and I are on board with Mookie and Rendon at least

        • knucks says:
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          @Cram It: Cram I hope you are right on all these. Just drafted and I have the NL CY Young, NL MVP, AL MVP, Sleeper and eventually $900 in my pocket if so. I will admit I have Polanco on that team too hah

          • Cram It says:
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            @knucks: Remember this when I come asking for my 10%!

            • knucks says:
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              @Cram It: I only tip for my fantasy advice in daiquiris. Will make one exception for Rudy, who prefers his tip be thrown at his tools. But its not really a tip when he is providing a service that allows me to take my league mates behind the woodshed year after year.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: I’m still Baaaahhhh on Lamb. Like Rendon though.

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Great Knoche: It’s a reach for sure. But for a guy not even being drafted, I’ll consider it a success when he’s owned everywhere come season’s end. Baaaahter believe it!

  4. knucks says:
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    I get that Tehol may go off the rails with some picks here, but I just wanted to discount double check with you on his MVFP and make sure it isn’t a typo. If it isn’t then that joke sailed over my head, which may also make alot of sense.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: discount triple check… just realized you flipped Upton and Hamels for him. Great Post though, always look forward to this.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @knucks: Oh, yeah, let’s give him a little credit, I flipped that backwards. I’ll change it now, thanks!

        • knucks says:
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          @Jay: enjoyed your Far East Comeback/MVF’s theme. Always think of this Reddit post from a few years back when I think of Shin Shoo… Did you hear what Shin Shoo’s father had to say when he found out about his son’s DUI?

          http://i.imgur.com/jg1vb.png

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @knucks: I’m pretty sure that’s what my mother say too.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @knucks: Upton was a great pitcher in grade school, breh

  5. Who is Kenyon and why does he suck so much? I feel like I’ve been trolled.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Lucky Dog: A new writer (give him a chance) who will debut officially this upcoming Wednesday.

  6. Ben says:
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    Was offered a trade, Familia for Corbin? H2H league. Ks are 2.5 points, saves are worth 10. Staff is Kershaw, cmart, degrom, Smyly, Corbin, j Ross, Matz, Hammel, Fiers. I’m leaning towards trading away Corbin what do you think?

    • knucks says:
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      @Ben: When you look at projected point totals, do SPs or RPs accrue more points? In a points league it kind of feels like you can just throw out the SAGNOF idealogy for the most part. But you gotta give more info like are there points for IP or does a Win get you the same amt of points as a Save. Honestly thats more valuable to know then the rest of your staff in a points league in my mind.

    • Jay

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      @Ben: If you need those saves, it’s a fair trade, and based on the starters you have, I’d personally pull the trigger.

      • Ben says:
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        @Jay:
        He wants Smyly now instead of Corbin. Wins and saves are 10, quality starts are 3, innings pitched 1 point, we also get 10 points for relief wins. I can start 6 pitchers. Doesn’t matter a reliever or a starter just any six.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ben: Seems lateral to me. I kinda like Corbin a little more to be honest.

        • Knucks says:
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          @Ben: with such wonky scoring, this is what I would do… Look at last years results for total points scored… Consider familia’s last year as his ceiling with the closer role being so volatile. Is his point total last year more or less than someone in 2015 who has similar stars to what grey projects odorizzi for this year? Good luck bud!!!!

          • Knucks says:
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            @Knucks: sorry wrong rays SP, meant smyly obviously

  7. The Great Knoche says:
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    Just for fun…scary I agree a bunch with J-FOH. Also you’re correct..Jose Reyes is a dick.

    NL ROY: Matz
    AL ROY: Manaea
    NL CY: J-FER
    AL CY: Archer
    NL MVP: Rizzo
    AL MVP: Springer
    Sleeper: D. Peralta
    Bust: Betts
    Infatuation: Gyorko
    MVFP: Hendricks
    MVFH: Myers

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Oh, did you offer me that trade? Haha, yeah, I need a SS, but that dude is an ass, and I won’t be working with him again.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Jay: Yup…Need to move him for a SP somewhere.

    • MattTruss

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      Oh no you didn’t with the Betts Bust…*scribbles “Great Knoche” in little black notebook*

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @MattTruss: Yup. . I just have this feeling he’s going to produce around Hunter Pence like stats. Screams Round 7 to me.

        • MattTruss

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          See, I’m going more like 2011 Jacoby Ellsbury myself, with maybe a smidge less power and smidge more SB. We shall see my friend.

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @MattTruss: I also own exactly zero shares which helps feed my pessimism

            • MattTruss

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              Haha, that’s legit, I’ve got about 100 shares which fuels my joy :)

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                @MattTruss: I also stand corrected. I have 1…in the league I’m in with you. Still think overrated.

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

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    I don’t care what they say Kenyon was the best part of this post. AJ Burnett in the outfield sounds amazing!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I’d prefer your mother out there, but whatever.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Jay: She’s got range, can’t hit a lick.

    • Hodysseus

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Scar-Jo as “bust”. I can’t even..

      Nicely done Kenyon!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I would have Gone Hendricks over Johansson for Bust.

  9. WillisReid says:
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    I think Kenyon will be a highly entertaining read.

    Probably going to take him a year to gain anyones trust after this, but I’m also not sold his purpose will be to give fantasy advice.

    Really wanted Rizzo, but withthe 3rd pick felt like I had to take Goldy.

    • Jay

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      @WillisReid: I’m not sure his goal is “exactly” fantasy advice. I’ll just say that he’s an accomplished writer, and that while his identity is private, I will certainly vouch for him. The stuff is legit, and once it comes out, I’m sure people will enjoy it.

      • WillisReid says:
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        Agreed. His into the other day was awesome.

        The quality here is far beyond anything else I’ve found. I’d talk you guys up more, if it didn’t feel like a disadvantage to me.

        Looking forward to 2016

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @WillisReid: We hear that a lot. But the community that we have is fantastic, but if they only could reveal their secrets to the world!

        • WillisReid says:
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          intro

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @WillisReid: He was probably into too though…

  10. knucks says:
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    Hoping to catch OT Steve’s picks in here later? Is this weird to ask for?

    • MattTruss

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      No way, OTS is the man and Razz regular, who wouldn’t want to hear his opinion?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @MattTruss: They will certainly be more valuable than Tehol’s!

        • Tehol Beddict says:
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          @The Great Knoche: FUCK YOU, BITCH!!!!

          April Fools, I dint’ mean it.

          Actually i did. fuck you

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @knucks: I was actually hoping that readers would drop there picks in here like last season, for posterity… some already have though, which is great.

      • knucks says:
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        @Jay: Haha alright good, as somewhat of a lurker with no picture, it felt like a somewhat needy request.

  11. Grey

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    I liked Ryan Zimmerman to be Sky’s MVP choice again, guess I already missed one…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Grey: Sky is no longer a dependable source to mock anymore. We still have Tehol though!

  12. Big league choo says:
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    10 team H2H

    Pickup Buxton or burns for sagnof

  13. Rice says:
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    Nicasio or V. Velasquez?

    Magoo advised Nicasio based on ball park and win potential although recognized a drop in K’s.

    What does everyone else think?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Rice: Honestly, Magoo knows his shit. I’m going with whatever he says.

      • Rice says:
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        @Jay: Done and done then. Thanks Guys.

  14. Zeus says:
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    AL ROY AJ Reed
    NL ROY ARCIA
    ALMVP Trout
    NL MVP Rizzo
    AL CY Carasco
    NL CY Kershaw

    So without looking it up I am guessing those numbers are Cy Young’s records in the different leagues? How………..clever.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Zeus: I have to admit, it took me a few seconds to figure that out.

      • Zeus says:
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        @Jay: I know you’re pimping him but it seems like he’s trying too hard.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Zeus: Eh, I just want to wait until he starts doing some content, then I’m sure where he’ll stand with the readers. I hope everyone gives every new writer a shot, that’s all.

  15. Cheese says:
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    Why would anyone ever have an infatuation with Chase Headley?

    • The great Knoche says:
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      @Cheese: it’s like that first love that got away. You pine for her a long time after. Same reason I still love Gyorko. You have a guy hit 25HRs you get for nothing and then you never want to let them go.

    • Jay

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      @Cheese: YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH

  16. OaktownSteve says:
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    Most valuable pitcher: Aaron Sanchez
    This one is based somewhat on circumstance. If you are drafting this weekend, you’ll have to pay up for him. But coming into the final draft weekend his ADP was 350. He’s 23 years old, he’s going to average 94-95 and get into the 97-98 range at times. He’s got 4 effective pitches. He put on 25 pounds in the off-season which people say has helped him maintain the velocity and lose some of the headwhack so he can repeat his mechanics. He had a 19:3 K/BB in the spring which speaks to the command. He pitched so well that Toronto gave him the job when they didn’t want him to get it. He’s an elite arm who will be on an innings count and who will play against some tough offenses. But Stroman will have to face those same offenses and he’s going 93 overall. Is there really that much difference in the upside of Sanchez and Rodon (ADP 134) as far as stuff and make up? And Sanchez has an additional season at the MLB level to boot. Oh and he’s gonna get a shit ton of run support.

    Most valuable hitter: Hanley Ramirez
    I think Hanley has found a home. It’s almost like being DH. So close he can taste it. This is the last season he’ll ever have to play the field. After that he can get as fat as Big Papi and spend all his time in the dugout. But for now he’s, by all accounts, looking very good at 1st base. If there’s any place he can stay healthy, it’s there. Before he ran into the wall last year, he hit 11 homers in April. He is built for Fenway. The Sawks are going to mash. He won’t run any more but he won’t need to in order to provide value. He’s going off the board at 124, which makes him a $9 investment. He’s got a top 40 over all season in him which makes him a $21 player. Would anybody jump off a building in surprise if he gave you a Jose Abreu season? That would make him a $29 player.

    Sleeper: Cody Anderson
    Like everybody, I hate the word sleeper. When I see somebody write a “Danny Salazar: Sleeper” post, I want to jump off a building with the crazy Hanley denier above. If you are in a league where people are sleeping on Danny Salazar, post a note to your Aunt Edna on your message board for me. Cody Anderson was the number one velo gainer in spring training according to Brooks Baseball. He worked out with a strength coach and put 3.4 MPH on his average fastball, up to 95 mph on average (consider that in exciting italics). He posted a respectable 3.75 K/BB rate in spring with a 7.9 K/9 and while we don’t put much stock in spring stats round these parts, they are the quickest of all the pitching stats to quote unquote stabilize. Written air quotes. Just trying it out. Impressed the Indians enough to send Bauer to the ‘pen and in fact Anderson is now the 4 meaning he might not be the first one out if the Indians make a move. Indians defense should be much improved, especially over by Lindor where a lot of Anderson’s jam job cutters are going to go to die.

    Bust: Miguel Sano
    Ok, so he might hit 37 home runs. So did Chris Carter once. You taking Chris Carter 59 over all? It’s crazy talk. Twins told him to show up at 255 lbs. He showed up at 275 (conservatively). He’s making Avi Garcia look like Roberto Clemente in RF. He had a 35% K rate last year. He BABIPed .396 and only hit .269. He’s gonna get pulled for defensive replacements. More people are going to find the holes in his swing. It’s gonna get ugly.

    Comeback: Yu Darvish
    The Tommy John thing ain’t the death it used to be. Seems like everybody comes back and throws hard again. Matt Harvey came back and look at what he did. The Rangers are actually known in the industry for being very good at handling TJs. They are being careful with Darvish. Probably he comes back the first week of June. That means he maybe makes 22 starts. I think he’ll be what he was. In 2014 he made 22 starts (not coincidentally…I rigged this mutha) and he gave you 10/3.06/1.26/182. Get yourself 8 replacement starts and your going to have 220 Ks and an ERA south of 3.40 at a bargain.

    Bryce Harper
    I think he hits 40 homers and steals 30 bases. In my heart I do. When he isn’t homering, he’s walking. He’s going to be standing on 1st base a lot. You know who is going to be standing over there with him? Davey Lopes. The stolen base whisperer. And you know what he’s going to be hearing when he gets to the dugout. “The training wheels are off son. Play like a man.” That’s the voice of Dusty.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Wow Steve, this has more usable content than a Tehol post.

      • Moneyball says:
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        @Jay: More than a year of Tehol posts.

        • Knucks says:
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          @Moneyball: boooooom, this is great stuff right here OTS thanks for pitching in

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Knucks:

            You bet Knucks.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Jay:

        There’s more usable content in there than in all the Tehol posts combined.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Some well thought out picks there, not quite buying the Hanley hype because of injury concern but the bat speed is still there so who knows.

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        @mauledbypandas: i have hanram ranked like 66th overall using both grey/rudy + steamer mashed up and i find i’m able to get him at like 105-112 every time. and he can be a backup 1B or CI for you too. oh yeah, and this is coming from somebody who’s NEVER owned him until like 5-8th or more of his this month drafts.

        • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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          @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: that’s OPS Rudy/steamer, i’m in OBP with total bases or OPS in pretty much every league so OPS does the trick.

  17. Another F'ing Jeff says:
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    Scarlet Johansson is a National Treasure. You take that back.

  18. kenly0 says:
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    NLROY. Giolito
    ALROY. Berrios
    NL Cy Young Strasburg
    AL Cy Young. Kluber
    NL MVP Harper
    AL MVP Betts
    Sleeper Rodon
    Bust. Schwarber
    Infatuation. G. Cole
    Come back. Wainwright
    MVFH. Machado
    MVP. Scherzer
    World Series. Tigers over Nats

    • Jay

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      @kenly0: Love that Gioltio pick. I thought about it.

  19. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    Sleeper – Hector Olivera
    Bust – Bryon Buxton
    Infatuation – Maikel Franco
    Comeback – Ryan Zimmerman
    MVFP – Luis Severino
    MVFH – Albert Pujols

    • Jay

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      @TheMuppetManiac: Nice Zimmerman pick, Sky chose him as MVP last season… so I think you should be fine!

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @TheMuppetManiac: hard to call a guy with an ADP of about 210 a bust. he could very well be a prospect bust, but fantasy overallwise, when you are paying 18th round values hard to be a bust.

  20. swaggerjackers says:
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    Kenyon is taking the Tehol “endear myself to the community by coming across like a cocky d bag” approach. I”m not sure Razzball needs another d bag.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @swaggerjackers: Can’t wait to skip his posts and troll him in the comments

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @swaggerjackers: Eh, I’d give him a chance. I think his content will be popular to some. I’m not sure what to expect, but from what I’ve heard, should be alright.

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @swagger jackers: I’m not coming across that way. I truly am. fuck you

  21. Ray Liotta's Dermatologist says:
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    I think Kenyon is my spirit animal

  22. Branta says:
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    If Kenyon is Razzball’s PFT Commenter (where people have no idea what the joke is and just get mad), that might make for hilarious results.

    Anyway, my picks

    NL ROY: Kenta Maeda
    AL ROY: A.J. Reed
    NL CY: Clayton Kershaw
    AL CY: Luis Severino (homer pick!)
    NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt
    AL MVP: Mike Trout
    Sleeper: Adonis Garcia
    Bust: Todd Frazier
    Infatuation: Joc Pederson
    MVFP: Matt Harvey
    MVFH: Maikel Franco

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Branta: Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s more Tehol. But you’re right, he might be of the same mold.

  23. cj says:
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    No one knows what the world “valuable” means!

    Which car is more valuable, a Ferrari or a Civic? Well you get better value *for your money* with the Civic, but the Ferrari is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars! It’s clearly the most valuable.

    It’s the same deal with the annual real-life MVP debates. They were obviously meant to be the award for the best player during the season, but now so many people talk about “best player on a winning team” or bullshit like that, just because it has a quirky name!

    #SPORTSRADIOTAKES

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @cj: Yeah, I kinda agree that it’s somewhat arbitrary. One day maybe that’ll change, but I doubt it.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @cj:

      This is a great example of why analogies aren’t always helpful. Valuable is a measure of the worth of something but in order to understand the worth of something you have to have something to benchmark against.

      In this case it is reasonable to benchmark either against the entire player pool in which case you are just guessing at who will be the top player overall. That conversation is usually limited to just a few players. Or you could benchmark the final worth of the player against the cost of acquisition, in which case you’re potentially talking about the entire player pool. The latter is a more interesting conversation, in my opinion.

      • cj says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        yeah it’s the more interesting conversation for sure, but then there’s not really a difference between sleeper/bust since those are about performance vs. relative cost.

        anyway it’s really just being pedantic. however, one amazing thing I learned when looking at the generic wikipedia article for “most valuable player” was:
        “In Australia, Australian rules football clubs and leagues use the term “Best and Fairest” so there’s that

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @cj:

          I don’t think sleeper is relative to cost, I think sleeper is somebody who nobody is talking about. That’s why sleeper is such a brutal term these days; there’s so much content it’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t coverage in some corner of the net. I dug pretty deep for mine I thought.

  24. Scott says:
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    I lurve Viz’ JoFer pick for the Cy. I’m on board!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, I always dig the different names I see when making this. I always try to pick the field when making my predictions, and it seems to sorta work out sometimes, except when it doesn’t.

  25. Frank White says:
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    Wusup jay how you been!! Can you give your opinion on my team please..? 10 team mixed H2H and 20 per pitcher win plus a point per k but -10 per loss but anyway

    d’Amaud
    Abreu
    Carpenter
    Seager
    Brandon Crawford
    Harper
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Pence
    Jay Bruce
    Stephen Piscotty

    Price
    Jose Fernandez
    Carrasco
    Carlos Martinez
    Matz
    Samardzija
    Tiajuana Walker
    Iwakuma
    Fiers
    Alex Wood
    Colby Lewis
    Francisco Rodriguez RP

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Frank White: Hey Frank! I love the pitching, really big on Sharky this season. I’d say a good balance on offense, but Bruce and Gonzy give me some pause. Great pick up though on Piscotty. Seems to be Razzball approved right now.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks Man..! Yeah every team in my league keeps A LOT of pitchers but grabbing hitters off the wire usually always comes easy. Good Luck this year and i’m sure you’ll hear a lot from me.. Lol

  26. Lville Jim says:
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    My prediction is for real baseball, the Royals are not even going to make the playoffs this year.

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @Lville Jim: I like it! Screw the Royals!

      Go Indians!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Lville Jim: Poor Royals. Maybe the Padres could take their place!

  27. Robert says:
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    I have waiver #2. Use it to grab Deshields and drop Calhoun?

  28. Frank White says:
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    Sup Jay… I droped Colby Lewis for Ceser Hernandez.. first Colby sucks but Ceser also plays 2nd 3rd and SS in my league.. You like? Oh i also forgot that i need a streaming spot for pitchers throughout each week. Should i drop Bruce? I’m sure he won’t be missed. It’s a 10 team league with a lot out there. Also it’s a pitchers league so i can’t have more then one batter on the bench. If not Bruce then who?? Thanks Bro!
    d’Amaud
    Abreu
    Carpenter
    Seager
    Brandon Crawford
    Harper
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Pence
    Jay Bruce
    Stephen Piscotty

    Price
    Jose Fernandez
    Carrasco
    Carlos Martinez
    Matz
    Samardzija
    Tiajuana Walker
    Iwakuma
    Fiers
    Alex Wood
    Colby Lewis
    Francisco Rodriguez RP

    Read more: https://razzball.com/the-official-2016-razzball-picks/#ixzz44mDDjcz2

  29. Swfcdan says:
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    Good picks overall and always a fun exercise to do (well read). Like most of yours too, though don’t see how Choo-Choo is a bounceback, what is he bouncing back to (choo)?

    There’s no way 1st rounders like Kershaw and Goldie locks can be most valuable fantasy hitters/pitchers, those picks are cop outs (unless they are predicting them to hit 100HRs and strike out a gazillion guys?).

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