Last week I gave you the NyQuil & Naquin Update. We looked at some hot starters and some early snoozers. So I sat here pondering what I should do about the season so far. After all, we aren’t even a month in yet. Do I stick to my guns, make marginal changes to the board and keep telling people it’s early (which is true) or do I take a leap for faith and dive into the rabbit hole, “what if some of these wild things going on actually mean something, and if everyone is mad, are we all mad? or are those that still haven’t lost their minds the mad ones since it hasn’t driven them mad as of yet?” We ask the tough questions here at Razzball.

You will see things that might frighten you, but don’t be alarmed. These are just the ravings of a madman who dared to ask “what if?” What if Byron Buxton is stayed healthy (he probably won’t), Mitch Haniger stayed healthy (he probably could), Franmil finally broke out for real (maybe so), and Mark Canha was a top tier leadoff man (feels like it). And who the hell is Adolis Garcia and why is he not on your roster yet? These questions and more I shall pursue.

The Ins

Mike Trout – He’s hitting .433 after a 4-5 night down in Texas upon returning to the lineup. I was told he was the 5th best option on draft day. I was told he’s going to hit .280; Yeah, well the Goat gonna goat.

Luis Robert – The homerun’s haven’t quite come yet. But my man’s leading the MLB in doubles and has 4 SB to start the season while hitting .305; yes, that’s right. LuBob is currently over 300.

Trent Grisham – He looks healthy and he looks improved. I didn’t want to buy him at price this year, but he is looking very good at the plate and very speedy on the base paths. During this last Padres-Dodgers series (Wrestlemania in the Ravine) he showed me something new… he hit against the shift with a very deliberate inside-out swing for a free single. Hell yeah. Last year he hit into the shift no matter what and hoped it would get through. This is big. I’m buying him for this season, he could actually return draft day value.

Nick Solak – Everyone was complaining about Nick for the first couple of weeks. Now his AVG is creeping up towards 300 and he has 4 HR to his name. Just in the nick of time.

Adolis Garcia – The power is real. He might strike out 35% of the time and hit .230 but the power is as real as mom’s meatloaf and just as filling. Also, this last night I saw him make some plays in the OF. His good defense will keep him in the lineup even when his bat hits some rough spots, which also means he will be able to fight his way through it.

Mark Canha – Can we talk about this man for a minute? Did not see this coming. He’s hitting .260 with a high OBP (.406) which is within expectations. But, he has 3 HR and 4 SB. That is not within expectations. And leading off for a solid A’s team is netting him some runs. He’s made himself very relevant to the conversation and would seem to be a solid threat on the bases. I took him as a 4th OF anchor a few places but on some teams, he might be my 2nd best OF. Yes. He. Can.

Justin Upton – JUp looks really healthy this season and is hitting the ball hard. He hit his 5th HR of the season last night. In a deep lineup with a lot of good bats, he’s kinda the forgotten man, and I think so with pitchers too. He is jumping all over mistake pitches and sending them to the moon.

Wil MyersI was all about him to start the season and he has not disappointed. He’s hitting .268 with 4 HR and 4 SB. That’ll play.

Jesse Winker – Jesse is back. Jesse is a good hitter. Jesse hits in a favorable division and lineup. *wink*

The Outs

Byron Buxton – Byron, more like Sellron, amirite? If I had him I’d be looking to sell him after his next home run. This will be a bit confusing but I’ll try to make sense… I am buying Buxton’s skills and the development of power, but I am selling his ability to keep it going all season long. Patellar tendinitis is just another rock in the castle wall of “don’t come near my roster”. I have him ranked high because of what he could do if he was healthy, but that IF is the size of the Titanic and just as dependable.

Kyle TuckerAfter coming out of the gate hot, he cooled off and on their road trip going 2-for-21, ouch. He still looks to have a bit of a long swing so its not shocking that he’ll experience some cold spells. Being in that lineup thought will provide him ample opportunity for counting stats.

Ryan Mountcastle – Batting .167 with 1 HR, 3 SB. He has been on the struggle bus to start the year, but fortunately, he’s picked up a few steals recently to at least provide SOME value. But man he’s been brutal.

Ian Happ – He might be the one driving the struggle bus. I was on board with him coming into the season but he has done absolutely nothing. 10-12 team leagues you gotta bench or drop him and keep an eye on the waivers for signs of life later. The dude is lost right now.

Akil BaddooHe finally came back down to earth after the helium wore off. A stretch of 0-fors and a few days rest have brought his AVG down to a more realistic .260, which he should hover around between his hot and cold streaks.

The What-have-yous

Marcell Ozuna – There’s trouble in River City. Despite hitting .182, he’s still found a way to be useful this last week by driving in some runs. That’s a good sign. Hopefully with more good news to follow.

Kyle Lewis – He’s back from the IL but hasn’t done anything of note yet. He’ll probably need a little time to get up to speed.

Adam Eaton – He seems to be having a bit of a Renaissance season thus far hitting towards the top of the Sox lineup. That is never a bad thing. He could continue to benefit from those around him collecting easy counting stats.

Alex Kirilloff – Called up. He got his first hit last night after a couple of zeros. A double. Fitting as I see him being a doubles machine in the lineup. That could be a nice return pending the Twins start hitting better as a team again.

Sam Haggerty – He played the field for 3 days straight and began to heat up before sitting yesterday. Damn! Hopefully, this is a sign of a bit more playing time and we see him go on a SAGNOF bender.

A quick rundown of some other guys that I’m keeping an eye on. Some positive, some negative. Michael Conforto, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Brandon Nimmo, Austin Riley, Brandon Lowe, and Enrique Hernandez.

The ROS Board

# Name Team Pos $
1 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF 61.0
2 Mike Trout LAA OF 41.4
3 Bryce Harper PHI OF 35.5
4 Juan Soto WSH OF 34.9
5 Mookie Betts LAD OF 34.2
6 J.D. Martinez BOS DH/OF 33.5
7 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF 27.7
8 Byron Buxton MIN OF 25.3
9 Nick Castellanos CIN OF 25.2
10 Luis Robert CHW OF 23.8
11 Christian Yelich MIL OF 21.1
12 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 19.7
13 Trent Grisham SD OF 19.2
14 Franmil Reyes CLE DH/OF 19.0
15 Alex Verdugo BOS OF 18.4
16 Starling Marte MIA OF 16.8
17 Randy Arozarena TB OF 16.7
18 Ramon Laureano OAK OF 16.4
19 Aaron Judge NYY OF 16.2
20 Kyle Tucker HOU OF 16.0
21 Eddie Rosario CLE OF 15.3
22 Yordan Alvarez HOU DH/OF 14.2
23 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF 14.1
24 Jesse Winker CIN OF 13.1
25 Nick Solak TEX 2B/3B/OF 13.0
26 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF 12.8
27 Giancarlo Stanton NYY DH/OF 12.5
28 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF 11.6
29 Ketel Marte ARI 2B/SS/OF 10.6
30 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 10.4
31 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF 10.0
32 Michael Brantley HOU OF 8.2
33 Tommy Edman STL 2B/SS/3B/OF 7.5
34 Austin Meadows TB OF 7.4
35 Raimel Tapia COL OF 6.7
36 Dylan Carlson STL OF 6.5
37 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 5.4
38 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF 5.3
39 Adam Eaton CHW OF 4.7
40 Michael Conforto NYM OF 4.3
41 Joey Gallo TEX OF 3.4
42 Max Kepler MIN OF 3.2
43 Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF 2.6
44 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF 2.3
45 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 1.9
46 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF 1.8
47 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 2B/OF 1.5
48 Justin Upton LAA OF 1.4
49 David Peralta ARI OF 1.3
50 David Fletcher LAA 2B/SS/3B/OF 1.0
51 Austin Riley ATL 3B/OF 0.9
52 Brandon Lowe TB 1B/2B/OF 0.9
53 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF 0.3
54 Jorge Soler KC OF -0.1
55 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B/OF -0.2
56 Anthony Santander BAL OF -0.2
57 Kyle Lewis SEA OF -0.3
58 Mike Yastrzemski SF OF -0.6
59 Randal Grichuk TOR OF -1.1
60 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF -1.5
61 Cavan Biggio TOR 2B/3B/OF -1.7
62 Manuel Margot TB OF -2.1
63 Andrew Benintendi KC OF -2.2
64 Tommy Pham SD OF -2.9
65 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF -3.0
66 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF -3.0
67 Victor Robles WSH OF -3.0
68 Enrique Hernandez BOS 2B/SS/OF -3.1
69 Kyle Schwarber WSH OF -3.4
70 Cedric Mullins BAL OF -3.5
71 Dominic Smith NYM 1B/OF -3.8
72 AJ Pollock LAD OF -4.0
73 Ian Happ CHC 2B/3B/OF -4.2
74 J.D. Davis NYM 3B/OF -4.2
75 Adolis Garcia TEX OF -4.3
76 Akil Baddoo DET OF -4.5
77 Avisail Garcia MIL OF -4.6
78 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF -4.9
79 Adam Duvall MIA OF -5.2
80 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/SS/3B/OF -5.2
81 Nick Senzel CIN OF -5.3
82 Aaron Hicks NYY OF -5.6
83 Jurickson Profar SD 2B/OF -6.3
84 Corey Dickerson MIA OF -6.3
85 Austin Hays BAL OF -6.5
86 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF -6.6
87 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF -6.6
88 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF -6.6
89 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF -6.8
90 Kole Calhoun ARI OF -6.8
91 Alex Dickerson SF OF -8.3
92 Michael A. Taylor KC OF -9.4
93 Gregory Polanco PIT OF -9.5
94 Tyler Naquin CIN OF -9.5
95 Robbie Grossman DET OF -9.7
96 Willie Calhoun TEX OF -10.0
97 Alex Kirilloff MIN OF -10.0
98 Hunter Dozier KC 1B/3B/OF -10.1
99 Austin Slater SF 1B/OF -10.3
100 Tyler O’Neill STL OF -10.3
101 Pavin Smith ARI 1B/OF -11.3
102 Josh Naylor CLE OF -11.4
103 Clint Frazier NYY OF -11.8
104 Josh Rojas ARI 2B/OF -12.1
105 Jackie Bradley Jr. MIL OF -12.1

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  1. Chucky says:
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    Is Adolis Garcia a poor man’s Yasiel Puig? If I squint hard enough, am I looking at Teoscar Hernandez? Randy Arozarena? The aforementioned Kyle Lewis?

    • Coolwhip says:
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      I get the feeling he’s another Teoscar.

  2. Coconut Willie says:
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    My boredom with old guys is getting to me (Moran and Eaton) and I’d like to think Adolis and Carlson can do better. I’m a rookie at this FBB thing so…. be kind

    I do have Haniger, Comforto, Adam Frazier, JD Davis to roam the OF and waiting for Bellinger to return…. so these would be bench guys.

    Hold the old or in with the new?
    12 team 5×5 (Ave/RBI/HR/SB/Hits)

    Enjoy the Day CWHIP

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Eaton is still going to eat at the top of that lineup, i’d prob add Carlson, Adolis is sexier right now cus he’s hot AF, but I think he’ll coll off eventually (and may have started).

  3. Lee says:
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    Springer?

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Is he playing? lol

      Joking aside, I haven’t heard anything positive about him yet so I can’t project him in the top 100 any longer until we have a timetable.

  4. Jimmy says:
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    What about Luplow…. picked him off waivers in my 18 team dynasty league…my other CFers are Happ and Senzel…

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Luplow has already cooled off and is historically not a great hitter, he is outside of my top 100. I’d prefer Senzel and Happ over him for ROS.

  5. Rowdy Roddy Pipper says:
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    I snagged Avisail Garcia off waivers last week. Hampson and Pham have since been dropped. Hampson may be gone before he gets to me in waiver order but is Pham worth dropping Avisail for? I am assuming Hampson would be worth dropping him for.

    • Coolwhip says:
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      I’d prefer upside of Hampson, Pham seems to be injured every other day right now. So at the moment I’d say Hampson, Garcia, Pham if your primary need is steals.

  6. angels after hours says:
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    Whip is it a fair deal: Grisham & Woodruff for Yourdan & T. Anderson?

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Haha, this sounds familiar… I’d say its close, with a bit more value on the Yordong/Timmy side. As both of them have top 20 ceilings. Grisham probably not as high.

      • angels after hours says:
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        Strong everyday OF batting 2nd in an outstanding lineup & a stud starter for a week knee DH & a SS that LaRussa moves all over the lineup.

        • Coolwhip says:
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          LOL Yordan just ran full speed on a triple, and Timmy only hits leadoff.

          that said, its fair. Especially if someone is in need of said positions.

  7. MUSY says:
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    Jarred Walsh?

    • Coolwhip says:
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      He doesn’t qualify for OF yet… but when he does I will probably have him in top 30

      • MUSY says:
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        Huh… He just moved into my outfield on CBS Sports which requires 10 games for eligibility. I appreciate the evaluation though

        • Coolwhip says:
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          Oh i see now… well hot damn, I started writing this end of week so just missed it. Then yes he’ll be in the next one and he’ll be top 30.

    • Desert Sox says:
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      I hope he qualifies. I’ve got him starting in both my money leagues ;)

  8. P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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    Went into panic mode & just traded Springer & Hosmer for Arenado … can somebody tell me I’m not a moron?

    • buckler says:
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      I don’t think you needed to include Hosmer unless your trade partner is really worried about the injury bug with Springs. I’m assuming you have at least an equivalent 1B to step into Hosmer’s spot (or your current 3B was putrid). That being said, Torenado is at least actually playing.

      • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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        I suppose a littler context would’ve helped. It’s a keeper league. Arenando can be kept in the 5th round next year. Springer would have to be kept in the 1st round (which won’t happen). Hosmer can be kept in the 15th round. I hated letting Hoz go because he was the 1B I targeted in all my drafts. In addition, I also have Eloy on this team … well, not really. I went from starting out with a Betts/Jimenez/Springer outfield to Betts/Haniger (one of my late round targets)/Austin Hays (Who also went down for a while). Anyway, yeah, I need guys that are playing. My first base options now, are Aguilar, Pavin Smith, Yuli Gurriel, Nate Lowe, Brandon Lowe, Ryan Mouncastle, and Alec Bohm … So, I should be okay playing matchups . Thanks!

      • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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        The guy I made the trade with is notorious difficult to deal with. However, he was the only one I could get interested in Springer since he’s now gotten pushed back 2 additional times. I wasn’t big on drafting Springer in the first place, but felt good enough about the rest of my team to take a risk on him … and then Eloy went down.

      • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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        My other 3B is Moncada … who I’ve never been crazy about, and will probably be looking to move.

        • Coolwhip says:
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          ahhh okay, the context makes sense then. Looks like you are in better place then, and you have plenty of decent 1B options.

          • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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            …. and of course Springer comes of the IL. Good grief.

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Agree with Buckler

  9. buckler says:
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    O…M…Geezum Crow!! I lose Soto and Santander (Santoto? Sotander?) to IL last week, get Kyle Lewis back and pick Up-ton on waivers. Springer isn’t ready to come back and now Lou Bob goes into protocol….FM[OF]L!!! What is it with OFs and triage units so far this year?!

    • Coolwhip says:
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      I know man, its insane. Hopefully, we getting it all out of the way early.

  10. Jeffe says:
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    I picked up Tapia last week when he was moved to lead off. I am pleasantly surprised to see him at 35 in your rankings. He’s got good upside and hope he stays at leadoff. If he were to get moved from lead off, would he drop in your rankings? I am hopeful for a 20/20 season, but feel realistically he’ll end up closer to 15/15. What do you think? Thanks for your insight and rankings! Much appreciated!

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Yes me having him that high depends a lot on him sticking at the top of the lineup.
      Thanks for reading!

  11. Mike Honcho says:
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    Avisail is an FA in my 12 teamer…drop who to get him?
    P.Evans
    P.Smith
    R.Tellez
    A.Hays

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Tellez seems to be the odd man out. For now i’d drop him.

  12. aardvark says:
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    Where would you start kelenic off when he gets the call?

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Probably the 50-60 range, power and speed upside would move him up if he starts off hitting for avg

  13. H says:
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    Do you prefer Hampton or Upton over Schwarber or Biggio?

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Hampson over Biggio, Upton over Schwarber

  14. uncle wighty says:
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    Thoughts on dropping santander for eaton?

    • Coolwhip says:
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      He’s on the IL now so sure if you don’t have an IL spot.

  15. Roll Tribe says:
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    Blackmon top 100!?!

    • Coolwhip says:
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      ROS

      • Huffin Gas says:
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        Blackmon’s bb and k rates look good, he’s hitting the ball well (hard hit and LD%). His babip is way down, something like 100 below his career norm. I know he’s older, but he’s not showing much of a decline with underlying stats. I’m holding pat.

  16. johnnyhobbes says:
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    If you had to take a stab at this in a points league format…. Franmil Reyes goes way down Right? And Bryan Reynolds way up?

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      And I should probably not care about the prospect porn (kelenic) ina straight up redraft league correct? Other I have oufielders- betts, jd martinez. Meadows, Winker

      • Coolwhip says:
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        In a points league Franmil would move up some since stealing bases doesn’t matter as much. Bryan Reynolds might move up a little since he is “supposedly” high average. It really depends on point weights.

        redraft yes, I wouldn’t put a great deal of energy in prospects until they are called up or if you happen to have a roster spot to stash them. Kelenic might be up mid-to-late May so we are creating up the time to consider stashing him, but I wouldn’t say its a must, could be great or could be mediocre in first run through the show, hard to say which.

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