Not a bad year for me with the 2021 catcher rankings in the broadest of terms. This year I only left one guy unranked who ended up in the top 20, and if anyone ranked Eric Haase in the top 20, then kudos to them for figuring out a reliable, gas-efficient time machine. That doesn’t mean my rankings are a chef’s kiss from Padma as I win the Quickfire. Oh, some of these are a hot mess from where I ranked them, compared to where they ended up. Please don’t ask if this is a ranking for next year. It’s not a ranking for next year. It’s me recapping last season. Please, for the love that all is holy, understand this. It’s all I ask of you. Well, that and shower me with praise. The latter isn’t hard, the former is. Also, remembering which is the ‘latter’ and which is the ‘former’ is hard too. Quibbles and semantics, my good man and five lady-mans. It wouldn’t be fair for me to preseason rank the players, then rank them again in the postseason based on my opinion, so these postseason top 20 lists are ranked according to our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. It’s cold hard math, y’all! Anyway, here’s the top 20 catchers for 2021 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Salvador Perez – I almost fainted looking at his year. I’m sorry, his year, bros and four sisters and one sista — what even? Possibly the most incredible year-end number from any players not named Ohtani is Sal Perez played in 161 games and got 620 ABs. Do you know how rare that is? 161 games played from a catcher has happened three times in history. Joe Torre (1970), Ted Simmons (1973) and Perez. (In fairness to the other two, they did it without the DH.) Seriously, can we get a dubya tee eff for Ess Pee? Never in my wildest imaginations did I think a year like this was possible from Perez. Or any catcher. He also killed my least favorite narrative, so props to him. You know what narrative I mean. The one that goes: guys are better in their contract years. Perez just signed an absurd contract and had an absurd year. Maybe we can finally put that narrative to bed forever. Hopefully next year Perez will kill my other least favorite narrative of “drafting a catcher early is good because of position scarcity,” but he won’t. That narrative will outlive all of us. It’s so funny how people in the preseason are like, “Grey, your rugged features make me melt. Also, I’m drafting a catcher high because a great catcher makes such a huge difference, look at Sal P.” The thing they always forget is Perez wasn’t a catcher who was drafted high when he returned this value. Jerry Tomato was drafted high. Perez was available for anyone around 150th overall. The funniest thing (not haha) is how people are now talking about Perez for the Hall of Fame. How’s the Hall of Fame candidacy going for Javy Lopez? Finally, Sal Perez’s season will rank 10th of all-time for catchers, just in front of Mike Piazza’s 1995 season on the Historical Player Rater. Image to follow. Preseason Rank #2, 2021 Projections: 67/25/82/.246/1 in 519 ABs, Final Numbers: 88/48/121/.273/1 in 620 ABs

2. J.T. Realmuto – It doesn’t truly do Jerry Tomato justice to have him end the year this high up in the rankings, but it does point out a larger issue: Catchers still suck. Salvador Perez was nearly twice as valuable as Realmuto. That is also hilarious. Vlad Jr. would have to hit 90 homers to be twice as valuable as the 2nd best 1st baseman. Preseason Rank #1, 2021 Projections: 87/24/81/.272/8 in 524 ABs, Final Numbers: 64/17/73/.263/13 in 476 ABs

3. Will Smith – Take all the people in Wal-Mart, who are in motorized scooters, and line them up next to each other. That’s how much space there is between Sal Perez and Will Smith. Okay, that’s my last flabbergasted take on Perez. My ranking for Smith was third overall for catchers, before Dave Roberts said some nonsense in the spring about Austin Barnes being a 50/50 split with him, and I totally bit on that non-news. Preseason Rank #9, 2021 Projections: 57/16/57/.266/2 in 378 ABs, Final Numbers: 71/25/76/.258/3 in 414 ABs

4. Buster Posey – And catchers have already become, “Just grab one and leave me alone.” Every catcher who is readily available in the preseason is just okay, and “just okay” is fine to roster. Preseason Rank #26, 2021 Projections: 42/6/45/.251 in 344 ABs, Final Numbers: 68/18/56/.304 in 395 ABs

5. Mike Zunino – There’s guys above here (obviously, dur), but this was the first guy who I had the opportunity to draft, since he was available after 220 overall in snake drafts. Well, Posey was available too, but, let’s be honest, I was never drafting him. One love for the Posey lovers, but I think he’s ass. Any hoo! Not only did I draft Zunino, but in shallower leagues, I drafted him, dropped him and picked him up again, rinse and repeat about fifteen times. Who’s Zunino’ing who? Me, about a dozen or so times throughout the year. Preseason Rank #18, 2021 Projections: 38/19/48/.196 in 374 ABs, Final Numbers: 64/33/62/.216 in 333 ABs

6. Yasmani Grandal – I like takeaways. Feed me, GrubHub! Nah, man, I mean, I like key points we can remember. My takeaway from Grandal is a catcher can be awful in two of five categories (SBs, AVG) and miss a ton of time (look at his at-bats), and still be better than 95% of other catchers. Preseason Rank #3, 2021 Projections: 74/24/79/.239/2 in 479 ABs, Final Numbers: 60/23/62/.240 in 279 ABs

7. Willson Contreras – This guy’s season was almost as disappointing as his career thus far, right? He’s about four months of a baseball season away from being passed in fantasy value by his younger brother, and I don’t think much of William either. Preseason Rank #5, 2021 Projections: 57/18/67/.259/2 in 421 ABs, Final Numbers: 61/21/57/.237/5 in 413 ABs

8. Eric Haase – “Hey, welcome back to Pawn Stars, before the break Big Haase was teaching Chumlee why the pawn store doesn’t carry any Nazi memorabilia while both are clearly on meth. Let’s get back to the show.” That’s me auditioning to be the History Channel’s Pawn Stars narrator. As for Eric “Big” Haase, when he came up, I said he had big-time power, and he showed it. When you can hit 35 homers and .210, you have the chance to be a difference maker at catcher. See Mike Zunino’s year. Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 48/22/61/.231/2 in 351 ABs

9. Yadier Molina – “Hello, I am Greybot5000. We are celebrating Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario’s 200th birthday this year by changing the liquid in his head jar, and we will be reminiscing all year about some of Yadier Molina’s highlights since he said he’s retiring this year.” That’s what you’re gonna be reading in about 150 years. Preseason Rank #14, 2021 Projections: 49/11/61/.258/2 in 401 ABs, Final Numbers: 45/11/66/.252/3 in 440 ABs

10. Tyler Stephenson – Wanna make this about this past year vs. future years, but Stephenson is about to become a full-time catcher, hitter in the top five spots in the order in a good park. We should all be thanking that *ucker Barnhart because he prospblocked Tyler Stephenson enough to tamp down his shine so he could be my ‘ticket to click it’ next year. Preseason Rank #38, 2021 Projections: 24/6/31/.278 in 178 ABs, Final Numbers: 56/10/45/.286 in 350 ABs

11. Christian Vazquez – Without his first two weeks of the season, he’d be ranked about four spots later. This is the 2nd year in a row where Vazquez accumulated 75% of his fantasy value in the first two weeks of a season. Not a great look, if I’m being honest. Look at how many at-bats he has vs. Grandal and their stats vs. each other. That’s a joke on Vazquez and no one is laughing. He’s become the Kevin Kiermaier of catchers. This is not a compliment. Preseason Rank #4, 2021 Projections: 62/21/71/.272/5 in 467 ABs, Final Numbers: 51/6/49/.258/8 in 458 ABs

12. Gary Sanchez – I get a kick out of champagne and Yankees fans pretending like Sanchez had a decent, bounce back season. Preseason Rank #10, 2021 Projections: 54/25/67/.228 in 346 ABs, Final Numbers: 54/23/54/.204 in 383 ABs

13. Omar Narvaez – Never Nervous Narvaez has the misfortune to be boring-good across multiple categories and that’s yawnstipating as all get-out for a catcher. Omar deserved a better namesake. RIP. Preseason Rank #29, 2021 Projections: 33/9/32/.265 in 287 ABs, Final Numbers: 54/11/49/.266 in 391 ABs

14. Elias Diaz – To celebrate the end of 2020, the Rockies moved on from Wolters, and the son of the Elias Sports Bureau didn’t disappoint me in all of the two-catcher and NL-Only leagues, where I drafted him. Preseason Rank #24, 2021 Projections: 41/11/46/.267 in 357 ABs, Final Numbers: 52/18/44/.246 in 338 ABs

15. Yan Gomes – Not just an underrated catcher for deep leagues, but Gomes is also a fantastic acrostic for Guron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior. Preseason Rank #19, 2021 Projections: 41/12/49/.234/1 in 357 ABs, Final Numbers: 49/14/52/.252 in 349 ABs

16. Sean Murphy – Hard for a catcher to be truly disappointing because expectations are so low, but, if I’m being honest, Murphy pulled off the rare feat of being a disappointing catcher. (Him and Vazquez.) Murphy, you don’t even have to do much more, just stop doing less. Preseason Rank #7, 2021 Projections: 59/20/69/.236 in 426 ABs, Final Numbers: 47/17/59/.216 in 393 ABs

17. Daulton VarshoDiamondbacks should be ashamed of themselves for how they handled Varsho this year. They had a full year to give Varsho the run in any position he wanted. Instead, they sent him down to start the year, then played games with his playing time when he was recalled. Like they needed to know what they had in David Peralta, Carson Kelly or about six other guys. Preseason Rank #25, 2021 Projections: 32/6/31/.277/9 in 281 ABs, Final Numbers: 41/11/38/.246/6 in 284 ABs

18. Luis Torrens – In the preseason, I wrote this, “I try to keep at least one reliable source about each team a DM away, and I reached out to a Mariners friend, and asked them if Torrens was the catcher, or Tom Murphy, and they felt Tom Murphy was the guy, and I sure hope I DM’d the right person.” And that’s me quoting me quoting my Mariners’ source! That source turned out to be right, but only on a technicality. Torrens was primarily used as a DH, while playing enough catcher to maintain eligibility. Preseason Rank #44, 2021 Projections: 31/8/32/.276 in 278 ABs, Final Numbers: 39/15/47/.243 in 346 ABs

19. Carson Kelly – The fascinating thing with Carsenio is his strikeouts, walks and line drive rates all went in the right direction, and it just does not matter because he’s really not very good. Preseason Rank #11 2021 Projections:  46/17/55/.232 in 366 ABs, Final Numbers: 41/13/46/.240 in 304 ABs

20. Max Stassi – Was one of my preseason darlings, because if I didn’t like Stassi I was afraid of being sent to a prison camp, and do they have pickle ball there? Because I’m a big pickle ball fan. Preseason Rank #23, 2021 Projections: 42/14/46/.236 in 341 ABs, Final Numbers: 45/13/35/.241 in 282 ABs

  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome!!!

    a. Reading this article made me break my winter-long silence of 1.5 days! Shame on you for being so good as usual.

    b. Looking at this list and I’m going on a limb. 100% Sal Perez won’t hit more than 20+ HRs in 2022. All of these catchers suck (even Realmuto caught the disease) and none warrant a pick before round 20-ish.

    c. Special Norm MacDonald quote of the day for Wake for October 7, 2021

    ‘Christie Brinkley told reporters her marriage to Billy Joel was over long before their divorce. The key moment for her was when she realized that she was Christie Brinkley and that he was Billy Joel.’

    d. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for October 7, 2021

    ‘This week, Disney produced a new rapping Mickey Mouse CD. To avoid controversy, the CD does not contain the controversial song ‘Cat Killer’.’

    e. Marx Brothers quote of the day for October 7, 2021

    Capt. Corcoran: ‘One goes around with a black moustache.’

    Groucho: ‘Well, you couldn’t expect a moustache to go around by itself. Don’t you think a moustache ever gets lonely, Captain?’

    [Capt. Carcoran is describing the stowaways]

    Capt. Corcoran=Ben Taggart

    Monkey Business

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Shame on you for being silent!

      B. I’d guess 32 HRs, but still won’t be worth it

      C. HA

      D. Haha

    • Wake Up says:
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      HA!

      Bottle of Greg!
      Bottle of Mike!

  2. VinWins

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    You’re too hard on yourself on Sal P. You nailed his SB number!

    No DH, but Torre did catch only 90 games as the Cards tried to find a position where he wouldn’t hurt them defensively. (He didn’t catch anymore games after 1970. And was the MVP in ’71!)

    • Grey

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      Haha, ah, good point on Torre, I hadn’t realized that

  3. VinWins

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    Pretty right-on for Yadier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, one of my better ones

  4. Bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in an AL only 5×5 roto league with ability to keep up to to 8 players year to year. I have the the following SP at indicated prices. Please rank these guys for 2022; obviously this is too early. Also, which such a lack of good pitching in the American League, do you view all these guys worthy
    Of keeping? One thing I’m certain about is that going into auction without any SP is dangerous. THANK YOU!!!
    Matz $3
    Kaprielan $8
    Flexen $8
    Quantrill $5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see keeping Matz and Quantrill for cheap SPs, none are great tho

  5. William Hung says:
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    Where do you think IKF would’ve ranked?

    Carson Kelly – remember when there was talk he could’ve been a Top 5 catcher and we all ran to the wire to grab him?

      • Ben says:
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        IKF is ranked as the fourth best catcher in the Yahoo 5×5 roto league. He is listed as the 166th most valuable player overall.

        Perez, Smith, and Realmuto are ranked ahead of him with Posey in the 5th spot.

  6. MattTruss

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    It was such a great year to not draft a top catcher (again). All season long in my RCLs I rotated between Zunino, Haase, Molina, Cazquez, Diaz and Murphy. One of them was always available on waivers. I’ll have to run my catcher numbers and see what I ended up streaming.

    • VinWins

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      In Crab Army I drafted Sean Murphy in the 23rd round. I ended up using 31 catchers for 66 Runs/20 HR/71 RBI/ 4 SB/.230.

      Also, you lost that league by 0.5. If I had managed 1 more win, you would have tied for first. But if you had 1 more win, you would have had the title.

      • MattTruss

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        Thanks Vin…thanks, haha

        • VinWins

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          Thought you needed to know that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think I did particularly well…I remember dropping Haase early (too early) and lots of Zunino…Then I spent a good month just rostering whoever was available from the early game, which I don’t think worked well at all

      • VinWins

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        In Perts, you used 19 catchers: 50 Runs/21 HR/59 RBI/1 SB/.218.

        In 72 AB, Zunino contributed 14/8/12/0/.222.

        Looks like you stuck with James McCann too long: 125 AB/8/3/13/0/.216.

        • Grey

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          Ah, McCann to open the year…That actually isn’t so bad from catcher…I’d say that gets me just below Yasmani’s production

          • VinWins

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            Grandal: 279 AB/60/23/62/0/.240

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I mean, close-ish

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Maybe just under him…And he was drafted near the top 100

            • VinWins

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              If somebody had Grandal from the start and added Zunino while Yas was injured, would have totaled 359 AB/79/31/74/0/.240

              • Grey

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                That would’ve been nice, I never would’ve done that tho…Every time Zunino sat for Mejia, I dropped him

                • VinWins

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                  Yeah, obviously I wasn’t holding on to my catchers too long.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Honestly, if I had Perez, I might not have held him — haha

                    • VinWins

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                      Ha, yeah, glad I was spared that choice. When he was dropped: 11/5/12/0/.247 (April 28).

                    • Grey

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                      Oh, yeah, if he had five homers, I totally would’ve dropped him for like Christian Vazquez

    • MattTruss

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      Turns out, I did pretty bad as well:

      In ECFBL I used15 catchers but somehow only got 82 games out of them, not sure what happened there, but I need to reassess for next year. I managed 38/10/38/2/.232, yuck

      PERTS: 9 Catchers for 55/11/63/9/,229 – So, Vazquez with a little more pop and a worse average, still a top 10 catcher probably

      DFSers: Success! 16 catchers for 64/26/79/1/221. Thank you Haase at all the right times

      FCL: A league I won, 14 Catchers for 53/15/50/0/.239

      The best though was RCL #25 where someone dropped Sal Perez on April 28th and I scooped him up. That combined with Gary Sanchez and Dom Nunez to start the season got me: 84/46/113/1/.265

      • Grey

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        You did better in counting stats in perts…That ECFBL is awful, haha…Yikes! Tho, honestly, not a ton of difference between the league you won and league you didn’t for catcher only — That Perez line is so insane you got off waivers, HA

      • VinWins

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        Nice. I checked the team that dropped Sal. 49/16/45/0/.217

  7. Sport says:
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    This is a fantasy baseball site and we show our infatuation for players by what they do for our teams. Being a Royal’s fan though, and having so many things to be frustrated about, following Salvy’s year was a highlight. So I just have to drop his quote for further appreciation.

    “You never know how much they sacrificed to come and buy the ticket to see you play. I always say we need to play hard every inning because you don’t know how hard they work or do whatever they got to do to buy a ticket to come see you. We need to play hard for the fans.”

    No he isn’t a Hall of Famer at this point. He’s going to need some 25-30 HR seasons for another five or six years probably to be in the conversation. After his TJ surgery and missed 19 season he changed trainers and completely changed his body. Albeit a short season, his 2020 numbers even reflect the change. He hit at least 22 HR for three straight seasons prior to the 19 TJ surgery and was on pace for 44 in the short 2020. So I’m hoping an average of 25-30 is doable.

    Back to fantasy. I’m still not drafting him, especially where he will go. After reviewing the list, I definitely see myself waiting to draft a catcher in round 23 next year. Most of the names on this list were floating on WW at some point this year!

    Thank you Grey.

    • bigbear says:
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      Sal P. has always been a C favorite of mine in fantasy. At least until he started moving up on the draft board…

      IRL, Sal’s the type of player who is easy to root for and any team would be grateful to have. As an O’s fan, I feel you on needing something/anything to cheer for (Cedric!). Here’s to him getting the 25-30 HRs over the next 5 years for a legit HOF run!

      Fun fact: Second to Vlad for most balls hit 95+ MPH. 48 HR might be the ceiling, but 30 is doable if the K rate doesn’t catch up to him as he ages.

      • Grey

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        Yeah, he seems like a 32-homer guy with a .260 average…Not bad at all, just not top 100, where he will go easily

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sal P’s awesome, great signing and seems like a great guy…That he plays every day truly is incredible, and well worth his real world contract — for fantasy, yeah, he’s just a catcher

    • bill says:
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      Well said Sport! That quote is pretty cool!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agreed!

  8. Jolt In Flow says:
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    GREY! Thanks for continuing this even after end of the regular season. Very much appreciated.

    Question: who are you going for both from the AL and NL now that the wild card matches are done?

    Jolt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

      Well, I live in LA, so gotta go them…Tho, I’d like to see the Brewers too

      Gotta go White Sox in the AL

      • VinWins

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        I knew you were a LaRussa fan!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, Lou Bob and Eloy!

  9. Vegans says:
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    Hi Grey. Wanted to take a moment to thank you and everyone else at Razzball for all the terrific daily content. Always my first read of the day and a great way to start the day. Have a great offseason everyone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Thanks! Be well!

  10. bigbear says:
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    Will Smith started slow, got worse, then gradually did his thing with a ton of off days. 50-75 more ABs would have put him in reach of 30 HR. And maybe 1 more W for the Dodgers?

    Curious about IKF myself? He was my “catcher” of choice in Yahoo. 3-5 range?

    Both teams I faced in H2H finals and the league winner in my Roto had Sal P. Goodyear to have some tread on that tire! There is no C!

  11. James Stockburger says:
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    what about Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Catcher eligible in Yahoo….

  12. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Just got a trade offer and want you opinion on it,

    I give up: Xander Bogaerts ($32, I have Bobby Witt Jr. Coming sometime this season)
    I get: Mookie Betts ($49), and $9 in cap space.

    Make the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair to me

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        thanks for all you advice in helping me win the championship

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem! Congrats on winning!

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Grey,

            he wants to do betts for bogaerts straight up. Thoughts?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Betts side

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                u mean me getting betts is the better side

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d want Betts

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    he wants a pitcher from me aloong with Bogaerts for Betts.

                    SP Trevor Bauer (LAD) $31.00
                    SP Yu Darvish (SD) IL $28.00
                    SP Lucas Giolito (CWS) $28.00
                    SP Clayton Kershaw (LAD) IL $23.00
                    SP Eric Lauer (MIL) $6.00
                    SP/RP Jonathan Loaisiga (NYY) $6.00
                    SP Lance McCullers, Jr. (HOU) $12.00
                    SP Joe Musgrove (SD) $15.00
                    SP Chris Paddack (SD) IL $8.00
                    SP Chris Sale (BOS) $19.00
                    SP Max Scherzer (LAD) $32.00
                    SP/RP Luis Severino (NYY) $11.00
                    SP Noah Syndergaard (NYM) $23.00
                    SP/RP Zach Thompson (MIA) $6.00
                    SP Julio Urias (LAD) $12.00
                    SP Justin Verlander (HOU) 60 IL (+) $13.00
                    SP Brandon Woodruff (MIL) $18.00

                    who should I offer if any at all?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Send him Bauer or Paddack

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      He wants Bogaerts ($32) and Paddack($8) for Betts ($49). Make the deal?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sure

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      made the deal

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice!

  13. toolshed says:
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    Agree with you about varsho. Dbacks manager finally started using him as an everyday player in sept. Don’t know if this was due to injuries or of he was trying to save his job. He was playing virtually everyday in OF and filled in when Kelly needed a day off, which is ideal to save him from catching too much. Do you think he is an everyday player next year? He proved he can hit big league pitching when he gets ABs. Thx

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      He also played against lhp which was nice to see. It is a shame most left handed hitters are foolishly benched against lhp right away because it is assumed that they can’t hit lefties.

      • Grey

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        Yeah, and who else do they have…Varsho will have C elig. next year? What’s his games played at C

        • VinWins

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          41

          • Grey

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            Yup

    • Grey

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      I think he is the everyday player next year, but I think he should’ve been this past year, so I might be wrong

      • toolshed says:
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        He only needed 5 starts at c or 10 games played at c in yahoo to qualify. He got hat easy and OF too.

        • Grey

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          Nice, that’s good, I do like him

  14. Seth says:
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    Weirdly, I don’t think I win my NL-only league with Omar N.

    Call it yawnstipating, but he was a set-it-and-forget-it — sometimes that’s enough.

    • Seth says:
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      withOUT Omar — without! Not giving him the MVP or anything, but what a waiver wire pickup, is all I’m saying…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, I followed

    • Grey

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      Yeah, definitely, but still pretty whatever

  15. Sport says:
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    So Varsho and Keibert Ruiz sleepers for next year? I have no clue where they’ll be draft.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, they’ll be targets

  16. To Truss…

    Excellent recap… and of course an excellent player and former league mate.

    Thanks for the shoutout of the 3 league titles all in the top 100.

    And another Congratulations to Milo on the overall!

    You gonna have some splainin to do Grey with all these teams winning overalls going pitcher in the first round . Phil also went pitcher in the 1st round too.

    Is it true that Milo’s prize will be a pair of overalls with a donkeycorn logo on the front that is to be worn with no shirt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Milo actually chose to donate his prize, which was very thoughtful of him

      • Wake Up says:
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        So we should be expecting a photo of you wearing them for Halloween? Wearing them sexy of course!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t remember the last time I wore something in a “not sexy” way

    • MattTruss

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      WAKE! Thanks for the kind words my friend, happy to see you out there crushing leagues

    • Milo The Cat says:
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      Hi Wake Up! Thank you!

      After this write up, I’m gearing up for Salvy in the first and Hanigar in the 20th next year! :D

  17. Coolwhip says:
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    I can’t seem to find Mitch Garver *looks up and down list*

    “Grey, tell me, where is Garver? For I much desire to speak with him. I fear he has fallen into shadow.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      To quote Garver, “Oh nuts!”

  18. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Just stumbled across something I saved at the start of the season. The Giants Wins total over/under was 75.5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, OVER!

  19. Dustin says:
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    That moment when someone you had a few overlapping years in high school with becomes a top 8 fantasy catcher, one spot ahead of Yadier freaking Molina, and you outbid a few other competitors for him early in the season for that sole reason. ?

    Turns out the DC Eric Haase hype just needed some extra years to percolate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You went to high school with Eric Haase? That’s amazing

      • Dustin says:
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        I did indeed, he was a few years ahead of me. Didn’t know him personally or anything but he was very much talked about as “the guy going to school here that is going pro in sports”. Lo and behold, 10 years later he’s helping me to an AL only championship. What a world.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, that is incredible…What a world, indeed

  20. Will says:
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    Had to think for awhile how many catchers I used this season and came up with five (although it might have been six). D’Arnaud to start the season, then Willson Contrereas (acq in a trade involving D’Arnaud and others), then A Nola when Contreras got hurt, then C Vasquez when Nola got hurt, then M Garver to finish out the last couple of weeks of the season. Got average to slightly better than avg out of the C position this year, which is fine for the absolute worst position we have to draft every season.

    Also I think the most surprising year was from Buster Posey – did not think he had that type of year in him any longer. Most disappointing prob Willson Contreras dude hits 464ft bombs but ends up batting .237.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it was a disappointing year for Contreras — Austin Nola was even worst, he was unstartable for almost the whole year, if not the whole year — agreed on Posey, solid year from him

  21. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    You didn’t include this but I was curious who you had rated in your preseason top 20 that didn’t make it into the final top 20 rankings. Would be nice to see some blurbs on the guys that let you down.

    Also, I think I might have had one. Travis D’Arnaud, aka French Terminator. Yeah, he sucks.

  22. Glory Days says:
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    I drafted Sean Murphy in the 20th round this year and wasn’t real confident in him as my main catcher (one catcher league).

    I noticed another team in my league that used autodraft this year ended up with 3 catchers, Realmuto (2nd rd), Perez (8th rd), and Sanchez (25th rd). So just days before the season started I proposed a trade for Perez, figuring he already had Realmuto, straight up for Tyler Mahle, who I drafted in the 22nd rd., because he didn’t have many SPs. (I dropped Murphy.)

    I’ve always liked Perez because the guy just plays a lot. He loves the game and often plays through injuries. Tough dude. I try to get him every year.

    I guess that trade worked out pretty well! And Mahle did pretty well for him too, but I definitely got the better end of the deal on that one. In the end, it helped me win the league.

    I’m just sad that next year Perez will go so high in the draft that I won’t get him again.

    Anyway, thanks for all your work this year, Grey! Enjoyed reading your recaps and insights.

  23. David Carr says:
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    Awesome read…

    I have Yas G on an $8 contract ($10 average, $260/team, 10 team AL only, 1 C dynasty league). I only have 9 keeper slots, and he is one of the top value / $ guys… But he’s a Catcher!

    I have a bunch of cheap $5 P’s (Bassitt, Shane M, Shane Baz, Sandoval, Plesac, and Civale at $10), and solid keepers in Baddoo ($3), Walsh ($18), expensive studs (X Bog for $31, Matt O for $30), guys I think I should keep (Nicky Lopez, $5, Margot $7).

    I’m pretty sold so far on keeping 7: Bassitt, two Shanes, Sandoval, Baddoo, Walsh and Matt O.
    Got 2 more…

    Am I crazy to think about protecting Yas at $8 instead of Lopez at $5 or X at $31, or Civale at $10?

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