In an incredible turn of events, I’ve done all the infield 2019 fantasy baseball rankings.  Less incredible, you’ve read them.  It’s like that time your favorite team won because they played better than that other team but you convinced yourself they won because you cheered loudly.  When I win the Fantasy Baseball Blogger of the Millennial in 2099, and my frozen head is accepting the award, I’m going to thank you, the readers, but I’m secretly going to be thanking myself.  Without me, none of this would be possible.  You’re a close second though!  Okay, enough ranking of you and me, let’s rank some outfielders!  Last year, there was one outfielder I said I didn’t want in the top 20, Aaron Judge.  This year, well, let’s save it for the post!  All my projections are listed by the players and where I see tiers starting and stopping.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball:

1. Mike Trout – Went over him in the top 10 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

2. Mookie Betts – Went over him in the top 10 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

3. Christian Yelich – Went over him in the top 10 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

4. Ronald Acuña Jr. – Went over him in the top 10 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

5. Bryce Harper – Went over him in the top 20 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

6. J.D. Martinez – Went over him in the top 20 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

7. Giancarlo Stanton – Went over him in the top 20 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

8. Aaron Judge – Went over him in the top 20 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

9. Andrew Benintendi – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Bellinger.  I call this tier, “GOT JAM IT!”  You missed out on the outfielders above this point, so you are cursing mad.  However, you are not actually cursing, because you’re super happy about drafting any of the guys in this tier, but to throw off your opponents, you want to them to think you’re cursing, so GOT JAM IT!  This tier could’ve also been called SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS!  YOU MOTHERFUDGING FRACKER!  FLAVORTOWN!  Or anything that sounds like a curse.  You get it.  Fickling feckless fark mucker, Andrew Benintendi is said to be the Red Sawx leadoff hitter this year with Betts moving to the two-hole.  Hehe, the two-hole is also a SHIITAKE JAM FARKER.  Benintendi is your elite floor player.  You crazy bastage!  He does nothing mediocrely or supremely.  Still think there’s a possible 30-homer season in his bat, and I’m expecting many more homers than his previous year’s 16, while still getting all them fracking counting stats or I am a shiitake fark sarker!  2019 Projections:  112/24/68/.294/17 in 604 ABs

10. Rhys Hoskins – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

11. Juan Soto – Sexy Dr. Pepper is even more drool-worthy than Tildaddy for real baseball.  SDP’s OBP was .406.  I’m dancing like Steven Tyler in the Walk This Way video right now just thinking about that.  Walk that way, indeed.  Where does the Sexy Doctor go from there?  Is he a future .450 OBP guy?  I’m no longer typing with my fingers, my penis–Ugh, sorry, typo.  Was trying to type, “my pen is attached to my nose.”  You know there’s some guys that I say I expect a range of results like I’ll say, “17-20 homers” or “10-15 steals” or something like that?  With Soto, I don’t even know where to put the top range of possible results.  25-30 homers?  25-35 homers?  40 homers?  He’s 20 years old, and there is literally no ceiling.  2019 Projections:  94/31/89/.303/5 in 541 ABs

12. Kris Bryant – Went over him in the top 20 3rd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

13. George Springer – Don’t think Springer was 100% healthy last year, but I fully expect Springer to bounce back!  High five me!  No?  Why not?  Springer…bounce back?  No?  Call him Slinky!  Still no?  Hmm.  I’d love to see Springer on a trampoline labeled, “Bounce back.”  Still nothing?  Damn.  Oh, well.  I do think Springer was less than all there last year.  He missed time, due to a shoulder injury, and we know those can wreak havoc on a hitter.  Of course, there’s a chance he might not be 100% still, but his 2nd half was solid when he was on the field (7 HRs, .301 in 44 games).  There’s a few trends I’m worried about; his Ks went up with his chase rate.  Still think he’s essentially a 30/7/.265 guy in a great lineup for counting stats.  That’s not quite Soto, but it’s also not far off.  2019 Projections:  110/30/77/.262/7 in 587 ABs

14. Cody Bellinger – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

15. Charlie Blackmon – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Marte.  I call this tier, “Ignition-locking outfielders.”  Let’s see, the best ways to beat an ignition-locking breathalyzer are:  You can fart into it.  Hire yourself a sober hooker.  Take a hostage.  Stop getting in a car that’s driven by Kelsey Grammar.  Blow up a balloon before you drink and keep it in the glovebox.  Of course, you can just not drink and drive.  By this tier name I mean, these outfielders lock my ignition.  I can bend over backwards to figure out ways around not liking them, or I can just avoid them, which is what I am choosing to do.  I purposely ranked these outfielders lower than I think they’ll be drafted so you can easily avoid them, because they’ll be off the board by this point.  You’re welcome.  (By the way, don’t try the balloon trick, it’s not going to work.)  As for Blackmon, I’ve been leaning into not liking Chazz Noir for a while now.  It’s not his Sex Machine eau du toilet that worries me.  It’s his falling fly ball rate, falling HR/FB%, failing speed, rising ground balls, falling contact, falling walk rate…Chazz Noir basically ticks all the boxes you don’t want ticked.  He’s like the Lyme Disease of ticked boxes.  2019 Projections:  104/22/61/.278/12 in 567 ABs

16. Starling Marte – It’s true, I drink hand sanitizer to avoid getting sick; I never go out of the house without my necklace of garlic to avoid vampires and getting a plate of shawarma with not enough garlic sauce; I avoid seeing my in-laws by saying I’m in Utah seeing my other in-laws; I avoid going out with friends by saying I’m a Juggalo and I don’t feel like putting on my makeup.  All of these avoidances are more justifiable than me avoiding Marte.  I just don’t like a guy who feels like a 15-17 homer guy who is now 30 years old and relies on his legs.  If he performs well this year, then so be it, but I’m still avoiding him.  2019 Projections:  77/17/83/.272/27 in 546 ABs

17. Khris Davis – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the top 40 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball.  I call this tier, “You’re Kate Upton’s non-celebrity freebie.”  By the tier name I mean, I’d be very happy to own any of these guys and I’m actively dreaming about owning all of them.  As for Davis, he’s hit .247 for four straight years.  In other words, he’s .247 24/7.  His power also peaked last year to 48 homers, and he feels about as lock-ish as you get for 40+ homers.  With 40+ homers comes 110-ish ribbies, and that’s more than Tony Roma could ever hope for.  His runs have been 85+ for three straight years and the A’s haven’t been bad for offense for two straight years.  All told, there’s little reason to not like Davis.  What’s the difference between Davis and Aaron Judge?  Two rounds and a striking similarity to Giancarlo.   2019 Projections: 90/41/112/.247/1 in 572 ABs

18. David Dahl – I will say this for my rankings.  I rank guys as I want them.  Yes, that’s coming right after a tier of outfielders I told you I won’t own.  For crissakes, the previous tier is ranked too low for me to own them!  Last year, I ranked Trevor Bauer, Jose Ramirez and Ronald Acuña Jr. higher than anyone else.  This year I’m hoping I’m ranking Dahl higher.  I need Dahl on all of my teams.  *wraps rubber hose around arm, taps veins in arm*  GIVE ME DAT DAHL!

[life before peanut butter] Me: How can I get my dog to lick my butt?

[life before Dahl] Me: I don’t want to live it.

Now, I will sing, “You ask me if I love Dahl and I choke on my reply.  Sometimes when we touch, the honesty’s too much.  I want to hold Dahl until I Dahl until we both break down and Dahl.”

If you’re not drafting Dahl, you’re not living your best life.  He will be 25 years old in Coors, will be hitting cleanup, and he has 35/15/.280 ability.  Ya know, basically the best outfielders in the game.  I know, the Rockies have dicked us around for years when we thought he was going to be an everyday outfielder, but this year he will.  Now is our time to shine, and by ‘our’ I mean Dahl and everyone who drafts him.  Let us rejoice!  2019 Projections: 83/30/94/.281/14 in 577 ABs

19. Marcell Ozuna – I had every intention of telling you I was avoiding Ozuna this year.  He was so bad last year every time he got into the batter’s box I watched him like I was Brad Pitt finding Gwyneth’s head in a box.  Then it was revealed he had a shoulder injury.  In October in Los Angeles, he had surgery on his shoulder.  Not on a freeway shoulder in Los Angeles, that would be more of a operation for rubbernecking.  Seinfeld Mad Libs, “What is the deal with you pulling over on a shoulder and that causes rubbernecking?  Why don’t we pull over on a ____ and _____?”  The shoulder surgery scares me, but Ozuna improved in every conceivable way last year, except in homers.  He chased fewer pitches outside the zone, upped his contact rate, and hit the ball hard.  Very hard.  When sorting by at least 300 plate appearances, he was top 15 for exit velocity, top 30 for most barrels per plate appearance and was 5th longest for average home run distance (415 feet).  It’s crazy contradictory to think a guy was top 5 for home runs distance while his home run total fell due to a shoulder issue.  I believe there’s a bounce back coming.  2019 Projections:  84/29/96/.286/2 in 591 ABs

20. Eddie Rosario – I debated countless others for the coveted 20 hole.  Is countless a widowed Transylvanian?  No, it’s not.  Rosario is a 27/10/.280 guy.  Tell me how different that is from Springer.  Don’t actually tell me!  It’s a rhetorica statement.  Don’t be a retort!  Also, don’t say that at your friend’s placenta bake after the birth of their first child in Berkeley.  From his HR/FB% and fly ball rate, I think Rosario could actually be a 34-ish homer hitter, and maybe closer to .265 hitter than a .290 one.  But either way, or eye-thurr if Chingy is reading, he will be valuable.  2019 Projections: 93/30/102/.272/7 in 594 ABs

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Wow, really nice top 20 for outfielders!

    a. Damn you, Grey!! When the meat you serve is Beef tenderloin you give us EXACTLY 20 outfielders AND you tell us that we will enjoy our list of EXACTLY 20 outfielders. Of course, when you feed us slop EVEN pigs wouldn’t eat, you tell us you will eat your 68 Catchers and you will enjoy it, maggot! Man…So, good this group of 20 outfielders. Thank you, much. Can’t wait for the rest.

    b. Raycess of you AGAIN for telling us to avoid the Blackmon. Terrible. But I guess you’re right in this context, even I will have to forego drafting the Blackmon for lack of production reasons only.

    c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for January 23

    1. A French man who calls himself ‘The Snake Man’, was arrested this week after climbing up the side of a Manhattan highrise. Yep he climbed right up the side of a highrise. Just like a snake would!

    2. This week is taxi cab appreciation week. So to all you taxi cab drivers out there I’d appreciate it if you take a shower once in a while, how’d that be.

    3. A new hangover-free vodka is on the market. The ads claim that the 80 proof vodka is so pure that it’s virtually headache-free. But before you run out and buy a ton, it also causes massive anal bleeding!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks, Ante! A. It will be a heavy pour of OFs coming in the next few days B. Mea culpa! C. 3. Haha

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Yeah, I know we go first top 20 OF, then top 40 and finally top 60 which could be all of them in the end. Same for pitchers. Just giving you a hard time. Sorry.

        Watched Widows last night. Here are the conditions necessary for you all to watch it. I say you all as a movie buff and savant.

        1. It’d have to be a rainy night in Georgia.
        2. Your monthly netflix account budget has run out. For us, that’s usually the 10th of the month.
        3. You’ve got some bad weed you haven’t used.

        Yeah, it’s all right. It would have been a block buster in the 70s. Not a bad movie but by your standards probably 1 star out of 4 only because you have high standards. For us, it was just okay so 2/4 stars. That clear enough? If you watch it with the bad weed, you can blame the bad weed.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          That’s not the kind of high endorsement of a movie I’m looking for…. I had little interest in seeing it, and that’s now gone down even more…

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            A couple of things.

            1. Maybe you can watch it and convince someone to buy it. I know you can do it.

            2. It’s a thriller, the first hour is fairly clear. The last hour is crystal clear. Then the last 5 minutes is a little unclear. All star cast, Rotten Tomatoes 91%, Roger Ebert 5/5 stars “brilliant movie”. I don’t see how they can make these reviews. You can write that on the box and use it as the selling point.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              1. Meh, what do I get for my efforts? 2. Weird, I haven’t heard anything about it, didn’t realize it got good reviews

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                The film exudes a North American feeling so my wife (who is sitting next to me, don’t worry she doesn’t know what I’m writing or doing) so that’s a negative for my wife. There is your standard gangster stuff. The revenge shtick is not too bad and it is mostly an empowering movie – i.e., women doing a man’s job better than a man. It does have the element of sucking you into the story in the first 5 minutes which is also positive. Read the reviews first, maybe?

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  Nah, I hate spoilers, never read reviews first… But I may not see this movie the more I hear about it… I’m supposed to see Crazy Rich Asians this weekend…

                  • CMUTIMMAH says:
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                    @Grey: Any movie with an empowering women vibe right now is going to get good reviews. Hollywood on the whole has been pushing this. I think it’s cool, but it IS starting to become predictable. After all, this still needs to be entertainment at the end of the day.

                    The worst part about Widows is the premise tells the story completely.

                    Sure, there are nuances, but I really enjoy movies where I have no idea where they are going the whole movie, so I am actually surprised at the end. Those scripts are a thing of the past though.

                    Your and Ante’s back and fifths are enjoyable to read. I’m sure even Blackmon would even enjoy them.

                    • Grey

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                      I hear ya on that, like people saying nice things on Suspiria, what was that? There’s a new post for followups

  2. Harley Earl says:
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    Was very curious what you were going to write about Ozuna. You make some outstanding points that I was not aware of, too.

    Wow, exit velocity, barrels per at-bat and HR distance plus hard contact and not chasing outside the zone all improved. Wow again. Did I say Wow, already? I didn’t know what to think about Ozuna before reading this post. But I now believe you are on to something.

    Yeah, I agree, a bounce back year is in the future for Mr. Ozuna. And if that’s the case, he’ll be huge batting fourth in that lineup behind Goldy.

    Now, how come Mitch Haniger didn’t make your top 20? Me very sad. Poor Mitch gets no respect. All he does is hit. And all he gets in return is shit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harley Earl: Haniger will be along soon, no fear, Belvedere

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: I had a very good feeling you would say that!

        Restored my faith in humanity, Hanity! Ewwwww did I really rhyme with Shawn Hanity’s name????

        • Grey

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          Haha

  3. Big Magoo

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    Wow. That didn’t take long for Acuna, did it? He’s a consensus 1st rounder already. The skills are obviously there. The 2nd half production was insane. Feel like there might be a slight adjustment period coming this year, though I think he’ll be fine. Glad I was able to ride the wave last season.

    Feel like I’m leaning towards grabbing one of those top four guys as my OF1, taking Stanton or Judge for power if I miss on the 1st group. Not much separating the next 15-20 guys at this position though.

    Love Soto’s skillset in real life. Elite pitch recognition, hits righties and lefties, power upside. Should be an OBP monster. Projects as a 30ish homer, 7 steal player with a solid average and counting stats. A bit overrated for fantasy purposes. Probably a pass for me at a 3rd round price point.

    I agree with you on Marte. Remember comparing him to Gomez and Desmond a couple of years ago. The free swinging, toolsy types typically don’t age too well. Might have another big season in him, but could just as easily start slipping. Not interested in banking on 30+ steals from a 30 year old.

    Drafted Dahl last season outside the top 200, and loved that value. Going in the 6th round this year at the moment. Durability issues, still struggles against lefties, hasn’t run since 2016. And do you trust the Rockies to let him be? I’m out at that price.

    Lat year, I ranked Tommy Pham as my OF16 and #50 overall player. Guess who finished #50 overall on the year-end razzball player rater?

    Doused quite a bit of cold water this group. There are a few guys I’m excited about a bit further down the rankings though.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      Good to see you my old friend. Hope things are good. Still at the same email address? Love to compare notes.

      You were right on Pham.

      I can see both sides of the Dahl argument. I’d prefer Ozuna a couple picks later.

      I might be in on Soto. I’m all in on Acuna. I’ll take him at 5 overall.

      • Big Magoo

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        @OaktownSteve: Good to see you too, brother.

        I think Ozuna bounces back too, barring further health issues. Definitely in on him at the right price.

        Acuna’s a beast. Still a few too many Ks for my liking though. The adjustment could swing either way this year. Love the skills. I’d probably take him 6th overall. Just gotta nitpick the early rounders, especially when they have limited track records.

        Yeah, I use the same email. I’ll hit you up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you don’t draft Acuna, you will regret it for eternity… No exaggeration

          • CMUTIMMAH says:
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            @Grey: Acuna is still a child. Typically K rate is dealt with in the minors. Hard to tell a kid with that kind of pop and hard hit rate “You not doing it right, boo!”

            Either way, we’re talking about the ultimate no ceiling guy. He is 100% above Harper.

            If he can drop that K rate by 5% (which is tough to do, but not out of the question at all) he moves ahead of Yelich IMO

            • Grey

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              Agreed!

    • Grey

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      @Big Magoo: Pham had a .425-something BABIP in the final month to get there, but he did…Stubbornly removes hat, doffs… Gonna own Acuna — he’s special — and Dahl, now’s the time to own him, not when he’s top 25 next year… Agree a bit on Soto, also why I’m increasingly worried I won’t own Vlad Jr.

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Had to bring Pham up one last time after the back-and-forth on him last year. Just had to fight for someone who I saw as an older version of Yelich. Very similar skillsets. Springer might be a better comp for him at this point, but I still like him.

        Like I mentioned to OTS above, I’m still in on Acuna. I’d take him in the mid-1st.

        Are you predicting that Dahl will be top 25 overall next year? I’ll take that bet.

        The helium on Vlad is insane. He doesn’t run and might not break camp with the Jays. Feels like people don’t want to miss out on the next Acuna, but they’re different players. Don’t see myself owning him this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are you still in on Pham? Or you taking the money and running?

          Mid-1st for Acuna? That’s what? 7 vs. 5? Meh, same diff

          Dahl will be top 25 next year, yup…

          Vlad Jr. is likely going to be the 1st guy I write a schmohawk post about that hasn’t even played in the majors… Way too much helium

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey: Don’t do it!

            Vlad will make you eat your words!!! Don’t do it, don’t do it!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think it’s gotta be done, he’s being way overdrafted

              • Curious George Springer says:
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                @Grey: I can’t believe you think Vlad is terrible and will never be good at all. I’m curious — why do you hate the Blue Jays so much? :) I kid, of course.

                • Grey

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                  Haha, please don’t start!

              • cg says:
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                @Grey: Why would you not still be in on Pham?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’ll go over him tomorrow…

    • cg says:
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      @Big Magoo: Desmond has actually been quite good fantasy player. 59th overall last year. He gets doused with cold water year in year out because he sucks so bad in real life. Active MLB leader in 20/20 seasons, went 22-20 last year and was only a negative in batting average. The biggest concern with Desmond is if the Rockies get smart over night, but they won’t. They are paying him too much. Here is a sampling of 5 of his 7 last seasons in HR/SB. 22/20, 22/21, 24/24, 20/21, 25/21. He was injured one season, then the other one was a 19/13. The ire for Desmond is something I don’t get, but I am going to be incredibly happy to have him after pick 100 in all of my leagues (figure adp will start dropping when the big buyin guys come in).

  4. Chris D. says:
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    Dynasty trade question for you and something I have been saying too all my friends that you finally pointed out.

    1. What side do you like here?

    MadBum
    Jose Abreu

    For

    Blackmon
    Bieber

    2. Khris Davis and Stanton are basically the same player. They offer the same profile of skills and constantly put up similar overall stats) The big difference is one plays on the Yanks and he a slightly higher avg.

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris D.: Bleh, neither really, but I guess Blackmon 2. Slightly in italics

      • Chris D says:
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        @Grey: sorry to both you one more time, he wants to revise So it would be

        MadBum
        Abreu

        For

        Glassnow
        Blackman

        Thoughts on that?

        • Grey

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          Glasnow side, I do not like Bumgarner and Abreu is just fine

          • Chris D. says:
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            @Grey: just pulled the Trigger. Thanks again Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Chris D.: I am on the Blackmon and Bieber side, and it’s not a tough decision for me. And that is even though I like MadBum more than most this year.

      • Chris D. says:
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        @LenFuego: thanks Len. That is what I wanted, but we settled for me getting Glassnow. I’m high on Bieber, (I traded him last year to get Votto after Abreu went down,Really wanted him back), but he wouldn’t budge.

        This trade still doesn’t kill me at all. Have Votto and Alonso as my future and my OF/Utilty slots will look like this now : Betts, Beni, Blackman, Khris Davis, as a bench option, Puig.

        I’m still fine with getting Glassnow back. Showed some promise after his trade (I’m a pirates Fan so I’m well versed in Glassnow lol)

  5. Nathan says:
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    Hoskins or Bellinger dynasty? Looking to trade one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nathan: Tough call, prolly Cody

  6. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Which side ya like in a k/9 keeper

    Kluber or Othani and Darvish

    Looking to compete in 2020

  7. Pochucker says:
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    Wow really went out on a limb with that K.Davis .247 BA prediction.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pochucker: I can’t help but feel like that’s the over/under

  8. Crime Dog says:
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    I’m with you on springer i think he underperformed due to injury. Hope he’s right this year but he plays the field like a 21 year old frat boy plays the field, with wreckless abandon, he will probably get STDs.

    Also for real life baseball. My new favorite team by default, the Rockies, what are they doing? I’m constantly asking myself this. In your opinion do they bring back Nado next year? Why would they sign a 31 year old Blackmon until he’s 38 years old for over $100m and now there’s talk about Nado leaving? I still think they’re able to sign him despite the rumors but I’ll be cot damned if they don’t and it’s Grandpa Blackmon’s fault.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crime Dog: STDs and he can still stay on the field… I think they are the favorites to bring back Arenado right now, that could change

  9. Big Ticket says:
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    Ozuna is so bizarre to me. His underlying stats don’t seem to add up … not sure what I’m missing. Strikeouts and walks both went down considerably, so he put the ball in play more. When he did put it in play, he hit it really hard. Sounds like he hit 50 bombs, unless he hit a ton of grounders. But his GB% was nearly identical to ’17. LD% was down quite a bit, so I guess he is hitting more fly balls (pop-ups were up slightly, but not a lot). So he’s hitting more fly balls and they are being barreled up and coming out at a high exit velo, then how are there not more homers? I know the shoulder was hurt, but it seems like that would impact exit velocity. What am I missing here?

    • Grey

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      @Big Ticket: My guess is his fly balls just went on average to the distance of “just missed” and his shoulder had something to do with it… I agree, it is confusing to see his stats, but it points to a bounce back

  10. CFan says:
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    NL Only 12 Team, 2C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, MI, CI, 4 oF, 1 U, 10 P League. We get to keep 8 retainees.
    Choices are: Realmuto at $11, Grandal at $10, T Shaw at $15, B Nimmo at $6, N Markakis at $12, Mikolas at $12, Steckenrider at $6, J Hicks at $1, Dominguez at $3, Musgrove at $7, P DeJong at $12. I have 11 players listed. Which 3 would you drop? Enjoy the January Rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CFan: Yasmani, Markakis, Nimmo

  11. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    I’m surprised Hanigers not in your top 20, seems like an outfielder you’d love.

    Call me crazy but i like Soto more than Acuna. His walk rate as a 19 year old* (*maybe) was ridiculously high (16%) and his K rate (20%) was great for his profile. Acuna might have better raw skills but i’ll take Soto 9 times out of 10. Soto’s got more plate discipline/presence, and seems much less prone to long droughts. Great post man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skip Mcgillicuddy: Haniger’s coming, but I don’t love him quite as much as top 20… Soto doesn’t steal as much which is a huge difference maker

  12. DonnieB says:
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    My keepers in a 12 team roto auction($300 cap at auction) are as follows:
    Yelich at $33 for 2 years
    Bauer at $16 for 2 years
    Corbin at $4 for 2 years
    Dahl at $10 for 2 years
    R Osuna at $10 for 2 years
    Severino at $10 for 1 year
    I can keep 8 so here are other possibilities to add 2 and/or replace the above:
    Grandal at $3 for 2 years
    Shaw at $10 for 1 year
    Machado at $50 for 2 years
    Arenado at $54 for 2 years
    Castellanos at $3 for I year
    L Cain at $18 for 2 years
    C Seager at $10 for 2 years
    Hader at $10 for 2 years
    Yates at $10 for. 2 years
    Please me the additional two keepers you would choose or if you would replace any of the first 6. Thank you very much. Great write up as always.

    • Cram It says:
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      @DonnieB: Machado and Arenado. Shaw or Cast or anybody else over Osuna

  13. Wan says:
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    Keeper league. 12 team. H2H. We keep 10.
    Thoughts on me trading Torres and my #2 pick in (2020) for Cole and Dahl.
    Current roster
    1st – Abreau
    2nd Albies
    SS Torres*
    3rd Suarez
    OF Blackmond
    OF Mazara
    OF Hicks
    UTL Moncada
    SP Snell
    SP Severino

    I wont have a SS to start the season and we are keeping 10. I don’t have a pick until the 5th round.

    New Roster would be:
    1st – Abreau
    2nd Albies
    SS Torres*
    3rd Suarez
    OF Blackmond
    OF Dahl
    OF Hicks
    UTL Moncada

    SP Snell
    SP Severino
    SP Cole.

    I would hate to give up on Mazara…

    what should i do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Cole/Dahl

      • Wa says:
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        @Grey:
        Looks like he backed out. Must of read your post lol. Not its Torres for Cole straight up. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Cole but less of a slam dunk

  14. FrankGrimes says:
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    Real life I’d rather have Peterson than Pollock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Grimey! I watched 3 eps of Last Kingdom last night, it’s so good! Great call!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Nice. I finished watching The Innocent Man and just gave it a shot based on being something different than last few shows I’d seen.
        Almost done with season 2.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Innocent Man was solid, not the best, not the worst…

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Agree. I’m a sucker for those type of shows tho.

            Thing I hate is now season four of Kingdom will prolly take another year to be able to watch it haha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The 1st episode of Kingdom was insane, they killed off everyone… It was awesome! The Fyre fest docs were good (on Netflix and Hulu)…

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                They kill so many damn people (innocent woman and children too) how did they even repopulate?

                I’ll check out Fyre Fest but just dl’d escape at dennemora to watch when TLK is finished.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You haven’t watched EaD yet? Oh, Grimey, I’m disappointed to hear that…

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    How do you have the time to watch all these shows!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      While Cougs is doing our laundry!

  15. Marti Harris says:
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    Which side nl only keeper league Dahl $22 and luchesi $6 for nola $21

  16. Mike

    Mike says:
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    It’s Match Game 2099…starring ventriloquist Loni Anderson, Spike Lee, and the always lovely and vivacious head of Grey Albright! “Hi everybody…let’s start the game!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Loni, it’s good to see they preserved all….your best elements. *crowd cheers*

  17. TJ says:
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    Dearest Grey,

    I am looking for your assistance with my keepers this year. I won my league last year, took home a gnarley money prize and blew it all the next day when I left it next to the window and in rolled a TORENADO. (I can be a future writer of yours, hint hint).

    Anyways, wanted to say thank you again for all of your excellent work. Onto the keepers..

    I am keeping Betts (1st), Baez(7th), Story(5th) and Judge(20th). I get to keep one more hitter. Best choices are Springer (1st), Rendon (2nd) or Hosmer (4th). My telepathic powers are telling me you are going to either say Rendon or wash the keeper and hope to grab someone better…

    Pitchers will be a little bit more difficult. I have Severino locked in at (20th). I have kept Nola for a long time and his value is at a (6th). I also have Verlander which would cost me a (4th). Other options would be Wacha (12th), Wheeler (25th) & Trevor Williams (25th). My brain tells me to keep Verlander, Nola & Severino and stack the rotation, but my heart tells me to say Pitcher Schmitcher — take Wheeler/Williams and roll the dice!

    Appreciate your insight as always and look forward to hearing your response (mostly about adding me as a future writer).

    Sincerely,
    A Washed Up College Kid Looking for a Job that Pays in Coffee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Was the keeper on the hitter… Severino, Wheeler, Nola — but if you wanted to go Verlander instead, I wouldn’t hate you… We don’t have any coffee, but if you’re serious about wanting to write for us, just email me — grey[at]razzball.com

  18. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey et al,
    How are things? Great top 20. Pretty excited for the season as I have a great group of bats in my keeper league. Problem is in deciding who to keep. Its a 12 team H2H keeper league. Standard yahoo stats. We keep 10.
    Acuna
    Albies
    Arenado
    Bregman
    Mazara
    Merrifield
    A.Mondesi
    Ozuna
    C.Seager
    J.Soto
    Now that would be great if I didnt have pitching to consider. Easy 10 there.
    A.Chapman
    B.Treinen
    C.Allen
    J.Paxton
    M.Bumgarner
    B.Snell
    Ugh. Not an easy call.
    Really need some help narrowing this down. I will try to trade some of these guys before the draft but this league has always been pretty quiet as far as trading goes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good, thanks!

      Acuna
      Albies
      Arenado
      Bregman
      Merrifield
      A.Mondesi
      Ozuna
      C.Seager
      J.Soto
      Snell

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Who would be your fringe guys? Really thought id be keeping one of the closers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Better question, who would you be throwing back? You have solid keepers, go with the bats, get cheap closers at auction… Treinen and Aroldis are obviously top ones

  19. Pasha says:
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    Benintendi hit all of 2 HRs in the second half. If he was even close to keeping pace with the 1st, he would’ve been right around 25ish.

    Speaking of Benintendi, keeper question: Which 4 do you keep?

    Acuna in the 5th round (1 round yearly penalty)
    Benintendi in the 15th round (5 round yearly penalty)
    Soto in the 25th round (5 round yearly penalty)
    Eloy in the 25th round (5 round yearly penalty)
    Severino in the 20th round (5 round yearly penalty)
    Bueheler in the 25th round (5 round yearly penalty)

    Many mazels, looking forward to the annual sharting on yahoo/espn rankings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or if he has the 2nd half pace, he’ll hit 4 HRs all year, save us now!

      Acuna in the 5th round (1 round yearly penalty)
      Benintendi in the 15th round (5 round yearly penalty)
      Soto in the 25th round (5 round yearly penalty)
      Bueheler in the 25th round (5 round yearly penalty)

  20. ERad says:
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    Have you watched either of the Fyre fest docs? I only peeped Netflix, but this whole saga is the gift that keeps on giving.

    I can’t get enough!

    “It’s not fraud, It’s false advertising’ – Ja Rule

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup! I watched them both… Gotta love the guy who goes to blow the Bahamian tourism board to get some water…

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: That dude is clearly in love/obsessed with Billy, only way to make sense of that.

        Funny that the F*ck Jerry guys produced the Netflix doc – they definitely painted a picture of innocence for themselves.

        And Ja Rule is still going after people on Twitter, it’s a solid follow right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, and the F*ck Jerry guys are made to look like the assholes they likely are in the Hulu doc…

  21. Matty says:
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    Thoughts on Sanchez for Odor and Bieber in a two catcher 6×6 dynasty? Should I be looking for one more piece there?
    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gary? Works for me

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        As in I’d want the Odor side

  22. Phil B says:
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    Hey Grey! In a 16 team dynasty; I’m trying to compete next season, but have only 1 good SP, Nola. Another guy wants him for his Judge. SPs are at a premium(I do have Kopech & Gore in minors). I have the following lineup:

    C: Yan Gomes
    1B: Matt Olson
    2B: Kolton Wong
    3B: Miguel Andujar
    SS: Jean Segura
    OF: Nomar Mazara
    OF: Kyle Schwarber
    OF: Scott Schebler
    UTIL: Rafael Devers
    UTIL: Justin Bour

    Bench:
    Jason Kipnis
    Ryon Healy
    Ian Kinsler
    Nick Williams

    SP:
    Aaron Nola
    Vince Velasquez
    Kyle Gibson
    Heath Fillmyer
    Chris Bassitt
    Wade Leblanc
    Ervin Santana
    Michael Pineda
    Brett Anderson

    RP:
    Robert Gsellman
    Wily Peralta
    Chris Devenski
    Koda Glover

    So, do I get Judge to compete in 2020? Or look for better/younger for Nola? Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, your team is a mess…Wha’ happened? You need Nola

  23. Peacecoast says:
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    I’m jealous you talking TV shows with that Grimes guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey is my man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t be jelly!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Peacecoast:

      Haha watch Gomorrah!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Peace already did

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Never saw the final season though cuz it wasn’t on netflix, I will though!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You gotta d/l it!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Season 4 March 29!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can’t wait, bro!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That’s better than Opening Day!

                • FrankGrimes says:
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                  @Grey:

                  I know right.
                  I usually wait until season over then binge like I am with true detective but I don’t think I will with Gomorrah.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    The problem might be finding it in English immediately…Unless you have some info on how we’re doing that…

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Peacecoast:
          Ciro The Immortal!

  24. Primetime says:
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    Would you trade verlander for beneitini? Keeper league. 10 team

    I own Bauer, scherzer and severino.

    My offense keepers – Rizzo lindor bellinger and would be drew…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  25. Trust The Process says:
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    Great write up as usual.. Rebuilding in 12 team Roto… picking my last keeper from (sigh) Dansby, Teoscar, Margot, White, Lamb.. what’s the unfortunate verdict? Thank you as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Kinda between Margot and White…Would go White

  26. thomas housel says:
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    are your AB estimations inclusive of walks?
    you didn’t answer me before.
    thank-you,
    the bugman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, no walks for ABs, that’s plate appearances

  27. Jon says:
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    Trying to move a SP for a 2B in a keep forever. 5×5 stats. Looking at Altuve, Villar, or Profar. Any of these SPs work out for a fair deal? Mikolas, Tanaka, Price, Berrios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka, Mikolas or Price for Villar — Tanaka for Profar

  28. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jon Heyman says Padres checking in on Moose.

    More on Acuna, it’s a Malcolm Gladwell Blink thing. You watch him play for one minute, one swing and the part of your brain that’s been watching and playing baseball your whole life goes “JESUS FUCKING CHRIST”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyman says everyone is checking in on everyone and a mystery team or two… I believe it tho, they have France Fry at 3rd!

      Yes on Acuna, exactly… Rudy and I were talking about this past weekend… If you watch Acuna swing the bat, you are immediately sold… He hits pop ups 500 feet and he’s not jacked!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        France Fry..,and to drink, Peru!

        Better off dead

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, France Fry hitting a French fly

  29. knucks says:
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    #21 Haniger
    #22 Puig

    ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’ll see!

  30. RoarOf84 says:
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    Hey Grey, help me out with this draft strategy question. I’m in a 10-team, h2h categories league where each team keeps 6 players without penalty.

    My keepers:
    Nolan Arenado
    JD Martinez
    Chris Sale
    Kris Bryant
    Carlos Correa
    Cody Bellinger

    Through trades, I’ve been able to accumulate 5 of the first 17 draft picks. The first pick up of the draft is #61, so the top 60 players, with the exception of two or three, will not be available.

    My draft picks:
    #62
    #67
    #69
    #72
    #77

    What are your thoughts on taking one of the top closers with one of those picks? I figure that I have the luxury of getting an elite RP arm that will help with SVs, Ks, and ratios while still using those 4 other picks to draft hitters and SPs. Should I go this route or should I continue to push RPs down my draft board and focus solely on hitters and SPs with those picks? Keep in mind that I don’t have as many middle to late round picks where I’d normally be accumulating RP arms due to my trades and moving up in the draft.

    Thanks in advance for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, can take an RP… You’re gonna have so many picks in the first 15 picks, you can take a few BAO and an RP can be one of them…

      • RoarOf84 says:
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        @Grey:

        BAO = best available …?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          option

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Or octopus

            • RoarOf84 says:
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              @Grey:

              Thought you might’ve been referencing the Pixar short film… hahah

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HAHA

  31. Ben says:
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    I read your Muncy sleeper article, are you aware of any recent news in whether/where he plays? I have the ability to trade for him as a keeper in a 12 team, keep 10 league without giving up too much for this year, but don’t want to get stuck with a guy without a home on the diamond. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As of right now, assuming Harper and Machado don’t sign with the Dodgers, Muncy has a job

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, and you think it’s a non-platoon job?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It does appear that way…

  32. Cheez Whit says:
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    I have some high-end keeper bats but pitching is suspect….

    Definite Keepers

    Trout
    Betts
    Lindor
    Trea Turner
    Mondesi
    Gallo
    R. Iglesias ($2)

    Need to pick 3 out of this list…

    Darvish $11
    AJ Minter $ 1
    Alex Reyes $ 1
    Wacha $ 1
    Othani $10
    V. Robles $1

    Can keep each for 3 years, costs $5 to extend for each year. 12 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes, Robles, coin flip…Ohtani

  33. Crazy J says:
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    I will take Kris at 15. He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of outfielders I guess.

    Thanks for the write-up, I cannot wait until the overall rankings… and of course, the drafts!!!

    • Crazy Jh says:
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      Khris, not Kris, or Chris… ffs

    • Khrazy J says:
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      Khris… not Kris, or Chris… ffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  34. Gip says:
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    Would you deal my Marte for his Dahl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  35. cg says:
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    I just realized you ranked Rosario over Conforto

  36. Wally Pipp says:
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    Theres actually a big difference between stanton, judge and khris davis….

    Khris davis doesnt qualify as an outfielder on any site besides yahoo, hes a DH (utility).

  37. RyGuy_4 says:
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    Springer or Dahl as a keeper going forward….?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, prolly go Dahl, but kinda coin flip, might depend on other keepers

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