Howdy pardners! It’s Day 703 of quarantine (feels like it!), and we’re doing a Deadwood-themed quarantine day. Cougs is cussing like Swearagen and I’m mopping the floor like Jewel. She sure is being harsh to me, but I sure do deserve it! Hopefully tomorrow’s “Sitcoms ruined by adding a character late in the show’s run”-theme works out better for me. Cougs is gonna be Nellie from The Office and I’m gonna be Cousin Oliver. “C’mon, guys, I’m just a little accident prone,” as I tumble off a roof. Good, right? Nope, not stir crazy at all! Any hoo! The top 20 starters for 2020 fantasy baseball were updated with new projections for a 100-game season. With this series, I will take a look around the 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to see if there’s any differences now that we might only play a 100-game season. Projections have been updated on all my positional rankings. Anyway, here’s thoughts on the top 20 starters for 2020 fantasy baseball with the new Corona timeline:

11. Mike Clevinger – At some point in the near future while we wait for the season to begin some time in like roughly 70 days (it’ll fly by! The month of March alone was 70 days long and you see how fast that went, right?), I’m going to go over what it even means to draft a starter in a shortened season. Do they matter? Profound stuff. I may write the post, then immediately send it to the Library of Congress. “To Whom It May Concern or To Who It May Concern (I never know the difference),” is how I will start that letter to the Library of Congress. By the way, who exactly is the Librarian of Congress? Someone named Mildred would be my guess. A sexy name, if I’ve ever heard one. Any hoo! I moved Mike Clevinger back up  in my rankings where he was prior to his meniscus tear, because tears heal…Or…so…I’m…*sobbing loudly*…told.

14. Tyler Glasnow – I didn’t like Glasnow in a full season of games. Not even a little. I refused to draft him in TFP (The First Preseason). Back in TFP, when people shook hands willy-nilly and sneezed into the wind, I was worried Glasnow would never reach a number of innings to make him worth his draft price. Well, oopsie-poopsie, that’s no longer a concern. Due to the shortened season, I’m jazzed about the idea of Glasnow in less innings. Jazznow? *insert GIF of Jack Nicholson with a Cheshire cat grin while nodding his head* While I’m also a bit peeved, I don’t own Glasnow in any leagues, so I’m not lucking into him anywhere getting a boost in value. Makes things a little bittersweet, like finding one more roll of toilet paper, then realizing it’s actually sandpaper.

18. Blake Snell – When he was deemed unavailable for Opening Day, due to a cortisone shot in his elbow — or deux to his elbow, if you’re French or have two elbows — I moved Snell down in my rankings. This was back during TFP, when people would say things like, “I sure could go for a Corona,” and not have some weird hospital fetish. Since the season’s start has been moved and less games seem likely if not obvious, I have *not* moved Snell back up in my rankings. I still don’t want him. An elbow issue is not something people just come back from like they’re John Q. Sport. I’d prefer to take a pass on Snell this year, even with more time for him to get to 100%. There’s just too many starters to be worrying about a guy with elbow issues.

19. Justin Verlander – During TFP, Verlander was moved down in my rankings because of a lat strain and news that he would miss at least six weeks of the season. Well, the season went into hiatus, and Verlander had time to heal. Then Verlander decided to have groin surgery. He must’ve really needed it, because if I were being quarantined for eight weeks with Kate Upton, I would’ve pushed back groin surgery to the winter. Verlander still seems capable of returning to start the season, and if I owned him (I don’t), I’d be less concerned about him then during TFP, but I did *not* move Verlander up into a tier I’d draft, after the delay. Too many things flying around about him with injuries for me to risk it. For what it’s Werth, Rudy thought my coconut bank head was fraying husk for not moving Verlander up higher in my rankings, saying he’ll be fine.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Awesome top20 for starters report! Keep ’em coming, man! Otherwise we’re gonna go nuts.

    a. I don’t have any of these dudes, obvi. Don’t draft top starters they’ll always disappoint. PERIOD! But yeah, if I drafted today I would like me some of Glasnow and Clevinger in like 150 IP each with 10.5-11.0 K/9. Wicked the both of them.

    b. I remember you posted about how Ted got his 22nd cushion from Amazon and then I look at Simba and I say, man. He’s got a place to lie down in every single room of our apartment, in the living room he’s got several. My wife unwrapped her sleeping bag from the 1980s (still in mint condition) for him to sleep on underneath his really comfy pillow which is his bed right next to my wife on the floor under her dresser. First world dog for sure.

    c. MLB quote of the day for July 2, 1993

    ‘If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!’

    Michael Jeffrey Jordan, aka MJ and Air Jordan and His Airness. Thankfully he realized that he wasn’t going to be a great baseball player and went back to the NBA

    • 183414 says:
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      Finally drafted Glasnow last night. Unfortunately, if the Mayor of Los Angeles or the Governor of New York have any say, and probably the governor of Illinois, there won’t be any baseball until 2021 at the earliest. Sure hope Manfred stands up to these demagogue Napoleons.

      • baby seal says:
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        LOL, “demagogue Napoleans”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Demagogue Napoleons was my favorite rap album of the last 10 years

      • Dave D says:
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        Good thing Glasnow can blow out his elbow in a 162 game season but not in a 100 (or less) game season ;-)

    • Bruce says:
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      Galicia, I picture you up at night frantically refreshing the site so you can post a comment lol

      • galica says:
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        Bruce!!

        Lol! I live in central europe so Grey posts at 09h00 CET or midnight Hawaii time. I’m with our dog at 06h00 CET so for me 09h00 CET is perfect timing.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Coolwhip

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      Ante!

      MJ! don’t forget The GOAT. Nobody @ me with you’re halfbaked LeBron take.

      Have you watched “Jordan Rides The Bus” 30 For 30? So good. Jordan was actually improving and Tito said he was going to make it. Doubt he could of been All-Star level, but possibly a regular. Agreed, glad he went back… Basketball was his jam.

      • baby seal says:
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        100%, wish he never tried baseball tbh, but it’s a cool part of the legacy… maybe he just HAD TO DO IT — we’ve all been there before…

        But the memories he left us on the court are some of the best ever, for any sport, you don’t want to lose that for anything!

        • Coolwhip

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          Yeah in the 30 for 30 and in other interviews I’ve seen over the years, you get the feeling that he just had to it as it was a childhood dream of his, to prove it to himself and do it to honor his dad. His dad had just been murdered prior to that and it was heavy on him. Magic had retired the year before and winning 3 in a row he passed on the title streak list, which was a goal of his.

          Some of the best memories are the videos of other players talking about their experiences playing against him. MJ was troll level 9000. LOL, so many good stories.

          BTW I gave you long response on my post, lol. ended up much longer than I planned… you’ve contaminated me!

          • Coolwhip

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            Also the owner of the Bulls owned the White Sox at the time, so it was easy to shift. And Jordan might have stayed longer if the MLB strike didn’t happen.

            • baby seal says:
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              Damn, thank God it did? That’s a mindfk if I ever saw one. And totally w/ you 100% on the docs, stories, and all that — soooooo, so, good.

              • Coolwhip

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                for sure, it was a “perfect storm” of events… if Magic wasn’t forced to retire because of HIV he might not have wanted to leave, if his father wasn’t killed he might not of been as sentimental about his childhood, if the bulls owner didnt own both there may not have been a place for him, if the strike didn’t happen he might not have come back early or at all. *mindblown emoji*

                • baby seal says:
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                  yeah, that’s wild!

          • baby seal says:
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            I know! Check out my long reply below, said I was going to get back, just got super busy late yesterday. Signed up for a 2pm OC that I didn’t expect to do, because they gave me $110 off… like, c’mon, give crack to a crack addict and he will do it!

            • baby seal says:
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              long comment* below

              • baby seal says:
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                Again, on that note, I solved any power deficiencies team 1 might’ve had w/ team 2…. haha

                Start from the 4th:

                Bellinger
                JDM
                Bieber
                YORDAN
                Robles
                Laureano
                Suarez
                Montas
                Mercado

                Can see the whole thang at the top of yesterday’s comments.

                • Coolwhip

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                  yep

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Unfortunately he ran into me in the same league, however ;-)

                    • baby seal says:
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                      haha

                    • baby seal says:
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                      wait, did u see my reply from last night (going to guess no)? — can link to it

          • Dave D says:
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            I saw in an interview MJ talk about his love of playing baseball as a boy with his dad. Clearly he was greiving tremendously and that was his way of coping with his grief while honoring the love he shared with his father. I think it was awesome from a human standpoint. I’m glad he didn’t give an F what other people thought. He had his reasons and somewhat pulled it off. Good for him.

            • Grey

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              That’s one conspiracy theory I enjoy, that David Stern forced him into temp retirement

              • Dave D says:
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                I wish all conspiracies were only theories.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

              • baby seal says:
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                I’m grieving w/ (fantasy) baseball too, so I’m just like MJ!

                Be Like Mike!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Yeah, I hear ya

      B. Haha, totally…Ted has 12 beds and we only have 5 rooms

      C. Love it!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        Thanks, man.

        Otherwise all is well on the corona timeline!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good to hear!

  2. 183414 says:
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    Hey Grey, had my last OC draft of 2020 last night. My plan on going Trea, Devers, Ketel, Olson went up in smoke faster than you can say Cody Bellinger.
    Was all set to draft Trea @6, when I noticed Cody on top of Lindor and Turner in my rankings. I’d spent the better part of the last 5 days planning my entire draft around Trea. Took me 40+ seconds to decide I wanted to draft the best player available.
    Problem was I wasn’t as certain that I now wanted to take Devers @19, following Bellinger. Before I realized , with the exception of Ketel, none of my other 1st 10 picks, were anticipated by me, only a minute before.
    Here’s my draft:
    6) Bellinger
    19) Tatis
    30) Ketel ( the 1 constant)
    43) Alonso (actually was all set to draft Olson, but already having 6 shares of him, thought I’d mix it up.
    54) Paddack
    67) Glasnow
    78) Vlad Jr. (had never fallen to 78 in any draft)
    91) Rogers (was supposed to draft Yates or Aroldis or Osuna earlier, but fate intervened).
    102) T. Anderson (zig zagged from my intended Mercado)
    115) Luzardo ( slid 2 1/2 rounds from his recent adp).
    126) Garver
    139) Robles
    150) Schwarber
    163) Gallegos( can’t see Hicks ready to close on July 4)
    174) Odorizzi
    187) Walker
    198) JD Davis
    211) Wong (allows Ketel to move to of)
    222) Pederson ( rumor is that he’ll be facing mainly righties in the new Cactus League)
    235) Yarbrough (nice 5th s.p.)
    246) S. Murphy ( makes for a better 2nd c, than my original plan of Chirinos).
    259) Akiyama (with the d.h. looming, maybe he’ll play more than just a platoon).
    270) Alcantara (young and upside, and Chirinos was just taken).
    283) Domingo Santana (should play almost every day)
    294) Goodrum( a little more speed covering 3 positions)
    307) Grisham ( missed on Yaz, but also with some speed).
    318) Cease ( 1 of 2 CWS surprises)
    331) Adames (nice b/up, who plays every day)
    342) La Stella ( Madden likes him and covers 2b/3b)
    355) Kopech (has more upside than Alcantara & Cease, and slid 7 rounds).

    The strangest draft I ever had, and as expected after feeling good about the draft, good ol Fantasy Amateurs gave this team the lowest projected finish of any team I’ve ever drafted, a 10th place finish, and a score of 77. I have never finished worse than 5th ever in a OL lg., and wish Fantasy Amateurs would take bets on it’s worthless projections.
    Shout out to baby seal for a sounding board and some research for at least 1/2 the draft. Helped it go by more quickly than the 2:25.
    It took.

    • baby seal says:
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      LOVE THIS TEAM, as we discussed yesterday. Nice job, bud. Never seen so much awesome SP talent fall, especially when they were getting pushed up early. SO strange!

      baby seal shout out! LFG y’all

    • Grey

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      That is a damn strong team — how the hell is Vlad going that late? Tim Anderson so late! Walker, Odorizzi, JD, Ketel, Alonso! I love your hitting, and you have 2 aces in a 100-game season…That’s a great team, man, well done

      • 183414 says:
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        Thanks Grey. Couldn’t pass up Bellinger. Tatis made sense at 2. No mention of Alonso @43 ? Nice to finally own him this year.
        Luzardo can well be an ace with no innings restrictions this year. Odorizzi a nice 4th s.p.
        Really like how the team came together. Tried to draft guys who should play and hit early or in the middle of the lineup.
        C’mon Manfred, the country NEEDS baseball. Test away. Drugs are showing great efficacy. We can’t shut baseball/sports down until there are no more viruses.
        RIP Hank Steinbrenner.

        • Dave D says:
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          I had a feeling you’d get Bellinger. Nice team!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought I did mention Alonso — 43 is crazy, that makes no sense for him to be there — Agreed on Luzardo, Odorizzi…All these guys… I’m still in the camp that there will be baseball, have faith

          • 183414 says:
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            I do have faith. Otherwise I wouldn’t be drafting. But sometimes you need someone to stand up to and slap down these “demagogue napoleons “
            Big difference between being vigilant and mindful of taking care of yourself and others v. destroying an economy and a culture for your own power trip.

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, Alonso 43 is great fortune indeed.

            If there is no season we’ll all be getting an NFBC stimulus check in summer. I should get another NHC one too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, true! And if there is a season, there’s gonna be some absolutely crazy baseball stats this year

            • baby seal says:
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              Would rather not… but wouldn’t be the worst thing, since I got zilch from the gov (as usual)

              • swaggerjackers says:
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                You didn’t get anything? Did you not pay taxes last year? Are you actually a seal???

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, 100% an actual seal

                  • and a loose one at that…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • baby seal says:
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                      hahahaha

                • baby seal says:
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                  HAHA, love it!!

                  I’m a real baby seal! That’s my famous photo as my avatar. Now I lounge w/ IG models all day, drinkin’ champagne, splashing around in my heated pool…. life’s great as a cute and cuddly famous baby seal!

                  To answer your question, let’s just say I got paid yesterday, and the gov took their usual “stimulus” that’s larger than what ppl got earlier this week… I don’t qualify for the $.

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          RIP and amen!

    • Assuming that’s H. Robles @ 139 – a steal if it’s V. Robles haha. Tatis, Paddock and Luzardo standing tall – strong club Andrew

      • baby seal says:
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        It’s Hansel haha

      • 183414 says:
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        Naaagh, H. Robles. Assuming a shortened season wanted to get 3 closers likely to close. Can’t fathom Hicks or Miller getting the gig. Robles was terrific last year. Makes a nice 2nd closer. Rogers was the real deal last year. Assuming d.h.’s, all elite closers will give up saves to others, but Rogers was Rick solid.
        Normally try to get 1 of Hader, Yates, Chapman, or Osuna, but Glasnow @67, Vlad @ 78, prevented that.
        Thanks Smitty.

        • I’ve been getting a lot of Rogers, Hansel, Kela this year

        • L. Hendriks, Taylor and Colume anchored a very competitive bullpen for me last season. I’m like you and refuse to punt saves

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            Particularly not on a short season. They’ll still be the Ginkels, Magill, Staneks, whomever, but think it’s wise to start with at least 1 top tier guy , 1 or 2 mid tier guys. Hopefully we’ll find out.
            My next draft would be my Super lg. and that will only happen if there is a scheduled opening day.

  3. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Thanks for all the new material. Most of the other sites seem shuttered and its cool to have fresh stuff to read everyday. Gives life a hint of normalcy in these jacked up times. Very cool.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      What Snacks said and so much more. Thank you Grey, Donkey, Rudy, Ralph, Itch, Whip, Laura and so on. I have been reading razzball everyday for years and right now it is more important than ever to have a great place to go to talk baseball everyday, with baseball fanatics, who love the game as much as I do.

      I also think it is terrific, the content, that guys like, Ante, Cram, Whip, Magoo, Snacks, Wake, 183414 and especially the new guy Baby Seal, sorry if I missed anyone, but you know who you are, bring here everyday. You guys make the site so much fun to interact with.

      NO SITE, does it BETTER than Razzball!! THANK YOU!!

      I appreciate you all so much..Stay safe, God Speed, Love you all!

      • baby seal says:
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        LOVE IT!!! Thanks a million, G

      • Snacks Zillion says:
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        Thanks MP, its a great group of baseball fans for sure!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks, MP, appreciate it! Hope you’re well too!

      • Rick Brown says:
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        Can’t agree more!! I live on the east coast of Canada where we are doing pretty good-but still no end in sight.
        I look forward to reading all the great stuff on here.It takes my mind off the empty streets around us.
        Thanks again everybody!!
        RICK

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Yeah! this shit is more fun than a twice divorced woman with a new set of cans.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, be well, Snacks!

  4. Do they still call it a taliwagger says:
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    20 teams- trade Betts and Luis urias for Hiura and Braun? Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want Betts and Urias

      • baby seal says:
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        EASILY, it’s not really even close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What others said

  5. Cram It says:
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    I get a kick out of some of these guys still drafting and posting their 100th team they drafted, analyzing it, writing a book about it, the thought process, overanalyzing it, wondering which back-of-the-roster guy they should drop for some other scrub, explaining their strategy for the draft they’re having tomorrow night. Like they’re reliving March 25th over and over and over again.

    Any season this year is a total crapshoot figuring out who will do what, especially 3 months out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s weird times…Just hoping to get thru April and start getting good news in May

  6. Tom says:
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    Absolutely agree Cram, I understand the desire to wish for normalcy but the reality is this fantasy baseball season is a bust.

    • Cram It says:
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      Maybe the quarantine is messing with me, but I’ve all but completely lost interest in fantasy baseball this year.

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        Cramit up your cram hole lafleur! i have to watch that movie again it is about as close to sports as we can get

        yeah it is hard to stay interested……the other thing if you drafted 100 teams how are you going to keep up with all the when whatever season there is starts ?

        • Cram It says:
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          The “Should I drop Trout for (insert hot hitter X)?” questions will be at an all-time high.

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            Yeah ….Grey are you lowering trouts projection due to ……..

          • baby seal says:
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            New 2020 Quarantine Rule: NO IBBs

            Let’s see what Mike can do. :-)

        • 183414 says:
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          Who’s drafting 100 teams ? Did okay keeping up with 10 last year. I think I can handle a couple more. Won’t be for such a marathon.

      • Dave D says:
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        I’ve wavered back and forth but here we are on the fantasy baseball site out of habit. Like WTF else do we do, develop a new hobby in semi quarantine?

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          Yeah nothing better to do ………..at least keep the hit rates up so the advertising revenue comes into Razzball

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Everyone’s baking bread now!

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            does the wifey having a yeast infection count as baking bread?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, same

                • Grey

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                  I gotta bottle Cougs!

                  • What we have here is a fresh baked sourdough ciabatta with a homemade schmear…

                    Can’t believe I never knew that that was what they were papping for?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Papping for sourdough, e’eryday

                    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                      PapSmear Pale ale………..

                      Reminds of an old joke

                      WHat do you call an anorexic girl with a yeast infection?

                      quarter pounder with cheese

        • baby seal says:
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          Whenever faced w/ a difficult time in my life, I usually just lean into it more. So I’ve been doing more fantasy than ever before, using the time to research and get better, learn more players, formats, etc.

          e.g. I had never done an auction before, and assume I never might. I’m in my 4th since quarantine started.

          Usually find it’s better to face these things head on than try and skirt away… had my few days of being down. Never looked back.

  7. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    I get Mike trout or anyone being concerned about risks of baseball reastarting……but his reasoning is self centered.

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Military folks have to leave families for months at a time….In my company .our engineers and IT people have to sit travel for weeks/months at a time for large projects.

      As for his baby there is no way they are going let him in the delivery room to put hospital workers at rish coming in contact with him.

      “What are you gonna do with family members? My wife is pregnant. What am I gonna do when she goes into labor?” Trout said while speaking to NBC Sports on Wednesday. “Am I gonna have to quarantine for two weeks after I come back? Because obviously I can’t miss that birth of our first child

      • Dave D says:
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        The Trouts could pay a hospital to come to them at home for a birth…

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          and rent out an entire hotel floor or mansion for his family

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s still so early, it’s mid-April…If they waited another 60 days, they would still have time for a 100-game season

      • baby seal says:
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        Agree, love Trout as much as the next guy, but — believe it or not, and this IS hard to believe — Mike is human, too.

        Don’t care more than 2 cents worth what he has to say on the topic, and that’s by far the most weight I’d give for any player…

        • baby seal says:
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          To finish the point, he’s worried just like anyone else. Don’t care for emotional responses to what’s going on

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I don’t blame Trout at this point…It’s still relatively early in all this and every week changes the landscape

          • baby seal says:
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            Yeah, just ignore it. He’s human and his wife is an emotional wreck, I’m sure

            • Grey

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              Who isn’t, tbh

    • 183414 says:
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      Wonder how he’d feel if he hadn’t signed a 1/2 billion dollar contract and had NO financial concerns . Self centered is an understatement.

  8. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Luckily I’m still working but my wife’s contract ended last tuesday and interviews are hard to come by today she is in the kithcen cleaning the junk drawer testing each pen to see what to keep.

    shits getting real………lol……..real boring

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup, the kitchen junk drawer is always the first sign of boredom

      • baby seal says:
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        I did that week 1 … *looks around awkwardly*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          I’lll be worried if she cleans out the drawer where she stores her lady “toys”

  9. baby seal says:
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    Mildred! The girl of my dreams, running the Library of Congress!

    Lol, I kid you not, I am SO tired this morning that when I started reading the post, and saw Mike Clevinger below, I thought to myself, “Well, Clev is an interesting shortstop. Hmm, what’s Grey doing with this one today? Let’s keep reading. Glasnow? He doesn’t play short… right? OH, TOP STARTERS. Got it.” I’m a mess today!

    Clev dog! One of my favs. Big piece of my 2018 ship. Still no shares in 2020. But I am not totally against it (at this point) either!

    Glasnow! Snell! Clev! Are you trying to get me to reminisce my 2018 title??! It was glorious, I’ll tell ya. Middle of the pack in the summer. Didn’t seem like the team had much hope. My first year back into fantasy baseball, wasn’t sure if I still had it. But we kept on keepin’ on. Yelich went HAM SAUCE. Snell (pick 185) won the Cy Young. Folty (waivers) was top-3 in the NL voting, Clev was amazing (pick 176), and I took my first starter in the 9th round in that draft – Rich Hill! LOL! No wonder I’m over here at Razzball a few years later.

    Here’s the draft from that squad (8/12th pick): Turner, Freeman, Machado, Buxton, Pham, Yelich, Cano! (lol), Contreras, Hill, Olson, Godley, Beltre, Garrett Richards, Archie Bradley, Clevinger, Snell, Miller, Lamet!, Leone, Hader!, Kahnle.

    I had a ton of relievers because I wanted to keep ratios down and just hold a few really good starters, then expand the rotation as the year went on, if I could find dudes. I read the Marmol strategy from Bobbby at Fantasy Pros, and decided to give that a whirl. I liked it because it was an excuse to draft all hitters in the first 9-10 picks, haha!

    I didn’t expect to write about this team, Honest to God. But here we are! I picked up Scooter (All Star that year) to replace Cano. Brantley to replace Buxton, Peralta to replace Beltre. What I like about this team, is that it would still be *really good* today, minus Scooter. Snell, Hader, Betances, Jeffress, Giles, Osuna, Buttrey, Brad Keller! (may have been a streamer that made it at the end – dropped Contreras the last week of season too), Clev, Folty, Stripling, Gant.

    I got an eye for talent, buddy! I did pickup Glasnow at one point during the season, back in the days before the Pirates were a AAA team for Tampa. But he wasn’t going anywhere in Pitt. Crazy how much a player’s development can depend on the org, especially on the pitching side, I feel.

    I take your “TFP” – and raise you – “BC” – “Before Corona (or Covid-19)” – and yes, I do say that on conference calls at work, haha. Glasnow, agree, but people should still draft as their #2! And I’d back him up sooner rather than later, if it were me.

    Snell, 100% agree.

    Damn, Glasnow got like 4,000 words from baby seal and Snell only got 4? Ouch!

    Verlander, hell to the no. Kinetic chain = broken (or I *think* it might be, but who the hell really knows, just trying to sound cool!). Guy is probably pounding HGH right now, and will make a very bigly return, only to our dismay, “Noooooo Verlander, not again!!!!!”

    Rudy! Don’t you dare tell Grey to move Verlander up!!! You guys are nuts for injured dudes! “Uhm, mam, yes, I’ll take 1 Giancarlo, 1 Verlander, 1 Dahl, and throw in a Garrett Richards for good measure.” *lady looks around* “Sir, are you sure?” *Yes, yes, of course. I’ve done this a million times!” *lady rolls eyes* “OK, would you like some Fantasy Baseball Insurance with those players?” *Grey and Rudy scoff at the question* “NO, JUST GIVE THEM TO ME MOTHERFKER!”

    Verlander isn’t even on my board anymore – what do you think about that, Rudy?! I honestly don’t think I could justify taking him before the 6th or 7th… ROUND, and that’ll never happen.

    On a serious note, I do really mean what I said about the kinetic chain. Anyone who’s had surgery (I’ve had a few), knows how much harder it is to recover as you get older, how your body overcompensates elsewhere for your injury, etc., etc. Groin surgery AND a lat strain. Both pretty miserable. Does he have full access to the trainers now, like he would normally? Does that delay the recovery? I don’t think these are questions with knowable answers, and my confidence level in answering them couldn’t be lower; ergo, pass.

    Coolwhip, if ya out there, will get back today on your awesome reply in the comments in your post. Thanks man! Just got very busy late yesterday. Appreciated that very much.

    Quarantine Draft & Hold Roto 2 – took some of your advice from before and I’m combining that w/ a few tricks up my sleeve.

    I have Freeman ($31) and JDM ($29) so far. Both top-10 (close to top-5) overall on my handy dandy auction sheet. Spent the better part of last night refining the values and tweaking the strategy. That’s why I’m so tired, haha! That and talking to AE on the phone off and on for a few hours. We’re gonna be a killer team!

    But I gotta focus on work today after the draft yesterday at 2pm (like a true degen) really set me back.

    Lata alligator!

    PS, Looking forward to the pod later. Surprised LA took you guys down!

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Your gender bias is showing The Librarian of congress could be male, female or one of the other 31 approved genders one of which is “Spririt Animal”….can’t make that shit up……The woke culture is alive and well.

      • baby seal says:
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        hahahahaha

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        then again… how does one have bias against gender when its just a social construct? *thinking emoji*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rich Hill! Haha — Nice

      Agreed on all….Especially Verlander, can’t believe people are now interested in him, like an extra 60 days of him not doing anything is a great thing…He *might* be ramped up by end of August — it’s a good pod this week, lot of old school talk, if you’re into that

      • baby seal says:
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        I’m down w/ the ODB, OPP, ya know me

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

    • Dave D says:
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      Revisiting our draft and banter from yesterday. I’m not sure where you gather my team lacks power. This would be my start lineup:

      Garver, Mitch 8 95 C
      Vazquez, Christian 17 194 C
      Nunez, Renato 25 290 1B
      Albies, Ozzie 3 26 2B
      Mondesi, Adalberto 2 23 SS
      Sano, Miguel 9 98 3B
      Acuna Jr., Ronald 1 2 OF
      Santana, Danny 12 143 OF/1B
      Pederson, Joc 19 218 OF
      Reynolds, Bryan 16 191 OF
      Soler, Jorge 7 74 OF
      Gurriel, Yuli 13 CI
      Gregorius, Didi 18 215 MI
      Andujar, Miguel 23 266 UT

      Res: Dubon, Pillar, Pollock, Mazara

      Not sure if this is who you’d start but why don’t you make a starting lineup and project how our lineups compare for power. Id like to see what you come up with with yours versus mine totals:

      Rinaldi

      C: Alfaro
      C: Stallings
      1B: Bellinger
      2B: Edman
      SS: Seager
      3B: Suarez
      MI: Swanson
      CI: Dozier
      OF: JDM
      OF: Robles
      OF: Laureano
      OF: Mercado
      OF: B. Anderson
      U: ALVAREZ!
      B: Hays / La Stella / White / Alberto

      • baby seal says:
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        Ok, will see what I can do later. Think I said you made up for power by sacrificing AVG

        First time around, might’ve said light on power, though. Not too shabby

        • Dave D says:
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          Fair enough. I don’t think I’ll win AVG, but I think I could easily be top 6. No doubt Nuñez, Sano, Joc wont help my avg. Soler, Mondesi likely wont help either. But Albies, Acuña, Vazquez, Andujar could all be about.280, and Reynolds + Yuli should give me some plus. I’d be shocked if I won AVG but I don’t think it’s as bad as you’re re letting on.

          • baby seal says:
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            It seems alright. Basically comes down to the handful of guys you have that I’m off. If they are fine, then you will be rock solid. Great team, once again, just to be clear!! haha

            Here are the unaltered ATC projections for our starting lineups … we’re almost identical. Can quibble w/ some of the individual players’ projections, but that’s obviously not the point for now. Everything will obviously change a lot once (if) the rubber meets the road.

            I wrote a program recently to do all this stuff quickly, so was no sweat off my back! Think I downloaded the numbers within the last couple days.

            You:

            AVG (per starting spot): 499 ABs, .264 AVG, 24 HRs, 10 SBs, 75 R, 76 RBIs
            SUM: 332 HRs, 141 SBs, 1,049 R, 1,062 RBI

            Me:

            AVG: 502 ABs, .268 AVG, 24 HRs, 10 SBs, 76 R, 75 RBIs
            SUM: 329 HRs, 133 SBs, 1,061 R, 1,051 RBIs

            Pretty damn close! I really need to improve my second catcher lol.

            • Dave D says:
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              Yeah, Cool, I figured about that. Remarkably close. As far as pitching it may be similar. You’ll likely destroy me in SV and vice versa for me with W’s and K’s. You might have a lower ERA with all those RPs if you start them. It should be a good match up if we get a season.

              • baby seal says:
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                Yeah, pitching is a bit wonkier w/ projections too. I could do it if u want, but didn’t feel like it before.

                I may start Harvey early in the season, if it seems he’s getting a shot at SVs. Otherwise will be a spec guy I’ll keep on the bench, and then drop if not. If he *is* getting SVs, then it’ll depend on other factors like match ups, how my other closers are doing, and who I grab on the WW.

                I view pitching as the most malleable part of the roster, so don’t really use projections much there. Only takes one guy to turn an OK staff into a great one. Or one injury to turn a great staff into an OK one.

                • baby seal says:
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                  Just did the auction values too.

                  You: $169.8

                  Me: $179.0

                  Some quick notes. Garver is really huge for your offense. You need him to have a good season, or at least a decent one.

                  His auction value (w/ positional adj added) is $16, which is your third highest bat behind Acuna ($38), Albies ($21), and just ahead of Soler ($15).

                  Vazquez is $11 — my two catchers *combined* are only $8!

                  Seager was a huge value as I said, $9, and I could argue his numbers are on the low-end.

                  Anderson is a great value as I said yday. $6 after pick 200 is amazing. For reference, Edman is $6 (too low IMO), and Didi is $8; also a good value if he delivers this year.

                  Yordan is carrying a lot of weight here, $26. He’s projected for .282 / 38. I think the HR are a bit high (not that he can’t do it, just high relative to proj), but the AVG may be a bit low, so keep that in mind.

                  Reynolds .288 AVG is low. Gurriel .288 is high (dude will be 36!), and has been a prime candidate for me as one of the garbage banging regressors… he was an absolute nobody, including in the minors, until magically in 2017, at the ripe age of 33, when he gets called up and hits above league average instantly? GTFO!

                  Could share some more if u want — lmk, thought that was good for now.

                • baby seal says:
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                  Last obvious thing on the pitching side. Marquez as a SP5 for this season has crazy variability. If most games are at Coors, then you may never want to start him.

                  If not, he could be an awesome SP2. I think that’s really where your pitching upside lies. Could be anywhere between AMAZING or just good to great.

                  • Dave D says:
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                    No chance I start Marquez at Coors. If they do play in AZ his value doubles IMO. Yeah, as a 5th starter w/Disco and Yarborough 6,7 I am ecstatic. In a regular season Id have 1500k potential with my arms. I would have taken Harvey if you didn’t grab him there.

                    I’m not a Yuli lover. I’ve always been a little skeptical of him but I think he fit my roster needs given the other players. I don’t own him elsewhere. He’s functional but not a difference maker.

                    • baby seal says:
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                      Yeah, good points!!

                • Dave D says:
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                  Yeah. Sounds like a good approach.

      • 183414 says:
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        Will be a nice battle for the lg. title.

  10. Murph says:
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    Hey guys – for this year, drop Jo Adell for Dylan Carlson?
    Could also drop Wong or Hampson but I feel like I need both for 2b
    Thanks – stay safe

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Carlson over Adell for me. But yeah I’d lose Wong first…

      • Murph says:
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        Isn’t Hampson a utility player? I need someone to play 2b

        • baby seal says:
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          I’d try to hold onto both and forget about the prospects this year. But Carlson > Adell, for sure

          Can you grab Starlin Castro? Won’t steal, but he’s solid all around and might bat 4/5!

          Dubon, La Stella, Alberto, Madrigal are some other late 2B that I like better than your guys (at relative cost). Your two guys aren’t bad though. Hampson is a huge wildcard.

      • 183414 says:
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        Me like Wong leading off. S.b’s, a few h.r.’s and won’t hurt your b.avg. Like him @211.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…I’d hold for now

      • 183414 says:
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        Agreed.

        • Yes hold Wong…for one more day…things will go your way…if you hold Woooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggggg!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA!

            • Coolwhip

              Coolwhip says:
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              just don’t hold your wong in public… that’ll get you arrested.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Word to big bird

          • baby seal says:
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            hahahaha!

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Might be worth watching…..the only game in town

      I heard MLB is consulting with the Marlins on how to handle playing baseball in a stadium with no fans.

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        I had to read this twice because it’s hard to tell what’s a joke anymore these days with all the baseball speculation. But this was a good one!

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          Yes the was a joke…….but the Marlins have been there done that remember they considered play half of their games in montreal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For anyone saying there won’t be baseball this year — watch the above

    • KBO is fantastic!

  11. William Hung says:
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    Quarantine W5/6 – SNY MLB The Show update – The Mets are playing the Braves and it appears Darren O’Day is the closer for the Braves… SAGNOF!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, what a mess and it’s a sim!

      • I saw that C Burnes got a save already too.

        I think that makes a lot of sense.

        Hader returns to high leverage role.

        • Grey

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          Love to see Hader get some 2-inning saves, but sims gonna sim

  12. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Might be worth watching…..the only game in town

    I heard MLB is consulting with the Marlins on how to handle playing baseball in a stadium with no fans.

    • Grey

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      Haha

  13. Jacob Hartman says:
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    Hi Grey. I totes get your stance on drafting SPs, but if you get a shot at snapping up JV for $25-$27 would you pull the trigger? That just seems like a lot of value… but maybe it’s just a mirage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I wouldn’t

      • Jacob Hartman says:
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        Thank you, both

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      Who else could you get for $27, though? In my 12 team league, I got Corbin for $22. If you want someone higher end, Buehler went for $31. I’d take either of those over a $27 Verlander.

      • baby seal says:
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        Take the discount on Bieber for a bit less. He’s a rock solid ace going at value this year. I try to get him on all my most important teams.

  14. Yeah baby, Verlander rehabbing at home! Haha Go get him boys!
    Still not in, let’s see how he looks during TSP. May have interest in Clev at a discount.
    Glass is due

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, true true

  15. It’s tough to find a list that Glasnow is not on top of…including the guest list at Club Prana!

    Unrelated, just found this show last night, not sure if youse guys have heard of it, it’s on HBO and it’s called Game of Thrones. Definitely recommend it if you haven’t watched.

    *Spoiler Alert*

    I’m only 3 or 4 hours in but I’m telling you I’m really getting attached to this guy Ned Stark. My bet is that this guy is gonna be running that whole scene real soon. I can feel it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, Club Prana sounds great!

      *jotting down notes* Game of…Thrones? Interesting, will check it out. I hope there’s a lot of walking from one location to another

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      Haha

  16. swaggerjackers says:
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    Quarantine day 15: So bored I went into the fantasy league I run and changed half the team’s names into puns.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, Day 15 only tho? Where ya been?

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        Good point. I guess I stopped paying attention to time. All days are the same now.

        April was canceled before it even started.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, I know…April showers, brings May dry skin

          • baby seal says:
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            rolls right off the tongue

  17. RoarOf84 says:
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    Thoughts on Mancini? Does he contribute at all this year? Between his illness, recovery timetable (“months, not weeks”), and the threat of COVID-19, I feel like he is safest self isolating at home. I took him as a flier with my last pick and am wondering if I should just cut bait.

    • Grey

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      Nah, I removed him from my rankings…He’s gonna be immune-compromised after cancer

      • baby seal says:
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        I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PPL ARE DRAFTING HIM STILL, BUT COOL W/ ME BRO

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • RoarOf84 says:
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            I saw him as a lotto ticket, just like any other pick made in the last few rounds.

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      Unless it’s some kind of keeper league where the round you drafted him matters, I don’t see a reason to hold.

  18. Terrence Mann says:
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    Osho, thanks for all your great work. Surprised to see I got my stimulus direct deposit.

    I’ve drafted some razzhappy teams so I’m hoping for a season.

    What’s the link to order the streamonator package?

  19. LOLmets says:
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    I think it’s time to transition roles to a semi celebrity chef on youtube. This shit is hopeless.

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      How are you feeling about the Mets outfield these days?

      Is JD the everyday player the fantasy community wants him to be?

      Does Cespedes make his triumphant return from his pig injury?

      Can Nimmo stay healthy in a 100 games season?

      • LOLmets says:
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        Unfortunately we will never find out.

        • baby seal says:
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          HAHA

          I’ll give the questions a go!

          1) Looks pretty solid but crowded, obviously

          2) I think he should play 5/7 or 6/7 games a week. If not, then it’ll because he’s not hitting, not bc Smith is good, so you should draft him is the short answer

          3) Don’t count on it

          4) IDK, but worth a shot in an OBP league. Otherwise, leave him on waivers

          • LOLmets says:
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            They just announced there will be no beaches open or public pools this summer in NYC. How could they make this determination already? Shit is so fucked up.

            • 183414 says:
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              Ya think ?
              Cuomo/DuhBlasio- pretty freaking sad.
              Not that Cali is any better, with Newscum, Garcetti, Pelosi, Schiff, Waters.
              Bill of Rights thrown in the garbage.
              Breaks my heart.
              Beaches closed in Cali. Trails shut down. Pushing this insanity too far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw, LOLMets, it’s gonna be okay

      • LOLmets says:
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        Is it tho?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm…Hopefully?

        • KrazyIvan says:
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          Are you going to do an update on any paradigm shift for Starters? If so I would be really interested in that fo’ shore.

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