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.

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LOLmets
LOLmets
2 years ago

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

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

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
LOLmets
Reply to  swaggerjackers
2 years ago

Unfortunately we will never find out.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

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
LOLmets
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
183414
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

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.

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Is it tho?

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
Reply to  LOLmets
2 years ago

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

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
2 years ago

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?

RoarOf84
RoarOf84
2 years ago

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.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PPL ARE DRAFTING HIM STILL, BUT COOL W/ ME BRO

RoarOf84
RoarOf84
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  RoarOf84
2 years ago

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

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
2 years ago

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

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

April was canceled before it even started.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

rolls right off the tongue

Wake Up
2 years ago

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!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Wake Up
2 years ago

Haha

Smitty
2 years ago

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

Jacob Hartman
Jacob Hartman
2 years ago

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.

Jacob Hartman
Jacob Hartman
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thank you, both

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Jacob Hartman
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  swaggerjackers
2 years ago

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.

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

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.

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

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!!!

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I saw that C Burnes got a save already too.

I think that makes a lot of sense.

Hader returns to high leverage role.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

https://twitter.com/ElevenSportsTW/status/1250463042078310402

Eleven sports is showing live baseball, in English.

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

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
swaggerjackers
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

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
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  swaggerjackers
2 years ago

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

Wake Up
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

KBO is fantastic!

Murph
Murph
2 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  Murph
2 years ago

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

Murph
Murph
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Isn’t Hampson a utility player? I need someone to play 2b

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Murph
2 years ago

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
183414
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

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

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Agreed.

Wake Up
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

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

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Wake Up
2 years ago

hahahaha!

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

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
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

hahahahaha

Coolwhip
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

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

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I’m down w/ the ODB, OPP, ya know me

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

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
Dave D
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

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
Dave D
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
Dave D
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Yeah, good points!!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

Yeah. Sounds like a good approach.

183414
183414
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Will be a nice battle for the lg. title.

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

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

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I did that week 1 … *looks around awkwardly*

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

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

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

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
Dave D
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

The Trouts could pay a hospital to come to them at home for a birth…

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

and rent out an entire hotel floor or mansion for his family

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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

183414
183414
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

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.

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

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

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

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

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

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
Cram It
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

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

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

Yeah ….Grey are you lowering trouts projection due to ……..

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

New 2020 Quarantine Rule: NO IBBs

Let’s see what Mike can do. :-)

183414
183414
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

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
Dave D
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

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
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

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

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

does the wifey having a yeast infection count as baking bread?

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Guess who just found the perfect opportunity to join the home brew revolution…

https://www.vice.com/sv/article/pp4kvb/is-making-beer-and-food-with-vaginal-yeast-the-bright-future

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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?

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Wake Up
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

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.

Cram It
Cram It
2 years ago

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.

Do they still call it a taliwagger
Do they still call it a taliwagger
2 years ago

20 teams- trade Betts and Luis urias for Hiura and Braun? Thanks.

Donkey Teeth
Admin

I’d want Betts and Urias

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

EASILY, it’s not really even close

Snacks Zillion
Snacks Zillion
2 years ago

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
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Snacks Zillion
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

LOVE IT!!! Thanks a million, G

Snacks Zillion
Snacks Zillion
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Thanks MP, its a great group of baseball fans for sure!

Rick Brown
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

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
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Snacks Zillion
2 years ago

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

183414
183414
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

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

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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
Dave D
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

I had a feeling you’d get Bellinger. Nice team!

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

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.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

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

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

and a loose one at that…

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Wake Up
2 years ago

hahahaha

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  swaggerjackers
2 years ago

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 $.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

RIP and amen!

Smitty
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Smitty
2 years ago

It’s Hansel haha

183414
183414
Reply to  Smitty
2 years ago

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.

Wake Up
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

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

Smitty
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

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

183414
183414
Reply to  Smitty
2 years ago

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.

galica
galica
2 years ago

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
183414
Reply to  galica
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

LOL, “demagogue Napoleans”

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

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

Bruce
Bruce
Reply to  galica
2 years ago

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

galica
galica
Reply to  Bruce
2 years ago

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
Reply to  galica
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

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
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

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
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

yeah, that’s wild!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

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
baby seal
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

long comment* below

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

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
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

yep

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Unfortunately he ran into me in the same league, however ;-)

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

haha

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

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

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

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.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I wish all conspiracies were only theories.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I’m grieving w/ (fantasy) baseball too, so I’m just like MJ!

Be Like Mike!

galica
galica
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Grey!!

Thanks, man.

Otherwise all is well on the corona timeline!

Cheers,
Ante