All things being equal the top 60 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball is around the 150th overall range to about 225th overall. This is your number three to fourth starters. Of course it could be your first starter and you’ve punted everything accidentally by oversleeping your draft. Wipe that sweat off your brow and grab the Streamonator! Here’s Steamer’s 2021 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2021 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers. Also, you can get Rudy’s downloadable War Room by subscribing early to the Razzball Tools. As always, where I see tiers starting and stopping are included with my projections. Anyway, here’s the top 60 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball:

NOTE: All 2021 fantasy baseball projections are based on a 162-game season, and will be until we hear definitively there will be less games. Also, it’s based on the DH not being used in the NL, and will be until we hear different.

NOTE II: All my rankings are currently available on Patreon for the price of a Starbucks coffee, if you get one of those extra grande frappuccino jobbers. Don’t wait for the rankings to come out over the next month, and get them all now. Also, we’re giving away spots in the RazzSlam to ten Patreons.

NOTE III: Free agents outside the top 100 are not yet written up or projected. They are approximately ranked, obviously subject to change.

41. Chris Bassitt – This tier started in the top 40 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball. This tiers ends at Alcantara. I called this tier, “Sideways bosom.” As for Bassitt, already gave you my Chris Bassitt sleeper. It was written while trying to touch my toes.  2021 Projections: 12-8/3.49/1.18/156 in 162 IP

42. Sandy Alcantara – We (I) have a real problem. I (we) love Marlins starters. When did they get so sexy? Not to answer but to quietly hold my hand–Figuratively! Get off my hand! Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez, Sixto Sanchez–Shoot, give me Elieser Hernandez in all leagues and let’s boogie like we’ve never boogied before, which involves a chair and three midget clowns in Altuve jerseys. Like real sick twisted mind, David Lynch shizz! Oh, and Trevor Rogers might be the one with the most upside, but easily has the most downside, and I’m not sure if he’s going to stay in the rotation for 80 IP. I did an exploration of self thinking about Edward Cabrera and Max Meyer, but maybe I’ll leave those for late-round picks in deep leagues, and my top 100 starters. So, therefore, ergo, vis-a-vis, Sandy Alcantara, who sounds like an Italian singer my grandfather would’ve loved. Yes, past tense. He passed away last year. My grandfather lived a good life to almost 93, so…*through sobs* I’m…*honks nose with Kleenex*…okay. Last year, the Italian impresario, Sandy Alcantara went 42 IP, putting up 8.4 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and 4.04 xFIP. If that were his ceiling, he wouldn’t be here. But it’s not. Sandy Alcantara hasn’t connected fully yet, but I love pitchers entering their third full year in the majors, and that should be 2021, if last year was his second, and not his third, because it was only a partial year, and he had one of those previously, sandwiching a 197 1/3 IP season. In his 197 1/3 IP season, it was a 6.9 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 5.17 xFIP smoke show, and I don’t think I’m using smoke show correctly. Alcantara works off a 97 MPH fastball, and it was the 13th best in the majors last year, generating 27.9% K%. The 12 guys above him were all great, except J.A. Happ, who was surprising passable last year. I couldn’t generate enough enthusiasm to write a sleeper for Alcantara, but I can generate it to draft him around here. 2021 Projections:  9-11/3.63/1.18/170 in 182 IP

43. Tyler Mahle – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Eovaldi. I call this tier, “Got tix for your team’s home opener.” This tier is you being optimistic. This tier is you chasing bliss, but there’s a chance you’ll never get there. If the last tier was mostly 7-8 K/9 guys who didn’t feel that risky. This tier is slightly different. They’re potentially higher strikeout guys, but with a higher level of risk. In other words, the safety of the bosom doesn’t feel as strong with them. They’re friends of the bosom. Call ’em Bosom Buddies. In general terms, these guys are risky number threes, high number fours. As for Mahle, already gave you my Tyler Mahle sleeper. It had too much to eat and felt uncomfortable enough to keep telling everyone for almost two hours after dinner how stuffed it was. 2021 Projections: 9-11/3.89/1.27/174 in 151 IP

44. Zach Eflin – Already gave you my Zach Eflin sleeper. It only had to check five times that it was Zach and not Zack, Zac or Zaq. 2021 Projections: 11-9/3.47/1.21/174 in 169 IP

45. Joe Musgrove  – Was traded to the Padres, when the Pirates realized they had to pay Musgrove and he wouldn’t pitch for free.

Pirates, “You don’t want to be a part of what we started here?”
Musgrove, “What did you start here?”
“A tax write-off.”

So, here we Joe again. I can’t stop nomnomnom’ing his peripherals. Last year, he upped his curveball usage to 20% from 9%. Maybe it was due to the short season, and feeling like it wouldn’t cause his arm to fall off, but MAYBE — yes, caps — it was him figuring out the pitch mix for the best results. Since he exceeded all expectations last year as far as Ks and xFIP, and easily had his best “season,” I’m back in with all the usual Musgrovings. Also, Coolwhip gave you his Joe Musgrove fantasy. I concur fully. 2021 Projections: 11-9/3.81/1.23/161 in 152 IP

46. Marco Gonzales – Marco…Gonzo! Could be a future Kyle Hendricks or will look like a terrible draft pick by this time next year. Meaning:  There’s no upside here. The best outcome is a safe number three. The down side is, well, how much time you got? If he loses too much of his impeccable control, he could be very difficult to own. If he maintains it, I can’t see an ERA much north of 4.00, and likely much lower than that. I originally had him in the above tier, but when the Mariners announced they would go with a six-man rotation, I took 30 IP off Marco’s line, and bumped him down to this tier, so he doesn’t quite fit with the other guys in this tier having potentially higher strikeout numbers, but you’ll get over it. 2021 Projections: 9-8/3.56/1.10/126 in 149 IP

47. Nathan Eovaldi – Already gave you my Nathan Eovaldi sleeper. It was written while I was blotto on Mad Dog 20/20. 2021 Projections: 9-12/3.77/1.18/167 in 161 IP

48. Zack Greinke – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until German. I call this tier, “Ordering blood pudding for dessert.”

“Blood pudding?”
“Sometimes referred to as black pudding.”
“Hey, I was a goth in high school, I’ll have that.”
The waiter brings over a sausage.
“Whoa, a dessert sausage. How cool.” Takes a bite, “Um, what is this?”
“Pig’s blood.”
Vomits for twenty-five minutes then, “Check please.”

That’s this tier. As for Greinke, I haven’t wanted to draft him for the last five or so years, which backfired more than it paid off, but hey, throw enough crappy projections of Greinke against the wall, and eventually you’re right. Greinke makes me as mad as Chipotle raising guacamole prices thirty cents upsets him. 2021 Projections: 10-10/4.21/1.10/163 in 177 IP

49. Frankie Montas – Do I like Frankie Montas? Yes, no, maybe. I don’t know. Can you repeat the question? *insert shot of Frankie Montas getting punched by his brother Reese, then a PEDs shot into his butt* So, question this year prolly same as last year, is the juice discount worth the squeeze? Yes, no, maybe. I don’t know. Can you repeat the question? Thinking Frankie Montas wasn’t right at any point last year. He suffered from back tightness, and he pitched miserably after that. Velocity was off, and he got hit around for six straight starts. How’sever, he also has only one outstanding 96 IP stretch in the majors, where he was on the juice, so again…Yes, no, maybe. I don’t know. Can you repeat the question? 2021 Projections: 9-11/3.91/1.21/148 in 142 IP

50. David Price – As of this moment…right now this one moment…this here moment…this…moment–Okay, I’m trying to stall long enough to see if we get news on whether David Price will actually pitch this year. My guess is he will, but who knows and I wouldn’t draft him anyway. No matter the price, David or otherwise. 2021 Projections: 9-7/4.02/1.26/131 in 128 IP

51. Mike Soroka – Had an unfortunate injury last year to his Achilles, but is fully healed and now Achilles is on the phone with his trainer, “Hey, Achilles here…Yeah, the guy from the Trojan War…So, what was Soroka’s secret?” I wish Soroka well, and might be back in on him in 2022, but, yeah, that’s a woof from me dawg for this year. 2021 Projections: 11-9/4.07/1.23/126 in 156 IP

52. German Marquez – The Nazi in Exile remains in exile for me for all his remaining days on the Rockies. Trade him to the Padres and watch as my vulture wings expand like an accordion being played by Weird Al as I swoop down on him. You want German, watch Dark on Netflix. You want German Marquez, I don’t understand how you could not have enough angst in your life that you need more. 2021 Projections: 9-10/4.12/1.29/184 in 181 IP

53. Charlie Morton – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Elieser. I call this tier, “Dorf on Golf Presents: Fore!” This tier is filled with fourth starters who could go way wide of their intended target. I’m drafting them, but there’s a reason these guys aren’t number twos or threes. As for Morton, here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Braves. Dude and five lady dudes, the Braves are just making smart move after smart move for real baseball. You can never have too much “easy innings from veteran arms.” For fantasy, well…Last year, Morton had a 10 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and .401 xFIP in 38 IP, but his velocity was down, and he had a shoulder injury that wrecked havoc on his numbers. But, Part II: Deeper Into The But, it was a weird year. But, Part III: Can You Believe They Made A Third But?, he’s 37 years old. If the price is fair, I could see drafting Morton again, but I have less faith in him now than last year. The shoulder issue is a concern.” And that’s me quoting me! 2021 Projections: 9-6/3.84/1.16/128 in 118 IP

54. Aaron Civale – Ya know how no one has ever been inside The Old Spaghetti Factory but somehow it stays in business? Well, I recently donned a t-shirt that read, “Berlusconi was framed,” and added an “a” to the end of all my words as I ventured inside. I said to the host, “I-a need-a table-a, mama mia,” and as I held the menu up, I peered around the side to see in the back kitchen of The Old Spaghetti Factory they were actually assembling starting pitchers for Cleveland. It’s not The Old Spaghetti Factory at all, it’s The Cleveland Starting Pitcher Factory. Breaking this news here, because PBS’s Frontline won’t return my calls. Since Aaron-a Civale was assembled in The Cleveland Starting Pitcher Factory, I’ve ranked him in a favorable tier, and would draft him if he were still around this late, but he might not be, and that’s okay. His 7.5 K/9, solid command, low-4 xFIP has too many meatballs left in his repertoire from the Factory’s previous owners. 2021 Projections: 8-10/4.03/1.17/131 in 152 IP

55. Marcus Stroman – I’ve never done this before, but last year was unlike any year before, so I want you to read my Marcus Stroman sleeper from last year and say with me, “Same, same, same, same, but different year, and a tad different projections because he missed last year.” Ah, tut-tut-tut, I didn’t say Simon says, it’s what I says about Stroman. “I says” because now I’m obviously at The Foghorn Leghorn Factory. 2021 Projections: 10-9/3.77/1.28/148 in 152 IP

56. Jordan Montgomery – I’ve seen him drafted higher, and, while I like him, I couldn’t move him up. He’s thrown roughly 75 IP in the last three years. No fault of his own, of course. But I’m not docking him for fault. I’m docking him because how is he going to throw 160+ IP this year? Because he came close in 2017? That’s a reach, like Altuve getting down the cereal. I’d love to see Montgomery get 130 IP, and that would be as glorious as someone feeding me grape-flavored apples from a vine. Why do we care? He’s a near-60 grade command guy who could be a 9 K/9. 9 K/9 plus 1.75 BB/9 or lower is the most butter you’re getting. Yo, are you Bieber? Shane, not the other one. Wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a great first half, then the Yankees trade for someone and Jo-Mo is no mo’ for 2021, as they throttle his innings. 2021 Projections: 9-6/3.56/1.21/128 in 131 IP

57. Ryan Yarbrough – As much as Kyle Hendricks is such a third starter that his picture should be next to it in the dictionary, Yarbrough is that for fourth starters. He doesn’t get the same love for whatever reason, and even I’m guilty of it, since he prolly should’ve led off this tier vs. batting in the five hole. A 7.3 K/9, 1-something BB/9 is a 4th starter. I get it, you have concerns about the Opener. I have concerns if there’s no Opener. Give me Yarbrough from the 2nd thru 6th inning every fifth day and I’m more than happy. This is another case where I’d watch his ADP closely, because you may not need to draft Yarbrough for another ten or twenty starters. Also, Coolwhip reaffirms my reaffirming with his Ryan Yarbrough fantasy. 2021 Projections: 10-9/3.71/1.08/128 in 152 IP

58. Elieser Hernandez – Love me some Elieser, and, again, can I draft all Marlins starters? Are there rules in my league against that? There is? Then I want a new league. Only thing stopping me from ranking Elieser even higher is he threw 25 2/3 IP last year. Almost a full season of innings! Only thing worse than drafting starters for 2021 is going to be drafting starters for 2022, when a few of these guys are going to go from a 30 IP season to a 140 IP season back to “I woke up and lost feeling in my arm, then I saw my arm had fallen into my dog’s water bowl, which explains why I peed the bed.” Elieser had a 11.9 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 3.54 xFIP last year, which, even as a fan, I have to admit is goofy. The command should be there to a lesser degree. Not awful, not 1.8. He’s a 91 MPH fastball guy who relies on his slider. Basically, a two-pitch pitcher, which means so much less than a lot of fantasy ‘perts pretend it does. Use logic:  If one of the pitches is great, then he throws that pitch. Pitchers are only throwing one pitch at a time. Look at Sean Manaea, he added two pitches, and had a terrible year. Give me a guy who throws one pitch 40% of the time and gets a .114 BAA, and I’ll take it as my four starter all day and twice on Muesday, that magical day between Monday and Tuesday. Can Elieser be an ace? Maybe here and there, but I’m not asking that of him. I don’t ask anything of my boo-baes, I just let them hang with me. 2021 Projections: 7-9/3.64/1.22/127 in 124 IP

59. Dallas Keuchel – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until the top 80 starters for 2021 fantasy baseball. I call this tier, “Flavor town.” This isn’t Flavor Town, the home town of Guy Frieri, but this is an instruction to flavor a town, because the town is too bland. That’s these guys. Too bland, and I have no interest. As for Keuchel, people are seriously drafting this schmohawk or am I looking at last year’s ADP? I think I know what’s going on. Everyone’s bored and wants to travel, but can’t so you’re just drafting city names. “Hey, look I’m in Dallas.” No, you’re drafting a guy with that name. This is fantasy baseball, but you’ve lost grip with reality.  2021 Projections: 11-9/4.14/1.30/136 in 184 IP

60. Andrew Heaney – I ain’t got time for bird sex and I ain’t got time for 29-year-old pitchers who have promise and a career 4.44 ERA in 504 2/3 IP innings. Sorry, I now there’s a lot of Heaney stans, or Stangels, and just dismissing him feels shortsighted, but think about how we all would’ve done the last seven years of his career if we just dismissed him. Nice peripherals and five dollars doesn’t walk the dog, take out the trash or shut the lights off when someone comes to the door so we can pretend no one’s home. 2021 Projections: 8-9/4.07/1.26/141 in 138 IP

 
  1. nick says:
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    Hi Grey,

    so in top 60 you’d rather take : Jo-Means OR JO-Mo or Ryan YaBro instead of Urquidy ?
    Or Robb Ray “Bold’s everywhereBlair’s”
    +
    i also picked up Triscuit McKenzie in Dynasty,,, just in case

    my starters are
    Gio 6/Snell 15 / Lamet 20 in top 20
    Glasnow 22/ Sixto 35 in top 40

    ;)

    Nick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robbie Ray is terrible

      Looks very risky on your starters — Lamet — bleh, Snell I like but risky — Glasnow and Sixto very risky…

      • Nick says:
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        OOch been constructing my dynasteam under your calls

        doesnt reply my question
        which one for urquidy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Isn’t your question answered by the rankings…maybe I’m not understanding

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great top60 for starters report!!!

    a. Chuckled heartily (or hardily, which one is it?). Psyche! both heartily and hardily are words!!

    b. Looks to me like you wrote down the names of a dozen or so pitchers threw them into a bag and then randomly pulled names out of the hat! That’s gonna be that top 80 or top 100 report!

    c. Greinke lovers gonna hate on you! I can feel it in the ever night like I can feel a Phil Collins drum solo coming!

    d. MLB quote of the day for February 9, 2021

    1. Dutch Dietz, born February 12, 1912

    ‘I never did it, but I’ll never do it again.’

    Dutch Dietz (speaking to his daughter Cheryl McLemore)

    2. Moon Mullen, born February 12, 1917

    ‘Ernie Lombardi was catching one game that I recall, a pop fly was hit up, towards first base, and of course he threw his mask off, and went after it. Well, just about that time, a white pigeon was flying from the third base side of the diamond across the infield to the first base side, well as much as he had thrown off his mask and was looking for the ball, when he saw this white pigeon he thought it was the ball and so he started chasing it.’

    Moon Mullen (August 2012, ‘Personal Interview’, Author Richard Panchyk)

    3. Vic Wertz, born February 9, 1925

    ‘He (Vic Wertz) was a tremendous RBI man. He told me, ‘You hit second and I hit third. You’d get them to second and I’d get them in.’ He wasn’t a great fielder and he didn’t run well, but he was a whale of a competitor.’

    Hall of Fame Teammate George Kell in The Daily News (UPI, Vic Wertz Dies During Heart Surgery, 07/08/1983)

    4. Clete Boyer, born February 9, 1937

    ‘In the second game of the 1962 World Series at Candlestick Park, Clete Boyer of the Yankees hit a sharp line drive to right-center field. ‘As the ball left the bat,’ he recollected, ‘I said to myself two things. The first thing I said was, ‘Hello double!’ The second thing I said was, ‘Oh shit, he’s (Willie Mays) out there.’

    Author Charles Einstein in Willie’s Time: Baseball’s Golden Age (Souther Illinois University Press, 02/20/2004, Page 34)

    5. Jim Nash, born February 9, 1945

    ‘As a rookie (Jim) Nash relied on pinpoint control of his 91-mph fastball to get batters out.’

    Sportswriter Stephen Cannella in Sports Illustrated (February 3, 2003)

    6. Mookie Wilson, born February 9, 1956

    ‘At some point you have to fight. I’m not an expert on the Bible, I’m far from being a theologian. But I do know that in the Bible, there came a time when everyone had to stop and fight. You just have know when and how to fight.’

    Mookie Wilson in Sports of the Times (May 26, 2001, William C. Rhoden)

    7. John Kruk, born February 9, 1961

    “‘There’s a story, a funny story, about me (John Kruk) sitting in a restaurant. I’m eating this big meal and maybe having a couple of beers and smoking a cigarette. A woman comes by the table. She recognizes me and she’s shocked because it seems like I should be in training or something. She’s getting all over me, saying that a professional athlete should take better care of himself. I lean back and I say to her, ‘I ain’t an athlete, lady. I’m a baseball player.'”

    John Kruk in “I Ain’t an Athlete, Lady…” (John Kruk, Simon & Schuster Publishing, 01/01/1994, Forward)

    8. Vladimir Guerrero, born February 9, 1975

    ‘If it’s round and has got some stitching on it, he’s swinging.’

    Former Player / Sportscaster Ron Darling on TBS (10/12/2010, American League Division Series Live Broadcast)

    9. Hank Bauer, died February 9, 2007

    ‘Hank Bauer is the kind of man everybody wants for a friend—because only a suicide would want him for an enemy. When he frowns, Gorgon shudders. When he talks, Thor answers. He is all bituminous at heart, but he is hewn of anthracite. Bauer looks, says one Oriole player, ‘like an M-l ready to go off.’ He commands respect, he commands obedience, and he commands a certain amount of controversy.’

    Sports Illustrated (September 11, 1964) [Hank Bauer Quotes]

    10. Jerry Casale, died February 9, 2019

    “I did it for my mother,” Boston Red Sox rookie Jerry Casale said after his first major league victory (April 15, 1959). The 25-year-old right-hander blasted a towering home run and limited Washington to seven hits in fashioning a 7-3 triumph Wednesday in his first major league start. “My mother died when I was 15,” said Casale. “My dad had died earlier and I was raised by my sister Ann and brother Louie. Mother always wanted me to play ball and she told my sister and brother to let me if I wanted to. “I always vowed that if I ever got up here, the first one would be for her.”

    The Bennington Banner (04/16/1959, Casale Gets Promise Run, Page 4)

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      Kruk is goated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha

      B. I like to make it feel like I didn’t spend 3 months writing this up

      C. I do love Philadelphia Collins

      D. John Kruk!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Saw The Pale Horse. Um, would not recommend it to you ’cause your my friend. Most comments center around the ending and let’s just say they were right. Enjoyed Lupin, The Small Things (despite the ending) and Promising Young Woman. My wife loved Lupin and The Small Things. PMY? It was a no for her.

        b. Sorry for so many quotes but there were so many good ones born today. Can’t pass up Mookie quotes, can you?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why did Lupin go into prison and not just visit the guy?

          B. Never!

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            Grey!!!

            Lupin went into prison because he was looking for his father’s friend. Poor Lupin purposely injured himself so he could get admitted into the infirmary where his dad’s friend was so he could find out the last tidbit of information. The prison nurse liked Lupin (who wouldn’t ?) and helped him to escape from prison.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              That was the most ludicrous episode in a show that was pretty ludicrous — he could’ve just went as a visitor to see the guy in the infirmary

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                Grey!!

                I know! The going into prison assignment required the following.

                1. Give his ‘cousin’ a get-out-of-jail free card.
                2. Take on his ‘cousin’s’ drug debt (around 1400 US, and in 2 days IN PRISON, no big deal!)
                3. Find his father’s friend
                4. Get himself admitted into the infirmary (he jabbed himself with a pen)
                5. Get the information from his dad’s friend before he dies in the infirmary.
                6. Fake his own suicide in his cell.

                Hey, he’s Lupin!

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  Haha, all of that nonsense or simply request a visit — hey, Lupin!

  3. Ah says:
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    Why write a column in the comments section instead of sending it to Grey for publication ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        Grey!

        Sorry, that was intended for me but when I saw it it (stutterer) was in one ear, out the other and completely forgot about it. Maybe a Greinke lover? Told you above to get ready.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  4. Devil your own dog says:
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    In a 20 team league I typically finish about 300 innings short of the 1500 max innings. One mistake I make is drafting high ceiling SP late in the draft. Those pitchers usually don’t work out. Should I try drafting more vanilla SP late or is it always better to draft RP as opposed to safer late round SP. do reasonably good floor SP even exist beyond the 18th round in a deep league? Thanks!

    • My 2 cents worth would be to keep a couple of positions for streaming. Then use Streamonator where you can look up to 10 days ahead to maximise your streaming options.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Streamonator!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s some vanilla guys here — 3 and 4th fantasy starter are pretty vanilla if you go with, say, Hendricks and Yarbrough

  5. Goldirocks says:
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    G’day Grey! Thx for all your great work!
    Dynasty keep forever 12 team roto league – standard 5×5 cats…can protect 20…
    Top 3rd tier young team with lots of high power/lowish average/low speed players (eg – M Olson, K Hiura types).
    In a vacuum;
    Keep 4 of following:
    K Hendricks, S Alcantara, J Gallo, M Sano, W Calhoun, R Tapia.
    Secondly; I saw your OF rankings. Is it crazy to consider leaving unprotected Sano or Gallo if cannot trade, in favor of keeping Calhoun, given dynasty considerations and my expected fantasy team’s BA issues? (No BB/OBP categories).
    If not crazy; who do you favor less? Sano or Gallo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Sano before Calhoun, but Calhoun before Gallo — K Hendricks, S Alcantara, M Sano, W Calhoun

      • Goldirocks says:
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        Thanks! Was leaning that way too for the reasons given.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  6. Draft Lous Pacino or Josh Fleming

    • Lous Patino spell check got me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Patino

  7. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Top 40 was awesome. Some great info on guys I’m going to go fully in for (Framber). Who are your top 3 surprises to crack the top 10? Top 3 surprises to crack the top 20?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 10 overall? Or top 10 SPs?

      • Frank Rizzo says:
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        Starting Pitchers who aren’t even in your top 10 but could surpise us and end up there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Carrasco, Gausman, Pablo Lopez, Framber

  8. The Great Knoche says:
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    Finally watched the video. Good shit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  9. jimmothy66 says:
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    great stuff Grey!
    10 team h2h auction, keep 10, $260 total budget, 6×6 with obp and qs as extra categories. keepers and cost so far are Acuna $18, Alonso $17, BoBich $8, Bregman $23, Devers $22, LuBob $8, and Soto $13, Flaherty $13, Gray $8.
    My options for last keeper are Grisham $3, Merrifield $12, PabLopez $3, Urias $12, or Rendon $36.
    Want to have at least $100 left over for auction, Rendon brings me under but is best of the bunch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Grisham — few possible ones there tho

  10. Thundergunn says:
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    Love these tiers! I followed them religiously last year and had guys like kenta maeda single handedly winning me leagues when other guys took corbins and kershaws 4 rounds earlier.

    one post late on this but – Corbin Burnes – so undervalued he’s overvalued – is there a glossary term for players like this?

    Also, haven’t seen the final season of dark yet; does it wrap up everything in a nice bow? Or are we all left still wondering when is Mikel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! No glossary term — yet! Open to possibilities — I loved Dark, the last season wasn’t best, still worth watching tho

  11. Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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    Not sure if the Cobblers are in a position to demand anything but, now that they’ve announced the Bouncy Ball will be removed from the game…Can we ungrateful sumsumabeatches get a post describing who CUI BONOs and who does not CUI BONOs!?!?

    • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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      Not sure if its cui bono, queaf bono…or chaz bono?!? Even though the Cobblers are former Catholics, we never mastered Latin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I don’t follow — Cui Bono? What am I missing

      • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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        Sorry Grey! CUI BONO = Who Benefits, (I think)

        Sorry which players are hurt/helped by less juiced ball? THanks Lorthario!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, what is that? Italian?

          No one has any idea how the new ball will play until it plays, so I’d guess pitchers are more devalued, and hitters are more highly sought after, but that was what I was doing anyway, so I guess we good?

          • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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            Makes sense! But its gotta hurt those hitters with more ‘just barely’ dongs, no?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, won’t help them prolly, but no one knows at this points…Maybe an astrophysicist can tell us how much drag there’s gonna be

              • Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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                Fantasy Master Lothario don’t abbreviate > Astrophysicists!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  YES! haha

  12. The Great Knoche says:
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    Villar to Mets. That’s not good for his value. Or Davis/Mcneil

    • Cram It says:
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      But good for the Mets!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not great for those guys — also I don’t think it’s great for the Mets either — he’s more a negative than positive, isn’t he for real baseball?

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        2019 4.1 WAR. I wouldn’t say it’s bad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, but where does he play?

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Pinch Runner.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I guess, but I can’t believe that’s it

          • Vegans says:
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            Morning, Grey. I read that the Mets were talking about some super-utility role for Villar. Great stuff as usual.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks! That makes sense for Villar

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                Grey!!

                3.55M to be the super-utility.

                Funniest thing I saw about Villar sigining with the Mets? Castillo and Gray took a collective sigh of relief!!

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  Haha, yeah on Reds pitchers

    • William Hung says:
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      Last season I thought Villar was secretly a huge Mets fan – those ABs he had against them were so god awful. I just remember him striking out with 1 out and the bases loaded, or swinging at the worst pitches of all time

      • Grey

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        Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Confirmed Mets fan = Villar!

  13. Matty says:
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    AP is reporting that MLB has “slightly” deadened the balls for this year and five teams have added humidors.
    If this is anything like previous experiments with this, they’ll play like rocks early in the season, then we’ll have some overcorrections, deadball in the second half of the season, and some of 2019s live ones for the post season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, I read the report

  14. Jimmy says:
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    Luis Robert-Bo-Ozzie Albies I have pick 14-15 in a dynasty startup draft!! 2 of these guys! Thoughts!? Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Luis Robert-Bo

  15. Mr Baseball says:
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    Mets see scenario with Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith sharing first base

    are they serious here – I need those long balls

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who is saying that?

  16. Mr Baseball says:
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    Both New York Newspapers – the post and the daily news – part of the article – Alonso might have the higher ceiling, but Smith has the higher floor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I don’t buy that…Maybe everyone loses 25+ ABs, but Villar can play anywhere and so can McNeil, and injuries happen

    • Cram It says:
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      I’m curious as to the particular articles you’re alluding to. I haven’t read anything like that from either.

  17. Do you believe in Bryan Garcia and Josh jung ? What round in draft n hold. Thanks again

    • Grey

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      Does anyone believe in Bryan Garcia? I have him around 400 overall — Josh Jung is a late flyer that the Rangers finally move on from Odor

      • Picking at 450 in a draft hold. So maybe thank grey. Maybe try to get one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, take Garcia at 450 if you need saves, and Jong if you need a 3B flyer

  18. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Yo Grey!

    Firing up my dynasty team again, my pitching is an unmitigated disaster!

    My top 2 starters based on your rankings thus far are Stroman and Keuchel. Ugh. I do have some good arm talent on my MiLB roster, including Crochet, Woods-Richardson, and Ivey, but I am not seeing any of them helping me much in 2021.

    Is me giving up Jeff McNeil and my 1.4 rookie draft pick for Lynn and D’Arnaud reasonable? We start 2 catchers and I only have Severino, Posey, and Mejia at C.

    2nd question, do you see Hiura getting enough starts at 2B to retain eligibility there long term now that the Brewers have Wong? I might flip him for a top starter if he’s going to be a 1B only long term.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d take Lynn/d’Arnaud there

      What’s enough starts? Five? Likely

  19. Scott says:
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    Keeper question for 15 team 5×5 obp $260 budget. I’m still not great at evaluating auction values. I can keep 6 of the following, so which 3 should I get rid of?

    Giolito $15
    Alonso $21
    Ian Happ $6
    Sixto $10
    Burnes $10
    Plesac $10
    Musgrove $7
    Hader $20
    Madrigal $6

    My initial thought is to throw back the last three. Thanks for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The last 3

      • Scott says:
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        Thanks, Grey!

        Would this rotation be solid enough? Or would you target another #2 or #3 starter?

        Giolito
        Plesac
        Sixto
        Burnes

        Thanks!

        • Grey

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          It is not solid enough, but it’s not bad — You need 2 more SPs

          • Scott says:
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            Oh sorry, I meant what quality of starter would you target to round out this rotation? I ascribe to your wisdom of not overpaying for starting pitching, so what tier of pitchers would you target? A guy in your 20-30 sp rankings and maybe a flier at the end of the draft? Two guys in the 40-50 range?

            • Grey

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              Oh, yeah, you need a 5th and 6th starter…tomorrow’s post mainly unless someone else falls

  20. Jake says:
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    Hi Grey,

    In a 6×6 keeper league with K/9 and IP as categories which would you want Bauer ($20), Carrasco ($13) or Framber ($8)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer

  21. jayj says:
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    Dylan Moore or Victory Reyes 16 man 6×6(holds, walks) thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore

  22. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    This is a nice grouping of guys to grab from!

    Couple Qs for ya!

    1. Would you have any qualms about clogging your UTL with a keeper? Have 3 stud SS filling up my SS MI UTL currently.

    2. For your SP1, would you rather have a $19 Snell or $12 Cookie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Who specifically?
      2. Hmm…Toss up, prolly Snell

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        1. Story Xander Mondesi.
        2. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotta keep them I think, but hard to know without knowing your other options

  23. Means, Bassitt, and Mahle look to be solid choices, like Elisier too! The 2020 snapshot has created some mighty fine discounts. Counting on bounce-backs can be risky, Bellinger comes to mind. This year I’m high on Charlie Morton at his ADP. Let me explain; came back after IL stint to finish season making his final 5 starts, not great but not bad. Then gave up 1 ER in 15.2 IP in the postseason! Even giving up 5 ER to the Dodgers in the WS, his 2.70 postseason ERA caught my attention. What I saw on the tube was a veteran who competes. Then he signs with a good club in Atlanta on a 1 year contract. Let’s see, in the NL, on a good club, showed good in playoffs, I’m in!
    Musgrove’s homecoming story is special, having grown up in the SD area. Same with him, good NL club, etc. and he’s coming home! Think both deserve some sideways bossom!? Get some boys!
    Morty has a chance to shine, and predict he comes close to his previous excellence. Believe he takes the ball at least 25 times pitching for a contract. I know you disagree, much respect.
    Thanks Grey, good stuff man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I don’t disagree with you on Morton, but he needs to stay on mound, and I’m in on Musgrove, sucker for him really

  24. Jr says:
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    10 team dynasty league. Would you rather have lamet or framber and a draft pick, which would probably be rice bowl.

    I have a lot of starters I was hoping to see today, if they’re not on the list tomorrow I’m really screwed.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Framber and Randy? Yes please

  25. papasmurf says:
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    Montas started off very nicely last year. It was when he ran into the back probs that his season went off the rails. I imagine even if his back was physically fine, if he was mentally still not 100% sure about his back healthy, that will mess up a pitcher up.

    I am a believer. Hope ppl forget his 2019 and he slips past #200 in my league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Papasmurf! Good to see ya…I’m out this year on Montas tho

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