At one point in Sunday’s draft, Andy Behrens said to me, “I can’t believe you went to $3 on Peter O’Brien.  That’s not on brand for you.”  You know what; he’s right.  Shame on me for briefly going off brand. Even if it was for a millisecond between bids $2 and $3 on the 35-year-old rookie, Peter O’Brien, who has more holes in his swing than Swiss cheese at a shooting range.  Maybe the, um, spirit of drafting on St. Patty’s Day overcame me.  Maybe I was hoping O’Brien could make me some hurricanes while I waded in my kiddie pool this summer.  It’s Andy Behrens’s brand to draft terrible players.  That’s not my brand.  I realized that soon enough, Dear Reader.  Andy went to $4 and I let him have O’Brien.  I suppose if things break right, O’Brien will retire at some point this summer and look kindly on Behrens for drafting him, then offer his services as a babysitter.  I don’t need a babysitter; my wife is like a decade older than me!  Okay, I’m about to drop on you one of the sexiest NL-Only teams. You might want to place an extra-wide condom over your head, before I impregnate your eyes.  Anyway, here’s my Tout Wars 12-team, NL-Only draft recap:

C: Chris Iannetta $5
C: Alex Avila $6
1B: Pete Alonso $10
2B: Enrique Hernandez $8
SS: Trea Turner $38
3B: Manny Machado $30
MI: J.T. Riddle $1
CI: Ryan Zimmerman $12
OF: Juan Soto $33
OF: David Dahl $22
OF: Scott Schebler $4
OF: Dexter Fowler $5
UTIL: Colin Moran $5
UTIL: Garrett Cooper $1
Bench: Melky Cabrera, Juan Lagares

P: Chris Paddack $9
P: Zack Wheeler $19
P: Raisel Iglesias $14
P: Steven Matz $7
P: Jose Quintana $10
P: German Marquez $13
P: Dereck Rodriguez $2
P: Anthony DeSclafani $3
P: Jose Urena $3
Bench: Greg Holland, Andrew Suarez

YOU KNOW I LIKE TO BE THE RATIONAL ONE BETWEEN US, EVEN IF MY CAPS LOCK BELIE THAT, BUT I’M STUNNED SPEECHLESS BY THIS TEAM. WAS THIS A 12-TEAM MIXED LEAGUE?

Mr. Bolden Al Caps, I’m right there with you.  There is so much sexy on this team it’s like we’re all bathing in the Playboy grotto, and erotically squirting lotion on each other.  Only instead of lotion, it’s Treat Urner, Manny Machado and Juan Soto.  Juan freakin’ Soto!  For $33?  C’mon, brah.  Things aren’t supposed to be that easy.  This is the same Juan Soto we (I) dubbed Sexy Dr. Pepper last season?  This is the same Juan Soto who was 20 years old and had a .406 OBP?  This is an OBP league, by the by.  If Sexy Dr. Pepper is not a $40 player next year, I will eat my hat.  Of course, I’m wearing a hat made of an oversized tostada, but still.  That’s a test I like to do with all my high-priced players:  Will they be worth the same or more next year?  If it’s the same, fine.  No harm, no foul.  Is it more?  Then that’s great, that means I’m going to reap the rewards.  Let’s try that test on two random players.  Will Juan Soto be worth around $33 or more next year?  Yes or no–Too slow!  Of course, yes.  Will, say, Paul Goldschmidt be worth the same as his draft day price $36 next year or more?  I’d say same or less.  How is Manny Machado only a $30 player?  Is it because he was a head case last year?  Last year when he hit 37 homers and stole 14 bags with a .367 OBP?  That last year?  I don’t care if he’s Johnny Hustle, Charlie Hustle or Doing The Hustle if he’s getting those kind of stats.  You’re telling me next year he won’t be at a $30 player if not much more?  Please.

I FAINTED AT THE MIDPOINT OF THAT LAST PARAGRAPH.  YOU OWN TREAT URNER?!  CANDLE — WHICH IS A PORTMANTEAU OF ‘CAN’T HANDLE.’  I’M SHOPPING AT WICKS ‘N STICKS THERE IS SO MUCH TO CANDLE HERE.

I know!  I want to own Treat Urner in every league; it hasn’t always happened.  However, in an auction, you can have any player you want, and I was not going to let a guy, who I think has a legit chance for a 20/50 season, get away.  Or, at worst, he’s a 17/40 guy and only the 10th best player in baseball.  Dude’s standing on a roof, and his floor is everyone else’s ceiling.  Here’s my team’s projections (as we transition gently to my pitching):

Treat Urner has a 15.8 in SBs, and the 2nd highest overall player value (35.7), behind only Bryce Harper, who is a beast in OBP — and crazy solid in all other categories.  Once you get those Urner, Machado and Soto stats, you really don’t need anything else.  You just want to avoid major negatives, which I did, and I added David Dahl. I kinda need a nap to deal with how ridiculous it is I own Dahl too.  What, the cleanup hitter in Coors who’s about to breakout and cost about $35 next year?  That David Dahl?  Oh…*climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro* …Kay.  Well, as long as I didn’t take anyone else sexy I guess.  Wait, what’s that, I also bought Pete R. Alonso?  I’m sorry, I’m going to throw my computer out the window if the team stays this good as I head into my pitching recap.

YOU GOT THE EXILED NAZI, GERMAN MARQUEZ, FOR $13.  I DON’T KNOW IF I WANNA LAUGH, CRY OR CRY-LAUGH WITH SNORTS.

I’m not sure what happened in the room. I bid German Marquez for $13, and then I must’ve blacked out.  Did I really get the sexiest pitcher in baseball for $13?  I don’t remember having a coupon for a $10 Coors rebate, but, apparently, I had one. Was it between my Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons?  Did my insanely older wife slide the coupon into my glove compartment without me knowing?  I love being frugal, but, when you mix frugality with the sexiness of German Marquez, I….I…I…must’ve blacked out.  Only thing I can think of.  I blacked out, and everyone felt sorry for me so they gave me German Marquez for $13.  I already had my quote-unquote ace in Zack Wheeler.  I was not intending on drafting an actual ace, but THIRTEEN DOLLARS?!  Geez, they took pity on me because I blacked out.  Only possible explanation.  Could’ve been worse, they could’ve drew a penis on my cheek.  Thanks, guys!

OKAY, WE SHOULD PRETEND THIS ISN’T THE BEST NL-ONLY TEAM ANYONE’S LAID EYES ON AND CONSTRUCTIVELY CRITIQUE YOUR WEAKNESSES.

Weakness.  One.  As in a closer.  I meant to draft another low-end closer, but there was no one I was interested in.  I could’ve, nay, should’ve drafted Jared Hughes to back-up Raisel.  Or grabbed a low-end guy like Melancon or Will Smith, but I couldn’t get jiggy wit’ either.  To be middle of the pack in an NL-Only league, you need one great closer, and I think I have that, so maybe with some luck I’ll luck into a 6 or 7 in saves.  Push comes to shove, I do believe Archie Bradley is the Diamondbacks’ setup man and not their closer, so my Greg Holland could get saves.  Chasing saves with Holland does feel like tilting at windmills.

THIS TEAM WAS SO SEXY WE DIDN’T EVEN MENTION CHRIS PADDACK, EXCEPT FOR THIS SLOPPY APOPHASIS.

I know!  I need to go take a long steam and smoke a cigar.  This team has me all spent.  *chucks computer out window*

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LadyScorpio
LadyScorpio
3 years ago

Nice lineup, Grey!! LOVE your pitching squad!!! Wish I’d have made better pitching selections with my 1st draft.

Ghost
Ghost
3 years ago

Grey your Expertise please!
10 team Roto, Avg, R, Hr, RBI, SB ~ Sv, QS, K, Whip, ERA, keeper league auction redraft.
Who do I keep?
$39 Just Dong
$29 Goldie
$24 Soto
$22 Whit
$20 Vlad
$20 Buehler
$17 Aldaberto Mondesi (last name in case you didn’t know him)
$16 Corbin
$14 Andujar
$13 German Marquez

Ghost
Ghost
Reply to  Ghost
3 years ago

3 Keeper League btw…

jaw
jaw
3 years ago

10 team 5×5 h2h dynasty league (round penalty in parenthesis)

would you trade goldschmidt (2), taillon (14), and robles (25) for trea turner (1) and one of Berrios (8) or Blake Treinen (15)?

other keepers below

Ghost
Ghost
Reply to  jaw
3 years ago

Goldie for turner yes. But Berrios & Treinen aren’t close to Tallion & Robles futures. Just my opinion for a dynasty league. Goldie is in a contract year but getting older. Turner could break out more at 25 and be #1 at seasons end.

prey879
prey879
3 years ago

Just did a draft and already have an offer on the table:

Give: Matt Strahm and Tim Anderson
Get: Tyler Glasnow and Willy Adames

Trade analyzer says don’t but looking at your rankings I’m thinking of doing it. I have Mondesi as my shortstop so Anderson’s just a bench bat.

JJ
JJ
3 years ago

Hey, any chance you’ll be moving up Kepler and/or Soler in your OF rankings

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
3 years ago

Ugh. Just drafted David Robertson over the weekend thinking he’s the closer in Phily and now I’m reading reports of how he’ll split save opportunities with Sir. Anthony. This is a weekly league so do guys that split opportunities even have value? Should cut him loose?

My other closers are Treinen, Wade Davis, Will Smith, and Barnes so I was planning on punting at least one of these guys once the season starts.

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
3 years ago

Would you give up Muncy to get Dahl? I can move Hoskins to 1B when eligible and I have Shaw at 3B. I also have Voit on the bench to back up 1B.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Launch Angle
3 years ago

I’d want Dahl

Ghost
Ghost
Reply to  Launch Angle
3 years ago

Take Dahl. Muncy could be a one year wonder. Dahl calls Coors home & has 30 homer 20 bag potential with high avg.

cg
cg
3 years ago

Bet you didn’t like the news that Kang took Morans starting job today

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, just finished my 12 team roto, please tell me what u think?
C-W.Castillo
1B-Rizzo
2B-Shaw
SS-Story
3B-Muncy
CI-Voit
MI-Mondesi
OF-Yelich
OF-Hoskins
OF-Dahl
OF-Robles
OF-Palka
Util-Schoop
SP-Corbin
SP-Flaherty
SP-Marquez
SP-Lucchessi
RP-Giles
RP-Alvarado
RP-Greene
RP-Steckenrider
RP-Parker
BN-Cischek
BN-Minter
BN-P.Alonso(took a flier)

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Sweet! Thank you!

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
3 years ago

Good to see you’re still in on Marquez. Sporer over at Fangraphs continues to take a dump on him every chance he gets. Here’s his latest rant:

But planning for him to put up a Top 25 (or in some cases Top 20!) season is just too much. The strikeouts will give him some wiggle room on the ratios, but unless he repeats or improves his 3.77 ERA/1.20 WHIP combo, he won’t crack the Top 30. A couple busted starts in Coors and he’ll be staring down a 4.20 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. And yet, he’s a Top 80 pick and Top 25 starter in March NFBC drafts? Good luck with that.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

You see Sporer team in Tout H2H?
His pitching was $27 and it’s pretty decent.
Ralph paid $30 for Altuve and
Turner went for only $31 bonkers !

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
3 years ago

Thanks for the quick reply!

My keepers are Jansen, Treinen, Glasnow, J Turner, D Peralta and Rosario…who focus primarily on young position players and take upside/flyers on pitching?

Laumch Angle
Laumch Angle
3 years ago

Do you think Strop keeps the Cubs closer job this year even WHEN Morrow returns? Dude’s health is unreliable.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
3 years ago

I have my first auction draft about to start in 30 min. 14 team 6×6 (OBP, HR, RBI, R, SB, TB: ERA, WHIP, K, SVHLD, QS, K/BB) keep 6

I took over a really shitty team and have the second most amount of money to spend (205 of 260).

1) Overall strategy, with such a bad cheap team, aim for as many high variance, young players as possible? See how many will pop?

2) Mike Trout is available, how high would you go? ESPN has him projected for $53, Auction Calculator has him down for $54 and Rudy has him down for $57 for OBP.

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

I’m so excited about the Buxton hype – hoping someone in my league drafts him too early

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

My biggest debate if my league mates follow ADP is whether or not I jump on Mondesi with one of my top 2 picks (3rd/4th round) or risk it and wait 20 picks later for my 5th/6th round pick

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

was thinking going Hoskins/Bellinger with my first 2 picks – I can always bank on 1 or 2 pitchers getting drafted in that first round, including a few teams keeping a pitcher as well.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

It’s a “moo” point if one of them goes earlier than expected – but I’d go nuts if I can grab all 3. I’m leaning towards going Mondesi and then gambling on Bellinger being available 20 picks later. I figure Bellinger’s upside is easier to replace than Mondesi’s

Chocolate Thunder from Down Under
Chocolate Thunder from Down Under
3 years ago

Buxton?

Jerry
Jerry
3 years ago

Ok. Devil’s advocate on your NL Tout team.

Overpriced catchers who are going to hurt your average.
Pete Alonso may not break camp with Mets and is unproven.
Ryan Zimmerman may suck again.
Kiki Hernandez had one good year.
Fowler could be out of a job soon.
Kang beat Moran for starting third base job.

Hmmm, pitching.
Marquez great price….but one good year and he still pitches at Coors.
Quintana was REALLY bad last year.
Wheeler was REALLY good, for one year.
All other pitchers…meh.

(Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily agree with everything I said above)

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 years ago

Is Muncy still favored over Wil Myers now that Muncy’s wrist makes him questionable for Opening day?

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
3 years ago

Hey buddy been a long time lurker now and havnt said hello in awhile. Hello!!! I think the best line for hello was Futurama… not sure if you watch it, but when the Neutral planet is under attack and they sound the beige alert the bro says if I dont make it tell my wife I said Hello… Gold! Anyway 5×5 obp draft is coming up and I got the third pick! Ach!!! There is a few men I want but how do I decide which one? Im thinking I could for sure snag Soto in the early 3rd so whats the settup! Do I go sexy bryce because of the obp, but then i see Judge and think he looks so much more buff but is 3 too early? Trea turner comes to mind but then could i just pass on a SS there and go for a 4th/5th on Mondessi!

Help me bro! Oh man I would love to start judge/harper story and then sexy soto… sorry man Im not down with the Dr… how can i helo promote a dr that causes diabetes!!!
Love and misses

-Shizzwolf

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks dude, btw your team looks dope! you have 3 first round picks essencially! I wanna draft zee German too but coors makes me all sorts of nervous!

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Shitwolf
3 years ago

oh man you tell me harper but why does my heart say judge? they have similar stat lines so I guess it doesnt matter much haha

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

but in terms of stats why is Harper so much better then judge? harpers OBP last year 393 and judges was 392

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

thanks to you too friend

Dannybetter
Dannybetter
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

Love your site and am excited for another year chasing first!

What say you in my squad??

12 team h2h points. Daily league

First time I haven’t been pitching heavy, and I’ve never won, so there’s that….

C beef Castillo…
1b Olsen
2b d Murphy
Ss c Correa
3b Devers
Of betts
Of Harper
Of benintendi
Ut voit

Sp
Snell
Taillon
Pivetta
G Marquez
R Ray
E Rodriguez
Ryu
Reynaldo Lopez
Stroman
Rp
Hicks
Kimbrel
Robertson.

I appreciate your input!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 years ago

Hey now – as we discussed yesterday, I’m not exactly flush with saves in the ol’ H2H. Relievers are:

LeClerc
Alvarado
Kelly
Roe
Watson
Britton

But on the wire are Stammen, Parker, Buttery and Steckenrider.

Shoudl probably grab at least a couple of those guys, right?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Parker/Buttery should till get there share of holds too, yes?

brett
brett
3 years ago

grey

12 team keeper league. 260 budget. i have machado under contact. 34 this year and 39 next year. currently all of the following are going to be kept. lindor, bregman story mondesi, baez, seager, turner, t anderson. would you try to trade machado to get out of his contract? i could keep buehler instead for $5 only for this year or with lack of top ss available would you keep manny?

thanks

Joey
Joey
3 years ago

No one asks the question ‘

Who in your draft you wished you went $1 or more on looking back

Why not go to $26 on Robles

Others?

And who did you go in on you wished you didnt

I listened on guys u where in on why did u not go higher even when your sheet said you could or was it purely based on your #s

IM LOOKING AT GRABBING TURNER AND PAYING WHWT I NEED YO PAY SAME WITH DIAZ….BUT LOVE YOUR THOIGHTS ON WHAT YOU DIDNT DI NOTON WHERE U BOUGHT

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
3 years ago

Grey- a little bit of buzz on Dakota Hudson on the twitter thing, anything about him lately that impresses you ?

Snakes Dundee
Snakes Dundee
3 years ago

Do you see a problem drafting Flaherty as my SP1 in an 8 team H2H 5×5 league? Unless Carrasco drops that’s who I’ve been getting in my mocks. I did use your pitcher pairing tool and it seems it should be fine, just not sure with an 8 team league.

Also first time listening to the podcasts this season. Great stuff. I too am from NJ and live in LA now, got an apartment in Los Feliz.

Snakes Dundee
Snakes Dundee
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Cherry Hill. Moved out to LA about 7 years ago. What part of town did you buy your house?

Snakes Dundee
Snakes Dundee
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Oh wow, good for you. That’s a great area.

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

12T Roto, 5×5

Keep one:

Severino in 12th round
Glasnow in 15th round
Tatis in 15th

Other keepers:
Bauer in 4th
JD in 10th
Benintendi in 14th
Villar in 10th

Thanks

MATT
MATT
3 years ago

ANY CHANCE OF SEEING THE RESULTS OF THE ENTIRE NL ONLY DRAFT?

Gotime
Gotime
3 years ago

12tm H2H 6×6 cats
Wacha and Strahm are available, how much FAAB out of $100 would you bid on them

MisforMookie
MisforMookie
3 years ago

It’s that time of year, for the annual “How did I do?” post. Drafted my “home” league yesterday and I think it turned out alright.

12-team Yahoo roto 6×6; R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG/OPS and W/K/WHIP/ERA/SV+H/QS; 1400IP limit and no transaction limit.

First 3 rounds are keepers (keep 3 for up to 3 years total). I won last year but traded draft picks, so I was missing picks in rounds 7,9,10 and 14, and had double picks in 15,19,20, and 22.

C: Bouef (Rd 21)
1B: Rizzo (Rd 4)
2B: Mondesi (Rd 5)
SS: Story (keeper)
3B: Escobar (Rd 15)
OF: Betts (keeper)
OF: Acuna (keeper)
OF: Rosario (Rd 6)
Util: Desmond (Rd 17)
Util: Markakis (Rd 20)
Bn: Choo (22), Hiura (25)

SP: Marquez (Rd 8)
SP: Lucchesi (Rd 11)
SP: E-Rod (Rd 12)
RP: Iglesias (Rd 13)
RP: Bradley (Rd 16)
P: Green (Rd 24)
P: Kela (Rd 22)
P: Edwards Jr (Rd 19)
P: Pressly (Rd 19)
Bn: Eovaldi (Rd 15), Marco Gonzales (Rd 18), Gibson (Rd 20), Eflin (Rd 23)
(post-draft moved Hiura to NA slot and picked up Romo with SP/RP eligibility)

Thanks as always, hope I crush again this year as much as I did last year. Maybe I’ll be able to hold onto my RCL standings for longer than 1/2 the season this time too…

MisforMookie
MisforMookie
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yeah, there are some other potential options around but I figured I’d wait and see how the first week shakes out on the waiver wire. I got into a bit of a bind in rounds 7-15 with my missing picks, having to draft a lot of pitchers in a row to have any chance of a decent rotation, so my utility picks ended up waiting a long time. It’s a daily moves league so I figure I’ll be churning those positions anyway.

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

Is Carlos Martinez still a sleeper with the shoulder issues he’s already has this spring training? Thanks

James Nakaji
James Nakaji
3 years ago

Hey Mr. Albright, I really want to pick up Eric Lauer from the waiver, I am a big fan of Padre’s pitching staff this year with Paddack, Lucchesi, Strahm, and Lauer. I would even put my rep on the line (which isn’t much) to say that Padres overall starting pitching stats will be in the top 8 for the 2019 season.

But I need to drop someone from my bench. I have Sale, Paxton, and Mikolas anchoring my pitching staff, but a huge drop off after that (Goldy and Arrieta). I am decently confident with my bats.

5×5 Keeper OPS instead of AVG 12 teams

My starting OF:

Billy Hamilton
Nelson Cruz
Khris Davis
Charlie Blackmon
Chris Taylor

My Bench:

Daniel Palka
Ryan McMahon
Lewis Brinson
Enrique (Kike) Hernandez
Chase Anderson
Merill Kelly
Tyler Skaggs
Corbin Burnes

Should I drop any of them for E.Lauer? Or Am I crazy and I should wait a couple starts before thinking about picking him up?

Thanks!

James N
James N
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Damn, not high on him eh? Appreciate the response though, I will just watch for now :)

Jason Hastings
Jason Hastings
3 years ago

Geez Grey, enough about your team, I got questions!! Would you, at this point, prioritize McMahon over Hampson in a points league, especially if I only own Voit and Yuli for 1B?

That’s actually a pretty spectacular team you got. Congrats, don’t f%#& it up

Andrew Mellars
Andrew Mellars
3 years ago

Grey-

Wanted to get your opinion on my squad in a 10 team H2H category league.

1B Dan Murphy
2B Albies
3B Baez
SS Trea
OF Benitendi
OF Soto
OF Conforto
Util Peraza
BN Aguilar

SP Flaherty
SP German Marquez
SP Clevinger
SP Happ
SP Glasnow
SP Kikuchi
RP Robertson
RP Hicks
RP Kimbrel

Would you drop any of my pitchers for any of the guys on the wire?
J Lester, Touissant, Musgrove, Freddy Peralta, C-Mart, Matz, Newcomb, Teheran, Peacock, Urias, Rodin or Alex Reyes….interested to hear your thoughts. I usually don’t drop guys before the season starts unless there’s an obvious upside/upgrade player. Thanks

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
3 years ago

Grey! What a team, how the hell can you not win with this squad? Love the 1/2 of Soto/Dahl and Wheeler/German

Bobby
Bobby
3 years ago

Drafted last night and because I value your opinion, I was curious what you thought of my roster (12-team keeper Yahoo mixed standard)? Thanks for all the advice!

C – Grandal
1B – Olson
2B – Odor
3B – Devers
SS – Mondesi
OF – Betts, Soto, Rosario, D. Santana
Bench – Smoak, M. Gonzalez
SP – Snell, Bauer, Flaherty, Archer, Stroman, Whitley
RP – Yates, Barnes, J. Jimenez, Ottavino

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
3 years ago

Any updates on the Colorado 2B situation? I snagged McMahon and Hampson, but would obviously like to free up a roster spot as soon as we know who is getting the AB’s …

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Big Ticket
3 years ago

Everything I’ve seen says they will split duties and 2nd. Murphy could also see some time there if they play games with Desmond at first or Reynolds if he makes the team.

Dont think Hampson is gonna be A full time guy, but even so he could steal 25 getting 350-400 ABs

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

These are the longest days of the year. Teams are basically all drafted but no stats accumulating. It’s like getting birthday presents and having to wait two weeks to play with them.

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 years ago

and also praying for no injuries

omar
omar
3 years ago

Was checking out the OPS rankings on the site and notice that Catchers get a big bump in this format. What’s the reasoning behind this? Excuse my ignorance if this is a dumb question.

Crime dog
Crime dog
3 years ago

How is this team even possible?

Also I’ve heard you say you don’t really go over $30 in an auction does NL only change that or were these guys just too good of value to pass up?

J-Hova
J-Hova
3 years ago

That’s a crazy good team! Hope we get a recap of your weekend on this weeks podcast.
I’ve asked you this but just need to double check since my draft is tomorrow:
10 team standard
I can keep one, Harper at 18 overall, rendon rd 5, Segura Rd 6 or Dahl Rd 9
Assuming it’s still Harper, i have the 2 pick with Trout kept. I saw you bid more for Turner than what Yelich went for. Do I still Draft yelich and pair with Harper or should I draft Trea?

Thanks Grey and congrats on your tout squad!!

J-Hova
J-Hova
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks!

Harper and Draft Yelich or Draft Trea Turner?

J-Hova
J-Hova
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

He was my lean! Really excited for that lineup, just hoping Martinez doesnt f around and bat him 7th again. Thanks Grey!!

Sal
Sal
3 years ago

Hey Grey! Happy St. Pattys Day! So i did my keeper draft over the weekend. I want to add Tatis, but wasnt sure who to drop.. my bottom 2 pitchers are ryu and peacock.. the hitters on my bench are conforto and eloy.. and i have 2 closers who might not have the gig with andrew miller and trevor may.. i was dropping peacock unless you think i should cut someone else

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

I’m not as big a fan of Marquez, but that value is fantastic! Nice team. Increased my feeling that I underperformed in my RCL draft. I leaned heavily on Rudy’s projected values, as I have not been prepping much. Here is my team of meh in one RCL:

C Molina 9/189
1B Rizzo 3/28
2B Altuve 2/21
SS Correa 4/45
3B Ramirez 1/4
CI Moose 10/117
MI Simmons 21/244
Of Puig 8/93
Of McCutchen 9/100
Of Inciarte 12/141
Of Meadows 17/196
Of Grichuk 18/213
UT Cruz 6/69
Pitchers
Paxton 5/52
Hendricks 13/148
Hill 15/172
Musgrove 19/120
Strahm 20/237
Toussaint 22/261
Jansen 7/76
Yates 11/124
Giles 14/165
Pressly
Buttrey
Ottavino

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

haha. Will try.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I guess my lack of enthusiasm for this team is the lack of shiny, new (but volatile) toys.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

that’s not a rudy team. that’s a pianowski team! i’d never come out of a draft with Paxton/Hendricks as my top 2. i do like the offense!

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

I’m definitely less than thrilled with that 1-2. Probably my biggest regret not getting Nola instead of Rizzo and grabbing Murphy or Abreu later. SP’s were fairly in demand in this draft and I didn’t want to pay up.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

yup, a Nola (or Bauer) over Rizzo + Murphy would’ve made this a much more Rudy draft :)

brett
brett
3 years ago

has anything changed on your view of Devers? Chance he bats 3rd this year?

thanks

LagunaBobbyI
LagunaBobbyI
3 years ago

Yo Grey! Sorry in advance for the broad in a vacuum keeper question, and what will likely be too long of a post, but thank you thank you for your insight! My question is about Senzel and how you would value him in a keeper league. League and team details for context:

10 team, yahoo mixed league, roto standard 5×5. essentially in the simplest terms, each team keeps approximately 10 to 12 players, and then we do a snake draft with all the players that were not kept. any player that you select in the draft this year you can give a contract to prior to next years draft (2020 draft). you can give players contacts for any length between 1 and 4 years. draft round does not impact anything, once you assign a contract, it can not be modified, you can not extend it and the only way of getting out of the contract is by trading that player to another team.

team context: my team heading into the draft is…
Freeman
Bregman
Baez
Mondesi
Bellinger
Merrifield
Dahl
Carrasco
Marquez
Hand
Doolittle

my team as it stands currently is built to both win now and compete for the next couple of years. guys that will be available to me in the draft include names such as T Shaw, Conforto, Peraza, Gallo, Scooter, Odor, Olson, Senzel, among a bunch of other names we dont like (Donaldson, Pahm, etc)

brief context on prospects: prospects are scooped up quickly throughout the season by teams playing for the future. it is pretty rare for a top prospect like Senzel to be available in the draft. for context, Vlad, Eloy, Robles, and Tatis are already locked into teams for the next few years.

based on my keepers vs other teams in my league, plus knowing that i am one of the better managers in the league, i feel my team is good enough to afford the opportunity to take Senzel knowing he may not break camp over the aforementioned group of guys (Shaw, Peraza, etc) who will contribute big time this year, but may not be the best keeper options.

so, based on those details and in a vacuum, would you value Senzel in this case above, at or below those aforementioned group of players? or is there a guy or two within that group of players listed that i should valuer higher in these settings (maybe conforto)?

hope thats enough context, sorry again for the long post and broad question!

LagunaBobbyI
LagunaBobbyI
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

thanks Grey, you are the man!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

That’s a nice team neighbour. Just wanted to test out the neighbour part, in case I wind up (hehe) living in your back yard!

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
3 years ago

That’s how you do it …pop the champagne or at least put it on ice. All kidding aside, that’s a hell of a NL only team

James
James
3 years ago

Keepers are

Judge 28
Bauer 27
Severino 26
Rendon 8
Trout 1
Nola 12

Traded for Severino and now I’m stuck with him. Points league. -1 for strikeouts. Would it be in my best interest to trade trout 1 and Severino 26 for Buehler 26 ans Acuna 5? The Severino injury scares me. Is there any chance Acuna could put up numbers close to trout? I have the last pick in the first round so I could get probably Rizzo and Syndergaard with all the keepers already gone but if I keep Trout that fifth round pick is worthles. Traded 28th round Soto for 8th round rendon because I’m trying to go with the safest team this year. Only reason I have tried to acquire Acuna for troutso far. Love the value though.

JM
JM
3 years ago

Hi Grey, I’ve got a draft tomorrow in a league with quirky keeper-rules. I have #25, the first overall keeper-eligible pick. These are the guys I’m looking at likely to be available there. Who do you like best in a keep-forever league?

Domingo Santana
Profar
Julio Urias
Luchessi
Tim Anderson
Ryan McMahon/Garrett Hampson
Schoop
Grandal
Renfroe
Meadows
Justus Sheffield

In the alternative, I could trade the pick for #12-14, where I’d likely be able to get (NOT keeper eligible) someone like Gallo, Encarnacion, Abreu, Olson, maybe Strassburg or Kershaw…

Thoughts?

JM
JM
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Keeping:
Soto
Yelich
Dahl
Hoskins
Odor
Peraza
Rendon
D Murphy
Muncy
Corrasco
Nola
Berrios
Hendricks
Pivetta
Hader

Jm
Jm
Reply to  JM
3 years ago

Also I have the #2 overall pick where I’m 98% locked in on Scherzer…so add him to the list

Joeg414
Joeg414
3 years ago

which (if any) to pickup off of waivers ; 6×6 13tm daily roto. Reynaldo Lopez,Dereck Rodriguez,Corbin Burnes,Aaron Sanchez,Justus Sheffield,Michael Soroka,Derek Holland,Jeff Samardzija ?

Joeg414
Joeg414
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

yep, just didn’t know if anyone stood out at this time ?

BadFantasyManager
BadFantasyManager
3 years ago

Hey Grey. Need your help. Yahoo 14-team H2H categories draft. We have a lot of categories…. 5×5 plus for hitters: OPS, BB, K against, 2B, 3B . For pitchers we have additionally to 5 common ones, Loses, Holds, K/BB, QS.

My team is the following:
C. Narvaez
1b. Rizzo
2b. McNeil
Ss. Peraza
3b. Bregman
Of. Acuna; Benintendi; Springer
Util. Winker; Meadows
BN. Goodrum, Pete Alonso

Pitchers
SP. G. Marquez; Wheeler; J.A. Happ; Eduardo Rodriguez; Pivetta; Glasnow; Luzardo.
RP. Yates; Osuna; Barnes; Brasier; Buttrey.

We have slots for 4 SP, 3 RP and 3 additional Pitchers per day, that’s why I like to fill them with RPs.

Now…. first I want your opinion on it. Second. I’m looking to trade Benintendi and E-Rod for Soto and David Robertson, is it a fair trade?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

In case you aren’t aware, you are up and have six minutes before you time out in our NFBC

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Round 37 funny, you had a Martini and I had a Jay, but essentially they are the same type of players playing same role.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Kinda like superglue or duct tape. Kinda guys only to start if you’ve got three OFs on DL. I hope I don’t need him but last year I had 5 OFs on DL at one time in a DC. But if that happens you’d unlikely benefit much from starting a two category guy for long.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yeah. You will have another pick soon. #15 is quick, I am here, and Son is on auto.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Ok, I assumed it was but I guess not.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yeah, new rules for DC in 2019. All draft times halved after round 30. All teams go on autopick immediately after timing out. It speeds things up. It works for me as I tend to be quick.

If you ever feel inclined, I’d highly recommend a DC express after a full DC slow. Super challenging and fun. I think if you know your sh*t it’s the best format for attaining best possible roster. I think I drafted my best DC roster that way. My OF is: Harper/Springer/Upton/Santana/Herrera
IF is pretty stoopid too: Rizzo/Olson/Albies/Machado/Semien/Fletcher/Happ. I might have a real winner there. Pitching is pretty good too. Team’s only real flaw is only one bonafide closer like your Tout, but I have a bunch of vulture #2’s.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Exact same contest/format as slow DC but 50 rounds in one sitting/55 second picks. The one I did was all-pro. We finished in 3 hours 59 mins. Excellent time!

motown_magic
motown_magic
3 years ago

Mornin’ Grey. Appreciate your work throughout the offseason, I try not to take anyone’s word completely to heart but yours is as close as it gets. Comin at you with another rate my team post- I know you’re getting a bunch these days. 10 team roto, 5×5, QS and OBP. Would appreciate your feedback. I’m a tad low on speed and my closers could be better, but I am really happy with how this team turned out I think. Really liking my OF, specifically.

C: Ramos
1b: Bellinger
2nd: Shaw
3rd: Arenado
SS: Bogaerts
MI: Jorge Polanco
CI: Luke Voit
OF: Judge
OF: Hoskins (“reached” at 24)
OF: Conforto
OF: Puig
OF: Robles (love this at 117)
UTl: Inciarte
UTL: Laureano

Bench spots
Lamb
Mulllins
Leonys Martin

Pitchers
Clevinger
Wheeler
Marquez
Darvish
E-Rod
Strip

Closers:
Leclerc
Cody Allen (bleh)
Mychael Givens (ehh)
Vizcaino

Thanks in advance!

motown_magic
motown_magic
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks for the quick response, love hearing that. Better response than I got last year at this time from ya, haha! Maybe 365 days of studying your words has paid off. Have a good rest of your week, good sir.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
3 years ago

Got a tough choice here, in a trade with 3 guys who have never played a full season, and one that doesn’t seem to be able to. Keep em forever. Thanks Grey.

Eloy/Correa for Soto/Meadows

Bob
Bob
3 years ago

How do you rank picks 3,4,5 in a league with the following stats: r, hr, rbi, tb, sb, obp. I know what Rudy’s ranks look like, but wanted to get the Grey version. Thanks

Gotime
Gotime
3 years ago

What good Grey?! Great to be back on the site.

A) I took over a keeper team (12 team league 6×6 H2H categories) that was half full and I added these players at the draft. My first time for a keeper league so your thoughts on who you would keep this year and going forward (max term is 4 years). No limit.

Soto $31
Mondesi $20
A. Rendon $15
H Bader $10
Muncy $8
Tim Anderson $4
Ed- Escobar / Palka $1 (bench)
Ed-Rod $7
Lucchesi $7

B) Same league, thoughts of dropping K. Hiura to claim Laureano?

Gotime
Gotime
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yeah I can keep all if I wanted up to next year and moving forward 4 years max…

Gotime
Gotime
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks Grey, so the team looks like this so far thoughts?
C Wellington Castillo
1 Muncy
2 Mondesi
3 A Rendon
SS Tim Anderson
OF Soto
OF JD Martinez (previous keeper)
Castellanos (previous keeper)
Bader Ed-Escobar, Palka Daniel Murphy (previous keeper)
Strasberg (previous keeper)
Price
Lucchesi
Ed-Rod
Rich Hill
Ryu
Maeda
Woodruff
Iglesias Alvarado Barnes
C-Mart IL spot (previous keeper)

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

Here’s the Oaktown Kids 2019 team. Online NFBC Champ 12 teamer

Narvaez
Elias Diaz
Bellinger
Zimmerman
Gennett
A. Rosario
Moustakas
Senzel
Acuna
Stanton
Benintendi
Conforto
JBJ
N. Cruz

Treinen
Hand
Wheeler
Tanaka
Hill
Ryu
Stripling
Urias
Gibson
Pineda
M. Perez
A. Sanchez
Kyle Wright
Miley
Whitley
Ji Man Choi

They wanted closers this year, so I told them we were going to have to find some cheap SPs. Good job by the kids with a little more assist from Dad this year.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

last season the kids were in 1st until the last two weeks. Team had Snell Bauer Clevinger Flaherty Betts and Baez and still managed to finish second. In season was not good…complacent. We’re gonna work on that. Thursday nights are inked as baseball night.

The offense is stacked.

peacecoast
peacecoast
3 years ago

Kang starting at 3B for the Pirates…remember I called it!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
3 years ago

Schebler!

The Scrant Dog
The Scrant Dog
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

How’d I do?
12 teamer

1. (11) Javier Báez 2B,3B,SS
2. (14) Giancarlo Stanton OF
3. (35) Trevor Bauer SP
4. (38) Juan Soto OF
5. (59) George Springer OF
6. (62) Yasiel Puig OF
7. (83) Matt Olson 1B
8. (86) Craig Kimbrel RP
9. (107) José Peraza SS
10. (110) Mike Moustakas 3B
11. (131) Chris Archer SP
12. (134) Ender Inciarte OF
13. (155) Robbie Ray SP
14. (158) Andrew McCutchen OF
15. (179) Joey Lucchesi SP
16. (182) Jorge Polanco SS
17. (203) Kenta Maeda SP,RP
18. (206) Dallas Keuchel SP
19. (227) Diego Castillo SP,RP
20. (230) Ryan Braun 1B,OF
21. (251) Francisco Cervelli C
22. (254) Brad Boxberger RP
23. (275) Jackie Bradley Jr. OF

Curious George
Curious George
3 years ago

You would trade Doolittle and Braun in a heartbeat for Machado, right?

The Scrant Dog
The Scrant Dog
Reply to  Curious George
3 years ago

Is this a real question? lol
go make that trade

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Curious George
3 years ago

I hope you know how to put your pants on.

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
3 years ago

Just concluded my 10-team, standard roto snake draft – 4th pick. How did I do?

C Ramos
1B/3B Muncy
2B Gennett
2B/3B Shaw
SS Story
OF Yelich
OF Acuna
OF Hoskins (1B eligibility soon)
UTIL A. Mondesi
UTIL Robles
BENCH Voit

SP Buehler
SP Flaherty
SP Clevinger
SP Marquez
P Glasnow
RP Le Clerc
RP Giles
BENCH Matt Barns
BENCH Stripling

Was thinking of making a trade offer for Dahl. Is there anyone you think I should offer or hold?

Also, should I drop Voit for Schoop or another starter – Freeland, Arrieta, Peacock, Strahm, Paddack, Luzardo, Ryu, Wood? Our league uses QS instead of W.

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Would you believe I picked up Mondesi in the 8th round? No believers, but me. Imagine if he hits above .250-260 too.

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

Do you not like Behrens, like, as a person? Or just think he’s another run of the mill fantasy “expert”?

When yahoo fantasy sports started gaining steam, he seemed like the least choadest of all the “perts”. And I think he’s written books? So made him seem like he wasn’t hanging his hat solely on fantasy sports.

TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
3 years ago

Greyt work my man, great looking team. Just drafted my 12 team keeper league squad last night which is 6×6 obp and qs, no MI or CI spots, 3 OF, 2 Util, 3 P spots, daily moves. I know a buncha my guys are scrubs but what do you think of my squad?
Danny Jansen-2
Pete Alonso- 9
Albies (keeper-17)
Bregman (keeper-10)
Mondesi(keeper-16)
Trout (keeper-50)
Acuna(keeper-19)
Soto(keeper-19)
Arenado(keeper-32)
Moncada-2
Voit-3
Devers-4

Buehler keeper 16
Taillon-keeper 16
Osuna-10
Wade Davis-3
Junis-2
Lester- 4
Alex Wood-4
Arrieta-3
Luzardo-6
Chris Paddack-6
Toussaint-2
Eflin-3
Derek Holland-2

I know some of those guys are cringeworthy but I got them for relative cheap prices. I know there’s a lot of risk/reward but I figure if devers and/or moncada work out then ill be fine nad they were super cheap. I appreciate any input, as always, keep up the good work.

TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Hah that’s fair, but things did not go to chalk values in this draft. For example: merrifield for 49, scherzer went for 50, greinke 35, bieber 28, berrios 30, clevinger 33, and stuff like that. So I kinda got screwed on my targets so I grabbed some cheap guys who I can drop to stream/pick up a hot guy.

The Great Knoche
3 years ago

2 weeks and done. Fastest NFBC slow draft ever. Roster below, drafted out of 8 slot. Got lots of good starting pitching depth, and tons of roster flexibility with multi position guys. Check out the round 47,49,50 SAGNOF.

C Posey (12)
C Maldanado (28)
1B Profar (10) (3b,ss)
2B Odor (8)
3B Baez(1) (2b,ss)
SS Peraza (5)
MI Cano (9)
CI Goodrum (15) (2b)
OF Judge (2)
OF Conforto (6)
OF Mancini (17) (1b)
OF Happ (18) (3b)
OF Kiermaier (20)
Ut Alonso (19)

P Buehler (3)
P Flaherty (4)
P Leclerc (7)
P Hamels (11)
P Barnes (13)
P Quintana (14)
P M Gonzales (16)
P Touissant (21)
P De. Rodriguez (22)

Bench Bats – OF Stewat (24), SS Didi (26), 3b Nunez (30), OF Parra (32), OF Ja. Jones (33), 1b/2b/3b Walker (35), C Plawecki (37), 2b/3b Descalso (40), OF Granderson (42), OF Phillips (43), 1b Reynolds (44), C Gallagher (46), SS Mateo (47), OF Maybin (49), OF Jankowski (50)

Bench Arms – R. Lopez (23), Richards (25), Lynn (27), T. Ross (29), Smyly (31), Leblanc (34), Nova (36), Je. Chavez (38), Oh (39), Br. Anderson (41), Cotton (45), Hess (48)

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Rudy.

Yeah the OF kept getting away from me. Kind of put myself in the predicament of having to grab a bunch in a row. I’ve got 4 guys that should get regular At bats on the bench, and it’s possible Stewart could actually be something and he would replace whichever guy sucks the most on 4/30.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Great Knoche
3 years ago

My OF is the same way and I stacked the bench with them in hopes that someone emerges. But goddamn if my pitching isn’t armed with 15 legitimate starters.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  The Great Knoche
3 years ago

Haha. I think that I ended up with the opposite team. Strong in the OF, but short a couple of arms and with limited position flexibility.

OF – Yelich / Dahl / Robles / Mazara / Bader / Bryant (if Kang pans out at 3B, which can happen if he hits clean-up and stays sober)

SP – Snell / MadBum / Ed-Rod / McHugh / Minor / Holland / Stroman / Odorizzi / Straily

omar
omar
3 years ago

Nicely done… Love Soto and Dahl this year!

Question: Playing in an OPS league for the first time, H2H Weekly 6×5 Cats (R,HR,RBI,SB,Avg,OPS – W,ERA,WHIP,SV,K/9). Do I just use the 6×6 OPS link as a draft guide for rankings? Which players see a bump in value when considering OPS? Appears that someone like Stanton get a big boost, while Mondesi slides a bit? Am I looking at this right? Who are some others that I should be considering in this format?

Thanks!!

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
3 years ago

Great job. I was following along on Twitter and the radio.

I’ve learned that no matter what you think of your team after the draft, always promote it as being a success. I hated my draft last night but I didn’t tell any other owners, some of which I’m friends with, how much I want to trade everyone I drafted. That statement is unrelated to yours by the way.

My pts league draft I was too passive and let others bid too much. I didn’t have much money to spend with 11 spots to fill. Instead of going for $60+ for one player and then the remaining $40+ for 10 I opted for the $10-$20 pp approach.

Here are some of the players I drafted. Which of these players would you consider dropping or trading for pitching?

Schoop (I have Wendle and C. Taylor before Tatis gets the call)
Braun, Eaton, Dickerson (I have Rhys, Acuna, Benintendi, Whit and Piscotty)

These are all bench players for me. Thinking of targeting David Price or Bieber who is avaialabke from an owner…..I have deGrom and Kluber and Berrios

Also, sidebar, any good RP Yahoo players who have SP eligibility? Is Diego Castillo a good choice? Stanek, Biagini, Hendriks? Looking for high points preferably with the potential for saves and holds.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Dave Funnell
3 years ago

Diego Castillo is solid. Will get holds and a dark horse for saves.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

As you should! I wasn’t in anyway trying to disrespect it.

I hate Eaton and Braun too. I just had so much money at the end I panicked and tried to justify purchases. I will do my best to get rid of them and probably everyone I mentioned here. Would love a return of Segura, Bieber and Price for those four in separate deals.

I was merely disappointed in preparing for so long and then floundering in the draft though overall I do like the makeup of my team. Would you use the #5 waiver slot for Castillo and drop Sal Perez (keeper deadline before injury).

Raider
Raider
3 years ago

Are you looking more at avila than carson kelly now?

Marti Harris
Marti Harris
3 years ago

Experts in tout wars are a joke. 3 teams are solid about 7 teams have no shot. There is no question. Embarrased for some of these so called baseball experts