Last year, I won Tout Wars in a wire-to-wire cakewalk.  So, before the Tout Wars draft this Saturday, I prepared like any great champ would.  I took a page from Rocky Balboa and ran up a flight of stairs, hands raised in exultation.  I took a page from Ultimate Warrior and ordered a group of preteen girls to tighten the slack on a jump rope and shook it furiously.  Finally, I took a page from E.T. and draped myself in a blanket, squatted in a bicycle basket and had Rudy pedal me around our hotel room floor.  Did E.T. have anything to do with being a champion?  Not especially, but I was feeling nostalgic for some faux sentimentality and Ready Player One isn’t out yet.  In my mind, I was standing, arms raised, with a lone spotlight shining on me as Lin-Manuel Miranda sang how I was not going to throw away my shot at a repeat.  Only it wasn’t in my mind.  In our hotel room, Rudy shined an iPhone flashlight on me as we played a rather tinny version of Hamilton off YouTube.  I’m past patiently waitin’ I’m passionately mashin’ every expectation!  And I’m not throwing away my shot!  *clears throat*  “Um, Rudy, could you help me down from this Marriott end table?  I’m getting vertigo.”  Anyway, here’s my Tout Wars, NL-Only recap:

C: Tyler Flowers – $7
C: Tom Murphy – $1
1B: Rhys Hoskins – $29
3B: Nolan Arenado – $36
CI: Jose Martinez – $8
2B: Logan Forsythe – $9
SS: Amed Rosario – $11
MI: Adam Frazier – $2
OF: Bryce Harper – $39
OF: Ryan Braun – $19
OF: Scott Schebler – $12
OF: Joc Pederson – $7
UT: Lane Adams – $1
SW: Carlos Asuaje – $2

P: Jeff Samardzija – $17
P: Sean Doolittle – $13
P: Jeurys Familia – $7
P: Jon Gray – $12
P: Mike Foltynewicz – $4
P: Michael Wacha – $12
P: Nick Pivetta – $1
P: Hyun-Jin Ryu – $6
P: Chris Stratton – $5

Bench: Harrison Bader, Brent Suter, Hunter Strickland, Carson Kelly

HEY, DIDN’T YOU WIN THIS LEAGUE LAST YEAR BY THE LARGEST MARGIN IN THE 20+ YEAR HISTORY OF THIS LEAGUE, AND BEAT EVERYONE BY SOMETHING LIKE 70+ HOMERS MORE THAN THE 2ND PLACE TEAM?  

I’m glad you mentioned that, Mr. Al Bolden Caps, in a completely unprovoked manner.  I’m not looking to gloat (much), only to point out last year’s draft and how it relates to my draft this year.  It’s an “if it ain’t broke” scenario.  Last year, I spent $40 on Paul Goldschmidt, $30 on Trea Turner and $28 (!!!!) on Giancarlo.  You can see the parallels to this year’s team.  I wanted to dominate offense again, knowing I would go hard after Bryce.  There was no way I was not owning him.  In our 12-team NL-Only auction values (though, that link is AVG; Rudy made me OBP values for this draft), we have Bryce Harper as the top player at $41.  I would’ve likely went to $43 for him.  Of course, no one in the room forced a cojones check.  If Bryce Harper was on the Cubs, Andy Behrens would’ve opened the bidding with $67 and I would’ve never secured him.  Thankfully, Harper was like a Valentine’s hard candy and meant to “Be Mine.”  Your mileage may vary on how much you think my last year Goldschmidt pick equals this year’s Harper, but, as mentioned a prior thousand times, Rudy’s rankings are amongst the best in the business, and Harper’s #1 (with OBP).  This was an easy call for me, because it’s confirmation basis on how much I like Bryce this year, too.  Would it shock anyone if Bryce has one of those 110/45/125/15 seasons with a .450 OBP?

Know who else I like a lot this year?  “My Favorite Messiah” Rhysus Hoskins.  He could be Goldschmidt this year, and feels like the makings of my Giancarlo $28 (!!!!!!!!!!!) pick last year.  Giancarlo returned a lot more value than $28 (! + infinity) and samesies for Hoskins this year.  You’re lucky you’re not reading this recap in the same room as me because it’s getting me horny!

Finally, my 3rd baseman.  I’m just going to carelessly put down this Honus Wagner tobacco card by an open window–NOOOO!!!!  Torneado!!!  Are you kidding me?  Seriously, I have so much offense that Nolan Arenado is the last guy I talk about and he also happens to be a 110/40/125/2 guy with a .370 OBP.  I will now cackle like a madman.

OKAY, THAT WAS A SLIGHTLY CONVOLUTED GAME PLAN, BUT IF TREA TURNER IS NOW HOSKINS, GIANCARLO IS NOW THE BRYCE IS RIGHT AND ARENADO IS GOLDSCHMIDT OR SOMETHING.  WHO, PRAY TELL, IS LANE ADAMS?

Live with me for a second; here’s my end game values:

In short, my goals are a 32 in each category; I have a 42.9 in power.  I could lose Hoskins and be fine.  Knock on Alex Wood that never happens, but you feel me.  Metaphorical!  Please don’t touch me!  If you look at my offense and don’t see how stacked it is, you need to get your fantasy baseball goggles recalibrated.  Someone on Twitter said I overspent on Amed Rosario.  A) Ha.  B) Seriously, Ha!  C) There’s no C.  D) Seriously, there’s no multiple choice here of why I didn’t overspend on Rosario, but here’s 1) My auction value for Rosario is $11. 2) I needed some speed. 3) There’s no 3. 4) Rosario is set to hit eighth, until around the end of April when this fairly apparent thought crosses the Mets’ collective mind, “Rosario is our future leadoff hitter, why don’t we just hit him leadoff now?”

As for Lane Adams, this is funny (not funny).  On the Prospectonator (our tool that shows the stats for all rookie hitters and pitchers if they had a full season), has Lane Adams projected for 14 HRs and 31 SBs.  I know, I know, that’s lunacy, and ¡Acuna! will replace him, but Adams went 5/10 in only 109 ABs last year.  If he gets 250 ABs, I’d take that for a $1.  For you old school fantasy heads, Adams reminds me in looks and potential results to Drew Stubbs.

OKAY, OKAY, YOU’VE SPUN GOLD FROM WISPS OF YOUR MUSTACHE HAIR FOR YOUR OFFENSE, BUT CAN GREYPUNZEL LET HIS MUSTACHE HANG OVER HIS PITCHING SO NO ONE CAN SEE IT?

Out of 36 possible points last year in ERA, WHIP and Ks, I scored 30 points with a staff of Lackey, Samardzija, Chacin, and a $12 (!!!!!) Robbie Ray.  Again, your mileage may vary how much you think last year’s Robbie Ray reminds you of this year’s Jon Gray, but for starters (pun!), if Gray pitched anywhere else, he’d be a $25+ pitcher.  Gray is headed into his “when shizz gets gorgeous” third year and is projected for 200 Ks by everyone, if he gets the IP.  Now, if he gets the bounces at Coors, he could be the best thing in the Land of High Miles since Ubaldo.  As for the rest, Samardzija is innings and Ks as he was last year; I wrote a Michael Wacha sleeper; my couched excitement for Nick Pivetta is in my top 100 starters; Stratton is a Rudy fave, and on a ton of “Wow, this guy is showing me something” lists in the spring, and I drafted enough saves for around a 9 out of 12 points.  Maybe my golden mustache locks don’t hang fully over my pitching staff, but there’s some gold in their skills.

WHY DO YOU THINK THE OTHER ‘PERTS IN YOUR TOUT WARS LEAGUE ALLOWED YOU TO COME IN AND DO SAMESIES ON THEIR FACE?

That’s a great question like, “Why does every billboard of a DJ look like an In Memoriam?”  Could be a couple of things at work.  Some guys just have their own game plans.  They’ll come in, bid $40+ on Votto like he somehow wins them anything but OBP.  Or they’ll come in and bid $39 on Kershaw, even though that means if he gets injured their second best pitcher is Jason Vargas.  Maybe they’re too proud to follow my lead.  Or perhaps they just don’t believe in my previous year’s results, and allowed me to come in and do samesies.  If it’s the last scenario, it’s going to be a shame when it’s mid-May and I’m doing Here Comes the Hotstepper to another victory.

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JakeTheSnake
JakeTheSnake
4 years ago

Hello my Grace *bends the knee*

Need to choose 1 Keeper out of this Lot, need help!!

Tim Beckham (Bal – 2B,SS) Rougned Odor (Tex – 2B) Jake Lamb (Ari – 3B) Eddie Rosario (Min – OF) Brett Gardner (NYY – OF) Avisaíl García (CWS – OF) Andrew McCutchen (SF – OF) Corey Dickerson (Pit – OF) Justin Smoak (Tor – 1B)

I am leaning Towards 1 of Odor, LaAAAAmb, Smoak but thought I would list all Eligible.

Standard 5×5 Roto but may switch to H2h by first pitch (being voted on now)

Already Keeping Severino as my Pitcher.

Andrew
Andrew
4 years ago

I was listening on SiriusXM and the auctioneer and group got sidetracked by something. Someone yells out “LET”S KEEP GOING!” That someone was definitely Grey.

Elias
Elias
4 years ago

I can keep 4 of the following in a 12 team roto league. Thoughts?

J-Ram ($5) — keeping him for sure
Machado ($30) – would go for $50 prob with keeper inflation
Bryce ($40) – would prob go for 60-70
Pham ($10)
Bregman ($10)
Olson ($10)

THANK YOU
Castellanos ($10)
Giloto ($1)

Uncle Ernie
Uncle Ernie
4 years ago

Who do you like better for 4th or 5th outfielder based on HR SB and average. Kiermaier or Gardner. Thanks Grey

nolarado
nolarado
4 years ago

dynasty league.

Kershaw or

Happ, Bauer & Brendan Rogers

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  nolarado
4 years ago

@nolarado:
I’d want more for kershaw (even tho I hate him!)

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 years ago

See Andy Behrens recap? Nice mention in there. Good stuff.

Retired from the industry, beaten and humbled.

Finally got to see all the teams. Like yours and Gardner the best.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Ain’t no fantasy baseballers know what the word
Effusive means…

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

Gotcha thanks

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

Grey, i read your comment earlier about Trea strategy. I think he will fall to me at 9. I was going to come back at 16 with JD. What do u mean about K and Chris Davis school of drafting? Dont grab a bunch of big homer bad avg guys if u draft Trea? I was going to take power most rounds and speed toward the end of draft.

JMAC
JMAC
4 years ago

5×5 OBP Keeper Keep 5 (1 SP min.)

Bats

Kris Bryant (Obviously)
Wil Myers
Dee Gordon
Bogaerts
Cano
Schoop

Pitchers
Carrasco
Greinke
Archer
G. Cole

JMAC
JMAC
Reply to  JMAC
4 years ago

@JMAC: Also just got an offer for Carrasco and receive Abreu, Encarnacion, and Marte. (I give my 18th rounder away for his 24th) Would you take that and if so how would that alter your 5 keepers?

Thanks for your help as always!

JMAC
JMAC
Reply to  JMAC
4 years ago

@JMAC: Mini update I think it would take my 12th rounder instead of 18th. or could just get Encarnacion and Marte instead of Abreau for Carasco.

Talking to myself. Thanks!

Jmax
Jmax
Reply to  JMAC
4 years ago

@JMAC: Any word on this? Sorry for rush. Locks in an hour. Also now throw Encarnacion and Marte in the mix of bats. Traded for 20th rounder. Thanks a milllion!

Jmac
Jmac
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Schoop even with Marte and Encarnacion as free options? Sorry to write so much on this one. I’ll buy you a few drinks ??

Jmac
Jmac
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks a mil!

Big League Wood
Big League Wood
4 years ago

Coach, got my final 15 team auction tomorrow night.
Will try and stick with your strategy of guys under $30.
Anyone you throwing an extra dollar at?
No strippers, baseball players !!!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Big League Wood
4 years ago

@Big League Wood: Castillo, McCullers, Godley, Richards, Snell, Acuna, Puig, Mancini, Albies, Suarez, Brinson are some interesting upside plays; Quintana, Hendricks, Cueto, Cain, Upton, Bruce, Grandal, EE, Alonso, K. Seager, Beltre are some potentially undervalued vets

Big League Wood
Big League Wood
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo:
Thanks. I have a lot of those guys on my target list.
Trying to get 3 five tool OFers and 2 middle guys.
I think Bauer and Castillo would make good upside pitchers paired with a Tier 2 guys.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Big League Wood
4 years ago

@Big League Wood: I’m not a huge Bauer fan, but I think he’s being priced fairly. Wouldn’t pay the same price for him as Castillo, Hendricks, McCullers, Godley, or Cueto (out of the pitchers that I mentioned). He’s in the same tier as Richards and Snell for me. Might pair well with someone like Hendricks to balance out the ratios.

Big League Wood
Big League Wood
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo:
I am thinking SP1 ($28), Castillo $16, Bauer $10.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Big League Wood
4 years ago

@Big League Wood: That would be a solid top 3 (depending on the ace) in a 15 teamer

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Hey Magoo! Hope all is well. Any thoughts on Keuchel?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  SteveNZ
4 years ago

@SteveNZ: Hey Steve! Good to see you around these parts again. I think that Keuchel is similar to SPs like Hendricks and Cueto. Keuchel is more of an extreme GB pitcher than those two, but all of them are control-oriented, contact managers. All have had some durability issues too. Don’t expect 200+ Ks from him (even though he did that in 2015 with volume), but the ratios should be solid, and he obviously has fantastic win potential on the Astros. I just like Hendricks and Cueto a bit more at their current price points since they’re cheaper. Keuchel is a boring, but solid option though.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: whick two you rather own next four years?
Senzel
Calhoun
Kingery
Brinson

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: You saw my Brinson comments, eh? Kingery would be my first choice. Looks like a five cat stud in waiting, and it looks like he’ll get his shot soon. The other three are close. If pressed, I’d probably go with Calhoun. I believe in his ability to hit for both average and power, which is rare.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Thanks! I kinda got into a position of having to draft him in my H2H draft the other day. Quintana and Archer got taken right ahead of me and I wanted a No.1-ish type guy and there wasn’t much else left. Backed him up with Bauer and Castillo (and will be streaming) so hopefully Keuchel can provide enough reliable production to balance out those two!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  SteveNZ
4 years ago

@SteveNZ: Keuchel/Castillo/Bauer is a fine trio, especially in H2H. Good luck, Steve!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo:
Thanks. Im holding all four at the moment but prolly have to dump two.
Trying to win this year plus losing four keepers for next season. Tough balance with small benches in this league.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: If you’re losing Calhoun as a keeper after this year, he’d probably be a drop out of that group then. The Rangers seem to be jerking him around a bit. You might be able to flip Senzel. He has a lot of buzz at the moment.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Thanks for all the input! Last one – Kingery or Gleyber as a stash? I drafted Gleyber but Kingery is available.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  SteveNZ
4 years ago

@SteveNZ: For this season, I definitely think that Kingery will have a bigger impact. Long term, I’d try to make room for both.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo:
Ah no. After four years I’m Losing Bryant betts Correa and carrasco.
Won’t have another draft like that again hahaha.

Big League Wood
Big League Wood
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo:
Was ready through HQ projections tonight then over to Rudys.
Josh Bell could be Justin Turner light for about $10 less. Looking for an AVG guy 2 of my 3 corners and one of those 2 would work with a higher end guy.
Thoughts?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Big League Wood
4 years ago

@Big League Wood: Bell has more value in an OBP format, but I think he’ll hit 25+ homers with a .270ish average. Solid CI or primary 1B if you decide to wait a bit. I like Seager, Beltre, and Suarez at 3B/CI. Think they’re all being undervalued. Beltre’s a bit trickier in a 15 teamer due to durability issues, but the skills appear to still be there.

YC
YC
4 years ago

Hey Grey- finished my 12 team auction. Staff is as follows:
McCullers
Weaver
Gausman
Taillon
Corbin

Pitching was really expensive. Should I be worried with this staff?

Thanks!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
4 years ago

Lookin to repeat with the thunder! That’s a good looking lineup. I drafted Arenado, Hoskins, and Rosario on a team last week, so we’ll be praising/commiserating on those guys together. You grabbed a couple of guys that I recommended last week in Martinez and Frazier too. Nice buys there. Your top three bats should take you pretty far. Gettin a Rockie catcher for a buck is never a bad play too.

I think that’s a solid staff on the cheap. Not super high on the Shark, but he shouldn’t implode in San Fran. Should be a decent WHIP asset too. Should get a bunch of Ks from Gray, and Stratton looks like a good matchup play. Paid up a bit for Wacha, but I think he’ll return that value. I’m in on him this year too (just one of three players that I own in both of my leagues). So far, so good.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, I like Martinez too. His biggest question mark is playing time, but I think he’ll get his with only a banged up Carpenter and Gyorko in the way.

Another guy that I mentioned last week that I think could bust out is Brinson. People seem to be a bit down on him due to his rough debut, but he tore up AAA last year. Has an easy 20/20 skill set, even in Miami. They’re talking about hitting him leadoff. Nice post-hype discount. Think the change of scenery could benefit him.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I see Anderson as more of an Only play, but I agree with you. People generally view teams like Miami and Pittsburgh as fantasy wastelands this year, so most of their players are being discounted accordingly.

Fister Furbush
Fister Furbush
4 years ago

Hey Grey, I drafted my CBS h2h 10 team. Wins worth 7 points/ QS worth 3 and saves are 7. What do you think?

C. Hedges
1b. C. Santana
2b. Altuve
3b. J. Turner
SS. Gregorious
Of. Yelich
Of. C. Taylor
Of. Castellanos
Util. Cruz
Bench: Bird, Moose, Schwarber, A. Garcia

SP:
Syndergaard
Severino
Archer
Paxton
Weaver/ Fulmer
RP:
S.Greene
A. Bradley

herschel
herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. which pairing do you prefer? rizzo/yelich or springer/hoskins? gracias….

JMAC
JMAC
4 years ago

I have Goldschmidt for about 5 years and now my roster is depleted and I have no other keepers so try to make a trade to fill my roster in exchange for Goldy.

Who would you rather have in a H2H 5×5 OBP Keep 5 Keeper league:

Kris Bryant
Carlos Carrasco
Wil Myers
Dee Gordon

Scherzer
Dozier / Abreu (Which one would you choose if this one? Leaning Dozier with OBP)
Sterling Marte
Encarnacion

Acuna, Ozuna, Come On Pretty Mama
Acuna, Ozuna, Come On Pretty Mama
4 years ago

10 Team 6×6(OBP) Dynasty league

I have a *stacked* IF but an OF that could use a little work. I won the league last year and Mr. 2nd Place is a huge Boston homer. He wants my Benintendi for Donaldson.
I’m not interested. I have Arenado and Gallo in the wings.

I’m thinking of countering with my Benintendi and Colome for Ozuna and Acuna.

While Benintendi is probably a better and safer keeper, I have to test the waters with this deal, right?

RomaPizzaStuart
RomaPizzaStuart
4 years ago

Hey Grey so I finally decided my keepers in my 10 team points league. Each time gets 5 keepers mine are : Ian happ, kris Bryant, Luis Castillo, yu darvish and Gary Sanchez. Looking for a little advice for my first couple rounds of the draft. I have the 10th pick overall. The rounds are looking as follows – rizzo Abreu jd cruz Yelich merrifield cano Longoria Shaw mccutchen Carlos Santana will Myers segura Hosmer Duvall carpenter upton Thames moustakas Khris Davis Pham are the first bunch of players all projected over 1000 points. I doubt scherzer or sale will be available by my turn but Verlander carrasco and Strasbourg might be available as well. My question is do you think I should reach for a Wilson Contreras or salabador Perez (they’re both projected around 960 points) or one of those pitchers or should I focus on a ss or of even if I would most likely be reaching for ss? As of now I’m thinking I will hopefully get to pick two out of mccutchen upton carrasco and Verlander but curious on your thoughts thanks Grey!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  RomaPizzaStuart
4 years ago

@RomaPizzaStuart: You need more offense. Don’t draft a catcher yet.

RomaPizzaStuart
RomaPizzaStuart
Reply to  RomaPizzaStuart
4 years ago

@RomaPizzaStuart: also should mention it is a 2 catcher league! Also do you think Contreras will get OF eligibility agai bechawe that could sway my choice as well

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  RomaPizzaStuart
4 years ago

@RomaPizzaStuart: Oh you already have Sanchez, why draft Perez?

RomaPizzaStuart
RomaPizzaStuart
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: totally hear ya cram there’s strict roster limits and 2 catchers is one of them and I figured if Contreras could get
OF eligibility he would be good there and the difference between him and Perez compared to the rest is a significant points drop anyway. It does stink to think of drafting two catchers in the first three rounds though because Sanchez will
Count as my 3rd round pick

RomaPizzaStuart
RomaPizzaStuart
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: fair enough Thank you to both of you guys appreciate the advice

Cram It
Cram It
4 years ago

High on Jo-Mar. He’s my CI in NFBC. Another one of those under the radar Cardinals that will have a career year this year, then get overdrafted next year and underperform. Easily 20+ HRs/around .300. Has been hitting in the top/middle of the order during spring. I just hope he gets consistent PT.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Wow, that’s a bold call. I don’t know where that’s coming from since he’s never shown power like that but he probably knows more about him than I do.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: And his last name is also Martinez.

Yeah, I could see him having a line like Rendon did last year, steals included! For like 10 cents on the dollar.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

A moment of fatherly pride. I’ll admit that I am deliberately making my kids into baseball junkies. We play baseball, we go to A’s games, we play APBA and they do a fantasy team with me every year. Yesterday, I let them run their own NFBC 15 teamer. My ten year old is pretty sharp so she drove. My 6 year old knows every player on every team. I had to make a rule that if they couldn’t agree on a pick then they had to take turns having the final say. I helped keep them on task so they would be looking ahead at who was going to be available and to be ready when their turn came. They got sniped a couple of time which actually prompted tears, but they held it together and made the first 12 picks completely on their own. After that the 6 year old was pretty fried and it got deep fast so I started giving them 5 players to choose from in each round and they made the final decision. I taught them well about waiting on pitching. We’ll have to work on the catchers (my son loves Sal Perez). Here’s their team in draft order

Betts
Benintendi
Rendon
Schoop
Myers
Baez
Sal Perez
Domingo
Bauer
Richards
Gardner
Morton
Snell
Montgomery
Shane Greene
Dickerson
Kingery
Hanley
Solarte
ERod
Gyorko
Vazquez
Wong
Robertson, D
Flaherty
Cordero
Fister
Boyd
Bauers

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

I think it’s funny that I ended up with two shares of Bauer. I think they ended up with some razz influence as they watched all the Greytoons.

I probably coaxed them a bit towards the Jordan Montgomery pick. I’ve heard nothing but good on him and feel like he can improve on what was already a pretty good debut. The cause for hope is I was reading how his change up has always been his best pitch and he mysteriously lost the feel for it last year. Apparently that was the focus of his off season and he says he’s rediscovered it. Pretty good numbers last year for two pitch pitcher. I scouted about 5 starts of his last year. Really like the mechanics. I think he’s going to be a very good control command guy. He’s tall and I would guess the extension accounts for the low to mid 90 fastball playing up a bit. Should get plenty of run support. Looks like he’s a potential inning eater too.

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Would you keep either Greinke ($13) or Verlander ($17) as a a keeper in a $260 budget, or just try and get them at those prices in the Auction?

Also, for hitters (can keep 2) I’m leaning towards Acuna and E. Rosario at $5 each over paying for Freeman at $38

Thanks!

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

12 teams

Jose
Jose
4 years ago

It’s a free league. I was just looking to get my feet wet in the RCL world. Guess I may have to try to jump into another league.

Jose
Jose
4 years ago

Grey, my over the internet friend, RCL #71 drafts tonight at 8:30 EDT. The league has gone from 12 teams, to 10, to 12 and now back to 11. What are people doing, haha. What happens if we don’t have 12 at draft time? I’ve tried to be patient asking this question while waiting on guys to join, but draft day seems like a good day to ask.

Joes
Joes
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Unfortunately the league is showing it’s full as well. People don’t even know it has an open spot. Just frustrating.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

I like your team. Not only did I like that you came out aggressively on Harper and Arenado (I think you got two of the first 4 or 5 guys off the board), but you also got pretty good prices on them considering how the rest of the auction went. As far as the pitching goes, Mish for instance spent 69 on Scherzer and Syndergaard and I think you beat him in W and K and saves right out of the gate.

A couple of guys I think under the radar that were strong buys in Schebler and Jose Martinez. I think in only leagues, strong per PA contribution makes a huge difference. Better to chase 400 good ABs than 550 crappy ones. To that end, I like the Lane Adams at a buck. He’ll get 2-3 worth of full time work plus 4th OF status and he was more than respectable. Preston Tucker is in the mix so the ABs will be a little short but you might be able to get something on the waiver as he’s in the UTIL.

I haven’t been on Hoskins but I haven’t been out on him either. One of those players I couldn’t commit to so I’ve been out at that price. But I see the pick. Not a huge fan of Braun but he puts up his numbers. PT could get a little tricky for him. There’s the potential he falls on the short side of a 1B platoon with Thames. Heard Milwaukee brass and a beat writer both say that Domingo is the RF. Yelich has mostly played LF this spring which is an indicator because they aren’t running Braun out to right. I think Braun is also a little bit of a trade risk. He might fit as a DH in the AL and they could go with a Thames/Aguilar platoon at 1st or even give Shaw time back at first and use Perez at 3B a little. Brew could use arms. In hindsight I would have much preferred a shot at Acuna at 21. But it’s nitpicking a little. Braun will in all likelihood give you his baseball card numbers.

Love Stratton and Pivetta late. You know I liked Pivetta last year just from a stuff standpoint. I think with increase command and some new wrinkles in his arsenal he can bring the HRs down which makes him viable. Ryu is another good buy. I like Wacha. Like Folty.

The other team I like is Lenny Melnick. I hear him on the radio sometimes. Guy has a screw loose but I find him entertaining. He’s one of the few analysts out there who spends most of his time talking about the bottom third of the player pool rather than the first 5 rounds.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Yeah like I said, the Braun comment is more a nitpick. You can easily take 6 teams out of that auction and say…yeah no chance.

I’m glad to hear you say that about Melnik. I do like him. I work from 5 am on Saturdays in the store and I put the fantasy radio channel on Sirius while I stock shelves. He’s on with his wife of his girlfriend, Andrea, and they kind of crack me up. It’s a little like if you gave John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman a fantasy show plus cocktails.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve:
All the ‘perts say they same things. Not many go out on a limb. That Liss dude at least sticks to his opinions. It’s like no one wants to stand out and be wrong. I’d rather hear about guys like Jose Martinez and Pivetta than hear yet again how you need an ace.
Then again most people that listen are prolly “beginners”especially compared to you!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes:

I like to consume a lot of fantasy content from Feb to Mar as white noise because they cover the player pool where as the MLB channel talks a lot about contracts, HoF voting etc. When real baseball starts, all I listen to is games. It’s amazing how many guys on the radio seem completely clueless on fantasy.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve:
Ya I’m totally the same.
I don’t listen to squat after fantasy football ends then ramp up for b-ball drafts.
Then it’s all games from there.
That Sirius channel is ok but damn if they don’t have some huge douchebags on there. Ray flowers is like nails on a chalkboard to me.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes:

Flowers and his partner are unlistenable. I met Flowers at the infamous Rick Wolfe party with Grey and the crew in Phoenix a couple years back. Actually wasn’t too bad in person. Erickson is not bad. I’ve met him a couple of times in Vegas for NFBC drafts. If I’m not mistaken I think he wears a Lakers jersey that says “FLETCH” on the back.

EA
EA
4 years ago

Grey. Standard 12 team 5×5 league. My 3rd pick is coming out to be somewhere around Encarnacion/Hoskins after keepers have been accounted for. Abreu MIGHT be around and if he is, i’ll snag him. But between those two, which one you taking there?

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
4 years ago

Heeeeellllllloooooo Grey!!

I looked at your Tout War auction results yesterday and immediately was blown away by your hitting. That squad would compete in a 10-team league. Considering how strong your hitting is, your pitching looks promising. And…. you actually have more than 1 closer with a job right now. Good Luck!!

Our 17th Year keeper league action is next Sunday and I have a lot to plan for. This is my first post of the year, so I apologize for it’s length. I will provide daiquiris though, maybe even top-shelf =).

NL-Only 10-Team H2H 5×5 (OBP), 1 CA, $280, Keep 5

A) Right now my keepers are: GOLDY (44), Knebel (1), Weaver (3), Arcia (4), and Brinson (2) for a total of $54. This leaves me a lot of money to work with, but I have a lot to do. Other options would be Realmuto (5), Hendricks (15), Villar (13), Schebler (3), and Tapia (1).

B) Given there’s not a lot of big power left, should I keep GOLDY at $44, or go ahead and try to trade for Trea (25). It is an OBP league and I lerve GOLDY, but Turner’s cost is so much lower, and allows me the $$ to pay for Hoskins and Acuna who will both go for more than book value.

C) If I’m not trading GOLDY for Trea, I’m thinking of getting one of Marte/Hoskins. Each will go around $35. I will need to then put together a bunch of 15/15 guys.

Big name bats from your TOP Guys available are: Marte, Hosmer, Murphy, C. Taylor, Cain, Pollock, Cespedes, Pham, Hoskins, Cutch, Braun.

D) Pitching goes for a lot in our league. Kershaw will go near $50, and there will be a lot of $16-20 in your league that will go for $25-30. For SP, I’m thinking Castillo and Godley mixed in with a few from: Chatwood, Wacha, Limet. Stratton, Pivetta. If I get the right relievers, I could be competitive every week. There will be challenging weeks against the couple of teams loaded up on high-priced SPs.

Pitchers: Kershaw, One of Greinke, Darvish, Castillo, Quintana, Arrieta,

E) Closers being kept are Knebel, Rivero, Hand, Raisel, and Vizcaino. I would like to get another solid CL to pair up with Knebel, but besides Kenley (will go for $30+) Davis seems like the only bet to keep the job if he stays healthy. I was thinking of getting 5 hand-cuff guys instead of paying $18+ for Doolittle, Morrow, etc.

F) I am determined to get 2 – 3 more of the Prospects/Rookies even if it means sacrificing this year. I can always trade away during our 4-week “No Veto” trade time before All-Star break for some studs if I’m in it.

G) I will have to compete with some other owners coming in with a lot of $ including one team with Bellinger (3), Rivero (3), Shaw (6), Nola (16), Ray (14) for a total of (42).

H) Your yearly daiquiris are on their way.

Thanks for all the great work you do to help us out!!!

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Sweet!!! So appreciate your quick and concise response!

My only issue with Braun is a possible trade to an AL team. Otherwise, that lineup is amazeballz!

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I meant for me, and MIL lineup. Yeah, that is really nice for TOUT.

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 years ago

Grey,

15 team keeper QS k/9 obp slg

Would you move your Sale and Schwarber for his Bellinger and Ray ?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: still like it if the return Bellinger and Paxton instead of Ray? (For Se and Schwarber)

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 years ago

10 team Keeper. 6×6 Roto with OBP and holds as added categories.

C Sanchez $14
1B Rizzo $30
2B Gordon $22
3B Arenado $22
CI Votto $38
U Goldy $41

SP Kershaw $41
SP Q $14
SP Weaver $10

Leaves me 14 players to get and $28.

I’ll grab 2- $1 Starters, 4 $1 Relievers (with Holds and only ten teams I’ll be able to get 1 closer and 3 holds guys) $1 Catcher.

Leaves me SS, MI and 5 OF for $21.

Best players available are Abreu and Dozier, so I am glad I kept the studs. Lots of teams have $$$ to spend and garbage to buy. No question, just poorest I’ve been going into a draft. Should be fun drinking beer and smoking cigs for the first 2 hours of the auction.

Foul balls
Foul balls
4 years ago

Hey grey, not sure if you can help rcl 2018 league #21 sunday march 25 8pm show’s its full but actually only has 11 teams signed up. Any possible way it can get reset? Thanks

foul balls
foul balls
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks kindly

Jose
Jose
4 years ago

Grey your expert opinion please ..12 team 6×6 Yahoo….my team looks lik this

C Gary Sanchez
1 Eric hosmer
2 Jose Ramirez
SS Francisco Lindor
3 Eduardo nuñez
OF marcell ozuna
OF Andrew mccutchen
OF Lorenzo Cain
UT avisial Garcia
UT zack Cozart
Sp Carlos Martinez,Kyle Hendricks,Johnny cueto,Jameson tallion,Charlie Morton,Michael wacha,Drew Pomeranz,miles mikolas
RP Felipe rivero,hector Neris,Greg holland,Archie Bradley

Jose
Jose
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Yesterday I made a trade my Chris archer and Danny Duffy for Lorenzo Cain…? Was a bad trade?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

This is a follow up to Laura’s comment above. I’ve said this for years, I’ve won a lot of leagues over the years, I think I’m on solid ground. When the league is loaded with offense, SP is LESS valuable. The “expert” community and even the sharps in the NFBC have it wrong in my opinion. They see the amount of offense in the league and assume that you have to get the aces. Wrong wrong wrong. You’ll recall a few years back, Grey, you and I went back and forth on when to get SPs. This was when the league was devoid of power. In those days, I advocated getting more early pitching. Not necessarily Kershaw in the 1st. But ace pitching was also cheaper in those days so you not only got value on the aces, you were on the correct side strategically.

Here’s the thing, in a power rich environment, you are going to have some shitty pitchers at the back end of your rotation that are going to drag your aces pitchers rates back to the pack. 2 aces plus 2 pieces of crap get you down to league average net. There are only two counting stats for SPs and one of them is the toughest to predict. And there are some high K guys late. I’ve been capping Bauer a little bit, but could he K as many guys as Bumgartner this year or more? Of course.

The amount of pitching going early this year is ridiculous.

Hope the ball stays juiced.

Squat Cobblers
Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Agree 100% with you and Oak. Along these same lines, I see in all three of my 15-team NFBCs the Trout owner follows up with 2 SPs! I really don’t get it. Trout is awesome but your job as Trout owner is not done. I feel like going Trout/SP/SP essentially gives away the offensive advantage of drafting Trout to begin with.

Squat Cobblers
Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Agreed Lothario/Master of Covfefe!!

Squat Cobblers
Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Squat Cobblers
4 years ago

@Squat Cobblers: Don’t worry. At least the Donald knows what I meant above!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

You’re better in that pairing and it’s not even that close

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
4 years ago

You funny Dr. Jones.

Changing history before our eyes….Cougs knows she married a savant, right?

Whatever
Whatever
4 years ago

Give it to me straight Grey. I feel like I f**ked up my draft bigly. First move is to probably move E-Rod to DL and promote Weaver.
12 team mixed keeper 5X5 with OBP,SOLDS,W+QS-L
I feel like Freddy in G-dFather. “I’m SMAHT”

C Realmuto, J.T.
1B Freeman, Freddie
2B Dozier, Brian
3B Rendon, Anthony
SS Bogaerts, Xander
CI Solarte, Yangervis
MI Nunez, Eduardo
OF Benintendi, Andrew
OF Brantley, Michael
OF Harper, Bryce
OF Mahtook, Mikie
UT Healy, Ryon
UT Martinez, J.D.
UT Schebler, Scott
Minors 1B Bauers, Jake
Minors 1B Bird, Greg
Minors 2B Happ, Ian
Minors 3B Guerrero Jr., Vladimir
Minors SS Adames, Willy
Minors SS Rodgers, Brendan
Minors OF Dahl, David
Minors OF Trammell, Taylor
Totals

Pitching
Pos Player
P Alexander, Scott
P Boxberger, Brad
P Goody, Nick
P Harris, Will
P Kahnle, Tommy
P Nicasio, Juan
P Osuna, Roberto
P Sale, Chris
P Treinen, Blake
P Wood, Alex
Reserve Corbin, Patrick
Reserve Gausman, Kevin
Reserve Musgrove, Joe
Reserve Rodriguez, Eduardo
Reserve Woodruff, Brandon
Minors P Baez, Michel
Minors P Flaherty, Jack
Minors P Perez, Franklin
Minors P Soto, Juan
Minors P Weaver, Luke

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

“Oh, did I win?” *cackle cackle*

As your personal ice bucket, it’s my job to inform you that Familia looks seriously cooked.

Gray’s peripherals home/away were pretty close last year. His results were actually much better at Coors (ERA 4.06 road, 3.13 home).

I looked at a lot of drafts this week. One thing I noticed: teams who end up with Turner in the first round are ending up with some pretty helter skelter drafts a lot. I would say half of them at least end up with Joey Gallo. The draft story seems to go…ok I got Turner, now I have to chase power…oh shit I need somebody else who steals bases… They seem to end up with a lot of specialists rather than balanced players. It’s been a long time since a guy who was a speed first player ended up in the 1st round. I think it sets up a whole different kind of mindset. Not sure if it’s good or bad and it’s not universal but just an observation.

A couple of bold predictions

Billy Hamilton and Jose Peraza will steal fewer than 70 bases between them. The handwriting is beginning to be on the wall. The Reds are already going to a four man rotation in the OF. They’re pushing Senzel to SS as fast as they can. They have to realize that you really can’t compete with those two awful bats in the line up. I think this is the year that Hamilton becomes a Dyson type 4th OF. Peraza will be a utility guy by midseason. I’ll give Hamilton 45 steals and Peraza 20.

Javier Baez is going to breakout this year. The Cubs are funny. I heard Maddon talking about how the Cubs have two “every day players” in Rizzo and Bryant. He was saying what Baez needed to do to join the every day club and the word was consistency. And what do the Cubs want him to do? Work on his defense. Cut down errors, work on his footwork, make all the routine plays to go with the spectacular. Win the GG at 2b every year for the next 10. And Baez goes out and does it. Madden praising Baez for the work he’s done this spring, taking the next step etc. And this all means PAs. I think he can get to 600 PAs. I think over the last two years we’ve seen the flashy glove and we forget that as a prospect what everybody talked about was the power. They weren’t sure if he was going to stick at SS or have to go to2B or even 3B. Coming into his age 25 season should perhaps see improving power. I think a 30 homer 15 steal season is there with the PAs. He’s hit .276 over the last two years. He doesn’t walk and he Ks a bunch so what.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Funny you mention the “Oh Shit I need someone else with steals”, that’s the whole reason I took Deshizz in NFBC. Thought I was fairly balanced grabbing straight power, except Odor. Then I compared where I was on steals vs other teams and went Oh Shit.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I hear that. He kept falling in my H2H draft the other day and I found myself hoping he didn’t fall to me…

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Good point about Turner. It feels like you are married to power with your 2nd pick and if you miss on that then you have to live in donkey land the ready of the way

Happyharry
Happyharry
4 years ago

Hey Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6X6. Auction redraft….Your expert opinion Please!

C – J. Alfaro – 1
C – A. Hedges – 1
1B – C. Santana – 5
B – J. Schoop – 1
B – A. Rendon – 1
SS – F. Lindor – 21
MI – X. Bogaerts – 21
CI – J. Ramirez – 9
OF – M. Betts – 9
OF – N. Cruz – 29
OF – K. Davis – 18
OF – C.Taylor – 17
OF – E. Rosario – 15
UT – R. Odor – 24
P – C. Kluber – 26
P – C. Archer – 17
P – J. Paxton – 3
P – L. McCullers – 1
P – M. Tanaka – 15
P – L. Castillo – 11
P- D. Pomeranz – 1
P – K. Gausman – 1
RP – E. Diaz – 1

Whatever
Whatever
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Can I join this guy’s league? Wow.

knucks
knucks
4 years ago

Brocktune’s cousin Jorge Polanco getting popped for 80 games. MIN should play Escobar at SS, I would think. Pretty sure you had Escobar down for 440 ABs prior to this happening, that’s not changing at all? Nothing was changed with Escobar (I don’t think) after the LoMo signing, where I thought maybe Escobar no longer had a consistent spot in the lineup.

I saw you already moved Polanco down. I got Escobar crazy late in a 12 team NFBC in early Feb and I’m pretty happy about that at the moment.

ROTO OVERLORD
ROTO OVERLORD
4 years ago

Grey, Its been too long brother!!!! as the bear awakens from his hibernation it is I who returns to the mountaintop looking for the delicious nectar of fantasy baseball….Love that Folty value…he may be someone I target late in mixed leagues this year. I kept weaver (20th) goldy(1st) ozuna (9th) and abreu (2nd) in a league, and im thinking I should of kept Grey (15h) instead of one of those instead? what u think..I truly think the whole coors thing makes him a tough week h2h matchup guy, even with the peripherals so good there.

When are the Al only rankings coming out?

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
4 years ago

Grey!!

Great tout wars draft.

a. In Kampala in Hotel Africana for a 3-day meeting, then Friday I fly away for some leave. We’re planning on going to Athens for the Easter break when the children are off from school.

b. Have a H2H points draft tomorrow (I know not your ideal format). Drafting #3 overall. Trout may fall to me because pitchers are highly valued in these leagues, especially high-ranking pitchers. Will be using Malamoney’s high tech Excel document which has been adjusted for CBS H2H points leagues. In addition, there is a feature in the excel document which predicts whether a player is worth his ADP ranking or is overvalued. In that format, Scherzer ranks #2, just behind Trout.

c. My RCL has 12 members! Yes. We draft Thursday morning (in East Africa). Really looking forward to the draft.

Cheers,
Ante

Mikey D
Mikey D
4 years ago

Good Morning:

A) I heard Craig Mish and Jim Bowden rip your team this morning on their Sirius fantasy show. Winners worry about winning and Losers worry about winners. :-)

B) I have read your projections but in an OBP league would you keep Pham or Schoop if they have the same keeper value. Already keeping Betts, Turner, Springer and Kluber.

Laura Holt
4 years ago

Dude, did you see this from Gionella on BP this morning?: “Can you win without spending on an ace? Of course you can. Grey Albright of Razzball did exactly that last year, winning with a relatively cheap Ray and Jeff Samardzija anchoring his staff. Albright mirrored this strategy in 2018, rostering Samardzija yet again and pairing him with a $12 Jon Gray. If this works for Albright, many of the experts should seriously reconsider if rostering a $25+ ace is more of a path to mediocrity than success. I am not immune to this criticism; I bought Kershaw.”

Laura Holt
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I just liked that he pretty much admitted his (and the rest of the league’s) strategy didn’t work last year, but that they all did the same damn thing again this year. Jeez, Gray PLUS Doolittle for 25 bucks? (Less than Jansen alone?) That literally had me salivating.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Why does that statement make me want to challenge Laura in an ONLY league? Let me know when you have an opening Laura

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: She beat you and I beat you so I think I passed the requirements

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Then imagine if one of your guys beats her, its like you winning too

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

Live Draft?!?!, I wouldnt shower for days before and smoke a whole pack before walking in. The smell would shift that balance of power. Im so loaded on the regs that I wouldnt be phased by her nitrous, Id ask her to turn it up

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

I got some
Redneck in me. I can throw in a chaw or a dip and have a spit cup in a pinch

Laura Holt
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I will reserve the rest of my comments for after our draft. I’ve probably already said too much… ;) Plus I haven’t looked at the other rosters yet. If you don’t win again this year, I’m coming with you next year. JFOH can be our assistant. And if nothing else, we can tweak the details just a smidge and turn the experience into a shitty but money-making rom com. Though I already have the sinking feeling that it’s gonna be your character and JFOH’s character that end up together and poor Laura will be the odd one out.

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Laura Holt
4 years ago

@Laura Holt: I love a good rom com! Grey and I will end up locked in an abstinent relationship where we spend our days running an artisanal mustache and beard wax company and playing fantasy baseball. It’s the gayest not gay rom com ever. And you will be pissed because not only do you get left with nothing you lose out to two guys who won’t touch each other and are just hetero life mates

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: her twist or my twist?

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: mine seems to reasonable

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

Because you know we would have multiple walls covered in TV’s for baseball seaaon….that would be the best thing about it. The worst would be the smells I leave lingering in the bathroom

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

They obviously don’t believe in you, they can’t even acknowledge your win. I hate “perts”, most are a bunch of self absorbed average at best players that would lose their jobs if it was performance based on how well they play this game they advise about….oh and happy monday

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: You’re Rocky and I’m Mick. I’ll get you pumped…You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thuinder Cheeks Albright!

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: TC Albright, he does fantasy analysis and fly’s a multi colored chopper in Hawaii

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: calling the cops on the transient pooping and masturbating in the alley behind your condo is not fighting crime

BJFOHOHL
BJFOHOHL
Reply to  BJFOHOHL
4 years ago

Hey those are my Avengers socks I got in a schwag bag

Bob the builder
Bob the builder
4 years ago

Morning’ Grey! Looking at OF bench depth for my team, hears a few notable names: Carlos Gonzalez, David Dahl, renfoe, schebler, Kevin pillar, grichuck, Aaron altherr, brinson, joc pederson, Jesse winker, Jorge soler. Quite a few names indeed! I don’t have to worry about who to drop I dropped a player earlier so I have an open roster slot. I know he’s not a OF thoughts on zach cozart ROS? He’d of course be a bench bat

— many many gracious thanks in advance

omar
omar
4 years ago

Do me! Do me!! (raises hand) Drafted last night… I’m sure you’ve already grown weary of this, but I respect your opinion, soooo…… How’d I do?

8 Team AL Only 5×5 Standard Roto (1 year keeper):
C – Gary Sanchez
1b – Gallo
2b – Altuve
ss – Lindor
3b – Bregman
If – Castellanos
Of – Rosario
Of- Deshields
Of – Hicks
Of – Grichuk
Util – Beckham
bn – Duda
bn – Chisenhall

SP – Kluber
SP – Gausman
SP – Clevinger
SP/RP – McHugh
RP – Osuna
RP – Greene
P – Andrew Miller
P – Betances
P – Nate Jones
bn – JorMont
bn – Karns
bn – Biagini

Thinking about stashing Austin Hays to bolster my OF… From everything I’ve read, most predict a short stay in the minors if he doesn’t break camp.

Thoughts? Thanks!!!

omar
omar
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Thanks. Another option is to use Castellanos as primarily an OF, and pick up Candelario (or Andujar if he gets a call) to boost the IF/Util slots. Who do you prefer out of Hays / Candelario / Andujar?

Tyler
Tyler
4 years ago

Grey! I drafted my team in a 12 team standard roto, 28 man roster league. I feel like my offense is pretty weak but I love my pitching. Do you see any glaring holes in the offense that maybe I should flip a pitcher for?
C Lucroy
1b Bellinger
2b Albies
SS Turner
3B Gallo
CI Mancini
MI Semien

OF springer
OF Ozuna
OF Puig
OF Brantley
OF Grichuk

U Dickerson
U Franco

Sp Darvish
So Nola
SP Castillo
Sp Ohtani
Sp Weaver
Sp Snell
Sp Clevinger
Sp Ryu
Rp Neris
Rp Melancon
Rp Brach
Rp Leone

B- Moreland
B-Winker

Thanks!

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: that’s a good idea. Kela is still on waivers and potentially the last closer. I could pick him up after flipping Melancon. Would you think could be a fair swap? Not sure to look power or speed in a trade. Thanks for your help.

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Tyler
4 years ago

@Tyler: Thinking a Castellanos or is that uneven?

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks man. The WW is the dregs. Renfroe, Dyson or J Reyes interesting to you at all over my current bench/utility of Winker, Dickerson, Moreland and Franco?

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Uda best

Ball_Boy
Ball_Boy
4 years ago

Grey, 12 Team H2H Standard ReDraft league. Did I draft too weak on pitching?

C-Castillo
1-Freeman
2-Rizzo
3-Rendon
SS-Bregman
OF-Trout
OF-Mancini
OF-M.Taylor
UT-Smoak

SP-Bauer
SP-Castillo
SP-Wood
SP-Weaver
SP-Wacha
SP-Gausman
SP-Corbin
RP-Diaz
RP-Familia

MisforMookie
MisforMookie
4 years ago

It’s that time, the family/friends league drafted last night and I’m curious for your opinions. League is a 12 team 6×6 Yahoo roto using the stats (R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG/OPS and W/QS/K/ERA/WHIP/SV+H). Positions below. We can keep 3 for up to 3 years and mine were Goldy, Beni, and Paxton. Team ended up as:

C: Chirinos
1B: Goldschmidt
2B: Schoop
3B: Gallo
SS: Story
OF: Betts
OF: Benintendi
OF: Souza (until Acuna comes up)
Util: Eaton
Util: Beckham
BN: Choo
NA: Acuna, Robles, Meadows, Andujar, Tucker

SP: Darvish
SP: Paxton
SP: Wood
RP: Chapman
RP: Rivero
P: Madson
P: Barraclough
P: Green
P: Bradley
BN: Bauer, Wacha, Clevinger, Corbin
NA: Buehler

I didn’t intend to end up with two Boston OF on my team, but Mookie was still on the board at pick 1.5 and definitely the best option available. I’m maybe a little heavy on pitching but with a high IP cap and SV+H, this league tends to load up on starters and middle relievers to pad counting stats. And with daily moves and a high move limit I usually fish the waiver wire hard early in the season hoping to hit on a hitter or two. Fingers crossed for ACUNA! to be all he can be.

MisforMookie
MisforMookie
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: yeah I was hoping that I could get away with those two having so many other balanced guys. They both fell pretty late in the draft so I was able to build a solid base first. Thanks for the eval

Chris
4 years ago

H2H points league with keepers

Pick 2 to keep – position doesn’t matter

Encarnacion, Hoskins, Benintendi

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Chris
4 years ago

@Chris: Hosk, Benny

Punch & Judy
Punch & Judy
4 years ago

H2H Points League ESPN
(-1 K’s +1 Walks)
Keep two of these:
Votto
Stanton
Trea Turner
Bregman
Gary Sanchez

Thanks! Congrats on your title last year! GL this season, too!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Punch & Judy
4 years ago

@Punch & Judy: Votto, Turner for me.