I don’t get it. This…this…this “pitchers have to be drafted early” …thing! Am I the only one who lived through the last baseball season? Even if you were to say to me, “I always draft starters early,” I’d say you’re living in some kind of goofball world made out of unicorns and iPhones that don’t correct the F word to duck. But fine! If this were a normal year. “If this were a normal year” is the ying, the yang, the sun and the moon. No pitchers are going to throw a lot of innings. Less innings means Gerrit Cole, if he’s the best pitcher, and the tenth best starter are going to be closer together. Pitchers as pancakes. Have one, and it’s Yum City, population: You. Have two, and it’s solid, great. Have three and it’s, “Do you have blueberries or something for these?” Have four and it’s, “Well, I liked my first two.” Have five and it’s, “I want bacon.” Have six and it’s, “I don’t even remember liking the first two anymore, and I never want to see another pancake.” All these guys taking starters crazy early are eating pancakes. Before I even drafted a starter, one team took Cole, Woodruff and Glasnow! “Cole…cool, cool. Yum City!…Woodruff…Um, yeah, but maybe I can get some blueberries or something…Tyler Glasnow? Stop! I’m diabetic!” For those unfamiliar, this is a standard 5×5, 16-team league, and, since it’s Yahoo, it’s 4 outfielders and two UTIL. As always, I used Rudy’s War Room, which is available with a subscription to our Razzball Tools. Anyway, here’s my Yahoo Friends & Family draft recap:

C: Danny Jansen 25
1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3
2B: Ketel Marte 5
SS: Trea Turner 1, 7
3B: Rafael Devers 2
CI: Matt Olson 8
MI: Cesar Hernandez 21
OF: Charlie Blackmon 6
OF: Franmil Reyes 10
OF: Raimel Tapia 13
OF: Austin Riley 14
UTIL: Leody Taveras 17
UTIL: Hunter Renfroe 24
Bench: Franchy Cordero

P: Lance Lynn 4
P: Sonny Gray 7
P: Pablo Lopez 9
P: Rafael Montero 11
P: Zach Eflin 12
P: Joakim Soria 15
P: Brady Singer 16
P: Drew Smyly 18
P: Griffin Canning 19
Bench Emilio Pagan, Caleb Smith, Josh Staumont

I’M THE 1ST PERSON TO TELL YOU YOUR TEAM LOOKS LIKE GARBAGE AND YOU SHOULD RETHINK YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, BUT THIS TEAM LOOKS DECENT FOR A 12-TEAMER. HOW IS THIS A TEAM IN A 16-TEAM LEAGUE?

Thank you, Mr. Al Caps, I tend to agree. Let’s show you my War Room totals.

Some small notes on the totals. I did the screenshot of the totals without my bench, but Pagan and Staumont will likely be in my lineup every day, since all my starters won’t be going, so put them totals on ZOOM to the STONKS BABY! No, they won’t fix my saves completely. Struggling to find saves this year in all my drafts, prolly because shizz like this keeps happening:

I love, love, LURVE that round of guys. Urias? Don’t mind if I do! Muncy? Please and thank you! Dansby? Oh hecks yeah! All of them are sexy, except for Pham, who just knows where to find sexy time. But the worst values there, and it was like this in every round:  the closers. C’mon, you can’t honestly look at me and say, Mark Melancon and Matt Olson should be going next to each other in any draft. McCullers and Paddack sandwiching Yates? Please get that out of my face. That’s nothing against the ‘perts who took those closers. When I took my closers, there were much better picks around them too that were non-closers. Why do we all just bite the bullet and take a crappy closer when we could have a much better hitter or pitcher instead? A question for another day maybe when I’m an old man, sitting on the beach in Curaçao, sipping a Zima and telling a young towheaded kid about this thing I created called Razzball.

HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND? THEY DON’T SELL ZIMA ANYMORE.

I have a case in my fridge from 1996 to celebrate my life’s accomplishments.

OH, COOL.

It is.

SO, ABOUT THAT PITCHING. IT DOESN’T LOOK THAT BAD, TEE BEE AITCH. 

Remember, the War Room totals are Rudy’s projections. They are not my projections. I think my pitching is better than the War Room totals think it is. From Fantasy Pros, where they rank the rankings:

 

I DIDN’T REALIZE YOU WERE A BIG BALLER.

I don’t buy it entirely.

I DON’T BUY IT AT ALL!

Thanks. All I’m saying is my projections and rankings say my pitching is better than even Rudy. Does that mean it is? I have no idea, but these are just baseline numbers. I think we can all look at my pitching staff and see Lance Lynn, Sonny Gray and Pablo Lopez and say that if this were a 12-team league, we’d be pretty okay with it. I also wrote a Zach Eflin sleeper, and like “Here’s a story of a lovely lady.” When you consider my previously aforementioned peccadillo with this league — they draft pitching so insanely early! — I think I did all right.

What I am finding in all my ‘pert leagues — your mileage might vary, because I do think ‘perts are drafting SPs earlier than most people this year, but maybe I’m naive — there’s a crazy rush of starters off the board. There were 16 starters and two relievers off the board before I took Lance Lynn. So, if you calmly take hitters while your entire league takes starters, and don’t get caught up in the bull rush, then once it subsides, you take your first starter when people are deciding between J.T. Realmuto and Whit Merrifield in the 4th round. Whatever you do, don’t reach for a starter just because everyone else is. I won’t mention any names, but Donkey Teeth freaked out in the 2nd round and took Blake Snell. Would you want Blake Snell in the 2nd round or Lance Lynn at pick 58? It’s alright, Donkey Teeth was able to find bats later and got Maikel Franco as his starting 3rd baseman. Speaking of hitting!

YOU’VE GONE BATTING AVERAGE STUPID THIS YEAR. LIKE YOU’VE REPURPOSED ONE OF THOSE COCONUT HUSK BANKS AND DRESSED IT AS CHARLEY LAU AND YOU CALL IT YOUR ‘DIETY.’

Mr. Al Caps isn’t lying. This is the first league all draft season where I didn’t draft Alec Bohm, but I still have so much average. I never draft average any other year. I actually draft the opposite of average. The unaverage. This year I find myself naturally falling for some guys: Treat Urner is basically all speed and average, Devers is about to go H.A.M., Vlad Jr. is done eating ham and about to go WHAM BAM THANK YOU GEORGE MICHAEL, Ketel Marte is my beloved lover and I cannot stop drafting him, and at that point, I had enough average to draft six Matt Olsons, but only got one. Still a shame I have no Maikel Franco shares.

 
  1. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Hi All,

    The NFBC is hosting the first ever beat Donkey Teeth Best Ball Auction. The entry fee is $100. On top of the prize money payouts, the winner will also receive a guaranteed spot in the 2022 RazzSlam. Besides myself, other Razzball writers will be competing in this league as well: Son, Rotowan and BDon. 

    This is a 12 team best ball points league. The auction will take place Tuesday night, 3/23 at 7:30pm ET. The auction will be used to draft each team’s 23 player starting lineup and will be followed by a 27 round slow draft with a 1 hour clock to draft benches.

    Grey, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get your first Maikel Franco share since you’re so obsessed with him.

    Anyone who’s interested (and reside in an eligible state), go ahead and register using this link: https://nfc.shgn.com/signup/baseball/DonkeyT

    Good Luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Maikel Franco were in our league, he would’ve been like, wow, I can’t believe Donkey Teeth drafted me

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Did you hear the one about Maikel Franco, Chris Sale and the rabbi walking into a bar?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was a party for one

        • One for St. Paddy’s Day – did you hear the one about the Irishman who walked OUT of the pub?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

    • Cram It says:
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      Man, that looks like a fun draft. Love the format.

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        You in Cram?

        • Cram It says:
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          I am very tempted, but doubtful.

    • Tommy c says:
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      Grey I got pick 4 but it’s really 6 since tatis and acuna are keepers in our format, 10 tm H2H categories I’m torn between story treat urner and yelich I’m not going any pitching so don’t worry haha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Treat

    • subg88 says:
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      Do you think Franchy is worth dropping Aguilar for with the following lineup in a 16 team dynasty. Standard+OPS. Kind of half competing half building at this point I think:
      c Jansen
      1b Aguilar
      2b: Altuve
      3B: Ramirez
      SS: Willi Castro
      IF: Bryant
      LF: Tucker
      CF: Buxton
      RF: Happ
      OF: Nimmo
      UT: Santander
      UT: N Lowe
      Bench: Edman, McMahon, L Garcia(WAS)
      Also have E Rios in minors I can call up if necessary.
      Would leave me with Lowe, McMahon and Rios to cover first

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!

    I got a serious trade offer on the table and I’m leaning towards yes.

    Here are the details of my 5th year keeper. Keep 6.

    I’m coming off a Championship so I’ll be drafting 12th, 1st, 12th, etc. snake draft.

    Yahoo 12 Team H2H 6X6
    R RBI HR SB AVG OPS
    K ERA WHIP S+H K:9 QS

    Keep 6:
    Juan Soto – OF
    Ozzie Albies – 2B
    Jose Abreu – 1B
    Yoan Moncado – 3B

    I would also be keeping Shane Bieber – SP.

    I would need to keep 1 more which is in the air cause I’m torn, but now it may not make a difference, because…

    The bank of players own who I am not keeping
    Gleyber Torress
    Matt Olson
    Dansby Swanson
    Trent Grisham – would if kept him.

    The offer:

    I get:

    Trevor Story & Max Fried

    He gets:

    Shane Bieber & Gleyber Torres

    I go into draft with:

    Juan Soto
    Ozzie Albies
    Jose Abreu
    Yoan Moncado
    Trevor Story
    Max Fried

    I hate to trade Bieber, but Fried is legit and I get Trevor Story for nothing essentially because I wouldn’t keep Torres and I know to draft SP.

    I’m sure you’d agree but what do you think?

    • packers2018 says:
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      I like it because you would have Soto and your entire infield.

      My pause is Fried compared to your next best SP or outfielder? If you have a solid #2 outfielder and throw Fried back you could go SP pretty hard for a couple rounds. Just don’t know who would be available at the 12-13 turn possibly.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Bieber/Torres worth much more than Story/ Fried.

      I’d keep Torres as SS if he has eligibility and roll with what you have.

    • Grey

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      It’s not great

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Nice friends and family recap!!

    a. Had one quick question. Don’t be mad by me even thinking this question. In your previous draft post / report, you pooh-pooh the results when going into the WAR room. Then here your team is the French kiss of the Chef’s kiss and there is no pooh-poohing going on here. When is it appropriate to pooh-pooh the draft results scoring and when is it not appropriate is my question?

    b. Lorenzen is available. This is the team below.

    1. Would you put in a claim for him with my team?
    2. If yes, in ‘1’ above, who is the drop?

    Caratini
    Alonso
    Wong
    Suarez
    Mondesi
    Edman
    DeJong
    Lewis
    Ozuna
    Taveras
    Yelich
    Moore
    Solak

    SP – Boyd, Bundy, Gausman, Hendricks, Means, Ryu
    RP – Anderson, Reyes, RichRod, Yarbrough, Antone, Workman
    IL – Syndergaard, Andres Munoz

    c. MLB quote of the day for March 19, 2021

    1. Ivan Calderon, born March 19, 1962

    ‘He was a rugged-looking guy who had some good years in the majors and could flat-out hit. He and I became friendly in Montreal in 1992, when I was bench coach under Felipe Alou. One night after a game in Philadelphia, Ivan and our hitting coach Jay Ward, were having a couple beers in Jay’s hotel room. They invited me to join them, and we sat and talked baseball. After a while, Ivan stood up and said, ‘Guys, I gotta go.’ I liked Ivan and enjoyed talking hitting with him, so I said, ‘Hey, man, hang around a bit longer, why don’t you.’ He smiled and said, ‘Got to go. I have my wife on the sixth floor and my girlfriend on the fourth floor.'”

    Author Kevin Kennedy in Twice Around the Bases: The Thinking Fan’s Inside Look at Baseball (It Books Publishing, 07/03/2006, Page 56)

    2. Clayton Kershaw, born March 19, 1988

    ‘In 1988, Orel surgery was all the rage in Southern California. An unimposing, slender 6-foot-3 pitcher with a scholarly appearance, Orel Hershiser used all of his tools to drill his way into baseball history with arguably the greatest season on the mound by a Dodger not named Sandy Koufax. Clayton Kershaw — a lefty most often associated with Koufax for alliterative and aesthetic reasons — is positioned to do for Dodgers Nation what Hershiser achieved a quarter-century ago: create a magical ending to a storybook season. So far, so great.’

    By Lyle Spencer (MLB.com, 08/30/2013, ‘Kershaw cementing place in Dodgers history’, Source)

    d. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for March 19, 2021

    ‘I was reminded that when we lose and I strike out, a billion people in China don’t care.’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on the reasons to pooh-pooh I suppoohse

      Lorenzen? Meh, not yet

      D. Haha, yes! Good for all of us to remember

  4. Denver90 says:
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    So I’ve got Bieber, Grisham, JoRam, olson, and Abreu. I have picks at 3/4 turn and round 6.(36,37,61) I figure I need two of ss/2b/of and one sp. I’m thinking Albies will be gone. Gallen or Woodruff may be there at 36 but not at 61. If anderson or xander are there (xanderson?) I’m grabbing one.

    Do I dare grab Devers if he’s there and those others are all gone? I’m targeting franmil later so I’d hate to fill UT so early.

    Will franmil get to 3 games to be OF eligible?

    Every 2b is multiposition eligible except Albies and altuve so I can wait on 2b if Albies is gone.

    Your thoughts welcomed.

    • packers2018 says:
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      I would feel comfortable knowing I could get 2 of Devers, Boggy or Woodruff at 36-37. My hope would be one bat and Woody.

      With Franmil who know about the 3 games, could happen in two weeks or 2 months or not at all. Just knowing he could go 80-40-80 you have to decide who else is available at the time and having your utility spot gone early. Probably could go Schwarber or Renfroe later and get similar stats and draft another need in place of Franmil.

      Just my 2 cents…….but that is the point in the draft where you usually win or lose the draft.

      • Denver90 says:
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        Appreciated. Keepers on Sunday so I’ll have more clarity. 3rd year in a row having to draft in the 12 hole…getting use to it. Been a long off season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Xander — Devers

      Franmil will play OF fairly quickly in the season

      • Denver90 says:
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        I just noticed 3 games at cincy mid april no dh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What does that mean?

          • Denver90 says:
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            They might need to play franmil in of that weekend is all.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

    • subg88 says:
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      Did you have five picks in the first two rounds or what? Otherwise I don’t see how Devers, Xander and Anderson are still available at 36 in a keeper league. I’d take any of them by 35 in redraft, maybe Anderson at 40

      • subg88 says:
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        If Beiber and Ramirez along with those others are your keepers, and presuming other teams have players of similar value, I don’t see how your targets make it out of the second round. If so, let me in

  5. 183414 says:
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    Remember the Nike commercial.
    Just Do It. You don’t need anyone to tell you what to do.
    Draft your team. Try and find a balance. If you want Devers then draft him. It’s not a dare. Not exactly jumping out of a parachute. You can’t project who will be there later. Enjoy your fantasy draft. Not life or death decisions. You must be exhausted with all of these important life decisions ruminating in your brain.
    Supposed to be fun.

    • Denver90 says:
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      So right! Thanks.

    • captain obvious says:
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      Lmao. I’m drafting tonight but who should I take? Omg I’m so shook. Actually need to see where I’m picking. Denver is funny. Me too.

      • captain obvious says:
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        6th Trout or Degrom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and Devers is fun

    • P_Swayze_OnAHorse says:
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      The thing is, for some of us, the intense analyzation of the draft IS fun … and we enjoy talking about it with others. Yes, baseball is “just a game”, as is playing fantasy, but it really is more than that. Baseball creates community (which is more applicable during these times than ever). I’ll always remember getting dogpiled to the bottom of the right field bleachers after an Aramis Ramirez walk-off grand slam. I could take you to the exact seat in the bar I was sitting in when the “Bartman incident” happened in 2003, and every person in that bar was family during that game. My kids will rip each other’s faces off all day, then the Cubs game comes on and their best friends. One of the keeper leagues I’m in is on it’s 17th this season. Bragging rights lasts all off-season. Stop telling other people how to have fun.

      • captain obvious says:
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        Dude who are you talking to and what about?

        • captain obvious says:
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          I’m from Denver too. That’s what I was saying.

          • captain obvious says:
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            Anyways I opened fire first 4 rnds. Degrom, Gioleto, Sherzer then Snell. Don’t have a seizure lmao.

            • captain obvious says:
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              I got good hitters too.
              Ramos
              Vlad
              Cronenworth
              Saurez
              Baez
              Chapman
              Didi
              Benintiendi
              Nimmo
              Verdugo
              Mountcastle
              Will Myers
              Nelson Cruz
              Kingery
              Joc Pederson

              Could be better but that pitching. It was a nice change up I guess.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Cool

  6. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Yeah this is a great 12 team in 12 teamers even! Love that Renfroe pick – seems like a lock for 245+ 30 in Fenway, and you have Devers Marte Vlad to cover your AVG.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d like to bet the over on Renfroe’s AVG in Fenway, for whatever he’s being projected for

      • subg88 says:
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        I don’t see how Fenway is going to keep him from striking out 35% of the time

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Yeah this is a great 12 team in 12 teamers even! Love that Renfroe pick – seems like a lock for 245+ 30 in Fenway, and you have Devers Marte Vlad to cover your AVG.

    • Grey

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      Answered above

  8. MattyM says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the write-up – great as always.

    Agree with you on early starters, but I am in a unique keeper/points league where a top pitcher makes a lot of sense to draft early. Most seem to have DeGrom over Cole, and after your Gerrit Cole schmohawk post (which I agree with), I figured you would too. I know it’s only 1 spot, but what’s your thinking in ranking DeGrom below Cole?

    Thanks!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d want Degrom. Mets are improved he’s winning Cy Young again this year but will have much more than 8 wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! DeGrom is impossible to not like

      • captain obvious says:
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        Grey, I went 4 pitchers to start off Rcl 21. I think I got good hitting too. Wanted to do something different I guess.

  9. John C says:
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    Grey!

    NL only 9 team league with 4 keepers. Keepers are 3 years max and their price increases by $3 after each season. Standard 5×5 roto. Need to pick two from this group.

    Gavin Lux $2 and 3 years of control
    Chris Paddock $8 2 years of control
    Marcel Ozuna $25 2 years of control
    Tony Gonslin $2 3 years of control

    • joey schmoey says:
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      LUX PADDOCK

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lux/Ozuna

  10. Daze says:
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    Grey
    Is Ozzie Albies worth $31 in a 11 team mixed league. I have Cavan Biggio playing 2nd. Albies would be my middle infielder
    Also Hunter Dozier at $6
    Thanks

    • Grey

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      Seems it

  11. Teddy BB says:
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    I like your team, Grey !
    Kind of surprised you took Vlad so early, but he’s killing it so far this spring- 1.566 OPS

    Keeper Question for a 16 team H2H with OBP, not BA.
    Mondesi (Round #3) or Tim Anderson (Round #9) ?

    • Grey

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      I was surprised to take Vlad too, but he was at top of board and I like him

      Anderson

  12. Thundergunn says:
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    the pancake analogy had me cackling like a loon!

    Worried about eflin’s back injury? I have a draft coming up and he’s a favorite target of mine

    • Grey

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      Haha…I am worried about Eflin’s back and Gray…I almost named this team — Bad Backs for Life — but it’s early and as long as guys are fine by mid- late-April it’s fine since no one is throwing 200 IP anyway

  13. Jimmy says:
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    Deep league 20 team 5×5… can keep one Josh Lowe-Brandin Marsh-Jarren Duran…most impact this year? Thank you sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This year? Meh, I’d gamble on Duran, but likely none

  14. Drew says:
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    Need some help with a tough call on my last keeper, all thoughts appreciated. 12 team 5×5 OBP league, $260 budget, keep 3 guys year-to-year for as long as you want with a $5 increase per year. Already keeping Acuna and Soto, here are the other options I’m considering:

    Voit $6
    Tucker $13
    K Hayes $5
    C Burnes $8
    D Bundy $6
    Biggio $17

    Leaning Tucker bc having 2 potential 25/25 guys locked in plus Soto would be a pretty great start to my hitting and I have faith in my ability to find pitchers, but cheap burnes/bundy would also be a nice bonus to the staff. Thanks for any help!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d want Tucker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Knoche

      • Drew says:
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        Thanks to both of you, and special thanks to Grey and the rest of the team for all the amazing work on the site. Awesome stuff.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  15. Sport says:
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    This being a Yahoo league, does it have a pitching inning caps? If so, I’m intrigued by Pagan/Staumont. Are you combining them in hopes of a different way for stats comparable to 5th starter? 130 innings/ 150 K’s/ 8-10 wins/ 3.50 ERA/ 1.20 WHIP/ with a chance for cheap saves.

    So is it inning caps? And is that the strategy for those two players?

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, there’s an IP cap…I’m hoping Pagan and Staumont get saves and good ratios

  16. Coconut Willie says:
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    59th year around the sun rookie fantasy playa… so forgive me if …

    7 outfielders – please explain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have even more than 7 OFs if you look at Yahoo elig. And someone guys listed in my OF have other elig. too

      • Coconut Willie says:
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        Got it… if I can figure out your pitching match-up tool (which I did) I can figure this out… thanks for getting me prepared for my virgin tour.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  17. imyournerd says:
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    Good read as always sir!

    Can I get your thoughts on a huge keeper league trade I did:

    Sent: Alonso, Xander, Merrifield, Max and Flaherty
    Received: Story, JoRam and Bellinger

    Xander goes back into the pool after this year, but everyone else is locked up for a few years. Thoughts kind sir?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Huge win for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Knoche

      • imyournerd says:
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        Thank you both!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  18. Hoeseidon says:
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    Hola!

    I gotta question concerning keepers. Im in a h2h 6 keeper league with my categories as R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG and H/IP, K, ERA ,WHIP, QS, W, S.

    My five keepers are Story(5), Bellinger(17),Jimenez(29),Arenado(41),Gallen(53). Should I keep Fried or Grisham at pick 65? My other options would be LaMaheiu or Mondesi but Mondesi is a killer in OBP H2H leagues since his streaks are so very hot or cold. But I’m all ears oh wise one.

    Thanks!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d keep DJ in head to head OBP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Knoche

  19. David says:
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    I have always followed your advice of hitters over pitchers all day long……. 14 team roto, 5×5 with OBP replacing AVG. I have Mondesi and Alonso as 2 of my 3 keepers. If given the opportunity, do I take Freeman over Story because of OBP? Both would have a slot as CI and MI. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You take Story

  20. Tom says:
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    I actually like this team better for you than the one you drafted in the 15 team DC league. They both have good pitching but I like your bats better in this one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I do too!

  21. Put the Devil back in Ray. says:
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    I’ve not been drafting my 1st SP early this year and never before the 3rd round, but I have found that I’ve been drafting my 2nd SP earlier than in year’s past. I guess I’m a soft follower of this year’s flavor of group-think.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’ve been same way this year. I have Bundy or Gausman or both on almost all my teams. Fuck the Orioles pitching coaches.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind a quick turnaround to a 2nd SP — Sonny Gray is my 2nd SP here, he’s pretty high

  22. Cyler says:
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    I like the Leody Taveras pick. If he gets the Leadoff job he could be a gold mine. Picked him up in a few leagues.

    I’m at a bit of a loss of what to do with Arozarena in my Dynasty league. I think he will be useful but am also sure his value will never be higher. There is a manager in the league that is looking to rebuild so I was thinking of offering him:

    My Arozarena, Ian Anderson for his Freddie Freeman and Lance Lynn.

    It’s an OPS and QS league.

    Thoughts?

    • Ante Galic says:
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      Cyler!!

      Take FF side and run! FF > Arozarena, Lynn > Anderson. So, it’s a win-win for you. My 0.02$.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with Ante

  23. Huffin Gas says:
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    Haha, Yahoo. That’s why I was interested in this draft. They peddle SPs early and often in their rankings, as do some of their writers in their articles. Those peeps need so many of their hitters to outperform it’s not even funny.

    • Huffin Gas says:
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      …And they rank experts by position now? Hahaha, had no idea. The pitcher list guy nails catchers, alright.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t know on that rankings thing at all…As I said on the last podcast, I don’t even really rank SPs…I disregard like the 1st 10

  24. Good morning all. Looking to rebuild a dynasty team is wise to pick up Thor, Clevinger, or Sale for the future? Asking for a friend. Thanks for the input!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      If you have bench spots hell yes.

      Id go Sale first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Knoche

  25. Huffin Gas says:
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    You know…I wish every draft site only listed players alphabetically. No rankings in the draft. But if they did that, they would lose all of the casual peeps that pay $50+ and stop paying attention by June.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s actually a really good idea — I’d love to see the draft results for that

  26. Play Ball says:
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    Thoughts on E. Suarez’ value if he gets SS eligibility? Where would you rank him as a SS?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      It helps with roster flexibility, but SS so deep already doesn’t change much. Be ahead of Semien for me.

      • Major Bag Alert says:
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        I once told that to an escort I met off of Backpages…..”be a head of semen for me” Wise words to live by…and oddly enough fantasy baseball relevant.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Major bag alert!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Knoche

  27. Mighty fine blend of speed and bop. Franny qualifies in the OF? Yipee! Treat, Tapia and Taveras match up nice with the big bats. Considering all the SP’s that went early your staff still gets high marks. You smoked’em bro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, bro!

  28. Drew says:
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    Trying to sort out keepers for 16-team OPS keeper.

    Would you rather:

    Muncy + Bohm or Muncy + McNeil

    With Muncy’s positional flexibility, he’d be 2B in the first option and 1B in the second.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bohm

  29. whitt23 says:
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    Keeper questions. Must keep 8;. 6×6 with OPS and QS as the extras. Save + Holds is a cat. High end guys are pricey but good deals to be had at the end of the draft.

    Freeman $55
    Tatis $13
    Anderson $16
    Olson $31
    Lou-Bob $29
    Robles $7
    Riley $1
    Maeda $12
    Plesac $1
    Woodruff $10
    Karanchak $5

    I can probably get Freeman at the same value or less if I drop him and re-draft. I am considering the closer because saves are a disaster but SAGNOF. This is also the first year of saves and holds instead of just saves and I was wondering your thoughts on how that affects closer value.

    Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That lowers closers’ values by a lot, you can just pick up Holds guys — turns maybe 25 locked in closers into roughly 75+ saves and holds guys

      Lose Freeman, Olson and Karinchak

  30. Major Bag Alert says:
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    Hey Everybudiezzz..

    Quick question. Gott alock my 3 keepers my tnite

    its OBP 12 teamer 5×5….cant decide between last 2….any help?

    Fried,Gray,Brandon Lowe,Kelenic. I really wanna do Fried/Kelenic….but I know its prolly smarter to go Fried/Lowe……but man zzzz. Gray if not for the back thing would be 1 of thepicks…but now I’m leary.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey everybudiezzz

      Lowe, Kelenic

      • Major Bag Alert says:
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        Thanks as always.

        On a side note….where do you see Kelenic going in drafts next year assuming he has a solid rookie year? Top 50 guy, or 50-100? Is he a potential top 10 fantasy guy for a decade type?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Top 50 easily…Could be top 20 if he does what capable — maybe top 12

  31. Racehorse says:
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    It’s being reported that Brendan Rodgers RT Hammy injury is worse than previously thought …

    Listening to MLB Radio, the talk is today’s Rox lineup has McMahon at 2B and Fuentes at 3B.

    How many injured Rockies will it take to pencil in Hampson at 2B?

    C’mon Hamp, need ya buddy !!!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Fuentes is pretty interesting. He looks like he might be able to hit. Would be gold if he got hot the first couple of weeks with this opportunity and ran with the job all year.

      • hot corner says:
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        I just happen to have a back-up 1B slot open in round 39 of Razzslam!!!

  32. Cohen says:
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    Grey, draft strategy question
    If i drafted
    Soto
    Bichette
    Devers
    Alonso
    Gallen
    If Olsen, Alvarez and Blackmon are all avaliable which should i take next?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you can go Yordan, then Blackmon then Olson and get all 3 of you want

  33. Member Berries says:
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    Took over a team and have to keep 8 and I have about 11 worth keeping (keepering?) – worst part is I have to keep guys i wouldnt draft (Voit/Torres/Grisham)

    Any more love for Glasnow considering he is throwing a slider/cutter and hitting his spots? I know it’s spring but just curious

    As valuable as a closer like Hendricks is, i keep thinking sagnof, and would rather hold Gallen and Plesac over him – am i crazy ?!

    any new shows/movies you recommend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, no love for Glasnow — he has a career 4.50 ERA and is way overdrafted…I’d go Gallen and Plesac

      Watching The Twelve on Netflix this week, it’s pretty good! I liked The Investigation on HBO too

      • Member Berries says:
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        Appreciate those recommendations – will look into those

        lol at Glasnow response

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  34. imyournerd says:
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    Keeper trade if I may :)

    My rd 2 Devers (3 years)
    for
    His rd 26 Yordan Alvarez (2 years)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yordan

  35. Chet says:
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    Hey, Grey! 12 team H2H Dynasty league. Am I better off dropping Travis d’Arnaud (and stream catchers this year) and keep Ramiel Tapia or Keep d’Arnaud and drop Tapia? I’m kind of excited about Tapia this year, just not sure if he’s worth keeping over d’Arnaud. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Tapia

      • Chet says:
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        Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. OaktownSteve says:
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    Look at you sitting there with Emilio Pagan like the cat that ate the canary.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      Also, I watched a tv show made this century! Ted Lasso. Boy howdy.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        I found Ted Lasso an enjoyable distraction.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        Brockmire!

        • Cram It says:
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          1000 times, yes.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wow, putting the TV in Steve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, well, I know!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      Oaktown! Good to see you back in these parts, even if I’m a infrequent visitor myself these days. Trust all is well with you.

  37. VinWins

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    An RCL-like draft on a Friday afternoon, and only 1 no-show. Amazing. How’s this for a team?

    Juan Soto – WSH
    Francisco Lindor – NYM
    Rafael Devers – BOS
    Jose Abreu – CHW
    Pete Alonso – NYM
    Matt Olson – OAK
    Charlie Blackmon – COL
    Dansby Swanson – ATL
    Mike Moustakas – CIN
    Kyle Lewis – SEA
    Dylan Moore – SEA
    Ryan Mountcastle – BAL

    I couldn’t seem to get a list of my pitchers, so you’ll just have to assume they’re great!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks awesome! And no more Laureano!

  38. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    If they listed the players alphabetically in a draft, more people would be taking the full 90 seconds to find players. It takes long enough already. (I’m doing a draft right now.) That’s the best thing about Fantrax. I can import your rankings and quickly see who I want!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, fair

  39. fausto

    fausto says:
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    Grey I’ve done zero research any advice?..16tm auction tonight keeping Luis Robert Ozuna Gallen Hiura? Basically try to draft the team you have compiled here? Lol. I can go thru the ranks quick I have 4 hours or instill have my notebook of last yrs ranks. How much would you spend on Olson? $25.

  40. Joebobsays says:
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    Hi Grey—

    In a bubble, NL only keeper, high inflation…my team already loaded with hitting..pitching will be expensive in auction.

    Which side?

    My Pete Alonso 21 /Merrill Kelley 3 for their Yu Darvish 13/Tyler O’Neil 5?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Joebobsays says:
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        Re earlier trade..

        Didn’t go for it.

        Would you Alonso at 21 for Darvish 13–straight up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • Joebobsays says:
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            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  41. moses mashers says:
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    Hi Grey! Started 12 team draft from the 8th slot pretty hitter friendly lol. SP flew off the board. I definitely like the bats though.

    Trout
    Bellinger
    Albies
    Devers
    Baez
    Y. Alvarez (OF eligible)
    Berrios
    Luzardo

    Continue drafting best SP available or go back to bats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t have an ace — you have plenty of bats

      • moses mashers says:
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        This is very true. Carrasco is available ha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ow, that hurt my heart

  42. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Morejon is a guy who seems to be finding his way onto my teams this year. Think he has breakout potential in that SD rotation. It doesn’t hurt that it was just announced that Lamet would start the year on the IL, which is a place he’ll probably be spending quite a bit of time this season.

    I’m getting lots of Ryu, JDM, Blackmon, Musgrove, d’Arnaud, Elieser, and McGee shares too. Fuentes and Iglesias as bench bats.

    Anyone finding their way onto a bunch of your rosters?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually wrote a sleeper post for him, but didn’t publish it bc I felt like he wasn’t in a place to contribute this year — at least for shallower leagues

      I’m drafting so many shares of Bohm and Tapia — I love Elieser and Ryu too

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wrote a post for *Morejon

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        That’s fair on Morejon. I’ve been getting him past round 30 in DCs, though his price is likely to start moving up.

        OTS and I were talking about Bohm earlier this offseason and I dropped a Jayson Werth comp on him. Prime Werth in Philly, which is someone I saw quite a bit of. I think Bohm has better plate coverage and contact skills, though Werth had more power. There should be more power to come from Bohm though. He can really hit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Morejon just turned out to be a bit too deep for our audience, but I like him a lot

          Loving Bohm! Hoping he’s more a 25/.290 vs. 18/.290, that’s my only concern

        • Lamet’s shaky status makes Morejon very attractive

  43. Mike says:
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    Who are we drafting for our IL spot + opening up streaming space from day 1?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale or Thor

      • captain obvious says:
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        I got Severeno after our draft earlier but they’re taking mid July and coming off Tj. I don’t know if I want to wait.

  44. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Nice team, really like it. Great drafting as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  45. Ferris says:
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    NL-only, roto, 10 team

    Paddack for 11
    Or
    Ian Anderson for 8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paddack

  46. regan says:
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    Was reading an article on Fangraphs, always a good way to waste an hour or 4, and came across a most distressing comment by the Rangers manager that only Eli White or Leody Taveras will make the team. That would really suck since he is on almost every one of my teams. How concerned should i be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m concerned

  47. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey now! Drafting tomorrow for the ol’ H2H where I’m the three-time defending champion – not sure if I mentioned that haha.

    14 teams QS instead of wins.

    First starter – looking at a mash-up of Yahoo ADP and your rankings, I think I’m going to be choosing from Castillo, Snell, Gallen, Woodruff, Maeda, Ryu, Lynn or Sonny.

    Pretty sure you like all these guys and you rank ’em the way you do for a reason but is there one there that stands out in a QS league? (Castillo and Woodruffe seem to be the guys based on this – https://razzball.com/playerrater-preseason-yahoomlb12-6X6qs/)

    Hitting wise, I can’t see there is any way I won’t own Olson again this year haha, though I could also see Bellinger and Albombso being available in a nice spot.

    Good to be back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SteveNZ! Castillo and Lynn stand out to me for QS

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Thanks! I actually think I may be able to draft both those guys (or two) guys from that group without doing too much damage to my team elsewhere.

        Either that or I’ll be back in a few hours to tell you how the whole thing blew up in my face haha.

        BTW is this indicative of where you’ve been drafting Olson on your other teams?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Olson goes super late compared to my rankings

          • SteveNZ says:
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            This is good.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It is

              • SteveNZ says:
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                Go the 11th pick…

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  *Got

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice! Cody!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    Story/Cody/Devers/Eloy/Ryu/Lynn/Swanson/Gurriel

                    Swanson was a brain fart!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Dansby’s great

  48. Regan says:
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    Watching the Ms going against Lynn, Kyle looking so good! Took him up the middle in first for RBI, then took him deep next time up. Kelenic looking real good too. Double and single first 2abs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  49. Steve says:
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    13T Roto OPS

    Keep JD in 8th round or Mountcastle in 15th.

    Only 1rd penalty every year. Next season JD will be 7th round & Mountcastle will be 14th

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mountcastle

  50. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Would you trade your Voit ($10) and Bohm ($3) for a $20 Bauer?

    I can only keep one of Voit and Bohm so trying to consolidate. That said, if I really want a guy like that, I’ll be able to bid on Nola, Scherzer, Ryu, Snell, Kershaw, and maybe Lynn Gray, who will all probably go for between $20 and $35 or so.

    If you’d hold, who would you keep between $10 Voit $3 Bohm… Bohm given his age/price/upside in the keep forever setting, right?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can onyl keep one? So turn them into Bauer, that works for me — otherwise keep Bohm

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks! Yeah unfortunately. Next closest keepers Voit/Bohm are Ketel ($6) or Robert ($24) – robert I had thought about letting go, but feels like I’d be letting go a 2022 first rounder who’s draft price is going to rocket up (springer and starling Marte each went for 36 last year)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I love Robert

  51. Craig says:
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    You picked the wrong Jays catcher. Good thing for you is the right Jays catcher is still available to be picked up..lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  52. Craig says:
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    Fun Alejandor Kirk stats. In 29 spring training appearances in 20 and 21 he’s .416/.517/.792.
    He took a 95 mph fastball at the top of the zone on the outer half of the plate for an opposite field home run…He’s not hitting cookies out.

    In 28 MLB PA including a playoff start his slash was .370/.392/.555

    In 619 minor league at bats he walked 89 times and struck out 60 times.

    Analytics and stats cut through the bias, unless the player is 5’8 265..lol. We haven’t come that far yet. The good thing is Kirk, while still fat isn’t 5’8 265lbs. He lost 30 to 40 lbs.

    A mix of old school and new school. If you look at the angles Kirk creates with short arms and a level swing it’s remarkable when you look at his ability to handle the high heat and he lets the ball travel. His eye is incredibly good. You should be able to get him off speed off the plate. For any Jays fan who understands hitting fundamentals it’s uncanny how much flexibility this big body has and his ability to get low and foul off those pitchers.

    The kid is a hitting prodigy. I’ve never seen such an incredible talent so vastly under rated. It’s hard to get beyond short and fat. He’s less short and fat and he’s put on some muscle. Watch out MLB….Captain Kirk is coming.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope you’re right, it would be fun…I’m fine with dropping a catcher I took in the last round too, doesn’t affect my team at all

  53. fausto

    fausto says:
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    Crazy draft. . Olson went for $35 Rizzo $32 i lost those bidding wars so now my team MIGHT be insanely bad. Leodys Tavares went for $29 too, insane.
    Please tell me if I should start focusing on 2022 or can I compete with this team in a 17tm league?

    C- D.Jansen
    1b.-E.Hosmer
    2b- K.Hiura(K)
    3b.-Y.Moncada
    SS- J.Baez
    MI- W.Adames
    CI- C.Santana
    OF-OZUNA(K)
    OF- Lou Bob(K)
    OF-Kyle Lewis(spent $22 on him fingers crossed)
    OF-A.Meadows
    UT- Ian Happ
    BN D.Dahl

    SP-Gallen (K)
    SP-Wheeler
    SP-L.Lynn
    SP-Pablopez
    SP- Caleb Smith
    SP- N.Pivetta(because I hate myself)
    SP- R.Dobnak
    SP- Shoemaker(for his 4 starts)
    SP-Deivi Garcia ($1 last pick)

    RP R.Iglesias (and cuffed M.Mayers to him)
    RP G.Soto

    S.Hillyard was undrafted should i grab him? If so whos the drop?appreciate everything you do. Signing up for the tools now.

    • fausto

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      Also forgot to mention that i grabbed Matt Wisler for sagnof as well.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I did too, in an NL-Only

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You drafted quite a few guys I said I wouldn’t draft…Looks low on AVG, power and speed…And I don’t like Wheeler, Pivetta, Dobnak — Hilliard’s better than Dahl — not sure how Leody goes for 29 but Hilliard is undrafted

      • fausto

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        Thanks like I said i didn 2 hrs of reading lots real life stuff going on right now. Thanks for the input.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • subg88 says:
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        You don’t like wheeler even as SP4 behind Gallen, Lynn and Lopez in a 17 team league?? Pitching behind those four is pretty weak but top four seems good to me

  54. FrankGrimes says:
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    I can’t remember are you in a Tout draft??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, tomorrow

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Yuuuuuu

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never thought I’d see the day

  55. Licketty Splits says:
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    Drafted again last night keeping speed in mind & it’s better this draft. Having Acuna fall to me @ the 3rd pick helped! Pitching is sort of pathetic but assuming Gray does not miss too much time & Pearson & Framber are playing a decent part of the season …it might work out.
    This is a 12 team 5X5 roto … what’s your take??
    C Ramos 358
    1B Vlad 46
    2B Lowe 94
    3B Machado 22
    SS Bichette 27
    CI Olson 75
    MI Wong 291
    OF Acuna 3; Ozuna 46; Lewis 118; Solak 166; Kelenic 195
    Util Vaughn 214
    Bench: Haniger 219; A Garcia 334 (I can use Garcia & Haniger for Vaughn & Kelenic if needed & move Solak to MI or 2B as an option)
    SP Gray 70: Bundy 99; Alcantara 123; Montas 142; Canning 238; Yarbrough 243; F Valdez 262; Pearson 267; Boyd 286; Alzolay 310; Morejon 315; Cueto 339
    RP W Smith 147; Anderson 171; Rodriquez 190
    Hope your weekend is going great …thanks for taking the time to give us advice & evaluations.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love your hitting, and your pitching needs help…I like most of the arms you have, you do have like six lottery arms and 5 of which will likely turn to streamers

      • Licketty Splits says:
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        I am hoping between Framber & Pearson I strike gold on one of them at those prices. Hearing good things on Canning for this year so willing to take a shot Boyd, Alzolay, & Morejon …who knows? But plenty of upside …maybe too much rookie nookie though on the later 2 or 3 if you include Pearson.
        A guy like Cueto is in a great park & just unappreciated. He just knows how to pitch & his velocity is supposedly up 2 mph this spring ….veterans who give me innings & know how to pitch in what is likely a weird year for pitching after pick 300 ….yes please.
        Thanks for your take …streaming is ALWAYS an option & will work as well with my solid hitting core.

        • Licketty Splits says:
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          All that being said my closing situation is far from stellar or secure much like most drafts at this point. Saves could be a real shit show as in worse then the usual shit show. I have W Smith; Anderson; & Rodriquez as closers …could be worse but pretty meh & far from any certainty.
          After talking up Ceuto I could drop him for either for either Cesar Valdez or T Scott of Baltimore or Soto (most likely option?)till the closing situations are a bit more settled. Leaning Tanner. Which one guy is my best bet? Dropping Cueto? or? or just hold for now?
          I do think Cueto, Descalfani, & A Sanchez are 3 guys worth watching if for nothing more then match-ups & possibly worth rostering as things shake out.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Cueto for Tanner makes sense

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hope they all work out too, I like them all…But they’re all very risky

  56. William Hung says:
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    Do we drop Will Smith out of the catcher rankings in 12 team H2H with Dave Roberts saying he expects Smith to start 90 games?

  57. William Hung says:
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    Thanks! Haven’t really done draft prep yet for my 12-teamer but I’m thinking of repeating my strategy of drafting all my batters before going pitching (with the exception of catcher unless someone significant is available) – it worked last year in the condensed season as I finished 2nd, and if almost everyone is going to go around 160 innings, then is it really that important to jump on pitching before around pick 80?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I draft a starter around 50 in 12 teamers

  58. Ben says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have not been paying nearly enough attention to fantasy baseball, but my 12 team keep 10 league is continuing forward anyway and I need help

    Right now my potential keepers:

    Set 1: Goldy, Semien, Muncy, Tim Anderson, Starling, Springer, Luis Castillo, Corbin, Fried.

    Set 2: Soler, Hendriks, and storing Verlander

    My questions:

    1) Would you keep Soler, Hendriks, or storing Verlander above anyone in Set 1?

    2) Who in Set 2 is your last keeper? Given the rest of my keepers I’m not sure how competitive my team will really be this year.

    3) This requires reading tea leaves a bit, but any gut instinct on whether Verlander will be even close to his old form in 2022?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hendriks over Corbin

      2. Verlander

  59. SteveNZ says:
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    Here we go. 14 teams, H2H, QS instead of wins, Holds, OBP plus AVG. Gotta be happy having Story fall to 11. Took a little longer than I wanted to draft my first starter, but couldn’t leave Eloy sitting there!

    Drafted more starters than usual, but we only get 10 adds a week so streaming can be tricky. Closers horrible, but whatever.

    C (242) Sean Murphy
    1B (18) Cody Bellinger
    2B (102) Lourdes Gurriel Jr
    3B (39) Rafael Devers
    SS (11) Trevor Story
    LF (46) Eloy Jiménez
    CF (151) Anthony Santander
    RF (263) Hunter Dozier
    Util (179) Eric Hosmer
    BN (207) Leody Taveras
    BN (95) Dansby Swanson
    NA (319) Wander Franco

    SP (67) Hyun Jin Ryu
    SP (74) Lance Lynn
    P (130) Julio Urías
    P (158) Patrick Corbin
    P (214) John Means
    RP (123) Raisel Iglesias
    RP (186) Matt Barnes
    BN (235) Daniel Bard
    BN (270) Nathan Eovaldi
    BN (291) Jake Odorizzi
    BN (298) Nick Wittgren
    BN (326) Tyler Rogers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, ton of starters…You look solid, I love the hitting and pitching — closers are awful, but as you said, whatever

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Yeah, even if a couple of the back end guys don’t work out I think I’ll still be OK.

        As far as the relievers go, I’ve generally been pretty good at grabbing saves during the season.

        The Swanson pick was a bit of a fail – I mean it’s not like he’s terrible obviously but I was looking at Muncy for 2B and he got taken RIGHT in front of me – I wasn’t really panciking but it did cause me to blank on the fact that I drafted my shortstop in the first damn round! All I could see was a guy who was 55 on my (your) rankings that I was getting with the 95th pick haha.

        Even more amusing… imagine how pumped I was feeling to be grabbing the much-vaunted Tampa prospect Wander Franco in the second-last round for my NA slot. How had everyone missed him?They hadn’t missed him – I’d drafted the shitty Giants 3rd baseman Wander Franco! Dumped him for Andrew Vaughn. Though now I see someone has dropped Julio Rodriguez so might need to get a piece of that.

        • Grey

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          Hahahaha, nice on Wander — Yeah, I like Swanson, but hear ya on Muncy

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Forgot to mention, there was some pitching craziness going on. DeGrom, Bieber and Cole all went in the first round.

            Bauer, Yu and Beuhler went with the first three picks of the 2nd, with Giolito, Scherzer and Kershaw going later in the same round.

            By the end of the 3rd, Castillo, Nola and Flaherty had gone too!

            I mean, 14 teams and autodrafting might have played a part, but sheesh. You can see why Devers was there for me at 39 and Eloy at 46…

  60. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, I’m in a 10-team, 4-year keeper league, 5×5
    This year is to re-draft and I’m the 10th to pick by snake draft.

    I’m thinking to draft SS (or 3B) and 1B(or OF) in my first 2 picks.

    SS or 3B : Lindor, T. Turner, J. Ramirez, Bichette, Danvers, Bogaerts
    1B or OF : Bellinger, Yelich, Harper, Freeman, L. Robert, Jimenez

    Could you rank them by considering 4 years keeper? Both in SS/3B and 1B/OF list, thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea, Bichette, Lindor, Devers
      Cody, Yelich, Freeman, Luis Robert

      • Wilson says:
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        Thanks.

        I assume my first two picks are Bichette and Cody, then I want to draft 3B and OF in my nest two picks (30th/31st overall).

        3B : Bregman, LaMahieu, Arenado
        OF : L. Robert, Jimenez, Springer

        Could you rank them by considering 4-year keeper? In both 3B and OF. Thanks.

        • Grey

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          That order for each

  61. Corey says:
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    How does CJ Cron making the 40-man and presumably locking in the 1B job affect his ranking? Would you target him in an auction–er, salary cap–draft over Max Muncy? Similar stats for better value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s ranked

  62. Curious George says:
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    Grey! Love what you got going today in TOUT.
    Curious your thoughts on my draft: 10 team H2H cats (keep 2)
    avg, ops, hr, xbh, k’s, net steals, r, rbi
    w, qs, era, whip, k’s, k/9, sv+h, hr allowed

    C – Murphy
    1 – Abreu
    2 – Moustakas
    3 – Ramirez
    SS – Lindor
    MI – Gregorius
    CI – JD Davis
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Soto
    OF – Conforto
    OF – Rosario
    OF – Kepler
    UTL – Ohtani (hitter and pitcher = one player)

    SP – Maeda, Gray, Lopez, Luzardo, Alcantara, Means, Ohtani
    RP – Anderson, Devin Williams, Pomeranz, Garrett, Duffey

    IL – Syndergaard (last round IL freebie)

    • Curious George says:
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      Oh and kelenic on the bench!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Pitching looks awesome! I love the guys you have…Hitting looks good too, you look solid, maybe low on speed, but not bad

      • Curious George says:
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        Thanks! Is the speed enough of a concern that i should be looking to add someone like gimenez?

        thoughts on JD Davis vs Andrew Vaughn this season?

  63. No Bueno says:
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    hey Grey, just completed our 11 man 5×5 (SV+Holds instead of saves) roto league. Had the 8th pick. What do you think of the roster? Pitching got pushed up like crazy (one guy took 5 straight arms lol). Thanks for the input. Can’t wait for April!

    C – C Vasquez
    1B – Cron
    2B – Altuve (panic pick)
    3B – Devers
    SS – Trea
    CI – K Hayes
    MI – T Anderson
    OF – Bellinger
    OF – Conforto
    OF – Robert
    OF – K Lewis
    OF – Haniger
    UTIL – Swanson
    Bench – Votto, Kelenic, W Franco

    SP – Lynn, Berrios, Paddack, Urquidy, Means, Odorizzi, Pearson
    RP – Jensen, W Smith, Melancon, Trienen

    OF – K Lewis
    OF –

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pitching looks solid…I don’t love Urquidy, but that’s a small issue…You look a little low on power on hitting, and I don’t like Altuve…Solid team tho overall…

  64. No Bueno says:
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    Hey Grey, had our 11 team 5×5 roto (SV+Holds instead of saves) draft this afternoon. What do you think of the team? Thanks, exited for April and good luck in the rest of your drafts.

    C – Vasquez
    1B – Cron
    2B – altuve (panic pick)
    3B – devers
    SS – trea
    CI – k Hayes
    MI – T Anderson
    OF – bellinger
    OF – conforto
    OF – Robert
    OF – k Lewis
    OF – Haniger
    UTIL – Swanson
    BEnch – W Franco, Kelenic, votto

    SP – Lynn, Berrios, paddack, Urquidy, Odorizzi, Means, Pearson

    RP – Jensen, W smith, Melancon, Trienen

    • Grey

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      Answered above

  65. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Would you swap your $10 Eloy and $19 Devers for a $15 Treat Urner? If he accepts this would also allow me to keep a $10 Voit.

    What about $19 Story + $10 Eloy for $15 Treat and one of $21 Degrom or $24 Darvish? (I think he’s going to counter with this)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Urner

      Sure, deGrom

  66. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Would you swap your $10 Eloy and $19 Devers for a $15 Treat Urner? If he accepts this would also allow me to keep a $10 Voit.

    What about $19 Story + $10 Eloy for $15 Treat and one of $21 Degrom or $24 Darvish? (I think he’s going to counter with this)

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Sorry my 17 month old got a hold of the phone!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

  67. bobsnyder4210 says:
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    Just did my first Yahoo public prize league draft (5×5/H2H/daily). For your own health and safety, Grey, do not go near these leagues. Your head may explode. By Round 12 (halfway), 15 relievers off the board, including Amir Garrett and Devin Williams. Three rounds later, there were 8 more gone, including Neris, Melancon and McGee. Before Franmil, Laureano, Brantley, Eflin, Stroman…seriously?

    And somebody started with the SS-SS-SS build that I’ve seen in mocks for a month. What’s that all supposed to be about? Steals & Avg, maybe?

    On the plus side, this insanity does present some opportunities. My team:
    C – Kelly
    1B – Bellinger
    2B – L Gurriel
    3B – Devers
    SS – Semien
    OF – Trout, Ozuna, Conforto
    Util/Bench – E Rosario, Gimenez, Cron, Solak

    SP – Maeda, Lynn, P Lopez, Urias, Bassitt, E Hernandez, Odorizzi
    RP – Rosenthal, R Rodriguez, Martin, Soria

    Looking back at the board, there was some room for improvement…but I think this’ll work to get me started, no?

    • Grey

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      Haha, sounds nuts…I like the team you built a lot! Love the hitting…Looks low on speed, if I had to quibble, but that’s fine in H2H — Pitching looks great! Solid team!

      • bobsnyder4210 says:
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        Thanks, man…I realized my team was pretty slow after I got over the power and run production high I was on. They need to make a pill for that. Gimenez and Solak were my shots at cheap steals, so we’ll see how that works out.

  68. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Drop Carlos Martinez for Trevor Rogers in a points league? Thnx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  69. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    20 teamer roto keep 6-9 with OPS/XBH/QS/holds added. have this, going hitter here with this pick. kept these already:
    C
    1B (vaughn possibly eventually, maybe not though this year)
    2B
    3B vlad (1B)
    SS treat
    OF (3): gallo
    – alvarez
    util (1)
    max DL, 2 NA slots (vaughn can go into one till he’s playing)
    SP (1250 innings so 6 work or 7, room for 3 BN hitters if 6, albeit more SP is best either way)
    – lynn
    – glasnow
    – luzardo
    RP (max 5)

    for this exact build go which of these:
    – semien (not many steals guys out here that aren’t terrible in other stuff, hitting 2nd at TOR, wont sink the average nor OPS, it’s mostly about if treat is enough for steals for a 20 nearly by himself, which might be close, or not),
    – schwarber (rater says him in OPS leagues here),
    – soler
    – k.lewis (your rankings say this here, but for my build maybe not)
    – hosmer (this clears up the 1B till vaughn is up issue, cron/tellez/cactus jesus levels after him)
    – v.robles (this cleans up the steals for rest of roster, but he’s pretty bad in OPS outside of
    that)
    – cronenworth

  70. Dodger Blue says:
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    Thoughts on my draft. 12 Team 5×5 Roto. 4Player Keeper. Drafted 9th.

    Pos Player
    C Jorge Alfaro
    1B Matt Olson
    2B Brandon Lowe
    3B Matt Chapman
    SS Bo Bichette
    OF Eloy Jimenez (keeper)
    OF Kyle Lewis (keeper)
    OF Juan Soto (keeper)
    UT Francisco Lindor

    OF Jeff McNeil
    3B Ke’Bryan Hayes
    3B Austin Riley
    OF Julio Rodriguez

    P Yu Darvish (keeper)
    P Pablo Lopez
    P Tyler Mahle
    P Joe Musgrove
    P Hyun Jin Ryu
    P Edwin Diaz
    P Zach Eflin
    P Tarik Skubal
    P Ryan Yarbrough
    P Richard Rodriguez

  71. Ben W says:
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    Drafted an auction keeper league that is 6×6 (with a SV+H category).

    My starting pitching is definitely my weak link but hopefully can make up for it on the waiver wire or a trade.

    C- Mitch Gaver
    1B – Eric Hosmer
    2B – Tommy Edman
    3B – JD Davis
    SS- Trevor Story
    OF – Ronald Acuna
    OF – Michael Conforto
    OF – Nick Castellanos
    OF – Ramon Lauerano
    Util – Adalberto Mondesi
    Util – Kyle Lewis
    Bench: Anthony Santander, Scott Kingery

    SPs: Luis Castillo, Pablo Lopez, Tyler Mahle, John Means, Griffin Canning, Jake Odorizzi, Dane Dunning, Caleb Smith
    RPs: Devin Williams, Tyler Duffey, Trevor Rainey, Trevor May, Jordan Ramano, Aaron Bummer

  72. subg88 says:
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    Saw the yahoo article on this draft. Sal from the Athletic got absolutely schooled in that draft by you razzball fellas. Then whined about it in his comments as if his strategy of waiting to the eighth round to take a starter while loading up on outfielders and relievers in the early rounds is a good idea in any format. Then failed to follow through by hammering the mid rounds. Gosh that guy irked me reading that. If this guy finishes out of the bottom three he must be a master of in season finagling. No wonder razzball’s fantasy coverage is vastly superior, for free no less. Glad I only paid the dollar a month special offer, what a disappointment. I thought I was getting sickels but they replaced him with Law. Crap

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