The intro for Yahoo’s 2019 fantasy baseball rankings reminds of a Dear John letter written by your ex-wife.  Only your name is Kevin and she accidentally writes “John,” and doesn’t have a chance to proofread it because she’s bedding down your best friend.  Read for yourself:

Sure, guys and five girl readers, “You’ll find your familiar Trouts’, the Betts’, the Martinez’, but questions remain.”

Huh?

Yeah, I have questions that, uh, remain.  How many Trouts have they ranked?  The Betts’?  Did they rank his entire family?  The Martinez’?  Is that like World War Z, but instead it’s, “An Apostrophe Z?”

“When should the first pitcher go off the board, and should there be more than one?”

Said like Ron Burgundy, “That’s not English.”  Should there be more than one?  Are Yahoo leagues this year one-pitcher leagues?  I’m so confused.  Did 100 monkeys with 100 typewriters, who only read Bleacher Report, write up this intro?

“Enough talk though.  Let’s jump into the rankings!”

Ha!  Was there enough talk?  I’ve written more in this intro than they wrote.  With that level of effort, they don’t even deserve this evisceration, but… *sharpens nails that look like the 108-year-old Asian man in the Guinness Book of World Records* …here goes nothing.  For this post, I will be looking at the consensus Yahoo 2019 fantasy baseball rankings vs. my own 2019 fantasy baseball rankings.

Last year Yahoo phoned in their rankings with Jose Ramirez at 35th overall, and, this year, they followed ESPN’s lead, and moved him up to 6th overall.  Even though my path crossed briefly with Jose Canseco, I know I am not a time traveler.  How is it that I am always a year ahead of these schmohawks?  Last year, I ranked Tildaddy 67th overall, and Yahoo ranked Acuña 173rd overall.  Of course, that was ludicrous.  Or if Ludicrous is reading, “Yahoo’s got doh’s in many area codes.”  This year Yahoo moved Acuña up, because they’re trying to move their sugar packet up my thigh as they learn how to draft.  I guarantee you, next year they will move up Adalberto Mondesi.  I wonder if they’re still writing 2017 on their checks.  That would explain, at least, why they ranked Josh Donaldson in the top 90 overall, and Zack Greinke in the top 60.

Luis Severino before Aaron Nola and Gerrit Cole is a head-scratcher.  Clayton Kershaw in the top 10 starters is just predictable.  Love how they tried to put Vlad Guerrero Jr. in their top 50, like your past mistakes are absolved, due to your aggressive ranking of this year’s rookie.  Of course, Victor Robles is ranked about 70 spots too late, because they suffer from the same hindsight as ESPN, and merely spit back at their readers what said readers want to see vs. what they should see.  Brandy Ehrens, “I just want to rank Kyle Schwarber.”  Triple D, “We have to rank 300 other players.”  Brandy, “Aw, geez.  Okay, someone write the names down, put them in this Cubs ten-gallon hat and just let me choose.”

Last year I ranked Trevor Bauer 89th overall vs. their 181st ranking.  This year he’s ranked 54th overall, and 67th overall by Triple D.  What did he do to hurt you, Yahoo?  Did he fly his drone into Brandy’s Joe Maddon-stained glass window?  I mean, I get it.  Ranking Delino DeShizz still gives me the heebies and/or jeebies, but, wow, they still hate Trevor Bauer.  Someone else who seems to have accidentally did a poopie in their woobie is Joey Gallo.  Last year, I ranked him 80th overall, they ranked him 151st overall.  On our Player Rater, he ended last year ranked 71st overall.  He is about as predictable of a player as you can find.  So, of course, they’ve ranked him way too late again with Brandy slotting him in at 106th overall.

You want one thing to point at why they’re ranking inside Plato’s cave, surrounded by past mistakes?  They have Joey Votto ranked 51st overall.  For 1st basemen, he is ranked before Aguilar, Gallo, Abreu, Carpenter, Olson, I mean, just about everyone, except six other 1st basemen.  Joey Votto who is coming off a 12-homer season when he hit .284, turning 36 this year, and is projected for 22 homers and .278 by Steamer.  Yes, Steamer that is regularly the best in the biz for projections.  22 homers and .278?  Yo, Votto, you Justin Bour?  Blink once for yes and twice for no.  Maybe Yahoo did their rankings’ sesh at an Outback Steakhouse, saw a waiter dressed as a kangaroo and subconsciously fell in love with Joey.  It’s the only thing that makes sense.

I’m going to list players in a handy chart like I did the other day with ESPN’s fantasy baseball rankings.  The Thank You’s have it.  It being good value from my rankings vs. Yahoo’s.  The No Thank You’s don’t have it.  They’re bad people.  Meh, they might be okay people, but they’re likely not ending up on any of my Yahoo drafted teams.  For this, I’ll be using my 2019 fantasy baseball rankings (go figure!) and Yahoo’s 2019 fantasy baseball rankings (crazy, right?).

THANK YOU

Player Grey’s Ranking Yahoo’s Ranking Overall Difference
Overall Overall
Manny Machado
6 19 13
Javier Baez
8 22 14
Adalberto Mondesi 20 69 49
Rhys Hoskins
23 38 15
Jean Segura 41 57 16
Jose Peraza 42 132 80
Trevor Bauer
44 54 10
David Dahl
51 93 42
German Marquez 59 107 48
Michael Conforto
61 95 34
Joey Gallo
62 99 37
Travis Shaw
69 109 40
Max Muncy 71 128 57
Nomar Mazara 81 137 56
Victor Robles 83 123 40
Eloy Jimenez 84 116 32
Domingo Santana 105 227 122
Tyler Glasnow 111 174 63
Shane Bieber 115 163 48
Jose Alvarado 145 264 119
Ramon Laureano 179 216 37
Daniel Palka 182 Unranked
Cedric Mullins
192 327 135
Joey Wendle
194 257 63

NO THANK YOU

Player Grey’s Ranking Yahoo’s Ranking Overall Difference
Overall Overall
Max Scherzer
19 7 12
Jose Altuve
21 12 9
Jacob deGrom
26 13 13
Luis Severino
74 31 43
Clayton Kershaw
75 36 39
Whit Merrifield
68 37 31
Noah Syndergaard
73 46 27
Lorenzo Cain
94 47 47
Joey Votto
132 51 81
Gary Sanchez
126 64 62
Daniel Murphy 156 68 88
Justin Turner 131 79 52
Josh Donaldson 177 87 90
Dee Gordon 176 94 82
Michael Brantley 207 106 101
Rafael Devers 220 111 109
Brian Dozier 174 124 50
Kyle Schwarber 234 138 96
Carlos Santana 302 146 156
Josh Bell 309 187 122
Jesse Winker 459 195 264
  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    So good, keep ’em coming.

    a. I think the main problem lies in the projections for hitting and pitching. Maybe I’m being Captain Obvious but I have seen evidence of it in CBS land. To wit, I was criticized in the Draft recap analysis for taking the following players where I did.

    1. Glasnow at pick 94. He was projected on the day of the draft to be 278th, resulting in a -184 score. The analysis went as far to say that that (stutterer) was for sure a mistake and a very big one. However, that same Glasnow in just 3 days since the draft has gone up to 265th. That surge in his projections to me is based on people drafting him earlier than 278 and the fact that someone is adjusting his projected stats for 2019.

    2. Grandal at 127. He was projected on draft day for 280. He is now slimmed down to 266.

    3. Flaherty at 67. He was projected to be 122. He is now 121 (!!) but…

    My point being that the changes are going to come soon all around once people start drafting and some kind of greater consensus arrives. Or it won’t. Also, the actual scores based on their actual performance in 2019 will be the most important factor not how CBS ranked them in the pre-season. Right? Help me.

    b. So, in my continuing saga, Puig is gone. I have Laureano in the utility and I will keep there for now. New question!! Would you add VGJ over any of these pitchers and in which order?

    1. Maeda (has RP eligibility, but my fear is he pitches long relief out of the BP which would kill his value in a points league)
    2. Luis Castillo
    3. Josh James
    4. Carlos Martinez (really valuable in this format because he has RP eligibility)

    I’m leaning 1. Maeda for the reason in the parenthesis, scroll up 0.1″.

    c. Best John Lennon quote ever for February 14

    [About the constant swarm of fans, media, magazine editors, consumer product managers and politicians!!]

    “There’s no switching off. The elevator man wants a little piece of you on your way back to your room. The maid wants a little piece of you back at the hotel by all means sexually but also a piece of your time and energy and it’s like the politicians are on your arm 24 hours a day.”

    d. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote for February 14

    1. Scientists in Japan have invented underwear for men with a special scent that they claim is irresistible to women. Let me tell you something, if you’ve got a woman’s nose in crotch you don’t need special underwear!

    2. Well, Premiere magazine’s issue of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood hit the news stands this month. In an odd bit of ranking, Demi Moore was ranked #28, while her breasts were ranked 20 and 21!

    3. The most restrictive smoking ban in the nation took effect this week in New York and already the city has gained over 9000 pounds!

    4. At a press conference this week Washington Mayor Marion Barry said he wants private businesses to provide 5000 summer jobs for a district youth program. He also wants a big bag of crack.

    5. At Virginia Commonwealth University a professor is being sued following revelations that he spanked one of his students. It was the students’ parents who first became suspicious when they asked what kind of marks are you getting. And she replied big red ones on my bare ass.

    e. Happy Valentine’s day to all out there! Nothing says I love you more than a box of chocolates with the words I love you written on them or a valentine’s day sticker in your viber app! I being facetious, do something really meaningful. Make it count if you love someone.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Ya know, CBS is so convoluted with their rankings I don’t know how much it plays into CBS ADP, I’m sure some… Bc people look at prerankings while they’re drafting and it influences them… B. Sure, VGJ over Maeda C. Yeah, must’ve been nuts for them D. 2. Ha!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        a. Thanks. So my D+ grade that their draft recap analysis put together shouldn’t affect me too much. The rankings really put you off.

        b. Nuts for sure and that was right around the release of Help! in ’65. They still cranked out so many good songs and albums until 1970 when they broke up. Now it’s pretty obvious why they broke up.

        c. Not sure if her right breast was 20 or her left breast. Am re-watching all 3 seasons of Norm MacDonald live from the Youtube. He did 12, 1-hour episodes for season 1 (last episode with Gilbert Godfried is a 2 part 2-hour episode), 13 for season 2 and 14 for season 3. The guests are AMAZING, to wit

        s01
        01 Super Dave
        02 Tom Green
        03 Fred Stoller
        04 Russell Brand
        05 Billy Bob Thornton
        06 Larry King
        07 Kevin Nealon
        08 Simon Helberg
        09 Nick Swardson
        10 Andy Dick
        11-12 Gilbert Gottfried (2-part episode)

        s02
        01 Ray Romano
        02 Adam Sandler
        03 David Sapde
        04 Carl Reiner
        05 Fred Willard
        06-07 Todd Glass (2 part, 2 episodes)
        08 Bob Saget
        09 David Koechner
        10 Roseanne Barr
        11 Marc Maron
        12 Martin Mull
        13 Jack Carter

        s03
        01 Stephen Merchant
        02 Bill Hader
        03 Letterman
        04 Mike Tyson
        05 Bobby Lee
        06-07 Sarah Silverman (2 part, 2 episodes)
        08 Dana Carvey
        09 Jerry Seinfeld
        10 Caitlyn Jenner
        11 Rich Little
        12 Margaret Cho
        13 Tim Allen
        14 Jim Carrey

        The show is really good.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. I wouldn’t pay attention to their grading B. They hated each other? C. Super Dave! That is a solid list

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            a. I love Super Dave, didn’t have the same notoriety obvi as his brother but he was still pretty funny in his own right.

            b. They definitely did not hate each other. Maybe the pressure of who was the best perhaps affected them. It was Lennon and McCartney from the very beginning. Ringo and Harrison were just the pillows and cushions on Lennon and McCartney’s fold-out couch (hide-a-bed as they stateside!!). They actually loved each other, took care of each other and in fact if any idea was floated around it had to have unanimous consent from all 4 Beatles to pass. Otherwise the idea would die. Lennon and McCartney were just super talented in what they did.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. RIP… Cougs’ parents are friends with his brother… No, the other brother B. No? I thought they did hate each other, will need Google

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!!

                I guess it’s the price of fame. I am in ’65 of their lives and it’s looking pretty damn good. I guess too much of a good thing can take its toll. They did really get along well in the early days. Maybe Yoko had an effect and maybe they both were too big for the band. Tough in a band when you have 2 drivers.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  How is “The Yoko Effect” not a saying?

                  • Ante Galic says:
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                    @Grey: Grey!!

                    Lol. We’ll have to incorporate it into something this season, like “The Kikuchi effect”, when a great prospect comes over from Japan but only pitches 130 IP thus destroying his overall value.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Ante Galic says:
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                      @Ante Galic: Grey!

                      As in, Kikuchi suffered from the Kikuchi effect in his first season in MLB. Hopefully he’ll be over it for his sophomore season.

                      Cheers,
                      Ante

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, true

  2. Crazy J says:
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    Just for chatty purposes… Yahoo’s rankings changed earlier in the week. Mondesei WAS at 82 and for some odd reason Corbin went from 68 to 82.

    Grandal went from 199 to 167… even though he’s still undervalued he is getting grabbed in the 12th, sometimes the 11th round. I was reaching for him in the 14th round, but do you think he’s worth grabbing in the 12th round? I feel like there is a huge drop off after him and even though Ramos is next he’s taken “virtually” in the same rounds as Grandal which usually leaves me with a very late pick of Alfaro. So the 12th round for me is usually a 3rd SP or an RP, so I don’t feel like I’m giving away much by reaching. Think of it as CMart or DRobinson, but I’m almost guaranteed Luccessi, Chase Anderson, Mychal Givins later.

    Your thoughts?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Crazy J: My thought is they look at NFBC ADPs and the way they change and then adjust their rankings

      • Huffin Gas says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Yeah I don’t get Yahoo. They put out their rankings, and then change them not based on a guy signing with a team or some other tangible factor, they change them because they looked at other industry rankings and/or ADPs. It’s like, if you don’t trust your own rankings why should anyone else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crazy J: Ah, yeah, that could be, I can’t keep up with their constant changes… I wouldn’t draft a catcher that early in a 1-catcher league

  3. Mr Baseball says:
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    16 team deep keeper league
    KEEP 10

    These are my 10 keepers – do you agree or you like one or the four players on bottom
    Pitchers values seem to be higher than normal in this league
    Thank you for your time here Grey

    Travis Shaw Mil – 2B, 
    Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B
    J.D. Martinez Bos – LF,RF
    David Dahl Col – LF,CF,RF
    Eduardo Rodriguez Bos – SP
    Zack Wheeler NYM – SP
    Rich Hill LAD – SP
    Brent Honeywell TB – SP
    Josh Hader Mil – RP
    David Robertson Phi – RP

    Ramón Laureano Oak – CF
    Seranthony Domínguez Phi – 
    Luke Voit NYY – 1B
    Daniel Palka CWS – LF,RF

    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, Util, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL, NA

    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Strikeouts per Walk Ratio (K/BB), Quality Starts (QS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball: Hmm… Voit or Laureano over Honeywell, maybe… But if SPs are that much more valuable, I can see going with you have… Kinda six of one, half dozen of the other

      • Mr Baseball says:
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        Honeywell I think his numbers will not help me that much this year – Is he a pitcher that has good enough stuff 2 years down the road that will be a must own – something like
        Zack Wheeler numbers would do man

        • Mr Baseball says:
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          Ramon Laureano power numbers look weak this year but that is mayber because he will bat lead off – Do you ever see any power numbers coming

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe, but he’s also battled injuries

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I do like Honeywell tho for future

  4. 4amTVdinners says:
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    Great Write Up… I am in a 14 Team Roto 5×6 (QS/W) league. Keep 9 forever. I am keeping
    Acuna, Freeman, Albies, Dahl, Correa, Merrifield, Bauer… I need your wisdom on my final two spots.

    Clevinger, Tim Anderson, Wil Meyers, Devers, McCullers, Hicks and Kyle Tucker

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @4amTVdinners: 5×6 pitching heavy with qs added u should be drafting top starters in that setting for sure.

      In fact, i bet you could load up on pitching and power( hr rbis) and win the league easily if its h2h.

  5. Puddle Stomp says:
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    Grey,

    In an 5×5 OBP league, which players from the chart get the biggest boost? Gallo, Muncy, and Shaw?

    Are any of the players that you listed hurt by OBP?

    Thanks!

    • knucks says:
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      @Puddle Stomp: Rudy does OBP Ranks that I use every year for a league that sounds similar to yours. I know Grey mentioned in the past when I’ve asked that he would use these if he had that type of draft too. CTRL +F on the players in Grey’s charts here: https://razzball.com/playerrater-preseason-yahoomlb12-5X5obp/

      Good luck with your leagues, Pud Stomper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Puddle Stomp: Agree with knucks, I use that link he posted

  6. mcmi11ions says:
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    Grey! Yesterday I asked about keeping Severino over someone like Treinen, and we were both on agreement sucking it up and keeping Severino…well moot point as this morning I was able to trade him straight up for Mondessi! Woot

  7. J-hova says:
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    Thanks Grey! This is up there with one of my favorite pre season posts. We’re getting so close, despite my car being frozen over I can smell Friday’s Buy or Sell coming.
    I honestly hope ESPN and Yahoo never change. They being so far off really help every one of your readers. Quick questions for, I can keep Harper in Rd 3 and have the two pick with Trout kept. What are your thoughts on Yelich and Harper rounds 1&3 with the best of Baez/Mondesi/Goldie or Freeman between?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-hova: Thanks! Stay warm! Yelich and Harper and Baez works for me, but you can’t go wrong with any of them, I’d go with my rankings… Baez, Freeman, Goldy

  8. Drew says:
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    Thanks for this, Grey. Mucho helpful.

    The off-season trade window is open in one of my leagues, which is points based. The scoring favors pitching, with Scherzer bringing in 950 points last year (eg). That said, thoughts on this:

    I get Kluber ($30) and Leclerc ($4)
    For
    I give Folty ($9) and Winker ($4)

    Basically I’d be taking on salary ($21) and Klubot would be thrown back at the end of this year. I’d also be giving up Folty and Winker as keepers, given their lower prices. This would all but guarantee that I’d not keep Altuve ($39).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drew: I’d take Kluber

  9. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: My road to 4-straight starts to look like the following if Yahoo! rankings stay where they are when draft day comes: I pick at the end of the “first round” (really 3rd since we keep 2 players), so my first 3 players are projected to be: Betts, Lindor, and Adalberto Mondesi (unless someone does a stretch armstrong and reaches for him into the Top 30 from 69 overall – though I may have a shot at Rhys as well… maybe a Rhys/Mondesi combo – I’m already drooling…

  10. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Excited for the season! Can’t wait.

    7th Keeper League. Can’t decide on the last two:

    Machado
    JD Martinez
    Blackmon
    Story
    Scherzer
    Kluber

    which one to keep:
    Aguilar
    Corbin

    League: 14 team mix h2h (3 OF, 2 UTL, no MI, no CI)
    STats:
    R, H, 2b, 3b, HR, RBI, BB, SB, AVG
    W, L, SV. K, K/9, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Same! Can’t go wrong with either, I think you should go Aguilar since you have two SPs

  11. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    some ranking are ranker than others………I’ll Betts’ they will retract some of those ranking.

    Muchado is way low……………Interesting thing i heard on one of the shows this morning DeGrom and his agent are talking about self limits on innings and possible pitch counts. At 30 I can’t see the Mets caving in. This contract is going to impact the season for him.

  12. Rawr... says:
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    Thanks for the analysis!

    I use Yahoo, but only for their fantasy platform. I do not read any of their articles or other content they put out there. And use a mix of industry rankings to keep up in the draft with because their system is so random.

    How are their rankings created? Is it staff writers? Computers? As pointed out in the article their evaluations are all over the place.

    On my league page when you go to Players the rankings (before the season starts)they are divided into two sortable categories: Pre-Season and Current, they’re different numbers for each player right. Why?

    Also, if you go to the Draft Central area and edit your Pre-Draft Rankings those rankings are different than the main player pool.

    Example:

    Chris Sale:
    Pre-Season-10
    Current Ranking- 13
    Draft Editor-11

    I don’t know what to believe. Is there no God?!

    • JB says:
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      @Rawr…: I don’t get the pre-season vs. current discrepancies on Yahoo, but I believe the draft editor rankings are somehow taking into account your league settings. I might be wrong, but that’s what I’ve always assumed.

      • Rawr... says:
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        @JB:

        Thanks for the info!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @JB: Maybe, but….BUT I don’t believe they have some way of changing rankings for league settings

        • JB says:
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          @Grey: Yeah, I hear you, but the league I play in on Yahoo has BB and OBP as offensive categories, and as a result (again, assuming here) Votto is always ranked insanely high in our draft editor. Coincidence??

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hmm, maybe, I don’t know, JB… You have to figure if their rankings are bad for one thing, they’re gonna bad for all things, so it’s kinda whatever

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rawr…: Haha, I know, it’s very confusing… I think preseason are what they did in January? And current are updated? Maybe, I don’t know

      • Rawr... says:
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        @Grey:

        Trout probably killed it in January.

  13. OaktownSteve says:
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    Something strange…Freeland, Anderson and Jon Gray all had better ERAs at home than on the road last season.

    I’m coming around on Lucchesi and Glasgow little. A la The Grduate, “I have one word for you my boy..,tunneling.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Plastics.

      Yeah, notice that on Rockies pitchers before, I think it’s a small sample thing, but who knows — Come all the way around on Lucchesi, he’s going to be pitching in Petco vs. the Rockies (bad road team) or Giants or Diamondbacks five times in a six game stretch and you’re gonna be like, “Why on earth didn’t I want to own that?”

  14. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Please pick a side (keep forever, $3 inflation):

    his $13 Story

    OR

    my $15 Bryant + $25 Cole (not keeping Cole, but would possibly redraft him in the auction if I didn’t trade)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Sounds like a decent upgrade if you’re not keeping Cole, but you are making the other team much stronger than your team… In a bubble, it’s just fair with prolly a bit on Cole side

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Makes sense. This is an expansion team who has that Story keeper and a $26 Kluber. Their other 5 keepers suck, so I’d definitely be giving them a killer rotation plus Kris, who might be on par with Story (in a different stat line of course) if fully healthy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you’re really helping them, which I’m not sure is great

  15. Van Hammersly says:
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    That intro spiel to the Yahoo draft kit is absolutely bananas!

    ESPN has something awfully similar (maybe just awful and similar) right now on their fantasy page that’s a vid of Karabell and Tristan answering the question “Is Mike Trout worth the Number 1 pick in fantasy?” WHO IS THE AUDIENCE FOR THIS KIND OF CONTENT? Not-even-casual baseball fans? Children? The recently comatose?? Grey, as you point out time and time again, it’s like they’re not even trying. Lucky for us, Razzball is.

  16. DonnieB says:
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    Hi Hi Grey….please give me your opinion on my keepers in a 12 team auction with a $300 cap. I can keep 8.My options are:
    Yelich at $33 for 2 more years
    T Bauer at $16 for 2 more years
    Corbin at $4 for 2 more years
    C Seager at $10 for 2 more years
    Dahl at $10 for 2 more years
    R. Osuna at $10 for 2 more years
    Severino at $10 for 1 year
    T Anderson at $9 for 2 more years
    Machado at $50 for 2 more years
    Arenado at $54 for 2 more years
    Shaw at $10 for 1 year
    Castellanos at $3 for 1 year
    Grandal at $3 for 1 year
    Hader at $10 for 2 more years

    Who would be your 8?
    Also, I have been offered Buehler and Peraza—both at $10 for 2 more years—for Severino,Anderson,L Cain at $18, and R Osuna? Is that too much for an upgrade in keepers although I would likely be dropping some of those guys? After the trade, who would my 8 keepers be. I can probably get Machado and Arenado back at similar prices but never for sure. Thank you for your invaluable input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: I’d take Peraza/Buehler

      Peraza/Buehler
      Yelich at $33 for 2 more years
      T Bauer at $16 for 2 more years
      Corbin at $4 for 2 more years
      Dahl at $10 for 2 more years
      Machado at $50 for 2 more years
      Arenado at $54 for 2 more years

      Could see case made for going different ways with keepers

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        I was thinking of Corey Seager at $10 over one of the high priced guys who are within a few dollars of fair value. You are apparently good keeping high priced top players even if there might be more value in a Castellanos or Seager. I would have Perazaand Seager as shortstops, so would likely keep Arenado despite slightly lower ranking and a few dollars. Is Seager too much of a risk despite his ranking? I appreciate any additional thoughts. Thank you!,

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like keeping high priced guys bc you can’t rely on being able to draft high priced guys back (others will be bidding on them) and you can get back Seager if you want… I don’t know what his health is like, I go over him in my rankings

          • DonnieB says:
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            Thanks to the best.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  17. Tom says:
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    I’ve also found this day late and a dollar short phenomenon applies to music industry reviewers. They will completely miss on a bands breakthrough album, then they will write glowing reviews of the follow-up album which often times pales in comparison or stinks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Totally! Yes yes and more yes, all the time

  18. Mike

    Mike says:
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    My precious!! Smeagol wants the Troutses and the Bettses. *bites head off of a fish*

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Mike: LOL! Silly fat hobbits don’t LIKE martinezez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: HA! I see you like sushi

  19. Earl says:
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    I know that Grey’s or Rudy’s rankings are the big bang (so to speak) but how do people find Fantasy Pros rankings to be (if anyone has even examined them)?

    Think I like that they supposedly use a combo of different people to come up with rankings. But I suppose it would depend on who is involved.

    I am probably going to follow Grey’s rankings to the letter for one of my drafts and see how it goes.

    Thanks everyone!!

    • My take is FantasyPros is useless. Why? Because aggregate rankings – if done right (constantly updated, good diversity of sources) – basically mirrors ADP. More preferable to use NFBC ADP (which is updated daily and you can customize date ranges) as my ‘market’ input and then look for differences vs my rankings to help guide my picks.

      • @Rudy Gamble: been reading you guys for years. 12 team league, let it “slip out years ago “ i get everything from fantasy pro. And boy they all use them. Funny but sad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: I agree with Rudy, I would’ve stopped at “useless”

  20. bigbear says:
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    Happy V Day to one and all!!!

    So you drafted Kershaw in the 3rd round? I too like to live dangerously.

    Poll the audience question: What are you best mocks mocking those who make a mockery of draft day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: You too, bigbear, what did you get me huh

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: Why limit our scope to the tangible? So this year, I’m going big! Eternal gratitude!!! (Which, coincidentally, is the same thing I’m getting my wife.)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: oh em dillon gee oh em dillon gee oh em dillon gee

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        that music…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t even

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Simply can’t

            • FrankGrimes says:
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              @Grey:
              I want patri to be my valentine

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I love the way she walks!

  21. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Despite Kershaw being totally overranked by Yahoo/ESPN of course, I have a weird feeling that in casual leagues, Kershaw might fall further than expected.

    I’m in a keeper where I happened to acquire Kershaw ($33 if kept, where in this league Stras and Yu were drafted last year at $37) in part of a bigger deal at the end of the year during my title push. Obviously not keeping him, but I’ve been trying to sell him to the managers I know are casual players / NFL fans mainly, and they seem to have a guttural averse reaction to him like he’s completely toast.

    That could change in the auction draft, but I wonder if there might be a buying opportunity in friends and family leagues where the waiver has enough guys to fill in when he’s injured . . .

      • i’m out on kershaw. bad back and diminished velocity? too much risk of a felix/CC fall-off for me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: Yeah, I think he’d have to fall below what I budget to get a Clevinger type, and there’s no way Clevinger is going before Kershaw in casual drafts . . . thanks!

        • BJFOHOHL says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: just playing DA for S&G in regards to the diminished velocity. It is possible and the talk has been that he is going down the re-inventing himself route. PItching in a wholly different way to compensate for the loss of velo. There is something to be said about the “art” of pitching. Bartolo did the same thing. Not saying its going to be successful nor that his ranks are justified because we won’t know until we get there, but I think the expectation going forward is he is going to be a different pitcher on the hill being more similar to his teammate Rich Hill.

          • it’s certainly possible. i think the success story would be Greinke as they both had great control and a diversified pitch repertoire. but i wouldn’t take greinke in the 3rd round either.

            • BJFOHOHL says:
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              @Rudy Gamble: good call. Agreed on that. He is over valued fo sho. It’s like none of these rankers watched any playoff games

  22. AdamH says:
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    In a 7×7 H2H dynasty league, with OBP and Slugging added, who would you rather lock up for the next 4 years at a market price – Lindor or Turner?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

  23. Sally Cips says:
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    Heya Grey!

    Lots of variables when doing these things. Meaning if we’re playing on Yahoo–which I am–and don’t follow some of their rankings, some dudes I want are going get snatched up.

    Scherzer being #1. There isn’t any manager that is going let him drop to the second round. I understand your point with that is there are 18 position players you believe are worth rostering ahead, so don’t worry, but I do because sometimes you feel more confident going with the absolute best possible pitcher. From there you can fill in. There’s other points of contention, but this is one I’ve been thinking about all week.

    That said, I value your rankings highly, makes you think!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya

    • JB says:
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      @Sally Cips: For what it’s worth, I’ve played in a league on Yahoo for nearly 20 years, and I’ve never drafted a top ranked pitcher, and I have by far the best overall record and most titles over that span. Once I found this website years ago and saw that Grey has the same mindset, I’ve used his rankings pretty religiously and haven’t missed the playoffs once. I’d only reconsider if playing in a points league, but I hate that format so it’s not going to happen.

  24. happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 team, H2H, auction, 6X6 – Please evaluate this 4 player trade proposal.
    My Rendon, Paxton, K.Davis and Archer for basically his Corbin and Story(the other two are throw aways)? Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story side works for me

  25. waffles says:
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    haha i always love this post

    bumping my question from the ESPN post:

    hi grey

    if i felt confident that i could get Mondesi in the 4th round of a 10 teamer (5×5), how much of a boost does that give the guys like Arenado, Stanton, Judge, Martinez relative to the more well rounded guys who could steal bases who are going in the first 3 rounds? ive done mock drafts where I end up with both Trea Turner and Mondesi and i feel like there’s diminishing returns for all the speed.

    what are your thoughts? i respect the off season grind

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea and Mondesi is not great combined

  26. Steve Stevenson says:
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    AL-only keeper, been offered $12 Brantley, $4 Buxton and $2 Goodrum for my $25 Snell. Razz auction values say this is a good deal for me, with my getting discounts on all 3 players and Snell being slightly over value. However, this would leave me with a top SP of Kyle Gibson and only somewhere between 6-12 decent (top-100) SP available in the auction for the 10 owners to fight over.

    So, my questions are, 1) take the deal (maybe trying to get McHugh coming back to me as well)? 2) Assuming the answer to 1 is “No”, if I can make the centerpiece coming back a cheap Andujar or Gleyber + Whitley for my 3-man minor league roster, would you do it then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, hold

  27. knucks says:
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    10 Team League, Keep 5
    OBP and SLG cats instead of AVG
    QS instead of Wins

    Rather have…

    Harper, Treat, Bellinger, Machado, Acuna

    or

    Harper, Machado, Acuna, Rendon, Scherzer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1st one

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Thought so, thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. Holmes says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a keeper league with 3 keepers and I already have Judge in the 11th round and T-Turner in the 8th round. I have the choice of either Blake Snell in the 9th round or Juan Soto as a keeper in the 12th round. I’m tempted to take Soto for later round, but wondering if it makes more sense to lean on having an ace like Snell already in my pocket. What are your thoughts . . Do I keep Snell or Soto .. feel like If I was to keep Soto id be stacked at offense but maybe should play it safe. Appreciate it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Impossible choice, I’d go Snell — crazy young, top 5 SP for many years vs. crazy young, top 10 OF, and there’s more OFs to choose from

  29. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    No space in our convo above, so I’m continuing herein!

    Kikuchi suffered from the Kikuchi effect in his rookie season getting in only 130 IP. Hopefully he will recover from the same effect in his sophomore season.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looked pretty sweet on the mound yesterday… Japanese pitchers are usually overworked however

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Is he a must own over any of the following?

        1. Joshua James
        2. Luis Castillo
        3. Carlos Martinez
        4. Kenta Maeda (if I don’t land VGJ)

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not at this point, but prolly over James

  30. Harley Earl says:
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    As a sports writer myself, I find this piece very disturbing.

    Slamming other people’s work is very unbecoming. Let your own work stand on its own merits. You do great work here. There’s absolutely no need to tear down other writers’ work. Hope you’ll consider this in the future.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

      • snarky anklebiter says:
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        @Grey:
        I always figured the Yahoo guys liked the cross promotion.

      • Ace of Spades says:
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        @Grey: Then you would have to change the name of the site from ‘ Razzball ‘ to ‘ Lets be nice and respectful to other perts no matter how stupid they are ball ‘ . I personally like the Razzball name better myself. I mean, this site is second to none when it comes to fantasy baseball advice, but what makes it really special is the fact that almost every morning I am guaranteed to spit up my coffee/tea/beer in laughter from the wonderful snarky comedy. If it aint broke don’t fix it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Ace!

  31. snarky anklebiter says:
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    I’m kinda surprised you haven’t written a post about Yahoo league drafting strategy after all these years in the F&F league. I know I recall you drafting top pitchers because of their low innings limit.

    You should also check out the Rudy/Steamer ranks for how they differ on Yahoo. He currently has catchers ranked in 12 team as Sanchez (19), Realmuto (29), and Perez (40) overall. When the league only starts 120 batters total, every position matters.

    Since it’s Valentine’s Day, have you reconnected with Weird Al after your chance romantic encounter at the Whole Foods a while back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t seen Weird Al again, but bless him and his crazy ‘do

      Rudy has catchers ranked that high?

      • yeah, it surprises me every year how well catchers do in my Yahoo rankings (which is the 10 hitter format – C/1B/2B/SS/3B/3 OF/2 UTIL).

        the reason is pretty simple. the non-catcher spots have such ridiculous depth on waivers/free agency compared to the ‘standard’ 13 hitter roster format while catchers still are blech.

        i HATE the 10 hitter format so refuse to every play it…but I think I would go aggressive on any catcher in that format.

        other note: the Yahoo F&F league uses 13 hitters but trades a 5th OF for a 2nd UTIL which has negligible impact vs standard rankings.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess in a shallow league what else are you doing with your draft picks

        • True and Correct says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: Actually surprised myself by drafting Realmuto in the 5th round (#52) in my most recent OLC draft at NFBC.
          Your point is even stronger in a 12 team 2 catcher league.
          Had Diaz, Treinen, and Corbin in my queue, and they went right before me. Guess the trade to Philly had me bumping him up a couple of rounds. Took Alfaro as my 2nd as sort of a zen thing.

          • I have never played a 12-team mixed with 2 catchers but you are right. Same concept. Very little difference between the bottom half of mos team’s non-C (MI/CI/OF4/OF5/UTIL) and what is available on waivers as opposed to catcher.

  32. Scott says:
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    In a keeper league where I have my 4 OF spots set and a reserve, would you kepl kiriloff who is a fairly high ranked prospect over Jake lamb. I also have my infield set so lamb would be a reserve

    • Scott says:
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      Btw, I could n/a kiriloff and have an open spot to use for fa or waiver add after out 6 rd draft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  33. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks for the incredible content. had my first mock last week for my 12 team h2h points league, would like your thoughts. I’m drafting 11th in a snake. I did this one last week, (the one I did this week ended up drastically different) they look like they could hit a billion homers, but I’m still getting comfy with your pitcher pairings, so thanks in advance.

    ( it auto drafted from the 22nd round on so just ignore that I’m usually good at finding RP on the wire and I usually stock bench with SP.)

    C – Jorge Alfaro – 19th
    1B Cody Bellinger – 4th
    2B Travis Shaw 8th
    SS Tim Anderson 12th
    3B Eduardo Escobar 15th
    OF Ronald Acuna – keeper
    OF Aaron Judge – keeper
    OF Rhys Hoskins 3rd (35th overall)
    Uti lKhris Davis 6th
    SP Patrick Corbin 5th
    SPJ ameson Taillon 7th
    SP German Marquez 9th
    SP David Price 10th
    SP Yusei Kikuchi 16th
    RP Raisel Iglesias 11th
    RP Ken Giles 14th
    RP Mychal Givens 18th
    RP Brad Brach CHC auto 20th
    RP Fernando Rodney auto 22nd
    Bench
    OF Victor Robles WSH 13th
    P Chase Anderson – 17th
    2B DJ LeMahieu auto 21st
    1B Tyler White auto 23rd (i like)
    C Austin Hedges auto 24th
    RP Diego Castillo – auto 25th
    RP Matt Barnes auto 26th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No no no NO! Kidding, solid team, man… Love the hitting and pitching, you look like you followed my advice… If I had to quibble, you look low on speed, instead of LeMahieu, maybe a speed guy? And no catcher on bench, but I see those were auto’d…

  34. Scott says:
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    Would you keep aj puk over ken giles? I usually dont hold much value in relievers or in pitching prospects but there are only so many closers and upside starters in a 14 team league.

    Giles would give me 3 closers to start the season

    If I keep puk, I’d na him and have an extra spot to add a player in fa or waivers after our 6 rd draft

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      NA him and grab a player, sure, that works for me…

  35. Salvatore Grieco says:
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    Do you ever see it panning out for AJ Reed or do you think he was just a bust

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think he needs a team change, but he doesn’t have much time to pan out

  36. Steve says:
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    How do you rank fantasy baseball sites? ESPN’s new overhaul has my league thinking of a switch but I’m only familiar with ESPN & Yahoo. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like ESPN the best for playing

  37. BJFOHOHL says:
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    Have you seen the @BSOHLTracker twitter account? It’s glorious!

    • Cram It says:
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      @BJFOHOHL: That is so good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It could be so much more

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: it could, same could be said about a lot of good ideas. But its a start…speaking of start, how soon til we can have Vikings chat? I need this. No wait, never mind. I’m over hyping. Watch at you leisure

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As soon as I get thru Suburra I will watch… It’s a tough watch, not very good, but I’m halfway thru

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            I will take it off my queue now haha.
            I still may watch 4 blocks tho.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, pretty meh

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                Have you watched Russian Doll?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I watched the 1st episode… It was okay, I might return to it, but might not

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:
                    It picks up after a few. The girl wanted to watch it. It was decent.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, have heard that, I might return… At least it’s short and only 30 mins

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, re: BSOHL, I’m being tough, it’s good, but it could be so much more… They need to play with BSOHL, rather than repeating BSOHL over and over

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: I agree. Now I’m mad I didn’t do it. Id be doing some things with that acronym

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, gotta have fun with it!

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: just run down “S” words. Just off the top of my head I got sexy, sushi and salami…wait, no, that’s my porn hub search

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, yeah, exactly… Multiple that by every letter in the acronym

  38. Cram It says:
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    I’m in a Facebook group for Instant Pot recipes only. The post has to be a recipe, anything else, it gets deleted. Once a week they post where you can you ask away about anything. You should do that for the “rate my mock draft” people.

    • AllThePrettyStantons says:
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      @Cram It:

      I’ve only been following for a couple years, but Grey seems a little less fascist than that. Almost like the opposite of that, right? More of a ‘man of the people’ kinda vibe?

      unless you’re just messin’ around…then lol at Instant Pot Recipes Only and the group’s specificity, that’s great.

      • Cram It says:
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        @AllThePrettyStantons: Grey is certainly a man of the people.

        I’m just messin’ around. Got nothing to do with me. Only catcher questions make me want to jump off of a bridge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Mock drafts are something, huh? BTW, I was looking at a cheesecake recipe for Instant Pot recently, but I don’t have an Instant Pot… Should I get one?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Dude you can make anything in it..in one pot..in like 30 minutes or less. For a single guy who hates to cook, it’s been a life saver!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I actually enjoy cooking, not always successfully, but I was checking it out… I like the idea of Instant Pot’ng me some chili

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I’m sure you can find a use for it. It’s allowed me to try recipes I would never have entertained before because I hate cooking that much. And you only have one pot to clean!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cougs does the dishes, so not as worried about that… I think I might give it a whirl tho… Then we can swap recipes!

  39. Mike says:
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    Thank you Grey for going after these lazy corporate fantasy rankings. It’s about time somebody did.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • JB says:
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      @Mike: He’s been doing it for years, and he’s right way more than he’s wrong.

  40. Stumanji! says:
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    G! I’m back and ready for another season of Torenado and “on the third hand that’s actually the Hamburger Helper spokesman” jokes.

    Trying to decide on my 5 keepers, 10 tm H2H, price increases 120% per year, $200 budget.

    Hoskins $3
    Correa $5
    Treat Urner $4
    Suarez $3
    Harper $24
    Yelich $34
    Scherzer $12
    Bauer $9
    Corbin $3

    I’d love to swap 2 for 1 but it’s impossible in this league. For context, because so many top guys are kept for cheap, the top available guys get drafted for $60-70+

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice! You have insane keepers, you should swap two for one…

      Hoskins $3
      Correa $5
      Treat Urner $4
      Yelich $34
      Scherzer $12

      Not even sure how you could have Scherzer for $12, feels illegal

      • Stumanji! says:
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        @Grey: i traded a huge package for Max like 3 years ago which included a $3 Jose Fernandez.

        RIP in piece.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rest in power!

      • Stumanji! says:
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        @Grey: Seems crazy that I wouldn’t keep Harper!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, kinda between him and Correa, but $5 vs. $24? I don’t know, don’t think you can wrong either way

  41. Mike says:
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    Grey, you’re pretty high on Travis Shaw. Would you keep him for $16 this year? It’s 5×5, 4 OF, 3 UTIL, $260 auction, can keep as many as you want with $5/$10/$15/$20 elevator year over year. This would be the second year I keep Shaw, thus the $16 price tag ($1 original, $6 last year, $16 this year).

    I’m also considering Merrified at $16, Clevinger at $14 and Berrios at $16. What do you think? Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mike: Grey’s Top 500 should show auction values.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It does

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So Shaw or one of those three? I’d go Shaw or Clevinger, prolly depends on your other keepers, but maybe not

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: No, I can keep as many as I want, or none at all. The players I am going to keep so far for sure are:

        Eloy Jimenez – $6
        Severino – $16
        Flaherty – $6
        Glasnow – $6
        Wheeler – $6
        Hader – $6
        Givens – $6

        I’m trying to decide whether to also keep those others (shaw, Merrifield, berrios, clevinger), as well as Trea Turner ($31) and Benintendi ($31), which I am unsure of as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, then I’d keep all of them

  42. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Haha. Loved reading all this. Read and laughed at Ante’s first comment about CBS analyzer. A couple of years ago I helped a friend with his draft using your rankings which was for a team on CBS. The analyzer made all kinds of snide remarks about what a lousy team he had. Totally dissed it. All year long he kept winning and it kept saying his team was outperforming and it coudn’t last. Each week it would wonder if this was the week his team would come back to reality.
    Of course, he made it to the final playoff game and even then they kept at it. He lost by just a few points and the analyzer acted vindicated. The friend was worried all year too cuz he believed what CBS was saying. I kept having to tell him he had a good team (obviously).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, exactly… People see CBS, Yahoo etc and think it’s right bc of where it is located

  43. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Oh, and cracked up about your Jan March story on the podcast. And the Stevie one with Cougs. Helps me get through boring workouts at Planet Fitness. Cheers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice!

  44. AL says:
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    Hey Grey, was trying to get judge from these guys for Harper but they said they were too “nervous” about Harper and countered with Javy Baez and Judge for Harper and Jose Ramirez. Is that as crazy as your average fantasy ranking makes it seem? Curious what you thought.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Baez/Judge — it’s at least fair, could be slam dunk for you

      • AL says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I am definitely spooked by your Ramirez write-up.

        He also asked for Vlad and Harper for Judge but I kind of don’t want to send Vlad to another team because it gives me hope I might be able to draft him, though I bet it won’t happen :)

        Guess I am just worried about Baez being able to repeat with so few walks and the high BABIP.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a small concern, but it is there

  45. The Great Knoche says:
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    Getting set to do first NFBC and am setting KDS. Thinking of popping in 1-2 looking for Trout or Betts and then skipping to around 8-15 before putting back in 3-7

    My thoughts being I’m not as high on Yelich as you are, and not comfortable with JD, JoRam, or a pitcher in those 3-7 slots.

    If I get 8-10 i’d look at Turner/Acuna/Arenado and then still have a shot at Stanton/Freeman/Harper/Goldy/Story coming back through. If I end up higher I can get Machado or Bregman and pair up with same guys.

    You put any thought into this yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I set my KDS the other day… I did something similar… I’m hoping for Betts or Trout then Trea Turner or Machado…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like 8 hole a lot

  46. National Pastime says:
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    @Grey

    I’m in a 10 team ESPN standard 5×5 season long roto league – no auctions or team budgets.

    ESPN seems to lump the majority of the top SP in the top 40 and most team owners in my league blindly pick the next highest ranked player so they are unlikely to fall to you in later rounds. This gives me the impulse to grab a SP in the first 3 rounds.

    Thoughts?

  47. Big Lib says:
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    20 teams. Is Berlinger and mondesi (39th and 42nd picks) too too much risk in the 2nd and third rounds in your opinion?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berlinger, the director of the Ted Bundy movie?

      Not too much risk

  48. RoarOf84 says:
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    10-team, h2h 6×6 league where each team can have a maximum of 6 keepers without any penalty.

    Current keepers:
    Acuna
    Sale
    JD
    Bryant
    Correa
    Bellinger

    I’m looking to package some of my surplus, like Bogaerts, with Bellinger to improve my last keeper spot. My top target right now is Machado, but would you do these other two offers?

    Bellinger and Bogaerts for Soto? Bellinger and Bogaerts for Judge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Soto there or Judge

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d package Correa before Bogaerts

      • RoarOf84 says:
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        @Grey:

        I think the Machado owner is balking at Bellinger and Bogaerts. If I swap out Bellinger for JD, is that too much or no?

        • Grey

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          Too much

          • RoarOf84 says:
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            @Grey:

            Yeah, that’s what I figured. Good thing I got him to accept Machado for Bellinger and Bogaerts. We also flipped some picks where he got to move up like 4 spots in the draft.

  49. Beninihana says:
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    Love the Podcast with you and ralph, wish you guys did it more often so i wasn’t forced to listen to the cbs guys when i finish yours. Anyway, I constantly hear you guys reference “RCLs”. What are those?

  50. Mike L says:
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    I thought that intro was hilarious because I felt the same way. And although I don’t think Scott White is bad, why does every CBS fantasy advice link say something like “from the model that predicted”…give me a damn break. And why does Keith Law think he’s the God of baseball prospect rankings or Baseball America think every article they write is too good for anyone? I get it I get it. Writers should be paid for their efforts. But when it seems there’s an arrogance about it they wont get mine.

  51. A2K says:
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    It was the best of times, it was the blorst of times

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well said

  52. Todd Brown says:
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    I see how high you are on mondesi but if you its a obp and not average league, are you still feeling that confident he is worth that value?

    • Grey

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      He gets dinged in an OBP league

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