Will get out of the way upfront the compliments. Yahoo isn’t nearly as bad as ESPN this year. (Likely any year.) Here’s my critique of the ESPN 2020 fantasy baseball rankings. ESPN appears to be phoning it in and they haven’t paid their phone bill in six months and they’re in talks with a bankruptcy attorney to get an extension on their bill because, “What defunct are they talking about?” While I don’t agree with all of Yahoo’s 2020 fantasy baseball rankings, I can at least understand what they’re talking about most of the time. For unstints, they have Fernando Tatis Jr. ranked 11th overall vs. my 10th, and ESPN has him at 43rd overall. That especially feels like a joke, much like, “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “An Astros player stealing signs.” So, before this becomes a 360-degree jerk with my new best friends at Yahoo, who I’m guessing not-so-secretly despise me, here’s a totally impartial look at Yahoo’s 2020 fantasy baseball rankings vs. my own 2020 fantasy baseball rankings:

Last year the Yahoo gang — #Yahgang — had Adalberto Mondesi 69th overall, which is sexy, but not as sexy as my 20th overall, which, honestly, was too sexy for my own good. This year The Yahgang (adopting the moniker now) they have Mondesi at 42nd overall and I’m still crazy high at 20th overall. For what it’s Werth, Rudy’s auction rankings have him 33rd overall. Look at Rudy offering a hand of bridge to bring us together. (By the by, ESPN has Mondesi at 76 overall, which is just a total WUT.) So, who’s right:  me, Rudy or Yahoo (obviously not ESPN)? Might surprise some people to hear this, but Rudy or Yahoo are likely closer to solid value. I’m overpaying at 20. How’sever, I am overpaying for a reason. Taking me out of the equation, Rudy’s hitter projections have Mondesi down for 71/19/68/.253/46 in 569 ABs. That is conservative, but fair. I have Mondesi for a few more steals and average (less HRs), but it’s all the same diff. I just want Mondesi more. 50-ish steals in today’s market without killing you in any other category is extremely valuable. I’m willing to pay a premium for him — a premi-him? Hmm, let’s never talk of that portmanteau again. Maybe you can wait until 33rd or even 42nd overall, but I’m reaching for Mondesi earlier. I know I’m paying $1.25 on the dollar, but at least I’m admitting it, unlike people paying $1.25 on the dollar for guys like Walker Buehler in the top 20.

Good for The Yahgang being down, in a non-sexual way, on guys like Jose Altuve (33 vs. my 31); Alex Bregman (16 vs. my 16) and Vlad Jr. (53 vs. my 56), but why is everyone so down on Pete Alonso? Again, for sake of argument, let’s take Rudy’s projections:  102/43/104/.252/2 in 560 ABs. That’s pretty close to what I have, but I have him hitting .263. He hit .260 last year, if you were wondering. Last year he was 17th overall on the Player Rater. Obviously, I’m seeing less homers from him this year vs. last, so that would mean lower on the Player Rater. OR WOULD IT?! Damn, Mr. Reversal Question, you scared the crap out of me. Well, it could mean less homers for Alonso while he still leads the league in power if baseballs are not dripping with juice again. Will the balls be dry? I have no idea. But no one knows. All I know is Alonso can lead the league in power pretty easily with a neutral ball. Sorta like, I don’t know, let’s see, Aaron Judge, who Yahoo ranks 22nd overall. The only difference is Judge has hit 27 homers each the past two years. Why does Judge get a pass and Alonso doesn’t? I think I know, and I think I’ve said this before. If Judge hit 52 homers three years ago and 27 homers the past two years, but was a normal-sized man, he’d be ranked around 75th overall. Everyone just assumes Judge will hit 50+ homers if he plays 150 games. Well, I’m not sure why that’s the assumption or why people think he’s gonna stay healthy. Alonso has plenty of power in his bat to hit 50 homers again. Okay, before PETA shows up at my doorstep because I’m beating this dead horse, I’m moving on.

Bully on The Yahgang for being appropriately down on Paul Goldschmidt (73 vs. my 76) and Nicholas Castellanos (96 vs. my 91), while being appropriately excited for Brandon Woodruff (93 vs. my 102) and Dinelson Lamet (110 vs. my 103), but they are way too low on Jose Abreu (95 vs. my 45) and too high on Chris Sale (39 vs. my 74). Like Altuve trying to get cereal out of a cabinet, let’s go with the latter first. I’m going to disregard my philosophy of not drafting top starters, and just assume you want to draft an SP in the top 40 overall, and, for some godforsaken reason, Chris Sale is who you want. Chris Sale was an abomination last year. Are people forgetting this? He was unownable. Ask someone who owned him, if you don’t believe me. He ruined teams. Also, are people forgetting the huge storyline with him last year about how his velocity was way down? Well, it was and it never returned. He was actually shut down last year and opted to rest and rehab his elbow vs. surgery. There’s something that always works out well for starters! Yup, no surgery has 100% success rate. Ow, eye roll headache! If you must draft a top starter, and I don’t think you do, draft anyone but Chris Sale. He will kill your fantasy teams once again. Next up, Jose Abreu. I kid, I have nothing to say on Abreu. He’s boring. Our writer, Dan Richards did write 1200 words on his Jose Abreu 2020 fantasy. I concur with 100% of it. Abreu is boring, but he’s a good boring. No one can make a good faith argument why The Yahgang (or anyone) has Rizzo 30 picks before Abreu. There’s a better case to be made that Abreu is more consistent and valuable than Rizzo.

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 2020 fantasy baseball rankings (go figure!) and Yahoo’s 2020 fantasy baseball rankings (crazy, right?).

THANK YOU

Player Grey’s Ranking Yahoo’s Ranking Overall Difference
Overall Overall
Trevor Story
5 13 8
Jose Ramirez
11 21 10
Pete Alonso 15 29 14
Bryce Harper 18 28 10
Rafael Devers 19 31 12
Adalberto Mondesi 20 42 22
Matt Olson 21 82 61
Jose Abreu
45 95 50
Jorge Soler 54 78 24
Max Muncy 57 104 47
Ramon Laureano 62 80 18
Mike Moustakas 65 99 34
Sonny Gray
68 105 37
Oscar Mercado
86 106 20
Lance Lynn 96 133 37
Zac Gallen 110 137 27
Miguel Sano
128 160 32
Hunter Dozier 130 224 94
Christian Walker 132 238 106
Danny Santana
140 183 43
Dansby Swanson 150 229 79
Marcus Stroman
151 206 55
J.D. Davis 152 212 60
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 154 195 41

NO THANK YOU

Player Grey’s Ranking Yahoo’s Ranking Overall Difference
Overall Overall
Gerrit Cole
17 7 10
Aaron Judge
37 22 15
Chris Sale
74 39 35
Charlie Blackmon
71 41 30
Whit Merrifield
94 43 51
Kris Bryant
83 44 39
Tommy Pham
85 61 24
Tyler Glasnow
123 81 42
David Dahl
157 116 41
Elvis Andrus 178 124 54
Aristides Aquino 195 125 70
Kyle Tucker 163 127 36
Garrett Hampson 222 153 69
Matthew Boyd 202 157 45
Jean Segura 215 162 53
Justin Upton 272 197 75
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Shawn Beers
Shawn Beers
2 years ago

Hey keeper questions
I have Devers, Eloy, Robles,Marte,and Thor, Berrios
Do I trade for another SP Sonny Grey who do I offer or do I move a SP for another Bat

zac
zac
2 years ago

In my upcoming draft and I have the 19th 23rd 26th & 30th picks. Who are a few guys you think I should target in each of those spots

Cheavy
Cheavy
2 years ago

Chris Sale is an interesting case. I understand the hate, but… he did end up with 1.09 WHIP and a 13.32 K/9. seems pretty elite. His 4.40 ERA obscures a 3.39 FIP and 2.93 xFIP. The HR/9 was the glaring stat for him, by far a career worst. Not saying I’m totally sold on him, but I’m likely one of those willing to buy low and may end up with him this year. BRING ON THE TORMENT.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  Cheavy
2 years ago

Doom and gloom. Don’t say nobody told you so. Diminished velocity is the death knell for many a picture.

I will not be drafting sale in any league of any size in any format i’m almost any round.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
2 years ago

Hiya Grey!

Long time commenter, 1st time reader, thanks for taking my call.

This is my favorite article of the year – a yeariodical, if you will. You won’t, but I left you the benefit of the doubt.

Bitterly, I finished 2nd last year, losing my championship because my cubbies & Braves all got benched for either being eliminated or clinching. Well, they were resting, which is the psychical opposite of resting. It’s difficult to rest while clinching. For example, one must rest into a poop. You ever try to clinch into a poop? Impossible!

Were my league straight 6×6 roto I woulda won with 3 weeks to play. Technically, were it straight 6×6 roto I’d win every year because my fantasy football H2H loving friends would all quit, so there’s that.

Anyway, I’m finally getting past my bitter and wiping the slate clean. Figuratively, not like my poop analogy before.

Getting excited & psyched to abuse the Yahoo rankings.

I’ve been lurking for a spell, and I’m happy to see you’ve mastered the R to the Izzo! On Hot Ones, ScHoolboyQ said my sauce was “hella good”, so I have mad street cred now. As long as that street is in an affluent, safe neighborhood.

See ya during the season, buddy.

Gargamel
Gargamel
2 years ago

Is the expectation that Baez will regain eligibility at 2B and 3B fairly quickly? Does that enter into your calculations? Is there a list of guys in your mind who will definitely get additional eligibility?

So psyched for the season.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
2 years ago

same league as yesterday. we were down to either keeping:
goldy, stanton, treat, ryu, kingery, bieber, otani, rogers, and 1 of jd davis or wheeler.

wasn’t sure on wheeler or jd davis

2. i know if i can do the mostsuckass trade (my brantley + 11th rounder for moustakas + 9th rounder) i should do that and just keep: goldy (1B), stanton (RF), treat (SS), ryu, kingery ( OF), bieber, otani (SP), rogers and moustakas (3B)

3. but if i cannot do the moustakas one would you do kimbrel (not keeping anyway) for s.gray, then keep goldy (1B), treat (SS), otani (DH), stanton (RF), kingery (3B or OF), rogers, ryu, bieber and s.gray?

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

got the mostsuckass one done almost immediately (apparently the owner sent it yesterday but when i adjusted the draft picks it removed it). i checked with both your rankings on s.gray (17 SP) vs wheeler (30th) but rudy’s QS+ holds has wheeler higher (22nd SP, 13.7) than s.gray (36th, 10.1). interesting how that’ll come out. both of you almost exactly 14 higher or lower than the other guy on wheeler vs s.gray.

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

Can’t remember the last time I saw Mr. Reversal Question! Hello again, old friend.

These Yahoo! ranks aren’t too bad!

I agree the Alonso hate is going too far (like online and in podcasts). But ~30 overall is totally fine, IMO. I just don’t want to build my roto teams like a game of Jenga.

Every Fantasy Analyst Nerd who drafted Sale last year is on Snell, and vice versa. Buyer Beware!

I’m so, so off Bryant lol. But jw, what do u think about him potentially batting leadoff?

Low blow on Acquino! C’mon, no way that’s still their rank!

Did you hear Segura lost 14 pounds? Apparently, he’s no longer drinking whiskey. Just wait until day 52 of listening to Girardi compliment Didi every single day. *Sends text to CC Sabathia* … “I can’t do this anymore.” … *Looks around* … “Yo, ball boy, pass me the bottle!”

Later!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Hahaha, honestly, at this point, I’m pulling for him (but really, you!)

I love when everyone’s wrong and Grey is right

PS. I guess Big Magoo is my new best friend here!

PPS. All these ppl with their keeper questions is enough to make your head spin lol

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
2 years ago

I’m with you on most of the “thank yous” except for a few (Alonso, Olson, Gray). Same thing with the guys you’re fading. I did draft Dahl as an OF3 recently though. Isn’t it funny how our opinions on him were reversed just last year? Funny how quickly things change.

Signed up last yesterday for the slow 15. Really liked that format. Should be fun.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It’s not that I don’t like those guys, but I wouldn’t spend a top 25 pick on Alonso, a top 40 pick on Olson, or a top 100 pick on Gray.

Alonso and Olson are three category players. They don’t steal bases or hit for average. Three of my first four picks in my first NFBC online championship draft were deGrom, Albies, and Kershaw, and I still landed Freeman, Giancarlo, Donaldson, Rizzo, Encarnacion, Garver, etc. If they fall past those spots, then I might be in. Too expensive though. Plenty of power around.

As for Gray, I don’t trust him enough to make him an SP2. Offseason surgery, hitter’s park, not a huge K guy. Tends to be a bit inconsistent too. Remember how he performed with the Yankees in ’18 or the A’s in ’16? Not willing to make that type of investment.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I think the issue is not those players, but the opportunity cost of roster construction!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

Exactly. Baby seal gets it.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Big Magoo
2 years ago

Go baby seal!!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It’s all about roster construction like baby seal mentioned. My starters are projected for 365 homers based on steamer projections, which is fine by me. Drafting those guys would’ve made my pitching worse, wouldn’t have added speed at all, and wouldn’t have had a noticeable effect on power. If you’d rather have Alonso, Olson, and Gray than Freeman, Donaldson, and Kershaw, that’s your prerogative. That’s the beauty of fantasy.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Plus, how could you go against a baby seal, you monster!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

ROFL HAHAHAHA!

Tbone
Tbone
2 years ago

Flaherty for J. Baez?

Who you got?

Blake’s Brother
Blake’s Brother
2 years ago

Grey what kind of bat should I be looking for in return for Snell? Thx

ManRam
ManRam
2 years ago

AL only roto league – would you trade four years of Willie Calhoun at $10, $10, $15, $20 for one year of Bregman at $15? I would have to also give up Solak but I have no space for him as already keeping Yordan at UTIL.

BBHHI
BBHHI
2 years ago

Grey,

Crazy idea that I’d like to run by you…… I’m in an AL-Only league 5×5 9 team, where we are allowed to keep 8 keepers. Because I was going for it last year, I dumped most of my keepers chasing categories, so objectively I’ve got a marginal keeper list. HOWEVER, given that there’s a dearth of steals. saves and BA, let me ask you which keeper list you’d rather have. Any modifications are welcome:

Normal “likely” list:
Lindor $30
Mallex Smith $11
Franmil Reyes $17 (Must keep)
Clevinger $18
Heaney $10
McKay or Yarbrough or Bassit $6-8
Roark $1 (Must Keep)
Nick Anderson $8 or Osuna $21

Now I believe I can trade Roark away for nothing, if I give up some combination (but not all) of Bassitt, Yarbrough, McKay and maybe Heaney. If so,

Here’s crazy altnernative:

Lindor $30
Mallex Smith $11
DeShields $10
Arraez $10
Franmil Reyes $17 (Must keep)
Clevinger $18
Osuna $21 or Hand $24
Nick Anderson $8

Now suddenly I own steals and likely saves entering the auction, and my BA is very solid despite Smith/DeShields. I’ve got an ace with lower innings and a stud offensive player in Lindor. I haven’t overpaid for anyone, but will have to scrounge for SP’s.

THOUGHTS?

BBHU
BBHU
Reply to  BBHHI
2 years ago

PS: I can also trade DeShields in auction at a premium value.

Rob
Rob
2 years ago

NL Only Keeper (we can keep 3 players for up to 2 years after the year drafted). This is my last year keeping Acuna. My options for the other 2 spots: Josh Bell, Eugeno Suarez, Victor Robles, all who can be kept next year as well. Which of those 3 do I toss back into the draft pool? Thanks!

Curious George
Curious George
2 years ago

How would you feel about a draft starting like this (10 team 8×8 h2h cats):
1. Turner
2. Jo-Ram (or Bregman, rendon, Harper, Devers, JDM)
3. Olson
4. Darvish
5. Severino
6. Acuna (Keeper)
7. Muncy (Or Cruz, laureano, m Chapman)
8. Donaldson (or moose, soler)

21. Soto (Keeper)

By the time it gets to me in the 4th, all of your top 14 plus sale and kershaw, will be either drafted or kept later in the draft. Too early to double dip on SP? Would be missing out on hitters like hiura, Villar, moncada, and eloy.

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I was referring to my double dip in the 4th/5th! You’re ok with grabbing two from that tier?

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Any holes you’re seeing in the foundation?

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Where do you suggest I get more power? I would love for arenado to fall to me in the second but I doubt he will. On the flip side, if I were to take arenado in the first, no speed would be there unless I reached for mondesi or committed to two 3b in 1st/2nd with joram.

Assuming turner in the first, would you prefer Harper or judge over joram (even though I am keeping two OF)? Or are you more just suggesting I add more power moving forward in rounds 9+?

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Gotcha. Works for me! Unfortunately, guys like Alonso and Alvarez are being kept so the big boppers are limited in the second round. Thanks for the insight, grey!

happyharry
happyharry
2 years ago

Hey Grey, Auction league, last year of keeper…would you keep Paxton at $3.

happyharry
happyharry
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Keeper cap is $50..I’m keeping:
Lindor – 21
Rendon – 3
Mookie – 8
JoRam – 9
Either Berrios – 3 and Paxton – 4 for a total of $48
or keep Franmil – $9 and no pitchers.

TrickRey
TrickRey
2 years ago

Does it make me a bad person I force my league to stay with ESPN because I know how bad the rankings are and that half of the teams in my league will follow their rankings to some degree leading me to scoop up all the value?

Anywhoo, quick question in regards to pitching…I have 7th pick in the draft meaning I have pick 42 and pick 55. If I understand your pitching tiers correctly, you’d rather wait til pick 55 to draft first starter assuming that there will be a pitcher from Moistness or Cookie Dough remaining, correct? As opposed, to possibly reaching for a Moistness as 42?

Hernan
Hernan
2 years ago

Plus Good Luck( they probably don’t need it) to All Razzball Experts going into TGFBI!!!!, Go DT , Itch!!!!, represent!!!!

Hernan
Hernan
2 years ago

Most these ESPN. Yahoo “analysts “ are already prepping for Football, mocking and so, XFL DFS , whatever that means….., man I need a draft, can’t wait for these NFBC leagues to start!!!, Bring it on Donkey!!!!!

HERNAN
HERNAN
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

El Burro Going to Suffer!!!!!!!!!!

J-FOH
J-FOH
2 years ago

What’s up FML, I love your article (TLDR) Is Yahoo still doing the pre-season ranks then after they get enough ADP they change their ranks to fir the ADP?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

They have been doing this forever. I used to get pissed when I played in my old home league and they would draft at the end of March because there was no reason to think you would get a steal because Yahoo would correct itself based on how many people do not follow their ranks while drafting in their leagues…..I hope that makes sense.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Its been going on for at least 12 years

Speaking of ranks. How is my BFF Tristan doing?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Give him a big hug for the hateful one

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

They are quite tiny you pretty petite playa’

Philip
Philip
2 years ago

Gray, is this trade fair and do you have a preference: 20 team forever keeper, 6×6, roto

Dahl, Pederson for Gallen, Pearson.

Thanks for the victories!

peacecoast
peacecoast
2 years ago

sup

Wade Davis lol

what kind of car did you buy again? what happened to the Saab?

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

that’s so gay

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  peacecoast
2 years ago

not that there’s anything wrong with that

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I’m jk too I’ve owned like 4 Audi’s they are great cars

I’m rdy to own yo ass in NFBC son

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

(emails Rudy) “please make sure Grey is not in my league”

Ghost of Grady Little
Ghost of Grady Little
2 years ago

Keeper Question – 2 Keepers per team

14 man OPS/QS H2H categories league.

I have the 11th pick –

I am keeping Yelich in the 2nd.

I can keep one more among the following:

Soto – Rd/1
Verlander – Rd/3
Ketel – Rd/6
Mondesi – Rd/6
Bieber – Rd/11

Soto won’t make it back to me if I don’t keep him. Yelich/Soto was a powerful combo for me last year.

However, I might be giving up to much value not keeping one of the other guys. I don’t think I can make a wrong choice, but input is always appreciated!

Ghost of Grady Little
Ghost of Grady Little
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks.. Not a huge fan of starting with 2 OFs but you’re right, fantasy is all about production. Good luck!

AKA
AKA
2 years ago

Keeper question for folks…

14 team 5×5 with K/9 instead of Ks.

Pick 2 of these 3 to keep: Hader in round 7, Laureano in round 11, and Semien in round 14.

Other keepers are Eloy, Hiura, Paddack.

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
2 years ago

Like i said, I’m not sure on mondesi’s value.

Bichette is my youngest player I’d like to build around. But, can’t pass on a could offer

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
2 years ago

Yep i can keep them all

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
2 years ago

Hurt Feelings Report (Yahoo has feelings too Grey, ESPN not so much)

I’m in a14 Team unlimited keepers, h-2-h league with a ton of scoring categories (except Bat AVG, OPS)

My current keepers:
-Trout, Soler, Blackmon, Bichette, Carlos Santana, Voit, Encarnacion, Donaldson, Salvador Perez, Dahl

-Snell, Maeda, Odoruzzi, Gallen Luchessi,

Trade offered to me:

-My Bichette for his Glasnow, A. Mondesi and Lance Lynn.

I do not know alot about Mondesi except he was hurt end of year.

I really don’t want to give up Bichette. I see too much potential.

Other guy also has: Hiura, Robles, F. Reyes, R. Laureano, VLAD and ton top prospects i.e.Wander, Lux, etc..

Your thoughts on trade offer? Or possible counter offer?

Thanks!

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Mondesi, Lynn, Glasnow for Bichette, 3 for 1

Its a dynasty keeper league.

mookie
mookie
2 years ago

AL-only keeper. Would you prefer Luis Robert for 4 years at $10/$10/$15/$20 or Rafael Devers for 1 year at $18 + Vladito for 3 years at $10/$15/$20?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Other funny bit – Tony Wolters’ barrels score last year was literally 0.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Success! Last year I needed a C2 replacement and grabbed Tony for his lone homer of the year. I think he also had a ton of RBIs randomly that week. Cracked me up…this is the guy responsible for Murphy being in SEA instead of starting in COL!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

But Sam HiIlliard is going to happen!!! (that’s what i’m telling myself at least as I draft him at OF5 everywhere in early drafts)

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

He’s worth drafting for the 5-10% chance he hits his way into 6 games a week.

Toro55
Toro55
2 years ago

Good morning!
Which mariner prospect will make his debut first, Rodriguez or Kelenic? Are they worth drafting this year in a 12 team H2H keeper league?

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
2 years ago

Loving the podcasts this year Grey. Thanks for the extra analysis!

In a shallow OBP keeper league, trying to figure out where to take Sano. You have him at 125ish in standard, Rudy has him at 73 in OBP (581 PA’s). Does your love for him bump him up even higher in OBP? I have a pick in mid-60s where I’d have to pick between Sano, Tucker, Mercado.

If it matters, keepers are:
Trout, Eloy, Robles, Eugenio, Bryant, Tatis, Muncy, Bieber

Thanks!

Ryan
Ryan
2 years ago

In my 14 team h2h dynasty league someone is interested in story. I could use sp and he has Strasburg. Would a trade of Story and Kepler for Strasburg and Lux be a fair trade for me?

c gary sanchez

1b yuli gurriel
2b ozzie albies
3b rafael devers
ss bo bichette
lf juan soto
cf ronald acuna
rf austin meadows
util trevor story
bn max kepler
na corbin carroll
na jeter downs
na julip rodriquez

sp brandon woodruff
sp julio urias
sp jon lester
Sp zach pleasac
rp ty buttery
rp ryan pressly
P Mike fiers
p zach efflin
p john means
Bn shun yamaguchi
bn deivi garcia
bn sixto sanchez
na logan gilbert
na luis patino
na casey mize

ryan
ryan
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Do you see any bats I should move to address my sp needs or do you think I should just ride it out and wait for my sp prospects to get called up?

Ryan
Ryan
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

So far the best arm I could get is kluber. Maybe also wheeler, but kluber for sure. What do you think?

Ryan
Ryan
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Outside chance I could maybe also get Lamet. Any of these guys worth even giving Kepler for?

Oppo taco
Oppo taco
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Hey grey, we’re finalizing our keepers and I was all set but a trade has been floated my way. It’s a 12 team 5×5 keeper with no costs associated. We keep 8. As of now I’m keeping : trea, Bregman, Baez, JDM, Alvarez, Freeman, bieber and giolito.

Meadows is on my squad but I have to toss him back. However I’ve been offered rendon for giolito and meadows. I gotta take this deal right? I’ll have both UTIL spots clogged as we don’t use CI or MI but i feel like this is for the best. Thoughts? I’d go from keeping 6 hitters and 2 pitchers to only having bieber. Lots of pitching being kept too. Thanks !

Oppo Taco
Oppo Taco
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I was also just offered Trout for Baez Giolito and Meadows. Too rich? Trout would be replacing Baez and then I would keep either Corbin/Hoskins/Bauer/Aroldis Chapman. Thoughts? Thanks!

Bo
Bo
2 years ago

In my auction league either Bo Bichette or Taylor Rogers will be my final keeper, both at $1. Given past results, the price of Bichette and Rogers should be more or less the same at the auction. I cannot decide between between these players. Rogers probably is less risky, but Bichette’s upside is quite enticing. Please help.

Bo
Bo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thamks, Grey!

Curious George
Curious George
2 years ago

Hot take: Austin Riley finishes as a top 50 bat with 3b/of elig.

I know you mentioned him as a sleeper in the top 100 outfielders but I gotta good feeling he makes good on his pedigree. He won’t be all of his first half, but 75% of it? Sure. I’ll file this 2020 take right next to my “Dylan Bundy 2020 = Lucas Giolito” 2019 hot take.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Curious George
2 years ago

I like Lucchesi as my Giolito 2.0 (though Bundy is a better comp). Lucchesi is apparently working on a true third pitch, which has always been what seemed to hold him back.

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

I’m underwhelmed by his 90.2 mph 4seamer. I hope I eat my words though! Always happy to scoop up talent off the wire

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Curious George
2 years ago

Yeah Joey definitely doesn’t have a great fastball. That churve thing is his bread and butter, but he needs something else to go beyond where he’s been . . . but his floor isn’t terrible for a final rounds pick in 12 teamers.

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

The shine on his prospect pedigree was impressive and it’s been all but erased?! I’m just not buying that. Glad you agree

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Oh right, he’s on the Angels now. There’s definitely some late flier appeal there for me.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Curious George
2 years ago

That shine was like 7 years ago. As long as he’s an Oriole, that pedigree will never materialize.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Random question, but I noticed you only have Kela projected for under 20 saves. Since he’s been declared the PIT closer, was curious what your thinking was there . . . trade midseason expected or don’t think he’ll hold the job? (or is it just because the Pirates might not win 20 games?!)

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Makes sense – very similar to you (only 15).

TC
TC
2 years ago

Forever keeper. Keep 15/10 teamStandard scoring. Which side?
Hiura, W.Franco, and Clevinger for
Bregman and Strasburg

I have a very strong, balanced core so I don’t have to really make any moves. Just not sure how much to value that future value over Bregman.

Numba One Stunna
Numba One Stunna
2 years ago

Your writing style always keeps me coming back. Your expert analysis is the cherry on top of the Sundae that is you.
Yahoo is the Miguel Cabrera of fantasy baseball sans the roid rage. After all they got rid of Funston long ago.
#FireFunston #ThePeopleSpoke #GreyMatter

Darkness
Darkness
2 years ago

Sagnof is dead

Will
Will
2 years ago

Is Puig ever going to sign with a team? Hard to believe a guy you have ranked #104 overall can’t find a job this spring.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, I remember reading that but I look at the outfields of teams like Cleveland or the Marlins and think, really, they could not use Yasiel Puig? I mean Miami is trotting out Jonathan Villar in center this season, lol. Not that Puigs’ a CF but he can’t even get the RF job in Miami? They’re still giving Lewis Brinson and his .183 career average at bats ffs.

Jack82
Jack82
2 years ago

In Dynasty points league would you rather have Gavin Lux or Forrest Whitley?

Florida Cracker
Florida Cracker
2 years ago

I signed up for the NFBC league yesterday. I entered my email address into space provided. So far I have heard nothing. I missed out last year due to some type of glitch I’m hoping the same thing doesn’t happen again. Am I missing step 2 somehow?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Florida Cracker
2 years ago

No

Jangles
Jangles
2 years ago

Any idea when the Keeper ranks will be released? Thanks! Looking forward to 2020!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Jangles
2 years ago

Kerry Klug is toiling away at the keeper rankings. He said they should be ready to go by the end of the month.

Jangles
Jangles
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Thanks!

Nature Boy
Nature Boy
2 years ago

Keeper question in OBP league. Keep one for the next three years at the same round each year:
Meadows in the 16th
Alvarez in the 5th

Thanks!

Curious George
Curious George
2 years ago

Was looking at this myself last week. My league drafts on yahoo (more control on keeper settings) and imports to ESPN (they prefer the interface there). Talk about a let down – been trying to find anyway to manipulate keeper settings on ESPN so I could move the draft over there and take advantage of the ranks, but no luck.

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
2 years ago

Is the Aquino ranking for Yahoo Serious due to them not updating their projections after the Reds signed their 25th MLB outfielder? Are the Reds going to employ the slow-pitch softball 4 outfielder strategy?

Aaron Judge (and Giancarlo Mike Mark David John Stanton) will never stay healthy. A good non-baseball parallel is JJ Watt and Gronk in football. They’ve maxed out their body size to the point their bones can’t support their muscle mass, so injuries will continue to happen. Especially in a 162 games of baseball, where nagging day-to-day injuries beget severe injuries.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

Have to love Larry Bowa on the radio to day he said the play should have taken care of this. It seems like alot of people new about it they should have plunked a batter in the ribs every time they heard the trash can bang. They should make the Astro’s play pay this year.

Old Skooool baby.

he is in his 70’s so nice to not worry about fines of blow back from the MLB commission.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I’d pay to see that. Correa vs Bellinger with special guest referee Mike ‘the snitch’ Fiers

Mad Beach Bums
Mad Beach Bums
2 years ago

Good morning Grey and Razzballers. Keeper league trade question here. 7×7 league with ops and K for hitters and k/9 and Losses for pitchers which side do you like I trade Sanchez and paddack for Cole. Keep forever basically. Thanks for help.

Mad Beach Bums
Mad Beach Bums
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ya, sorry Gary. Thanks for your help.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

Can you compare to CBS as well? It will save me the trouble. It is a great to for guessing what the rest of the league will do during the draft,.

ozone ranger
ozone ranger
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

CBS is comical in its own right. My league uses their platform, and has since we stopped doing live auctions in 2014. The CBS projections in the draft room when we auction are typically outdated by a few weeks or longer, yet others in my league go by them. For a league with a $250 entry fee, it is laughable (and sad) to watch some owners not use a much more updated projection system, like Rudy’s or Grey’s. Or like I do, combine the two of them to project the auction values I’ll go by. But hey, it’s their money they are entering with, do what they want, and watch them finish in the bottom half year after year.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

Is there a deadline to sign up for those leagues from yesterday’s post?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

Before they fill up I would think.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

Like Cram said, first come first serve

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

I gave my email address. Do I wait to get contacted by Rudy or do I go ahead and pay the $150 on the site? I don’t see any Razzball leagues listed so I hesitate to pay up for now.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Peacecoast
2 years ago

Wait for Rudy

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Peacecoast
2 years ago

we will be sending the email addresses in the next day or so to NFBC to send out invites. the email invite should come from NFBC.

thanks!

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Ugh.. this is still about 3 weeks earlier than I like to draft but FOMO

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

The draft takes weeks to finish.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

The 4 hr per pick slow draft? Ok, thanks. That helps.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

Yeah, if the NFBC is the one you were referring to. It’s a grind!

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

Fungazi, I’m not sure which leagues you’re mentioning, but commenter leagues are still available.

Some are free and you get to face off against DT, Grey, Laura, Kerry, Son, Coolwhip, Joey Bart, etc. I think it’s pretty [email protected] cool to be able to do that. Start times of drafts all over the place. Just make sure you have a Fantrax account. I think Tres had links to each drafting pool in his last post.

Enjoy.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Jolt In Flow
2 years ago

Thanks for the info. I was referring to the draft and hold leagues with the phat loot payouts. I’m not a huge fan of the unlimited moves leagues.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Alright, alright, I entered my email.

bigbear
bigbear
2 years ago

David freaking Dah! I lol’d reading that name. Woof…

hot corner
hot corner
2 years ago

Funny. Yesterday, Laura Holt had an article titled “What’s Old is New Again.” Today, ESPN has an article called “Everything Old is New Again.”

They aren’t even trying anymore.

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

12 team keeper league keep 6 forever …… as of now my keepers are
Beiber
Sale
Hiura
Ketel marte
Eloy
Pham

Give Beiber and get snell and Donaldson ….. would then look to deal snell and Pham for Olson and Matt Chapman hopefully

Thoughts ….

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

It’s fair but I lean toward keeping Bieber

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Same league…. would you deal Hiura for muncy?

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Beiber for muncy ?

RoarOf84
RoarOf84
2 years ago

Razzball team, please help with my keeper selections.

League details:
10 team
Each team can select up to 5 players with their cost escalating two rounds every year
Scoring is 8×8
Hitting categories – Runs, Hits, Home Runs, RBI, SBs, Ks (lesser amount wins), BA, and OPS
Pitching categories – Wins, Losses (lesser amount wins), Saves, Holds, ERA, WHIP, Quality Starts, and K/9

Here are my options:
Castillo – 8th round
Benintendi – 12th round
Clevinger – 17th round
Flaherty – 18th round
Villar – 20th round
Woodruff – 20th round
Vlad – 22nd round
Luzardo – 25th round
Sano – 26th round
Kyle Tucker – 26th round

If you keep two players that were drafted in the same round, one of them would bump up a round. So, if I were to keep both Sano and Tucker, one would be a 25th and the other would be a 26th.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  RoarOf84
2 years ago

The rounds are so late, that it’s a non-factor.

I’d go Vlad, Sano, Tucker, Castillo, Flaherty.

Your offense is behind the 8 ball to start the season.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

Actually, I might go Villar or Benny over Castillo. You need offense.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  RoarOf84
2 years ago

Flaherty, Castillo, Vlad, Sano, Woodruff for me. Focus on offense in the draft…