RazzSlam Draft Breakdown

By Curtis Bailey and Matthew Rosser

The Razzslam is a best ball contest put on by our friends at RazzBall. This year it includes 220 people, some of which are among the biggest names in the fantasy baseball industry. So i’m still not sure how we got in but hey it’s pretty freaking cool that we did. The draft started Monday March 8th. It’s a slow draft that allows you to take up to 4 hours per pick. So we are averaging about 4 picks a day. So we can’t do a full breakdown of our draft but we can show you how the earlier rounds went so that you can plan accordingly. ADP’s provided by the illustrious and luminous Smada’s Razzslam Google file.

Round 1:

  1. Ronald Acuna: RazzSlam ADP: 2.2
  2. Juan Soto: ADP: 2.8
  3. Fernando Tatis: ADP 2.8
  4. Mookie Betts: ADP 3.5
  5. Mike Trout: ADP 5.4
  6. Gerrit Cole: ADP 8.5
  7. Jacob Degrom: ADP 6.1
  8. Jose Ramirez: ADP 11.6
  9. Christian Yelich: ADP 10.4
  10. Trea Turner: ADP 8.2
  11. Cody Bellinger: ADP 14.4
  12. Trevor Story: ADP 10.7

Best ball means that our optimal lineup is automatically populated each week.  Given the points scoring format, we thought that Soto was the highest floor and ceiling guy available.  Acuna’s ceiling is the roof and he would be my clear one in a roto format.  It was surprising to see Trea Turner fall to ten, and it’s always going to be weird when Mike Trout goes in the middle third. MR

Being that we had the second pick in the draft, we knew we were going to be able to get almost anyone we wanted and luckily the guy we wanted didn’t go number one. Juan Soto is in my opinion the player with the highest floor in the draft. I like him for a .300+ average and to flirt with 40 home runs. Our second choice was Acuna, who we believe to have the highest ceiling in the draft. Then for schnitzels and giggles we liked Mookie as our 3rd player. CB

Round 2

  1. Shane Bieber: ADP 11.3
  2. Adalberto Mondesi: ADP 33.4
  3. Freddie Freeman: ADP 11
  4. Francisco Lindor: ADP 17.2
  5. Bryce Harper: ADP 16.4
  6. Yu Darvish: ADP 20.6
  7. Trevor Bauer: ADP 18.6
  8. Manny Machado: ADP 17.9
  9. Lucas Giolito: ADP 22.4
  10. DJ LeMahieu: ADP 21.8
  11. Corey Seager: ADP 27.7
  12. Bo Bichette: ADP 25.2

Freeman and Machado fell a bit.  If it weren’t for that insane Mondesi pick (best ball cray, amirite?) we would’ve had the largest reach of the round with Seager, but we think he is finally at 100% after having a few years to fully recover from Tommy John.  LeMahieu was the initial target because of his utility.  Having multiple ways for your studs to make the optimal lineup is invaluable. MR

Mondesi getting taken at 14 was shocking to me. We all know that the ceiling for him is top 10 but the floor may not be inside the top 200. I would never use my second round pick on such a risky guy. We had really wanted LeMahieu here but the draft had other plans for us. When it was our pick we were deciding between Seager and Bogaerts. Bogaerts is a safer pick than Seager but we felt with the floor we had established with Soto that we could afford to go for the player with the higher upside with this pick. CB

Round 3: 

  1. Walker Buehler: ADP 28.9
  2. Anthony Rendon: ADP 35.4
  3. Luis Castillo: ADP 34.5
  4. Aaron Nola: ADP 25.3
  5. Eloy Jimenez: ADP 22.5
  6. Xander Bogaerts: ADP 29.4
  7. J.T. Realmuto: ADP 28.8
  8. Max Scherzer: ADP 37.6
  9. George Springer: ADP 33.4
  10. Ozzie Albies: ADP 31.9
  11. Luis Robert: ADP 36.6
  12. Rafael Devers: ADP 28.5

We went into this draft with a plan and by our 2nd pick we had deviated from it for no reason.  We were going to take Realmuto instead of Seager because it’s a 2 catcher league, but when the time came we couldn’t justify J.T. ‘s 8th round statline just for positions sake.  So we’ll push him back to the 3rd round right after the turn.  Well that didn’t happen, as we ended up on Rendon because even when he was struggling last year he was still very very good, and we can take plenty of reaches later if our floor is high.  His ceiling is MVP Finalist too so it’s not like we sacrificed a lot of potential on the pick either. MR

This pick was a tough one for us. We had 3 guys that we were deciding between. Those being Rendon, Abrue, and Bogaerts. I liked Abrue with this pick and Rosser liked Rendon. We liked how all of these guys hit for average and were 30 home run guys which is exactly what you are looking for in this format. Rosser was able to convince me that Rendon was the safest option due to his age and that fact that he was a top 50 player last year even though he had a terrible season. CB

Round 4: 

  1. Marcell Ozuna: ADP 34.4 
  2. Kyle Tucker: ADP 36
  3. Alex Bregman: ADP 37.6
  4. Vladimir Guerrero: ADP 43.9
  5. Tim Anderson: ADP 42.2
  6. Jose Abrue: ADP 34.6
  7. Luke Voit: ADP 53
  8. Pete Alonso: ADP 53
  9. Randy Arozarena: ADP 53.5
  10. Jack Flaherty: ADP 41.9
  11. Nolan Arenado: ADP 39.2
  12. Whit Merrifield: ADP 44.2

We were eying Aaron Judge for his ceiling if he ever plays a full season, but Arenado was too good to pass up. I was a little hesitant to fill our CI spot so soon, and was kind of hoping someone else would take him so we could just take Judge and be done with it, but getting a 4th chance to draft a probable top 25 player with a top 10 ceiling is a great problem to have.  Having to chance Judge is available after the turn is a small price to pay. MR

This was an easy pick for us. Nolan Arenado fell right into our laps and we happily scooped him up. He won’t be getting the Coor’s bump anymore but he is still an elite player and should be drafted as such. CB

Round 5: 

  1. Aaron Judge: ADP 52.6
  2. Michael Conforto: ADP 62.5
  3. Cavan Biggio: ADP 65.8
  4. Salvador Perez: ADP 66.7
  5. Keston Hiura: ADP 66.8
  6. Will Smith: ADP 86.2
  7. Starling Marte: ADP 53.5
  8. Eugenio Suarez: ADP 56.1
  9. Clayton Kershaw: ADP 48.8
  10. Ketel Marte: ADP 57.5
  11. Javier Baez: ADP 63.8
  12. Brandon Woodruff: ADP 48

Sniper on the roof! First time we got got this draft, and it was a little eye opening. Conforto offered the most safe upside remaining.  He isn’t a top 15 lock like a healthy Judge, but he has plenty of pop, average, and lineup help. We got the 2nd highest ceiling in the round, and arguably the highest floor (depending on how much you trust Kershaw’s back). MR

This hurt. We were so excited to draft Judge and ride the ups and downs of his endlessly hurt oblique. Judge is a guy who is a top 10 talent when he is on the field. We really wanted to raise the ceiling of our team by betting on his health and the carpet just got ripped right out from under us. We thought about Brandon Woodruff and Zac Gallen with our pick but instead opted for Michael Conforto. We believe that even if his average regresses he has enough contact and more than enough pop to anchor our outfield. CB

Round 6: 

  1. Zac Gallen: ADP 54
  2. Blake Snell: ADP 55.8
  3. Lance Lynn: ADP 58.4
  4. Kenta Maeda: ADP 60.9
  5. Matt Olson: ADP 73.1
  6. Yordan Alvarez: ADP 67.3
  7. Brandon Lowe: ADP 62.6
  8. Corbin Burnes: ADP 77.3
  9. Gleyber Torres: ADP 62.1
  10. Jeff McNeil: ADP 70.7
  11. Josh Hader: ADP 70.5
  12. Charlie Blackmon: ADP 82.7

The scoring in this format values saves and wins the most, so we decided to do the ultimate zag: anchor our pitching staff with closers.  As it stood, the only commonly projected top 10 pitchers left were relievers, which was our main justification for stepping so far out of our comfort zone. Hader was going a smidge earlier and has been a schmekel more consistent so we pulled the trigger on him first. MR

At this point we knew we needed to grab pitching and none of the batters in this range really knocked our socks off. Kenta Maeda had been on our radar but we felt it was unlikely that he was going to drop to us. So we set our eyes on the relievers Josh Hader and Liam Hendriks. Hader’s strikeout upside and more consistent innings sold us on him as the first one to take. CB

Round 7: 

  1. Nelson Cruz: ADP 91.4
  2. Liam Hendriks: ADP 72.5
  3. Carlos Carrasco: ADP 74.2
  4. Lourdes Gurriel: ADP 78.3
  5. Tyler Glasnow: ADP 72.3
  6. Nick Castellanos: ADP 70
  7. Teoscar Hernandez: ADP 77
  8. Mike Moustakas: ADP 88.9
  9. WIlson Contreras: ADP 98.5
  10. Yasmani Grandal: ADP 102
  11. Stephen Strausburg: ADP 93.3
  12. Trent Grisham: ADP 79.2

After making the decision to shore up our pitching with another reliever, Hendriks was available at our pick. So naturally, we started looking at alternatives. Fortunately, we stuck to the script. What’s better than one ace closer anchoring your staff? Two ace closers, duh. MR

We considered drafting Nick Castellanos with this pick but the gap between Hendriks and the rest of the pitchers available was greater in our eyes vs Castellanos and who we could get with our later picks. So we grabbed Hendriks and felt great about it. 

Round 8: 

  1. Max Muncy: ADP 73.9
  2. Austin Meadows: ADP 87.6
  3. Aroldis Chapman: ADP 94.3
  4. Jose Altuve: ADP 74.9
  5. Edwin Diaz: ADP 96.7
  6. Eddie Rosario: ADP 86.4
  7. Yoan Moncada: ADP 85.3
  8. Zach Plesac: ADP 96.7
  9. Alec Bohm: ADP 85.4 
  10. J.D. Martinez: ADP 87.5
  11. Kyle Hendricks: ADP 100.3
  12. Anthony Rizzo: ADP 83.8 

Just about everybody we liked that could’ve fallen to us did not.  Dominic Smith got looked at hard, but we decided we didn’t love the reach for someone who will lose at bats regularly.  Kyle Hendricks is the most underrated pitcher of his generation and we will absolutely cherish him as our first starter on the team.  Also J.D. Martinez will be good again. MR

We had a fierce argument here about whether we wanted J.D. Martinez or not that nearly derailed our friendship. Then he got taken just before our pick so we get to act like that never happened. We love Kyle Hendricks because of the innings he eats and the hits he doesn’t allow. CB

Round 9: 

  1. Paul Goldschmidt: ADP 87.7
  2. Hyun Jin Ryu: ADP 95.2
  3. Dominic Smith: ADP 113.7
  4. Sonny Gray: ADP 82.9
  5. Carlos Correa: ADP 105.4
  6. Travis d’Arnaud: ADP 118.9
  7. Dansby Swanson: ADP 91.7
  8. Joey Gallo: ADP 115.6
  9. Matt Chapman: ADP 98.3
  10. Rasiel Iglesias: ADP 118.8
  11. Jose Berrios: ADP 93.3
  12. Christian Vazquez: ADP 131.3

We once again toiled with drafting Dom Smith, but Ryu was the last pitcher before a crazy cliff, so we took him and the further we get from it the more I like it.  He certainly does more than I gave him credit for. I also really like Chapman here but he didn’t fit our roster with two top five third basemen already on roster. MR

Hyun Jin Ryu was a guy we eyeballed the last two picks but decided we could wait on. We were right. Ryu pitches more than you think he does and should win games this year. CB

Round 10: 

  1. Wil Myers: ADP 115.1
  2. Byron Buxton: ADP 122.1
  3. Giancarlo Stanton: ADP 103.5
  4. Ryan Pressly: ADP 139.3
  5. Marcus Semien: ADP 108.9
  6. Max Fried: ADP 99.2
  7. Dylan Moore: ADP 115.5
  8. Kris Bryant: ADP 111.6
  9. Tommy Edman: ADP 115.5
  10. Zack Wheeler: ADP 118.7
  11. Eric Hosmer: ADP 127.7
  12. Dylan Bundy: ADP 119.6

I liked a handful of guys that didn’t make it to us, with Myers and Edman at the top of the list. Hosmer finally found the power you’d think someone his size would’ve already had, and we plan on snagging great first base sleepers, so if he retains any semblance of his power outbreak we’ll be okay. Our corner infield is now set with Rendon, Arenado, and Hosmer. MR

We had hoped that Wil Myers fell to us at this pick. He is a great best ball player because when he goes off he goes off off and when he sucks he sucks so hard but in best ball you just get the great. Hosmer made a change to his swing last year that unlocked power he had never dreamed of before. We are betting that that power continues through to 2021. CB

Round 11: 

  1. Chris Paddock: ADP 126.7
  2. Trey Mancini: ADP 130.6
  3. Ke’Bryan Hayes: ADP 123.4
  4. Jean Segura: ADP 141
  5. Mike Yastrzemski: ADP 124.1
  6. Ryan Mountcastle: ADP 128.4
  7. Zack Grienke: ADP 119.5
  8. Kevin Gausman: ADP 133.8
  9. Jorge Soler: ADP 129.2
  10. Charlie Morton: ADP 137.5
  11. Jesus Luzardo: ADP 138.5
  12. Joe Musgrove: ADP 141.8

I’m so f’kn in on Mancini.  I banged this drum for like 3 rounds.  He is one of maybe four guys after 110 I trust absolutely to be in the top 100, and of the four I trust him the most by far. MR

Rosser wanted Mancini 2 picks ago over Ryu and I said we should wait. We are so stoked to have Mancini. He is a year removed from batting .291 with 35 home runs. We know that he is coming off cancer but we believe in him, and he believes in himself and the Orioles medical staff that have cleared him to play. Mancini is going to be a monster. CB

Round 12: 

  1. Pablo Lopez: ADP 147.9
  2. Gio Urshela: ADP 141.5
  3. Anthony Santander: ADP 138.1
  4. Patrick Corbin: ADP 145.8
  5. Miguel Sano: ADP 154.5
  6. Kyle Lewis: ADP 128
  7. Alex Verdugo: ADP 121.5
  8. Ian Happ: ADP 125.6
  9. Rhys Hoskins: ADP 131.7 
  10. Ian Anderson: ADP 134.1
  11. Michael Brantely: ADP 142.1
  12. Sean Murphy: ADP 158.2

You know those like, four guys I trust outside the top 110? We got three of them in a row, and Brantley was the second. He is consistently underrated, and is always a top 75 player. Average is the great equalizer in this points format, and getting a guy with a .280 floor as our fourth outfielder is fine by me. MR

We knew at this pick that we really wanted David Fletcher but that he would be available at our next pick so at this pick we could afford to take someone closer in ADP to where we were. It was between Brantley and Gary Sanchez. Seeing as we know that Brantley will be good and Gary could be terrible we went with Brantley. CB

Round 13:

  1. Dinelson Lamet: ADP 131.4
  2. David Fletcher: ADP 190.3
  3. Franmil Reyes: ADP 142.2
  4. Ramon Laureano: ADP 140.9
  5. German Marquez: ADP 144.8
  6. Brad Hand: ADP 160.5
  7. Gary Sanchez: ADP 135.1
  8. Kenley Jansen: ADP 162.8
  9. Sandy Alcantra: ADP 158.9
  10. Josh Bell: ADP 127.7
  11. Jake Cronenworth: ADP 166.4
  12. Max Kepler: ADP 152

Here in the DraftID baseball department, we disagree on everything. It was our way long before DraftID, and it will be our way long after we become worm food. However, there are two things we are in lockstep on, unequivocally, until the end of time: Prospect’s names matter, at minimum, as much as their skill level; procure David Fletcher. That’s it. The Mancini pick felt good after taking four pitchers in a row over two days, but this is the pick that got my juices flowing. We’re going to the moon, baby. The moon. MR

David Fletcher was a guy we targeted before the draft as a guy we had to have. Fletcher is going to lead off for a good Angels team and hit .300+. Fletcher also has the eligibility to slot in all over the roster for us. CB

Round 14:

  1. Andrew McCutchen: ADP 173.3
  2. Andres Gimenez: ADP 191.9
  3. Kyle Scwarber: ADP 168.5
  4. Josh Donaldson: ADP 165.9
  5. Victor Robles: ADP 170.2
  6. James Karinchak: ADP 149.3
  7. Lance McCullers: ADP 152.9
  8. Julio Urias: ADP 158.7
  9. Tyler Mahle: ADP 175.3
  10. Austin Nola: ADP 164.9
  11. Didi Gregorius: ADP 140.4
  12. Gavin Lux: ADP 196.4

            I was looking at McCullers here; he is a high ceiling pitcher and we’ve seen him succeed when he’s healthy, but he got nabbed of course. The man I semi-unaffectionately call Dodo eventually has value as an everyday contributor with at least one above average category. We now have our starting middle infield set with Seager, Fletcher, and Dodo.  MR

Didi was not a guy we were super excited about but at a certain point you just have to take him and this was that point for us. Didi should bat high in a fun Phillies lineup and has the ability to hit for a decent average with some pop. We would have taken Nola had he falled to us. CB

Round 15: 

  1. Tommy Pham: ADP 151.9
  2. Sixto Sanchez: ADP 161.4
  3. Clint Frazier: ADP 162
  4. James McCann: ADP 162.1
  5. Marco Gonzales: ADP 168.5
  6. Nick Solak: ADP 166.9
  7. Kirby Yates: ADP 174.9
  8. Zach Eflin: ADP 184.2
  9. Aaron Civale: ADP 180
  10. Trevor Rosenthal: ADP 160.6
  11. Eduardo Rodriguez: ADP 205.2
  12. Dylan Carlson: ADP 164.3

I wanted to take Kelenic here, but Curtis was convinced he would  be available at our next turn. We missed out on McCullers, so we decided to get a young exciting arm instead. Sixto is electric and should throw a decent number of innings. Tune in next time to see how the Kelenic cliffhanger ends. MR

We thought about Kelenic at this pick, but we like Sixto as a great upside pitcher who could get more innings than you think with the Marlins, who historically don’t care about innings limits as much as other teams. CB