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The Save Vulture is no ordinary animal.  Or Jordanian animal, as my autocorrect wanted me to write.  The Save Vulture doesn’t need much sunlight.  The Save Vulture doesn’t need water in its purest form; it can distill water from cola, in a process called sodasynthesis.  The Save Vulture is strictly a meat eater.  It’s even been known to remove vegetables that are in the proximity of meat it plans on devouring.  The one thing it considers a vegetable is a potato and that’s in chip form, which it consumes daily.  The Save Vulture is not a social animal, but it does have close ties to its mother.  Sometimes staying in the nest for 35 to 40 years.  Once it leaves the nest, it usually latches onto a partner that nurtures it like a mother would.  The Save Vulture doesn’t work much, except six months a year when it’s scrolling through a fantasy waiver wire for potential closers.  The Save Vulture’s most active time is the last two weeks of July when closers could change teams, thus making a new reliever a closer.  The Save Vulture preys on the weakness of others who lose their closer.  This year, one of the most likely targets for The Save Vulture is Ken Giles with Jonathan Papelbon likely being traded.   The Save Vulture is also flying over Huston Street, waiting to swoop in on Joaquin Benoit‘s carcass.  Do you think The Save Vulture isn’t looking at Neftali Feliz if Joakim Soria is traded?  You must be Joakim.  Some desperate Save Vultures are talking about Koji Uehara being traded and Edward Mujica taking over.  Not to be confused with Huston Street, but Chad Qualls on a Houston St. could go to a contender and Jesse Crain or Tony Sipp or Josh Fields or Jose Veras or Craig Biggio in a bad wig would step in.  Could LaTroy Hawkins get moved?  You bet your white Blackmon!  In that case, Adam Ottavino or Rex Brothers would step in.  The Save Vulture is even monitoring Matt Lindstrom‘s rehab, knowing if he’s healthy in the next few weeks, he could take over again.  The Save Vulture doesn’t bathe itself, unless you count spilled soda, but it is the most diligent about stealing closers this time of year, I suggest you do the same.   Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Stephen Vogt – Why do I believe in Stephen Vogt?  I…believe…in… You get the picture (or video).  Well, he’s got catcher eligibility and he’s hitting .358.  No, it won’t continue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t own him.  I.e., rock the Vogt!

Chris Carter – I wonder if he dresses up as Nell Carter for Halloween.  Nah, probably not.  Can he hit 40 homers?  Possible.  Can he hit .220?  The truth is out there, but it seems unlikely.  He does have 4 homers in the last week of games, two homers the previous week and not a whole lot else.

Adam Dunn – This is a straight Hitter-Tron call.  It loves his matchups vs. the Astros pitchers, and especially loves midnight walks through a junkyard while it’s dripping in motor oil.

Corey Hart – I was looking at the player picture for Hart and I was thinking, “Man, this guy is fugly.”  Everyone else should wear sunglasses when viewing Corey Hart.  He reminds me of Khalil Greene but a tad less albino-ey.  Or a tad more pigmenty, depending on which way you want to think about it.  Until he gets hot (which is never if you’re talking about looks), Hart’s just a fill-in corner infidel if you’re struggling.

Omar Infante – Hispanic Baby Omar, as he’s known in his home country, is hitting .435 in the last week.  Arismendy he is not.  Hey, speaking of which, where’s my main squeeze, Alcantara?

Arismendy Alcantara – Hey, there you are!  I missed you.  Wanna cuddle?  Okay, we can take it slow.  You keep stealing bases and hitting homers though and you better wear protection.  Not a prophylactic, silly!  I meant twelve-foot high brick walls, cause I will go all Daniel Stern in Celtic Pride on you.

Alex Guerrero – Probably still about two weeks away from making an appearance on the Dodgers.  I wouldn’t bet too much he gets a full-time job or is 12-team mixed league worthwhile this year.  I wouldn’t bet, say, a piece of my ear, for instance.

Nick Ahmed – More of an NL-Only play since he’s been platooning in Arizona with The Gregorius D.I.D, but Gregorius hasn’t done much of anything, so Ahmed could steal more time.  In Triple-A, Ahmed had 2 homers and 10 steals in 79 games, so I wouldn’t count on my prayers being answered by lowering my head and saying, “Ahmed.”

Alexi Amarista – EverCab should be back doing bad 90’s pop songs, hitting for a lousy average and stealing bases within two weeks, but, in the mean’s while, Amarista is doing virtually the same thing.  No, not virtually like that, you can remove the Oculus Rift headset.

Chase Headley – I don’t like him at all on the Padres, but he could be traded to a contender and have a serious uptick in value.  Okay, he’d go from “I don’t like him” to “I kinda sorta a little bit like him.”  But it’s still an uptick.

Conor Gillaspie – He didn’t really have a chance to lose his hot schmotatoness since the last Buy column, so he’s still worth a pick-up as we head into the 2nd half, which I like to call, “In another three months, I will see family and friends.”  BTW, I booked a trip for November to Colombia, and if anyone’s got any info besides, “Hey, Grey, I got a Fodor’s from 1987,” I’d appreciate it.

David Phelps – “Let’s go to the Stream-o-Nator!” said like George Michael, the one with a Sports Machine, not the George Michael who says “I guess it would be nice, if I could touch your body.”  Little did we know he was asking to touch your body in a Port-a-Potty.

Wade Miley – Another Stream-o-Nator fave, this one going on Saturday.  I grabbed Miley in one league for this start, but I’d be lying if I said I was completely confident in him.  His peripherals do suggest he should be a lot better than he has been, even ownable in most mixed leagues.

Clay Buchholz – Just went over my Clay Buchholz fantasy.  I wrote it in A Lighter Shade of Brown.

Jake Odorizzi – His peripherals suggest a guy that should be owned in 95% of ESPN leagues, and he’s owned in 11%.  Though 80% of ESPN leagues are owned by a guy that goes simply by the name, The Spork, that hopes to one day have friends to impress with multiple virtual fantasy trophies.

Austin Jackson – Putting aside that he’s hitting .400 in the last week and instead focus on him hitting at the top of the Tigers order.  Hehe, your eyes crossed when you focused on that.  Better not try to organize some Opti-Grab-inspired class action lawsuit against me.

Jarrod Dyson – He has five steals in the last week, that’s while batting .263.  SAGNOF has never looked so faceless and wonderful.

Kevin Kiermaier – Millennials or Generation Yer or Generation You’re Screwed have a shorter attention span than any previous generation, which is perfect for Kiermaier, because he won’t stay hot forever.  He is hitting .500 in the last week with a homer and a steal.  So, take a second away from your seven-second Vine and grab him.

SELL

Yu Darvish – As I said in the top 100 for the 2nd half, I’m concerned about Darvish because of two bad starts.  Two starts isn’t the full picture though.  Or pitcher if you’re gettin’ punny on it.  He had four poor starts in his last five starts.  Starting in Oakland on June 17, here’s his last five starts:  5 IP, 4 ER (vs. A’s); 6 IP, 4 ER (vs. Angels); 8 IP, 0 ER (vs. the Twins); 5 IP, 4 ER (vs. Mets); 6 IP, 6 ER (vs. Astros).  Mets and Astros were hitting well going into those games, but Darvish should be able to shut down any team no matter how well they’re hitting.  Robbie Grossman and Eric Campbell were the stars of those two games vs. Darvish.  In other words, “Gross, man” and “Hey, isn’t that guy a running back for the Oilers?”  If Darvish struggles out of the break for two more starts, whispers will start about mechanics or an injury.  Once whispers start it’s hard to turn things around, see Season 4 of Lost for further illustration.  How much do you think the Rangers are going to push Darvish if he’s struggling?  If you answered, not one iota, you’re reading my mind.  That’s spooky.  Try to read it again.  Yes, I was thinking that if I was at one of those conveyor belt sushi places, I’d try to sit next to the skinniest person there.  That’s crazy; you’re psychic.  Well, then you know already I’m telling you to sell Darvish.  I wouldn’t trade him for a book about how to survive menopause or manopause, but I would explore offers.

From Around The Web

  1. J-FOH says:
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    If he gets on a roll you can say Ahhhhhmed!

  2. SMLV1 says:
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    1. Hey Mike, BENCH 2…

    (7) Springer @CWS facing Quintana
    (21) Moss @Home facing Tillman
    (51) Rizzo @ARI facing Cahill
    (57) Rios @TOR facing Dickey
    (181) Polanco @Home facing J. De La Rosa

    2. Starting Shields @BOS
    Ervin Santana @Home

    Opponent is starting Leake @ NYY and Lynn @Home vs. LAD.

    Start em both?

    My stats – 35 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 3 SBs and AVG – .239.. Ws – 6, SVs – 10, Ks – 75, ERA – 3.09, WHIP – 1.03

    Opponent – 36 Rs, 10 HRs, 41 RBIs, 5 SBs and AVG – .297.. Ws – 4, SVs – 2, Ks – 40, ERA – 3.59, WHIP – 1.23

    Im in 1st opponent 2nd….BIG WEEK! H2H 12 Team League Standard Scoring. Yahoo. Should be looking for Rs. HRs, and SBs along with my pitching stats right?

    My Team – D. Norris– C
    Goldy – 1B
    Dozier – 2B
    Rendon – 3B
    Andrus – SS
    Stanton – OF
    Puig – OF
    Rios – OF
    Springer – OF
    Rizzo – 1B
    Moss – 1B,OF
    Polanco – OF

    E. Santana
    Cueto
    Shields
    Fister
    Arrieta
    Gio Gonzalez
    Ventura
    A. Wood
    Rosenthal
    Papelbon
    Joe Smith

    Opponents Team – Vogt
    Hosmer
    Murphy
    Alverez
    Desmond
    Trout
    Cruz
    Hamilton
    Adams
    Segura
    BENCH – Markakis
    Encarnacion
    BJ Uoton

    Pitching – Wainwright
    Lynn
    Leake
    Bailey
    S. Miller
    Smyly
    J. Hammel
    Reed
    S. Romo
    R. Sorianio

    • SMLV1 says:
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      @SMLV1: Sorry. Am asking Grey not Mike on this post… Always like getting Greys and Mikes Opinions.

      • SMLV1 says:
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        @SMLV1: Also Quintana and Rosa are LEFTY pitchers….

        • SMLV1 says:
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          @SMLV1: also, Them Crooked Vultures….Great artists in the band, Surprised it didn’t work out!!

      • ashtray says:
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        @SMLV1: What generally happens is someone will answer if they want and then if Grey disagrees he’ll post a different answer.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @SMLV1: got you on the other post

  3. Beastman says:
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    The Save Vulture is a bad mofo. Doesn’t even give you any advance warning before swooping in to steal your stats. Go choke on some DDT.

  4. DrEasy says:
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    An infield schmotato question: Baby Omar or Josh Harrison? I almost want to keep Harrison because of the upcoming trip to Coors.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nothing wrong with sticking with Harrison there

  5. The Dutchmen says:
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    Who gets the better end of this trade? B. Harper and Y. Ventura for M. Brantley and M. Scherza

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Redraft? Brantley side probably helps you more now

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Mike: It’s arguable even in a keeper I’d say.

  6. jordan73 says:
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    What are your thoughts on Choo RoS? Tired of wasting a bench spot on him if he’s not going to turn it around at some point.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Grey said to sell him a while ago and I would agree

  7. jordan73 says:
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    Also, MadBum’s put up four stinkers in a row now, what’s your confidence level on his start today?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would Ron Popeil MadBum if I owned him

  8. Fresh Outta the Dutch Oven says:
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    Hey Grey, need a little trade advice. I send Alex Gordon, Teheran and Samardzjia/S. Gray/Kluber; I get Jose Abreu and Pence. Thoughts? If it looks good, which one of the 3 pitchers do I send as the 3rd player? Thanks, Grey!

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      Looks good. Send Gray.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Fresh Outta the Dutch Oven: I’d send Gray. He’s about 5’5″ 135 pounds. He might be on an innings limit because he’s going to 5th grade in August.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        ha!

        • Fresh Outta the Dutch Oven says:
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          What are your thoughts Mike and Grey? Appreciate the help!

      • Fresh Outta the Dutch Oven says:
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        Thanks Grey, always appreciate the responses!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. SethDaSportsMan

    SethDaSportsMan says:
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    Frasor was traded to the Royals a couple of days ago, but I do think Soria could be traded and our old pal Neftali Feliz could be in the mix for some vulture saves

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sup Seth! nice job on the TV on the Radio…agree on Feliz

      • SethDaSportsMan

        SethDaSportsMan says:
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        @Mike: thanks , Mike! My head looked bigger than I thought it would. Damn TV on the radio!

  10. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have Shin-Soo Choo. Starling Marte and Ryan Zimmerman just hit the wire.

    Who do I go with RoS – Marte if I can get him?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

  11. Mike says:
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    Leonys Martin or Austin Jackson?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • @Mike: Martin, but it is close..They both have played well lately. You will get more steals with Martin..

      • Mike says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: I was leaning toward Jackson due to more playing time.

        • @Mike: Jackson has 316 AB’s, Martin has 295..Not sure why you think AJax is getting more playing time..BUT, AJax is the better overall player in my book..So go with AJax then…

          • Mike says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: I really didn’t check the stats – I just saw Martin not starting on a more regular basis (the little “x” on the Yahoo web page). Not very scientific I admit. Of course the next day in many cases, I see that Martin was in the game and got two or three at bats. Thanks for the help!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Like Phenom said, Martin for steals…Jackson overall

      • Mike says:
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        @Mike: Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  12. ashtray says:
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    My wife spent half a year (and I visited for a week) and taught English in Colombia a few years ago. Beautiful country with great food, music and vibes. If I had to recommend one place I’d say hit up Parque Tayrona and thank me later.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice

  13. The All-Star game and FOUR day break is a joke..They need to do away with the whole thing…Most players don’t want to play and risk injury during the season…No other sport stops their season for FOUR days to play a meaningless game…I think give home field advantage to the best of the 2 teams that make the World Series..

    Anyway, welcome back Boys of Summer..PLAY BALL

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      breaks are nice

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Mike: pretty sure NHL and NBA also have similar length breaks midseason every year. MLB’s also is less meaningless than those 2 sports allstar games. other than that good point. i do hate breaks myself as well. if they are going to do it, they should do it at actual HALF WAY POINT!

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: I think a four day break in a season of 162 games is reasonable.

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I saw an albino on the train yesterday who was dressed like Arnie from The Terminator. It was weird, holmes.

  15. Yescheese says:
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    Which side? Bryce Harper for CarGo/Arenado

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Yescheese: In a dynasty, I should note. Standard 12t Roto 5×5

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Harper in dynasty

  16. Fistering says:
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    Better stash for this year but more next year in a keeper between Baez and Kris Bryant? Can’t hold onto two and see so many different opinions on these guys. Thanks in advance.

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Fistering: kris Bryant overall. If only just next year, maybe Baez . Neither this year

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      this one comes up a lot. my flag is in the Baez camp

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Fistering: Bryant if you’re a Pedro Alvarez fan. Baez if you’re a Griffey Jr fan.

  17. Jay says:
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    Sup grey? Hope you enjoyed the break.

    1. Khris Davis still a guy you want over say Alex Gordon or Ajax? Both these guys sitting on waivers.

    2. I’ve heard rumors with Zobrist eventually landing in Seattle or SF. Either would be great. Is he a hold for now or should I grab alcides from the wire?

    3. Is everth wirth a DL stash for now?

    Thanks dude

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1) Davis
      2) hold for now
      3) if you have room, but I wouldn’t sweat him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Thanks! Agree with Mike

  18. Fistering says:
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    One more quick one. Better pickup Salazar or Paxton in redraft

  19. Gus Pike says:
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    12 team keeper league (keep 5 guys) 5×5 roto

    I can get Segura and Hahn for Betts and a couple of draft pick swings (my 7 and 10 for his 11 and 13).

    Would mean dropping Ziegler. Currently low on SB and rocking Betts/D. Santana at SS.

    I assume Segura won’t be a keeper for me – have Cutch, AuShizz, Rizzo, Braun, Brantley, Arenado, Rendon that I would consider ahead of him. But is he worth the pickup for the 2nd half?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like it. Nice keepers BTW

      • GusPike says:
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        Thanks,

        Have Chris Davis and Kipnis too – coming into the year I thought I was stacked with those guys as well, but they’ve disappointed. Sadly, I’m only in 2nd place this year – guy last year cashed in ALL his chips and had a million picks in the first 5 rounds. Still have a shot though!

        I’ll go pull the trigger!

        @Mike:

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Nice…Davis will be better ROS

  20. Frank White says:
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    Elvis Andrus, Aybar or Johnny Peralta?? I have Andrus but on CBSsports when I check the Fantasy trends Peralta has higher weekly points

    • Frank White says:
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      Or Alcantara? Thanks!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      maybe it’s Peralta’s homers? I’d stick with Andrus too

  21. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    Frasor got traded to the Royals = Kybosh on taking over for Soria. Not sure why the Royals are trading for more relief pitching and not the bats they desperately need. But hey, if they ever get the lead in a game they will most likely hold onto it.

  22. Paul says:
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    Any save vultures flying over the drob/betances situation?

    Picked up dellin, but Casilla, odorizzi, and bucholz are still on the wire

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s possible. Casilla is getting saves now, though, no?

      • Paul says:
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        @Mike: totally. Wondering if dellin is an upgrade over any of those guys despite the lack of saves/ws

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d rather roster Odorizzi than Betances if I didn’t need Casilla’s saves

          • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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            @Mike: agree with mike, but K-Rob isn’t losing job. Casilla is likely gonna get more saves and better stats than at least half of MLB closers from this point on. You could easily drop any bottom 10 closer (or more) for him and be doing yourself a favor. SF is competing so i don’t see them doing anything different to their bullpen.

    • Grey

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      @Paul: If Casilla, who is the closer is on waivers, I wouldn’t worry about Dellin getting saves

  23. Derrick says:
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    Updating a trade thing from yesterday, In my 12 team, 5×5 league.

    My 1st round pick for next year, Beckett and Marte for Adam Jones and Mat Latos. Again , in this league you can keep two players per year drafted after the 4th round.

    Too much? I might be able to get him to throw in Rosario if I want. Not sure if he is an upgrade over Yan Gomes, though

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like it assuming they are all keepable

  24. Ryan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Could really use your help here because this is a big move for me…Keeper League

    Shelby Miller + A. Rendon + Alex Meyer FOR S. Marte + Donaldson + Cueto

    Who wins ROS? Future?

  25. Jojo says:
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    Please rank these corner infielders ROS 5×5 obp league
    Morales
    Asche
    Plouffe

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you just ranked them

  26. pickleball says:
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    shields @boston a go? his last two starts are encouraging, but he’s been ‘bailey’ing’ me all year. I bench him when he’s doing bad, then he does great, then i start him, then he does terrible again.

    oh my. wait it out one more start or slot him in? I’m in no way hurting for innings, i’m way over

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @BOS is never a walk in the park

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @Mike: Been starting guys there without reservation as the red sox lost their bats.. but agree, there’s always a high chance one blows up in your face.

  27. Frank White says:
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    Who would you start tonight? Chisenhall or Corey Dickerson??

  28. FilthyRich says:
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    10-team mixed Points league – Which 2B for ROS:

    Carpenter
    N Walker
    Dozier
    Wong

    Point values: 1b=1; 2b=2; 3b=3; HR=4; BB=1; R=1; RBI=1; SB=2; KO=-.5; CS=-1

  29. Mike says:
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    I believe that Jason Frasor was moved/traded. Who would now be next in line in Texas?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: It must be Feliz, correct?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Feliz

    • MooseOutFront says:
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      @Mike: Cotts a possibility, though he’s likely to be traded as well. Feliz ain’t got his velocity back yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I missed it, fixed now

  30. Harris says:
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    First off, really funny stuff today.. Well, the wheels are finally falling off the wagon on my team. 6-0 due to fortunate matchups, has turned into 7-8. Fortunately I’m still in the mix. This week I have a few options as at different positions. As much as I dislike the full lineup post, I could use some help with my lineup choices this week. Also keep in mind it is a 10 team league, so the waiver wire has quality. A few guys from your list are available for this week ie, Adam Dunn, Austin Jackson

    Santana
    Vmart
    Utley
    Wright
    Tulo
    Ellsbury
    Cargo
    J.Hamilton

    As for U, I can go with Kipnis, Arenado or Matt Adams. I can also drop someone to pick up one of the players mentioned above. Finally, Wright @ San Diego could be ugly. Would you get Arenado in the lineup over him?
    Thanks and have a good weekend.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Doesn’t look like you have a drop for those available guys. I could get with Arenado over Wright based on the matchup

      • Harris says:
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        @Mike: Arenado at 3rd, as for Utility, Kipnis, or Adams?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Kipnis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harris: Thanks! Agree with Mike

  31. Carl Weathers says:
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    Hey Grey, in a Dynasty league (H2H pts), should i drop Ozuna or JD Martinez for Kole Calhoun?

    I like all 3, and FYI this league rewards HR’s, SB’s a lot, and no penalty for K’s or AVG.

  32. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Pick 1 ROS: Lohse, Despaigne, or Wheeler?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Lohse is safer, Wheeler more upside

      • Kyle Kendrick says:
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        @Mike: mike if it was your squad, what would you do? (If your son was at home crying all alone on…)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Kyle Kendrick: haha. I would take the chance on Wheeler. I’m an upside whore. FWIW, they are ranked right next to each other on JB’s rankings at 50 and 51

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      Wheeler

  33. Was offered Brantley for Wacha.

    Trade? No trade?

    Thanks G

  34. Milarky says:
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    I’m in a 10-team, 40 player/team 6×5 (SLG%) roto league where we keep 4 hitters each. Right now my keepers would probably be McCutchen, Cano, Rizzo, and Donaldson. I’m pretty much out of it this year, and the second place guy is toying with trading Tulo, though he’s trying to push Miggy on my instead. I love Miggy, but I’m worried he’s about to start the slide – do I consider a deal for Miggy if I would have to give up Rizzo and more? Or am I better to hold out for Tulo? It would still mean he would replace either Rizzo or Donaldson as a keeper. He’s also Stanton, but I don’t think he’ll give him up.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would take either Miggy or Tulo for Rizzo

      • Milarky says:
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        @Mike: Oh, there’s no way he’ll take it straight up. I’ll have to include more, but I’m willing to do that unless I can be convinced that Rizzo is truly special. I’m more struggling with which one to go after. I’m thinking Tulo is first prize given that SS is a wasteland after him.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, can’t go wrong with either. I like Miggy personally. Depends what the other pieces are that you have to give I guess.

          • Milarky says:
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            @Mike: Well i’m thinking of offering Rizzo and Cliff Lee for Miggy. I likely won’t keep Lee since we only keep 2 pitchers, and I’ve got Price and Scherzer. Too much?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I like it personally. I don’t think it’s too much.

  35. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    In my H2H 16-team, 5-keeper league, I was offered this before our trade deadline tonight:

    His Pedroia, Josh Donaldson, James Shields, Tyson Ross and Aroldis Chapman; for my Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum and Javier Baez.

    It seems like a hefty deal for Felix. Ross and Lincecum basically cancel each other out, and Pedroia, Donaldson, Shields and Chapman is pretty nice for essentially just Felix. I would drop Kendrys Morales and Chris Coghlan for Pedroia and Donaldson to make roster numbers work, so big upgrades there. But, I hate giving up the best player in a deal, especially one that great.

    What do you think? We’re both contenders, and I don’t see how this makes the other guy better unless he plans to flip Felix for someone else.

    • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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      @TysonFrozenChicken: Also should note we counts Saves+Holds, so Chapman isn’t really a keeper, but Pedroia, Donaldson and Shields are all potential top-80 players in next year’s draft, right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s fair and sounds like it improves your team.

      • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, Mike!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  36. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Which trade you prefer:
    Give Lee for Brantley
    Give Lee and Marte for Brantley and Stroman

    Thanks,

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      first one

  37. K_Rich21 says:
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    10-team H2H Points League, no keepers…I just dealt Sale & Springer for Trout to a ChiSox fan in my league and now your telling me Yu’s going to implode?! What the better deal ROS?

    A) My Yu for his Rendon
    B)My Yu for his A. Ramirez & I. Kennedy

    OR do you think I’m under-selling Yu? Annnnndd, this guy is a Ranger’s fan….

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice get on Trout.

      I like ‘A’

      • K_Rich21 says:
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        @Mike: Yu toes the rubber tonight, pull the trigger before or wait and see?

        • K_Rich21 says:
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          @Mike: Also, I’m a huge fan of the Buysellatops and it’s projecting +11.8 ROS – STD for Yu and -9.0 for Rendon…man over analysis is a killer…

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            don’t worry about one start. Pull the trigger if you like the trade.

            Rudy can answer better on the tool’s page, but I’d still want Rendon

            • K_Rich21 says:
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              @Mike: Yea I like Rendon, if he can keep up this pace. Gonna try to get him to throw in a back-end rotation guy, my league scoring is pitching heavy.

              Really appreciate what you guys do. In the words of Cypress Hill’s Farmer Jed, Thanks Mike, you’re tha sh**!

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                haha, anytime man. I like the pitcher throw-in

  38. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    can i drop lackey for carter if i need power?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  39. TacktheKack says:
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    Im in a weekly league, should i start alcantara or stick with simmons at short? Im nervous that alcantara may get sent back down in the next ten days. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s a fair thing to be nervous about. I’d still rather have him than Simmons though.

  40. Undecided says:
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    Got an received an offer to give up Pujols for Pence? What do you think? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Pujols

  41. Paul says:
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    Just hit with this proposal – my hamels for his Brantley – don’t hesitate and take it?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends on your team needs. I’m always game for trading arms for bats if you can absorb the pitching hit

      • Paul says:
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        @Mike: Good point. Taking this would give me an OF of Bautista, CarGo, and Brantley, with Freeman as my UTL and Bruce on the bench – which I have no idea how I was able to amass…but I’m a Bruce believer for the second half so I’m worried that this could end up with me face palming myself more than once when he decides to have his classic 2 HR game against some random ace or lefty I’ve sat him against. So I guess the follow up is – how much of an upgrade do you see Brantley as over a guy like Bruce?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          If you already have Bruce, I would just hold

          • Paul says:
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            @Mike: Thanks!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime

  42. stonepie says:
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    just did moss/shark for darvish and am offering murphy for ortiz to replace moss. murphy is a UTIL guy for me (cano at 2nd) so i dont need him. i like ortiz alot in the 2nd half and will add ajax to replace murphy’s stats if this deal works out too.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds like it works for your team

  43. MarkedMan says:
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    Would you drop Josh Harrison for Alcantara? Are you sure he plays consistently?

    • brett says:
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      @MarkedMan: Pick up Alcantara.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Seems like kind of a lateral move. I do think Alky will play though.

      • MarkedMan says:
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        @Mike: Thats my only real complaint is Harrison doesnt play every day and I dont think Alcantara will either. Especially with Baez starting at 2nd in AAA.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, it’s a tough call. I’d go with Alky though

        • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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          @MarkedMan: it’s baez’s first day at anything other than 2B today. Baez hasn’t been that good in AAA. Alcantara has been that good in AAA. also, Alcantara might move to OF. It’s not like Coglan and Ruggiano are gonna keep this up, and schierholtz/lake/sweeney have been horrible.

          • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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            @And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers!: basically if CUBS aren’t stupid Alcantara is about the last person who should be losing playing time at MLB level.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yeah, I’d be really surprised to see him go back down now

  44. brett says:
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    Would you move smith now incase the angels trade for a closer? If you could deal smith for someone like Gio would you do it? My closers are Smith, McGee, Kanley, Rosenthal, Meijia. My starters are Strasberg, Latos, Bailey, Gray, Richards, Beckett

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      what’s more valuable to your team in the 2nd half…starters or closers? you really don’t need Smith with those other guys, but at the same time if you are in a close race for saves, your rotation isn’t hurting for Gio either

      In a vacuum I would do Smith for Gio though, yes.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mike: agree, and he is in better than vacuum (a blender?) for not needing closers.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          if I was hurting for saves I’d hold Smith. Prefer Gio in pretty much every other scenario though

  45. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    A Lighter Shade of Brown…are you from the Varrios of California? Were you El Gris before you blew up? Lol…your an interesting man El Gris.

  46. Derrick says:
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    Last post on this trade I swear.

    Which should I do? Keep in mind I’m streaming a ton cause I’m a little thin on SPing.

    My 1st next year, Marte and Colon for A. jones and Latos.

    Or my 1st next year, Beckett and Marte for Latos, A. Jones and Rosario.

    I currently have Gomes at C.

    Thanks again.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      first one

  47. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Paxton shouldnt have a innings cap when he returns right? He’s barely pitched all year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I haven’t heard one mentioned…

  48. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Anybody know if Fister is starting Sunday..im reading he is but its showing hes not on the site I play on.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      he’s the PP on the site I use

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Mike: PP?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          probable pitcher. it’s saying he will start Sunday on the site

  49. Clint says:
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    Regarding trading to improve pitching numbers: at what point in this second half does it become a moot point to trade for improvement on pitching numbers (primarily starter numbers I guess) and what do you do once you reach that point? Do you target more relievers after that and pray that help improve your team down the stretch enough or what?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      IMO, you can still move the needle, but it gets harder. I usually start chasing the counting stats instead of ratios around the first of August. Most years I can do more damage that way.

  50. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Grey is God

  51. troy says:
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    What are your thoughts on the fly’n Hawaiian for the second half?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think Steamer has him for like 3 homers and 3 steals the rest of the way. He’s not a situation I’d want in on.

    • troy says:
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      @troy:

      I mean “grounded Polynesian”

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        ha!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @troy: Ha! Agree with Mike

  52. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Fraser was just traded! Who would most likely take over Texas closer position ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think we’re going with Feliz…

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        @Mike: Cotts being mentioned too

  53. Spencer says:
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    Browsing the wire this morning getting ready for the second half. This is a 10 team H2H with IP, ERA,WHIP,K/9,QS. For the second half, pick 2 SP from this group you would have on your roster.

    Y Ventura
    D Gee
    I Kennedy
    C Buchholz

    • Spencer says:
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      @Spencer: Throw W Miley in this group as well. still pick just 2

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ventura and Gee for me

  54. tank1 says:
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    Trade Bautista/J. Zimmermann for Abreu/Hawkins? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t. I don’t think the difference between Bautista and Abreu is as big as Zimm and Hawk

  55. J Boy says:
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    Who is the better DL stash for the rest of the year? Everth or Cuddyer? I feel like Cuddyer is going to come back in Sep and play for 5 minutes.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha..I guess Cabrera

  56. osnam says:
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    Please rank: Odorizzi, Y. Ventura, Buchholz, Alex Wood, Tyson Ross, Keuchel, and Paxton. Thanks

      • osnam says:
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        @Mike: so I take it you would drop keuchel for Odorizzi with no hesitation?

      • osnam says:
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        @Mike: so I take it you would drop keuchel for Odorizzi with no hesitation? Also, would you rather have Keuchel or J. Weaver? Thanks man.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, I’d take Odorizzi over Keuchel.

          Weaver

  57. Cheese says:
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    Nothing beats an early Friday buy/sell!

    Going off of the top 100 second half list, how does this deal sound:

    I give Josh Donaldson and Yordano Ventura, I get Jacoby Ellsbury

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @Cheese: what kind of league? I think its too much to give

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer the Donaldson side, but I could see it if you are in bad shape for stolen bases

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mike: i really didn’t even notice it was a Friday. doesn’t feel like late in week for H2H leagues at all.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          TGIF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese: Thanks! Agree with Mike

  58. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    stults or volquez?

  59. Charles says:
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    Baseball is back! And so is your write up of the day! Thanks Grey! I’m in a 12 team points league with heavy scoring for pitchers (50 pts per win, -15 pts per loss, 2.5 pts per K, -2.5 pts per ER, -1 pt per BB). Just have to double check on some streamers for this week. Who would you start?

    Liriano (SON $16.4) vs Rockies De la Rosa
    Quintana (SON $12.6) vs Stros Feldman
    Miley (SON $15.5) vs Cubs T. Wood
    Stroman (SON $11.0) vs Rangers Lewis
    Morton (SON $8.7) vs Rockies B. Anderson
    Skaggs (SON $11.9) vs Mariners C. Young
    Archer (SON $8.7) vs Twins Hughes

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      my 2 cents are on the trash/treasure post

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Charles: you can only pick one of these?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: No problem… I’d start all except Morton and Skaggs

      • Charles says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks for the reply!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  60. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    One more question if I can…having a tough time tryn to choose out of these pitchers, they all have been pitching well and I think they will continue to do so. Standard points league QS +3 , W +5, K’s +.5…..Roark who has been really good since the second half of last year…H.Alvarez whos only had just a few bad starts this year and 3 CG’s…..J.Hahn former College star who would have been a first round pick if he didnt get hurt and has been lights out his last 6 starts out of 7 total starts…..and K.Gausman who has the talent and has one earned run or less in 5 of the 7 starts this year and has SP RP eligibility. …I think they all will do well from here on out with a couple of bad games here and there but dont all pitchers do that…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      how many do I get to pick? I’d rank them Gausman, Hahn, Roark, Alvarez but they are all pretty similar IMO

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Mike: thanks bro…thats about how I had them ranked

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          cool…anytime

  61. Eds says:
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    Springer or Gardner ROS?

    And Kh. Davis/Wheeler reasonable enough to get either?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Springer. Yes that sounds fair for Springer

  62. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Jason Heyward or Starling Marte ROS

    5×5 NL only roto

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer Heyward

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Mike: Thanks for the reply. Can I ask why? The reason I ask is it would be kind of inconvenient for me to get his 29$ salary in my lineup (Marte is 10$).

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          um, salary is kind of an important detail. I’d take the $10 Marte

  63. Joeg414 says:
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    Shoemaker or S.Greene:ros? Who do we like more ? This week they both should get two starts; Shoemaker home against Bal and Det. Greene gets Tex and Tor at home. 6×6 mixed roto

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Shoe

  64. Jonesy says:
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    Who do you think will be drafted earlier next year? Or asked a different way – who is a better keeper between Rizzo and Donaldson?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      my guess would be Rizzo, at least that’s who I’d keep of the two…

  65. TJ says:
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    Have a trade offer. Here’s my team as it stands (Yahoo! Std 12-team 5×5 H2H):
    C – Gomes
    1B – Cron
    2B – Altuve
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Springer
    OF – Polanco
    Util – Puig
    Util – Alcantara
    Bench – L Martin
    Bench – A Craig

    SP – Cobb
    SP – Gray
    RP – J Smith
    RP – Rondon
    P – Cole
    P – Wacha
    P – Quintana
    P – Ziegler
    Bench – Arrieta
    Bench – Leake
    Bench – deGrom
    Bench – Minor

    The offer is I get Marte, Arenado, and C. Allen for Puig and Robson….what do you think?

    Great stuff, as always. Thanks guys!

    • TJ says:
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      @TJ: Sorry…Robson = Rondon. Even my auto-correct doesn’t want Rondon

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Puig side

  66. Poop Flies says:
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    Heeeeeeelp
    Deep keeper dynasty league. Pitchers only matter as keepers if they have #1 or #2 potential and you can park them in the minors until they are in their prime
    Can you help me rank the following pitchers so I can compete at some far off point in the future:
    Max Fried
    Rubby de la Rosa
    Julio Urias
    Eddie Butler
    Anthony Ranaudo
    Alan Webster
    Luke Jackson
    Tyler Glasnow
    Kohl Stewart
    Alex Colome
    JR Graham
    AJ Cole
    Noah Syndergaard

    Are any of these not worth holding because they are really 4’s or 5’s?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      so much can happen with prospects, let alone arms…

      If it was my team, I’d want Urias, AJ Cole, and Thor

    • Psychedelic Floyd says:
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      @Poop Flies: The only one’s worth keeping for me would be = Urias (1-2 potential), Fried (#2 potential), Butler (#2 potential), Syndergaard (high 2 potential), and Glasnow (#2 potential). The other guys are more mid rotation, back rotation guys that are closer to the majors then the higher upside guys still in High-A, AA. Kohl Stewart also has high-upside potential but he’s much further away then pretty much everyone on the list. Urias is super young but he’s so advanced for his age I could honestly see him getting to the majors pretty quickly and probably before his 20th birthday.

      • Poop Flies says:
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        @Psychedelic Floyd:
        Thanks – I really appreciate the input!

  67. Green says:
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    Hey grey great posts as always!

    I see that you have Dunn as in the buy column , would you drop CJ cron for Dunn for the DH spot?

    Next since this is a weekly league & this week there are 10 days as opposed to the 7 day matchup, trying to get pitching squared away;
    This week mad bum who’s pitching tonight @ miami (evoladi)& @ Philly(Burnett) on wed

    Or plan B; Matt latos who looks to have to starts this week too; @ Milwaukee(peralta) & vs nationals (Roark)

    Next SS each week I’ve going between Dee Gordon & Alexei Ramirez, bench dee for a ram this week or just roll with DG?

    Thanks grey! Have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Green: Thanks! Hold Cron… Bum… Roll with Gordon… You too!

  68. Bernie Brewer says:
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    I’m trying to swap Polanco for Hamels, but I may have to settle for Polanco for Kennedy. Good deal for me?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think it depends on your roster, but I’d rather have Polanco than Kennedy. Should be a cheaper way to get a serviceable arm.

  69. I prob should not have traded Austin Jackson a few weeks ago for Beckham, Ackley and Whitley. That did not work out well.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      don’t look back!

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @Mike: Hey That’s a Bruce song.

  70. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Need to drop one to pick up Giles:

    1) Skaggs
    2) Smyly
    3) Stroman

    Think Skaggs peripherals look best, but shocked at how similar his and Smyly’s stay lines are.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d rather have Smyly and Stroman personally

  71. And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    which is best CI for ROS? k’s/bb’s/net steals
    freese/mostsuckass/asche. i currently have asche. but also only 19 pickups left for year. so don’t want to just keep jumping (unless it’s the last week and i still have pickups, then hell ya). also eric campbell, but he needs an injury somewhere to get consistent playing time. if not for freese’s hot streak and mostsuckass being decent for over last month i wouldn’t have even thought to ever ask this.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      with limited moves I would just keep trotting Asche out there so you’re not chasing your tail

  72. jef with 1 f says:
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    I’m busy today…the facts return on Monday..just stopping in to say…Sup girl

  73. the pillar & the stones says:
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    12 team H2H pts
    Drop Porcello for Salazar?
    Give up Anibal for Rendon?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no and yes

  74. OT says:
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    I’ve got Gattis, Gomes, and Vogt in a 2 catcher league. Who do I drop (in 8 days probably)?

    • OT says:
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      @OT: 6×6 roto (OPS) 10 team

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeesh. I guess Gomes

  75. Q says:
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    Have to sit ONE of these guys, SON value listed:

    Arrieta @ AZ 5.0
    Fister Home v MIL 15.9
    Gee @ SD 6
    Greinke @ STL 15
    Kennedy Home v NYM 18.6
    Ervin Santana Home v. PHI 17

    SON doesn’t like Arrieta, but I think it’s been slow to come around on him and ballpark isn’t great. What say y’all?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Those are all good starts. I guess Arrieta or Gee. Hate to sit somebody like Gee against the Padres.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: the way arrieta is going? i’d go ervin or fister. SON is crazy having Gee that low.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, I hear you man. they are all good starts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Sit Ervin

  76. Psychedelic Floyd says:
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    What are your guys thoughts on Xander Bogaerts ROS? In my 20-Team 40-man roster Dynasty league (5×5 roto) I am currently sitting in 1st place by a decent margin, but with Xander’s struggles lately I’m contemplating making a move for another SS as insurance since he’s the only one on my roster at the moment. I’m still a big believer in his talent long-term of course, and I think people have been overly critical of him so far this year considering he just turned 21 years old. The question I’m mulling over is whether to go for a high-impact SS that I could just play over Xander and not worry about it until next year, or to just go for a lower-end guy that could fill in if needed but not someone I would rely on to carry me to the championship? I have some movable pieces in draft-picks/prospects so I have enough capital to make a major move, but things have worked out so well for me this year I’m afraid to do something drastic and fuck up the good Fantasy-Karma I got going on haha.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If you can get yourself some insurance at SS for Bogaerts without losing him or impacting your MLB roster, I’d go for it.

      Bogey is an asset you want to keep long term like you said, but there are better options for the rest of 2014 if you’re going for a win. Picks and prospects almost always get dealt when I’m making a run, in that order.

      • Psychedelic Floyd says:
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        @Mike: OK ya that’s what I was thinking as well. And ya draft-picks are some of the best disposable trade chips for a contending team, and I feel a lot of people get too attached to their picks instead of trading them for assets that can help your team now. Same with bigger name prospects that are still sitting in Rookie Ball or Low-A. Appreciate the input Mike, take it easy man.

        Oh and I almost forgot, I’m rolling with Adam Laroche at 1B right now with James Loney cycling in every once in awhile depending on the matchup and what not. I’m sort-of worried that position could fall apart and hurt me in the end, but I think it would be hard for me to really upgrade it without taking a hit somewhere else. Right now SB’s is my worst category, so I think focusing on gaining ground in that would do the most benefit. I’m at least Top 5 in every category except for Wins/Saves/SBs, with SBs being the only one in the bottom half. Would you say this is the way to go as well?

  77. smegma says:
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    Start Segura this week or pickup A.Escobar and roll with him to see how Segura does?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Escobar this week

  78. The Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Weekly lock (so next 10 days). Need to start 3 of these 5: Gee, Porcello, Ventura, Buchholz, and Hahn. Thoughts?

    Thanks as always!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      first three

      • The Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  79. Todd25 says:
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    Thoughts on this trade:

    Cano and Bautista
    for
    Stanton, Wong, Chapman

    i have cano/bautista, and in need of saves (would drop mejia for chapman)
    h2h league, currently around 2nd in HR, but tying/losing SVs weekly

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      can you try to get one of these vulture guys off the wire first? I’d rather get them for nothing than give up two big bats to improve my saves. Just a thought

  80. Cheese says:
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    Alteration to offer above…

    I give Arenado and Ventura, I get Ellsbury (plus one of Rondon, Soria, or Casilla)

    This any better than Donaldson + Ventura?

    Thanks,

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, I think so. depends on your needs

  81. Egg Zach Lee says:
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    1. James Shields or Justin Verlander for the rest of the season – is it close?

    2. Tommy LaStella – does he have any fantasy value other than avg?

    3. Can we get baseball back on PED? So much more fun that way

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. Shields for me
      2. not a ton
      3. ha

  82. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi there Mr. Mike and Mr. Grey,
    I am in an NL only league and I am at the point where I am thinking of punting wins to get my ERA and WHIP down while maintaining saves. I am all into the vulture thing. CAW!CAW!

    My SP’s are Wainright, Latos, Lee and Miller. Miller has been the worst! I kept him up until this point but I have been burned by him enough. Can I drop him? Is there any upside to S. Miller at all this season? Or should I wait and see?

    Circling around a dead corpse seems to be the function of a vulture and this cardinal is about to be (Waiver)fodder.

    Peace

  83. LAmont says:
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    Wasn’t Frasor traded to the Royals just a few days ago? Do you think Neftali Feliz will have the vulture chance if Texas deals Soria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LAmont: On Wednesday, I missed it… Fixed in post

    • Cram It says:
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      @LAmont: I think you’re thinking of Scott Downs

  84. goodfold2 says:
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    H2H, winning all offense except homers, down 5. needing average/total bases the most. bench 3
    gordon (thinking till he looks good he’s a bench) @ buchholz
    polanco vs george of the roses
    rios @ dickey
    springer @ quintana
    scooter @ strasburg
    alcantara @ cahill
    arenado @ liriano
    Tron says bench scooter for alcantara, then polanco/arenado. don’t know if gordon should be put in yet though.
    2. i have all of these starts left for week. opp only has one start left Gio vs MIL tomorrow. i’m winning wins/losses by 2 each. also winning saves by 4 and he only has 2 guys to my 4 (his rosie/rodney vs my smith/soria/k-rob/casilla). i’m winning era/whip by 1.63/.15.
    cobb @ MIN
    quintana vs HOU
    annabelle vs CLE
    keuchel @ WSOX (clearly this is bench till his wrist looks good)
    gee @ SD
    stroman vs TEX
    gray vs BAL
    should i just bench all of these? he has only rodney/benoit/rosie/gio (one start) left for week.
    those first three starts are all today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: Gordon, Rios, Scooter… Bench the pitchers

  85. goodfold2 says:
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    another thing espn has right over yahoo. their H2H’s START a long week right now, not break one in two separate pieces and end it now.

    • Jackie Treehorn says:
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      Just curious – What are some of the other things?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jackie Treehorn: put it this way, what is even 3 things you’d think yahoo has over espn? i can think of
        1. yahoo doesn’t completely shut down their mocks midseason, espn does.
        reason i say so is it will be a much smaller list. i also off the top of my head can’t think of all of them right now. but i’m pretty sure i’ve said about 3 whole times that yahoo is better for fantasy players than espn.

        • Jackie Treehorn says:
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          Gotcha. Haven’t used ESPN in years but I agree Yahoo could handle the break better.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: here’s another
          2. yahoo has a fantasy baseball message board wherein you can join leagues/add members to existing ones very very easily. this is useful.

  86. Let ARoid Play! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Is Ruby DLR worth owning over T. Walker? It is in a Points League where starts from an RP can be extremely valuable. I currently own Walker.

    Many thanks Grey.

  87. El cuñado says:
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    Great write up! Whattya think? Lance Lynn or a Blackmon?

      • El cuñado says:
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        @Grey: I saw that, thanks. I know that Lynn isn’t listed. Would I be crazy to give blackmon and get lynn if I need pitching? Thanks, always appreciate the responses!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If it were a deep league, it’s fair… Depends who the best SP is on waivers…

          • El cuñado says:
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            @Grey: ¿Would the chance to grab Miley, deGrom or Morton keep you from trading Blackmon for Lance?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’d go matchups… Miley for now…

              • El cuñado says:
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                @Grey: Thanks again

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem…

            • El cuñado says:
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              @El cuñado: as they’re all on the wire

  88. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Give up A. Gordon for Mike Minor?
    12 team H2H pts.

  89. smegma says:
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    Which one at UT spot for 10 game stretch:

    K.Davis (10 games: 3@Wsh; 3 v. CIN; 4 v. NYM)
    Marte (9 games: 4 v. COL; 3 v. LAD; 3@COL)

    Hitter-tron doesn’t have Marte listed, so not sure what it thinks. Points league, so categories don’t matter (2 pts per SB, 4 per HR)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up! He was on the 7-day DL, Marte should be there now

  90. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Why I’ll never be a soccer fan:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice!

  91. Spring Blake says:
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    Drop Farq’s for Giles? 16 t s+h league.

    You should check out Bourdain’s Parts unknown episode on Colombia before your trip, he visits Cali, which looks incredible, but more importantly there’s a bar game there called Tejo (probably similar to bowling) but involves throwing rocks at explosives while drinking beer.

    Here’s a link to the Bourdain ep: http://www.cnn.com/video/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown/episode3/index.html.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome, thanks for the link! I’d go with Giles

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @Grey: np, thanks!

  92. Awesome Auger says:
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    Oh thank god baseball is back.

    On Monday I found out there was some strange lady and two kids living in my house and they kept asking me to play with them and mow the lawn… whatever that means. They said they talked to me back in March but I don’t really remember anything like that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should have her evicted!

  93. herschel says:
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    @Grey: no teheran til next week. need a replacement in my weekly league. who do you like best?

    keuchel @ cws
    leake @ nyy
    lynn vs lad
    or start bettances as an extra reliever?

    good to have games back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lynn

  94. Andrew says:
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    Start or sit Cobb at the Twins today in 12 teamer? Zero trust in him right now..

    • Brooke says:
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      Cobb is throwing a no-hitter today. Don’t you listen?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  95. Anthony says:
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    Yo Grey, I’m worried about Anibal as you mentioned last week. I want to lose him before his lucky good fortunes turn around. The waiver guys I’m looking to replace him with haven’t proved to be very good either but I see more upside with them and wanted to ask you…..Should I lose Anibal for… …Mike Minor or Matt Cain?? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Anibal (or trade him)

  96. Brooke says:
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    Morning Greystradamus! Let’s go Cobb!! More importantly let’s just have the Rays win for my bet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A betting female fantasy reader… Where were you when I was single?

      • Brooke says:
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        Well I’m not normally a big bettor, I like football parlay cards, but when I’m given inside information months ago about a future no-hitter I have to react. I live in Vegas so I’m going to make a deposit in my phone betting account in a bit and will try to post it here (for the jerks). I can post a pic on here, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have to upload the pic elsewhere and put the link to uploaded photo here…

          • Brooke says:
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            https://www.facebook.com/brooke.sterling.9

            Ok, my bet is locked in and I’m ready for the no-no! I don’t know how to post the pic as you said Grey so I posted on my Facebook and made the pic public…NO FRIEND REQUESTS CREEPS! I’m just going to copy the link to my page and you should be able to see it, I blocked out my acct number on the ticket to deter any dbag hackers. I have a mobie app and acct from William Hill which is a sportsbook out here… It’s really cool betting from your phone! Greystradamus come through!!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, steep bet…. I hope you win it…

              • Brooke says:
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                Thanks! It’s your fault if I don’t!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, of course… Everything’s my fault if shizz goes wrong…

                  • Brooke says:
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                    Haha, I’m just playin. Although you are fully responsible for my shit 11th place team this year. I won it all last year and you were also responsible for that so I can’t be too hard on you!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Yup

  97. Cheese says:
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    Which of these 3 seems like the best deal (the final offers of the previous discussed deals)?

    1. I give Josh Donaldson and Yordano Ventura for Jacoby Ellsbury and Joakim Soria (don’t value him too much since he’s likely to get traded into a setup role)
    2. I give Nolan Arenado and Yordano Ventura for Jacoby Ellsbury
    3. I give Kyle Seager and Yordano Ventura for Jacoby Ellsbury, Hector Rondon and Neil Ramirez

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3

  98. sniff test says:
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    I traded away Darvish and got Abreu in a keeper league. Thanks. Would you own Austin Powers Jackson over Taveras in keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Taveras

  99. Q says:
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    Hey Grey, a non baseball question. Going to try vaping and try to quit smoking.

    Looking for a starter kit I guess and wondering if you rec a certain pipe or some flavors . Not looking to spend much money, but don’t want crap that I won’t like that sends me back to cigs. Other vapers please feel free to weigh in. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like fruity vape flavors, but it’s more about personal preference… My favorite vape flavors are at Mt. Baker Vapor (you can Google)… Same place probably carries the pipe I use which I’ve been using for about a year… Vision Spinner… It’s not high end, but works fine…And is super easy since I’m a techno-moron…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Exact one: Vision Spinner VV eGo Battery 1300mAh

  100. Andrew says:
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    Would you trade Segura for Dee Gordon, Alexei or Castro (in that order)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  101. jef with 1 f says:
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    Where’s Duda on this list

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wet tail!

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: Ha

  102. And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    you agree with mike to hold asche over mostsuckass/freese in OPS/K’s/BB’s/Net steals as added categories with only 19 moves left on year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  103. JustmovedtoColombia says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Longtime reader, first time poster. Thanks for all of the good work.
    (By the way, I’m currently in first place in my league. Though, I didn’t pick-up every player you suggested, your insights and research were the backbone of my draft. Gracias.)

    If you’re serious about coming to Colombia, email me. I’ve just moved to Bogota. Would be glad to give you any insights we’ve come across. I owe you at least a drink or two, that’s for sure.

    I was just offered his Moon for my Braun, should I take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, nice! Thanks for the offer! Is that your actual email you commented with? Moon?

      • JustmovedtoColombia says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, the email I entered into your site is my real one.
        Moon was a joke. I’m always amazed at the number (and sometimes quality) of trade questions you field.

        Seriously, send me an email and I’ll try and help you the best I can. If I can’t there are plenty of helpful Colombians at my work who’ll have the answers to your questions.
        Also, I’ve got a bunch of friends here. We’ll at least have a get together with good food and drink. You’re invited. It’s the Colombian way.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sweet! Thanks so much! Marking your email down in my iCal to hit you up in October…

          • JustmovedtoColombia says:
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            @Grey: Sounds good.

  104. JustmovedtoColombia says:
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    Oh, yeah.
    I’ve already come across a good brewery.
    The first two drinks are on me. The rest… we’ll see (I hear you’re a lush).
    Is the Cougar coming with? Mine is here with me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, she’s coming… It’s my friend’s birthday and she wants to go to Colombia, so here we come!

  105. Paz says:
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    is Brantley, Joe Smith, and Holt too much to give up for Abreu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  106. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    Samardzija+ Tavares offered to me for CarGo. We have limited trades so I can’t stream pitchers and I am desperate for a solid pitching upgrade. But what would make this fair? Samardzija + top 50 player? top 40?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 40 maybe… Deal as is isn’t good

  107. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, need to start two of the following. who do you like (cant figure out HT for this week only)?

    polanco – 3 vs col (facing 3 lefties)
    heyward – 3 vs phil
    arenado – 3 @ pit
    calhoun – 3 vs sea
    dickerson – 3 @ pit
    pedroia – 3 vs kc

    thanks.

  108. the pillar & the stones says:
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    A. Gordon & G.Cole for Teheran?
    12 team H2H pts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  109. Jack says:
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    13 team weekly league, standard 5×5 roto

    I’ve got a very strong hitting team (55 pts out 65 possible), but having been rolling with a weak UTIL combo since Edwin went down. Currently slotting Swisher and Segura there, with no other good bench options.

    Free agent pick ups cost $2 each, so I try not to make unneeded moves…. are any 1 of Willingham, Eaton, or Fuld a noticeable enough upgrade to be worth the add? I’d be dropping a scrub pitcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not noticeable enough to make a move right now…

  110. MooseOutFront says:
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    I have 1 roster move left for the week through Sunday. Don’t think I need any streamers, but it’s a possibility. Would you go ahead and add Giles with it, knowing this hamstrings yourself to making any other save vulture moves through the weekend or hold until Sunday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  111. gareth says:
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    Howdy Grey,

    Took a long cat nap over the all star break and after waking from my slumber am now heading to progressive field tonight. Indians won’t be there, but they are staging a country music concert. Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia line are the acts (the only one im vaguely familiar with is Lambert, because her husband is on “the voice”).

    Have some fantasy baseball questions:

    Hold or drop xander bogearts gor a streaming spot?

    Drop Ramos, gomes or both (I also have carlos santana)? please feel free to admonish me for somehow accumulating 3 catchers in the rcl.

    Thanks in advance Grey.

    Yeehaw pardner!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Xander… Drop Ramos… Enjoy the game (if you can while working)…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: i know you work there, but what are you doing when they don’t play?

      • gareth says:
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        @goodfold2: at home playing with string, grooming myself, searching for the ever elusive red dot……….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Red Dot savings at Target?

  112. JP says:
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    Grey, thanks for the article, 2 trades, in needs of a better IF spot

    Rios for Adrian Gonzalez (or Daniel Murphy)?

    Rios/Chris Archer for Gonzalez (or Murphy)/Verlander?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Gonzalez alone

      • JP says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  113. gareth says:
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    Oar infante or xander Bogaerts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Omar

  114. gareth says:
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    Best option for 5th outfielder: hart, Willingham or hurry k’d (nest nickname ever!)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can go with Carter for a few games to see if he’s still hitting bombs

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i didn’t even get the Hurricane reference to that joke for like a month. i thought it was funny even without knowing that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  115. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Jack says:
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      @gareth:

      Why do you always say that?

  116. Game of Throws says:
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    H2H 10 team Keeper league

    can keep any 3 players for rounds 1 – 3 next season

    Had Edwin at 3rd

    Someone is trying to trade me Evan Longoria for my Strasburg

    So I could keep Edwin, Joey Bats, and Longo for next year.

    My other SPs are Cueto, Teheran, Latos, Wood, Lynn

    Would you take Longoria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Game of Throws says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  117. Derrick says:
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    Gomes or Vogt ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomes

  118. Travis says:
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    i already ask this to mike but i’d apreciate your opinion too…

    polanco and anibal for hamels, wich side?

    i also have Cargo, Harper, Puig and Marte as OF’s, but polanco can be great right?

    this is my pitching staff right now
    Latos
    Cobb
    Zimmermann
    Ross
    Ventura
    Anibal
    Cashner(dl)
    Paxton(dl)

    i’m a little bit paranoid about SP, hasn’t been great for me
    Walker is adviable, i could add him and hope for him to be as good as he can.

    how much do i need hamels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Hamels, it’s fair…

      • Travis says:
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        @Grey:
        thanks grey, we should pay you haha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  119. Fistering says:
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    So pulled the trigger on trade for abreu. Wanna hear your thoughts. Got abreu and Bauer for Bautista, grey, and Jesse Chavez. I get abreu in 7th round next year as my keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solid trade!

  120. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    volquez or stults. i asked this earlier but got differing responses. i picked up one of these to make sure a made innings this week (with beckett hurt), turns out i lost carter for nothing to do that, since there’s an extra 3 days this week anyway. i had carter backing up pierce.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Volquez, neither are good

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: never mind that, volquez was yanked up 44 minutes ago, i either should have reasked earlier or just stuck with mike’s advice, since i am now anyway.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s a toss up really anyway

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: this is a 20 teamer, and this is for my roving spot, it’ll be a 1b on any pearce off day.

  121. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    ludwick or saunders when saunders comes back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saunders

  122. hankp says:
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    Just got offered his Braun and Bumgarner for my Miggy/Arcia in a 5×5. I’ve got Frazier at 3B as well. I’m sitting in first with a pretty well rounded team (below average in Ws and SBs, strong everywhere else). OF especially and SP are probably my weakest positions, but I hate giving up a monster like Miggy. Would you take it? Thanks, you guys are the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t take it

  123. goodfold2 says:
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    sure hope this is sign of things to come, NOT only is dickerson in lineup against lefty, he’s batting leadoff and blackmon is off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, very nice

  124. ashtray says:
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    Just read you were staying in Cartagena. The old city part of Cartagena is amazing. Little shops, squares with random people playing music, restaurants, all sorts of stuff.

    When we visited we stayed at some little place called Tres Banderas. People are just straight up loving life there and friendly as hell.

    There’s also some little island off the coast where the hotels own a little slice each if you want to get out of the city for a bit.

    One piece of advice though: get your probiotics going and bring the anti-poop meds. That water will mess you up. On the bus to Cartagena from Barranquilla I had to make them pull over so I could shit on the side of the road.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… Awesome info! It wouldn’t be my first time having the serious full-on squirt puppies…

  125. Oh Cano You Don't says:
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    Happy Friday to all. So, I have a 6 OF’ers (not necessarily good ones) but only room to play 4 of them — which 2 do you see as being the worst, overall, ROS?

    Starling Marte
    Oscar Taveras
    Khris Davis
    Cain SUGAR
    Alex Gordon
    Ryan Zimmerman (have Machado for 3B but I could hold RZ for OF/Util)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oscar and Cain

      • Oh Cano You Don't says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  126. Jack says:
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    Among the teams who are in the hunt for a RP which would not have Soria as a closer?

    If Soria does go to one of those teams, is the following the correct rank of speculative closers (need saves): Feliz (Frasor was traded), Ramirez, Benoit, Balfour, Giles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dodgers, Mariners, Yankees, there’s probably a few more I’m forgetting… Giles, Feliz, Balfour

  127. Q says:
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    Start Ervin or Wood ? Both at home v. Philly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both if you can. Otherwise Wood

  128. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Tried moving Polanco even pairing him with Carpenter for a decent arm but nobody bit..im not crazy for dropping Polanco in a 10 team points league am I?..its not like hes putting up huge numbers, in fact hes only put up 20 points in 2 of the 5 weeks hes played…Do you see him improving to where hes constantly putting up 20 points or more every week?…Sorry I have this knack for turning simple questions into essays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try to hold to Polanco if I could…yes, he’s capable.

  129. Adam says:
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    Adrian Gonzalez or Eric Hosmer for the ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look at the top 100 for the 2nd half.

      • Adam says:
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        @Grey: oh yeah. I guess I missed that post. Kind of a big deal. Thanks grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  130. Mark says:
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    Great post, Grey!

    I need help at SS – Bogaerts is killing the last month+. It’s a 10 team keeper. Any of these guys worth picking up, and who do you like best? Lowrie, Betts, Santana, Amarista.

    Would have to drop Ziegler to pick one up. Worth it or stick with Bogaerts?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Lowrie. Lose Ziegler.

  131. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Norris or Ramos ROS?

    Sorry no Columbia experience here..if you are ever interested in Atlantic Canada (where all the celebs go to get away, for serious) I can fix you and the Coug up….

  132. Delaney says:
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    for Grey re: Colombia

    Went last September with the wife. Loved it! If you’re in L.A. you should go to that travel bookstore on 3rd across from Joan’s and Goal. They seem to know everything about everywhere and they totally hooked us up with info for our trip.

    It’s a big country with a lot going on so you kinda have to decide if you want a big city vibe? We loved Bogota but it’s not for everyone. It’s like someone dragged all of L.A. 8000 feet up a mountain. It’s somewhat chaotic but there’s so much to do, eat & drink. Medellin is more manageable and equally fun. We did not go to Cali but people seem to love it. It is apparently home to the country’s finest ladies, ha so that’s one reason we didn’t go.

    Not a huge fan of Cartagena. It’s like Walt Disney built Miami on the equator and then put a huge wall around it so there’s zero chance of a breeze, and then parked every cruise ship just outside. Beaches are meh. Went to ceviche place on Bourdain and it was like every tourist from Illinois was lined up to pay $30 for okay ceviche. Best tip if you have to go to Cartagena: go to the hotel across from the ceviche place and book a trip to the Rosario Islands. It’s an hour boat ride and you can day trip or spend the night. Beaches are insane and if you spend the night you’ll have total seclusion. It’s like having a private island for maybe $100 a night.
    Anyways, love the place. Have fun!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome stuff! Seriously, thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Btw, we’re good friends with Natalie and Greg who own the travel bookstore…

      • Delaney says:
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        @Grey: Oh awesome. Yeah I can’t remember who helped us but they definitely knew their shizz. What a great resource. And what a great excuse to go across the street to Goal and watch baseball on like 17 different screens while sipping a nice cold one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Probably Natalie, she’s always there… Yeah, Goal is a great bar that has a terrible niche name…

  133. Fenst says:
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    Contending at the top of a roto league. Have a chance to get L. Hawkins for a few draft bucks in next year’s auction. Within 4 saves of 4 teams with currently Jansen, McGee, and Wade Davis rostered as my only closers (Lindstrom on DL).

    Wouldn’t be able to get Hawkins in the lineup until 7/28. Should I just hold off and see what happens at the trade deadline before pulling the trigger? I can’t imagine Hawkins being a huge target for a contender, but you never know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, see what happens at the deadline…

  134. Fish says:
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    Travel tip: Don’t know if you’re much of an “outdoor guy” but go find an REI store or go to backcountry.com or comparable website and buy a product called “Steripen.” Those things do wonder for purifying water quickly which sounds like it could be of use in Colombia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great tip! Thanks!

  135. Endershadow says:
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    Pujols/Kluber/Cespedes for J Upton/Greinke/Kluber?

    14 teams 5 keepers. OBP and SLG

    Thanks

    • Fish says:
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      @Endershadow: Confused how Kluber is in there twice, but whatever. Deja Vú. Go the J-Up side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber on both sides?

      • Endershadow says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, my bad.

        Pujols/Kluber/Cespedes for J Upton/Greinke/Agon?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair, lean towards the Upton side barely

  136. Brooke says:
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    Ok Grey, Since you’re on the hook for the big money tonight I need to ask a fantasy question. My league is H2H weekly league. We roster 6 SP and start 4 every week. Which 2 do I sit this week? Better not say Cobb, lol.

    Gio vs Mil
    Sonny vs Balt
    Anibal vs Cle
    Cobb @ Minn
    Kluber @ Det
    Arietta @ AZ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal, Gio

  137. Mike says:
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    Do you dump Mookie Betts for Shane Victorino if he is actually activated on Saturday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  138. henncoop says:
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    So I finally pulled off a trade that IMHO looks good to me despite giving up a closer. This is a 5X5 roto with daily lineups

    I got Marte, Scherzer, Alvarez, & Walden for my Frazier, Despaigne, Suga Cain & Mejia

    Do I got the nod of approval?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  139. Rob says:
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    Better SS for ROS – A. Cabrera or A. Simmons?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal

  140. royce! says:
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    Sounds like Street might be moving, though not far…up the street, if you will…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  141. osnam says:
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    Is Zack Greinke too much to expect yo get for Nelson Cruz? Could you please give me a few examples of pitchers I should target in return for Cruz? Thanks, always appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at players ranked around Cruz on my top 100… Greinke is fine to expect…

  142. Oppo Taco says:
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    Cody Allen or Casey Jansen ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Janssen

  143. Beyond says:
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    Who do I drop (11 player) now that Trumbo and Belt are back from the DL? Having difficulty trading for a 2B.

    Weekly league 12 team Head-to-Head format

    C – C Santana
    1B – Moss,
    2B – Mercer
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Rollins
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Crisp
    OF – Cespedes
    Util – JD Martinez

    M Adams 1B/U
    Belt 1B/U
    Trumbo 1B/OF/U

    Who to drop?

    • Beyond says:
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      @Beyond: Also have Polanco OF/U

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Belt… Trade Moss for a 2nd baseman and just play Adams or Trumbo

  144. goodfold2 says:
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    j.smith about to F’ed in the A when it comes to saves. i don’t want to join him.
    1. 14 team roto with holds drop which of joba/miller (BOS) to grab lindstrom? limited moves here so i can hold smith for holds, or go back to the one i dropped over him later.
    2. 10 team h2h. grab mejia right now, and when i get more adds on sunday night stash lindstrom in DL slot? petricka also available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Miller 2.sure

  145. costaricanchata says:
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    just finished setting my line-up .
    felt good .
    hello , old friend .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Totally!

  146. costaricanchata says:
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    little something here for everybody :
    Huston Street-P
    Padres

    Update: Padres and Angels are close to finalizing a deal for Huston Street.

    Joe Smith owners, beware!!! If Street lands in Anaheim, then Smith goes back to being a set-up man, no doubt about it. Street is a proven ninth-inning specialist and the ability to use Smith in other ways will make Mike Scioscia feel a lot more comfortable about his recently disappointing bullpen. If you’re in an AL-only league and have been chasing saves, this is why you save your FAAB money.Analyst: Howard Bender

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not great news for Smith…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: what disappointing bullpen, smith has been wonderful, jepsen no runs allowed in 31 appearances, grilli pretty good since coming over, this should be one of the least needy bullpens currently. they could certainly use some starters to overpay though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Scioscia just always hated Smith for no reason

  147. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    dammit in 16 teamer i just got beat to benoit, but guy that did it already has doolittle and rondon, and can’t play all three of these at same time in this espn league. if he drops Rondon i guess i go Rondon over Petricka? and as i do so i can stash lindstrom. i have no one to drop right now to stash lindstrom.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Rondon over Petricka

  148. costaricanchata says:
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    gennett up to 8 HR ‘s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  149. Jaime says:
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    NL-only 5×5, would you give up Werth, Melancon and KRod for Kershaw and Carpenter? I’d still have Chapman, and I could use the ratios help from Kershaw… Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Jaime says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man. Does it change anything for you to know that this is a keeper league and both Krod and Melancon are $1, while Kershaw is unkeepable? Also, don’t you often preach trading pitching for hitting — I’d be doing the opposite here…. even considering great pitching, isn’t it harder to find HR/RBI? Or is CK truly that great for 5×5?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The trade isn’t close… If you’re trying to win this year, I’d do it…

          • Jaime says:
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            @Grey: Thanks — you the man, Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  150. Jon says:
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    Hey I have a ROS question; who would you rather have ROS aramis Ramirez or Vogt? It’s for my utility slot, thanks & keep up the great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aramis

  151. Halkster says:
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    Vogt (current c mccann)
    Benoit,
    Wong (over Gordon or Castro)
    Carlos Martinez
    Pick two?

    • Halkster says:
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      Or I could drop McCann or holiday
      ?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Drop McCann

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benoit, Wong

      • Halkster says:
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        Could drop buchholz too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you need to, sure

  152. Steve says:
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    Please rank pujols ,rizzo,mourneau ROS
    Thx!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I ranked in the top 100 two days ago

  153. costaricanchata says:
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    announcer’s stat :
    darvish …. 79 mlb starts
    26 games with 10 K ‘s or more !!

    he has 11 tonight through 6 innings ,
    and arencibia just hit a 3-run HR to give him a 5-0 lead .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The power of the sell!

  154. Andrew says:
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    Porcello or Bailey ROS? Close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey

  155. Mello Yello says:
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    Time to pick Neftali back up…oh Alex Meyer, I hate to see my newest prospect crush go, but…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  156. Fish says:
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    So… Kipnis gets 4 days of rest with the All-Star break – 4 extra days he didn’t get during the recovery from his oblique injury – and he returns and launches not one but two (2!!!) HR’s!!! You couldn’t give him this extra time in May so we had to suffer through two months of blah??? Ahhhhhh!!!!

    What type of car does Terry Francona drive? I’m putting a rabid squirrel in his glove-box.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  157. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    1. Please rank Gausman, Odorizzi, Buchholz ROS.
    2. Please rank Gausman, Odorizzi, Buchholz for dynasty.

    Thank you so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Odorizzi, Gausman 2. Gausman, Odorizzi

  158. Bye Felicia says:
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    Figures I drop kipnis and he hits 2 homers. That’s my season in a nutshell. A second too late, a min too early! So frustrated with this entire season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You dropped Kipnis? Huh?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: I had to rub my eyes – to be sure I saw who was dropped.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Whaaaaa??? Why on earth???

      • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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        @Inglourious Dirty Ol’ Basterd: If that’s what your season’s been like, it’s entirely your fault. The anus is on you, my friend.

  159. jef with 1 f says:
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    Get on the Wet Tail train brotha he’s doing work

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wet tail – chugga chugga – wet tail!

  160. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Who do you think replaced street .. Benoit ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  161. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Give: Polanco, Gio, and Perkins to get: A. Jones, Kennedy, and Minor? Good deal?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  162. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey, You absolutely nailed some guys in pre-season or maybe it was the beautiful mustache or the random voice in your head, but Abreu, Pujolss and Rizzo(this years Ah Shizz). I Love me some H to the Rizzo, but he needs a bigger name! I had to cancel my anniversary dinner at Mastro’s tonight because I had a sick pug at home. Work me some magic and give me Rizzo’s alter ego!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! You did miss butter cake… Oh, god, that butter cake…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: Grey wasn’t that much higher on Abreu than major site rankings (unless i’m remembering it wrong). he was a good amount higher on pujols (about 40 spots higher than espn), and rizzo (even more).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I had Abreu in the 60’s, Yahoo had him in the 140’s

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: i was wrong then. damn good call on all three of them. for some reason i thought you had him like in the 90’s and them in like 120’s (even in that case it’ve been good call)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: #effinallstarbreak, messed up Bruce’s groove! I hope they throw him back at first, his offensive numbers were looking good and we love the eligibility! I had the whole meal planned, crab cakes, medium rare ribeye, I closed the wife on ordering twin lobster tails and the butter cake was the desert. Sonavabench! The wife (let’s call her the inked one) vowed to make me a conshellation Butter Cake! She is a part time reader (she only reads your posts) so I guess technically you have 4 and a half girl readers now. I was hoping for a SAGNOF Tee for my anniversary present, but she went with some dope 89 Nike Air Flights( it was the leather year) Although I think a SAGNOF order is on its way.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hear ya…. That’s not a bad consolation gift… If she can make butter cake, you got yourself a good one…

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: The inked one knows her way around the kitchen. I nabbed a great one. Her special brownies are…… wait for it….. legendary! Is Rizzo gonna earn a big name from you?? BTW, you rarely humblebrag but I loved that you were able to set the Abreu ranking straight! !

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… I know Rizzo needs one… Tried Au Rizz… Didn’t stick or make any goddamn sense really…

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: I like AuRizz, Maybe Axel said it best…. “It’s soooooo Rizeasy”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  163. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Pls rank ROS for H2H pts:
    Ryu, Bailey, A Wood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey, Ryu

  164. Bostondirtdogs says:
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    Was just offered springer for Wacha(me)? Is that an immediate take or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Springer

  165. ferris says:
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    nl-only

    thinking about giving eovaldi a straight-outta-Crayola-canyon drop

    what do ya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  166. Mello Yello says:
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    I’m sorry. Why couldn’t Donaldson and Machado get into a fight and get kicked out? Britton just eviscerated my team (I’ve been trying to sneak eviscerated into a conversation all day)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, well, I started Colon

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Grey: Dude Britton gave up 3 runs without retiring anyone…his ERA AND WHIP were infinity…at least Colon had actual real numbers today

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… This is true…

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: I threw colon out there also….my opponent had Kennedy so kind of a wash

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, almost exactly a wash

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Grey: Now Benoit gives up one…welllllllllllll I think it’s time to hit the old dusty trail…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw geez…

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: go with enervated.

  167. Brooke says:
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    Hey Grey! Cobb was garbage but I don’t care, I won $270! Thanks for your prediction! I will always believe in the mighty Greystradamus! Have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nice!

  168. costaricanchata says:
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    screw benoit .
    i’m grabbing thayer .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a bad move

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        quackenbush too young for the job .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly

  169. costaricanchata says:
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    what’s this ?
    day games AND night baseball too ??
    is his iowa ???

    upon 1st look , there appears to even be
    an old-fashion double-header in detroit .
    closer examination of the time-starts seems to indicate that
    there’s just enough cushion between games to
    clear the stadium of fart smells and to justify charging a double admission .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  170. Puig's Poutines says:
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    would you trade longoria for david price if you needed pitching and you had brock holt and michael morse to fill in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  171. the pillar & the stones says:
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    H2H pts
    Stream all?

    Skaggs v SEA 11.9
    Elias v NYM 11.5
    Peralta v NYM 5.5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  172. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Mark Trumbo or Austin Jackson RoS?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though different things

  173. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Lots of closer talk obviously….with Street gone, how do you now rank Benoit, Mejia, Petricka, Giles? That’s what I was thinking as of now, but could very well change in the coming days. What say you, oh mighty Grey?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That ranking makes sense…

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: on a day to day basis putnam might sub for petricka. that was putnam’s first good inning in quite a while.

  174. Andrew says:
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    Best ROS?

    Skaggs
    Danks
    Locke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs… They’re all matchups guys

      • Andrew says:
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        @Grey:

        Okay so which do you like best tomorrow?

        Skaggs is home vs Mariners
        Locke home vs Rockies
        Danks home vs Astros

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Locke, though I’d look at SON

  175. Tony says:
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    Talk me out of picking up Alcantara and dropping Alcedes! 12 team 5×5 H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d probably hold there, but I love Arismendy so hard for me to do that…

  176. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: are you thinking Benoit gets traded as well? Worth investing in or is Thayer the better move? Have about 150 left in a 250 FAAB. Bid on Benoit or try and grab Thayer once he clears waivers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bid on Benoit… $21… Though more if you really need saves…

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: thànks. Drop Leake, Giles or McGehee (bench bat) for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          McGehee

  177. costaricanchata says:
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    my team always seems to disappoint , on the weekends .
    thinking about changing the name to
    the Weekend Dayan-ers .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Weekend Warriors… My team seems the opposite…

  178. CoreyII says:
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    Deep NL only league. 5×5, and in the mix in all the categories still.

    Do you like Ethier, Amarista, and Tony Cruz or Minor and Jr Lake? Thoughts anyone?

    And I just lost Joe Smith as closer on another team, so thanks for the Vultures list!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amarista for right now, Lake long term… No problem…

  179. goodfold2 says:
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    man keuchel runs bad just like porcello does; just allows singles, a lot of them. he doesn’t get hit hard. but he’s certainly not pitching the same with this wrist thing that HOU keeps playing him through as he was for 6 weeks or more earlier in year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: whatever the case is keuchel droppable for one of miley/morton/odrisamser/locke/tillman/stults in one league (deep 10 teamer)
        2. 14 team roto with QS and K/BB, and 18 pickups left for year
        one of phelps/kendrick/e-jax/nuno/hutchison/worley/stults? no matter answer here i’m assuming 2B. heaney is immediate grab when he returns over keuchel?
        3. 12 team one of mccarthy/tillman/wily p/chavez/worley/hutchison/stults. same cats as in #2.
        4. 16 team H2H with QS. one of santiago/stults?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Miley… Yeah, Heaney but I’d hold him in #2… Peralta…Santiago…

  180. goodfold2 says:
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    before i bombard you with cron replacement questions, it’s looking like his AAA’ing may be short term thing to give bullpen rest. you agree? (by that i mean don’t drop him)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: clearly this is much more important in deeper leagues (14 and up), where i don’t really want to drop him and have somebody with more bench bats spots pick him up simply due to them having space, i only have 2 bench bats. some of these teams think it’s a good strategy to have like 5 of them (7 bench spot espn league)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, for sure

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @goodfold2: here’s your replacement ….DUDA….WET TAIL….DO IT

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        WET TAIL!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @jef with 1 f: that’s great, i’ll just go out and grab that free agent duda in this 16 teamer. pretty sure duda has been owned entire season since ike left. free agent 1b guys are these, s-rod/campbell/hart. i’m guessing you aren’t that familar with 16 team leagues. i am gonna grab s-rod as multiposition guy in 20 teamer.

  181. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    other c.dickerson or ludwick in OPS league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  182. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    I’m in a 12 team roto with 4s and 5s in K, ERA, & WHIP. Who is the first to be dropped from this staff?

    Teheran, Bailey, Iwakuma, AWood,Archer, Bauer, Keuchel, Kenley KRod, Casilla

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keuchel

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey sup

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sup

  183. goodfold2 says:
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    really rooting for petricka to blow this one, just dropped him for putnam after yesterday.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: and have had putnam in 20 teamer for a long time, and stuck with him since.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: now at least manager trusts putnam somewhat, puts him in for final out. but why take petricka out if you left him in for altuve?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  184. jef with 1 f says:
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    Watching Gee tonight …not good early but got better as he went along…seemed like he’s one of those guys that the extra rest doesn’t help…every thing was up in the zone early and it was like he started finding it in the fourth….Nothin but a Gee thang

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was at the game… He couldn’t handle the Grandal!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: I think Grandal is back on the juice, can he share with ECab?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would be nice

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: Nice

  185. Mello Yello says:
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    Au Shizz!!…and Springer…and AJ10? Oh baby, I might have an extra Yuengling tonight!!

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Mello Yello: Ha I’m rolling with Heineken light tonight

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @jef with 1 f: ever try rolling rock light, don’t DO IT! it tastes like soap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  186. goodfold2 says:
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    12 team H2H dynasty with slug/OPS/BB/K’s for hitting and holds/losses/OBPA/QS for pitchers and this lineup (1 util spot)
    mesoraco
    morneau/E5 (DL)
    pedroia/odor
    E5 (DL)/aramis
    reyes
    LF upton/k.davis
    CF d.jennings/polanco
    RF calhoun/rios/polanco
    SP: bauer/richards/kluber/dickey/garza/skaggs/kazmir/hutchison/cain/cashner (DL)/holland (DL)/paxton (DL)
    RP (can only play 5 per day)
    F-rod/reed/perkins/rodney/shaw/joba/smith/walden
    these 2 deals just got sent. either of them any good?
    1. eaton (counts as LF/CF), segura
    for my reyes. i would have to likely drop one of my holds guys (which one if so?)
    2. miller (SS)/alcantara/smyly/c.lee
    for my richards/perkins/polanco. i’m guessing this is a big no, since i don’t like smyly, and don’t need a backup SS that bad. it’d be left with only 1 CF (jennings), and get worse long term for SP (losing richards).
    3. would there be some way to rework this one with taking miller/smyly out of it, and leaving lee/n.ramirez or w.davis/alcantara for my richards/perkins/d.jennings?
    4. are 1 and 3 together terrrible? i would replace odor with alcantara and one of my holds guys with w.davis/ramirez in that situation.

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @goodfold2: I’m not liking any of those

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @jef with 1 f: but I also don’t have a mustache and like Wet Tail

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @jef with 1 f: you mention wet tail enough that you appear to like it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: reyes is really worth that much more in dynasty than segura?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not that much more, but about equal right now…

  187. Puig's Poutines says:
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    ventura or bailey ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey

  188. goodfold2 says:
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    finished up Fargo. wonderful. but unless it’s a extra scene Lester isn’t shown to kill a cop to sneak back into hospital. Malvo does to be able to talk to Wrench. that’s a def plot hole. or we’d have to believe the cop watching the hospital room (Lester’s) to be inept, which is certainly believable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He killed a cop in the scene immediately prior to walking into the room… You must’ve blinked… It’s there…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i’m not refering to in EP 8 when Malvo kills the cop in the hospital to gain access to talk to the deaf Mr. Wrench. Lester escapes hospital in EP 6 (Buridan’s Ass) to plant evidence on his brother, he’s last seen leaving his brother’s house by autistic nephew at 33:31, then all the violence in the glenn howerton gets killed/snowblind violence scene/fish rain/ and last thing we see at 50:08 is Lester sitting in hospital room. only way i’m wrong here is if the episode i’m watching is shorter than one you saw. Mine’s 53:13 running time. also i tried reading a bunch of reviews/synopsis’ and none of them mention Lester killing cop. Some of these even count up the deaths in this this episode.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh! I was thinking Malvo killing cop to take to Wrench… Lester disguises himself as the bandaged patient to get out of the room…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: i know,but it still at least sort of plot holey to suggest he could’ve snuck back in, except we believe the guard just walked off for a while, and during that time, Lester simply happened to sneak back in.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              The nurse went and got him and pushed him back in

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: YEAH! good call. that makes sense. then he moved the guy back to his actual bed.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

  189. Bunny says:
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    Drop Nathan now for streamer spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you must

  190. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    14 team roto 5X5 but offensive stats are runs/rbi/steals/OBP/slug. dynasty. 1 util 3 OF.
    vogt
    belt/mcgehee
    wong/merce/phillips (DL)
    castro/segura/mercer
    machado/mcgehee
    stanton/cespedes/duda/j.jones
    SP: kershaw/latos/darvish/hammel/gallardo/morton/miley/eovaldi/hahn/odorizzi/harvey (DL)/sabathia (DL)
    RP: giles/mcgee/benoit
    1. is this trade good for me
    my duda/latos/sabathia/castro for opp’s pollack/ozuna/1 of hughes/porcello/leake? also which of those SP?
    2. drop eovaldi for santaigo/stutls/odrisamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Eh 2. Odrisamer

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: what if sabathia was taken out of it? i’m guessing the worry is that castro is worth too much for this. or maybe latos is worth too much? what about one of these then
        latos/duda for ozuna/pollack?
        castro/duda for ozuna/pollack?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Ozuna in the 2nd one

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            @Grey: it was the latos value being too much. i’ll try the 2nd one.i gotta trade one of latos/kershaw/darvish in this league, that’s too much SP.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You should do better for Latos

  191. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    same league. since my SP is so damn good with harvey/kershaw/darvish/latos i’m trying to move one of the top 2 kershaw/darvish for a top 10 bat going forward. is rizzo enough for darvish? i’m thinking latos isn’t enough for rizzo?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: scratch this 2nd question, i’m mixing up leagues. i don’t have kershaw/darvish in this one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rizzo for Latos

  192. SMLV1 says:
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    Hey Grey, Big Question! Last day of the week. Trying to Maintain my lead…

    My Team – 7 Ws – 13 SVs – 82 Ks – 3.12 ERA and 1.07 WHIP
    His Team – 5 Ws – 3 SVS – 57 Ks – 4.36 ERA and 1.35 WHIP

    My starters –

    $11.5 Gio @Home vs. MIL (Garza)
    $5.4 Cueto @NYY (Kuroda)
    $5.0 Arrieta @ARI (Collmenter)
    $ -0.1 Ventura @BOS (Lester – Lefty)
    $? (SON not updated yet) A. Wood @Home vs. PHI (Kendrick)

    His – Smyly @Home vs. CLE (Tomlin)

    Start em all and hope for the best? Bench 1 or 2 etc..? Could bench em all as well along with my Closers – Rosenthal, Papelbon and Mejia

    2. Bench 2….Assuming Rios (Twisted Ankle) and Puig (Hurt hand…X-Rays Negative) Start.

    (6) Springer @CWS facing Danks (Lefty)
    (16) Rizzo @ARI facing Collmenter
    (37) Rios @TOR facing Buehrle (Lefty)
    (59) Moss @Home facing Gausman
    (63) Puig @STL facing C. Martinez
    (110) Polanco @Home facing Matzek (Lefty)

    Im guessing Puig and Rios sit. Looking for RBIs and SBs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench your whole staff and Rios and Puig

      • SMLV1 says:
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        @Grey: Done deal Grey! Sometimes I feel like im cheating doing this….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  193. Travis says:
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    wacha or anibal sanchez, this season

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Travis: annabelle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal

  194. SteveNZ says:
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    Just picked up Jumbo Diaz, on account of the sheer awesomeness of his name.

    That, and he has three perfect Holds in the last week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… That is a pretty snazzy name… I just went to a Padres game with royce!… Are you coming to the states still?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yep

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @SteveNZ: if he can keep getting leverage spots i’ll probably drop putnam when lindstrom comes back for him in 20 teamer. or drop cotts if he gets flipped and can’t even get a holds spot.

  195. Andrew says:
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    Rank for tomorrow?

    Skaggs home vs Mariners ($12)
    Lincecum at Marlins ($11)
    Gio home vs Brewers ($11)
    Smyly home vs Indians ($7)
    Danks home vs Astros ($3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lincecum, Gio, Smyly

      • Andrew says:
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        @Grey:

        Would you rank Archer at Twins ($10) before any of those three?

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Before what three?

          • Andrew says:
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            @Grey:

            The three you ranked. He better than any of them?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Andrew: Better than Smyly

  196. Andrew says:
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    Thoughts on Archer? Where would you rank him 2nd half? 150ish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      175-200

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Andrew:
      archer the pitcher meh
      archer the tv show is great
      Danger Zone

  197. Bunny says:
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    Polanco or Trumbo?

  198. LASTELLLLLAAAAAAAA says:
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    My Huston Street for his Alex Wood and option (Cody Allen or Benoit)?

    Would you take it and who would you rather have in there between allen and benoit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it, Benoit

  199. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have Mauer as my backup C in a couple of leagues. On the wire, Gattis or Gomes/Ramos. Do I pickup Gattis and Gomes?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomes

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Mike.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  200. Andrew says:
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    Would you stream any of:

    Hand home vs Giants (-$3)
    Gallardo at Nationals ($2)
    C Young at Angels (-$14)
    Gausman at A’s ($1)
    Arrieta at Dbacks ($5)
    Collmenter home vs Cubs ($7)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  201. Bunny says:
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    Rank ROS for a bench bat (OPS league):

    Polanco
    Fat Adams
    Corey Dick
    Trumbo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

  202. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey, 4pts out of first in my roto 15 team league, 7 moves left, my ratios and QS stats have taken a big hit over the last month. 7 moves left, my rotation is:

    Darvish
    Shields
    Ventura
    Keuchel
    Haren
    Morton
    CMart
    DL: Beckett, CJ Wilson

    1. Anyone here worth a switch? Wire: Santiago, McCarthy, Volquez, Phelps, Colon, Despaigne
    (K /9 and K are stats as well)
    2. Also trying the trade market. I was offered Lester for Polanco but it is a partial keeper. I am thinking noyt enough here. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hold your moves 2. If you’re keeping Polanco, hold

  203. goodfold2 says:
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    in that 14 teamer above i should keep keuchel to wait for heaney to come back (possibly due to 18 moves left for year), but i forgot to include that santiago is available. grab santiago or hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  204. Tony says:
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    When Ken Giles becomes the closer this year, would you drop Qualls or Rondon to pick him up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Qualls

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: qualls might get traded himself.

  205. frankgrimes says:
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    wood Ventura arrieta prayer octagon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, yeah, hasn’t started well

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @frankgrimes: with pitchers like that other fantasy owners should pray to a statute of you.

  206. henncoop says:
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    Got a huge trade offer with the deadline approaching in hours
    He offered me 2 slumping stud OFs of Cespedes & Joey Bats for Teheran, Kluber & Beckett

    That would leave me with 3 SPs left: A Sanchez, Odorizzi & Locke
    Some of the top SPs on the waiver/free agent list in this 14 team 5X5 roto with daily lineups are: Leake, McCarthy, Eovaldi. Vogrlsong,
    Koehler. Worley, Nuno, Jackson, & Tomlin & of course I can stream. 200 start limit with 72 starts left for my team.
    Do the deal??
    Pick up any of the SPs I listed?
    (I’d likely me dropping Mostsuckass, Fuld, & Martin or Navarro so not dropping any big talent)

    • henncoop says:
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      @henncoop: @henncoop: or perhaps a decent counter-proposal that could work? I would not mind losing Teheran & even Beckett if I could get one of the offered OFs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent if you need power… I’d stream…

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: I do need power I am 9 in HRs & 12th in RBIs in a 14 team league
        I ended up asking for Buchholz as part of the deal & he accepted so the final deal was Teheran, Kluber & Beckett for his Cespedes, Joet Bats & Buchholz …I hope those 2 stufd OFs start hitting …but I am happy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  207. Tony says:
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    Which side?

    Longo/FatAdams/Uehera/Gray vs Miggy/Reyes/IanKennedy?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy

  208. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. How do you rank miley, leake, Keuchel and Paxton ros? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That rank looks fine

  209. Brett says:
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    Grey

    My staff is Strasberg bailey latos gray Richards Beckett. Would you move Beckett for Cobb?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  210. L-Boogie says:
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    My wife left me home alone all day with my 3 little kids. I’m fried so you have to think for both of us.

    1) 12 team 5×5, desperate foe saves. Already burned through Grilli, Frieri, Belisario, Petricka, etc. My Farzier for Seager and Perkins or just keep SAGNOFing it up, especially during trade season? Leaning towards no.

    2) Same league, any of these guys you wouldn’t trade for Ellsbury: Teheran, Kluber, Iwakuma, Gray, Cobb. Thinking I’ll offer Gray but I don’t think he’ll bite. I also have Arrieta, Odorizzi, Hahn, Alex Wood and only start 7 P so you can see why I’m trying to trade away pitching.

    3) 14 team 5×5. Living in the bottom 1/4 of the standings all season. My Pujols for Price? Just want to try to make SOMETHING happen so I’m leaning towards doing it. Rest of staff is Cobb, Iwakuma, Arrietta, Chavez, McCarthy, Liriano, and 6 RP. Would move Moustakas to CI or need to get a CI in return.

    Thanks, thanks, and thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Keep SAGNOFing 2) Nope 3) Sounds decent

  211. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    guy is offering me his bautista for darvish? is this ok (dynasty)?
    2. what about latos for bautista?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: i currently have belt/mcgehee/cron/duda at 1b and stanton/cespedes/j.jones/duda at OF (3 spots with 1 util). but i also have kershaw/latos/darvish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sounds fine… 2. I’d prefer to give Latos

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: darvish for abreu good too? i’ll send that.

  212. Mb says:
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    Hola

    7×7 Obp slg

    Drop belt for a jax or dyson?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jackson

  213. Turn Two says:
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    I have Craig at $15and Cruz for a buck.. Do i trade them for $23 Sandoval and Free Agent Ruiz. It’s an NL only 4×4 keeper league.. and I lost Molina. I hear Ruiz is coming back this week, would have to survive a few days without a #2 catcher ( i have Montero).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Sandoval

  214. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    what about latos for ozuna and 1 of porcello/hughes/leake? i could drop belt (who is not even close to the player he was earlier this year, and now is hurt again), and move duda to 1b. opp wants latos and duda for ozuna/hughes. i ain’t doing that.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: in case this opp doesn’t want to lose any pitchers how’s
      2. vogt/latos for 1 of ramos or gomes/ozuna?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Eh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  215. goodfold2 says:
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    i guess ballfour (get it, why has nobody else used that joke yet) must’ve saved somebody from a house fire (simpsons baseball episodes style), maddon’s using him in the 9th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i mean it’s great, you just an 1 “L”. so simple.

  216. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    drop Sabathia or Belt (can’t drop Phillips/Harvey) in 14 team dynasty. Belt could’ve just been cold since coming off DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CC

  217. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    after that i’m likely not getting odrisamer (even though it was only slightly better than many of his other starts) off waivers tonight. if i don’t drop eovaldi for any of worley/stults/tillman/hutchison/danks/chavez/vogelsong/koehler/collmenter? or just stream this spot from those types. looking like stream, if i don’t get odrisamer. no pickup limit at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  218. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    for dynasty purposes i’m guessing frazier worth more than bautista.if i can’t get abreu/goldy/rizzo for darvish or kershaw i’ll likely go latos for one of baustista/frazier. abreu owner is actually benching frazier but only has 5 SP.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: nevermind immediately above question. rank these trades. rizzo owner says he’s untouchable (he’s CUBS fan). abreu owner not moving him, but has some interest in harvey. (dynasty)
      1.harvey for arenado
      2. harvey for frazier
      3. latos for frazier
      4. latos for arenado
      5. latos for bautista
      6. kershaw for goldy
      7. harvey and s.castro for arenado and frazier
      8. harvey /castro/mcgehee for arenado/frazier/bogaerts.
      9. latos/castro/mcgehee for arenado/frazier/bogaerts.
      i’m pretty sure these are all good deals for me. i have the SP/castro/mcgehee

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        They’re all good for you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Frazier in a dynasty, yeah

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: guessing frazier over arenado too due to the steals, (and homers due to fly balls vs line drives).
        1. move harvey first too i’d guess (not everybody comes back great even 18 months after TJ)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  219. jef with 1 f says:
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    Fucking cunt ass cardinals bench Wong tonight and I’m down by 1 total base…I still have Dee Gordon but he’s got Matt Holliday…Eat bite Fuck suck gobble nibble chew, nipple bossum hair pie finger Fuck screw, moose piss cat pud orangutan tit, sheep pussy camel crack pig lion shit …..I feel better now.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @jef with 1 f: they’re playing lefty, he’s benched each and every time they do that. it is stupid though. it’s not like mark ellis is some sort of van slyke or something.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @jef with 1 f: yr right, but they haven’t played a lefty in a long time (maybe since he got back)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wet tail!

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: Ha…WET TAIL baby!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  220. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Team 1 – Do I drop any of the following for Shin-Soo Choo?

    Alex Gordon
    Alex Rios
    Andrew McCutchen
    Billy Hamilton
    Bryce Harper
    Justin Upton
    Matt Holliday
    Yoenis Cespedes

    Team 2 – Do I drop any of the following for Shin-Soo Choo?

    Alex Gordon
    Brett Gardner
    Bryce Harper
    Carlos Gomez
    Leonys Martin
    Matt Holliday

    Team 3 – Do I drop any of the following for Shin-Soo Choo?

    Alex Gordon
    Billy Hamilton
    Hunter Pence
    Jay Bruce
    Ryan Braun
    Starling Marte

    I could only come up with a “maybe” on Team 2 – Martin. Do I make any moves?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey – the name is so enticing – but he has not produced.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  221. Brett says:
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    Rest of the year Bauer or gausman?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Brett:
      I say Bauer could be wishful thinking tho it seems he is getting better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer

  222. frankgrimes says:
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    do I dare pick Tillman back up?
    or liraiano?
    or that padre dude I’m not going try to spell?
    I’m teetering on the brink of elimination…
    14 team H2H points

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @frankgrimes:
      argh I just picked up Salazar
      Nelson and Gausman are available too

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Eh, hold Salazar for his start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Despaigne first from those

  223. costaricanchata says:
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    Vin Scully narrates the 75 year history of Little League
    on PBS , tonight , 11pm (massachusetts time) .
    hour long show .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  224. Brett says:
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    Grey

    Does Taveras do anything this year or is he droppable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Droppable in most leagues

  225. Bob says:
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    6×6 with OPS

    Who do you prefer for the next week or two? What about ROS? Thanks!

    Pablo Sandoval
    Chase Utley
    Stephen Vogt
    Chase Headly
    Shane Victorino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sandoval

  226. Bob says:
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    ROS who’s the least offensive?

    Locke
    Garza
    Duffy
    Skaggs
    Gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza

  227. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    when/if red dick comes back, i’ve been rocking the vogt in 14 teamer; grab which when/if he starts to lose at bats, avila/jaso/navarro? with belt going DL i could actually keep vogt and grab jaso and have my own OAK catcher platoon. SLug/OBP instead of homers/avg in this league. could put vogt at 1b or OF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jaso

  228. Steve says:
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    Do you believe in Steve Pearce? ROS Rios, Pearce or Gordon? Is Pearce close to these guys or will he drop off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios, Gordon…I don’t believe in Pearce ROS

  229. jef with 1 f says:
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    Thank you Dee

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      Grey says:
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      Haha

  230. Aj says:
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    Being offered Gordon/Kemp for my Abreu, what side u got?

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Aj: Abreu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  231. jef with 1 f says:
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    So my daughter asked me to grab her Taco Bell on my way home so I decided to try some shredded spicey chicken tacos…needless to say Wet Tail was soon followed by Fire Tail

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @jef with 1 f: so are you constantly in a state of Wet Tail? that’s nasty.

    • Grey

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      Ouch, Fire Tail is the worst… Flaming Fire Tail should just be what Taco Bell’s burritos are called…

  232. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    thayer or quackenbush is benoit gets traded? or somebody else.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thayer

  233. Matt says:
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    In dynasty 5×5, should I accept a trade where I get marcus stroman, derek holland, josh hader and eduardo rodriguez for tim hudson and anibal? I am out of it. I am leaning yes but just wanted to ask.

    Thanks man

    • Grey

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      Go for it

  234. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    STL trying to kill hanram. in playoffs they break his rib, today he’s been hit in shoulder and wrist, both with 98 MPH’s. rosie is gonna likely lose game from hitting hanram, he was ahead in count 0-2. hanram likely gone for year on that one.

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