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Low voice, “Wow.”  Digs ditch, steps down, “Wow.”  Need more emphasis.  Buys a mini-excavator, consults with architects about installing a down escalator, begins construction, gets behind on schedule, fires a guy that smokes more than he digs, hires a foreman that seems like he knows what he’s doing, foreman runs off with money, tracks foreman down in Aruba hanging out with Andruw Jones, punches foreman, watches Andruw Jones make diving catch of forearm’s body, heads back to the States to oversee completion of down escalator, breaks champagne on escalator, travels down a full story and, “WOW!”  Do you see what I go though to emphasize something for you?  After Mike Fiers struck out 14 Cubs in 6 innings, he can have anything he wants.  Sleep with my Cougs, she’s all yours!  He now has a 1.29 ERA, a 10.3 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 after 21 IP, after blowing through the minor leagues with a 11.3 K/9.  I grabbed him in one 12 team league and looked to pick him up in every league, but he wasn’t there.  I forgot the most important lesson, you couldn’t get Michael Fiers if you were f***ing Michael Fiers!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kyle Lohse – He’s unsure if he’ll make his next start.  What a pointless update.  Why don’t they ask someone who does know?

Ryan Braun – Sat out yesterday, and says his thumb is still bothering him.  Injuries sure jumped into the rearview a lot quicker when he was shooting shizz into his butt. “My butt needs some juice.”  Wiggle, wiggle.  That’s Braun two years ago.

Khris Davis – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 20th homer.  I’m not saying it looks like Roenicke came to his senses and is playing Davis without a Parra platoon, because as soon as I say that Davis will be benched for Parra.  Though, I have no idea if just saying I’m not going to say it will have the same affect.  vdslbxhssaw–Sorry, hard to type with this strait jacket on.  I hope you’re happy, Roenicke!

Mark Reynolds – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer.  Love Mini Donkey, but owning him, rather than just for the occasional batty call, is soul-sucking with his .210 average.  I’m farting in your general direction, Prince Fielder!  You led me to this place!

Carlos Gonzalez – Rockies said he’s probably out for the season.  The Rockies also have a bad habit of using the word ‘probably’ for no reason.

Michael Cuddyer – Will be activated on Saturday.  Hopefully he makes it to September.  I’ll give him 7 to 1 odds.  Not great odds, but better than the Vegas odds that he gets hurt today on his travel day.

Wilin Rosario – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI.  So, he played?  Really?  You are spoiling us, Walt Weiss!

Jhonny Peralta – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Getting to the plate after Matt Adams (2-for-3, 1 run), I’m surprised there’s some many ribbies available.

John Lackey – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, lowering his ERA on the Cards to 6.16, but that’s a little lopsided due to a 5 IP, 9 ER vs. the O’s.  Lackey’s got a 3.91 ERA on the year, which tells more of the full picture, and as bleh of a picture that is, it’s still better than his player page picture.  Doode, get botox!

Andy Parrino – With Jed Lowrie headed to the DL with a fractured finger, the A’s are expected to call up their shortstop prospect and pasta manufacturer, Parrino.  Parrino’s so good, it will make you shave your daughter’s mustache while she sleeps.  Parrino looks likes a 5/5 guy with a .220 average.  Okay, so hopefully his rigatoni is better.

Stephen Vogt – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .325 on the year.  Jaso, Norris, Vogt…Josh Donaldson was even a catcher when he first came up.  A’s might just go with an all-catching team next year.  All they need is the The Flying Molinas and they have a full lineup.

Christian Colon – 3-for-4 and his 1st steal for the Royals utility infielder.  Colon’s up for a cup of coffee but his stats put me to sleep.  The Royals would prolly like to put him to sleep too, after skipping Chris Sale and Matt Harvey to draft him in 2010.

Norichika Aoki – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs, but hitting near-.500 in the last week.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you can go ahead and get a jump on those herbs in your league.  Hehe, herbs.  Hilarious that people used to call people they thought were losers ‘herbs.’  It’s like the lamest word ever.  Now, jabroni on the other hand.  That’s cool.  Wait, I just realized I was talking about getting a jump on herbs in grabbing Aoki.  Who’s the real herb here?  Ugh, I was going for the longest herb non-sequitur since David Foster Wallace, but I couldn’t do it.

John Axford – Acquired by the Pirates.  Pirates are in a tough position.  They have to look like they care, but they don’t have any real money to care.  It’s like when you had no money, so you made mix CDs for girlfriends.  “Aw, the Pirates, started the CD with Just Once by James Ingram, that’s beautiful.”

Francisco Liriano – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA down to 3.78.  Member in the preseason when I said he could be a number one and didn’t understand why people were down on him in the non-sexual way?  Well, he has a sub-2 ERA in the 2nd half and I have no idea what was wrong with him in the 1st half.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 14 Ks.  Okay, Fancy Stuff, but Fiers did it in 6 innings.  Aw, I’m just playing, two-different-colored-eyes guy.  You know I gots love for you.  I’ve only been talking about my love for Scherzer since 2006.  Get a room!  Hey, wait a minute, I’m in a room.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  That’s in only 80 games.  I get the feeling he’s going to be one of those players that people extrapolate his stats over the course of a season and expect 30+ homers next year.  To me, he feels like a 20-homer hitter in 300 ABs or 550 ABs with neutral luck.

Yonder Alonso – Hit the DL with a forearm strain.  And, here I thought, with the power he’s shown in his career, he didn’t have forearms.  “That boy, Yonder, all elbows and wrists!”

Matt Dominguez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Last year, he hit 21 homers and .241, and looks like he’s on pace for close to the same this year.  He is only 24 years old and this is his 2nd year in the league.  I could see him taking a nice step forward next year.  Definitely will be someone I’ll be aware of.  I won’t quite say yet that he’ll be 2015’s Cody Asche.  *slowly tiptoes out of the room*

Brock Holt – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Has cooled a lot since he first came up, but when I say his name I’m still exuberant like this.

Dustin Pedroia – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  When Pedroia slide into 2nd on his double and stood up next to Altuve, Michael Vick called up his agent, “Is dwarf fighting illegal?”  Speaking of which (not really), our fantasy football leagues are filling up fast.  Get in now (or get in again, you know you’re gonna goof up at least one of the drafts).

Allen Webster – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Webster looked great until Mr. Papadopoulos showed up and embarrassed him.

Wil Myers – Could return this Tuesday.  Myers missed three months with a broken wrist, so he could be lacking in the power department, but he’s also worth the stash.  Sorta like me.  You know, worth the ‘stache.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer.  It must be some kind of mistake.  Did they move the fences to around the edge of the infield grass and lower the fences to ankle high?  I must know; I am curious.

Logan Forsythe – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He had one hit in the last two weeks prior to this game.  Forsythe needs to get traded to the Angels to get his feng shui/crime fighting right.

Jake Odorizzi – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Since May 1st — that’s only throwing out one month’s worth of stats, and you probably didn’t own him then anyway — he has a 3.14 ERA.  I’ve only been saying this for the last six weeks too.  I’ll say it again this afternoon in the Buy column because he’s under 50% owned.  Or will I?!  You will.  Thanks for blowing it, Random Italicized Voice.  What?  It’s no mystery, why else are you saying it?  Okay, got it.  Hope so otherwise you are a serious stunod.

Rougned Odor – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer.  Hey, it’s hot middle infield pickup of May.  Hey, hot middle infield pickup of May, say hello to your mother for me.

Yu Darvish – MRI came back clean on his elbow, but there’s no timeline to return.  I have one:  February when pitchers and catchers report.

Geovany Soto – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  When he hit that one high, he started choking, trying to keep in the smoke.

Edwin Encarnacion – After months of speculation (maybe days), Edwin will be activated today.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department says, “Get him in your *hiccup*!”  Ouch, his big moment ruined.

Rafael Furcal – Will undergo season-ending hamstring surgery to remove scar tissue that he wishes you saw.  Under a bridge.  Got to get it put it in you.  Hold on, shuffling my iTunes.

Brad Penny – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Guarantee the Marlins never would’ve signed him if his name was Brad Dollar.

Donovan Solano – 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  With Furcal sidelined, the Marlins will turn to a mash-up of Solano, Ed Lucas, Jeff Baker and Valdespin.  Man, that is scary.  It’s the Creature from the Aquamarine Lagoon.

Chase Anderson – 6 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Meh.  Should’ve been better vs. the MIA Marlins.  Pitch around Giancarlo (3-for-4, 1 RBI) and call bedtime when Yelich (2-for-5) comes up.  Easy as that.  The Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like Anderson’s next start, and I wouldn’t mess with it.

Dillon Gee – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Here’s the problem.  If Gee’s not giving you decent ratios, he won’t ever give you good Ks, so what do you have left?  Poppycock and it sticks to your teeth and then you need dentures.  Gee’s giving owners falsies?   Yes, yes he is.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  The last time Bryce and Longoria homered on the same day it was in March, right after your draft and it was in a dream you had.

Adam LaRoche – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Not the same position obviously, but try and wrap your noodle around that LaRoche has 17 homers and Harper has six and LaRoche is hitting almost twenty points better.

Stephen Strasburg – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.53.  Best xFIPs in the majors:  Kershaw, F-Her, Strasburg.  It might come with some derision, but it’s going to be hard to not rank Strasburg in the top 5 SPs again next year.  Luckily, I didn’t Google ‘derision’ and I’m going to believe it means adulation.

Justin Upton – Left yesterday’s game with a hamstring strain.  His brother B.J. replaced him yesterday.  Just like his parents, Gloria and Sexaholic, would’ve wanted it.  Guess which child Sexaholic got to name.  Justin’s prolly headed to the DL, or the bench for five days, then one game on the field where he reinjures himself then to the DL.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-4 and his 14th steal.  Heyward hit leadoff because Fredi Gonzalez is actually asleep behind his trademark Oakleys.

Hanley Ramirez – Played catch yesterday.  Hope he went for ice cream afterwards, cause that would be swell!

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Dodgers don’t think Ryu will be ready for his next start.  The club will know more after they MRI his gluteus maximus.  Pretty dated, you’d think it would be an MMXIV machine.

Dee Gordon – 3-for-4, 4 runs and his 53rd and 54th steal.  If this was May, I’d still be hesitant, but, at this point, I don’t understand when I get questions wondering if Gordon’s for real.  He stole 73 bases one year in the minors and is going to end up the best shortstop on our Player Rater once he passes the now defunct Tulo.  Maybe Gordon doesn’t hit .290 every year, but .260 and 60 steals is prettttttay, prettttttay good.

Roberto Hernandez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks as the Dodgers beat the Braves.  That’s right, Roberto Hernandez is now changing teams as fast as he changes names.

Drew Butera – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  That’s ex-Olympic weightlifter, Drew Butera, to you!  Don’t get into an arm wrestling match with him.  He fights dirty.

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .310 with 13 homers.  If he keeps hitting nothing but singles, I’m gonna start calling him Charley Luau.

From Around The Web

  1. Lemmingness says:
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    Weekly points league (ESPN default: 1 pt SB and -1 pt K’s)

    Which two for ROS between Kyle Hendricks, Fiers, and Duffy?
    Also, Cuddyer or Marte ROS?

    Thanks a bunch

  2. Matty says:
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    Rich in middle infield depth and lacking in the OF. Redraft league with a bonus category of Total Bases: I have Kinsler, Andrus, Baez, and Arismendy, then Puig, Bruce, Rios, DL Springer in the OF.
    Is Baez for Span fair? Do I reach for more? Will one cool down more than the other?
    Thanks dude.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d do it if it fills the OF need. Agree with Phenom you might be able to get more for him though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: I’d want more

  3. Sal says:
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    Trying to earn a playoff spot and need outfield help, who do you prefer ROS, Ackley or Pagan?

    Thanks and have a great weekend!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Pagan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sal: I’d go Ackley for now…You too!

  4. Do you think Dee Gordon’s for real?

      • de nachos says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: He’s aiming to crack the top 10 of father-son MLB combos. Watch out, Jose Cruzes.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @Enrique: he was suppose to do this last year when I drafted him late smh didnt give him a second look this year and look at him…maybe I need to readjust my psychic mind it looks like a year ahead.

  5. Serious question this time: Does anyone know why Joba didn’t get a save yesterday? He came in in the 9th, with one out, after Coke gave up a 2-run homer to Gabby Sanchez that made it 5-2. He needed some help but got the final two outs with a three-run lead. Isn’t that a save?

    • VinWins

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      @Enrique: You need to pitch a full inning or come in with the tying run at least on deck. Cards’ announcers blew that Wednesday saying Rosenthal got the save when he came in for the final out and a 3-run lead.

      • theone says:
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        @VinWins: You need to pitch a full inning? Where are you getting this stuff??? The run to make it within 3 runs or less has to be in scoring position for it to be a save situation. The number of outs doesnt matter, it could be a 1 out save.

        • @VinWins: @theone: I just did what I should have done at the start.

          Both of you are right, though not exclusively, and it looks like Joba didn’t deserve the save: a pitcher can get a save by pitching a full inning with a lead of 3 or fewer runs, or with any number of outs and the tying run at least on deck. Joba came in with 1 out already recorded, nobody on base, and a 3-run lead, meaning the batter on deck was at best the 2nd potential run. Here’s the rulebook:

          http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/about_mlb/rules_regulations.jsp

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Enrique: @Enrique: How is that not exactly what I said?

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @theone: From the official rule book.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        hi Vin!

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Mike: Hey Mike!

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Grey: Hey Grey!

    • S P says:
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      @Enrique:

      The simple way of seeing this is..

      The amount or runners on base + outs remaining must be equal to or greater to the lead.

      In other words:

      Runners on + outs remaining >= Lead

      0 runners on plus 3 out remaining >= Lead of 3 -> This is a save

      2 runners on + 1 out remaining >= Lead of 3 -> This is a save

      2 runners on + 1 out remaining This is not a save

      3 runners on + 1 out remaining >= Lead of 4 -> This is a save

      1 runner on + 1 out remaining This is not a save

      Simplicity!

      PS = Another way to think of it is this. If you traded every out left in the game for a base runner (except the last one obviously since the game would be over), would the tying run be at the plate?

      1 on, 1 out, 3 run lead. Trade 1 out to make it 2 on, with 3 run lead. Trying run is at the plate, so it’s a save.

      0 on, 1 out, 3 run lead. Trade 1 out to make it one on with 3 run lead. Tying run is not at the plate, so it’s not a save.

  6. frankgrimes says:
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    Charley Luau hehe

  7. Aaron says:
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    So spot on with the Christian Colon comment. Lest we not forget their famous draft of 2006 when they chose Luke Hochevar 1st overall. Before reaching pick 12 off came Longoria, Kershaw, Lincecum, Scherzer.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      wow that’s crazy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron: Yeah, crazy

    • Furious says:
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      @Aaron: The pitchers taken in the top 11 of the 1st round of the 2006 draft: Hochevar, Brad Lincoln (Pitt), Morrow (Sea), Andrew Miller (Det), Kershaw, Lincecum, and Scherzer.

      Royals messed up but Pittsburgh and Seattle blew their picks as well.

      • Furious says:
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        @Furious: Meant to say Detroit instead of Seattle.

  8. Abdoozy says:
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    I have a vacancy at catcher. Available: Vogt, Norris, Martin, Montero, Navarro, Arencibia. Who do you like? 12tm 6×6 OPS league.

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: I thank you for that pedantic reply.

        If the ROS rater was a clean cut choice I wouldn’t be here asking experts.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Montero and Vogt

  9. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    it’s hard to believe that c.colon (when you see his name in box scores, you could just swear it’s cleanse colon) was taken ahead of those dudes. that guy in charge of that at KC still around?

  10. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    Fiers!

  11. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey , thanks for your article as always. Pick two starters on 8/16 & 8/17 & 8/18.

    8/16
    Smyly vs NYY SGreene ($14.7)
    Gonzalez vs PIT JLocke ($14.5)
    Niese vs CHN JArrieta ($13.9)
    Carrasco vs BAL UJimenez ($13)
    Ventura vs MIN PHughes ($11.9)
    Hudson vs MIA TKoehler ($10)

    8/17
    Haren vs MIL WPeralta ($15.1)
    Lincecum vs PHI DBuchanan ($14.5)
    Montero vs CHN KHendricks ($13.8)
    Hendricks vs NYY RMontero ($8.1)
    Peralta vs LAD Haren ($2.1)

    8/18
    Zimmermann vs ARI VNuno ($20)
    Masterson vs STL MLeake ($19.7)
    Colon vs vs CHN TWada ($18.4)
    Iwakuma vs PHI JWilliams ($15.9)
    Santana vs PIT VWorley ($11.3)

    Thanks,

    • @Wilson:

      8/16
      Niese vs CHN JArrieta ($13.9)
      Ventura vs MIN PHughes ($11.9)

      8/17
      Lincecum vs PHI DBuchanan ($14.5)
      Montero vs CHN KHendricks ($13.8)

      8/18
      Zimmermann vs ARI VNuno ($20)
      Iwakuma vs PHI JWilliams ($15.9)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Phenom

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Phenom

  12. Markoroo says:
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    Wil Meyers coming back on Tuesday who should I drop @ my UT spot. Coco Not So Crisp or Kennys Vargas? I have plenty of OF but I don’t want to help anyone else by dropping Coco if you feel he will be the stronger player ROS.

    • @Markoroo:

      I like Vargas, but I think you keep Coco..

      Go to the ROS player rater and see what it says to help with your decision…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Vargas for power, Crisp for Rs and SBs. Depends a little on your needs.

  13. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    Baseball is so impossible to predict. I grabbed Anibal thinking I had myself an ace. He’s mediocre all year, gets hurt, and the guy I replace him with turns in the performance I’ve expecting from Anibal. Cray. Cray. Hooray Fiers!

  14. pitcher switcher says:
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    Grab fiers or McHugh for familia, keuchel, or quintana?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Fiers over familia if you’re not desperate for saves

  15. KK says:
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    Coghlan aoki or Vargas as a bench /utility spot at times

    • KK says:
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      @KK: also worth dropping fiers or paxton to stream Alvarez vs ARI or Hahn vs STL

    • @KK: Aoki is hot right now and could make up for his lousy season to date..

      • de nachos says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: hitting leadoff with speed for a first place AL team? yes, please (pretty please, I need those runs and SB)

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @de nachos: since coming off DL on july 11th, he has 3 steals that didn’t come off one inept backup catcher in the same game. i’d be very careful thinking you’ll get more steals from aoki than stanton. maybe 2 more for rest of season.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Aoki, Alvarez

  16. Cash says:
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    Fiers is on waivers in my league and I want to pick him up but I need to drop someone.
    Who would you drop – Tillman/Hendricks/Smyly/Shoemaker?

    Or do you prefer those guys over Fiers ROS?

    • Cash says:
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      @Cash:

      I should add that it’s a 12 H2H league and pitching cats are :
      IP – W – SV – HLDs – ERA – WHIP – K/9 – K/BB – QS – HR allowed

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d lose Hendricks of that bunch

  17. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    snider @ roark or
    a.gordon @ nolasco?

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: let me try to save you some of your helpful time MP (or whatever it is you think you’re doing in your response here) , in future i’ll just ask that anyone answer these that isn’t MP.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gordon, Lind

  18. Jef With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Seals sleep only one and a half minutes at a time

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha nice. Didn’t Kramer try that?

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Mike: he did de vinci sleep, which was like 20 minutes of sleep every 3 or 4 hours.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jef With 1 F: Bears sleep for 6 months, would a marriage between the two ever work?

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: should be very successful..if I could sleep for 6 months I’d never fight with my wife

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that is true

  19. showsomemoredongwong says:
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    Friers! Friers!. IN a keeper league, would you pick up Friers over Alex Wood, Ervin, Or Arismendy?

    with Arismendy are you big on him because he has 2b eligibility? or would you drop him for Aoki or another hot round flier

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold Alky in keepers, but yeah his MI eligibility is a nice bonus.

      Hold Wood and Ervin.

  20. Dom says:
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    best keeper – Fiers or Arismendy?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Arismendy

  21. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    QS league and just traded away half my team…outside shot I make the plaoffs but who would you add to replace Fister?

    Roberto Hernández
    Nathan Eovaldi
    Eric Stults
    Héctor Noesí
    Jeremy Guthrie

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Eovaldi

  22. Drussss says:
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    Eovaldi or Chase Anderson, Grey? in a K/9 , QS league

    Thnx!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Chase

  23. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Also need a replacement 3B for my Beltre trade in my OBP league, thoughts on these bums to plug in for ROS?

    Aramis Ramírez
    Trevor Plouffe
    Pablo Sandoval
    Mark Reynolds
    Nick Castellanos

    • Cram It says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: You could do worse than Aramis.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Agree with Cram…Aramis or Casty are nice options

  24. Flop Sweat says:
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    ROS in an OPS league is there much difference between Vogt and Gattis?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d lean Gattis, but catcher is pretty fluid

  25. Oppo Taco says:
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    Went all in to win my keeper league this year but the baseball gods don’t like to let me have nice things. Lost a ton of players to injury. Any advice? I’m still in first place and our deadline is Sunday. People want goldy but I’m hesitant to move him. Any suggestions at all would be appreciated.
    C Vogt
    1b rizzo
    2b Wong
    SS segura
    3b Frazier
    Of – Bautista Liriano ozuna
    Util – vmart hill
    SP – bum, price, iwakuma, wood, Cobb, Aaron Sanchez
    RP – Allen chapman
    FUN PART (DL ALL STARS) : goldy, cutch, jUp, cole, yadi, hanram

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      And best add for steals? Dyson, alicedes Escobar, l Martin or Eric young

    • Cram It says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Trade for an OF upgrade? Add Alcides over Segura?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you don’t need to move Goldy. You’ll get Hanley back eventually.

      Agree with Cram..I’d look to upgrade the Liriano spot and get Escobar in there for steals. If that’s Aaron Hill, you could upgrade that spot as well.

  26. J says:
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    a) Backend of my hitting lineup, whos the most cuttable? (Not worried about position eligibility)

    N Walker, Reddick, Gyorko, Alcantara

    b) Thoughts on Degrom ROS?

    Any better than: Keuchel, Odorizzi, Roark

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I just cut Walker in my home league

      I’d roll with the 3 arms you have

  27. SportiveTricks says:
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    On Strasburg, I can explain his record: I’ve owned him for most of the year after I made the “prudent” move of trading Jose Abreu for him. I learned my lesson as someone who owned Chris Shelton in April of 2006. Now I’ve learned some kind of other lesson, I’m just not sure what it is yet.

    Also, just for the record, I know to sit Paxton today against the Tigers, but the Grady Little in me is saying that his game today is the one where he shakes off the cobwebs and turns heads. The Grady Little in me says a lot of stupid shit, but that is what he’s saying today.

    Love yas.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, sometimes it’s fun to go against the grain

    • de nachos says:
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      @SportiveTricks: ugh Chris Shelton the original Jokey Smurf. Those scars run deep.

  28. weeklyheadache says:
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    Thoughts on ROS outfielders for R, HR and RBI (Garcia not in the tool but back shortly):

    O Arcia
    A Garcia
    A Craig

    • Cram It says:
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      @weeklyheadache: I’d take a flier on Avisail with those options. He’s been raking during his rehab.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Cram. Another wild card is Soler if he’s available (maybe Sept callup)

  29. Q says:
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    Rosters freeze for playoffs on Monday. Been rolling with Rosario and Ramos at C. Been terrible. Would you drop either one for Vogt or Zunino? (It’s a points league with Ks at -1,so Zunino scares me a bit).

    Thanks!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you know your league points better than I do , but I’d take Zunino over Rosario

  30. David says:
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    Keeper league. Braun or C. Davis? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Braun

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Braun

  31. Cram It says:
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    @Dom: People are asking if Fiers is a keeper. Wow. SMH. FML. KMN. It’s been a good run America.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

  32. Sparty Scott says:
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    Drop Aoki for Wil Myers?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, but I’d take Aoki for runs and some SBs while Myers would be more for hoping the power shows up for the stretch. Depends a little on what you’re needing

  33. Joe says:
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    Gyorko or Hill ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gyorko

  34. Clint says:
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    Ah, how I love mid August in Yahoo fantasy leagues. 1st place in a 12 team roto, 2nd place in 8 team h2h pts, and I managed to snag Fiers in both leagues, taking a streaming chance on him before his start yesterday for the 8 teamer to boot. Looks like another great season thanks to Razzball!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

  35. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Why can’t I put Homer on the DL in my espn league? They announced it yesterday but espn still doesn’t have him updated to dl15 yet, sucks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, should be sometime today

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: They wait till it is official. This sucks because it’s usually after the lock 5 minutes before game time.

  36. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team dynasty league, I’m looking to make a minor trade to help for the playoffs. I’m thinking of trading dom brown and mcgehee for cuddyer and leake. Is this a smart move to make?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      if you need some pitching sure. long term Cuddyer’s not a stock I’d be buying in dynasties though.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Mike: does brown even still have upside or was last year career year for him?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          At 26 he still has some upside, but he could also turn into a Maybin type where we wait for it to come together and it just doesn’t materialize

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          At 26 he still has some upside, but he could also turn into a Maybin type where we wait for it to come together and it just doesn’t materialize

  37. Corey says:
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    If Cuddyer can stay healthy, what tier do we put him in?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      on the ROS rater he’s in there with guys like Choo, Werth, Crisp etc. (~$14)

      • Corey says:
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        @Mike: Hey, to quote Jack Nicholson in Mars Attacks, “That ain’t bad!”

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha

  38. CheddarBob says:
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    Haven’t met my innings minimum for the week, and have 4 potential starters going tonight. Who should I start:

    Cueto @ Colorado
    Porcello vs Seattle
    Duffy @ Minnesota
    Paxton @ Detroit

    Categories for pitchers are W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP and L

      • CheddarBob says:
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        Welp..

  39. matt says:
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    How do we feel about tyson ross pitching against stl tonight?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      SON has him at around 6 bucks. A little less than you’d like to see, but he’s a guy I’d roll with almost any start

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Mike: what is with people wondering about STL as a bad team for a pitcher to face? they are a bottom 3 in NL offense. have been all year. bottom 2 in homers also.

  40. Milo says:
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    “Buster Posey” rule strikes again in Cards-Padres game…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      geez

      • ERad says:
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        @Mike:

        What a bogus call.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Milo: Totally ridiculous

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: crybaby Brian Sabean strikes again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sabean only changes one kind of diapers…Adult diapers

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: depends?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exactly

  41. Steve D. says:
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    Current OF is:

    Matt Holliday, StL
    Jason Heyward, Atl
    Austin Jackson, Sea
    Gregory Polanco, Pit
    Torii Hunter, Det

    with a 6th OF in my UTIL slot (Ben Revere), and Alex Rios on my bench, with George Springer on my DL. I am looking to add some pop. Jackson and Rios are the guys I’ve got on the chopping block.

    Will Myers is there, and someone just dropped Aramis. What’s my move? Get them both? Or one or the other?

    Dropping Jackson for Myers would make sense, but I’m a little worried (as Grey mentioned) about his pop coming back, tho he did hit one out in 3 rehab games so far.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d grab both. You may also want to look at having that one extra OF to platoon with Heyward. I started doing that when I saw his lousy numbers against LHP this year.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Steve D.: He’s got more pop than Jackson still

  42. Charles says:
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    Good morning Mike, Grey and everyone else. 12 Team points league with heavy scoring for pitchers (50pts per win, -15pts per loss, 2.5 pts per K, -2.5 pts per ER, -1 pts per BB). I’m nervous about starting these pitchers today against the good offenses. Which one should I start/sit?

    Kluber SON $21.6 vs Orioles Chen
    Stroman SON $10.9 at WhiteSox Noesi
    A. Wood SON $10.3 vs A’s Hammel

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Well, I’d start anybody over 10 bucks on SON. If I HAD to choose one to sit it would be Wood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: Morning… Stroman

  43. Zeus says:
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    Good morning, everyone.

    Couple of down the road questions. 12-team OBP.

    1. Best overall productivity ROS: Myers, Cuddyer or Avisail?

    2. In a world where top prospects come up no matter what on Sept.1, is this the order of best numbers for this season? Bryant, Soler, Pederson?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. Myers
      2. yes

  44. Corey says:
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    Aside from the Trouts and Puigs and J-Fers of this world, a lot of times these much-ballyhooed prospects have rookie seasons that show flashes of promise but overall look like what you’d expect from a first time MLB player trying to make adjustments (see: Bogaerts, Xander. Taveras, Oscar). Even guys like Springer and Polanco, who are doing okay, are not putting up anywhere close to the “CALL HIM UP NOW, YOU G.D. IDIOTS!” lines they did in the minors.

    My question, do we have any reason to believe Kris Bryant is different?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think one of the differences is that he has a little more polish compared to some of the other more “raw” prospects. They are all gambles though and I think you’re smart to expect adjustment periods from all of them,

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Corey: To me the questions should be as with any prospect . Is this guy better than what i got? Do i need this type of player? You have to look at you standings to see what your needs are. Then if the prospect is better than whats on the ww grab him.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass: except it’s absolutely much harder to “see” what these guys are going to do in the next few months.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Corey: Not entirely… Just a lottery ticket at this point…

  45. Wilsonian says:
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    With an army of DL-ed guys (Hanley, Springer, Machado, Myers) I have no bench bats. I’m playing Wong in UTIL. I need the hot bat. Drop Wong for Aoki? I’m not looking long term, just to maintain some stats. Wong hasn’t done anything all week.

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, in an 8-teamer just play hot hands at UTIL

  46. Phil says:
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    Should I start Keuchel today?
    Should I start Paxton today?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Start Keuchel

  47. Harry says:
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    14 team H2H, non-keeper

    I am losing patience with Rios, have Myers available, would you drop Rios for Myers at this point.. or does patience need to win out for a little longer?

    Vogt, R,Martin, Zunino, Avila are all still available for 2nd catcher (behind Lucroy for me) which would be best to target for remaining of the season

    and lastly, have K.Hendricks, Pineda and Roberto Hernandez on the FA (just sittin’ there, TAUNTING ME!!)
    I have Arrieta *(questionable schedule ahead), Roark, Paxton that I could possibly drop.. I think I should keep Roark, but again, with this not being a keeper, its all about the run to the end of the regular season, would you drop Arrieta or Paxton for any of the pitchers above??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, Myers

      Zunino

      I’d hold Arrieta and Pax

  48. papasmurf says:
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    I picked up Fiers for Genghis Hahn. Baby baby light my Fiers!

    No one seems to think Dee’s good. I have made a few others that have been ignored so far. One guy won’t even take him for Zobrist. He wants me to give him Wade Davis too for Zobrist and Mejia, who has a hernia.

    Another guy offered me Tulo for Gordon and Altuve after it was announced Tulo would be gone for the yr…

    Longo… lol. Bloop single and then a ~370 ft liner. It was hit sharply, but can’t say it was a bomb. I wonder if he’s hit more than 5 balls 400 ft this year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      cheers to Fiers for his recent amazing outing!

      jeers to those rusty trade offers

      • papasmurf says:
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        @Grey: My buddy ended up accepting Dee for Alexei.

        I need some power numbers and have a 29 SB lead, so hopefully it works for my team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, doesn’t sound bad

  49. Bob says:
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    Made some moves to ensure I am in that championship game. Current roster below. This is a Keeper League and we only keep 5. RIght now thinking my keepers are the below. But that is a much later discussion. In the quest for the Ring and back to back championship. Would you trade.
    Springer and Stroman
    For
    Brantley and Fister,
    Get an OF with Low K’s and another pretty good starter. Worth it to give up on Springer? Or is he a must hold for next year?
    Head 2 Head league Roto Categories 6×6 with extra cats being K’s for hitters and Qs for Pitchers

    Edwin Encarnacion
    Jose Bautista
    Hanley Ramirez
    Adam Jones
    Scherzer or Sale

    Lineup
    C-Mauer (c,1b,dh)
    1b-Jose Bautista(1b,DH,OF)
    2b-Jose Altuive
    ss-Baez (2b,ss)
    3b-Arenado
    Of-Adam Jones
    Of-Carlos Gomez
    Of-Billy hamilton
    DH-Edwin Encarnacion(1b,dh)
    Bench-Danny Santanna (ss,OF)
    Bench-Kyle Seager
    Bench-Carlos Santanna (1b,3b,dh,C)
    Bench-Billy Butler (1b,Dh)
    Bench-Rendon (2b,3b)
    DL-George Springer
    DL-Hanley Ramirez
    P-Sale
    P-Scherzer
    P-Bumgardner
    P-Kluber
    P-Zimmerman
    RP-Holland
    RP-Robertson
    Bench-Stroman (rp,sp)
    Bench-Liriano
    Bench-Paxton
    Bench-Fiers(rp,sp)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Brantley and Fister. You already have 5 solid keepers anyway.

  50. brian says:
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    Drop Lackey for Fiers?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brian: I would in most leagues

  51. Eddie says:
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    When are they going to put Homer Bailey on the DL???

    I also…for some reason…. I still have Verlander. Cut ties or no?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not sure, maybe sometime today

      depends on what your options are to replace him. I’d guess yes though

  52. Eddie says:
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    And should I go ahead and drop Bailey, too? I mean he prob won’t be fantasy relevant again this year right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d put him on the DL if you have room

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d put him on the DL if you have room

  53. de nachos says:
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    Today at 3PM ESPN Mo’Ne Ikea Davis will start on the mound for Philly’s first Little League World series team ever and the first girl in the tournament in a decade. She’s bringing 70MPH heat from 46 feet. The over/under on the number of scouts Ruben Amaro sends to the game: 2.5.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha to Amaro

      I’m pretty excited about the LLWS this year to be honest. The Philly and Chicago teams are a lot of fun to watch.

      • de nachos says:
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        @Mike: I haven’t watched since Hawaii made their championship run a million years ago. My wife and I were stuck in California over our honeymoon because Katrina kept cancelling all the east bound flights. But I’ll tune in this year.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yikes, that must have been a mess for travel

          • de nachos says:
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            @Mike: actually that sounds like a pretty lame honeymoon. let me amend that to “sex, sex, chocolate covered strawberries, sex, donkeys, midgets, *black out* more sex, RSS feed, something something W. Bush, Kanye West, Hawaii wins LLWS, sex, penicillin, happily ever after”

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              haha nice!

        • Cram It says:
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          @de nachos: I watch here and there every year. And definitely watch the final rounds. Watching kids piss excellence out there as well as choking and crying is awesome.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            I keep waiting for one of these mic’d up coaches to drop an F-bomb

            • Cram It says:
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              @Mike: That hasn’t happened yet?
              I hope it happens while a coach completely loses his shit and goes on a ridiculous tantrum, maybe even punching someone.

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                if it has, I haven’t seen it but yeah that would go viral in like seconds.

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Mike: Save the children! Oh the humanity!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @de nachos: HA! He might just go himself

  54. Tulogit says:
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    It’s been a great stretch…Goldie, Tulo, degrom, homer, etc. f it. Rutledge was good for a week. Best SS add ROS? Asdrubal, Peralta, Holt? 12 team h2h 6×6 ops. I know there’s other variables suck as needs, but who u like best of that sweet trio? Thanks guys!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Peralta

  55. Schoolboy P says:
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    Drop Anibal or Homer for Fiers?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Anibal

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Mike: What is Anibal’s outlook for the rest of the season. Does he have any value?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Forget Anibal

  56. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Pick one to start next week in H2H points league fighting for the 4th playoff spot.

    Greinke (vs SD)
    Teheran (at CIN)
    Wada (vs SF and vs BAL)
    Harang (at PIT and at CIN)

    Do the two-starts from the lesser pitchers project to yield more points?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @malamoney: Add Masterson (vs CIN and at PHI) to the list please.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think there is a table to calculate 1-start guys vs 2-start guys at he bottom of the SON page.

      I’d take Greinke

    • Cram It says:
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      @malamoney: Not trying to be a dick, but I’ve never played H2H. Can’t you figure that out based on your scoring system?

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Cram It: Yes, but looking for some outsider perspective…

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @malamoney: i believe Rudy added that table that converts 2 start numbers into equal value at 1 start values. and seriously, somebody tell Cram his account got hacked, with comments like “Not trying to be a dick”.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Mike: Makes me feel my 10@Cram It: You really should try at least 1 time. h2h each cat is the most hands on type of league. Also the most aggravating. you also have to match up well against different types of teams each week i love it. i play in all types of leagues except keepers and dynasties. I’m hoping to find a good dynasty league next year.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: It feels too much like fantasy football. Like you could dominate all year and then get bounced in the first round of the playoffs due to some bad luck. Sounds aggravating!

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Cram It: yep thats it to a tee like real baseball

            • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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              @Toe Knee Arm Ass: then again the 2 week playoff tends to weigh it to the better team

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Grey: Need, that’s tough to answer. But if one pitcher’s two starts seem more likely to score more points than another’s one start, then yes. It’s not starts I need, it’s points.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go with Greinke

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @malamoney: you’ll need to do your own math from SON’s projections then, since SON’s dollar values don’t equate to pts leagues. you’ll have to do like this
          Greinke’s chance at win X pts for win, + K’s X pts per K, chance at loss X – pts for a loss, etc.

          • malamoney

            malamoney says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Did that and here are the results in order of who SON suggests:

            Masterson, Harang, Vogelsong, Greinke and then Teheran.

            This is what I was afraid of.

  57. ERad says:
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    I dropped Ian Kennedy for Fiers – in ‘fier’ of him being picked up before overnight before I got the prophetical advice from Mike/Grey and co.

    The padres are on the road next week – and I’m in a win now mode – so thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds fine.

  58. RedRivRev says:
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    Better keeper options (in a very deep league):

    At SP: James Paxton, Ian Kennedy, Jimmy Nelson, or Drew Hutchison

    At RP (eligible in Yahoo): Hector Santiago or Mike Fiers

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      SP Paxton, RP I’d take Fiers

  59. Buck Merdock says:
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    Hey-O!

    Pick up Fiers and drop Hahn, Nelson, McHugh or Vogelsong?

    I’m thinking Hahn is going to be shut down soon, the others are just streamers.

    thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, I’d add him over any of those streamers.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, I’d add him over any of those streamers.

      • Buck Merdock says:
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        @Mike: thanks, Mike!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  60. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Raise your hand if you drafted Dee Gordon on 6 of your 7 teams this year. Raise your other hand if 7 leagues is too much. My wife is now typing for me.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Sky: Haha. No, but I did draft him in my auction league for $1 as my one and only SS and I do have you to thank for that. You don’t need my validation!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Internet fist bump!

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Sky: i got him as a throw in for my asscab and a-jax for puig preseason from a clearly non-razzballian that said i was “gambling” betting on puig to be anything good. this poor sack has to actually start asscab and a-jax too (we start 2 at each position in this league)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Raise your hand if you traded him to Rudy for Addison Reed

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ha, raise your hand if you said he’d fade in May

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why would you listen to me?!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Haha, I swear I never do! I needed saves! Stupid Jay drafted like 20 of them!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You ever try to search for a Padres player in our league? “Hey, Venable’s hot…Oh, he’s gone…Hey, Benoit might get traded, where’s Thayer? Oh, on Jay’s team…”

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Grey: HA! He dropped Chase Headley out of principle, though.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Surprised he didn’t do the same with Street

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    @Grey: Might be a sign his allegiance is slipping further north. Maybe Huston will keep moving up I-5 and Jay and I can be Mariners fans together!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      With Almonte and lack of offense binding you…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I always had a hard time understanding why they were our interleague rivals but really, we’re sister MLB offense cities.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: raise your hand if you were talking to sky on the phone the day before the draft about gordon and got too plowed to remember on draft day to grab gordon only to do the same thing a week later in another draft with sky and then write about it months later in a ridiculously long run on sentence that makes you punch a hole in the wall of your house.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            “What’s that?” “That’s Daddy’s Dee Gordon hole. Down a ways is Daddy’s Norichika Aoki hole.”

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: and Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer and JoFer and Avisail and Bryce Harper and Joey Votto and Jay Bruce…..my wall looks like swiss cheese

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HA

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Once I’ll believe. Twice…well you just weren’t that into him.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @J-FOH: good stuff (not for the wall though)

  61. Joe says:
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    Would you trade mat adams and sonny gray for johnny Cueto?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      probably not

  62. Tbone says:
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    12 team 7×7 H2H, KO and BB additional cats.
    No MI or CI and only 3 OF

    3B has been terrible for me all year and I currently have Headley.
    My OF is Jupton, BHam, Cruz with Span and Ozuna.
    Would you deal Cruz for EE for stretch given the 3 OF setup? Cruz can be kept in 13th next year.
    Cuddyer is available as OF option.
    My team should make playoffs, but I’m probably only the 3rd best team at present.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tbone: I’d take EE there in a heartbeat

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      for sure

  63. dem ribbies says:
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    Drop Paxton for Fiers? JB is high on Pax in a keeper but Fiers playoff schedule is looking a little softer.

    Pax – @DET, @PHI, @BOS, TEX, WAS, @OAK, @TEX, HOU, OAK, @LAA, @HOU
    Fiers – TOR, PIT, @SD, @SF, @CHN, STL, MIA, CIN, @STL, @PIT

    Apart from Toronto and the Cubs 2nd look series Fiers has kind of a cushy road ahead.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      both good ROS, Paxton in keepers

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      both good ROS, Paxton in keepers

  64. I Am The Liquor says:
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    Two questions:

    1) Baez or Bryant for next and future seasons?

    2) My Cano for His Desomond and Baez? (5×5 12 team league 10 keeper no cost)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1) can’t go wrong with either. I like Baez as a MI

      2) sounds fine

  65. Mark says:
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    Just lost Bailey and likely Ryu to the DL. Feel like I have to drop Bailey to hold onto my playoff spot down the stretch. Holding Ryu until we see how serious his injury is.

    Tillman, Fiers, and McHugh are available – drop Bailey for any of these, which one? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, I like Tillman or Fiers. Leaning Fiers

  66. AA says:
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    Drop Rios for Aoki?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, Aoki is in a better position to get some counting stats I think

  67. Boomer19 says:
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    Looking at next year and deciding if I should give up Adam Jones and a couple pieces for Jose Abreu. Where do you see Abreu and Jones going in the drafts next year? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Both are arguably T10 picks. You shouldn’t have to give up anything more than Jones to get Abreu IMHO

  68. nick the dick says:
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    Who to drop for Encarnactivation? Yelich, baez, andrus, fiers, ryu? 10 team h2h with 3OF 3util
    C-meso, 1b-rizzo, 2b-cano, ss-desmond, 3b-donaldson, OF-jones, pence, marte, util-yelich, andrus, baez, DL-edwin
    SP-scherzer, lester, madbum, samardzjiza, teheran, richards, cobb, arrieta, ryu, fiers
    RP-koji, cishek, allen
    Just dropped carglass to grab fiers, didnt even use him yet. Not sure if we should be dropping ryu yet but i can spare the pitching. Thoughts?

    • Cram It says:
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      @nick the dick: Baez or Andrus. You don’t need 3 SS

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Cram It: position doesnt matter when theres 3 util. Baez gives me power and andrus gives me speed, sometimes…

        • Cram It says:
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          @nick the dick: My bizzle. I read that as bench spots.

  69. Jon says:
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    Are you throwing Keuchel tonight @ BOS? SON doesn’t like it.

    Also any worries about Cobb vs NYY, Porcello vs SEA, or Stroman @ CHW?

    I could use wins and Ks so I’m inclined to throw them all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Throw them all then… I wouldn’t mess with Keuchel unless I was desperate for Ks

  70. Random Dude says:
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    @J: Mike, you think McHugh is just a streamer in 12 team mixed?

  71. nick the dick says:
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    Twood vs mets or cahill vs mia today? I know neither is good but i need a win badly

  72. Random Dude says:
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    C: Lucroy
    1B: Napoli
    2B: Cano
    3B: Seager
    SS: Baez (R.I.P. Tulo)
    IF: Carter
    OF: Gomez
    OF: Brantley
    OF: K Davis
    OF: Calhoun
    UTIL: Ozuna

    My team lacks speed and after the loss of Tulo I’m worried that the team OBP and Runs will take a big hit. Was thinking of adding Span/Wong/Pagan and dropping Ozuna. Any thoughts?

  73. Swfcdan says:
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    Are we safe to pitch guys in Coors now they are Tulo and Cargo-less? Thinking about starting Duffy there next week in both my 10 and 16 teamer.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: He’s been lights out for months now. You still not buying Duffy?

        • Random Dude says:
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          @Swfcdan: FIP and xFIP sitting at 3.84 and 4.5…. .229 BABIP and 79% strand rate.

          Also, 48% fly ball rate… I’d avoid at Coors.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not in Coors

  74. Marv says:
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    Grey (or anyone else whos commenting),
    10-tm H2H keeper (keep 12 or 24) Would you drop Arrieta to pick up Fiers ?
    Is he the best out of the available wavier guys?: Kennedy / McCarthy / Colon / Kuroda ?
    thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marv: Hold Arrieta

  75. Rocky says:
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    Picked up Fiers two days ago and was offered Henderson Alvarez for him this morning… Take the deal or aim for higher coming off the 14 K hype?

  76. puigleague choo says:
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    Red Herring with Herb seasoning was DFW’s favorite dish.

      • puigleague choo says:
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        @Grey:
        David Foster Wallace, may the pale king RIP.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How is that book?

          • puigleague choo says:
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            @Grey:
            It outlines a reasoned way out of the nihilism of our age… But what truly frightens me is what he saw when he made it out of Plato’s cave that made him want to end it all, or if it had anything to do with it.

            So all in all, pretty good.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm… Light reading then?

              • puigleague choo says:
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                @Grey:

                It’s actually not bad as an audiobook.
                Check out the “this is water” commencement speech if you ever get a chance. Actual words to attempt to live by:
                http://youtu.be/8CrOL-ydFMI

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice, will check it out…

  77. The Big Yabu says:
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    Casey McGehee gets no respect! All he does is hit over .300, in the heart of a surprisingly good Marlins offense.
    Anyway, time to drop him for a series of batty-calls to David Freese, Mike Mostsuckass, Chris Johnson, and their ilk? Or should I keep ridin’ that train, high on Casey’s empty AVG?

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @Grey: I’m kinda relieved to hear that, but also kinda saddened: since I picked him up, C.McG. has 16 R and 16 RBI in 49 games; that’s a pace of 50 for a full-season. And the other options are even worse. Damn you, Ryan Zimmerman!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  78. Joe says:
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    Grey should i start porcello,grienke,tanner roark , today in my rotation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I guess, no idea of matchups

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: tanner roark vs pirates, Zack grienke vs brewers, rik porcello vs Seattle

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All at home? Start them

  79. Moose Out Front says:
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    Tomorrow’s streamers today, pls rank:
    Smyly vs NYA 14.2
    Carrasco vs BAL 13.5
    Niese vs CHN 13.1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese, Smyly

  80. JashFath

    JashFath says:
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    I feel your blurb for J.D. Martinez is what happened to myself and other Ramos owners this year. Yeah, he was hurt, but even when he was healthy, the power pace from 2013 disappeared. Where are the jacks doode?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wasn’t just 2013 though… He had it prior too… Hamate bone messed him up…

  81. scott steelers says:
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    Just got offered Baez 11th rd keeper and Scherzer 9th rd keeper for my Springer 14th rd keeper and Danny Santana…. Whatcha think?!

    • scott steelers says:
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      @scott steelers: I have Puig 9th rd and Mccutch 6th rd as other OF keepers

    • scott steelers says:
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      @scott steelers: skipped me? Ha.

  82. yardwork says:
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    There can only be one…
    for the rest of the way and into the playoffs,

    Gregory Polanco or Kole Calhoun

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  83. Nightpandas says:
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    Keeper trade: Cutch for Longo and Bruce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For this year? Longo

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Grey: for next year actually

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cutch

  84. J-FOH says:
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    ROS – Talking about baseball all day or mentioning baseball then talking about something else because baseball reminds you that you have zero chance to win any of your leagues.

    Master chef anyone? Ebola? Bombing Iraq again? Fresh new cuts to add to my ipod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Masterchef!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: exactly….f**k baseball. Dont get me started on playoffs. *punches wall*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure if I dropped anyone worthwhile outside of Alcides (who is barely worthwhile), maybe some SPs, but no one dramatically great… I wish I had more guys to drop, means I had a lot of good choices…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I got caught up in streamersteria and SAGNOFication and tried to beat the regression fairies. I let them take me out of my game and once I adjusted and got back on my game I excelled. Lessons learned….I hope

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, you know there was no lessons learned…Ever…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I know, Hosmer will be a steal next year

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And I’m already thinking about Matt Dominguez, god help me…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: bold prediction, Kluber, Tehran and Richards need TJ surgery and Arrieta has a 4.50 ERA. Polanco plays like a 1st rounder and Taveras bats .220. Wil Myers hits 30 bombs and Stanton hits 18

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m not going to say it’s not possible

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: now it won’t happen because I say it will. jinxster jinxman

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      So that means we can draft them? Or is that a reverse reverse jinx, I’m confused now

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: welcome to my world, i don’t even know when i’m jinxing myself or someone else. i need to get back to voodoo dolls and chicken bones

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Mmm…chicken bones… So, you watch Masterchef this week?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: yup, I hate leslie, I want to smack the glasses right off his face. “I’ve grown to be a better person” or whatever BS he was slinging

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, he’s the best… I hate Courtney… Ex-stripper who know wants to cook… Bleh, whatever!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: he’s a dick, I just want to kick the crap out of him….oh i see the appeal for you

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You missed early episodes… He’s fighting the good fight…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I hate his long hair and glasses and girls name

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’s a house husband in Malibu… What’s to hate?! Oh, wait, that’s more reason to hate him…

  85. steve says:
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    5×5, h2h, 10 teams, redraft

    I’m h2h against a lazy owner; meaning he isn’t very active.

    Suffice it to say, this owner has more RPs (i.e., closers that get saves) than SPs in his active lineup. For the week, he’s already up 5 to 1 in the saves category, and outside of some crazy luck, I’m unlikely to win saves. From now until Sunday, his only rostered SP that has a planned start is Kuroda and SON does not like it much (against TB; $4.7).

    I am winning in Wins, K’s, ERA and WHIP. Should I sit may SP’s? All of the remaining starters (Kershaw, Kluber, Stroman, Alex Wood, Ventura) have “plus” match-ups according to the Stream-O-Nator (i..e, greater than 10).

    I despise playing defensively in any fantasy sport, but I am concerned that playing my SPs is just a dumb move as it could do more harm than good. So here is how I see it….

    (1) don’t start any more pitchers;
    (2) don’t start any more starting pitchers;
    (3) start only the starting pitchers that have extremely good SON match ups (e.g., Kershaw and Kluber); or
    (4) start ‘em all.

    Thoughts?

    Thank you
    steve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit them

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: gotcha. thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: Do I also sit my closers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, seems silly not to

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @steve: I’d at least start Kershaw

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: what does he have to gain starting kershaw? looks like nothing.

  86. J-FOH says:
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    I started a new game called slug bum. I punch a hole in the wall ever time a player I draft turns into a bum or a player I dropped turns into a stud and makes me look like a bum.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, the Lester hole…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: and the Garrett Richards hole

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, I did drop him in one league that regret…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: If Cram and I lived in the same city we would of probably met up with each other every week to get drunk and beat the crap out of each other and then got drunk again to deal with 2014 Fantasy baseball

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Then Cram pulls himself off you when someone in the audience asks a catcher question…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: then we tag team them, I’m obviously Jim Neidhart and he’s Brett Hart

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You do have the goat for it

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: where are Davey Boy Smith and the Dynamite Kid!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I just want to be considered for the part of Snuka

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I’m telling you, you are the reincarnation of the Mouth of the South

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s perfect, I’ll be your manager…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: we just need someone to dress like Brett hart for halloween

                    or i go as Captain Lou and you go as Jimmy Hart and the cougs can be Cindy Lauper.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, you have to go as Capt. Lou this Halloween with that beard of yours… That’s a done deal…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you can be the macho man and cougs can be Miss Elizabeth?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: we’ll put you in red face

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Perfect

  87. jef with 1 f says:
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    F.75

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  88. scott steelers says:
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    Scherzer 9th rd and baez 11th for my Springer 14th and Danny santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer side

  89. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Shoemaker or Straily ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

  90. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Did B Hamilton shoot his wad already? Last 7 weeks he had 1 week of 16 or more points…two 16 point weeks and four weeks with 5 points or less…those 16 point weeks are wack so really its been 1 week of good points in the last 7…dickerson is out there who has been getting his…do I make the move?….10 team points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see going with Dickerson

  91. Zach says:
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    I’ve been meaning to drop Khris or J.D. for Kennys in my 10 team h2h league. But then they both go and do what they did yesterday. AFTER I benched both of them that morning! Do I still drop one for Kennys? It’s for utility spot. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sonavabench! I’d hold

  92. robhalla says:
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    SON is MEH on the following…

    Alex Wood vs The A’s
    Bucky vs the Astros

    Roll both ? do you like one better than the other. Bucholtz flat out sucks but seems to be ok vs the Astros

    In a league where losses count against 10 team roto.

    Thx Grey and Razzballers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Wood

  93. Oliver says:
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    To replace Upton, should I grab Aoki, Jay Bruce, Stubbs,Marisnick, or Dyson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

      • Oliver says:
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        @Grey: Can you believe he’s on waivers? Sha-wing!

  94. A.J. says:
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    Can you please rank these three (first rest of year, second in keeper league):

    Bautista, Braun, Cano

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano, Braun…Same for both…

      • A.J. says:
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        so Bautista third in both scenarios? thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  95. Ryan says:
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    I’m out of contention this year in my keeper league – we keep all players and do a 3 round amateur draft (12 team league)…

    I was just offered:

    My Adam Jones FOR his Cargo (season ending surgery) + 1st rounder + 3rd rounder + AJ cole

    Which side would you want in the future? Does Cargo return to top 10 next year? Should I accept?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  96. The occasional SBs are helpful in H2H 12 team heading into playoffs, and quite thankful for their efforts all season; so having trouble deciding between Ozuna or Calhoun as the drop to activate Myers. Keep Will DL’d and see if he makes significant contact? Or with thanks, drop which of my undrafted OFs? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Ozuna

  97. Diego says:
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    NL only league,
    Masterson or Fiers ROS?

    Or drop Ruggiano from bench to have both P for weekly streaming.

    Gracias amigo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Ruggiano

  98. Joe says:
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    Grey the offer me David price for my melky cabrera should i pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  99. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Would you drop Minor for Fiers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: I already did it before i came on. I got the over/under at 100 and i called over. Just rockin the Vogt!! YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD ….YES.

  100. Snake Hips says:
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    Someone dropped Rios. Should I grab him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For who?

      • Snake Hips says:
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        @Grey: I have an open UTIL spot since Springer is out 2 more weeks. I would drop a streamer. 10-team points league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for it

  101. LaStellllaaaaaaa says:
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    Is there a reason Keuchel is so low on the SON? I feel like he’s a must start against the BoSox.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fenway’s dangerous

  102. Bye Felicia says:
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    Can you use some of you’re magic shizz on ESPN. I need Homer on the DL. They’re the slowest fantasy site when it comes to adding players to the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is he officially on the DL?

  103. dem ribbies says:
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    dropped Darvish, now the FAAB frenzy begins.

    In a keeper with a 200 budget, what bid are you throwing out there for a DL stash/keeper on Yu? For context, Goldschmidt winning bid last week was $26.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $19

  104. swinging3.0 says:
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    Perfect Grey you are the king.

    Long time no chat. Quick question, im on a 2 week bye in one of my leagues that has 2 week playoff matchups. Avi garcia is available and im considering cutting alex rios to make space for garcia. Do we like this move?

    Thanks for the website it undoubtedly led me to first place especially in the league im referencing above. I remember one of the podcasts preseason u shouted “Michael Brantley for president ” idk y i remember that but i took him as my 4th outfielder, that will pay the bills! Also great job with todd frazier he was very high on your top 400.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, you… Sounds fine to me… Nice, no problem…

  105. Cram It says:
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    BUY SELL! BUY SELL!! BUY SELL!!! Wait, it’s Friday right? *burp*

  106. Gee says:
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    for purely Sagnof purposes…

    Sam Fuld or Jordan Schafer?

    • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Gee: i asked this with marisnick also, it’s marisnick, if he’s out ther.

  107. Count de monetball says:
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    Grey, I just wanted to say thank you for responding to everybody’s questions. I had a question and did a quick search on the comment page for the players last name and found you’d already answered the question. It’s awesome to have such accessed to your opinion so easily. It is very valuable and I thank you!

  108. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*******

  109. Steeve says:
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    What do you expect from Rusney Castillo this year and next year?

  110. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME********

  111. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    So I pulled the trigger on dickerson for B hamilton then after I seen he only has 5 games next week while my opponent has his whole OF with 7 games and hamilton is playing 7 as well lol doh!!

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: its ok…his last 5 games hes 7 for 20 with 3 homers..he’ll be alright

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*******

  112. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*********

  113. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Do you think Fiers keeps a rotation spot even when Lohse and Garza return?

    I should win regular season but my post season is coming up weeks 23 & 24, and I was wondering if you think i should drop one of these DL’d players now or hold. I have 2 DL spots and 4 DL players.. Cutch anibal yu and bailey.

    If anything I would drop an injured pitcher for one of the following: Hendricks, shoemaker or hammel, or hold them for a possible postseason return. Would you consider dropping one and who?

    10 team. Standard 5×5 h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*******

  114. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*******

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