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Watching Luis Castillo is officially an ASMR trigger.  *insert onomatopoeia of satisfied exhale, picks up invisible fork and knife, mimes cutting up satisfied exhale, eats exhale*  Do you see how Castillo’s got me?  I’m eating satisfied exhales.  Can I write the 2018 fantasy baseball sleeper post right now for Luis Castillo?  TFW you see Castillo:  Insert Oprah’s o face around Gayle King.  CASTILLO MAKING ME CRAZY!  And not eating sugar for six days isn’t helping.  This Whole30 Diet got me like:  insert crazy-googly eyes.  I got Biggie Smalls eyes right now.  *smacks face*  Be coherent, Grey!  Sorry, about that.  Yesterday, Luis Castillo went 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.12.  His surface perfs:  9.9 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 3.40 xFIP, averages 98 MPH, and now I’m lightheaded again.  Okay, need to save something for his 2018 sleeper post.  As for this year, this was his last start, unless you count Strat-o-Matic starts I’m making with him all winter.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Billy Hamilton – Done for the season after fracturing his hand on a bunt attempt.  Emo Hipster, “That’s odd, I just gave Hamilton a hand because of his modernization of the American democratic ideals through a rap musical.”  Oh, shut up, Emo Hipster!

Zack Cozart – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 18th homer, hitting .303.  Serious projection that will never happen due to health:  Cozart will get 550 ABs one year, and hit 27 HRs and .290.

Jose Peraza – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (5) and legs (20), hitting .260.  With Hamilton out, I grabbed Peraza in a few places — not like that!  Swervin’ P. Ervin could also see more time.  By the way, it’s gonna be hard to not be back in on Peraza next year with what I’m assuming will be a reduced price tag.

Chris Archer – Aiming to return this weekend.  We’ll see if Archer’s aim is a bull’s eye or bullshit.

Blake Snell – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.36.  Yeah, but no walks!  *sees reaction, slowly walks out of room, realizes that I’ve slowly walked out a window*  Oooooooooooooops!  Stream-o-Nator likes his next start, but I’ve lost all faith in pitching Snell.

Lucas Duda – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 28th homer, and his 3rd homer in the last four games, screaming, “It’s DOODE-A, not DUD-A!”  I’d obviously grab him for some power, and crazy exclamations.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 18th homer.  Hey, at least I didn’t predict an MVP for him this year.

Kevin Kiermaier – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  That homer came off Buddy Boshers.  If Buddy Boshers doesn’t make you giggle, check out his Google images.  Also, I’m told Buddy Boshers is a relief pitcher for the Twins, not a Big Brother program for bullies.

Brian Dozier – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 29th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  Doesn’t matter if Dozier is French for sleep; he’s definitely woke.

Sean Manaea – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.33.  Every year there seems to be talk about Manaea’s upside, and every year he ends up a MediOAKer, right?

Khris Davis – 2-for-3 and his 39th homer, hitting .239.  The quietest 40-homer hitter in the majors every year?  As quiet as the H in his name, says Ghrey.

Chris Hatcher – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  This is likely nothing since Treinen’s been overworked, but Treinen’s also been underwhelming, so it’s worth keeping a small monocle on your tiny cyclops.  Ew.

Albert Pujols – Sent back to Anaheim for treatment on his sore knee.  A sore née for Pujols would be something else entirely.

Tyler Skaggs – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.71.  Damn, Skaggs is so Boz.  What?  No good?  Okay, nap time!  *claps hands*  Five seconds of sleep, and I already feel better!  Yesterday’s start was an easy matchup, Skaggs’s next one is not.

Aroldis Chapman – Girardi said Chapman will likely resume closer duties today.  Well, he better, otherwise his LinkedIn profile is all lies!  I would hold Betances and Robertson for the time being too.

Walker Buehler – As announced on our podcast on Tuesday, Walker Buehler was called up from the minors.  Prospector Ralph just put him in his top 10 pitching prospects, but Buehler is nothing but a bullpen arm for this call-up.  Assuming Buehler shows up when Rooney calls his name.

Lance McCullers – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks as he was activated from the DL.  I was expecting either great or awful.  Now, I have no idea what to do with him.  What do you do with this?  This 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER means nothing.  Ugh, I guess hold him for another start, but I have no more or less confidence in him.

Cameron Maybin – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, and 2nd in as many games, though he came in as a pinch hitter.  Can he crack the everyday lineup?  Seems unlikely, but just Maybin.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer, and third homer in three games.  Someone doing his Septacular best.

Kenta Maeda – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.02 vs. Taijuan Walker – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.33.  This game was like a backscratcher because it was Maeda/Taijuan.

Reynaldo Lopez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.84.  Actually a solid start against a streamrollin’ Indians club.  Indians right now are like, “Yo, Chief Wahoo, do your ‘The Other Team Ain’t Shizz’ Dance.”  So hard to recommend Lopez though with his 4 BB/9.  Dangerous, yo.

Carlos Carrasco –  9 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners (zero walks), 9 Ks, ERA at 3.53.  For the record (literally), the Indians don’t really need Chief Wahoo’s dance.  Right now, on our 30-day Player Rater, there’s three Indians pitchers in the top 10.  At the time of yesterday’s game, Carrasco wasn’t even the 2nd best one.  (But check out Patrick Corbin, dizzamn).

Carlos Santana – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  Looks like Carlos Santana is going Supernatural at the exact right time for H2H playoffs.  I bet in H2H leagues, he’s on, like, his fifth team by now.

Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.43.  This start in Coors was so everyone that owned Cueto for his hideous 1st half would throw their hands up in disgust and wave ’em like they really don’t care.

Joe Panik – 5-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .285.  Joe Panik?  More like Joe Waiting For His Pitch!  No?  Okay.  Panik’s good, when someone yells fire, and in Coors.  Maybe he can carry the Silver Bullet to his next series, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Ender Inciarte – 5-for-8, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .309.  Damn, Ender loves himself some doubleheaders like I love Jennifer Connelly’s ender in a doubleheader.

Luiz Gohara – 4 IP, 6 ER in his first start.  People were comparing him to a young CC, but looked more like a present-day CC.  Wonder what future-day CC will look like, surely not Tiny Tim.

Elvis Andrus – 5-for-9, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and an Ernie Banks slam (20) and legs (24), hitting .305  Andrus is the type of player that makes fantasy baseball so much fun in the preseason.  He was there for everyone to draft.  Shoot (not you Dick Cheney!), you could’ve traded for him in April or May for next to no cost.  Yet, no one predicted this breakout, and he’s having the year you were hoping from Villar, Bogaerts, Addison Russell, Lindor, Corey Seager or even Correa!  Just as there was a Villar last year and an Andrus this year, there will be someone else next year.  It’s not only landing them in your draft or off waivers, but it’s having the faith in holding them.  Sounds much easier than it is.  It’s 4-D chess, snitches!

Nomar Mazara – 3-for-9 and his 18th homer, but left with quad tightness.  O. Henry, couldn’t you have just taken his comb?

Dillon Peters – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.25 thru two starts.  The book on him is less than impressive.  It’s more like a pamphlet at a Chamber of Commerce than a book.  Results so far have been stellar.  Or if Tennessee Williams is reading, stelllllllllllar.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer.  Member three months ago we made a wager to guess the date Zimmerman would hit the DL and someone Price is Right’d us by guessing no DL?  I’m gonna owe that person a t-shirt.

Michael Taylor – 2-for-3 and his 14th homer, hitting .262.  You ain’t no pork roll, son, you’re Taylor H.A.M.!

Gerrit Cole – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.93 vs. Jose Quintana – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.32.  Visual metaphor of these two pitchers yesterday:  Your room is a complete mess, then 30 seconds later it’s totally clean.  If one were to look down, they’d see your bed is levitating off the ground because everything’s been shoved under it.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd and 24th homer, and three homers in last three games.  Looks like his fans, The Salvy Army, a bunch of guys wearing second-hand clothes that don’t quite fit, have something to cheer again.

Alcides Escobar – 4-for-5, 2 runs, and a home run two games ago.  Hot schmotato alert!

Juan NicasioCardinals acquired him from the Phillies for an infielder prospect, Eliezer Alvarez, after the Pirates got nothing for Nicasio.  Pirates got played real bad here, didn’t they?  Like when you’re dating a girl and you break up and she starts dating your friend, and you’re back with your hand.  I think this makes the Pirates jerk-offs.  I wouldn’t be shocked if Nicasio sees some saves in St. Louis, since they don’t seem tied to any of the relievers they have.  Yesterday, Tyler Lyons (1 IP, 0 ER) got the save, but he could be in the 7th, 8th or 9th inning in the next game.

Dinelson Lamet – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.32.  I streamed him yesterday and dropped him before the game ended.  I streamed him because, as we know, Petco takes the whacks off for Dinaleson.

Jack Flaherty – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 6.00.  Man, Flaherty will get you nowhere.

Nick Williams – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .274.  If I would’ve told you through his first two months of the season, he’d be hitting third with 9 HRs, 40 RBIs while hitting .275, I think you would’ve been excited about Williams.  I get the sense no one cares.  Aw, Nick Williams is a No Care Bear.

Michael Conforto – Had shoulder surgery.  Only took two weeks after he said he was going for surgery, so that’s only about a 40% Mets move.

Doug Fister – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.91.  In six weeks, he’s lowered his ERA from 6.75.  In August, his ERA was 3.71 with a .214 BAA.  In September, his ERA is 1.29.  Underlying stats aren’t exactly saying it’s a total fluke either.  Around a 3.60 xFIP in last two months.  As any man oozing machismo would say, I don’t trust a Fister, but he’s got a fighting chance for Quality Starts the rest of the way.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (15) and legs (8), as he bats ninth, hitting .257.  This guy will be interesting next year.  Predominant feeling on him I imagine will be 2016 was a fluke, and 2017 showed his bread & butter is 0-for-0’s with three walks.

Roberto OsunaBlue Jays’ acting manager, DeMarlo Hale, said Osuna would stay the closer.  Lee Strasberg, Jays’ acting coach, said, “Right now, you’re not the closer.  You’re the search history of someone who owns you in fantasy.  You’re all those doubts asking Google, ‘Is Osuna still the closer?’  Stop it!  Be the closer!”

   
  1. Ball Park Frank says:
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    What’s up Grey! Your write up yesterday was awesome man. So funny. I haven’t read this one yet. Would you drop McCullers for Peacock? Looks like he’ll start on Saturday in Oakland. Or wait and see if Nola blows up tomorrow and use his spot? I have Gray, Morton and Weaver as possibles but I want to use their next starts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully this one is ok… I’d wait to see how Nola looks bc he’s on his last leg

      • Ball Park Frank says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I’m holding on McCullers. Rolling the dice on Nola tonight. If he blows up again I’m most likely done with him for this season. If he does I’m thinking I’ll grab Peacock, don’t get any funny ideas with that. If you had to pick him or McHugh for K’s and a win… which one?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Peacock, but more iffy about staying in the rotation

  2. prog_nationo says:
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    Good morning Grey,
    Made the playoffs 6 seed. but need to start 1 today, as down in WHIP, K/BB and K/9. Which one?
    Straily
    J Gray
    C Rodon

    Leaning toward Straily but can see better upside for the other two in the ratios. and I can afford 1 loss in my matchup as my opponent as 2 and I have none.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What are matchups?

      • Prog Nation says:
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        @Grey: Straily @ Atlanta (Newcomb)

        Gray @ LAD (Kershaw)

        Rodon home vs Cleveland (Kluber)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Straily, none really

  3. Mike says:
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    Do you like Jon gray today at the Dogers? I’m chasing wins to make it to the finals. Jon’s road ERA is poop. Starting him would also help pad my lead in Ks.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mike: Doubtful he gets a win vs. Kershaw.

      • Mike says:
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        @Cram It: completely agree. I just don’t want him blowing up my ERA.

  4. SteveNZ says:
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    I got your Skaggs reference. Had to go down two, then left to find it though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice

  5. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Looking to make some moves in advance of next week. Would you start Miguel Gonzalez at home on Monday vs. Seattle?

    Thanks

  6. lt81 says:
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    Grey,
    Deshields is the automatic pickup after losing Hamilton right?

    • Cram It says:
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      @lt81: Jacoby Jones

  7. FeverDog says:
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    12-team, h2h, 5×5

    Hey Grey,

    I didn’t do anything with Desmond since he came off the DL. Who should I drop (if anyone) to bring him back into my lineup?

    Thank you!

    c-castillo
    1b-santana
    2b-kinsler
    3b-siegler
    ss-gregorious
    of-marte, peralta, trout
    util-springer, smoak
    dl-desmond

    sp-happ, nova, taijuan walker, berrios, straily, gray, quintana, degrom, severino, wood
    rp-allen, neris, rivero

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Strat o matric was awesome. I actually still had a set of the cards until a few years ago

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Would’ve loved to see you playing it!

  9. RichieSpears says:
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    I have Trea, Correa, Rizzo, Bergman do I cutting Segura to make room for Olsen?

    My potential playoff run Of

    Pollock, Rosario, Kiermaier Olsen*

    Who do I cut to activate Bour?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold, I’d forget Bour

  10. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Sensational, man! Well done, well maybe better said rare or medium-rare!

    a. Thanks again for making the pain, suffering and sorrow go away like you did Tuesday.

    b. Am back on fantasy Jai Alai as my next option or as you say NFL 87-88 where you get to pick the entire San Francisco 49ers offense including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Roger Craig.

    c. John Rambo Quote of the day for September 7

    Sarah Miller: ‘-l can’t.’

    School Boy: ‘-Get up!’

    Sarah Miller: ‘l can’t.’

    School Boy: ‘Come on. Come on. -Down, down, down. -Wait.

    Sarah Miller: ‘What is it? What? What?’

    School Boy: ‘Son of a bitch. Look.’

    [Burmese soldiers have made it to shore ahead of the other group trying to make it to the boat.]

    Sarah Miller: ‘What is it? Oh, God!’

    School Boy: ‘God damn.’

    Lewis (to the leader of the Burmese army): ‘You gutless fuck! You fucking pussy! Motherfucker. Gutless fuck! Come and have a go at me, you lady-boy cunt! Come on, you… Fucking have a go at me! Fuck… You fucking… Do something…’

    [Burmese officer stabs a piece of wood into Lewis’ wound.]

    Lewis: ‘Fucking Jesus!’

    Sarah Miller: ‘ Oh, God. What do we do?’

    School Boy: ‘Nothing we can do.’

    Sarah Miller: ‘Oh, God. No.’

    [Spoiler alert….MUST STAY TUNED FOR TOMORROW’S CONCLUSION!!!]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. No problem B. Easy call, you know which way to go C. Nice!

  11. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    “Biggie Smalls eyes”…hahahaha, nice! You’ve been on fire the last few days man, hilarious stuff.

    Castillo’s great start and McCullers non-blow up has put me in the lead in my big $ h2h points league, but Ive still got 18 more starts to go between now and next Sunday.

    1. SON hates Kyle Gibson @ KC today, but Gibson has been decent his last 3 starts (@White Sux, @ TOR, vs. KC). He faces KC on the road today, and he shut them down his last start out. Twins offense has been productive as of late. Do we start Gibson hoping he repeats last performance, or does a road start against KC have us worried that the Royals bats bomb on him now that theyve seen him before?

    2. SON does not hate Nola today on the road vs. Nats (Roark), but it doesnt like him either ($3.6). Last year Nola got bombed on by Nats, this year he seems to have fared better against them, and the Nats bat that bombed on him the most over the last 2 years, Harper, is out. Im not desperate for the start with Mahle and Tailon also going for me tonight, but I have no one going tomorrow.

    My opponent on the other hand has Archer away at BOS, Scherzer home vs. Phils (ugh, hope he’s on innings limit), Ervin Santana away vs. KC, and Giolito home vs. SF. Given this scenario its worth considering the risk of Nola/Gibson, but not absolutely neccessary. Normally Id be bracing myself for disaster during our regular season 1 week scoring weekend. But in h2h playoffs I just need to keep pace and trust my bats over 2 weeks so long as I get 24 non disaster starts.

    Kind of frustrating that Ive been dominating all year and lead the league by 1000pts over 2nd place and have to resort to daily SON/Tron calls, but it is what it is.

    Thanks again for a great season Grey, running away with my 3 other leagues thanks to Razzball (just wish they paid out as much as the damn h2h points league).

    • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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      @Marty Jannetty Was Set Up: Wow that was long/rambly.

      In short: Is starting Gibson/Nola safe, or is that just asking for trouble, i.e. negative points (+1 pt = 1/3rd IP, +1pt =K, W = 10pts, BB/H = -1, ER = -2, L = -5. CG/NH/Shutout = +10).

      • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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        @Cram It: Yeah it’s frustrating, but also incredibly fun/exciting at the same time. I’ve been in this league the last 7 years, have won 1st a total of 5 times, and this year would be a 4 peat…plus a decent amount of money for the time invested and I get to keep the championship title belt (classic WWF Heavyweight replica from the late 90s era).

        • Cram It says:
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          @Marty Jannetty Was Set Up: Never done it but it feels more like fantasy football….and I hate fantasy football. But if there’s good money on the line, it’s always worth it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I wouldn’t touch Gibson… 2. I’m benching him where I can, lost trust… hopefully you bet him!

      • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, I’m avoiding Gibson, going to roll the dice on Nola and hope it’s not a negative start.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so too, his last few have been blech at best

  12. AdamH says:
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    Standard roto 5×5, have to let one guy go, ROS only, who ya drop?

    Lance McCullers, Aaron Nola, Taijuan Walker, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Jeff Samardzija

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can you wait until Aaron Nola pitches today?

  13. slimbo says:
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    whats up grey

    should i be dropping rodon for Luis Castillo in my dynasty?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, kinda coin flip

  14. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    “Buddy Boshers”

    hahaha … spot on, spot on!

  15. msh2404 says:
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    Judge dropped in my 12 team h2h playoffs… It’s a daily league. I am on bye and have the #1 waiver position. Is he worth an add over anyone on my team

    C – Ramos
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Odor/Polanco
    SS – Correa
    3B – Tornado
    OF – Stanton, Hoskins, Benintendi
    UTIL – LoMo, B. Hamilton, Trumbo

    I already have too many outfielders andI feel like I I need Polanco to play match-ups with Odor and if Correa rests frequently.

    I could drop Peacock, Ryu or T. Walker but I already have enough hitters

    Thanks for the help

    • msh2404 says:
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      @msh2404:

      I have my DL spots and need to activate McCullers so moving Hamilton to DL is not an option

      • msh2404 says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry, I was not clear. I had to activate McCullers with that roster spot…

        Drop Trumbo, Odor, Polanco, LoMo for Judge?

        Am I overestimating needing a SS back up by assuming Correa will sit coming back from injury with a big lead for playoffs?

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Good call about Peraza . . . could be a sneaky H2H steals play if he’s starting everyday again.

  17. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Also, Ender must love double headers . . . in his doubleheaders this month and end of August: 13/18 4 R 1 HR 8 RBI 2 SB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s what I’m saying!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait that’s what I said!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: HAH! Can you tell I that I read this one while doing 3 other things way-too-early this morning?

  18. Josh says:
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    Drop Salazr for Fister ROS?

  19. Matt says:
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    Grey-
    Safe to drop Danny Duffy and/or Paxton, and stream avail pitchers?
    Playoffs start next week… need roster spots
    5×5 Ros league.
    Thanks,
    Matt

  20. Benintendo64 says:
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    H2H playoffs are the worst… Rizzo and Trout both hitless this week and of course Gerritt Cole and Taijuan Walker have their best starts of the year against me. Now the fate of my team rests on the shoulders of Nola and if he can get a QS.

    Btw, considering the fact that a barebones QS only requires an ERA of 4.50, it’s incredible how good my pitchers are at avoiding them. Just a constant barrage of 5.2 IP/0 ER and 7.1 IP/4 ER starts all year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck!

  21. luvpho says:
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    Eduardo Escobar or Jose Peraza ROS?

  22. When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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    14 team h2h. OPS.
    C chirinos
    1B goldy
    2B schoop
    SS t.anderson
    3B longo
    MI crawford (SS)
    CI hoskins (1B/LF)
    LF braun
    CF pollock
    RF stanton
    OF pham (LF/CF)
    util schebler RF
    BN avila (C/1B), spangenberg (2B/3B/LF), delino (CF/LF)

    1. drop delino or schebler for piscotty/jose mart/bader (playing time should dry up when pham starts again though, piscotty has similar issues)
    2. drop spangenberg for asdribble or panik (although doing panik would leave avila as my CI if goldy isn’t back)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Delino for Bader 2. Sure, Asdrubal

      • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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        @Grey: funny, 2 bader over delino’s here already today.

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Grey: Call him up and tell him “you’re the master, Bader.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Okay, you read my mind, but I’m not changing my blurb for him tomorrow now

              • Curious George Springer says:
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                @Grey: It’s my Shakespearean sonnet!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s been stolen already, sorry!

  23. lwomack58 says:
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    Do you like any of the following streamers: Please pick two.

    M. Mont vs Mil & C. Anderson-SON -3.8
    Wacha vs Pit & Nova-SON +8.1
    Folty vs Mia- SON -1.3
    Montero vs Cin-SON +5.0
    E. Jackson vs Phil-SON -8.6

    Thanks and have a great day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha, Montero

  24. Mvplatter says:
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    I’ve got Salazar sitting on my DL, and Clevinger and Giolitto as my two fringe pitchers. Would you drop either of them to activate Salazar, or just drop Salazar? I’ve got a buy week next week for the playoffs, so I have the option of seeing how Salazar does in his next start without hurting my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Salazar

  25. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Here’s my offense going into the playoffs:

    C – Avila
    1B – Goldy
    2B – J. Ramirez
    SS – Didi
    3B – Rendon
    OF – Pham
    OF – Inciarte
    OF – E. Rosario
    Utility – DeShields

    Want to add a bench/replacement bat. Have a spot to add at least one, but willing to make a drop to add 2 if needed: Moistasskiss, Cron, Kiermeier, Maybin, Margot, I. Happ, Olson, A. Rosario, J. Bell, Choo, Kendrick, E. Escobar, Bader, J. Martinez

    [email protected]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ, Bader over DeShields

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Wow. Would’ve thought Keirmeier would’ve been your choice. Thanks for keeping me on my toes as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Helps with ballet career too

          • Lincecuminmypants says:
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            @Grey: Razzball is proud to present Swan Junior Lake and Adrian Beltre’s The Nutcracker.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! Hilarious…

              • Lincecuminmypants says:
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                @Grey: Thanks. Always glad to get a chuckle from someone who brings the funny to my day regularly.

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Wow. Would’ve thought Keirmeier would’ve been your choice. Thanks for keeping me on my toes as always.

  26. Jonathan Levin says:
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    For next week, which one?
    Snell at home vs NYY
    Woodruff at home vs. Pitt

    Thanks for everything!

  27. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- I’m on day 10 of the Whole30. It sounds like you’re on day 6. If so, in a day or two it should improve but I feel like I’m years away from the “boundless energy” that’s supposedly on its way. I’m still in survival mode.

    Good luck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh my God, day 6! I’m in total survival mode… I literally napped midway through this sentence…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’re like Thelma & Louise of the Whole 30, btw

      • YC says:
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        @Grey:

        HA!

        I was just asked “what happens on Day 31?”

        I’m shivering in a corner, “I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t know. Will I be able to have a donut?”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          On day 31, I say, “Today, is my Independence Day,” and go to a Vegas buffet.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            ….Wearing MC Hammer pants, with the ankles tied at the ankles so I can throw food into my pants….

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey: make the recipes in the Whole30 cookbook, the shepard’s pie is awesome, also the pulled pork carnitas in lettuce cups. The energy comes later than you think, hang in there. The weird dreams are what tripped me out. I always keep fruit at the ready for a snack. Peaches and nectarines are delicious right now. Also pink lady apples.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Thanks! I actually had carnitas on lettuce today, it was the most delicious thing I might’ve ever had…. Shepard’s pie sounds so good…

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey: Whole Foods sells Tessemae’s Ranch and Caesar’s dressings (both approved) and Tessemae’s ketchup. Saves you the trouble of making it and their tasty as well. Red pepper mayo (from Whole30 cookbook) is finger licking good on potatoes or chicken, but admittedly a little bit of a pain to make.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Great stuff, man! Passing this on to Cougs…

  28. Scandalous Bob says:
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    For a spot start tomorrow who would you rather have:

    Giolito vs SF
    Clevinger vs Bal

  29. Schoolboy P says:
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    Got the H2H bye week this week. YAY!
    Now looking ahead to next week for some double starts (IP is a category we play)

    Kyle Gibson vs SD & TOR
    Garrett Richards vs HOU & TEX

    Also, Im going to be dropping Peacock for one of these schmos since he is moving to the bullpen. Agreed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither…Gibson — Thought I heard Peacock is starting this weekend, is that it for him? I could Google this

      • Schoolboy P says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, with the addition of Verlander and McCullers coming back I’ve read that he is more valuable in the bullpen. I suppose I can wait and see, but people stream double starts for the innings, k’s and chance at W’s… Not much out there this time of year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed, I’d wait for now

  30. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Who do you trust more for QS/W, Lopez or Woodruff?

    Next week Lopez has @ KC (Hammel) and @ DET (Boyd)

    Woodruff has v PIT (Cole) @ MIA (Dillon Peters?!)

  31. Stumanji! says:
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    ASS TO ASS!

    Sort of how like Villar’s been all season start to finish.

  32. msh2404 says:
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    Bour or LoMo at UTIL?
    Cesar Hernandez or Odor at 2B?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lomo…Cesar

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: Hail!

  33. dubjay says:
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    Morning Grey,
    Im ready to drop E.Thames(finally). Considering dropping J.Polanco as well.
    Which 2 of these bats do you like best ROS? It is a keeper league as well but we only keep 10.
    J.Peraza
    J.Bour
    CJ Cron
    K.Morales
    D.Peralta
    S.Souza
    Jo.Martinez
    J.Reyes
    Y.Moncada was also dropped and this is a keeper league so I am really tempted to grab him and hope for the best. But have a feeling I would be better off going with another bat since I’m trying to win it all(4th place).
    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza, Souza

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Souza is hitting .162 over the last month. That doesn’t scare you a bit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then try Martinez, but hope he plays

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Hmm. Might as well keep Thames then. I guess I could try Souza but dropping one struggling hitter for another seems kind of pointless. In that case I might as well grab Moncada who has big time upside at least. Not criticizing your choices( I obviously considered them as replacements as well) just would prefer more of a consensus choice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          At least Souza has played, and hit for power…Moncada has done nothing

          • Dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            What about Robles? Or is that another playing time issue

              • dubjay says:
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                @Grey:
                Just curious if now that Werth has a shoulder issue, would you grab Robles? I could drop J.Polanco instead as C.Seager should be back Friday.

                • dubjay says:
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                  @dubjay:
                  Or still go with Souza.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Try Robles

                  • dubjay says:
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                    @Grey:
                    Drop Thames or Polanco?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Which Polanco? We’ve trailed so far from your original question, I forget if this is for right now, next week, week after, etc

                    • dubjay says:
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                      @dubjay:
                      Jorge for ROS. Still beating the horse lol.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d go Polanco over Thames, but not really other names discussed

        • Curious George Springer says:
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          @dubjay: Why did you include Souza on the list if you were going to reject the very advice you were seeking?

          • Dubjay says:
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            @Curious George Springer:
            I said above that I wasn’t criticizing his choices since I obviously including him on the list. Just curious as to why. Nothing wrong with a little discussion

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope, nothing wrong with it

              • Dubjay says:
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                @Grey:
                Thanks for your help. Always appreciated

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  34. Curious George Springer says:
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    I hate that the hot guys don’t seem to have games on Monday next week. I’d love to grab Olson and Bader, but both are off on Monday, and my opponent in the semifinals has a ton of bench bats (he went all RPs), so I’d like to try to maximize my hitter spots.

    Do you think Olson, Bader, and Duda will do more damage in 6 games than guys like Melky, Castellanos, DeShields, and Haniger will do in 7 games?

    Duda gets 3 LHPs out of his six games, including Sale, so I guess I’ve answered it for him.

    Olson has pretty good matchups — @BOS (Ed Rod, Fister, Pomeranz) and @PHI (Leiter, Lively, Pivetta)

    Bader gets Cincinnati (Mahle, Romano, Bailey) and @CHC (Arrieta, Hendricks, and Quintana).

    Obviously I plan to wait to see who is still hot this weekend, but philosophically would you go for the hottest guys for 6 games or the less hot guys for 7 games?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, almost always go 7 games over 6, all in this example

  35. joeg414 says:
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    Start or Sit the following :
    Clevinger vs Balt
    Junis vs Twins
    Z.Davis vs Cubs
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start all if they’re all home

      • joeg414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Clevinger and Junis is home
        Davis is at the Cubs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Clevinger, Junis then

  36. Jeffrey Gilden says:
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    Hey Grey –

    In the semifinals in my keeper league, but losing across the board in the first week of the match. I’d like to upgrade pitching to have stronger options for next week and the next round. Here’s what I have:

    SP: Sale, Hendricks, Berrios, Chase Anderson, Nelson, Cobb, Taillon, Fister, Faria
    RP: Jansen, Vizcaino, Swarzak (Saves + Holds)

    Any of these worth dropping for someone like Brandon Woodruff? Ben Lively? I could drop a reliever (would probably win that category anyway) or drop Amed Rosario who I’ve been stashing as a potential keeper, but I have other guys to keep if you think his future isn’t worth holding onto him.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Faria for Woodruff seems all right, but I don’t know your keeper rules

      • Jeffrey Gilden says:
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        @Grey: Not that this changes much, but we can keep 7 players, either 3 or 4 offensive and 3 or 4 pitchers for 3 years. I can’t keep Sale. For offense I’d likely keep Judge ($7), Sanchez ($1), Moncada $5) and one other.

        Thanks a lot for all the help this year. It made a huge difference.

        • Jeffrey Gilden says:
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          @Jeffrey Gilden: Also, I’d probably have to drop Faria anyway when he comes off the DL, so anyone else?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fister would be next gone

  37. mikestatic says:
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    Hey Gray, 12 team standard 5×5 w/ AVG. I have schebler, bird and deshields filling in for Harper, debating dropping any of them for J. Reyes, Ellsbury, Joyce or G. Polanco (looks to be off DL soon, i know hes been awful this year). I am the #1 seed in my keeper, and have a bye next week for the first round so these moves are looking forward. Steals have been weak since turner hasn’t been running. Thanks!

    • mikestatic says:
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      @mikestatic:

      Edit: Weekly League as well!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bird for Polanco

  38. Clint says:
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    Season’s almost over and things are Grey :(

    With Robles coming up, I have to either drop him, Mazara, or Gregory Polanco in my 12 team 5×5 OBP roto league where we keep up to 8. What say you?

  39. Greg Schwartz says:
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    Week and a half til meaningful game, seems you are advocating dropping both Salazar and Paxton, both of whom I own. I can wait, but Fister, Woodruff, Giolito, Clevinger on waivers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait on it

  40. Daze says:
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    Jorge Polanco for Robles
    Keeper league
    I know PT might be limited but Werth is hurt so maybe?
    Hold or pull the trigger

      • Daze says:
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        @Grey:
        thanks

        • glory daze says:
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          @Daze:
          Reynolds is another option in place of Polonco
          what do you think

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I prefer Reynolds

            • Daze says:
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              @Grey:
              Interesting
              Thanks

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

  41. I'm in a New York State of Romine says:
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    10 team, H2H, 6×6 Dynasty league (disregard keeper costs)

    Marte & Colome or Berrios

    Not a very deep league, but the dynasty aspect of it has me thinking twice.

      • I'm in a New York State of Romine says:
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        @Grey: You fill up my senses. Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. Screwballs says:
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    Love the Maeda/Taijuan reference, juts amazing! Play-offs have started and I need to pick one of these batters today:

    Abreu vs CLE [Kluber]
    Cozart vs NYM [Harvey]
    C Hernandez vs WAS [Roark]

    Looking for HR, RBI, S, Ave and OBP

    Do you have any clear favorite?

    Also, do you like Bellinger and J Turner at home against J Gray?

    Thanks in advance for all you do!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Cozart — Yes, I like Cody and Turner

  43. tony says:
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    With robles activated out of my NA spot, who to drop?
    Dynasty league we keep em all.

    Drop souza, doningo santana, harrison bader?

      • tony says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks a lot doode.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  44. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Greetings Mr. Grey. For ROS, please rank based on highest upside: Woodruff, Snell, Skaggs, Mahle, Flaherty & Faria. Thanks again for your articles and your responses!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woodruff, Mahle

  45. Joeg414 says:
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    Need to cut one Jose Martinez , G Bird or Cron ?
    5×5 roto

  46. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    I have 2 HR and 3 RBI this week. I don’t know what the word I’m looking for is. Despondent, I guess? Never doing H2H again.

    At least that fishnet picture of Jennifer Lawrence was linked here. 9/11, would eat her farts. Can’t take that away from me!

  47. joemorganhair says:
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    Dang streamonator! I trusted Taillon as much as the system did–got screwed. Should’ve went with Skaggs yesterday.

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @joemorganhair: it liked gohara a lot 2 yesterday, to my detriment.

  48. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    NL only, dropped peraza a bit back, wasn’t playing, grabbed nimmo, dropped for jerome pernando (clearly his name) crawford. drop for either of nimmo/ervin? both having good games today, ervin probably the starter now.

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