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Yesterday, Phils’ manager, Pete Macktheknife, said, “Everybody wants to see (Rhy Hoskins‘) bat but Tommy Joseph has done well enough where there’s enough games left for him to show even more improvement.  It’s hard. You don’t want to put Tommy Joseph on the bench so maybe (having Hoskins play outfield) is a way to do it.”  Hey, quick question, anyone got a participation trophy for Joseph?  Sounds like he could really use one!  “I accept this participation trophy on behalf of all the players who are at positions where the club has a better prospect in the minors, but is too cheap to promote them.  Especially to my runner-up, Shin-Soo, way to keep down Willie Calhoun!”  A bunch of prospblockers, the lot of you!  Don’t even get me started on the absolute craziness that you risk putting your top prospect in left field just to keep playing Tommy Joseph.  Hoskins should be okay out there, but there’s a ton more risk with injuries in left field than standing on 1st.  I grabbed Hoskins in all leagues.  He was top 30 for Prospector Ralph’s top 100 fantasy baseball prospects, and might be the last big name to come up that can make a difference.   For this year, I’d say Hoskins = Mark Reynolds with way fewer Ks.  Long term, well, I won’t say Votto, but his OBP is insane for a kid.  Scouts call players kids, did I sound like a scout?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Michael Brantley – Hit the DL a mild ankle sprain.  That’s like a mild ghost pepper.  It’ll still put you on your ass.

Jay Bruce – Acquired by the Indians.  He will be known as Chief Jay Strongbruce.  If Brantley’s still healthy, Bruce stays in New York, returns to Jersey for shows at the Stone Pony and grimaces at Little Stevie’s dirty-ass bandana.  This reminds me of the move by the Yankees to acquire Todd Frazier.  On paper, it seems decent enough.  In reality, the acquiring team likely got worse.  Edwin, Bruce and Santana is a murderers’ row of rally killing.  This means in New York Grandy’s gonna be the anti-dandy cleanup hitter.

Trevor Bauer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.79.  This game came vs. the Rockies.  It can’t be overstated how pathetic the Rockies are on road.  Like going from chugging Coors Light to Everclear.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-6 and his 27th homer.  Have you heard this weekend MLB is putting nicknames on the back of jerseys?  I’m disappointed to hear Blackmon won’t be having on his back, Chazz Noir.  Here’s another one from the files of what could’ve been:

Joey Gallo – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer, and 500th homer in the last five games.  All Donkey Dong Jr. does is barrel up pitches!

Elvis Andrus – 0-for-6, 1 run, zero walks and two steals.  A) You know a guy is having a great year when he steals two bases without a hit or walk.  B) He’s facing the Mets and Rafael Montero.  C) There’s no C.

Nomar Mazara – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .247.  Slowed down dramatically in the 2nd half, but he’s hitting third.  Dot dot dot.  As I was writing this, I was opening his splits page.  Not to kick a dead cat bounce, but meouch.  His month averages:  .229, .340, .202, .205 and .167.  So, not slow in the 2nd half, as much as every month outside of May.  Call him Mayzara.  Actually, I think that is his name.

Martin Perez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.18.  If you listened to the Stream-o-Nator, you might’ve streamed Martin.  Then you can add an S in front of his name and insert that black guy pointing to his head meme.

Rafael Montero – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 6.06.  Rafael was always my least favorite turtle.  And that includes Jerry Ferrara.

Wilmer Flores – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in the past four games.  As you might say to 1-800-Flores, “I’d like to make this out to ‘Hot Schmotato.'”

Jake Odorizzi – 4 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.38, as he was activated from the DL, but left after being hit by a line drive on the foot.  X-rays were negative.  Oddly enough, the last thing that was caught off a Red Sox bat was by his foot.

Brad Miller – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer.  Batty call!  I grabbed him yesterday because he had four homers (now five) off Porcello in 29 at-bats.  *blows knuckles, wipes knuckles on shirt, realizes knuckles were covered in tomato sauce, mom picks up rolling pin*  “You’re wasting the marinara!”

Adeiny Hechavarria – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer, and 3rd hit this season!  Kidding, but only kinda.

Andrew Benintendi – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 14th steal, and his fifth steal in the last week.  It all started about five days ago, which sounds like voiceover from Stand By Me.  No, five days ago John Farrell said Benintendi would be an elite baserunner, and he’s stolen nearly every game since.

George Springer – 1-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Hold on one second, I’m leaving an outgoing message, ‘Get him your lineup!’  Okay, how can I help you?”

Collin McHugh – 5 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.32.  Making the White Sox new park look like Guaranteed RAKE!  Am I right?  Or am I right-right?!  Right right right!

Derek Fisher – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer.  Fisher’s been miserably bleh, and now he’s hitting ninth.  I hope they teach Fisher to hit, but right now I have to eat and can’t wait around.

Nicky Delmonico – 3-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .400.  Why doesn’t Nicky Delmonico and Trey Mancini have a lounge act?  Too many lounge singers spoil the cool jazz?  Delmonico will play as long as Matt Davidson is on the DL, and could hit for a little power.  More of a schmotato-slash-deep league play.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  You know I’m still a cyclops with a monocle on this guy for next year.

Miguel Gonzalez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.85. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless it’s at a weird time, then who knows if it’s right the 2nd time because you’re sleeping.

Brandon Woodruff – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 1.50 thru two starts.  Endorphin Ralph just gave you his Brandon Woodruff fantasy.  Go there, read that.

Brian Dozier – 3-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (22) and legs (11), and 3rd homer in four games.  Oh boy or five girls, here comes 2nd half Dozier.

Jorge Polanco – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, and his 11th steal, hitting .500 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Trevor Cahill – 2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 1 K, ERA at 8.18 on the Royals.  “I found Cahill, on BBerry Hill…”

Whit Merrifield – 4-for-5, 2 runs and his 19th steal, hitting .300.  Maybe it’s his last name, but I’m happy for Merrifield.  Seems like a guy who’s really had to work for it.  Ugh, I can never sound sincere.

Yadier Molina – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs, and his 14th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Last night, Molina homered right after a cat ran onto the field.  In related news, the Cardinals will be playing future home games in a 46-year-old, single woman’s home.

Jose Martinez – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in four games, and hitting in the two hole, and he better not have somehow supplanted Pham.  Pham’s fam, man!

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 33rd homer.  Cody Launchangler missed a month!  Yes, I’m going to keep saying this.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4 and his 26th homer.  Au Shizz!

Alex Wood – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.37 vs. Zack Greinke – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, ERA at 3.14. This matchup was billed as, “If you own both of these guys, no amount of lousy pitchers could’ve screwed you up.”

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and two homers (25, 26).  He’s a long ball machine, which sounds like something an old man would use to put on his pants.  “Trying to close my zipper.  Martha, get me my long ball machine.”

Kyle Seager – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer.  He’s gotta step it up on power across the final seven weeks if he’s hoping to get to his usual 27 homers.  Otherwise, I might start the narrative that he exceeded in 2016, but his three-year average after 2017 will be exactly at his usual 27-homer, .260 season.  Don’t make me start narratives, this is not VH1 Storytellers!

Matt Joyce – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 15th homer.  Fun fact!  His name anagrams to ‘my taco jet,’ which is a Mexican airlines.

Khris Davis – 1-for-4 and his 31st homer, and third homer in three games.  Bet if his name was Khris Davos, people would love him.  Until then, impossible to change the Stannis quo.

Manuel Margot – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer.  Lots of people asking to drop Margot.  But taking a page from Khris Davos, what if he were MarGOT?  Then you like him?  You’re a bunch of Brans!  Margot’s decent for speed, occasional power and runs.

Wil Myers – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .238.  He now has 16 road HRs.  Or sixteen times he’s said, “Can they build mile-high stilts for Petco?”

Odubel Herrera – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and two triples.  So, he does have speed, clearly.  Can you steal more bases, doode?!

Jerad Eickhoff – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.45 vs. Sean Newcomb – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.45.  This matchup was billed as, “Use the Stream-o-Nator or Jer-khoff with a Newcomb.”

Kevin Gausman – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.21.  Three starts forward, and one start where he can’t get out of the sixth vs. Cesar Puello, Kaleb Cowart, Juan Graterol and Kay Fortywhythreebee.  Three of those are real players and one is my PIN, and you have no idea which is which.

Welington Castillo – 1-for-3 and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in three days, and friendly reminder that Keith Law once said Matt Wieters would be as good as Yogi Berra.

C.J. Cron – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Every time Cron goes up to bat he has a Sophie’s Choice to make.  If he does nothing, he plays.  If he homers, the Sciosciapath benches him in the next game.

Ivan Nova – 6 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 3.87.  And now has only one good start since June 22nd, and I’ve been telling you to drop him for about a month.  We’re now about 18 hours away from the Pirates saying Nova is dealing with a dead arm and/or the Pirates fan who gave Ray Searage a portrait of himself made in black and yellow dyed candy corn asking for said portrait back.

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.97.  His xFIP is still an unsightly 4.72, but huge props to him if he can get his season-long ERA down to respectability after being so bad all year.  Actually, he gets no props.  He’s got Kate Upton.  He gets nothing else.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .250.  Look at Kinsler trying to extend his own personal trading deadline.

Willson Contreras – Limped off the field with a pulled hamstring.  He’ll be out for at least fifteen days is my guess, but you don’t care because you punted catcher.  You didn’t punt catcher?  Oops.

Kyle Hendricks – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.70.  Hey, it’s the King of Under Five Innings.  What’s up, King of Under Five Innings, say hello to your mother for me.

Mark Melancon – Aiming to return this weekend.  Since he’s had elbow issues, I wouldn’t drop Sam Dyson as soon as Melancon returns, but I know Dyson is like a Mission Impossible message and will self-destruct any second now.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.71.  I won’t own Bumgarner next year just because he’ll be drafted too high, but for his sake I’d love to see him shut down early to ready himself for 2018.  Okay, I have two wishes for Bumgarner.  I’d also like to see a Topps card with him getting a piggyback from Scooter Gennett.

Hunter Pence – 2-for-3 and his 10th homer.  Cool that The Gangly Manbird unretired for this game.  *intern whispers in my ear*  I’m told Pence has been playing all year.  Hmm, not sure if we can corroborate that.

Troy Tulowitzki – Officially ruled out for season.  Backdate that to March.

CC Sabathia – His knee MRI came back clean, much to every Yankee fans’ disappointment.  “Hey, CC Bagadonuts, I’ll dirty your knee for you.”  That’s a Yankee fan who works at a pizzeria, construction site or Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding.

Masahiro Tanaka – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.92.  Usually great in night games, but last night’s game was indoors and the Blue Jays drew a smiling sun on the corner of the roof.

Todd Frazier – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Also, in this game, Didi Gregorius (3-for-5, 3 runs) hit his 18th homer and Gary Sanchez (2-for-5) also hit his 18th homer.  They were fortunate enough to face Tepesch, who should be passed over, but the Jays are goyim.

Garrett Cooper – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Hittin’ hard to look like Garrett Cooper.  Super-duper.

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.59.  In March, “This guy in my league drafted Gio as his ace.”  In August, “I have a guy in my league that is a time traveller.”  Speaking of leagues (awkward segue alert!), our fantasy football leagues are signing up.  Go there, and do that.

Adrian Sanchez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, and three hits the day prior.  He’s merely riding in the pack with LLAMAS, trying to get Dusty over the hump to Trea’s return.

Ryan Zimmerman – 4-for-4, 4 runs, 5 RBIs and his 25th and 26th homer, hitting .310.  You know what’s gonna happen, right?  You know, right?  You’re gonna draft him next year and he’s going to hurt his back in March, play hurt for three months, look awful, then get DL’d.  There is no other outcome possible.

Stephen Strasburg – Threw a simulated game yesterday.  He struck out three mimes.

   
  1. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Hey grey lovely post…Is it just me or Ketel marte hit 20 hrs in another life? Would you consider adding him in a mixed league over someone like broxton? ROS

  2. SDB says:
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    Hey Grey

    Rank ROS:

    Cron, Hoskins, Cooper

    Appreciate it!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @SDB: Hoskins, Cron, Cooper

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Excellent write-up, man.

    a. The mission that came yesterday left today, happy satisfied that all is well in Farchana, USA. Happy with that.

    b. Activated Trumbomb from the DL. Dropped Home Difo (moving Pirela to man your favorite – the keystone). Think it’s an okay move?

    c. Ip another league, picked up Starkakis off waivers (because Coors) to burn a hole on my bench. Could drop him to add a hot OF (see list below) to replace Mayzara (bench because Tex is off).

    1. Pirela @CIN facing Castillo (RHP)
    2. Hernan Perez at home facing Enns (LHP).
    (Quick side note, we should call Hernan Perez El Conquistador being that he has the same first name as Hernan Cortez.)

    d. John Rambo Quote of the day for August 10

    [Rambo and Colonel Trautman use stealth (yet again) to kill a group of armed commandos, Colonel Trautman shooting the last one just as he’s about to kill Rambo.]

    Rambo: ‘That’s good timing.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘What are friends for?’

    Rambo: ‘Get back to the hole. I’ll cover you and see if there’s any left.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘John! Across the valley is the border. We did it, John.’

    Rambo: ‘Yeah.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Wait. What the hell is that? The son of a bitch.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘[Loudspeaker] Do not try to retreat. You cannot escape. We won’t attack if you do not run. We don’t want to hurt you.’

    Rambo: ‘I don’t believe him.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘I order you to come forward. You will receive a fair trial. Drop your weapons and remain where you are.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You got any ideas?’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘Drop your weapons.’

    Rambo: ‘Surrounding them is out.’

    Colonel Trautman ‘Hell of a time for humor, John.’

    Colonel Zaysen: ‘Drop the weapons. Now! You have no chance of escape. Come forward. I wish to take you back alive. This is your last warning. The choice is yours.

    Colonel Trautman: ‘What do you say?’

    Rambo: ‘Fuck ’em! If we’re going to go, I wish we’d taken that bastard with us.’

    Colonel Tratuman: ‘What is that?’

    [Colonel Trautman hears the sound of an oncoming army, dur!]

    Rambo: ‘It’s the rebels.Come on!’

    [Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of Rambo III tomorrow! It will blow your mime and a mime is a terrible thing to waste.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Great! B. Yeah, that’s fine C. Pirela D. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Thanks for the advice.

        a. Signed up Perez because he’s facing a lefty and Shaw is DTD so thought maybe he had a better chance of starting and a better chance of success against a lefty! Then I saw your advice, but I was too late. So I’m stuck with Hernan El Conquistador!

        b. Start any of the following tonight?

        1. Darvish @AZ (versus Banda);
        2. Paxton at home vs. LAA (Skaggs);
        3. Davies at home vs. MIN (Enns)

        Much obliged!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Gotcha, hopefully it works out! B. You have to start all 3

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, don’t have to, but you know

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            Thanks, man! Darvish @AZ kind of frightens me. I’d sit him if I was in 1st but I’m so far behind I need to throw caution to the wind and try to get lucky! So will start all 3 – no guts, no glory! Also, I’m below at 59.5% (119) of the 180 GP so there’s that too.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Think you have to roll with him

  4. Swfcdan says:
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    Keeper lg, sick of Dahl getting further injuries. Trade him ($0) and Baretto (prosp) for Hoskins (prospect) ?

    Love DD’s potential but wonder if we even see him starting next year, so he seems like a liability to keep. OBP league so Hoskins could be a beast.

  5. Chris D says:
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    Is Dom Smith or Hoskins the better long term play for a dynasty league?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chris D: Close but Hoskins has shown more power to this point so go with him.

      • Chris D says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Thanks Jef. Both seem real legit with their hit tool. I was leaning towards Smith because his average has been consistent at each level and obviously you hope the power develops, but the more I read about Hoskins the more I feel like he may be the better play just because of his power. Just wish both these guys were attached to better franchises who weren’t so dumb doing everything in their power to find excuses and not promote them. I’m half convinced Tebow will get called up before Smith.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Chris D: Ha…I hope not, as a Jets and Mets fan i cant get away from Tebow.

          • Chris D says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: My sports condolences to you, esp. with the Jets this year. I like Tebow, personally think he should have stuck with his college football TV gig, he was really good at that. But if he truly thinks he can make it in the majors, I can’t fault the guy for trying to chase a dream. If your name affords you that opportunity, might as well take it. It’s the media who does a great job of shoving their nonsense down our throat. We don’t need to know when he goes 1-5 and that hit was single. It just nonsensical.

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @Chris D: Couldn’t agree more

  6. Andy says:
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    Thanks in advance

    Fair trade ? And which side?
    Moncada and Todd Frazier
    Or
    Rich Hill

    Daily league
    Lineup below
    Grandal
    Rizzo
    Odor
    Lamb
    Didi
    Springer
    Blackmon
    Mccutchen
    Upton (until)
    gonzales (util)
    Bench
    Devers
    Broxton
    Pitchers
    Samardzija
    Peacock
    Giles
    Diaz
    Greene
    Rosenthal
    Belise
    Ziegler
    Bench
    Velasquez (streamer)
    DL ray

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Andy: Fair if its a redraft

      • Andy says:
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        Which side?

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Andy: In a keeper I’d want Moncada side…In a redraft if i needed a pitcher I’d take Hill..

  7. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Give a Fisher a schmohawk pitcher and he’ll feast for a day; teach a Fisher to hit Barrels and he will become a Trout.

  8. Tony C says:
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    Grey thanks for your daily updates, they’re a must read for me. In a 12 team H2H, my OF/Util position is Pham, Polanco, Khris D, and Hanley. For ROS Drop any of these for: Gallo, Arcia, Gurriel, Pence, Pirella, J. Martinez, or Wellington Castillo (I have Injured Sal Perez)?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Tony C: Meh, I’d hold

    • Tony C says:
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      Wellington and Gurriel were just picked up this morning. Brad Zimmer was dropped.
      Other available catchers are Joesph, Grandal, Hedges, Russell Martin, Weiters, Vasquez and Flowers.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Tony C: Grandal

      • Tony C says:
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        Thanks Grey and Jef.

  9. Jim says:
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    Plse rank ROS
    Hoskins, Bradley Zimmer & Devers

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jim: Devers…Need to see Hoskins but I’d want him over Zimmer

  10. Jim says:
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    Pitching problems!
    Two different leagues.
    Drop McHugh for Woodruff?
    Drop Gausman for Woodruff?
    Thanks.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jim: I’d Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Meh, guess you can lose Gausman if you like, tomato, tomahto

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Thoughts on Folty or Woodruff ROS?

  11. JB says:
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    Grey – I was offered C. Santana and A. Wood for Abreu and L. Sims – accept or hold? I’m at the top of my league in power categories and OBP counts, so can afford to lose Abreu. Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @JB: I’d hold, with Wood being so injury prone it’s not worth the risk

  12. Andrew Ball says:
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    Hoskins or hanram? Smoak is my starting 1b

    • Andrew Ball says:
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      @Andrew Ball:

      Also, Hoskins makes me think of Hodgkin’s disease on curb

      • knucks says:
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        @Andrew Ball: Hahh yea hopefully we get “the good Hoskin’s” in a few hours. I will say this. I seen him hit a few out this summer for the Pigs and can confirm… he is ready!! Has been for a while obviously.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Andrew Ball: I’d take a shot with Hoskins

    • Andrew Ball says:
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      @Andrew Ball: I’d like to add hoskins or miggy?

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Andrew Ball: Miggy is what he is for this season so I’d still give Hoskins a shot over him as crazy as that sounds

      • Andrew Ball says:
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        @Grey: it is crazy thanks for the laughs and advice gentlemen

        We need someone that rhymes with oats to come up so we can talk about groats

  13. The Harrow says:
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    got hoskins stashed in some yahoo NA spots. all OBP over AVG, total bases added.
    1. 14 teamer
    C hedges
    1B myers (OF)
    2B beckham (1B/SS)
    SS semien
    3B longo
    OF (3) trout/stanton/souza
    util (2) margot/avisail
    BN maybin/cowart (backup to 2B/3B)
    DL trumbo (just stashed a day ago)
    NA hoskins
    DL desmond/travis (also stashed a day ago)
    2. is trumbo a drop himself here or somebody else for him?
    3. dom smith just got dropped for toddfather (himself dropped). drop anybody for him here?
    3. NL only 10 teamer
    C lucroy
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B dejong (3B/SS)
    SS albies
    3B j.turner
    MI c.hernandez
    CI thames (1B/OF)
    OF (4) harper/inciarte/puig/braun
    util (1) winker
    BN peraza (2B/SS/OF)
    DL schebler
    NA hoskins
    also have these, in theory could go with 2 BN bats, 7 SP, but optimally the 1 BN bat tends to work
    SP: sims/lynn/lamet/kuhl/godley/chacin/woodruff/gio g
    DL stressbird/ray
    2 out of the sims/kuhl/chacin/woodruff group are the drops for stressbird/ray when they are back.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @The Harrow: 1. I’d lose Cowart and Maybin with Trumbo being the next to go. Line up looks like it could use some power. 2. Unless it’s a keeper I don’t see you needing Dom Smith. 3. Can lose any of them in a 10 teamer…all streamers

      • The Harrow says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: good eye on the 10 teamer part, but there was that other “NL only 10 teamer” part.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @The Harrow: Yeah you’re right i missed the NL only part….Still can lose any of them though, just go with whoever has the better upcoming match ups with those guys.

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @The Harrow: the NL only would be #4, mix up on that.

  14. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Hard to defend a 7 run line, but McHugh didn’t pitch awful. Slider was being hung, but a shift-beating grounder and the one pitch to Anderson were his undoing. Is he a hold in an 11 and/or 12 tm? Folty over him?

    Thanks, El Jefe and company.

  15. Dave says:
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    I have been unable to trade Alonso for anything and was thinking of trading him. I only have him and Hoskins with 1b eligibility on my team. If I drop Alonso, these are the best available 1b….please tell me which you would add (points league).

    Hanley, Cron, J. Martinez, Dietrich, Pearce, Cooper, V. Mary, Mauer, Bird, Flores.

    Slim pickings for sure. I could just keep Alonso?

  16. Rot10 says:
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    6×6 head to head 12 team

    Segura plays SS/2nd. I lost correa. Someone dropped Hicks who is coming off DL tomorrow. I have Tim Beckham, Albies, Rosario, and Caesar Hernandez. Which do I drop to pick up Hicks? Or hold

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Rot10: If not a keeper league you can lose Rosario or Albies

  17. Rot10 says:
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    6×6 head to head 12 team

    Segura plays SS/2nd. I lost correa. Someone dropped Hicks who is coming off DL tomorrow. I have Tim Beckham, Albies, Rosario, and Caesar Hernandez. Which do I drop to pick up Hicks? Or hold

    Thanks!!

  18. bigbear says:
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    Is broadcasting that I’m streaming Ubaldo @ Oakland crazy like a fox? Or just crazy?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @bigbear: Most likely Crazy

    • Zubaz says:
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      @bigbear:

      I feel like whenever I stream vs. Oakland this year, it looks good on paper, but always blows up in my face.

      • knucks says:
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        @Zubaz: Agreed. Miranda on Monday.

      • knucks says:
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        @Zubaz: Or Tuesday? I tried to purge that one from the memory bank.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Maybe better than keeping it silent and deadly?

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: Either way it has the chance to leave a mark.

  19. Steve says:
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    Got offered Dozier for my Devers.

    Need a reliable 2B and only have Beckham & Kinsler (Beckham’s playing on another level). Devers is currently a bench bat.

    14 team keeper. Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Steve: Hold…The way Beckham has been playing Dozier wont change things much for you, and I’d want to hang on to Devers in a keeper.

  20. Zubaz says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 team h2h points league.

    Alex Avila worth a grab with Contreras going on DL? I already have Realmuto, but I could block my leaguemates from getting Avila. I’d probably drop either Mazara or Yonder Alonso.

    Much love,

    Zubaz

    • Cram It says:
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      @Zubaz: Not a great strategy.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Zubaz: If you need to block league mates from Avila, you’re in trouble.

    • bigbear says:
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      @Zubaz: Agree with the others. But Mazara and Alonso don’t really move the needle either.

  21. Grey Worm!! Good morning. Got offered his Kluber for my Stanton. My lineup looks like..

    C-Vazquez, (waiting for Perez to come off DL, hes been a vital part of my team and I cant bring myself to part ways with him).
    1B- HR to the izzo
    2B- Altuve
    3B- Turner
    SS- Beckham
    OF- Stanton
    OF- Parra
    OF- Souza Jr
    Util- Gallo
    B- Perez
    DL-Trea

    My pitch- Verlander, Peacock, Holland, Hand, Nova, Cole, Faria, Melancon, Gausman, Severino, Gray, Folty, DL-McCullers.

    This is just a regular league, no redraft and its roto. I am in first place by 2.5pts. Points wise I have R(8), HR(10), RBI(9), AVG(7), OBP(7), W(8), SV(6), K(7), ERA(7), WHIP(7), QS(9.5). Thoughts on the trade or hold?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Synyster: You could use the pitcher but I wouldn’t move Stanton for Kluber straight up

      • @JeF WiTh 1 F:

        Not sure what else he could give me. Would you try to also package up one of the following?

        His bats: Sanchez, Gurriel, Gordon, Bryant, Seager, Dickerson, Cain, Pollock, Domingo, Joey Bats.
        His pitching: deGrom, Hammel, Wade, Iglesias, Ramos, Walker, Archer, Kluber, Ervin, Arrieta, Corbin, Sims.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Synyster: I could see taking Domingo and Kluber ..you need an OF back in the deal

      • @Grey:

        I need to drop someone. OK to drop Nova during this trade? I’m holding onto Vazquez til Perez is back hes on my bench.

  22. MeatBall says:
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    Rank ROS? HanRam, Trumbo, Domingo Santana, Hoskins, Duda.

  23. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    5×5 roto. 10team. Who you like rest of season better out of Wacha or quintana?

  24. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    I have Hoskins stashed on my dynasty team’s minor league roster …

    I’m currently in 3rd place, 16 team h2h league.

    ROS Hoskins or Pujols?

    I’d hate to give away Albert’s at-bats if Hoskins lays a turd (perish the thought !!!) and loses PT when Altherr comes back from the DL.

    Thanks for the feedback!

      • Racehorse says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: this move will be a real ‘changing-of-the-guard’ for my dynasty team, which has been around since 2007 (the league’s inaugural season) … I had the 1st pick in the 1st draft, and I went with Phat Albert.

        The seasons 2007 thru 2016 The Machine produced 341 HR, 71 SB, 1059 ribbies, .294 AVG, .911 OPS … thanks for everything, El Hombre, but all good things come to and end.

        Thanks for the feedhack, JeF!

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Racehorse: Yeah I’m honestly surprised you can still get Hoskins in a dynasty

          • Racehorse says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: I picked him up at the start of the season, then stashed him on my minor league roster.

            We have 13 player minor league rosters, and our league rules stipulate that if a player is in the yahoo data base, you can get them with your mlb roster, then send them down while bringing up a lesser prospect providing that the lesser prospect is also in the yahoo data base – if they’re not, you’re stuck with them until the following February. I then drop the schlub from my mlb roster and go from there … that’s how I made room for Hoskins.

            I was aware of Hoskins last off season, but he came to the forefront right after the start of the season where I then grabbed Hoskins and then made room for him by bringing up the then banged up Brock Stewart, who I immediately dropped from my mlb roster.

            Also, it helps BIG TIME that Ralph and Halp are AWESOME in laying all this prospect stuff out … (again, big ups to them, thanks fellas!) …

            Anyway, sorry for the ramble … thanks again !

        • Racehorse says:
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          @Racehorse: feedback, not feedhack … not calling you a hack ~

  25. Robert says:
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    ROS h2h redraft league: Hoskins or Domingo Santana?

  26. Fabsy says:
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    L. Castillo vs SD
    V. Velasquez vs NYM
    Skaggs vs Seattle

    Any of these worth streaming?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Fabsy: I’d def do the first 2 and Skaggs would depend if i really needed to.

  27. No Pun Zone says:
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    I have Rizzo, Lamb, Freeman and LoMo at CI and utility spots so no room for Hoskins. But it makes me think back to something Don Mattingly said that actually (and surprisingly) made sense:
    “You know, there is a reason these late season call ups are in the minor leagues.”
    June call ups like Bryant, Trea, Seager due to financial/contract reasons are different. This year who has made an impact? Devers is a yes. Williams is so-so. But after that? Ahmed, Brinson, Fisher, Ozzie, Reed, Moncada?

    I don’t know, give me Melky, Souza, Peralta types who consistently give you what they are advertised as.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @No Pun Zone: If Hoskins is available I’d grab him, he’s one of the safer call ups since he doesn’t K very often and is an OBP machine with power.

      • Questions I Know The Answers To But Have Issues says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F:

        Thanks. I did and dropped Harrison. No where to play him until he gets OF eligibility or if LoMo swoon continues. Better upside than Harrison I figure. I enjoy your commentary as well even if you are missing a F

    • Fungazi says:
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      @No Pun Zone: How has Devers had an impact? From a handful of good games? He’s already getting benched.

  28. fudgemybudge says:
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    h2h pts util spot
    drop trumbo for any of these:
    hanram, odubel, melky, benint

  29. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Trade offer was just made to me: his Yu Darvish and Jose Ramirez for my Judge. This is an 11 tm keeper (keep 4 guys) My lineup is –

    C: Martin
    1B: Bellinger
    2B: Hernandez
    3B: Taylor
    SS: Segura
    OF: Judge
    OF: Souza Jr.
    OF: Pham
    UTL: Gardner
    Bench: Duvall
    Bench: Rhys Hoskins
    DL: Correa
    SP: Paxton, Severino, Nola, Wood, Carrasco, Gausman, Marquez, McHugh/Folty
    RP: Jansen
    RP: Rivero
    DL: Strasburg

    I’m in 1st place, but by only 2 points. Obviously, the trade would help my pitching staff and Ramirez is a weapon…but is it enough value for a guy like Judge in a keeper league. Thanks for your input!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: I’d take it…You have Duvall on your bench as well as Hoskins coming so you essentially would be adding Hoskins, Ramirez and Darvish while losing Judge and that allows you to float Taylor around to different positions when needed….I like it.

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Thank you both. I’ll meditate on it.

  30. HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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    I need to drop one closer to make room for a streamer spot.

    Who should I drop out of Claudio and Treinen?

    Also. Where do you think Smoak / Merrifield will rank for next season? I need to keep one of them and need to choose this season

  31. Wilson says:
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    Do you think Zimmerman will keep hot until the end of season?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Wilson: Hes only hit .235 over the past month so I think the question has been answered already.

  32. Jim says:
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    Thanks for the write up!
    Drop Odubel, Puig or Beckham for Hoskins!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jim: Either ODB or Beckham depending on needs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Thanks! Agree with F, more likely Beckham if all UTIL

  33. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    After that opening, and your usage of kid, you’re going to have to start wearing a fedora, smoking an unlit cigar, and only staying at two star Best Western’s.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: A cold that is actually cancer, of course

    • Racehorse says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Sheldon Neuse is mashing in Stockton since being traded, and Luiz Gohara is taking a few lumps since being promoted to Gwinnette … if you had your druthers, Neuse or Gohara ?

      Thanks, Ralph!

  34. psychboy says:
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    Heading to the final month, in third of 8 in ROT AL only….offense clicking well. Need pitching, especially K and WHIP. JBJ for Sonny G?

  35. Don Majikowski says:
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    Zimmer or Hanley ROS?

  36. Nick says:
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    How do you feel about adding and starting reynaldo Lopez in kc? Thanks!

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Nick: not worth the risk

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Nick: Depends on your league type, size etc…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Agree with F, but I am not in 15 team mixed and shallower

  37. Good Wood says:
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    Is it time to dump Trevor Story and go after someone like Tim Beckham or am I taking crazy pills?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Good Wood: In a redraft if you have a shot to win sure

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Good Wood: I know it doesn’t feel like it, but Story actually has better counting-stats over the past month than Beckham (though lower AVG). I understand the frustration, but I’m holding…

    • Righty says:
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      @Good Wood: At this point shouldn’t you go with whoever helps you win? Story isn’t helping anyone do that, he’s batting 8th and there’s talk Valaika might start spelling him. I’m in an OBP and his OBP is about to head south of .700, I’m cutting bait for a stream spot.

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        I dumped Story
        weeks ago and just dropped Myers

        I have an uncanny ability of
        Dropping players then they play much better!!

  38. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Garrett Cooper has me intrigued…has always hit for Avg., low K rate in the minors just didn’t hit for any power…If he found his power stroke he could be sneaky good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: Yeah, looked at him yesterday, problem with his type, anyone that is hot hits for average, and he doesn’t add much else

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Agreed but the 17 HRs in 320 ABs with the Brewers (AAA)…plus 5 HRs in 139 ABs after being promoted to AAA at the end of last season has me keeping an eye on him…just one eye though not both yet

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I hear ya… Def worth it

  39. Duke says:
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    Grey,

    Our playoffs are starting on Monday, would you rather have Carlos Gomez ( home all week ) or Will Myers ( all week in PetCo ) as your Utility slot? Thanks G!

  40. Chad Donaldson says:
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    I have been offered Castellanos fr J Upton. I’m fine at OF as I have Hoskins waiting in the wing. No brainer right? Keeper league

  41. PHIL says:
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    Need to drop one….McHugh or Woodruff ?

  42. lwomack58 says:
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    Trade offer-
    Judge and Moose for Lindor and R. Ray?
    Which side do you like?
    Thank you

  43. Jeff says:
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    Hey Grey –

    Looking to upgrade my bench and utility options. Currently have B Zimmer and M Adams as potential drops. Worth dropping either / both to ride any of these hot hands: J Pirela, J Martinez, M Chapman, S Pearce? Adams plays in Colorado next week.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmer for Pirela

  44. GregJeffries says:
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    Yo Grey! Which side for a 5×5, keep 5 forever:
    Harper, C.Davis, Norris, and Hamels
    For
    Altuve, Darvish, Severino, Hosmer
    Thanks!

  45. prog nation says:
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    Grey,
    Agree with Story from your earlier comment. Planning on dropping him Question, I have Semian at SS.

    These SS’s are available. Which would you pick up or would you hold Semian? for AVG and OBP.

    Tony Orlando Arcia
    Timmy Anderson
    B Miller Lite
    Azz drúbal Cabrera

    Thanks.

  46. tank1 says:
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    Have too many closers and need to drop one or two of the following to clear up space for streamers/prospects, etc. – Holland, Rodney, Dyson, Melancon, Norris, Belisle and Neris. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Norris, Neris

  47. Sean says:
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    Potentially thinking of trading away my Trea Turner. I have an offer on the table for CMart and Godley. My only concern is I can keep Turner next year in the 20th round. That’s tough to give up. I do have Bregman holding down his SS spot and he could kept as a 12th rounder next year. Currently in 1st in my 12 team H2H. My staff is Darvish, J. Gray, JA Happ, Walker, Rodon, Chacin, Woodruff, Odorizzi, and Lamet. Would you make this deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Terrible trade

      • Sean says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the response. would that be due to keeper value next year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not close, Sean

          • Sean says:
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            @Grey:Grey, I appreciate all the input and advice. It was an offer I was honestly considering, but struggled with due to his keeper value.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Trea’s a top 12 player, no SP is going to get him

  48. Wilson says:
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    I have three starters on hand
    C. Martinez
    C. Carrasco
    L. Severino
    pls rank for ROS. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C-Mart, Severino

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        I’m thinking to keep Severino due to younger, more K, and lower ratios.
        Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine to me, they’re close

  49. LeggoPens says:
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    How do you see Castillo vs. Lucroy ROS? Lucroy being in a strong lineup and playing at Coors is obviously great, but he hasn’t been producing very much pretty much all year and hasn’t shown signs of any big change since his move.

    Castillo, on the other hand, has been absolutely mashing, but almost definitively only plays every other day. Dont want to miss the boat on Lucroy getting hot but it’s hard to justify dropping castillo for that sort of “what if”

    Also, for funsies, Avila? Been crushing it this year but the contreras sitch makes things complicated and he hasnt shown much since being shipped to Chi city

    I know its a bleh discussion in the first place since theyre all catchers but still interesting to think about

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re catchers, go with one that’s hot, Castillo

  50. BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover says:
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    Hoskins is going to rake. Love the call-up especially because I grabbed him.

    In an OPS dynasty league I have Mazara now as a keeper. Of these three who would you rather keep:

    Mazara
    Gallo
    James Paxton

  51. Benintendo64 says:
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    Great write-up today!

    14 Teams 5×5 with OPS and QS and K/9

    C-Lucroy
    1B- Votto
    2B-Lemahieu
    3B-Arenado
    SS-Baez
    OF- Trout
    OF- Betts
    OF- B Hamilton
    UT-Gallo
    UT- Carlos Santana
    Bench: Schwarber, Odor, JBJ, Desmond, Story, Rosario
    SP: Degrom, Lester, Nelson, McCullers, Syndergaard, Maeda, Ryu, Taillon, Peacock
    RP: Giles, Rosenthal

    A) Tomorrow is the trade deadline, any suggestions for a last minute improvement?
    B) offer: Trade away Gallo and Lemahieu to get Merrifield and Rivero?
    C) who should I drop to pick up Hoskins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Trade your entire bench to upgrade? B) Sure C) Your entire bench? Amed

      • Benintendo64 says:
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        @Grey: thanks! are you usually more aggressive with adds and drops after the trade deadline?

  52. Straily says:
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    Risking Straily at Washington?

  53. GregJeffries says:
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    Yo Grey! (Sorry for the double post, think you may have missed the earlier one) Which side for a 5×5, keep 5 forever:
    Harper, C.Davis, Norris, and Hamels
    For
    Altuve, Darvish, Severino, Hosmer
    Thanks!

  54. Ray says:
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    Sonny Gray and Dozier for Ozuna and Cesar Hernandez? 12 team H2H OPS/QS

  55. Jr says:
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    Need to lose one between Brantley, Bird and C. Frazier in a H2H category keeper league that counts obp, bb and slg. Who would you cut? It’s a 3of league so it’s somewhat shallow

    Thanks!

  56. Not your average Joe says:
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    Would you trade Pham + Holland for C-Mart? Lynn? What about Holland for Keuchel?

    12-team, h2h, 5×5, redraft.
    C – Realmuto; 1B – Freeman; 2B – Dozier; 3B – K.Seager; SS – Machado; OF – Merrifield, Duvall, Pham ; Util – Smoak; Bench – Souza, Santana; DL – Hicks, Correa
    SP – Severino, Wood, Taillon, Salazar, Kennedy, Walker
    RP – Holland, Greene, Doolittle, Rosenthal, Vizcaino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take C-Mart there

  57. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Hoskins or broxton

  58. Son of Joe says:
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    What is Wood worth given his 2nd half decline? If you were targeting an OF or other SP who would you target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can’t target an SP with an SP… Maybe Cruz? Prolly closer to Ozuna

  59. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Deep roto – looking to move Melancon upon his return for some OF help – Cain or Benintendi ROS?

    Or better to try to stick it out with Thames (who stinks)?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Benintendi

      • Jimmy Jack James says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – the OF MJ dance gives him the edge in my opinion

        HEE HEE

  60. Savoy Special says:
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    Arcia or Semien ROS? Thanks!

      • Sunkton says:
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        @Grey:

        Arcia or Galvis OBP lg?

  61. PB&J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in the middle of my H2H playoffs and I’m desperate for QS, W, and K. I have to stream 2 of these bad match ups. Which 2 would you suggest:

    Graveman BAL $-2.7
    E. Jackson SF $-13.7
    Pruitt CLE $-4.4
    Lugo @PHI $-10.1 (negative w/ him is that I have Pivetta on my team and they are facing each other)
    Garza CIN $-12
    L. Sims @STL $-7.8
    U. Jimenez @OAK $-5.5
    Feldman @MIL $-10.4
    Romano @MIL $9.3
    A. Sanchez MIN $-1.2
    Zimmermann MIN $-7
    Boyd MIN $0.1

    Thanks for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are awful… Anibal, Boyd

  62. sh says:
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    Grey

    Love your articles as always. I am in a 14 team 10player keeper league, can only keep 4 pitchers, head to head, scoring favours SP and Elite closers.

    My keepers for SP Bumgarner, Carrasco, Berrios and perhaps T.Walker.(also have Verlander,Mchugh,Davies Pomeranz and Kintzler Bedroaian Hand, and Knebel.

    My other 6 keepers would be Blackmon(who I drafted in the 3rd round),Arenado,Sano,J.Abreu,C.Santana and perhaps Pedroia.
    Would you be against stashing Acuna, RObles or Rodgers as the 10th keeper for next year in place of Walker or Pedroia.

    THanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, Acuna, Rodgers over both

  63. Chris R says:
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    Currently got Segura and Cozart manning MI while Trea Turner sit son DL

    I have Devers, Fisher, Rosario, Albies and now Hoskins as I search for two guys who will be keepable for me next year. Cesar Hernandez as an actual bench bat

    Ian Kinsler is sitting on Waivers unclaimed for two weeks. I know Albies is the easiest drop, but I want to see what he does in coors next week.

    Would you make a move to grab Kinsler or hold?

  64. Luke says:
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    Do we expect Honeywell up any time soon or am I wasting a roster spot? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wasting roster spot

  65. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Well of course I did not pay attention to you folks concerning Nova until it was too late, and man he blew. I assume he is good to drop in a 10 Team H2H Points League? I was thinking of adding VV for his 2 starts next week. I already added Jeickoff.

    I’m starting to realize why I have lost 3 weeks in a row and going for the Golden Sombrero this week. Starting Nova, Miggy, Tanaka and I benched Wood because I was concerned about his velocity and Ryu even though I added him to start this week against SD.

    What’s that Tommy Boy line about driving my car into a bridge abutment? Or the line “Let me tell you why I suck.” Something like that.

    Thanks much Grey. You are probably the only reason I am not winless!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped Nova in a deeper league a month ago….

      • Yankee My Wanky! says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, figured as much. I just dropped him for VV. Oh yeah, I also have f’n Polanco. What a terrible season this has been!

        Thanks Grey.

  66. jedlatham says:
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    Grey,

    Avila or R Martin while Contreras is out?

    Thanks!

      • jedlatham says:
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        @Grey:
        Grey,

        In another league, Avila or Zunino?

        Thanks again!

        • jedlatham says:
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          @jedlatham:
          NM, Avila’s taken in that league, my bad.
          Zunino, Vazquez, R Martin, or Hedges?

          Thanks again, again.

  67. Wywyz says:
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    Should I pick up Rhy Hoskins and if so who to drop Story, Ables or Rosario?

  68. Wywyz says:
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    Standard redraft league btw

  69. cubjet says:
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    Gregory Polanco or Odubel Herrera ROS?

  70. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I need your help. I am looking for 2018 already. From my major league roster i can only protect 25 of them. Which 25 should I protect

    C- Posey (also 1B), Sanchez, Molina
    1B – Votto, Pujols, Jose Martinez (also OF), Bellinger (also OF), Matt Adams (Also OF),
    2B – Altuve, Jose Ramirez (also 3B,SS,OF), Nunez (also 3B,SS,OF), LeMatheiu, Happ (also OF), Trey Turner (also SS,OF)
    3B – Arenado, Machado
    SS- Correa
    OF – Adam Jones, McCutchen, Trout, Domingo Santana, Bautista
    SP – Bumgarner, Kershaw, Faria, Hendricks, Lynn, Scherzer, Severino, Verlander, Maeda, Bridwell, Carrasco, Newcomb, Hill, Syndergaard, Andriese
    RP – Allen, Britton, Chapman, Familia, Devenski, Bradley, Neshek, Vizcaino, Warren

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get it down to 23 and I’ll figure out your last few

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        23? I need to get down to 25 from 46. I basically have to cut the team in half.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: Like, do some work yourself and pick 23, then ask for the last few.

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          ok i have 16. I need 5 more. Here is who i am cutting so far:

          1) Yadier Molina
          2) Matt Adams
          3) Jose Bautista
          4) Albert Pujols
          5) Domingo Santana
          6) Eduardo Nunez
          7) Kyle Hendricks
          8) Lance Lynn
          9) Justin Verlander
          10) Pat Neshek
          11) Adam Warren
          12) Kenta Maeda
          13) Carlos Carrasco
          14) Parker Bridwell
          15) Matt Andriese

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks! Domingo, Carrasco, Nunez, Verlander… Then a toss up, between Lynn and Hendricks

            • Scott Kimmel says:
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              thats only 15 i cut. I need 6 more from the original roster list i gave you

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Remove 23 names and give me the last 5 you’re considering and I will choose 2

                • Scott Kimmel says:
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                  i think you are confused. I have 46 on the roster, I need to get down to 25. I have 16 on the list currently I am not bringing back. i need 5 more from the original roster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Okay, how about these 5: Kershaw, Votto, Altuve, Arenado, Correa

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        not cutting those guys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        these are the 16 i am not bringing back:

        1) Yadier Molina
        2) Matt Adams
        3) Jose Bautista
        4) Albert Pujols
        5) Domingo Santana
        6) Eduardo Nunez
        7) Kyle Hendricks
        8) Lance Lynn
        9) Justin Verlander
        10) Pat Neshek
        11) Adam Warren
        12) Kenta Maeda
        13) Carlos Carrasco
        14) Parker Bridwell
        15) Matt Andriese
        16) Rich Hill

        I need five more to drop from the original roster i sent you to get me to 25.

        • knucks says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: I ask every year, but is this for $$? And if the answer is yes, is there room for me?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            not for money

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          ok gray i got to 19 i need two more these are my choices:

          Sean Newcomb
          Adam Jones
          Jake Faria

          which two shoud I leave unprotected?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Newcomb, Jones

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Give the names to choose five from

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            ok this is the list of the players I am leaving unprotected.

            1) Yadier Molina
            2) Matt Adams
            3) Jose Bautista
            4) Albert Pujols
            5) Domingo Santana
            6) Eduardo Nunez
            7) Kyle Hendricks
            8) Lance Lynn
            9) Justin Verlander
            10) Pat Neshek
            11) Adam Warren
            12) Kenta Maeda
            13) Carlos Carrasco
            14) Parker Bridwell
            15) Matt Andriese
            16) Rich Hill
            17) Jose Martinez
            18) Ian Happ
            19) Jenry Familia
            20) Sean Newcomb
            21) Adam Jones

            What do you think of the list? Is there anyone I should take off the list.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Carrasco

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                really he hasnt looked good. but the rest of the list is ok?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah looks solid

  71. fudgemybudge says:
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    SON no likey but we should be streaming Urena at home vs COL yes?

  72. Savoy Special says:
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    Choose 2 of the following for ROS:

    Todd Frazier
    Alex Bregman
    Orlando Arcia
    Marcus Semien
    Castellanos
    Healy
    Franco

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman, Smeien

  73. Filkarri says:
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    Lose Mazara or Fisher to activate Springer?

  74. jon says:
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    I hate Gerrit Cole- why do I draft him every year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya

  75. Steve says:
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    Punt Catcher and stash McMahon?

  76. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Grey,
    H2H 10-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS) – 35 moves max a year (no streaming), but we have very deep teams, with 6 bench spots.

    Looking to strengthen my RF spot and add someoen to my catcher spot, what do you think of this trade:
    My Verlander, Xander, Manaea and trumbo
    For his: Springer, Molina, Sonny Gray

    Waiver:
    Hit – T. Beckham (1B,2B,SS), J. Harrison (2B,3B,LF), C. Hernandez (2B), D. Pedroia (2B), Y. Alonso (1B), M. Semien (SS), J. Kipnis (2B), HanRam (1B), J. Reyes (3B,SS), C. Santana (1B, RF), E. Gattis (C), B. McCann (c), M Reynolds (1B), N. Castellanos, T. Mancini, M. Franco, R. Martin(c), C. Vazquez (c), M. Weiters (C)
    PIT – M Foltynewicz, C. McHugh, R.A Dickey, T. Bauer, J. Urena, J Zimmerman, A. Cashner

    My Team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Brian Dozier
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Xander Bogearts
    Mi- Ian Kinsler
    CI – Justin Turner
    LF – Christian Yelich
    CF – Charlie Blackmon
    RF – Lorenzo Cain
    Util- Justin Smoak
    BN – Trumbo
    BN –Ryan Braun
    DL – Trea Turner
    Sp – Alex Wood
    SP – Sean Maneae
    SP – Carlos Carrasco
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    Rp – Greg Holland
    P- Edwin Diaz
    P – Wade Davis
    BN- James Paxton
    BN- Quintana
    BN – Gerrit Cole
    BN- Masahiro Tanaka
    BN – Justin Verlander
    BN – Jimmy Nelson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade works for me… Beckham, Folty to replace Trumbo and Tanaka

      • MarvPesos

        Marv says:
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        @Grey: Grey, alright, I also have this one as a possibility:
        My Xander, Smoak, Trumbo, Manaea
        His: Greinke, Salazar, Elvis Andrus

        thoughts?

  77. tony says:
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    Donyou think that puig is finally getting it?

    I mean he’s been good sonfar with power and speed and he has a high ceiling i think.

    Is he right now a top 50 hitter, or even better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looks solid this year, but not exactly next level All-Star. More like what you expected from Piscotty

  78. Hand says:
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    Hand brought in to face a batter the 7th (in the middle of the at bat!), promptly gives up 5 runs (3 of them his). I ask you Grey, why?

  79. Hand says:
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    Hand brought in to face a batter in the 7th (in the middle of the at bat!). Promptly gives up 5 runs, 3 of them on him. I ask you Grey, why?

  80. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    How would you rank the following ROS:

    1. SP: Quintana, Gausman, Duffy
    2. Bench OF: Peralta or Maybin

  81. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (1) C: Lucroy
    (1) 1B: Rizzo
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Lindor
    (1) 3B: Rendon
    (3) OF: Harper, Springer, Myers
    (2) UT: Souza, Abreu
    (6) Bench: H. Ramirez

    (3) SP: deGrom, Severino, Lynn
    (2) RP: Knebel, Ramos
    (4) P: Hand, Betances, Ryu, McHugh
    (6) Bench: J. Gray, Morton, Gausman, R. Lopez, Bauer

    (2) DL: McCullers, Familia

    Welp the dumbest move ever made was made by me last night… Ughhhh don’t wanna talk about it but managed to accidentally drop Edwin flat out last night instead of Hanley … Of coourse my commish is in Israel and hasn’t gotten back to me and I don’t blame him but most likely I won’t get him back even with my number 1 waiver priority because Yahoo is stupid… but anyway I think you answered a similar question above but now should I drop Hanley for Hoskins? He’d be a bench bat since I doubt i’ll be able to consolidate a 2 for 1 trade without Edwin now… If yes to dropping Hanley for Hoskins, then is Hoskins compared Edwin a big gap ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah Hanley for Hoskins… but why not just drop Hanley for Edwin? Edwin’s better than Hoskins

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Ha the hope is to get Edwin back by some miracle but Yahoo doesn’t let me use a waiver claim on someone I dropped… So i have to hope he clears waivers which I doubt will happen! So I was hoping Hoskins might not be that far off from Edwin so I don’t feel as bad for making that stupid mistake!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, have your commissioner put him back on your team then

  82. Janks says:
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    Grey
    Would you take a shot at
    Kuhl or Trevor Williams
    12 team
    both in line to pitch in Toronto

  83. Crime dog says:
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    Who is set to come back sooner trea day Turner or Carlos Correa, anyone know?

    • Crime dog says:
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      @Crime dog: let me actually expand on this and seek your wise counsel. I’m currently holding Correa and McCullers. My SS’s are albies and Trevor story. Orlando arcia looks like he’s moved to 2 hole. Trade dealine is tomorrow. Playoffs start next week. Redraft h2h league. I’m mulling over some options please advise on the following. 1) try to trade Correa and maybe wil myers (I have bellinger and Santana at first) for trea Turner if he’s gonna be back soon or 2) pick up arcia, if I pick up arcia do I drop Correa mccullers Carlos Santana or Ozzie albies

      • Crime dog says:
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        @Crime dog: I’m somewhat light on steals

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Redraft? I’d take Trea — if you can’t make that work, hold for now

        • Crime dog says:
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          @Grey: thanks dude

  84. What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas says:
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    Could you please rank Hoskyns, Hanley, Devers and Broxton ROS, redraft league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers, Hoskins

  85. jedlatham says:
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    Grey,

    Someone’s offering me Verlander for E Santana and a closer. Player rater has Verlander ranked at #15 for pitchers for the ROS.
    Should I offer Santana and Treinen first or Santana and Ramos (not sure if/when Familia is coming back)?

    Thanks,

    Jed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure try Treinen then Ramos with Ervin

  86. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    How would you rank Quintana, Gausman, Duffy for ROS? Would you agree with the ROS pitcher rater that Quintana is close to top-5?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana, Duffy, no I wouldn’t agree with that

      • Hanklongball says:
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        @Grey: thank you sir! I’ll make a small waiver bid, but I won’t break the bank…

  87. Pazz says:
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    is johnny cueto a stash or trash

  88. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    H2H OBP league

    These are kind of ROS moves. We have a budget ($100) for moves and after this Monday, prices will rise from $1 to $3 and then $5 in playoffs.

    1) Hold Morrison (.358 OBP/28HR/1SB) or drop for Gallo (.325 OBP/32HR/6SB) or Moustakas (309 OBP/32HR/0SB)

    2) Hold Velasquez (left today’s game with middle finger numbness) @SD, @SF, CHC, @MIA or drop for Bundy @OAK, LAA, OAK, SEA or Rodon (5IP 1 ER 2K 0BB versus HOU so far tonight) @LAD, MIN, @DET, TB

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Moose 2. Bundy

  89. The Harrow says:
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    so here cowart was the drop for hoskins, but was trumbo himself a drop or somebody else for him?
    1. 14 teamer
    C hedges
    1B myers (OF)
    2B beckham (1B/SS)
    SS semien
    3B longo
    OF (3) trout/stanton/souza
    util (2) margot/avisail
    BN maybin/cowart (backup to 2B/3B)
    DL trumbo (just stashed a day ago)
    NA hoskins
    DL desmond/travis (also stashed a day ago)

    2. and here who’s the drop for hoskins:
    NL only 10 teamer
    C lucroy
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B dejong (3B/SS)
    SS albies
    3B j.turner
    MI c.hernandez
    CI thames (1B/OF)
    OF (4) harper/inciarte/puig/braun
    util (1) winker
    BN peraza (2B/SS/OF)
    DL schebler
    NA hoskins
    also have these, in theory could go with 2 BN bats, 7 SP, but optimally the 1 BN bat tends to work
    SP: sims/lynn/lamet/kuhl/godley/chacin/woodruff/gio g
    DL stressbird/ray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Drop Trumbo 2. Winker’s been super boring

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: winker was always assumed to be super boring, except for those 2 HR in 2 games a bit back. better in OBP like here, but super boring.

  90. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Do you like Eduardo Nunez over Tommy Pham ? I really could use the 3B/SS and was offered Nunez.

    Also Hoskins or puig? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Nunez… Hoskins

  91. The Harrow says:
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    AL only, same specs as NL only above.
    C chirinos
    1B miggy
    2B segura (SS)
    SS e.escobar (benched 3 days in a row)
    3B mostsuckass
    CI chapman
    MI about to be goins/romine over escobar/hanson (played 4 days in a row) as hanson banished to bench too (really F’d myself not grabbing cowart as soon as he was back, or somehow guessing that pinder would be moved to starting nearly every day when depthcharts had him lefty side only platooner when he got back)
    OF (4) k.davis/zimmer/l.martin/mancini (1B)
    util devers
    BN cargo 2
    DL chisenhall/correa
    nobody is trading me a MI unless i give them devers, which i’m not doing. can’t do a chapman for even a crappy MI thus far. b.miller might drop coming up here though a guy has 4 BN bats (way too few SP) he’s on bench every day on that roster.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: question was i guess drop leonys for trumbo (also in DL)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, for Trumbo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eek, that MI is scary

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: yeah not grabbing cowart in his first 2 days up and not being able to DL hold miller forever (had to drop a while back) and not reacquiring pinder (also had no DL room) when he came back thinking he’d not get playing time (as depthcharts had him) along with correa in DL isn’t good. i might miss playoffs from this.

  92. Jack says:
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    Dominic Smith called up. I grabbed Hoskins already. Drop Miggy to grab Smith and roll with those 2, or Hold? Thanks.

  93. FrankGrimes says:
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    And Myers homers again…

  94. Sdub88 says:
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    Who to drop for Hoskins:

    Story, Hanley, Thames, Cesar Hernandez

  95. Left Coast Yankee says:
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    Waive Miguel Cabrera (burning hole in my bench) for Rhy Hoskins?

    • Left Coast Yankee says:
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      @Left Coast Yankee: Nevermind…I just got to the bottom of your article and the Sells!

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