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So, we had our first July 31st trading deadline deal, and it paid off for all the A’s fans who paid Oaktown’s own, Bubb Rubb, to break into Billy Beane’s office and turn his iCal forward a month.  “Any ideas what you want to do for the 4th of July, Billy?”  “I celebrated last month with some friends.”  Screen spirals out and slam cuts to Bubb Rubb, maniacally (bubb)rubbing his hands together.  When the A’s are playing like it’s playoff baseball in September, don’t say your mustachioed over-the-internet friend didn’t warn you.  So, the trade that went down was Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel for David Addison Leave Me Alone Maddie Russell, who I will get to after this lede.  Samardzija and Hammel both gain value going to the A’s, which isn’t often the case with an NL pitcher going to The Land of Milk and Honey-Flavored DHs.  Wrigley isn’t a great place to pitch — one day it’s overcast with winds blowing straight out, another day winds are just swirling overhead like a toilet bowl genie.  As we’ve seen in the past, pitchers can do just about anything in a short period of time.  Could Hammel and Samardzija completely poop the sheets?  Fo’sho.  Likely?  Prolly not.  O.co is like Petco and Metco, a big cavernous wasteland for hitters and they have more foul territory than Roseanne Barr’s privates.  Samardzija brings strikeout stuff to hitters that aren’t as familiar with him and could be the 2nd half’s Kazmir.  Yesterday, in his first A’s start, he had a line of 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Dividends paying out quick there.   Hammel keeps the ball down and O.co will love him.  This trade only really hurts Tommy Milone, who was shipped to the minors.  The A’s just made themselves a serious contender and having a friend in Bubb Rubb pays off once again.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Addison Russell – Going the over way in the trade was one of the A’s top prospects — a shortstop.  In related news, Starling Castro had to decline five different Cubs execs who were asking him if he needs help packing.  Russell prolly won’t join the Cubs until September (unless Castro gets dealt in July), and Russell won’t be a full-time player until next year (see previous parenthetical).  He’s a 15/15-type player with solid plate discipline.  He’s what grizzled scouts call ‘polished.’

Edwin Encarnacion – Headed to the DL with a quad strain and will miss two to four weeks.  I told you to sell him!  Kidding.  This had nothing to do with my sell, was just an unfortunate injury.  Unfortunate you didn’t sell him!  Still kidding.  Take it easy.  You’re not as cute when you’re on edge.  Though with the loss of Edwin, I would’ve assumed you’d be on a ledge.  If you are on a ledge, say hello to Tehol in the Domonic Brown jersey.

Nolan Reimold – Blue Jays claimed him off waivers.  Something that many don’t know, Reimold doesn’t wear a typical uniform.  He gets a uniform airbrushed on him, and you know that’s no way to get rid of mold.

Brandon Moss – Underwent an MRI on his sprained ankle.  It’s spraining men, hell-of-a-time-llelujah.  He’s listed as day-to-day.  I don’t know where that list is, maybe it’s in my sock drawer.

Kevin Gausman – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I’m not sure if he’s going to stay in the Orioles rotation.  Only thing I can say for sure is he could file for sexual harassment because the Orioles are jerking him around without his consent.

Nelson Cruz – 8 for his last 11 with his 27th homer on Saturday.  My Magic Eight Ball said a terrible accident will happen to Cruz when he reaches 27 homers.  My Magic Eight Ball also agreed to watch The Normal Heart with Cougs, so my Magic Eight Ball hasn’t been without its flaws.

Manny Machado – 2-for-6.  The hot hitting he was doing prior to the suspension has continued, so he’s a barely changed man from that suspension like Josh Lyman  from Sorkin’s years to Wells’s years.

Jon Lester – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.73.  Has been a sneaky back-end fantasy number one this year, and this Lester roll has led to Good Times.

David Ortiz – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs.  Wonderful, terrific, adjective.  Where’s Mookie Betts?  Why isn’t he in the lineup?  What is the meaning of this?  I request a definition of this absurdity.  Red Sox, are you this stupid?  Do you sometimes use a word that don’t mean nothing like loopid?  The Red Sox really need to see if Jackie Bradley Jr. (2-for-4, 1 run) can walk multiple times in a game?  Ugh.

Rick Porcello – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER vs. the Rays.  This guy should be in the shampoo commercials with C.J. Wilson because he’s flaky.  Back-to-back shutouts and then he goes against the Rays and their drawn-out-of-a-hat lineup and this happens.  I didn’t like Porcello when he was coming off those shutouts, guess how I feel about him now.  You don’t have to guess out loud.  I can’t hear you.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .400 in the last week with three homers.  J.D. is definitely passing the bar for usable outfielder.

David Price – 8 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 3.48.  About a month ago when I told you to buy him his ERA was over 4.  That was my Price check!

Jake McGee – Got the save yesterday because he walked two grandmothers to the milk section of the supermarket.  Not to be outdone, Joel Peralta told the media he plans to walk three grandmothers across a busy street today.

Ben Zobrist – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Hardly any power or speed coming from him, but he does seem like he’s coming out of his average funk.  She’s a brick…house!  Sorry, I thought someone said funk.

Sean Rodriguez – 4-for-5, 1 run.  He’s hitting near-.500 in the last week with a homer on Wednesday, and is a good guy for a batty call when he’s playing, but if you can figure out when Maddon’s going to play him, you are Maddon.  Hey, Maddon!

Desmond Jennings – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  He goes through long stretches that make you wish you were watching The View instead, but I bet he ends the year in the top 40 for outfielders with an outside chance for top 30.

Andrew Heaney – Optioned to the minors after getting beat up on Saturday.  Not by fantasy owners who took a gamble on him, but by the Cardinals.

Henderson Alvarez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.27.  Damn, that’s Marla Gibbs sassy.  I guess I should’ve held Alvarez.  Oh, well, pitching is so deep it doesn’t matter.  To put this to you another way, Alvarez is owned in 60% of ESPN leagues and has a 2.27 ERA.  If he were a hitter, how many homers would a 2.27 ERA be for fantasy value?  I’ll say around 17 homers.  Any hitters with 17 homers hanging around on your waivers?  Yup.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  I wouldn’t recommend Salty for my worst enemy even if said enemy had high blood pressure.

Jaime Garcia – Out for the year with thoracic outlet syndrome, which sounds like something a cockroach who sticks its leg into an electric socket would suffer from.

Kolten Wong – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer as he was activated from the DL.  Yes, if you need MI help, you should pick him back up.  Yes, even you.  Stop looking behind yourself, I’m talking to you!

Matt Adams – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 3rd steal.  When Adams was running into 2nd base for the steal, a man with poor eyesight in the stands, proposed marriage to Adams, saying, “I’d like to steal 2nd on her.”

Collin McHugh – 4 IP, 2 ER.  I told you after his last start to get his address so you can correspond with him after you dropped him.  Now you’re just that couple that should’ve broke up and is staying to together because you’re scared.

Kole Calhoun – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 9th homer.  Don’t worry, The Sciosciapath will bench him today anyway.

Garrett Richards – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks.  I get it, I should’ve held you instead of Tyler Skaggs, can we stop this pettiness of rubbing your good stats in my face?

Ryan Braun – Left Saturday’s game with back spasms and missed Sunday.  When the trainer applied some Icy/Hot to his back, it caused Braun to have a brilliant idea for a lonely dragon that breathes fire and ice for Braun’s new line of Affliction t-shirts.

Matt Garza – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks.  It’s just natural instinct for Garza to do well during the July trading season.  Your Brewers are doing well this year, Garza, you don’t have to audition for a new team.  “So, I slept with that Dodgers scout for nothing?”  Oh, Garza.

Yovani Gallardo – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Reds.  I nearly streamed him for this start because the Reds are a mess this year, but obviously our past history gave me too much banging on the Worry Stick.

Joey Votto – Headed back to the DL with the same injury that he was on the DL with earlier in the year.  You know the one, he said he never recovered from it.  Yeah, that one.   I won’t go over how I told everyone to sell him low.  I’ll only say exactly that by saying I won’t say that.  Semantics, perhaps.  Votto isn’t going to be right all year.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t even see him play for more than a few weeks the rest of the year.  There’s a chance he may never be right again.  He’s no spring chicken, after all.  He’s also no Moo Shu Chicken, cause that’s just straight delicious.  I like to say to my local Chinese food purveyor, “Ooh, when you do the Moo Shu that you do,” then he says, “That sounds more like Salt ‘n Pepa shrimp,” and we have a good laugh.

Mat Latos – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.41.  Geez, only three Ks?  If only his wife could be limited to three hashtags.

Jonathan Broxton – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 6th save.  Aroldis wasn’t available due to a sore hamstring, but should be ready to go today.  Aroldis said, “This hamstring don’t fly straight,” but he learned English by watching Scarface, so I wouldn’t read too much into it.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  He’s teased me with looking like he’s getting hot a few times this year and, within a few days, he’s looked like crizzap again, so I refuse to get too excited about Bruce until he shows something for a week straight.  Now, get going if you want the Fantasy Master Lothario’s approval!

Gio Gonzalez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, now has 22 straight scoreless innings (of course, that includes two games vs. the Cubs).  Whatever the case, it’s nice to have the fantasy number two that you drafted and not just a number two.

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-3 and has a hit in every game since he returned from injury.  I’ll believe he can stay healthy when he actually stays healthy, but you are not as cynical as me.  You’re bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and you need a catcher who is hitting, so vamos y Ramos.

Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 1.78.  Arrieta and Teheran combined on my team have a 1.77 ERA in 147 1/3 IP.  Okay, most of that is Teheran, but Arrieta has a 1.30 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP in 27 2/3 IP on my team.  I love this country!  Though, I guess technically you can play fantasy baseball in any country, and they do.  Good luck drafting Altuve in a Pygmy league.

Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-4, now hitting .500 in the last week with two homers.  Not sure how long his everyday playing time will last, but he should be owned while he’s hot schmotatoing around.

Taijuan Walker – 4 IP, 1 ER, 5 Walks.  Lloyd Christmas McClendon said Walker had a ‘disappointing outing.’  If he was outing, it wouldn’t have been an issue.  Walker had a bad walking.

Jake Petricka – 2 IP, 0 ER and his 3rd save, which comes after Zach Putnam blew a save on Saturday.  Putnam only gave up one earned run, so it wasn’t like I woke up sweating, screaming ‘nam!  This could still be anyone’s closer job.  Just because someone got a clean save on the White Sox it doesn’t mean they’re the closer.  After all, Ventura went to Belisario for 6 weeks.

Alex Wood – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  When someone asks me about my fantasy team and they ask me if I have Wood, I have to think twice about how to respond.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Au Shizz!

Wade Miley – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 4.43.  I was thisclose to picking up for this start, and I’d even like to move that ‘this’ even closer to that ‘close,’ I’m so committed to proving how close I was to picking him up.  Alas, my nads failed me.  The Streamer-o-Nator does like his next start, and I may stream him.  T to the B to the A.

Alfonso Soriano – Designated for assignment.  Soriano caught this news with a hop and an “Ow, my hip.”  With Soriano’s release, Joe Girardi becomes the 3rd oldest guy on the Yankees bench.  As Soriano left the clubhouse, he said goodbyes to his teammates and promised to see them again on the shuffleboard courts.  Jeter, always the statesman, told the press, “There goes the best player to play in each of the last six decades.”

Brandon McCarthy – Traded to the Yankees for Vidal Nuno.  You didn’t think the loss of Soriano would suddenly have the Yankees rethink their anti-youth movement, did you? McCarthy is older than Nuno, but it’s not a terrible pickup by the Born-in-1927 Yankees.  McCarthy has one of the biggest differences between his ERA and xFIP.  Not only this year, but that I have ever remember seeing.  His ERA is 5.01 and his xFIP is 2.89.  He should be much better, and he throws ground balls, so The House They Built Across The Street From The House Ruth Built shouldn’t kill him.  I’d bid aggressively in AL-Only leagues, but he’s still not much more than a streamer in most mixed leagues.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer.  No evidence to prove this, but Ellsbury looked jacked up on hard candies that Soriano left behind.

Trevor Plouffe – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Plouffe goes the dynamite!

Chris Colabello – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I don’t want to say he’s doing better than Mauer, but, by not saying it, it’s sorta implied.  Colabello now has two homers in the only two games he’s started since he was called back up.  If I needed an outfielder or corner man for today’s short schedule day, I would’ve picked up Colabello.

Michael Cuddyer – Will have an MRI on July 21.  Here’s a shorthand for you.  When an injury-prone player is scheduled for an MRI in almost three weeks, he’s not going to play again this year.

Matt Kemp – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Coors sure didn’t hurt, but I’m not sure how much it helped either since he was 0-for-7 in Coors the previous two games.  Kemp, you pickle wrapped in a riddle that passed through the Sphinx’s colon.

Michael Bourn – Hit the DL with a strained hamstring, the same hamstring he had surgery on last year and sidelined him earlier this year.  Speedster aging, no fun, the SAGNOF that no one wants to talk about.

Corey Kluber – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.86.  I’m not late to the Kluber party; I started wearing glow sticks around my neck and dropping MDMA in my Red Bull for him last year.  I am late to this bit of trivia that I recently read:  Kluber joins Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens as the only AL pitchers during the age of the DH to have 60 Ks and less than 10 walks in a single month.  Kluber did it this May.  Takes a special confluence of events to have that happen (need to face K-prone teams and pitch a ton of innings in one month), but it’s also damn hard to accomplish and you need to be straight butter.

Carlos Santana – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer.  Oye como va!  Still hitting .210 — Oy, c’mon, yo!  <–almost anagram!

Yan Gomes – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .269.  Rawr!

Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA up to 2.86.  He’s on the inevitable road to a 4.00 ERA.  Mark my words.  Not literally, you just marked your computer screen.

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-2 and his 10th homer and 2nd homer in as many games for Mostsuckass, but he didn’t play on Saturday.  Mostsuckass now leads the Royals in homers.  Hasn’t been such a hideous display of power by Royals since Catherine the Great ordered everyone to dress their horses in butt-less chaps.

A.J. Burnett – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Pirates, and Jeff Locke (8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks) in a battle of Pennsylvania.  Loser had to tell the Amish about the TV show, Breaking Amish.  Both pitchers are essentially streamers, and they’re going in opposite directions for their next starts, according to the Stream-o-Nator.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  It’s a bit in poor taste that between innings, Byrd’s trying on different team caps to see which one brings out his eyes the most.

Leonys Martin – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Hey, he fogged up the mirror under his nose!  Hopefully, this gets him started, or I will let autocorrect win and spell his name, Leon Y. Smartin.

Alex Rios – 1-for-5 and his 4th homer.  Ridunk how little power he’s showing this year.  Leave it to me to finally draft him and end up with the Rios during his year of ineptitude.  I know he’s going to hit 25 homers next year and not be on any of my teams.  Isn’t it always the way?

Robinson Chirinos – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, and his 3rd homer this week.  Nice random $1 flyer in your AL-Only league.  Nah, I know it was all luck.  You don’t need to lie to me.  I own Chirinos on two teams too and have no idea how I ended up with him, so I know we’re in the same good ship luckipop.

Zack Wheeler – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 4.07.  In theory, he should be a solid start his next time out vs. the Marlins, and he’s dominated the Fish in the past and yadda squared, I still don’t trust him.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 1-for-2, 3 runs and a slam & legs for this platoon player.  Fun Fact!  Nieuwenhuis is Ikea’s number one new furniture competitor in Scandinavia.

Jon Niese – Hit the DL with a shoulder strain.  I wonder if his nose was like Samson’s hair.

Jesse Hahn – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.34.  Yes, you should still own him and, no, not just so you can change your fantasy team name to “Talk To The Hahn.”

Pablo Sandoval – Hit on the elbow on Saturday by a pitch and is day-to-day.  Sandoval said, “That pitch just ate me up, and if I wasn’t on this stupid diet…”

Tim Lincecum – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  The Padres managed a hit this time against him — three of them.  One for each of their GMs.

Santiago Casilla – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save in as many games.  Bochy named Casilla the closer after Casilla, not only got back-to-back saves, but Romo gave up two earned runs in a third of an inning.  That’s like when the girl you’re into believes the phony news story you Photoshop about how you won a Pulitzer Prize and also the phony obituary for her ex.

  1. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    best stream today
    odor vs KC
    chavez vs SF
    estrada vs PHI

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Chavez

      • @Mike: Second that. Traditionally Giants have fits with A’s, even when they are going good. Percentages def. with A’s today.

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Cheese: thanks wagstaff. much like being way too connected to one’s dog one sometimes can use outside references other than SON. nostalgia does have it’s time and place/value as well.

  2. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Gray or Strasburg? also, would you take either of them over JUp? thx

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: I’d wouldn’t trade Upton for a pitcher. But that’s just me

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Strasburg, Upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Strasburg and Upton are fair, I’d trade for a cheaper SP

  3. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Pretty sad to be thinking about dropping worthless J. Segura for M. Betts – crazy?

    • Jackie Treehorn says:
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      Also, Wong or Harrison ROS @ 2B?

      • EnglishMetsFan says:
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        Oh @Jackie Treehorn: oh Jackie, we both seem to have a 2 ball issue.

        Let’s form a support group. I am going to call it Double Trouble (and the Rebel MI)

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Jackie Treehorn: I rather lose a streamer or closer, bench Segura, grab Harrison. That’s exactly what I’ve done in 2 leagues. Or try trading for Tulo or Hanley. I traded JD Martinez & Melky Cabrera for Hanley last week when the kid thought he was headed for the DL. Tulo is hurt now….It’s worth a shot :-)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t drop Segura. Agree with ByeFelicia…

  4. John says:
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    Wong or Dozier?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Dozier

  5. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    2b
    Wong
    Harrison
    Or
    Mookie B

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @EnglishMetsFan: Harrison/cuz I own him and he’s been producing.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wong, but they are all similar…

  6. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Just checked ESPNs rankings for SPs this week. Makes me giggle

  7. gordon shumway says:
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    WOOOOO WOOOOO!!!!!

  8. Ryan says:
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    In a 20 team dynasty league I just dealt Darvish Doolittle Eugenio Suarez and Pederson for Tanaka and Desmond. Losing pederson is the main factor that makes me regret doing this trade. Btw Doolittle was my only closer. Anyway how did I do with this deal?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Ryan: Eh…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m not sure Tanaka is such a huge upgrade over Darvish but it’s fair

      • Ryan says:
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        @Mike: does the upgrade at ss sway the trade in my favor?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          eh, I guess it’s giving up Pederson that I don’t like about it…

          • Ryan says:
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            @Mike: what type of player do you project him being?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              15/15 – 20/20 type. I feel like that has a lot of value in a 20-team league

  9. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Does Russell to the Cubs mean Baez is dumpable in a deep redraft?

    • james says:
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      @2 Giant rings:

      In redraft he was dumpable when it becomes clear that Alcantara was going to get the nod over him at 2b. Russell is just the nail in the coffin of the hopes he would play middle infeild. He may end up in the OF if bryant keeps hitting and fights a move to the Corner OF (remember the OF prospects are almost as good in Soler and Almora)

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @2 Giant rings: I wasn’t stashing him in any redraft. I don’t think he sees enough time this year to be worthy of a roster spot

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Russell isn’t that close. The positions will sort themselves out.

  10. Lemmingness says:
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    Points league,

    Should I start:
    Taijuan Walker vs A’s -or- Matt Cain vs A’s?
    Can’t imagine either of those going great

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Lemmingness: id avoid pitching vs the A’s but if I had to choose one I rather Taijuan. His shizz is better than Raising “ERA” Cain

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Walker

  11. Symptom of the Universe says:
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    Maybe I shoulda dropped Votto instead of Castellanos, he’s got a month tops to show anything. I could be using that roster spot for a speculative closer or streamer or something. I did pick up the currently DLed Lawrie for Castellanos, but I didn’t spend a %$$)$*%$^@*^@@ *says it like Hitler in those Downfall parodies on youtube* 2nd rd pick for him like SABR boy….woah didn’t mean that derisively it’s just he gets me so irrational *sob*

    I have Goldy, Donaldson, Rendon, Alvarez, Chisenhall, Holt, Duda that can play corner infield spots. Don’t think I’m losing too much in dropping Castellanos. I have Rendon at 2B, Andrelton at SS, and Brad Miller in my MI spot. Lawrie hit 12 HR this year before going on his yearly DL stint, he’s gotta be a potential difference maker, right?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Symptom of the Universe: ugh…same problem. I hope Iget the claim on Crush Davis. Some guy just dropped him for Cron (lol) even though it’s not funny. Davis is at the mendoza line, getting outproduced by CRON! That’s HILARIOUS (not really) * sad face

  12. Count de monetball says:
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    What’s the least you would except for Joey votto in a 5×5 redraft?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Count de monetball: good luck, I couldn’t trade him the last 2 weeks. You waited till he was hurt to move him? A DL spot or a roster spot. Those are the choices. Or drop. Which im hesitant to do at the moment. I have DL slots available tho

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      You should still be able to get something for him. Maybe an SP/bench bat combo with some upside. Otherwise you might as well hold him on your DL, and by hold him I mean rock him back and forth gently in your arms.

  13. Bill and/or Ted says:
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    Thanks for the write up! Great as always.

    Who would you rather have: Tulo and Dozier, or Hamram and Kinsler.

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      kind of like six and half dozen, but I prefer the Hanley side too

  14. eli_person says:
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    5X5 mixed ESPN roto. I am 1st in every offensive category but need pitching help, mainly in wins, ERA and WHIP. Having trouble getting anyone to trade me a high level starter. I have tow offers to get Chris Sale. Either Sale for Cano or Sale for Rendon/Springer. In either option, I would be going to waivers to replace the MI. I have been swapping out Calhoun and JD Martinez in the UTIL spot, so the second option would make both of them starters. I know I would be overpaying, but I need the pitching help and I am flush with offense. Do you do either? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m fine with either

  15. Thurman says:
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    is mike minor droppable in 12 team mixed leagues at this point? dude is straight up awful

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Thurman: For? I say yes. I dropped him for arietta

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends on what you are replacing him with…he’s not a straight drop in my mind

  16. Fabio says:
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    too bad I played Stanton yesterday, he ruined my perfect day at the bat, 0 for 38 by those other totally uselless scum*** I swiftly placed in my team.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Fabio: LOL we’ve all been there *Hugs

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ouch

  17. Swfcdan says:
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    Heard your not that high on Franco anymore but I don’t think ive got much choice but to take a shot on him, im falling further outta the race with recent trades and realistically don’t have a chance.

    Only other players offered are Lindor, Soler, Cecchini (Garin) and Glasnow/Urias. Which would you rather take out of those guys? I felt Soler was the best for fantasy purposes, but he’s had injury issues all year. Is Lindor’s upside high enough for a 10 team OBP league? Have a bigger need for bats on my farm but if the arms upsides are so high then I might take one instead. Please rank these guys anyway.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: That was meant for Chris the prospect guy, so forget I asked this question.

      Instead what the heck is going on with Crush Davis?? I can trade him away in a keeper league for Bogaerts long term, worth doing? Davis is signed for 2 more years after this at $14, Bogartes can be signed for $6, $14,$14,$14 for 4 more years after this.

      • james says:
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        @Swfcdan:

        Davis is not this bad, he is what he was 2 years ago. upper 20ies hr power and a respectable average. This season is just the first half of last year finally evening out over the long term.

        • Bye Felicia says:
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          @james: Let’s hope so! Cuz barely hitting .200 isn’t gonna cut it. There’s tons of those guys on waivers with better counting stats like. Dunn, Carter, etc

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Bye Felicia: Would like an experts opinion please? Grey or Mike…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Lindor.

      re Crush…could still be dealing with oblique, otherwise he should rebound to something like 30ish HR (at least that’s what I’m hoping for). My biggest concern is that it’s shifts and not bad luck that is killing his average, but I don’t know enough about the situation to say for sure.

      the pain we’re all feeling has more to do with where most drafted him

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Mike: Or who we passed on * COUGH ABREU COUGH COUGH :( Now im gonna cry silently

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha…let it out…

          • Bye Felicia says:
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            @Mike: like 2Pac said “I shed sooo many tears “””””””””””

          • Bye Felicia says:
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            @Mike: just think how many donks he’d have if he didn’t.miss 2 weeks! I was def asleep at the wheel on draft day. I should have taken Abreu in at least one draft!

  18. dustin says:
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    We can keep 4 per year. 10 man league
    Trade offer is Jose Abreu for Max Scherzer
    I have:
    David Wright
    Elvis Andrus
    Bryce Harper
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Shin Soo Choo
    Albert Pujols
    Jose Abreu
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Jay Bruce
    Matt Cain
    Julio Teheran

    My pitching staff could use Scherzer but my hitting has underperformed. thoguhts?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @dustin: In a keeper? Hell to the NIZZO!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hold Abreu

  19. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    In Youngstown Ohio, it is against the law to run out of gas.

    • james says:
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      @JeF With 1 F:

      I would hate to be Verlander in Youngstown…. he ran out of gas last season.

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @james: burrrrnnnnnn

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @james: Nice…yea he better avoid that area

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      great job Ohio

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: Welcome back mike…assuming you were on vacation, hope it was good

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          thanks! yup, down the shore :)

  20. Thomas says:
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    Brad Miller or Wong?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Thomas: Miller..DO IT

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Wong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thomas: Toss up, go Wong right now

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I think you meant Miller…please dont hurt his feelings thats the last thing i need,

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, mea culpa

  21. Clint says:
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    With the rumors swirling Benoit’s about to get dealt and his subsequent call up from the minors where he was doing well, do you see Neftali Feliz as a good pickup to take the Rangers’ closer gig sometime this month, Grey?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Clint: what does Benoit have to do with Feliz getting called up for Texas? I’m lost in translation here…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Feliz is a good pickup regardless

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Feliz, sure… Could be Frasor/Cotts/Feliz committee…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: jesus, i hope so, unless soria only becomes a set up man elsewhere. damn.i have cotts in deep league, and soria.

  22. C.O.C says:
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    This is more a “for the foreseeable future” question: I own Davis and Goldschmidt, and Davis is slumping something fierce. It’s a weekly league, so my question is, what is the probably Davis turns it around the second half? Is he still an automatic start or should I move Goldy to first from DH and put someone else in at this point? Other options on my roster are any one of Arenado, Machado, or Chisenhall, whichever one I don’t have starting at 3rd in a given week. Or anyone on the wire….

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @C.O.C: I’ve benched Crush in 2 leagues. He’s not droppable or tradeable right now. So that’s all you can do right now. It sucks, but it is what it is

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Benching is the best bet if you have those other options…

  23. Squints says:
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    Who is the better start this week? Chavez for 2 starts or Arrieta for 1 start?
    Also…I am holding on to A. Craig but I’m getting a wandering eye. Because of salary, I have to start either him or Hosmer each week, while LaRoche sits on my bench. I cannot drop Hosmer because he is contracted…is there any reason to hang on to Craig? Thanks.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Squints: why is laroche not playing? You’re starting two slumping guys over a .300 hitter? Makes no sense?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would put Craig on waivers if you can. Usually there is a way to get out of those types of contracts.

      Arrieta

  24. stonepie says:
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    mookie or rollins ros? worried about mookie’s playing time once… if.. victornio comes back

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rollins

  25. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey please rank OFs, H Pence , Melky , Rios, T Hunter, Cespedes for ROS. thanks.

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Wilson: I’m not grey, but my opinion is Pence, Cespedes, Melky, Rios, Torii Hunter. I live in Detroit and watching Torii on a regular basis, he seems to be slowing down quickly.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Jason E

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Could go multiple ways… Pence, Cespedes, Melky

      • Wilson says:
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        Thanks all replies.

        I’d want HR / RBI and just trade a closer for Pence .. hope he can do his job well.

  26. Schlam the Man says:
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    would you drop Votto at this point? or mayb a SP in Alvarez?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d sell low, but wouldn’t straight drop him

  27. Jake says:
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    Top of the morning grey! Another week in fantasy here we go!

    Would you start or sit polanco in a weekly league this week? If I bench polanco I’d start jay Bruce over him, or leave polanco where he’s at utility & start / sit Bruce or springer; the other OF’ers are staying put (Harper, pence, Brantley)

    Thanks grey have a great week! I feel like Arnold’s mr freeze – slept with the AC blasting on me brrrr Ice to meet you

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d sit Bruce and start the rookies this week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake: Ha, thanks! I’d sit Springer over Bruce

  28. FilthyRich says:
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    Points league. Choosing between two SPs:
    – Koehler (@ari, @nym)
    – deGrom(ATL, MIA)

    SON likes deGrom (5.7, 12.7) but not Koehler ( -5.8, 2.7)

    Do you agree with SON?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes

  29. enhanced performance says:
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    hey grey! great article as always!

    I have a trade question for you. I’m in a 13 team keeper league. Each team keeps 6 players per year (at least 2 of the 6 must be pitchers) for unlimited years with no penalties.

    As of now my keeps are:
    Miggy
    Stanton
    Harper
    and either A-gon, V-mart, or Brantley for the 4th bat
    to go along with Strasburg and Latos as my keeper pitchers

    I’ve been offered Laroche and Homer Bailey for A-gon

    Would you be willing to do that trade knowing that it would mean keeping v-mart or brantley? If so, who would you rather keep between V-mart and Brantley?
    Thanks

  30. Jamiehov says:
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    Great write up but the Rosanne line made me gag a little…

    Sadly I think your right about Votto. With he going to the DL I need to fill a UTIL position. Standard ROTO scoring. My team is

    Rosario
    Pujols
    Kipinis
    Segura
    Longoria
    Mccutch
    Springer
    Hamilton

    You can probably tell that I’m dead last in AVG. My options are Werth, McGehee, Ozuna OR I can throw in the towel and pick up Jeter for his farewell tour and hope to boost attendance
    Thanks

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Jamiehov: is this a 4 team league? Werth

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @Bye Felicia:

        Sadly it’s a 10 team and I’m in 8th. Pitching is way overvalued in this league so I drafted what I thought was a 1st place offense, just hasn’t panned out that way.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with ByeFelicia…Werth is kind of a no-brainer

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks Guys. I just hope his beard hair doesn’t clog our team shower

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          time for a closed-door meeting…

  31. Frank White says:
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    WuTup Grey… I’m in a league with no DL spot and Encarnacion is hurt so I picked up Casey McGahee. You like?? Anyway, My RP’s are Fernando Rodney and Joakim Soria. Would you drop Soria so I can have an extra pitcher to stream?? I’m 1 game out of a playoff spot and I know it’s early but I’m in a good league and I need wins critically. If that makes sense.. LOL

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Frank White: McGee has been surprising good coming from Japan. Think he’s hitting around .300 with 53 rbi?

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Bye Felicia: How you figure? Samarjzzzaaa wasn’t staying there. He turned down the cubs offer cuz he wasn’t staying after this year anyway. He wanted to play for a contender. The prospects weren’t going to hit the majors during his “good years” so how exactly did they get raped? Theo wasn’t trading him to NY based off his hate for the YANKS. Was it a bad deal for the fans? Maybe, but it’s better to get something rather then let him walk next season for free right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      McGeheee sounds solid…

      sure on Soria if it’s going to help you win this year…

  32. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Just how many middle infielders do the Cubs need?

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:How you figure? Samarjzzzaaa wasn’t staying there. He turned down the cubs offer cuz he wasn’t staying after this year anyway. He wanted to play for a contender. The prospects weren’t going to hit the majors during his “good years” so how exactly did they get raped? Theo wasn’t trading him to NY based off his hate for the YANKS. Was it a bad deal for the fans? Maybe, but it’s better to get something rather then let him walk next season for free right?

          • Bye Felicia says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: Nah, I don’t think he was raped either. They are in win now mode, and needed an ace, serviceable arm. If they win it all losing a couple of unproven prospects then it makes sense. Unless they end up missing the playoffs altogether. :-)

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              @Bye Felicia:

              I think it was an even trade. Samardjia is a boarderline ace, and Hammel is a mid rotion guy.

              Rape was Sheilds for Odorozzi and Myers. Sheilds has a better track record, but a little older than Samardjia, so similar value. The cubs clearly got less than the Rays did for Shields (i think we all viewed that as a head scratcher when the royals did it in the first place).

              samardjia was going to bring back at least one elite prospect. Hammel was going to bring back a very good prospect. Instead of two deals getting 2 lesser prospects, the cubs did one big one for a really elite prospect.

              If i was dealing Samardjia, as the cubs, what would i be even looking for. Epstein wants to build around hitting, and figure out pitching later. That is fine, but what positions do they still need. up the middle either Castro, Baez or Alcantara is going to be very good. Hopefully 2. Bryant looks like a beast at 3rd (or Corner OF), Soler has struggled but still looks good, Almora is struggling in CF. rizzo has been great at first in the majors, and they have Vogelbaugh in the wings if needed at first. Only potential need is OF.

              As far as OF prospects with huge upside, they may have been able to make a run at Frazier or Meadows, Both teams are in the playoff hunt, and both look really good. Maybe Josh Bell. Maybe a guy like Brian Goodwin. Who knows, but i would rather have russell over all of those guys, and have Beaz if he pans out manning RF.

              This goes to the problem the cubs have… too many prospect bats. If a guy does not have huge upside, he would not really be a top 10 prospect for the cubs. Would Josh Bell even be a top 10 prospect for them. Would Goodwin. Would a guy like Aaron Judge (spitballing, but if i were to deal hammell to the yankees, he is the yankees prospect i have an affinity for).

              this team still has some Middle releif it will trade at the deadline for second fiddle prospects (my bet would be for good arms in the low minors). Guys like Wesley Wright, James Russell, Fujikawa and maybe Strop should all have a return. Teams in need of a bench bat may be willing to give something for Sweeney, Barney, or Cohglan.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @james: Nice breakdown

              • Whirlaway says:
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                @james: The Royals also got Wade Davis (and gave up a few other pieces) in that trade and he’s under control for 3 years at $10 mil. Davis has given up 15 hits, 0 XBH in 37 IP this year. He’s got lights out stuff and KC got him on the cheap. May not make the trade fair, but it’s tough to call it rape when Myers posted 5 HR, a .313 OBP and is currently on the DL. Considering Kansas City’s window to win now in a weak AL, it seems more and more like that was just a good baseball trade. This is assuming James Shields actually figures it out this year and isn’t dead-armed.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @james: nobody is giving more than a 4th round pick for barney.

  33. Bye Felicia says:
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    I didn’t draft a single closer 67 saves 3rd place in the category. Thanks SAGNOF!!!
    Loaded up on power…..PRICELESS :-)

    • Joe Shmoe says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Totally! I did that with catchers too with success.

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Joe Shmoe: catchers are saving gms now? Awesome!

        • Joe Shmoe says:
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          @Bye Felicia: Nah!!! Scrounged the waiver wire for Mesoraco and other streamers… My first year not drafting saves and catchers and it actually made my team better with power.

          Just addin’

          • Bye Felicia says:
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            @Joe Shmoe: Yup SAGNOF is the way to go! Well this year it worked out with so many closers losing jobs :-) I never draft catchers high. Never owned Mauer etc I added Meso in a few leagues too!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice!

      • KB says:
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        @Mike: SAGNOF is the way to go if its a 10-12 team league and if the league doesn’t count holds. If the league is 14-20 teams /counts holds then odds are all the setup men converted to closers midseason were already drafted/owned early to begin with.

  34. nelson says:
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    Better fill-in at 3rd while E5 is hurt: pick up McGahee for free or trade Lynn for Matt Carpenter?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      McGehee for free

  35. JP says:
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    @grey im in a bad place.. not the worst place.. but.. could definitely better. went from reigning champ in my league last year to hanging out in last place almost all season. Slowly climbing out of the bottom (9/12.. 16.5 GB). A lot of my players are buy-low types, so i’d like to hang on.. but is it time to give up on segura? i’ve been shopping around to no avail. i could try to throw him in a 2for1 deal. what position do you think i need the most improvement?

    12 team / H2H / Yahoo / categories / mixed

    c- Rosario
    1b – Rizzo
    2b – Miller (drafted, dropped, just picked back up)
    3b – Longoria
    ss – segura
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Heyward
    Util – Brantley
    Bench – Sandoval

    SP – Cobb
    SP – Teheran
    SP – Iwakuma
    SP – Stroman
    SP – Gausman
    SP – Chavez
    SP – Odorizzi
    SP – Skaggs
    DL – Liriano
    RP – Soria
    RP – Melancon
    RP – Smith
    RP – Casilla

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      team is solid…I’d hold Segura.

      he was a “Buy” just a couple weeks ago…

    • Big W says:
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      @JP: Bruce is not a good option for H2H leagues. he can win you a week on his own, but then can go a week or two without getting a hit. If I were you, I’d wait for him to have one of his crazy hot weeks, take the stats and then sell high and see what you can get for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JP: Agree with Mike

  36. SteveThePirate says:
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    I give Cueto, Segura and Ryan Zimmerman for Gordon, Addison Reed and Samardzija?

      • SteveThePirate says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Dagnabbit. I feel like I’m a trade away from having a quality team, but who knows…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Segura side

  37. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    10-team, H2H, 5×5, Keep 5

    I have Cingrani and Heaney. Okay to drop both? Can you rank the following possible replacements for them? Prob gonna need two or three if Wacha is out for a lot longer…

    My pitchers now are: SP: Kershaw, Wacha (DL), Teheran, Beckett, McHugh, Eovaldi, Kazmir, Hammell
    RP: Perkins, Hawkins, Betances, Rondon

    Available: Wade Davis, Keuchel, Duffy, Quintana, Koehler, Elias, Hutchison, Harang

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @stynyr: Heaney isn’t even in the league anymore. Is Cingrani even up? I lost Heaney almost 2 weeksago

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      10-team league it’s okay to replace them. I would pick up Quintana and Keuchel instead.

      FWIW, Heaney could be back up after ASB…

  38. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Nice reference to (L)ester Rolle!
    Good Times, good times….
    Anyway, NL only Utility, who gets more starts and production: Panik (SF) or E. Campbell (Oilers) er ummm (NYM)
    Peace

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha….Panik

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: Thanks! I’d lean Campbell, none are great

  39. Oliver says:
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    The whistle’s gonna go woot woot all the way through October. I am super stoked for the A’s.

    I am not super stoked, however, about Dan-O’s numbers predicting HR regression for Pujols. What is your take on his analysis?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      his OPS has declined each month. I would have liked to see it go the other direction if I owned him. July has started with a bang though…

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Mike: on.pace for 35/100 let’s hope he stays healthy!!! :-)

        • Big W says:
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          @Bye Felicia: he will… Pujols is the man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oliver: If he gets to 32/100/.265, I’ll take it and be happy… We’re not getting 40/120/.285

      • Oliver says:
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        @Grey: Sure, I get you. I just wonder if it wouldn’t be wise to trade him for someone that will hit more than 13 HRs/40 RBI over the second half of the season. Not that anyone in my league will make a trade anyway. Ho-hum.

  40. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Could you rank the following as to who you would most want t have ROS in 10 team h2h cats OBP?

    J Abreu, C Davis, A Pujols, A Gonzalez , F Freeman

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Abreu, Freeman

  41. The Episode of Growing Pains Where Mike Thought Boner Did Cocaine in the Bathroom says:
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    Great write up. Belt or Hosmer this week? I feel like my three year relationship with Hosmer has been more stressful than my three years of marriage and lets just say my wife’s attitude is less than desirable sometimes. She does have big boobs though.

  42. Drew says:
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    Should i drop Bryce Harper and leave the slot empty?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Drew: Is this a joke?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      #BUST

    • Big W says:
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      @Drew: hahahaha… I’m glad I traded him in my keeper during last offseason… did harper and minor for A Jones and Kershaw. So far so good, lol

      • @Big W: somebody actually took minor and Harper for Kershaw and Adam Jones? After last season?? Seriously??

  43. can't fight fate says:
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    Drop Romo in a redraft 12 team league? I own both him and Casilla? Or wait more? Thanks

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @can’t fight fate: drop him since you own the new closer. Nobody’s picking up Romo…. Unless it’s a HD league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  44. Phil of the Future says:
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    morning all,
    Choosing between two two-start pitchers for this week. Yes, I know, stutterer!

    Tyson Ross – @COL, @LAD
    Odorizzi – vs. KC, vs. TOR

    Prob Odor, right? Just hard to bench Ross of that last beautiful start.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      based on the matchups I’d go Odorizzi

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        Yeah, sounds right.

        But let me throw one more at you. I also have Phil Hughes for two starts. He is @SEA and @COL.

        Based on that you would start Ross over Hughes? Right?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yes

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            Thx, Mike.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime Phil

  45. Oppo Taco says:
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    I’ve been offered Hanley/chapman/Cobb for Polanco/first rounder. In our keeper.
    I’m in third place with mediocre pitching ratios. I have segura at SS and Cody Allen and Casey Jansen in my two RP slots with Addison reed on my bench. Is this offer enough? I’m not sure it’s catering enough to my needs to give up young talent and my top pick next year. Thanks
    C yadi
    1B goldy
    2b hill
    SS segura
    3b Frazier
    Of – cutch
    Of j up
    Of Bautista
    Util – rizzo Polanco
    Bench – vmart betts
    Sp bum, price, iwakuma, cole, gausman, Alex wood
    RP Jansen Allen
    Bench – reed

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      We can keep 8 players next year

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Oppo Taco: Ugh…Im not sure. I’d rather have Polonco & the 1st pick…. II don’t think I’d do it if it was me.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the Hanley side, actually

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Mike: what’s your take on Polanco’s value long term? He looks like a stud. And then would I have to trade one of Hanley or segura? Don’t want to have a SS at util

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Id take it…DO IT

  46. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    EE’s injury is going to hurt me badly. Looking at some potential replacements (not concerned about position):

    Byrd
    Dickerson
    Jennings
    Craig

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Jennings is starting to heat up * fingers crossed. Dickerson usually sits vs lefties doesn’t he?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Bye Felicia: Dickerson plays almost every day now…hed be my choice

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Byrd or Dickerson

  47. Tyler says:
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    With matheny saying Rosenthal will get some rest (and supposedly not lose the closer gig) who is the speculation add for saves in STL? Motte had looked pretty bad right? Are you guys adding Broxton in cinci or is the Aroldis injury minor?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Tyler: Rosie isn’t losing his job. Speculative would prob be Neshek (whatever his name is)
      No on Broxton, unless the news changes

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with ByeFelicia

      • Tyler says:
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        @Mike: @Bye Felicia: thanks. Strange comment from Matheny made me think there could be an injury/ dead arm. I know reading razzball it is straight up Sagnof ( which is how I drafted) but I can’t find saves anywhere in my league without grabbing every guy in a platoon.

        • Grey

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          @Tyler: Spec on Neshek then, maybe you’ll get a save or two

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Tyler: you know damn well you weren’t “str up SAGNOF” when you drafted rosie, he was around k-rob’s ADP spot. Might be str up Rudy strategy though (he will go for 1 ace RP early). str up SAGNOF is having guys like F-Rod/Casilla/Mejia/Petricka/Soria etc. and others that weren’t even drafted when they were closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tyler: Agree with Bye

  48. Purple Wang says:
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    Rank these SP in standard 5×5 ROS:

    Josh Beckett
    Garrett Richards
    Tim Hudson
    Sonny Gray
    Mat Latos

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Latos, Gray/Richards, Hudson

  49. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Echoing some of the chatter on the podcast last week, is it time to drop Heyward? 5X5 mixed league (four keepers). Would use stream-o-nator to put together a platoon of Schierholtz/Pearce/Etc.?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t drop Heyward

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pine Tar Incident: I’d go Schierholtz and Pearce if you can manage a platoon instead of Heyward

      • Pine Tar Incident says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys! Hard choice.

  50. GusPike says:
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    Recent deal pulled off:

    Strasburg
    Rendon
    Brantley
    Wade Davis

    for

    Chisenhall
    Bogaerts
    Melky Cabrera
    Doolittle
    Rondon

    Keeper league (5 players each)

    I know which side I like (cause I was one side!) – thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rendon side

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @GusPike: highway robbery for the Stras side

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @GusPike: Assuming your the Brantley side thats a great deal for you

      • GusPike says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        So maybe I just came here to brag :-)

        Definitely pleased with the deal!

  51. Bye Felicia says:
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    Talk me out of picking up Chris Carter for a week to play in my UTIL spot! I just figured hes playing in Texas (crap pitchers)

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Bye Felicia: He sucks…hope that helped, ha

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: I know he sucks. It’s not a shallow league. I need some power in that spot. He’s homered in 2 straight….

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha….what JeF said

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Mike: Hehe… But….nvermind I grabbed that other guy from Texas Cirenos or whatever his name is! :-) :-) :-)

  52. Lville Jim says:
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    Porcello laughing at those who started him after he Rick Rolled them.

  53. Lou says:
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    Hey Guys – Pick 2 closers for ROS – Hawkins, Melancon or Casilla ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      first two

  54. L-Boogie says:
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    Miley also has a decent ERA-xFIP differential (4.43-3.25) and now McCarthy pitches in the AL East. Soooooo…

    Miley or McCarthy ROS?

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Miley

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mike: Grey says opposite here.

  55. Bye Felicia says:
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    Offer Brandon Moss & Anibal Sanchez for
    Polanco
    Homer Bailey
    Jake Arietta

    Who wins?
    6 teams are all within 4 gms for 1st place. Only 4 make the playoffs. Super Competitive H2H league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the Polanco side

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, I almost pulled the trigger on Fri. I own the polanco side. I hope Homer & Jake keep it up! I don’t really need Moss my OF is pretty much set with: Braun,Bruce,Springer,Polanco,Zimmerman,Puig

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  56. Amicrazy says:
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    I’m in a bit of a pickle grey… need your help.

    I’m in keep 10 league, players are under control till they hit FA in real life…

    points league… commulative points for year, i’m in 2nd place…

    was offered felix,hanley, soria for segura/cole/addison russel and my 1st next year (through prior trading its a top 3 pick)

    do i take the leap and go for it? or is that too much to give up for a soon to be DLed hanley and king felix? Cole might still bust out big time!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hanley side

  57. Mike

    Mike says:
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    I like the Polanco side

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        haha…somewhere there is a trade…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Ha, Mike’s lost it… Walking into a restaurant…”How many for lunch, sir?” “Polanco side.”

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        ha!

      • @Grey: from now on when anyone asks a lame question, the answer should be, “the Polanco side”..lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  58. J-Money says:
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    Good Morning Grey,

    Another MI question….would you prefer Wong or Gennett ROS? Just acquired Dan Murphy for Chisenhall, allowing me to drop Hill…finally.

    Thank you!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wong

  59. Chirino’s or Willingham to fill in for a Utl spot, extra offensive category is OPS. It’s like picking between pork or a sausage. MMM Pork Sausage.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Willingham. I just picked him up in an OPS league

  60. RTP says:
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    Drop Aaron Hill for Wong, Brad Miller, Phillips, or Neil Walker?

    1b help drop Mike Morse for Matt Adams?
    Either of those guys over Khris Davis for UTIL?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wong/Walker
      Adams over Morse
      prefer Davis

  61. Mcgaffer says:
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    Keeper league question:

    Been offered his 6th rnd Hanley and 12th rnd Koehler

    for my

    4th rnd Votto (who I am very sick of, have Laroche who I’m using) and a non keeper Iwakuma

    Been rolling with Aybar @ SS, but this appears to be an upgrade

    other pitchers I have are: F-her, Teheran, Lackey, Cain, Loshe, Hahn Solo, Kuroda- Can I afford to do this??

    thnx gang!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hanley side

  62. AMolnar says:
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    Aaron Hill or Wong ROS?? I am getting sick of waiting for Hill to heat up and produce. Wong was very good when he was healthy.

    • AMolnar says:
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      @AMolnar:

      Also, which side wins?

      Kemp/Gray for Cutch???

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wong

      Cutch

  63. Bye Felicia says:
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    I can’t believe Richards didn’t make the All-star team. He’s another stud high K/9 guy I missed out on. I owned him/dropped him etc. Luckily I held him in one league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree on Richards…I was more surprised by Sale

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Mike: Sale didn’t make it either? Wow! Yeah, I didn’t see that coming…

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Love it. Now he’s gonna pitch with a chip on his shoulder…everyone off the tracks because the money train is coming through!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Yeah, Scioscia prolly made the call to get him not put on

  64. Andrew says:
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    Craig or Taveras this week? 6×6 OPS
    Cardinals face all righties

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Taveras

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Andrew: Craiger because Taveras is playing with my money…and playing with my money is like playing with my emotions!

  65. Mello Yello says:
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    Nothing like a Monday after smashing an arch rival (10-1).

    Jon Broxton has a .64 ERA and a .75 WHIP…sure he’s not the outright closer, but I’m thinking his rogue save yesterday shed some light on how good he’s been. Hey I was a Bellisario owner…you can do worse…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

  66. Charles says:
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    Thank you for the write ups every morning! 12 team points league. I’ve been platooning Lind with Texiera whenever Lind faces a lefty. Someone just dropped McGehee on the waivers. Should I pick him up and drop both Lind and Tex?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Charles: I would seriously consider adding McGehee, but I would keep one around just in case…probably Tex

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: No problem… I’d lose Tex

  67. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Thanks Mike for responding…
    Cron or Chisenhall for CI?

    Peace

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime. I’d go with Chis

  68. Game of Throws says:
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    12 team roto. In first place. 11 points in SB and 6 in Saves

    Would you trade Brett Gardner for Sean Doolittle?

    My replacement hitter would be Napoli

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  69. matt says:
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    Just traded king felix for cliff lee and Ryan zimmerman. How’d I do? Also I’ve done 17 trades in 2 leagues this year. I have a problem and I need help. Do you have a number to a hot line or something?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s fair…the first step is admitting you have a problem…

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @matt: You did okay…call 867-5309…I tried to call it before, but I lost my nerve (80s references for days)

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @matt: 17 trades? Why even have a draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @matt: Ha…Agree, it’s fair

  70. JustanUncle says:
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    can you rank these streamers for today:

    Anderson v. MIA (Koehler)
    Matzek v. SD (Kennedy)
    Jackson v CIN (Leake)

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @JustanUncle: Anderson…then complete desperation

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Matzek, Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JustanUncle: I’m going Anderson, they’re garbage though

  71. Joe says:
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    In a 5×5, 12-team, non keeper, H2H league my staff is:

    SP: Teheran, Cain, A.Wood, Fister, Kazmir, Stroman, Shields, T.Walker
    RP: K-Rod, Rondon, J.Smith

    I don’t think I have the stomach for Walker’s BBs (should I?). Options on the free agent pool include Dickey, Kuroda, Wheeler, Morton, Koehler, Odorizzi, and Gausman. The only decent RP options are Putnam, Balfour, and Broxton.

    I’m leaning on dropping T.Walker to take a flyer on Putnam. Would you rather keep Walker? Drop him for another starter?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Joe: I’d hold all around. If he puts three of these kinda starts together, then it’s time to bail

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Walker

  72. Spring Blake says:
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    After spending my hours of 4th travel listening to baseball on the radio, I learned that Rangers newly promoted starter Miles Mikolas once ate a lizard in the bullpen, and there’s a video of it.

    Be warned all who dare stream against the lizard king….

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @Spring Blake: Also, start Ryu against Detroit Tuesday, or sit?

      Thoughts on Smyly? Droppable in a 16 teamer to stream or should I roll him out against KC this week?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        that’s crazy about the lizard
        start Ryu, hold Smyly

  73. Mike says:
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    Please rank Belt,Mourneau,Laroche ROS?
    Need to trade one
    Thx!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Morneau, LaRoche

  74. Mike says:
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    Kluber or Richards ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kluber

  75. JWray says:
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    Need to activate Arenado. Thinking of dropping Sandoval or L. Martin? I’m leaning toward Sandoval since I still could use Martin’s SB ability.

    Thoughts??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds fine

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JWray: Agree with Mike

  76. danny almonte says:
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    Anyone starting Koehler? @dbacks. QS league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      SON doesn’t like it

  77. Chris r says:
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    Is it worth the risk of losing singleton to drop him today for kolten wong to fill my 2B just today?

    I have Matt Adams and Goldy ahead of him so he rarely gets any play.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Chris r: Redraft?…DO IT

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF

  78. Jose says:
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    Aaron Hill, Scooter Gennett, Jody Mercer, Omar Infante, DJ LeMahieu. In a standard yahoo H2H, who do you like more ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hill or Gennett

      • Boy Wonder says:
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        @Mike: Aaron Hill is D-O-N-E. Enough with this waiting for Hill nonsense. He’s old and breaking down now.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sounds good

  79. George Zip says:
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    Wong or Jordy Mercer?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wong

  80. Eric says:
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    What happens to Corey Dickerson when Cargo comes back after the all star break? Any chance he slides into center field to get regular starts over Stubbs?

    Is it worth trying to unload him in a sneaky trade real quick?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Eric: I think with Cuddyer basically done, Dickerson gets regular at bats now.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF

      • Eric says:
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        @Mike:

        That’d be fu**ing shweeeeeeet!!!!

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Eric: probably hurts stubbs more, but it’s not great for dicker either.

  81. LAmont says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I have Bumgarner, Wainwright and Fister on 2 start weeks…would you also start Carlos Martinez and Tyson Ross with their 2 start weeks? We start 9 pitchers in our 14 team 6×6 roto and I typically start 2 MR (Otero and Duke) with my 3 relievers Soria, Robertson and Melancon. Basically, trust Ross and CarMart or stick with my MR this week? Obviously a risk/reward play here….
    thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d start them, but Ross has tough matchups

  82. danny says:
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    Hi,

    6×6 OBP league, 10 team league

    I picked up belt and arenado off the WW and had to drop heyward to make space.

    I have a problem now because i have too many position players and need pitching.

    In my OF and Util I have the following:

    OF1 Bruce
    OF2 Holliday
    OF3 Moss
    Util 1 Arenado
    Util 2 Belt
    Bench: Kemp and Werth

    I wuold like to drop 1 player from the above to make room for a pitcher (probably Quintana)

    I have Rizzo and Beltre at 1B and 3B, so the two WW pick ups were strictly for Util purposes.

    I’m leaning towards dropping Kemp or Holliday.

    Thoughts?

    Also, for ROS, Wood or Keuchel? and is McGee worth picking up for closer? I have J. Smith and Doolittle.

    Thanks,

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I guess Kemp

      Wood

      you don’t really need McGee

      • danny says:
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        @Mike: @Mike: @danny:

        If not Kemp, who should I drop if everyone was up for elimination?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I would look to make a trade instead of dropping one of those guys…

  83. Ron says:
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    I need some real fantasy advice here. In a H2H re-draft points league I have more batters than I know what to do with now.. Can only start 3 OF and 2 UTIL.

    C: Perez
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Dozier
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Hardy
    OF: Trout, A. Jones, Harper
    UTIL: A-Gon, Rizzo
    BN: Moss, Arenado, Zimmerman
    DL: Cargo
    NA: Baez

    SP: Cobb, Shields, Gray, Chavez, Beckett, Kluber, Keuchel, Hughes, Odorizzi, Estrada, Koehler

    1) Do I have too many quality bats benched?
    2) Think I have enough quality SP to stand pat?
    3) Which 3 bats should be the first to hit the trade block for SP help?

    Thanks.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Ron: I would try and upgrade either SS or 2nd Base with your extra bats

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Id specifically move CARGO

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1) yes
      2) yes and no…should be able to upgrade by packaging what you have
      3)Dozier, Baez, A-Gon/Longo

      • Ron says:
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        @Mike: Longo?? Is that cause you don’t see him doing significantly better than Zimm or Arenado going forward?

        Also, do you agree with moving Cargo? Or you think Harper/Moss should be traded before him?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I would move Moss before CarGo
          re: Longo, it’s about who will bring back the most value in return, that’s all

  84. Corey says:
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    Encarnacion is my starting 3B. If I only lose him for a week and a bit, I’ll just shift Bogaerts over there and hope the dog days of his slump are over.

    If Edwin’s quad turns out to be a long term deal, who should I pick up? On the wire: Aramis, Arenado, McGehee, Moose, Holt and the other typically unowned guys. I’m sure one of those guys is an above average option, but there’s no replacing E5’s power – even if I traded for a 3B.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Arenado

  85. McNulty says:
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    Anybody starting Minor today? SON likes him for obvious reason, but…halp!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would start him

      • McNulty says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, Mike. Final question: bench Shields and Hamels? Both around $10 per SON; Shields @ the Rays, Hamels @ the Brew Crew. Again, thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d start

          • @Mike: All together now: Shields CAN’T be as bad as he’s been. Shields CAN’T be as bad as he’s been. Shields…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @McNulty: I’d start Hamels…. I’d bench Shields until I saw a quality start, don’t know Minor’s matchup

  86. The Borzoi says:
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    Offered Puig and Kemp for Stanton and Yadier in Yahoo league. Own Mesoraco. Pull the trigger?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  87. Jeff says:
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    I have number-2 waiver priority in an AL only league. Use it to grab Hammel, or hope someone better gets traded to the AL?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      bird in hand…I’d grab him

  88. Lou says:
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    Hey Guys! One more for ya…I have excess OFs & need to upgrade my SP…im willing to trade away Josh Hamilton for pitching…. which ones from this team makes most sense for me: Darvish, Kazmir, Weaver, Shields, Arrieta ??

    OR trade him Josh Hamilton & Soria for Chapman (17th rd keeper for next year) ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Darvish

      • Lou says:
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        @Mike: If he doesnt want to give up Darvish (his best SP), then what u suggest ?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Kazmir or Shields

  89. Guided voices says:
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    I was already struggling w/Votto and now that he’s n the DL,I need a 1b….Craig and C. Davis were both just dropped.which is the better option to use my #2waiver pick on?

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Davis

  90. Green Dang says:
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    Need some SP in 5×5 H2H league. Choo+Beckett for Richards + Tyson Ross. Yay or nay?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yay

  91. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    What’s the deal with Prado? Dude is killing me at 2B.

    Am considering trading Moss to get Rendon.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not sure…sounds fair

  92. Big Meat says:
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    Need some input from you gurus out there..I’m in a 12-team limited keeper and stuck in 2nd place.
    Considering offering my Segura/Hosmer/Polanco/Britton for his Reyes/E-5/Kimbrel.
    of the group, Polanco is the only real keeper and can be kept for the next 2 seasons for a very low draft pick.
    Am i upgrading much or would you hold Polanco regardless?
    rest of outfield is Puig, Calhoun, Holliday, D.Jennings
    Let me know what you think razzballers.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the E-5 side…he’s the best player in the deal IMO

    • Big Meat says:
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      @Big Meat: OPS-type scoring with pitching ratios, k & hld, qs
      Would be able to add a bat like McGehee or Duda platoon to go with Ortiz (yahoo 1b eligible)

  93. Schoolboy P says:
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    Anibal Sanchez, Homer Bailey, or Josh Beckett ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sanchez by a smidge over Bailey

  94. Chicagifornia says:
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    Need help with the squad…just got a few guys back off the DL (Yelich and Arenado), but now my pitching staff is hurting. Any suggestions for trade targets? Would love to move Segura, Alvarez, or Danny Duffy.

    12 Team ESPN H2H

    C-Salvador Perez
    1B-Freeman
    2b-Aaron Hill
    3b-Arenado
    SS-Andrus
    MI-Segura
    CI-Rizzo
    OF-Puig
    OF-Rios
    OF-Khris Davis
    OF-Yelich
    OF-James Jones
    UTIL-CJ Cron
    Bench-Eaton
    Bench-Pedro Alvarez

    P-Teheran
    P-Iwakuma
    P-Kluber
    P-Duffy
    SP-Sonny Gray
    SP-Archer
    SP-Tyson Ross
    RP-Cishek
    RP-Joe Smith
    Bench-Cashner
    DL-Wacha

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      tough to say without knowing your league…you should be able to get a T30 pitcher for Segura

  95. Booty says:
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    Which side … Garret Cole, or Carlos Gonzalez

  96. The Thumb says:
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    Hey Mike/Grey, who would you say are the best guys to stash right now in redrafts?
    Alcantara and Nelson over everyone?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes, Meyer another pitching option

  97. John says:
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    I tried dickerson for frazier, actually tried this right away but not happening. He has blackmon so he worried too about what playing time issues may come.

    Now he sent harper for frazier and which funny when you look at Frazier stats thats what we all hoped and dreamed Harper would do for us, Ha!!

    Im not quite sold on it I could possibly hedge my bets a bit and get frazier and blackmon for Harper then Id drop/bench/trade blackmon or dickerson in say month when edwin comes back. Edwin would become util.

    so ideas are:
    1-Harper for blackmon and frazier
    2-Harper for frazier and (SP upgrade) example my shields his latos.
    3-harper for shields pick up Byrd
    4-Pick up chisenhall and wait out edwin

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      #4

  98. Corey says:
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    Dillon Gee is back in action on Wednesday. Is he just a streamer or does he deserve a fixed spot in my rotation? If the latter, do I drop Lincecum for him? Or maybe Gausman, who may be sent down again for another two minor league starts.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold, he’s more of a streamer IMO. I guess it depends what happens with Gausman, but I def wouldn’t drop Lincecum for him

      • Corey says:
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        @Mike: Thanks. Yeah and I already have Wheeler in my rotation. Probably just poison to have more than one Mets pitcher, and at least Wheeler throws Ks.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha, yeah I prefer Wheeler

  99. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    12 mixed h2h:

    my OF: heyward, kemp. holliday, calhoun, dickerson, polanco for 4 slots

    no one will give me anything for heyward, kemp, holliday.

    can i drop heyward?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would not

  100. The Great Knoche says:
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    What do you think Samardzjia is worth on the trade market now as far as swapping him for a bat?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      have to test the waters I guess…T40 I would think

  101. Booty says:
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    Carlos Gonzalez or Garret Cole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  102. kev says:
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    I need to make space for a streaming spot, so who’s better ROS between Lincecum and Taijuan Walker?

    Also, who’s the best stream today: Estrada or Justin Masterson?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Lincecum

      I’m streaming Estrada

      • kev says:
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        @Mike:
        thanks

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  103. Bye Felicia says:
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    I just watched razzball radio episode with grey.

    Is anyone else besides me disappointed to see that he doesn’t have a Magnum P.I. stache in real life? I was positive that we were doppelgangers!

    HAHAHA

  104. Negatto says:
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    Hey Y’all –

    I need to drop one before line ups for the week close, who’s the odd man out?

    Beckett, Josh
    Odorizzi, Jake
    Santana, Ervin
    Teheran, Julio
    Walker, Taijuan
    Wood, Alex
    Archer, Chris
    Martinez, Carlos
    McGee, Jake

    Also adding value as they were dropped I now have 4 Atlanta starters:

    Teheran, Santana, Wood, and Minor.

    Minor looks like a good play for the week according to SON and I need to hold him for the week. A bit nervous having so many starters from one team and not sure if that should play into who I need to drop.

    Thanks for looking!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Don’t worry about having too many from one team unless they suck…

      I’d lose either McGee or Beckett (tweaked his hip)

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        sorry, read that as a start/sit. I wouldn’t drop Beckett.

  105. Marv says:
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    Grey,
    10-tm H2H Keeper, I need to trade away 1 or 2 of these guys while I can, any suggestions?
    I have 6 OF for 4 spots, please rank: McCutch, Braun, Bruce, Holliday, Springer, Polanco
    thanks, Marv

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Cutch, Braun, Polanco, Bruce/Springer, Holliday

  106. ashtray says:
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    Will Moustakas be an ok replacement for Encarnacion? Other choices at 3B are: Freese, Headley, Castellanos, Holt, Harrison, Forsythe…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure. I like Harrison too

  107. smegma says:
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    Kipnis or A.Hill ROS? points league with -1 per k.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kipnis

  108. Gator says:
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    For 2015 who is more valuable – Longoria or Bruce. Are either top 30 next year? Top 50 even? Both blow in 2014.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Bruce for me…

  109. Nucking Futz says:
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    2 decent starts for M. Cain. Has he turned it around yet or is he still just a stream? Would you drop him for Wheeler, Garza, or Gauzman?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold

      • Nucking Futz says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike! What about (injured) Cashner? Still hold?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Nucking Futz: Cain or Garza depending on matchups, hold Cash for now

  110. Wilson says:
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    Jon Singleton is in waiver now. Should I grab him?

    Jon Singleton or Melky at UTIL for ROS? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, probably go with Melky though

      • Wilson says:
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        @Mike: Thanks for your reply.

        Just curious Jon Singleton’s potential … he is not good so far…
        How do you think of Jon Singleton for ROS? thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilson: Singleton can hit 30 homers and bat .240, may not be this year

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey: Ouch… really hurt OBP …but I need to improve OBP. It seems not a good year to grab him… Thanks.

  111. Marv says:
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    10-tm H2H cat Keeper (keep 12)
    What do you think of MY: Holliday, Prado, Dickey, Ventura for His C. Santana,G. Richards, K. Jansen
    I need a fill in for Mauer while hes hurt, thanks in advance

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good

  112. Clint says:
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    Would you drop Betts or Singleton for Billy Butler in a 12 team 5×5 roto league? If so, which one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: For what? A bench bat?

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:

        Bench bat and streamer if he gets hot.

      • Simply Fred

        simply fred says:
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        @Grey: betts sitting on his butts riding pine again today

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sucks

  113. Swfcdan says:
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    what the heck is going on with Crush Davis?? I can trade him away in a keeper league for Bogaerts long term, worth doing? Davis is signed for 2 more years after this at $14, Bogartes can be signed for $6, $14,$14,$14 for 4 more years after this. I know Bogey still has great potential long term. Worth doing?

  114. Pager24 says:
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    i’ve enjoyed owning Pujols for the most part this year. But i just feel that it’s a matter of time until he has a 3-4 week injury. I’ve got E5 also (although just injured) and am looking to improve pitching. Which side do you guys like better?

    Pujols Keuchel Lackey for C Davis & Sherzer

    Thanks!

  115. Lopes says:
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    In a weekly h2h league would you start belt calhoun or markakis in the utility. Hittertron says Calhoun, do you agree?

      • Lopes says:
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        @Grey: one more question, same league Gio @ BAL or Elias vs MIN

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gio

  116. Dan says:
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    Need a Edwin Encarnacion replacement off the wire… who should I add out of :

    Chase Headley (poss getting traded to TOR)
    Matt Dominguez
    Casey McGehee
    Moustakas
    Mark Reynolds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Moustakas

  117. marc meissner says:
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    Would you trade Sonny Gray for Jason Werth?

  118. DancinHomer says:
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    Need help at saves. the team that has Joe smith is weak on OF (& bats in general) & has a handful of closers. Thinkin he’d be a good target. Would Oscar Taveras be a fair offer for him? not enough/ too much? This is a 12-team (fairly deep) redraft league. here’s my roster:

    c: Gomes
    1b: Rizzo
    2b: Dee Gordon
    ss: Segura
    3b: Longo
    IF: Pujols
    OF: Trout, Joey Bats, Polanco
    UTL: Springer
    BN: Singleton, Rajai, Betts, Taveras

    SP: Tanaka, Gray, Bailey, Cobb, Ventura, Wheeler, Walker, Bauer, Peralta
    RP: Perkins, Allen

  119. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    I believe.. I believe in.. I believe in STEPHEN VOGT!

  120. Rondelio says:
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    Grey,
    1. Should I drop Hahn, Beckett, or Yordano for Stroman?
    2. I have Joe Smith, Mejia, Qualls, Casilla but I still need saves; Drop James Jones for Petricka?
    3. Or I can keep the 3 pitchers in 1 and drop James Jones for Stroman
    4. I have Jose Abreu, Eric Hosmer, Matt Adams, Evan Longoria, and Nolan Arenado for 1B, 3B, CI, and UTL. Someone is the odd man out, who should I trade/package?
    thnx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. No 2. Okay 3. Depends on needs 4. Longo or Hosmer

      • Rondelio says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks,

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  121. Zack Wheeler – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 4.07. In theory, he should be a solid start his next time out vs. the Marlins, and he’s dominated the Fish in the past and yadda squared, I still don’t trust him.- It’s actually yadda cubed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  122. Andrew says:
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    Rank for today?

    Leake home vs Cubs ($13)
    Chavez home vs Giants ($10.6)
    Odorizzi home vs Royals ($9)
    Morton at Cardinals ($1)
    Vogelsong at Athletics (-$4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez, Odorizzi, Leake

  123. Rondelio says:
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    Is it Neil Ramirez or Rondon in CHC for closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rondon

  124. Fish says:
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    I just got offered Andrus, Lohse, and Joe Smith for Zobrist/Porcello. Since I need to drop Heaney anyway, I’m guessing that’s an easy call?

    • Fish says:
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      @Fish: An easy accept I mean.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zobrist side

  125. Alex says:
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    Hello, you running with burnett vs WAS or Quintana at BOS this week? 5×5 roto weekly league

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither technically…But I’d go Burnett if I had to choose

  126. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Great headline!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was Rudy

  127. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Do you like any of these guys over Mookie betts ? Calhoun, Stubbs, yelich? Or hold?

    10 team h2h standard 5×5 cat.
    Here’s my lineup:

    C: Rosario
    1B: goldy
    2B: kipnis
    3B: longo
    SS: andrus
    OF: springer mccutchen jupton
    UTIL: kdavis, polanco
    Bench: fat Adams, Mookie betts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  128. happyharry says:
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    What two would you roll with? 12 team,H2H,6X6.
    Scooter, Miller, Wong?
    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Miller

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Im starting to get offended

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  129. booya says:
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    Please rank for ROS: Ozuna, Taveras, Singleton, K Davis

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Ozuna

      • booya says:
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        @Grey: Do you prefer Taveras or Singleton?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Taveras

  130. The Borzoi says:
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    Mike likes Puig and Kemp for Stanton and Molina (own Mesoraco). Do you agree despite Puig’s lingering thumb and hip issues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re giving away the best player, so it’s risky, but the Puig side is slightly better…I wouldn’t trade away the best player unless I needed to take some risk

  131. john says:
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    Back to harper deal. Would Dickerson n harp for moss and Frazier be pretty big win?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Moss is healthy, yeah

  132. ashtray says:
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    When the hell will Votto and Encarnacion be put on the DL? Can’t pick up an replacement players in the meantime…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Before the start of games today

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: Bloody hell!

  133. Matt says:
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    Should I sit moss in favor of A jax or prado? Or just play him and hope?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jackson if you have to decide right now, but I’d check right before game time

  134. The Borzoi says:
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    Approx SP rank ROS for Phil Hughes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 75

  135. L-Boogie says:
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    If I had to DROP one: Brad Miller, LaStella, or Aaron Hill?

    Please say Hill and release me from the shackles of 10th round draft pick regret.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: That was easy. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  136. frankgrimes says:
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    BRRUUUUUUUCCE!
    :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

    he has 8 games this week
    it’s his last F’n chance
    I’m sitting Rios to start him
    come on bitch get hot dammit!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @frankgrimes: I love you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  137. john says:
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    Dealing w Edwin which optionso ideas are:
    1-Harper for blackmon and frazier
    2-Harper for frazier and (SP upgrade) example my shields his latos.
    3-harper for shields pick up Byrd
    4-Pick up chisenhall and wait out edwin
    5. Harp Dickerson for moss n Frazier

    What top two options to focus on

    • john says:
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      @john: harper for Donaldson…he any better than Frazier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1, 2

      • John says:
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        @Grey: Yeah its on table harper shields for frazier latos think fits well. Allows me to pick up an OF plug in frazier at 3b and upgrades my pitching again which has come a long way. Just gotta accept

  138. SMLV1 says:
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    My Team – Y. Molina – C
    Goldy – 1B
    Dozier – 2B
    Sandoval – 3B
    Andrus – SS
    Stanton – OF
    Puig – OF
    Rios – OF
    Springer – OF
    Rizzo – 1B
    Moss – 1B,OF
    Polanco – OF

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

    Drop Sandoval for Rendon if I get him off waivers or drop someone else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  139. Pablo says:
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    Would love to hear your thoughts on this trade offer I just received (looking to upgrade my 3B):

    his Donaldson + Ryu for my Freeman + droppable bench player? (Aww Shucks is my 1B, so Freddy is filling up my utl, which I’d like to fill with Dickerson, who’s patiently waiting on waivers).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman, it’s fair

  140. Fipfool says:
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    I have to sit one this wk…. Choo- K. Davis- Polanco-Harper- Arenado
    Who to sit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  141. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    Drop Aaron Hill for Kolten Wong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  142. Hoog says:
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    Hey Grey! Need your thoughts on keepers. In a 12 team h2h league that counts R, HR, RBI, AVG, SLG, BB, NSB for hitters. I currently have Pujols and Abreu for my 1b/util spots. Im wondering if I should trade pujols and try to buy low on Crush.

    Im sitting in 2nd (2 games behind 1st) but the guy in 3rd has Davis. I was thinking of offering Pujols for Davis and Minor. Should I explore options or stick with Albert?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  143. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    So I have most of my pitchers throwing twice this week…in a standard points league can you pick 5..MadBum vs Ari @Oak..Cueto vs Chc Pit…Fister vs Bal @Phi…Iwakuma vs Min Oak….Ryu vs SD @Det….Minor vs @Nym @Chc…Ross vs @Col @Lad…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iwakuma, Cueto, Bum, Fister, Ryu

  144. Joe says:
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    Grey who you like better manny Machado or mat carpenter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  145. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, need wins and ks. start two this week, who do you like?

    leake – vs chc, vs pit
    lincecum – vs ari
    degrom – vs atl, vs mia
    allen – 4 vs nyy, 3 vs cws (can start an extra rp)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lincecum, Leake

  146. Mordacious Levator says:
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    20 team league with holds and K/9 and relief wins. i dropped Gregg (he’s holdy, but awful), and grabbed o’flaherty with intention of waivering shaw (some boob dropped shaw in a league like this and 7 RP slots), did not get shaw. keep the mix of o’day and the dad from Freaks and Geeks by way of TJ or go with Giles. Giles stats are batshit and could be closer later. by the by this is full team dynasty too, so giles future value alone might be enough here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  147. smegma says:
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    Offer Rizzo for E5 in non-keeper? Is that a close offer? Would have to pick up a guy like Cron at 1b until E5 comes back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Rizzo

  148. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job Grey! Thanks a lot for the daily articles!!

    Someone dropped Wacha in my league, is he worth picking up? 14 team H2H points, weekly league…

    Should I start Minor @NYM and @CHC ,
    G. Cole @ STL,
    Gio Gonzales @ BAL or
    Cobb vs KC

    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No on Wacha… Sure, start them

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, which one of those Pitchers?
        Pick one please…
        cheers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Minor

          • RicoSuave says:
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            @Grey: THANKS again man! you’re the best!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  149. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    One more question…in my RP slot in a points league…alex wood vs @ChC.. Santiago Casilla 7 tries at a save vs Oak and Ari…or Doolittle who has 7 tries as well vs SF and Sea…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doolittle

  150. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. been starting pedroia at 2b and he has been fairly underwhelming. what do you think about my jzimm for kinsler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kinsler

  151. Fish says:
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    10 team h2h Yahoo with hits/OPS and QS/k per 9:

    Give Zobrist (used at SS only because Segura sucks)

    Get Lohse/Andrus?

    Which do you prefer?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  152. herschel says:
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    @Grey: same league, another potential offer. my madbum/heyward for stanton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton side

  153. Ben. says:
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    Would you start any of these pitchers today?

    Chris Tillman @ Wash
    Jesse Chavez vs SF
    Ryan Vogelsong @Oak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues sure

  154. John says:
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    Got the shields harper for frazier latos deal in the que… so sounds good, im gonna be bit concerned with latos but is there any major concern was reading velo down which normal for him to but arm strength but?

  155. cb says:
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    AL league- So i have to drop a pitcher before start time….
    its either Buchholz or Danks.
    Which one?
    I struggle with Danks being trade bait yet had an awesome last game and Buchholz somewhat geting his s**t together but weak Ks…and out pitching categories are W ERA K S

    Help me obi wan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Danks, really a toss up

  156. Rags says:
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    NL only keeper league. No bench so if you own a pitcher, you get every start. There’s a transaction fee that limits streaming, as well. And since we’re NL-only, closers are very hard to come by.

    This trade was just submitted to the commissioner for review:

    Team 1 gives:
    Daniel Murphy at 22
    Dan Haren at 12
    Cole Hamels at 24
    Kenley Jansen at 27

    Team 2 gives:
    Gavin Floyd at 1
    Domonic Brown at 13 for two years (with an added penalty to drop him since he’s on a long term contract)
    Alex Wood at 8
    Josh Beckett at 1

    Obviously, team 1 is dumping for the future and team 2 is buying, which our league has no problem with. Dump trades happen every year. But these two teams are brothers. And team 1 had asked for a larger return from other teams for fewer of his players, then withdrew the offer to make this trade before getting a response. There is money at stake in this league.

    The question is: is this merely a terrible one-sided trade or this an egregiously veto-worthy trade? The commissioner has appointed a council to review the trade (which I’m on). If this doesn’t get veto’ed, is this the kind of trade where I should probably not join again next year?

    It’s rough because this league has been together forever, but bad feelings are starting to surface.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade’s fine in a keeper, I mean, it’s not fair, but you can’t stop people from playing for the future…

      • Rags says:
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        @Grey: The concern is that there were better offers on the table for the dumper, and the suspicion is that this kind of trade wouldn’t have been available to other teams.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have a similar situation in my keeper… Family members in the league, and I hear ya… They could talk about possible deals all day long vs. others who have to send offers hoping they go through…

  157. Ken Plane says:
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    Grey – 5×5 roto, Would you start Mookie at MI or stash Mookie for B Miller dropping Romo or drop Mookie entirely?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Mookie

  158. whomikejones says:
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    Is mejia the guy for saves for the NYM?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  159. Q says:
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    Tanaka or Samadzja/kemp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka

  160. das coffee frau says:
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    grey/mike/all,
    can you rank these guys in terms of how youd prefer to have them on your team given keeper value?

    Harper (1st), Rizzo (22nd), machado (24th), Bogaerts (27th), Miggy (1st), Frazier (27th), rendon (24th), springer (24th), donaldson (22nd), abreu (3rd).

    thanks!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, Abreu, Donaldson, Frazier

  161. Fister asche says:
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    Best pickup: Skaggs, chase Anderson, carlos Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martinez

  162. Jon says:
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    This is more of a semantics question: My league is 10 teams, mixed, 30 man rosters + 4 DL spots + 6 minor league spots. We keep 24 players total (18 + 6 minor leaguers). Would you call that a… shallow dynasty, maybe? How would you classify it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s shallow

  163. John says:
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    harper shields for frazier latos…
    go for it buy frazier to continue or keep the hope and upside

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @John: Harper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos side

      • john says:
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        @Grey: rather have the blackmon Frazier for my harper?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

  164. Jack says:
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    ROS – Segura or Simmons?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

  165. Whirlaway says:
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    Holt, Schierholtz, Ruggiano, Kiermaier, or Delmon for RCL utility?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holt or Schierholtz, depends on needs

  166. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hi Grey Hope you had a great weekend. No problems with the tremors and aftershocks this weekend I hope. Any more earthquakes out there we are gonna have severely bubble wrap you and your crystal ball. Glad to see your monocle on Colabello he seems to be sneaky streaky. I grabbed Casilla Friday didn’t need another closer but he seems like a great asset . 2 guys dropped this weekend in panic drops Alex Cobb and Morse . Are either these worth dropping Betts or Tavares for ? If I drop either i’ll never have a shot to get back. your thoughts please. Welcome back Mike hope the vaca was great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, nope, I didn’t even feel any of the quakes… I’d want Cobb, lose Taveras or Betts, depending on needs

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: espn league Betts is just an outfielder who seems to be bench fodder in Boston. I can’t even trade him in Boston area leagues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… Sad Betts…

  167. Jake DuBois says:
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    I’ve been offered Choo and Trumbo for my Brantley in a 15-team points league. I accept that right away, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, not great

      • Jake DuBois says:
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        @Grey:

        Really? In what way? For reference’s sake, using Steamer ROS projections (which I understand are a little slow to recognize a breakout season) adjusted according to my league’s scoring shows

        Choo worth 268 points in 254 ABs.
        Trumbo worth 120 points in only 118 ABs.
        &
        Brantley worth 228 points in 245 ABs

        Do you think Choo will not regress positively? Or that Trumbo won’t return well?

        I’m just curious because I really value your opinion.

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t trust Trumbo to return properly or Choo to stay a positive… If you’re feeling it, go for it…

  168. Jacks says:
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    Mookie is on the bench again today. Why bring him up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes no sense

  169. goodfold2 says:
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    yesterday i was wrong when i deep league reported that it was time to reaquire pena (counts as catcher) to replace votto, but apparently they’d rather have bruce’s wonderful arm turned useless at 1B. it does mean schumaker is likely starting at least 2/3 of the time now, so deep leaguers add and frown over that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  170. booya says:
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    Who would you want to fill in for Util spot Byrd, Pearce, Granderson, James Jones, Moustakas, McGehee, LaRoche, or Teixeira?

    • booya says:
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      @booya: Morrison also an option

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

  171. Jacks says:
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    I’m in rebuilding mode in my 4X4. Getting offered a $2 Homer Bailey and a $19 Nate Jones for Taxi Alex Wood and unkeepably expensive Joe Nathan. No reason not to do this, right? Homer might prove himself worth keeping and Nate Jones could go into next year as the closer. I like Alex Wood, but he means nothing to me next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Jacks: bailey that cheap is wonderful, and dumping nathan is smart, but couldn’t wood have the most value next year of any of those?

  172. goodfold2 says:
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    after 20 AT BATS mookie might be GOING DOWN! good work BOS. have fun bottoming out that division buddy (not just STL in me talking). thank god i only grabbed him in one league, a 12 teamer, but i did drop bogaerts there. still got d.santana/owings whenever they come back. however, if he goes down soon (really even if not if they keep benching him for drew or some other sack (bradley)) which of these, damn it’s thin out here for 12 team with 3 utils and 2 IF slots. OPS/k’s against/net steals/ XBH/ double plays turned league roto.
    crawford/suarez/forsythe/some dude named marwin? probably suarez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forsythe

  173. goodfold2 says:
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    oh, Grey here’s one for you to write up, it’s entirely possible carlos ruiz is currently managing BOS. attention span problems RE: mookie. i think he’s been concussed whole time mookie has been up.

  174. Cheese says:
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    Looking to trade George Springer and Jason Kipnis for an outfielder. Any suggestions off the top of your head? I’m just not sure how high I should reach. Or maybe I should just hold onto Kipnis as his value is clearly at an all time low…

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Cheese: did your son ever have time to teach you middle school craps math? pretty useful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce low? CarGomez?

  175. sniff test says:
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    I’M going to pick up Casilla today to try to hold the guy that has Romo hostage for some goodies. Need to drop either B. Miller or K. Morales to do this. Or I could keep Casilla and shop around my other closers, Rosenthal, Soria or Doolittle. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  176. goodfold2 says:
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    anybody noticing just how good mostsuckass has been over at least last 30 days? i’m now picking him up in 2 leagues as replacement for shitty power bat (dunn)/E5 replacement. also just traded werth for aram in dynasty (didn’t realize werth is only like a year younger). i had way too many RF and only E5 at 3B.

  177. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Boston radio says Herrerra odd man out when Carp comes back tonight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  178. gareth says:
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    Indians trade for Dickerson!

    Hell yeah!

    From the Pirates. First name Chris.

    Arrggghhh!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @gareth: Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  179. Andrew says:
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    Shields was dropped in my 12 teamer. Would you pick him to stream at Tampa today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick up, bench

  180. Andrew says:
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    Rank for 12 teamer?

    Anderson home vs Marlins ($13)
    Jackson at Reds ($5.6)
    Dice-K home vs Braves ($4)
    Koehler at Dbacks (-$5)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Follow SON

  181. C.O.C says:
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    Zimmerman finally heating up….him or Frazier this week…weekly league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  182. Andre says:
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    Mike and Grey…trade question for you.

    10 team, h2h, keeper league with 5 keepers….keep forever. The pitching stats that count are W, Sv, K, ERA, QS, and Whip.

    I was offered Sonny Gray and a draft pick for Jose Fernandez. I’m currently in 1st place, needed additional pitching, and Matt Harvey is sitting on the wire. Do I make this trade and have Harvey step into the Keeper slot from JoFer?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Andre: As long as its a good draft pick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Gray

      • whomikejones says:
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        @Grey: yea matt harvey will be back before jofer. He shouldn’t be on the wire in a keeper league

  183. M says:
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    Weekly h2H 6×6 OBP SLG

    Who would you start Harrison or Wright at 3B this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wright

  184. Alan says:
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    I know it is July 2014 but I am looking at next year too. In 7×7 obp and slg, 11 team, keep six.

    Keeping: Freeman, Cano, J Up, Bautista

    Which two others do you keep?

    Jose Fernandez
    Homer Bailey
    Jon Lester
    Scott Kazmir
    Kyle Seager
    Kris Bryant
    David Ortiz

    • Alan says:
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      @Alan: Add Jose Fernandez to that list too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester, Seager….They’re not great options

  185. whomikejones says:
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    Wong/walker/gennet for 2b

    McCann/zunino/Gomes/Vogt for catcher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong….Gomes

  186. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 (OPS &QS) H2H, yahoo so this week goes through post-ASB. My opponent has a team built around SP cats and speed, mine around power and RP cats. He’s carrying 10SP with about 24 starts this week, no RP, and has 3 moves left to stream. I have 5 SP (one is a streamer) with about 13 starts, 3 closers, and Betances/W Davis for ratios, plus 5 moves.

    So before the week starts, I’d say I’m pretty solid for HR, RBI, AVG, OPS and SV; he’s in good shape for SB, W, K, QS and maybe R; and ratios are a toss-up, maybe R too.

    With E5 hitting the DL, I have a roster spot to play with. Moss is one of my OF and I’m still not sure if he’s back tonight. So, with that roster spot, do I try to make up ground in my weak cats, or double down on my strong ones? I can:

    A) grab a SP that’ll get 2 starts this week and maybe another after the break, and use my other 4 moves on streams out of my streamer spot. That would close the gap in starts, but he’d still have a pretty big advantage of about 6 starts. Per SON, Masterson is the best option, which a-scares me.
    B) grab an OF, probably James Jones, in case Moss misses a couple days and to close the SB/R gap.
    C) Grab McGee, who’ll help in ratios this week and in SV going forward against teams that have RPs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  187. john says:
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    He will throw in blackmon too or just pick up Byrd. Have used 40 of 70 moves so is it worth saving move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Blackmon

  188. costaricanchata says:
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    anyone else seeing ordorizzi getting rocked tonight vs the royals ?
    son has him as the 12th ranked starter @ $8.9

    jered weaver … ranked 13th … vs toronto …. seems the better play .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t wanna mess with either, but would take Odorizzi first

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’m starting Jake the Snake and expecting him to give the Royals the DDT. That 2.70 at home vs 6.60 on the road is what gets me all excited about it.

        My other option is Masterson, do you like him better, I think it’s a coin flip.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It is a coin flip, I like Odorizzi better…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I hate these kinds of decisions.

  189. Hi Gray:

    Is Keuchel a hold in a deep redraft roto league, at least until we see how he does @TEX Wednesday?

    Carlos Martinez, Mike Minor, Eovaldi, Drew Smyly are all available. Keuchel’s last three starts make me nervous and in this league I need wins and Ks more than any thing else. Switch? Hold for now?

    Also, I’ve got Cron for my backup 1B, sometimes UTIL guy but the Angles announce their lineups so late for home games (Europe time) that I don’t see the Sciopath benched him until the next morning. But despite that, is he still a step up from BButler, Kendrys, or Singleton?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go for a guy with better matchups… Minor’s matchups are the best this week, I believe…. I’d go Morales over Cron…

  190. The Big Yabu says:
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    (1) A-Jax or Pearce ROS? (or at least, for a while)

    (2) In a redraft league, how much longer would you hold Singleton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce…You can lose Singleton

  191. Chris says:
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    Thanks grey what side do you like?

    Carlos Gomez-Taijuan Walker and Norris
    For
    Andrus- Khris Davis and Eovaldi

    Is Davis going to keep it up and is Gyorko ever going to come back!?? This yr? Also what are your thoughts on Walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez side…Not sure on Gyorko, I doubt it…

      • Chris says:
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        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  192. Moose Out Front says:
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    Worth trading my Pujos for Encarnacion at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  193. smegma says:
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    Segura/Porcello for I.Desmond/Keuchel? non keeper points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  194. Ron says:
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    Trade FOR Edwin right now???

  195. Matt says:
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    ROS Wilin Rosario or Yadi Molina. 10-team ESPN Standard Roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilin

  196. Q says:
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    Gotta sit one:

    JZimm @ PHI
    Homer vs CHC
    Greinke @ DET

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm, they’re all good

  197. JP says:
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    was offered Kemp/Harper/Ventura for my Jones/Robertson.. thoughts? in 9th place (28.5 GB) in my other league.. 10 team / yahoo / h2h / mixed / categories

    c – rosario
    1b – rizzo
    2b – cano
    3b – Frazier
    ss – Miller
    OF – Jones
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Rios
    Util – Pujols
    Bn: Arenado

    P – Cobb
    P- Cole
    P – Iwakuma
    P – Chavez
    P – Arrieta
    P – Porcello
    P – Roark
    R – Robertson
    R – Papelbon
    R – Romo (soon to drop)
    R – Casilla
    DL – Cashner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones side

  198. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey now – Bruce starting at 1B today for the first time in his pro career…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What better time to do it than in the majors…

  199. Bryan says:
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    Drop Betts for Taveras?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay

  200. blindnuts says:
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    Please pick two for this week…

    Masterson (NYY, CHW)
    Skaggs (TOR, @TEX)
    Anderson (MIA, @SF)
    deGrom (ATL, MIA)
    Martinez (PIT, @MIL)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs, Anderson, none are great

      • Trymore says:
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        @Grey: would you start Hahn(@LAD), Hutchinson(@TB)or walker(OAK) over any of the above?

  201. MR.T says:
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    my team is

    Mesoraco
    pujols
    cano
    beltre
    Hanley ramirez
    Bryce harper
    Starling Marte
    Yasiel puig
    Util Longo
    BN Polanco
    BN alcides escobar
    DL CarGo

    Latos
    anibal
    Zimmermann
    Cobb
    Ventura
    Stroman
    Walker
    DL Cashner
    Robertson
    Qualls
    Allen
    T. Watson
    Will smith

    my question is, i can get kershaw, but the man is asking for puig, i could drop cobb or stroman and upgrade my SP’s and be more unbeatable, is it fair for me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

      • MR.T says:
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        @Grey:

        would you do it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  202. Matt says:
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    Drop Hosmer for Pearce or Napoli? Only 82% owned now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Pearce

  203. Robdouth says:
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    I got a guy who is trying to sell high on Samardzija. Even so I’d be willing to part with my glutton of OF: Bruce, both Cargos, Stanton, Ozuna, Brantley, Dickerson(even Zimmerman qualifies there now also), but he wants Stanton straight up for the Shark and there is no way in all that is holy on this planet that that will happen. We keep 6 and Stanton has been my keeper the past three years because I knew a season like this was possible and could be the norm going forward. I’m not trading away a keeper for a rental for this year.

    I countered with Zimmerman and Bruce to keep talks open, but given his OF is: Mccutcheon, Morse, Pearce, Granderson, and Holt, and he has Kershaw, Strasburg, Shields and the Shark, should he be a little more willing to get 2-3 quality guys instead of thinking he can give his 4th best pitcher for my best OF?

    I have Chisenhall and Arenado at 3rd which is why I’m fine losing Zimm also.

    What is too much and which would be the most enticing/fair trade (keeping in mind the ability to keep 6 guys):

    Zimmerman/Bruce for Samardzija
    Cargonz for Samardzija
    Zimmerman/Ozuna for Samardzija
    Arenado with Ozuna or Bruce for Samardzija

    I’m not desperate for pitching given I have Gray/Cobb/Teheran/Kluber/Roark with a myriad of good closers (Rosenthal, Robertson, Street, McGee, Britton, but Samardzija would be the piece to lock down my starters going into the playoffs potentially

    • MR.T says:
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      @Robdouth:

      zimm/ozuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are terrible trades

      • Robdouth says:
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        @Grey: Ok, of those pieces, what would you put together? I have so much OF I can’t get them all in the lineup, and with Cargonz coming back, one of them is just going to be dropped outright, so I’m trying to find a way to get rid of them in a way to get some value back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bruce/Zimm for Strasburg

          • Robdouth says:
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            @Grey: Cool, I doubt he’d take it because he’s acting like there is a shortage of pitchers, which should be dispelled by the fact that I picked up Kluber and Roark off waivers, and have had Arrieta, Bauer, Alvarez, and others at some point this year.

            My tagline for my team is (pitching is deep!!!) but no one in my league is a razzballer so what can you do.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I hear ya

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Robdouth: your pitching is too good to trade for a top end guy.

  204. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    No mention of Jose Quintana. After his 14th quality start this past weekend, he’s still just owned in 25% of ESPN leagues.

    What does the guy have to do? He’s been good for 2 years now. Good ratios and good velocity. Makes no sense at all.

    • Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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      @Ron Swanson’s Stache: I get it, Arrieta is a flashy name. So is Alex Wood. But c’mon now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  205. Grubbs says:
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    Pick 2: Betts, Bogaerts, Hardy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Last two

  206. Greyismyhero says:
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    No questions, just a statement regarding my 1st half this year….

    IF…….

    Myers/Gyrokoff/and Fielder would had performed up to their potential/usual performance level and not got injured and Bruce would WAKE THE F UP I would be destroying my opponents in all my leagues, since I owned those dirt bags everywhere. Pair that with the fact that I dropped Kluber in everyone of my leagues early this year, yeah…..smarty me. My league opponents are sooooo lucky this year!!!

    Thanks for allowing me to vent…

    SMOKE THE GREEN!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, smoke it!

  207. Jacks says:
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    Kennedy @COL and @LAD …. normally would not even consider, but my alternative is a DL guy (trade depleted staff for now). Should I not even dare consider running him out there this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start him

  208. Jiggy Nits says:
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    sooooo Im probably out of it in my 5×5 NL only roto as the captain of my Domonic Brown (7$)shit liner… would you deal him for an 11$ Oscar Tavares?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Jiggy Nits, try it…

  209. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Gray you still high on Roark ? The guy that traded me Madbum for him just dropped him for Hudson. Or would you prefer Cobb?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Cobb

  210. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Here is the story – just picked up Matt Holliday in this league and somebody drops both Alex Rios and Jered Weaver today.

    Rios was traded for Wainwright in this league and now dropped a month later.

    I am in second, last man on the wire due to the Holliday pickup, and the guy who traded Rios for Wainwright can claim Rios if he chooses to. He is in first place.

    Anyway – I am just being bitter because people are stupid sometimes.

    If I have a shot at Alex Rios and/or Jered Weaver, who would I drop from this team, and in what order?

    C – Yadier Molina, Carlos Santana
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Eric Hosmer
    2B – Jason Kipnis, Ben Zobrist
    SS – Ian Desmond, Jean Segura
    3B – Adrian Beltren, David Wright, Pablo Sandoval
    OF – Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper, Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, Billy Hamilton, Alex Gordon, Matt Holliday
    SP – Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, Corey Kluber, Doug Fister, Mike Minor, Gerrit Cole, Jeff Samardzija
    RP – Casey Janssen, Jonathan Papelbon, Joe Nathan

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pablo and Minor

  211. Fish says:
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    Thought Process of the Day:

    Yankees are up by 1 in the 2nd inning and loaded bases with only 1 out against Cleveland. My thought, “Wonder who’s pitching for the Indians. Must be Masterson.”

    Yup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  212. Joeg414 says:
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    Looking to deal Blackman for a Closer; been offered Reed. Is that enough? Reed has been shaky at best. I can let Blackman go since I have Cargo coming back and Ozuna on the bench. 6×6 roto mixed daily

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, you should get a better closer than that, but it’s okay if you can’t

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks as always. Would Nathan be better?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, not better

          • Joeg414 says:
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            @Grey: I could go in another direction and get Utley for him . Right now I have Kili from Houston at 2b.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Utley

              • Joeg414 says:
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                @Grey: one more: Chose one each Nathan or Casilla . And Utley or Kipins? Thanks again.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Casilla….Kipnis

  213. Mello Yello says:
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    So many Mookie drops…you people have no faith!

    • ebudz says:
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      @Mello Yello: as a sox fan, i’m still holding mookie! did drop evercab finally because i thought i needed the dl spot for votto.. but now he may not go on the dl? whaaa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t believe they’re benching him…Bleh

      • mr. glass says:
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        @Grey: hes most likely going back down when carp finishes his rehab

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Carl’s back, no?

  214. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Machado or Aramis Ramirez in a weekly H2H points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aramis

  215. Robdouth says:
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    Stuck with a platood of Josh Harrison and Scooter Gennett at 2nd. Had LaStella until he went cold, as soon as I dropped him, consecutive multihit games. There is nothing on the waiver, so…

    Who would you pick up or just hold Harrison/Gennett:

    Mercer
    LeMahieu
    Ackley
    Forsythe
    Kelly Johnson
    La Stella
    Callaspo
    Aviles

    God help us all…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I’d go Forsythe over Harrison

  216. Mike says:
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    Which side:
    Rosario & Odorizzi or Kennedy & Arrieta

    6*6: OBP & QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilin

  217. Ron says:
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    Is running this site your main gig or side gig? Inquiring minds would love to know. There are bets coming in as we speak (or as I write to be more accurate) laying it down on one answer or the other. What say you..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s an answer on the left sidebar in an ad for Who Is Grey Albright?…

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @Grey: LOL, nice…If this is your “side gig” you are one heck of a multi tasking SOB….HAHA

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  218. Jay says:
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    Dude does Rosario ever play?

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: and seriously no betts?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I know

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: is it worth dropping Rosario for zunino? No, right?…right?

        Zunino has the advantage in all cats except SB, wilin has one. And avg he leads by .032. Tell me I’m wrong Rosario is the one to hold.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: I’m starting to think that Zunino is the way to go, at least in the short term. If you’re in a shallow enough league, Rosario sits 2-3 days a week, and when he does play, he’s not doing much for power. I’ve held that jackass for so long that I’ve missed out on Gattis and Mesoraco.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Go for it

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Wilsonian: rosario missed time, and lately actually has only been sitting like a normal catcher does, 1 or 2 times a week.

  219. J-FOH says:
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    you got any insight on Wada?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing to see in a 12 team league

  220. SteveNZ says:
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    Nasty ticker tease from Springer already.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @SteveNZ: No joke….Same here w/the tease and no Altuve either…uhhh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  221. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Who do you like better ROS, Neftali or Neil Ramirez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez

  222. Mello Yello says:
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    WWE Network is on a one week free trial…first match I watched: Bret Hart/Stone Cold Submission Match from Wrestlemania XIII of course!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I saw that, that would make my life… Screw job!

  223. Al koholic says:
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    offer my trumbo and anibal for edwin?thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Risky move, could pay off for you big time…

      • Al koholic says:
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        @Grey: danka

  224. The talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Al only dynasty

    I give up
    Chris archer, neftali feliz, nava

    I receive
    Verlander, uehara, eaton

    Do it?

    Question 1: you think there is any shot that feliz takes over as closer this year in Texas?

    Question 2: archer over verlander rest of season? Close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty doubtful on Feliz… Archer over Verlander, it’s close though and could go either way… I’d take Verlander side there…

  225. Snake Hips says:
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    Castro or Ramos at catcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos

  226. herschel says:
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    bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce (please get hot, please get hot, please get hot).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d say he’s hot now

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: im talking ‘Fantasy Master Lothario’ hot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  227. AT says:
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    Was offered Cruz and Wainwright for my Miggy and Janssen.

    I think it’s a no-brainer to accept.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it and run

      • AT says:
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        @Grey: Plus I’ve got David Wright and Arenado that can play third. My outfield is not incredibly deep with Gordon, Marte, and Markakis.

        Other possible trading targets with SP/OF I’m interested in are Cueto/Bautista or Sale/Jones. Those might be reaching for the stars in return for Miggy although I would have said the same thing with the Wainwright/Cruz offer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take the offer and be grateful

  228. Wilsonian says:
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    In my 8 Team H2H league, should I be looking to drop Pedro? He’s doing nothing but riding the pine and is getting outplayed by Steve Friggin’ Pearce. I have four 3Bs counting him with Longoria, Machado, Arenado, and Pedro. I would be looking to dump him for a streamer and/or Alex Gordon or Elvis who were both just dropped. I’ve been trigger happy a little this season and have missed out on people like Richards, Kluber, Mesoraco, Gattis, Krush, and others, so I don’t want to be losing someone who could possibly carry me in HRs later on in the season. But I also don’t want him dragging me down and only riding the pine – right next to Chris Davis!!

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Wilsonian: Probably stream…you’re bound to strike gold in that shallow of a league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, lose him… No reason to hold in an 8 team league

  229. goodfold2 says:
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    can’t really feel too bad for myself benching gordon, how horrible he’s been up to today. you know you’re having problems when you move kawasaki to 2nd in your lineup TOR. good for me in 30 team league though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      30 team — ha

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that’s the porn ass deep league with 20 max minor league guys (25 next year). currently have zelous/marwin/kawasaki.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  230. The Fridge says:
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    I was offered Tyson Ross and Headley for Coco and Street in a league where I am desperate for K’s and QS.

    Which side?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @The Fridge: If you’re desperate…

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Mello Yello: Also could use runs and obp so am I overpaying?

        • Mello Yello says:
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          @The Fridge: A little bit. Headley’s kinda been garbage this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  231. Lubey says:
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    Really like both of these guys; what do you think?

    Infante or Wong?

    Thanks brotha!!

    • Lubey says:
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      @Lubey: I just hate how they sit wong against lefties and he consistently bats 7th or 8th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong, but you do have to bench him or miss out on a middle infielder some days

  232. Mello Yello says:
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    Zunino bomb!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love the Zunino bomb!

  233. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    looks like i still have that magic touch ,
    with my call of weaver over odorizzi .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, you injured him!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’ll take my 8K’s in 6 innings

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looked shaky at the end, but I’ll take it too! Virtual high five!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Ouch, you missed my hand and high fived my eye

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My bad!

  234. DomMattingly says:
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    Forsythe or Infante?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Infante

  235. Bob says:
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    Calhoun or Steve Pearce ROS

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bob: Calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: you really trusting Pearce long term. Remember your early season love for Justin Smoak?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, not long term

  236. raf says:
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    Drop Mookie for any of Miller, Lowrie, Simmons? This is for my starting SS slot.

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @raf: Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  237. J-FOH says:
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    The Bruce and Billy show today went off, combined 3/1/6/.500. I like that on a not really an off day off day Monday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  238. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    yeah, with the cuddyer thing, that’s like the marines giving you three weeks to say goodbye to your family before you’re sent off to nam or something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  239. JoeG414 says:
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    Thanks for the help tonight ; but I got another question: Do we think Casilla can be the Closer the ros? I’m thinking about moving Blackman for him, since I can gain more points with Saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s possible, but I’d only give him about 30% odds

  240. Fish says:
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    In a keeper league (keep 5), what level of player would you throw out to a panicky E5 owner?

    FWIW, I was contemplating whether I should throw propose a trade with someone like Rizzo, Desmond, or Cespedes.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Fish:

      in a keeper ,
      i’d accept rizzo
      and decline the others .

  241. Tony says:
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    Need some advice great mustached one

    Just got offered this trade..

    His Puig, CSantanna, Hahn, Mchugh for My Bruce, Sonny, Richards, Uhera

    My current team in a 12 team 6×5 league Daily

    C: Rosario
    1B: Abreu
    2B: Cano
    3B: Longo
    SS: Alcedes
    OF: Bautista, Bruce, Gordon
    UTL: Fat Adams
    Bench: K Davis, Span

    SP: Kluber,Richards
    RP: Uhera, Rodney
    P: Cobb, Gray, Keuchel
    Bench: Porcello, Evoldi, Rondon, Qualls, Stroman
    DL: Liriano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love it

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey: Last question

        What if he substitutes Arrieta for McHugh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes it better, yeah

  242. SteveNZ says:
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    Stupid shitty Giants defense. Was hoping for a Hold opp there.

  243. SteveNZ says:
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    Only grabbed O’Flaherty yesterday for Holds, but am I better off with Jepsen? In for the 8th for the Angels now and has been terrific for a while now.

    I do already have Gregerson from that A’s pen…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: As Jepsen gives up a single LOL.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d do that switch

  244. Zar says:
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    Hey Grey, Looking to a future where CarGo comes off the DL. Do I stash Aoki, Mauer, Carl Crawford(really?), or Liriano (I don’t think I want to ride this train again). I’m thinking I’m going to drop Beltran for whoever I pick up. I’m tired of him as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mauer

  245. frankgrimes says:
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    I love SON but when she convinces me that Estrada was a nice stream tonight
    I like to give her the back of my hand yo

    BRRUUUUUUUCCE!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  246. big league choo says:
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    12 man H2H QS league

    trying to get rid of kazmir before he gets hurt or starts getting his starts skipped.

    not getting any takers, would you trade him straight up for each of these guys Fister, Cobb, Ryu?

    • big league choo says:
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      @big league choo: No Hrs sub TBs in this league, only SP…..just offered Abreu/Kaz/leake for Arrieta/Price/Laroche

  247. Dkohn says:
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    Hey Gr~ey,

    Which side…
    Josh Hamilton and Mookie
    for
    Tyson Ross or Arrieta and Carlos Martinez

    Also who would you rather Ross or Arrieta?

    Thanks Grey!

    Btw your e-book was fantastic. The part where you buy Nan her present, and that chapter ends “exactly”, I fucking lost it, ha great read.

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