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So it’s not really the 2nd half mark in the fantasy baseball season, but it’s the All-Star Break so what else are we going to talk about?  Hell’s Kitchen?  Is it even believable that these people would one day be in charge of a kitchen?  There’s Real World castmates who seem like they have their shizz together better than these schmohawks.  I like the one guy who burps a lot.  He seems ready to run a kitchen!  MasterChef, though, that show is the Sistine Chapel of reality shows.  Okay, as with all of the other 2014 fantasy baseball rankings, take this list with a grain of salt.  If you need a 2nd baseman, but an outfielder is above him that doesn’t mean you can’t trade the outfielder for the 2nd baseman.  Also, things change in fantasy baseball.  Daily.  I could put Miggy number three on the top 100 list for the second half of 2014 and he could get in a fight with a bartender (not Tom Wilhelmsen) tomorrow, then he wouldn’t be number one.  See how that works.  This list is a road map for where I think guys are valued.  It’s not the Holy Grail in the Church of Grey, that would be my mustache.  This list is NOT (caps for emphasis, not aesthetics) where I see guys ending up if you were to take their first half and combine it with the 2nd half of their season. This is simply a list of the top hundred fantasy baseball players if you were to pick them up today.  So while Carlos Santana did not have the greatest first half, he will appear on this list because I still believe.  The projections are not their combined 1st half and 2nd half numbers; these are their projections for the 2nd half of 2014.  I also liberally used our rest of the season Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  That’s right, we have a Player Rater that tells you what guys will do.  Welcome to the future!  Anyway, here’s the top 100 for fantasy baseball for the 2nd half of 2014:

1. Mike Trout – Do his groupies call themselves Fishtail?  Or Groupers?  Projections: 48/12/45/.317/10

2. Clayton Kershaw – I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating.  I rank pitchers much higher in the midseason because you know by this point which pitchers are healthy and putting together terrific seasons.  In March, it’s much more of a crapshoot, which also happens to be Clayton’s gambling brother.  Crapshoot Kershaw has a real problem, and he’s colorblind, so how’s he ever going to get even betting on blue?  Projections:  8-2/2.35/0.98/98

3. Miguel Cabrera – I wanted to drop Miggy down to like 20th overall and give you a big, HOW YA LIKE ME NOW?  UH-OH, I BROKE MY CAPs, there it goes…  But if you want a safe guy that should produce, very few get safer than Miggy.  Projections:  43/15/52/.317/1

4. Paul Goldschmidt – Au Shizz has come a far way in a year and a half and I feel like I had a small part in it.  I was the first one to rank him in the top 20, over 18 months ago, and now he’s a mainstay in the top 5.  Okay, I had no part in anything that Au Shizz did, but I like to think it.  Projections: 42/14/46/.301/6

5. Jose Abreu – The Grande Dolor!   Right now, Fidel is raising his hand, waiting for his manservant to run into the room to high five him.  That’s all Fidel does all day.  Randomly raises his hand and waits for someone to high five him.  If it takes longer than three seconds, someone dies.  Projections:  39/16/49/.272/1

6. Andrew McCutchen – It’s weird, I don’t necessarily get that excited about The Dread Pirate, and I own him.  One homer and one steal a week is kinda whatever to live with, but when you get to the end of the season and he has 25 HRs and 25 steals and solid everything else, it’s really hard to argue with it.  Not to mention, you’d be arguing with numbers and that would make you look like John Nash.  Projections: 41/10/43/.312/10

7. Adam Jones – Bit like The Dread Pirate.  Pacman’s far from thrilling day-to-day, but he never is day-to-day.  He plays every day and accumulates all kinds of stats.  It’s Pabst, not really worth its Blue Ribbon, my brew I’m sippin’.  Sorry, got caught up in a freestyle there for a second.  Projections:  43/13/45/.284/6

8. Felix HernandezHe’s got fans all over the country.  Projections:  7-2/2.56/1.00/91

9. Giancarlo Stanton – The All-Star break is a good time to look back at where we’ve been so far this year.  I was glad for the opportunity in March to see Giancarlo through his bathroom window from 501 feet away.  He left the drapes open on purpose, I know he did.  I’m sure we’ll have more memorable moments in the 2nd half where I have to drive the old cancer-stricken lady to chemo and I can break away for a few moments and take a bath in Giancarlo’s hot tub and steal his teddy bear.  Projections:  38/16/42/.264/4

10. Troy Tulowitzki – Tulo Legit, 2 Quit!  Please let him be Tulo 2 healthy 2 get injured 2.  Projections:  41/14/46/.304/1

11. Carlos Gonzalez – Bit aggressive here because I’m thinking, perhaps foolishly, that we’ve got the DL stint behind us and now we’re just headed for the good stuff from CarGo.  Give us just the good stuff, please.  Projections:  43/12/44/.312/9

12. Robinson Cano – I just gave you my Robinson Cano fantasy.  It was written in the backseat of Cheech & Chong’s ‘borrowed’ car.  Projections: 40/10/46/.317/3

13. Max Scherzer – I flip-flopped Wainwright and Scherzer more times than I’d like to say.  Okay, twice.  I could see it going either way.  Waino has ratios, Scherzer’s got Ks, they’re both flip-floppin’ awesome.  Projections:  9-2/2.98/1.11/108

14. Adam Wainwright – See what I just said about Scherzer, but change ‘twice’ to ‘thrice.’  Projections: 8-3/2.62/0.99/79

15. Michael Brantley – He’s the Drake of this season.  Guy who was playing a handicapped kid on Degrassi a few years ago and is now on the top of the charts.  And, you know what?  You can’t argue with it.  As much as you want to hate him, he drops Marvins Room, and you’re like, “Damn, that shizz is dope.”  Projections: 40/10/44/.305/10

16. Stephen Strasburg – Pretty much what I’m about to say about Price, except the NL East.  Go ahead, continue onto Price.  Fine, Simon Says continue.  Projections: 8-2/2.75/1.09/92

17.  David Price – He’s ranked in the top ten on the Rest of the Season Player Rater, and I buy it.  As I’ve said a hundred thousand times, the difference between a pitcher’s K/9 and BB/9 is where I look.  If the difference is 6, the pitcher is solid and startable everywhere.  The larger that difference gets, the better the pitcher is.  Price’s difference is 10.  That’s insane.  That’s like Cliff Lee winning the Cy Young good.  Projections: 7-3/2.80/1.02/94

18. Ryan Braun – Getting the benefit of the doubt due to past seasons and with the hope he’ll accidentally bump into a needle.  If he doesn’t come on strong in the 2nd half, Braun will probably drop into the 3rd or 4th round for next year, depending on how bad his 2nd half is.  No matter what happens with him, he’ll always have his snazzy Affliction t-shirts.  Projections: 39/14/44/.281/7

19. Chris Sale – Since I don’t have Sale anywhere, I will now sing Tiesto’s Wasted, “I like him better when he’s wasyed… It makes it easier to take… Humma-something I don’t know what they’re saying here…” Sorry, that has nothing to do with Sale.  It is so catchy like an STD in my ears.  Projections: 5-3/2.65/0.95/90

20. Zack Greinke – “Used to have mental health issues, so there’s hope for all of us.”  What is the only thing Hurley from Lost and Greinke have in common.  Projections: 7-2/2.80/1.06/90

21. Anthony Rizzo – This is gonna be around where he is ranked next year too.  Maybe even a little higher.  With a big 2nd half, he could sneak into the top 10.  For serious.  Projections: 38/13/43/.270/2

22. Yasiel Puig – Puig is like Justin Upton with less streakiness due to talent and more streakiness due to flakiness.  At any moment, Puig could hit 12 homers in a month and get into the MVP conversation.  Or he can run face first into Don Mattingly’s ex-wife’s vagina and get benched indefinitely.  Projections: 39/12/41/.298/5

23. Madison Bumgarner – Probably much lower in people’s perception than this ranking, so you can prolly buy low.  Grey Albright:  Bargain Hunter.  Projections: 8-2/2.90/1.12/92

24. Freddie Freeman – To go into quick general terms, let’s look at Freeman vs. Pujols vs. Rizzo.  Freeman has a better average, Rizzo has better upside and more downside and Pujols has health issues and power.  If my fantasy team needed average more than power and a safer option, I’d go Freeman over Rizzo. If I needed power and average could eff off or if I didn’t want upside and downside, I’d go Pujols over all three.  So, as I said in the opening, the rankings are a guide.  It doesn’t mean I want Rizzo more than Pujols on every single team.  Projections:  46/9/40/.305/1

25. Jose Altuve – Cause Eastbound & Down is hilarious and I like to watch old episodes when I get a chance, I thought I share an oldie but goodie.  Altuve and his lookalike.  That kills me.  Projections:  36/2/19/.312/20

26. Carlos Gomez – When this season was but an itty-bitty egg in the embryo of spring, it looked like Gomez was a surefire 1st rounder.  And maybe he’ll pick up the pace again, but in his last two months combined he’s hit the same amount of homers as in April.  Projections:  47/9/29/.284/12

27. Albert Pujols – Topps should do one of those novelty cards with two players like they used to with Bumgarner and Pujols for Bum and Pujols.  That would make my life.  Projections:  39/12/44/.268/2

28. Adrian Beltre – I have a feeling that Beltre should be ranked about fifty spots lower.  Like there’s gonna be a 15-day DL stint in Beltre’s future and the Rangers are just gonna say, “Hey, we can’t keep playing games just because the Comatose Rangers Fan thinks we’re headed to the playoffs,” and shut Beltre down early.  That’s my gut talking, and I just ate Mexican so it could mean nothing.  Projections:  36/13/41/.307/1

29. Bryce Harper – To see if I should go Harper or Upton first, I worked out a few scenarios in my head where I was like, “If I traded Upton for Harper, would I be happy with it?”  And the answer was ‘not entirely.’  Though, I’d never think of doing that trade.  Trading Upton for Harper is apples for apples.  I prefer a trade like, Andrus plus Papelbon plus Arrieta for Harper.  I still went with Harper over Upton, because as Harper gets more healthy, there’s more room for upside, and with Upton you know what you’re gonna get.  A few weeks of dynamite and a few weeks of the dilapidated casino after the dynamite.  Projections:  29/12/39/.282/6

30. Justin Upton – See what I said for Harper or 1/18th of an inch above.  Projections:  31/13/39/.272/6

31. Johnny Cueto – Him and Lester are a bit of a flip-flop.  Like J. Lo, Cueto’s best is probably behind him, but he’s in the NL, so I went in this order.  Projections:  6-3/2.90/1.01/83

32. Jon Lester – Weird to think anyone to do with the Red Sox is underrated, but Lester’s felt that way this year.  It’s almost like fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) look at a team and get overexcited or underwhelmed due to the team’s performance.  The Red Sox struggles this year have nothing to do with Lester.  Projections: 6-4/2.92/1.15/88

33. Hanley Ramirez – With a shoulder injury going into the break, this is a risky ranking.  If he has a setback and misses two weeks, you’re suddenly looking at a gimpy Hanley in August and September, and if the Dodgers get into the playoffs, they could rest Hanley in late-September.  So that leaves you with, essentially, the same value as Kolten Wong.  You knew I had to mention Kolten Wong at least wongce.  Projections:  35/9/37/.272/9

34. Todd Frazier – Glad January Grey went back for a double dip on Todd Frazier sleeper potential.  Probably could’ve done without the Jedd Gyorko one.  January Grey, “Glad you still think of me, my lawyer says I’ll be out of this Chilean prison by December, at the latest!  Anyone for a double dip on Gyorko?!”  Projections:  43/11/38/.277/6

35. Jose Bautista – Only thing stopping me from ranking Bautista in the top 15 overall is his health concerns.  Perhaps wrongly but I feel like due to his relative healthy 1st half, there’s more a chance of an unhealthy 2nd half.  Yes, this thinking is crumby with crackers.  Projections:  37/14/39/.268/3

36. Jay Bruce – As his first half showed, he could be ranked 170th overall or in the top 10.  I assumed in the preseason a 27-year-old Bruce would surpass his usual solid 30+ HRs, 7 SBs.  I put the ass in that assumed.  Projections:  37/13/39/.267/5

37. Jacoby Ellsbury – Probably my least successful overrated post from the preseason, but people were ranking him in the top ten overall, and that was overrated, so I was right, but Ellsbury hasn’t been anywhere near a bust, which is not to say he’s never stood next to Billy Butler.  Projections: 41/6/40/.290/16

38. Edwin Encarnacion – He can come right back from his injury and produce at his pre-injury level and still have a problem getting this ranking’s value.  But I bet against Edwin once before this year and I’ll be damned if I’m throwing bad money after good.  Projections: 31/10/33/.267/1

39. Dee Gordon – I look at SAGNOF at the midseason point similar to starters.  You know who’s getting saves or steals, and if you need those things, you should pay for them.  Would I have done a preseason trade of, say, Edwin for Gordon or Kimbrel or Aroldis?  Oh, heck to the fire to the no.  At the midpoint of the season, if you need saves or steals, you do what needs to be done.  Projections:  48/0/16/.269/25

40. Nelson Cruz – I said to sell Nelson Cruz back in early June and he’s hitting .243 with 8 homers since then.  That’s solid…for Josh Willingham.  Projections:  35/11/41/.262/3

41. Ian Kinsler – So, how’s your break been so far?  You get that new MRPG?  Do I even know what an MRPG is?  No, but I refuse to jinx Kinsler so there will be no talking about him.  Projections:  42/8/29/.274/8

42. Hunter Pence – The Gangly Man-Bird held onto a lot more speed this year from 2013 than I thought he would.  His wild flapping ostrich arms did lose some though, and I don’t see him correcting that in the 2nd half.  Projections:  34/9/29/.285/6

43. Craig Kimbrel – SAGNOF!  Projections: 2-0/1.45/0.91/42, 16 saves

44. Aroldis Chapman – What Grey Writing Kimbrel’s Blurb Would Say or WGWKBWS.  That’s not a clunky acronym at all.  Projections:  3-1/1.98/1.00/47, 15 saves

45. Ian Desmond – Wasn’t a half to remember for his average, but he was a bit off on his BABIP luck and could hit .280 in the 2nd half or .220.  It’s just a matter of how the ball up the middle bounces.  Projections: 27/9/37/.267/8

46. David Ortiz – From the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1998, “He doesn’t have the bat of Cecil Fielder or the name recognition of even Darren Daulton, both of whom the Twins pursued earlier this offseason, but odds are Orlando Merced will line up at first base for manager Tom Kelly’s club on opening day.”  A few years later, with Ortiz withering away in the Twins system, the Twins grabbed Jose Morban from Texas, and needed to make room on their roster, so they cut Ortiz.  Oopsie.  Projections:  38/12/43/.277/1

47. Cole Hamels – Rudy made the right call in the preseason trusting Hamels to return from shoulder tendinitis.  His call on trusting Shelby Miller and Verlander, well… Projections: 6-4/2.84/1.12/90

48. Billy Hamilton – Same bailiwick as Dee Gordon, which means they both have speed to burn, which might be a pun on bailiwick but I’m 30,000 words in here and there’s another 30,200 words to go, so let’s continue.  Projections:  42/1/30/.270/28

49. Josh Donaldson – When you put his first half together with his 2nd half, he’s going to be a top three 3rd baseman.  No question, Alex Trebek.  In the 2nd half, he could be surpassed by Pedro Alvarez who wasn’t even ranked.  It’s the magic of small sample sizes, at least that’s what I used to tell girlfriends.  Projections: 33/11/38/.264/3

50. Brandon Moss – He’s the David Ortiz of the A’s.  Only the Phils were the ones that screwed that prospect pooch.  Projections:  31/14/43/.260/2

51. Jason Kipnis – I told you he was overrated in the preseason, and he was just that, but due to expectations lowering in the last few months, I’m less cold on him.  Still don’t think he comes anywhere near past seasons, but he could hit ten homers and steal 15 bases in the 2nd half.  Will he is obviously a different pickle.  Projections:  30/8/26/.272/12

52. Jose Reyes – Imagine if Reyes was at a Ramada and stumbled into a Tony Robbins seminar.  He could be a top ten player.  Projections:  43/4/20/.285/11

53. Evan Longoria – Sadly, I think this ranking is even being optimistic.  His fly balls have dramatically dropped like he’s an 85-year-old man.  His balls have fallen so far, they’re now ground balls.  Projections:  39/12/42/.262/3

54. Yu Darvish – BAM!  What?  He should be in the top 20 with the rest of the big-name pitchers, but I’m worried about an injury, so I ranked him much lower and that gets a BAM!  His last two starts have been a mess, and if there’s anything wrong with him, the Rangers will shut him down.  Looking for a sell high?  Yu’ve been served.  Projections:  4-5/3.35/1.22/95

55. Corey Kluber – Yes, I think Kluber and Darvish will have comparable fantasy value in the 2nd half.  Obviously no one else thinks that, so I wouldn’t trade Darvish for Kluber, but you could get Kluber and another piece.  Look at me helping you.  What a mensch!  Just call me The Menschtache!  Projections:  6-4/3.12/1.14/88

56. Yoenis Cespedes – Yes, the A’s have a good offense.  And that’s not even accounting for Stephen Vogt.  I believe in Stephen Vogt!  Projections:  30/12/36/.253/3

57. Nolan Arenado – People are already chomping at the bit for who’s going to be ranked much higher next year for me than other sites.  All I’ll say is I’m gonna love Arenado until 3005, Childish Gambino.  Projections: 41/8/40/.298/2

58. Brian Dozier – Hit 7 homers in April, which was his top month for power, but he still hit 4 homers in May and June and 3 already in July, so the power hasn’t disappeared.  A guy that hits 4 homers every month is still hitting 24 on the year.  Something about him is nagging me that he’s like Will Venable at a middle infidel slot and we all know where Will Venable is this year.  Hmm…Actually, where is he?  Is he still in baseball?  Projections:  44/9/29/.234/9

59. Chris Davis – I did tell you to sell Davis low about a month ago.  I’m really only ranking him this high for the chance he has one of those huge power months that he’s capable of.  Like a 15 HR month.  I almost feel like there’s a buying opportunity now for Davis, because he’s bottomed out so terribly.  On our Player Rater, he’s ranked 255th overall around Martin Prado and Seth Smith.  Yeah, things have gotten that bad.  Projections:  34/14/39/.242/1

60. Starling Marte – Was a tad touch and go with his fantasy value for a few weeks when the Pirates fell crazy in love Josh Harrison.  Surfboard, surfboard.  But everyone came to their senses and Marte has done what should be expected of him.  Projections:  35/6/28/.262/18

61. Mat Latos – Gil Scott-Heron had to make himself tougher due to growing up with the name Gilbert.  Similarly, Latos has to keep himself healthy because the alternative is more time with his wife.  Projections:  6-2/3.35/1.09/79

62. Hisashi Iwakuma – Hisashi my dashi — slurp SLURP!  Projections:  7-3/3.12/1.02/75

63. Mark Trumbo – Due to his foot unable to handle the pressure of not being a hand– *intern whispers in my ear*  I’m told a stress fracture has nothing to do with stress.  Well, Trumbo’s back, hopefully he stays that way and hits some damn homers because I own him in more leagues than I want to admit to.  Projections:  32/14/38/.254/1

64. Julio Teheran – After his final two games of the half, I’m worried that The Regression Fairies are going to redecorate his ratios. Projections:  6-3/3.30/1.12/77

65. Alex Cobb – In the preseason, I predicted Cobb would throw a no-hitter on July 18th.  I also predicted Cobb would be a top 15 starter, so it would be odd if the powers that be in this tangled little universe we call earth were to give me the no-hitter and not the top 15 prediction.  Here’s to both happening in the 2nd half!  In all seriousness, he’s exactly the same pitcher he was last year when he had a 2.76 ERA, except this year he’s actually throwing harder.  Just some bad luck.  Projections: 5-4/3.35/1.18/72

66. Homer Bailey – What a motley crew of pitchers in this little sub-section of the rankings.  Or as the Motley Crue fantasy baseball song goes, Four girl readers, four girl readers, four girl readers.  Here’s to BABIPs and xFIPs and other made-up acronyms by guys in their mothers’ basements coming to fruition, and Bailey coming around.  Projections:  5-4/3.27/1.17/74

67. Kenley Jansen – The flip side of the SAGNOF situation is Kenley is worth nothing if you don’t need saves.  In a league where I was in first with saves by a healthy amount, I would trade Kenley for, say, Wright even though Wright’s ranked way after him.  Continued in next blurb.  Projections:  2-1/2.08/1.02/40, 15 saves

68. Greg Holland – In the reverse scenario, if you need saves, I’d trade a top 50 guy for a closer.  Of course, it is always ideal to trade two pieces for a few junky closers.  Continued in next blurb.  Projections: 2-2/1.95/0.97/41, 13 saves

69. Glen Perkins – I don’t really have anything to add on the SAGNOF front.  Continued in the next blurb.  Projections: 1-1/2.20/1.01/33, 14 saves

70. Koji Uehara – If I had nothing on the SAGNOF front for last guy, why would I have anything for this guy?  Projections:  3-1/2.05/0.89/30, 13 saves

71. Kyle Seager – As many of you know, I put money down in Vegas for the Mariners to win the World Series.  First time I’ve ever bet on baseball….Well, except for betting 358,000 man hours a year on fantasy.  Go M’s!  Projections:  29/10/41/.269/3

72. Gregory Polanco – Hello, world, Polanco is taking you over.  What?  You don’t want to be taken over?  Aw, too bad!  As I said prior to him being called up, he’s Marte with a better average.  He’s on pace for a 15/30/.260 season in 162 games.  The .260 could go up to .300, whether that happens this year is hard to say due to the fickle nature of batting average.  Projections:  38/4/21/.282/12

73. George Springer – If you remove his name from his stats, he’s probably less valuable than, say, Werth, but there his name is and the possibility of more.  No one wants to drive the reliable Buick when the Mitsushitty convertible is calling your name.  Projections: 29/10/35/.230/4

74. Buster Posey – I think the Royal We finally has landed on the proper value for Posey.  Not amazing, not terrible.  Hey, you don’t have to wear that Burger King cardboard crown to be part of the Royal We.  Projections:  35/8/42/.282

75. David Wright – If he would’ve embraced the love of a good Cougar, I guarantee you he wouldn’t be ranked this low.  Or ever have to do laundry or dishes.  Or ever get stumped on 1960’s trivia.  He would have to watch The View though.  And explain acronyms like NSFW and what Twitter is.  Projections:  39/8/40/.298/5

76. Trevor Rosenthal – So, a little insight about the rankings.  I rank everyone then go back and write the blurbs.  Coming upon Rosenthal here with no closers around him, I feel like I just befriended a lost child in a grocery store.  Why’s he by himself?  Don’t worry, Rosenthal, we’ll find your mom.  Projections: 2-2/2.79/1.12/40, 14 saves

77. Khris Davis – Maybe the universe can only give something positive to one Khris/Chris Davis at once.  Maybe that’s why there’s a Gray Albright that is a millionaire married to a supermodel.  But does that supermodel know 1960’s trivia?  Projections:  32/13/38/.282/2

78. Matt Adams – Fun fact!  Adams once asked his health teacher if donuts were a source of protein.  Then asked, “Are you sure?  Nuts are in the name,” and then asked that five more times until he cried, screaming, “Liar!”  Projections:  30/11/35/.305/2

79. Pablo Sandoval – Is it me or did this post suddenly get fat?  Projections:  36/12/36/.284

80. Adrian Gonzalez – I told you to sell him in early April.  Of course, in that same post I also told you to buy Wil Myers.  *slowly walks out of this blurb, steps on a rake*  Ow!  *turns around and steps on another rake*  Ow!  *turns again, another rake*  Ow!  Projections:  33/9/40/.265

81. Manny Machado – Macho, macho, Machado!  Projections:  39/7/29/.282/5

82. Matt Kemp – He’s been a green shade of puke this year, but he could get smoking hot and be a top 20 hitter for two months.  Projections:  37/12/35/.271/2

83. Jayson Werth – Probably wouldn’t be in this top 100 if not for his last two weeks, but it goes to show you how quickly things can change.  Mercurial, I’ll tell ya.  Mercurial!  Damn, thought I might win some kind of prize for using mercurial twice in five words.  No ceiling balloon drop this time.  Projections:  40/9/32/.287/3

84. Eric Hosmer – It’s funny how the rankings of certain players that send up the biggest red flags are ones that we didn’t even question in the preseason.  Hosmer doesn’t seem to make sense here like he did in the preseason, but I can’t help feel like he can continue his hot hitting in the 2nd half (hitting over .400 in July).  I also may just be a sucker for at least one Royal hitter every rankings post, and Mostasuckass is sitting this one out.  Projections:  36/8/38/.280/4

85. Alexei Ramirez – The Cuban Missile definitely had a much better April than any other month or any other April in his career.  I wonder if Mrs. Missile screaming at him to get out of the house had anything to do with it.  She’s one tactical balls-seeking Missile.  Projections:  33/7/30/.279/10

86. Brett Gardner – Mr. Gardner planted the seeds in the spring for a bountiful summer, and now he’s reaping those rewards.  And he’s not taking any jive from any Western Union messenger.  Projections:  39/5/23/.271/12

87. Cliff Lee – The Adverb will return on July 21st.  At which point, the Comatose Phillies Fan will wake and wonder why Ryan Howard is using a walker with bowling balls on the legs.  Projections:  5-2/2.89/1.08/54

88. Alex Rios – I just went over why you should sell Rios.  I wrote it while wondering if the spooky kid across the street from me has the Shining.  Projections:  34/7/30/.291/12

89. Anthony Rendon – The trouble with 2nd half rankings:  if you were to take two-thirds of their current numbers that got them ranked in the top 100 in the first half, you’re looking at numbers that could be found off of waivers in shallower leagues.  If Rendon does exactly what he did in the first half prorated, it’s 8 homers, 5 steals.  Solid, I suppose, but Arismendy could do that.  Or more.  And you thought I’d get through the whole post without mentioning Arismendy.  Puh-leez. Projections:  36/7/33/.282/5

90. Torii Hunter – You’ll notice a different Zombino didn’t make it in the top 100.  Which one?  I’ll give you a hint:  Victor Martinez.  No, not Jason Giambi.  My hint was his actual name.  Projections:  33/8/38/.283/3

91. Josh Hamilton – He’s one of those guys that could be a top ten player for two months.  Granted, he hasn’t been that guy in about two years.  Projections:  31/9/37/.262/3

92. Dustin Pedroia – I like to believe there was some sort of coronation when Pedroia okayed Altuve passing him in the 2nd basemen rankings.  I like to believe that coronation took place inside a doll house.  Projections:  35/6/38/.295/5

93. Starlin Castro – Rudy mentioned over IM he was surprised that I didn’t nail the Castro bounce back in the preseason since I have a degree in Saberhagenmetrics from the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston.  Castro falls into that category of player that fails to excite me:  good average, not huge power or speed.  Think my meh-ness on Daniel Murphy.  Projections:  30/7/39/.282/3

94. Carlos Santana – Yeah, doode was straight garbage on the sun with a giant mirror reflecting more sun on him, but I don’t buy any real skills deterioration for Chuck Santana.  Projections:  33/12/39/.252/2

95. Melky Cabrera – When are Melky and Coco Crisp going to realize they are long-lost cousins?  Projections:  44/8/29/.282/3

96. Scott Kazmir – Prior to Zimmermann’s biceps strain on the final weekend of the 1st half, he was ranked here.  Too bad, so sad.  I didn’t want to rank Kazmir at all, because I can’t imagine he stays healthy for another whole half of a season, but his first half deserves it.  Projections:  5-3/3.05/1.19/60

97. Garrett Richards – I could’ve put here Odorizzi or Samardzija or Hammel or Sonny Gray or Tyson Ross or Ryu or Samardzija and then everyone would’ve said you listed Samardzija twice and you forgot so-and-so.  Well, so-and-so can be just as good, but there’s only so much room and I just kinda did mention them by listing them.  Richards has been crazy solid in the 1st half with a 2.55 ERA and a 9+ K/9, and aside from homers, isn’t getting all that lucky.  Projections:  7-3/3.42/1.18/86

98. Matt Holliday – Maybe in the 2nd half we’ll get Matt Working or, at least Matt Staycation.  This Three-Month Holliday just ain’t cutting it.  Projections:  39/8/40/.284/3

99. Joey Votto – How I ended up with this ranking for Votto?  I went through every player above him and said, “(This player) or Votto?” That took me about two weeks and Votto got hurt again three more times while I was going through it.  I don’t think we’re going to see anything from Votto this year, and a guy like Alcides Escobar, for instance, who isn’t ranked will probably give more value than Votto, but there’s some upside here, so I ranked him.  Projections:  28/7/33/.292

100. Charlie Blackmon – Here’s one way to use this list.  Look at our Player Rater (what guys have done) vs. where I have them ranked.  Or you could look at the Buysellatops that compares player’s values from what they have done to what they should do.   Or look at the Stream-o-Nator and stop getting bogged down in whether you should own that last fantasy starter.  Or look at the Hitter-Tron and stop worrying about if you should have Austin Jackson on your team, but, if you use the Hitter-Tron, then you might have to worry about why there’s some sticky, milky substance on the top of your toaster.  Projections:  42/6/29/.279/7

  1. Bob says:
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    Oh man. The tide has turned. Was having an amazing season. And then Injury’s as per usual have put it all at stake. Now having to consider deals I would normally pass on easily. My SP which was once a strength is now a super concern. Tanaka and Zimmerman, and lost Jose Fernandez Earlier in the year. Current Roster Below

    Weekly H2h Roto Categories.6×6 extra cats are K’s for hitters and QS for pitchers.

    Owner with Sale and Strasburg is willing to deal Sale. But only with Beltre coming back. Would you do Sale and Seager for Beltre and Liriano or Ventura? Owner also has Cobb and is a big braves Fan., Would you add in Minor to get Cobb and Sale?

    C-Ramos
    1b-Goldy
    2b-Altuvie
    ss-Hanley Ramirez
    3b-Adrian Beltre
    OF-Billy Hamilton
    OF-Adam Jones
    OF-Carlos Gomez
    DH-Carlos Santanna(1b,3b,dh)
    b-Anthony Rendon (2b,3b)
    b-Ryan Braun
    B-Kole Calhoun
    b-Nolan Arenado
    b-George Springer
    Dl-Edwin Encarnacion (1b,dh)
    P-Scherzer
    P-Bumgardner
    P-Kluber
    P-Anibal Sanchez
    P-Dillon Gee
    RP-Robertson
    RP-Holland
    B-Jordan Zimmerman
    B-Mike Minor
    B-Francisco Liriano
    B-Yordano Ventura
    Dl-Tanaka

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Bob:

      ” … do Sale and Seager for Beltre and Liriano … ? ”

      very quickly .
      with that roster , you won’t be missing beltre ‘s power numbers .

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Bob: YES and yes

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Bob: DO IT…and if you can get cobb as a throw in for Minor then DO IT to me one more time

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Bob: agree with others

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bob: This looks like a keeper so I would try to get Ventura instead of Liriano

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bob: my bad, I thought you were getting Ventura, hold him in a keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Agree with others

  2. Elwood Blues says:
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    Looking to pick up Kershaw from a team that’s waving the white flag.. I need help in whip and era..
    here’s my staff Gio, Bum, Peralta, Garza, Lynn, Hudson.. VicBlack, Reed, and Papelbon..
    I was thinking of giving up Black as part of the trade (obviously there are more pieces, I am not getting Kershaw for VicBlack) or should I trade him one of the starters to help my era and whip.. currently I am 2nd in wins.. but 10th in era.. and 9th in whip… middle of the pack in saves. (NL Only 4×4)

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Elwood Blues: Not sure..if im the other owner im not taking Black plus any one of them for Kershaw

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF, it’s worth a try but it would be tough to pull off

      • Elwood Blues says:
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        @Mike: i guess i phrased this wrong. I trading a bunch of hitters and prospects.. or at least trying to.. for Kershaw and others.. Would it be best for my era and whip to keep black or instead get rid of one of my weaker starters?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          the relievers usually help more with ratios

  3. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    monumental effort , my friend .
    many , many thanks .
    lot’s of good shizz here .

    cargo ain’t got a snowball’s chance at # 11 ,
    if we both own him .
    i suggest you drop yours immediately .

    this might be one of my favorite times of the year for fbb .
    quitters are quitting , losers are leaving , and footballers are footballing .
    soon , people will be screaming at you for suggesting that they package up
    goldschmidt and mccutchen for dyson and ey jr .
    “ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FREAKING GOURD ? ”
    (i like that one the best) .

    i give up , Mr. Menschtache .
    can hurley throw a baseball 95 mph ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha. agreed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @costaricanchata: Haha… Thanks! Hurley can hit 93 MPH, I believe, in the 1970’s Dharma camp…

  4. The Thumb says:
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    A little sad to not see Calhoun or Lucroy. Love the aggressiveness with CarGo!

  5. Robert says:
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    Would you drop Alex Gordon for Kris Davis?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I guess it depends how worried you are about the wrist. I’d go with Davis personally.

  6. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Thanks so much for this list. You’re a badass!

    10 team H2H, Dynasty, Hitting Stats: R, H, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, GIDP, FPCT, AVG, SB%

    1.
    a. Please rank for bench bat ROS: Wong, Alcantara, Betts, Holt
    b. Please rank for bench bat dynasty: Wong, Alcantara, Betts, Holt

    2. Please rank ROS assuming healthy: Vogt, Mauer, Gattis

    Oh! Also, if I have Crapshoot Kershaw in my clubhouse, how do I get him to stop trying to involve his brother in shenanigans? He’s always saying shizz like, “Hey Clayton Kershaw, if you’ll just play ‘dead arm’ this one game I’ll send half my winnings with you guys to donate on your next trip to Africa. It’s for a good cause, Clayton Kershaw!” I have NO idea why he calls his brother by his whole name, but everyone knows what he’s up to, and the whole scene is very distracting. I’m certain it’s why The Dirty Maulers are mired in 2nd place. I might just have to release Clayton to remove the temptation. Quite the conundrum.

    Thanks again for your insight!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Inglourious Dirty Ol’ Basterd:

      problem here , with assuming gattis returning to good “health” .
      buldging disc in his neck ?? (that’s the report that i heard) .
      am not a doctor , obviously .
      if i was , i would have a keyboard that scribbles .
      but , disc problems are not something that really goes away .

      • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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        @costaricanchata: I have a badly compressed disc that is constantly bulging in my neck. While it causes great pain from time to time, it’s not something that, after it is addressed properly, doesn’t subside to a manageable level for long periods of time. When it’s bad, I am unable to move from my bed, but. After a couple weeks of rest and rehab I’m good for another 3-4 months of constant activity. Gattis and I are both Dallasites, but he’s only 27, and I’m 41. My back and neck issues started when I was about 23. The key is staying fit in good shape. I do that, and I’m certain he does, too.

  7. SteveNZ says:
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    Surely you didn’t think you could throw in a ‘Bam! What?’ without someone noticing? Explain yourself please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: I just Googled it, had no idea…Ha…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I didn’t really think that you had suddenly started watching Disney Channel, but you never know I guess.

        Some of those starlets are growing up nicely though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Nice

  8. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh, Rios and Al-Ram are missing their projections…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        @Mike: not a joke? I’ll move along…

        • de nachos says:
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          @Mike: Blame it On Ríos. Hmm, I wonder if that naked teen who seduced Michael Caine is still hot today…googles…

          Wow! she was Mrs. Matt Williams from 99-02. Knew that dude was a closet freak. AND, she’s still bringing it at 48. Atta gal. Cougarliscious.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Mike: LOL. I just looked again at my comment, and I see what you mean!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: Oops, cut and paste error, fixed

  9. Pdiddy says:
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    Was crying after the last line in Puig’s blurb! Salud!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Pdiddy: So was Donnie Baseball

  10. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    hey Grey, in your knowledge, what % of NL or AL only leagues have players traded in real life simply disappear from database due to a trade (like if say Goldy got traded to NYY tomorrow). not just Grey, anybody chime in who has an idea. I figured almost all of them would keep any player who started the year in the league you draft for to stay there all of the current season (it’s part of my argument for getting rid of it’s opposite). It’s gotta be over half of them though. this is in yahoo (so it’s possible they don’t even have this setting)

    • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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      NL-only league I’m in: players traded to AL in real life are GONE. They’re in the frikkin AL — how could their stats count in an NL-only league? You, sir, are a madman!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not sure I understand completely. If a player moves to another league, it makes sense to me that they would no longer be in their old league’s player pool…

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Mike: i’m talking midseason moves. clearly after season you couldn’t still have that player. seems very arbitary that a player could just disappear from a team, with no way to plan for that.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, I’m not sure how that works

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: Ok. You need to just stop it. That’s how your league works. That’s how most AL/NL – only leagues work. Harping on this for two separate blogs because you lost a player per your league rules is silly. All you gotta do is just read up on your league’s rules next time.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Inglourious Dirty Ol’ Basterd: hey costricia (or somebody that works for him). i haven’t lost any players yet. thanks everybody for explaining how their leagues work. i was completely aware of how league worked when i joined it. i was also told at the time it would (still might) likely be changed later (next year).

  11. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    When it comes to the lovely Dallas Latos I always feel like it could be worse. She could be Madison Bumgarner’s wife…Woof!

  12. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    BTW total Dad story here but I was listening to the Mets/Braves game when I was out for a run last week and got really excited when I heard David’s Wright’s walk up song is “I got 5 on it”. Best thing David Wright has done since 2007!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        ralph lifshitz says:
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        @Mike: @Mike: Of course and a white pair of New Balance shoes.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @ralph lifshitz: perfect. I like to break out the old yellow “Walkman” too.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            ralph lifshitz says:
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            @Mike: Oh Hell Yeah I got my Timberland and Magoo tape on blast!

  13. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Another great job by Grey.

    You put the Shizz in my Rizz, the Prolly in my probably and the jizz in my….oh wait not sure where i was going there.

  14. Head Down says:
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    Relieved Longoria wasn’t in your top 40. I get to keep my head.

    I think Timmie Two-Joint is going to find himself in the top 15 pitching ranks 2nd half. If he can come back after the break without losing his rhythm he should be solid. He is a joy to watch now pitching with confidence. As soon as the batter is in the box…he is firing like Maddox incarnate. I’m buying.

    thanks for you write-ups Grey…always look forward to reading them

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      finger crossed for Timmy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Head Down: After you put so much pressure on him not being in the top 40, what was I gonna do… I own Timmy in the RCL right now, but could drop him

  15. Kutty says:
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    Blood for saves league and haven’t won the category all year. I could deal Puig/Rondon for Arenado/Marte/C.Allen. This would give me J.Smith/C.Allen as my RP’s. Lineup is Gomes/Cron/Altuve/Longoria/Andrus/Bruce/Springer/Polanco/L.Martin/A.Craig/and Alcantara.

    Would you move Puig for Arenado/Marte/Allen assuming I need some sweet SAGNOF?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, if it fills your needs

  16. Brooklyn says:
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    Hi, grey:

    I’m in a 12 team, mixed, keeper, points league. (We may keep 5 keepers for our first 5 draft picks)

    Can you help me assess this trade?

    My Cutch and Sandoval for his Cargo and Beltre.

    He’s competing for this year whereas I am pretty much out of contention. The issue is: will both Cargo and Beltre be worth keeping in my top 5 picks next year?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would think they would be, but you’re giving up a top ten, maybe top 5, talent in Cutch as well. Seems fair IMO.

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Brooklyn: apples for apples

  17. The Strolg says:
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    This top 100 is like a methadone clinic.

  18. fri-guy says:
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    Clearly younger Trout fans call themselves Fry-Guys.
    That’s all I got.

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @fri-guy: is that from Workaholics.

  19. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Were you teasing me with “Fishtail”….I had to do a double take

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha a JeF “shout out”

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Its becoming more than just a wanna be glossary term…its becoming a way of life…….Taco Bell might have something to do with that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wet tail is usually followed by a nappy

        • J-FOH says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Nachos, you don’t buy them you rent them

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @J-FOH: Word

  20. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey et al!

    This is really beyond the Holy Grail of the 2nd half because you put a lot of effort into it like you do for all your other stuff. In the name of all fantasy ballers, thank you!

    Your article imitates life to a tee – to wit, it’s more painful when someone close to you (like you because you are under my skin and I’ve got you) tells you the truth then if some knucklehead off the fantasy street (like Tristan Crockhead) tells it you. Everyone knows deep inside that the truth is reality, yet we piss on those who tell us the truth because it conflicts with our perception of reality.

    On Altuve, he has a job in the future in acting as a stunt double. That is a truly stunning likeness.

    Dropped Tanaka today in my re-draft league for Jesse Hahn – now I wish that I had Jessie’s girl. Made a few moves, would be interested in what you all think.

    1. Added Bauer dropping Liriano – Liriano’s last start was doozy; Bauer’s last start was a dandy.

    2. Added Doolittle dropping Street – I looked at their production from week 10 to 15 and noticed that Street has done less Doolittle (pun point), therefore added Doolittle. Also, looked at the reasons why and with the As being the best team in MLB and the Friars being one of the worst it’s a no-brainer.

    3. Added Dillon Gee dropping Gerrit Cole. Had a brief bromance with both Cole and Cashner, but that has faded into oblivion now.

    4. Added Stephen Vogt dropping Wilin Rosario. Will stream the hot potato out of the catcher’s spot from now on.

    Also, what’s your take on who will be a 2-start pitcher for weeks 25 and 26. My guess is pitchers who are 2-starts in week 16 and week 17 would get 2 starts in week 25 and pitchers who are 2-starts in week 17 and week 18 would get 2 starts in week 26. Is that too nerdy?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      those moves all sound fine to me…not sure about 2-starts

      • Jason E. from Michigan says:
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        @Mike: 1. I like bauer a lot! Liriano is frustrating, as I am sure Bauer will be but there is some serious upside.

        2. I wish I could add doolittle off waivers! I need saves. You couldn’t package Street and another player for a top 20 bat?

        3. Big Gee fan! I still believe in Cashner.

        4. I would have held onto Rosario, but I definitely see why you picked up Vogt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, thanks! Agree with Mike, not sure on 2-start pitchers then, pitchers who are going to the playoffs could get skipped

  21. DancinHomer says:
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    I know you have Frazier ranked ~20 spots ahead of Longoria, but given the opportunity, would you trade away Longo for Frazier?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @DancinHomer: I would…and id also try to get the Frazier owner to add something just for the name value of Longo, if you can.

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: exploitation, i love it.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF

  22. Jordan73 says:
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    Traded away my backup SS (I’ve got Tulo, what could go wrong?), so I’m looking at what’s available. What look to be the best options are Lowrie, Segura, Bogaerts, and Danny Santana. You buying on any of them for the second half?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Segura

  23. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    You like khris Davis over kole Calhoun ROS? What do you see Calhoun doing for the ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you could flip a coin on those two. I prefer Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: Depends on needs a bit, obviously I like Davis more, he’s in the top 100

      • OT says:
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        @Grey:

        do you think Calhoun (and Bruce for that matter) pick up the steals back to what we expected going into the season considering their earlier injuries?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never expected that many steals from him.

  24. It's Enrico Pallazzo says:
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    Blackman or Jennings ROS?

    • It's Enrico Pallazzo says:
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      @It’s Enrico Pallazzo: ok this is a pretty stupid question on a ROS rankings post where Blackman is ranked and Jennings isn’t. Sorry coffee hasn’t sunk in yet.

  25. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop Geritt Cole and take a flyer on Joey Votto?

    These are my other SPs:

    Madison Bumgarner
    Zack Greinke
    Jon Lester
    James Shields
    Doug Fister
    Anibal Sanchez
    Alex Cobb

    These are my 1Bs:

    Paul Goldschmidt
    Eric Hosmer

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not sure you really need him with Goldy and Hosmer already rostered

      • Mike says:
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        @Mike: I was thinking upside since – in theory – I could go 1B,CI,UTIL with the three 1Bs if they were all hot.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Mike: hmmm. If this is a redraft, I’m not sure Votto has much upside. I could be wrong, but I’d hold what you have.

  26. Moose Out Front says:
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    So, I guess you meant it with the AniSELL Sanchez article.

  27. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Would you drop Zimmerman, Khris or Springer for Arenado?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      seems like you could get something in trade for those guys. Arenado over Zimm

  28. 740 says:
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    Sup Grey, hope ur right about Santana! anyway, 10team roto 5×5. who would u rather have ROS. Segura, Alcantara, Lowrie?

    Thanks alot!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Segura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: I’ll go Arismendy, it’s a coin flip

  29. Nyjacobs says:
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    Grey – sure u been asked this a bunch but would u b ok with me trading my trout for kershaw str8 up to start the 2nd half? 12 roto thanks

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Nyjacobs: Hold

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Trout side

    • KING TROUT says:
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      Never trade Trout in a keeper league.

  30. Jon says:
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    Who do you prefer in the second half: Heyward or Jennings?

    Are they basically the same player now (sad if true), or do you think Heyward still has a breakout in him?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Jon: Heyward

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Heyward

  31. Jon says:
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    Which 2B was closest to the top 100? Walker, Lawrie, Odor, Betts

    How would you rank them ROS?

    • Jon says:
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      I’m curious how Zobrist and Utley would fit in, too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Utley, Zobrist, Walker

  32. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Got the below trades offers. Do you like both? One better than the other?

    Yu for 1b Abreu
    OR
    Yu for Agone + Jordan Zimmerman

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer the first one

      • Chris says:
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        @Mike: Would you still do the 2nd one? I got currently Chisenhall at 1b and alvarez at 3b?
        Thanks

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sure

  33. Eds says:
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    RCL League:
    McCutchen/Kluber for Cano/Fister/Joe Smith

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Cutch side

  34. Cram It says:
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    Do we like Eovaldi at home against the Giants on Friday? Streamonator doesn’t have him listed…

  35. elipitt says:
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    I am first in every offensive category, need pitching help. Give Harper to get Price? That would leave me with Polano, Springer, B. Hamilton, Marte, JD Martinez and Calhoun at OF/UTIL.

    • Mike

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      is it a redraft? sure, I’d do that

  36. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Good Morning Grey
    10 team h2h redraft, Yu and Pence or Kershaw?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the Pence side

  37. It's Enrico Pallazzo says:
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    Better stash: Cashner or Cole? Also stashing Lindstrom as he appears to be back soon and closers are a hot commodity in my league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Cashner

      • It's Enrico Pallazzo says:
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        @Mike: would you drop Desmond Jennings in order to stash both of them?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          nah, I wouldn’t

  38. tank1 says:
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    Deal J. Zimmermann for Hawkins or Janssen? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Jansen. I’d rather have ZImm over both though unless you need the saves.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Is that Kenley or Casey?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Mike: if it’s Casey, I’d just keep Zimm. If it’s Kenley I might do it.

  39. J Boy says:
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    Can you rank the following SPs for ROS in a 14 team roto with QS instead of W:

    Gio
    Sonny Gray
    Samardjzia
    Iwakuma
    Fister

    Thanks!

  40. Fireball Feliz says:
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    I’ve got the whole Motley Crue band, lucky me. Bailey on the bass, Cobb on the Kazoo, and Tehran on the snake charmer flute. Music to my fantasy ears!

  41. fri-guy says:
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    So thanks to Grey, we now have “the Blackmon Line”? Thank god no white men play fantasy baseball or that’d sound racist.

  42. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Hey Grey, which pitcher do you like best for the second half?
    Bucholz, G Cole, Hahn, Chavez, Wheeler, Gee, Odorizzi, T Walker

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Odorizzi, Wheeler, Walker would be my picks out of that group

  43. Q says:
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    Ok, so here’s where I’m at:

    12 Team 6X6 H2H league. I’m running in 9th place and might be out of it, but I’d like to play it out and take a shot at a run.

    Pitching CATs are QS, K, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, and SV +HLDs. We have a 4 move limit per week, so I can stream to a point. But there have been several weeks where I use all my moves right at the beginning of the week and then have a guy get hurt or skipped and I’m screwed. (I include this info because I know all of the names I’m going to give you are “streamers,” and I don’t want you to say, “Those guys are all streamers.” I know that.) My 4 mainstays are Sale, Greinke, Lackey, and Yordano (lost Tanaka last week)

    What I’d like to do is pick 2 of these guys to hold and then stream a pitcher @ beginning of each week. Then, if I need another start or something towards end of week, I can stream that spot.

    Long story short (too late), pick 2 of these guys to HOLD ROS. I guess keep in mind that I need upside and need to take a shot to have any chance at playoffs. I used the ROS player rater to get these names

    Liriano (I drafted him…..SON always likes him….but, ugh.)
    Hector Santiago (Nice Ks, but seems risky. Is he even going to keep starting?)
    Bartolo Colon
    Wade Miley
    Edwin Jackson
    Dillon Gee
    Wei-Yin Chen.

    Thanks and happy break!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Gee and Miley of that group. Liriano too but you don’t sound like you’re in love.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Q:

      am not qualified to answer your questions .
      just wanted to come on , here , and applaud you
      for “playing out the string” .
      even if it gets to the point where you have
      absolutely no chance to make the play-offs ,
      it’s still a league , and your outcome affects others .

  44. Matt says:
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    Keeper league trade offer (allstar break-is there really much else to do but make trades??)

    Give Craig and Gausman
    Get Kemp

    I really like Gausman but don’t trust the O’s handling of young pitchers, and he’s definitely been jerked around all year. I’m in playoff contention now and could use the upgrade in OF from Craig to Kemp, especially with Craig only playing part time. Thoughts?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Matt: DO IT

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gausman shoudl be up the rest of the year, but it’s moot becuase the Kemp side is better IMO

  45. Jimbo says:
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    Kluber for Werth in a 15 team league?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Jimbo: Id rather have Kluber

      • Jimbo says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: I would too but I need batting help and Werth got really hot in the second half last year.

        Who do you think I could target need OF or Util

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Jimbo: Maybe Ozuna or Khris Davis

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take the bat, but Kluber is solid

  46. Q says:
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    Pick ONE ROS.

    12 Tm 6X6 H2H. Cats are OBP, SLG, R, HR, RBI, SB-CS. 2 util spots so position irrelevant.

    Markakis
    Kendrys
    Willingham.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Willingham

  47. Derrick says:
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    Trout and Dickerson for Abreu and Moss.

    Keep in mind Abreu can be kept for 3 years and Trout can’t.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d still rather have Trout

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Derrick: If you cant keep trout and dont think your winning this year then thats not a bad offer…If you think you can win this year id hold trout

  48. Torii Hunter > Alex Gordon ? says:
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    ROS, which would you rather have, Alex Gordon or Torii Hunter?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gordon

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Torii Hunter > Alex Gordon ?: you probably didn’t need to type the question. hehe. name literally says it all.

  49. El cuñado says:
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    Thanks for the rankings! Moving forward, I need help at 2b/3b. Can you rank Chisenhall, wong, hot?
    You da man, Grey!

    • El cuñado says:
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      @El cuñado: Ahh, Holt*

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Wong

      • El cuñado says:
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        @Grey: ¡Thanks gents!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  50. atgreat says:
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    Anyone have any thoughts on my team? Seems to me like I’m pretty well set up but I’ll probably try to make another move for a pitcher.

    14 team H2H 7×7, with OPS, TB, QS, H/9, S+H

    C – Wilson Ramos
    1B – Freddie Freeman
    2B – Arismendy Alcantara
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Starlin Castro
    OF – Melky Cabrera
    OF – Billy Hamilton
    OF – Andrew McCutchen
    Util – Bryce Harper
    Util – Yasiel Puig

    B – Eric Hosmer
    B – Mark Trumbo

    P – Chris Sale
    P – Dallas Keuchel
    P – Tim Hudson
    P – Hisashi Iwakuma
    P – Ian Kennedy

    P – Chad Qualls
    P – Dellin Betances
    P – Wade Davis
    P – Zach Britton
    P – Hector Rondon

    B – Jesse Hahn
    B – Andrew Heaney
    B – Kevin Gausman

    DL – Michael Wacha
    DL – Matt Harvey
    DL – Danny Santana
    DL – Brandon Phillips

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      pretty stacked for a 14-teamer IMO

  51. Corey says:
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    “I’m sure we’ll have more memorable moments in the 2nd half where I have to drive the old cancer-stricken lady to chemo and I can break away for a few moments and take a bath in Giancarlo’s hot tub and steal his teddy bear”

    I enjoy that we watch the same shows, but I always wonder how many other people you are thoroughly confusing.

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Corey: I wish that show would get canceled. The constant stupidity coupled with the unlikelihood of all those witches’ ability to quote Descartes and debate literary references is absolutely unbearable. Yet, I’m still watching. Why wasn’t the rumor true?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Corey: Ha, probably a decent amount have no idea what I’m talking about

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @Grey: see i could do the literary references and Descartes quotes, but can’t watch those shows.

  52. Bye Felicia says:
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    Tehol agreed that Dom Brown would have hit more HR’s than Puig & Stanton combined last night in the derby. I could kind of see it, so does that also make me crazy? Ha!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Bye Felicia: haha. Tehol and Brown are both legendary. So that makes you legendary.

  53. Beastman says:
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    H2H league with OBP, in win-now mode: Trade Donaldson (keeper next year for $3) for Altuve (not keeper eligible)?

    Have Walker at 2B now but could use the speed/OBP boost from Altuve. Would then slot Pedro Alvarez in at 3B.

    And thanks for the top 100 update!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good to me

      • Beastman says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike. Have you heard anything about Pedro getting into an eventual platoon with Josh Harrison? Altuve could be a huge upgrade at 2B but don’t want to be left with a part-time guy at 3B, it’s a limited FAAB league so no streaming.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I haven’t heard that. I’d still do it.

          • Beastman says:
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            @Mike: Done! Thanks for the input.

  54. papasmurf says:
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    What is your take on Corey Dickerson? Kinda surprised he didn’t crack your top 100. Playing time concerns?

    Would you keep Matt Harvey over any of these guys for next year?
    Moss, Dee, Altuve, Gray, Shark, Longo.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      maybe Shark or Gray. Hard to say how long it takes him to get back to form.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Yes, playing time concerns… Harvey’s over Shark if you can keep him forever

    • Superfan says:
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      @papasmurf:

      I was surprised too but was thinking the wrist. They have to find a way to get him ABs. He is putting up crazy numbers.

  55. pistole pete says:
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    Standard 10 team ESPN league. Would you trade Shields for Kazmir and Aramis? Need help at MI.

    Current sps are: Bum, Gray, Kluber, (Shields), and a streamer.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure. Aramis can play MI?

  56. Hello everyone … apologies in advance for a long message, but some lineup help here, please. Any advice is welcome!

    This is a 14-team redraft 6×5 roto league with a 1300-inning limit. My team is in good shape on offense (top 4 in every category; HRs are the weakest) but pitching is weak: I’m near the bottom in Ws, and mid-pack in Ks, ERA, and WHIP. I’m fine in saves, but some of the relievers I have could implode or get replaced via trade, so that could change. I’m about on pace for innings, so I could switch out an SP but not add a new one.

    The league has the 8 regular positions, plus UTIL. No MI or CI positions; only 3 OF slots. I picked up Wong in the last week even though I don’t need middle infield depth because he was to tempting.

    My questions: I was thinking that if Wong is a safe bet I could trade Kinsler, or even trade Wong himself, though I don’t know if he’d have much trade value if he was on waivers a week ago. And I don’t need two SS and so either Gordon or Elvis could be on the block. But I’m not sure who to target. What are this team’s biggest needs?

    If I try to get an upgrade at closer (say, trading Elvis and one of my weak RP for a better RP) or at starter (say, Kinsler and Fister for a better starter) what level do I target? I guess I could use a better 3B than Longoria, but I’ve been using Rendon most of the time anyway.

    The roster is below.

    C Ramos
    1B Rizzo
    2B Kinsler, Wong
    2B/SS Dee Gordon
    SS Elvis
    2B/3B Rendon
    3B Longoria
    OF McCutch, Khris Davis, Bautista, Melky

    SP Wood,Minor, Teheran, Cobb, Fister
    RP Doolittle, JSmith, McGee, Casilla

    DL Wil Myers
    NA Salazar

    Interesting names on waivers: Cron, Kendrys, Coghlan, Stubbs, Putnam

    Thanks everyone!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s a great team for 14-team league. I would stay put. I don’t really even see a need for a better RP

      • @Mike: Thanks a lot, Mike. I’m in 1st but there are 3 teams on my tail.

        I don’t see a glaring weakness except that I could use some wins and a better ERA/WHIP but I think the pitchers are good enough and I hope they’ll improve.

        My main concern is that I’m stacked at at infield and I’m always leaving good players on the bench. Between 2B/SS/3B I have Dee Gordon, Elvis, Kinsler, Wong, Rendon, and Longoria. Six good guys for 3 spots, or 4 if I count UTIL (which means benching one of Rizzo, Bautista, Khris Davis, Melky, or McCutch). It’s a good problem to have, but it seems I should be able to trade away one or two of the infielders for help somewhere. I hate having to bench so much talent.

  57. Eds says:
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    Wade Miley or Trevor Bauer ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d lean Miley, but you could flip a coin

  58. Eds says:
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    Thanks for the previous help!

    I’m evaluating my roster for the 2nd half…

    Drafted Team
    C: Wieters
    1B: Posey
    2B: Zobrist
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Aybar
    MI: Rendon
    CI: Moustakas
    OF: Harper, Beltran, B. Hamilton, Hart, Crawford
    Utl: Butler
    Bench: Byrd, Ethier

    SP: Scherzer, F. Hernandez, Fister, Sabathia, Porcello, Griffin, Perez
    RP: Uehara, Robertson

    10 trades and 62 acquisitions later…

    Current Roster
    C: Perez (FA)
    1B: Frazier (FA)
    2B: Rendon (Draft)
    3B: Alvarez (Trade)
    SS: Aybar (Draft)
    MI: Alcantara (FA)
    CI: Dunn (FA)
    OF: McCutchen (Trade), Harper (Draft), Ellsbury (Trade), Polanco (FA), Kh. Davis (FA)
    Utl: Calhoun (FA)
    Bench: Beltran (Draft)
    DL: Encarnacion (Trade), Mauer (Trade)

    SP: F. Hernandez (Draft), Strasburg (Trade), Kluber (Trade), Kennedy (FA), Quintana (FA), Wheeler (FA), Miley (FA)
    RP: Kimbrel (Trade), Uehara (Draft), Robertson (Draft)

    I’ve turned over 71% of my original roster and have gone from last place in my league at the end of April to 10th place in this week’s RCL master standings.

    Lineup looks a bit out of whack with E5 on the DL but once he returns and everyone slots in their proper place, I think I’ll be good for the stretch run.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! If you’re in tenth overall, I would suggest you keep doing what you’re doing since it’s obviously working!

  59. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Think Vogt will have Catcher eligibility next year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, he’s at 15 games there already

  60. Crock says:
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    Hanley/Anibal Sanchez or Reyes/Cole Hamels?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hamels side

  61. Steve Stevenson says:
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    You believe in Vogt enough to drop J. Castro in 14-tm weekly 1 catcher OPS league w/ BB and K? Best C on the wire are the Angels duo and Grandal, so this would likely be a ROS bet on Vogt.

    Same league, rank the MI ROS: Miller, Bogaerts, Harrison, D. Santana.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Different league, similar cats, Vogt or McCann?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Vogt.

        re MI: that’s how I’d rank them

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  62. SDB says:
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    AllStarBreak trade offer:
    H2H Weekly Categories, 14 teams

    I’ve been offered Josh Donaldson for my Pedro Alvarez and Sonny Gray.

    Do I have reliable enough depth at SP to make that upgrade at 3rd and lose Gray?
    My SP’s:
    A.Cobb
    J.Teheran
    (S. Gray)
    D.Gee
    A.Wood.
    J. Chavez
    T.Roark
    J.Arrieta

    Thanks in advance!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, sounds good

  63. ERad says:
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    Little Altuve a 2nd or 3rd rounder next year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d guess third

  64. Paul says:
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    Nice writeup! Feeling pretty great about getting Cargo for Teheran 2 weeks ago.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

  65. Cell says:
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    14-team 5×5 mixed non-keeper league.

    Chavez will likely be moved to the bullpen since he’s nearing his innings high. One of the guys that caught my eye on waivers is James Paxton. Figured I could use some help with pitching depth. He’s expected to make a rehab start soon.

    Alex Meyer is also out there but a little less sure when the Twins would bring him up.

    My staff consists of Bumgarner, Gray, Bauer, Eovaldi, Locke, Despaigne, Walker, and Chavez with Soria and Janssen as RPs.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Paxton

  66. Chris says:
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    Which Hot streak should I ride fror the end f the weekend and next week:
    Holt, Pearce or Chris Coghlan?
    Thanks,

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Pearce

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Pearce

  67. Charles says:
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    I’m a strong follower of SON. Just had to ask why Liriano is at $16.4 vs the Rockies on 7/18 given how he’s been having terrible control issues all year (6 walks in 4 innings in his last start vs the Reds). And that Rockies lineup is much better than the Reds.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think Rudy fields the SON comments/questions on the SON page

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: probably due to it being in PIT. and COL isn’t a good offense on road. i don’t know, but if liriano’s other start was @ CIN that explains both parts.

  68. FillyP says:
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    12t 7×7 H2H (OBP/XBH + QS/IP)

    Would you move Cruz for Darvish? It’s a gamble, but I need pitching help.. OF is solid. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, if it fills a need

  69. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    I traded Freddie Freeman for Joe Mauer and Michael Brantley at the end of April. I got a lot of crap for it because everyone saw Freeman as this hitter that I just didn’t see.. but I believed in Brantley’s 5 tools over Freeman’s 4, at the very least to justify my trade. And all I got to say is, Brantley has turned into a fantastic overall player.

    Mauer didn’t exactly pan out.. traded him recently for $10 FAAB, but as you know, I picked up Stephen Vogt to go with a kind of catcher roulette strategy. but I believe in Stephen Vogt.

    so 2nd Half, here we go!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

  70. Moose Out Front says:
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    I like to take action on Grey’s midseason 100, so I fired off trade offers to half my league this morning. The accepted end result was this:

    give
    R. Zimmerman and Anibal Sanchez
    get
    Grienke

    It goes against my principals of trading hitting for pitching, but I have Seager at 3B and am weak at SP. 12 team H2H. Thoughts?

  71. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    So guy in my league is auctioning off Cano for a pitcher to the highest bidder. I’ve already got Altuve at 2B, but wouldn’t mind Cano as a utility bat given how barren our waiver wire is and how badly I’ve gotten killed by injuries. What tier pitcher would make for a good swap?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t know who you have, but I’d be willing to go pretty high for him

  72. The Borzoi says:
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    ROS
    1. J Abreu and Miggy or Wainwright and Rendon
    2. J Abreu or Wainwright
    THX

  73. BASEBALL FACT OF THE DAY:
    Giving home field advantage in the World Series to the winner of the all-star game is just stoooopid..

  74. BASEBALL FACT OF THE DAY partie deux:
    Bud Selig is juts stoooopid..

  75. Jon says:
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    Is there enough of a difference between Yan Gomes to say, a Gattis, McCann, Perez, Rosario, or Santana ROS to trade a for one of those catchers? Looking for upgrades for the second half. I’d probably offer something like Gomes+Aaron Sanchez (who I’m not crazy about). Or maybe part of a bigger package. Keeper league, obviously, but I can’t imagine keeping a catcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Sure, for Santana or Wilin

  76. The Borzoi says:
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    Paxton, Morton, Odorizzi
    Please rank order ROS

  77. Jon says:
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    Is there a reliever you’d target specifically for help with ratios? Who would be at the top of the list? Top 50 relievers owned in my 5×5 league… (so, every closer plus about 20 others)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Wade Davis

  78. Bryan says:
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    Would you trade Longoria to get Rendon in a H2h?

  79. LaStellllaaaaaaa says:
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    Side A: Joey Bats and Kazmir
    Side B: Jay Bruce and Hamels

    • KING TROUT says:
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      I agree. Matheny even tried to justify it saying it was based on leadership and performance. Kershaw is the best pitcher. Just bullshit.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @KING TROUT: there’s no way what he said would look like anything other than a manager playing his player over a better player though, but i wonder if there’d have been an emotional damage to waino if he went kershaw first? (which clearly would be a stupider thing to do)

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: at the same time, matheny was front and center when STL trashed Kershaw when it mattered most, with like 6 singles in a row or some weird shit, including Kozma for god’s sake.

  80. Steve D. says:
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    Grey, great read as always. The thing I like about Razzball, and your blog in particular, is that you’re out in front. (The good kind of out-in-front, not “it’s a 3-2 count and here comes the off-speed pitch”.) My biggest pet peeve with other fantasy sites is that they all seem to be a few days to a week behind on their player analysis. I love it when they tell me to pick up a guy because he’s hot, a week after someone in my league already picked him up because he was just starting to get hot. Which is why I rarely read that stuff anymore. In years past, I’ve always played my gut, and read about how I should add these players later – last year it was Koji middle of June, and Kipnis in May.

    So kudos to you for being on the ball and providing some actually relevant, useful, and most importantly accurate, shizz. And I’ve been doing fantasy baseball since ’96, so I’m not some know-nothing-newbiw with wide eyes. Tip of the cap to you – keep it coming!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve D.: Thanks for the kind words! I try to…

  81. The Flayed Man says:
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    Greetings,

    12 team roto

    His Dozier/Lester/Casilla for my Altuve /Cishek

    Thank you

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: i don’t even understand how you got lester thrown into that. if anything it should be like morton level pitcher in there.

  82. AnniesBoobs says:
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    This is fantastic, thank you. How much would the list need to be expanded to find Duda on it?

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: the old dozen, TIMES TEN! so pretty close.

  83. happyharry1958 says:
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    Grey – Nice update…ROS Singleton or Kendrys?
    Thanks,

  84. CT says:
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    Razzball Nation, please help! I’m in a 12 team keeper league, and I’m not sure if I should give up a bat to trade for some top pitching, or if I should keep playing matchups and streaming 2-start guys. What would you do in my position?

    C – sal perez
    1b – goldy
    2b – m. carpenter
    3b – beltre
    ss – lowrie
    of – bruce
    of – harper
    of – taveras
    util – hosmer
    bench – arenado

    Starting Pitchers: Anibal, Homer, Gio, AJ Burnett, Minor, Duffy, Garza, Dickey
    RPs: Rosey, Soria, Hawkins

    I’ve got a ton of interest in Beltre, so do I try flipping him for a top tier pitcher like Stras or Scherzer or should I sit tight and play the waiver wire on pitching? Thank you in advance for any advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CT: I don’t like trading for a top SP… Beltre for either is obviously fair… I’d stream 2-start SPs

  85. Gator says:
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    Is Longoria a bounce-back candidate for 2015 or is this then new normal for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gator: Too early to say

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: if it is let’s just let him get tricked into thinking otherwise for the next, say, 70ish days.

  86. ram says:
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    Great work there Grey! I love the Ortiz history lesson – I knew Twins didn’t play him much but didn’t really know any details.
    One thing I have an “issue” with – Hanley Ramirez ranked #33 – he doesn’t want to play and he kind of sucks when he does – only person that likes swinging more than Hanley is the FIRED P.O.S. AJ Pier-designated for assignment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ram: I hear ya on Hanley, he wasn’t easy to rank, when he feels like playing though he can be great

  87. Tyree says:
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    So, would you deal

    – Kole Calhoun
    – JD Martinez
    – Wong
    – Alcantara
    – Yellich
    – Ozuna
    – Segura
    – David Wright

    for basically anyone in your list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tyree: Wright is on the list… I’d deal the others, sure

  88. Spyre says:
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    Hey Grey, great rundown. I have a keeper question

    I’m in a 6-player keeper league (no year limit or contracts) and have a great problem to have — too many players to keep. I’m sadly out of contention this year due to drafting duds like Segura, Masterson and Liriano, and a bunch of very close losses.

    M.Trout
    A.Jones
    R.Cano
    J.Bautista
    A.Rizzo
    E.Longoria
    N.Arenando

    J.Teheran
    S.Gray

    1) I offered Teheran, Gray and Longo for Kershaw. Is this a solid move considering the # of keepers? I’m def. overpaying, but I’m still not sure Kershaw’s owner will bite.

    2) Assuming the trade is rejected, who would you keep for next year? I’m winning most batting categories this year, but I am really hurting at pitching, close to the bottom, so I was hoping to keep 1 ace.

    • Spyre says:
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      @Spyre: Should say its an H2H points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spyre: Thanks! I’d take Kershaw… Keep: First five above and Arenado

  89. SonOfAPitch says:
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    I was offered the following trade in a 12 team 10 player keeper league:

    My Polanco and Darvish
    His M. Cabrera and Blackmon

    We play Hits and OPS as added categories. No brainer trade, right?

  90. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey , pick two best starters on 7/18 (W & QS league)

    Kennedy vs NYM Colon (SON $18.1)
    Cobb vs MIN Gibson (SON $17.3)
    Santana vs PHI Burnett (SON $17)
    Liriano vs COL De La Rosa (SON $16.4)
    Iwakuma vs LAA Weaver (SON$8.9)
    Burnett vs ATL Santana (SON $?7.6)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: I’d go with SON

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: So Kennedy is the obvious option.
        And, Pick Cobb or Santana?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kennedy and Cobb

  91. kevinmac says:
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    no love for the greatest zombinez in the land! he will and i repeat will come for your brains!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m hoping he doesn’t, but it’s a chance I took

  92. JeF With 1 F says:
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    That HR Derby was awful….Chris Berman should retire already….I couldnt keep my eyes open watching that garbage

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berman’s so played out, I’m just glad he usually does football so I don’t have to hear him

      • ram says:
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        @Grey: Berman just screams and hasn’t got a clue about baseball. Just like he hasn’t got a clue about golf.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t imagine anyone actually saying they like him

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Grey: He Has relatives you know.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @Grey: It was the worst, when Donaldson came up he said “And here’s an intriguing player from an intriguing team” which led to my favorite HR derby tweet of the night:
        “”And here’s an intriguing player from an intriguing team” = I know nothing about the A’s or Josh Donaldson.

        Also Chris Berman’s a huge douche:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0q4oibfs9g

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha

  93. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    In need of some pitching for the 2nd half. My hitting stats are solid.

    Got offered his Strasburg and Khris Davis for my Carlos Gomez and Mike Minor… Good deal?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  94. J-FOH says:
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    I was hoping for a 100A and 100B of Gyorko and Miller. Have we lost faith?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko’s probably out for another month… Miller? You haven’t lost faith?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’ve developed a drinking problem this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I cry for JoFer on a regular basis

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do the same for Fielder

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I cry at the buffett for him.

      • tom says:
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        Quick question grey I’m in a 12 team h2h weekliy points league and I’m in the last playoff spot. I was offered D Fister and Kyle Loshe for Lackey and Todd Frazier. Frazier is my Utility cuz my 3b is already Beltre. My 5 starting pitches now are greinke, kazmir, Chen wen, haran, n lackey, with DL cashner,neise and Wacha..thx for your help and I’m thinking about dropping Wacha for gausman?? Good idea

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t like the trade…I’d go Gausman

  95. Chicken Dinner says:
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    So, I should trade Giancarlo for Kershaw straight up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like trading for top SPs but it’s fair

  96. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Fuck I have one player in the top 30 ????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Grey: what does that say about my team Grey? Its not good?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t mean that

  97. Mike says:
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    What side do you like more in a keep 5 keeper league, 6*6 OBP/QS:

    Gordon & Marte
    or
    Desmond & Cespedes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cespedes

  98. Bobby says:
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    Hey grey great post!

    Drop or keep Alexei Ramirez, I see you have him ranked at 85 in the top 100, I’ve been having him on the bench & sometimes put dee Gordon at SS since he is eligible there.

    It’s basically ROS between my Alexei Ramirez & these SS’s that are available ; Jhonny peralta, asdrubal Cabrera , jimmy Rollins, Andrelton Simmons or arismendy alcantara.

    Also; I don’t have the pitching matchups for this week but drop Matt latos for jake arrieta?
    It’s i bummer I lost tanaka for some time/ maybe the season

    DH for this weeks matchup ; I have CJ cron didn’t know if you’d hold cron or drop for either swisher, Seth smith or Adam Dunn .

    Thanks!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Bobby: He ranks Alexei above them, thus, keeping him over them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alexei…I wouldn’t drop Latos…hold Cron

  99. sniff test says:
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    Would you trade Yu Darvish for Jose Abreu if it were a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  100. Jack says:
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    I like Vogt too, but (and that’s a very big butt in my case), Razzball/Steamer doesn’t like him too much and I think Reddick (also LHB) will eat into his PT when he gets back (soon). In H2H OBP league for ROS, right rank: Mauer, Martin, Vogt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks right

  101. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    Thanks for the top 100, great tool. Yahoo H2H, 6×6 OPS & Holds

    Pujols for Bumgarner & Kemp

    Rosario
    Abreu
    Cano
    Arenado
    Andrus
    A Jones
    Polanco
    Bruce
    Rizzo
    Pujols

    Bench Ozuna, Alcantra, Myers

    Teheran
    Gray
    Cobb
    Ventura
    Keuchel
    Wood
    Degrom
    Stream Spot

    Cishek
    Allen
    Benoit
    Walden
    W Smith

    PS-I was telling my wife the Grapple story and guess who just had to have them this weekend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Nice…that trade is decent, go for it…

  102. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Grey, Mike, et al,

    Roster, The Dirty Maulers, 2nd Place
    10 team H2H Dynasty (20 keepers)

    C – Vogt, Gattis (DL), Mauer (DL)
    1B a Cabrera
    2B – Canó, Alcántara (BN)
    3B – Béltre, Arenado (BN), Bogaerts (BN)
    SS – Ramírez, Betts (BN), Segura (BN)
    LF, CF, RF – Céspedes, Springer, Choo, Marte (BN)
    Util – Wright

    SP – Kershaw, Wainwright, Zimmermann, Cueto
    RP – Kimbrel, Jansen, Soria
    P – Reed (Closer), Latos, Stroman, Cashner, Cole

    Disabled List
    Masahiro Tanaka
    Matt Harvey

    1. How do I get Wong, Holt, L. Cain, Khrush Davis, or Baez onto this team?
    2. How do I get Odorizzi, Bauer, Buchholz, Ziegler, Giles, Walden, Syndergaard, J Gray, or Alburquerque onto this team?

    3. Should I add one (1) or two (2) of the above or MORE, or should I actually add zero and hold?
    4. Should I be proactive and dump Reed for Ziegler or Giles?

    *As you see, I have no middle relievers, and I’m concerned that could bite me in the playoffs.

    Sorry for the long post. Thanks again for all you have done and will do!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Lose Segura for Davis if you need power 2. Lose Stroman for Odorizzi 4. No

      • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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        @Grey: Thank you very much!

        To be clear, you wouldn’t add Wong and drop Arismendy even though it looks like you favor Wong a bit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh, it’s a coin flip

          • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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            Gotcha!
            McCarthy is also available. Him over Odorizzi?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah

              • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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                @Grey: K thanks. Time to SMOKE IT!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Smoke it!

  103. Greyismyhero says:
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    I was all ready with my post if you had my buddy Will Myers ranked at all… then seen you didn’t, hmmm…then I see my other bud (Not that kinda bud)….J. Bruce ranked 36, then I think to myself “add 50 to that ranking” = 86 cause I own him in 28 of my 30 leagues….What does my post have to do with anything you ask? I have no clue.

    Awaiting Jef with ONE F!!!….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoke it!

  104. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Grey, Mike, et al,

    Roster, The Dirty Maulers, 2nd Place
    10 team H2H Dynasty (20 keepers)

    C – Vogt, Gattis (DL), Mauer (DL)
    1B – Cabrera
    2B – Canó, Alcántara (BN)
    3B – Béltre, Arenado (BN), Bogaerts (BN)
    SS – Ramírez, Betts (BN), Segura (BN)
    LF, CF, RF – Céspedes, Springer, Choo, Marte (BN)
    Util – Wright

    SP – Kershaw, Wainwright, Zimmermann, Cueto
    RP – Kimbrel, Jansen, Soria
    P – Reed (Closer), Latos, Stroman, Cashner, Cole

    Disabled List
    Masahiro Tanaka
    Matt Harvey

    1. How do I get Wong, Holt, L. Cain, Khrush Davis, or Baez onto this team?
    2. How do I get Odorizzi, Bauer, Buchholz, Ziegler, Giles, Walden, Syndergaard, J Gray, or Alburquerque onto this team?

    3. Should I add one (1) or two (2) of the above or MORE, or should I actually add zero and hold?
    4. Should I be proactive and dump Reed for Ziegler or Giles?

    *As you see, I have no middle relievers, and I’m concerned that could bite me in the playoffs.

    Sorry for the long post. Thanks again for all you have done and will do!!!

  105. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    I’m SO SORRY for the double posting! Very irritating! My bad…

  106. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    wait !
    where’s a-rod ?
    are you saying that there’s absolutely no chance he comes back (in a big way) for the 2nd half ??
    you must be out of your freaking gourd !!
    i think that i’ll stick around and ask January Grey .
    i remember him being the more reasonable one .
    (or maybe it’s one of those every-other-year type of things) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, he just missed!

  107. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: have you posted anything on Shane Green?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Search his name on the top right

  108. Schizer says:
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    Which side?

    12 team H2H categories league

    I give: Kinsler & Quintana
    I get: Longoria, Andrus, Cain

    I have Dozier to man 2B if I ship Kinsler off.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  109. Moose Out Front says:
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    I don’t like trading for top SPs, but I could maybe pull Kershaw for my Bautista. I hate to do it in a HTH just because I can get by on pitching cats most of the time with streamers…

    Thoughts on this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do that

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the help Grey. Love this midseason list. Really gives me a ton of trade ideas.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  110. Alan says:
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    Good stuff here. Speaking of Kuma. Do I just start him at LAA and go out that night and not watch? Or sit him. Very small innings limit league.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

  111. ram says:
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    Who do you like more for the remainder of the season – Gausman or Rubby DeLaRosa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  112. OT says:
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    whats the best rental starting pitcher I can get for a $1 Kazmir in a keeper league? the other team would be a seller, so performance/injury the rest of the year isn’t as important as what he’d do next year

    He’s currently the 6th best starter (5th best healthy starter). Surely no one will pay that price tag, but he could certainly be top 20-30 which has its value at $2 next year

    Am I looking at Wainwright/Greinke/Bumgarner level from a bottom team or do I only deserve something lower?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try for those top pitchers…

  113. frankgrimes says:
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    sweet my infield of Rizzo Altuve Hanley and Frazier is…
    oh wait that was last year kill me now
    …waiting for football to start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Damn…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @frankgrimes: thats OK Grimes, we can do an RCL together.

  114. TJ says:
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    Keeper League.

    I give Brock Holt/Cespedes for Lester/JHamilton/Cashner

    No way I can turn this down right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  115. DoubleHeaders says:
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    Thoughts on an offer to send Carlos Gomez, Pacman, and Strasburg for Trout in a 10 tm keeper? Mucho appreciado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a lot

  116. AKSNOW says:
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    Would this be crazy?

    Yu Darvish and Kolten Wong for Corey Kluber and Jason Kipnis? Would it be insulting to ask for Sale instead of Kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kipnis side, ask for Sale first

  117. Zach says:
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    2 questions. First, how much farther down would you rank Choo?

    Also, which of these guys has the best chance of being called up this year?:
    A. Russell
    J. Gallo
    J. Pederson

    I’m currently in 1st in my dynasty league and these guys are taking up some of my bench slots. I would love for them to contribute during my playoff run, but if it doesn’t look like any will be called up, maybe I swing a trade for someone with a lot less value in dynasty who can help me in September?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo just missed…Russell

  118. Beastman says:
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    Dreaded catcher question!

    How much of an upgrade is Yan Gomes over Jason Castro? Currently have Castro in an OBP league. Bit disappointing so far, but started to show some pop recently.

    Could acquire Gomes for a mid-to-low tier SP like Lincecum or Duffy, just not sure if it’s really worth giving up SP depth. Gomes has a few more dingers and better OBP, but otherwise similar stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Send Duffy for Gomes

  119. Wilsonian says:
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    Grey, I’d like your opinion on this trade offer.

    Get: Shields
    Give: Doolittle

    SP: Scherzer, Bailey, Teheran, Ventura, Wood, Lincecum, Kennedy, Alvarez
    RP: Soriano, Rodney, Doolittle, Allen, Melancon

    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    I like the deal on the premise of dealing a closer for a decent starter, but I also feel like Doolittle is the best of my closers overall. I’d prefer to counter with Melancon, but I don’t know if that would take it. He would probably give me Fister for Melancon. What do you think of this scenario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Fister for Melancon

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Wilsonian: Would he do Melancon and Alvarez for Shields?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Inglourious Dirty Ol’ Basterd: not sure. I offered him Melancon right now for Shields to see what he would do. We could negotiate to that point.

  120. Tulogit says:
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    Great write up. H2H have Arenado and don’t really need longo on bench when I have Bruce or trumbo for util/bench. Need sp. Would you trade Longo for Hammel? Few active mgrs in this $ league as handful seem to have bailed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, get more

  121. Jason E. from Michigan says:
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    Grey and Mike! I wanted to let you both know that because of your website, you have inspired a buddy and myself to create a blog to discuss sports and politics. I won’t advertise on your site, not that I’d take any of your readers because this is the best site for fantasy, but just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work! You guys have been good motivation to try it out and see if we can create a successful blog. I know there are hundreds out there, but never hurts to try!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, good luck!

  122. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Kennedy or Odorizzi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi

  123. MB says:
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    Hello, thanks in advance

    In 5×5 roto dynasty, Gee or Duffy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee

  124. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    in that 1 out of 3 AL or NL only leagues you are in that does keep players moved across leagues during same season all season, what site is it on? ESPN/Yahoo/Fantrax/something else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CBS

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: if i remember correctly they had pretty decent NFL fantasy leagues too. i’ll probably just manually fix it in yahoo since it’s free (as my own self being comish). thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  125. Jacks says:
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    Rzimm is gonna embarrass you for excluding him! :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so, since I own that doode

    • Jacks says:
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      @Jacks: A question about Arenado for you: Does his pitiful walk rate concern you? He’s under 4% this year, which puts him among the top 7 or so. Last year his rate was 4.7% which put him in top 15 I believe. Of the guys with such persistently low walk rates, only Adam Jones stands out as a serious producer. Jones’ walk rate is obscene, but he’s a proven anomaly. Arenado Ks a lot less than Jones tho. Just curious what you think this BB profile portends. I’ve heard it said that a super low BB rate will leave a hitter vulnerable to sustained slumps …

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Arenado never walks, he didn’t walk when he hit in 30 straight games either

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Grey: @Grey: it also could lead to crazy as hell hot streaks too (i mostly mean counting stats here), since all it takes is some good balls in play luck to get 4 hits a day for guys who make a lot of contact. 4 hits leads to more RBI’s often than 2 hits a walk. it’s true that if BABIP luck goes bad for a while a guy tries too hart and starts K’ing crazily.

  126. It's Enrico Pallazzo says:
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    I’m loaded with power but light in speed. Which is the better deal for me:

    My kinsler for his Altuve
    Or
    My freeman for his ellsbury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      kinsler for his Altuve

  127. Baggiejohn says:
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    Very interesting write-up as usual Grey … comatose Rangers fan ‘Yeah, but you’ve missed Prince Fielder out … he’s gotta be Top20, right? Guys? What?’

    A few weeks ago, I did some (very) basic research, using figures from a magazine for 1st Half / 2nd Half for batters, looking for a large split to target players to trade for after the All-star break. I know it’s just a small sample size (that’s what she said!), and I tried to filter guys who were injured or I just plain don’t want, but I wondered what you thought. Came up with 5.

    Brandon Belt 2012 .254 First .293 Second
    2013 .263 First .313 Second
    2014 currently batting .245

    Brandon Moss 2012 .253 First .309 Second
    2013 .235 First .278 Second
    2014 currently batting .268

    Wilin Rosario 2012 .247 First .291 Second
    2013 .274 First .313 Second
    2014 currently batting .246

    Denard Span 2012 .270 First .303 Second
    2013 .262 First .295 Second
    2014 currently batting .269

    Jayson Werth 2012 .276 First .312 Second
    2013 .272 First .349 Second
    2014 currently batting .278

    Author’s disclaimer :previous performance is no guarantor of future resuts!

    Given the fact that Werth is heating up, I may send some offers out … comments?

    • @Baggiejohn: I’d send offers for any of them, you never know what you might get on the cheap..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good stuff, the disclaimer says a lot of course… Kipnis was supposedly good in the 1st half and see where that got him…

      • Baggiejohn says:
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        @Grey: The one that surprised me was Belt … I always thought he was a an ‘early bird’ … Rooster Cogburn in March, Dan Quayle by August.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Stevabermetrics, yo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, of course

  128. Alex says:
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    Cool to trade Tim Hudson for Derek Holland in dynasty?

  129. Dennis says:
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    What are your thoughts on Jose Reyes rest of season? I see where you have him ranked, to bolster your depth would you deal Matt Holliday for Reyes? My outfielders are Harper, pence, Brantley, springer, polanco & Bruce- we start 4 outfielders.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Reyes

  130. It's Enrico Pallazzo says:
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    With as bad as the whitesox ‘pen has been, Lindstrom worth stashing? He’s only a few weeks away it seems. I’d imagine he’ll regain the job right away, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, grab him

  131. Jon says:
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    Looking to win it all this year. Mulling over my Gomes, Neil Walker, Jennings and Kuroda for his Carlos Santana, Utley, Zobrist and Wade Davis. Plus I’m throwing in Aaron Sanchez since he’s looking to the future. I figure I’m upgrading at C and 2B and I like Zo’s versatility over Jennings on my bench. Good move or just shuffling things too much?

    • Jon says:
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      I could also ask for Betances or McGee instead of Davis. 5×5 scoring

      • @Jon: I like it, I would add McGee if you need the saves, Betances if you don’t

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  132. Fish says:
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    Springer and Kendrick for Brantley?

  133. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Gattis, Mauer, Vogt in that order?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  134. Big League Choo says:
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    12 team H2H league no Hrs or Svs insert TBs/BBs And QS/L

    picked up wong and traded away Dee for Hamels as pitching will continue to go up in price
    Any advice where i need to improve?
    C Gomes
    1B Abreu
    2B Wong
    3B Arenado
    SS Segura
    MI Rendon
    CI Freeman
    OF Cutch/Bautista/Polanco
    Util Khris Davis
    BN Brad Miller

    P Hamels/Kluber/Gray/Lee/Wacha(DL)/Bailey/Santana/Liriano/Buchholz/Odirizzi/Skaggs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could try to improve Segura, with an OF

  135. I have Stanton for this year and next..Would you trade Mike for Mike, as in Mike Trout for just this year?

    Their numbers are almost identical for the year…

    MIKE TROUT
    AB R H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI BB KO SB CS BA OBP SLG FPTS
    345 65 107 54 26 5 22 73 53 95 10 0 0.3101 0.3995 0.6058 326
    MIKE STANTON
    AB R H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI BB KO SB CS BA OBP SLG FPTS
    353 61 104 61 21 1 21 63 56 105 8 0 0.2946 0.3947 0.5382 281

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  136. Ty says:
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    That HR derby was WEAK! what’s up with this old dudes pitching so slow.. Bring the heat! Ha anyway… I’m trying to work multiple trade fronts here what do you think… Like you said.. Springer is about the name but I think my springer for his Hamilton seems fair. I need SB’s he needs HR’s ( no he hasn’t seen the rankings shhhh). I’m also trying to go after Sale and Brantley from another team and he wants Lincecum, Beltre and A.Jones. I told him he was on Glue. I have Arenado and I just got Lincecum of of the WW so how does Beltre. Lincecum and K.Davis sound?

    • @Ty: I like both those trades for you, get Billy H and go Timmy bong hit, Yo Adrain and Krush for Brantley and Sale..good luck man

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: you really think he’ll value other chris davis as much as jones? or maybe you think he was just asking too high, and wasn’t serious.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair on Springer… I’d take Sale there

  137. Clint says:
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    Only one catcher in Santana? Daaaaaaayyyyyuuuuuuummmmm. There goes my second half roster plans. On to drafting nothing but kickers for my fantasy football draft then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  138. SMLV1 says:
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    Really didn’t expect to see Sandoval over Rendon. Sandoval is currently on waivers…make the switch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Sandoval

  139. Aero says:
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    Cano a big enough upgrade over Utley to trade Bautista for him? It would leave me with a play 3 outfield from Werth, Gordon, Springer, Polanco, and Harper. 10-team H2H redraft. 2b on the wire are Scooter, Wong, LaStella.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

      • Aero says:
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        @Grey: Kinda what I thought. I listed the wire 2b’s for the even that Utley gets injured or falls off the map after the break.

  140. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: Do you project Gallardo having much value in the second half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, but I didn’t project him having much value in the 1st either

  141. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    shue was still hot in Hamlet 2 (great movie also). damn Palmetto she was scorching though. i’ll be back…

  142. LaStellllaaaaaaa says:
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    Side A: A Gon, Springer
    Side B: Desmond and morneau

    WW question: Gee or Hahn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahn… Springer

  143. goodfold2 says:
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    maybe i get really lucky and teheran completely turns into shit for like a month and i can finally flip sale for teheran + arenado in porn ass deep 30 man dynasty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  144. Fish says:
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    Where do you see Segura fitting in the ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey: Haha sorry. Like top 150? 200? 250?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      150

  145. goodfold2 says:
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    roark or ross in dynasty. might be able to trade for one o’dem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: even though i’d have to use either a franchise or restricted tag each and every year on Ross (since ross’ contract ends this year), we get 3 total tags, franchise you pay real life money (restricted you match other team or get compensation pick(s));
        worth either of d.robertson (OAK, now with clear path, at league minimum till end of 2017), or e.rosario (ATL, same deal) to get Ross?
        2. both?
        i have a bit of guaranteed money tied up in 3 ugly performing SP in liriano (11.5 next 2 years)/estrada (6.4 next 2)/erasmo (6.4 next 2). 100 mil budget. could of course cut any of but be on hook for half of money.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: glad i asked, the value of low cost prospects is big. thanks.

  146. Paul says:
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    Completely agree with your Anibal analysis – trying to actively trade him now to someone who will be enamored with his name – but curious if he’ll be tolerable or if he’s a hot steaming timebomb on my roster. Do you agree with the ROS of these guys?

    Alex Wood > Odorizzi > Anibal

    Thanks again!

    PS. Started reading you guys last year a week after my first fantasy draft ever (where I thought you had to take middle relievers, backup catchers, and utility infielders, and no one corrected me haha). After spending a few weeks in dead last (for obvious reasons) reading your daily posts, went on win the league! True story.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Wood, Anibal

  147. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    So today in our league Carlos Gonzalez and Justin Morneau were traded for Charlie Blackmon and Victor Martinez. I thought – Cargo for Blackmon? What the hell has Blackmon done? Then I looked.

    HOLY CRAP!! :) I. Had. NO. IDEA!!

    53R 14HR 52RBI 18SB and batting over .300!??

    I need to start paying more attention to guys I DON’T own.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  148. goodfold2 says:
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    noticing things like Roark’s ownership in espn leagues really starts to make me respect some of my leaguemates in some leagues more. i was beat to Arrieta by like 3 starts in a lot of these, since we around here (def including myself in this) didn’t believe a dude with an awful 5 year track record could suddenly be like this. he’s the pitcher version of Bautista.

  149. Matty says:
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    How far out of the rankings is Andrus? I’m trying to shop him on name value alone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not far

  150. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Grey – Dan Szymborski and Todd Zola’s second-half hitter projections @ ESPN have
    Bryce Harper at #326 after Endy Chavez and Nick Punto and just ahead of Eric Chavez and Darwin Barney. As a Harper owner in a keeper I can’t disagree with them. Harper is becoming one of those guys an owner grows so frustrated with that they never own him again. Ever ever. Hanley’s 2011 did that for me. I’ll never own him again and have hate in my heart for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he exceeds those expectations….

  151. Bob says:
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    6×6 with QS and OPS

    ROS Ramos, Suzuki, Vogt, d’Arnaud, zunino

    And…

    ROS Odorizzi or Hahn

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos… Odorizzi

  152. John says:
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    Based on ranking no brainer pick up dropped Seager for my Hosmer Util spot? Limited transactions but anything that much better ill pick up.

    Wait see bit with Hosmer XBH power seems to be improving and his avg prob be bit better than Seager or again not even a chance get SEAGER?

    • John says:
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      @John: Ok some idiot also dropped Kemp…..kemp seager or hosmer. Could be that he not too dumb considering crawford steals a game or two per week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t waste a move on that

  153. Bob says:
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    6×6 with OPS need a replacement for encarnacion

    Kendrys Morales
    Logan Morrison
    Chris carter
    Jon singleton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales

  154. I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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    Hey Grey need your help! Cliff Lee was dropped and I can put a waiver claim on him!…. Question is who do I drop for him? Heres my roster:
    C-Posey, Ramos
    1B-Morneau
    2B-Rendon, Kipnis
    3B-Seager, Arenado
    SS-Arismendy, Hardy
    OF-Pence, Harper, Dickerson, Gordon
    SP- Kershaw, King Felix, Teheran, Duffy, Wheeler, J. Nelson, T. Walker, A. Wood, Stroman, Gausman
    RP-Kimbrel, Soria, Perkins, Doolittle, Casilla

    Thanks Grey, been a tremendous amount of help to all of us Razzballers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nelson

  155. Doog says:
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    Apples or Kumquat question: Beltran or Cain rest of the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltran

  156. Bernie Brewer says:
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    No DL spot to stash CJ Wilson (Votto is in my only DL spot), so do I burn a roster spot until he’s back, or go for one of these doodes: Gausman, Kuroda, Stroman, Bauer? JB has Gausman ranked highest…what say you, Grey?

    Thanks for the rankings and the great discussion. 4 days off from real games, but definitely not 4 days off from thinking constantly about it!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Sure, go Gausman

  157. RicoSuave says:
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    Hey Grey, Thanks for the great update…

    Please help me out! 14 team H2H points weekly league.
    I got offered Chris Sale, Josh Hamilton and Chris Davis (Baltimore)
    for my Goldschmidt and Gio Gonzalez.
    What do you think?

    the rest of my team is…
    W. Rosario
    Goldschmidt
    M. Carpenter
    T. Frazier
    Segura
    Cespedes
    A. Jones
    Calhoun
    Arenado (Utility)
    Myers (DL)

    SPs are

    Cobb
    Minor
    Gio G.
    Fister
    S. Gray
    Stroman
    Alex Wood
    T. Walker
    Reed
    Britton
    Casilla
    Cole (DL)
    Tanaka (DL)

    • RicoSuave says:
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      @RicoSuave: he would give me Polanco instead of Hamilton… would that be better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: gracias amigo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  158. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hi Grey, Very solid work here. I am very impressed. I noticed the omission of Calhoun thought he might of cracked the 100 now that Cowgill went and got a facial. He looks like Gardner more pop less speed. I’m thinking Lester might be a man on mission contract year and it’s starting to get ugly here. I also think you might be on the generous side with Trumbo’s average. Holliday looks like he has gotten old fast. nitpicky shit but more solid with better reasoning than I have seen yet. Like I said I am impressed now enjoy the next couple off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  159. SteveThePirate says:
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    Trade Dozier for Werth and maybe David Robertson or Jake McGee?

    Guy thinks he’d deal me a closer for Dozier and he’s aware the Doz is going to be a top 5 2B, so he seems willing to deal a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • DookieTwinkles says:
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        Who do you like more ROS, Robertson or McGee?

        • SteveThePirate says:
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          Personally I like McGee. Grey, thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Robertson

  160. Bobby says:
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    Sorry to be a bother…in a long term keeper league would you trade Bumgarner Machado and Bogaerts for Strasburg and Altuve?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  161. Bostondirtdogs says:
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    14 team league… Top 7 in both pitchkng and hitting, 3 overall…

    I was offered darvish and segura for Hanley?

    Also have Rollins as backup ss…

    Do I win this trade or ????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, pretty risky…Could work out for you…

  162. Sally says:
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    Awesome list–great read. Thanks!

    2 trade offers I’m contemplating at the break here:

    I give Mauer/Garza, I get Arenado/Allen
    I give C.Davis/Morton, I get Iwakuma/Holt

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Arenado there…Not the Davis one

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha. Thanks, and, man, double kudos for answering this many comments.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  163. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    just in case j. loria is a regular reader and comments using an alias ,
    could you re-do these rankings
    and put Bogaerts and Betts near the top ?
    it the best shot the sawx have at landing giancarlo this summer .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Done and done!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @costaricanchata: loria’s not gonna like what’s been said about him over here.

  164. Jay says:
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    How would you rank LaRoche, JD Martinez, and Chisenhall in the second half?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD, Chis

  165. hankp says:
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    Need 2 bats for util/bench ROS in a 5×5, can you rank Victorino, Arcia, Viciedo and Alcantara?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arismendy, Arcia…

  166. TJ says:
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    H. Kendrick or D. Murphy at 2B for ROS?

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @TJ: murph

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy

  167. jef with 1 f says:
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    If I were wainwright I’d put Jeter on his ass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @jef with 1 f:

      jeter’s plate appearance introduced by special announcer .

      • Chuck says:
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        That’s the ghost of Bob Shepard

  168. Fungazi says:
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    Would you trade Kipnis for Hammel in a keeper if desperate for SP and not going to keep either?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Would adding 2015 picks in favor of me make it even? i.e. – 7th round for 2nd, etc?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh

  169. costaricanchata says:
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    the nice part of watching the all-star game with you guys is
    i don’t have to pick up for you , after you leave .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  170. goodfold2 says:
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    bout to go watch all star game. i got the “stuck inside southwest kansas city suburbs appalled since jeter not only made the team but is leading off in it blues” (lesser know dylan single). i’m going to a “wild wings”. i’m reminded of that bill hicks bit about reading a book in waffle house, and being asked “watcha readin’ fer ?” gonna have about 2 hours of sleep in about 38 hours by the time i get there, so pretty loopy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  171. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Cutch/Skaggs for Braun/Hamels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun, but it’s fair

  172. Charles says:
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    So getting rid of Bryce for Brantley, Ortiz, and Perkins is a GOOD idea then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  173. costaricanchata says:
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    well , wainwright just cost me 5 bucks .

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @costaricanchata: bookshop prop likely, or bet with friend?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @goodfold2:

        gave my son his choice of teams ,
        but winner must match that 5 $ and put it on a race
        at opening day @ Delmar , tomorrow .
        so , potentially could be hundreds of dollars .*
        (actual mileage may vary) .

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @costaricanchata: this game ain’t over. i figured you meant something like waino allows no earned runs at you laying 2.5 to 1 or even higher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops

  174. Marv says:
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    Grey
    10-tm H2H (9hit,8pit cat) Keeper
    His Arrieta/Hammel for My Bogearts and Dickey or
    His K Jansen/G Holland/C.Santana/G.Richards for My Dickey/Springer/Cishek/Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      First one sounds good

  175. fri-guy says:
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    How far below the blackmon line is keuchel now? Time to cut bait, he’s just sitting on my bench. Bucholtz is best waiver option or streaming spot or hold keuchel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Buchholz

  176. Ty I says:
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    Mentioned a trade earlier.. My Beltre Lincecum K Davis for his Brantly Sale… He wants JD Martinez instead of K Davis. Sounds like a no brainer right since he didn’t even make the top hundy?

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Ty I: yup..I’d rather keep Davis if I were you anyway

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Ty I says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Fellaz

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  177. jef with 1 f says:
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    Uh oh…you better drop wainwright in your rankings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Done!

      • fri-guy says:
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        @Grey: I think there’s something wrong with Wainwright. I’ve owned him in a dynasty league since he was a Brave. His Ks are way down, he’s allowing too many baserunners, and he’s not going as deep into games. The cards yank him much earlier than they did before his shi! the bed game about a month ago. They’re hiding something.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could be, haven’t heard anything… Ks are weirdly down though

  178. Cash says:
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    12 team H2H deep dynasty league. We keep forever.

    I’m in 2nd place and my window to win is this year and next year. I have an offer
    from the 3rd place team where I trade my Strasburg for his Bautista. We start 5
    OFs (LF/CF/RF + 2 OF)

    At SP I have: Price/Strasburg/Lee/Cole/Anibal/Hudson/Burnett/Lackey/Hahn/Liriano

    At OF I have: Pence/Myers/Kemp/JDMartinez/Werth/Rajai/BUpton/Beltran

    I’m wondering whether this would downgrade my SPs too much, plus I’d have to bench
    some good OF bats. Bautista is older and they both have injury risks. I know normally all else being equal we go with the hitter…but

    Which one would you prefer in this case?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it

      • Cash says:
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        @Grey:

        So stand pat with Strasburg?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  179. costaricanchata says:
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    man ,
    all of this flourescent yellow / light lime (?) .
    and they criticized charles o. finley for his orange balls .
    well ,
    he didn’t actually have orange balls .
    but , he wanted orange balls .
    and that’s what’s important , here .

    speaking of orange balls ,
    here’s that orangutan , bud selig .
    take it away , bud .
    take it away … and just keep walking .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s so useless… He says 1994 is his biggest regret, I could think of 10 other things he screwed up…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: I can think of two..Fred and Jeff Coupon…I mean willin

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  180. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Rank these hurlers for me, if you will?

    Walker/Hahn/Skaggs/Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahn, Walker

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  181. costaricanchata says:
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    alfredo simon is an all star ?
    time for a smoke break .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: One assumes he gave it his best shot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s all a man can do

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @costaricanchata: others clearly beat you to it.

  182. Peter Parker says:
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    It would have been cool if you had put where they were ranked preseason.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  183. Matt says:
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    ROS projections/opinions for Alcantara? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      4/12/.290

  184. AJ says:
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    Would you trade Dozier for Werthquake straight up? I’ve also got Walker and Altuve as 2B, my OF needs help though: Yelich, Ozuna, Zimmerman and Jay Bruce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • SteveThePirate says:
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        What about for Gardner, Stanton or Crisp? (Stanton seems unlikely I think)

  185. Hans says:
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    What caliber of pitcher should I target if I were to trade a pujols or Braun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A top 7 arm

  186. Hans says:
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    Open for suggestions:
    10 team points league, no bench
    Perez
    Goldy
    Altuve
    Rollins
    Arenado
    Puig
    Bruce
    Calhoun
    Pujols
    Rizzo
    Braun

    Teheran
    Sanchez
    Arrieta
    A. Wood
    Bailey
    Kimbrel
    Chapman

    Hitting is great but pitching is middle of the road…Amy suggestions on moving a bat for an arm or just hold and ride my hitting with my fingers crossed. Was thinking of trying to move pujols or braun.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Braun for a top arm? Maybe Pujols? I’d probably just ride it out if I couldn’t get anything big…

  187. Joe says:
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    Grey would you trade Adrián González and Jason hammel for David price?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  188. pickleball says:
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    Alcantara or Wong at 2b ROS…. or a coin flip?

    either of these guys have some sneaky keeper value for next year, or should i talk them up in my league then deal them. (i do that a lot with prospects/rookies)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip…Wong

  189. Mike says:
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    Got an offer I’m now considering after reading your top 100 that I wasn’t before.
    In a 12 team H2h. Offensive cats are: obp, hr , RBI, steals, k’s, r, tb, dt

    1- Davis , Alvarez, Rosario
    For
    Freeman, longoria, zunino

    I would have arenado too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman side

  190. costaricanchata says:
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    josh harrison made the all-star team ??
    come on .

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      appears as if they had a utility player
      sing God Bless America , as well .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I know, seriously

  191. Big Magoo says:
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    After running around constantly doing random shizz with the house finally on the market, I only have energy to post some random thoughts today.

    Great stuff. I always enjoy the mid-season re-rankings, and agree with most of what you have here.

    Carlos Gonzalez at 11 does seem overly optimistic. His K-rate has gone through the roof since the start of last season, and he’s stopped running (2 SB attempts all year). Not to mention the health issues.

    Harper is in the “show me” phase of his career for me at this point. It’s tough not to get sucked in because of his immense potential, but he’s missed significant time due to injuries over the past two seasons, still has issues hitting left-handed pitching, and has 2 homers and 1 steal in 34 games played this season. I dealt him in an 8 player deal (with Holliday as the #2 piece) for Kipnis and Cobb (and two other minor upgrades) a few weeks ago and feel really good about that deal. I’d hold or look to buy low in a dynasty format, but he’s a sell for me in re-drafts.

    Real World isn’t still on the air, is it? I thought that show ended years ago.

    Embrace the Daniel Murphys of the world, Grey. .290/12/20 from a middle infielder is quite useful, especially when it comes with 85-90 runs as well.

    MasterChef is the Trout of cooking shows. Hell’s Kitchen would probably be the Dom Brown or Gyorko.

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Big Magoo: I agree with most of what you have here other then Harper being at the show me phase. I think we tend to forget he is only 21 because he’s been around a while…and in general the fantasy world doesn’t breed patients. I do agree with trading him in a redraft but wouldn’t move him in dynasty (as you stated). He is frustrating to own right now but I think patients will be rewarded with him, the only thing that scares me is the injuries and him becoming Cargo….Good stuff as always MaGoo..and I think the real world is still on…not 100% sure though

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @jef with 1 f: And Amen on Murphy…love that guy

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @jef with 1 f: There’s no doubt that Harper hasn’t reached his prime yet and has rare ability. I’m just saying that he’s not Mike Trout. Maybe more like Hunter Pence with upside at this point in his career (which isn’t a bad thing). A .275/25/15 type of player. I expect a few .290/35/18 prime years from him, but those look to be about 2-3 years away.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: I’m coming to take you out in the FCL!

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @J-FOH: I see you making your move. I’ve been trying to overcome my Verlander/Gyorko debacle on the 6-7 swing. Makes me puke in my mouth a bit when I think about passing on Abreu for Verlander.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: Yeah, and I thought you got good value on Verlander where you picked him, we all knew Abreu’s upside but I think we also didn’t want to pay for the learning curve. Oops. Passing on Giancarlo and taking Bruce kills me. Giancarlo scarred me last year. I took Carpenter instead of Abreau when I really liked Rendon this year stupid stupid stupid! The biggest hurdle to overcome was the dump my staff took via injury or being garbage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I don’t disagree on what you said…CarGo’s got one more half, then I’ll dump him next year… Same with Harper (then of course next year he’ll break out)… No Murphy talk! Ha…

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        @Grey: Wasn’t Rudy giving you a hard time about Murphy earlier this year? Owning him might be as exciting as listening to Ben Stein read War and Peace, but he’s pretty valuable… I’m finished with burning an early round pick on Harper (until he hits 10 homers in September)… What happened on MasterChef this week (it’s still on my DVR)? Good? Bad? Cutter?

        • Every year, I give Grey some guff because he irrationally discounts MIs who don’t have a lot of HR or SB upside. Murphy, Carpenter, etc. He also has an unconditional love for 3B that began with the release of the ‘Pop Goes The Weasel’ single.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: HA HA HA, it’s been so long he’s on to the “Sons of 3rd Bass”

  192. Paz says:
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    trade Joe Smith for Jhonny Peralta? Segura has left me hanging…

    what about Smith or Allen and Gennett for Alexei Ramirez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen or Smith for Alexei

  193. Derrick says:
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    In my 12 team, 5X5, H2H league my team sits in 6th place (but only 4 games back from 1st place) at the break. After a dreadful start I have clawed my way back in it. This is my team:

    C- Gomes
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Alcantara
    0F – Trout
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Marte
    Util – Longoria
    Bench – Segura, Corey Dickerson

    SP – Bailey, Cobb, Lincecum, Beckett, Odorizzi, Colon, Gausman
    RP – Betances, Joe Smith, Hawkins, F. Rodriguez, Qualls, Meija

    Thoughts on my team? Any moves I should make to win this thing?

    Thanks so much for your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to fix your pitching or embrace streaming… Colon, Gausman and Odorizzi on a 12 team isn’t good… Maybe Longo for a big arm?

      • Derrick says:
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        @Grey: Offer Longo for any SP ranked above him in your 2nd half rankings?

  194. J Boy says:
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    Grey, awesome write-up – you gave me many a laugh. Let’s pretend I asked a question, you answered it and made me chuckle again and then I said keep up the great work. Love the write-up and site – thanks to all you guys for what you do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  195. costaricanchata says:
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    and here i thought rodney was the biggest jerk in the game tonight .
    but , what an azzhole comment by wainwright !!
    stfu , you freakin’ moron .

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @costaricanchata: yea and the backtracking sounded worse then the comment

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @jef with 1 f: what did waino say, he should’ve made comment about horrible lack of foul ball call, or somebody should’ve

  196. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    hey, you brought back this name i stole, niiiice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup!

  197. goodfold2 says:
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    Grey (i just learned that’s the British spelling of “Gray”), so is that part of the full Anglo-as-you-could-go for the alterego? meanwhile, while you may (don’t be completely sure) not have had anything to do with Goldy being Goldy you certainly last year had more than a little to do with so many of us owning him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  198. jason says:
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    Grey,
    10 team dynasty league, $350 for 20 position players, 15 pitchers. My goal was to amass cheap young players so when I inherited the team I traded anyone over $10 for young cheap question marks. I may have fudged up a bit beings that I gave up a ton for players like Dom Brown, Colby Rasmus, and Oswald Arcia. They are all a dollar so if they produce it’s well worth it. Do you see any of these guys turning it around in the second half?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @jason: hey leaguemate, unless you are one of the other jason’s around here. colby might get cut or demoted. yikes, but price is right for hope.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, they can, but I wouldn’t count on them all turning it around… I’d go Arcia, Rasmus, Brown, in that order, for this year

  199. goodfold2 says:
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    so rizzo/pujols/goldy is the new rocks/paper/scissors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  200. Hondo says:
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    My Fat Adams,Wong and Elvis for Tulo too much or too little?Got Dozier and Carp plus an occasional visit from Jed Lowrie/Brad Miller schmoe of the week for 2B,3B and MI.Also have Danny Santana on the DL.
    See How I didn’t say my Fat Wong?
    That is out of respect to you and the site.

    Umm,I think might knocked your sister up though.

    Does she have Grey hair and a mustache?Yeah,I thought so.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… You can try that trade, but seems too low

  201. DiRo says:
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    Love the list and good read as always.

    Need pitching help in a keeper league, what pitchers would you recommend I ask for if I trade Tulo? I don’t think I’ll get a guy like Kershaw, but thinking Wainwright, Scherzer, Grienke aren’t bad options.

    I have King Felix as my only true Ace

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @DiRo:

      in a keeper league … keep without restrictions … other than
      if you keep 5 players , you begin drafting in round 6 , etc .
      i would rank those pitchers :
      kershaw , greinke , wainwright , scherzer ,
      based on ability , age , team /league/park factors , and perceived performance going forward .
      given such , i would think long and hard about giving up kershaw for tulo ,
      but , in the end , i would probably decline … (and i do own kershaw , for multiple years
      on multiple keeper teams ) .
      those other guys ?
      for them , i would gladly accept tulo in a trade … without hesitation .
      not sure if this helps you .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DiRo: I’d want a top 5 SP

  202. FillyP says:
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    12t 7×7 H2H (OBP/XBH + QS/IP)

    Cruz for Lester if I need SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FillyP: It’s fair, I think you can do better

  203. goodfold2 says:
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    some retard in my 20 teamer just dropped Jo-Fer due to us only having 5 DL’s (this is keep forever with no prices, up to 25 per year), and he choo choo chose…. Boneface! literally 7 guys are ripping on him on message board for being an idiot, he responded with, bascially an exact quote of (in typed form):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z99iVXJ8OtA

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @goodfold2:

      asking that you use a less-offensive word than ‘retard’ , going forward .
      thank you .

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @costaricanchata: you got a brother that’s one of those too, huh.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: guessing you’re one of those who quit Smokey’s posts. I didn’t use brother comment to be insulting, just that you seem scared of the use of a word, figured it hit home somehow. i am related to one of “them”.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: i simply was explaining someone who’s thought processes didn’t seem to function “properly”, at least when he dropped Jo-Fer. seemed apt at the time.

            • Jason E. from Michigan says:
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              @@goodfold2: @goodfold2:I agree with costaricanchata….it makes you look ignorant using words like “retard”. However, hopefully you picked up Fernandez.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Jason E. from Michigan: “a contemptuous term used to refer to a person who is cognitively impaired”. yes, that is the defintion i meant at the time. i was making fun of the thought process of a leaguemate. no ignorance here. No, i didn’t get Jo-Fer, my waiver claim was only 12th (out of 20). if you’re the Jason from my league, how’s it going (there’s like 6 Jason’s on here). i almost could say it’s re#%#ded how many of them there are. See, now there i was being ignorant by misusing the word, yet NOT being insulting.

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                  @goodfold2: oh, the ironing is rich!

  204. goodfold2 says:
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    damn, jepsen hasn’t allowed run in 31 appearances. wow.

  205. frankgrimes says:
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    • J-FOH says:
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      @frankgrimes: well said Grimey

  206. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    Would you drop Dallas Keuchel or Jacob deGrom for Josh Beckett?

  207. stonepie says:
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    looking to trade rios away because while he’s good, he’s not great. plus im in a 10 teamer so guys like austin jackson (who was raking before the break), hosmer, beltran, rajai are on the wire.
    thinking of doing something like rios/shark for a better arm and then replacing rios with one of these guys.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @stonepie: don’t make this trade if rios turns back into last year rios. no way to know that of course. you probably have a good idea here though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stonepie: Depends what you can get

  208. Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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    I think you have the wrong guy as the playing time risk with Blackmon vs. Dickerson. Rockies must know what they have in Blackmon (age 28 plus a .633 road OPS). I’m guessing they’d want to use the rest of this lost season to let Dickerson get at bats vs. LHP. His .905 OPS vs LH in the minors indicates he can be a full-time player. Blackmon’s .753 OPS vs LH since 2011 in the minors (all PCL) says he won’t be as good against same handers.

    Dickerson is the guy they need to invest time in developing. But…it is the Rockies so who knows what they are strategically thinking or if they are thinking at all.

  209. costaricanchata says:
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    Comatose Fantasy Baseballer wakes up , this morning :
    ” What happened ? Baseball’s over ?? Did I sleep through the World Series ???
    Better go check-in with November Grey and see what I missed . “

  210. los locos says:
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    Grey, my trade deadline is this Friday. My lineup is below. I am currently in 2nd place, 3 games out from 1st. I’m going to list a few players available for trade. Do you think I should trade for these players or keep my team the same? Now, in order to get these players it will cost me draft picks. We currently keep guys in our 10 team league.

    1- Lucroy – will cost me a 5th rd pick
    2 – Beltre – 2nd rd pick
    3 – Arrieta – 5th rd pick
    4 – Moss
    5 – Dee Gordon
    6 – Timmy Jim
    7 – Cobb
    8 – Kluber
    9- Greg Holland

    Lineup
    McCann, Brian(1B,C) NYY
    Frazier, Todd(1B,3B) CIN
    Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET
    Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL
    Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD
    Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
    Calhoun, Kole(OF) LAA
    Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE

    Bench
    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Napoli, Mike(1B) BOS
    Chisenhall, Lonnie(1B,3B) CLE
    Machado, Manny(3B) BAL
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Rios, Alex(OF) TEX

    Active Pitchers
    Fister, Doug(SP) WAS
    Hammel, Jason(SP) OAK
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Odorizzi, Jake(SP) TB
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Cishek, Steve(RP) MIA
    Doolittle, Sean(RP) OAK

    Bench
    Gausman, Kevin(RP,SP) BAL
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Wheeler, Zack(SP) NYM
    Beckett, Josh(SP) LAD

  211. sniff test says:
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    If you were forced to keep two of these players for the home stretch (keeper league) which two would you keep? Carl Crawford, Allen Craig, Oscar Taveras, Danny Santana. I need a boost in swipes but would take anything positive I can get from the two players kept.

  212. kevinmac says:
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    who am I dropping for alex cobb, he has been on the waiver for about a week now.

    Yordano or Keuchal? or Hold?

    • Swagger Jackers says:
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      @kevinmac:

      Keuch for sure. He hasn’t looked good for a while now.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @kevinmac: Keuchel

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @J-FOH: all those bad starts just happened to coincide with his injury that he needed to be DL’ed with weeks ago. also he only got that from porter thinking since he’s black he needed to stick together with other like skinned persons (black actors! we gotta stick together), i.e. dusty, and rip their SP arm’s off. Keuchel was sent WAY too late into like 3 games in a row at what so far just happened to be his great streak (which was over 8 games long)

  213. Paul says:
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    Hey Grey – so by this logic – in a redraft league where there’s plenty of solid pitching on the wire, if I can get Brantley for either my MadBum or Kluber, I should do that in an instant, right?

    Not sure if you’re still answering here or not, but thanks either way!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Paul: Kluber

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @J-FOH: there’ll be answers on any newest post.

  214. tom says:
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    I’m in a 12 h2h weekly points league. My starting pitchers are greinke,kazmir,Chen wen,D Haren n K lackey would you trade T Frazier and lackey for k loshe n D fister…. Frazier is in my U spot I also have Beltre at 3B thx for your help

    • J-FOH says:
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      @tom: I wouldn’t, try to work the wire

  215. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Pick one streamer, 6×6 (QS) H2H: Phelps v CIN (SON 12.9), McCarthy v CIN (13.6), Smyly v CLE (7.6), Collmenter v CHC (6.8), Eovaldi v SF (3.6).

  216. Moose Out Front says:
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    Should Bautista be worth more in a trade than Carlos Gonzalez at this point?

  217. Frank White says:
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    Sup Man… Who would you rather stream for the 20th, Smyly vs (CLE) in Detroit or Collmenter vs (CHC) in Arizona?? Doesn’t really matter who the pitcher is against cause it’s more about going the distance, K’s, less HA, less ER, less BB and QS.. A win would be nice. Thanks Bud!!

  218. Swagger Jackers says:
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    @Grey: Pick three for my OBP H2H keeper league:

    Goldy
    Stanton
    Abreu
    Harper
    Cano
    Rizzo

    I can keep them for as many seasons as I want. Sure would be nice if Bryce could live up to some (ANY?) of his potential.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: it isn’t easy to draft three better keepers than rizzo.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: except abreu/rizzo, since both of their ADP’s were low.

  219. Cole says:
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    Where would you put Mesoraco and Lucroy for the rest of the year? Like maybe 120-130? Both are on pace for something like 23-11-32-0 the rest of the way. That’s tasty for a C. I do expect both of their averages to drop about 10 points.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole: Makes sense… 120-ish, could be 220 or 70

  220. Fistering says:
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    Is giving up marte and Escobar too much for Brantley? My SS would be segura. Marte would be replaced by Brantley. Trying to get a middle pitcher in that deal but waiting to hear back from him. Thanks in advance.

  221. Jon says:
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    Can anyone find a deal that makes sense for me giving up some of Jennings, Kemp, Jansen, Allen for some of Greinke, Lester, Hammel, Minor, Verlander, Wily Peralta, Cishek, Melancon, Feliz, Petricka, Romo, Familia? I’m trying to get a starter from a surplus of outfielders. Could be a 1-for-1 or something more complicated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Kemp and Jansen for Greinke or Lester

  222. Will says:
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    Are you concerned at all about Miggy’s health? He was quoted in USA Today saying his groin still bothers him but then he told another newspaper he never said that…

    Would you try to sell now? Or is it worth just taking the chance that he continues to produce as a top 5 player?

    There’s not many other 3B options out there but I was thinking Miggy for Beltre + Iwakuma.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: I wouldn’t sell him low and that trade is low

  223. Jon says:
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    Few trade ideas. Any you like?

    Kemp for Hammel
    Kemp for Wily Peralta
    Jennings for Minor
    Jennings for Verlander
    Kemp, Jansen, Odor for Greinke or Lester

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I just commented back a suggested trade

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: thanks, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  224. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    get: kinsler
    give up: daniel murphy and matt cain

    yes or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kinsler

  225. Corey says:
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    Guys. I’ve just been offered Justin Verlander for Marcus Stroman. Do I go for it and hope for a bounce back 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take that gamble

  226. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Dickerson ( col) to pick up Kiermeier or Vogt???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  227. Derrick says:
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    Longoria for Latos or Iwakuma?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can do better…

      • Derrick says:
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        @Grey:

        Longoria and Pedroia for Altuve and Bumgarner?

        • Grey

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          Sounds decent

  228. Fistering says:
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    So was offered abreu and Bauer for my Bautista, sonny grey, and Calhoun after my offer was shot down. Too much? Keeper league where next year abreu would be a 7th for me with his draft round being bumped up each subsequent year. If I kept grey, Bautista, or Calhoun I would get them in 7th, 3rd, and 11th rounds respectively if kept. Thanks.

    • Grey

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      I’d take Abreu

  229. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    in Fargo, just how does Lester sneak back into his hospital room, what with the cop sitting there at the door. he already couldn’t get out the window?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He killed the cop in the bathroom

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: i guess we see that later. no plot hole then.

  230. jaw says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h $280 auction keeper. keepers are min $10, then $15, then 20% annual increase. im in third and looking to improve me team

    ive been offered darvish, jupton, hanley, ryan zimmerman, kenley janesen ($15), robertson ($14) [the rest are not keepable] for my

    segura ($15), machado ($15), singleton ($10), fielder (21), and melky ($10)

    should i pull the trigger? roster below

    C- wilin
    1B- hosmer
    2B- pedroia
    3B- machado
    ss-segura
    ci- singleton
    mi – rollins
    of-trout
    of-puig
    of-cargo
    of-bautista
    util-melky
    DL-votto

    SP – felix, shields, kazmir, keuchel, beckett, lincecum, hutchinson, henderson alvarez, jimmy nelson
    RP – aroldis, putnam, petricka

    • Grey

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      Sounds solid

  231. jr says:
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    Hey Grey, I was offered Freeman and ryu for abreu in my 12 team h2h keeper league. I’m thinking about countering with abreu and porcello for Freeman ryu and shields. Thoughts? Should I hold or go for it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  232. Jack says:
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    Hold on Polanco over Khris Davis or Starling Marte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  233. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    10-team, H2H, 5×5, Keeping 5

    Have Heaney at my N/A slot. Okay to drop Heaney and put Segura in N/A and pick up Rollins until he gets back? If so, would you be okay with dropping Segura if he continues to be not very good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  234. Baseball Cougar says:
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    Rizzo/Harper or Goldy/Heyward — keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo side

  235. Paul says:
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    So based on the above, it looks like I’m going to be able to slot Brantley in my UTL. This would leave me with an odd man out on my roster of Freeman (occupying my UTL with Goldy at 1B) or Bruce (my third OF to Bautista and CarGo). Sitting on these trade offers for Freeman…

    Freeman for Ryu and Melancon

    Freeman for Ryu and Cashner

    Either worth taking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re terrible

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for confirming I’m not crazy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  236. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    WOuld you do this two trades: (Seperate leagues): h2h,

    Trade 1:
    Give Lee for Brantley

    Trade 2:
    Give Lee and Encarnacion for Miggy + low tier SP

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do both

  237. Ralph says:
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    keep forever 10 team league with 30 man rosters, keeping 10/team — I have Segura in round 26. I’ve got him on my bench right now with Alcides in at SS.

    here are other guys I have stashed — some in NA slots (so not taking an actual bench spot), others on my bench. I would be keeping two of these five guys.

    Jon Singleton
    Bundy (NA)
    Syndergaard (NA)
    Joc Pederson (NA)
    Segura

    my other keepers are these guys:

    McCutchen (1)
    Cabrera (2)
    Gomez (7)
    Bruce (8)
    Springer (13)
    Cespedes (14)
    Wainwright (19)
    Rendon (20)

    If I drop Segura or Singleton, I could pick up Arismendy, Duda, Pearce, McGehee.

    As I have been writing this, I’m leaning increasingly toward dropping Singleton and picking up Duda. what say you? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t see the point right now

      • Ralph says:
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        @Grey:

        Here’s what I’m using in my active lineup, so potentially I’d slot Duda, Pearce, et al in there for one of these guys:

        C — Lucroy
        1B — AGon
        2B — Rendon
        3B — Cabrera
        SS — Alcides
        IF — LaRoche
        RF — Bruce
        CF — Gomez
        LF — Cespedes
        OF — Springer
        Util — McCutchen
        Util — Cain/Singleton

        I could also drop Cain, but he’s producing some decent speed, and is nice to put in when I need that for my weekly matchup. still hold Singleton and Segura?

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Ralph: I’d take Duda over singleton for your utility spot

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I still don’t see the point

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: Duda has been nice over the last month…not saying I’m sold but I think he’s an upgrade over singleton at this point….I’m not bias or anything

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Seems neither here nor there as a bench/UTIL guy…

              • jef with 1 f says:
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                @Grey: yea I hear ya…I’d still do it though if he’s playing everyday in your utility spot..I agree won’t make a big difference though.

                • Ralph says:
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                  @jef with 1 f: So, basically, I can do whatever the JeF I want here.

                  here’s my pitching staff. I just traded Hosmer and Ventura to get Lester and Iwakuma (creating the above dilemma). I’m probably OK with pitching, but I don’t think I want to trade any pitching to get another bat. agreed?

                  Wainwright
                  Lester
                  Iwakuma
                  Gio Gonzalez
                  Quintana
                  Burnett
                  Skaggs
                  Chavez
                  Duffy
                  Emoticon
                  Despaigne
                  Reed
                  Rodriguez
                  McGee
                  Betances
                  Andrew Miller

                  I basically drop any of those last few guys to play matchups, but usually end up getting those guys back when their favorable matchups come back around. I’m kind of addicted to Smyly even though he’s not been any good.

                  Others on waivers are Niese, Peralta, Volquez, Pomeranz, Locke, Chen, Shoemaker, Elias, etc. basically a ton of matchup guys, but nobody (at least to me) who screams “drop Despaigne and keep me permanently rostered!!” Of course, it would be really odd if a major league baseball player was yelling at me regarding my fantasy roster.

                  • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                    @Ralph: volquez has been very good since that 8 earned debacle (which i just happened to pick him up streaming for in 16 teamer, and others), and now 2 starts ago i was happier than shit to grab to own in same 16 teamer since Dice-K is best streamer besides.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    @Ralph: In a ten team league with unlimited waivers, you can trade pitching for a bat… There’s no one there that needs to be on your team right now, no

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I was just concerned since it was a keeper and Duda is doodie…

                  • jef with 1 f says:
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                    @Grey: lol

  238. tom says:
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    12 h2h weekly points .. I was offered fister n loshe for Frazier n lackey. Jude Frazier at U cuz I have Beltre at 3b make the trade for pitching depth , both would be starters..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier side

  239. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    MI’s are currently Alcantara and Segura.

    OF consists of Trout, Puig, Rios, Hamilton, Khrush

    Give up Trout to get Hanley & Kinsler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  240. ashtray says:
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    Would it make me a greedy cock-up if I asked if a 101-200 list was coming out?

    • MooseOutFront says:
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      @ashtray: with certainty it would make you that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not

  241. MooseOutFront says:
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    Just traded my Gray for Cobb + Rendon

    success? (I know Rendon is hot garbage, but he was just a throw in I asked for just to see if I get add a maybe SAGNOF)

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @MooseOutFront: good deal…rendon is better then you think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

      • MooseOutFront says:
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        @Grey: Tell your boy it’s not personal, it’s business. He done me right this season and I won’t forget it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  242. jef with 1 f says:
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    Sup girl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  243. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Would you do Yu for Pujols.
    Need some offense now.

    Thanks

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: pujols and another SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  244. Crock says:
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    Hanley/Anibal or Desmond/Shark?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley, it’s totally fair, could see the Desmond side being much better

      • Crock says:
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        @Grey:
        Should I try Hanley/Anibal for Reyes/Hamels first?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  245. Lemmingness says:
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    So even for a points league with a K penalty, would you take AJones (240 pts so far) over Encarnacion (302 pts)?

    Then add in Pedroia to the Jones side, and you’d go Jones side for sure?

    10 team shallow weekly league, and I’d only keep Jones and not pedroia. Pedroia would replace Marte in Util spot and Jones would replace JHamilton in OF.

    Or should I just wait for EE and use hot schmotatoes until he comes back?

    • Lemmingness says:
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      @Lemmingness: Meant to say its a keeper league but would not keep pedroia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, I’d take Jones

  246. Plumbing4 says:
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    Pujols for Tulo a worthy gamble?

    I have Hosmer and Morneau who can play 1B and my SS’s are Segura and Arismendy

    thoughts?

    • Plumbing4 says:
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      @Plumbing4: I have been trying to trade Pujols for Abreu, but the owner of Tulo needs a 1B more. he has Napoli and has 3 SS in Asdrubal, Tulo and Rollins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Tulo

  247. Robert says:
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    Advice from any of the experts please, Alex Gordon & Wade Miley for Cargo: which side wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo side wins, not close

      • Robert says:
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        @Grey: thanks, sir

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  248. Leeroy Jenkins says:
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    Points league. Who would you stash, Wacha or CJ Wilson?

    Wilson dominated when he came back from injury last year and he will be on a minimal time DL stint. I need Pitching bad…
    BUT
    Wacha is great, but also may not return for up to another month for all we know…

    Quite the conundrum i made for myself today.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilson

  249. Eric R says:
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    It’s amazing you respond to so many posts. Those kinds of stats gets you in my top 25 for sure. Thanks in advance.

    Lost tanaka and gerrit cole and my pitchings down the shitter. Got a pretty solid offense and considering trading cano for price. I’m hesitant cuz I know cano’s gonna get hot. On the waivers are wong and gennett?

    Am I better off throwing in Choo to get back zobrist and wheeler? Or the above trade and waiver fill-in at 2b?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I’d take Price…or the 2nd deal with Zobrist… 2nd deal is a bit better

  250. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    looks like kennedy ain’t going to LAA since Moreno is too stupid to actually keep useful prospects. good for me.

  251. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    would we rather have calhoun over a.gordon in 10 teamer? only thing is my team is already much better at runs than rbi’s. total bases and hits as extra cats. somebody just dropped him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  252. pickleball says:
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    do i need to worry about SAGNOF? who gets saves if papelbon comes over to the dodgers? does kenley’s lesh just get a lot smaller?

    • pickleball says:
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      @pickleball: *shorter

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @pickleball: he’ll take over fear the beard’s 8th inning. bad for papelnuts owners in non-holds leagues. good for SAGNOF’ers, we’ll just have to figure out gilles/bastardo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles..Kenley’s safe