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Welcome, prematurely balding men and five women who are married to prematurely balding men and decided if you can’t beat them, join them!  Make yourself comfortable, this is gonna be a long post.  Here, enjoy some coffee.  Oops, you just drank rat poison.  Don’t worry, it can’t be worse than owning Matt Harvey in the 1st half.  Oh, you owned him and that’s why you drank the poison!  Now, I’m following!   Hey, I’m supposed to be leading!  Before we get into the top 100 for the 2nd half of 2017 fantasy baseball, let’s just be glad our 18-year-old selves can’t see us now, we’d get beat up!  But our twelve-year-old selves would think we’re the coolest!  So, as with all of the other 2017 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 that outfielder for that 2nd baseman.  Also, things change in fantasy baseball.  Daily.  I could put Bryce Harper number two on the top 100 list for the second half of 2017 and he could pull a–Well, we won’t even mention an injury with Bryce.  Why soil a good thing, ya know?  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. This is simply a list of the top hundred fantasy baseball players if you were to pick them up today.  So while Mike Trout did not have the greatest first half, he will appear on this list because, well, Mike Trout.  The projections are not their combined 1st half and 2nd half numbers; these are their projections for the 2nd half of 2017.  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 players will do.  It’s like that camera from The Twilight Zone.  Welcome to the future!  Anyway, here’s the top 100 for fantasy baseball for the 2nd half of 2017:

1. Mike Trout – A couple of things we know for certain, Al Gore is eating a lot to curb food waste, Alanis lost major cred with the AHP (Armpit Hair Posse) when it was revealed her angst was over Dave Coulier and Trout is the best hitter in baseball if he’s healthy.  He is due back right after the break.  Projections:  44/17/48/.318/12

2. Bryce Harper – Assuming Joe Maddon doesn’t bat Harper leadoff in the All-Star Game and he’s hit on the wrist by Jason Vargas and, my God, man, why am I jinxing him again?!  Projections:  49/18/51/.286/7

3. Paul Goldschmidt – This feels like the locked in top three from now until Bryce has another terrible year, right?  I mean, people were trying to fight Au Shizz being a top three player in the preseason, but I wasn’t (had him number two).  Now, it’s pretty obvious to the rest of youse how valuable Au Shizz is (kinda stutterer!).  He’s not just near the top of the Player Rater, he’s almost twenty dollars more valuable than the tenth best player.  Projections:  47/14/54/.308/11

4. Max Scherzer – My 2nd half rankings depart from my 1st half rankings in one major way, I give more credence to top pitchers.  A few reasons A) Pitchers get hurt and are risky, but, at this point in the season, we know which pitchers are healthy and pitching well.  B) A top pitcher can make a huge difference still, whereas an upside flyer on a pitcher isn’t as valuable, i.e., if your ratios need help, a trade flyer on someone like Jameson Taillon is only going to get you so far, whereas Scherzer can make a difference in the final months.  C)  There’s no C.  Projections:  10-2/2.22/0.88/131

5. Clayton Kershaw – See what I said a half an inch above, or five inches above if you’re talking to a girl.  Projections:  11-2/2.34/0.90/120

6. Mookie Betts – On our Rest of the Season Player Rater, Mookie Ballgame is number one, and, as a cave woman once told a caveman, sometimes you gotta be less tool and rely more on tools.  Projections:  55/12/49/.303/15

7. Nolan Arenado –  I’m just going to put down the match-worn, fraying Jesse “The Body” Ventura feather boa I bought off eBay for $2,000 by this open window and–NOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!  Projections: 49/17/53/.294/1

8. Aaron Judge –  *shrugs*  No idea.  He could be the best player of the 2nd half, or, if absolutely everything we know about hitter’s peripherals holds true, he hits 17 HRs and .260.  At this point, I’d put five dollars on both outcomes and be happy getting back ten dollars minus the vig.  Projections: 43/19/50/.272/3

9. Manny Machado –  When you see this, bells should go off in your brain.  No, it’s not feeding time.  Machado is the biggest buy of the 2nd half.  He is the exact opposite of Judge.  If everything we know about peripherals holds, Machado will hit 18 homers and .330 in the 2nd half.  If they don’t, he will continue to scuffle to hit .220 and he won’t hit the broad side of the barn even after throwing his bat at an opposing player who is standing in front of a barn.  Projections:  48/18/49/.288/3

10. Kris Bryant –  If I were ranking for purely anecdotal reasons, I’d sandbag all Cubs, because they feel like they’re dealing with a season-long hangover from last year, and just write off Bryant, Rizzo, et al (not the Israeli airline).  However (Grey’s got some positive news!), Wrigley in the summer is like playing on the moon with an aluminum bat if there was humidity on the moon.  Projections:  50/17/52/.281/5

11. Anthony Rizzo –  How Sunny Delight are baseballs this year?  Rizzo looks headed for 35+ homers this year, an easy career high, and he might only be the tenth best 1st baseman this year for fantasy.  Projections: 43/17/49/.272/4

12. Chris Sale –  If you’re wondering to yourself why Sale is so far behind Scherzer and Kershaw, you’re splitting hairs, or spitting hairs if a cat is reading.  Projections: 9-3/2.54/0.93/122

13. Joey Votto –  Vottomatic, that’s what comes up when you search Votto’s nickname.  No one, I mean no one, calls him this.  No effin’ way.  Vottomatic?  Yeah, that rolls off the tongue.  More like it rolls my eyes.  How about Joey the Vottomator with Vottotron 3030 from the concept album, OBP: Vottofuturist and William Shat-on-her in 2 Girls, 1 Pimp?  Projections: 48/16/47/.327/2

14. Carlos Correa –  I promise this is the last projections where I give Correa steals if he doesn’t even attempt a steal in the 2nd half.  Serious question:  has anyone who stole 20 or more bases in the minors in one season ever not attempted a steal in a major league season when they’re under the age of 23?  I’m gonna go out on a very sturdy limb and say no.  Projections:  45/16/46/.303/4

15. Corey Kluber – I just gave you my Corey Kluber fantasy.  It was written on a frisbee then thrown into a golden retriever’s mouth.  Projections:  9-3/2.89/0.98/111

16. Giancarlo Stanton – *turns to the mirror* Excuse me, charisma, vodka with a spritzer?  *turns to Giancarlo Fathead wall mount, blushes*  Oh, hi, I didn’t know you were awake.  Thanks for staying healthy all 1st half.  Just one more half, boo bear.  Now let’s make you presentable.  *combs wig that’s glued to Giancarlo’s wall mount head*  Projections:  43/19/50/.271/2

17. Charlie Blackmon –  A splash of Chazz Noir has been catnip for fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!).  More so than even the sweet smell of Dorito-orange on your fingers.  Projections:  54/12/40/.308/10

18. Jose Altuve –  Some of these 2nd half rankings will be indicative of next year’s preseason rankings, and some won’t.  This feels like one of those that will be indicative.  The Astros have really put the brakes on their hitters on the basepaths and Altuve’s strikeouts are up and, let’s be honest, a five-foot-zero guy is not likely to hit a ton of homers.  I’m likely underappreciating his batting average, but a 10/15 half guy (hehe) just doesn’t Run the Jewels fast.  Projections:  44/10/42/.319/15

19. George Springer – Pretty much the same boat as Correa, which is a slow boat to seven steals in the South China Sea.  By the by, how about the Astros’ offense?  More like the 1927 Astros.  Projections: 55/15/40/.266/3

20. Daniel Murphy –  Truism about me, I dig my heels in and don’t like to admit defeat until the last possible moment, but Murphy has beat me.  As a wise, punny man once said, “You can’t dig in your heels if you’ve been defeated.”  Projections:  47/13/48/.318/2

21. Jose Abreu –  In the preseason, I was very concerned because I was drafting Abreu everywhere when I didn’t get a 1st baseman in the first few rounds.  Goes to show you, luck plays such a huge factor in this shizz.  If I was in position to draft Freeman in all leagues, I would’ve in a second.  Though, to be honest, if you drafted Freeman and got great stats from him for six weeks then grabbed someone like Smoak or Morrison, you’re doing okay.  Projections:  44/15/46/.291

22. Jean Segura –  Doesn’t Jean Segura sound like an actress from the 50’s?  You can picture him with a B&W picture with the edges of his face blurred, right?  No?  Hmm, maybe it’s me.  Personally, I loved Jean Segura in The Thin Man!  Still no?  Okay, I’ll move on.  Projections:  46/10/30/.302/15

23. Brian Dozier –  Nothing about this ranking makes sense, except that he hit 500 homers in the 2nd half of last year, so it’s a gamble on a guy that could the most valuable player of the 2nd half again.  Projections: 40/16/42/.250/7

24. Dee Gordon –  Either as valuable as a top ten hitter, or less valuable than anyone on this top 100.  Don’t scrunch up your nose, I’ll explain.  If you need steals and they could move you up a few points in the standings, then Gordon can be as valuable as Bryant, but if you don’t need steals in your league, Gordon’s basically runs and average, which you can get for a tenth of the price.  Projections:  45/1/17/.291/28

25. Cody Bellinger –  While writing this post (obvi), I ranked Bellinger as high as nine overall to as low as 70.  I have no idea what to do with him.  He could easily hit 10+ homers each month for the rest of the year, or he could go 0-for-55 and get platooned.  No matter what happens, if his ROS projections hold he’s going to finish his rookie year with 38-41 HRs and 10 steals.  Yeah, he’s gonna be at worst a 3rd rounder next year barring something Doyer loco.  Projections:  38/15/44/.251/5

26. Freddie Freeman – Halp and I discuss the entire top 100 in the latest podcast, but on last week’s fantasy baseball podcast (SEO, snitches!) we discussed some of my thoughts on Freeman’s return.  His injury looks mended, but I’m being a tad cautious with my ranking.  Projections:  41/15/42/.293/4

27. Francisco Lindor –  Everyone in the preseason, “Yo, middle infielder is deep AF, and I’m not misspelling an acronym for astrophysicist, ya feel me?”  Now, “Well, not so much.”  Projections:  44/13/31/.288/7

28. Robinson Cano –  This guy is in that “totally boring, but productive” phase of his career.  Give him a year and it will just be boring.  Projections:  37/14/43/.283/1

29. J.D. Martinez – This post is already long and we’re barely 30% through, so I’m gonna just say Just Dong, and ’bout to call your ass an Uber, I got somewhere to be.  Projections: 39/15/40/.291/1

30. Billy Hamilton – Same dealzzyoh as Gordon.  Projections:  47/1/20/.249/30

31. Stephen Strasburg –  Pitching about the same as he has for the last two years.  Not a potential 2.75 ERA pitcher, but likely a 3.50 ERA one.  The Ks, though, they’re still there, and are real and beautiful.  Projections:  9-2/3.35/1.10/105

32. Yu Darvish – I almost ranked John Lackey here, then I punched myself real good in the face, called myself a horse-toothed jackass, and got back to real rankings and not alternative rankings that are just meant to incite violence in myself.  As I would say in the preseason, there’s a tier difference between Strasburg and Darvish and the guys above them.  Darvish and Strasburg could strike out 10 guys per nine, but they might also have only a 3.50 ERA.  Not bad in today’s day and age, but not as good as the SPs above them.  Projections: 8-3/3.41/1.12/108

33. Jacob deGrom – Okay, fine, put deGrom in with Strasburg and Darvish, but I may never trust Mets pitchers, and not just their relievers with women in my life.  Projections: 7-4/3.45/1.17/104

34. Rougned Odor –  ZiPS projections have Odor’s 2nd half stats at 40/14/40/.257/6.  Yes, we use Steamer here, but I’m trying to be as objective as possible.  Or AP as millennials abbreviate it.  So look at ZiPs’ projections for him and mine for Cano.  That wildly different?  I was too aggressive with Odor in the preseason, I’ll admit that, but if he were hitting .255, which is his career average, and on pace for 33/18, we’d be complaining about him at all?  By the way, look at this tweet. There’s a lot to enjoy there, but someone commented that they weren’t wrong except for the home run part. That was their entire hot take, “the home run part.”  Projections: 36/15/41/.246/8

35. Aroldis Chapman –  Exact same deal as Scherzer, except saves instead of a starter, which, I guess, isn’t the same deal, but close enough.  Meaning, I don’t ever go for a top closer in the preseason, but, if I need saves now, I’ll pay the price in a trade and try to change my fantasy fortunes.  By the way, I pronounce fortune:  four-tune.  I’m snobby, so?  Call me Grey Gatsby.  Projections: 1-1/1.86/0.96/51, 27 saves

36. Craig Kimbrel –  See 1/18th of an inch above or four inches if a girl is reading.  Projections: 2-0/2.07/0.90/44, 26 saves

37. Kenley Jansen – See 2/9ths…Ugh, my ignorance with fractions — fractiorance? (So bad!) — is shining through, isn’t it?  Projections: 2-1/2.17/0.71/43, 23 saves

38. Nelson Cruz – There’s maybe six guys that can hit 25 homers in the 2nd half.  So, as many guys that Antonio Alfonseca can count on one hand.  Cruz is one of those guys.  For those who are counting on Alfonseca’s hand, Cruz is the 2nd pinkie.  Projections:  38/17/43/.276/1

39. Jose Ramirez – As mentioned (I think; I’m writing a lot here), not a lot of rankings here are necessarily indicative of next year, but Ramirez feels like a guy that is going to take a huge jump from this preseason to the next.  One year of his success may have been a fluke; two years, and he’s not doing it for the halibut.   Projections:  45/11/36/.306/10

40. Wil Myers – If he has a 12/11 2nd half, he’s going to have a 28/20 season.  More than respectable on the year.  In the big picture, Myers has some serious causes for concern.  His Ks are so jacked; fly balls are up (literally), ground balls are down (not literally) and he’s chasing outside the strike zone like he’s Rob Deer with cataracts.  Hate to be pessimistic about a 27-year-old, but Myers’ next year could be scary if he doesn’t make changes in the 2nd half.  Projections:  35/12/37/.247/8

41. Anthony Rendon – Not only was Rendon ranked around here in the preseason (for me), but I don’t see him being ranked much higher or lower than here as long as he stays healthy.  He’s a solid middle of the order, middle of a top 100-type player.  Projections:  36/11/39/.303/4

42. Miguel Sano – Could be Alfonseca’s 2nd index finger, but could also hit .215 in the 2nd half.  Projections:  34/16/39/.232/

43. Corey Seager – People off that Corey Seager bandwagon yet and see what I saw in the preseason about him only giving average and occasional power or y’all still lining up?  Projections:  41/11/32/.281/2

44. Elvis Andrus – ‘Member when we all thought Andrus and Alcides were the same player?  We were younger then, and you had more hair!  Projections:  45/6/30/.295/15

45. Adam Duvall – He shells pitchers, so how is his nickname not Shelling Duvall?  I guess that puts the oy in Oyl.  Projections:  38/15/41/.261/3

46. Khris Davis – Alfonseca’s third thumb.  Projections:  36/17/44/.244/2

47. Jake Lamb – I’ve done this long enough to know how shizz is gonna play out.  Here’s how Lamb will play out for 2018:  I’ll rank him in the top 50 overall, and ESPN will rank him around 100, and I’ll be like, “That’s ludicrous,” and Lamb will have a top three 3rd baseman season and everyone will be like, “Grey, your handsomeness is only surpassed by your prescience, and I have no idea what prescience is.”  Here’s the thing, Lamb is a top five 3rd baseman this year.  I have no idea why ESPN will not rank him properly next year and opting for Beltre instead.  It’s what they do.  Projections:  38/13/40/.272/4

48. Marcell Ozuna – Here’s what’s likely going to happen, OZUNA will finish with 35 homers (only 12 more), and you’ll be so happy at the end of the year, but next year, you’re gonna be like, “Grey, handsome face, Fantasy Master Lothario, Snoopy when disguised as Joe Cool, you worried about OZUNA’s 2nd half?”  Projections:  34/12/37/.277/1

49. Zack Greinke – At 33 years old, Greinke’s having his best season of his career on a strictly peripheral basis.  His perfs (do they call them that?  Who is they?  If you replace the W of where, what and when with a T, it answers your question, but what about who?!  Any hoo!) are gorge.  Projections:  7-3/3.29/1.05/92

50. Carlos Martinez – This is weird (not weird).  Starters have been such a shizz show this year that C-Mart hasn’t even been that impressive and he’s easily been a top fifteen starter, and really only lagging in wins.  Projections: 5-3/3.04/1.10/90

51. Carlos Carrasco – Maybe if we all collectively think about how we’ll never get better than a 3.35 ERA season from Carrasco, we’ll get him to have a 2.75 ERA in the 2nd half.  Okay, which one of you is thinking 3.40 ERA?  You’re messing us up!  Projections:  6-4/3.35/1.04/89

52. Chris Archer – Once you remove the Fulmers and Ervins of the world, who I don’t trust, Archer’s right there in the top 15 starters once again.  My professional opinion:  pitching sucks, yo.  Projections:  5-4/3.52/1.19/99

53. Edwin Encarnacion – Here’s what I said the other day, “Not sure if this is a sell high, sell low or just sell.  Maybe that’s the problem.  Edwin has 18 HRs as he hits around .265.  Pretty much what I’d expect for the 2nd half too.  Project him for, say, 16 HRs, .260.  Not terrible, but I think his name value brings a lot more than his actual value.  16 HRs, .260?  That sounds like Logan Morrison’s floor.  Travis Shaw could hit 16 HRs and .260 and not even break a sweat or a sweet if he’s chewing on hard candies.  Mike Moistasskiss hits 16 homers and .260 if he has a bad 2nd half.  Corner men with 16-homer power in a half are in abundance like men in rompers with man buns.  I wouldn’t sell Edwin to be in a reenactment on Forensic Files, but I would explore options.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Projections: 36/16/42/.259

54. Yoenis Cespedes – The good news is Yoenis might come at a discounted rate next year.  The bad news, it will be because he’s been dreadfully yawnstipating so far.  He’s capable of a top 20 overall half, but I’ll be damned if he’s shown any signs.  Projections:  30/11/35/.277/3

55. Dallas Keuchel – He would’ve been top four for (stutterer!) starters in the 2nd half if he weren’t going to miss likely two to (hummana-hummana you) three starts.  I get the sense the Astros are like, “Yo, we got this, no rush, Keetchell..How do you say your name again?” Projections:  6-2/2.65/1.01/71

56. A.J. Pollock – How many Pollocks does it take to hit a home run?  One to hit the ball, and 18 million to carry the stadium towards the batter so the wall moves in.  Projections:  34/6/20/.281/12

57. Josh Donaldson – Well, this is why I was steering away from him in the preseason and why all my backdated concerns about him appear to be not quite as crazy.  What a hideous 1st half he had, and, at 31 years old, I think we’ve seen the last of 1st round Donaldson.  Projections:  36/12/40/.268/2

58. Ryan Braun –  He said of his 2nd half prospects, “I would be healthy, but why bother?”  Damn, nihilist R.B.’s bumming me out.  Projections: 35/12/34/.281/5

59. Lance McCullers – I have concerns.  Okay, first, let me say, for the three fantasy baseballers who don’t know, I love McCullers.  Goes without saying.  The concerns are he could be shut down in September as the Astros clinch their playoff spot.  Other concern is his last start was less than ideal.  Finally, after 40 more innings, we’ll be in uncharted territory for MLB innings in a season.  Projections: 5-2/2.97/1.12/70

60. Luis Severino – Okay, so this is a tier of starters we got here that can best be described as:  Uncharted Territory.   UT, hook ’em long shots.  Projections: 5-3/3.41/1.14/81

61. Robbie Ray – Same boat as McCullers and Severino.  That boat is like a Lamborghini on the water.  Not a high-priced boat, or a boat made by Lamborghini, but an actual Lamborghini you drive into the water and that 15 seconds when you are the bad-assiest person in the entire world, then, when it sinks, you have the sexiest anchor.  Projections: 6-2/3.44/1.24/96

62. Alex Wood – You need alligator blood to trade for Wood.  More so than you might even realize.  Yes, he has a 1.67 ERA in 80 2/3 IP, but he threw only 60 1/3 IP last year, and the Dodgers have 17 starters in their rotation.  Projections:  6-2/2.55/1.06/55

63. James Paxton – Easily capable of putting together a Cy Young-type half.  If he stays healthy for three months.  Okay, so not easily.  Projections:  4-5/3.21/1.17/85

64. Ian Desmond –  Pretty unremarkable 1st half, and I’m not convinced he’s completely healed from his preseason hand injury.  And you wonder why I’m concerned about Freeman, Trea and, legit, anyone with hand and/or wrist injuries.  So, why even rank Desmond?  Coors, yo.  Projections:  34/10/32/.277/10

65. Madison Bumgarner – He says he’ll be back on July 15th.  On July 15th, the celebrations over Bumgarner’s return will commence.  If he’s good, his owners celebrate for the good.  If he’s bad, everyone else celebrates.  Either way, someone’s celebrating.  Projections:  4-3/3.35/1.10/77

66. Starling Marte – I call this area of the top 100, “Shrug, who DFK?  I certainly DFK.”  By the way, Google says DFK is Deep French Kissing.  Um, yeah, not using it to mean that.  Projections:  30/6/28/.279/14

67. Miguel Cabrera – So, I might be ranking Miggy a bit lower than is realistic, but I want to emphasis how low I am on him.  Maybe he can rebound next year, but this year feels totally lost, and he looks like half the man of Justin Smoak.  Just Smo?  Projections:  34/14/37/.278

68. Justin Turner – He has the highest OBP at the break since Barry Bonds.  Funnily enough (not funnily enough), I went to look at the last thirty years of OBP, and, well, steroids not only aided power, but the OBPs of some of those guys was bizzonkers.  Jason Giambi hit 43 homers with a .476 OBP.  Yeah, nothing to see there.  Bud Selig’s cover up of PEDs is almost as glaring as Our Manfred covering up the Super Ball they’re using now.  Projections:  37/11/39/.309/1

69. Andrew McCutchen – I’ll admit to defeat on my McCutchen schmohawk.  The bounce back looks legit.  With that said (Grey’s totally not admitting defeat), I would not be shocked to see McCutchen hurt his knee and have a shortened 2nd half or just falter.  (Nice admitting of being wrong!)  Projections:  37/13/39/.272/4

70. Andrew Benintendi – I call this song, “Kill Grey A.”  You egged Benintendi on, knowin’ all along, all you had to say was you was wrong.  You almost went Eric Karabell.  Let the baddest hitter in the world go to hell.  I don’t even know what else to say, except go to hell, never go Eric Karabell.  Projections:  32/10/38/.284/6

71. Xander Bogaerts – No, I’m not just naming Red Sox players now.  How about Jackie Bradley Jr.?!   Okay, no, I’m not.  Bogaerts is having a season where if he were in bad lineup, Jed Lowrie would pass him in fantasy value.  Projections:  41/8/39/.312/7

72. Chris Owings – Prolly went wrong with my ranking of Owings, but here’s how I came to this:  Bogaerts is so much worse than Owings, but I have to rank Bogaerts so I have to rank Owings.  Is that faulty logic?  It’s like when you don’t replace the toilet paper so the next person will replace it, then you’re the next person.  Or does this just mean I have to use Cougs’ bathroom more?  Now I’m simply thinking aloud Grey problems.  Projections:  34/10/37/.281/9

73. Mike Moustakas – If Moistasskiss meets my modest projections, he will have 40 homers on the year.  Nah, MLB isn’t using Super Balls.  Not at all!  Projections:  31/15/38/.262

74. Kyle Seager – “Ma!  I made Grey’s top 100 for the 2nd half!  Ma?  Why are you cleaning Corey’s room, he’s never moving back in!”  Projections:  31/14/39/.269/1

75. Ryan Zimmerman – Hold up, he hit around .295 in the two months of May and June, which is close to his career average, and he did not hit .400+ again like April?  We’re not waiting for him to fall back to earth, he’s already there.  Projections:  35/12/40/.282/1

76. Adrian Beltre – See Justin Upton for more thoughts on Beltre.  Projections:  37/12/35/.289/1

77. Justin Upton – You heard of a five-alarm fire?  Well, this is a five-player snooze alarm that started at Seager and ends at Kemp.  Wait, you need Beltre thoughts?  Okay, check next blurb.  Projections:  37/14/39/.260/4

78. Matt Kemp – Oh, c’mon, you know what to expect from this grouping of players.  Beltre thoughts!  Projections:  33/12/37/.272/1

79. Ender Inciarte – Like Anna Nicole or grandma, we all love the long balls.  I’m right there with you.  However, when a guy gives five categories, it’s more valuable than you realize.  Let’s break down a Player Rater scenario.  Ender gets $6.7 in runs that’s the same as Salvador Perez’s $6.7 in HRs.  Sal Perez has the most homers for any catchers.  Ender’s runs also give as much fantasy value as Freeman’s average.  His runs also give as much value as Smoak’s RBIs.  Not sexy, but Ender’s runs are making a difference.  Projections: 43/5/28/.297/10

80. Christian Yelich – Not having a terrible year like I would’ve hoped after panning him in the preseason, but he’s also been nowhere near as valuable as where he was drafted in the preseason.  Projections:  39/9/31/.277/7

81. Gary Sanchez – There’s no truth that his full name is Gary, Indiana Is Dirty Sanchez.  What is true?  Doode gets crazy hot and cold.  He could hit 18 HRs in the 2nd half, or five and dropped again in the lineup.  Projections:  31/15/35/.285/2

82. Jonathan Schoop – I can hear it already, “Adam Jones didn’t make your top 100?  Hmm, can I drop him?”  As mentioned previously on the aforementioned tip, Schoop has been easily the most valuable Orioles hitter this year, and has been hitting third.  I still like Machado and Trumbo, but Jones?  You can’t find a 10-homer, .275 outfielder?  Projections: 36/13/38/.274/1

83. Justin Smoak – This is strictly a gut call for the next four guys.  I think we’ve gotten the best we’re ever going to see from them, but they deserve to be ranked.  Could, say, Hanley be far better than any of these guys?  For sure.  Projections:  33/14/38/.259

84. Logan Morrison –  “Can you give me this in 140 characters?”  That’s LoMo reading this top 100.  Projections:  30/13/36/.254/2

85. Travis Shaw – Half a season rankings are impossible.  Nah, I don’t say that to take pressure off these rankings.  Cust kayin’.  Baseball is a game where players find their level across 162 games.  For a few months, even Domonic Brown looked good.  Across a season, Shaw might revert to who he is, but across a half season, he could be great, terrible or somewhere in between.  Projections:  32/12/35/.258/3

86. Eric Thames – Depends what Thames you believe, April Thames, or the Thames that we saw from May through July when pitchers obviously figured out his weaknesses and exploited him.  Wait, why would we believe April Thames?  Projections:  34/14/38/.238/2

87. Mark Reynolds – Mini Donkey struggled so far in July, and maybe he’s turned into a pumpkin already, but it takes quite the man to look bad in Coors in the summer.  The guy at the Carlos ‘n Charlie’s who falls into the kiddie pool filled with cheap beer comes to mind as looking bad in Coors.  Projections:  28/14/32/.251/2

88. Mark Trumbo – Like the church of Stevie Wonder, this ranking is blind faith.  Projections:  34/15/37/.258/1

89. Evan Longoria – If he has a poor 2nd half, it will now be two terrible years, one great year, then two terrible years again, lining him up for a great 2018.  Someone buy him a calendar, his Saberhagenmetrics is way off!  Projections:  33/14/36/.259/1

90. Corey Dickerson – Fun fact!  His nickname is the same as a Siamese twins’ nickname:  Co-Dick. Projections:  41/13/34/.277/2

91. Lorenzo Cain – Whether you call him Lo-Cain, Cain…Sugar! or the Devil’s Dandruff, you sound like Keith Hernandez in the mid-80’s.  Projections:  38/9/32/.284/12

92. Jon Lester – Can you tell I struggled to find a few more starters to squeeze into the top 100?  Lester has a few more bad starts in July and I can see him being droppable in August.   “What?  You didn’t want to rank Godley?”  That’s me being sarcastic with myself.  Projections:  7-2/3.61/1.20/88

93. Jonathan Villar – Can I be real with you?  Like really real.  Yes?  Good.  The end of the top 100 could all be droppable in shallow leagues if they don’t look great within two weeks of the rankings.  Villar does not deserve to be ranked.  I realize that; I’m not entirely stupid (like 49% stupid, but I might’ve flip-flopped the four and the nine there).  Villar could have a top 10 2nd half though, and you can’t say that about a lot of guys.  Projections:  36/8/26/.252/18

94. Trevor Story – See what I said for Villar and put it in Coors and subtract a week from two weeks and what do you have?  An Amtrak train doing 780 MPH?  Hmm, math’s off there, but Story’s 2nd half could erase his 1st half.  Likely?  I did not say that.  If I thought it was likely, I would’ve ranked him up with Odor.  I think it’s as likely Story is demoted to a bench role with Valaika no longer just being the sound Pac-Man makes, but becoming an everyday player.  Projections:  27/13/34/.261/5

95. Gio Gonzalez – The struggle was real to find decent starters for this top 100.  That struggle is not even first world problems.  Let’s be honest, people in most first world countries do not have this problem.  Projections:  7-3/3.69/1.25/80

96. Marcus Stroman – Love this guy’s slider, don’t especially like his peripherals.  Don’t especially like more starters.  Don’t especially like writing clear sentences either.  The preceding was to say there’s not many starters to like, so Stroman’s in the cream of the crap.  Projections:  6-4/3.55/1.25/72

97. Johnny Cueto – I’m legit ranking starters I don’t even like.  I guess I could’ve ranked someone like J.A. Happ, but what does it say about Happ that I dropped him last week?  Hint: it’s not good.  Projections:  5-3/3.64/1.21/82

98. Jimmy Nelson – Hahahahahahahahahahahaha– Breathe, Grey, breathe!  Jesus Christ Ramirez!  We’re losing him!  Jimmy Nelson?!  In the top 100?!  There’s no starters to put in the top 100.  I looked at about 40 starters to put here.  Nelson was top 100 in the 1st half, and his peripherals says he should be even better, so, yeah, state of pitching is about as good as Lohan’s mental state.  In reality, um, in fantasy reality, there’s only about 40% of the season left and anyone from Rich Hill, Jose Berrios, Brandon McCarthy or a whole array of pitchers can have top 100 value.  Projections:  5-5/3.47/1.24/82

99. Gregory Polanco – With this guy, it’s the polar opposite this year from where we were last year, i.e., last year Polanco was hot, and this year it’s like we were dropped off at the North Pole and Mrs. Claus has snuck into our room, mistaking us for Santa and kisses us with succinylcholine on her lips after taking the antidote.  Like polar, polar opposite.  Though, he is young and talented, so you never know.  He did have a decent final few games.  Projections:  30/8/33/.278/8

100. Domingo Santana – Will this list ever end?  Piscotty doesn’t know!  By the way, you wanna kill three hours during the break?  All of the rest of the season hitter projections and pitcher projections.  Those are via Steamer, so they don’t match mine, but I did consult them like you consult a diner placemat to figure out where Wyoming is.  Projections:  35/11/31/.267/5

101. Whoever Helps You Win – Don’t get tied to projections and rankings and “I drafted this guy in the 8th round this year.”  Yeah, we all hate Addison Russell, not just you.  The worst thing you can do at this stage is hold onto players just because of what they could do vs. what they are doing.  What they are doing is what wins championships and that’s what excites the ladies in your daydreams and your daydreams are real to you.

   
  1. SteveNZ says:
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    Not enough of my guys here. Bad list. Sad!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: On a serious note, I’m cruising along nicely in second in the ol’ h2h. Would you consider trading my Turner (plus Story if necessary) for Machado?

      Or is that just laughable on my part?

      • Packers says:
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        @SteveNZ: Which Turner?

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Packers: Justin.

      • Bob says:
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        @SteveNZ: On a more seriously-serious note, can we instead just take a moment to appreciate how brilliant player #101’s signoff was: “The worst thing you can do at this stage is hold onto players just because of what they could do vs. what they are doing. What they are doing is what wins championships and that’s what excites the ladies in your daydreams and your daydreams are real to you.” UGHH!!!! So good!!!! safsakfjasflkasj

      • Bob says:
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        @SteveNZ: But less seriously, put an “X” thru T. Story’s name, he’s “irrelevant.” If “Machado Man” wants Story, he gets Story; or better yet, make him take Story “ughhhhh you’re mean.”

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @SteveNZ: Sure if he’ll take it

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Miggy maybe?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Eh, he has EE and Pujols already. Maybe me and Manny aren’t meant to be.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sad trombone

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great job, man!

    a. This is the Leviathan of all monster top 2nd half 100 picks! Like it would be Godzilla and King Kong combined.

    b. Got to go to that camp whose name i can’t pronounce where I got sick last time. Say a prayer for me.

    c. John Rambo Quote of the day for July 11

    Murdock: ‘No, not just mine, Trautman. We’re talking about a nation’s. It was your hero’s fault. If your warrior had done what the hell he was supposed to, we’d be out of this clean and simple. He was just supposed to take pictures.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘If they showed something, they would have been lost, wouldn’t they?’

    Murdock: ‘I don’t think you understand what this is all about.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘The same as it always is – money. In ’72, we were supposed to pay the Cong 4.5 billion in reparations. We reneged. They kept the POWs. And you’re doing the same thing all over again.’

    Murdock: ‘What would you do? Pay blackmail money to ransom our own men and finance the war effort against our allies? What if some burnout POW shows up on the 6:00 news? What do you wanna do, start the war over? Bomb Hanoi? Want everybody screaming for invasion? Do you think somebody on the floor of the senate will ask for billions of dollars for some forgotten ghosts?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Men, goddamn it! Who fought for their country.’

    Murdock: ‘That’s enough! Trautman, I’m gonna forget this conversation ever took place.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante GALIC: A. Sounds like a job for OZUNA B. Be safe! C. Nice!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Thanks, man!
        a. Made it back safe and sound! Thanks for the prayer that was your top 100!

        b. The screenshot from fangraphs is so unreal! It’s like medicine for razzball nation.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Glad to hear! B. Ha

  3. JakeTPE says:
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    Rankings in July!? Thank you Grey! I will savor these like a fine Pinot noir.

    You (not Yu) know what’s better than the first half of 2017 Fantasy Baseball? The second half of 2017 Fantasy Baseball. Hopefully! Paxton and McCullers, Pollock, Bryant… I’m looking at you! No, Schoop, you good. Just keep hitting.

    Enjoy the ASB, Razzball!

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @JakeTPE: Sorry, Grey, quick Q: how different would Schelber’s (Schebler’s… Schlebler’s….) projections look from say, Kris Davis, whom you have 46th? Are you expecting a big drop off? He’s like Andrew Jones? Cheers.

      • Grey

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        @JakeTPE: I don’t buy Schebler, maybe 10 HRs, 2 SBs, .250 for 2nd half

        • JakeTPE says:
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          @Grey: Thanks for that. Yeah, there was a really lean stretch there before Coors for Schebler. I snapped up Polanco which should at least help in SBs. Onwards and upwards!

  4. Ryan Wheeler says:
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    my biggest question is which pitchers do I stick with and which do I drop for some free agents that have been solid…. My current borderline droppable pitchers are:

    E. Santana
    J. Berrios
    L. Lynn
    S. Manaea

    And these free agents are available:

    Straily
    Godley
    Clevinger

    Should I grab any or all of those three and which pitchers should I drop if I do?

    • Grey

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      @Ryan Wheeler: Meh, Straily over Lynn if former’s matchups are better

    • mthom42 says:
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      Great list Grey! Thanks! Thought Bellinger and Judge would be closer if not Bellinger ahead. Was Taillon close? Also thought he’d make it.

      • Grey

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        Taillon was close, I almost put him in instead of Cueto

  5. Al Koholic says:
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    Awesome list especially number 100. So true

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Al Koholic: Wait, you changed your name? It’s now Al?

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey: rough nights and mornings lead to accidental mispelling

        • Grey

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          Haha

  6. Don says:
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    So I’m sitting in 5th in my main roto league. Weakest categories are BA, runs, SBs. I made two separate deals; acquired Freeman for Carlos Martinez then sent Sano away for Severino. I like the two players I got for the two players I sent away, but I briefly panicked when I got a little ways past Martinez and still hadn’t seen Severino. You think that’s a pretty fair swap?

    Now if I could just come up aces on a SAGNOF gamble. At this point, I just want a guy who will get consistent PT as I let Maybin and Deshields stay on waivers too long and instead picked up guys like Barreto and Eric Young. Any suggestions?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Don: Severino is 5 pitchers behind C-Mart here. I think you can relax.

    • Grey

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      @Don: Sounds fair… I don’t know what you’re asking in that SAGNOF question

      • Don says:
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        @Grey:

        Do you have a recommendation on an under the radar SAGNOF for the second half.

        • Grey

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          See comment above about Vizcaino

  7. your mom says:
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    Hi. 20 team h2h keeper (keep 8) league.
    Trade G.cole and chisenhall for domingo santana and godley?

    my team:
    c- avila of- springer
    1b- abreu of- polanco
    2b- murphy of- tapia
    3b- bryant util- t.shaw
    ss- owings bn-chisenhall

    sps-nelson, pineda, cole, lackey, j.montgomery, l.castillo
    rps-chapman, brach, rivero, bedrosian

    Thanks.

  8. John Holden says:
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    Hey Grey should I look for a trade heading into the 2nd half. Sitting in 3rd at 7 and 7 in a keeper league.

    Castillo, Ramos
    Healy, Gallo
    Odor
    Boegarts, Andrus
    Rendon
    Springer
    Polanco
    Broxton
    Cargo
    Desmond
    Conforto
    Kershaw
    Grienke
    Carasco
    Paxton
    Hill
    Maeda
    Wilson (Detroit
    Reed
    Melancon

    Thank you very much

    • Cram It says:
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      @John Holden: Could this question be more open-ended? Your OF could use an upgrade but at what cost, Holden? At what cost?

      • John Holden says:
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        @Cram It:Hey Cram thanks for answering. I have been trying to upgrade in the outfield by offering Boegarts, but haven’t had any luck. Thinking maybe Paxton and a piece for a struggling cespedes? Grienke or carrasco for somebody? Thanks man

        • knucks says:
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          @John Holden: 2 for 1 is always helpful if your wire isn’t super thin. Consolidation is always my go to move during this time of the year.

          • John Holden says:
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            @Cram It:Hey Cram thanks for answering. I have been trying to upgrade in the outfield by offering Boegarts, but haven’t had any luck. Thinking maybe Paxton and a piece for a struggling cespedes? Grienke or carrasco for somebody? Thanks man@knucks: @knucks: thank you Knucks for advice, much appreciated!

        • Cram It says:
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          @John Holden: Yeah, a pitcher and Bogey or Andrus should be able to net you some sort of an OF upgrade. You’ll probably have to see who needs a SS and target one of their OF’s.

          • John Holden says:
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            @Cram It: I also have Thor sitting hurt on my bench. I could possibly package him in a deal for Blackmon or maybe Machado. Keeper league

            • knucks says:
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              @John Holden: Like I was saying below… number of keepers, number of teams, h2h or roto (looks like h2h)… those kinds of details in your initial post will only help you get the best answer out of Grey and the rest of Razz.

              • John Holden says:
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                @knucks: gotcha my bad. The league is h2h 12 team and get to keep 7 keeper’s.

            • Cram It says:
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              @John Holden: Yep, you can do that too. The options are endless.

    • knucks says:
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      @John Holden: Yea I think this falls in the whoever helps you win category. Grey is always here to help, which we are all very grateful for. But if you wanna get the best answer to help yourself moving forward. You gotta do a bit of the leg work or offer s’more deetz.

  9. Scott says:
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    Do you think kinsler is washed up or phrased in a different way suck as bad as he did in the first half?

    What about maybin? Do you think he can repeat what he did in first half. Leading off when trout is back should be good as long as he gets on base and stays healthy (gasp).

    • Grey

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      @Scott: Maybe can repeat if he stays healthy… Tigers look like they’re having a lost season, and Kinsler might’ve gotten old and unproductive

  10. RicoSuave says:
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    This GREAT Grey! Thank you!!

    16 team H2H weekly points league…redraft

    I need to drop one of these SPs… please help.

    Seth Lugo,
    Jerad Eickhoff,
    Luis Castillo,
    Zack Davies,
    Kevin Gausman.

    Thanks again.

    • RicoSuave says:
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      @RicoSuave: Also, Didi Gregorius or Semien ROS?

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. Chicken Dinner says:
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    The most impressive thing about Judge last night was how many opposite field HRs he had. He wasn’t up there trying to yank everything. It was truly batting practice for him. Most of the time it didn’t even look like he got all of the ball and the were going second deck to right. The announcers didn’t even touch on this. They were HORRIBLE.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: btw…Dickerson blurb….well done.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Tex alluded to it a couple of times. Saying in real time, “That’s gonna go, and he mishit it.”

      But the drooling over Judge while not really talking about Sano’s hitting while he was up, was terribly biased.

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        @Cram It: I only tuned in for the finals and was legit confused about what was going on. With the rules changing all the time, at least 3 mins or so went by during Sano’s final round where I thought the contest was over. Thought maybe homer totals carried into the finals, especially with the way these announcers acted during Sano’s round.

        I went back and watched all of Judge’s round, so I understand the slobbering/foaming at the mouth. But it def came off as disrespectful. They barely addressed any of Sano’s homers at the end. I also think that the way “Boomer” used to scream about every single homer likely also helped lead to this feeling of confusion or emptiness. And I hated that guy.

        In summation, ESPN sucks. I am so glad that the NFL/MLB/NHL networks exist so I don’t have to deal with ESPN’s goofy/tired acts.

        • Cram It says:
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          @knucks: Yeah that’s what I’m saying, it was like a morgue when Sano was hitting. They were talking more about how he lost his newborn than about his HR’s. Way to make it fun!

          I love this HR derby format. Loved it last year too, with the timer.

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @Cram It: They only addressed very long HRs across the board. So, Judge hitting them far got the mention. I don’t understand WHY they did this but that was the consensus the entire derby.

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              @Chicken Dinner: Gotcha. I only saw the semis and the finals. Just seemed like announcers were calling the shots with more excitement for everyone but Sano, because NY/LA

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @Cram It: Also, Sano wasn’t hitting many out so there really wasn’t much to say.

            • knucks says:
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              @Chicken Dinner: Yea I feel ya. Judge was the story, I get that. Prob the fact that I jumped in right when the finals started, coupled with my preconceived ESPN opinions is what caused me to have the feelings I did during the last round and this morning when I saw your/Cram’s post. Makes a lot of sense if this was the ESPN plan for the night, which it sounds like it clearly was. Open dialogue, commenting mostly about the long ones.

              Judge is a beast.

    • Grey

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      @Chicken Dinner: Agreed, he was hitting pop-ups the opposite way that were going 440 feet… His Derby pitcher looked happier than him tho, right?

  12. Smoooth Jimmy says:
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    Felt like Christmas waiting for this! Thanks grey

  13. Fugate says:
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    Imma let you finish with your love of Odor, but isn’t having 17 HR at the break in 2017 like having 8 in past years?

  14. Chucky says:
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    Don’t sleep on Happ, with the 2nd highest HR per AB besides Judge. And if Wrigley plays in the heat and humidity like we all know it can…..

    • Grey

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      @Chucky: Yeah, could be a top 100 guy easily if he keeps pounding the ball

  15. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Lindor and Odor ahead of Jose Ramirez and Andrus is a Middle infield crime. I get we are in the projection business here but Lindor is hitting .235 the last 30 days and really sucked since April.
    Odor has the lowest OBP north of Alicedes in the league and cannot hit lefties to save his life. Grey you are my internet Guru but gotta go ahead and disagree with this. And Polanco on the list? I’m just not sure about that.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Uno Mas Cerveza: You’ve got a thing for Andrus. Guy has been in the league for 9 years and never double digit HR’s. First time he does it and he’s better than Lindor and Correa (who said you’d take Andrus over too like a week ago)? It’s projections based on past production. Not the last 3 months out of 9 years.

      • Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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        @Cram It: Andrus will be a 20-40 guy this year and hit .300 in all likelihood. Pretty rare. Correa may not steal another base and Lindor might be a .250 hitter. Maybe last year was a fluke. I can make up those 8-10 homers somewhere else but not the 30-40 steals or 50 pts in Avg. Elvis has more of a track record than the 2 younger guys but maybe Andrus has matured and gotten stronger and wiser while the other 2 are starting to settle into who they are going to be for awhile. In any case, it is what have you done for me lately and Elvis Lives!!

        • Cram It says:
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          @Uno Mas Cerveza: Lindor is a .300 hitter. Maybe Andrus goes 20/40 by the end of the year. But Correa and Lindor will outproduce him in every other category besides SB’s the rest of the way. Whatever floats your SB boat!

        • VottomanEmpire says:
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          @Uno Mas Cerveza: you’re projecting Andrus to mirror his 1st half and put up another .300/9/20. Fangraphs’ ZIPS/Steamer blend projects him for .281/5/13. I think Andrus has legit improved but I’m taking the projections over your extrapolations. Also you’re talking about gaps over the full season (making up 30-40 SB) but as Grey clearly stated, these ranks arent designed to include what’s already happened, except as it affects projections. Andrus’ banked 20 steals are irrelevant for this exercise.

            • Vottoman Empire says:
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              @Making it up: Steals that have already happened are worthless for the second half. Steals that have yet to happen are worth something. ~13 steals in the second half is definitely worth something, especially with a handful of dongs and an AVG close to .300 – this is why he’s slotted at a very impressive 44th overall among all hitters and pitchers on these rankings.

              • Cram It says:
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                @Vottoman Empire: He’s a troll. Don’t waste your time trying to make sense to him.

  16. Lt says:
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    Grey,
    Thanks for the rankings this is the biggest breath of fresh air mid season getting some confirmation on what my next move(s) should be. It’s so hard to just give up on dudes like Story when they keep holding me back.

    I have 3rd most homeruns and last place in RBIs. It’s h2h but I’m able to see team stats. Do I need to chase RBI players or assume it’s all good when Machado, Freeman, Odor perform better second half.

    I’m off to offer Story, Schebler, Dickerson, JBJ for the best guys off this list I can get! Thanks again

    • Grey

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      @Lt: No problem!

  17. playadlc says:
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    Sitting in 2nd place 1 game out in my 12 team league. H2H.

    It’s a 3 year keeper league (you can keep 4 players past the 4th round for 3 seasons.)

    Would you deal Bellinger (can keep for 2 seasons) for Trout (can’t be kept)?

    • Grey

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      @playadlc: I’d risk it and take Bellinger

  18. Kepler? Damn Near Killed Her says:
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    Awesome list, and not just because most of my hitters are on it! Appreciate the time you put into things like this.

    10-team H2H categories w/ QS. My staff is: Darvish, Shark, Faria, Clevinger, Wacha, B. McCarthy, Cahill & Lamet. I’m in 2nd place in the standings right now, but would you suggest the sort of Scherzer-level trade to bump my rotation up in respectability? (I carry an extra closer to basically break even on my pitching cats most weeks). Outside of one or two teams, most rotations in our league are kinda average. I’m thinking of dangling Lamb but unsure what level of hurler that would net. Thanks Grey!

      • Kepler? Damn Near Killed Her says:
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        @bigbear: Thanks man. I guess I’m wondering if it’s an overpay to send Lamb for a pitcher given my league format, where streaming is prevalent and pitching on the whole is so blah. Would it instead be better to trade a lesser hitter for a lesser pitcher to shore up the back-end of my rotation? (i.e., after Yu & Shark, how shaky is it in a H2H?)

  19. bigbear says:
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    What do you make of the St. Louis OF? If Pham was guaranteed ABs, I would imagine he’d be ranked here somewhere. Seems like a slightly better version of Inciarte.

    Not really shocked that Sean Manaea and Aaron Nola didn’t make the cut, but they’ve been really solid the first half. Basically a K/IP with a decent WHIP. What do you see from them for the ROS? I’d think Nola would pitch through the season? But Manaea may be shut down early?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: He’s not better than Ender, but Pham could be top 100 if guaranteed PT — Cards’ OF has too many players, but Grichuk looks like he’s striking out of his job again… Manaea is a 3.75 ERA guy to me; Nola seems to blow up the spot way too frequently still, but I like Nola better, solid Ks, low walks, maybe 3.50 ERA with no wins

  20. IV says:
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    12 Team 6×6 (OPSxQS) h2h/roto

    Give Donaldson and McCullers
    Get Freeman and Rich Hill

    Have Rendon at 3rd, need average and afraid of McCullers being shutdown (I guess Hill could be too but I think Hill turned a corner)

    Thanks in advance Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IV: Works for me

  21. ashtray says:
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    Should I be worried if all of my starting pitchers are in the UT section?

  22. msh2404 says:
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    Is it safe to assume to just apply the rankings for trade proposals?
    Trade Correa for Machado?
    Trade Stanton for Judge?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @msh2404: Not really trades I’d be making, but letter of the law, yes

  23. Miketron says:
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    I’m a bit surprised to not see Matt Carpenter on the list. Has good positional flexibility and is solid across the board. Perhaps just too boring a skillset?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Miketron: Grey hates him. And his stats so far justify it. He’s the definition of yawnstipating.

      • knucks says:
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        @Cram It: Haha yes, quite simply… what Cram said.

    • knucks says:
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      @Miketron: Yea Grey had him at #117 during the pre-season…. 84 / 20 / 72 / .274

      While all of his counting stats are a bit higher than that when extrapolated, so are many other players on this list. The AVG has dipped thus far. The yawnstapation factor… I’d bet he’s just outside the top 100 at the moment. Just boring, like you had said. I don’t think I’ve ever owned him. Prob because this is where I get the majority of my advice/feedback. Which has worked quite well for me the past few years. But another owner will always value this kind of player a lot higher than I will. Grey is always preaching that flexibility is a bit overrated. Someone similar that can be snatched off the wire for free is a guy like Gyorko. Don’t get me wrong. If someone were to drop Carp in a league or trade him to me on the cheap, I’d be eager to add him. But Carp is also the kind of guy I would almost immediately flip for some other more exciting piece, because others are always gonna value him higher than I will.

      Anyways, best of luck in the 2nd half bruthaman.

      • Miketron says:
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        @knucks : I get what you guys are saying. The AVG is down, but his BABIP is the lowest of his career. If that regresses some he is the same guy as always. It really prob depends on your position. If I’m playing ahead right now I would prefer the boring consistent guy over taking a chance on the more exciting volatile player. That said even as a CI would prefer Carp over a Reynolds or Longo. If he hits well could even outproduce Seager and Beltre.

        • knucks says:
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          @Miketron: Yup, totally understand where you are coming from. As Cram notes, these are Grey’s rankings though and he’s never been high on Carp. So that would explain the difference of opinion/ranking. Also why #101 is one of the more important rankings in this list every year. You do you brother and best of luck in the 2nd half!

  24. ryanoger says:
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    Thanks so much man, this rocks!

  25. Skillz says:
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    Grey, excellent job, as always!
    Love all the read ups!
    I think you have an omission though: Buster Posey?! Or was that on purpose?

    • knucks says:
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      @Skillz: In case you are not joking…

      36/10/35/.324
      37/18/57/.290

      One of these is Buster Posey and the other is Sal Perez. I drafted Perez at #244.

      In other leagues where I’m employing the Frankencatcher strategy, my numbers aren’t all that far off from these either.

      CAGNOF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skillz: Thanks! Was on purpose

  26. Yager says:
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    From a SAGNOF perspepective who do you see most likely to inherit a closer role with the trade deadline approaching? Thanks Grey!

    • knucks says:
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      @Yager: I’m copying in a comment I made to someone who asked something similar yesterday that I think will be helpful to you here:

      “I’m holding Viz on the DL at the moment. Left the other two on the wire. That was before I read the Nate Jones just had to slow down activity during the break due to discomfort.

      I’d rank em Viz, Kahnle, Soria at the moment. Also have eyes on Bruce Rondon/Alex Wilson/Shane Greene, Familia, Madson/Doolittle right now. Maybe Phil Maton if the Padres go full sell with Hand/Maurer. Good luck!”

      And another comment right after:

      “Just noticed that Bedrosian was available in a league of mine where I wouldn’t expect him to be. With Norris securing the ninth and looking good, LAA could move him at the deadline.

      Maton looks like he’s given up a bunch of hits/runs lately. So maybe add Buchter or Kirby Yates to the watchlist instead.

      Boxberger and Hunter were on my watchlist last week but I watched Colome throw a clean inning towards the end of last week, he looks fine for now.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yager: Agree with knucks

  27. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great list + looking forward to obsessing over it again tomorrow! Speaking of 2nd half prep, I’m looking to upgrade my K-output as much as possible (strangely found myself with a lot of Nova-types…low era / whip but terrible Ks and periphs).

    The Robbie Ray owner is angling for Desmond and has offered the variations below. Do you like the Robbie Ray side in any of these?

    My Nova + Desmond for his Robbie Ray + Dyson + one of Belt, Holliday, Gurriel

    Thanks.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – meaning that you’d do the trade for Ray + Dyson alone? This is a pretty deep league where I’d need to grab an OF of waivers to replace Desmond, so I wouldn’t mind the Belt etc. but agreed that none of those guys excite me.

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Ray/Dyson alone

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Good to know, thanks! I loved Desmond preseason but agree with your take on him + Nova’s 5 k/9 ain’t pretty.

            • Grey

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              Yup

  28. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great list + looking forward to obsessing over it again tomorrow! Speaking of 2nd half prep, I’m looking to upgrade my K-output as much as possible (strangely found myself with a lot of Nova-types…low era / whip but terrible Ks and periphs).

    The Robbie Ray owner is angling for Desmond and has offered the variations below. Do you like the Robbie Ray side in any of these?

    My Nova + Desmond for his Robbie Ray + Dyson + one of Belt, Holliday, Gurriel

    Thanks.

  29. LightBlack says:
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    Surprised no Jon Gray or Conforto. Even Ian Happ.

    • knucks says:
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      @LightBlack: Who would you remove from the list to put these guys in?

      • LightBlack says:
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        @knucks:

        Guys like Schoop Reynolds Cueto Gio Gonzalez Trumbo Beltre Kemp….possibly Villar. Shit ton actually. Im in OBP leagues so some guys for me are a no brainer. I realize too these are not OBP minded which skews things. I wouldnt be surprised at all if Guys like Happ Alfonso Gray Conforto beat out most of those guys. Hardly out of the realm.

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: Understood. I’ll let Grey explain himself further and avoid trying to talk for him. I hear what your saying. I’d also assume though that the guys you are talking about are prob not far behind, just outside of this list.

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          @knucks:
          Yeah I would have to guess. Although I can assume Grey has possible Crazy Met playing time issue for Conforto and Gray to be honest is coming of a 2 and a half month layoff and Colorado…. but he has looked good. Happ cant be far behind and Alfonso is prolly interchangeable….unless he sees something there. Overall I like the list just thoughtba few of those guys wud be there.

          • knucks says:
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            @LightBlack: Edgardo? Just to be clear, you mean Yonder, correct?

            As a Mets fan, I’d certainly be happy to see some positive outlooks on Conforto. I own him. Also own Gray in the league I care the most about. No knocks from me on any of the guys your talking about. Though I do think Schoop is exactly where he should be on this list. Do you own him anywhere?

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              @knucks: Conforto has melted down, not to mention, he gets sat often when he’s struggling. He could be a .315/15 HR guy, or he could be a .260/8 HR guy. I think he’s fringe at best.

              Gray pitches in Colorado, who has better pitchers going than Gray right now. Where are we as a society when we’re pining for Rockie pitchers in the top 100?

              Happ could continue being hot, or could drop off and lose playing time all together if Schwarber gets going. Look, there’s a lot of guys that COULD make the list.

              Who is Alfonso? Are you trying to say Alonso? Pro tip – If you’re going to stand up for a guy, consider him relevant enough for you to learn his name.

              PS – Are you just naming guys on your fantasy roster currently to make yourself feel better about it? Asking for a friend…

    • Grey

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      @LightBlack: Could see Jon Gray over Cueto, but splitting hairs, has Gray really been that good he has to be in this top 100? Conforto’s struggled or been hurt for over a month out of 3 months… Happ could be decent, could be platooned if he strikes out too much and plummets

  30. knucks says:
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    Very happy to see LoMo where he is. Traded Maybin/Mallex/Kelvin Herrara in a 3 for 1 about a week ago for him.

    I am in 2nd in SBs (and project that I can really only lose a point at most after this trade) and also 2nd in Saves (same projection as steals comment).

    Was able to grab a player or two off the wire (to speculate SAGNOF after the trade deadline) and open up a spot for Nunez coming off the DL in the process.

    I post this not for you Grey. But to try to further your point about #101 above.

    • Grey

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      @knucks: Totally, thanks!

  31. Chud says:
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    The best part of All-Star Tuesday – great write-up!

    10 team full salary keeper league trade offer:

    I give Owings ($6)/Bradley Zimmer ($5)/Arrieta ($19)

    I get

    I.Happ ($4)/L.McCullers ($7)/Verlander ($41).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chud: Thanks! Works for me

  32. Fungazi says:
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    Who you like better in a keeper forever 12 tm? Arenado/Arcia for Lindor/Lamb?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Fungazi: Better duo to win it this year

  33. Thanks Grey!!!

    A little sad to see Altuve and J.Turner not getting more love up there in the rankings.

      • @Grey:

        I still follow you to the end, into the fires of Mordor. You’ve gotten me this far, I never question your rankings :) Looking forward to a great 2nd half. Need Story to get his head on straight and Trea to come back healthy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  34. lwomack58 says:
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    A. Sanchez and J. Mont for Beltre?

    • lwomack58 says:
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      @lwomack58:

      manager just countered with
      Beltre, Scott Schebler, Addison Russell

      For my
      Owings and Faria.

      Would you make this trade

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @lwomack58:

        Thinking I will counter with S. Castro and Faria for Schebler and Beltre

          • lwomack58 says:
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            @Grey:

            How about Faria straight up for Beltre?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Works for me

  35. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    I’m in last in wins and could solidify my lead with an ace such as Kershaw, or sale which are on trade block, he said he needs hitters.
    C-MCCANN
    1- Goldy
    2-schoop
    3-shaw
    Ss-Bogaerts
    Mi- gennet
    Ci- Rizzo
    Of- J.D
    Of- a. Jones
    Of- Mancini
    Of- Braun
    Util- Smoak
    Util- Rendon
    Ben- arcia
    P- Britton
    Sp- quintana
    Sp- Archer
    Sp- Iglesias
    Sp- Severino
    Sp- fulmer
    Sp- tanks
    Sp- pineda
    Rp- kintzler
    Rp- Reed
    Bench- Ray, Hoffman, Walker

    What hitters should I offer up for Kershaw? I’m near top in hitting but my wins are killing me! Any advice would be greatly appreciated and great write up.

  36. vee says:
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    Sad to see miggy so low. was really hoping he’d bounce back leading up to the all star break.

    if i trade away Miggy for a SP straight up, who’s a reasonable target?
    paxton, alex wood, robbie ray? cant touch any of the aces or even tier 2 aces right? c-mart, grienke, archer?

    thanks Guru!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vee: I’d take any SPs I have above him

      • vee says:
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        @Grey: thanks. you make life so simple.

        last question
        mayweather or mcgregor?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know nothing of boxing, but Mayweather seems like an easy bet

          • vee says:
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            @Grey: just put my life savings on your guesstimate. hoping for a return

            • Grey

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              Haha

  37. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I just got an offer of this.

    I get: Lewis Bronson, A.J. Pollack and a 2nd round pick
    I give up: CObb, Neris, Haniger and Givens.

    I am not thrilled with the deal except for the 2nd round pick. What are your thoughts on it?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: I like it if it’s a keeper. Who cares about Cobb, Givens and Neris?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Cram it is a keeper. The offered changed. I asked for Meadows and Pollack for Cobb Neris Givens and Haniger. I’d like both yous and grey’s thoughts on that offer.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: You shouldn’t have changed it and just accepted.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: Brinson over Meadows

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        @Grey: which offer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          First offer, was slam dunk

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            @Grey: you like Brinson over Meadows

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                so the deal of: Cobb, Neris, Givens Haniger and a 9th rd pick for Brinson, Pollack and a 2nd round pick is a deal you would and should make?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    someone offered me Stanton for my Gary Sanchez. yes or no

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      it might help if i told you who I have in the OF then tell me if I need him or not:

                      Belinger
                      Trout
                      McCutchen
                      Happ
                      Adam Jones
                      Domingo santana
                      Bautista
                      Haniger

                    • Grey

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                      You don’t need him but it’s still good

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    the only drawback is if i trade sanchez it leaves me with only posey. But I could get Yadier Molina until THe kid from Cleveland is ready. WHat do you think?

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      Grey what do you think of this offer:

                      I give up:
                      Neris
                      Givens
                      Cobb
                      Haniger
                      And a 5th round pick

                      I get:
                      Meadows
                      Neshek
                      And a 2nd round pick

                    • Grey

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                      Not good

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sounds fine

  38. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    The masses will be celebrating the birthday of the Notorious Noisewater on July 15th.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Cram It: Aren’t you in B’more? Actually had thought about going there because my buddy has the same birthday. He’ll be doing something fun, I will not ha.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Yessir, Bmore.
          Haha. I mean, jumping up and down on your couch in your underwear screaming, “It’s my birthday, bitches!” is a fun way to celebrate too.

          • CMUTimmah says:
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            @Cram It:My last trip to Bmore involved a girl that came to the game with us getting thrown out of Camden for “sexually harrassing a 13 year old by” (she was standing at the right field wall joking around with a dad and his son, and the mom showed up when she slapped the boy on the ass telling him to get out on the field and show them how it’s done… booze played a heavy role.) Then I lost the group of guys I was with at the bar and ended up deciding it’s a good idea to jump in a fountain on the way back to the Embassy Suites. The hotel called the cops when I walked into the lobby soaking wet dripping everywhere at 2:30 AM on a cloudless night…

            Ahhh good times in Baltimore…

            • Grey

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              I want this girl to come on the podcast!

            • Cram It says:
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              @CMUTimmah: Haha. I feel that way about any city I visit. What ever happens here…

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Cram It: I’ve had similar nights in Baltimore as Timmah. Was at the “Big Easy” once enjoying a dance or two when the power went out, they lit candles and didn’t skip a beat.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Nothing creepy about sitting at Chuck E. Cheese sobbing to myself while wearing a party hat, is there?

        • Grey

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          You still bummed about the girl? There’s plenty more fish in the sea… May not feel like it, but as someone who has a few years on you, you’re gonna be good and forget whatsherface by December (of hopefully this year)

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey! I wasn’t thinking about her so thanks for reopening that wound, haha.

            I’m all good actually. Last day of my miserable job in a few weeks and I’m still planning how I want to do this LA thing. Fly and drive back, just fly, travel the coast while I’m there, or just hang in LA.

            • Grey

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              Glad to hear you’re not thinking about her except when I mention her! You can drive about 30 mins of the coast and see all there is to see… You’re moving to LA anyway, so no reason to do everything at once, took me 10 years to drive the coast

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: I like the positive thinking from you. That’s a whole other beast, trying to figure out a job or place to live during my journey.

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: I moved once without having a job first. Worst decision I ever made. But don’t let that stop you!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Cram, stop trying to dissuade Noisewater!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You can struggle for a few months in LA while you do temp jobs until you land somewhere

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: I’ll figure something out. I mean, I do have a Media Production degree, how hard could it be?!? HA!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, they (Hollywood) needs someone like you!

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      Figured just like the women, I’d be beating employers away with a stick as well.

                    • Grey

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                      You’ll have a posse of guys that wanna be you within a month

  39. Bbboston says:
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    Please compare Berrios and Severino……I’d really like to hear your thoughts on this and why Berrios isn’t in top 100

    For me, Berrios has more electric secondary stuff and more command but just ok fastball, while Severino has a dominating fastball but suspect command of weaker secondary stuff. Neverless, they feel like very comparable young ” aces”. All-in-all, I think Berrios has more liklihood of a successful long career, but the call is debatable.

    • knucks says:
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      @Bbboston: ” In reality, um, in fantasy reality, there’s only about 40% of the season left and anyone from Rich Hill, Jose Berrios, Brandon McCarthy or a whole array of pitchers can have top 100 value.”

      He kinda did make the list in a way, no? And this is a list for the remaining games in 2017. This doesn’t incorporate anything that goes on after that. You should take a long hard look at Ralph’s rankings if you don’t already. Were you looking for some sort of Dynasty discussion, because seeking Ralph’s opinion on that kind of thing is also a great idea. Best of luck Bbb… I own both these guys too.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bbboston: Yeah man, this is for the 2nd half. Does Berrios even pitch the whole second half following off-season surgery? This isn’t a long-term dynasty list.

    • Grey

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      @Bbboston: Severino has two Ks per nine over Berrios and a lower walk rate…I don’t mind Berrios, but he’s not at Severino’s level yet

  40. Teddy Heater says:
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    I’m feeling pretty good going into the second half, 12 team H2H ESPN 5×5 OPS instead of AVG

    Perez
    Rizzo
    Schoop
    Segura
    Manny
    E5
    Hosmer
    Blackmon
    Springer
    Hamilton
    Cruz
    Marte
    Trumbo
    Bench-Maybin, Pujols, Buxton
    DL Desmond

    I can’t believe I’m actually asking this, but El Machine is No Mas. Drop Pujols for Calhoun, Gurriel, Hicks or hold?

    • Grey

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      @Teddy Heater: Looks stacked, TH! I’d hold for now on Pujols

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: I learn from the best! Pitching is a little thin, but I think it’s pretty much like that for everyone.

        Strasburg
        McCullers
        Taillion
        Nova
        Duffy
        Price (I know you don’t like him or Duffy, but I’m a streamer baby)
        Holland
        Knebel
        Norris
        DL-Noah (traded him for Nola hoping he’d be back for playoffs)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pitching is thin for everyone in every league

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Right! Juiced Balls and Broken Arms!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Accurate name of every fantasy team right there

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Classic! HAHA!

  41. Blaster says:
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    I have Bumgarner coming off the DL and need to drop a pitcher. It is a keeper league. Who is the drop?

    Ivan Nova
    Taijuan Walker
    Lance Lynn
    Danny Duffy
    Jake Arrieta

    • Cyler says:
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      @Blaster: Can you trade Arrieta for something? Might be your best bet. I’d move him for a pick or something. His name still has value but I think this is about as good as he is going to be from now on.

  42. Cyler says:
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    Springer for Machado straight up? OPS Dynasty league.

  43. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Machado’s line since last year’s break, .247/.301/.467. He’s feeling very schmo-hawkie. I hope you’re right though.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Machado is stud. I will stand by him.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: Hard to think a guy his age, pedigree, and history has “lost it”.

        This has the smell of latent injury all over it. Wonder when we’re going to find out Machado has a sports hernia or something…

        • Grey

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          That would be the only reason why I’d not expect a bounce back, if he’s hiding an injury

        • bigbear says:
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          @CMUTimmah: I don’t think it’s an injury. Machado’s ranked 4th in exit velocity on the year. (Behind Sano, Khris Davis, and Miggy Cabrera.)

          Hey Cram – being a B-more guy, what are the odds of Britton getting moved?

    • ashtray says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Here I was about to throw a bunch of trade offers out there for him and you had to drop that bit of knowledge. He also hasn’t really stolen any bases since the first half of 2015.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @ashtray: He’s grossly overrated at the moment. That could change, but what needs to change luck? I own him all over and really hope Grey is right. Would help me win Perts!

        • M says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Machado rolled his wrist Opening Day maybe he’s been playing through the injury

  44. Oppo Taco says:
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    Would you flip Bregman, McCullers, Hoskins and a first round pick next year to get Arenado? Keeper league. Currently in first but my offense is down and Bregman has been a turd for me at 3B. We can keep 8 without costs. Thanks!

    C – Ramos
    1b – Goldy
    2b – DJL
    SS- Seager
    3B – Bregman
    Of – Upton, Thames, Trumbo
    Util – Rizzo
    Util – Alonso
    Bench – Broxton, Clint Frazier, Hoskins, Cargo
    SP – Bumgarner, McCullers, Berrios, Quitana, Verlander, Wood, Eickhoff
    RP – Jansen, Robertson

  45. CMUTimmah says:
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    Odor higher than Schoop is criminal and you know it Grey.

    But by 50 spots?!?!

    That’s borderline Brad Evans man crush territory.

    You’re better than that bud.

  46. Cram It says:
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    I gotta believe Springer, Correa and Altuve (to a lesser extent) aren’t running because that’s their formula now. That lineup is so stacked, why risk getting thrown out on the bases when surely someone will knock you in anyway?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Cram It: Completely agree… when you’re hitting historical amounts of home runs, why risk an out?

      lineups like the Stros are not looking to manufacture runs. We don’t have the only power threat being Evan Gattis in that lineup anymore, and Correa has real hitters behind him. No need for him to run and risk out/injury.

    • Thomas Jackson says:
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      @Cram It: I agree, and the other part of it probably has to do with injury risk. Obviously, picking on Trout is low hanging fruit, but it seems a lot more common now for an injury to happen when trying to take a bag…whether a guy pulls a hammy/calf, tweaks an ankle, jambs/breaks/fractures a finger/thumb/hand.

      And occasionally the ol’ “I over-slid, and now my face is buried in the shortstop’s ass” embarrassment…that’s probably the biggest factor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Yeah, think you’re right, sucks for fantasy tho, hoping Springer’s two steal game this past week is a sign they run a bit more in the 2nd half

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Imagine if Springer’s plan was to hit as many homers in 1 half and steal as many bases the 2nd half…

  47. ashtray says:
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    How’re you feeling about Lucroy bouncing back in the 2nd half? I have Posey in one league and I’m considering dealing him away and replacing him with Lucroy.

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @ashtray: Grey will say trade Posey for value because catchers are catchers. But you’d need to be filling a hole and not just getting a small margin improvement over a current starter, ya know?

      I would be cautious about expecting to find lightning in a bottle with Lucroy. At best he’s going to hit for average…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Lucroy is a 8-homer, .290 guy in best case scenario

  48. Thomas Jackson says:
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    Hi Grey,

    What exactly about Judge’s periphs scream regression? I was thinking it’d be super difficult to keep that pace going, or even something resembling that the 2nd half, but is there something specific (i.e. high BABIP)? Same for Machado, but obvs in the other way?

    Asking for a friend….

    Thanks!

  49. D Rand Ziegler says:
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    Antidote, not anecdote . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, thanks

      • Jurickson BROfar says:
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        @Grey: Go back to fangraphs with that grammar crap.

  50. Benintendo64 says:
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    In a 14 team H2H where the pitching cats are QS, ERA,WHIP, K/9, and SV.

    A) I’m looking to trim my SPs down to about 4-5 guys, so which of these would you try and trade and which would you hold on to?

    Degrom, McCullers, Berrios, Nova, Taillon, Faria, Maeda

    B) I basically gutted my RP in order to get some sluggers, is targeting a top end guy like Kimbrel or Chapman worth the price or should I go after a few mid-tier closers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benintendo64: A. Faria? Berrios? DeGrom? B. I’d take a top closer if the price was right

  51. Jr says:
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    In a 10 team h2h keeper league would you trade altuve for dozier and bumgarner? I agree with what you said about him, but I love how safe he is and feel like dozier is a pretty big risk.

    I need help in HR and BB in that league, so if dozier has a big 2nd half it would help a lot. I’m currently in 2nd, 4 games out of 1st. Thanks!

    • Jr says:
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      @Jr: team looks like :
      Zunino
      Goldy
      Altuve
      Beltre
      Villar
      Duval
      Braun
      Schebler
      Abreu
      Bn/DL: Marte, Desmond, Marwin G
      Sp: scherzer, kluber, strasburg, Lester, cueto, happ, hamels, nova
      Rp: Jansen, kimbrel, Allen, brach (holds league), bush

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jr: Not in a keeper

      • Jr says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  52. Matt H says:
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    10-team H2H keeper auction league, with keepers costing us ESPN’s values on draft day. I’m currently in second place with good prospects for making the playoffs but lost T .Turner. Without any timetable for his return, I’m thinking about trying to trade him to a non-playoff team for C. Correa, C. Seager, or F. Lindor. One other factor is our playoffs start and end a month early, so I doubt I’d have Turner at all this year. Is this a good idea or a panic move? Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt H: To win, I’d take one of those other SS

      • Matt H says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks again! Happy ASB.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  53. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Marco Estrada or Lance Lynn?

  54. Fogimon says:
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    First of all, less than a week ago you are praising Miggy’s 2nd half prognosis and backing up his ranking of #9 on the ROS fantasy playoff rater. And now you have him near #70 and say his season is lost.

    So which is it? I know Gray is a combination of Black and White, but dang pick a side!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fogimon: I’ve been saying to sell Miggy since May

  55. primetime says:
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    Grey, Nice article. Currently in 2nd place with 3 weeks left until our playoffs start. 2 games back from 1st. The other team is 6 games behind me, need to hold this lead.

    How does my team look for 2nd half? From the looks of it, do you feel I need to any categories? I have Marte coming back soon.

    C Grandal
    1b Freeman
    2b Schoop
    3b Arenado
    SS Seager C
    OF Bellinger
    OF Cruz
    OF Jones A
    U Hosmer

    Bench
    Mancini
    DeLiemhiu
    Moncada
    Marte (SUS)
    Conforto

    Starters
    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Paxton
    Tailion
    Nola
    Giles
    Rivero F

    Bench
    Gray J
    Devenski
    Samardzija

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @primetime: You look like you have no steals whatsoever

      • primetime says:
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        @Grey: Who needs them. Nobody steals anymo… Anyone you may think I should try and get or request a trade from. Does Justin Upton or Kris Davis steal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They don’t really steal to make a difference

  56. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Tough to argue with your Trout/Harper/Goldy argument, but Trout/Betts/Altuve/Goldy are my big four going forward. Over the last three years, only Trout, Kershaw, and Altuve have returned 1st round value in each season. If you give Trout a mulligan for his DL stint this year and Goldy one for his ’14 campaign, that list is likely to read Trout/Kershaw/Altuve/Goldy for four years running come next season. I’ll take Altuve and his .320/25/25 w/ 200 R+RBI to anchor my team anyday.

    My vote for the most unsung fantasy stud of the first half goes to Dan Straily. Talk about a player who’s flown under the radar. Check out his stats this year when compared to proven aces like Darvish and Carrasco:

    Darvish: 118.2 IP, 6 wins, 9.48 K/9, 3.49 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 19.2% Soft%, 11.2% SwStr%

    Carrasco: 104.2 IP, 10 wins, 9.8 K/9, 3.44 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 18.0% Soft%, 12.8% SwStr%

    Straily: 103.1 IP, 7 wins, 8.45 K/9, 3.31 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 20.9% Soft%, 11.7% SwStr%

    Even if you go back a full calendar year, Straily still has the edge over those two in ratios. Pretty impressive for a guy who barely averages 90 mph on his fastball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo: True on your four… I own Straily in a deep league, have enjoyed it, but Straily’s been tough to start consistently on the road

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Straily’s been decent on the road. He’s just spoiled you at home, that’s all. Has given up more than 4 runs in a start just once all season, and that was in his first start against Washington. He’s been a set-and-forget guy for me.

        Enjoy the ASB. Back to the grind next week!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  57. joeg414 says:
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    Oh My, a Catcher question, which one
    R.Martin -seems to be the hottest
    M.Pina – spliting time
    Hedges -real low Avg
    Cevelli – blah
    6×6 mixed deep roto
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

  58. Herschel says:
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    What’s better than Greys second half top 100?

    Credit.

    Not really, but just sticking with the Kill Grey A theme. That would be an amazing title for your next book, btw.

    Thank you kind sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  59. Scott says:
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    Given your boring line about Cano, and your dislike of Greinke…

    Who’d you prefer in a 5×5 dynasty league, Cano or Greinke?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  60. lwomack58 says:
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    Asked the question above but manager is sticking to his guns.

    My Faria and Owings for his Beltre, Schebler and Russell. Would you make this trade?
    Thanks.

    By the way great list and aren’t you going to Hearst Castle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Beltre side… We’re headed up today for a few days, thanks!

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks-Should be nice weather-How many tours are you taking of the castle-There are 4 different ones. I hear the night tour is really good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah? I think we were planning to take 2 afternoon ones

          • lwomack58 says:
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            @Grey:

            Made the trade for my Faria and Owings for his Beltre, M. Reynolds and Russell. Good trade?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds solid!

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: there’s a decent sandwich spot across the street from the castle if interested….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Thanks!

          • Herschel says:
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            @Grey: Sebastian’s!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  61. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    My pitching staff going forward is:
    Bumgarner
    Archer
    Severino
    Arrieta
    Morton
    Faria
    McCullers
    Paxton
    Ray
    Rich Hill
    I’m allowed 10 SP maximum in this league and I’ve got Eduardo Rodriguez coming off the DL first part of next week. I’ve been able to play the DL game with these guys up until now to try to keep them all but it appears I will now have to drop someone. Who should I drop to activate Rodriguez or is ERod the drop?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Ed-Rod

  62. playadlc says:
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    Guy that has Chapman is out of it and wants picks.

    What draft pick in next years draft would you give up to acquire the mighty Aroldis. This is a 12-teamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5th?

    • playadlc says:
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      @playadlc:

      He just texted me asking what picks if give up for Paxton and Chapman.

      What do you think?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        3rd?

  63. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Trout is finally back but need to make some room. Who goes:

    Bruce
    Keon
    Avisail
    Healy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keon

  64. Scott says:
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    Yeah, I’m one playing the MadBum, StarMart lottery.
    #WaiverDiving

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope it works out!

  65. dustyfingers says:
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    Drop Schebler or Alonso for G. Polanco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schebler

      • dustyfingers says:
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        @Grey: Cool, Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. Josh says:
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    13 team mixed keeper

    My Carlos Martinez for his Joey Votto?

    I need HR, RBI, OPS badly. My roster would still have Berrios, Clevinger, Godley, Faria, Hill, Hendricks(DL), Salazar(DL), Ed-Rod(DL), and Reyes (DL til next yr).

    Thinking ahead to keepers going forward and Votto’s age… would this be a good move?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  67. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Thanks for the rankings. I’m thinking I want to sell high on George Springer in my keeper league. Don’t know for sure, but I could probably get Bryant or Betts straight up (maybe have to throw in some change) for him. Take either over Springer in a keeper league? You the poop!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts? Take that shizz to the bank… I’d want Bryant too

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Other owner wouldn’t give up Betts for Springer straight up, but I could throw in a starting pitcher that he could keep (he has to keep at least two) as his current best is Cole Hamels (no joke…that’s his best pitcher right now, non-coincidentally he’s in last place).

        Here’s my staff (and how I’d personally rank them)…Sale, Kluber, Carrasco, McCullers, Wood, Duffy, Cole, McCarthy. I don’t think Duffy, Cole, and McCarthy are non-keeper options, so that wouldn’t interest him, or anybody selling at the deadline. I personally like McCullers better than Wood, so could throw him Springer and Wood for Betts. You think that gets it done? Something else? You the poop.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d throw in Wood for Betts

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Would you trade Trea Turner and Alex Wood for Mookie Betts? This year and going forward in a keeper league?

            • Slimcompoop says:
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              @Slimcompoop: Hold onto Springer.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah

  68. Rob says:
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    Love the Lamb write up…ESPN is a total joke…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  69. Chris D says:
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    I traded Arenado for MadBum in a keeper league because I need SP and have Travis Shaw. Was this a smart move? It feels like it was because I’m trusting real hard in Shaw for the long run.

    Also just curious where Mad Bum might possibly rank on this list HAD he stayed healthy (obviously all speculative)

    Thanks as always Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not especially

      • Chris D says:
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        @Grey: Blah. Well what’s done is done. My thought process was it’s harder to come by an elite SP option and was cool taking the risk and banking on Shaw’s power potential and hope hes an ideal .270 type hitter like his track record suggest.

        • Chris D says:
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          @Chris D: also when I read this at 9am this morning I forgot you had MadBum ranked haha. Sorry for that idiotic question about ranking him.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  70. J-Money says:
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    “I don’t care if its my f*ckin mother, I’m blocking her from the site!” Respect man, people that take time out of their day to leave a bad review, scum of the earth…just look elsewhere if it doesn’t suite your needs. Especially where you do this for free…great content and great service. Appreciate all that you and the team do. Thanks G.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

      • J-Money says:
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        @Grey: Side note…who are your ultimate buy-lows for both hitting and pitching?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Machado, Darvish

  71. Curious George Springer says:
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    So you love Ender’s Game.

    I’m seriously shocked that Peralta didn’t make the top 100, given that you’re PHOP!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do love Peralta, but he platoons

  72. Good Shabbos! says:
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    Would you trade Maybin for Rich Hill? In 6th in steals.
    What about Darvish and Story for Machado and Hill?
    Roto Non Keeper 10 teamer

    C-Ramos
    1B- Goldy
    2B-Gordon
    SS-Segura
    3B-Gurriel/Gallo
    CI-Votto
    MI-Happ
    OF-Blackmon, JD, Benintendi, Maybin
    UT-Story Pham
    SP-Darvish, Wood, Nova, Lynn, Faria, Matz, JGray, DL-ERod, Salazar

    • Grey

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      Works for me

  73. DancinHomer says:
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    12-team, H2H, 6×6 redraft league. Need to drop someone as I’m over the limit since a couple people came off the DL. current squad below. who would you let go of:

    c: Zunino
    1b: Goldy
    2b: Villar
    ss: Story
    3b: Rendon
    if: Votto
    of: Ozuna, Brantley, Polanco
    utl: Healy
    bn: C. Santana, Puig, Tapia

    sp: Carrasco, Stras, McCullers, Alex Wood, Matz, J. Nelson, Nova, Pineda, Eickhoff, A. Sanchez
    rp: W. Davis, Holland, A. Reed, Iglesias

    dl: Melancon

    thanks in advance for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  74. Bobby says:
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    U really hate Corey Seager huh? OBP kinda nice too on top of decent numbers all around… ill duck

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  75. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the excellent breakdown. Given your rankings, which deal (if either) would you accept:

    1. Give McCullers and Matt Carpenter for Villar/Kimbrel
    2. Give McCullers and Matt Carpenter for Lester/Turner/Bradley
    3. Do nothing

    I’m worried about the innings limit on Lance and I need to make up innings. Staff is Yu, Lance, Duffy, Samardjzia, Peacock, J. Montgomery and Sanchez (DL) with RP of Giles, Rivero, Iglesias, Betances, Boxberger. Currently, I’m top 3 in pitching categories (5th in saves) and middle of the pack with most offensive categories (Marte is coming back up help with steals… I hope).

    As a follow-up, do you drop Montgomery or Boxberger for Sanchez, or dump Sanchez altogether?

    • Grey

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      2 is okay

  76. Jason says:
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    I’m in a deep 12-team H2H dynasty “keep forever” league. The categories are:
    R H HR RBI SB BB K AVG OPS TB and
    IP QS W SV+HLD HR ERA WHIP K/BB K/9

    I’m looking to add HR/RBIs to my line-up by trading away some RPs. I’m currently in 2nd place and looking to add championship pieces. The team I’m trading with is in 3rd and is in desperate need of RPs

    I have an offer where I trade AChapman/RIglesias for Desmond/JCotton

    Do you think I’m giving up too much in this deal?

    Relievers aren’t valued highly in my league. Desmond is in a good park but has been awful this year and in the 2nd half last year

    Do the deal or stand pat? Which side would you want in a keep forever?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not great

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey:

        Does that mean that you’d hold?

        This deal would help my competitor too which is why I’m leaning towards holding

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  77. H says:
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    10 team points league.

    I have Trout coming back Friday and need to drop either Domingo, J-Upton, or Trumbo. You have all ranked so close, and they’re all within 12pts of each other.

    Who has the better 2nd half? I’m leaning towards Domingo as the drop because of no track record, but it’s hard to drop a top 50 player. Help me decide…thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

  78. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    What are your thoughts on trading for Moncada in a keeper league right now? Obviously has all the tools but is it worth the investment now to see returns next year or think he profiles a bit longer term?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For the right price

  79. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, this is awesome stuff, thanks so much! Two quick questions:

    1. Did Hosmer just miss the cut? I know he doesn’t have much pop or speed but he was 60 on the pre-season rankings and has been pretty good.

    2. Should I sell ASAP on Keon Broxton? Obviously the player rater isn’t that high on him given the lack of MLB track record, but he’s flashed some pop and speed in the minors.

    Thanks again hombre!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer was an alternate at the end… yeah sell Brox if you can get something decent

  80. SDB says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the the list!

    Any thoughts on which relief pitchers are most likely to see an opportunity to close in the second half? Either because the current closer will be traded or will lose the job.

    Appreciate it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone commented above about this, do a Find for Vizcaino

    • knucks says:
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      @SDB: In no order whatsoeva, here is my watch list or guys I am speculating with atm:

      Vizcaino
      Kahnle/Swarzek
      Bruce Rondon/Alex Wilson/Shane Greene
      Familia
      Madson/Doolittle
      Bedrosian
      Hand/Maton/Buchter/Yates
      Soria
      Kela
      Archie Bradley

  81. Mo Money says:
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    16 team 4 player keeper league – I got offered Jon Lester, Jason Vargas and Miguel Cabrera for Cody Bellinger. Too good to reject?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Mo Money: Depends on your league needs, but in a vacuum I’d reject that and hold Bellinger. None of those other guys are keepers (even Miggy) + Bellinger is a great keeper who could also hit 40+ homers this year.

  82. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    How legit or not is Severino? Eyeing him in my roto league but so young and as you mention, unchartered…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See projections for him

  83. AJ says:
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    Made a big, aggressive “win now” move in my keeper league. I’m currently in 3rd:

    – Traded Benintendi and Berrios (both premium, keep forever, keepers in the 20+ round)
    FOR
    Nelson Cruz, Smoak, Cmart. Arrieta, and Betances (SV+HLD league).

    All of the return players are likely rentals, except for maybe Smoak, who probably won’t crack my keepers. Did I get enough?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

    • AJ says:
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      @AJ: Also, this is a 14 tm 6×6 league. OPS and K/BB extra categories

      • AJ says:
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        @AJ: Thanks Grey! I’ll go ahead give you a positive review for the podcast.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  84. I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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    Which side do you like?

    1.My Harrison and Conforto for his Boegarts?
    2. My Harrison and Dyson for his Domingo?
    3. My Conforto for his A Miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Xander 2. Domingo 3. Conforto, it’s fair

  85. Crime Dog says:
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    WWGD…I’ve been punting saves all year and don’t have any closers, plan was to get some closers along the way but just got too caught up with picking up the hot bat or SP. I’ve only actually lost 2 weeks so far and in second overall but should be gearing up for playoffs, which option at this point in the season would you do:

    1) keep on rollin as limp bizkit would say and just keep punting saves and hope my extra depth elsewhere makes up for it

    2) make a trade for a reliever…if so, is mcculers fair for a top closer? looks like it based on your rankings

    3) try to gets saves off waivers….not much out there though, it’d pretty much be picking up backups or committee members and dropping bats a bat like Healy or Bregman

    Thanks Much Grey, site is awesome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      H2h? 3) not sure who’s there, maybe

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: yes h2h, best out there is probably matt bush or that Kota guy when he comes back…8th inning guys beyond that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bush but kinda meh

          • Crime Dog says:
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            @Grey: so option 1 haha?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah 1 for now

  86. Joe Quadres says:
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    Cargo dropped. Worth dropping Tapia, Buxton, Peralta or Reddick for him? OBP & SLG, no AVG. 12 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux

  87. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – the Robbie Ray trade guy pulled Dyson from his offer . . . do you still like the Ray side of this trade?

    Desmond + Nova for Ray + one of Holliday, Belt, or Gurriel?

    If so, which meh hitter do you like best for .270+ AVG and R/RBI? Leaning Holliday or Gurriel given the lineups and insane scores they put up. ..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, bit much now

  88. Nightmare! says:
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    Hey Greylord. Love me some top 100 at this time of year….don’t wanna be like the others, however I will ha!
    Can you just quickly look my team over and tell me some guys to sell in order to better my squad

    It is a 12 team h2h points league

    Gary Sanchez
    Goldy
    Altuve
    Cozart
    Donaldson
    Cespedes
    Domingo Santana
    Conforto
    Miguel Cabrera

    Bench: Souza, Desmond

    Pitching:
    Cole
    Severino
    Strasburg
    Tanaka
    Jimmy Nelson
    Sonny gray
    Taillon
    E-rod
    Chacin

    Closers: chapman and Herrera

    Am I looking ok or get the hell rid of……?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto and Tanaka for Robbie Ray type? Miggy for Kluber type?

  89. Judge'sDingDong99 says:
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    Have Starlin Castro and Bumgarner coming off of DL in my 10-man H2H

    Which two would you drop out of Kinsler, Reddick, Cahill, Tanaka, and Clevinger?
    Is it time to finally cut ties with Kinsler or Tanaka?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka, Kinsler

  90. Sampson says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Awesome list!

    What do you think of trading Eloy Jimenez and James Paxton for Ryan Braun in keeper league. Pitching is kinda stacked and looking to win this year.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @Sampson: ehh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should do better

  91. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Gray,

    Where do you think I need the most help? Either category or position wise? Since it’s mid season I’ll only ask you this once!

    Avila
    Goldy
    Odor
    Rendon
    Segura
    Duvall
    Trumbo
    Carlos Santana
    Tapia
    Healy

    Greinke
    Cueto
    Ervin Santana
    Godley
    Gray
    Hoffman

    Rivero
    Robertson
    Bush
    Doolittle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks great for a 20 team league, less good for a 10 team league

      • Andy Dwyer says:
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        @Grey: its 12 team :( lol somehow I am in 6th. Wondering if I should deal for an SP and an OF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look weak on speed, and Hoffman’s kinda garbage

  92. daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    With E-Rod supposed to come off the DL next week
    Who would you drop
    Nelson cost to keep $6
    Berrios cost to keep $6
    Taillon cost to keep $16
    Manaea Cost to keep $16
    Quintana cost to keep $31
    12 team keeper league
    more concerned about this year than next

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @Andy Dwyer: @daze: Taillon or Quintana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

  93. dustyfingers says:
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    Just realized C Santana was a FA. Him over Alonso ROS?

    • Fausto

      Fausto says:
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      @dustyfingers: FWIW i just went with Alonso over C.Santana ROS,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  94. Fausto

    Fausto says:
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    **follow up on a comment i posted on a ‘fear and loathing’ type roadtrip a “D.Go is D.Gordon,(or me trying to type D.Gordon on an iphone).**16 re-draft ROTO i have a stupid lead in HR/RBI, Fading hard in SB. Bellinger enough to get D.Gordon? These Re-Ranks are greatly appreesh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Should be plenty

  95. Bob says:
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    Would you trade Schoop and Domingo for Dee. I’m lacking in steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  96. GFY250 says:
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    I always look forward to your top 100 pre and mid season, love it! Sorry to hear about the bad review, what POS gives Razz a negative review? What a BUM!

    Anyways, I’ve got a trade question. I’ve been offered Judge and Dee for Bryant and Carpenter. It’s a standard OBP H2H league and I’m middle of the pack. I like the consistency of KB and Carp but could also use more speed. Also, it’s a keeper league and Judge can be kept for 1/2 of his cost for next year and KB would be around $35-$40 to keep. I’m afraid Judge gets figured out a little bit in the 2nd half.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know! Ha… I like he trade for you

  97. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    5×5 roto 10tm. Shaw/Iglesias/smoak for Kershaw/wacha/ellsbury? I really need wins as stated above but I’d drop ellsbury right away.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw side

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

    So I’m assuming the Peraza experiment is over and I should be dropping him since he is a bench bat anyway? Question now becomes do I drop him for another bench bat like Polanco or Santana who I see ranked above? Or drop him for one of these pitchers: A. Moore, Morton, Folty, McCarthy, Cahill, Bradley, Kela, Dyson, Neris, Familia* … Could probably make some other add/drops but I still only have a 6 add limit through this extended week 15 matchup from the 10th-23rd and I’ll need to save some adds for streaming… unless you see any immediate moves I should def make?

    (1) C: Zunino
    (1) 1B: Rizzo
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Lindor
    (1) 3B: Rendon
    (3) OF: Harper, Springer, Myers
    (2) UT: Encarnacion, Abreu
    (6) Bench: Peraza

    (3) SP: Carrasco, Severino, McCullers
    (2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
    (4) P: Betances, Nova, Lynn J. Gray
    (6) Bench: Walker, J. Ross, Pivetta, Aaron Sanchez, Eickhoff

    (2) DL: Shoemaker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should prolly stash Bradley and Morton but I’d hold my moves for now in case you need them

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man, I grabbed Morton for now since I was leaning towards starting him vs. MIN after the break anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  99. Shimmy-Shammy says:
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    7×7 roto, includes 2B and BB. Lost Trea and then Kipnis, so digging deep at second. Options include:
    Forsythe
    Pedroia
    Scooter
    DeJong (or is he done now that Wong is back?)
    Phillips
    Hernan

    I’m leaning Forsythe or Pedroia. Thoughts?

    Thanks, man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedroia

  100. I only use Grey poupon because of Razzball says:
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    Flip Kimbrel/Turner/Shaw for Goldy/Teherán? Lineup is already looking strong so not sure if I should stay the course and keep racking up the saves cat every week w Kimbrel/Chap/Giles/Diaz? 12T h2h – thanks for taking the time to do the Top 100 Grey! Huge help

    C: Contreras
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Altuve
    3B: Turner
    SS: Story
    OF: Betts
    OF: Blackmon
    OF: Cain
    Útil: Schebler
    Útil: Shaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy side

  101. Matthew Macdonald says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the rankings and enjoyed the podcast.

    I’m in a keeper league and got offered:

    Rizzo and bogaerts for my Trea and bellinger

    Should I take it or hold? I know you don’t like wrist injuries so wondering outlook on Trea for next year.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold there

      • Matthew Macdonald says:
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        @Grey: ok thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  102. primetime says:
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    Grey, how close is Inciarte and Pollock for ROS? One team who is out of playoff race, has both. Not sure what it will take for AJ. Broxton is on waivers, so is Buxton and Dyson. But there not every week starters. Nunez is available via trade as well. Thoughts?

    You were saying earlier I need SBs.

    C Grandal
    1b Freeman
    2b Schoop
    3b Arenado
    SS Seager C
    OF Bellinger
    OF Cruz
    OF Jones A
    U Hosmer

    Bench
    Mancini
    DeLiemhiu
    Moncada
    Marte (SUS)
    Conforto

    Starters
    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Paxton
    Tailion
    Nola
    Giles
    Rivero F

    Bench
    Gray J
    Devenski
    Samardzija

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender will be cheaper and could easily be more valuable

      • primetime says:
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        @Grey: assuming Mancini would be the drop?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  103. tony says:
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    Who you think is gonna have more k’s? Sale or scherzer in the all stars game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer

  104. OaktownSteve says:
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    Do you prefer your caeser salad more on the garlicy or anchovy side?
    Do you agree with AO Scott that There Will Be Blood is the best film of this century?
    Should I quote Airplane, e.g.: “Should I fake my orgasms?”
    Bo Bichette or Vladimir Guerrero Jr in a points per reception league.
    Three legged dogs as fashion accessory-discuss.
    Is nasal spray with grapefruit seed safe for use or should I get the kind with grapefruit seed extract?
    What’s the tallest woman you’d consider taking to the beach?
    Do you think “Tsnelda” is ready to make a comeback as a woman’s name? Would it make a difference is the “T” became less silent?
    If an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of typewriters will eventually write Hamlet, how many monkeys and typewriters does it take to produce Razzball everyday?

    Also, you should be taking the day off Alburymeatwoundedknee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I once dated a five eleven girl, it was awkward

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh and we never went to the beach

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the idea of ordering a Caesar salad with a side of bleu cheese dressing

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        You know how people say “you’re dead to me” after you say something blasphemous? We’ll you have a light head cold to me with this bleu cheese comment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like dressings on the side, this is big for me, as astronomers might say I’m a Big Dipper

  105. mthom42 says:
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    Great list Grey! Thanks! Thought Bellinger and Judge would be closer if not Bellinger ahead. Was Taillon close?

    (Still figuring out this whole posting stuff…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  106. Jp says:
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    Grey-4×4 Era, whip, wins and saves NL only 12 team roto. I am in first and looking to deal for a reliable starter and have been offered Jon Gray what would you think his second half might look like. It is obviously hard to chase wins but that is kind of what I am trying to do. Any advice would be great thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s anything but reliable

      • Jp says:
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        @Grey: do u like him at all

  107. Doc says:
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    Better DL stash for Saves: Familia or Vizcaino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viz

  108. Jp says:
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    Grey-do you like Zachary Godley or Urena of Florida in my 4×4 that I just asked about. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Godley

  109. Timbo says:
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    In an OBP keeper league (thinking long-term) which side?

    Altuve and Cespedes
    Or
    Correa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

  110. Favio Vasquez says:
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    I landed Judge, Sanchez and Turner last season when they got called up and moved up three spots and finished 4th in my first Fantasy Baseball Season. Im in 3rd coming out of the break this season and only 6pts behind the leader. Who do you see being called up with the same late big potential this season? 10 team Roto….

      • Favio Vasquez says:
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        Thanks Mike!!! Sup Grey!!! Thanks for the time and info guys! Well done, once again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada

      • Favio Vasquez says:
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        Which 2 of these 3 would you drop for any of the guys listed if any;
        Schebler
        Conforto
        Merrifield

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Merrifield

        • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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          @Favio Vasquez: conforto is the other drop

  111. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    14 teamer with saves only. have rivero/kimbrel/strickland/neshek. about to have an open DL slot when e-rod is back and am about to stash the viz (ATL). drop one/both of neshek/strick for any of jose ram (ATL), albers, enny, leclerc? thinking there’s a good chance neshek closes somewhere maybe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both for Albers, Leclerc

  112. I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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    Your top 100 is very helpful. I am thinking Maybin, Harrison or Simmons would be best trade bait as I have a crowded MI once Rizzo gets 2B eligibility. H2H league, 12 teamer, ten hitting cats so walks and fewer strikeouts a big part of my team right now. just trying to improve for September playoffs.

    1. Biggest area of concern?
    2. General 2 for 1 type deals I should look for with Melancon back hopefully in two weeks?
    3. Is Harrison and Maybin fair for Domingo?
    4. Take a swing at Thames for Maybin? ? I i am nervous about his k’s and I need to win steals but goodness, he could give me a shot at home runs and rbis….even if platooned.
    5. IF Peralta is an OF upgrade… over who?
    6. My Verlander and Nova for Greinke?
    7. My Nova and Severino for Greinke?

    C- Realmuto
    CI – Freeman, Lamb, Rizzo
    MI – ,Dee, Simmons, Owings (plays OF for me too)
    OF – Conforto, Schebler, Marwin, Dyson, Melky (must play five)
    Util – LoMo
    Bench – Harrison, Maybin ( Dyson sits against lefties as you know so Maybin has been good to me until last couple weeks. Harrison cold last 30 days so he has hit the bench once I acquired Dee for K Seager).
    SP – Kershaw, Nova, Severino, Faria, Taillon, Verlander (ugh), Happ
    RP – Maurer, Holland
    DL – Melancon

    Thanks. Longer post than anticipated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hitting? I don’t know, how are you doing in your league? 2. Verlander/Maurer for Rivero? 3. Sure 4. Okay 5. Melky 6. Sure 7. Meh

      • Every29Years says:
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        @Grey:

        I am in third place – climbing back into it after a poor start. Beat top two teams past two weeks but, having won this league before, my team does not look like a champion to me. I should focus on my OF I suppose. Don’t trust Schebler, Conforto et al. Pitching has been good lately. Maybe deal Faria and Schebler before they wake up?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you could use an OF

  113. Cohen says:
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    Camargo or T.Anderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  114. J-Money says:
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    Which two DL stash options have the highest upside potential for the second half?

    Vizcaino, Hicks, M. Taylor, Chase Anderson

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viz, Taylor

      • J-Money says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey…I’ve likely overlooked it, but how concerned are you with McCullers potential IP limit? In a K/9 league, would you make a move for Cahill and Corbin? Their owner showed interest in McCullers a few weeks back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bit concerned… McCullers might only go 60 IP the rest of the way, plus with playoffs… that Cahill/Corbin deal is awful tho

          • J-Money says:
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            @Grey: I appreciate it man. You think Gurriel is legit? Could package him with McCullers for a higher end SP

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d send Gurriel with him, don’t think Gurriel is legit, just in a good lineup

              • J-Money says:
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                @Grey: Darvish a solid return?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

  115. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    I’m waffling between trading the aces for elite RP or holding the two aces I have (Yu and Lance). Would you do the following:

    1. Yu, Gattis, Peraza and Carpenter for Kimbrel, Posey, Duvall and Villar
    2. Lance/Carpenter for Turner/Lester (this team has nothing to offer, but is eager to acquire Lance)

    After the moves, I would still have Duffy, Samardjzia, Sanchez, Peacock and Jordan Montgomery (lots of back end arms).

    Either? Both? None? I’m worried about the IP limit on Lance and I’d rather move him now than have a month of nothing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2 sounds okay if you’re worried about IP

  116. Steve Anus says:
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    good god if that ends up being the winning run in this game just from zimm not giving a shit…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Steve Anus says:
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        @Grey: and it pretty much did as otherwise molina’s HR wins it (assuming the always not assumable “if the rest of the game went exactly the same”)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly

          • Steve Anus says:
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            @Grey: be AWESOME if r-zimm makes the finals, loses in game 7 (or any road game that would’ve been a home game) and says something to the effect of: “it’s hard to win on the road”, AND then the interviewer has a clip all readied up showing that play he quit on in the all start game.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup!

  117. lwomack58 says:
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    Have Chris Davis on Dl-but need some speed in my lineup. Thinking of dropping Davis and Melky for Zimmer and Pham. Zimmer lead off the other night-could this move hold?

    Concern with Pham is playing time and regression. I know I can always drop him if regression does come as well as playing time-but short term could he be a boost?

    Margot is also on the wire and DeShields.

    Are these good adds? Or is the last two mention better?

    I suck in HR’s but the impact of Davis is really not going to help that much. Plus he carries such a low batting avg.

    How’s the castle. Hope the weather is good.

    • lwomack58 says:
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      @lwomack58:

      Loved the Podcast today. I think your rant was right on. I wish I could do that. As a Tour Guide I hate reading the reviews after wares. I would love one time to go off on a reviewer. They have no idea what people go thru doing their jobs to the best of their abilities.

      So you get a 10+ on the Podcast.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t drop Davis there, can lose Melky for Margot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Going tomorrow to castle

  118. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    16 teamer with OPS and hits (h2h). with pollock back i have 2 BN bats probably too good to drop any, so i’m attempting to move 1 of pollock (not good enough offers for him), or sunday or puig for a SP. i got an offer of
    my puig + betances (holds and QS here too)
    for
    roark/lackey/miranda

    i’m not doing this one as it’d make me drop a better SP for those 3, but i will trade puig or sunday for ONE of those SP.
    my SP and RP are:
    SP sabathia/rodon/a.moore/chacin/wood/pomeranz/morton
    DL thor (keeper)/shoemaker
    RP betances/rivero/norris/phelps/leclerc/strickland

    1. what’s best order of trading puig or sunday for one of miranda/lackey/roark? FA options are dickey/newcomb/suter/kuhl
    2. drop any RP for any of: koji/bearclaw/rondon
    3. just drop puig or sunday for any of those SP (or when shoemaker comes back him), i might be able to trade one of them for pick upgrade rather than that.

    i’m staring to think that lackey/roark/miranda not really better than shoemaker/newcomb/suter/kuhl and esp dickey lately.

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: keep only 6 with no escalating costs and have goldy/torenado/thor/segura and 2 out of odor/pollock/alonso/schebler/wood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. These SPs are terrible 2. Strickland, Bear 3. Puig, Dickey

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @Grey: just now traded puig + 20th rounder for 16th rounder (our draft starts in round 7 post keepers). now i’ll have to wait till saturday (sunday really as it’s yahoo daily-tomorrow) to add a pitcher, or shoemaker is back by then. opp is dropping the same ellsbury he was trying to pawn off on me.

  119. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team, 5×5 weekly. Just traded away Kenley Jansen and Yonder Alonso for Torenado. Cool?

    It was so worry-free having Jansen but I think I’ll be fine with Kintzler, Maurer, and Kela because SAG to the NOF.

    Thanks dude.

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @L-Boogie: should be fine with saves and it’s ALWAYS cool to trade a closer + another good but not great bat for a top 10 or better bat.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: One reason to draft a top closer. So easy to trade him for a stud hitter later in the season to an owner who needs him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  120. Lee says:
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    5 x 5 H2H using OPS. Better MI everyday player – didi or Marwin. Need to drop one for Castro on Sat and have the other play SS until turner comes back.

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Lee: DIDI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didi

  121. Chris says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    Please sit one for the weekend:

    Conforto Vs Col
    Clint Frazier @ Bos
    Pillar @ Det
    Pham @ Pit

    Thanks!

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Chris: pillar is the easy answer, you probably have better FA option than him, but that’s assuming conforto isn’t being jerked around by NYM, which he has been.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pillar

  122. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    14 teamer with OBP over AVG, total bases/hits added. i’m middle of pack to weak in most hitting. trout is back soon though, should rectify some of that. QS as well, and K/9.
    C zunino
    1B myers
    2B villar
    SS e.escobar
    3B longo
    OF (3) trout/stanton/souza
    util (2) maybin/altherr
    BN tapia/b.miller (1b/2b/SS)
    DL desmond
    NA hoskins
    SP e-rod/wood/carmart/duffy/duke newcomb/folty/chacin/faria
    RP (room for 4) rivero/kimbrel/albers/leclerc
    DL shoemaker/vizcaino

    1. guessing for now newcomb is the streamer spot, SON isn’t showing him yet but his next start will be vs CUBS, and the other ATL guys aren’t showing good numbers on that series.

    2. i just dropped galvis to make some moves, but he’s done a bit better than escobar lately, do that drop? need a backup at either SS or 2B from miller/villar being only guys there if i do drop escobar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yup 2. Yup

  123. Bird says:
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    I think it’s as likely Story is demoted to a bench role with Valaika no longer just being the sound Pac-Man makes……
    Funny, that’s what I think about when I hear Wacha, Wacha, Wacha, Wacha, Wacha….
    Nice write-up Grey, looking forward to the 2nd half, hope you are remotely close with the Bryant & Dozer project shuns

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  124. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Which two have the most upside and can be trusted with SB’s, average, and XBH/hits? JBJ, Altherr, or Pham? Have Judge and Duvall as well. 11 tm roto.

    Appreciate the work and words, El Jefe!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JBJ, Pham

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Gracias! Folty was just dropped, should I grab him or keep Newcomb in 12 tm h2h?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grab Folty

  125. Scott steelers says:
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    Better stash, Devers or Moncada?
    And would you rather own Bour or Gyorko? (Currently have Smoak st 1st, bour or gyorko would be my only bench bat)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada… bour

  126. lwomack58 says:
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    Need to add a closer or closer in waiting- which two do you like-

    Vizcaino, Neris, Kahnle, Doolittle or Kela.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viz, Kela

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  127. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Seems like Michael Taylor was dropped en masse in the RCLs before the break. I snagged him up to sit on him through the ASB. Provided he can come right back from the oblique, seems like a great stash, no? Not really sure why he was dropped everywhere, but I scooped him up in 4 RCLs. Does everyone know something I don’t?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @MattTruss: Obliques never seem to heal fast

  128. Jose says:
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    Seems no one in my 10 team keeper league thinks they need Ryan Zimmerman in a trade (I get it). Would you drop him for Hosmer? 1B is loaded! Hosmer would be filling the util slot currently taken up by Zimmerman. I also already have Goldschmidt and Votto. Other top players available are Souza Jr., Adams, and Pham. Hey! I could pick up Adams and Pham and be the Adams Phamily! (Not Serious)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  129. Jason says:
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    I’m in a deep 12-team H2H dynasty “keep forever” league-The categories are:
    R H HR RBI SB BB K AVG OPS TB and IP QS W SV+HLD HR ERA WHIP K/BB K/9

    I’m looking to add some SPs and HR/RBIs to my line-up by trading away some RPs. I’m currently in 2nd place and looking to add championship pieces

    I have an offer where I trade AChapman/RIglesias/JSoto for Desmond/Clevinger/JCotton

    Am I giving up too much value in this deal? Relievers aren’t valued highly in my league–but Chap is a beast with an elite K/9

    Which side do you prefer in a keep forever?

    Do the deal or stand pat?

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: thoughts?

  130. DrEasy says:
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    I picture Jean Segura more in a 60s art house black and white movie, with blonde short hair, French kissing Jean-Paul Belmondo on the Champs-Elysees.

    Anyway, I have a team with too many good hitters and not enough good pitching. Would offering Hanley for Berrios be a fair deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, hilarious… Sounds fair

  131. Sam says:
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    Which side is more appealing:
    Seager and Berrios or
    Greinke and JD Martinez

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Sam: which Seager?

      • Sam says:
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        Which side is more appealing:
        Seager and Berrios or
        Greinke and JD Martinez@mthom42: Kyle

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Assuming Kyle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke

  132. mthom42 says:
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    Grey, do you see any of these as starters or just good streamers?

    Nola, J Gray, Clevinger, Maeda, Montegomery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on league… Nola, Clevinger

      • mthom42 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Very shallow

  133. nyjacobs says:
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    grey – would you trade away rendon/springer/kimbrell for trout/healy/edwards jr? better way to look at it rendon/springer for trout and healy/edwards jr for kimbrell? thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  134. Brian says:
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    16 team h2h dynasty with OPS and k/bb extra cats. also use QS instead of W. My team is in 3rd but my pitching has been atrocious. I don’t like dealing bats for arms but not sure I can do damage in the playoffs without someone close to an ace. So considering dealing from my offense. I start wilson ramos, hosmer, jose ramirez, bryant, correa, stanton, cruz, blackmon, beltre, and brantley with kipnis, carlos santana, and marte on the bench.
    My SPs are teheran, gausman, price, sonny, clevinger, duffy, quintana, urena, vargas, marquez, anibal sanchez, with shoemaker and salazar on the DL.
    I’m thinking of trying to deal stanton for someone like carrasco, kluber, cmart, archer, degrom or someone else in that tier. would you pursue giving up stanton for a SP? And since basically my entire staff has imploded, can 1 SP even save me or is it a bad use of resources or am i better off holding stanton and hoping my staff can right itself at least enough to be average?

    thanks grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade Cruz for kluber, Carrasco or deGrom

      • Brian says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey. what about hosmer for fulmer, nola, or pineda?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nola

  135. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    Which 2 are Grey Albright using as a SAGNOF platoon?
    -Maybin, K.Broxton, B.Zimmer, D.Deshields, B.Buxton
    (have been using Maybin/Broxton, not glued to either).
    Will a healthy Trout kill Maybin’s run game?

    I’m feelin’ Zimmer, less platooney lately, gives more than steals and won’t kill AVG, plus he usually hits 8th so that’s always a bonus in a season of Selling Low-Buying High, paying for steals.

    Sorry for a Q followed by my 2 cents of nonsense but I gotts be makin’ dem moves, son. My ADD/DROP game is strong, the 1 thing I’m a lock to lead all my leagues in, and it ain’t close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybin, Brox

  136. Ron Swanson says:
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    Hey man, would you trade Segura and cueto for JD and Maeda?

    • Ron Swanson says:
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      @Ron Swanson: my other offer was to give up Rendon and Segura for kb and Bellinger. Would you do either of these? If so, which one?

      • Fausto

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        @Ron Swanson: Gotta take the Bellinger deal if KB is Kris Bryant and it’s a keeper.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Bryant one is better

    • Fausto

      fausto says:
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      @Ron Swanson: if you need HRs get you some J.Dongs…if not I’d hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  137. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    I think I might be rejecting a trade for Mike Trout…What do you think of sending Judge and Jose Ramirez for Trout and Hanley? I’m leading in every offense category but steals right now. Hanley would be my full time UTIL and I’d move Chris Taylor into my MI slot. Seems crazy to reject a trade for Trout, but I’m not sure I really gain anything by adding him, if anything I lose some steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge side, it’s fairish

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Yea, my thoughts too. Fair, just not sure I gain much.

        Anyway, you on board with stashing Michael Taylor? He’s been too good to leave on the wire, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah I’d DL stash him

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Offering Trout all over the league now

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Bastard, I was the one who offered that trade…My FCL team was fucked from the start and needed to try something.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oops!

  138. gxb5008 says:
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    Need to bolster my rotation with more solid WHIP and K guys in a 70 SP league.

    C- Molina
    1b – Adams
    2b – Kinsler
    3b – Arenado
    SS – Seager
    OF – Ozuna
    OF – Kemp
    OF – C Taylor
    Util – Myers
    Util – Upton
    Bench
    Nick Williams, Cozart, Happ, Mazara, CarGo, Villar

    Pitchers
    Sale, Duffy, Manaea, Hoffman, Teheran, Faria, Rich Hill

    Sale is my only true stud. Can move him and Manaea for Archer and McCullers. Other piece of trade is moving Chris Taylor for Khris Davis and Ryon Healy.

    Enough return for Sale? Or do I need to push for a better hitter ie. Goldschmidt, Daniel Murphy, Stanton, Correa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

      • gxb5008 says:
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        @Grey: A two word answer… ugh that isn’t a good sign

  139. knighttown says:
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    Are you buying Shark based on some nice peripherals?

    Like, moving Bregman for Shark when needs for pitching and hitting are neutral make sense?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am liking Shark, would send Bregman for him

  140. Jason says:
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    I’m in a 12 team mixed H2H YAHOO redraft league. I’m currently over the roster limit as McCarthy is no longer on the DL.

    So, I need to drop someone and am looking for suggestions on who to drop.

    In addition, Maeda, Teheran, and Estrada are currently available via free agency. Should I pick up one of them and if so, who should be my 2nd drop?

    Please advise. Thanks!

    MY TEAM:
    ========

    HITTING:
    C: Salvador Perez (C)
    1B: Freeman (1B)
    2B: Jonathan Schoop (2B)
    3B: Manny Machado (3B, SS)
    SS: Carlos Correa (SS)
    OF: Cody Bellinger (1B, OF)
    OF: Adam Duvall (OF)
    OF: Aaron Judge (OF)
    UTIL: Jose Abreau (1B)

    BENCH:
    Ryan Zimmerman (1B)
    DL: Desmond (OF)

    PITCHING:
    SP: Chris Archer (SP)
    SP: Jimmy Nelson (SP)
    SP: Carlos Martinez (SP)
    SP: Drew Pomeranz (SP)
    SP: Luis Severino (SP, RP)
    SP: Sean Manaea (SP)
    SP: Quintana (SP)
    SP: Mike Leake (SP)
    SP: Taijuan Walker (SP)
    RP: Bud Norris (RP, SP)
    RP: Brandon Kintzler (RP)
    RP: Greg Holland (RP)
    RP: Addison Reed (RP)
    DL: Brandon McCarthy (SP)

    League Settings:
    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL
    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Hits (H), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)
    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Losses (L), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pomeranz and Leake… Maeda

  141. Rex says:
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    Give up Stroman and Avi Garcia to get Machado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  142. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team h2h dynasty league I was offered Benintendi for Robbie Ray. My other sp are kerahaw cole berrios odorizzi hammel and Jc ramirez. Is this a trade I should consider?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  143. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Grey,

    I was offered Taijuan Walker, Lindor, and Sano for Sony Gray Segura and Yulli Gurriel. I feel like that’s a no brainer right? You agree that the side getting Sano wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds great

  144. philip hammond says:
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    Great article. Ready for my 2nd half fight.
    If you were doing tiers, would 81 (Sanchez) be a cut off? Would you trade picks 85 and 95 for 75, and use hittertron to make up the difference?
    What do you think of Matt Adams ROS? He’s been great so far, and it seems like it will get better with Freeman in the lineup (very deep league).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense… Adams has slowed down a lot recently hasn’t he?

  145. Jason says:
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    I’m in a deep 12-team H2H dynasty “keep forever” league-The categories are:
    R H HR RBI SB BB K AVG OPS TB and IP QS W SV+HLD HR ERA WHIP K/BB K/9

    I’m looking to add some SPs and HR/RBIs to my line-up by trading away some RPs. I’m currently in 2nd place and looking to add championship pieces

    I have an offer where I trade AChapman/RIglesias/JSoto for Desmond/Clevinger/JCotton

    Am I giving up too much value in this deal? Relievers aren’t valued highly in my league–but Chap is a beast with an elite K/9

    Which side do you prefer in a keep forever?

    Do the deal or stand pat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aroldis side

  146. Andy says:
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    14 team H2H Keeper League ( keep forever no restrictions)

    Would you give up Donaldson and Kimbrel for Sano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit much

      • Andy says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks.

        How about Donaldson, Robertson and Maeda for Sano?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh? That’s worse, no?

  147. adam goldstein says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Hopefully my one and only second half catcher question (although I make no promises). Grandal, Martin or Zunino?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yasmani

  148. Swfcdan says:
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    Keeper been offered Bregman ($0) for Eloy (prosp). Know Ralph loves Eloy but he’s still a way away and even top prospects can bust. I’d likely keep Breg for 3 more years at $8 a year. He’s starting to come around lately and I love the BB/K rate showing he’s not overmatched. Players often struggle sophmore year only to blow up the year after. Great park and lineup too, would you buy?

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: And hahaha on the Co-Dick blurb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Bregman

  149. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Need sbs, avg and runs (in that order). Who do you like between Tapia, Whit and Altherr? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr

  150. Anchovies says:
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    im late to the part as usual

    thanks for the great list and info

    i think that is all.

    was offered ryan zim+w.contreras for gary indiana is filthy…sanchez. watching sanchez getting sleepy during the derby….i dunno. sometimes it looks like he wants to take a nap and the yanks have a great #2 catcher. fair trade?

    thanks again. great read!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Zimm, it’s fair

  151. Richard D says:
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    Offered: K Jansen and D Murphy for Freeman and S Oh

    Is there a substantial difference for a NL only teams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold

  152. I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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    I need some OF pop. Seeking guidance on these. Which if any would you do? Please rank favorite to worst. Thank you.

    1. My Maybin and Harrison for Adam Jones.

    2. My Dyson and Harrison for Jones?

    3. Maybin for Thames?

    My back fill in #1 and #2 would most likely be Holliday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3, 2

  153. midas says:
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    vargas or moustakas ? which side wins the trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  154. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league (keep 5). yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    MY TEAM
    CA- Flowers. 1B- Pujols. 2B- Kinsler. 3B- Beltre. SS- Machado. IN- Alonso.
    OF- Pollock. OF- Trumbo. OF- Bruce. OF- Owings. UT- JTurner.
    BN- Rosario, Fisher, DeJong, MxSmith, Pillar.
    SP- Paxton, Manaea, Berrios, McCarthy, Nola, Nova. DL- Bumgarner
    RP- Ramos, Iglesias, JWilson, Bradley, Kahnle.

    I need to drop someone for Bumgarner coming off the DL. I’m thinking Pillar.

    seeing how Kinsler has been a disappointment I could trade him and replace him at 2B with Owings or even DeJong when Owings sits.

    with that is it worth trading Kinsler and Pillar to get Josh Reddick? Reddick helps me where I need it more in R/AVG while also helping with other stats in a good Astros lineup hitting 2nd.
    nobody else really seems interested in Kinsler since there are so many good 2B this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I’d take Reddick if you’re just dropping Pillar anyway

  155. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h (OPS/QS)
    Orlando Arcia or Whit Merrifield?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

  156. Robert says:
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    J. Happ or T. Walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  157. I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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    So in a three way (insert cheap joke here) trade, I ended up trading away Odorizzi, Britton and Maybin for Thames, J Dyson and Holland. Some similar parts for sure. Thoughts?
    (I talked myself into seeing this as Thames for Odorizzi)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Thames

  158. Michael DePinto says:
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    I see Story is ranked in your Top 100 but Marwin Gonzalez is not. I know you do not like to admit defeat but would you really not pick up Marwin to play SS and drop Story at this point?

    Marwin seems to be batting 5th and playing everyday now for Houston.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try to pick up Marwin and play him, but wouldn’t drop Story, just in case… Story can do what Marwin did in 3 months in about three weeks

  159. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Morning, Grey! Can’t believe Dahl is finally hitting a rehab assignment! At some point I just assumed he was never playing baseball again haha.

    Do you think Desmond may see slightly lesser playing time in the second half in light of the emergence of Reynolds and Tapia and the return of Parra and by end of July, Dahl?

    He seems to be in an awkward situation with the organization + I’m worried in weekly leagues that he ends up sitting 1-2 times a week. They haven’t been afraid to slot Tapia 1st or 2nd, or Reynolds 4th, and I’m pretty sure Desmond hasn’t hit earlier than the 5 spot…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond will play if he hits, Tapia, Dahl and Parra won’t

  160. Baller says:
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    Morning Grey. I’m trying to plug in a SS for ROS. Gyorko or Simmons ? Looking for overall production. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Simmons

  161. lwomack58 says:
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    Faria for Britton a good offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Britton, it’s fair

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Turned down-How about D. Duffy and J. Happ for Britton?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Across street from Hearst, Sebastian’s was great (you told me about it, right?)… Happ side

          • lwomack58 says:
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            @Grey:

            No but it was in my post from another person. Which two tours did you do?

            Back to the first questions. Sounds like this might be a bit much. I currently have Jansen, Herrera and Dyson as my closers and Melancon o DL.

            I have solid pitching and was thinking I needed a first rate closer. Should I hold?

            My pitchers are Faria, Duffy, Happ, Kershaw, Darvich, Kluber, Cueto, Quintana and Morton with Erod on dl.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Just did the grand rooms and upstairs… Was solid, thanks for the tips!

              Britton could be traded to a team that won’t use him as a closer, I wouldn’t trade for Britton

              • lwomack58 says:
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                @Grey:
                Read the Dodgers are looking at him so I agree.

              • Mike in Busan says:
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                @Grey: That makes me feel a little better about the trade I just made: Torenado, Darvish, Britton for Votto and Sale. I may have given up too much, but now I can put Freeman at 3B.

  162. Brett says:
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    Need some help,

    I’m in a 12 team roto keeper league with daily roster moves. 6×6 with holds and ops the extra categories. I’m currently in a 3 team tie for 7th place and 15 points out of the money 27 out of first. There are 3 teams fighting for the top spot.

    1. I was wonder how you think my team stacks up vs the team in second who I think is the best of the teams fighting for first:

    him: Avila, Smoak, Happ, Cozart, Taylor, DeJong, E3, Khris Davis, Trout, Domingo Santana, Braun, Melky Cabrera, Bour, Morrison, Marte, Kluber, Samardzija, Happ, Tehran, Porcello, Iglesias, Betances, Devenski, Hand, Givens, Barnes. DL: Turner, Castro

    ME: Sal Perez, Santana, Odor, Story, Bregman, Bellinger, Machado, Harper, Bryant, Benintendi, Clint Frazier, Mancini, Broxton, Arcia, Moncada, DeGrom, Nelson, Tailon, Fulmer, Godley, Jon Gray, Will Harris, Bradley, Edwards Jr, Rivero, Giles. DL Duffy, Kela

    2. our keeper rules: We can keep 5 players. F/A picks ups can be kept at $5 or Faab bid which ever is more for one year. Drafted players can be kept year 2 at drafted price, year 3 at drafted price and let go at year end or can be given a contract prior to the year for up to 4 years with cost increasing $5 each year starting year 3. My current options for next year.
    Machado $29 year 2 of 4 year contract
    Sal Perez $1 year 2
    Benintendi $11 year 2
    Moncada $2 year 2
    Rivero $2 year 2
    Bellinger $5 pick up only can be kept next year
    story $4 year 3 so can contract if I choose too

    Based on my current team, keepers, and standing do I try to trade away my studs who aren’t keeper options like harper and DeGrom to get a break keeper like Turner or wait?

    Turner is a $1 keeper next year in year 3. I would contract him for 4 years making him cost $6, 11, 16, 21 for each of the next 4 years.

    Sorry for the long post but I need some help. I know the longer I wait on deciding to sell the less likely I will be able to do anything, but also do like my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy, I think your team actually looks about the same as that other team… Obviously Story vs. Taylor and Santana vs. Smoak look better in theory than they did in the 1st half… I’d prolly trade Harper/deGrom for a better keeper like Turner, hope Story comes around and see if you can compete without Harper/deGrom —

      • Brett says:
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        @Grey: Would you rather trade story $4 keeper option and Harper for Turner $1 keeper option? Or would you do DeGrom and Harper.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Story/Harper

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Honestly though, one guy for Trea is more than enough

  163. CrazyJ says:
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    Todd Frazier is not amused by Kyle Seager. Thanks for the write up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  164. Shits&Giggles says:
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    3b /bench spot rest of season. Matt Carpentr or Kyle Seager. Thank you sir

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager

  165. Boomer19 says:
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    Quintana to the Cubs. His value just went up a couple notches in my mind. Hope he does well there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Couldn’t be much worse

      • Boomer19 says:
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        Haha. True. He’s been a bit better the last few starts but was pretty unbearable early on. Worth taking a shot on him for a few games to see how he looks.

  166. Dickerson says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks for the incredibly helpful rankings. In a mixed keeper league (12 team, keep 10), do you prefer Dickerson or Owings for the future, assuming they’re both kept? Fair swap? I couldn’t quite tell from your Owings blurb if you liked him or didn’t want to rank him. Thanks!

    Similarly, would you swap Cruz for Paxton if I needed pitching?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Owings, they’re a coin flip — I’d swap the hitter if I needed pitching

      • Dickerson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  167. bryzzo says:
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    hi grey , traded Ian Kinsler and Brandon Mccarthy for Matt Carpenter which side do u think won the trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, if shallow league, can see Carp side

  168. Zach says:
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    Hey Grey. I’m in a boring 10 team h2h league where no one likes to trade. I have Trout and Castro coming back so I need to drop two. Who would be your suggestion?
    Thanks

    Souza
    Bour
    HanRam
    Castro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro, Bour

  169. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    Which side of this trade do you prefer:

    Bellinger/Ivan Nova for Bumgarner/Adam Frazier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bellinger

  170. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Avisail or Conforto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto

  171. lwomack58 says:
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    Adams or Smoak at 1sb? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoak

  172. Jimmy Dimmick says:
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    Excellent list and loved the most recent podcast as usual ….douches be gone!

    Have been relentlessly making moves entire season so far, solidly in three way tie -ish for third about 15 out
    This trade could happen, it feels like it should be an instant yes from me. Yes??
    My Judge, Longo, Peacock. (or: don’t judge my long pea-cock)
    His: Kersh, REndon, cano
    * this even feels like it could be veto’d so that feeling is prob a good indication of what I should do but I wanted to ask. Judge has been stellar and we have 3 keepers for next season for the first time.

    Thanks so much man!

    12 team H2H cat. Yahoo (relevant for my catcher pick)
    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Hits (H), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS), Grand Slam Home Runs (SLAM)
    Pitchers Stat Categories: Complete Games (CG), Outs (OUT), Walks (BB), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS), Saves + Holds (SV+H)

    C – Schwarber
    1-Goldschmidt
    2-D Murphy
    3-Longoria
    SS-andrus
    OF-Dickerson
    OF- Cruz
    OF-judge
    U-miggy; Gurriel; Pham; Bour

    SP-Carrasco; Greinke; Sev;J Monty; Castillo; J Gray; Peacock; Cahill;
    R-Devenski; Iglesias; B Norris; Viz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sounds like a slam dunk for Kershaw side

  173. I only use Grey poupon because of Razzball says:
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    I know you’re not a big Schebler believer but how do you see his value ROS compared to these options on the wire? 12T h2h league, may try n package Schebler w a SP to upgrade an arm:

    Haniger
    Peraza
    Drury
    Pham
    Herrera
    C Gomez
    Piscotty
    M Franco
    Arcia

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schebler and those waiver guys look interchangeable

      • I only use Grey poupon because of Razzball says:
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        @Grey: Nice, hopefully can pull off something like Schebler and Manaea for Archer then. Appreciate it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  174. I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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    Acquired Dee, Thames and activated Conforto. On paper, my team seems better. Need Thames’ April, Conforto’s May and Dee’s June and I am in heaven. Thanks for the help. Followed your advice about 70 percent of the time. 30 percent just went with my gut, tolerance for upside as I try to be patient for Sept playoffs. Two more questions for you sir…with this squad, assuming my two for one trades do not materialize, 12 teamer, H2H, in 3rd place, ten hitting cats league…
    1. Who do I drop when Melancon returns?
    2. Are any of Holliday, Peralta or M Taylor better than my current guys?
    C- Realmuto
    CI – Freeman, Lamb, LoMo
    MI- Rizzo, Dee, Simmons
    OF – Thames, Conforto, Schebler, Melky (productive in this format), Marwin (must play 5)
    Util – Owings or Dyson depending upon platoon, need for SBs that week
    Bench – Harrison (hard time trading him…trying Melky and Harrison for one decent guy)
    SP – Kershaw, Severino, Faria, Verlander, Nova, Taillon, Happ
    RP – Holland, Maurer,
    DL – Melancon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Harrison 2. Nah

      • I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. Seems odd to drop an “all star” but that was where I was leaning. Thanks for the nudge.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  175. Nightmare! says:
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    Hey buddy happy Thursday. Snowfall was good last night…..stick wit it

    1) schebler or Pham?
    2) pick 1 to sit please
    Conforto vs col
    Cespedes vs col
    Souza @ LAA
    Domingo Santana vs philly

    3) Nola vs MIL, @MIL or nova vs MIL, @COL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll watch the 1st season of snowfall, haven’t watched last night’s yet… Pham…Conforto… Nola

  176. lwomack58 says:
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    Who do you prefer as bench bats, JBJ, Brantley, I. Happ, or A. Jones. Need two. thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JBJ, Happ

  177. lwomack58 says:
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    Sorry for the extra question.

    Drop Chisenhall as a bench bat

    Need to add-Zimmer, Haniger, Bregman, Margot, Keon, Franco, or Drury. I like the speed combo of Margo, Keon and Zimmer. But want the best overall player first.

    Who do you like best? Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Margot

  178. crock says:
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    Drop Grichuk or ODB for Semien?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk

  179. SPAPS says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Interesting trade offer can across my desk…Offense is just about top 3 in every category but pitching has been a tad rough. Was offered: Jose Ramirez and Chapman for my Goldy and Jon Gray.

    Side note: my top two picks were Goldy and Correa and can only keep one. On top of that Jose Ramirez has great keeper value (would only cost me my 14th rd pick).

    Is it too early to be thinking about keepers in trades vs focusing on doing whatever i can to win now? Thoughts on the offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds pretty bad

  180. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    5×5 roto, 10tm. Which pitcher should i move? I just received Kershaw in a trade, Ray, Severino, Archer, Quintana, Fulmer, pineda and wacha. I need a hitter and so far I could do.
    1. k. Seager for quintana(I lost Shaw in trade but still have Rendon)
    2. a guy wants either archer or Ray and he has correa. I could use him after losing trea. Currently have bogaerts, schoop and scooter.
    3. Same guy as 2 has Springer as well. My of consists of Braun, J.D, A. Jones, haniger (Desmond in DL)
    Not sure which position I need to get better, I’d say outfield but there’s more of them on waivers so I was asking for your opinion! Thanks Grey!

    • Chisoxx_22 says:
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      @Chisoxx_22:
      *** Update, another trade came in, my Fulmer for Brantley, as stated above my depth at outfield. Sorry for so many questions but you’ve helped me immensely during my fantasy career, and I thank you good sir!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Brantley sounds fine there if you need him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2. You’re really getting Correa for Archer or Ray? 3. Really?

      • Chisoxx_22 says:
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        @Grey:
        I would add a bat to that trade…. But would be nice ha.

  181. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: need to start one of the following. Who do you like?

    Gray @ nym
    Berrios @ hou
    Folty vs ari
    Walker @ atl

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Folty

  182. Every29Years says:
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    Happ and Taillon my weakest (or least variable) starters in a 12 teamer. Streamers or hold? Guys like E Rod, Wacha on the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  183. BravesfanintheUK says:
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    Hey Grey,

    2 Quick questions:

    15 team OBP roto.

    1) My batting is in good shape but I’ve been offered B Zimmer for my Clint Frazier. Either would be my OF4 (of 4). Any preference? Or both v v similar.

    2) JBJ an overpay from me for Samardzija?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d want Zimmer, tomato-tomahto tho 2. Not really

      • braves uk says:
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        @Grey: awesome, thanks!

  184. Nico says:
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    Grey! Happy 2nd Half! I’m thinking about flipping Freeman for Kluber. Your rankings support this! Even tho I have the best staff in my league, it includes guys like Ray, Leake, McCullers, and Nova, who could have worse 2nd halves. Rendon/Moist are my other 3B. Thoughts? 10 team yahoo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Kluber, but they’re a tossup… Freeman could be okay from his injury and be much better than Kluber, but you have corner men…

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, grey. Yeah, for sure it’s a gamble. I am trying to work out a deal for machado too, which could be a fine replacement for Freddie. Lots going on.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  185. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    NL only with OBP over AVG, total bases added, QS over wins and holds added i have this and the 4th waiver. 10 team h2h i’m far in 1st, have been all year, 14 games in 1st now. other than RBI’s i’m top 3 in every stat.
    C DTD’arnaud
    1B freeman
    2B dejong
    SS peraza
    3B j.turner
    CI thames (1B/OF)
    MI rivera (1B/2B/3B)
    OF(4) harper/inciarte party/puig/braun
    util (1) n.williams
    BN pina
    NA brinson
    DL c.hernandez
    SP cahill/stressbird/lamet/newcomb/ray/lynn/chacin/gio g/godley
    RP (4 slots, cahill in one of them now) neris/knebel/ramos/
    DL vizcaino

    as good as my pitching stats already are (top 2 in ERA/WHIP and far ahead in QS and K’s)

    1. use my #4 waiver for quintana (who’s the drop). it’s possible i’m better off holding it for a hitter coming over, but who knows if one as good as quintana does that.

    2. i had stashed cahill since he was doing well before being injured, now i probably am better off with a holds guy over my 9th SP (holds options being phelps, enny, cecil, wow dyson is out there still, nicasio, benoit, blevins). as far as SP corbin is out there. who’s my SP and RP add if so?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Use it, Pina or Lamet 2. Cahill better than these guys

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: didn’t matter, the #1 waiver guy showed up and grabbed him, so i got a better now #3 waiver for hitters coming over. this is a NL only run in yahoo so to get by that yahoo garbage of the stats disappearing for an owner of a player traded away from NL to AL midseason the only way to combat it is to have ALL player universe be in play (which you can imagine creates some extra work for me, the comish during the draft and such). so we run a 48 hour clock on when a guy gets traded to NL from AL (or is first this year signed by NL team) and highest waiver in the message board wins. lamet’s the drop for the holds guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  186. Brett says:
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    Need to cut a hitter. Mancini, Clint Frazier, Broxton or Arcia. Position makes no difference.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini

  187. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Was offered Strasburg for Benintendi and Paxton. Not a fan of trading away young talent but my offense is stacked and Starling Marte would be taking Benintendi’s place. I may counter with Benintendi and Arrieta for Strasburg. Who wins each of these? Or should I hold?

    This is a keeper league but I’ve got so many other keeper options that I don’t think I’d be able to keep any of these guys. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Stras if you’re not keeping any

  188. jason batteiger says:
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    man teams sure are crazy in their demands, but i guess CUBS and others have done stuff this stupid for a one inning pitcher before (hand for gleybar or verdugo!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  189. Terrel says:
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    Dynasty league would you trade for Arrieta by giving up Wood or Matz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  190. DBo says:
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    Dynasty, Baez or Cobb? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  191. Milarky says:
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    I’ve got to decide on my last few pitchesr for this short week. Which two to sit?

    Pomeranz (NYY)
    Nova (STL)
    Severino (@BOS)
    Gray (@NYM)
    Morton (MIN)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Severino, Pom

  192. GoJays says:
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    So we have to start a rookie pitcher. Do you trust Newcomb this week at home against Arizona, or would you go safe and start Hader as a RP instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hader

  193. Skeezix says:
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    Gotta pick my last DH spot. Who do you think?

    Brad Miller (@LAA)
    Matt Holliday (@BOS)
    Semien (CLE)
    DeShields (@KC)
    Beltran (MIN)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

  194. Wilson says:
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    Someone offers Myers for my LoMo, green light or hold?

  195. Alian says:
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    I want to grab Starling Marte but I need to drop one of those: Smoke, Dickerson, Myers or Thames.
    Do you think is worth it?
    Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of those

  196. Mets...sigh*.... says:
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    Great work here man – Trade q for ya since this list is making me doubtful

    Trade ARendon/ZWheeler/KyleTucker/SeanReidFoley for Bogaerts/Archer/Matz in a 20team dynasty league? Have Arenado and Swanson at 3b and SS, and my SP is no bueno Cole/Wheeler/SkaggsIR/Adleman basically. 4sp slots 5rp 1each position + 2 util. 14bench 10prospects. I’m .500 and maybe 1.5 games out of the playoffs.

    catsH2H – XBH,TB and QS included

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can do better

  197. endershadow says:
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    12 team dynasty 5×5 H2H.

    Would you send Paxton/Greinke for Bogaerts? I do have Amed Rosario in waiting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  198. Steve says:
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    Odor 34th overall. Really?

    Hitless in the first 3 games of the 2nd half.

    Give up, Razzball.

    He sucks.

  199. Steve says:
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    Odor 34th overall. Really?

    Hitless in the first 3 games of the 2nd half.

    Give up, Razzball.

    He sucks.

  200. Stuey says:
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    10 team h2h including QS…

    I just got offered Severino for Tanaka and Aaron Sanchez.

    The rest of my SPs are Kluber, Price, Tanaka, Duffy, Rich Hill, and Luis Castillo. Salazar, Wacha, and Cahill are on the wire. Thoughts?

    • Grey

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      I’d take Luis

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