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You’re about to get busted.  Do you go harder, become more brazen, with the illegal activity or attempt to clean up your act quickly so you don’t get punished more severely?  I don’t know.  This is where fantasy baseball meets a PBS Frontline special.  I think different people react in different ways.  Not to get all philosophical on you like your college philosophy prof who would invite you over for lavash and hummus and marijuana, then try to feel up your girlfriend, but last year’s Ryan Braun — 9 homers in 61 games — could be exactly what he is off of PEDs.  There’s no way of knowing when he was or wasn’t using.  If he knew he was about to get suspended last year, he might’ve laid off of everything and been totally clean for that decent but not spectacular partial season, even while he battled a thumb issue.  The same thumb issue that has resurfaced this year.  I should’ve been more aggressive in the preseason about pointing that Braun wasn’t healthy last year.  The kind of unhealthy that has lingered into this year.  He admitted the other day that he was unable to take a normal swing due to battling a nerve issue.  Or if you’re reading in your best Curly voice, a noive issue.  That’s hella bad with hella having a hashtag that says 2004.  I wouldn’t sell him for fifty cents on the dollar, but I’d be interested to see if someone would give me 85 or 90 cents on the dollar.  Or if someone would give me the Euro exchange rate.  Why are they still making pennies?!  Tell me Yahoo! Answers!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Yovani Gallardo – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks. Now has 12 2/3 scoreless innings vs. the Red Sox and Braves.  Yoga may be used as a calming influence, but YoGa is the most stressful player to evaluate.  When he’s going well, I feel like he’s trying to get me to fall for the ol’ banana-in-the-tailpipe.  When he’s going poorly, I think he’s going to turn it around.  I’m going to let someone else with bigger groin-grapes than I pick him up and either reap his rewards or go down in a blaze.

Will Middlebrooks – Hits the DL with a strained calf.  Don’t know why I drafted him that night.  I had a feeling that something wasn’t right.  Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right, now I’m stuck with Middlebrooks and Colabello (replacement).

Rick Porcello – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Yeah, those terrible spring stats meant a whole lot.  Also, how about how well Mostsuckass hit in March?  Paying attention to spring stats is the real March Madness.

Chris Tillman – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. Justin Verlander (8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks).  I’m glad Tillman went against Verlander, and beat him, not simply because I own Tillman on multiple teams and not Verlander, but because…Well, actually that is the reason.

Torii Hunter – 1-for-4 with his third homer in as many games.  I mentioned this the other day for Haren, but I think it might apply for all vets, hitters included.  While they are still fresh in the beginning of the year, they seem to play better.  Maybe it’s confirmation bias, maybe I have no idea what confirmation bias is.  Is that cutting confirmation on a slant?

Jameson Taillon – Will undergo Tommy John surgery.  Or as they call it in Tommy John’s household, “Hey, we got another check for a nickel!”

Edinson Volquez – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners (1 BB), 4 Ks.  For his next trick, Ray Searage is going to convince the public John Travolta and Kelly Preston are really married.

Nate Eovaldi – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Pitched excellent until the final out of his day when he gave up a junky home run to Alexi Omarosa, who was doing it in honor of Michael Clarke Duncan.  R.I.P. M.C.D.  One love.  My Friday Buy still stands for Eovaldi.  That shizz was written with a little extra passion and multiple exclamation marks.

Ian Kennedy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  The Stream-o-Nator actually likes his next start vs. the Tigers better than yesterday’s vs. the Marlins because it’s at home and the Stream-o-Nator is smoking crack rock.

Sergio Santos – The other day he came in for the save, threw six pitches in the ninth and was lifted for Cecil.  Then on Saturday he went an inning and a third for the save.  *throws up hands*  And I’m not dancing.

Drew Hutchinson – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  I don’t wish ill on anyone (yet, but Ryan Zimmerman is headed that way), but I was kinda glad to see this start from Hutchison since I don’t own him anywhere and was sick of people asking about him.  Ask about Eovaldi!  We’re BFFs.

Melky Cabrera – 1-for-5 and his 3rd straight game with a home run.  Don’t worry, I double checked that that (stutterer!) info was from a site that Melky wasn’t the webmaster of.  Definitely would pick him up if he were available.  That’s right, I’m drinking my Melk.  He could be more than a hot schmotato due to his lineup position on a good offense.

Mark Teixeira – To the DL with a hamstring strain.  Has he been mentioned with steroids allegations at all?  Is me asking that question mentioning him?  Did he get crazy old, crazy fast and debilitated by injuries make him susceptible to me asking if he ever was mentioned with steroids allegations without actually alleging anything?  Would any of these non-exact allegations hold up in a court of law if being sued for defamation of character?  I got questions, y’all!

Brett Gardner – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam & legs.  Anyone who has followed Razzball for a minute (that’s an Urbandictionary minute, which is actually a long time) knows that I’m a big fan of Gardner.  This isn’t your slightly older brother’s Yankee lineup, but if Gardner stays atop it, he could be in for a nice season.

Chris Sale – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Sale on pitching, “Supply is up and demand is down.”  Oh, I didn’t mean that was what Chris Sale had to say about pitching.  I meant that’s what’s going on in the major leagues.  There’s a giant sale on pitching because there’s so much of it.

Alexei Ramirez – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and hitting .455 on the year as he hits 8th.  Scenario:  Alexei discovers a cure for cancer, Adam Dunn burps the Growing Pains theme song.  Robin Ventura ignores Alexei and makes a Vine video of Adam Dunn.

Conor Gillaspie – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting .429 on the year.  Alexei/Gillaspie is like DiMaggio/Williams in 1941 through the prism of a public urinal.

Yasiel Puig – Went for X-rays on his thumb but they came back negative.  He’s now headed for an MRI.  Is it me of does this cat go for an MRI every day?  I’m changing his nickname from uPig to hyPuigchondriac.

Matt Kemp – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and two home runs.  After a huge show on a nationally televised game, there’s not going to be many opportunities this good to sell him.  As I said on Friday, don’t sell him for two Tonka trucks and a case of the clap, but I’d be actively exploring options.

Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-4, 3 runs and two solo home runs.  When the Dodgers traded for Hanley two years ago, everyone was like, “Imagine what Hanley and Kemp can do together in that lineup.”  Only took about 200 games to find out.  Funny game this baseball.  Not haha funny unless we’re talking about Max Patkin, and he was more scary funny than funny funny.

Brandon Belt – 2-for-4 and his 4th home run.  Sign that it’s crazy early in the year:  Belt has the 2nd most home runs in baseball.

Scott Feldman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners (2 BBs), 1 K.  When a pitcher’s K/9 is lower than his xFIP, it’s not a buying opportunity.

Jason Castro – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run, and the only home run hit yesterday.  Or maybe it just feels that way.  Bring back steroids!  At least for Teixeira’s sake.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam and legs.  Jonathan’s good for SAGNOF, then you get steals.  That’s how to use Jonathan vs. then.

Jesus Guzman – 2-for-4 and his 2nd home run.  I’m seriously considering picking him up to replace Middlebrooks, then again I now have Colabello.  *sticks head in oven, reads from The Bell Jar*

Chad Qualls – 2/3 IP, 0 ER and the save.  Fields is still the primary option at closer.  At best, Qualls is in a timeshare with Josh Fields.  Hopefully you don’t need to go on a three hour tour of said timeshare while getting a hard sell just for two rolls of quarters.

Tyler Skaggs – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Astros.  Sorry, to qualify it with ‘vs. Astros,’ because I do like the CMA Award nominee Skaggs, own him in a few leagues, and would suggest the same for you.

Jered Weaver – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Your 50-year-old uncle who owns Jered Weaver and Sabathia keeps refreshing his fantasy team page, thinking there’s a mistake.

Howie Kendrick – 2-for-3, 1 run and 2 steals.  No joke, I think this is the first time he’s ever given more than one counting stat in one game.

Chris Colabello – 2-for-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs, hitting .391 and leading the AL in RBIs with 11.  Your Chris Shelton award goes to…Chris Colabello!  Or he stays hot.  Hopefully since he’s now replacing Middlebrooks on my team.  Have I mentioned that yet?  Five times?  Cool.  Colabello’s production last year in the minors shows he does have pop — excuse me, Cola — but he’s also way too old to be considered anything resembling a prospect.  Best case scenario, a Ryan Ludwick-type year.

Justin Masterson – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER vs. the Twins.  That’s the worst anyone’s looked with Twins since Macaulay Culkin was seen hanging out at the Olsen Twins’ SoHo apartment at three in the morning.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .375 on the year.  I’d be over the frickin’ moon if this guy starts hitting homers and stealing bases.  Over the frickin’ moon!  What?  It’s positive reinforcement.

David Murphy – 4-for-5, 1 RBI.  He’s a guy that tends to get hot for short periods of time and this is his first multi-hit game of the year, so there’s that.

Yan Gomes – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd home run.  I just picked him up and dropped Miguel Montero.  Damn, Bob Geldof, the Band-Aid is off and it’s gonna be real hard to stop picking this scab.

Cody Ross – Seven to 10 days away from returning.  If he were an explorer in the 1700’s, he’d be 120 miles away.  Depending on the shape of his horse.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th home run.  What does a happy Trumbone sound like?  That’s me right now.

Cliff Lee – 7 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Cliff Lee isn’t done after all.  Now, let’s see you start and end a sentence with an adverb.

Chase Utley – 1-for-3, 1 RBI, hitting .458 on the year and his 2nd home run on Saturday.  See what I said for Torii Hunter or 12 inches above.  Or fifteen inches above if you’re trying to impress a girl.

Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (3 BBs), 8 Ks.  Some BBs, some ERs, some Ks, some IPs.  Typical day for Alphabet Soup.

Carlos Villanueva – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  In the 6th, the Cubs turned to Schlitter before Villanueva went to pot.  Ironically.

Jose Veras – 2/3 IP, 2 ER with 4 walks as he channeled The Ghost of Carlos Marmol.  The Cubs fans really got into it too because they kept saying, “Boo.”

Ryan Kalish – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs as he continues to start in front of Junior Lake vs. righties.  I love a nosh as much as the next Jew, but Kalish is no Kipnis, and Junior should play.  Poor Lake, which only sounds like it would be a body of water near Detroit.

Taijuan Walker – Could return in a little over a week.  In related news, I could need my inseam taken out in little over a week.

Erasmo Ramirez – 4 IP, 5 ER.  The good thing about a flyer, they glide far away from your team when you throw them.  Too many great pitchers around to hold too tightly to anyone in shallower leagues, so I’d consider options if I owned Erasmo.

Sonny Gray – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Hey, my boy!  If you strikeout more guys next time, I won’t cut down your self-esteem in front of other family members.  What do you say, Sonny?

Yoenis Cespedes – 1-for-3 and his 1st home run.  He hit the homer off Medina, who is obviously is more concerned with managing J. Lo’s career than pitching.

Yu Darvish – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks as he returned from the DL.  Seemed like he didn’t miss a beat, and the Japanese sometimes are a little goofy on the dance floor.  Cust kayin’.

Alex Cobb – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Yu would return to face Cobb, right?  *sticks hands in pockets, kicks rock*  Super.

Doug Fister – Played catch with no issues.  Thankfully.  If he couldn’t play catch after playing baseball for the last 25 years of his life, I’d think he had the Memento man disease.

Ryan Zimmerman – On Saturday, a grounder was hit to him and he threw to first like Bill Bellamy, the coach for the 1998 Rock n Jock softball team, was in the crowd and Zimmerman was trying to impress Bill to hopefully replace Cindy Crawford.  To say I’m not surprised Zimmerman’s shoulder is hurt is an understatement like saying it’s probably not a good idea to have state-run daycare program operate out of a prison.  “Today, Floyd taught your kid how to open a lock with a sharpened toothbrush.”  Zimmerman pinch-hit yesterday so he’s probably not gonna need a DL stint.  The bad news, how is he going to hit if his shoulder isn’t strong enough to throw to first.  Bring on the cortisone!

Bryce Harper – Took a day off to clear his head.  He needs a whole day for that?  He seems to have the attention span of my dog.  Toss Harper a tennis ball and his head will be clear.

Taylor Jordan – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Seriously, if you can’t find six starters for your fantasy team, you need to start considering a different pastime’s pastime.

Ian Desmond – 1-for-3 and his 2nd home run.  Of course with Zimmerman and Harper out of the lineup, Matt Williams didn’t move Desmond up, but put Kevin Frandsen in the two hole.  Matt Williams:  Where Brain Cells Think It’s Spelled Brian Cells.

Alex Wood – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Wish I drafted him on every team.  Oh, wait, I did.

Bobby Parnell – Will undergo Tommy John surgery.  Hey, that’s a dime for Tommy John!

Jon Niese – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks as he returned from the DL.  Niese is always a tough matchup in day games due to the long, hook-shaped shadows near the mound.

Billy Hamilton – In the preseason, when I had his projected ABs down for 350, people kept commenting that he had the full-time job, wasn’t I gonna up his projected ABs?  And I was like, “No.”  And they were like, “You dumb.”  And I was like, “…”  And they were like, “What does dot dot dot mean?”  And I was like, “Dot dot dot.”  And they were like, “I wish Matthew Berry wouldn’t quit fantasy baseball, he’s my favorite Fantasy Sports Writer Association Lifetime Achievement award winner.  Best speech since Halle Berry at the Oscars.”  Any the hoo!  Hamilton’s due back on Monday.

J.J. Hoover – 0 IP, 4 ER on Saturday when he came in for the save.  That proves one thing, Broxton’s voodoo doll works.

Alfredo Simon – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Mets.  Alfredo Simon is just murder vs. righties.  And lefties.

Manny Parra – Recorded the two-inning save.  Due to Hoover sucking, the Reds let Parra clean up.  I doubt the Reds go back to Parra, and, if they do, they’ll choose a better way to ask him because after the game Manny walked around for two hours repeating the manager’s last line to him, “Parra, wanna crack at it?”

  1. frankgrimes says:
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    even tho all my teams are off to a horrible start
    in every possible way
    I’m so glad I have these to make me laugh
    oh and Guinness

  2. Party Boy John says:
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    Why hasn’t someone who matters told Williams to stop screwing around with the lineup? Reminds me of Francis from Pee Wee’s big adventure… he can’t possibly bat des 7th the whole year right?

      • Party Boy John says:
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        @Grey: grey where do you put rizzo in the food chain right now. I have crush Davis and Jose abreu for 1b/ci and rizzo for utility. Do you like starting him above a melky or khris Davis? I know you think his upside is massive, but is he a must start?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not a must start, I’d look at the Hitter-Tron

          • Party Boy John says:
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            @Grey: thx playboy

  3. Deck says:
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    Hanley/Beltran or Segura and Kemp?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deck: It’s fair, tough call, probably lean Hanley

      • Deck says:
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        @Grey: I am the one thinking of proposing this as I have Kemp Segura. I am light on speed with my only big time threats being Segura and Rios, just looking to sell high on Kemp. Worth proposing or look for a better deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Look for something better…. BTW, loving the honeydew and plum, great vape flavors, thanks again!

          • Deck says:
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            @Grey: Good to hear! Have you tried the new system? You had told me in the past you were using a basic kit so I wanted to see what you thought about the more powerful battery.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup! Using it now…. It’s great! I know the first number is for how heat it burns, but what’s the other number for? It’s a much higher number, like an 8 or something… (Yeah, I could read the directions)

              • Deck says:
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                @Grey: The smaller number is voltage and the larger number is wattage. Basically just two different modes since some batteries will run on voltage and some on wattage. Since you have been used to voltage just set it to the setting you like on that. Hold down the bottom button to set it to volts and adjust the strength(fyi the number that pops up first will be the number of times you have puffed on it since you turned it on). If you press both buttons it will read the resistance of your device which will read “Rx.x” followed by your battery life. Complicated but when you get used to it it is pretty straightforward.

                Also the batter can be used to charge your cell phone.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Cool! What does resistance of my device mean?

                  • Deck says:
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                    @Grey: It measures the ohms of your coilhead/tank. Higher ohms settings will allow you to set your e-cigarette at higher voltage levels to produce more vapor. When you buy your atomizer/coil/wick replacements you are able to choose the level of ohms resistance. If you have a weaker non-variable voltage ecigarette battery you want lower ohms but if you have a higher end battery like the MVP 2.0 you have you want a higher level of resistance so that the coil can handle a higher voltage setting, which will produce a better overall vape. Standard resistance coils will have between a 2.2-2.8 ohms rating and these are what will work better with the MVP.

                    • Deck says:
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                      @Deck: The resistance specifically refers to the measure of electrical resistance or how freely electricity is able to travel through something. This is measured with ohms.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Awesome! Thanks, Deck!

  4. [will work for saves] says:
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    Melky! Proud of you grey…

  5. Merk+the+Jerk says:
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    Grey, I nearly descended into madness wondering if anyone in my league would scoop Colabello while I waited for a new week and a new ration of crack… I mean free-agent pickups… because Colabello was tearing up Cleveland all weekend… and the first week of the season was 16 days! Anyway I made friends with a volleyball and no one took ol’ Cola and then I read your write up on my prize and you’re saying he could be… Ryan Ludwick? To clarify, do you mean the ’08 model or did I buy the 2011 lemon?

  6. Ben says:
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    someone dropped Clay Bucholz in my league. 12 team 5×5. Drop Middlebrooks and stash him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Sure

  7. IW-Dave says:
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    Now that Teixeira is on the DL (again) What is your opinion on Yangervis Solarte ? 8 for 15, 3runs & 5rb’s this week. With Johnson filling in at first base Solarte is supposed to see more playing time at third.

      • ElBoss says:
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        @Grey: He did hit .320 a couple times in the minors, looks like he just takes time to get adjusted. He’s on the Yankees and his wife is hot!!! He’s got to make something of himself.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You say his wife is hot without a link? For shame, ElBoss…

        • ElBoss says:
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          @ElBoss: what if he turned out to be this year’s Matt carpenter, wouldn’t that be exciting!!!!

            • ElBoss says:
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              @ElBoss: I haven’t picked him up yet, but trying to change your mind about him cuz you always gotta have Greys approval on players. I am also a little confused on erasmo ramirez, you seemed high on him on friday, but not so much today…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Erasmo looked pretty junky this weekend, in 12 team leagues, you can find other guys… In deeper leagues, you wait and see…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice…Really nice!

              • ElBoss says:
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                @Grey: thanks grey, your the man!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

            • Bertchr22 says:
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              @ElBoss: hot is an understatement. I just picked him up in every league and I’m now following his wife waiting to hear about their divorce and hoping for a nip slip pic.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      2 additional times , since above post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @costaricanchata: I don’t see it, so you have to tell me where it is on the page

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        it’s invisible .

  8. Troy says:
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    I no you said but mcgehee but wanted to ask what you actually think of him for a season? Reasonable own in a deep 12 team? Thanks grey good stuff as always. And here’s to a colabello season long hot streak!! Lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: Reasonable for now

      • Troy says:
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        @Grey: what are your thoughts on Ian Kennedy and James Paxton? Was offered both for tommy hunter. Not very high on hunter and it’s a deep h2h 12 team where most teams have 9+ starters. I like them more then anything on free agent pool and considering it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Hunter

  9. guy with 2 good thumbs says:
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    @ Grey :

    guess who’s happy that he didn’t
    waste high draft picks on braun and puig ?

  10. costaricanchata says:
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    ” … from uPig to hyPuigchondriac. ”
    pretty clever .
    glad to see that you haven’t lost your sense of humor .

    but , seriously ,
    does puig remind you of another high-caliber player
    who couldn’t get out of his own damn way ?

    (hint —>) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Bradley_%28baseball%29

  11. Funstonofalcoholism says:
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    Ur losing me…guess that’s what happens when cougars are involved

  12. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey, great post as usual.

    Im wondering if dropping cody asche for almonte is a good move in a h2h category league with obp.

    My lineup
    yan gomes
    Freeman
    Gyorko
    Asdrubal cabrera
    Miggy
    Josh donaldson
    Brad miller
    Harper
    Myers
    DBrown
    aJax
    Aoki
    asche

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: It’s fair

  13. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Oddly enough I didn’t draft Cliff Lee because he pitches poorly.

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Slim: No comment on my sentence starting and ending in an adverb? It took way too long to come up with one.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Slim: I liked it, thought it was better than mine actually.

  14. Nyjacobs says:
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    Grey – Drop lindstrom ? What about erasmo hold or drop?

    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nyjacobs: He told you what to do about Erasmo above.

  15. Bbnr says:
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    Better waiver pickup Skaggs or eovaldi? I’d be likely dropping sabathia.

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Bbnr: Eovaldi

  16. The Strolg says:
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    When we were in high school and drank Schaefer beer (a weekender cost $6!), we woke up with the Schaefs. If you drink too much Schlitz beer, when you wake up do you have to go to the Schlitter?

    • Big Al says:
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      @The Strolg: You a Jersey boy ? Schaefer beer was my favorite when I was a right coaster.

  17. Night pandas says:
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    Offered A Jones for Braun in a keeper…..gotta do it right?

    • Ty Wiggington says:
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      @Night pandas: Yes. ESPECIALLY if it’s a batting average league.

    • Big Al says:
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      @Night pandas: You really need to ask ? Do it before he changes his mind.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Night pandas:

      I’d do that. I think Jones is the definition of “85, 90 cents on the dollar” of Braun.

    • Big W says:
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      @Night pandas: Grey has Jones ranked 5th overall and Braun didn’t crack the top 10… I think it’s obvious what Grey would tell you to do…

      • Night pandas says:
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        @Big W: thanks guys, Jones slow start was the only thing holding me back

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          no@Night pandas: no, getting Jones is likely getting $1.18 cents on dollar, and that was BEFORE thumb thing (at this stage of their careers anyway, for keeper)

  18. Yescheese says:
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    Awesome!

    It’s probably too late but razzies keep your monocles on SAGNOF Ben revere…

  19. Fish says:
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    I need a space to vent…

    F*% Matt Kemp. After dealing with two years of hell from him, I finally get the balls to trade him in my keeper league (for a decent price), then he’s traded around the league like he’s hot garbage – accurate description – and ends up on my rival for Week 1. And then Sunday night happens. I was ready to take a 6-7 loss and move on to Week 2 and instead walked away with a 3-10 loss thanks to Kemp.

    Asshole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: I hear ya

    • BTD says:
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      @Fish: Classic! Next he’ll be traded to the team that mathematically eliminates you from the playoffs…

      • Fish says:
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        @BTD:

        I got a new game. Remember those Chuck Norris jokes that made him into a mythical figure (i.e. When Alexander Bell invented the telephone he had 3 missed calls from Chuck Norris)?

        I think we create a feature doing the exact opposite with Matt Kemp. For starters:
        – Matt Kemp cried during The Notebook.
        – FDR once beat Matt Kemp in a foot race.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  20. The Red Cyclones says:
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    So, I benched Matt Kemp yesterday. Is the lesson learned to never bench him as long as he can walk?

    • The Red Cyclones says:
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      @The Red Cyclones: And for an actual question:

      Drop Almonte, grab Melky? 12 team 6×6 roto, walks count for batters. This would be my bench spot.

  21. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    Great rundown! Who you like: Pineda or Tillman? Broxton or Santos? Coke or Pepsi?

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @Battle of the Sleepers: Tillman and I think grey said he’s staying away from the jays closer situation and picked up broxton…. Dr Pepper

  22. Jon says:
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    In a two catcher league, I have Castro (love) and d’Arnaud (hate). Lose the hate for any one of the following: Suzuki, Flowers, Pinto, Grandal or Norris? Thanks

    • Big Al says:
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      @Jon:
      Grandal. Just coming off DL….Power and should hit for a decent average…

  23. Big League Choo says:
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    12 man League with TBs and BBs, no Hrs

    I give Holliday/Morneau/Gordon for Napoli and Harper

    My MI is solid with Segura/Rendon/Owings, and gordon is only useful in 1 category

  24. Jake says:
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    Too many injuries. Which 3b do I keep? I have machado, Middlebrooks, and mostsuckass. Currently I slid carpenter over to 3rd and starting Rendon at 2b.

    • Night pandas says:
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      @Jake: Machado

  25. Prettaaaay Prettaaaay, Prettay Good says:
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    At what point do you think the Toronto coaching staff will give Brett Lawrie the “swing adjustments” (PED’s) they gave to Bautista and Encarnacion to turn them from pedestrian infielders into 40+ HR threats?

    Until then, is he droppable in a 14 team mixed league (Yahoo format w/ no CI spots)?

    My trigger finger is so itchy after a disappointing first week. I need someone to keep me from doing something rash.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Prettaaaay Prettaaaay, Prettay Good:

      This time last year, John Buck was on his way to winning the MVP. Don’t overreact and do something you’ll regret later.

      You’ll be able to tell when they give him the butt injections – he’ll be playing without regard to his health, safety, or even his life. That should come soon.

  26. Jamiehov says:
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    hahah on Bellamy. Didn’t he typically coach against Cortese? I usually pulled for whatever team Roger Mcdowell and his clown wig was not on.

    I think you’re selling the Friday Buy on Eovaldi a tad short. Less than 1 whip and 8 k’s was fantastic. Glad I grabbed him!

  27. Exile in Dixie says:
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    So how worried about Zimmerman should one be? Wait and see because one’s drunken surrogate bought him so now one is invested? Or rip the band aid off, pick up Lorenzo Cain, and never look back?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Exile in Dixie:

      Heard yesterday where he said his shoulder was worse now than it’s ever been before. Considering how many games he’s missed because of it in the past, I’m passed concerned. I’d be in full on “find a long term replacement” mode.

      • Exile in Dixie says:
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        @Hawk: Blarg. Ballplayers + self-professed worst pain ever money well spent, then. Sigh.

  28. The Strolg says:
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    Consistently teased as a child for the middle name Indubitub, Cliff lashed out at the other kids both inventively and ingeniously.

  29. Frank White says:
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    What’s up Grey.. Who would you rather have, Broxton or Valverde as your closer??

    • Night pandas says:
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      @Frank White: Poopie Grande

      • Frank White says:
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        thnx

  30. JK Smiles says:
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    Some schmohawk in my points league dropped J. Upton after his slow start, and I copped him off waivers. Looking to flip him now, as my outfield is pretty stacked as is. Granted his value is on the low end at the moment, having just come off waivers.

    Would Wheeler or Ryu being asking too little? Teheran or Cobb too much?

    • Hunter says:
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      @JK Smiles:

      You’re not getting squat if someone just dropped him and you scooped him off the waiver wire. Sorry, it’s human nature. They’re going to be like, “You just got him for free, why should I pay XYZ?”

      Better option: keep Upton, sell another member of your outfield. If you won’t do that (though it does say something if you refuse to keep Upton-why should people pay for a guy you don’t even want on your team?) at least keep him until he has a hot week or two.

  31. Grey recently my job decided no effing hear buds at work. So I will no longer be able to listen to the podcast at my convenience which really sucks. Other thoughts I have Kluber picking up the back end of my rotation, and bcuz of injuries I don’t have enough roster space to stream like I would like. If he bombs should I cut him to make room for streaming our hang tight. I know a lot of people where high on him as a sleeper but his numbers from last year weren’t great. Your thoughts. And should I tell my wife I’m quitting my job so I can find time for the podcast.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dnut eastwood: Ha, yes! Kluber last year was solid, I’m concerned about him, we’ll see with his easy matchup this week how he does

  32. MarkM says:
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    Grey!

    Obviously Belt can’t keep up this pace, but I own him and Albert on multiple teams. Do you think Belt finishes the year as a better 1B than Albert?

  33. Green monster! says:
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    Hey grey, could you view my starting lineup I’m in a weekly H2h league (will lock for the week at the afternoon game today)

    Catcher- Salvador Perez

    1b- goldschmindt

    2b- pedroia

    3b- David wright

    SS- Andrelton Simmons

    IF- Eric Hosmer

    OF- Bryce Harper

    OF- Matt Holliday

    OF- hunter pence

    OF- Martin prado

    DH- Carlos Santana

    Utility- Nolan arenado

    Bench- , Yelich, Alexi Ramirez Victorino (DL)

    Would you drop a- Ramirez for either jimmy Rollins, brad miller or Chris owings & start one of them over Simmons?

    Pitchers:

    SP: Strasberg

    SP: Bumgarner

    SP: geritt cole

    RP: Papelbon

    RP: Tyson Ross (is SP/RP eligible)

    Bench: tanaka, zach wheeler

    For the second RP slot do you like ross over a few of these who are SP/RP
    Tanner Roark, Bruce Chen, Garrett Richards, Alex wood, joe Kelly, Dallas keuchel, Roberto Hernandez

    Thanks for the insight grey

    • Cram It says:
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      @Green monster!: Please supply your login and password and you won’t have to go through this annoying managing thing every week.

      • Green monster! says:
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        @Cram It:

        Nah I’m good, was just looking for insight on the roster I set up & players to add.

    • Bertchr22 says:
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      @Green monster!: hey dood. Your 1st question was not answered. Your league mates are idiots if wood is available. So id grab him over Ross in a hot minute and I would dump alexia for brad miller and start miller over Simmons.

  34. SpottieOttieDopaliscious says:
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    Trying to figure out what to do with 3B in my H2H points league… I’ve got Headley with Johnson, Mostsuckass & Asche out there on the wire. Which of these turd sandwiches is the most palatable?

  35. Phil says:
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    Is Simon a good pickup?

  36. dude says:
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    Who to start as my 4th OF this week – Folwer or A. Garcia?

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @dude: Fowler just got out of the hospital, so I’d say the other guy.

    • Hawk says:
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      @dude:

      Check the schedules. Garcia’s got a series in Coors Field. I added him on every team I could.

  37. Oppo Taco says:
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    hey grey i asked you about this trade last night and you said it was fair for me, i give brad miller and i get yadier molina. I was also offered lucroy for my victor martinez. Avg is my worst cat at the moment and while Vmart is blah he should be good for a 300 avg. what deal would you prefer? Thanks
    c – aj pierzynski
    1b- goldy
    2b – hill
    3b – gyorko
    ss – segura
    of – mccutch
    of – j up (Down)
    of – Joey bats
    util – rizzo
    util – Vmart
    bench – brad miller, buxton, bonafacio

  38. Nico

    Nico says:
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    Hey Grey! I’m lost on Segura. My league has weekly lineup changes, which is awful based on how my season has gone w/ injuries/rainouts, but I’m going to swap Alexei in for him per Nick the Podcast hosts’ suggestion.. How are you feeling about Segura’s shoulder, and do you think him sitting out for “day’s of rest” is going to be something Roenicke does regularly as the season progresses?

    • stonepie says:
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      @Nico: i wish he started the season on DL and got this out of the way. rested twice in the first week already

      • Nico

        Nico says:
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        @stonepie: Yeah, I know.. Kills me inside for my weekly league..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: I agree with stonepie

  39. Kyle says:
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    Anyone I should target when attempting to trade Braun? Prefer OFers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kyle: A top 15 OF

  40. in last place in 8 leagues says:
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    Hope things pick up…my razz picks are not hitting…still early?

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @in last place in 8 leagues: Same here. Yes, early. Probably a bunch of razzballers with crap numbers. Had 4 hrs in one league and got crushed. Not much better in the others. Across the board losses. On to next week.

      • Party Boy John says:
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        @Grey: hahaha

    • Hawk says:
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      @in last place in 8 leagues:

      How early is it?

      By the end of the season, the end of April – still three weeks from now – will be considered “early” in the season.

  41. Jon says:
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    Drop Veras for Qualls, Allen, Kintzler, Parra, Strop, McGee, Putz, Tazawa, Wade Davis, Farquhar, R Webb or D Webb?

    Saves would be great, but Ks and ratios will be good enough. 5×5 H2H. I also have Jansen, Santos, Melancon and Broxton in 4 of my 5 RP slots, and I’m okay with holding Veras if there’s not an obviously better option.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Hold

  42. Sniff Test says:
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    What are your thoughts on Odorizzi after his debut on Friday? I’m mulling over having to drop Peavy, Sabathia, Odorizzi or Erasmo one day soon.

  43. Jon says:
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    Santiago was dropped. Like him over Peavy, Peralta or Delgado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Over Delgado

  44. Joeg414 says:
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    Please help. my bullpen is a mess. I drafted Henderson, Axford and Hunter. I picked up Hoover and Lindstrom. So you see have some issues. These are the free agents that are out there: Storen, Chris Perez, C.Withrow, Stammen, Casilla,J. Smith, R.Cook and J.Machi. Looking for the best two.I would love some Saves(we Don’t count Holds), but just looking for the best Whips,K’s and Era.
    Deep daily mixed 6×6 roto

  45. natural says:
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    Hey grey, trying to get some cheap power from an OF spot where i can either play curtis granderson or josh reddick this week. Hitter tron likes reddick better but hes done nothing. Which would you go with?

  46. Q says:
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    Pick 2 to start this week:

    Greinke @ AZ
    Liriano @ MIL
    G Cole @ CHC

    SON kinda hates Cole, which I don’t get. He’s pitching at the Cubs, who are awful. And (SSS ALERT!!!!), he is 2-0 vs. Cubs with a 2.08 ERA, whereas Greinke has a 5.32 vs AZ and Liriano is 4.44 against MIL.

    thanks grey!

    SON also loves Scheppers, who has 2 starts. But I’m right not to trust him, right?

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Q: I noticed that about Cole too. Maybe it is something to do wtih playing in Wrigley, but he is a ground ball pitcher anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Not Liriano

  47. Stephen says:
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    Hi Gray,

    Was hoping you could shed some light on my hitting this year. 12 team mixed, with keepers which result in some inflation (20%?). I feel I am short on SB, but the rest should be really strong?

    Ramos
    J. Castro
    Votto
    Lawrie
    Fielder
    Kinsler
    Tulo
    Miller
    Holiday
    Martin
    Bradley
    Fowler
    Bourjous
    Rizzo

    Thanks for any advice… first week was horrible!

    Stephen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stephen: It’s early, I wouldn’t own Bradley though

  48. Jon says:
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    Blackmon, Ozuna, Almonte, LoCain or Bourjos over Venable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Cain

  49. Corey says:
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    Grey, playing a guy this week who punts saves and stacks starting pitching (most of them K-men). Rather than crossing my fingers and hoping I can at least compete in Wins and Quality Starts, I’d like to (…cross my fingers) and focus on ERA and WHIP by benching all but my best SPs and letting my RPs push me to our minimum 24 IP limit.

    I’ll start Lee and Fernandez for sure. With the intent of keeping ERA and WHIP down, would you start Santana or Shields this week?

    • Corey says:
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      @Corey: Wheeler also an option if you believe those silly Yahoo matchup ratings (Braves .200 in 50 AB vs Wheeler last yr). I’ll have Pineda sit out this week.

  50. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Got a donut in saves first week in NFBC 12-team start 9 pitchers roto league. Pitchers are set weekly. Missed out on Poopie Grande by a buck, but did get Fields, Bastardo, and Daniel Webb (wasn’t going to break bank for Lindstrom and glad I didn’t). Using 6 out of 9 slots for starters Sale, Stras, Gray, Cashner, Samardzija, Archer. Quintana benched this week cuz’ Coors and always possibility of Sunday start being pushed back cuz’ of random rainouts. Frieri and Fields are going in next two slots. For last slot, do I start Cody Allen (2 wins on bench last week not that it means much) or go Bastardo or Webb?

    Also, league is 2-catchers. I have Avila and dropped Iannetta for Grandal for $10. I figured team that lost Ramos would be bidding at least $15 on him/Pinto/Suzuki but ended up getting Tyler Flowers. Was this a good catcher scab to scratch or am I probably gonna end up picking Iannetta up again next week?

    • Operation Mindcrime says:
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      @Operation Mindcrime:

      Also got Ethier question. We start 5 OF in this same league. Ethier was gonna be a drop, but all he’s done is hit this year and Puig banged up and Crawford is Crawford. NFBC sets pitchers weekly, but batters can be switched out on Fridays. Heyward always starts, same with Revere to a lesser degree, De Aza has 3 at Coors in next 3 days, and Chris Carter also has 4 games in next 4 plus he’s a set-it-and-forget type. For my 5th spot till Thursday, do I go 2 games of Ethier vs. Detroit or 3 of Yelich at Nationals? Should Ethier be starting some weeks over De Aza or Yelich?

  51. scottsteelers says:
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    My pitching staff is J Fernandez, Cain, masterson, bucholz, c morton, tommy Malone DL latos….. after the sat/sun showings from cain, Bucholz, masterson im pretty worried. Should I start trying to make trades or leave em alone for a little? Was gonna drop milobe for nicasio

    • scottsteelers says:
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      @scottsteelers: should I also make a trade for a better SP? or leave it be? Thanks

  52. ashtray says:
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    Mornin’

    Drop Arcia for any of these doods:
    Melky
    Blackmon
    LaRoche
    Morse
    Owings
    McGehee
    Almonte

    League counts OBP and Ks

    Thanks

  53. Lemmingness says:
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    Weekly points league, I have to bench either Phillips or Smoak. Who should I start?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Lemmingness: Who has better matchups?

      • Lemmingness says:
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        @Cram It: Phillips @StL against Wacha, Lynn, Miller, against Price, Cobb, Archer

        Smoak against Santiago, Richards, Gray, Kazmir, Straily

        It would look to me that Phillips has the harder pitchers to face, but also an extra game over Smoak. Go with Phillips?

  54. Ron says:
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    A. Soriano looks like hot smoldering GARBAGE right now! What is a concerned owner to do? I’m in a 12 team Roto OBP league.

    1) Should I wait it out or drop him for one of these guys – Blackmon, K. Davis, Morse, Cain, Kubel, R. Davis?

    2) In other non-related news, who you rather own for combined Saves/Holds – Henderson, Veras, Melancon, Broxton or Valverde?

    Thanks.!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: 1. Hold 2. Melancon

  55. ken says:
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    wanted your take grey…. my ryan Zimmerman for anibel sanchez and muchado? have Longo at 3rd and can move Napoli from utility to corner. My pitching . madbum, cobb, archer, Ventura… then I have Latos, Minor, Fister 5 x5 strd Keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ken: Anibal side

  56. Clint says:
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    I know Roto mantra’s not to do anything drastic with your team until a month or so goes by but what about H2H leagues? I’m currently in 5th place at 0-1, in an 8 team mixed H2H points keeper league (we keep 10) so the free agency pool’s deep but being a newbie, the opponents I’m facing are stacked. Scoring appears slanted toward pitching per below:

    Batting: Runs (2pts), Hits (0.5pt), HR’s (5pts), RBI’s (2pts), SB’s (2pts), Walks (0.5pt), K’s (-1pt)

    Pitching: IP (1pt), W’s (4pts), L’s (-2pts), Saves (7pts), ER’s (-0.5pt), K’s (2pts), Holds (4pts)

    Any changes I should make to this roster?
    C: Rosario
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Kinsler
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Segura
    OF: Rios, Myers, Marte
    Utilities: Hosmer, A. Gordon, Freeman
    Bench: B. Miller
    SP’s: Masterson, Cobb
    RP’s: Axford, Street
    P’s: Ventura, Kazmir, Gray, Porcello
    Bench: Liriano, Teheran, Wheeler, A. Sanchez, K-Rod
    DL: T. Walker, C. Janssen
    NA (prospects): Taveras, Springer

    I can go through who’s available but suffice to say, wire’s deep in both hitting and pitching including both starters & lower tier closers.

    • Grey

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      @Clint: NO idea who’s available so tough to say, prolly can do better than Wheeler

  57. Pager24 says:
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    is it ok for me to drop melancon? i’m pretty desperate for saves and was stashing just in case of a Grilli injury- I’m needing a streamer spot. the way my season has started i would drop him today and tomorrow Grilli would need tommy john (15 cents) and would lose him to waivers! ha

    Also, Pedro Strop would be a priority grab at this point right? seeing as Veras sucks donkey balls!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pager24: Ha, I’d grab Strop

  58. Ron says:
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    Group A is my current staff in a 12 team Roto league. Group B is available on the wire. See any improvements I should make to my staff?

    A: Porcello, Gio, Tehran, Cingrani, E. Santana, Rodney(RP), Henderson (RP)

    B: Dickey, Wilson, Lackey, Tillman, Estrada, Kazmir, Paxton, T. Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Hold

  59. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    I benched Tillman for his two awesome starts. When I start him next time I feel he is going to take a dump all over my ratios. Preemptive apologies, fellow Tillman owners.

  60. Don O. says:
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    Loved that Masterson blurb Grey!

    ROS, 12-team roto: Bonifacio or Blackmon?

    I like the steals Bonifacio provides but a full time COL OF is enticing (already have Cuddyer)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don O.: Thanks! Bonifacio

  61. JDW says:
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    Had been juggling Middlebrooks and Arenado at UTIL while Alvarez covers third. Benched M-Brooks and started Arenado on Friday – Middlebrooks hits the HR. CRAP!

    So, switch ‘em up. M-Brooks starting, Arenado on the bench. Didn’t hear M-Brooks start was scratched so didn’t move Arenado from the bench where he hit 2HRs. DOUBLE CRAP!

    Missed out on 3HRs from two guys that hadn’t done anything. At least now with M-Brooks hitting the DL I don’t have to juggle anymore. I suck at juggling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: Sonavabench!

      • JDW says:
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        @Grey: Hahaha – perfect!

        • Nick says:
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          @JDW: No, that’s actually a term in the Razzball Glossary. Look it up!

  62. Mike says:
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    10 team standard
    Would u drop Fowler for melky Cabrera,C Blackmaon,bonifacio,or dee Gordon.?
    Have him in utility position….already sick/ hurt and missing games
    Thanks!

  63. Ron says:
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    This is my first year in a points league and I don’t think I really get what the best strategy is for pitching. Here is the points breakdown…

    Wins (6), Saves (4), Earned Runs (-1), K’s (1), Holds (1), Quality Starts(1), Blown Saves (-2)

    My staff is:
    SP: Cobb, Gray, Sheilds, Masterson, Liriano, Procello
    RP: Balfour, Frieri, Veras, Valverde

    On the wire is:
    Kazmir, Gallardo, Skaggs, Broxton, Erasmo, Estrada, Kennedy

    See any improvements I should make based on the format and point values?

    • Grey

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      @Ron: I’d hold for now

    • Ron says:
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      @Ron: Part of what I’m wondering is if I should drop 1-2 low end RP’s for more upside SP’s. Basically I’m confused and need you guidance.

  64. ChiliDavisConCarne says:
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    Grey,
    league has 2 util positions, 1 of which I have occupied by Freeman. was offered Kershaw for Freeman and Rodney. thoughts on whether it’s a good deal and or when kershaw might be back/ how effective he might be? cashner had the same bit last year, and it seemed to linger…

  65. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In a 12 team H2H 6×6 (OPS) league w/ 6 moves/wk, I had planned to platoon Venable with Moss for my last OF slot, and to stream SP with a bench slot. Then the closepocalypse happened and now I’m carrying Soria, Axford, Santos, K-Rod and Broxton (all of whom I probably need at least for this week) and I no longer have a bench spot to stream. With schmotatoes like Blackmon, Pagan, Colabello, Melky and Ozuna available, should I just use the Venable spot to stream SP and pick up an OF when I need to, or is he too valuable to dump despite his slow start?

  66. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Brilliant commentary once again.

    I had the misfortune of Masterson blowing ERA & WHIP for me. Fantastic.

    Utley’s renaissance for a week makes me need a new inseam. (Fantasy love of the past)

  67. Eddy says:
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    We staying away from MIN for a few days? First Carrasco then Masterson. They’re ruining all my SP!

    I’d like to pick up Jesse Chavez but now I’m thinking twice about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: I’d grab him in some leagues

  68. Andrew says:
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    So someone dropped J. Donaldson in my 12-team, 12 keeper H2H points league. I have top waiver priority right now. FMy Roster is as follows:

    C. Posey
    1B Freeman
    2b Dozier
    3b Sandoval
    SS Miller
    OF Braun, Harper, Moss
    Bench: Khris Davis, Yelich, Moustakas, S. Castro

    Is Donaldson worth my top waiver claim?

    Thanks!

    • Andrew says:
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      @Andrew: IF so…who do I drop? Moose?

  69. Frank White says:
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    Sup Man.. Would you trade Homer Bailey and Matt Moore for Tanaka and Fister??

  70. Aaron says:
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    Grey,

    Which two do you prefer going forward: Corey Kluber, Ivan Nova, or Erasmo Ramirez?

  71. baron says:
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    Grey, which would you want going forward:
    Ryan Braun or Jose Reyes?

  72. All That Glitters is Goldschmidt says:
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    Thanks as always for the great early season wire help Grey. I have a prospect conundrum that’s driving me a bit insane….shallow 12 team mixed keeper league with 8 start max a week, 50 regular FA acquisition limit, and OPS instead of AVG.

    I’m carrying 3 closers, 5 starters (JoFer, Liriano, Gallardo, Salazar, Kluber). B/c of acquisition limit, streaming is more difficult than usual.

    3 OF/UTIL slots are Trout and some mix of Werth, Pence, Alex Gordon, Marcel Ozuna.

    And then Starlin Castro and Brad Miller on my bench. I realize that’s insane but they were there so late I couldn’t help myself. Considering dropping Starlin (Andrus is my starting SS).

    If I pick up Kris Bryant, I can keep him next year with my last round pick, and two more years at 19th and 17th round cost. What I can’t decide is at what point that upside at such a weak position is worth handcuffing my ability to make moves in such a shallow league. If I make that move now, who would I even lose next when I need a spot start? My Cubs fandome heightens the need for a second opinion. The thought of someone else owning him for 3 years is making me think crazy thoughts (such as: Do I really need Alex Gordon in an OPS league?).

    Apologies for the novel…if you do find time to respond, thanks in advance!

  73. Timmmmay says:
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    Hey I dropped profar (he’s on dl) kersaw is taking up my DL slot & had profar at DH, it’s extremely thin @ DH on the wire, who do you like at this meh lineup ; Raul ibanez, Josh willingham or Mark Reynolds just for this week, I have a feeling I’ll be streaming a lot here.

    Also have Jose Reyes on DL but I’m lucky I have segura to move Reyes to bench & segura to SS (segura was at utility). Utility going between Matt Adams , Daniel nava,

    Drop any of these OF’s- Dom brown, jay Bruce, nava, soriano, rios., I also have Starlin Castro, I put up a trade post in the message board for one of my SS’s but no bites yet, I’m more inclined to drop soriano & nava to add leonys Martin, and melky Cabrera

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Timmmmay: Just stream… Go by Hitter Tron… Willingham or Reynolds based on HItter Tron… Why would you drop any of these OFs?

  74. Dan says:
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    What do you see from Craig Gentry with his return? Will be he starting? Worth a flier in a shallow AL Only league over guys like Grossman? Or a bench stash for a team with no offensive depth who would have to cut a guy like Robbie Ross?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: I’d start Grossman, Gentry is bench stash

  75. dude says:
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    Final SP spot for the week – Porcello @ SD or Gee @LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dude: Porcello

  76. Pig Bapi says:
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    As promised, here is my pitching lineup question:

    Could you help me pick 5:

    Currently Starting –
    Julio Teheran
    Jeff Samardzija
    Michael Wacha
    Sonny Gray
    Alex Wood

    Current Bench
    Jered Weaver
    Shelby Miller
    Rick Porcello

    Should I leave this, or make a shift? My humble thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pig Bapi: Looks fine as you have it

  77. Swfcdan says:
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    Cliff Lee – 7 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks. Cliff Lee isn’t done after all. Now, let’s see you start and end a sentence with an adverb.

    Cliff Lee is back to form quickly. See, easy!

    Still holding Veras over Strop, just bench for now? And who would you start in a weekly McGeehe/Headley and Wily/CC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Ha, nice…. Hold Veras, McGehee, Wily

      • mark says:
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        @Grey:

        Is Fujikawa worth stashing on the DL given the volatility of the Cubs’ closer situation?
        He cold come back and take it maybe?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you have room, sure

  78. AdamH says:
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    I watched Gallardo. Besides the outcome, his stuff really wasn’t all that impressive.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH: Yeah, I hear that

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: scott Feldman itus, it’s going around.

  79. Game of Throws says:
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    Grey, these write ups make the monotonous and unbearable fantasy baseball season fun again. Oh wait, I don’t have to play fantasy baseball? I choose to have multiple teams every year? And I love it? Well, these write ups make the already totally enjoyable fantasy season even more fun, when there are no games on.

  80. Derrick says:
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    Longoria and Marte for Seager and A. jones.

    Which side?

  81. Steve Stevenson says:
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    SON is down on Paxton’s 2 starts this week: -0.3 v LAA (Santiago) and 1.3 v OAK (Milone). You agree? Need to pick up some starts this week in 6×6 (QS) H2H. Could also grab (and possibly hold) Eovaldi for his start against PHI, or just do a trust fall into SON’s arms later in the week.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Steve Stevenson:

      Milone is shaky on the road. Might up Paxton’s win% a bit. Milone also hasn’t faced live MLB hitting in like 3 weeks.

  82. smegma says:
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    Try to buy low on Puig or stay far far away? I could offer guys like Rizzo/JUpton but not sure with the MRI. Lower risk option would be Marte for Puig. Would you risk an offer with any of those three?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma: I’d buy him low, but not for these trades

      • smegma says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey – do you think I’m offering too much (I thought marte would be too low)? Only other option is offering belt.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d offer Belt, don’t see it getting done but you can try

  83. MattTruss223 says:
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    Didn’t get a chance to post on Friday after the game, but wanted to give a little rundown of Odorizzi for anyone that didn’t get to watch him. Mostly, I wanted to talk about one pitch in particular. Odorizzi’s fastball wasn’t really anything to write home about, honestly. It was 90-93 and flat. Not a lot of life on it from what I saw. But, the kid can locate it well. He was painting the black pretty nicely. Did a nice job of working inside/outside and keeping the hitters off balance. He was pretty much a two pitch pony Friday night, FB and his offspeed pitch which I hesitate to call a change-up, but I guess technically that’s what it was. He’s got a slider as well that he sprinkled in there, but didn’t throw it for strikes and it wasn’t really fooling anyone. Not a super out pitch by any means. That’s where his “change-up” came into play. Announcers were calling it “the thing” and they did a couple zoom shots on the grip. It’s basically a split-fingered change-up. He’s got a lot of grip on the ball with the fingers spit, like a split palm ball almost. This pitch came in at about 85 MPH and just DIED at the plate. The bottom fell right out of this bad boy. Hitters were swinging right over the top all night. When contact was made, the pitch induced quite a few ground balls. 16 Balls were put in play, 6 of them were GBs. So, he was using it as his out pitch as well inducing GBs when needed.

    Apparently he worked on this pitch in the offseason, so there wasn’t much, if any, tape on him throwing it. I imagine now that there is hitters will know what to look for a bit and I worry about the lack of life on his fastball. But, again, he seemed to locate well and I don’t think he threw a single “regular” change-up. If he mixes that in next go-around or so, it might help keeping hitters guessing even more. I was excited about the results since I’ve got him in a couple deep leagues and a keeper. Liked what I saw, not a blow your socks off guy but potentially a solid 2 or 3.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @MattTruss223:

      Nice write up. Tampa pitchers are always of interest because of the defense and the superlative catching.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Thanks, agreed. I think Odor’s ability to locate paired with said catching is a very nice combo.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @MattTruss223:

          Nothing like getting a good read on a guy doing your own scouting. Hope it works out for you.

  84. Mike says:
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    Too damn funny …

    Bryce Harper – Took a day off to clear his head. He needs a whole day for that? He seems to have the attention span of my dog. Toss Harper a tennis ball and his head will be clear.

  85. Derrick says:
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    Allen Craig was dropped. Use my #1 wire on him?

  86. MPC says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Have the chance to trade my MadBum for Cargo in a 10 Team Mixed. He’s my only sure thing pitcher with the rest being young high upside guys. I have to do it though in such a shallow league right?

    • Big Al says:
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      @MPC: You must have a great outfield to trade Cargo ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MPC: I’d want CarGo

  87. AdamH says:
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    General thoughts on Charlie Blackmon?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH: Just a guy that’s currently hot

    • Night pandas says:
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      @AdamH: seems like a nice guy

  88. nick the dick says:
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    Yo G how do you feel about ervin santana? Got him as a thrown in piece in a big trade but I’m not feelin him. You rather have him or a stream spot with kazmir today being my first stream of the week today. 10 team 6×6 h2h woth batter k’s and pitcher losses. Pretty deep FA pool to replace santana if u don’t like him either.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @nick the dick: also taking into account ill have to drop someone when taijuan comes back. Staff is jofer/ryu/wacha/cingrani/salazar/teheran/archer/santana/walker(dl) so santana would be the drop anyways id guess

  89. Frank White says:
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    Hey, I have one batter on my bench and it’s Leonys Martin.. It sucks cause I have 5 OF’s ans having a guy with multiple positions in the infield would help a lot for fill-ins. Anyway my league gives 2 points for steals. Would you drop Martin for Dee Gordon??

  90. sul says:
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    Would you trade greinke for either adams or rizzo? I have a void at ci with middlebrooks hitting the dl and i have lots of sp. Or do i fish around in the waiver wire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sul: I’d take Rizzo

  91. Wil says:
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    HI Grey,
    How do you think of Belt? a real big bat and breakout finally… or just short rising ride?

    I need a hot corner player in a shallow 8-team league, and Belt is in waiver now.
    Am thinking to use my waiver order #1 to grab Belt. Thoughts appreciated.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wil: I’d think you could do better in an 8-team league but if he’s just a short term replacement, sure.

      • Wil says:
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        @Cram It: Seems not to predict it a Belt’s beak out? Maybe it’s a good idea to save my #1 waiver order when I want a mid-term replacement.

  92. jaw says:
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    drop chris carter for one of the below? 12 team 5×5 h2h

    blackmon
    fowler
    laroche
    melky
    ozuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw: Melky, apples and oranges

  93. Ben says:
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    Why is JEDD such a GYORKOFF!!! When can we expect the return of the JEDDi?

    I pretty much took all your recomendations this yr as always cuz ur the fckin man so I got Segura, Gyorkoff, Jose Abreu, Sonny Gray, and a wonderful first start for Liriano and Masterson just to have terrible starts in their second which sucked. When Cody Asche went 3/4 with a hr opening day I went to vote for you for president but the public school I tried to get into said I “smelled like pot” and its not 2016. She said go home GYORKOFF.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ben: It was only the first week of the year

      • Ben says:
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        @J-FOH: You’re not Grey!

  94. ashtray says:
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    Who would be the best pickup for three games coming up in colorado:
    Blackmon
    Semien
    Stubbs

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ashtray: Black

      • ashtray says:
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        @J-FOH: I was thinking the same thing. Hitter tron seems to have a thing for Culberson and barely acknowledges Blackmon’s existence.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @ashtray: go with the hot hand

  95. Chris r says:
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    should I drop Asche/Willingham/fowler for Almonte?

    Yahoo league, 4 of spots, 1 util, 1 IF

    C Miguel Montero
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Ian Kinsler
    3B David Wright
    SS Everth Cabrera
    IF Jimmy Rollins
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Norichika Aoki
    OF Matt Kemp
    OF José Bautista
    Util Josh Willingham
    BN Jedd Gyorko
    BN Will Venable
    BN Matt Adams
    BN Dexter Fowler
    BN Cody Asche
    BN Rajai Davis

    (10 bench spots, the other 4 are pitchers right now)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chris r: willingham

      • Chris r says:
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        @J-FOH:

        thanks. that was my thought.

  96. Wake Up says:
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    In Simon’s defense…it was New Year’s Eve, and he’s famous…so, in both respects, he’s allowed to do whatever he wants!

  97. Wake Up says:
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    Hunter = 2
    The Field = 0

  98. David says:
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    Wonder how many readers get residuals jokes?!

  99. Need to Replace Zimmerman and can do it with a 3b, 2b or SS in my lineup (can move some other guys around).

    Who do you like better for the foreseeable future (H2H pts league):

    Casey McGehee, Trevor Plouffe, Adeiny Hechavarria, Dee Gordon or Chris Johnson?

  100. FillyP says:
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    Sup Grey? 12t H2H 7×7 (OBP/XBH + IP/QS)

    Pick one.. Cola, Guzman, McGehee, Morse, LaRoche, Plouffe, Davis. Thanks!

  101. Game of Throws says:
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    Drop Lance Lynn for Skaggs or Eovaldi?

  102. marcus allen was good al says:
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    I know they are completely different players but who would u acquire and start this week in a 12tm H2h best of cats lge?? Colabello or bonifacio? Its Also a deep keeper lge so I usually always lean upside too. Thx

  103. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Thoughts on Machado this season in a H2H points league? He’s on our wire and was wondering if that is where he belongs?

    Guys I “could” drop if I really wanted to pick him up: Moss, Khris Davis, Calhoun

  104. J-FOH says:
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    Bold Prediction: Melky gets busted by June and serves a 100 game suspension. Hooked up with a new dealer and gets the latest in PED’s. My question is how did Prez know this? Answer: Prez and melky have the same dealer and Prez is playing this game on PED’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: I’d like the gauge Prezii!!!’s reaction…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: when he comes to and his hangover wears off he’ll be in here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • [will work for saves] says:
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            Our dealer is giving us undetectable peds… Were good!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Check out Deck (in comments), he owns a Vape spot

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I thought you already have the MVP? Did you get Plum Crazy? Honeydoo by Uncle Junks or are they from some other maker?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: he has a lot of the mail order juices. I almost brought you plum crazy by Virgin Vapor but it was a juice people get burned out on fast. Virgin is pretty common all over, or at least it was. A lot of shops have dropped them around here. You might get lucky and be able to find them on clearance. I still vape their Turkish Dark Roast coffee sometimes. I nice not sweet juice.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Liking the plum and honeydew he shipped me… Also first new juices I’ve vaped in about 6 months so it might just be a new vape thing…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I have some more for you

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Awesome!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: did you try the Habanero Pickles?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, very solid, thanks!

              • [will work for saves] says:
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                @Grey: tried a “drip” yesterday.. Was not too impressed. And ive heard thats the way to go from several people. Seems like a lot of upkeep compared to my battery/kanger combo…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, don’t love drip tanks, my moms uses one… Too much work, ain’t got time for that shizz…

                  • [will work for saves] says:
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                    @Grey: #truth

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @[will work for saves]: It needs to be built correctly. What kind of mod did you use?

                  Drippers are great for big flavor clouds.
                  Mechanical is the only way I fly, I like to take big rips and you can’t get that from electrical.

                  • [will work for saves] says:
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                    @J-FOH: i just didnt like that you had to take it there to get it rebuilt.. He said after 2 weeks but i know hes bsin and id have to come back every week… I could see if i built my own… But i dont. Also didnt like the way it hit… I got fat clouds but it was like sucking air and made me choke (no homo). Just wasnt feeling it. And my homegirl was the one who got it, she only spent $70 bucks on a whole kit , which is a great deal, but i just felt it wasnt worth it like everyone says it is.

                    My shit is simple.. Battery , tank, vape, refill every couple days at home. That is really all i need.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @[will work for saves]: at least get the nautilus tank or the aero tank. the best hitting, tasting tanks out there.

                    • [will work for saves] says:
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                      @[will work for saves]: you dont like the kangers? I love them.. Easy to clean, hits great, no mantenance and durable.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @[will work for saves]: kanger makes the aero tank. It’s there top of the line….I think. A better version of what you have.

  105. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Does Ryan Cook pose an immediate threat to Johnson’s role as closer in Oakland?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @malamoney:

      No.

      • Nick says:
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        @OaktownSteve: That’s Luke Gregerson’s job.

  106. faraday says:
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    Weekly league.

    Puljos or Belt this week?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @faraday:

      whats pujols hitting ?
      a buck fifty ??

      • popgreatpimp says:
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        @costaricanchata: Exactly why im leaning Belt. However, hitter-tron likes Pujlos….

      • Hawk says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        Well, you know, hitters never suddenly go on hot streaks. Especially great hitters.

        (sorry for the sarcasm – blame the rum. It’s been a fun Monday :P

  107. Andrew says:
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    Who should I try and get for Braun?

    Puig? J Up? EE? D Wright? Longo?

    Thanks

  108. Hawk says:
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    I’ve been on work conference calls since 7am morning. On a Monday. 4 and a half straight hours.

    The Puig…Harper comments were effin hystercial, Grey. I really needed that.

    Thanks.

    • @Hawk: The Harper comment almost made me spit out my coffee.

  109. popgreatpimp says:
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    Weekly league, I have ryan zimmerman and afraid to start him.

    Do I roll the dice with zimm or pick up Frazier, Ploufe, Arenado, McGehee or Panda?

  110. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    C Sal Perez
    1B Eric Hosmer
    2B Pedroia
    SS Segura
    3B Longoria
    MI Brad Miller
    CI Jose Abreu
    OF Sin Soo Choo
    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF Jason Heyward
    OF Carlos Beltran
    OF Norichika Aoki
    UTL Fatt Adams
    Bench Arenado

    P Cliff Lee
    P Michael Wacha
    P Julio Teheran
    P Matt Moore
    P Clay Bucholtz
    P Yordano Ventura
    P Nate Eovaldi
    P AJ Burnett
    P Corey Kluber
    P Ernesto Frieri
    P Josh Fields
    P Tommy Hunter

    10 team 5×5.
    My team is off to a terrible start. Had Nate Jones and he dumped the bed for me 2x. Missed out on the new closer spree. Are there any glaring holes to address, or pieces to trade away to structure a more solid team? Or is it simply to early in the year to panic.

    • Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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      @Theodore Donald Kerabatsos:

      Should I add Melky Cabrera for:
      Burnett
      Bucholtz
      Kluber
      Arenado
      Aoki

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Bucholtz

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Sky:

          not you also ?!
          try not to jinx him .

  111. Andrew says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Speaking of thumb injuries, would you bench Puig this week? thinking with only 5 games he might be sat (crowded OF obviously) and not play but 1 or 2 games all week?
    Was thinking of putting Chisenhall or Duda in?
    14 team 6×6 roto.
    Puig, Duda or Chisenhall?
    thank you

    • Hawk says:
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      @Andrew:

      I’d think about it for a weekly transaction league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: I’d start Puig

  112. Ryan Sturm says:
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    I think Im doing the opposite and going hard after Braun in leagues I don’t own him. If I can get him for a 5th to 7th rounder I think the upside there is substantial and he’s not gonna sit much since one day off isn’t going to improve the situation. Plus now that there is quite a bit of interleague play in the schedule, he can DH (sounds like it bothers him more on throws). If the Brewers are looking like they might be out of it by July then it would be a mistake cuz they may end his season early with surgery. But with the 2nd wild card, I think there will be 10-12 teams still going for it till the last couple weeks of the season. And I think the Brewers may be one of them. (Coming from a Cards fan)

    • Ryan Sturm says:
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      @Ryan Sturm: I got thumb problems all around too with Puig and Braun on the same money league team…smh

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Ryan Sturm:

        wow .
        you should play ‘switch’ .

  113. Eddy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Since the buysellatops hasn’t come out of hibernation and the ROS projections aren’t up, I need a little help with a trade.

    Been offered Porcello for Seager in a 12-team obp roto.

    Longo is my 3B, so Seager is my Util (that’s been riding the bench).

    SP= JZimm, Price, Pineda, Samardzija, Eovaldi and Smyly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Sounds fair

  114. Gabe says:
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    Who’s the add melky or swisher?

  115. Ron says:
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    I give you FULL credit for B. Miller. For the 15th round I can’t complain.

    On the flipside of the coin (or pillow) is Gyorko.

    Please tell me good things about my 12th round “value”? One week isn’t enough to lose faith but does he look overmatched or does this fit his profile?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: It’s a bit early

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Ron: He’s a slow starter. Did it last year in April and then when he came back from injury.

  116. Wow! Lots of questions so far.

    I’d like to get some big-picture help from Grey and my fellow Razzballers. This is in a 14-team 6×5 roto redraft league. We’ve only got the 9 regular batter positions, including DH (no MI or CI slots). There’s a 162-game limit on the positions, which makes it valuable to have backups at most positions, and 1300-inning limit for pitchers.

    Here’s the roster:

    C: Wieters
    1B: Rizzo
    1B:/OF Morse
    2B: Kinsler
    SS: Elvis
    2B/SS: Dee Gordon
    3B: Longoria
    2B/3B: Rendon
    OF: McCutchen. Bautista, Aoki, Blackmon, Leonys Martin

    SP: Liriano, Cobb, Salazar, Teheran, Smyly
    RP: Axford, Lindstrom, Santos, Broxton
    DL Fister

    (My idea is to use the Backmon spot for streaming pitchers or a hot replacement bat once he cools off)

    The most interesting FA names are — batters: Melky Cabrera, Calabello, Plouffe, Kelly Johnson, Sizemore; SPs: Paxton, Skaggs, Eovaldi, Morton, Ian Kennedy, Dillon Gee, Buehrle, Straily.

    Aside from bottom-of-the barrel closers, does anyone have any suggestions for areas I should try to improve? Any of the FAs an upgrade compared to someone on the roster?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Enrique:

      drop broxton for melky
      and smyly for skaggs .
      enough SP’s on wire to stream .

      • @costaricanchata: I’m join to hold on to Broxton on my bench to see how he does … need saves. But I just made the Smyly/Skaggs switch. Thanks.

  117. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 weekly standard roto. Arenado (3 vs cws, 3 @ SF) or Bogaerts (3 vs tex, 4 @ nyy)? Hittertron gives slight edge to Arenado.

    Thanks.

  118. Hawk says:
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    Need some advice

    10 team 5×5 roto. No bench, everyone starts

    Drafted Nate Jones
    Dropped him for Lindstrom who has looked…..bad
    The other crap options are gone (Broxton, Valverde etc..)

    Pedro Strop is available but doesn’t have the job.

    Worth picking up Strop? Hold on Lindstrom?

  119. Cole says:
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    Yeah but Weaver had 6 K’s and that’s why I drafted him, that 9+ k-rate! I have him in the nfbc so I’m going to be silver – lining a lot of his garbage this summer.

  120. OaktownSteve says:
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    How about an astounding 14 hits in 4.1 from Bucholtz? That’s Joel Pinata-esque.

    Twins and Marlins confounded streamers this weekend. Annoying teams.

  121. Negatto says:
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    Yelich, A. Garcia, or Almonte going forward for a 5th Outfielder?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Negatto:

      Garcia, Yelich, Almonte in order for me. Especially so this week.

  122. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    I’ve seen you tell people a lot lately (last day or so) to take grandal over others such as flowers/pierzyn/salty? I’m guessing grandal is the best case here as well? He’s healthy enough (he appears to have started one game)

  123. FMFBL says:
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    Hey Grey! I have some guys coming off the DL, tough cut decisions ahead. OBP keeper, who would you lose?
    Panda
    Frazier
    Beltran
    Calhoun

  124. FMFBL says:
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    Hey Grey! I have some guys coming off the DL, tough cut decisions ahead. OBP keeper, who would you lose?
    Panda
    Frazier
    Beltran
    Calhoun
    Thanks!

    • FMFBL says:
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      @FMFBL: sorry, browser issue before…

  125. The Pesterer says:
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    RE: Ask about Eovaldi!

    OK…Using Eovaldi as a benchmark how soon before Hutchison bounces back from these uncharacteristically wild starts to become the next Eovaldi?

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: a lot of this Hutchison love comes solely from his “great” preseason. Eovaldi throws really damn fast AND came from a high prospect background. Hutchison would probably have to have a lot of great starts in a row to get that sort of love.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

        • The Pesterer says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: Not really just based on spring. His minor league numbers pre-TJ were 2.2 bb/9, 9.49 K/9, 0.27 HR/9. He was definitely rushed to the majors in 2012 at age 21 with only 31 innings under his belt in AA but he still held his own in a tough division.

          Now Post TJ he’s got a lot more juice on his pitches. Only question to me is how soon can he harness it? AL East is a lousy place to gamble on young sleeper pitchers, but I think this one has a chance to be decent one.

  126. Bi-Felicia says:
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    I own tillman on 4 teams too. Bleacher Report done a piece on him saying he would be a huge bust this year. Haha! Good ol Natl. Enquirer of Sports. Also manged to get Trout,Headley,Dickey, for my Rios,Marte,Erasmo! …don’t ask me how (he offered the trade) lol

  127. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    Memento man actually had muscle memory for things like catching baseballs, if Fister had it.

  128. Big Al says:
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    Dusty moved in with Matt Williams during the summer. This might explain a few things going on in Washington. Rumor mill at Matt’s house. The Dustman wants a better closer. There going to move Fister into the closer slot and have him start every other week. Dusty says he can do it because he’s well rested. Gonna move Soriano to 3B cause he has the arm for it. Moving Zimmerman to DH because you really can’t underhand to third, because you might hit the pitcher. Dusty forgot there’s no DH in the NL, but he leaves the details to Matt. The Dustman says it’s time to go down to the basement and throw darts at the lineup dart board for todays game to see where everyone is hitting. Matt and the Dustman are tight……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Al: Ha, that does make sense

  129. popgreatpimp says:
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    Belt for Puig…which side?

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @popgreatpimp: Puig and it’s a question that shouldn’t even be asked. Puig is a 2nd round pick in drafts and belt has been good for a week… Him having a whole breakout season won’t come close to equaling puig

  130. Greg says:
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    Dear Grey,

    This is two years in a row that your feelings for one Erasmo Ramirez have come between us. I trust you, you trust Erasmo (at least at first), and everyone ends up getting hurt. Well, maybe Erasmo doesn’t care about us and our relationship, maybe Erasmo doesn’t know how I have my coffee every morning with your column and hang faithfully on every word. Maybe Erasmo doesn’t know about that first time I saw you here in the Razzball blog, making me laugh with your sense of humor, and getting me to believe that I could trust you to be by my side when it comes to fantasy baseball.

    I saw Brandon Funston’s column the other day. I have to say that I am glad that I broke up with him a long time ago, I don’t think he’ll ever be the right ‘pert for me. But I think things between Brandon and me were a little healthier, a little less volatile.

    I am going to spend this week at my mother’s. I will be thinking of you, a lot, and when I come back I need for you to promise me that you are never going to see Erasmo again.

    Love, always,
    -Greg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greg: Write again soon!

  131. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    One last one. Start or Sit:
    Wacha vs. Cin
    Moore @ KC
    Kluber vs. SD
    Thnx

  132. Andrew says:
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    Thoughts on Correia at home vs A’s today? Worth a start in 12 team league?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Andrew:

      I wouldn’t.

  133. spm7189 says:
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    Okay so in my league somebody got weirdly impatient and dumped Jake Peavy. He comes off waivers tomorrow. For some context for my question: its a daily h2h with W SV ERA WHIP K and QS for categories. My current staff is as follows:
    SP – Gio Gonzalez
    SP -Shelby Miller
    SP – Homer Bailey
    SP – Sonny Gray
    SP -Alex Wood
    RP- Sergio Romo
    RP – Fransico Rodriguez
    P – Carlos Martinez
    P – Chris Archer
    BN – Travis Wood
    BN – Nate Eovaldi
    BN – Erasmo Ramirez
    DL – Taijuan Walker
    DL- Hisashi Iwakuma

    I’d be dropping Zack Cozart for Peavy. However, Peavy isn’t the only interesting add out there as Sergio Santos is sitting pretty out there on the waiver wire. My question is in three parts – should I use my waiver priority on Peavy or wait it out till tomorrow morning? Should I add Santos as well? What pitcher would I drop for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @spm7189: Add Santos over Wood, Peavy is worth a waiver wire pick

  134. popgreatpimp says:
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    Pujols, belt, duda this week…pick one

  135. Robby D says:
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    I know it’s early, but can we all just bask in the glow of the fact that a specific troll will probably never show up here again after Kershaw’s DL stint? All that BS about not having Kershaw in the top 5 when it looks like no matter how good he is when he comes back a top 10 finish is probably not in the cards. How smart does leaving him for the 2nd round look now?

    I hope he falls all the way to 8th, 9th round value for next year, since that is what that idjut troll said everyone on this site would do.

    Great write up. I was lucky enough to face your 50 year old uncle who had both Sabathia and Weaver starting. I laughed so hard I sharted myself.

    Also, I don’t mean to spike the football when everyone else has had rough first weeks, but I suffered through the injuries that were Cargo and Stanton last year in my keeper league and I’m riding the irrational high of a 40/40 pace for Giancarlo so far.

    remember that the wins now count the same as the wins in September, take it one day at a time, and other idiotic tautologies that make you want to strangle someone.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: that dude hasn’t been around in weeks anyway. He had one normal, decent convo with Sky just before he was last seen.

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Robby D: I was right with you last season. I owned cargo & stanton so I feel your pain. The troll? You mean the guy telling everyone take Kershaw #1 overall? Haha He’ll never show his face here again.

      • Robby D says:
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        @Bi-Felicia:
        yeah, that guy. I remember showing the top 10 pitchers for 2013, and of those only Kershaw outplayed his ADP.

        Take a look this year at the top ten ADP pitchers, and watch at the end of the year. Less than half will outplay their ADP.

  136. Pager24 says:
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    I thought I was being smart picking M. Moore in the 14th round of my draft. I convinced myself he was a steal that late. turns out I have as much of an idea of where the pitch is going as he does! Is there any hope?

    I know SON hates him (2.0) but anyway you start him today vs the royals?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t own him

      • Pager24 says:
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        @Grey: I’ve tried to deal him but no one was biting. is he droppable then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trade him for a little anything

  137. Dave says:
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    In need of a second catcher. Please rank: Suzuki, Conger and Norris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do I have to? Conger, Norris

      • Dave says:
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        @Grey: wish I didn’t

  138. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Would you trade Braun for Justin Uptun? H2h 5×5 +ops. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I agreed with Costa, didn’t feel the need to comment

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Grey: If anyone on the planet is a good sport, you are that person Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

          • @Grey: Sorry, I didn’t see there was another reply until just now. Thanks.

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Enrique: wow.

      • [will work for saves] says:
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        @Shawn of the livid: enrique only listens to grey.. For the last friggin 3 years…

        Chio yall! …..

  139. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Here’s my thing, Razzball can only be used as an opinion, a tool. It’s up to (YOU) the owners of these teams to make a judgement based of the “PERTS” opinions. Yesterday I seen a post where a guy says to Guru “You don’t like Boneface, but Grey recommended him, “Who should I listen to? Listen to yourself!!! If you are high on starting someone, Do it!!! I’ve gone against the advice of Grey before, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. But at the end of the season it’s really just a silly game for all of us middle aged men to play while living out our major league dreams. Have fun, take risks, and keep reading Razzball!!!

  140. OaktownSteve says:
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    Looks like dodgy weather needs monitoring in Cleveland and KC later on. Streamers be alert.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  141. Arnie S. says:
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    Did anyone notice that Carlos Ruiz has a exemption that allows him to use Adderall, the drug he was using when he hit .325 with 16 homers two years ago (and was then suspended for 25 games). He’s only been so-so so far, but under those circumstances is he an upgrade over, say, Zunino, Avila, Yan Gomes, et al?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Arnie S.:

      I looked at him pre-season with some of the same thoughts. Magoo pointed out that he is pretty old. Tough to bank on a catcher that age for much. In two catcher leagues he’s as good a second catcher flier as a lot of other guys. My hope with him would be that he’s not a average killer like some of the guys you get at that C2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, saw that… I’d go Yan

  142. Oppo Taco says:
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    best spec add, needs aside. i have one empty roster slot. add one of dozier, a garcia, aricia, aoki, reddick, villar, ethier or willingham. thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki

  143. OaktownSteve says:
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    Padres have 7 xbh in 6 games. There’s a team to stream against. Be typical if Kluber gets rained out and skipped today.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Ellsbury in the 3 hole again today. Huge boost for Gardner if it sticks. Ells could be a mixed bag. Down some steals up some RBIs. Down just a couple runs.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Agreed

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Grey:

          seems kinda dumb to pay all that $$
          for the best lead-off hitter in baseball
          and stick him in the 3 hole .

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @costaricanchata:

            He’s pretty close to a .300 lifetime hitter I think. I don’t see it as a terrible move. Could be productive there.

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              hate to see him change his swing .
              also ,
              the threat of the bunt is eliminated .

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, makes no sense

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Actually, think it more has to do with what else they have (not much)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      True

  144. Shawn of the livid says:
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    AHEM! Is it too early to _________ for __________ ? Is ____________ going to hit .054 for year or is it too early? Hey I was wondering if ____________ will win 20 games this year, or is it too early? Is it safe to assume that Trumbo will hit 5 hrs a week for the rest of the year. OR is it….. Too early? Is it too early to assume my son will be an astronaut? He’s almost out of the womb. I haven’t taken my morning dump yet, but should I go ahead and wipe my ass anyways, or too early?

    The answer is yes people. Everything is too early. It is too early for this, and too early for that and too early too ask if its too early. Now the word “early” sounds funny and looks like its spelled wrong to me.

    Sweet write up Grey, thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  145. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Any daily gm guys here? Fan duel, Draftkings?

  146. popgreatpimp says:
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    Yordano Ventura and Belt for Strasburg…which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg

  147. OaktownSteve says:
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    Ubaldo is pretty entertaining. Not great command but so funky with his delivery. When he’s down in the zone he’s really tough to hit. But he’s going to walk guys and he’s going to give up homers when he misses location. The ball flattens out up…that’s taters.

    When he’s down the fastball is 92-93 but it almost has a change up action with a very late downward movement. He’s going to get his Ks. He’s going to be whippy.

    He looks like he’s throwing two fastball. Just dialed up 95 four seamer to strike out Roberts in a key at bat. Had a ton of late life. Fun fun pitcher to watch.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      got Johnson on the same pitch.

      Yankees look crappy to start the year. I don’t think they’ve hit a home run yet. McCann and Soriano look like crud. I actually heard Kevin Kennedy on the radio the other day saying the opposite of what you were saying above. He think vets don’t like playing in the April cold weather game and that veteran teams take longer to get it in gear.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Definitely WHIPpy, crazy how much velocity he’s lost in only a few years

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      some jitters for opening day .
      did you see mccann throw the ball into centerfield in the 1st ?
      was wide of the bag by a good 10 feet .

  148. Jacks says:
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    News of Coco Crisp’s wrist injury hit right at the lineup deadline and I missed it (weekly league)! Damn. Guess he got a cortisone shot but still not feeling right. I would’ve consigned him to my bench to sit with RZimm (who will likely have a huge week on my bench). Weekly leagues are brutal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I worry that sometimes I am a jinx, so very real concern

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        in all honesty ,
        i think it’s the combo of you /me/kiwi .

        put another way ,
        all fishermen are liars
        except you and me .
        and i’m not so sure about you !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @J-FOH:

      your reply was priceless .
      ” I ain’t no rat ” .

      • J-FOH says:
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        @costaricanchata: grey’s half Italian and from Jersey, I know better than to cross that man *kisses the ring*

  149. jeff says:
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    Just had a trade vetoed and I think it’s BS. I was giving Huston Street, Fernando Rodney and Wil Myers to get Goldschmidt and Paxton.

    What do you think/where do I go from here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t believe in vetoes

      • jeff says:
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        @Grey: What do you think of that trade though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair enough

  150. AA says:
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    Drop Hamilton for Melky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  151. Militant Vegans says:
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    Great read, Grey! I have a question, though. Work today should be slower than yesterday, so I should get more than my usual 10 minutes. Do I go with the soy burger or the “chicken” stir fry? Last time I had the stir fry, it set me back in the restroom most of the day with upper deckers. Must have been all the cabbage. On the other hand, the soy burgers smell funky (fermented “meat”???)

    Finally, nobody seems to be noticing the potato tacos? Sleeper pick??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Fakin’ chick’n, for sure… Quorn if you can get it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t look at links

      • joel says:
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        @Grey:props. thanks anyway

  152. Slappy says:
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    Grey, re the Amarista HR, is precisely the epitome of the downside of Evovaldi. As related, I’ve him on all my teams but 1. But the downside is, while he throws as hard as the hardest of them, it’s not like he’s got a truly studly secondary pitch. So fastball after fastball fouled off, then the mistake secondary pitch, his slider, down and over the inner third of the plate, and Merry Christmas for the lefty Alexi, all 150 lbs of him.

    In other news, the staff that you said was horrid, wretched, and a disgrace to our humanity, or something like that, well, in the one Yahoo 12 team H2H, 30 IP min, Kazmir, Eovaldi, Tall Chris Young, Holland, Rosenthal, Robertson, Rodney, Frieri, Veras and, yes, even Wade Davis (added him to slot in at SP when I put Kemp on the down low, and only for some IP):

    W: 3-4 (0-1)
    L: 2-4 (1-1)
    CG: 0-0 (1-1-1)
    SHO: 0-0 (1-1-2)
    SV: 7-0 (2-1-2)
    H: 24-79 (3-1-2)
    ER: 13-32 (4-1-2)
    HR: 3-4 (5-1-2)
    BB: 12-26 (6-1-2)
    K: 37-70 (6-2-2)
    ERA: 3.22 -3.60 (7-2-2)(with the now dropped Davis accounting for 3 ER in 4.1 IP)
    K/9: 9.17-7,86 (8-2-2)
    QS: 3-6 (8-3-2)

    So 8-3-2 it is. Now if only Veras can correct the list and right his ship, as it were. Since you appear to have him as well…. And though I included Tall Chris Young, since he’s on the staff, forgot to put him at SP, so missed the scoreless 2 IP in relief. Won’t happen again.

    I’m otherwise wondering how long it will be until some realize that perhaps it’s not a good idea to throw 7-8 SPs at me a week, with some having multiple starts, when there is the L to balance the W, and H, ER, HR, and BB as negative counting stats (so the less IP the better). In the meantime, if they get wise, that’s okay, since my pitching draft allowed me to max out the hitters. And now that Kemp is off the down low (he’s been outed), it’s even better.

    By the way, if Kemp stays healthy, he’s by far the steal of any non-auction draft, at least if he went around his ADP (auction draft depends on the price, obviously).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool, glad it worked out the first week

  153. Timby says:
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    Hey Grey. Mid-negotiation on a league-breaker-d’yer maker:

    I give Longoria and Harper for HanRam, Strasburg, and Rosenthal.

    I have E5 holding down 1st for now. He has Trout, should I fish? Can you teach me how to fish?
    I don’t mind throwing lottery tickets like A. Guerrero, Baez, Taveras, Springer into it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like this trade… Sure, try for Trout

  154. Sad Keanu says:
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    Has Gardner moved up the rankings since he seems to be batting atop the order? Do you like him over Crawford?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner was above Crawford in my preseason rankings

  155. Mike says:
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    Jedd Gyorko has been dumped to the scrap heap in two of my leagues – and I have Middlebrooks on the DL on both teams. Should I pick up Gyorko or leave it alone?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick him up

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  156. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Drop Erasmo Ramirez to stream Dustin McGowan this week, or is Ramirez too good of a long-term player to drop in a 16-team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  157. c0wfunk says:
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    Gonna have to make a cut, looks like, to cover for Coco this week. I’m thinking I’ll drop Jimenez after he’s shown no control again today. Interested to see how Kluber does tomorrow, but until then..

    how would you rank ‘em .. Eovaldi, Ventura, Kluber, Jimenez?

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: Could also lose Wong (gyorko is my starter)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ranked them

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: gave it a shot. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  158. Jack the Ripper says:
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    Can’t believe you are already [basically] saying bail on Erasmo. One bad start. Thought there was more love than that!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on your league, but I’m concerned…

      • Jonas says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Batman. To the trusty stream o nator!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  159. Dominican Power says:
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    I just traded Braun for Holliday. I got burned by Braun last year. smh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  160. Mitch says:
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    Drop Erasmo for Eovaldi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  161. royce! says:
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    Got both Braun and Zimmerman in the RCL; also drafted Moustakas for upside and to fill in for Zimmerman if he got hurt. So, yeah, I’ve pretty much got this season in the bag…

    Onwards and upwards! Zunino or Montero in h2h? Someone just dropped the latter, which makes sense considering its a one C league and they also drafted Posey. Fun fact! The guy in first place drafted Darvish in the 1st round, Matt Carpenter in the 5th, and started Lucroy at 1B last week. What a fun game!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I have Middlebrooks and Zimmerman, so there! Zunino is fine there

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: At least Middlebrooks had the decency to go on the DL. Moustakas is just content punching his crap card, day in and day out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya

  162. Mitch says:
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    Pierzinski, Ruiz, Zunino, or Avila?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

      • Mitch says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, our wise leader.

        Drop Adam Jones for Blockman? I keed I keed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  163. Greyismyhero says:
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    Happy Monday Grey….I have decisions, decisions….Drop Erasmo/Smyly for Eovaldi? And would you drop A. Garcia/Wong (bench bats) for Melky? I know this week G at Col and the creeper and all so probably more for ROS,…Thanks and S……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoke it! Smyly for Eovaldi… Hold on the bats for now

  164. gareth says:
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    My pitching has been suspect of late (veras, lindstrom, masterson) so I decided to err on the side of caution and bench ubaldo jiminez.

    After 2 bad starts (admittedly against this Yankees and Boston) do you think

    A) hes just streamer material at this point?
    B) I should drop him?
    C)
    D) the Indians dodged a bullet by not signing him to a 4 year deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A and B

    • [will work for saves] says:
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      @gareth: oh gareth.. Ur homerness knows no bounds…

  165. Robby D says:
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    To my point above. Over the last three years, only 2-3 of the top ten ADP pitchers deliver at least their draft value, and at least half have busted to the tune of 3+ rounds under their draft spot.

    2013
    Rank ADP Player
    121 11 Justin Verlander
    5 12 Clayton Kershaw
    80 19 Stephen Strasburg
    131 23 David Price
    57 27 Felix Hernandez
    141 32 Cole Hamels
    24 35 Cliff Lee
    228 38 Matt Cain
    167 39 Jered Weaver
    132 50 Gio Gonzalez

    2012
    Rank ADP Player
    11 7 Justin Verlander
    12 17 Clayton Kershaw
    98 22 Cliff Lee
    52 27 Felix Hernandez
    78 29 CC Sabathia
    36 30 Cole Hamels
    29 33 Jered Weaver
    16 37 David Price
    101 45 Zack Greinke
    140 47 Yovani Gallardo

    2011
    Rank ADP Player
    13 13 Roy Halladay
    60 21 Tim Lincecum
    131 22 Felix Hernandez
    14 30 Cliff Lee
    151 36 Jon Lester
    55 41 CC Sabathia
    6 43 Clayton Kershaw
    4 47 Justin Verlander
    196 56 Josh Johnson
    115 58 David Price

    Can’t find anything later than 2011. But it’s a 50/50 shot that they will return the value of that pick (not much higher, but just deliver the value you are drafting them. It’s 50/50 they could also be a bust.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Preaching to the choir with me

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey:
        I’m guessing you are a tenor, taking from the podcast…?

        This is the day, This is the day, it’s the draft day date, It’s the draft day date,
        I will rejoice, I will rejoice and draft hitters first, and draft hitters first.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Robby D:

          don’t ask him to do his rendition of “betemit” .
          please .

  166. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Thoughts on Almonte. Think he sticks at leadoff and produces all year? In a H2H points league. Thinkng of offering him for H. Santiago. Love the RP eligible starter and pitching depth.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think that’s a fair trade, I’ve gone over what I think of Almonte

  167. Filkarri says:
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    I have Middlebrooks on the DL and Asche was on my bench to replace him. Should I stick with Asche and trust that he actually gets playing time every day or dump him for Colabello?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Asche

  168. Goose says:
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    Josh Hamilton named AL Player of the Week (with Colabello). Hit over .500. And today he’s 0/1 with THREE WALKS. If he’s hitting and walking, man… Watch out.

    (Sucks because I own him exactly nowhere.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, sucks that he hurt himself in the spring, otherwise I probably would’ve drafted him…. It’s all right, he’ll get hurt again soon

  169. ritzer says:
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    In a 14 team keeper would you trade Segura and Granderson to get Stanton?
    Its OBP instead of average which is probably a key factor.
    I’ll have Rollins as SS if I make the trade?
    I’m thinking I want Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  170. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 weekly roto. need to drop someone this week with broxton likely coming off the dl. who to drop out of veras, santos, carlos martinez, erasmo or dee gordon (bench bat) or do i drop broxton? current closers are perkins, soria, santos, veras and broxton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martinez

  171. Night pandas says:
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    Goodbye Ryan Braun….it’s now Mr. Jones and me……

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Night pandas: last year, right when the thumb thing hit i flipped braun and rivera for kaiser and mcutch.

  172. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    i asked about grandal over a few others earlier, but is he over zunino too?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: i see you answered this same thing about 2 hours later. zunino time. damn 5 pickups per week and not being in front of computer for hours at a time.

  173. gareth says:
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    This Shawn Kelly fella – worth a stash as possible Yankees closer?

    Maybe d-rob goes back to set up duties?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robertson is hurt… Grab Kelley

  174. JJ says:
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    Hey grey
    A guy in my league just dropped Starlin Castro. Do you see any of my bats that you would drop for him? I wouldn’t mind some insurance for Hanley.12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league.
    C-W.ROSARIO
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    3B-B.LAWRIE
    SS-H.RAMIREZ
    OF-M.KEMP
    OF-D.BROWN
    OF-D.JENNINGS
    UTIL-AR.RAMIREZ, A.JACKSON
    BENCH-K.DAVIS, A.EATON

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  175. Josh says:
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    With Zimmerman expected to miss some time (either full games or end of game situations), should I drop Kolten Wong and grab another 3B to back him up in the interim? My options are: Headley, Freese, Moustakas…or I take a flyer on Plouffe or McGehee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  176. Robby D says:
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    Grey, I sh*t my pants, change them now or hold? Could they get clean on their own? My pants were clean before, should I expect a bounceback?

    Just messing with you guys who have legit question, I just love a good parody.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  177. Wilsonian says:
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    Broxton getting the closer’s gig tomorrow, drop any of these guys for him:

    Hawkins, Veras, Lindstrom?

    Who’s the closer now in NYY that D-Rob just hit the DL? Whoever it is, like them over any of the above?

    H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP – 9 moves per week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh… Kelley…No

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: ah, even with the shizz storm that has been Veras and Lindstrom? I just don’t trust those guys. And D-Rob hasn’t been the epitome of health before.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can try him over Veras, Kelley will prolly be out in 3 weeks

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: what about Broxton who seems to have a longer hold on the gig? I have 5 closers as it stands now in Soriano, Rodney, Hawkins, Veras, Lindstrom. The only other drop is Kazmir who was just picked up for today’s game.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Broxton could be the closer for a month+

  178. MARLINS ARE THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL says:
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    Who is more useful to me as a backup / platoon option as an owner of both gyorko and brad miller… Jimmy Rollins or Kolten Wong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong

  179. frankgrimes says:
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    Cingrani is already fucking me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We have a vapor store owner in the comments, see Deck’s comments…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey: Pretty cool he hooked you up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’s my new favorite commenter… Grimey!

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey: haha I never had a chance
            did you get anything good?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, great stuff… Honeydew and plum vape…

  180. Game of Throws says:
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    Shawn Kelley over Hawkins or Valverde?

    • Game of Throws says:
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      @Game of Throws: Robertson should be fine in 15 days right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: prolly 15 days to 1.5 months, but don’t drop actually closer for him.

  181. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Out off 100%, what chance does Kelly have at keeping job once Robertson returns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5%

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: thus a 2 outer on the river in hold em

  182. gareth says:
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    They just called the tribe game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glad I wouldn’t pick up any Padres or Indians for a batty call

  183. J-FOH says:
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    I’m glad I stashed Kelley all over the place early then dropped him this weekend everywhere when Robertson looked fine *grabs noose*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • gareth says:
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      @J-FOH: kid a just dropped him in our league. Kelley is now on waivers.

      • Kid A says:
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        @gareth:

        That was Prez!i!i!i! – not me.

        We are very easy to confuse: smart, handsome, charming as the devil.

        I guess you don’t have to be that observant or cautious when you have nine lives to burn.

        • [will work for saves] says:
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          HAHA!! yeah i picked him up for a vulture save opp, didnt get it and dropped him.. I got saves in that league anyway. The FCL is wat im worried about there..

          • Kid A says:
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            @[will work for saves]:

            You can never have too many saves. Such good trade chips.

            Also, why are you letting Owings just rot on your bench when there are good & honest people in the world who would appreciate and use him.

            Especially for those poor slobs who have a bad case of Alcidesitis and are looking to amputate…

            Uncage that little bird.

            • [will work for saves] says:
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              @Kid A: hes not on my bench all the time, i switch him in and out. I like owings, solid under the radar guy.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @[will work for saves]: he’s not under the radar, been talked about all over the report. It’s so bad now, even Bleacher Report loves him

                • [will work for saves] says:
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                  @J-FOH: owings was an afterthought in most drafts though..

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @[will work for saves]: because he didn’t have a job when most teams drafted. I have to agree with the ghost of T.Moore, the info is given away like free popcorn at a car dealership, or something like that. As a starter he was the add

          • gareth says:
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            @[will work for saves]: you guys close to thinking about making a trade in our league? Check out my team – if any trade ideas spring to mind let me know.

            • Kid A says:
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              @gareth:

              Always trying to claw your way into the middle of things…

              • [will work for saves] says:
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                @Kid A: his willingness to trade make me think mice about it…

                • Kid A says:
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                  @[will work for saves]:

                  especially with a team as ratty as his. very squeaky of him…

                  • [will work for saves] says:
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                    @Kid A: he has nothing but cat pics on twitter… Which pushes my suspicions furrther…

  184. SteveNZ says:
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    The two closers I drafted in the Original Recipe RCL?

    Parnell and Robertson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  185. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    Obviously I need to upgrade my pitching and I was sent the following trade and kinda on the fence about it;
    He offered Lester & Buchholz or Samardzija for Kinsler is a Yahoo 5×5 and here’s what I got:

    Montero
    Rizzo
    Kinsler
    Miggy
    Hardy
    Trumbo
    Bautista
    Gordon
    Longo
    Moss

    Bench
    Adams
    Gyorko
    Howard

    Cobb
    Liriano
    Latos (DL)
    Fister (DL)
    Porcello
    Skaggs
    Morton
    Benoit
    O’day
    Parra

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent for you since you have Gyorko, think you should do better than Samardzija

  186. SteveNZ says:
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    Best double-dip Hold/Save option? Thornton or Warren?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Warren

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Thought you’d go the other way…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not 100% on Kelley… It’s a coin flip ..

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Sorry – should have given a bit of context. Have Robertson in my H2H (relievers-only), so have grabbed Kelley.

            Just wondering whether to grab one of the next guys in the chain for Holds, with a shot at an occasional save.

            Thought Thornton with his matchup potential might be the grab.

            Not a lot to choose between them, admittedly…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, then grab Thornton

    • [will work for saves] says:
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      @SteveNZ: i wanted kelley and you had him so i grabbed warren.. *shakes fist*

      Doubt warren gets but a save, if that.

  187. Kazmir says:
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    Need Ks. Who wins in Kemp for Scherzer? or what tier SP would you aim for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer is a good aim

  188. Andrew says:
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    Braun or Stanton this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  189. gareth says:
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    Please remind me to draft closers using a dartboard next season. Or to acquire one of those fancy lottery machines with 30 white balls. Sheesh.

    • Game of Throws says:
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      @gareth: Haha good news is everyone is in the same boat… One that is rapidly sinking, that is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  190. jjb says:
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    Borjous still worth hanging on to??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  191. bossmanjunior says:
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    Ugh why do I have Fister and Robertson in every league. Prolly cause you liked them haha

    Any the who…

    Who do I drop from this group for Kelley:

    SP: Cobb, Bailey, Salazar, Samardzija, Kluber, Ventura, Kazmir, Porcello, A. Wood
    RP: Cishek, Krod
    DL: Fister, Roberston

    10 team h2h

    I have a feeling your going to suggest Kluber, but I would prefer not to drop him. Im a big believer in Kluber. Maybe tonights start will change my mind. I would also prefer not to drop Ventura.

    Between Porcello and Kazmir, who would be your pick?

    Porcello: @SD, vCLE, vLAA or vCHW, @MIN
    Kazmir: @SEA, @HOU, vHOU, @TEX

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Is that your pick to drop or keep? Sorry I confused myself with the question haha

  192. los locos says:
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    GRey, took a big goose egg this week, losing 0-8-2. Missing Ramos, Henderson and Kershaw. Pence, Lawire and Heyward starting slow. So I need to address hitting BIG time. I picked up Montero for cather, any cather you like out there? Grasmel, Salty, Suzuki or Flowers zunion ruiz? Scoring HR, SB, OBP, R, RBI.

    C – Montero
    1b – Hosmer
    2b – Hill
    3b – Arenicdo
    Ss- Hanley
    OF- Rios
    OF – Pence
    OF – Heyward
    U – Kinsler

    Bench
    Napoli
    Miller, B
    Machado
    A Garicia
    Yelich
    Brantley

    Guys on waiver smoak, mcaghee, bonificio, Ackley, adeiny, pagan deaza melky, moss, ozuna,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

  193. Kid A says:
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    Press my luck and roll C.J again this weekend @ home against the Mets?

    Tron said $4 today and $12 against the Mutts.

    But he also said he was gonna call my dishwasher back after their date. And he hasn’t. And now she’s a single mother.

    Bee Tea Dub – Haven’t daq-slapped you yet this season. What’s a daiquiri going for in your part of the world these days?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I’d roll Wilson out again… Daiquiri go for whatever, it’s all good…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey:

        Sent you a few.

        Don’t drink the one with the big pink umbrella in it.
        It’s poisoned.
        It’s for Tehol.

        Cheers bud.
        Appreciate the hell out of all the work you guys do.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Kid A!

  194. Em says:
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    would you trade Braun for Carlos Gomez?

    I love your website it’s fantastic, I wish I could tell others about it but that isnt an option. Sorry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, thanks! That trade sounds decent…

    • [will work for saves] says:
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      @Em: you already got the first rule of razzball down..

      .0001) dont tell ur friends about Razzball.

  195. Ryan says:
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    Drop Kluber for Eovaldi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  196. How’d you guys rank the following three OF between Melky C, Khris Davis, & Blackmon??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I ranked them in my rankings

  197. Mb says:
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    somebody dropped Lindstrom for Kelley. Is Lindstrom worth an add even though he’s been doing bad? You still trust him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  198. Tom Emanski says:
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    I need the best three out of Kluber, Pineda, Paxton, Porcello, Eovaldi, and Erasmo. Standard stats plus HRA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello, Eovaldi, Kluber

  199. chisoxx22 says:
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    Sell Kemp while he’s hot? Im thinkin I can get a trade along the lines of Kemp and samardjza for maybe sale and gio? Aim high right? What about Donaldson? Its early and everything but he looks lost at the plate? Anything to be worried about? I picked up Frazier in the meantime just in case, by the way the guy who may want kemp has arrendo and bogaerts so if those would really be upgrades at what I have im not sure? My Of is Jones, Cuddyer, granderson, and Jackson and Kemp obviously.. 10team h2h. Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale and Gio is decent if you need SP and the league is deep which it doesn’t sound like

  200. Bubba says:
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    Melky, Aoki, Pagan, Brantley, or Carl Crawford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look at my rankings

  201. Buge hoobs says:
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    10 team 5×5
    My sp stable consists of sale, Sanchez, gray, cingrani, porcello, Tillman and kluber. Drop any for eovaldi? JB has Tillman ranked 20+ spots after kluber. Your opinion trumps JB, so what says grey (if my waiver goes through)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Eovaldi over Kluber

  202. SteveNZ says:
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    Holy Rosenthal. Bit of a meltdown going on here…

    • Kid A says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      About time you got in on the hurting in our league.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Kid A: ‘Tis true. Had had a pretty trouble-free run until now. Hoover and Masterson in recent days too…

        • Kid A says:
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          @SteveNZ:

          That’s right. I thought you were just joining the pain party.

          Feel like Olivier asking – Eez Eet Safe!? – before I run anyone out on the mound at this point.

          Seems the only good call so far for me was today with CJ. I hope to parlay it into some more goodness this weekend then cut it.

          It’s always early, until it’s too late.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Kid A: It seems like the season has been going so long already, doesn’t it? But even the ARI and LAD guys have barely had 40 ABs.

            Not time to panic, just yet.

            But Pujols will get better won’t he? Asking for a friend.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Am I the friend?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Always.

                Though I have him on two teams as well. How has he looked? I haven’t seen any baseball at all this season yet.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not good, but it’s early (octagon praying)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t we have anything nice 9th inning?

  203. tony says:
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    arenado and donaldson are adviable in my league h2h 12, would you consider to drop chase headley for either of those?, also i have beltre.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

  204. bossmanjunior says:
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    To clarify your above response, were you saying to drop or keep Porcello? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Porcello, wouldn’t say to drop him, but I don’t know the context

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        My above comment where I discussed dropping Porcello or Kazmir for Kelley in my shallow 10 team league. I layed out the upcoming probable starts for them, asked you to pick one and you said Porcello. But I wasn’t sure if you were saying to drop or keep Porcello over Kazmir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, I’d keep Porcello

          • bossmanjunior says:
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            @Grey:

            haha thanks. Yeah Kazmir didn’t inspire much confidence in me keeping him with his performance today against the Twinkies.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  205. Bobby Nice says:
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    C. Owings or Hechavarria over J. Lowire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Owings

  206. Derrick says:
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    Drop Martin Perez for Ubaldo?

    Drop Veras for Kelley?

    Thanks so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Veras and Perez

  207. Ulysses says:
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    Calhoun or mat Adams for a util spot. Thinking about dropping Adams for Calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

  208. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Grey, I have Broxton in my DL slot so when he is activated I need to either drop him or one of the following closers: Josh Fields, Hunter, Valverde, or Shawn Kelley. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fields

  209. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    bout (nick accent, if he was Quebecqois) to do an NL only 11 teams 26 rosters (2 DL’s not included here comes j.johnson for me late). 7th overall, likely Harper/Puig/Hanley 1st pick

  210. Chris says:
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    Great article Grey.

    Is Hanrahan worth a shot? I have Nick Franklin that I can drop and my closers are Hunter and Henderson. Ouch!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  211. Chris says:
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    Also is Nunez worth a shot for some depth at MI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In deep leagues

  212. SDB says:
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    Hey Grey

    12 teamer deep rosters. I’m strong at pitcher:
    BumG Teheran Cobb Wacha Salazar Gray Yordono Smyly
    Have Navarro @ C and players like Calhoun Markakis Avisail Ackley Blackmon rotating into my 2 3 4 5 OF spots
    Holiday at OF 1

    I want to make a trade offer for Brandon Moss and Wilin Rosario.
    Would you trade BumG 1 for those 2?
    Or try to package something else?
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks in advance

    P.S. you should win an award or go insane for how many questions you answer per post. Unreal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trade Bum for them… Wacha, Gray or Salazar…

  213. Brickroad says:
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    12 team 5×5 mixed Roto keeper.. Just got offered Butler for Gray.

    My pitching isn’t great with Bumgarner, Erasmo, T. Walker, Eovaldi, Kazmir and a bunch of question marks (wasn’t much to draft).

    My hitting is already decent (Goldy, Jones, Longo, Pence, B. Miller, Gyroko, Aoki, Arenado)and hoping to trade for some depth shortly (something like longo for a top arm) Thoughts?

    • Brickroad says:
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      @Brickroad:

      Also have Stanton who I left out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure why you’d trade for a bat after what you said

  214. SteveNZ says:
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    Capuano in a high-leverage situation. Would you have him ahead of Davis or Ogando if you wanted Holds from your SP slot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: And why does Arenado K with the bases loaded? I got questions!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: It’s OK to complain about a single there, right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Omar Infante just got clocked, ugly sight…

  215. Kid A says:
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    Looks like Moore got yanked with an injury. To the Disgraced List with you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he looks done

      • Spammer Jay says:
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        @Grey: Who’s next in the SP pecking order most likely? I’m RP/SP hunting.

  216. royce! says:
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    You’re friends and/or family with the Yahoo!s, right? Mind finding out why they haven’t DL’d Robertson yet? Not gonna believe it till they see it, so they’re waiting to personally confirm the groin strain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, they have no idea why guys aren’t added to waivers, why guys aren’t DL’d or why guys have certain eligibility…Unfortch…

  217. sos says:
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    14 team keeper, Asdrubal for Ozuna. Would leave me with Jeter as my starting ss. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  218. SteveNZ says:
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    Alcides! It’s a miracle!

    • Carnac says:
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      That’s no miracle, that’s Heath Bell!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, right? Too bad I dropped him already

  219. Fish says:
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    When the hell did Wilin Rosario learn to take a walk? If this new-found skill sticks, he could easily blow Posey out of the water as the #1 ranked catcher.

  220. Jason Danks says:
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    Any concern with Matt Cain? Was offered him for Cishek straight up and just want to confirm that it’s a no brainer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cain

  221. SteveNZ says:
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    Rays beat writer saying on the Twitter that Moore had left elbow soreness (foreboding music under)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: unlike with Kershaw, even though Moore’s rank here was low, it was still possible for some of us to get him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he looked seriously hurt when he left

  222. goodfold2 says:
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    in 16 teamer with willingham and hart as bench bats (starters occasionally since we have 3 utils) is either a drop for ozuna? some dude drafted way too many extra OF (crawford/bj upton/jennings/soriano/worth/puig/heyward/ozuna) and just dropped him for hammel since he figures he might want more than 5 SP. also kubel available. those 2 are only waiver guys i’d even think to drop either hart or willingham for though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Willingham for Ozuna, but if you have extra OF why are you picking up another?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: we have pretty deep benches, i already have 8 SP and 3 RP (even though we only can play 2 per day of RP) and there seems to be a large falloff after those 2 guys, and Hart is platooning, but do need Hart in case Pujols gets hurt (fall off at 1B too with Duda/G.jones next best 1B) and/or off days. 1 of OF is steals only spot in the King Raj. I could instead have more SP than 8 but all guys out there are trash. Main thing is since 16 teamer any halfway decent offense hard to replace.

        • Kid A says:
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          @goodfold2:

          Do you ever find yourself wandering aimlessly around grocery stores, completely flummoxed because of all the potential decisions there are for you to make?

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Kid A: info overload. like when a computer blows up.

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Kid A: especially after a few bowls to the head

  223. SteveNZ says:
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    In the ol’ H2H where I’m relievers-only, my closers are Robertson, Johnson, Papelbon and Grilli.

    I know we don’t pay for saves round here, but could you see any value in trading for one of the top guys? Or is Robertson close enough to the top?

  224. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Should I add John Lackey for Bucholz or AJ Burnett?
    10 5×5

  225. MB says:
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    Do I still go off your rankings when deciding between dickey, eovaldi and kazmir? I know you love yourself some eovaldi

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MB: Evo

  226. Andrew says:
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    You trust Lohse tomorrow at Philly in 12 teamer?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Andrew: 5.3 on the SON is pretty weak for 12 teamers early in week if H2H (when you’re not yet losing era/whip). Pretty weak for 12 team roto in general. Possibly useful for deeper leagues.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Andrew: at Philly to stream is not advisable

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @J-FOH: what was all the hubub yesterday on your post (it wasn’t from you, but it was all over the place) about some supposed Avisail injury?

  227. Andrew says:
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    Pick up any of these for 12 teamer? I can pick up to 3 if good options.

    Paxton home (Seattle) vs. Angels
    Morales home (Colorado) vs. White Sox
    Kendrick home (Phillies) vs. Brewers
    Doubront home (Red Sox) vs. Rangers
    E Jackson home (Cubs) vs. Pirates
    Morton away at Cubs
    Santiago away at Seattle

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