Addison Russell was playing some some 2nd base in Triple-A yesterday, minding his own business, when the Cubs management heard something they didn’t like, five full minutes of non-Cubs prospect talk on sports radio.  Four minutes is not cool, but five?  Nuh-uh, they said, as they wagged their finger.  So, the Cubs called him up, and plan to send down Arismendy Alcantara.  This offseason I said, “So, the first thing we know about Russell is Billy Beane traded him away.  This is obviously a strike against him.  The last prospect Beane gave up on was Brett Wallace, and that was partly because Wallace looks like his face is constantly pressed against a window and that’s disconcerting.  Right now, it appears Beane got the worst side of this Russell trade.  Maybe he shouldn’t have been in such a rush to get back to the gym to pump iron and waited to negotiate a better deal.  It’s still early though, and prospects can flame out.  Russell, however, doesn’t look headed in that direction.  Russell looks like he could be better than Starlin Castro as early as next year.  Second thing we know about Russell is he’s got power and speed.  Yummers!  Third thing we know about Russell is there is no third thing.  Russell’s shown solid power in the minors  (17 HRs in High-A in 2013 and 12 HRs in only 50 games in Double-A last year after the trade to the Cubs).  His speed is a tad below that, which concerns me a bit because speed is the one thing we can always count on translating.  He did steal 21 bags in High-A, but, well, that’s High-A.  They call it that because everyone’s stoned.  Last year in Double-A, he only had five steals all year, and two after the trade.  It’s not great, and I think we’re seeing closer to his actual speed level in Double-A.  Maybe he’ll reach 15-20 steals at some point, but he’s never going to be a 40-steal guy.  He did hit .294 at Double-A after the trade, and I don’t see him hitting much below .280 without some bad luck.”  And that’s me quoting me!  While drinking Sanka with Lou Avery, I’ve decided Russell should be owned everywhere.  Yes, even that league.  For 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 61/12/44/.287/6 with upside from there.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kris Bryant – 3-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  Not only do I not have Bryant on any team, but I have Caminero, who he doubled off of.  Wait, it gets worst!  I have a waiver claim to drop Caminero that won’t get processed until tomorrow.  I’m like Mr. Magoo if he used to fall off the scaffolding.

Jorge Soler – 4-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .320.  Here’s one to ponder for the next ten months:  in 2016 drafts, who will be drafted first:  Soler or Bryant?

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3, 1 run and a steal.  He has one homer but three steals.  SAGNOF!

Jake Arrieta – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.74.  He makes me giddy like a schoolgirl that had too much pop.  Pop, as in soda.  What the hell were you thinking of?

A.J. Burnett – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 2.00.  When he announces his retirement more times in a game than he strikes out hitters, it’s not good.

Starling Marte – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer.  It’s a Marte Party!

Alfredo Simon – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, (0 BBs), 7 Ks, ERA at 1.74.  He scattered seven hits vs. the Yankees like he scatters people when he goes to the trunk of his SUV.  “What?  I just wanted to get my flip-flops from my trunk.”  That’s Alfredo after people dive into bushes.  Unfortch, his Ks haven’t been a thing of beauty (5.2 K/9 so far this year and 5.8 last year), even after striking out seven yesterday.  Gun to my head, he should be owned in most leagues, but I wouldn’t drop anyone too valuable for him.  ‘Gun to my head’ was an idiom, Alfredo, please.

Justin Verlander – About two weeks after he was sidelined, an MRI yesterday showed he has a triceps strain.  This also comes about a week after he’s been trying to throw.  Hey, I never got past freshman biology — not enough chicks — but, just an idea, when a guy is hurt and you’re paying him around $125 million, don’t you send him for an MRI immediately?  Again, I’m no expert, just be-bopping ideas.

CC Sabathia – 8 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Looking good this year, right?  Yes, I’m baiting you, but go ahead and answer in the affirmative.  Looking good…right?  Yeah, he has a 4.35 ERA on the year.  Lowercase yay.

Mark Teixeira – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .190.  There’s so many Zombinos on the Yankees it’s like The Walking Dead, a show I have never seen so I have no reference point.  Is there gore?  I don’t like gore.  Grey’s fra-jee-lay!

Mitch Moreland – Could be out until Friday with elbow discomfort and will miss a three-game series in a National League park.  At first, Fielder will replace Moreland and take up even more land.

Daniel Norris – Dealing with a dead arm.  You and every zombie!

Nolan Arenado – Day-to-day with a sore wrist.  He didn’t need to injure his wrist, I could’ve done that for him.  Whatever it was.

Corey Dickerson – Left the game early with mild plantar fasciitis.  Sounds like something that would sideline the Tree Man.  In the last few years, plantar fasciitis has ruined seasons from Pujols, Gyorko and Longoria.  This sounds awesome!

Matt Kemp – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs as the Padres scored 14 runs in Coors.  That was more runs than the Padres scored all of last year.  Says right here where I wrote it.

Odrisamer Despaigne -6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks in Coors.  Set your iCal for next year.  If there’s a game in Colorado on 4/20, it’s okay to start the visiting pitcher.

Derek Norris – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .314.  I had called him a poor man’s Lucroy.  Only after Lucroy’s injury yesterday, Norris is going to be a rich man’s Lucroy, call him Luxcroy.

Wei-Yin Chen – 4 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Due to three errors, Chen gave up five unearned runs.  Ticker shock!

Ryan Flaherty – 2-for-3, RBI and has three straight games with multiple hits.  Could be a very short-term hot schmotato, but let’s not Flaherty him and say he’s more.

Hanley Ramirez – Left yesterday’s game with a cold.  He needs the Nighttime, Sniffling, Sneezing, Coughing, Aching, Stuffyhead, Fever, You’ve-Got-To-Be-Kidding-Me-I-Just-Set-My-Weekly-Lineup-You-Better-Play-Today Medicine.

Justin Masterson – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 5.74.  That may not sound good to you, but the starters’ cumulative ERA on the Sawx is 6.24.  Okay, still doesn’t sound good.

Greg Holland – Should be back in 15 days, since it was confirmed he has a Grade 1 pectoral strain, which means it can tie its own shoes and only poops its pants when it’s real excited.

Edinson Volquez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.99 vs. Twins.  I streamed him for this start, and now I might hold onto him, though the Stream-o-Nator thinks I’m falling for a streamboat.

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .358.  Fluff and fold ’em, baby, Kendrys cleaning up!  My Tout team isn’t off to the worst start, and I can confidently say Kendrys is one of my best hitters.

Trevor Plouffe – 2-for-4.  Told you yesterday he was a hot schmotato.  If you wait until he’s no longer hitting, it defeats the purpose, or porpoise if dolphins are reading.

Matt Shoemaker – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 6.46.  More like Shoomaker.  As in shoo, get off my team.

Ben Zobrist – Sat out yesterday with continued soreness in his knee.  His wife wrote him a song for his pain, it’s called, “God Doesn’t Have Knees, Just Really Long Legs, So Be Thankful.”

Jesse Hahn – Scratched from his start with a blister and Jesse Chavez will make a spot start.  It’s gotta be awkward to have Rick Springfield standing in the A’s parking lot singing to the wives of Hahn and Chavez.

Kendall Graveman – 3 IP, 2 ER, ERA up to 6.94.  But how about that spring training ERA?!  Huh?!

Marcus Semien – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  Semien got that off Shoemaker.  Hey, to each his own.

Stephen Vogt – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Where did you draft Posey again?

Anthony DeSclafani – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 0.86.  Let’s look at what April Grey has said so far.  After DeSclafani’s first start, “In my very deep leagues, I grabbed DeSclafani because he had a 9 K-rate last year in Triple-A and an under-4 xFIP for the Marlins while always maintaining solid control (1.4 BB/9 last year in Miami).”  Then after his next start, I said, “Here’s one name that no one is talking about, likely because no one can pronounce it.  It might be because I actually own him in two leagues, but I’m liking what I’ve seen so far.”  Then in Friday’s Buy, I said, “The great thing about DeSclafani is he has solid control, so even if he gets bombed, it shouldn’t be that bad.  Yes, March Grey is surprised that April Grey thinks there’s anything great about DeSclafani.  Or that he even knows how to spell his name.”  And that’s me quoting me quoting me quoting me!  You should get your waiver wire finger checked if you still don’t pick him up.

Zack Cozart – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .326, and this was his 2nd homer in the last three games.  Sorry, Salieri, but Cozart is a hot schmotato.  Try to compose yourself.

Joey Votto – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He was my preseason NL MVP pick.  Doesn’t seem as crazy now, huh?  Okay, still kinda crazy, but Sky chose Ryan Zimmerman.

Ryan Braun – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .238.  He’s still got it!!!  Too bad ‘it’ only shows up every tenth game.

Wily Peralta – 7 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA up to 5.68.  If he’s on your team, then be better than Sea World and free Wily.

Jonathan Lucroy – Fractured left toe.  He only has one toe on his left foot?  That’s odd.  I can’t say that I’m upset by this injury.  In fact, I’m thrilled.  Schadenfreude!  I know no one that reads Razzball would draft a high ranked catcher, so you’re welcome!  You did draft him?  Aw, I’m not happy to see your misery (I am).  The only downside to this schadenfreude ecstasy cartwheel I’m currently doing is, in most leagues, there’s a good five or six suitable catcher replacements, which only reenforces why I told you not to draft him in the first place.  The Brewers called up Juan Centeno, who has three homers total in about seven minor league seasons, so you’re drinking Juan Cerveza if you think he’s someone to grab.

Scooter Gennett – Might need a DL stint after cutting his hand in the shower.  Adam Lind thought he was his Mach 5 and tried shaving him.  Stubble trouble.

Colby Rasmus – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  My NFBC team hit two homers yesterday.  Rasmus and Cozart, and both were on my bench.  Ah, weekly leagues, you are the blood in my ulcer.

Luis Valbuena – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homers and 3rd in two games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Hisashi Iwakuma – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 6.61.  I think it’s fair to say he’s not right.  Maybe he’s battling an injury that he’s not revealing.  If he weren’t getting the Twins next time out, I’d say bench him everywhere, but I think you need to give him one more chance.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, but no homers, hitting .358.  What a bust!

Trevor Bauer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (2 BBs), 7 Ks, ERA at 0.95.  I could sit here and say his walk rate is still an ugly 5.2  BB/9, but I’m not sitting and I wish I owned him.

Cody Allen – 1/3 IP, 4 ER and his 1st blown save.  Allen treated the Indian lead like my stomach treats Indian food — constant runs until there was nothing left to lose.

  1. FrankGrimes says:
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    Mmm…first

  2. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    you know how a lot of names have a translingual analogue, like jorge and george? what could odrisamer be? gotte be really tough, right? cos he wears his hat like king felix and michael pine-eeeey-da…

  3. Jackie says:
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    Looking for a 5th outfielder (standard 5×5). De Anza or Torii Hunter?

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Jackie: De Aza

    • Miles says:
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      @Jackie: De Aza

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Jackie: DeAza

  4. Fister Furbush says:
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    I’d like your opinion on picking either Jordan Zimmerman or Garret Richards ROS.

    I’d also like it if I could meet a cougar on tinder and live my life like the way I want…

    • jal179 says:
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      @Fister Furbush:

      I MILF dream all day… it’s only second best to my fake ball tema these days lol

      Suppose it’s Zimm but I am overly horny for Richards… I reached for him in every league… so I’ll lean Richards and lijkely fall in the minority but Zimms start has been yamstipating

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Zim and best of luck on the cougar search..lol

      • Fister Furbush says:
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        @Grey:

        Haha!

      • Baren says:
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        @Grey: agreed.

        • Fister Furbush says:
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          @Baren: @Grey:

          One more question, cougar slayer.

          Who wins this trade and is it by a landslide ?

          David Price and Joey Votto
          For
          Jose Abreu and Somny Gray

          Standard points league-no keepers

          • Grey

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            Abreu, fair enough

  5. You are a machine, Grey.

    I too have grown tired of SchoemKer’s shenanigans.

    Gonna go shopping on the FA list and lo – there’s Despaigne. Click, click.

    Ahh. Bedtime.

    • @Lucky Dog:

      Oops – not Despaigne – DeScafani.

      D’oh – must….sleep

      • Your Hillbilly Cousin says:
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        @Lucky Dog:

        Gloom, Despaigne, and Agony on me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lucky Dog: BTW, your hot dog sauce looks wonderful

      • @Grey:

        Thanks Grey – email me at [email protected] with a shipping address & I’ll get you out a set as thanks for all of the entertaining and informative fantasy updates.

        Ps – actually not hot dog sauce – hot sauce. Great on a hot dog, yes, but why limit yourself?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! I’m crazy about hot sauce too… Seriously, on everything

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are you in LA?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The sauce, not you

          • @Grey:

            No – Northern California – SF Bay Area. I’m in the East Bay, home of the swingin’ A’s (though I’m primarily a Giants fan, I do root for the A’s as well…) – my sauces are 98% California-sourced.

            Re: SoCal, it’s funny – I’m in 15 states and 4 countries (USA, England, France, Czech) but no stores in SoCal. I’ll be doing the California Hot Sauce Expo in Long Beach on July 11-12 this year so hopefully I can land a couple of wholesale accounts while I’m there.

            Drop me an email with an idea of your heat preference and I’ll take care of you this time.
            :)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks! Gotcha… You should be in some specialty markets down here, for sure…

        • Spammer Jay says:
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          @Lucky Dog: how bout a razzball discount code? I’ll buy some.

          • @Spammer Jay:

            Ask and ye shall receive!

            At checkout enter “GreysSweetStache” (no quotes) and take 10% off anything in your cart – and this stacks with bulk discounts on 3-pack, 4-pack, 6-pack, 7-packs.

            Coupon code never expires and is unlimited.

            Thanks for your interest!

            • Spammer Jay says:
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              @Lucky Dog: awesome sauce

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Lucky Dog: Free shipping to New Zealand, right? ;-)

  6. Moustard says:
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    Bauer up!

  7. Punk says:
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    Looking to make use of a couple of assets before they turn into pumpkins (12-team 5×5, keep any six forever). A couple of options – would you do either, neither, or both?

    1) My Dozier and McCann (he fell to pick 200 and was looking so lonely) for his Kemp and Neil Walker
    2) My Dozier and McCann for his J. Upton and Neil Walker

    I tried for Puig instead of Kemp/J.Up and he thought it a good offer, but loves his little Puig. He just lost d’Arnaud and I’m ready to be a catcher scab picker. Also, I have Kipnis, making Walker less important. What say you, FML? Thank you, as always.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Punk: Not sure how you can do both..I would take the deal with Upton..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Punk: 2) Upton

  8. the big G says:
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    So if Cody Allen keeps this up, who gets the first crack at saves? Bryan Shaw. Grey keep it going, you had me rolling w. the first line covering cubbies prospect management

    • JVanSlyke says:
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      @the big G:

      Wondering the same thing. I grabbed Shaw but he’s been shaky too. Allen kd abreu, got me excited and then was hit SO hard. I’m really worried

    • Grey

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      @the big G: Thanks! I’d guess Shaw, but it’s not there yet unless there’s an injury

  9. Chris says:
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    I sent the Alfredo back and ordered DeScallopini instead.

    • uncdrew says:
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      @Chris

      *golf clap*:

  10. jacquejones says:
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    always a good read. Devon/Addison/Greene own them all in 4/5 teams thanks to you fellas might make the difference in 1st and 5th place… oh wait I’ve lost GOMEZ, HOLLAND, YAN, then d’ARNAUD broke his d’HAND, now ARENADO)… all deep leagues and 1 team is carrying Vogt/Santana/Lucroy.
    you guys love C questions so Ramos, Grandal, AJP?
    which side in a trade gomez/andrus or Ellsbury/Jhonny? or just gomez for ellsbury?
    thanks for everything sorry for the catcher question!

  11. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Should I drop shoemaker or fiers for sclafani?

      • corona says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: i dont see what people like with shoemaker…. hes been hit around every start.

    • @corona: @BitchesBeShoppach:

      I dropped him like sack of poo.

      Ed roasted my era & whip wventu single start. “But he only gave up 4 runs today!”
      – yeah, because he only pitched 3 innings.

      I watched that shitshow last night – his velocity looks down, and everything he throws looks pretty hittable – I think he’s injured. Either that or the book is out and he’s experiencing a sophomore slump.

      Either way I want no part of him until he pulls his head out of his ass.

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        Thanks fellas!

  12. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Any chance, Jesse Chavez stays in the rotation, especially if he pitches well in his upcoming spot start on Thursday, over Graveman?

  13. The Animal says:
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    So should Shoemaker be dropped then?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @The Animal: If there is a better option

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @The Animal: Don’t drop the shoe, man! He gave up a HR here and a HR there. It was Star Wars night at Anaheim so at least to see what he does in his second start this week versus the Rangers. If he flops against the Rangers…dot your I’s and cross your T’s.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @The Animal: hold

      • The Animal says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        Thanks!. Will give him another shot then.

        • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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          @The Animal: Leave him on bench though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elipitt: They better watch out before Food Network sues them

  14. dninja82 says:
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    Got offered rizzo and souza for my bautista and russell. 20 teams keep 15. 5×5 h2h. Matt Adams and CJ cron are my 1b so somewhat of a need. My SS is andrus so it seems like I need a better alternative long term. What do you think?
    Thanks

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @dninja82: I would take that

    • jal179 says:
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      @dninja82:

      I would mount that offer and pound it all day– heck yes Rizzos got another 8-10 years… Bats maybe 2-3 more years…. add the the Buy Souza and boom goes the dynamite

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @dninja82: Rizzo side

    • corona says:
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      @dninja82: take it

    • dninja82 says:
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      @dninja82: thanks for confirming this for me guys. Cheers

  15. Travis says:
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    My team pasted below. Need to pick up another catcher (likely D Norris… Other options are Roberto Perez, Avila, or Plawecki)… Whose the drop? Debating Belt or Hammel.. Our league has lots of pitching counting stats so like to carry more SP.

    Luccroy, Pujols, Kipnis, Desmond, Donaldson, Adam jones, Bautista, Trumbo, Ryan Zimmerman , K Calhoun, D Travis, Belt… DeGrom, Shelby Miller, Lynn, Cole, J Hammel, Harvey, I Kennedy, Cobb, Aroldis, Jansen, Cishek, Rondon

    • Grey

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      @Travis: When you list your team like this no one has any idea what it looks like… So, guessing Belt for Norris

  16. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fantasy Master Lothario!!! It’s still early but when there’s silence all around me that Roy Orbison song ‘Crying’ spontaneously keeps buzzing in my head. Started Shoe, Allen (dropped him for Storen in one league, dropped for Miller in another league), Iwakuma (dropped for Smyly in a couple of leagues).

    Only three good things about last night…

    A. Allen’s meltdown allowed Robertson to win. I paired the two of them in 2 leagues. Still had a net loss but at least it softened the blow.

    B. Still have a surplus of starts in every matchup.

    C. There’s always tomorrow or this evening.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I’d also consider it good that by the power of a backwards dog Storen and Miller are there to just go grab. Everything is coming up Ante!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha… A. I didn’t own him anywhere so it was all good on my front

  17. Blake says:
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    would you rate russel higher than these guys? I own Devon Travis and Ben Zobrist who have hit the injury bug so I need to pickup an insurance guy:

    J lowrie
    Odor
    S Drew
    B Phillips
    J eglesias
    B miller
    L valbuena

    I am in a 13 team pts league which favors power hitters – 4pts for HR, 1pt for R, 1 pt for RBI, 2pts for 2b, 3pts for 3b, 1 pt for BB, 1 pt for steal

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Blake: I would take him over all of those guys

      • jal179 says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F:

        Where does Russell rank amongst the top prospects these days? Who u think has more value this year in sahllow 10 or 12 team leagues–Syndergaardor Russell??

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @jal179: Russell…Much easier to find pitching than a MI bat….Im a Met fan and Noah has great stuff but i dont love his make up, I am actually hoping the Mets trade him for a bat.

        • @jal179:

          Russell was ranked as the 3rd best player in the minor leagues. Higher than Bryant, I believe.

          • jal179 says:
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            @Lucky Dog:

            Thanks I knew it was high… but not that high yikes

            Shit I missed the boat om Addison… I guess Noah better become BFFS

          • The Vaporizers says:
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            @Lucky Dog: Bryan was the #1 or #2 prospect on every list out there (and mostly #1). Russell is ranked in the top 5.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Blake: Russell

      • Blake says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        Thanks! I only get 12 pickups the whole year and this will be my 4th! I have already picked up:

        Devon Travis – for A Hill
        Salazaar – for Jed gyrko
        C Rodon for D Huthcison

        so I would do russel for h Street

        Worth it?

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Blake: Yes if you dont need the closer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blake: Grab Russell

  18. Sherm says:
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    Nice on the “Addison moonlighting” thing (Rudy?). That goes a-waaaay back. I wonder how many Razzballers (<— not Grey's mother's term) will pick up on that. Maybe ESPN could use it for data on their hand-wringing about how the average MLB fan is too old and MLB needs to do something to bring back the young people– like pitch clocks.

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @Sherm:
      “Razzball Detecective Agency.
      Do you have a pitcher with high ERA,
      A catcher that’s injured almost every day,
      An infield that sucks every possible way.
      Then stop what your’re doing and listen to Grey”

      Amazingly it was also the answer to Mystery Monday on WXPN radio just yesterday.

      Love me some Maddie Hayes

    • Grey

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      @Sherm: Actually Rudy was asleep already, it was my title… Thanks!

    • that one is Grey…he pinged me at 11:30PM my time for a new title. i think i would’ve ended up w/ something similar though.

    • Aero says:
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      @Sherm: Yep, that was a solid throwback… and not even on a Thursday (damn hashtags).

  19. Dave F says:
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    Grey,

    At this point should we really be jumping ship on Shoemaker?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Dave F: If there is a better option make shoe walk the plank

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Dave F: hold

  20. Btdrnks says:
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    Seriously, one bad start for shoemaker and everyone is giving up on a guy Grey rated in the top 30? He had two quality starts prior to this. Seems like a bit of a knee jerk reaction.

    • jal179 says:
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      @Btdrnks:

      Agree. I recall freaking out early last year on both Archer and Tyson Ross and droping both of them…. yeah I still feel deep shame.

      At the same time, the waiver wire Klubers tend to surface early so in shallower laegues I understand the horniness to drop the slow starters.

    • corona says:
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      @Btdrnks: i think it depends on the size of your league. in 10 teamers guys like shane greene/bauer/ salazar are more apatizing

      • Btdrnks says:
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        @corona: Greene, Bauer, Salazar should have been long gone even in a 10 teamed.

        • coronoa says:
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          @Btdrnks: @Btdrnks: they are gone. the guys who ‘held’ on ‘one bad start’ didnt get them. you hit big on the waiver wire in april.. if you pounce

          • Btdrnks says:
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            @coronoa: Wrong coronoa. Shoemaker is not the bottom of your rotation. If he is you must have a stacked rotation. Regardless, you would have dropped a Fiers or a Hutchenson last week when Greene, Bauer and Salazar were showing their colors. Seriously, who are you dropping Shoe for this week? Travis freaking wood? No thank you. Salazar, Greene, Bauer, Desclafani have should have been picked up a long while ago.

            • corona says:
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              @Btdrnks:
              kluber/arrieta/wood/degram/salazaar/shields is my squad. i’d be looking at just a straight drop for a position player or carlos martinez

              wire is starting to thin out already. a lot of the guys worth having have been snatched up.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @corona: they are snatched up since you drafted 7 top 30 pitchers.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Btdrnks: First 2 starts …12 inn. 7 ks…4.38 ERA…not good…Last night 3 inn. 5 Er…why not move on?….Fucking Bartolo can give me more than that

      • Btdrnks says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Fine. drop away. You lose fantasy leagues by being reactionary. All i’m saying is there should be other more droppable options on your roster before you go dropping a top 150 pick after one bad start. Shoemaker should be a stash and hold.

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Btdrnks: Your treating him like hes a stud…hes not

        • Btdrnks says:
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          @Btdrnks: Sorry, I’m a tad grumpy today after watching that Shoemaker debacle last night. Still holding though!

        • @Btdrnks:

          3 starts isn’t “reactionary” – 3 starts is a trend.

          And numbers lie – Shoe’s numbers Re better than he’s pitched. In his first two starts a couple of defensive gems and good luck kept his ERA from ballooning even more.

          Even this last start he loaded the bases with 1 out in the 1st and was damn lucky to get out with giving up only 1 R. His WHIP was 12 that inning. That’s not good. They when you think “oh, thank god he squeaked out of that one” there he is giving off lead off doubles.

          Something is wrong with Shoe. He’s not roster able I’m a 10-team league right now. He’s not a hold, he’s a “drop and add to watch list”.

          Prediction: he gives up 6 ER against TX, with 4.1 IP, 6 hits, 4 BB and 2 K’s.

          • @Lucky Dog:

            Ah, autocorrect, making people sound illiterate since 2009

          • Btdrnks says:
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            @Lucky Dog: I absolutely agree that he hasnt been good. I also agree that there is something wrong with Shoe. Maybe its on the wrong foot or something, but his pitch f/x show a velocity drop of 2 mph on his fastball. I guess im hesitant to drop him in my league, as he will be gone in a blink. The best pitcher on waivers in my league is brandon morrow.

            • James V says:
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              @Btdrnks: Re: velocity dip, I read somewhere that he lost some weight during the offseason. He didn’t seem too concerned about being able to regain the weight and subsequent velocity. Pitchers are usually either dismissive or dishonest when addressing velocity concerns though so take it with a grain of salt. The eye test isn’t pretty either–all his pitches look flat and his command is nonexistent. It wouldn’t surprise me if he ramped up as the season progressed but for now, he’s unrosterable in redrafts.

  21. Mr. Rickey says:
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    ROS – Desclafani or Rodon?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Desclafani

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Well Mr. Rickey, I would ask you what it is you’re after. Could you benefit more from a starter right this second who will give you less Ks but potentially better ratios (DeScalfini) or are you able to use an elite K/9 source that is chilling in the bullpen for a little bit and once he becomes a starter will give you more Ks and possibly slightly higher ratios (Rodon)? If it’s a Y! league with an IP limit, always go for K/9 upside. If it’s an RCL (unlikely, as he’s probably already gone) where RP innings are basically free Ks and you have a shot at a high impact starter later in the season, I’d lean Rodon as well. I’m a sucker for Ks, always have been, always will be. DeScalfini owns around an 8 K-rate through the minors and Rodon has about a 13. I don’t put a TON into career minor league strikeout rates, but the same was true for both of them in AAA and when the gap is that large it’s obvious who has the most K-upside. If you’re team is begging for WHIP help or it’s a H2H league where every starter counts and RPs are less valuable (this is the league type MP typically plays in and constantly owns, hence why he responded DeScalfini, I think) then I could see leaning DeScalfini, otherwise, give me Rodon and those sweet, sweet Ks every day and twice on Tuesday!

  22. Wild Thing says:
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    Ugh. What does the Addison Russell call up mean for Javier Baez? I have Baez locked into a 4 year deal for cheap money and thought I was signing the Cubs 2B… Little help please!

    • jal179 says:
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      @Wild Thing:

      Gotta think the Cubbies look at moving Baez for an arm in the near future.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Wild Thing: I think Baez, when ready, will play 2nd and Russell will move over to SS and they will continue to try and trade Castro to San Diego, or any other suitor that’s need a SS..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wild Thing: Baez hasn’t started playing and he can’t strikeout 30+% of the time and be effective… I think they trade Baez

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Grey: I know I am hoping he’s a good enough hitter to learn how to cut down on the K’s. And he is only 22. Hoped it would be with the Cubs but that looks less likely now. Though his power will play anywhere.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Wild Thing: mendy moves back to 2nd eventually.

  23. jal179 says:
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    Anyone thinking of selling high on Shane Greene or Odorizzi?

    If I paired Greene with Yelich, what type of starter or OF could i target?

    10 team h2h non-keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jal179: I’d target a #2 OF, and settle for #3

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks… i got no CDick stock this year… hmmm tim to go fishing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @jal179: Yes to both

  24. Will says:
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    Heston v DeSclafani with these pitching categories:
    W, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS, NSVH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: DeSclafani

  25. joe shmoe says:
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    Nice on Dickerson,
    I thought I just ripped off this trade: I get Dickerson he gets Rosenthal and Span. Dickerson goes down on first at bat. Baseball overlords hear your pride. Facts…

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @joe shmoe: who cares ….you still raped him on that deal

  26. Marc says:
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    Is it fair to say that Iwakuma looks like a “Limposter”? My contribution to the Razzball dictionary is not getting enough (any) use!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marc: Ha! Good call… So many terms, so little time

  27. Adam says:
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    Addison Russell, jake lamb, or Devon Travis ROS?
    Please rank
    10 team standard
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Russell

  28. stonepie says:
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    snagged russell yesterday, have reyes and betts at 2nd/ss. should i hold addison assuming reyes gets hurt or should i sell him now? what would you take for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stonepie: Maybe sell, depends what I needed and could get

  29. m says:
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    14 team H2H
    Do i make a move for Addison?
    Im thinking of giving Duda for him as he doesnt have a good 1b and is a mets fan
    I have semien and andrus playing short now and not feeling them yet, i also have votto playing 1st Duda is my utl guy

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @m: Id keep Wet Tail

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @m: Go for it

  30. Glenn says:
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    Grey, is it time yet to give up on hutchison in order to pick up desclafani?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Glenn: Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Glenn: What F said

  31. Jim says:
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    Grey
    Are you recommending dropping Shoemaker?
    Would you pick up Simon or Travis a Wood for him?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Jim: For them i would Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Maybe, but not there…Agree with F

  32. Mello Yello says:
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    I was gonna clean my house today, but now I kinda just feel like hitting refresh on the transaction trends page to see how high Addison Russell’s adds will get to (I’m going to say something in the 55-60,000 range…already 12,500 as of 7:45 AM EST). First Salazar three days before he gets the call,, now Russell three days before he gets called…check out these waiver wire skills yo!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mello Yello: Yeah, Sky’s beaten me to all of them too

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice waiver grabs recently, btw

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Thanks man! I need Salazar to break through. But on the flip side…28 HRS! Offense is fine, it’s the pitching that’s hurting. I hate saves so much…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I hear ya

  33. Travis says:
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    Russell or Travis?

    • jal179 says:
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      @Travis:

      Travis looks awesome but the Yahoo transaction trend for Russell suggests I don’t know enough about Russell lol

      How good is Russell supossed to be?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Travis: Id want Russell

  34. corona says:
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    dam was just starting to float shoemaker offers out to my leaguemates…we still holdling in a 10 team league? rotation is: kluber/arrieta/wood/shields/salazar/degrom

    at least with salazar we have fun, knowing a blowup can ensue at any minute. shoemaker is dam boring to own in my opinion.

    or would you drop and stream his spot?

    keeper league. $10 dee gordon or $25 rendon

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @corona: Hes drop able…depends on options

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @corona: Gordon, you asked that yesterday, agree with F

      • Greetings from the Humungus says:
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        @Grey: An (grey) elephant never forgets.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, sir

  35. brett says:
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    Shoe or McCarthy?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @brett: Stream

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @brett: Seconded (Was about to type that exact question…)

  36. jal179 says:
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    Use my 1 NA slot in Yahoo 10 team h2h non-keeper to stash Syndergaard or should I drop him for Addison?? Current SS is Alcides, 2B Howie, MI Devon Travis… I’d kind of hate giving up on Syndergaard as I kn ow the Rondon owner who no longer has anyone plugged in his NA hole with pick up Syndergaard…

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @jal179: Addison isnt NA anymore

  37. LastPlace says:
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    What does the Addison Russel call up mean for Baez, both this year and next?

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: Outfield like Alcantara.

  38. Good read as always Grey! Would you cut bait on Shoemaker or Hutchison yet? Some of the jokers in this article and previous ones are on waivers in my league (Simon, Miguel Gonzalez, Volquez, Chris Heston, Joe Kelly) — would you cut Shoe or Hutch for any of those dudes? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fman99: I’d cut Hutch for a streamer (which those jokers are in most leagues)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  39. Mes to the Rocco says:
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    In 10 team standard roto, 5 keepers per team, what SP’s would you try to nab with Russell?

      • Mes to the Rocco says:
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        @Grey: Should I be able to get a top 10 arm if I add Ross to the mix?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Possibly

  40. Gerry says:
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    What’s everyone make of Valbuena? Just a hot schmato or something more there?

    • burningbridges247 says:
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      @Gerry: I watched the ABs last night. Great swings.I picked him up and am going with him while he is hot. More than likely he cools, but risk wins championship. Of course, it also can leave you crying in a dark, empty room, balled up in a fetal position, dreaming about what might have been…..

    • Cram It says:
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      @Gerry: He’s a 29 year old journyeman with a career .230 avg. Sure he’ll hit a few HR’s, maybe even 20, but that’s the only stat he’s filling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gerry: What Cram said

  41. Iguy says:
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    Addison Russell, Danny Santana, Kolten Wong in 5×5 Roto. Pick 2.

    • jal179 says:
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      @Iguy:

      I’ve already lost my patience with Santana…. in Travis I Trust… TIT TIT TIT

      I Heart TITies

      WONGS AND TITies. Feel like I’ve never left 3rd grade

    • Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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      @Iguy:

      Thank you for this question–that is exactly my question, too, Grey

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Iguy: Wong/Russell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Iguy: Wong/Russell

  42. shibboleth says:
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    Trade: Melancon for Archie Bradley? My staff is weird, and Iwakuma is starting to worry me. QS/Solds league.

    My arms: Price, Hamels, Iwakuma, Gonzalez, Hutchinson, Chen; Melancon, Reed, McGee, Johnson, Qualls, Petit, Farquahar

    • jal179 says:
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      @shibboleth:

      Size of league? I think Melancon could fetch more

      • shibboleth says:
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        @jal179: 12 team 30 roster spots

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @shibboleth: DO IT

  43. Big Fudge says:
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    $888 FA auction money left, Aybar playing short with Kipnis and Cano manning 2nd and MI, how much you drop on this guy in a 10 team roto?

  44. Brian says:
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    Would you start Travis Wood today in an NL-Only league? Streamonator hates the start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: I don’t know the matchup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Brian: just notice that wood is hated by SON, due to his seasons upon seasons of being bad. so far this year (which Grey’s mentioned) he’s been better.

  45. GleamTeam_Matt says:
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    Grey – Great write-up.

    I just listened to the most recent podcast, and you mentioned the “rule of thumb” that you should be aiming for roughly 10 HR per week. After 2 weeks, I am sitting pretty far behind with a total of 14. (Not nearly as far behind as JB. 6!? Get it together, man!)

    Are my guys just off to a slow power start, or should I be looking to make a trade to get some more HR? (It’s a 7×7 league – H, BB — QS, HD, 12 teams)

    C – Caleb Joseph [just lost D’Arnaud… bummer :-\] (1 HR)
    1B – Abreu (3 HR)
    2B – Dee Gordon (0 HR)
    3B – Arenado (3 HR)
    SS – Starlin Castro (1 HR, but he did nearly kill a lady last night — so there’s that…)
    OF – Upton (3 HR)
    OF – Holliday (0 HR)
    OF – Myers (1 HR)
    UTIL – Ozuna (0 HR)
    UTIL – Hosmer (1 HR)
    UTIL – A. Lind (1 HR)

    BENCH —
    Kipnis (0 HR)
    Melky Cabrera (0 HR)
    Avisail Garcia (1 HR)

    • Cram It says:
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      @GleamTeam_Matt: That’s not a big gap. And it’s average 10 HR’s a week, not get exactly 10 HR’s every week. You have slow starts. It happens. Relax. Or jump off a bridge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GleamTeam_Matt: Agree with Cram… It’s an average, doesn’t mean you need it every week… Though, your league is slightly shallower, so you should be getting more than 10 (likely 12)… Guessing you can trade Hosmer (and a bench bat) to someone that needs a 1B and get a more power-heavy UTIL bat

  46. de nachos says:
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    Rasmus, el Rey of the Monday Roundtripper. Cue Geiger-girl.

    Your “Grade 1” description was suspiciously spot on. You must have recently adopted. Ukraine?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @de nachos: Ha! A few of my friends recently have adopted China babies…

  47. Will says:
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    What % of my FAAB should I use on Russell? Currently starting Odor and have a bid in for $22 (out of $132 remaining).

    • Sam says:
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      @Will: Ya I’m in the same boat trying to make that determination. The catch in our league (pretty deep — 14-teamer, 27 per roster, 2 DL slots) is it is a keeper where auction winning bid or FAAB winning bid (what ever is more recent) is their base salary for keeper purposes (escalated by plus 10% plus $5).

      Is $15 too high? too low? (means he’s keepable at $22 next season, which seems rich unless he really breaks out)

      • Will says:
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        @Sam: Yeah, mine is keeper league as well but he would be kept as a 12th rounder which could be good value depending how he looks this year.

        What is your total FAAB? I wouldn’t worry too much about next year’s cost…if you need a MI, I’d try and get him and worry about next year later.

        • Sam says:
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          @Will: Total FAAB is $100, I’m down to $85 though (can’t pickup guys for any less than a dollar but can trade for FAAB).

          So ignoring keeper value, how high would you go?

          • Will says:
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            @Sam:

            I’d say up to $20. I think it’s always better to use FAAB earlier in the year to get guys who will (hopefully) provide value throughout the year vs. trying to save for summer call ups.

            • Sam says:
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              @Will: Thanks for the advice! Will up the bid!

    • Will says:
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      @Will:

      Geez, winning bid was $60.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Will: Oh well, you didn’t need him that bad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: $22 sounds fine

  48. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 12-T dynasty points league, a team that has a good chance this year…

    Trade Daniel Norris and Danny Salazar for Mike Fiers and Miguel Gonzalez?

    Seems like trading high risk/high upside, for boring and steady, but boring and steady win the race.

  49. Awesome Auger says:
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    Drop Iwakuma for Nelson?

  50. sniff test says:
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    fowler or marisnick?

    • jal179 says:
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      @sniff test:

      At least Fowler is a known commodity atop a solid lineup…

  51. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Roll the dice with Walker today? I mean, its the Lastro’s he’s facing. Which makes Kuma’s start last night that much more frustrating. He’s bombing my ERA like Pearl Harbor! ( It’s been over 70 years, I feel like we can crack racialist Japanese WW2 jokes now)

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Haha Lastros (Peter Griffin chuckle)

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Hey i need a cigarette…you got an extra

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Only Winstons baby, old school brotha style

    • Cram It says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: I’m using him. Gotta be better than he has been right? Otherwise he’d be like, the WORST pitcher in baseball. I’m fading that.

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @Cram It: Agreed. We love to talk about regression to the mean. The same is true for bad numbers normalizing, especially with someone that has elite skills against a strikeout prone team in one of the most pitcher friendly parks in the league. The home cooking will make Walker mmm mmm good tonight. 6 innings/2 ER/7K/2BB and the W.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Drexel Hill Dragons: weren’t you just on here yesterday claiming mostsuckass is a keep due to being good in the last i don’t know 60 at bats. now walker’s great since what, his preseason? Go look at mostsuckasses last 4 years and try to figure out whether you want to use small samples for your benefit when it helps you or not. at least be aware of what you are doing.

  52. jamie says:
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    Desclefani and travis wood on waiver, which one is the better grab?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @jamie: Depends on need and who your dropping

      • Jamie says:
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        Need a fifth starter, Have both Hutchinson or Hahn that I could drop.

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Jamie: Id lose Hutch

          • Jamie says:
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            I think we’re having communication issues… I know I can drop Hutch the question was who to pick up Desclefani or wood. lol

            • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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              @Jamie: Ha..My bad…Wood

  53. TOGMAN says:
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    Need to drop a SP in order to add a catcher. 6×6 H2H QS

    Hahn, Bailey, Hughes? Lester?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @TOGMAN: Hahn

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @TOGMAN: bailey

  54. JB says:
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    Grey –

    Who should I drop from Shoemaker, Iwakuma or Fiers to pick up Rodon? Thanks!

    • Luce Wayne says:
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      @JB:

      All of the above..

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @JB: Shoe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB: Shoe

      • JB says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys

  55. Luce Wayne says:
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    Keeper League..

    Should I trade Rendon for Russell?

    What say thee?

      • Luce Wayne says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F:

        But Rendon is being a Nancy with this injury.. Killing me on the DL..

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Luce Wayne: its early…long term Rendon is the guy you want

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Luce Wayne: please join all my leagues.

  56. Papi says:
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    Is it time to sell high on Nelson Cruz? Feels like a PED suspension is inevitable.

    • jal179 says:
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      @Papi:

      Everyone hates him… then bury him in the rankings… then hits 27 Dongs in like 400 Abs… I totally love him at DH. Just a steal

    • coronoa says:
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      @Papi: i agree this guy always gets no love

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Papi: Depends what you can get

  57. Chris says:
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    H2H Points League – Bottom of my staff is:
    Shoemaker
    Fiers
    Hughes
    C-Mart
    Nelson
    Salazar

    Homer Bailey, Archie Bradley and Mike Leake are on the wire. Would you swap any of these out or try to add any for ROS? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Bradley over Shoe

  58. crumbelievable says:
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    Somehow I’m in third place in my points league despite my pitching being absolutely atrocious so far. My SPs are Samardzija, A. Wood, Iwakuma, Hughes, Hutchison, Shoemaker, Fiers, and Paxton. Volquez, Simon, T. Wood, Masterson (yuck), Niese (blech) are some of the less nauseating options on waivers. Any of those guys worth adding, and if so, who to drop?

  59. Clint says:
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    So how do you see the Mets bullpen shaking out? Somebody just dropped Parnell in my 12 team roto league but given he’s returning from TJ, I’m skeptical he’s worth the add & the coming frustration as he works out the kinks & Familia continues to hold the spot.

    • Clint says:
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      @Clint:
      And which SP do you like for rest of season in h2h league: Nelson, Pomeranz, or Descalfani

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Clint: I think Familia keeps the job…as long as he keeps pitching the way he is

    • @Clint:

      Well, that & the fact that the Mutts mgr said Familia is the closer even when Parnell & Black return.

      And the fact that Parnell is getting blasted by single A players with velocity in the 88-89 range (he hit 93 once with his last pitch in his last outing) – a far fall from 97 where he used to throw. And he can’t be used in back to back games – all adds up to Parnell being totally droppable.

      I wouldn’t waste a roster spot on him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: What others said about Mets… Pomeranz

  60. Tim Shand says:
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    who closes for TB when Mcgee comes back?

  61. Adam says:
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    Salazar vs Det on Friday OR
    Descafani vs Cubs( Arrieta) on Sat
    Need to stream that position
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Descafani

  62. nick the dick says:
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    I too have never watched the Walking Dead, but I watch the Yankees game every night so I get the jist. My dad and brother swear by it, so I at swear at them that I swear I will never watch it while i’ms wearing my leisure suit, Larry style, sippin’ my Sanka with a twist of Secor laxitive. Pretty regular day. Scout’s Honor.

    • de nachos says:
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      @nick the dick: Walking Dead is a good to very good show that has produced a few notably great episodes. The main character Rick is another one of these English/Aussie actors who pulls off a very convincing American lead, a la Brody in Homeland or (current favorite) Hood on Banshee. If you don’t like gore, no bueno. But otherwise it’s definitely binge-watch-worthy.

      Maybe there’s a Canadian version where they bleep all the blood and guts but instead show boobies like with Radio Head’s Paranoid Android vid?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @de nachos: I don’t watch Walking Dead, but I never miss Talking Dead as I need my fix of Chris Hardwick’s boyish enthusiasm

      • The Harrow says:
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        @de nachos: why would Canada bleep blood, hockey is their national sport.

  63. Bobby ballgame says:
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    Ahoy!
    Addison Russell is available , drop my second catcher (the slumping/hurting Devin mesoraco)?

    I just don’t want my opponents to snag him up.

    Next, I also want to add Steve Souza but not sure who to drop here’s my bench:

    Jose Iglesias , wil Myers

    My utility is laroche

    My 2b is howie Kendrick

    My IF is Kris Bryant

    My 1b is Carlos Santana

    My 3b is Todd Frazier

    My SS is Hanley Ramirez

    Catcher is Vogt

    & OF’ers; puig, Harper, trumbo & joc pederson

    My lowest pitcher I have is iwakuma , I do have shoemaker too but not ready to part with the shoe just yet maybe I will if he gets lit up vs Rangers

      • Bobby ballgame says:
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        @JAL:

        Thanks dude! You’d recommend in dropping mesoraco for Addison Russell?

          • Bobby ballgame says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks grey!
            Yeah I really don’t like rostering two catchers that’s why I’m sending mesoraco to the land of waivers for Addison Russell , plus if Vogt slows down I can just stream not a big deal to me

  64. Zod says:
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    Trade my Hector Rondon for a Stephen vogt? I currently have 4 closers and an underwhelming catcher.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Zod: You already answered the question.

  65. coronoa says:
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    arrieta/fowler or bauer/pollock? weekly h2h roto

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @coronoa: Arrieta

  66. Fungazi says:
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    In 12 T H2H, Zunino killing me in average. Should I grab Norris or Joseph before the Lucroy owner gets his pick?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Fungazi: Norris

      • Fungazi says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: What about Grandal? BB is a stat and he looks like he takes a lot of walks.

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Fungazi: Honestly i would just go with the hot bat…right now Norris (in Coors)…next week…?

  67. Damien says:
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    Wong hit waivers in my league…worth the pick up? Or wait til he heats up. Hot Wong!

    I’d like some SAGNOF. actually just some steals with the face of Wong.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Damien: Take him

  68. Barrett says:
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    Keep five OF in a 12 team deep dynasty league. HTH categories are R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, TB, AVG.

    Curtis Granderson, Jorge Soler, Anthony Gose, Austin Jackson, Josh Reddick, Ben Revere, Kevin Kiermaier.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Barrett: Soler, Kiermaier, Jackson, Gose, Revere

  69. Zevon says:
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    With Russell being called up can I bail on the disappointment that is Santana so far this year?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Zevon: Sure

  70. Phil of the Future says:
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    Hey, Grey.
    Bummer about Dickerson. I invested a lot in him this year. Was expecting beautiful things. Are we thinking done for the year? Or worse, he plays and is ineffective and kills lineups? Is there any way to just kind of make this go away? Can we do that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Not done, ineffective if anything… Hopefully he’s fine, and it really is minor

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: Rotoworld say Dickerson nursing mild Plantar Fasciitis

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: did you notice that both this post and Grey’s blurbs in today at the top say the very same things?

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Let me ask you this, G. Stubbs was dropped a week or so back. Out of a $100 FAAB budget, what’s your opinion on what a Dickerson owner, such as myself, should spend to get him? Thx as always

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          $2

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Interesting. I was about to go in much higher. I’m glad you aren’t nearly as doom and gloom as I am about this, but I fear Dickerson owners, especially in weekly leagues, are in for a world of crap. Praying I’m wrong.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hopefully you are, but I don’t own Dickerson so slightly more cheery than I might be

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: I’ve never felt more alone than I do right in this moment.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, sorry!

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: If you were really sorry you’d trade for him so we can be up s**t’s creek together. DO IT

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha! Um…Yeah…*slowly backs out of the room*

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: COME BACK HERE!!!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      *whistles calmly, then runs*

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: HA! *gives chase, starts getting chest pains, stops and lights up a cigarette*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha!

  71. futureman says:
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    In a limited moves points league

    Drop Yadier for Derek Norris? Big difference between the two?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @futureman: Don’t waste a limited move on a catcher

    • JT says:
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      @future man: I am expecting a resurgent Jesus Montero and think he could be a game-changer for your team.

  72. JAL says:
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    Greetings. Who’s throwing Pomeranz out @ LAA in innings capped 5×5 today? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: I’d go with SON, which is a no

  73. danny says:
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    10 teamer 6×6 OBP

    Travis or Russell for a 2B?

    Thanks,

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @danny: Russell

  74. Scott says:
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    What’s that? Stream catchers you say? Nick Hundley .667 yesterday. Thanks Grey!

  75. JFK says:
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    Received an offer of:
    Hamilton/Frazier (26th round keeper)/Shoemaker
    for
    Kluber (14th round keeper)/Pence (9th round keeper)
    in a 12-team H2H 7×7 league.

    His team is pretty starved for pitching, so was considering countering with:
    King Felix/Big Papi
    for
    Goldy/Carrasco (25th round keeper)/?
    Looking at these options for the third piece from his side: Rosenthal/Perkins/Papelbon/Familia/Gardner/Matty Carp – saves, runs and speed are all needs for me; I should note that he values Carrasco very highly.

    That would leave my rotation thin with: Kluber/Arrieta/Carrasco/McCarthy/Harang/Quintana/Wood/Smyly*/Corbin*.
    I’m concerned that Ortiz may have hit the wall as he enters his 40’s and would like to capitalize on his name value.
    Thoughts on what would balance out this trade? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JFK: I’d take Goldy/Carrasco, but not sure why he’d do it

  76. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Got Dannys Antana sucking it up at SS in a 12-team H2H OBP.

    Drop him for Cozart, Lowrie, Flores or Semien?

      • Mike b says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Flores or andrus?

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Mike b: Speed Andrus…Power Wilmer

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F:

        You think Flores’ recent HR stops the “two days off a week for R.Tejada” schedule? Wouldn’t want a SS that plays a catcher’s schedule.

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @The JoGarza: Yeah i wouldnt worry about tejada

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The JoGarza: I’d hold for now

  77. Nation says:
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    Hey @grey , are you buying descalfani at this point despite the negative rating by streamonator? Is despaigne another hodgepadre?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nation: I’ve gone over both

  78. Teddy Heater says:
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    Ohhh BFF it was a rough day yesterday, Shoe & Iwakuma got knocked around again, Arenado hurt, Dickerson hurt the wheels are falling off and it’s only the 3rd week. I was looking forward to an all Coors week with Jup visiting for 3 days and effin 4/20 dashed all my hopes at least AJ is en fuego and Rizzo is leading my team in SB’s (wait that’s not why I drafted him?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: BFF, it’s early, don’t worry, let’s do this together!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: BTW yesterdays Post was Hilarious, it’s like you thought about all that stuff over the weekend and then totally nailed it. I’m learning the hard way not to do more than 1 RCL team. This was my first year joining a baseball RCL and I’m a bit of my element with the innings limit. I already set my ical 2016 draft; Get more closers and middle relievers as there are 0 available. I’m use to guys being available on the wire for more than a millisecond after you post and I’m on the west coast. Time to regroup and keep going with the Batty calls of the day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, BFF! I’d grab high K relievers, and hope you’re in the right spot at the right time to grab a SAGNOF guy when available… Think Yimi, Osuna…

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: I have Osuna, Davis, Giles & Yimi was gone early last week time, but on the bright side I can choose from;

            Boyer
            Rossup
            Mujica
            Otero
            Siegrist (I’m thinking this would be the best add)

            Can you see if the Overlord will spare Arenado & Dickerson? I have them rostered on every team (I thought it was going to be the Bash Brothers from another mother) I use to rock that poster with Big Mac and Canseco.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hope the Rox are fine, that would majorly suck… Siegrist is fine for now

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Preesh! I just saw that Arenado said he’s playing today. Thank you Baseball Overlord

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thank God!

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: Weiss is sitting both. SMH

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ugh, I know

  79. A Cougar says:
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    12 team h2h
    Was offered J.Zimm and K.Jansen for Bartolo and Grilli. I have 1 more DL slot to put Jansen in. I have Uehara & Storen and Castro is currently only “closer” on waivers. Every backup is still on waivers except Wade Davis. I gotta take it, right??

  80. nick the dick says:
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    Mal Phe, thank gooudness you’re here this mourning, I need your heulp! Rice KrisB’s or Frousted Altuve Wheauts. Hurry i’m houngry!!

  81. Swfcdan says:
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    Shaw to replace AJ Ramos for save chasing?

  82. Carlos says:
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    Who is my drop?

    Carassco, Liriano, Salazar, McCarthy, Samrdzija, S. Miller, M. Tanaka
    B. Boxberger, N. Feliz, G. Perkins, M. Castro, A. Ottavino, A. Miller

    I am leaning towards Feliz, because I think he will get the least save opportunities.

    Thanks!

  83. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks your article as always.

    Kindly rank MIs as below
    Kipnis, Alexei, A Escobar, D Santana, Travis (when health), Lawrie

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: You ranked them more or less

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        But Dies Kipnis still has that value? I’m losing patience…
        And, where is Russel if he is in the list? Before Travis?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Around that of Travis

  84. Joe says:
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    Using Grandal at catcher. Gattis was just dropped and Norris is just marinating in free agency. Out of the three, who would you go with?

    For what its worth, assume Gattis won’t cost waiver priority because I’m letting him role through waivers and would only pick him up as a free agent.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Joe: Long term, Gattis….right now Norris

  85. doghat666 says:
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    10 team, daily 10×10 roto league
    Although only 10 teams , our pitching rosters are deep. My staff:
    Strasburg, Cole, Ross, Liriano, AWood, Ventura,
    Should I drop Paxton or Shoemaker for Simon?

    Thanks

  86. Joeg414 says:
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    ESPN really slow rolling the DL spot for Travis d’Arnaud

    • Joeg414 says:
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      @Joeg414:
      10:50 am just hit the DL

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Joeg414: im still waing on lucroy to dl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joeg414: Not to defend ESPN, but that’s due to the Mets

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Not to defend the Mets but…….Ah F it your right

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  87. Mike b says:
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    Pick two travis, Wong, russell
    Pick two semien, andrus, Russell, santana

    Drop shoemaker for desclefani, nelson, Bradley, Carlos Martinez, simon, paxton, bailey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike b: Wong, russell, andrus, Russell, C-Mart

  88. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    FACT of THE DAY:

    In Germany, the “Shhhh” sound means hurry up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: That explains why German librarians are in such a rush, that and the book burnings

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Ha Ha

  89. dom says:
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    is Addison Russell immediately a better fantasy option than Jose Ramirez? Even tonight? (Russell vs Liriano, Ramirez vs Noesi)

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @dom: Yes…Probably not tonight though

  90. beanbag says:
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    Shoemaker or descalfani/c-mart?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @beanbag: Disco/C-Mart

      • beanbag says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: i meant to pick one up, sorry! either?

  91. David Brys says:
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    Start happ vs astros tomorrow?

  92. sternal says:
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    Line of the day Grey! Hilarious!!! “He needs the Nighttime, Sniffling, Sneezing, Coughing, Aching, Stuffyhead, Fever, You’ve-Got-To-Be-Kidding-Me-I-Just-Set-My-Weekly-Lineup-You-Better-Play-Today Medicine”

  93. The Phatman says:
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    So I’m looking at selling Wainwright while the sellings good. I don’t have enough depth at SP to trade him straight up for a position player so here’s what I’ve cooked up:

    Wainwright, Souza for Greene, Carlos Gomez

    I feel like I am lowballing the owner here but that it could work since Gomez is still on the DL. This owner seems to hold much stock in the Yahoo projections which shows this as beneficial to him. Do I send this offer?

      • The Phatman says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: I usually mistrust any Jef with one F, like a Jon with no H, but I offered it. Let’s see what happens next.

  94. papasmurf says:
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    CDick goes limp??? Say it ain’t so! If he’s down, so’s my team’s chances of winning.

    Oh yes I freed Wily. He had good numbers against CIN so I was like what the hey give him one more shot. Looked good for the first 5, then bam! 6 runs in the next 2 IP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Yup, can get over the homer allowed hump

  95. MikeY says:
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    Best player For NA spot synderrrgard , gray, Lindor. Andrus is my ss right now

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @MikeY: Noah

      • Steve says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: When do you think he’s called up?

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Steve: ask Mike, but i think it’s juneish.

  96. Jayb says:
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    How would you rank shoemaker, Paxton, Hughes, and despaigne as of current and moving forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jayb: Hughes, Paxton

  97. Sarge says:
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    Soler vs liriano or bruce vs fiers

  98. SallyCips says:
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    I dunno, man. I understand your argument about high ranked catcherscatchers (except Posey), but don’t necessarily agree. The injury to Lucroy could happen to anyone. Better undrafted players lurk at every position. I don’t go out to draft high catchers, but sometimes it makes sense to grab one if there’s no one better. Having a known plus commodity at a position of weakness is actually a good deal.

    I know RCLs use ESPN mostly (all? I don’t actually know), which has never been my favorite platform. I own Carlos Santana in both my leagues. In my RCL/ESPN he’s at 1st, but in Yahoo he’s still eligible at catcher, therefore a massive plus. Granted I understand you said RCLs, but just saying lots of folks read the site that don’t necessarily play in an RCL.

    For the record, again, I wouldn’t draft Posey regardless. Now that one is too high and doesn’t give you nearly enough. After that, though, there are some picks that’ll help more than rolling the dice on the wire.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @SallyCips: I used to think the exact same thing. Last season proved him completely correct just as this year is. Guys that were Fa last season were Gomez, Lucroy, Gattis, Norris and even Vogt. Now if you look at the rcl player rater for catcher only 3 of top 10 and 4 of top 20 were not on wire this year so far. Highly drafted catchers like Gattis and Lucroy sit at 48 and 50 while Gomez is hurt and not even on list.

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Norris/Vogt were the only guys on the wire last year from that list, and neither were better than the other 3 you mentioned. To me, there are way more positions of strength out there than catcher, and having one that won’t cause you to burn moves (unless you have unlimited) on the position is of value. Again, talking broader fantasy strokes than just RCLs here.

        • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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          @SallyCips: This is my first year in rcls so not talking from that but don’t play in limited move leagues played in h2h where movement is greater and peeps generally go by needs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: Thing is, no one carries 2 catchers, so there’s more available options (unless 2 catcher league)

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: You don’t know my Yahoo league. ;) Folks draft ’em like candy trade bait, and it sorta works. I traded my extra McCann earlier for Wong.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I guess it depends on your leaguemates

  99. J-Mo says:
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    Thanks as always, Grey. Advice needed. I’m probably dropping Shoemaker and maybe Hutchison. Which 2 of these pitchers would you pick up to replace them?

    Salazar, Volquez, DeSclafani, Morrow, Heston, Simon

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @J-Mo: Salazar/ Disco

  100. Ty says:
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    Looking to add another closer. Drop Hutchinson for… Miller, Soria or Cody Allen?

    • Joeg414 says:
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      @Ty:
      Miller, Soria or Cody Allen Free Agents ? What kind of league / how many teams ? Sorry, I gotta ask .

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ty: Andrew Miller? Available? For serious?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Ty: If you have another pitcher to lose take Miller and Allen

  101. Wilsonian says:
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    Zunino or Vogt while Gomes is on the shelf?

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wilsonian: Vogt’s pretty hot right now. Seems like the add.

  102. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    I’ve got De Aza in my utility spot and he is starting to flounder. Worth dropping him to pick up one of the following?

    Middlebrooks, Choo, Gyorko, Herrera, Jennings, Marisnick, Cahna, Ike Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elliot: I’d stream hot bats… Depends on needs and HItter-Tron… Cahna

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Bu buh but Pants pinky promised this time that Ike Davis is gonna hit at least 35 homers this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pants is going for the bold calls, crazy, but bold, I like it

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: I love it too, he’s awesome

  103. Bobby says:
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    Archie Bradley or salazar

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Bobby: Salazar

      • Btdrnks says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: How about in a H2H points league? The ever looming blowup by Salazar could cost me -25pts and therefore the matchup…Bradley for whatever reason, seems safer? No?

  104. G says:
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    I know its early but Danny Santana has been disappointing. Avisail is either on my bench or second utility spot. Would you trade avisail for boegarts to upgrade at SS? Thanks Grey as always.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @G: Yes…id package him with Santana and try to get a second piece you like

  105. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    I have six closers (Grilli, K-Rod, Papelbon, Ottavino, Rondon, and Doolittle). I can only play 4. Should I drop two of them? If so, which ones?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Elliot: Try to trade out 2 for better pieces. Giving away a closer for free isn’t a great way to go.

  106. PhrasingBackInTheMix says:
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    Apologies to all for asking the 1000th variation of this question, but trying to decide whether to make room for Addison in a shallow 10-team points league. I could drop Shoemaker or a SS (right now I have Elvis and Bogaerts). There are good options on the wire for pitching, so I’m tempted to say Shoe, but I also don’t want to overreact here…

  107. Tommot says:
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    Need pitching…

    Justin Upton for Carrasco…which side?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Tommot: Upton…get cheaper pitching

  108. SteveV says:
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    Fiers or Locke?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @SteveV: Fiers

  109. Awesome Auger says:
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    One more for today… who’d you rather R Zim or Souza? Position doesnt matter, I have them all covered

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Awesome Auger: Souza…Zimm will be on the DL soon enough

  110. slimbo says:
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    What’s up

    Shoemaker, Pineda, Mccarthy, duda or travis? Who is most droppable to activate russell and bailey? Keeper league

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @slimbo: McCarthy

  111. scott steelers says:
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    You think Corey Seager gets the call between now and June or Sept to 2016?

      • scott steelers says:
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        @Grey: I just saw he played 3rd for the 2nd time in 5 games. Was hoping that was a telling sign, as a position switch for russell was. Fingers crossed it’s sooner than sept. Cause I am horribly impatient and will probably drop him 3 minutes before he gets the call

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Me too

  112. Cyril Figgis says:
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    I was offered Goldy and Seagar for Rizzo and Bryant. Which side of this would you take, Grey?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Cyril Figgis: Is it a keeper league? …Im leaning Rizzo side, its close but i think Bryants upside over seager sways it

  113. Jack says:
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    After losing d’Arnaud – go with Martin, Zunino, M. Montero, or try out Plawecki?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Jack: Martin

  114. phil says:
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    Start Drew Pomeranz or T. Walker today?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @phil: Pom…even though SON says otherwise

  115. Wilsonian says:
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    Dumping Shoe and/or A. Wood for any of the following:

    DeSclafini
    McCarthy
    Hutchison
    Paxton
    Tillman
    Volquez
    Streamer Spot

    Or Hold

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

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Wilsonian: Shoe for Disco

  116. Travis says:
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    Who would you drop for Salazar–Ian Kennedy (due back this weekend though), Shelby Miller ( not pitching bad at all)?

    Or Cishek or Rondon? (Got chapman and soon will have Jansen back)…

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Travis: Kennedy

      • Travis says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: of Cishek? Starting to worry bout him… Marlins not winning, blew his only save chance, ERA approaching a million?

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Travis: Id rather have the closer over the Streamer

          • Travis says:
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            @JeF WiTH 1 F: you think Kennedy is only a streamer? I question how much a closer Cishek is this year, something seems off. And things like McGee, Peralta, Boxberger are out there.

            • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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              @Travis: Last year was a career year for Kennedy…Im not sold on him…if you want to keep him though, Shelby would be the next in line for me to go

              • The Harrow says:
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                @JeF WiTH 1 F: uh, kennedy’s career year would’ve been more like 4 or around that year’s ago when he was in top 20 overall pitchers (mostly due to wins, but his other stuff was better then too)

  117. Pedro says:
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    Trying to trade Zimmermann. Would you trade him for Salazar? Or should I aim my sights higher.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Pedro: Id trade him

  118. My Wood is LONGoria says:
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    I just got offered Prince Fielder or Soler or Garrett Richards for Rusell. 10 team 6×6 OBP H2H
    C Vogt
    1B Albert P
    2B Dozier
    SS Desmond
    3B Arenado
    OF Puig
    OF Dickerson
    OF Springer
    OF Cain
    UTL Souza
    Bench Blackmon
    Bench Heyward
    Bench Russel

    P Arrieta, Ross, Greene, Nelson, Salazar, Wood, Soria and Jansen on DL

    Since Dozier is NOT lighting it up, should I hold or trade Russel for any of the above.

    • jal179 says:
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      @My Wood is LONGoria:

      Your OF is pretty damn good already… Heyward on your bench? Jealous…

      Peeps will throw dirt at me but I’d go Richards with your pitching staff…. but I also picked Richards to compete for the AL CY Young lol

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @My Wood is LONGoria: that’s completely crazy that anybody would trade soler for russell right now, unless maybe in a dynasty.

  119. Randy Bobandy says:
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    Cody Allen comments wins the day.

    And that was Braun’s first extra base hit this season…

  120. GleamTeam_Matt says:
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    In a league where I just lost D’Arnaud, a guy wants to give me Gattis and Polanco for Gerrit Cole

    My other SP are Kershaw, DeGrom, Heston, and Fiers

    Some notable waiver wire SPs available are: Shelby Miller, James Paxton, Matt Shoemaker, Pomeranz, Jimmy Nelson

    Should I jump the gun? (It’s a 12-team, 7×7 league w/ added categories: H/BB and QS/HLD)

  121. Fish says:
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    Dump Shoemaker for DeSclafini or Rodon?

    • GleamTeam_Matt says:
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      @Fish:

      DeSclafani.

  122. Chris says:
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    grabbed Edinson Volquez to stream last week and rolled with him this week for the two start. I wish he pitched against the Twins and White Sox every day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Ha, me too!

  123. Youth movement says:
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    Trade question, 12 team H2H dynasty. Been offered Encarnacion and Pompey for Marte and Archer. I’m super deep in pitching, so losing Archer is not a major loss. Hate to take on a 32 year old, but buying low on Ed E and selling high on Archer. Would look for something besides Pompey though, who looks to be in trouble when Saunders returns. So long winded way of saying yay or nay.

      • Youth movement says:
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        @Grey: also offered Edwin and Chris Carter for Archer and Marte. Which do you like better?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Edwin, Pompey or Carter depends on needs

  124. Luke T. says:
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    Would you drop Zunino for Norris or Vogt?
    In which order? ROS rankings of the three? Thanks Grey!

  125. Fever Dog says:
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    Drop d’arnaud for Vogt?

  126. Wilson says:
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    Hi trade my Kemp for EE , suggest to propose? Thanks

  127. Eds says:
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    Picked up Russell last night and woke up to a offer of Bogaerts for him. Hold? Sell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eds: Sell

  128. Fungazi says:
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    Is Shoemaker another one of those dead arm pitchers? His velo is down 2 mph from last season. More like Homermaker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: I wouldn’t be surprised, he looks wrong

  129. Jaone says:
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    Was late to Russel, trade Avisail for him?

  130. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Batty call: Which 2 guys are most likely to get a slam and legs today: Marte (v. T. Wood), Springer (@ Taijuan), or Joc (@ Lincecum)?

    Follow up – does your answer change if Joc showers Lincecum with post-4/20 Cool Ranch Dorito tacos before each AB?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I’d been leaning Joc over Spring, but Lince looks alright and SF is a big park. Plus, I don’t think Joc and get that many Cool Ranch tacos before gametime…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  131. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    My first year in rcl I have 6 starters in 1 league non are droppable Richards, Grienke , Archer, Salazar, DeScalafini and Pineda right now . 6 Starters seems a bit much with an 180 start limit. What is a good balance point i should be looking at ? I’m thinking 4 with streams 5 at the most thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: I’d hold 6 until a few guys show themselves… You can always drop guys in May, June, etc

  132. nick the dick says:
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    I got this high maintentance Sex and the City ho, all the time, borderline Raphael Sadditty ho. So I was chilling with this fashionista. Watching VH1 Soul on the couch lampin’. They throw Slam by Onyx, and she ask ‘ay baby, when did the guy from Moesha start rapping?’

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: This guy Phonte. Don’t really know him but it was on an Apathy song. I love that line, always makes me smirk

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Last line is the best, so good

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Yeah man. Plus he uses lampin’, who says that anymore?! Needs to come back. Also calling people mark ass bustas. GTS: see Urban Dictionary

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I use lampin all the time, seriously

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: That’s awesome, it’s cuz you’re an OG. On the next podcast, tell JB you’ve just been lampin’. Then tug your ear. I won’t see it but i’ll know…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, will do!

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @nick the dick:

      I understood less than 10% of that

      • nick the dick says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Haha but everyone watches Sex and the City. You’re being so Miranda.

  133. Scandalous Bob says:
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    12 team yahoo, 5×5 roto (my team listed below). Would you trade…

    My – B. Harper
    For his – A. Rizzo

    C – W. Ramos
    1B – J. Abreu
    2B – K. Wong
    3B – N. Arenado
    SS – A. Ramírez
    OF – C. González
    0F – B. Harper
    OF – J. Heyward
    UT – A. García
    UT – W. Myers
    Bench – A. Russell

    SP – J. Lester, J. Samardzija, T. Ross, C. Carrasco, D. Salazar
    RP – C. Allen, A. Miller, L. Gregerson, J. Familia, J. Peralta, C. Rodon, B. Cecil
    DL José Fernández
    DL Bobby Parnell

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Scandalous Bob: In a Vacuum yes…on your team id keep Harper

  134. Fastpitch says:
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    The Dickerson injury is ruining my day. All these injuries are starting to take the fun out of fantasy baseball. When a guy has several teams it seems overwhelming. Sigh. Available FA players to fill my one reserve spot in a 10 team, redraft, for precautionary reasons just in case Dickerson loses playing time. DeAza, R. Davis, Eaton, Ender, MarisMantle, Markasis, Stubbs. Not to exciting….
    Thinking MarisMantle. Worried about power the most.

  135. dem ribbies says:
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    Cutch for Felix, Sale or Kluber?

  136. adam says:
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    10 team weekly head to head league
    would u drop cody allen and pick up yimi Garcia?
    his stats r crazy

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @adam: Nope

  137. Reid says:
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    I’m in a bit of an undecisive mood right now and I need some direction…
    11 tm keeper – roto, K’s and BB are categories for offense

    1. Put D’Arnaud on the DL and picked up Derek “Luxroy” Norris
    2. Have a free move to make on my bench and am torn between picking up Wong and Alexei Ramirez…I have Gordon and Desmond as starters
    3. OF depth is as follows: Soler, Myers, Avisail, with Ozuna on the bench (great, young depth that hopefully I can turn into keepers). However, Ozuna worries me. Should I consider dropping him for Souza? Who projects better for the next year or 3? If yes, do I start Souza over Avisail as my third OF or just have him as bench depth?

    I’m a middle school teacher giving the state-mandated test today, so I had to cram this all in at once…I do apologize for the length. Thanks for the help Grey and Co. *high five*

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Reid: Can you take Wong and Souza and forget about Alexei? so you dont have to cut Ozuna

      • Reid says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Unfortunately not. I only have one move to make before I’d have to drop someone

  138. Cronut Burger says:
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    Grey!!!! Need a big favour. I have to put in my AL-only bids in a few hours and need some advice. Please rank ROS: Happ, Simon, Karns, Kelly. Thanks so much!

  139. Brendan says:
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    15 Team Points League.
    I have Aybar at the SS slot and wondering if I should hold onto him or jump ship to Asdrubal Cabrera, Brad Miller or *gulp* Stephen Drew?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  140. Tom says:
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    Frustrated with Dannys Atana in my H2H OBP league. I really need him to provide the 89/9/39/27 you called for in the pre-season – especially the SB’s & runs. Unfortunately the waiver is filled with MI’s who are not much better, especially in the SB’s & runs I need: Odor, ECab, O. Herrera, J. Ramirez, M. Johnson, C. Owings. Do I drop Dannys for any of these guys or stay patient?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Tom: Id Hold

  141. Pete says:
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    2 add max per week 12 team H2H league with Saves and Holds as categories in a 7×7.

    For some reason Perkins is sitting on the wire (I know MIN is not so good but still…). My relievers are Feliz, A. Miller, W. Davis, and Walden with Kenley in my DL slot. We have 4 RP slots, so it’s tough to juggle more than 4 relievers on the roster.

    Should I add Perkins and drop Feliz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  142. joe says:
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    Grab Russell and cut Polanco/any of my bench bats?

    BN/Util bats are Martin, Laroche, Travis, Polanco, Myers

    my team is a little light on speed. 12 team standard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Travis

  143. Dan Miller says:
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    How long you holding on to Rusney in redraft mixed leagues at this point? If you want a roster spot to use for a Caleb Joseph type for catcher depth, would you cut him and/or Steve Pearce?

  144. Carnac says:
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    On the next podcast there should be a bit where Grey has to rank players using Walking Dead analogies and JB has to use Sophie’s Choice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: I like that JB has no idea what Sophie’s Choice is, that makes me want to pinch his cheeks

      • Carnac says:
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        I love it. I love it so much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Next, he’s gonna be saying “I pardon you” b/c he heard Ralph Fiennes says it in a movie he never saw

  145. adam says:
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    thoughts on Napoli..looks awful.
    would u drop to pick up a guy like Lamb or Pearce?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @adam: Hold for now

  146. adam says:
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    dozier or addison Russell ROS?
    l

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @adam: Russell

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: dozier never did have good minor numbers, but i’ve been saying that for last 2 years and up till recently dozier just kept producing. guess when i suddenly bought dozier finally….. eck.

  147. b-rock says:
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    LOVE the Arenado line!

    I now have Wong, Travis, and Russell – I can’t justify three second baseman. Does Travis get pink slip?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @b-rock: Thanks! Lose Travis

  148. dem ribbies says:
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    drop Pax for DeSclafani?

  149. Fonzie Guillen says:
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    Two of Souza, Russell, or Hosmer?

    10 team league h2h

    positions: c, 1b, 2b, ss, 3b, lf, cf, rf, of, util

    hitting cats R/H/HR/RBI/SB/K/A/OBP/SLG

    Team offense

    C. Joseph Bal – C

    F. Freeman Atl – 1B

    J. Kipnis Cle – 2B

    J. Donaldson Tor – 3B

    S. Castro ChC – SS

    Y. Céspedes Det – LF

    B. Harper Was – CF

    G. Stanton Mia – RF

    S. Souza TB – OF

    E. Hosmer KC – UTIL

    B. Hamilton Cin – Bench

    M. Wieters Bal – DL

    • Fonzie Guillen says:
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      @Fonzie Guillen: And thanks in advance for your thoughts on the above!

      • Fonzie Guillen says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  150. Derrick says:
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    Bogaerts or Russell?

  151. ryanoger says:
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    Kipnis or Addison ROS?

    thanks grey

    Ryan

  152. dickerson's Jock Strap says:
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    trade Dickerson for Tyson ross? Sonny g?

  153. al says:
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    Ahh need some more advice Grey! In my ESPN 10 Team H2H Points league I just lost Lucroy but can’t DL him because of Rendon… I only have 5 bench spots and I’ve been using them all for pithcers… I believe Shoemaker is my most expendable player but I don’t know if I should drop him for one of the available Catchers to replace Lucroy? Or maybe just keep streaming his spot for pitching since Pitchers put up more points per start usually?

    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (1) C: Lucroy
    (1) 1B: Freeman
    (1) 2B: Kinsler
    (1) SS: Andrus
    (1) 3B: Donaldson
    (3) OF: Brantley, Heyward, JD Martinez
    (1) UT: Souza
    Bench: (n/a)

    (4) SP: Scherzer, L. Lynn, P. Hughes, C. McHugh
    (3) RP: Chapman, Kimbrel, Grilli
    Bench: ( C. Martinez [SP/RP], Bauer, Greene, McCarthy, Shoemaker)
    Bench Total: (5)

    DL (1): A. Rendon

    Available Catchers: R. Martin, Ramos, Rosario, C. Joseph, Zunino, Montero, Hundley, Castro, Plawecki, etc..

    Available SP Pitching: Rodon, T. Wood, J. Nelson, Simon, Quintana, Despaigne, Smyly, Bradley, T. Walker, W. Peralta, Hutchinson, M. Gonzalez, S. MIller, B. Colon, Norris, Hahn, Harang, Eovaldi, J. Weaver, Bailey, I. Kennedy

    Who should add/drop right now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @al: Drop Shoe for Martin

      • al says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys! Yeah who knows what I was thinking this morning … I must have been feeling some of the effects from yesterday still… Martin was just dropped so hopefully my waiver claim gets him.. if not who is the next best add?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @al: Ramos

    • Cram It says:
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      @al: You need a catcher. Why would you stream Shoe’s spot? You have to drop one for a catcher.

  154. Groovy says:
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    Ortiz and Felix

    Or

    Gregorson or grilli and Moss

    Which side is it close?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Groovy: Ortiz…not close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Groovy: Felix, not close

      • Groovy says:
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        @Grey: sorry, autocorrect got me! Wish it was Felix, actually it’s N Feliz.

        Opinion?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Groovy: Ortiz side, closer

  155. Joey says:
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    Long term who will I have to cut here: Myers, Souza, Saunders

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Joey: Saunders

  156. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    Lost Russell 1 and a half weeks ago. Grab Maikel Franco now before my quick fingered friends do or is Franco worth it to begin with? Thanks!

  157. Wilson says:
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    Start Travis Wood or Liriano today?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Wilson: Liriano

  158. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    Sex with a big girl…or snap the carrot ROS

  159. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Dropped Inglesias for Addison, no brainer right? Schmotatoe can’t Schmotatoe too much longer

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Still waiting for my cig

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: *hands Jef a Winston and a box of matches from strip club Wash visited last night*

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Fireball Feliz: *lights winston while rubbing your back in the dugout*

  160. Baren says:
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    So Taijuan Walker, Matt Latos, and Paxton are all sitting on the wire in my league.

    I know they’ve all been varying degrees of awful since the start of the season, but shouldn’t they still be owned?

    I ask b/c I have an open spot after a trade. Should I pick one up? If so who? Or just stream?

    Also, if I’m looking to buy a SP should I target Salazar or Hamels?

    Great stuff, Grey. Really enjoying the podcast too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baren: Thanks! Grab Paxton…Salazar

  161. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Russellmania!

    Danny Santana with the stellar 38% K rate paired with his 0% walk rate. Do you believe he’ll strike out 200 times this year without recording a walk? Seems possible.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Russellmania! I love it!!…Well let me tell you something brother…

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Mello Yello:

        I SAW THE LUST IN YOUR BLACK HEART, HULK HOGAN…..YEAH!

        *snaps into a slim jim*

        I once heard Captain Lou Albano say he drinks nothing but “unborn virgin goat’s milk.”

        • Mello Yello says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: That’s entirely believable…is it sad that despite being a fairly big wrestling fan, the first thing I turn to when I hear Captain Lou is the Girls Just Want To Have Fun video? I’m thinking very

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, ugh

  162. Mello Yello says:
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    What do you think about Zunino vs. the eventual Blake Swihart call up? Like the potential, also I haven’t really been sounding off the Zunino Bomb alarm too much so far

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m holding Zunino in multiple leagues… I just need 22+ HRs and .220

  163. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey et. al –

    Tons of Shoemaker questions…sorry to pile on. Would you consider dropping Shoe for Bradley, Smyly, or Pomeranz in an 11 team standard roto?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smyly

    • Cram It says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: I’d consider. I’d also contemplate, cogitate, deliberate and ruminate.

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Cram It: and after all dat consecrate

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Cram It: If you aren’t ruminating, you aren’t trying hard enough.

  164. doghat666 says:
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    10 team, daily 10×10 roto league
    My closers are Uehara, Casilla, Grilli, Soria and I have Nathan and McGee on the DL.
    I can use another good starter. Would you trade Kenley and Odubel for Gio?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @doghat666: I would try and move Grilli while his value is there

  165. danny almonte says:
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    i know you going Xander over Russell but in a keeper or dynasty does that change?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  166. Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Drop D. Santana for Herrera or Lowrie?

    Drop Nelson, Quintana, Shoe, Fiers, or McCarthy for Desclafani?

    Thanks you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold…Quintana for Descl, if shallow league

      • Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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        @Grey: 12-team league.

  167. Bronx Bozo says:
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    Rodney or Reed?

    ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodney

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Bronx Bozo:

      Saw a write up yesterday about McClendon and his handling of closers in the past. The conclusion? He’s continue to wheel the corpse of Hoyt Wilhelm out there if he’d named him the closer. The only way Rodney loses that job is via injury. There’s almost no performance too poor for him to be removed. Unbelievable. You never know though. GM could always make the call.

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: rodney two completely clean innings now, kimbrel’d em in losing situation today.

  168. Banana says:
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    Trade Bauer and Pollock (bench OF in OBP league) for Hamels? Use QS instead of wins

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Banana: Hamels is so frustrating…like I was all for the Sox trading for him in real life, but now…I really don’t know what you’re gonna get, so I would hold on that action

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  169. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Drop Hutchison or Fiers for Pomeranz start today?

  170. J-MoneyIV says:
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    With this Dickerson news, would you try to sell now to get value back or is it too early ?

    12 Yahoo Team Roto 6×6 (OPSxQS)
    Dickerson for Shark – Shark owner is interested
    Would you do this or would you want more in return?

    Context: I have a glut of OF players since it is a 3 OF league.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @J-MoneyIV: Try for more

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want more

  171. Alfredo says:
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    Drop iwakuma whoa been shaky to start the season or drop shoemaker for Souza?

    My pitchers: Max scherzer, Jeff shark smardjza, Matt Harvey , Jacob deGrom, Shane Greene , Carlos rodon, iwakuma & shoemaker – we start 6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoe

  172. Matt says:
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    Drop Hughes for Salazar?

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt: Also why on ESPN do we have to wait 10 games for Addison Russel to be available at 2B when he is starting at 2B for the Cubs coming into the league?

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Matt: same “reason” you can’t waiver player you yourself dropped on yahoo with waiver claim (i.e. no good reason, just silly idosyncracies of site)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  173. ralp says:
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    H2H 10-team points league.

    His Starlin Castro and Pedro Alvarez for my Xander Bogaerts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  174. Five-On-One says:
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    Who plays OF with Dickerson out? Stubbs over any of Granderson, Lind, KDavis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stubbs at home over Grandy

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I need to start 3 of the following – Granderson, Lind, KDavis, Stubbs, Revere, AJax, Belt, Morse, Byrd, MarisnickValbuena, Pillar. Need everything, but especially HR and RBI. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Valbuena, Lind, KDavis

  175. Sandlot Bully says:
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    12 team 6X6 (QS)

    My staff:

    SP: Samardzija/ Gray/ Ross/ DeScalfani/ Archer/ TWood
    RP: Chapman/ KRod/ Reed/ Boxberger/ Familia/ Nathan (DL)

    Available on waivers:

    Nelson
    Ubaldo
    Bradley

    Make a move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nelson over Wood, likely, but I’d hold

  176. Scott says:
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    Should I be watching Will Harris like a Cyclops with a monocle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Over Osuna?

  177. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Feels like Trumbo is going to sit out 1 out of 4 on the Diamondbacks OF carousel. Also be lifted late for defense and lose some ABs that way. Bummer. Hopefully he’ll go through one of those ridiculous hot spells and get everyday reps for awhile and pad the #s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he just needs to get hot like the rest of the Dbacks OF

  178. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    Which one of these would you drop if you had to? Thanx! Castillo Baez or Tomas. (keeper)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomas

  179. Hey Grey..got a trade offer… which side? Duda and Strasburg for Altuve and Gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stras, but it’s fair

  180. The JoGarza says:
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    Plantar fascitis is probably the worst injury a hitter can have (aside from actually breaking anything).

    I own Dickerson in a keeper league where he’s 22nd round and would be 19th and 16th in ’16 and ’17 before letting him go.

    Not even sure what to do. My league only keeps 5, so there’s a lot of “win now” mentality. Think I have no choice but to hold on to him or try to spin his keeper status to get a great bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  181. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    Two questions for you:

    1. Is Simon worth adding in a 12 Team H2H League by dropping one of Burnett, Hutch, or Jimmy Nelson?

    2. Do I trade HanRam for Puig in a 10 Team H2H Points League straight up (if it matters, I have Corey Dick who sounds like he might miss some time, leaving me an OF short).

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Hutch… 2. It’s fair, Dickerson’s not done, he’s just nursing an injury

      • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks very much Grey. And yeah, I didn’t mean to say Corey was done. I am only preparing for it as my fortune continues to suk! in Fantasy Baseball.

        Thanks again Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  182. Champsok1 says:
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    HI Grey,

    Interested in Russell. Let me know what you think. You have advised me many times before and sending a “daqueri” immediately after posting this to start your morning off fresh. Enjoy :)
    Happy to see you guys monetized! Smart move!

    Yahoo league – Keeper League 2 per year that start 2 positions lower than previous years draft and you can keep a player for 5 years.
    My keepers this year were Trout & Abrue. (My third year with Trout). This year Trout was my 6th round pick & next year will be 4th(gotta love that). Abrue was 7th & will be a 5th next year.
    Offense
    C- Perez
    1b- Abrue
    2b- Kinsler
    3b- Bryant & ARod
    SS- Rollins
    LF- Upton
    CF- Trout
    RF- Puig
    Utility- JD Martinez LF& RF
    Canha 1B & LF
    ARod -3b
    SPan- CF

    Pitchers- SP-
    Harvey, Pineda, A Wood, Wacha, B Colon, Tajuan Walker & Shoemaker( we aren’t speaking this morning.
    RP- Betances, Farquah
    DL- Parnell.
    I felt pretty balanced and the offense has been strong. Team currently in 1st place but a good league with long time astute managers( 14th year of league).
    I am weak obviously on releivers, wasted a high pick on Betances and speculated on Giles ( fired him) Feel pretty balanced everywhere else.
    Question #1 Should I pick pick up Russell & if so who would you drop. I doubt he would be a keeper for me over Trout or Abrue but may get a good season but over Rollins? or stream based on matchups or use for trade bait to gran a better reliever?
    Question # 2- Kendrys Morales is in our available players, free and clear….I am surprised int his league. Should I go get him instead or get both and make drops? Plus will need to drop somone when Parnell comes off list.
    I have Canha as a back up and to play on days when Abrue is off plus has OF eligibility or would you suggest dropping him for Morales?
    DeSclafani is available…prefer him over anyone on my staff as well.

    I know I know, SO many questions an solutions,,,thats why they pay you the big bucks. But seriously headed over to contributed to your “Daquairi ” fund… I will keep in mind you pay California prices for your alcohol.
    As always, thanks for your help….!
    A Philly Italian stuck in the Heartland,
    Champs

    • Champsok1 says:
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      @Champsok1: Donation complete. Enjoy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Can lose Span 2. MOrales over Canha… DeSclafani over Walker

      • Champsok1 says:
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        @Grey: Thank you and just so I am clear, you meant drop Span to pick up Russell? I was only holding Span to hopefully add SB’s or Runs when needed as I felt my mix was a little light on SB’s this year.

        I was thinking Walker as well on the pitching drop but I “WANT” him to be so much better then he shows me. Ha! Was pissed at Shoe last night and I almsot sent him packing but Walker was far more ugly thus far. But you know how it goes, whoever I drop will throw a no hitter next game ha. Again, thanks for the advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, can drop Span because he’ll never play on your team, Russell might

          • Champsok1 says:
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            @Grey: Gotcha.. Good Point!
            Also I just saw & realized Kendrys was just dropped yesterday so on Waivers til the 23rd. I may not be able to get him, as I am fairly low on waiver list. We shall see.
            Picked up my Italian brethen and Mr. Russell. HA Goodbye Tj, It was almost fun….I will be a Astros fan tonight now!

  183. TheRealTaz says:
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    I was offered Carlos Rodon for my David Wright. I already have Seager and Beltre for 3B/IF. It’s a keeper league and Wright is extremely expensive. We count OBP. Should I accept? Trying to see what else I can milk out of it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @TheRealTaz: In a keeper that’s pretty decent, but yeah, try and get another piece in addition to Rodon if you can

  184. Bobby says:
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    Start wood vs the Pirates?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  185. Running Frog says:
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    In a 10 team roto keeper where I already have Bryant and Rizzo, looking at this trade to get Soler. $260 Auction league with $5 salary bumps every year with a $10 minimum (so a guy you bought for $1 is still $10 to keep, then $15 the next year etc).

    I have Miggy at $36

    Looking at trade for Strasburg at $25 and Soler at $14. Can’t see keeping Strasburg at $30 next year unless he Kershaws. But I probably wouldn’t keep Miggy at $41 either.

    Humble thanks for any advice and analysis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea what the actual trade is

      • Running Frog says:
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        Apologies… :)

        Me sending Miggy for Strasburg and Soler.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Soler side

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Running Frog: I am selling on Stras. Does he have anyone else. Great price for Soler

  186. Allan says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Nice work as usual. In a two-catcher league and have Caleb Joseph. Would you ride him out until Wieters returns or would you drop him now for Zuzino, Plawecki, or The Realest Realmuto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  187. Greyismyhero says:
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    Drop Shoe for J. Nelson? Thanks

    SMOKE THE GREEN!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…Smoke it!

  188. randalf04 says:
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    10 team NL-only. Now that Russell is up, how are my starters looking? Where do I need to improve? Also, are the Giants gonna finally put Petit in the rotation? Thanks! Love this site!

    C Bethancourt
    1B Duda
    2B Gyorko
    SS Flores
    3B Matt Carpenter
    MI Russell
    CI Lind
    OF Stanton
    OF Yelich
    OF Lagares
    OF Pollock
    UTIL Maybin
    SP Hamels
    SP Gio
    SP Lynn
    SP Nelson
    SP Cahill
    SP Travis Wood
    RP Melancon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where do the standings say you need to improve? You look weak in power and AVG

  189. tyler says:
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    I wanna Sophie’s choice Brandon belt off of my team immediatly! I would be choosing Middlebrooks to fill in a Utility spot in a 12 team 30 roster league. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold

  190. Him Tardaway says:
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    12 team Head to head with very few pickups available. Who would be the top 4 ROS?
    DeScalfini
    Fiers
    Shoemaker
    Iwakuma
    Bauer
    Salazar
    Heston
    Carlos Martinez
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C-Mart
      Salazar
      Iwakuma
      Bauer

      • Him Tardaway says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for all your help Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  191. JAL says:
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    12-team 5×5 in desperate need of saves: Drop Melky, Revere, or Brett Cecil for any of: a recently dropped Giles, Walden, Watson, Joe Smith, Yimi, Farq, Jepsen, Osuna, Strop, Hatcher? Thanks much!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Revere for Watson

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Not time to abandon Revere yet. He’s a career .300 hitter. He is notoriously bad in April. His bat will heat up. What they’re going to hit Galvis 2nd all season? Revere will be at the top of the order whether it be for the Fillies or somewhere else by mid-May and he’ll give you .290 and 35+. I see absolutely no reason to hold Cecil.

        • JAL says:
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          @GhostTownSteve: GT, yeah, I am having trouble pulling the trigger. I could really use the saves and I like a bunch of those available guys I mentioned…but I just think I might regret dropping Revere when I also need the steals. With, Cecil, I think the situation is still up in the air/unsettled over there. And I would just be livid if he gets the gig after the dust settles. I have been decimated with injuries on this team (Lucroy, Reyes, G. Holland, Kennedy, Ryu (praying Dickerson is OK)), so I have been pretty handcuffed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but if he’s got Melky too, doesn’t need all these bench bats

          • GhostTownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I guess but why hold Cecil? I guess if you want to get rid of Revere drop him and Cecil for two specs. It just seems to me that people ahead of Cecil are: Castro, Osuna, maybe Sanchez back to the pen if he doesn’t shape up, and or a trade or signing. Who knows though. Closer stuff is nutty.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cause he needs saves, hence Watson

              • GhostTownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                But Cecil won’t get saves, is what I’m saying. Though he does have a better chance of getting saves than Revere does. Just saying there seem to be many better spec options than Cecil.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I hear ya, not convinced yet Cecil won’t see saves

      • JAL says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey Dog. Giving up on ole Ben already? I think it might need to happen. And so you believe Melancon’s issues are worse than the chance of Street going down soon, Papelbon being traded, or Rosenthal being hurt (Walden got save other day when I believe Rosenthal was available)? Appreciate it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Watson for now

          • JAL says:
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            @Grey: Thanks for everyone’s opinion. If anyone still around, for this same team, now that Reyes is “back”, can I drop Jose Ramirez, or do I have to hold? Cheers.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Drop him

              • JAL says:
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                @Grey: Mr. Watson, come on down :)

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @JAL: I have Joe Smith essentially because I’m banking on something happening to Street…you basically are gonna be handicapping the possibility of injury. I like Walden because he helps the numbers, and there’s a distinct possibility the Cards are gonna keep giving Rosie more rest as he’s clearly feeling the effects of overusage already

  192. Mikey says:
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    Start marte vs wood, soler vs liriano, heyward vs gio, Hosmer vs Milone. Pick two

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, Soler

  193. Blint says:
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    Drop Baez in a keeper league?? Can have him for $3 for 2016 and 2017. Though he isn’t on my NA spot but taking up roster spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who you’re picking up

      • Blint says:
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        @Grey:

        Alexei Ramirez and Rollins just got dropped so they are on waivers will have to bid on the,

        FA I can pick up Tim Beckham, Odubel Herrerra, Zack Cozart

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grab Alexei, Rollins or hold

        • Blint says:
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          @Blint:

          Thank you Grey!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  194. JT says:
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    Points league (ROS) Bogaerts or Addison?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  195. Steve D. says:
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    Asvail Garcia or Steven Souza in a 10 team redraft as my #5 OF?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Steve D.: Souza for sheezy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

      • Steve D. says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, gentlemen.

        Grey, have you considered adding a “visually impaired” version of your blog? Or more to the point, a “I’m driving in the car and can’t read it right now, but it would be sure great if I could listen to your blog” version. Think of all the fun you could have with sound effects.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you have an iPhone, there’s a speak function

  196. Jack says:
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    Drop Ryu & pick up Cobb as my dl stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  197. Chris says:
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    Are we believing in Lucas Duda? I admittedly am a mets fan but Duda’s been raking and he’s been hitting Lefties (5 hits in 9 ABs no XBHs) so far only the one HR but is hitting at .347. I have Goldy at first and Abreu at Util in a weekly H2H keeper league, So Duda is relegated to the bench. I have to trade Duda, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Duda, sure

  198. C says:
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    What type of OF can I trade S. Gray and either C. Yelich or K. Calhoun for? Worth seeking someone like Puig, Dickerson, Harper, or will I get laughed away? If shooting too high with them, please let me know a player or two within reach.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly laughed, but can try

    • Jason E. says:
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      @C: Depends on what you need but what about Jason Heyward?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @C: You would absolutely be able to get Dickerson. While I do love him, but the injury scares me

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @C: You would absolutely be able to get Dickerson. While I do love him, the injury scares me

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Mello Yello: You are echo echoing

  199. The Animal says:
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    Drop Danny Santana for Addison Russel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  200. Craig says:
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    So many Shoe questions in here! I read through as many comments as I could.

    Sounds like you would rank the below pitchers in the following order going forward???

    Pineda
    McCarthy
    Paxton
    Shoemaker
    Simon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds about right

  201. Jason E. says:
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    I was offered Springer for Dickerson. After reading some of the comments on here, I am starting to panic. Do I accept?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Springer

      • Jason E. says:
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        @Grey: I was hoping you’d say calm down young man, Dickerson will be fine, and you’ll reap the rewards of being patient. Damnit lol

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Jason E.:

          This isn’t a ditch Dickerson thing. Springer was probably drafted above Dickerson. The fact that you buy low on Springer for a guy who may have a nagging injury seems like a no brainer.

          • Jason E. says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: That’s fair. Admittedly, I overvalue Dickerson and undervalue Springer. So good point.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Jason E.: I would because you’re buying low on Springer and I think he’s about to turn it on. Hate to add gas to the fire, but real concerned about Dickerson

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Jason E.:

      Yes quickly

  202. Dave says:
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    Trade alex wood for gio in redraft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood side

  203. Derrick says:
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    Alarming how quickly people are giving up on Danny Santana. He’s had 45 AB’s!

    I’d still take him over Russell for this season.

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Derrick:

      I’m with you but I’m torn. It’s not just that he’s been bad but how bad he’s been. The red flags from pre-season are proudly unfurling.

      I’ll hold him over Russell for sure for now though.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Derrick: While 2B/OF eligibility is juicy, 2B/SS is even better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  204. Fungazi says:
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    Lets change the treatment section on web MD for plantar fasciitis to stretch a bit and go hit some homers. Good idea?

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Fungazi: I’d love it. I can’t lose him! Not in April! He’s got so many more stats to accumulate

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, GREAT idea!

  205. ERad says:
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    Talk about a real buzzkill with Dickerson – all he needs is rest – about 150 games from now!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, hope not

  206. Matty says:
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    Two queries:
    How done are we with Shooooo!-maker? Am I dropping him for Descalfarino?

    Lawrie a safe drop for Addison?
    Addison Russel sounds like a hot chicks name.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Descla in a shallower league… Hold Lawrie

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Matty: This bar I go to around the way has a bartender named Addison…arguably the hottest girl I’ve ever seen

  207. Swfcdan says:
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    Best streamer today:

    N-Mart, Haren, the nose, Millone, Santiago

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Swfcdan:

      I’d go Haren

  208. Max says:
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    Shoemaker or Migeul Gonzalez?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Max: …waiting for a third option haha

      • Max says:
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        @Mello Yello: Ubaldo or Joe Kelly …

        • Mello Yello says:
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          @Max: Yeah Shoe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoe

  209. Jim says:
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    Alex Wood or ododrizzi?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Jim: Jake

  210. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Missed the boat on Norris. Would you drop Zunino for Caleb Joseph?

    Thanks

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Eric: sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  211. Jim says:
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    Are you still high on Kolten Wong? He was released in one of my leagues
    Release Danny Santana or Neil walker for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong over Walker

  212. Max says:
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    Drop Devon Travis, Kolten Wong, or Jimmy Rollins for Addison? Could also drop Tomas but 4 MI seems like alot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomas

  213. Random Collmenter says:
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    Traded Polanco for Alex Wood yesterday (thanks for the advice!). I still have 3B problems tho…

    Thinking about offering Gerrit Cole ($20) or Harvey ($7) for Arenado ($11). You like either of these? Leaning Cole since I like being able to keep Harvey for so cheap.

    Here’s the rest of my team (6×6 roto with OPS and Holds). Can keep 9 guys forever.

    C Ramos / Wieters
    1 Chris Davis
    2 Wong
    3 Castellanos
    SS Desmond
    OFs/U: Jones, Springer, Kemp, Soler, Joc
    BN: Saunders, Tomas, Belt

    SPs: Harvey, Samardzijda, Alex Wood, Gerrit Cole, Archer, Salazar, Fiers, Hammel, Travis Wood, Heaney
    RPs: K-Rod, Soria, Ottavino, Castro, Mujica

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole, and I’d take Arenado

  214. Wilsonian says:
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    Damn, my first two picks after keepers are looking strong – Dickerson and Longo. Let’s hope this season only gets better!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha