Gerrit Cole has an injured arm, possibly elbow spurs.  I love this scenario:  a pitcher throws like garbage for weeks then the team announces he’s hurt.  Love, love, love.  This is my favorite.  Five innings, five runs, but it’s likely nothing, just a bad start.  Cut to five weeks later of terrible starts.  “Oh, yeah, he’s got a torn tendon/elbow spur/missing forearm due to lost baggage.  Oops!  We should’ve sent him to a doctor six starts ago.  Our bad!”  Here’s what I said after his last start, “I don’t know what’s going on with Cole, but I’d guess injury or dead arm.”  And that’s me quoting me!  How is it that I can guess there’s a problem but a major league team can’t figure shizz out?  That should never be possible.  I couldn’t even pass Bio 101, and a MLB team has a staff of doctors.  Seriously, how does this happen?  I want answers!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jameson Taillon – 3 IP, 5 ER.  ‘Cause I’ve seen better days, Taillon’s been the star of many plays.  This start, however, was not Citizen King or Sublime or any other 90s band.

Starling Marte – 3-for-4 and a slam (8) and legs (44), hitting .307.  Also, in this game Brocktune Gregory Polanco hit his 20th homer.  I kinda half expect this offseason to hear a legit conspiracy theory that Marte and Polanco both hit 15 homers — not 20 and 10, and they both stole 30 bases — not 15 and 45.

Ivan Nova – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.87 on the Pirates (4.41 combined).  Stream-o-Nator loved this start, and I could see why, because I’m part robot (father’s side).

Junior Guerra – Expected back next weekend.  War…what is he good for?!  We’ll find out next weekend.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4, and his 11th homer.  On our Player Rater, he’s top ten on the season, which is not surprising.  Boo!  That was meant to be surprising.  So, why mention Villar’s season ranking?  Because he’s only owned in 85% of ESPN leagues.  I’d laugh, but like Ann Coulter said, “That’s just standard retard.”

Zack Godley – 2 IP, 9 ER.  Unlike him to pitch that bad.  It sure was an un-Godley amount of runs to give up.

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-5, 2 runs and two steals, his first two of the season.  Damn, he’s already beating Machado.

Yasmany Tomas – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 27th homer.  No foolies, when a guy gets to 27 homers, he should just be on a fantasy team, shouldn’t be a situation where he can be picked up.

Archie Bradley – 6 IP, 2 ER,  5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.95.  This is a promising start for Bradley and he could be an ace next year (is what is currently going through Dave Stewart’s mind.  Also, why don’t people have feathers?  That’s also going through his mind.)

Anthony DeSclafani – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.96.  This is me saying I don’t trust DeSclafani.  This is DeSclafani saying go eff yourself.

Scott Schebler – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer, and three homers this weekend.  You can’t spell schmotato without Schebler, if you spell it Schemotatobler.

Brandon Phillips – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, and had three hits on Saturday.  I grabbed BP for the Monday batty call. If you grab him too, we can have a dirty time together.

Carlos Carrasco – 4 IP, 3 ER (4 unearned runs), 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.23.  See what I said for Cole?  Yeah, give it a week and the Indians will be sending Carrasco for tests too.

Danny Salazar – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.88.  Me looking at this Salazar game:  shrugs.  I don’t know, man and five womans.  Maybe he needed to fix his mechanics.  It’s always hard to tell if it’s an injury vs. a mechanics thing.  That’s why you pay $175 for diagnostics.

Derek Holland – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.68.  It was one thing for Holland to pitch well vs. the Indians, but it was obnoxious for him to offer them in the pregame $24 in trinkets.

Carlos Rodon – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.91 vs. Taijuan Walker – 7 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.19.  Rodon and Walker could be a number one ace next year, or completely unusable.  If someone tells you they know, they are a witch and you should burn them on a stake.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4 and his 30th homer, hitting .298.  Totally missed on Cano this year.  It’s all right, we all make mistakes.  One could say you listening to me on Cano was your mistake.  Snatch!

Aaron Blair – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 8.23.  A) He sucks.  B) Aaron Blair is a member of the Killer Bees.  C) There’s no C.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-3, 2 runs, hitting over-.350 post-All-Star break, hitting over .360 in August, but was last week’s schmotato, so I’m not going to beat a dead horse, and potentially upset PETA.

Joe Panik – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homer, and he hit a homer four games ago.  I don’t want to scream fire in the theater of Razzball, but PANIK IS A HOT SCHMOTATO!

Denard Span – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer.  If Denard was going to hit half as many homers as, say, Jose Abreu, you kinda hoped Span was going to hit 20 homers.

Alex Reyes – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 0.64.  He filled in for Mike Leake, who has shingles.  I’m told this is some kind of painful skin rash, and shingles has nothing to do with an overaggressive carpenter.  If Reyes is out on waivers in your league, I wanna be in your league.  Send an invite, yo!  Also, grab Reyes before inviting me, because otherwise I will.

Matt Carpenter – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .287.  Yeah, Carpenter wasn’t shingling.  He was shellacking.

Khris Davis – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 34th homer, hitting .254.  He can hit a home run anywhere, so I don’t think it would change that much, but if Davis were still in Miller Park for his home games, he’d have 67 homers.

Stephen Vogt – 1-for-3 4 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Snooze, Vogt, you are so 2015.  I may as well be dancing Gangnam Style.

Clayton Richard – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.51.  I’d cool my jets after seeing his 1.62 WHIP.  Even if I were a Shark.

Wil Myers – Scratched with stomach virus.  SAGNOF may not have a face, but those runs do, little oyster faces.

Luis Perdomo – 9 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.84.  Elias Sports Bureau said Perdomo is the first pitcher to throw a complete game while also being a resort destination on the Amalfi Coast.

Giancarlo StantonMarlins said Giancarlo could return the last week of the season.  Marlins also said that’s all they can say right now because, “We’re over our data plan for the month and this is costing us money.”

Andrew Cashner – Scratched from yesterday’s start with a blister.  Why did you shake Rich Hill’s hand?!

Noah Syndergaard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.55.  Sure, now that the Mets are sharing one arm amongst four starters.

Robert Gsellman – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  After the game, Gsellman said, “I’m just happy to be able to help the team.”  Then he saw Matz, Syndergaard, deGrom and Harvey moving towards him, “Get your freakin’ elbow cooties away from me!”

Vince Velasquez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.21.  No joke, I have no idea why they’re not just shutting him down.  The Phils aren’t playing for anything until, maybe, 2019.  They really need Velasquez to pitch these games?  Rhetorical!

Jeremy Hellickson – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.80.  This was his most runs allowed since mid-April, and he had been battling back pain recently.  Five over-the-internet dollars says he’s still dealing with some pain.

Blake Snell – 3 IP, 4 ER, but left after taking a comebacker off his foot.  Earth to Rays, come in, Rays.  We are trying to tell you to shut down Snell.  Do you copy, Rays?  Rays, we can’t hear you unless you press the button on the side of the walkie talkie.

Alex Cobb – Will return on Friday or Saturday.  Will go 4 IP, give up 3 ER and look menza menza.  Or how about that Zack Wheeler?  Then, next year, people will be asking in March about stashing some other DL pitcher.  These always work out so well.  Ow, eye roll headache!

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting near-.320 in the last week, hitting leadoff yesterday.  Hot schmotato alert!

Matt Duffy – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Duffy hasn’t done much of anything all year, but he does tend to get hot at times, this might be a time to cyclops him.

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.10 vs. Doug Fister – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.60.  The ticket for the Archer/Fister game had a warning printed on it, “Could lead to rectal bleeding.”

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.55.  He’s had a better 2nd half (still around a 4 ERA), but on a more broad note, I went to look at his game log from last year.  You know when his best month was last year?  April.  In September, he had a 3.78 ERA.  What I’m getting at is Keuchel hasn’t had five bleh months this year, his last six months were bleh.  Yes, suddenly I’m talking like The Count.  Bleh, bleh!

Lance McCullers – Resumed throwing.  Not throwing gang signs, as one might think from McCullers-Cullers-Cullers.

Alex Bregman – 1-for-4, 2 runs, but hit his 5th homer on Saturday, and has four homers in the last ten games.  Y’all crumby with crackers if Bregman is available in your league and you’re not grabbing him.

Michael Fulmer – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.69.  I’m not ready to say it’s time to move on, but that time may be right after his next start.  Fulmer, you’re on notice.

Tyler Skaggs – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.75.  This is the visual I see from this start.  I see Skaggs hitchhiking in the rain.  I pick him up, drive him for 3 starts–miles, while he defecates in my seat and eats a Shamrock Shake, without sharing it with me and spilling half of it on my Cadillac Eldorado’s upholstery, then I let him out on the side of the road and he starts handing out hundred dollar bills.

Danny Duffy – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.01.  It’s like I had a Duffy, but then I went into a cold pool.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.35 vs. Yordano Ventura – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.33.  Kinda appropriate that these guys were facing each other since they both hint at terrific then punch you in your stupid mouth.  Ventura a bit more literally.

Jason Hammel – 2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.21.  So, the question I guess for the Cubs is, can they more or less shut everyone down from August 20th thru September 20th, then start them up again for the last week to prep them for the playoffs.

John Lackey – Will throw off a mound.  Since he’s a major league pitcher, this is prolly good news.

Julio Urias – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.71.  Okay, kinda whatever, but then you realize he’s only 20 years old.  Damn, that’s sexy.  And he’s winking at me!  Wait, maybe he’s not.

Marcus Stroman – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.58.  Stroman makes me constantly want to sigh.  He’s got great stuff.  He’s getting hit hard.  Sigh.  He’s putting it together with multiple solid outings.  He’s getting hit hard.  Sigh.  I’m going to call him The Inevitable Sigh.

Josh Donaldson – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and three homers (31, 32, 33), hitting .294.  I felt like being an ass, quoting some FanGraphs articles from right after the Donaldson/Lawrie trade two years ago, but instead I’m gonna be a lazy ass and just say there’s a ton of stuff written by them about how incredible Billy Beane is, and what a coup it is getting Lawrie for Donaldson.  Yeah, Donaldson was a great piece to lose.  Sure.  Let me just say if you filter for news articles from November 2014, you read a lot of “This is (Beane) buying low and selling high.”  It’s crazy how long the emperor’s been (pun, kinda) running around with no clothes and no one’s filing indecent exposure charges.

Troy Tulowitzki – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .253.  Has stayed relatively healthy this year, but — and it’s a serious Serena Williams-level but here — Tulo’s still barely been a top 200 player overall.

Lucas Giolito – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.63, as he was recalled.  I’m kinda caca-cuckoo for rookie pitchers in May, June and July, but, at this point, too much on the line in leagues to be starting guys that could roofie you and sell your liver on Craigslist.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, and his 5th homer, hitting .345.  I’m gonna name my next dog, Treat Urner, and I’m gonna teach him how to sit, shake and play 2nd base, as a dedication.

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-4, and his 20th homer, hitting .314.  Should’ve known good things were ahead after Ramos got Lasik and then the next morning after the surgery said, “Someone needs to help that woman trapped in her car!”  Only ‘that woman’ was three towns over, and five days in the future.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  You know shizz is a little sideways when Harper has a good game and it’s a 1-for-4 game.

Nolan Arenado – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 35th homer.  “Hey, look, the Cyclone from Coney Island must be touring the country.”  That’s not a Cyclone!  That’s a Torenado!

David Dahl – 1-for-4, and his 5th homer, hitting .325.  I hate to have Chazz Noir lose all of his fantasy value, but I kinda hope he’s moved this offseason, so there’s no chance Walt Weiss does anything stupid with Dahl’s playing time.

Adam Jones – Still out with a hamstring injury.  Or if this were fantasy football, Pacman Jones, ‘n jury’s still out.

Steve Pearce – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, as he hit leadoff, which is Ludacris, until you realize he’s got his OBP-knows in different area codes than Adam Jones.  In much better area codes, like a Bel Air OBP.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 40th homer.  C’mon, get to 50 homers, so some lunatics rank you in the top 20 next year.

Kevin Gausman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.73.  Can I predict next April?  Beginning of April Grey, “I’m psyched that I drafted Gausman on multiple teams.”  Middle of April Grey, “Ugh, these matchups are terrible.”  End of April Grey, “Okay, I’m dropping Gausman, but I still have my health and handsomeness.”

Chad Green – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER while pitching with a huge lead that led to Green, breaking win’d.  Apparently, I could stream Green two straight solid starts, but on the third one I was caught with my hand in the cookie jar.  Who, me?  Yes, you!

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-4, hitting .405, and, on Saturday, became the fastest player in major league history to hit 11 homers.  When Billy Hamilton gets to 11 career homers, it’ll be his record.

    • ebudz says:
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      @Jay: yo jay i asked this question in the comments of your signup page but the comments were shortly closed thereafter…

      i’m confused on how would someone become the Overall RCL Champion? say I join one of the 12 man leagues and won it, then wouldn’t i just be the champion of that specific league? basically i wanna know how to get that $100 gift card!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Same way we do it with the baseball leagues… One grand champ decided by a Rudy logarithm

        • ebudz says:
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          @Grey: interesting… unfortunately i’ve yet to compete in one of the RCL baseball leagues so this is new to me! i’ll probably do it though assuming i can find a league with a convenient draft time

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, you should

            • ebudz says:
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              @Grey: i’m in! time to “take on jay #5”

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I hear he’s easier than Jay #4

                • ebudz says:
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                  @Grey: oh damn then i should have waited for #6!?

                  does jay actualy manage like 6 teams? here i was thinking 4 was limit

                  • ebudz says:
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                    @ebudz: my* limit

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    There’s no limit, like Master P

                    • ebudz says:
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                      @Grey: hahaha the girlfriend already compares me to Mitch (the naked Man) from How I Met You Mother….

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

                    • Teddy Heater says:
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                      @Grey: Nice, “Make’em Say Unggggggh, Na-Nah Na-Nah”…… Ear Worm completed.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Shot shot shot!

  1. Tom says:
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    Great write up Grey. Love the Rodon/Walker line. I had both on my team this year to begin with. So frustrating.

    I have the following cats in a roto league (keeper). Would you want Hamilton or Treat Urner on your squad? Or Moncada? Need the steals and triples to round out my team.

    Runs (R), Singles (1B), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Walks (BB), Fielding Percentage (FPCT), Batting Average (AVG)

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Tom:

      Turner has 6 3B and 17 steals in 177 at bats and is hitting .345

      Hamilton has 3 3B and 53 steals in 391 at bats and is hitting .261

      I’d go with Treat Urner, better overall numbers and plays more than 1 position..

    • Grey

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      @Tom: Turner

  2. HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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    How would you rank Gary Sanchez, Justin Upton and Franco for next year?

      • HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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        @apox:

        1 catcher League. Can keep up to 15 guys. My other OFs are going to be Harper, Polanco, Blackmon and Dahl. My other 3B Bryant. No other Catcher

  3. Noam says:
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    What is it with rookies and hot starts this year? Maybe Story had to get hurt for someone else to do it and Sanchez just lucked out? Like the Justin/BJ – Upton effect…

    A lineup question for you!

    Which three do I roll with next week? Wins are important…
    Kevin Gausman vNYY
    Jason Hammel vSF
    Musgrove vOAK, @TEX
    Seth Lugo vMIA, vWAS
    Luke Weaver @MIL
    Chad Kuhl @CHC
    Jeff Samardzija @CHC

    and which three hitters?
    Jake Lamb [email protected], [email protected]
    AJ Pollock [email protected], [email protected]
    Mike Napoli 3vMIN, 2vMIA
    Randal Grichuk [email protected], [email protected]
    Kole Calhoun 3vCIN, [email protected]

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam: Ha, I hear ya…. Gausman, Hammel, Musgrove….Lamb, Pollock, Grichuk

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice write-up, informative as all hell!

    a. I swear, I saw witch in the Walker blurb and Blair below and immediately thought…The Aaron Blair Witch Project. Crazy association, right? The 3X version is much better.

    b. Thanks again for the great advice on Friday. Almost a repeat from last weekend’s masterpiece! Final team tally over the weekend – Friday to Sunday.

    R=29, HR=13, RBIs=37, BB=15, Ks=35, SBs=2, BA=.322, OBP=.395, OPS=1.059

    Previous weekend…

    R=29, HR=15, RBIs=30, BB=14, Ks=39, SBs=1, BA=.300, OBP=.354, OPS=.994

    The biggest thing in common between the two weekends’ numbers? Y – O – U! Thanks, Grey! I don’t know how you do it, but you outdid yourself from last weekend! Take a bow!

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (August 29)

    Wolfe: Hey, Calleigh.
    Calleigh: Hey, I thought we were supposed to meet for coffee.
    Wolfe: Yeah, I’m sorry. I-I got pulled away.
    Calleigh: Oh, really?
    Wolfe: Yeah. Uh, I’m downtown, about to step into court.
    Calleigh: Is everything okay?
    Wolfe: Yeah, sure.
    Calleigh: Okay. I’ll talk to you in a bit.
    Wolfe: Okay.
    Calleigh: Eric. Eric! What are you doing?
    Wolfe: Calleigh, where did you come from?
    Calleigh: Why did you lie to me?
    Wolfe: I didn’t lie to you.
    Calleigh: Yes, you did.
    Wolfe: Calleigh, look, can we not do this now?
    Calleigh: You drove right past me at PD. You followed me here?
    Wolfe: Of course I did.
    Calleigh: You’ve been acting strange, and now you’re lying to me. What time can I get in to see Talbot?
    Wolfe: Yeah, I’m not lying. Nevins.
    Calleigh: Are you still working for the A. S. A.
    Wolfe: I never stopped working for the state attorney’s office when I came back to the lab.
    Calleigh: But you both have offices, so why are you here?
    Nevins: Calleigh.
    Calleigh: Does this have something to do with Walter? Are you building some sort of a case against him?
    Wolfe: What? No! No.
    Calleigh: Well, then are you the reason why people are getting dragged into Rebecca’s office? Wolfe: You don’t know what you’re talking about.
    Calleigh: Then why don’t you tell me the truth?
    Wolfe: I’ll explain later, okay? When there’s time.
    Calleigh: Fine. Whatever works for you.
    Wolfe: Calleigh. Calleigh!
    Calleigh: Eric! Eric! Eric, are you okay?
    Courtroom Clerk: Please stand (cue the queue of sunglasses).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Making it up says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Jesus loves you, and you too!

  5. Mike says:
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    No question. Just wanted to say thanks for you and the rest of the handsome gents at razzball for all your input. I made the playoffs and built a core of keepers for the future. Thanks dudes!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Mike: You are welcome Mike, and yes I am quite handsome, thanks for noticing!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Nice, good luck!

  6. Scott says:
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    I am with you on how the pirates manage injuries and players. Cole has been an enigma this year. Can I now safely drop him in a 10 team league? The pirates won’t put him on the dl just like they didn’t with polanco which is a another story about how they manage their most productive hitter’s playing time. I don’t have room for a guy who won’t play. Not sure if I have the balls to start him again even if he pitches again this year although pirates are still alive for a wildcard. What should I do? I added phelps but he rewarded me with a dud vs san diego. Still like phelps projected schedule and will give him another shot. Thanks

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    Grey

    Keeper question 6×6 with holds and ops as extra categories. We can keep 5 $260 auction budget. already keeping machado Harper story and j fer

    Can you rank the following keepers
    Rizzo $29 for one year
    Schwarber $5 for one year
    Bregman $5 for one year
    Bryant $46 for two years

    Thanks

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Brett:
      Bryant
      Rizzo
      Bregman
      Schwarber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: Rizzo, Bryant, Bregman

  8. Scott says:
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    Ok, i add peraza and cut semien. I assumed CIN would be smart and play peraza since they are rebuilding and haven’t had anything to play for since april. Cozart returned on sat and peraza was benched the last 2 games. They also play Schebler in LF and continue to roll out Phillips at 2b. No position for peraza which make no sense. Do I hold peraza, I really like his upside for sb or cut him for one of these guys: semien (hasn’t done anything after all star break), gregorious, c hernandez?) I need a ss who plays everyday. I could possibly add cozart so i could use peraza when he plays and cut another player like kintzler who doesn’t get a lot of save chances since I am first in saves but I hate putting saves out there for someone to grab for free. Do you think peraza gets everyday at bats? Thanks

    • Scott says:
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      Available ss are: anderson, c hernadez, semien, gregorious. Thanks. I originally orgot to include anderson

      • Scott says:
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        Reds are in Anaheim for next 3 days so I assume peraza will play. But will need to evaluate who to add if he doesn’t play when they return to Cin at the end of the week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Should play

  9. Wild Thing says:
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    Playoffs! Thanks for your help!

    Pick one OF for this week only.

    Brandon Moss – 7 games away (3 at MIL, 3 at CIN, 1 at PIT), will he stay hot just one more week???

    Or

    Nomar Mazara – 6 games at home (3 vs SEA, 3 vs HOU), leading off but sitting against lefties

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Wild Thing: I’d go with Moss.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Wild Thing: Definitely Moss.

  10. Brett says:
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    Grey

    Where do you see trea Turner being ranked next year?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Brett: Only 2017 Grey knows for sure.

    • Grey

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      @Brett: Edge of top 100

  11. Wild Thing says:
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    One more. I have Bogaerts at SS and Todd Frazier at 3B. Do I sit one of them this week for Bregman? Or is that crumby with crackers regarding setting a lineup? Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Wild Thing: I’d stay with Bogaerts and Frazier.

  12. Piranhaman says:
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    Great works Grey.
    So can I drop Cole and feel free?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Piranhaman: I’d drop him in single season leagues and hold him in a keeper.

  13. Oranje says:
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    Two spots for SPs: Who do I start?
    Musgrove (2 starts) OAK, @TEX;
    [email protected];
    Urias–SD;
    Wainwright @MIL;
    Cole for his potential 1-start vs MIL
    OR Matz return from the DL start against MIA

    For bats…which two would you rather start from the following: Heyward, Mazara, Biaz?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oranje: Heyward…. Urias, Musgrove, they’re not good choices

      • Oranje says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I know…my bench for SPs is limited. I could start F. Rodney or Ramos instead to gain an edge is saves instead of either Urias or Musgrove. Does that make more sense? If so, which fish swims this week?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Rodney

  14. the swinging says:
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    Springer is letting us down big time down the stretch here. Brutal last 2 weeks for springer owners.

  15. Gregarious says:
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    Start Duvall or J. Upton this week?? Duvall’s probably got the easier matchups (LAA and STL) but Upton’s been coming on a bit though he’ll get Sale and Danny Duffy…

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Getting ready to gear up for H2H playoffs, which starts for me in semifinals (week of 9/12). OBP and OPs (not avg).

    Holding 3 bench bats to see who gets hot and offers the most potential OBP OPS HR – Bautista (my OF3 with BHam), Frazier (my 3B is Bryant), and Bregman (as a compliment to my Dee/Segura middle infield). Tomas and Dahl are also on the wire.

    Since I know the general rule is to typically have no more than 1 bench bat, would you drop any of Bats/Frazier/Breg for Alex Reyes, Urias (if still pitching), or streamer slot? Thanks!

  17. Luvdarooks says:
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    Neris or Feliz this week ?
    I need saved/holds( one category) and K’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luvdarooks: Feliz was just killed, wouldn’t mess with him

  18. Joe says:
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    Would you drop Pence (I need pitching) to get Reyes (may stay in rotation), Holland (couple of good starts), or De Leon (who may be called up now that the PCL is done)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Yes, Reyes

  19. Robert Closson says:
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    Tilman was dropped. Drop Taillon for Tilman?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Robert Closson: Buck says, “on Tillman, I don’t think you see him before the 9th or 10th. I hope.”

      ‘d hold.

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    OBP/OPS league, stay the course with Grandal, my C for most of the season, or drop for the recently-dropped B. McCann? McCann and his 12% BB rate have looked pretty great of late compared to Grandal, who has been slumping the last 2 weeks and may lose some playing time to Ruiz…

  21. Huddy says:
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    Great write up Grey…Wilson Ramos..ha!
    Franco not showing much lately…I need 3 of these 4 players this week, positions don’t matter.
    HPerez 3 STL 3 @ PIT
    Grichuk 3 @ MIL 3 @ CIN
    Franco3 WSH 3 ATL
    Inciarte 3 SD 3 @ PHI
    Bench Franco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Huddy: Thanks! Perez, bench him

  22. Branta says:
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    Traded for Jurickson Profar and Lucas Giolito before the deadline. Its a keeper league (12 teams, h2h, 6×6 category wins. OBP & SLG no AVG, QS, HR, no Ws are category changes. Giolito is gonna be an ace, so I’m probably gonna hold him. Profar I’m not so sure of, but I think I could probably flip him in the offseason/before next year’s draft. But Gyorko’s sitting on the waiver wire being productive as a multi-positional player, which was my hope when acquiring Profar.

    Do I hold, or do I drop Profar for Gyorko?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Branta: In a keeper, I’d keep Profar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Branta: I’d go Gyorko, Profar’s not a keeper in a 12 team league

  23. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey:

    can only start one of these this week:

    Taillon home v. MIL
    Colon home v. MIA

  24. JoeG414 says:
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    Any of these streamers stand out this week , 6×6 daily roto.
    Cessa @ KC
    Wisler home vs SD
    Bundy home vs Bal
    Holland home vs Hou
    Skaggs @ Sea
    Montgomery home vs Pit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG414: Nope…Bundy’s split squad? Montgomery prolly

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Ha
        Vs NYY

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly still go Montgomery, kinda coin flips

  25. Hardinaka says:
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    Great write-up, Grey, and thanks as always…

    but “Better Days” is by Citizen King, not Sublime. Common mistake!

    With Love,

    J

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: You did say his start was ‘not Sublime’. I think it worked just fine!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s true… Meh one edit per post, I’m done

  26. Vinny Boombatz says:
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    I picked up Pineda for his start in KC on stream o’s high recommendation. Prolly a bad move, ya think?

  27. Shitwolf says:
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    Yo homie my girls let me down next week and i’m looking for a rebound…. who’s the lucky girl I have one spot left since I’m trying to win volume plays in my 5×5 and starting boyd shoe darvish and Rollin with the one eyed one horned flying purple people eater urias at home vs SD… sooooooo the list please pick the hottest gal

    Greinke @ sf
    Duffy vs Detroit
    Degrim is a mystery
    Phelps @ mets

  28. Five-On-One says:
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    Nearing the end here, gents.

    1) Need to start two of these three SPs for the week:
    Fulmer @KC, ($3.7)
    Hendricks vSF ($1.6)
    Rodon @MIN (-$2.7)

    2) Need to start three of these OFs:
    Eaton, Saunders, Alex Gordon, C. Dickerson, Schebler

    Thanks for the help, all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: 1) Fulmer, Hendricks 2) Dickerson, Schebler, Gordon

  29. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Gordon, Kepler, Alvarez, Rajai, Werth – pick 3! OBP league

  30. ryanoger says:
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    Kevin Gausman vNYY
    Kendall Graveman @HOU
    Tom Koehler @NYM

    Would you start these dudes this week?

    thanks grey!

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        how bout in a 10 team h2h league where I need W’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Grave or Koehler

  31. Wudaben says:
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    12 team, H2H Points league. Would you bench any of Rendon, Odor or Bregman for a 7 game Reyes this week?

  32. Andrew says:
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    Grey-

    Thanks for helping get me back into the playoffs again. You truly are the FML.

    First round of the playoffs question: In a points league where I only get 12 starts on the week, should I start Gray vs. Dodgers tonight? He pitched well in his last start vs them, but this one is in COL. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: No problem…. I wouldn’t start Gray

  33. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB,
    Good weekend?

    Fighting for the last playoff spot. I need to start one closer this week who I can count on for a save. I have Herrera and Thornburg. Is Herrera going to get the week as the closer you think? Any idea about Davis?

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Nice, glad you had fun, man! It’s nice in the city in small doses.

        We didn’t do much, just had our friends over so the kids could play. Quiet weekend, which was fine with me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You had your rich friends over to your place? You’re doing this backwards, BFF

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: No no no, these were poor friends. The rich ones were out of town this weekend.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You should’ve asked to have the rich friends take you on the trip with them

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Where were you with this idea on Friday??

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  My bad!

  34. Boomer19 says:
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    Down the home stretch. Need to plug in either Mazara, Peraza, or schleber in at utility. Who has the best week? Thanks.

  35. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in a 12-team H2H with QS. 2 keeper hitters and 2 keeper pitchers. Which 2 arms from below would you keep for next year? Asking as it gets close to playoff time and (almost) everyone is expendable!!

    Archer
    Arrieta
    Salazar
    Lackey

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Arrieta, Salazar

  36. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    Would you drop Rodon (@MIN) for any of the following? Mainly looking to boost my strikeout numbers and get a win(s)

    -Urias vs SD ($25.6 — He pitched Saturday but who knows with the Dodgers rotation)
    -Gausman vs NYY ($13.4)
    -Paxton @TEX, vs LAA (-$5.3)
    -Matt Boyd vCWS, @KC (-$7.4)

  37. Shitwolf says:
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    Thanks for your help with my duffy love! One more question if you don’t mind playing the 1st place team this week I’m in 2nd do I roll with cespedes this week and hope he is healthy (keep getting burned) or I have a major grichuk with a juicey week…

    Injury cespedes or a juicey grichuk?

    Also how much wood could a grichuk chuck if a grichuk could chuck wood?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk… A shizzton, Shitwolf

  38. PK says:
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    Nailed the Skaggs blurb!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  39. stu says:
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    Please pick 2 to start, points league weekly set lineup:

    Bregman, B Moss, Rendon, AJ Pullock

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman, Pollock

  40. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Gone for a week and let my team play while I was on a Cruise to Bermuda. Came back to a 6-6 tie and my first 2 moves yesterday when I got home was to drop both Cole and Salazar – my 2 “aces” all year for Nova and Garcia which managed to get me a 9-5 victory and pad my first place lead.

    I picked up Guerra this morning and stashed him in my DL spot so I have an open spot on my roster right now.

    My pitching staff right now consists of –
    Colome, Diaz, Thornburg, Watson, Kintzler, Salas, Duffy, Roark, Shoemaker, Hendricks, and Urias with Guerra on my DL spot

    With the empty spot, I am debating on Alex Reyes, Smyly, or Stroman

    I’m also wondering if I should leave the spot open and hope that nobody picks up Salazar and get him back… what would Grey do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes, forget Salazar

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Waiver claim put in… hopefully he sticks as a starter through the end of the season

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah exactly

  41. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    NICE! An Ann Coulter reference and a shamrock shake: the best worst of both worlds.

    Any idea why Yulieski Gurriel isn’t showing up in the Hittertron – Rudy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: Shamrock shakes…in HS my friends and I used to get them and stand on opposite sides of a busy intersection. When the light changed, two of us would cross in opposite directions and throw-up the Shamrock shake on each other, while the rest of us on the side of the road would laugh at driver’s reactions. Good Times.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hahaha

    • Updating now. Had an issue with my feed provider’s reference file.

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Cool – thanks!

  42. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Lost out on the final seed to the playoffs in a three-way tie (lost divisional record) in my H2H, 6×6, 10-team keeper league. The cupboard looks like mom just got home from Trader Joe’s though. Here are the “keepable players”: Sanchez, Turner, Arenado, Donaldson, Springer, Polanco, Mazara, Naquin, Castellanos, Moncada, Sale, Carrasco, Snell, and Richards.

    Six keepers total and the league has a rule that you AT LEAST need to keep two positional players and two pitchers. Conventional wisdom says you go with Arenado, Donaldson, Springer, Polanco, Sale, and Carrasco. Can always trade guys for picks and/or auction $, so there’s that. What say you?

    Hope you had a good weekend and thanks for another great year of write-ups. Over the Internet high-five:)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks about the playoffs, but nice keepers… I’d go conventional wisdom

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: In three years…do you think a 24 year-old Mazara has better overall numbers than a 27 year-old Polanco?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe, but with only six keepers you don’t play for 2019

  43. Hugman says:
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    STASHING YU WHILE HE WAS ON THE DL (STRAIGHT OUT OF THE MIDDLE ROUNDS OF THE DRAFT BTW) WORKED OUT PRETTY DANG GOOD YOU BIG STUPID IDIOT FROM JERSEY! (so please stop busting our balls about Wheeler, please)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  44. Five-On-One says:
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    Has anyone heard any updates on Castellanos? Will he come back and be any good in time to have any sort of impact? Currently have Josh Bell manning CI. Drop for something that might be useful?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t count on Cast

  45. ERad says:
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    You watch ‘the night of’ finale?

    Can we talk Turturro winning an emmy?

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @ERad: No finale talk! Actually, I was so terrible at watching this I deserve to know everything about it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t read this thread

      • The Hack says:
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        @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: shamewater….I haven’t watched any of it but have them all recorded

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can we talk, Joan Rivers? Yeah, we can, it felt kinda like they knew they had to wrap it up by the end of the episode… Bit rushed, didn’t buy the prosecutor just stopped, jury deadlocked and suddenly the accountant was so guilty

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: Yeah unfortunately I had a feeling the ending would be rushed – the arch was just too wide to end it succinctly.

        It was still an entertaining season of TV – the casting of the yellow king as the judge was a nice nod – and now I have a thing for Sri Lankan women.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly my thoughts, well put

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And I want Sri Lanka sugar

      • True and Correct says:
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        @Grey: If you buy the deadlock (though i agree it was a bit rushed), the prosecutor knew that they’d have a better chance of a conviction with the financial advisor. Still, it was awesome. Great character “development” of Naz. Thank god the cat was saved. haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, I liked the character stuff, the plot was rushed

  46. Jankee says:
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    Drop Dyson or Bundy for A. Reyes? 12 team H2H roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy

  47. RicoSuave says:
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    Awesome work Grey!

    14 team H2H weekly points league… first week of playoffs, please help!

    I need to start 5 SP and 3 RP (I have a few SP/RP eligible)

    Which ones do you recommend I start?

    Shoemaker (SP) vs CIN & @ SEA;
    Maeda (SP) @COL & vs SD;
    Carrasco (SP) vs MIA;
    Salazar (SP) vs MIA;
    Taillon (SP) vs MIL;
    Rodon (SP) @ MIN;
    T. Walker (SP) vs LAA;
    Bundy (SP/RP) vs NYY;
    Duffy (SP/RP) vs DET;
    K. Giles (RP) 3x vs OAK & 3x @ TEX;
    Dyson (RP) 3x vs SEA & 3x vs HOU;

    Thanks for helping me making it to the playoffs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker, Salazar, Carrasco, Maeda, Taillon…Duffy, Giles, Dyson

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: Thanks a lot Grey… for my Util spot should I go with Napoli(cold lately) or Bregman?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Breg

          • RicoSuave says:
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            @Grey: Thanks again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  48. jb says:
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    Morning, Grey. I found a new manager to pick on — Joe Maddon. What kind of weakling intentionally walks Bryce Harper and sets off a trend? I hope there is a price to pay in October for Maddon. Is Kevin Gausman or Matt Moore finally worth picking up? BTW can Trea Turner be another Mike Trout? Just think if he keeps it going. Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya… They’re streamers, no Turner doesn’t have that power

  49. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    So my spayed cat is in heat. This is simply a public service announcement. This shit happens, and this shit happens to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like my cougar occasionally

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Me-ow!

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: GRRRRRR!

    • The Hack says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: maybe she is just mimicking your cat calls to the other ladies at the docks

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @The Hack: Better than mimicking my call to the ladies of the night, which involves a sly cat call while holding a $20 bill and a bump.

  50. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need to start two of the following (terrible choices, i know):

    duffy (-1.6) vs det
    gray (-6.6) vs lad, vs ari
    bundy (-0.4) vs nyy
    gausman (13.4) vs nyy
    weaver (11.1) @ mil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gaus, Duffy

  51. Speedo Reid-o says:
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    The way Fulmer is on notice, are there any concerns with Bundy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There are

  52. Wesley says:
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    Love the write up.
    So, W. Ramos or R. Martin ROS?
    Danke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ramos

  53. Cram It says:
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    Did you watch The Night Of finale?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, mentioned my thoughts above

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha. Same feelings here. Everything resolved, but I feel unsatisfied. Next!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup… Bummer, cause I really loved it up until last night

  54. Nightmare says:
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    Good morning Greylord. Hope u had a good weekend. I saw Don’t breathe. It was good, not great. I thought the night of finale was downright terrible. Awful. Few questions for ya bc Piscotty doesn’t know!

    1) who is the Grey on the football side of Razzball?
    2) pick up Skaggs and drop gerrit Cole?
    3) Ervin Santana vs CHW or nova vs MIL assuming nova makes that start due to his hammy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Jay 2) sure 3) Nova or Ervin home? Night of was disappointing, felt rushed

      • Nightmare says:
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        @Grey: both r home

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ervin

  55. Five-On-One says:
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    Please rank for ROS – Eaton, Saunders, Schebler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schebler

  56. jacks says:
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    This week in my 4X4 I would start Lamb despite his slumpy ways because of the 3 games in Coors. But one is against a lefty as is one of his other games. So he may only start 3 games total next week and one of those is v Cueto. Don’t love him, but Danny Valencia looks like he’s getting hot. Start Valencia or Lamb next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure if you like

  57. Gregjeffries says:
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    Hey Grey! Hope yourveeekebdvwas a great one!
    Which side ROS? Darvish, Hanley, Tomas for Wil Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomas

      • gregjeffries says:
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        Awesome, thanks! Just made the deal. Now I need to drop 2. Who are the drops?
        – Nova
        – Gurriel
        – Schebler
        – Hammel
        – Kepler

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nova, Gurriel

  58. Skeezix says:
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    Great stuff Grey! Can you help me pick two of these guys to start this week?

    Gausman (NYY)
    E-Rod (@OAK)
    Paxton (@TEX)
    Wright (TB)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gaus, Wright, no real 2nd

  59. Milarky says:
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    Travis Shaw has been in free fall for awhile. Would you start Cron over him at this point? Yes my team is awful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  60. Swaggerjackers says:
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    Grey: Who would you say is a better cheap keeper in an OBP league: Keon or Jankowski?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keon

  61. Nick says:
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    I already know the answer to this, but definitely bench Jon Gray at Coors vs Dodgers today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  62. Bostero111 says:
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    Hey Grey.

    Hope you had a good weekend.

    JBJ was just dropped in my 12 team H2h redraft league with OBP. Yasmany Tomas is also available.

    Here’s my team:

    C: Sanchez
    1b: Piscotty
    2b: Schoop
    3b: Frazier
    SS: Seager
    OF: Polanco
    OF: Marte
    OF: Trout
    UTIL: Lamb
    UTIL: JD Martinez
    BN: Belt

    Should I drop anybody to pick up either JBJ or Yasmany or hold?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yasmany over Belt

  63. POINS POINTS POINTS says:
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    I’m in a AL/NL weekly points league 12 team. For the playoff run who would you rather have on your roster. Rosters are locked in my league for the playoffs unless a guy is on the DL so I could drop Matz for someone like luis cessa or urias I do have kershaw on the DL… alex reyes, folty, buckholtz… or keep matz? thx for the help !!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes

  64. Jon says:
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    Stream Boyd or Davies today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matchups?

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey:

        Boyd at home vs Whitesox Davies at home vs Cardsm

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Boyd

  65. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Just for some laughs:
    According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, Tim Tebow’s baseball workout Tuesday in Los Angeles will be attended by scouts from “roughly half” of the 30 major league teams.

    Tebow is a serious guy and has been training in Arizona and Southern California for nearly a year, but the fact remains that he’s a 29-year-old who hasn’t played competitive baseball since high school. The former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner faces incredibly long odds of even lasting with a low-level minor league club. One scout told ESPN.com last week that Tebow’s swing is so long it might “take out the front row.” That’s not a good thing.

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: I have a feeling cameras are following him around so this can turn into some lame reality show.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @swaggerjackers: Dude needs to get laid!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  66. Eric says:
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    Great write-up. PIck 3 this week:

    Ventura vs Det
    Fister at Tex
    Hill at Col
    Santiago at Cle, vs. CWS
    Wright vs TB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill, Ventura, Wright, none are good

  67. birrrdy says:
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    Yay, a “breaking win’d” reference. I’m immortal! ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  68. Chris says:
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    Thanks grey!

    Who you like this week? (Please pick 1)

    Matz vs Nats-Eickhoff vs Nats or Ray @ SF.

    14 team league Roto Head to head.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ray

  69. Lunchbox says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for your write-up and all of your help this season. I’m in H2H playoffs! Time to pull my hair out for another 5 weeks of my life!

    Also time for your favorite Monday game; pick 3 starters for this week. H2h 6×6 (QS league)

    L Weaver @MIL (Garza)
    Phelps @NYM (Bartolo)
    Fulmer @KC (Danny Duffy)
    Eickhoff vs WAS(Scherzer)
    Musgrove vs OAK(Manaea) & @TEX (Darvish)

    I’m thinking the first 3, but Fulmer looks like the innings might be getting to him, plus Danny Duffy. I have 8 starts vs my opponents 9 right now, so Musgrove would be an option for counting stats since my opponent has had horrible ratios anyway, but after the last couple starts, I don’t think I want to go near him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are not good… Phelps, Eickhoff, Fulmer

      • Lunchbox says:
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        @Grey: Ha yeah I know…14-team with 8 bench slots is deeper than it sounds. My opponent has J Gray, McHugh, Velasquez, Santiago, & his ‘aces’ are Matz, Cole, & Hammel. At least I’ve got Lester, Carrasco, Shoe, Gausman too. Anyway… Thanks man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  70. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- 12 team weekly.
    Any faith in:
    1) [email protected] and LAA
    2) Bauer- MIN and Mia
    3) Aaron Sanchez- @Bal

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope…Bauer

  71. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Any thoughts on Matt Strahm yet? Just continues to impress and the Royals now say they are definitely going to give him a shot to start next spring. AL-only sleeper potential?

    If you dont mind, Please order these from most likely to be 12er worthy next year to least.

    Matt Strahm, Dan Mengden, Adalberto Mejia, Dillon Overton.

    Gracias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strahm, Mengden

  72. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: For my bench bat, I’ve been shuttling between Franco and Tomas between my team and waivers. Someone dropped Lorenzo Cain so now I am wondering if I should I roll with Franco, Tomas, Alex Gordon or Cain or drop my bench bat completely for another pitcher?

    My UTIL bat right now is being held down by one of the following: Blackmon, Marte, Gregory Polanco, or Betts

    The reason I’ve had the bench bat is because Toddfather was slumping a bit, but he looks like he’s coming out of it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  73. Syn says:
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    Got me feeling all nostalgic with those bands for Taillon. So we have what a month left in fantasy baseball? I am in first play in rotisserie. See any glaring holes in my lineup? I could stand for some more K’s and W’s out of my pitchers. trade deadline is over and I have 17 moves left in the season.

    Bats-Gattis, Rizzo, Altuve, Miller, Donaldson, Just Dong, Blackmon, Cespedes, Polanco, Pollock,
    Pitch- Thor, Cueto, Duffy, Colome, Betances, Koehler, Greinke, Paxton, Taillon, Smyly, Archer, Gausman

    Shoemaker, Nova are avail but not too much else I think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker over Smyly

      • Syn says:
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        Thanks. Worth looking at picking up Starlin for Miller?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh

          • Syn says:
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            Thanks for the guidance! In 1st by 2pts right now. I’ve only ever finished in the money never first though. Would be a first in the five years I’ve played fantasy baseball!

            • Syn says:
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              @Syn:

              Rizzo is also killing me with his lack of HR ever since I traded Toranedo for him! Hope he starts hitting some again soon.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hope it happens!

  74. ScreechOwl says:
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    May I just take a moment to say what a joy it’s been to have Khris Davis on my team this year? No? Okay, fine, I guess it’s one of those things that everyone assumes without saying it out loud.

    It’s also been a while since I’ve commented, so I wanted to say thanks for bringing the fun baseball columns every day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…Khris Davis!

  75. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    What up home boy…In a dynasty would you rather go into next year with Gary Sanchez or JBJ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yo, homeboy! Sanchez

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I’m trying to land Yelich with him, not sure it happens though

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Make it happen, F!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco, Schoop

  76. dem ribbies says:
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    Given OPS-HR-RBI-R-SB as categories and this being championship week and trying to win all the coins… who would you roll with?

    Desmond at home vs (SEA – Iwakuma, Paxton, Felix) and vs (HOU – Keuchel, Fister, Musgrove) <- notable all @TEX so good park, and he has kind of heated up the past 2 days.

    or

    Moss on road (@MIL – Davies, Peralta, Garza) and (@CIN – DeSclafani, Bailey, Straily) <- notable that they're all RHP and 23/25 have come against RHP. Great parks too.

    Am I dropping Desmond here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Desmond

  77. Scott says:
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    Plouffe or Gurriel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plouffe

  78. Scott says:
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    Ironic that Wil Myers was out with a stomach virus. I feel sick to my stomach watching him on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  79. Five-On-One says:
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    SP question (12-team weekly 5×5 roto league) – I don’t understand SON’s value for Nolasco (yes, THAT Nolasco). Please rank:

    2-start Nolasco vCIN ($14.1), @OAK ($4.7)
    1-start Fulmer @KC ($3.7)
    1-start Hendricks vSF ($1.6)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nolasco’s home vs a terrible team… I’d go Hendricks

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Fulmer over Nolasco too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

          • Five-On-One says:
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            @Grey: Thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  80. Gregjeffries says:
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    You rolling with Schebler (@LAA, vs Stl) or Kepler (vs. Chw, @CLE) this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schebler

  81. jon says:
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    I’m in a roto league with position limits… I have currently over on OF , thoughts on benching Polanco vs Arrieta today? Don’t need power just SB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench him

  82. Scott says:
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    Who do I drop out of this group?
    Reyes
    Rodon
    Tanaka
    Weaver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look at their matchups, if you can’t Weaver

  83. Scott says:
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    Broxton seems to be slowing down. Drop him for Schebler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  84. Nitro says:
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    Panik or Odor ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  85. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Someone dropped JBJ in my (up to 3 year) keeper league.
    Would you recommend I drop Franco for him?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  86. Paul says:
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    should i add Alex Gordon or Denard Span?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Span

  87. Robby says:
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    Starting a 2-week championship match today. I made some desperate moves last week to get here while my opponent had a bye and the luxury of setting up his team for this week. My roster is kind of a mess and it feels like I’m already playing from behind.

    I get 5 moves each week (up to 3 pitchers each week). He has 4 closers on his roster, I have 1. He currently has 24 starts lined up, I have 20 (6 of which are Pineda/Odorizzi AL East Garbage).

    Should I use my 3 pitcher pickups for this week to grab Diaz, Giles, and Watson? Stay competitive in SVs and boost ratios (incl. K/9), get to the weekend, and see where I stand in QS & W.

    Or should I say screw SVs, grab some SPs, and go for QS/W? SPs available are Eickhoff, Colon, Boyd, Ray, Phelps, Finnegan, McHugh, Bundy, etc.

    Have a feeling it won’t make a difference in the result, but appreciate your thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go SPs, but I’d look at matchups

  88. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    That Killer B’s reference got me higher than Jumping’ Jim Brunzell! Great write up!

    In a roto league Util slot, I’d rather have Bregman over Jake Lamb or Wilson Ramos the rest of the way, right?

    Secondly, strategy wise, what do you advise for these remaining games in max-games-played roto league: Try and fill every position slot every day until maxed out? Or try to sit some of my heavy-split guys against tough pitchers to keep playing all the way till October 2?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Bregman over Ramos… Yes, max yo’ shizz out

  89. Arod's Frost says:
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    Grey,

    Urias or Alex Reyes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes

  90. Paul says:
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    is puig worth a stash if he gets traded

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both, Ozuna, Gordon

  91. jon says:
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    Micheal A Taylor worth a look for steals or stick with Jank

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  92. herschel says:
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    @Grey: you trusting k-zar this week vs mia where you have him (or would you if you dont have him)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would start him

  93. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Super early 2017 sleeper question, but what sort of line would you expect to see out of Tim Anderson next year? Hard not to view him like a Lindor / Segura type based on what he’s done in half a season-ish…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura-ish

  94. POINS POINTS POINTS says:
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    would you have faith in starting arron sanchez [email protected] balt with yovani pitching in a weekly points league. Aaron is still in the minors NOW but it says he’s starting this week on 8-31-16 i’m a lil afraid I start him and he actually doesn’t start this week or isn’t brought up. Then I lose a start and a player for the week. If i bench him I could start estrada in his place or I also have Alex Reyes or Eduardo Rodriguez ? Thx for the help Grey !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes

  95. Larry G. says:
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    Would you trade Hernan Perez for Rich Hill? 6×6 categories league (R, HR, RBI, OBP, SLG, NSB, IP, W, SV/HD, ERA, K/9, WHIP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah

  96. Gregjeffries says:
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    Last one – you like Quintana (@Min) or Matz (vs Mia)? Streamonator loves Matz and doesn’t care for Quintana, but you know, bots will be bots

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

      • Gregjeffries says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  97. FilthyRich says:
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    Points league – use Desmond or add David Dahl for full week at Coors?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  98. The Great Knoche says:
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    Sounding like Walt may be on way out in Colorado in a month. Hopefully whoever is coming in if Cargo or Blackmon doesnt get moved, realizes that Raburn and Parra only pinch hit or play for the month Cargo is hurt.

    I love Dahl.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goodbye, Walt!

  99. Dommattingly says:
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    drop Judge for Alex Reyes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  100. AJ says:
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    Hey Grey, who u like more moving forward from Urias, Gausman, Matz? And is it time to cut bait with Andrew Miller…thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gaus…Sure

  101. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Start maeda in coors?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not

  102. Dommattingly says:
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    would you rather have Parra or L Martin for the POs? kinda punting SBs… thanks AGAIN!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys

  103. Where do butterflies go when it rains says:
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    Hi Grey. How are ya. In a league with Quality starts along with the other normal cats. I’m looking at Knechel. Smyly. Ventura. Kennedy. Urias and Moore on the waiver wire. I need to choose 2 from these. I’m leaning Kennedy and Ventura now that KC in in the hunt. Please give me your choices. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should look at matchups… Urias, Moore

  104. Where do butterflies go when it rains says:
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    Oh yeah rest of season. Not just 1 start

  105. Teddy Heater says:
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    How did you end up finishing in Scout? Rudy’s resurgent 8th place team knocked me down to 2nd place my 42/15/35/3 week just wasn’t enough to get me to #1. Hey, I feel pretty good about it considering it was my first year doing this type of draft/league. My ADD doesn’t pair well with it, but it panned out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2nd place, bleh, I got killed in the last week… Yeah, 2nd place isn’t bad, next year, when we return to NFBC, 2nd place earns money, which is when we’ll fall to 3rd

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: 2nd place still gets $200 or $250 credit with Scout according to the rules or did I read that wrong?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah? I don’t know, I thought it was only 1st place, but I didn’t read it at all

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey:

            95% payback. Highest in the industry!
            • 1st Place: Two (2) 2016 Online Championship Entry ($598 value) –OR- $400 cash + one (1) 2016 League Championship Pennant
            • 2nd Place: $250 Game credit –OR- $200 cash
            • 3rd Place: $150 Game credit –OR- $75 cash

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice! I want my $200!

    • congrats man! i did two Scout teams…one just couldn’t get off the ground. taking Kershaw as my 1st pick (#5) didn’t kill my team but picks like Carlos Gomez and a lack of closers (Giles!) certainly did. my other team finished in 1st though :)

  106. Herschel says:
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    Why would roberts bench Justin Turner in coors? Is there any decent explanation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Being stupid?

  107. jacks says:
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    Devon Travis or Jedd Gyorko this week in 4X4, no runs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  108. Greg says:
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    Grey. …a) the exception that proves the rule? Last year I DL-drafted Jose Fernandez got solid few months off of him. ..this year, Yu Darvish…

    b) Thanks for your undying chirps on Tim Anderson. ..got him back, Turner at second…

    c) Need one more sp for stretch run. …de Leon, Moore, Glasnow, Joe Ross, Tyson Ross, Gausman?

    Peace out, I’m headed to playoffs. And I got JUp back after you said safe to drop. ..lol

    Greg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yeah! B. No problem C. Moore

  109. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need sbs, avg and hr in that order (sbs especially). who do you like better?

    gyorko – 3 @ mil, 3 @ cin
    owings – 2 @ sf, 3 @ col

    also, same league and same needs who do you like between

    j turner – 3 @ col (although hes sitting today), 3 vs sd
    jankowski – 3 @ atl, 3 @ lad

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Owings…Turner

  110. joe is a popular name says:
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    alright since turner is sitting, batty call

    Duvall @ Shoe (never faced)
    Frazier @ Boyd (0-4 career)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall

  111. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    NL-Only H2H
    Dare I start Gray tonight vs LAD? I say no, but the guy I’m playing has T. Anderson vs. Hill tomorrow and T. Anderson vs. D-Backs this weekend. I’m guessing he’s going to have his guys make all their starts up front and decide whether or not to throw them the second time around. This is a balls-out week as I need to go at least 5-5. Ws and Ks at the risk of WHIP and ERA baby!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I’ll sit him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  112. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    It would be nice if the Nats could not make Jake Thompson look like an actual professional pitcher and tack some runs on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: every other team has complied with that request.

  113. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    20 team h2h with QS in which i’ve been in 1st pretty much all year. drop any of walker/pineda for musgrove (him looking good yet again).

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: man, LOTS of people getting porcello’d tonight (including porcello). pineda/porcello/boyd, just seems like a lot since i own those all in multiple somewheres.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: I’d drop Pineda for him, but I have a fair amount of bitterness towards him.

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Fred Garvin MP: i’m with you, but i still have to have him in 2 dynasties (his upside is just so much better than guys i could obtain)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Grey: woah, even though pineda had 16 straight outs?

  114. Chicken Dinner says:
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    If they blow this win for Darvish I’m going to Fv(I<ing lose it.

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: nah, that’s one of dyson’s best innings all year.

  115. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    here’s a very valid theory for why salazar was so shitty his first two starts back off DL, he finds out just as he’s exiting DL that some lady is pregnant with his kid (albeit more than 8 months into it), so he’s correctly as upset as i would for sure be (well, almost so), THEN, just before his most recent start he finds out it’s not his kid at all, but somebody else’s. but since he told everybody he was having a kid, why not get some vacay time, and is now on paternity leave.

    also, and maybe this is just being middle/low middle class here, i’ve never heard of a man getting time off like these athletes do when they have offspring popping out. i’ve heard of like a guy getting a day off the DAY he has his kid(s), but not 4-5 days. women, sure, they get time off, they need it to actually HAVE the kid, but the guy, nope. so if the incubator of yr kid is having it on tuesday night, you might get off tuesday day (maybe), and then wednesday, but definitely not more than that.

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