As soon as you’re finished with this post, I want you to close your laptop, step outside and look at a bird in flight.  Pick up a flower, breathe in its fragrance, sneeze from your allergies, wave to a neighbor and close your robe because you’re not just waving with your hand.  How does that feel?  Exhilarating?  Then your dedication sucks!  It should be a total bore.  You should be more interested in whether or not I’m going to have a top 100 for the 2nd half of fantasy baseball tomorrow than what your significant other has been doing for the last three and a half months.  Luckily, I will have a top 100 tomorrow, and your significant other can remain your fantasy team.  Okay, enough hubbub on the tomfoolery!  Yesterday, Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer as the Yankees called him up on Saturday to be their 2nd baseman.  My middle infielder slot on all of my teams feels like the old adage, “Ridden hard and put away wet.”  If a fantasy team slot could catch an STD, my MI slot would be it.  There might not be a starter on any team that I haven’t tried once, thanks, Rendon!   Refsnyder had seven homers and ten steals with a .290 average in Triple-A and looking at him, I’m immediately reminded of Pedroia.  In other words, goodbye, Jace Peterson, hello, Refsnyder!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Clay Buchholz – Hit the DL with elbow soreness.  Oddly enough, Dr. James Andrews’s office sits on the corner of Torn ACL and Elbow Soreness.  The Red Sox called up Brian Johnson, who was the top Sawx pitching prospect left in the minors, which is kinda like being the tallest person in the Altuve family.  I’ve seen Johnson compared to Mark Buehrle and I think that was used as a positive.  Call him Burly Johnson.  Actually, don’t.  He was a pitcher and first baseman in college, and he looks like he could hit for some power, if you catch my drift.  (Read:  Big guy.)  His fastball is 90-93 MPH and his curve is his 2nd best pitch, or so it says where I was lead by Googling “Brian Johnson Red Sox” after my autocorrect Googling of “Johnson in a sock.”  Shudders!  Johnson appears to me to be a innings-eater number four starter, which is whatevs in fantasy.

Shane Victorino – 1-for-5, 1 RBI and two steals (4, 5).  As I would tell a commenter if they had the Red Sox team, trade some bats for a starter!

Sonny Gray – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.04.  He’s turning this mother to eleven!  He’s like the Private Stock of starters!  Those other terrible malt liquor beers give you 40 oz., we here at Private Stock give you 64 oz.  Trying to understand how Gray is doing this is like trying to figure out a puzzle on the underside of a Private Stock bottlecap.  Too bad Private Stock isn’t around anymore, there could be a good YouTube video in someone finishing a 64-ounce bottle, then trying to do the bottlecap puzzle.  At a certain point, there won’t be time for Gray to regress enough for it to matter.  At this point, he’d need, like, a 5 ERA to even get his ERA back to where his xFIP says it should be.  (The preceding was done by math in my head and could be totally wrong.)  I still say Gray regresses, but he’s also my boy and this is the tough love his mother refuses to give.

Scott Kazmir – The A’s said he can start next Saturday.  Then a reporter asked if this was so they could trade Kazmir in the next few weeks, and asked Beane why were his fingers crossed.  Beane didn’t elaborate.

Stephen Vogt – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  He’s Superman, with the wind at his back, Lucroy’s Lois Lane.

Corey Kluber – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Ugh, my emotions are so mixed.  Kluber’s Ks are down the last two games, but he’s pitched much better.  Actually, I don’t own him, so why am I so empathetic?  Next thing you know I’m going to be crying at long distance phone commercials.

Dee Gordon – Dislocated his thumb on Saturday.  Waze took him across three lanes of rush hour traffic with no streetlight, but still the thumb hasn’t turned up.  The Marlins are saying Gordon may not need a DL stint.  Just pinch his thigh so he forgets the thumb pain.  That’s what my grandmother always did!  Gordon just needs to slap balls into the ground and run, so it’s not that surprising that he may not need a DL stint.

Justin Bour – 3-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs, and had two hits on Saturday.  You won’t hear me say much about hot schmotatoing in this post because, with the break, it’s like we’re getting whole new guys on the flip side of the half.

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  I streamed him yesterday and dropped him before the game even ended.  You know why?  No, not because I’m a total baller, but that’s a good guess.  I did it because they were in Carola Canyon and it was vs. the Reds, who sizzuck.

Neftali Feliz – Signed by the Tigers for bullpen help.  Tigers are going with the old “beat them with quantity where you can’t beat them with quality.”  Since Soria’s been egregious, Feliz could work his way into the save picture at some point, but Feliz hasn’t been all good times either, no matter what his name might suggest.  In fact (Grey’s adding on!), Feliz has been awful too.

Alfredo Simon – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 4.53.  Damn, a waiter should go by the mound with a pepper mill, because Alfredo’s getting creamed.

Torii Hunter – 0-for-3, 1 run and his 14th homer on Saturday.  He won’t appear in the top 100 for the 2nd half tomorrow (though, maybe, I’m still fiddling), but it goes to show you how fickle a top 100 is, because Hunter has been totally fine as a third outfielder and way better than, say, Puig.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .378.  As frequent commenter, Clyde Prompto, said, “Since Sano restored my belief in true love, I think his nickname should be ‘The Sanotebook.'”

Trevor Plouffe – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer.  As I said above, it’s hard to know hot schmotatoes at this point because of the break, but Plouffe is the type to get smoking hot for a few games at a time.

Kyle Gibson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.85.  Your peripherals look like A.C. Green, Gibson don’t call here anymore.  With an xFIP like Ben Vereen, Gibson don’t call here anymore.

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer on Saturday.  Finally looking like the S in escargot is for super and not snail.

Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Hitting in Coors will be glorious in July and August.  Start stacking now!

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs.  So instead of drafting Dickerson, you should’ve drafted Charlie Big Dickerson.

Drew Stubbs – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Every home game Stubbs is starting, you should be starting him on your team.

Jon Gray – Could debut this week for the Rockies.  I’m sure Prospect Mike has many things to say on Gray, but can he do it in iambic pentameter?  I don’t like Rockies pitchers; I don’t care what their pedigree is; I especially wouldn’t go near a wet-behind-the-ears Rockies pitcher.  Wet-behind-the-ears, Trump, you don’t have to deport him!

Jason Grilli – Out for the year with a ruptured Achilles.  Contrary to rumors, Archer had nothing to do with it.  Grab Johnson.  I mean…No, that’s what I mean.  Okay, Jim Johnson for completists.

Alex Wood – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  You know what this means?  Now, for the rest of the season, I have to say his ERA would only be (insert number) if you remove his Coors start.

Matt Harvey – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 9 Ks, ERA at 3.07.  The invisible rabbit in the room for Harvey has been the walks.  He’s about a half a walk above 2013’s walk rate, but guys returning from TJ usually lose a bit of control at first.  That’s Tommy John; guys returning from Tijuana lose control too, but I’m not talking pitching.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and three homers, his first three homers of the year.  Damn, I always thought Nieuwenhuis was just the name of a sofa in Ikea.  That screaming for joy that you hear is the one guy that owns him in a 20-team NL-Only league that only uses Mets players.

Daniel Murphy – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer.  Elias Sports Bureau said yesterday Nieuwenhuis and Murphy had the most homers for a pair of teammates whose names are pieces of furniture.

Patrick Corbin – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.40.  Here’s what a pitcher not as good as Harvey and J-Fer look like returning from similar surgery.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, hitting .340.  Au Shizz!

Rubby de la Rosa – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  I was gonna say his ERA most be close to 5 when I have him in my lineup, but then I saw his ERA is 5.06 on the year, so I was likely being generous.  Maybe I should drop Rubby and stop waiting for the reach around.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.72 vs. Jon Lester 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA up to 3.59.  Perfect illustration of what a top five starter looks like vs. a top 20 starter.  Maybe next time we can get Goofus and Gallant’s illustrator.

Adam Jones – 2-for-4 and two solo homers (13, 14).  Great, he’s getting hot right before he’s about to shut it down for four days and get cold again = My luck.

Max Scherzer – 8 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.11 vs. Wei-Yin Chen 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.78.  Chen went toe to toe, mano a mano, Alien vs. Predator against one of the best starters in the majors and came out looking terrific.  By the by, Alien vs. Predator isn’t a new Carl Monday show.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 2.30 as he returned from the DL.  Since he had a strained oblique, I haven’t been too worried about him returning in similar form to how he left.  Yes, I’m partially deluding myself for the return of Strasburg.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Hit the DL with a strained hamstring.  Filling in for him will be Beckham and Elmore, which would make a great mystery about soccer.  Call it, Get Sporty.

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.23.  He’ll be in the top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming tomorrow.  Begrudgingly!

Jose Altuve – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Altuve will try to keep it up in the 2nd half, with the aid of tippy toes.

Lance McCullers – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I’m gonna like McCullers so much next year, and will likely be in for a roller coaster, which should just be known as a roller-Carrasco.

Matt Moore – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 7.07.  Yesterday’s start is exactly what I’d expect from him as the best case scenario for this year.

Randal Grichuk – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs.  2nd game in a row with three hits.  What has your 5th outfielder done lately?  Well?!  Sorry, I lost it there for a second.

Jhonny Peralta – 3-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .298.  Over/under for the end of the season:  20 homers and .270.  I’d go under/under like I’m limboing at a bar mitzvah.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Hisashi my dashi, slurp SLURP!

Taijuan Walker – 5 IP, 6 ER.  Two baby steps forward, then you realize you were standing on the ledge of the Empire State Building.

Andrew Heaney – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.32.  As I said on Friday, I’d grab him until it’s announced that he’s being bumped from the rotation, because he’s proved he should stay in the rotation.  Then again:  The Sciosciapath.

Erick Aybar – 3-for-3, 2 runs, hitting .287.  Could it be possible that I want every middle infielder and no middle infielders?

C.J. Cron – 3-for-5, and two homers on Friday.  Cron is German for own.  Take a hint!

Chris Iannetta – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  As terrible as he is, at least he’s no Zunino.  Or metaphorically, at least he’s not as bad as Yahoo’s white background.  Change it back!  C’mon!  The Internet’s old enough now, you have to know better.  You have to!

Brandon MorrowPadres announced he’s ready for rehab.  Morrow is fine, dandy, adjective if he’s healthy, but he won’t be returning until at least mid-August and there’s still lots of time for a setback.  You ever think if his name was Brandon Today he would’ve returned by now?  Too much procrastination with Morrow.

Tyson Ross – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  For all of the agita he’s caused over the 1st half, look at his ERA.  Okay, you don’t want to open a new window, fair enough.  His ERA is 3.34.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.62.  Okay, when you put it like that, a 3.34 ERA isn’t that good.

Mitch Moreland – 0-for-3 but two homers on Saturday (15, 16).  On the year, he’s only been a hair less valuable than Votto.  Speaking of hair:  I look good.

Brandon Beachy – 4 IP, 3 ER as he returned from the DL.  “Returned from the DL” and “hot damn, thank you, man!” don’t seem to be synonymous.  As I’ve said before, I’m not going anywhere near Beachy and it has nothing to do with melanoma.

Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Fo’seriously, if he only got to 24 homers on the year, it wouldn’t surprise me.

Taylor Jungmann – 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.15.  I’m ready to take the training wheels off a little here and start adding him in mixed leagues.  I’d also keep an eye on the Stream-o-Nator for its thoughts.  How very Orwellian.

Khris Davis – 0-for-4 as he hit leadoff.  He doesn’t strike you as a leadoff hitter?  Yeah, me neither, but he was replacing Parra and that’s where he bats, so rather than start a whole new lineup card, Craig Counsell went with the Whiteout method of managing.

Ryan Braun – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer.  Okay, but what did Lind do?!  Kidding.  OR AM I?!  Ah, yes, caps really seals it.

Chris Heston – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  His home ERA on the year is 2.57.  Surprising, I figured a Heston would go for a 357.

Jake Arrieta – 9 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.66.  Great, now Maddon’s not using any closers!

Jose Quintana – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.69.  Since May 1st, his ERA is 3.01 in 92 2/3 IP.  Yup.

Mark Buehrle – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, moving his record to 10-5, which makes this his 15th consecutive season of ten wins.  Hey, advocates for Blyleven for the Hall, you’ll have something to do in a few years.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 4th steal.  Won’t take part in the All-Star Game, but will instead have his shoulder badged and massaged like it’s a lamb chop.  Yes, he’s going to have a little Victorian collar put on his shoulder.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  No, I don’t love the lineup placement either (Pillar usually bats seventh or eighth), but he is nearly a top 20 outfielder on the year, according to our Player Rater.  By the way, those that don’t trust the Player Rater are like those that don’t believe dinosaurs ever existed.

Devon Travis – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 3rd steal as he hit in the two hole.  Like sands through the hourglass, so are the middle infielders in our lives…

Paulo Orlando – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer as he steals time from my SAGNOF’er Dyson.  I will cut you, Paulo!

Kendrys Morales – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  This is by no means a novel thought, it’s barely a full sentence without this filler, let alone a novel, but, man, DHs are terrible across the entire league.  It’s upset Edgar Martinez so much he’s stealing tablecloths from a gay bar and wearing them as shirts.

 
  1. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    FIRST

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: at being 12?

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @apoxonbothyourhouses: Thank you! The stupid “First” thing on message boards is equivalent to waiting in a line for something and when you get to the front, you just walk away. I say this for the greater good of mankind. If you want to do your silly “First” thing, at least bring something else to the table, as in an intelligent addition to the conversation. I’ll finish how I started. Thank you!

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @Drexel Hill Dragons: If something is harmless and brings someone joy, why allow it to effect you negatively?

          • Greys #1 Fan says:
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            @Chicken Dinner:

            apox and drexel. Sorry my comment ruined your day. I can assure you that I am not 12, and that I was just up with insomnia and pretty bored.

  2. Bas says:
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    HI Grey,

    Great Write up as usual!!
    I’am in a 5×5 12 team keeper (keep 7 forever, no costs).

    I’am in 2nd place 10 points behind leader.
    Can trade Cutch for Greg Holland + Edwin E. (or Hanley R. who will replace sequra)
    My 1B men are Duda, Fielder + Cron as UT.
    Outfielders: Jupton, Cespedes, Heyward, Eaton, Blackmon and De Aza .

    Have Zimmerman on my IR, Headley is my 3B man.

    Closers: Kimbrel, Chapman, Osuna and Rendon. Can gain 4 extra points in Saves.
    Make a trade (and which one) or just stand pat.

    Many thanks,
    Bas from Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Thanks! Make a trade for a cheaper closer with a cheaper piece on your team…

  3. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    What the hell is Edgar Martinez wearing???????

  4. Ernie says:
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    Hi Grey. Can you rank these RP’s for rest of the season? (H2H, 12teams, 6×6) Thanks as always!

    Brad Boxberger
    Brad Ziegler
    David Robertson
    Dellin Betances
    John Axford
    Jim Johnson

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Ernie: what do you need? Saves? Holds? Ratio help?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ernie: Robertson, Dellin, Johnson

      • Ernie says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

  5. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Edgar looks terrible, especially for someone who was still mashing at 40. I will now recklessly speculate that he is one of those guys that did roids but nobody suspected because he didn’t look the part. His tablecloth wearing is merely the continuation of his ploy to play up his generally innocuous appearance and persona. I’m on to you Edgar. I’m on to you like tablecloth on paunch.

  6. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    it’s about time gott had a bad inning so the sentence “gott got got.” finally makes some sense.

  7. Vindicator says:
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    Should I drop Desmond for refsnyder?

  8. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    I grabbed Heaney in every league available, a good lefty at Safeco is self explanatory. I can’t believe he was available in all but 1 league. You were higher on him than Walker and Erasmo lefties just sometimes take a little longer to develop.

  9. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Refsnyder over Odor or Murphy?

  10. plasmaj says:
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    In a 12-team mixed league, who wins this trade (or is it just fair)?
    Chris Archer + Sandoval
    for
    Bruce + Pedroia + Kyle Seager

  11. Swfcdan says:
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    Man that was the most boring fantasy day, even Grey struggled to make it sound entertaining!

    Think Pujols will avoid falling off a cliff like last year? Expecting a big 2nd half from Ellsbury, good targets down the stretch from guys selling off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: I’ll go over Pujols’s 2nd half projections tomorrow

  12. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Oooh, J-FOH’s gonna be mad that you used “Sanotebook.”

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: you are such
        a softie

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Notebook is funny to reference, terrible to actually watch

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: what about Sanomatic or Sanomite…we just need a Jimmy walker sound bite

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @J-FOH: Does it help my cause if I tell you I have a fetish for elderly folks crying?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA, you’d just sit in the theater that was playing The Notebook with your back to the screen, right?

            • Clyde Prompto says:
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              @Grey: Haha I hadn’t thought of that trick. I was referencing the part in the movie where James Garner has a full on grampy breakdown. It’s basically the “Pheobe Cates coming out of the pool in Fast Times” moment for people with my particular peccadillo.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Clyde Prompto: that’s jus wrong. I hate see old people cry. Now women aged 21-50 is kinda hot when they cry

            • Clyde Prompto says:
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              @J-FOH: Exactly why you should watch The Notebook with a 21-50 year old woman. The waterworks will be wide open.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Only way to get a Cougar wet

  13. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Fab write-up. Too many goodies to mention.

    Seriously looking forward to tomorrow’s top 100 for the 2nd half.

    NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘Is anyone concerned that Jim Rome is burning.’

  14. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Which side do you prefer in a dynasty league: Taijuan Walker and Kyle Schwarber or Lance McCullers and Miguel Sano? Thanks!

    • Bread N Mustard says:
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      @Wild Thing: McCullars and Sano.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Wild Thing: Agreed…McCullers and Sano.

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey and others!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  15. Wild Thing says:
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    One more… Odor or Refsynder in dynasty. Thanks!

  16. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    trade cespedes and sanotebook for kershaw and kendrys?

  17. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Refsynder or Devon Travis?

    • Bread N Mustard says:
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      @I’m Keith Hernandez: Travis. We have a better idea of what he can do and he is hitting well at the top of the Jays lineup.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Bread N Mustard:

        Except recently he’s been at the bottom of the Jays lineup, no? Could swear I’ve seen him hitting 7th.

  18. Joe says:
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    Been using Starlin Castro in my MI spot in a 10 team H2H OBP keeper league and not enjoying it so I’ve been trying to convince myself to pull the trigger on dropping him. Have these guys available on the wire, take any over Castro or just keep riding it out: Panik, Alcides Escobar, Cezar Hernandez and Refsnyder

    • Chucky says:
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      Panik is a young Chase Utley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Depends on needs…Alcides

  19. scott steelers says:
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    I’ve won saves 2 times this year… someone offered me Soler for Gregor son and Tolleson. Should I punt saves? Or keep my closers and grab either Grichuk or Moreland dropping either Maybin, Holliday, or Polanco, although polanco is a 17th rd keeper as of now

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @scott steelers: Not a fan of punting any categories. Grab Moreland.

      • scott steelers says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop: to grab moreland I’d Need to drop maybin, polanco, holliday… would you drip any of them for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can lose Polanco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott steelers: I’d take Soler if he can be a keeper, I don’t like punting either

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: Head to head, I’m all for punting a category. Roto, never.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t love it in either

  20. Cohen says:
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    Grey, Grichuk or Eaton?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Cohen: Eaton. Grichuk will lose ABs when Holliday returns.

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: why, who’s playing CF over him?

  21. Bread N Mustard says:
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    Chris Colabello or Kevin Pillar?

  22. Eric says:
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    Grichuk, Cron, Parra, Dyson. ROS #1 and #2.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Eric: It really depends on categorical needs. What does your team need?

      • Eric says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop:
        Batting average and runs highest priority.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Parra, Cron

  23. Hello says:
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    In a keeper league, but also playing to win it all this year, would you pick up one or both of iwakuma and Heaney over Chavez and Ervin? Probably a lateral move but I figure Heaney could be trade bait if he continues

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      @Hello: one more to consider (these would all be my 6th and 7th pitcher but it’s a weekly roto h2h format so pack as many conceivable good starts in as possible)

      Basically would you drop Chavez or Ervin for Heaney/Gibson/ or iwakuma. It’s a keeper league so I feel like Heaney may be trade bait

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Hello: Ervin for Iwakuma

  24. Would love a Goofus & Galant where are they now. Bet Goofus is doing just fine. Great stuff Grey. A couple of other comparisons if you don’t mind. ROS Odor or Refsnyder ? & Bour or Plouffe? Thanks and happy All Star break!

    • @zombie: Just noticed Odor & Ref were asked above. Sorry. Please substitute with J. Johnson or Giles. Thanks again!

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @zombie: Liittle known fact: the popular television show “Dexter” was based on the life and times of Gallant from “Goofus and Gallant.”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Clyde Prompto: I Googled “Dexter” was based on the life and times of Gallant from “Goofus and Gallant” and got a ton of results, crazy

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @Grey: Haha that is so absurd. I love it.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie: Yeah, Goofus seemed resilient to life’s curves! Odor doesn’t really excite me, but will likely be more valuable than Refsnyder, but Refsnyder will have more upside… Plouffe

  25. BreakOut says:
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    2.57 vs. 357. Very nice.

  26. Pizza says:
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    Do I move my Kipnis for Arrieta? 10 team H2H dynasty league – keep everyone. Pitching has 1 extra category. I have Devon Travis and Addisson Russell as well.

  27. spider crabs says:
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    Grichuk, DPeralta, or Souza ROS…..in that order??

  28. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Would you lose morales for someone like Sano or Cron in the second half?

  29. ManuteBologna says:
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    Hishashi, Heaney, or Walker?

    I have a feeling it is that order and that means I have to drop mi novio Taijuan

  30. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Went to the Rangers/Padres game Saturday night and stood behind the visitor Bullpen. If you’re standing there at a certain angle you can see the BP bathroom. Benoit was in there for about 20 minutes, and when he got out I asked him if he had a nice dump. He smiled and nodded, I bet that thing was as big as Altuve!

    Not sure if I’m going to change my commenter name, not very happy with Feliz jumping ship. Hopefully his tour of Detroit is just as bad as Joe Nathan’s.

    • @Fireball Feliz: Altuve sized dump. Bwahaha! Like a greyhound, you’ve got to get a bet down on Benoit immediately following a cleansing like that.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: “Did you have a nice dump?” I ask that to my dog every morning, but a Major Leaguer? That’s awesome. Made my day. Thanks.

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop: I screamed it at him haha, Kimbrel turned around in his chair it was pretty funny

  31. mmhmm says:
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    Deep dynasty trade question

    Do I send Jay Bruce+Matt Carpenter+Bradley Zimmer for Anthony Rizzo? 5 OF spots in this league so OF is valuable… Almost seems like a nobrainer but when I add it up the value on my side seems significantly higher.

  32. Chris says:
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    H2H Points League – ROS – I’ll be keeping one and dropping the other.

    Maybin or Pence

    T. Walker or Y. Ventura

    Thanks.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Chris: Maybin and Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Prolly Maybin and Ventura, but could go either way

  33. Bob says:
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    I have a pretty impressive offense in a keeper league (Trout, Cutch, Goldschmidt, Kipnis, etc) but my backend pitching is horrendous. My top 2 of Max and Hamels are good but then I have the likes of Ross, Quintana, Anibal, graveman, and haren. I have a trade proposal that would net me Lester for Joc P. My outfield is trout, cutch and now I have pence back. Should I make the trade? H2H, 5 keeper with no draft pick penalty, 10 owner, 7×7 league. I’d probably keep Franco over Joc if I were to keep a rookie.
    Also, who’s the next best SP prospect to be called up now for this summer? I’d like to stash him.

    • Lex says:
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      @Bob: I would do it

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Bob: I would do the deal. I asked a similar question to Prospector Mike. Aaron Nola could potentially be called up soon and Jose Berrios later this summer. I’m keeping a monocle on Luis Severino as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: I don’t love the trade, but it’s fair…Nola

  34. Moistasskiss says:
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    In a deep keeper league, would you rather have DJ LeMahieu or Greg Holland?

  35. Dirt says:
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    Do I trade Phil Hughes and Hanley Ramirez
    For Jose Altuve, Ian Desmond, Shelby Miller? How much more should I look for?

    • Lex says:
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      @Dirt: who’s your 2nd baseman?

      • Dirt says:
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        @Lex: @Lex: Caesar Hernandez from Philly

        • Elliot

          Elliot says:
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          @Dirt: I would take that deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dirt: I don’t like it

  36. peter quill says:
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    They beat me up and took my clothes.
    THOSE MEN WANTED TO HAVE SEX WITH ME!

  37. Vrugg says:
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    Colabello was producing against both righties and lefties. What’s the reason for the reduced playing time?

    • mmhmm says:
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      @Vrugg:
      His defense is atrocious.

  38. I be Teheran it Up! says:
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    Odor or Refsnyder? (seems like a popular question) redraft league… good stuff as always G

  39. Scott says:
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    I don’t think I’ve seen a Home and Away splits as pronounced as Drew Stubbs.
    .235/ .350/ .676/ 1.026 at Home
    .088/ .114/ .176/ 0.290 Away

    That’s more than just the Coors effect, methinks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: In how many ABs?

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: 34 each.

  40. Winthrop says:
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    Should Upton owners be shopping him? He’s been disgustingly bad for almost a month now. Think he will correct himself over the break or continue his cold streak? Hold or try and sell for an arm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Winthrop: I think he can correct himself, but depends what you can get

    • Paul C. says:
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      @Winthrop: It doesn’t carry much weight from a statistical standpoint, but a few years ago Upton had a great first two months and then sucked for pretty much the rest of the year. I’d be a little concerned if I had him, though I wouldn’t panic-trade.

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Paul C.: yeah, and then he was great pretty much all last year, and first two months of this one, isn’t that a bigger sample (and more importantly, recent?)

  41. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    That Arrieta blurb killed me! Note to self: never draft a closer on a team that Maddon manages…

  42. Ryan says:
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    I have syndergaard as a keeper for the next 2 years. Last place team offered me kershaw. Do I pull the trigger ? H2H league,

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Ryan: Yes.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Ryan: Fo sho!

  43. Jon says:
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    Jim Johnson over Soriano?

  44. Clint says:
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    12 team roto keeper league (kept 8 this year but I think we’ll move up to 10-12 next season). Currently no keeper time limits, just charge back the round Yahoo assigns to the guys chosen. I’m solidly in 1st place in everything (10 or above) except avg/sb’s for this year and the 6th place team in sniffing around a Mad Max trade. Here’s my keeper-worthies:

    Scherzer, Strasburg, Arrieta, Kluber, Lucroy, Rizzo, Machado, Harper, Puig, Adam Jones, C. Gonzalez, Stroman

    He’s got a ton of young bats to offer and Hammel as a good returning SP if you think my remaining pitchers (Corbin, Fiers, Clay, Latos, T-Walker) can’t carry me across this year’s finish line. His best young bats are Altuve, Bryant, Soler, Buxton, Russell, C. Seager. Was thinking Max & T-Walker for Hammel & a pair of young bats could be good for short & long term? Filling 2B, SS, and/or a utility spot would basically lock in my bats for 2015 & beyond (we start 2 Utilities & 3 OF spots, rest is standard w/no MIF spots). What would you offer him & expect back for Max? Should I wait until mid August or so to do the deal to secure a win this season too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: You wanna trade the arguably best pitcher away? I’m confused

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:
        You’ve always said to deal arms for bats, not the other way around. Not sure if that’s different in keeper leagues but in this case, if I got, say, Altuve & Seager/Buxton using Scherzer I’d still have Strasburg, Kluber, Arrieta, and/or Stroman to choose between for potential pitcher keepers next season while setting very strong bats in stone at 2B & SS/Utility, wouldn’t I? Or are you saying the upgrade at those spots wouldn’t be worth losing Max in the long run?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve never suggested trading the best pieces for multiple smaller pieces

          • Clint says:
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            @Grey:
            That’s kinda how I thought you’d see it. Just wanted to see if I’m learning anything ;)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

  45. Lex says:
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    Who you got ROS in a 12 team standard points league…Melky,Sano,Parra or Cron?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lex: Sano

  46. Jon says:
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    I need to lose one of Rubby, Jesse Chavez, Graveman, Ubaldo, Gausman, or Erasmo. Who do you like least for the second half?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Jon: Rubby

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Jon: Don’t trust the Orioles to manage Gausman correctly, so I’m going with him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Rubby

  47. Don says:
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    This is my outfield/bench right now
    Drop any for cron.. Rajai, Dyson, deshields, Khris Davis, choo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: Rajai

  48. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Grey and folks,
    I was offered Gardner and Uerehara for MY Giancarlo… I am first in a competitive saves league (I have 7 true closers +W.Davis and Motte-Rondon… just lost Grilli) I am barely in first in home runs by 2 or 3. Garner maybe gets 10 more home runs for the rest of the season… Giancarlo get 10 -15 maybe 20?

    Any thoughts?

    I also want to shout out J. Grilli for going down and out right away and not lingering about. I hate it when the “baseballers” could or could not get back into action for weeks while it is just easier to take the loss and move on. (See DICKerson and Rendon, Stressburg, etc.) Is there a term for these mercy injuries or lingering DL hogs?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: Giancarlo’s going to get 20 HRs? Pulling a Kotchman?

      • Joe Shmoe says:
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        @Grey: So you like the trade?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Redraft league? Gardner side

  49. Mikes says:
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    Odor or refsynder or just stream 2nd base?

    • KarlJ says:
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      @Mikes:
      I would think Odor has a higher upside

  50. ashtray says:
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    Highly doubt I can get him with my 10th place waiver claim but I’ll take a shot at adding Refsnyder. Do you like him better ROS than Panik?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Worth a gamble, likely not better than Panik

  51. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Welcome back,Grey. Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Question….

    Sano or Giancarlo?

    Weekly Points league

  52. Boy Wonder says:
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    14 team H2H – Cron, Trumbo, Duda, or Belt for a 2nd half comeback. Thanks!

  53. Wilson says:
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    Thanks to Gray’s work.

    I already have Rizzo , Arenado , Longoria in my 1B3B CI
    And I also have Abreu on hand.

    I need SB urgently.
    Trade my Abreu for Billy Hamilton? Thanks.

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks for reply.

        Just worried that B Hamilton will reduce his SB due to leading too much in 2nd season.
        And his OBP is terrible… Anyway, I will try, thanks.

  54. Scott says:
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    Joey Gallo is fairly high on the Player Rater. Does it think he’ll get called up again?

  55. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points keeper

    C Perez
    1b pujols
    2b d Gordon
    3b Seager
    Ss Flores
    Of matte
    Of a jones
    Of Brantley
    Ut Sano
    Ut c. Santana
    Bench c. Seager
    Bench y. Tomas
    P scherzer
    P Arrieta
    P carrasco
    P g. Richards
    P Teheran
    P verlander
    RP tolleson
    RP c Allen

    Got offered My g. Richards and Flores for his Heaney and Tulo….yes, hold out for Tyson Ross, still take it with Heaney, or No thanks?

    Much appreciation to everyone at the site as always!!

    • JJ says:
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      @Sange76:
      Take it! Tulo alone is a steal for those two

  56. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey!

    How would you rank these ROS?

    Bour, Choo, Trumbo

    Thanks

  57. Scott says:
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    Rotowire made a funny!

    Spin: In other news, we just looked up “late bloomer” in the dictionary and there was a picture of Turner. Hector Olivera is going to be ready for the big leagues in short order, but it’s safe to say Turner isn’t going to be losing his starting job anytime soon.

  58. dom says:
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    Is Grichuk gonna play second half? Does Aaron Nola have any value on a crappy team? Is Jon Gray worth streaming his debut in San Diego? Thanks for the first half help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dom: Grichuk will be squeezed, Nola sure, Gray sure

  59. RicoSuave says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Verlander or Corbin ROS?

    thanks again!

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @RicoSuave: Meh…Corbin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RicoSuave: Agreed with Peter, terrible choices

  60. Sir says:
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    Who are you stashing at this point – Aaron Nola or Luis Severino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sir: Nola

  61. PK says:
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    Yahoo’s white background is atrocious. I like how they put a little notification at the top of each league page basically saying the change is what we asked for, and it’s not their fault the design is terrible.

    /sigh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: You mean this isn’t a mistake? It’s staying like this?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: According to their help pages, yeah, they made a help page basically saying “You’ll get over it”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s insane

      • PK says:
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        @Grey: They put out a few different statements. I can’t seem to find the one I was referring to where they are all defensive about their massive fuckup, but here’s one thing they posted:

        “Hey all, to coincide with yesterday’s launch of Yahoo Daily Fantasy

        we have updated the theme of our Full Season fantasy products as well.

        This not only helps our products be part of the same family, but addresses some of the feedback we’ve received since releasing our dark theme.

        Please use this thread as a place to leave feedback or report bugs, however if you’d prefer you can also add a suggestion to our Fantasy Baseball user voice forum

        Thanks for continuing to choose Yahoo Fantasy!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe they figured that people wouldn’t know how much money they lost if they can’t find the number on the screen

  62. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, H2H-Points League

    Rank’em for deep H2H for ROS:

    Samardzjia
    Hector Santiago
    Shelby Miller

  63. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Think SEA will leave Carson alone now and let him keep the 9th to himself?

  64. Paul says:
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    Hey Grey, Would you agree with this ranking…Alex Wood > Chavez > Heston? Trying to assess my bottom 2 SP slots…

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Paul: Heston, Wood, Chavez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: I would agree with that, Paul

  65. Richard says:
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    Keeper league – OBP instead of Avg.
    Which side is better for ROS?
    Sale, Brantley, A-Gonz, Ramos, Gattis
    for
    Price, JD Martinez, Pujols, Kimbrel, McCann

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Richard: Pujols, too many pieces

  66. Cuban Bandits says:
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    Drop any of the following for Cron and/or Heaney?

    Lind
    Burns
    Colabello
    Calhoun
    McGee (owned him to handcuff Box)

    Thanks!

  67. thegreater says:
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    So what do you think would be the hit/miss rate of streaming only those FA pitchers going up against the Phillies in the second half? I recognize you won’t get every start, but is there a better way to guarantee wins and low ERA?

  68. Sherm says:
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    Just wanted to thank you for the Suggested Shades of Grey Starting Rotation on my 10-team– Greinke, Carrasco, Salazar, Buchholz, and Ross, plus the Taijuanese connection that JB suggested. Hutchison and Shoemaker were just minor aberrations early in the year, and Yordano, well, may he find a lovely place to fight on another team in my league. The first half was bery bery good to me. Here’s to Abreu, Gomez, and Ellsbury all coming up to their potential in the second half. Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sherm: Hope so too!

  69. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    10-Team H2H OBP league and Sandoval is killing me at 1B/3B and the likes of Duda, Moss, Trumbo (sigh), LaRoche, Mauer and a lot of other schmo’s are out there. Cut bait for any of those players? Hold? Good write-up and thanks as always.

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: I was afraid that’s what you were going to say. Continuing to hold…thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  70. Hey Grey! I hope all is well. Just evaluating my team at the break, I’m looking at some position battles and was hoping you could give me some input:

    C Russell Martin
    1B Edwin Encarnacion
    2B Devon Travis
    3B Carlos Santana
    SS Hanley Ramirez
    MI Robert Refsnyder (or Eugenio Suarez. I have Seager stashed)
    CI Lucas Duda (or CJ Cron)
    OF Mike Trout
    OF Jose Bautista
    OF Charlie Blackman
    OF Brett Gardner
    OF Avisail Garcia (or Aaron Hicks)
    UTIL Justin Turner (or CJ Cron)

    So basically

    Refsnyder or Eugenio Suarez for MI

    Duda or Cron

    Avisail Garcia or Aaron Hicks

    Justin Turner or CJ Cron

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WNWDOTCOM: Refsnyder…Duda…Avisail…Cron

  71. fork says:
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    What do you think of this trade?

    Jorge Soler and Jose Fernandez
    for
    Mitch Moreland, Kolten Wong, Jimmy Paredes, and Michael Pineda

    I’m trying to bolster my team for the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fork: Wong side

  72. Dingbat says:
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    After 4IP, Corbin had a 0.00 ERA, 0.25 WHIP, and a 5/0 K/BB. Things were looking pretty good.
    After 5+IP, Corbin had a 7.20 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and a 5/1 K/BB. xFIPlash!

  73. Moonlight Graham says:
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    10 team 5X5 H2H

    Sano or Franco, ROS?

  74. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Happy Monday!!!

    …”Charlie Big Dickerson”. Ha!!

    No question yet. Just wanted permission to steal that. I suddenly have the urge to submit an application for legal name change.

  75. Hi Grey — I picked up Heston for the stream last night and liked what I saw. Do you prefer him over Erasmo Ramirez and Jungmann? Or Hodgepadres Cashner or Kennedy? Should I roster one of those guys in a 15-team roto league with daily changes or use the spot for streamers? I’ve got a 1350-inning limit and the rest of my staff is decent: Kluber, Salazar, Hamels, Price, and Ross.

    And at 3B, I lost Miggy and so went with Freese and Uribe when each was in Coors. For the start of the second half, who do you like out of those two, Plouffe, Espinosa, Valbuena, Castellanos, or Aramis Ramirez? Or I could move Sano to 3B and pick up Castro or Elvis at SS. Hmmm. The SS idea sounded better in my head.

    Last question: I’ve got Ozuna in my NA slot. Would you hold him or switch to Gallo, Rusney Castillo, Baez, or Arcia? I’m only looking at who may contribute this year.

    For pitchers my big need is wins, and for hitters it’s HRs.

    Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Stream… Plouffe…Stash Ozuna for now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  76. Jaymz says:
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    Hey Grey, good post.

    Think it’s ok to drop Joe Smith or still hold until Street is for sure to go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jaymz: I’d hold Smith until Street closes a game

  77. sniff test says:
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    Heaney or Erasmo whilst Buchholtz is on the DL? Elsewhere, Avisail or Cron?

    • Greys #1 Fan says:
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      @sniff test:

      Heaney and Avasail

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @sniff test: Picking up a former Mariner player…95% of the time, it works every time.

  78. sniff test says:
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    Who climbs the holds ladder in ATL now that Girly is out for the season?

  79. Jose says:
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    Yo Grey! Great write up as usual. With the trade deadline approaching, would you trade Rosenthal/Marte for Chapman/Betts? Think chapman gets moved? 12 team H2H league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: Thanks! I’d take Betts, if Chapman gets moved it’ll only make him more valuable

  80. Shark says:
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    That comparison of Burly Johnson to Mark Buehrle was made by Rotoworld, the same bright lights who said Strasberg has a chance to be back in less than a month from an oblique injury…LOL. Now, is Burly any good? Who knows. But Burly’s nothing like Buehrle, who has never, ever, even sniffed 90 mph with his fastball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shark: I thought they meant it body type-wise, which I can see

    • Cosart Sucks says:
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      @Shark: that injury news was from WAS’s own doublespeak, that’s not their fault WAS is filled with lying douchebags. Prospect status is likely grabbed from prospect sites, probably more than one. Buehrle used to throw harder than 90 i’m pretty sure, it’s just it was years ago.

  81. Colonel Angus says:
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    I need your help. I got offered Goldschmidt and my choice of either Cashner, Alex Wood, or Heaney for Machado and Mad Bum. This is a 12 team keeper league. I have Sano that I could put in Manny’s place and my 1B right now is Chris Carter. What would Grey do?

  82. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12-team league. Looking for a SP to pick up in hope of serviceable production.

    Karns
    V.Velasquez
    Matt Wisler
    Hellickson
    J.Chavez
    J.Nelson

  83. booya says:
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    Pick 2 for the next month or so: Grichuk, Kh Davis, Parra

  84. booya says:
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    Who will win the home run derby?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @booya: Fielder

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @booya: Pederson, then hit 1 homer in the 2nd half

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: Only so you can rank him lower then be able to draft him, amirite??

        But seriously – get that blasphemy outta here

  85. Fungazi says:
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    Is Johnson a better RP than Motte? Cubs don’t see to get many save opportunities. Maybe that’s just my perception of it though.

  86. Old School Brother says:
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    From here on out, the commenter formally known as Fireball Feliz will now be known as the Old School Brother

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Old School Brother: Nice! You see that pic I posted the other day of Wash and his son?

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: No, i was hiking in the Rockies last week without cell reception. What was the name of the article?

  87. wjessereid says:
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    Drop Hi-me Garcia for Heany?

    No DL spot for Garcia and no updates on his return.

  88. lb. sand says:
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    Who would you look to deal first…
    Braun or Carlos Gonzales?
    H2H pts league, thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lb. sand: Braun will likely net more

  89. pbmax says:
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    Need to replace Dee for a bit. Need power more than speed. Choices: Schoop, Steve Pearce, or Refsynder?

    Drop Michael Taylor, Bour, Byrd or Segura (all bench bats)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pbmax: Refsynder…Taylor

      • pbmax says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  90. Jason Morgan says:
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    Nola, Velasquez or Gray in points leagues?

  91. Filkarri says:
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    McCutchen and Miggy for Trout?

  92. John says:
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    Give Richards get Holliday, good buy low? That stack my OF again and Ill be waiting on Stanton comeback. Maybe make a trade in 2-3 weeks by trading away one my OF for an arm.

    Guys like trumbo melky on wire so not sure better keep Richards and just sccop up a bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Sure, try it

      • John says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Can I afford to give Richards? His ks are down and overall looks much more replaceable. Here are my other arms

        carrasco keuchel pineda walker strasburg jungman streamed and keeping for now gibson. Latos is also out there along with hendricks. Have excellent relievers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can afford to give Richards

          • John says:
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            @Grey: cld possibly get papelbon in deal too but don’t really need a 5th closer unless when he’s traded I drop betances or roll w way too many RP.Could try trade but meh. I don’t think he has much value now he has 0 saves last 2 weeks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Papelbon’s saves in the last two weeks mean nothing

              • John says:
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                @Grey: agree I guess question is add him to betances Miller ramos Jansen boxberger might find myself w too many RP and dropping one. So you think add him too and deal w it later?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

  93. jojo says:
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    I have Mookie at 2B, and Yelich at CF.

    Should I drop Yelich for Panik, and move Mookie to CF?

    10 team Roto redraft.

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  94. Green monstah says:
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    Hey grey! Another week of fantasy baseball! For us in weekly matchups looks like it’ll be locked whenever the first game after the all star break is which I believe is Friday & that will go until Sunday July 26.

    It’s also a h2h pts that has the weekly lock.

    Based on this who are you rolling with at DH for this week 15 matchup; Carlos Santana , miquel sano who’s on my bench & just gained DH eligibility. Or look to add either CJ Cron or mitch Moreland to start at DH?

    Thanks grey Have a good one, are you going to be watching the home run derby tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Sano… I’ll watch some of it, yeah… You?

      • Green monstah says:
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        @Grey:

        I may watch it, I’m intrigued to see the new derby format

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s the new format?

          • Green monstah says:
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            @Grey:

            Per ESPN.com this is what it says on the derby:

            The format for Monday night’s Gillette Home Run Derby (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) is new for this season.

            Eight players will compete in a single-elimination bracket (seeding was determined by each player’s number of home runs as of July 7) which will last three rounds.

            Instead of a set number of “outs,” each player has five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible.

            A running clock will begin as soon as the first pitch is thrown, but will stop for any home run hit during the final minute of the round (the clock will not restart until a non-homer ball lands or the batter swings and misses).

            Each player can earn up to 90 extra seconds per round; a player will receive an additional 60 seconds if he hits two 420-foot home runs, and an additional 30 seconds if he hits a 475-foot home run.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That sounds exhausting and silly…So if a guy hits mammoth homers and has to wait for them to land he can’t get pitched to

              • Green monstah says:
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                @Grey:

                That does seem silly, lol I thought what they did in the past worked

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not sure why they changed it, not like this screams that it’s going to be much better

            • Green monstah says:
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              @Green monstah:

              Looks like it’ll be as followed:

              Opening round will be

              #1 Albert Pujols (26 homers)

              Vs

              #8 Kris Bryant (12 homers)

              —————-

              #4 joc pederson (20 homers)

              Vs

              #5 Manny machado (19 homers)

              —————

              #3 Josh Donaldson (21 homers)

              Vs

              #6 Anthony rizzo (16 homers)

              ————-

              #2 Todd Frazier (25 homers)

              Vs

              #7 prince fielder (13 homers)

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Pederson!

          • Paul C. says:
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            @Grey: There’s a bracket so guys go head-to-head each round, and now it’s just based on how many HR you hit in a certain amount of time (instead of getting 10 “outs”), with bonus time for deep HR. It’s intriguing, though I still doubt I’ll watch.

  95. Wilson says:
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    Keeper question in 10-team league

    I can keep two from Stanton, Rizzo, J Upton, Arenado , Abreu
    Which two for keeper from current point of view? Thanks

    • Wilson says:
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      PS, 5×5 with OBP league

      And , who is the third keeper if I can keep three? Thanks

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Rizzo

  96. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB!
    Hope you had a good weekend.

    What are we doing the next four days? What’s on tap?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BB! Headed to Seattle for a few days

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Love that city! Don’t get there too often though being on the east coast. Great place though.

        Maybe if I have some time I’ll activate your tracking chip and come meet you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should! I’ve never been…

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: You know I’d love to!
            Wife, kid, dog, job. Yeah I probably have to stay here in NY.

            Have a great time, bb. Huge second half coming for us!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Did you just rank your family/life?

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Ha!
                Perhaps subconsciously.

                Consciously I’d get my dog up there on the list a bit…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA

  97. team Maxwell says:
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    Several weeks ago traded Sale for Klube in keep forever league. Even with Sale rising to pitching stardom glorydom I still ‘feel’safer with Kluber long term. Any changes now to how you feel about Sale long term or Kluber long term? Thanks and thanks for helping me contend in yahoo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  98. Wilson says:
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    Who has better chance to get saves?

    Jeffress (when K-Rod traded)
    Giles (when PaPelpon traded)
    Pomeranz (when Clippard Traded)
    Hoover(when Chapman traded)
    Hawkins (when Axford traded)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Got it.
        And who is next ? (jeffress in Grey’s buy plan? )

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jeffress

    • Raindoggg says:
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      @Wilson: Giles

  99. Carnac says:
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    Does anyone else, when they see “RHP” on fantasy news tickers, think they see RIP? Happens to me, like, 60% of the time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shame about F-Her

      • Carnac says:
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        I just saw a blurb about Jason Frasor and thought the Jays released him because he died.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry to hear about Harang, he was always fun to look at

  100. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Getting harder and harder to ignore Chen, despite his meh FIP. Would you drop a guy like Chavez or Brett Anderson to pick him up? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  101. Turd Fergusong says:
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    Hola Grey,

    Who hits the most HRs for the rest of the season: Stanton, Carlos Santana, Ozuna?

    Thanks as always,
    Turd

  102. Jon says:
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    Who’s the better DL stash in an NL-only redraft? d’Arnaud or Matz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  103. Zeus says:
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    Sorry haven’t even finished yet but Charlie big Dickerson actually made me laugh out loud. And good 64oz reference.

    That said. Have you noticed Bad Miller has been decent at the worst position? 17-17 260 isn’t out of the question.

    • Zeus says:
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      @Zeus: and then the Archer Achilles thing. Despite my son being killed I apprve

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, have seen that on Bad, blech

      • Zeus says:
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        @Grey: would you take refsnyder over Jace in an OBP league? I’ve got Jace as middle infidel in two leagues and he’s been useless recently. 8 for 17 in SB isn’t going to let you keep the green light

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  104. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Do you like Heaney over anyone on my pitching staff going forward in a big roster, limited moves, 12 team H2H?

    Arrieta, Salazar, Tanaka, Odorizzi, Shelby, Lynn, Chen, Walker

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! My hitters are really solid in this league and my rotation has been totally cobbled together from FA’s, trades, and extreme values in the draft. Its hard to stop trying to tinker when its worked out well so far…thanks for being the voice of mustachioed reason.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  105. John says:
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    Bit contd from above would you do pence n Richards for hamels n holliday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      yes

  106. Wilson says:
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    I need SB,
    Trade my Abreu for Dee Gordon , too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A bit

  107. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! Pick two for ros: Hiwakuma, Heston, Santiago, and Quintana? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hisashi, Quin

  108. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I think Detroit mistakenly thinks the Ranger are their AAA team. They think they called up Soria and Feliz to replace former Arlington Tiger Joe Nathan.

    Is there are glossary term for the All Star Break? Something something interuptus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grey spends time with Cougs, Part I

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: grey stops ignoring cougs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For a few days

  109. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Halfway through the season and my team is trending downwards at a rapid rate. 12 team – Dynasty H2H, I’m in the dead center of the standings with three other teams that are essentially at .500. Team has been destroyed by injuries (Even with extremely liberal pruning of injured players, I’ve got 7 players on the DL including Stanton, Souza, and Dickerson).

    Real talk time, is it too early to start selling off pieces to build next year’s team if I think I’ve got horrifically bad odds of getting into the money?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You sound like you can still get in the money

  110. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Please help w/ a mid season tune up.

    12 Team H2H (OBP/QS). Trades hard to come by.

    C- McCann
    1B- Abreu
    2B- Altuve
    3B- Seager
    SS- Tulo
    OF- Harper/ Marte / Pillar
    Util- Dozier/ Burns

    SP- Archer/ Gray / Ross / Shark / Buc / Chavez / Heston / Matz
    RP- Chapman / Familia / KRod / Tolleson / Ramos

    Questions:

    1) Only have 1 DL Spot. Buc and Matz both on DL. Drop Matz and or Buc? or Hold? (Not a keeper league). Leaning toward dropping Matz but it hurts.

    2) Available pitching: SP: Erasmo/ Gibson /Jungmann
    RP: Johnson/ Motte

    Any changes?

    3) Melky, Cron, Cesar Hernandez, and Duda available. Any of these better options than Burns or Pillar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Lose Matz 2) Erasmo 3) Meh, I’d hold for now, but Melky’s likely better than Pillar

      • Sandlot Bully says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        You prefer Burns > Pillar? Was really close to going Hernandez > Burns. Seems to be hitting hitting for better avg. lately w/ same stolen base potential.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Burns over them, yeah

  111. John says:
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    Least favorite closer. Boxberger or ramos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Box

  112. ScreechOwl says:
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    I got 99 problems, and my minor leagues getting called up to the Majors… well, that covers most of my problems. Plus the fog that turns people inside out, but the man who always wears the Greek tragi-comedy mask told me I’m not supposed to talk about that, and the horse kinda threatened me. It’s weird. I lead a weird life.

    Anyway, I need another NA player, and the best guys are all taken, since this is an Athena-forsaken dynasty league, and everyone else has Hermes hand-delivering prospect recommendations along with a dozen daily pomegranate flowers and something called ambrosia. And here I am just looking at myself in the mirror and swooning.

    Uh, so I need to pick between Taylor Glasnow and Luis Severino.

    Thanks for your suggestions and for the bright spot of so many people’s mornings.

    • ScreechOwl says:
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      @ScreechOwl:

      Yeah, so that’s obviously Tyler Glasnow, in this universe anyway.

      In the universe with the frog hats, it’s Taylor Glasnow, and he plays for the Fighting Grasshoppers in the post-apocalyptic landscape of New Amsterdam. That’s nobody’s business but the Dutch, man, and if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s undercooked chocolate.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d ask Mike, Severino

  113. Cool Hunk says:
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    Was offered Scherzer for Rizzo STR8 UP – am I crazy not to accept? Standard league besides OBP and QS. My pitching staff could definitely use the upgrade (Cole, Salazar, Samardjiza, E. Rodriguez, Bucholz, Hahn, B. Anderson, Cashner), but I’m always hesitant to part with a power bat. Other 1B are Encarnacion and Duda. 12 teamer

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it if you need pitching

  114. Whack Daniels

    awlagder says:
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    Hey man… I never did find your email for that Kyle Lohse guess… I can just make a new email account and post it on here? I’ll keep that email open just long enough to give you my address?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, just email me at info @ razzball.com

  115. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Cron or Moreland?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

      • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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        @Grey: How ’bout Moss or Cron?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moss

  116. Jimmy Two Times says:
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    Two questions for you sir-
    Box Mcgee Ramos or Giles in a Sv’s+Hlds league with k’s and k/9?
    and
    Would you trade Heyward Lind Chavez for Cargon and Wacha?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos

  117. MarvPesos

    Avril told me to "Keep holding onnnn" (Desmond, Polanco....) says:
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    Grey,
    10-tm h2h keeper (keep 12), balanced stats
    C- C. Santana
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Dozier
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Desmond
    CI – K Seager
    MI – B Phillips
    LF- Revere
    CF – McCuth
    RF – Braun
    Util – Polanco
    BN – Granderson
    DL – Gordon

    SP – Sale
    SP – MadBum
    SP – Arrieta
    RP Perkins
    RP Papelbon
    P – Uehera
    P – Miller
    BN- Wood
    BN – Carrasco
    BN – Odorizzi
    BN – Syndergaard
    BN – Latos
    DL: Matz

    I figure I’m weak at SS (Desmond), MI (Phillips) and Util (Polanco).
    1)Would you suggest swapping out Phillips for : R. Odor, N. Walker, E. Aybar, L. Forsythe, B. Milller
    2)Would you suggest dropping Granderson for: Moreland, Grichuk, T. Hunter, Cron, Bour, B.Belt
    3) Drop Papelbon and grab: Quintana, M. Estrada, C. Anderson, J. Hahn

    Sorry so long, thanks for all the help in the first half
    J.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Odor 2) Hunter 3) Why?

  118. nick the dick says:
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    For reals, what happened to Hitman? Ackrite was one of my favorite joints. And he had the best verse on B word N word!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ackrite is my jammy jam! But really, things just ain’t the same for gangsters

  119. Eric says:
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    Belt, Keuchel or J Upton, J Johnson, ROS. Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  120. bigbear says:
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    1. Who to drop for CJ Cron (if anyone)? 16 team keep 3…
    2. What do you expect from Colabello in the 2nd half? Regression? Legit?

    Santana – C
    Morales – 1B
    Odor – 2B
    Sano – 3B/SS
    Tulo – SS
    Joey Bats? – CF/1B
    Colabello – OF/1B
    Dyson – CF
    Bogaerts – 3B/SS
    C. Davis – 1B/3B/OF
    Moistasskiss – 3B (bench lately)

    SP – JoFer, Carrasco, Ross, Pineda, Salazar, Richards, Ventura
    RP – Papelbon, Boxberger, McGee, Tolleson, Giles

    DL – Buxton and Cingrani

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nah 2. Regression, platooning

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: You like Colabello better than Cron? Didn’t see that coming… I’m looking a 420+ BABIP primed for a regression. And there’s no significant changes in BB/K ratios (to my novice eye). I’m trying to shop Cola for a 2B (not that Cron fills that need) to no avail at this point…

        • bigbear says:
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          @bigbear: Dah! Forgot about the Scociopath scenario…

  121. craps says:
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    10 team mixed non keeper. Have Desmond and lindor. Pick up refsnyder and drop which MI??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Lindor (or Desmond)

  122. mickey d says:
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    alright here’s a good one for ya, a real head scratcher

    eddie rosario or rob refsnyder?

    any difference or flip a coin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Refsnyder

  123. Jon says:
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    Which closer do you like the least from Motte, Clippard, Ziegler and Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Motte

  124. Jon says:
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    How do you rank Betances, Boxberger, Tolleson, Giles and Capps?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tolleson, Betances, Box

  125. Jonny Doey says:
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    What’s up grey, can you rank these closers for the rest of the season please:
    Miller, Britton, Holland, Street, Allen, Papelbon, Boxberger, Gregerson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That rank looks fine, SAGNOF

  126. jacque jones says:
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    Refsnyder, or Delino?(own Odor but Deshields keeps getting the nod at leadoff)
    Leonys..pulse…?

    Pick 2 of these beauties for 2nd half, .
    Aoki, D.Peralta or De Aza.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ref, the two that are healthy, De Aza, Peralta

  127. Jon says:
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    Sorry for all the closer Qs. Mind to rank these three for me? Clippard, Ziegler and Johnson

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SAGNOF…Ziegler, Johnson

  128. Captian Bobblehead says:
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    Who do you like rest of season Bryant or Donaldson? Also, which of the two do you like as the better keeper next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll have rankings for the 2nd half tomorrow, in a keeper Bryant

      • Captian Bobblehead says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! Would you trade Donaldson and Scherzer for Bryant in a keep forever league? My guess is that I shouldn’t make the deal…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

  129. Scott says:
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    Saw starting all-star lineups for first time. DJ starting?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is he?

  130. John says:
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    Got that trade done, Richards and Pence to get Hamels and Holliday. My team terrible in SB category so those few Pence adds not going to help and prob get similar useful production from Holliday elsewhere…. now Ill just be waiting as most everyone else is to see if and where Hamels is traded so he can clear his head.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

      • John says:
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        @Grey: If Strasburg can be of any value ill have carrasco pineda keuchel hamels strasburg as my core arms. Seeing that I didnt draft an arm before pick 100 ill take it!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  131. Scott says:
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    Refsnyder or Schoop? Is Schoop still a thing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ref

  132. Scott says:
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    So you don’t have to look above, Stubbs’ Home and Away ABs are even at 34.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting, sounds like he has OCD

  133. greg says:
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    Can I bitch? Miggy, Springer, Rendon (after I picked him up), Matz, Bucholz, and Grilli all in this month or close to it. And yet, I still hover in 5th in 14 team h2h. Get well soon guys….the ones I can afford to keep.

    1)First question is on Schwarber….is he truly a difference maker? Indians are so careful with Yan Gomes, I hardly know he’s in my lineup, though he shows signs of life. But Schwarber has OF elig. too…he seems special….wonder if he’s worth speculative grab.

    2) Grichuk: what happens when Holliday gets back? Jay starts and he is util? Hard to imagine they’d do that, but as much as I like him, don’t want to get burned.

    3) Rank these three for RUNS, SBS, and AVG, assuming healthy: Aoki, Inciarte, Eaton….

    Thanks…happy monday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Where’s he playing 2) Bench, platoon 3) Eaton, Ender

      • greg says:
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        @Grey: I’d play him in OF and at C when Gomes is taking his frequent rests…..Just need a spark, obviously, and on Yahoo, that “adds” have gone nutso on Schwarber..he’s gone from 2 percent to 13 percent owned in hours….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Where would Schwarber play on the Cubs?

          • greg says:
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            @Grey: Guess you are right. Talk is if Montero is doing extended stay on DL…..but his defense as a catcher might offset the offense he brings….but if I were the cubs I’d go Coughlin/Soler/Schwarber and bench Fowler.

            I think your questions talked me out of the fervor. I’m intrigued you like Eaton so much better than Inciarte or Aoki….he’s gone back to whiffing lately….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, better than two guys on the DL…

              • greg says:
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                @Grey: LOL, my whole TEAM is on the DL, but those two are expected back right after ASB, Inciarte will start Friday, Aoki back as early as next Monday….

                • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                  @greg: was Jay playing when not getting disgraceful listed? Not too much. Grichuk will play at least 75% of the time in CF when holiday and Jay are back probably. no matter how much Matheny likes Jay he’s now seen Grichuk hit well and play better CF D than Jay is capable of for over a month.

  134. Zach says:
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    Hey Grey. Who’s better ROS in a 10 team H2H? Melky, Khris or Granderson? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melky

  135. slimbo says:
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    Who is more droppable

    Khris Davis or grandal? Have Martin as my catcher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yasmani

  136. Beastman says:
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    Top of the week to all! Trade question:

    Deep H2H keeper league with OBP and quality starts, no streaming SPs

    I give Trumbo, $10 Pollock, $2 Salazar, Chris Carter

    I get Pujols, Donaldson, Liriano

    Pollock and Salazar obviously fantastic keepers but more focused on winning this year.

    Make the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good to win

  137. E says:
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    I’ve got Chapman, Papelbon, and picked up Boxberger. Chapman fell far enough in the draft for me to grab him, but SAGNOF and all that, I want to move him now to help my outfield. What would you aim to get back for him in a 12-team, H2H league?

  138. greg says:
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    On a side note….man…..Franco is THIS close to 1b eligibility in Yahoo….two games….he was playing there a fair amount…..guess he’ll get it next interleague series? Would really help give me options with Miggy out, though I picked up Cron….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  139. Scott says:
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    Do you think D’Arnaud will be back after the break? Um, All-Star, that is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, eventually

  140. mzyptlk says:
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    Fowler or Rios? Also have an IF position to fill…..Gyorko, Gennet, Lamb, Suarez, Colabello are my choices from waivers….who’s best?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler…. Lamb, tough call, almost said Scooter

  141. tals23 says:
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    In a 16 team weekly head to head points league, Jesse Chavez and Alfredo simon have been dropped…. Are either worth an add….I would only consider dropping SP…taijuan walker or RP… Joe Smith…. Assuming that street will only be out a few days

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez is…Over Smith

      • tals23 says:
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        @Grey:
        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  142. Dommattingly says:
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    I drop Byrd for Belt right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Dommattingly says:
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        @Grey: belt or Dexter Fowler?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Belt

  143. dom says:
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    was sent a proposal that caught my eye… 12 team h2h OPS league…

    I get Votto & Keuchel for Freeman & Cueto

    pitching cats are W, L, QS, IP, K, ERA, WHIP

    If I recall you don’t like Freeman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  144. ashtray says:
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    What are a couple of SPs that you would trade Joc Pederson for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto, Price, Arrieta, Lester

  145. Dangerfield51 says:
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    Drop Lind for Cron:
    H2H points 10 team keeper, daily lock.
    Picked up Lind a while back while I was waiting for C Santana to heat up. Also play him and Beltre at utility, Bryant is my 3B. Also have Belt who I can plug in at 1B or OF. We vDON’T have CI or MIs.
    Thanks for your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Lind

  146. Is Paulo Orlando the reason why almost twice as many team (on Yahoo! Sports) are dropping Dyson as are picking him up? Is there something else going on? Or are these managers just being stooopid?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, likely… They’re being shortsighted

  147. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    I somehow read the title as being Ram Das inspired – am I way off?
    Anywho, got a question for you – I’ve consulted the ROS ESPN 12 team before analyzing trades and it seems like there are some flukey things going on, like these guys seemingly ranked way higher than I’d expect:
    8: Joey Bats
    24: Ortiz
    30. Adrian Beltre
    40: Brucely
    202: Cliff Lee
    While these guys are much lower:
    63: JUpton
    99: Hanley
    114: Joc
    140: Altuve
    Is this an algorithm mess-up, or really the way youse feel about it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Title was Rudy… Player rater is also Rudy

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Cool – I knew Ruddy probably does both, just wondering about it.
        Got a pregunta for you too, though you’ve been answering lots of ROS questions today…you like Jones or Upton more? I’m on the fence as Jones is starting to show signs of early season form, and Upton has been slumping something fierce.
        I was offered Upton and Liriano for my Jones and Sano.
        I’m pretty staked at CI with Arenado, Rizzo, Freeman and Tomas, as at OF with CarGon, Puig, Betts, Melky,and Jones. I’m always up for adding an extra stud SP, although I already have Scherzer, MadBum, and Carrasco.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jones but it’s a toss up, that I’m still debating for tomorrow’s ranking post

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: Thanks – kind of what I was thinking too. I’m in Cincinnati right now and it is storming crazy, I heard that the Home Run Derby might be called off if it keeps up.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That sucks

    • @Mrs.Featherbottom: The title was written with no knowledge of Ram Dass. Cliff Lee should’ve been zeroed out (fixed). I agree that Ortiz and Beltre are too high (Steamer likes them). I’ve been bearish on J-Upton all year. Hanley is discounted for likely injuries. Joc’s RBI and AVG are depressing his value. Altuve’s value is deflated b/c it is factoring in his recent missed time.

      I’d suggest resorting by $/Game which takes out any playing time impact. That moves Hanley and Altuve into the top 25.

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Thx!

  148. thomas says:
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    Granderson or Khris Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  149. King Andrus says:
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    Great write up as usual Grey.

    Been thinking about making a trade to get another arm since my pitching has been up and down all year. What do you think about trading Wong for Lester?

    ESPN redraft H2H 6×6 w/ QS & OPS

    My Staff: Carrasco, Harvey, Salazar, Odorizzi, Syndergaard, Walker, Hendricks, Familia, Ramos, Uehara, Osuna

    I have Altuve, Wong and Reyes as my 2b, SS, MI but I could pick up Aybar, DeShields, ect

    I’m currently in first by 20+ games so I’m a little hesitant to mess with something that’s working but I know my rotation needs some help… Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Lester…

  150. KeeganBallz says:
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    If you were number one on the waiver wire would you use it for Refsnyder or hold off for Hector Olivera. Everything else being in a vacuum when it comes to needs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Use it Refsnyder

  151. KeeganBallz says:
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    One more question and then I am done I promise. Choose 3 to keep from this list please. Mookie is the only one that would be for 2 more years all the others are for 3.

    Mookie
    Carlos Correa
    Corey Seager
    Kyle Schwarber
    McCullers
    Devon Travis
    Lorenzo Cain
    Hector Olivera

    22 minutes till lift off

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mookie, Correa, Cain

      • KeeganBallz says:
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        @Grey: Sorry I forgot one more guy to choose from. Would you rather have Lorenzo Cain or Maikel Franco? And thank you for both responses, I appreciate it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cain

  152. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points keeper league.

    C. S. Perez
    1b pujols
    2b d. Gordon (rd 8 k)
    3b Seager
    Ss Wilmer Flores
    oF matte
    Of Brantley (rd 9 keeper)
    oF Adam jones
    Ut c. Santana 1b/3b
    Ut sano 3b rd (Rd 10 k)
    Bench y. Tomas 3b/of (rd 11k)
    Bench c. seager ss (rd 12 k)
    P scherzer
    P Arrieta
    P Garrett Richards
    P carrasco
    P Teheran
    P Ervin Santana
    RP tolleson
    RP Cody Allen

    Updating trade talks. Trying to seal the deal on a his Tulo/Heaney for Flores/Richards deal.
    He’s now saying he’d prefer carrasco instead in the deal. I’m hestitant on moving him. Would rather move Richards.

    So…., take this new one, counter with Tyson Ross instead of Heaney, or play hardball and stick to the original deal?

    Thank you kind sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prefer to move Richards, I’d still move Carrasco

      • Sange76 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. For Heaney or Ross or for “makes no difference dummy, , you’re getting Tulo to massively upgrade your ss position?”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes no difference

  153. Phil says:
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    What are your expectations of Nola when he gets called up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Better question for Mike

  154. Moistasskiss says:
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    In a keeper league, which side of this deal do you like better:
    Side A: Tulowitzki
    Side B: Samardzija & Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A

  155. Jolly Roger says:
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    14 team, semi-deep 5×5 roto. 4 keepers per team, for up to 3 yrs each.

    My team stinks and I’m looking forward to next year already. Would an offer of Gray + Robertson be fair to try to snag Adam Jones? This owner is in the hunt, and needs pitching.

    Having a hard time gauging Gray’s value in this format. He’s been a top 10, maybe top 5, SP so far, but it doesn’t seem like he’s viewed nearly to that level.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want a better keeper bat

  156. stonepie says:
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    would you trade my carrasco for his joc p? i dont use too many starters and love lefty platoon bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  157. Scott says:
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    Upton or Pollock?
    Upton or Revere?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock, Upton

      • Wilson says:
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        J Upton? wow , Pollock over J Upton? (Start to trade for Pollock..)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pollock has been a top 12 player this year and top 5 OF

  158. Dave says:
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    Was offered Iwakuma for my Lucroy.
    Replacements available on waivers: Jaso, A.J. Pierzynski, Wilin Rosario, Francisco Cervelli
    Thought?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it

  159. Alex says:
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    It seems someone dropped Lance Lynn in my league. I’ve had Hisashi and Latos stashed on my bench to see if anything comes of them but am mostly too nervous to start particularly Latos…drop either for Lynn you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Latos for him

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: That was my thinking as well, thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  160. Colton says:
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    Tomas or Sano ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

  161. Ping pong says:
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    Grey

    Great season of razzball so far????. Have find a way to make it through the next few days????

    Couple of things. 5×5 12 team redraft

    1. I give cole, longo, wade Davis

    I get Donaldson, lirano, Robertson

    2. Peterson for Zimmerman

    3 Pederson for hammel or ordorizzi

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We will overcome! 1. Donaldson side, it’s fair 2. Pederson 3. Pederson

      • Ping pong says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks very helpful

        Peterson is a tough one.

        Degrom for pederson ?

        Any other ideal targets?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arrieta?

  162. Cohen says:
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    Grey, Gyorko, Scooter or Cesar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter or Cesar based on needs

  163. John says:
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    I was offered Brantley and Sale for JD Martinez and Price. His trade would be purely for next year, I am destined for last place this year.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it

    • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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      @John: sale ain’t that much better than price (if he is) such that you take the dropoff of jew don to brantley.

  164. 1)would you trade Sano for Blackmon if you had Arenado already and needed someone who steals bases but isn’t just legs? (I’d be breaking my No Civil War Veterans On My Team policy to do so)

    2)Iwakuma or Wood?

    3)someone dropped Hammel in my league. Cross your fingers I can snag him after midnight tonight with my low waiver priority.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I’d take Blackmon, Iwakuma, fingers crossed

      • @Grey: I got Hammel. Good job!

  165. Brett says:
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    Deshields or avisail?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: interesting i’d have thought the opposite was the answer.

      • brett says:
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        @Grey: Is it close? Would you rather Ryan Zimmerman, Odor, Weiters, Dyson, Deshields or Trumbo over Avisail? Thinking of Trading Avisail.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re all toss ups, trade him if you can… DeShields and Avisail aren’t close because they give totally different things…

      • brett says:
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        @Grey: Grey, How close is Avisail and Deshields? Thinking of moving Avisail in a trade and not sure how big of a fall is it to the replacement options. These would be the options instead of Avisail: DeShields, Weiters, Trumbo, Ryan Zimmerman, Dyson, Byrd or Odor.

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends on needs

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @brett: if avisail was healthy and hitting like he did earlier in year i’d have thought him though, but he hasn’t looked like that in a while.

  166. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    don’t know if this was mentioned before my internet usage has been shitty since my charger blew up and i had to get a lesser one in the short term since exactly one store in STL sells the right one,
    but..

    YAHOO IS ALLOWING US TO VOTE DOWN THIS B.S. EYE RAPING WHITE SHITE! you appear to get up to 1000 votes per email account; so let’s pull a “i’m a Royals fan and have no life so i’ll vote on lesser players to be in the all start game but voting dozens of times” only this time it is for a good cause, and we should have this right. Yahoo claims they’ve had feedback claiming that others actually wanted this white shit, yet i scream BULLSHIT on that, as
    1. it just “happened” to occur the same day they added there daily betting
    and
    2. i’ve never heard of ONE person who’s ok with this white eye raping shit.
    It surely seems much more likely that they reset their software the day of the daily fantasy betting being added and simply find it cheaper and easier to only give us the white, simpler for them option. And unless and until they lose that free ad spreading customers they’d be fine F’ing us the A for eternity.
    Here’s what to do:
    go to the small square NOTES button next to your league(s) name on main league page, and in the bottom of it is a “feedback” link, in that you’ll find an option to vote on either one of existing messages (and ALL of them at the top are negatively concerning this crap), or type in your own. You get to use 1-3 votes at a time, and appear to have 1,000 total votes. it also appears you can do this on each of your yahoo email accounts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Done, vote it down! I bet the white background killed your last charger too!

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: interesting, it did happen the same day, but charger went out about 3-4 hours before. make sure you tell anybody else you see whine about it. I’m getting out the vote! idea to everybody i know in yahoo leagues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vote it down!

  167. JoeG414 says:
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    Need hitting bad , Or I should say I need my hitters to start hitting. And Rendon and Zimm (Yes I’m still a believer) to come back. I’ve been using a rotation of Byrd, Colabello , Grichuk (I still might get playing time in CF when Holiday comes back ) and now Dyson for 2.spots . I could also add Bour ( cut Hahn ), could he be a better upgrade ?
    6×6 roto daily

  168. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    are we really advised to go refsynder over jace peterson in deep leagues, and/or dynasties, i.e. are we sure about refsynder’s playing time? i’ve dropped scooter for ref in some spots, scooter is str up platooner (full time job or not, like the shirt)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jace vs. Ref feels like a needs thing…Ref has a better pedigree…

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: jace gets caught stealing so damn much (these are net steals leagues mostly), but he has speed, so that usually works itself out. Also, in the dynasties i’m nearly out of free agent budget, and since these are yahoo’s, ref just gets added tonight at 3AM.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you can hold there… It’s not like a slam dunk

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            @Grey: jace for steals/runs i’m guessing, ref for homers (yikes i see NYY are giving him the addison russell treatment (not quite as bad since AL, but still), at 9th)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Ref has some slight speed too

  169. Ron D. says:
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    “Could it be possible that I want every middle infielder and no middle infielders?”

    LOL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Ron D.: that one broke the logic receptors in the brain.

  170. Ron D. says:
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    BTW, a random musing.. i find myself glued to this homerun derby for some reason, which reminded me of the time a couple friends and i ate some shrooms and turned the derby on… WOW.. if anybody reading this is into psychedelics i highly recommend watching some kind of sport while tripping, it is fuckin great

    thanks grey

    good night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Nice!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ron D.: I have and it made everything take forever. I lost interest and instead fixated on the gnats around the lights

      • Ron D. says:
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        @J-FOH: it was more about the sounds. buzz of the crowd, crack of the bat, ball hitting the mitt.. basketball was great too; i have never tried football though. i always felt that a football sunday was too valuable to waste trippin on mushrooms

        • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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          @Ron D.: wonder if heads find the reverse true (i.e. drugs shouldn’t be wasted on football game watching). we should get one of the commenters named after hunter thompson on here and ask him, as i’d guess in his case he’d rank gambling>alcohol>drugs in that order.

  171. Milarky says:
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    Great stuff as usual! Can you rank these closers (for lack of a better phrase) based on who you think will perform the best (as a closer) in the second half?

    Jim Johnson
    Brad Ziegler
    Jason Motte

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ziegler, Johnson

  172. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, was offered D Travis for W Flores + Wacha. I have Iglesias at SS and Wong at 2B. Also have ML JP Crawford. Lots of injuries but for dynasty I have C Martinez, Stroman, Wheeler, Wainwright, Urias. Take the deal for Travis even with Wong? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  173. John says:
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    Our league allows us to keep one player who has 25 or less appearances in the previous year. Would you keep Schwarber or Buxton (assuming he does not come back in time to have 25 appearances at the major league level).

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buxton

      • John says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  174. Bread N Mustard says:
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    Rob Refsnyder or Cesar Hernandez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rob

      • Bread N Mustard says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

  175. JoeG414 says:
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    Please rate :Byrd, Colabello , Grichuk ( still might get enough playing time in CF when Holiday comes back ) .Dyson or Bour . 6×6 deep mixed daily roto.
    Thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JoeG414: byrd, colabello, dyson, grichuk, bour

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd, Dyson, depends on needs

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @JoeG414: i’d lay money down that grichuk gets more at bats while gordon’s out than vacuuming chicken legs does, even if holiday is back in a couple of days.

  176. Skeezix says:
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    Yo Grey, in what order would you take these rookies for second half performance, considering upside and job security? The Sociapath has me all messed up yo!

    Heaney
    Robbie Ray
    Mike Montgomery
    Bolsinger
    Cody Anderson
    Jungmann

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too, homey! Heaney, Jungmann, Montgomery

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Only other questions is where you would add Brian Johnson into that list (if at all).

  177. Dommattingly says:
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    Souza or Byrd ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

      • Dommattingly says:
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        @Grey: drop fowler for Souza or deshields? Overall value

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Souza

  178. Dommattingly says:
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    Thanks man!

  179. mzyptlk says:
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    Ref or Lamb?

  180. Dommattingly says:
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    Semien, Rollins, Jace, Flores, or Desmo ROS?!

  181. handsome ed says:
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    Begrudging Dallas Keuchel, if the ump doesn’t miss strike 3 according to the RAYS announcers, he goes 8 scoreless….. helps my fantasy and that Dallas C-note I lost. I begrudge your begrudge.

  182. Alex says:
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    Hiya Grey!
    Pedroia coming off DL on Friday…who should I drop:
    Pence, C Gomez, K Morales, E Hosmer? I also have Springer on DL.
    Refsnyder also available in my league for now…
    Other 2B/3B/SS I have is C Hernandez.
    Thanks much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales, you have no room for Ref if you need Cesar’s steals

  183. jonathan says:
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    hey Grey – would you pick up Refsnyder for either Kang or Castellanos in a keeper league?

    thanks much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take questions to my newest post

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