There’s no greater compliment I can give a player than I wish I owned him in every league.  Okay, maybe a higher compliment is I wish he’d married my mom and been my dad, but then he’d be old and I wouldn’t be able to own him in every league, unless he married her when I was, like, 20 and he was three years old, but then I’d sorta be like his dad, but I would have to call him dad and that would be confusing, what would I call him, “Lil’ Dad?”  “Half Pops?”  “Daddy Little Jeans?”  And if Daddy Little Jeans were my dad and I owned him in fantasy and he had a bad game, then dinner would be awkward.  “Hey, Daddy Little Jeans, you can’t get a hit off a Marlins pitcher?  You’re useless, and my mom wants a divorce!”  So, in conclusion, it’s best if I say I want to own a player vs. have him be my dad.  Seriously, though, Bryce Harper (2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs with his 8th homer, hitting .315) could be finally putting up that 45/15/.320 season we’ve all been dreaming about, and headed for a $750 million pay day with the Yanks (after holding out for three months into the season).

Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Adam EatonNats are optimistic Eaton can return on Friday.  Nats manager David Martinez said, “As long as Eaton doesn’t fall and hurt himself inside the bubble where we are housing him, he’ll be a-okay.”

Jeremy Hellickson – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER in his 1st start.  Hellickson bumps Cole from the rotation.  Figured if Cole was getting replaced it would’ve been by Soler.

Ryan Madson – 1 IP, 0 ER and the 2nd save.  I’m hoping this is an early season anomaly, but somehow Madson has as many saves as Doolittle, even though Doolittle (apt!) is presumably the closer.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .356.  Asdrubal’s been my hottest hitter on one team.  Boy, does that team suck!

Jacob deGrom – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  Yesterday, I said Syndergaard is a 2.75-ish ERA guy with boku Ks.  DeGrom?  He’s a 3.20 ERA guy with boku Ks.  Boku is not the guy who played Mike Milligan on the 2nd season of Fargo, by the way.

Wil Myers – Aiming to return on Friday, and will start a rehab assignment today at High-A Lake Elsinore from Lemony Snicket.

Christian Villanueva – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .333.  Nope, I have no idea why you haven’t picked him up either.  Fear of success?

Matt Kemp – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, then he was lifted in the 5th because someone said, “Matt’s up,” and Dave Roberts heard, “Matchups.”

Yasmani Grandal – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 3rd homer, a grand salami in the 9th inning.  Mean’s while, Stan Gable is licking a pie tin with Austin Barnes’ face.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.87.  I wonder if it’s too late to email my league and say I nominated Ryu and not Yu.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .351.  Yeah, but Giancarlo walked once!  I mean, c’mon!  In a 12-run game, that’s gotta be something, right?

Didi Gregorius – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homers, hitting .327.  You’re not completely wrong to think you would’ve been better drafting Didi over Giancarlo.  You would’ve been better off drafting Joe Panik over Giancarlo.  Speaking of Panik… Please, Giancarlo, don’t make me cry (more).

Gary Sanchez – 3-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting .185.  Wow, he’s hitting for a worse average than Giancarlo, or what’s more believable at this point is some of Giancarlo’s strikeouts are being charged to Sanchez.

Luis Severino – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.63.  This game was against the Marlins, and the Vegas line was -280, which means they expected the Marlins to score negative 280 runs, so Severino kinda got rocked.

George Springer – 2-for-3 and his 4th homer.  Someone’s in playoff mode!

Dallas Keuchel – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.52 vs. James Paxton – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.57.  This was a matchup designed in the Fantasy Labs of Norway to prove why Quality Start leagues are better.  Stop trying to infiltrate our society with your Quality Starts and umlauts!

Reynaldo Lopez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 1.42.  He’s faced the Tigers, Jays and A’s — oh my!  His next start vs. the Astros will be the first time we’ll see if he’s getting by on matchups or if this is legit.  Like a teamster, I’m leaning on the latter, but we’ll see.  Or not.  Your choice.

Josh Harrison – Out for six weeks due to a fractured hand.  William Henry Harrison lasted longer.  Adam Frazier will likely see an increase in playing time, which is good for NL-Only, but with his 7/12/.270 profile even over 162 games there’s not a whole lot here.  Though, I do like how Frazier puts up title cards between at-bats.

German Marquez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.34.  I was eying German Marquez this preseason.  Not simply because he sounds like he fleed to Argentina from Nazi Germany with the original Mona Lisa.  “I call this Mona…Robinson, after the character on Who’s the Boss?”  That’s German trying to divert attention.  Any hoo!  In the preseason, he was one of those guys I was looking at in NL-Only leagues, due to a 95 MPH fastball, and a low-8 K/9 and 4.15 ERA potential.  Still samesies, but not really anything in mixed leagues outside of streams.

Trevor Story – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (3), hitting .200.  He’s a three-game hot streak away from being one of the top shortstops in the league.  Hashtag still early.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  *spritzes a black mist into the air*  That’s Chazz Noir, a sweet spray of Blackmon.

Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 5.40.  At some point last year, I decided I never wanted to go back in on Teheran, like a character from The Looming Tower, and his xFIP isn’t telling me I’m wrong in that thinking.

Odubel Herrera – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .340, as he hits in the three hole.  I can think of better guys for the Phils to hit third, but, if ODB is there, he’s worth owning.

Aaron Nola – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.22, as he was pulled after 85 pitches.  I’d say Kapler is using kid gloves with Nola, but those might be the gloves he wears so only his nuts get tanned when sunbathing.

Luis Castillo – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.96.  *face smooshed against the window, tie hanging outside, trapped in the closed window*  Um, could you re-open the Buy Low window on Castillo?  My tie’s stuck.  *window opens slightly*  Okay, because he gave up a two-run double on his 107th pitch, when he should’ve been out of the game, then the next pitcher gave up two more runs charged to Castillo.

Billy Hamilton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .196.  Reds might be the only team to score ten runs and leave me yawnstipated.  Hey, Billy, ribbies are nice, but get some Taco Bell, we’re here for the runs!

Brent Suter – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.87.  The Stream-o-Nator predicted a start of 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Geez, what a rip!

Jurickson Profar – Left yesterday’s game after a hard slide took him out.  Mat Gamelitis is getting hurt right when you appear to be breaking out, but Jurickson’s Syndrome appears to be getting hurt right when you actually get playing time.

Nomar Mazara – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .311.  Racist!  I wrote a sleeper post for Mazara this offseason, I know, we’re a full 15 games into the season, but it still applies.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .216.  Joey will make you ‘roo the day!

Blake Snell – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners (0 walks), 9 Ks, ERA at 2.95.  I’m super lukewarm on the Rays starters now that they’re in this 4-man rotation, but I did write a Snell sleeper post in the preseason.  Not much has changed since then, except for my dreams of a Night Court reunion.  RIP Harry Anderson.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-5 and his 2nd homer, hitting .232.  Sonavabench!  Trying to piece together offense, and then the only offense I get is on my freakin’ bench.  *lays head on board, Steven Seagal smashes head with his widow’s peak*  Thanks, Mr. Seagal.

Kevin Kiermaier – Out for up to 13 weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb.  I haven’t been so upset about an MLB thumb injury since Bob Horner’s offseason thumb injury from a Christmas pie incident.  Taking over for Kiermaier will be Johnny Field.  Too bad Billy Batts was whacked.

 
  1. Bananafactory says:
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    Do you like Wheeler or Pivetta more?

    Lose Andujar for either?

    Also I have a logjam at OF in my dynasty. Stanton/Harper/Mazara/Pollock/Rosario/Cordero/M Taylor… and Ohtani batter as Util spot. I need a 3B or IF. Who is the most expendable from that list of OF and/or what kind of talent should I try to add from my strength at OF?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bananafactory: Trade any of Pollock on down for whoever nets you the best return.

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @Bananafactory: Pivetta is this year’s Robbie Ray

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Cram It: freaky Friday

        • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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          @Cram It: time is a flat circle

  2. SWAT290 says:
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    What’s the deal with Giles? He’s getting skipped over in obvious save situations. Rosterresource has him, Peacock, and Devenski designated as closers. If this is a committee is he worth holding on to in a sv+h league? Thanks!!

  3. CrazyJ says:
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    Man I crushed hard on Markie Post… RIP Harry

    That thing you said about Roberts and match-ups… that’s funny, even if it’s not.

    I’m all-in on Castillo which is good because it can’t get any worse. It can’t get any worse, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CrazyJ: Castillo was fine, he gave up 4 runs, and two weren’t even off him, and two were last pitch he threw, obviously tired

  4. TheMadBatter says:
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    Yo! Would you hold Ryu in a QS 12 man league? I have Rizzo coming off the DL and I need to drop someone. Current candidates for a drop are Rosario, Ryu, Chirinos and Moran. If I drop Moran, my 3B slot would be empty until Torenado comes back. My opponent’s pitching staff is loaded this week and I’m not sure if Ryu is a good start against Washington even if SoN loves him.

    Thanks!

    • TheMadBatter says:
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      @TheMadBatter: unless, you consider Ryu to be more than just a streamer until he shows us otherwise.

      • Robpopp says:
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        @TheMadBatter:
        3.40/1.25, 7.8 k/9 in MLB ~ 5 years
        2.80/1.15, 8.8 k/9 in KBO ~ 7 years

        Ryu has been more than a streamer his entire career. He’s the Korean Zissou

    • Packers says:
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      @TheMadBatter: Which Rosario? We can’t see your team.

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. I was as upset as you about Kiermaier’s injury as when…(everyone else finish the sentence)

    Sammy Sosa went on the DL (back) after he sneezed.

    b. Are you starting Yonny tonight if you owned him in a standard RCL (5X5) AND you were desperate to improve your pitching stats – ERA, WHIP and Ks (ah, hell, Wins too but you can’t chase wins)?

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for April 17

    The report of my death was an exaggeration.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Ha B. Yeah C. Wow, had no idea he was the one behind some of these

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Thanks, man! I’ve always been a big fan of Mark Twain. The characters he describes and the way he describes them make them so lovable.

        Would you start Trevor Williams and McCullers in that same RCL where I’m chasing ERA, Ks, WHIP and Wins?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, these quotes are awesome… I’m starting both

  6. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H auction redraft league. Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

    Drop an RP or SP to stream 1 of the following or hold?

    – Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Nationals
    – Trevor Williams vs Rockies, @ Phillies
    – Chad Bettis @ Pirates, vs Padres

    C: Yasmani Grandal
    1B: Josh Bell
    2B: Chris Taylor
    3B: Matt Chapman
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Eddie Rosario
    UTL: Tim Anderson
    DL: Jake Lamb

    P: Brad Boxberger
    P: Fernando Rodney
    P: Shane Greene
    P: Aroldis Chapman
    P: Hector Neris
    SP: Clayton Kershaw
    SP: Max Scherzer
    Bench: Sean Manaea
    Bench: Mike Foltynewicz
    Bench: Miles Mikolas
    Bench: Eduardo Rodriguez
    DL: Luiz Gohara

    Thanks as always!

  7. TTRA1N says:
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    I dropped Villanueva after 2 games. Then he got hot and I didn’t pick him back up in time. Going to haunt me all season I’m sure.

  8. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    You said it with Castillo – he was absolutely filthy through 6, got a bit tired after 100 pitches, left the game with 2 outs, and was f’d by two RPs who each gave up his inherited runs.

    We need a combo of Kapler and the Reds guy re: when to take out pitchers.

    • Moneyball says:
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      It was a real hoot watching my deGrom + Castillo 1 run in 13 innings change to 7 ER in 14 innings in the span of about 4 minutes.

      the fantasy gods then said “watch what we do to your trevor williams live scoring tomorrow.”

  9. The talented mr. Dope man says:
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    Any thoughts on Renato Nunez? TEX grabbed him from OAK and immediately slid him into left field and batted him 6th. Seems to be a power play there. No more Rua… AL only worthy?

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    14 team H2H auction redraft league. Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

    Brad Boxberger
    Fernando Rodney
    Shane Greene
    Aroldis Chapman
    Hector Neris

    Drop Rodney, Greene, or Neris for Ryan Madson?

    Thanks!

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Savoy Special: Ryan Madson – R – Nationals
      Ryan Madson earned his second save of the season Monday in the Nationals’ comeback win over the Mets.

      Sean Doolittle had worked back-to-back days and gave up a go-ahead homer to Ian Desmond in the ninth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Rockies, so Nationals manager Davey Martinez opted to go with Madson to close out Monday’s game. Doolittle is still the primary saves man in Washington.
      Related: Sean Doolittle

      • Savoy Special says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: It’s Saves+Holds so yeah…

  11. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Hope you’re doing well. In a league with very minimal moves and have to be very careful with who I add/drop. That being said I have Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman causing me fits right now. Do you think they will bounce back? I know it’s early. Anyway, a few questions:

    1) how do you rank: pirela, mallex Smith, Michael Taylor, Franchy Cordero, Jed lowrie rest of season for a utility role (could you rank all so I know how to set waivers)
    2) how do you rank: Ryan Zimmerman, maikel Franco, Matt kemp rest of season

    Thank you as always. You’ve been a great help over the years.

    # 1

    • Sandman says:
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      @Sandman:

      I’m going to add Todd Frazier to the second question. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sandman: It’s early… 1. Depends on needs… Lowrie, Mallex, Taylor

  12. Doubledown says:
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    In a h2h league, should I drop Happ for Villanueva? Someone also cut Buxton.

      • Doubledown says:
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        @Grey:

        Would be nice if Happ played. Solarte or Happ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Happ

  13. kale salad flunkee says:
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    Grey? should I take a chance on McCullers Jr tonight against Seattle???

  14. Gotime says:
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    Castillo… why Reds why?! To borrow off of Antes Mark Twain quotes.. “When ill luck begins, it does not come in sprinkles, but in showers”
    Anyways…. 12tm H2H if you can only keep 2 out of Moncada Puig ODB
    Thanks again!

    • Gotime says:
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      @Gotime: @Gotime: Can also add Gurriel to that mix (redraft not keeper)