For the last few days, I’ve been in New York for my grandfather’s 90th birthday.  With each passing year, he gets more casually racist, and, let’s just say, he didn’t start at zero.  I told him Byron Buxton hit three homers on Sunday, and he said, “Byron?  What’s he, a Jew?”  I told him, no, I don’t think so, but, of course, he can’t hear so well, so he continued, “I didn’t think Jews played sports.  Well, I guess he’ll at least be good with the money he makes.”  Then he went on a twenty-minute rant about how he’d have more money if he was Jewish (he’s Italian).  If you read Who Is Grey Albright?, you’ll know that I was raised by my grandparents, so let’s hope the apple rolled far enough away from the tree.  Otherwise, I’m gonna be writing roundups in 40 years like this, “Byron Buxton Jr. – He has better contact rates than his father, and prolly can find a good interest rate, ya know, because Jew.”  Here’s my grandfather with the entertainment we got for the party.  For those of you that grew in the tri-state area in the 1980’s, you’ll be familiar with the entertainment:

Any hoo!  Byron Buxton went 4-for-5, 4 runs, 5 RBIs and three homers (11, 12, 13) and his 24th steal.  A triple slam and legs?  What a glutton for wonderful!  From the 1st half to the 2nd half, his average went from .216 to .309; his K-rate is down from 31% to 25%; his OPS went from .594 to .903; his ISO went from .090 to .245, and his OBP went from .288 to .350.  Beginning to think real adjustments have been made for 2018, because everything’s been better in the 2nd half.  His 2nd half has been bigger and better than the pictures I saw recently of Tiger Woods, if you catch my drift.  (Okay, so the apple doesn’t roll that far from the tree after all.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Kyle Gibson – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.59.  Now has two straight solid starts, which I think is a record for him.  And that record is about as sad as Either/Or by Elliott Smith.

Nori Aoki – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd in his last three games, but that dates back five Blue Jays games.  Nori’s been on a roll, so that maki him a hot schmotato.

Tyler Mahle – 5 IP,, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks as he was called up by the Reds.  We got some clickbait to drop for this doode.  Prospector Ralph put Mahle in his top 200 prospects; featured him in the breakout starters for dynasty, and gave you a whole Tyler Mahle fantasy.  Endorphin Ralph working overtime!

Luis Castillo – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.26.  Wanna know why I don’t do DFS?  Because I’m already thinking about putting a $100 on the Reds to win the 2018 World Series.  I have a problem!  But, c’mon, their pitching is coming around, and if they can hold the offense….Scooter as the 2018 World Series MVP!

Francisco Cervelli – Hit the DL with quad irritation.  Or as they as in Pennsylvania, wit quad irritation.

Greg Bird – 1-for-1, 2 RBI pinch-hitting, as he was activated from the DL this weekend.  Damn, he’s been on the DL a long time.  The Birdman of Alcatraz was out of Alcatraz faster, and he had Alcatraz in his name!  Bird’ll get the strong side of a platoon, but, unless he’s hitting, I’d leave him on waivers in most mixed leagues.

Masahiro Tanaka – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.69.  ERA and health aside, he’s actually having a better season than years past.  Though, putting aside ERA and health for a pitcher is like going for a dip in the ocean but putting aside the great white shark that is circling.

Mike Clevinger – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.72.  His K/9 is 10.3 and his walk rate.  Dot dot dot.  Any ideas?  No?  Okay, I’ll tell ya.  4.8 BB/9.  Yeah, that’s not good.

Carlos Carrasco – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.78.  You know how much this indicates what we’re going to get next from Carrasco? Ugatz, which looks like a rapper’s name, but it’s Italian for “nothing.”  There’s no indication here on his next start being 4 IP, 5 ER and an injury or another gem.

Carlos Santana – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Maybe finally we’re seeing Santana do some of the greatest hits vs. the soft rock, Rob Thomas crap.

Yan Gomes – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .224.  Guron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior for the almost-Great Lakes!

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  I have twelve guys on my team for homers, steal a base, Lindor!

Dinelson Lamet – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.60.  Real question:  in 2018, Dinelson or Clevinger?  I think it’s clearcut and not Clevinger, even though he seems clearcut, because he sounds like a horror film killer.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 50th homer, hitting .296.  Okay, asking for a friend, is there a psych term for wanting to be another man’s pants?  Not in their pants, but to actual become their pants.  Giancarlo Pantson?

Jedd Gyorko – Hit the DL with a strained hamstring.  Heard this weekend he has a brother, Pudd Gyorko, who is a shut-in that is going blind.  Prayers out to Pudd.

Kolten Wong – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer.  Or one game from Scooter Gennett.  Wong also homered on Friday, and was a schmotato last week.  So grab Wong, no homo.

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.14.  Hey, that’s my Pi!

Blake Snell – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.29.  Yes, future value elicits the tingles in my nethers for Snell, but, at this time of the year, Stream-o-Nator likes his next start, so that’s all that matters.

Logan Morrison – 2-for-5 and his 30th and 31st homer.  LoMo’s gonna be that guy I go over in my offseason recaps where I’m like, “He hit 35 homers this year, and was available on waivers nearly the whole year.”  Apparently, it’s not just the people who put together the Home Run Derby who give LoMo no respect.  No LoMo.

Brad Miller – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, hitting .192.  See, who needs Tim Beckham!

Garrett Richards – Set for rehab assignment.  It’s kinda sad to watch a team ruin a pitcher’s arm, isn’t it?  We’re going on what, 16 months this guy should’ve been shut down for Tommy John surgery?  No need to answer; I Googled it.  May 6th of 2016 the news read, “Garrett Richards to have Tommy John.  Hopefully the goofy Angels don’t try to avoid sending him for surgery.”  Okay, I added the last part, but still.

Luis Valbuena – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, and his 5th homer in the last ten games, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Valbuena is great until he’s not.  Right now, he’s not not.

Jose Altuve – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 20th homer, hitting .356.  If might were height, he’d be seven feet tall.

Carlos Rodon – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.27.  Still waiting for him to be consistently Rodonculous or even to show more punchouts with a Rodonnybrook.

Lucas Giolito – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.77 in two starts.  Just gave you my Lucas Giolito fantasy when he was called up.  Nothing’s changed except the date on the milk carton.  Hmm, actually that hasn’t changed.  Ugh, bad example!

Matt Davidson – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .242.  Without any research (which goes without saying), Davidson seems like the type to homer a few times in a week before going quiet, so do as you do.

Victor Martinez – Hit the DL with an irregular heartbeat.  Fun fact!  The Chevy Malibu was the irregular heartbeat of America.

Clayton Kershaw – Will rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation on Friday vs. the Padres.  In related news, the Padres will be shutout on Friday.

Cody Bellinger – Likely back on Wednesday.  Haven’t mentioned this at all this year (that I remember, but I write like 25,000 words a day about this shizz, so maybe I did say this), but I don’t own Bellinger anywhere, and I have serious Bellinger envy.  Gonna have to pay dearly for him next year too.  Ugh, the 2nd year inflation price, and watch him flop.  Eff me!  Why can’t I have anything nice even in my hypothetical scenarios?

Yu Darvish – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.88, as he was activated from the DL.  Took the Dodgers a bit of time to coax Darvish out onto the field.  He wasn’t being tentative, but every time they asked him, “Are Yu ready?”  Ryu jumped up an interrupted them.

Zach Davies – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.91.  He throws 89 MPH with above average ground balls and has a 4.52 xFIP, i.e., I have more trust for the Chevy Malibu, the Irregular Heartbeat of America.

Patrick Corbin – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.91.  Not to take anything away from Corbin, because I do like him, but this start was against the Giants, who couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag, even if the paper bag had a leaky Ecto Cooler in it and everyone knows a wet paper bag is easier to rip open.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer.  Au Shizz!

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 28th and 29th homer.  Oh, and Just Dong has done this after missing a month.

Chris Stratton – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 3.82.  His walk rate is near-5.  My interest in him is near-zero.

Greg Holland – 1/3 IP, 2 ER on Saturday, and Jake McGee came in to get the save.  Early on Sunday, Bud Black said the Rockies will “navigate” the closer role for the time being.  I’d add, “So far, Holland’s been navigating the closer role like John Denver navigated the Rockies.”  Then, Jake McGee got his third save on Sunday (1 IP, 0 ER), and appears to be the closer, if he keeps being effective.

Jon Gray – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  Has an under-3 ERA in the last month, and appears to be a “start everywhere” guy right now, but Stream-o-Nator hates his next one, and, H-E-double hockey sticks, if I feel comfortable starting him there.

Max Scherzer – Will return today.  Assuming he set his iCal correctly.

Erick Fedde – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 9.39.  Ironically, the Spanish say “con Fedde” is no party.

Wilmer Flores – Two home runs in two days, and 4-for-4 on Saturday.  Or maybe I should call him, “Crybaby,” as his jersey read on Sunday.  Kidding, I don’t know his nickname.  This whole nickname on the back of the jersey is such a sad attempt by MLB to be hip.  MLB should stop with these lame attempts to capture a younger audience.  No one calls Michael Taylor, “Mikey T,” it’s just stupid.  Oh, and as for Crybaby, hot schmotato alert!

Matt Harvey – Penciled in for Friday’s start.  Keep in mind, no one uses a pencil unless they expect to erase something.

Kevin Gausman – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.98.  Member around three months ago I said let’s wait until Gausman’s ERA is below 5?  Well, it’s below 5 and he gets the Jays next.  You really trusting him?  I don’t know, over-the-internet friend, not feeling it.

Brad Brach – 1 2/3 IP, 0 ER and the save on Sunday, while Zach Britton is presumably getting better from his knee injury.  I say presumably, because this is the news every day from Britton and the O’s.  While Britton is literally getting hurt, he’s “getting better,” according to him and the O’s.  I can understand Britton wanting to keep a stiff upper lip, but go on the DL.  Starting to think Britton played the “merely a flesh wound” guy.

Doug Fister – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.53.  21 of Fister’s strikes were called, which means the O’s face with Fister was less than enthusiastic.

Cole Hamels – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.78.  The Regression Fairies love nonfat froyo, they call each other girlfriend, and they will destroy your ratios.

Joey Gallo – Expected back from his concussion on Tuesday.  Gallo reported no more cartoon birds flying around his head.

Marcus Semien – 1-for-3, 1 run, 3 RBIs and two steals (8, 9).  If I had to use an adjective for Semien yesterday, I’d say that was one runny Semien. *shudders*  Maybe we won’t say that.

Matt Olson – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Also, in this game, Matt Chapman went 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 10th homer.  Maybe Moneyball is being made into a Broadway musical called, “Matt’s Entertainment!”

Tommy La Stella – 2-for-3, 1 RBI and two homers on Saturday.  To use common Razzball jargon, i.e., La Stella patois, he’s a hot schmotato.

Nick Williams – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .286.  Too bad he’s like Buddy Christ opening for RHYSUS.

Rhys Hoskins – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer, and his 5th straight game with a home run, and the fourth straight game I called up my local church and asked the priest if he’d recognize Rhysus as his personal savior, and the third straight game where Rhysus has pitchers yelling, “No Maas!” and the second straight game I phoned the last remaining Tower Records in Tokyo and asked if they carry the Rhyeezy album, “Rhysus,” and a partridge and a pear tree.

  1. Trogdor says:
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    Uncle Floyd does parties? Wow. I loved that show! We don’t care about the mets, NO!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Trogdor: Haha, I was surprised too!

  2. Patches Amberwood says:
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    At the rate Buxton is going at this half, and given his swing adjustments, do you think Buxton could become a top 50-75 player in 2018?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Patches Amberwood: Sadly, I do think he can sneak into the top 75 again, as he did this past preseason

  3. Joeg414 says:
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    Did he bring Oogie?

  4. Ciwa says:
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    In my keeper league we can’t do players change during PO weeks (unless DL) so it’s my last week to cut or add.

    These are my pitchers

    J.Gray
    Nova
    Manaea
    Kluber
    Mccullers(DL)
    Strasburg
    Taillon

    I’d want to cut Manaea when Mccullers return from his DL .Nova and Taillon are struggling in this second half and i’d like to replace them for my playoff. Here’s my best FA SP,for whom would you cut these two and put two claims?

    Felix Hernandez Sea – SP
    Matt Moore SF – SP
    Collin McHugh Hou – SP
    Luke Weaver StL – SP
    Mike Montgomery ChC – SP,RP
    José Ureña Mia – SP,RP
    Brandon McCarthy LAD – SP
    Jake Junis KC – SP
    Miguel González CWS – SP
    Edwin Jackson Was – SP,RP
    Tyler Mahle Cin – SP

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Ciwa: Manea for Weaver. Nova for McHugh. I think I like Tailon better than the other options, but maybe Montgomery or Junis if you really want to make a switch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ciwa: Manaea, Nova — Montgomery, Urena

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    What an off the charts write-up! Next up for y’all….The Magna Carta 2.0, baseball version!

    a. Funny on the Giants…Did you know that Jarrett Parker’s name is actually Keith Jarrett Parker (yes, he’s actually the illegitimate son of jazz artist and one of the three godfathers of the modern jazz piano – Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum though some would argue Bill Evans too)? No? He dropped the Keith part because he didn’t want people to think he got ahead because of the name recognition. Parker wants to be known as the most mediocre left fielder on his hitting and defense credentials ONLY. Hell, he’s making people forget people like Rick Cerone, Ozzie Canseco and Vinny Castillo.

    b. One word…Hoskins

    c. John Rambo Quote of the day for August 28

    [Scene change, Burmese army mortar bombs the village. Everyone either gets shot or left for dead. Of course, they find Sarah Miller and take her away.]

    [Scene change, Rambo on his boat playing with the crucifix that Sarah Miller gave him.]

    Sarah Miller’s voice being played over in Rambo’s head: ‘Maybe you’ve lost your faith in people, but you must still be faithful to something. Still care about something.’

    [Scene change, Burmese-run POW camp. Sarah Miller seated with her feet ligatured and her hands ligatured behind her back, totally immobilized.]

    [Scene change, Rambo playing over stuff in his head.]

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Company leader calling Raven. Come on, Raven.’

    Rambo: ‘What am l? You made me this way. A full-blooded combat soldier. You just don´t turn it off.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Talk to me, Johnny.’

    Rambo: ‘You just don´t turn it off!’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘-lt´s over.’

    Rambo: ‘-Nothing is over!’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘When are you gonna come full circle? l know the reasons you´re here, John.

    Sarah Miller: ‘Aren´t you curious to see how things might’ve changed back home?’

    Michael Burnett: ‘You’ve done enough damage.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You´re always going to be tearing away at yourself until you come to terms with what you are. Until you come full circle.’

    Sarah Miller: ‘So you´re just going to stay here forever?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘-John!’

    Rambo: ‘-l wanna go home!’

    Arthur Marsh: ‘John Rambo!’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘John?’

    Arthur Marsh: ‘John Rambo? My name is Arthur Marsh, pastor of the Christ Church of Colorado. l need to talk with you. lt’s very important. l wouldn’t come here like this if it wasn’t. The morning of the day the group left, Michael Burnett notified me that they were traveling from this location.’

    Rambo: ‘-What happened?’

    Arthur Marsh: ‘-No one knows exactly. They were supposed to return 10 days ago, but they never came back. l requested help from the embassy, but they can´t help. Not in Burma, and not in time.’

    Rambo: ‘How do you know they´re alive?’

    Arthur Marsh: ‘Because We’ve been in contact with the Karen freedom fighters who say they think they know where they were taken. And l was given the name of an ex-military American local from the embassy who put me in touch with men who say they have experience in this part of the world.

    Rambo: ‘Mercenaries?’

    Arthur Marsh: ‘Yes. l don´t have any other choice. You know the exact spot. We need you to take these men to where you let our people off.’

    Rambo: ‘When are they ready to leave?’

    Arthur Marsh: ‘When you are.’

    Rambo: ‘Aren’t you gonna say something?’

    Arthur Marsh: ‘-l don´t understand.’

    Rambo: ‘-You should.’

    Arthur Marsh: ‘You mean a prayer?

    Rambo: ‘Not for me, for them.’

    Arthur Marsh: ‘Yes.’

    [Arthur Marsh recites a prayer as Rambo goes into his metal shop to hand craft a machete.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Haha, awesome B. Rhysus! C. Nice!

  6. Tony C says:
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    ROS: Margot, J.Polanco, Mancini, Kendrick, Rosario or Gallo?

    • Tony C says:
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      Please rank top 3.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Tony C: Polanco, Gallo, Mancini

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Margot, Rosario, Polanco, lots of coin flips here

  7. M says:
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    Anyone starting Mike Montgomery against PIT tonight? (15 teamer roto)

    • Zeus says:
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      @M: yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Agree with Zeus

  8. Steeve says:
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    Deep league and keeper: Matt Chapman, Pirela or Spangenberg?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Steeve: Pirella

    • Tweak says:
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      @Steeve: Depends on the league’s stats setup, but I might go Chapman here. Probably the most upside, if he can keep his Ks down. Excellent defender, so his bat should stay in the lineup.

  9. Mike in Busan says:
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    Uncle Floyd still kicking and doing parties? What about Looney Skip Rooney? Did he show, too?

  10. Alex says:
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    Chasing steals… drop Deshields for Mikey T?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Alex: sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Agree with b

  11. Matt says:
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    Grey-
    Please rank closers/potential closers? to pick up. I currently have Holland.
    S.Greene, Neshek, Mcgee, Brach.
    5×5 Ros league.
    Thanks!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Matt: Greene, McGee, Brach, Neshak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Agree with b

  12. Armchair QB says:
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    Standard 10 team keeper league. You can keep up to 5 players, but one of them must be a pitcher (stupid, I know). I’m going to win this year, so looking ahead to next year. Don’t really have a keeper pitcher and need some help getting on off-season gameplan together as I have tons of top 50 bats.

    I’m keeping: Trout, Rizzo, Machado

    Can’t keep them all, but need to find a way to get something for them: Odor, Buxton, Conforto, JDM, Dozier

    Top SP are: C-Mart, Hill, McCullers

    So I guess the question is who is the 4th bat I keep, and then if I can’t get Sale bc the other owner is being a jackwagon, who else would you target in the SP world with what I have to offer?

    Thanks Grey!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Armchair QB: Just Dong as your 4th. I don’t think you are bad off with C Mart as your SP keeper, but you could try to package him with another player or 2 for an upgrade. Maybe target Thor with the hope he is back and healthy next year or Keuchel.

      • Armchair QB says:
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        @Grey: If Buxton keeps this pace, say 5 hr, 6 sb, and .300 in September, is there any chance he takes that spot from JD?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  13. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Grampy Albright’s looking great for 90.

    • hondo says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: No shit.Guess this means Grey will still be posting from Del Boca Vista in 2070.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @hondo: I’d gonna fall over dead at the age of 97 typing Anyway, here’s what else I saw–

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @hondo: Bartolo will still be a matchup-based streamer by then, lord willing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Yeah, not bad, have good genes on that side of the family

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Grey: I’m already excited for the day you write a blurb about Jackie Bradley IV drawing three walks in a single game.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha

  14. Harry says:
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    Hey Greyv-

    NEED STEALS in a 14 team mixed… 5 keepers

    Been cyclopsing K. Wong and J. Polanco.
    Polanco against the White Sox and KC this week, and Holland and Shields traditionally give up a lot of SBs… but Wong has been tantalizing. No Homo.

    3 Questions:
    1. Wong or Polanco?
    2. Bench Pirela, Cozart or Gurriel?
    3. Drop Duda, Chapman, or another closer like Ziegler or Belisle (I have an 18 Save lead and Betances)?

    Gracias.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Harry: 1. Wong. 2. Gurriel. 3. I wouldnt drop a closer, but Belisle if youre dropping one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harry: Agree with b, but 3. Belisle

      • Harry says:
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        @Grey:

        Roger that. Thanks dude.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  15. Dancin Homer says:
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    Happy Monday Grey –

    I’m a Holland owner and I also have Melancon. Would you drop Melancon for McGee? I could also drop Melancon to use his spot to stream SP’s.

    Current pitching staff:
    SP: Carrasco, Stras, J. Nelson, Ryu, Bauer, Nova, Wood (DL), McCullers (DL)
    RP: W. Davis, Holland, Iglesias, Greene, Vizcaino, Melancon

    12-team, H2H, 6×6 (W, K, ERA, WHIP, QS, S) redraft league.

    Thanks

  16. Crime dog says:
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    Blake Snell or Lance lynn…their next starts and rest of year (next starts Snell @cws, Lynn @SF). Qs, k/9 league

  17. CMUTimmah says:
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    Man I’m glad I stashed Hoskins on my bench waiting out his OF eligibility… after his FIRST Home run like 6 days ago…

    I wonder if the ghost of Babe Ruth showed up in Rhys’ bedroom the night before he broke out to let him know that “Legends Never Die”?

    The Sultan of Swat
    The Colossus of Clout
    The Supreme Ruler of Yard Sticks
    The Trump of Tape Measurers

    OK – OK – OK
    I’ll dial it back a bit.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @CMUTimmah: Rhys’d Lightning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: The Trump of Tape Measurers, ha!

  18. PrinceRudynasim says:
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    Damn your grandpa looks amazing for 90. God bless him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PrinceRudynasim: Thanks! Yeah, good genes on that side of the family

  19. Cram It says:
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    Up to 2nd in NFBC, no thanks to my pitching. Purchased SON for help. I have one starter with positive $ this week. I’m F’d.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: Back above 80 points! If I get healthy really quick I still have a shot at 3rd.

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Great Knoche: Nice. Still time left to go off.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @FrankGrimes: GRIMEY! I hear [email protected]Cram It: Have only had 2 weeks all year where I have had JD, Harper and Freeman on the field at the same time.

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Great Knoche: That’s really tough to overcome. Thankfully my offense has been relatively healthy. Not so much my pitching though.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I lost Bryce recently, but offense has been healthy too…need some luck with injuries for sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: On Saturday I was two points from first, fell back three more points and am in 2nd place too… I’m actually starting Bauer for his two start week this week and the matchups are, uh, notta so good!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Ditto. This weeks agita decision is between David Robertson and James Shields @Min/vs TB and his $-36 SON value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Robertson is in your lineup? You really need saves, huh?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: He was since Chapman lost his job. Currently tied in saves but he probably won’t help there. It’s more that I’m scared to start Shields than thinking Robertson will sneak a save in there.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh! Between him or Shields? Misread that, would not start Shields anywhere

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: When you’re looking at complete shit options, it’s really tough to tell who will be the least shitty. I have ZERO starters with under a 3.50 this year and 8 contributing starters with over a 4.50. I can’t get over it. Funny thing is I’d been wondering if I would regret taking Verlander over Cueto as my #1. I guess that’s the bright side.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I hear ya… I’m starting Bauer with awful matchups…. Crazy thing is I have a 12 in WHIP, but a 3 in ERA… And am in first in Ks… But you own Samardzija and Lackey these things will happen…

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: That is crazy.

  20. I don't want to say because others in my league read this sight. says:
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    Tell your Grandfather that is the coolest hat on the face of the planet!

  21. Zeus says:
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    Uncle Floyd!!!!! Didn’t know he was still alive and kicking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: I had no idea either, maybe I’ll get him on the podcast

  22. crenshaw07 says:
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    Minaya or Britton ROS? Also Semien or Granderson ROS?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @crenshaw07: Depends if they put Britton on DL. If healthy, Britton. Semien.

  23. Raider says:
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    In the past week ish I’ve lost cespedes, duffy, and had Holland chapman ousted in a H2H league, while moving into 1st place, heres to luck down the stretch!!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Raider: You’ll have luck down the stretch, it just may not be “good” luck….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raider: Hopefully your bad luck is behind ya

  24. newbvic says:
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    kevin gausman or charlie morton?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @newbvic: Matchups? Probably Morton without looking, but SoN

  25. morningsunshine says:
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    Joyce, Calhoun, Nick Williams or Pirela? HR R RBI SB AVG OBP 12 team H2H

    Which guy to replace Cespedes?

    Thank you Grey

  26. FrankGrimes says:
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    Love the time of year
    When all of the players I
    Gave up on are Fire!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @FrankGrimes: GRIMEY! I hear ya.

  27. peacecoast says:
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    yo yo Grey sup!
    In first place in my league heading down the stretch. Had an unbelievably great weekend which propelled me up there.

    Keon sucks again tho, drop for Kiermaier? I assume hell yes if I can get him ($3 left out of 100).

    Starting Chacin tonight at home vs SF. Have a bad feeling about it tho.

    Finished S1 Line of Duty. Sweet ending. Are the other seasons as good? Does Arnott stay around as well as the cutie with the shocking blue eyes? One thing bothered be about S1. Gates is supposed to be cash strapped and needed 9k euros to pay his kids school. But he drives a fucking Jaguar which is probably like a jillion pounds or euros or wtfever. A nice one too. I hate little things like that. And GoT knight’s watch bad guy looks crazy in this shit man see his hair?!?! How is that an acceptable hair style?

  28. Old School Brother says:
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    Of course Carlos knocks off the Supernatural bullsh as soon as i drop him. Now he’s jammin Love Devotion Surrender on my direct competitors team. F u Santana

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Old School Brother: How do you feel about Duffy? 10 team roto with QS I can feel good about launching him into the sun? Rest of staff is Yu/Wood/Severino/Shark/Weaver

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Launch him

  29. Matt says:
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    Please Rank for ROS

    Glasnow
    Jameson
    Snell

    Thanks

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Matt: Snell, Tailon, Glasnow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Agree with b

  30. The Great Knoche says:
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    Joey Votto. 0 for 0. 5 BB

    He’s not a 4020. He’s a 0000,

  31. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Sticking with Rosario or going back to Domingo, Dickerson, or Schwarber in an OBP/OPS league?

  32. bigbear says:
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    Wait, wut… You’ve been pimping Bellinger to us schmoes for months and now the whammy that you don’t own him? I’m rolodexing my full range of emotions and can’t find the right one!

    Gausman is a start against the Jay’s.

    No Maas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: I was pimping him bc he’s been great, wish I owned him…

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: Yup. I was able to pick him up in one of my leagues largely to your soothsaying… Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The great soothsayer!

  33. King in the North says:
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    Josh Harrison or Marcus Semien ROS?

    Thanks!

  34. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, which one of these hitters should I pick up for the week?

    Red-Dick, Choo, Joyce, Olson, Nick Williams, Calhoun.

    Thanks my man! On a bye in one league, locking up a yoffs spot in another this week, all thanks to you!

    • mrm3711 says:
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      @mrm3711: Also one quickie, drop Brach for Aroldis? I have Rodney Dyson Neris and Minaya and then nabbed Brach in case Britton stays hurt, but should I cut him for the possibility of Aroldis putting it together down the stretch?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @mrm3711: Hold Brach for now

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Grey: grazie x2!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  35. The Great Hambino says:
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    ROS, Gattis or Avila? 5×5 12 team roto.

  36. PB&J says:
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    Start Mike Montgomery vs PIT tonight? SON doesn’t love it (-$10)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PB&J: Not sure why it doesn’t like him, but I’d start him

  37. Grey- Whats your best guess on Miggy and Gary Sanchez as to when their suspensions begin?

    I can’t find any information anywhere. Just says they’re appealing, which will delay it….. I’m in the finals of my one league beginning this week. It’s a two week battle….. the bad thing is I have to set a weekly line up, lock my guys in, so I dont want to lock them and Tomorrow it comes out Miggy is gone all week and Gary will miss half the week too!

    Thoughts???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TROPHY TONY: Appeals usually take a few days, then they’re levied immediately… My guess is they’ll be suspended by Thursday, and sit all weekend

  38. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Just clinched second place in my h2h league, pretty much have the next two weeks off with an inconsequential last week of the regular season and a bye week in the playoffs. Couldn’t come at a better time with Harper, Bellinger, Paxton and McCullers all on the DL, so hopefully enough time for those guys to get healthy. Anyways, would you recommend holding Holland, hoping that he can get back on track in the next couple of weeks?

  39. Matt says:
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    ROS

    Chapman or Doolittle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Doolittle

  40. SMITTY says:
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    Great write up, hope you had a good weekend.
    Two more weeks till playoffs in this 10 team H2H 5×5. I’ve already clinched a spot I’m just trying to fine tune my roster.
    1). This is a three outfielder league and I already have Bennentindi, Hamilton, Hoskins, Buxton, and decent guys on the wire, is Braun droppable at this point to add another pitcher or streaming spot? He hasn’t provided any counting stats on week and is killing my BA.
    2.) My close situation has become a disaster I have Holland, Hand, and Vizcaino. I’m seriously debating on unloading these guys and completely punting saves at this point. If I replace them with SP I should for sure win W’s and K’s. why are your thoughts on this?

    My roster
    C- Schwarber
    1b- Goldschmidt
    2b- odor
    SS- Dejong
    3B- Freeman
    MI- Trea Turner
    CI- Lamb
    Of- Bennintindi
    OF- Hamilton
    OF- Buxton
    BN- Braun
    BN- Smoak
    BN- Devers

    Sp- sale
    Sp- carrasco
    Sp- cmart
    Sp- Stroman
    Sp- jimmy Nelson
    Sp- McCullers
    Sp- Paxton
    Sp- Rodon
    Sp- streamer spot (allowed. 4 moves per week)
    RP- Holland
    RP- hand
    RP- Vizcaino
    DL- Syndergaard

    How do you like this group for the playoffs? Anything stand out to you as a weakness besides those closers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SMITTY: Thanks! 1. Yes, you can lose Braun 2. Lose Holland, hold other two — Hopefully Trea is back on Tuesday, team looks rock solid otherwise

  41. Greg says:
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    Still got Pollock. … drop for Domingo, Hicks, Delino DeShields, Margot, or, hmm, hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greg: Margot

  42. Jonathan A says:
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    Mcgee, bedrosian, treinen ROS

  43. 12 team 5×5 h2h

    my team is in 1st place and heading for the playoffs although it has been struggling the last couple weeks, mainly due to pitching.

    This is a Yahoo Pro League and the playoffs will start week after next, though I should have a bye for week 1 barring a disastrous last 2 weeks so 3 weeks before my first round starts.

    Here is my pitching staff and I have a ton of guys on the DL… do you think I can count on positive contributions from all these guys by the time my playoffs start? Or is there anyone you would feel comfortable moving on from right now?

    SP: C Carrasco, J Verlander, L Castillo, L Weaver, D Pomeranz, T Bauer

    DL SP: N Syndergaard, J Paxton, A Wood, L McCullers

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Michael: I’d likely move on from Bauer if there was someone decent to grab

  44. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Start/sit Godley (LAD, @Col) this week? Can replace with Ziegler for saves/ratios or E-Rod @ NYY?

  45. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Grey, K Wong or J Harrison for ROS ?

  46. Shill Team 6 says:
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    Which one is zayde? Polo or bow tie?

  47. mcmi11ions says:
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    I’m really kicking myself for not accepting that my Severino for his Devers and Hoskins trade I turned down a couple weeks ago in a keeper league. Fingers crossed next year I’m not still regretting it!

  48. lwomack58 says:
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    Do you think Parker is the closer in LAA? Or stay away from merry go around.

    Adding Parra for his week in Colo?

    Thanks and have a great day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lwomack58: Nah, it’s not Parker, it’s a merry go round…. I’d add Parra, yes — you too!

  49. James Alexander says:
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    I’m lucky enough to have 7 closers but I’m falling behind in games started, so I probably need to drop one or two soon. Who are your bottom two?

    Rodney
    Knebel
    Hand
    Ziegler
    Greene
    Belisle
    Oh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, Belisle

  50. NoOneIsHome says:
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    I’ve been very fortunate to have been riding the hot hands of Hoskins & Buxton in a 12 team H2H points league the last 2 weeks . This may be a silly question for some out there, however, Albies is grabbing my attention with 7 games this week (at PHI, at CHC) & am wondering is he a start over Segura (Home 3 games versus OAK & Away 3 games versus BAL) this week? We count errors, too (Segura had 3 yesterday!). Or would you rather have Scooter (Home 3 games versus NYM & Away 3 games versus PIT) or IHapp this week (Home 7 games versus PIT, ATL)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Scooter

      • NoOneIsHome says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Also, would you start Bellinger at a DH spot (Away 6 games @ARI, @SD – but he won’t be activated until Wednesday) over either Segura (Home 3 games versus OAK & Away 3 games versus BAL) IHapp this week (Home 7 games versus PIT, ATL) or Albies 7 games this week (at PHI, at CHC)? My thinking is Dodgers go extremely cautious with him just to be 100% for certain he is OK. Your thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start him over Albies

  51. ryanoger says:
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    ROS who you taking at SS:

    Segura, J Polanco, Semien, Amed Rosario, or Story?

    thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

      • Turd Ferguson says:
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        @Grey: Segura and Mookie singlehandedly destroying my championship title chances. Segura must think he’s back in Milwaukee! 228 since the break with 1 homer and 21 runs scored. 118 last 10. Not even providing any SAGNOF! Doode is barely rosterable. Mookie only slightly better. Oy Vey!

  52. ryanoger says:
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    Also…

    Odor or Wong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  53. ctrengove says:
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    I clinched a playoff birth and the top seed (10-team points)! WHOO! Razzball trickle-down fantasy baseballnomics!!

    I’d like to thank Harper, Bellinger, Smoak, Lamb, Bruce, Encarnacion, Dickerson, Merrifield, Carrasco, Ray, Ervin Santana(!), Hill, Berrios, Iglesias, Osuna, Knebel, May & June McCullers, a bunch of other studs and streamers, and some Guy named Rhysus for getting me this far. That Rhysus – He may be onto something.

    With Bellinger likely coming off the DL this week, I’ll have to drop an OF. I have both Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton.

    Who do you keep ROS: Rosario or Buxton?

    Thanks in advance!

    • ctrengove says:
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      @ctrengove:

      AND I’d like to thank Grey and his Razzball staff for their fantasy advice.

      • ctrengove says:
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        @ctrengove:

        Too excited. *berth

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice! Buxton

  54. Afternoon sir, I have Holland, Hand, and Bedrosian. Do I pickup McGee and if so who do I drop? Also avail is Treinen and Dyson.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Synyster: Treinen and Dyson are named closers. Over Bedrosian.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McGee over Bed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Treinen over Holland

  55. Raymundo says:
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    Can’t decide…

    Jorge Polanco or Semien ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

  56. baseballing says:
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    Hi Grey, which two would you start this week:

    Nelson (vs. WAS, Roark)
    Taillon (vs. CIN, Mahle)
    Jon Gray (vs. ARI, Corbin)
    Maeda (@ARI, Greinke)
    Eickhoff (vs. ATL, Teheran)

    Thanks!

    • mthom42 says:
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      @baseballing: Taillon and Nelson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eickhoff, Nelson

  57. stu says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which 3 SP do I start? h2h points league

    2 start Stroman: BOS, @BAL
    2 start L Weaver: @MIL, @SFG
    Quintana: PIT
    Morton: NYM
    Rodon: TB
    L Castillo: @PIT

    thanks!

    • mthom42 says:
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      @stu: @stu: Quintana, Morton, and Rodon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Weaver, Castillo

  58. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Uncle Floyd makes an appearance!

    Playoffs begin today and my team has been taking a long walk off a short dock over the past three weeks. Here’s to turning it around.

    You the poop!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You the poop!

  59. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey ,

    H2H 10-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS) – 30 moves max a year (no streaming, only have 10 left), but we have very deep teams, with 6 bench spots.

    Finishing first overall (thank you Grey & team) but wanted to have you look at the squad to see if I should make some changes. This week is a nothing week (wont affect my place) and the first week I have a bye. I currently have 5 closers (I liked rocking 4 – helped lowered my ERA & WHIP). I`m also currently punting Catcher position. Based on the wire and my team;
    1) do you see any swaps (with the wire and my team) ?
    2) should I be rocking only 3 RP’s (and which ones)?
    3) should I be punting catcher or do you think I should grab from whats avail ?

    Waiver:
    Hit – M. Zuzino, W. Ramos, W. Castillo, J. Polanco, C. Sanatan, K. Calhoun, D. Swanson, J. Harrison, T. Mancini, O. Albies, K. Wong, C. Hernandez,
    PIT – G. Richards (stash), D. Fister, M. Gonzalez, M. Moore, A. Conley, J. Cotton, Sm Manaea, J. Urena, M. Folty, S. Glasnow,
    RP- Z. Britton, AJ Ramos, F. Rodney, D. Robertson, B. Hand, S. Dyson, B. Ziegler, J. McGee, B. Brach, A. Vizcaino, Ziegler, Neris, Norris

    My Team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Brian Dozier
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Xander Bogearts
    Mi- Tim Beckham
    CI – Justin Turner
    LF – Christian Yelich
    CF – Charlie Blackmon
    RF – Lorenzo Cain
    Util- Ryan Braun
    BN – Ian Kinsler
    BN –Justin Smoak
    DL – Trea Turner

    Sp – M. Tanaka
    SP – T. Bauer
    SP – Carlos Carrasco
    RP – Dellin Betances
    Rp – Greg Holland
    P- Edwin Diaz
    P – Wade Davis
    BN- Jose Quintana
    BN – Gerrit Cole
    BN – Justin Verlander
    BN – Jimmy Nelson
    BN – Aroldis Chapman
    DL –Alex Wood
    DL – James Paxton

    thanks in advance for all the great help this year (you and the Board commenters!)

    • MarvPesos

      Marv says:
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      @Marv: Treinen should also be in that RP list

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Get rid of Kinsler and get a catcher — Ramos

      2. Betances, Rodney, Ziegler

      • john says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, McCann is available as well, would you say hes an upgrade over Ramos ? (or just stick with Ramos)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go with Ramos

  60. Dave says:
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    Grey
    ROS. Desmond or Kiermaier?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kiermaier

  61. mthom42 says:
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    Championship week! I survived Hoskins’ crazy week after dropping him the week before. Just wanted to say thanks for all the advice and it feels great to see Stanton hit 50. He was definitely worth that 54th pick…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  62. crenshaw07 says:
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    McGee over minaya?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  63. Geno says:
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    No Oogie? You call that a party without Oogie or Bones Boy?

    Cent’ anni! to your grandfather.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  64. Jason Murray says:
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    Need 2 starters this week..

    Dickey @ PHI
    Junis vs. TB
    Gonzalez (CHW) @ MIN
    Graveman @ LAA

    Also, Story vs. DET or DeJong @ MIL and @SF?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Junis, Graveman (these are terrible)…. Story

      • Jason Murray says:
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        @Grey: Yes, they are terrible options. Montgomery is still on the wire…take him in place of one of the others?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Over Graveman

  65. Alex says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Quick pitching question…

    A. Quintana is out there on waivers, he has been so up and down but would you go with him over Hamels ROS?

    B. If you had to pick between two garbage piles, Hamels and Cueto, which would you pick?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Over Hamels B. Hamels

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need avg, runs and sbs. who do you like better this week?

    rosario – 3 vs cws, 3 vs kc
    odor – 3 @ hou, 3 vs laa

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  67. peacecoast says:
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    drop keon for n williams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  68. peacecoast says:
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    drop keon for n williams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  69. lwomack58 says:
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    Would you start M. Moore @SD tomorrow. SON +10.2

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  70. southside dom says:
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    Grey-

    Strategy questions:

    -I’ve clinched a playoff slot in my H2H league. Would you hold any of the DL’d Duffy, Paxton, Salazar, McCullers with the hopes that they come back for the playoffs? The streamers are rather slim pickings, and we are allowed to edit our lineup between weeks 1 and 2 of each series matchup

    -I am leading my roto league by roughly 4 points. RBIs and HRs are pretty tight, with me trailing by one or two. But in AVG and OBP, the entire league is essentially within .001 of each other. My strategy the last week or so has been to punt catcher so as to not take a hit in either of those categories. Do you disagree with that move? Catchers on the wire include Austin Barnes, Chirinos, Castillo, and Gattis

    Appreciate the insight as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold McCullers and Pax

      I disagree with punting catcher, I’d go with Castillo

  71. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    1) Looking to add up to 6 of these guys this week …

    8/29
    M Moore @SD (10.2)
    Fiers vs. TEX (2.6)

    8/30
    Bridwell vs. OAK (-0.8)

    8/31
    Conley vs. PHI (2.0)
    Skaggs @TEX (-7.2)

    9/1
    Snell @CHW (2.8)
    Gausman vs. TOR (-1.9)
    L Castillo @PIT (-2.7)
    Skaggs @TEX (-10.0)

    9/2
    Giolito vs. TB (-17.1)

    9/3
    M Moore vs. STL (6.6)
    Fiers vs. NYM (6.4)

    2) I’m thinking I def gotta start at least Snell, Moore and Fiers? Correct me if I’m wrong of course but either way gonna need help deciding which two or three guys to cut first if necessary… I included the next starts for the guys on the bubble below…

    (3) SP: deGrom, Severino, Lynn
    (2) RP: Knebel, Ramos
    (4) P: Hand, Betances, Ryu, McHugh
    (6) Bench: Familia, Bauer, Morton, Corbin, Chacin, Weaver

    (2) DL: McCullers

    Chacin vs. SF (-2.7)
    Weaver @MIL (3.5)
    Bauer @NYY (-5.7)
    Ryu @ARI (-4.2), vs. ARI (10.4)
    McHugh vs. TEX (1.8), @SEA (-7.0)
    Lynn @SF (-4.2)
    Morton vs. NYM (14.7

    Also should I drop Familia before any of those SPs listed above? I’ve held both him and Ramos waiting to see who gets the closer job ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore, Fiers, Conley, Snell… 2. Yes — Drop Familia if you need to for an SP

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Got it thanks! However in addition to dropping Familia, I also need to drop two more of:

        Chacin vs. SF (-2.7)
        Weaver @MIL (3.5)
        Bauer @NYY (-5.7), @DET (-3.9)
        Ryu @ARI (-4.2), vs. ARI (10.4)
        McHugh vs. TEX (1.8), @SEA (-7.0)
        Lynn @SF (-4.2)
        Morton vs. NYM (14.7)

        So I guess which of those SPs would you def not start anytime soon so I know which two to drop first?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bauer, Weaver

  72. SMITTY says:
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    Tough call at the beginning of the week but are you starting Stroman vs the Red Sox tonight? He’s been slightly better at home. I just hate getting my era and whip blown up to start the week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Stroman anywhere against anyone

  73. john says:
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    Grey,
    Can you rank the follow closers (give me your top 5): Davis, Diaz, Rodney, Ziegler, Hand, Dyson, Treinen, Knebel, Rivero
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Diaz, Knebel, Rivero, Ziegler

  74. Steve says:
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    Weekly league, trust Corbin’s start in COL this weekend or bench him?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way, bench

  75. Zeus says:
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    In the vein of your grandpa, is this racist? So I live in NYC and frequently run across black guys either singing or rapping to themselves. Sometimes with headphones in and sometimes to the sounds in their head. I usually think to myself “such a musical people” like which ever Duke brother was played by Ralph bellamy. Is that racist?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Maybe! Was Ralph Bellamy and Bill Bellamy related?

      • Zeus says:
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        @Grey: maybe in be Thomas Jefferson George Jefferson sense

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, true

  76. TarmanGotHim says:
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    I win Bryant, Edwin, Devers, Judge, Bregman, Taylor, Wellington, Rhys, Stanton, and Blackmon in one league. Ridiculous, ain’t it? Haha.

    Oh, and Bellinger.

    With that being said:

    He’s on the DL, comes off Wednesday, who do I drop

    RBI R SB AVG OPS HR – K K:9 S+H ERA WHIP W

    I am in first with about 11 more drop adds saving for PO (I only have semi’s and finals if I keep first. 78 max season acquisitions (weird for a S+H league but it was league call)

    C – Castillo
    1B – EE
    2B – Taylor
    3B – Bryant
    SS – Bregman
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Judge
    UTIL – Devers
    UTIL – Rhys
    B – Carlos Santana

    SP – Archer
    SP – Nola
    SP – Taillon
    SP – Happ
    SP – Hamels
    SP – Chase Anderson
    SP – Porcello
    SP – Estrada
    SP – Maeda
    SP – G. Cole
    DL – Paxton
    RP – Giles
    RP – Oh
    RP – Ziegler
    RP – Parker
    RP – McGee

    Trade deadline has passed or I would trade.

    Thank you!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  77. Jack Straw says:
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    Expecting Trea Turner back this week? NL only 5×5 roto – start or sit him this week (the likes of Descalso, Rodriguez, Swanson have been the alternatives)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Turner, hoping by Wednesday

      • Jack Straw says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey. As we welcome back Trea, Who should be left without a chair when the music stops this week …. Descalso, Asuje, Solarte, Swanson, Span, Nimmo (Dancing in the Streets, I know the music never stops!)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, Dansby

  78. Daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    A) Thinking of dropping Tailion (I know he has been awful in the 2nd half)
    Who you like instead please pick 2
    Fiers, Snell, McHugh, Bauer
    Also
    B) I have both Oh and Lyons. Who do you think gets more saves ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Snell, McHugh B. Oh

  79. jon says:
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    bench Betts and Benny vs Stro today or play both bats and bench Stro? Tough choice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d play both bats and start Stroman

      • jon says:
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        @Grey:

        sorry should have mentioned its a QS league… still go all 3?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, all 3

  80. TomToms says:
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    Should I drop any of these RPs
    Aroldis Chapman
    AJ Ramos
    Jeurys Familia

    for any of the RPs below that are in waivers?
    David Robertson
    Seung-Hwan Oh
    Brad Brach
    Brad Ziegler
    Sam Dyson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ziegler over Aroldis, Oh over Familia

  81. Jack Straw says:
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    AL only roto – please rank the following relievers for saves this week:

    Allen, Bedrock, Norris, Claudio, Minaya, Brach

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen, Minaya, Claudio

      • Jack Straw says:
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        @Grey:

        And among the latter 3 of Bedrock, Norris, Brach – opportunity to go saves heavy this week :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Brach

          • Jack Straw says:
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            @Grey:
            And as we whittle down…. Bedrock or Norris this week?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Norris

  82. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    With I Desmond coming back any day now, who should I drop to make room? Dickerson, Pham, or Odor? (Could also drop Hoskins, but I think I gotta ride that train regardless for now…)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  83. BootsyBaby says:
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    AL Only, 4×4, roto, playing for 2018. Want to try to swap my $53 Trout for something of value before he turns into a pumpkin and goes back into the free agent pool.

    For 2018 and beyond – $10 Starlin Castro or $8 Nick Castellanos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try to swap Trout…. Castellanos

  84. Joeg414 says:
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    Keon Broxton or Werth ? 5×5 Royo mixed

    • Joeg414 says:
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      @Joeg414:
      Or Altherr over both when he comes back on Friday ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brox

  85. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Who would you start this week in a 12 Team H2H Points League? Tanaka at home versus the Red Sox, Snell on the road versus the White Sox or Luis Castillo on the road versus the Pirates?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka

      • NoOneIsHome says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  86. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    Weekly should I start Jimmy Nelson or some middle relief guy for ratios question?

    He pitched nicely against the all conquering Dodgers, can I trust him against the Nats?

    In other news I’ve sort of solved my everybody on my pitching staff got hurt/and or innings limited in a week and half by swapping Lester, Salazar and Wood for Carlos Hernandez, Gio and Corey Knebel. Not an upgrade, but a decent enough patch for the stretch run (Greinke, C. Hernandez, Rich Hill, Gio and Jimmy Nelson are my starting 5 at this point).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Nelson

      • Hubie says:
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        @Grey: thanks, boss. In other news I chronically refer to carlos martinez as carlos hernandez. Creeping senility, but hey at least I traded for the right guy (and I played for the mets a long time ago)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  87. Robert Steinberg says:
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    Awesome picture!!!!

    Matt Chapman or Matt Olson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Chapman

  88. Harrisburgermeister says:
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    La Giancarlo is 0-1 so far tonight. Sell high?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you can get

  89. thatguypeter says:
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    Assuming Conforto is healthy for the start of next year (which is not a guarantee), what’s your ballpark ranking for him in 2018? You didn’t seem to be a believer in your 2nd half rankings (not ranked) but I’m curious if it’s changed.

    Asking because I need to make a keeper decision on him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      After the injury, might drop him to just inside the top 100

      • thatguypeter says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, that guy peter!

  90. lwomack58 says:
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    Some of my players have gone cold over the past month. Would you drop Moustakas or Judge to pickup O. Herrea, Bour, or Calhoun.

    More philosphical question-do you carry a catcher on all your teams when the only ones left are hitting-215-280. I seem to go heavy on pitching and punt catcher. It’s working as I’m in 2nd in 3 out of 4 leagues. Just wonder. Thank you for your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold those guys for now… Yeah, I always carry a catcher

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:
        Thank you

        Regarding catchers who do you like better Castillo, Chirinos, Vazquez, Flowers or stash Contreras.

        Thanks again

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          @lwomack58:

          Also Avila is available in one league

  91. dfrench23 says:
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    I have Odor at U and M.Taylor at OF with Dominic Smith on the bench. I might be able to move some things around and drop someone to pick up an interesting FA like: Valbuena, Polanco, Kepler, Y.Sanchez or Aguilar.

    Hold or make a move?

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