The title comes from Rudyard Gamble’s novel about a young Astros prospect named Carlos Correa that is saved by a non-Portuguese man named Jeff.   Jeff Luhnow is his full name, and he’s the only straight man named Jeff in the northern hemisphere.  A point that Rudyard only alludes to in the 4th chapter, when he says, “As he read the Doppler radar outputs that track the ball in three dimensions, Jeff chewed corn from the cob, careful to not disturb his mustache that still had the fragrance of a dame.”  The adventure novel is full of twists and turns.  Correa is signed as a 17-year-old in 2012 and hits, then is called up to Single-A and hits, then is called up to High-A and hits, then is called up to Double-A–Now that I think about it, it’s pretty straightforward.  Not too many twists.  Correa hits everywhere he goes.  According to the novel, Correa even succeeds when he comes upon a fellmonger on the Appalachian plain.  Rudyard’s adventure novel first appeared in serialisation form in SABReader’s Digest underneath the horoscope.  A fact that once disturbed Rudyard, but when his horoscope read, “The two-plus months of waiting are over, Correa’s being called up,” even he took pause.  Any the hoo!  I already went over my Carlos Correa fantasy about two weeks ago.  I told everyone to grab him then, so the same holds true now.  If you don’t think you have room, think of the trouble Jeff, Rudyard and Correa went through to make this possible.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Hector Rondon – What starts with M, ends in don, and wants to change their closer?   If you guessed Mastadon, you are wrong!  Rondon was pulled after walking the first batter of a save chance on Saturday and Pedro Strop stropped right in and closed the game.  Then yesterday, Rondon was called on to pitch the 8th inning and Maddon went to Jason Motte for the save.  Man, Maddon doesn’t mess around.  Compare that to Lloyd Christmas McClendon with Fernando Rodney and diddling around for man muscles.  So, I’d own Strop, Motte and Rondon until this is cleared up, but the Cubs might be in a dreaded committee, and they might have to cancel their planned Hectadon night, where kids under 12 get a hexagon-shaped Fathead of Hector Rondon.  I think Maddon read that the Rays gave Jepsen two straight saves and said, “You think you are more out of the Box than me!”

Javier Baez – Suffered a broken finger on Sunday and is out for two months.  The Sliding Doors version of Baez that was called up on Friday is going to carry my alternative universe fantasy team to a championship.

Jason Hammel – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.76.  In March, you would’ve been better off drafting all the Cubs starters instead of all the Cubs hitters.  Put that in your pipe and say DUDE!

Kyle Hendricks – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.96.  I’m still a fan of Hendricks and his funky rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.

Chris Denorfia – 3-for-5, 1 run as he returned from the DL.  Not good news for Junior Lake, since Maddon likes to play matchups.  I guess that relegates Lake to a stream.  Pun point!

Joe Ross – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks in his first major league start.  The Nats promoted the younger Ross brother (Tyson’s his older Brosef Hawkins) to fill for Fister (Gross!) and Strasburg (Thanks for the ulcer!).  Joe has some decent numbers in Double-A this year (9.5 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 2.81 ERA).  Scouts like his fastball and bloodlines (Leave Uncle Danny alone!), but wonder about secondary pitches, which is a roundabout way of saying he’s an add in NL-Only leagues, but not mixed ones.

Carson Smith – His man muscles must’ve dropped, because Lloyd Christmas called on him for the save on Saturday, saying that Rodney will need to clean up some stuff before saving another game.  If Christmas is talking about Rodney cleaning up his locker, I agree.  Right now, I’d own Smith in every league, and he could be the closer the rest of the year in Seattle.  Assuming he passes whatever weird testes McClendon has for him.

Michael Montgomery – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Rays.  I agree with the Stream-o-Nator about his next start, and would only use him if I had no choice.  And if I had no choice, I’d complain about my fascist league.

Evan Longoria – Missed Saturday and Sunday with a sore wrist.  The bad news is this could linger.  The good news is it’s probably been lingering already and why he hasn’t had any power this year, so, in some ways, his status is unchanged.

Brad Boxberger – Has triceps tightness.  That’s not a Happy Meal, Boxberger.  Kevin Jepsen should fill-in for him, but, really, can anyone fill-in for Boxberger?  The answer there is prolly yes, but let’s not hurt Boxberger’s feelings.

Jake Odorizzi – Likely headed to the DL with a strained oblique.  Or if any diner waitresses are reading, I got an Odorizzi with applewood-strained oblique on the side.

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 1.84.  If I win the ‘pert RCL league, I’ll share the title with Archer and Gerrit Cole.  I’m sure they’ll be so happy!  That’s better than a Cy Young!

Devin Mesoraco – Will begin a rehab assignment today and could be back by the end of the week.  What if he was never injured and this whole thing was like when the girl in Human Resources with the big nose said she had mono for six weeks and returned with a new nose?  We talk a bit about Mesoraco on the podcast that’s coming later today.  I grabbed him in one league where I had an empty DL slot, since the Reds plan on playing Mesoraco in the outfield, i.e., a guy playing outfield with catcher eligibility is nice value.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and two homers (8, 9).  A few years ago, I decided that in honor of Bruce I would change frankly to brucely.  Brucely, I wish his name were Jay Frank and we can take back the entire dedication ceremony.  Bruce once was good and, brucely, he’s still young (28).  At 28, Bruce Springsteen just released Born to Run and was about to find a pair of jeans that he would wear for the next ten years, jeans that snugged his junk just right.  At 28, Bruce Lee was about to star in his first film and Hollywood execs were about to start referring to him by his name and not Chinaman #1.  At 28, Bruce Hornsby was still marinating and hadn’t even found the Range yet!  Last year, Bruce’s strikeout rate was 27.3%, walk rate was 8.1% and he hit .217, and rightfully so.  So far this year, he’s killing those numbers, but like T.J. Lavin would say ‘killing it’ and not like Charles Manson.  His K% is 23.1%, walk is 14.4% and he’s hitting .223.  Like Altuve compared to a regular-sized human, that ain’t half bad.  That would be the best walk rate of his career and best strikeout rate since his rookie year.  His BABIP is also its lowest since his rookie year and he should be hitting about forty points higher.  His home runs are low, but his fly balls are up and unless he’s lost power, he should be good for another twenty homers after yesterday’s two-homer day.  Brucely, I don’t think he’s as great as we once thought he could be, but I think he’s going to be much better than he’s shown in the last year-plus, and I’d acquire him on the cheap.  It might not be too late for him to find his too-tight-junk jeans.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.64.  Intern, I want to write a note to Strasburg.  Take dictation!  “Your lesson here is to emulate Cueto’s injury return.”  *reads what the intern wrote*  “You’re lessening here, Emily ate doe?  What?!”  That’s the last time I use Craigslist for anything but amateur models.

Andrew Cashner – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 13 baserunners, 2 Ks.  In his previous start, he set a modern-day record (that was matched the next day) when he surrendered double-digit hits and notched double-digit Ks in less than five innings.  Then, on Saturday, he showed he’s just all over the shop, which might be my favorite British saying.  Off your trolley and how’s your father are up there, too.

Melvin Upton – Will be activated today and should be in line for playing time if Bud Black forgets to put first names on his lineup card.

Drew Hutchison – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 4.91 and this start was against the Astros.  His pitches look near-identical to last year, but he’s lost over a K per nine from his strikeout rate and, even in a game vs. the Astros, he only struck out five.  Chris Carter alone strikes out twice per each at-bat.  Oh, wait, Carter didn’t start on Saturday.  Oh, Wait, Part II: Still Waiting, Carter did strike out twice even without starting.

Edwin Encarnacion – Received a cortisone shot.  Did the Blue Jays organization decide to let go of the home run guru, Dwayne Murphy, and just shoot up the team with steroids instead?  I thought you needed to do both in conjunction.

Jose Bautista – 3-for-4, 3 runs and a double slam (10, 11) and legs (3).  The Hungry Man slam and legs!

Jose Reyes – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and 2 steals and five steals in the last two days.  Only thing that makes sense is he had some weird stipulation that another year kicks in on his contract if he steals five bases in a weekend series vs. the Astros.

Luke Gregerson – 1/3 IP, 3 ER and his 2nd blown save.  Shocked to see he only has two blown saves.  As an owner of Gregerson, I see him on my team and I think, “Luke, you are my waiver wire fodder.”  I think the one thing that’s stopped the Astros from making a move is they realize they’re trading one headache for another one with Chad Qualls.

Jake Marisnick – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  I will be cyclops’ing him to see if he gets hot again like earlier in the year.

Collin McHugh – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.34.  Six innings and three earned runs is the epitome of not sh*tting so you can’t get off the pot, leaving his owners constipated.

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, and his 2nd in as many games.  It’s getting stuffy in here, someone must’ve shut the Buy window.

Matt Garza – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.09.  It’s an extravaGarza!  And Garza is a streamer at this point, and the Stream-o-Nator says his next one is an ill-formed BM.

Mike Fiers – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.06 vs. Mike Pelfrey 8 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.28.  If I had any Photoshop skills, I’d make a photo of Puig flying.

Danny Santana – Optioned to Triple-A Rochester.  To teach him a metaphorical lesson, they should make him walk.  As the Twins continue to bulk up their minor league team’s playoff roster, they have to be the favorites for the Triple-A championship.  Eduardo Escobar (1-for-3, 1 RBI) will take over shortstop for the Twins.  I wonder if the Twins bus driver ever accidentally drives the major league team to Rochester.

Wilmer Flores – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer.  All joking aside, he’s on pace for 20+ homers.  Fo’reallies.

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.42.  The nice thing about deGrom.  Okay, there’s lots of nice things.  But the one I’m thinking about right now is how he dominates teams that he’s suppose to dominate.  Nothing flaky about him, though I could see him in a shampoo commercial.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-5 and two solo homers (7, 8).  This is a Curtisy blurb.

Eric Campbell – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (2) and double legs (3, 4).  Also has three games in a row with a hit.  Might not be anything, but could be a very light schmotato.

Jake Lamb – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Yasmany Tomas didn’t start yesterday.  Unhappy with Lamb, Tomas might have to pick a new favorite type of roast.

Colby Lewis – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. Jeremy Guthrie 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  After the game, the video of Colby Lewis vs. Jeremy Guthrie was sent to Gitmo to use for torture purposes.  “Why do you show me the most boring roundball throwers?!  Can’t I see Alfredo Simon?  My cousin from a Latin American terrorist cell knows him.  Please!  No more Guthrie!”

Salvador Perez – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Thank God his paternal grandmother is in good health.

Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA down to 3.36.  I liked Kershaw better when he wasn’t pitching well.  It made him more relatable.

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the DL on Saturday.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Get a picture of a DeLorean, paste it onto a cardboard cutout of a car, say, “Vroom, vroom,” go back to Saturday and get him in your lineup!”

Zack Greinke – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.92 vs. Lance Lynn 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.07.  In an ESPN Sunday Night Game that was billed as, “If we don’t show the Yanks and Red Sox, guess who we do show.”

Jhonny Peralta – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .321.  While Jhonny’s on the phone with “Career year,” I wonder if he can pass the phone off to Jose Abreu.  It’s real important he talks with it.

Joe Panik – 3-for-4, 1 run.  If you don’t own him by now, I’d hate to see your reaction time if there was real reason to panic.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer, and his 4th homer this week.  Prospect Mike’s face tattoo to make him look like Maikel doesn’t seem half as silly now.  Though, he could’ve just went to the tanning salon for a few days straight.

Carlos Carrasco – 4 IP, 5 ER.  Sometimes I like to take a Sharpie and write Carrasco’s 2.86 xFIP on a transparency, then aim an overhead projector at my computer so I see 2.86 instead of his 4.35 ERA.

Jose Ramirez – Optioned to Triple-A.  Zach Walters was called up to replace him, but, how do I say this, he’s not very good.  I’d continue to stash Francisco Lindor.  His arrival should side with the plaintiffs in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.

Adam Jones – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer, hitting .311.  Snopes says that’s not racist.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  Catcher questions commence in 3, 2, 1…

Jeff Samardzija – 7 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.93.  Owning Samardzija makes me wish all of my leagues had a category for innings pitched.  He’s like the Souplantation of pitchers.  Food’s not good, but there’s a lot of it!

Avisail Garcia – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer in three games, and sixth on the year, hitting .294.  If he stays healthy (relatively) all year, I bet he’s one of those players that people didn’t want to own all year but still lands in the top 40 for outfielders at the end of the year.

Justin Verlander – Reports are that he looked sharp in his final rehab start.  He wore a Brooks Brothers suit with custom black and white spats.

David Price – 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.70 vs. the White Sux.  At one point, Price struck out seven consecutive hitters of the White Sux’s mutterer’s row.

Alfredo Simon – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.76.  Hey, if I were the Regression Fairies, I wouldn’t mess with Simon either.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  It seems to me that how J.D. goes so do the Tigers.  Maybe because Swiggy’s their leader.

Yoenis Cespedes – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, a home run for every twelve and a half feet.  Who says I’m not a statistician?

Tyler Collins – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and a home run in his last start, but that was back on Thursday.  If a hot schmotato doesn’t play, does anyone own him?  That’s my philosophy, KRS-One!

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 1.73.  I don’t want to say anything negative, because you put it out there and then it happens and “it” in this sentence is an abbreviation, but Cole was very lucky to get out of the first few innings without any runs scoring.

Cameron Maybin – 3-for-5, hitting near-.450 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Tyler Clippard – 1/3 IP, 3 ER and his 2nd blown save as he entered the game in the 8th inning with one out.  Not sure why he was in this shituation, but it strikes me like they’re setting Clippard up to fail.  Maybe the A’s have an upcoming giveaway with double-handed scissors.

Kendall Graveman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 4.83.  I wonder if Graveman enjoys Tombstone pizza.  Deep thoughts with Grey Albright.

Mark Canha – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and he homered on Saturday.  Keep in mind that, while he might be a hot schmotato, it also could’ve been because he was facing the Red Sox pitching.

Clay Buchholz – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 4.07.  Sigh.  The reappearance of Butthurtz.  Should’ve known when he was facing Reddick (3-for-4, 1 run, 3rd steal).  The matchups don’t get easier next time out, but I’d try to hold Buchholz.

Rusney Castillo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer as he bats ninth.  Since the entire Red Sox lineup minus Pedroia — or the entire Red Sox lineup that doesn’t need a stepladder to get down a box of cereal — is struggling, so Rusney could quickly move up in the order.  No, you’re out of order!  Hooha!

Brock Holt – 2-for-3, 1 run. Has been playing every day and hitting.  I grabbed him in one Yahoo league where he’s eligible everywhere, except at catcher.  He’s like a Swiss Army knife when you have a player sitting.  Wilmer Flores is out?  Weave in Holt!  Junior Lake’s sitting?  Weave in Holt!  Cain…Sugar!’s a no-go?  Steve Holt!

Brett Gardner – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .278.  On a somewhat related note, you know how they send old horses out to stud?  Where do you send a guy like Gardner that came of age at the glue factory?  He’s like a kid whose parents own a retirement home.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting .258.  I think Arte Moreno would eat gold-leafed caviar one less day a year for another handful of Pujolses.

Garrett Richards – 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  A Richards hasn’t bombed that bad in LA without dropping the N-word.

 
  1. Been sitting on Correa for a month in my redraft league – almost gave up hope a couple of times. He’s in my starting lineup for tomorrow – may he be everything Bryant has been without the 5th round draft price. Amen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You Lucky Dog!

    • ScottyB says:
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      @Lucky Dog: lucky! i was doing the same and then had 2 injuries last week and needed a body in my lineup. Had to drop him because i didnt think the call up would be till August.

      STupid! Stupid! Stupid!

      But good work on your part

      • @ScottyB:

        That almost happened to me too. I’m also sitting on Matt Moore on my DL, so I couldn’t park Dickerson on the DL.

        I just bit the bullet – dropped a couple of scrubby pictchers.

        Of course, now the guy’s got to hit!

  2. Lofter says:
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    Samardzija or McHugh ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lofter: McHugh, likely just out of frustration for Samardzija

      • Joffrey says:
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        @Grey: My feelings as well. Thanks.

  3. Long Bawls says:
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    Dan, this just makes the decision harder: would I rather be Archer or cutesiest?

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: That’s meant to be “damn.” Last time I have my intern type up my message board post! I always say to that joker: spellcheck! And he says “C-Z-E-C-H.” He’s lucky he’s unpaid!

        • Grey

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          Ha!

  4. Vaxxen says:
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    Lamb or Franco RoS?

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Vaxxen: Franco. Call me crazy, but I think Lamb needs more seasoning.

      • Baggiejohn says:
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        @Long Bawls: Ha! Get ewe! I feel a little sheepish saying this, but Lamb’s not got the chops to start everyday yet.

        Hey Grey! Favourite Brit sayings … in cockney-land, they say ‘He’s all over the gaff’ which sounds good in a nasal drawl. Or ‘Shut it you muppet!’. Hey … it worked on Madonna, right?

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Long Bawls: whether you are right about lamb or not (or are crazy or not) answer will be FRANCO WORLD EMPIRE!

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Long Bawls: it’s Franco, but I’m not so hot on either.

  5. SF says:
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    Oh good, I finally have an excuse to drop someone with Correa coming up.

    Puig coming off the DL just allowed me to slot someone else in.

    • Grey

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      @SF: Nice

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    What’s happening? Every time Bautista does something I ask why Lord?

    In fantasy as in life, you win some, you lose some.

    a. So 2 escapees flee Little Siberia. Good job. They had inside and outside help. That should be the first thing to look at.

    b. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Oh, yeah that’s right…YOU’RE DEAD!!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Ante GALIC: The more i read about those 2 escapees the more it sounded like they broke in and let them out. Seems to answer most of the questions and a building that old blueprints would be part of public record. I don’t think this will end well.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass: I agree, Tony. Got to find David Baldacci for a million-dollar consultation! Known associates, last place of work, people who sent them mail or to whom they sent mail, people who visited EVER, family and friends. That should be enough of a start. The first 48 hours are critical!

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante GALIC: I hear ya, these things happen… B. Ha!

  7. Grey…rank these catchers wieters, norris, …..oh never mind!

  8. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    NL only ross, williams perez or peavy stash (i heard he’s back soon). no ratios only earned runs and IP instead of ERA/WHIP. i’m in first in this league and worst week i had (it’s H2H) was a tie. this is with no closer anymore, and had been stashing cishek still, i grabbed motte over him just now and have capps also.

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    Would you pickup Correa given the following?

    I have Zobrist at SS (also eligible at 2nd) I have Adisson Russel at 2nd (also eligible at SS). I have devon travis on my bench. I am in a 13 team pts league that favors power hitters (1 pt for 1B, 2 pts for 2B, 3 pts for 3B, 1 pt for BB, 1pt for SB, 1 pt for R, 1 pt for RBI, 4 pts for HR). I only get 12 pickups all year and have 7 left.

    Suggestions? Do I just wait on Travis to get better? Russel hasn’t been very good

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Blake: Drop Zobrist or Travis.

  10. Ciwa says:
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    14 team keeper league
    Who could be the best choice?
    Hahn-Miguel Gonzalez-Chavez-Hendricks-Elias-Chi Chi-Foltynewicz-Jamie Garcia?
    Or i could try to buy-low Samardzija.

  11. Lofter says:
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    McHugh or Samardzija ROS?

  12. I b Teheran it up! says:
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    Great stuff Grey,
    I was offered Starlin Castro and Gose for my Brantley. I also have HanRam at SS/OF and Brandon Crawford at SS (bleh). Do I do the trade or hold? Still mad at myself for not grabbing Correa sooner!!

  13. Eric says:
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    ROS: Betts, Harrison, Panik

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Eric: You ranked ’em.

    • Grey

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      @Eric: Agree with Sally

  14. Christopher says:
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    Should I trade my Springer/Gallo/JFernandez for Cano/Arrieta/Richards?

  15. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Hey, quick question for you, I don’t own Carlos Correa, but would today be a good day to pick him up?

  16. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey, Correa or Segura, who’s been on fire, this week (weekly league)?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @TacktheKack: I’d ride Segura for now.

      • TacktheKack says:
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        @Grey: hosmer or segura in my utility?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hosmer

  17. Groovy says:
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    Pick 1. Thor, Yordano, Anibal. The Gregorson star wars reference had me laughing, I’m right there with owning him.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Groovy: Noah

  18. Blind Squirrel says:
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    Grey, I’m struggling with a keep/drop decision on Samardzija….Talk me off the ledge please.

    THese are my FA options in a standard yahoo re-draft, h2h, 5 cats

    Ryan Vogelsong
    Jesse Chavez
    Erasmo Ramirez
    Nathan Karns
    Wandy Rodriguez
    Rubby De La Rosa
    Tanner Roark
    Tsyuoshi Wada

    Thanks…

    • Blind Squirrel says:
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      @Blind Squirrel: Sorry, meant to add Buchholz to that list as well….

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Blind Squirrel: Try to make Shark a throw in in a trade instead for a better player.

  19. lb. sand says:
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    Any use holding McGee in standard 5×5?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @lb. sand: I still think McGee gets the most saves in that pen this season.

    • Grey

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      @lb. sand: I’d hold him now that Box is injured

  20. PED Inc. says:
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    Morning Grey hope you had a good weekend!
    I need to fill a corner infidel spot again this week in place of Beltre after getting crop dusted by Plouffe all last week. Please give me your top three in order for a weekly locked lineup. Thanks for all the hard work as always.

    [email protected] Oak-3vs Min
    Moss-3vs Sea- [email protected] Det
    Belt- [email protected] NYM- 3vs Ari
    Franco- [email protected] Cin- [email protected] Pitt
    Turner- 3vs Ari- [email protected] SD
    [email protected] 3 vs. Tor
    [email protected] Col- 3vs KC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PED Inc.: Thanks, you too! Moss, Franco, Reynolds

  21. Mike says:
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    Mikesl Franco ,segura,or Fowler ROS??

  22. Mike says:
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    That’s mikeal Franco (phil) !

  23. Mike says:
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    Carson smith or K Rod ROS?
    Seems Sea gets more more save opps?

  24. Hello there says:
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    Currently have Zimmerman at 1b/3b slot.
    1) can trade Carlos Martinez for Vogt
    2) add Franco, drop Zimmerman
    3) add Lamb, drop Zimmerman
    4) hold put
    My pitching stats are best in league but need all power stats. Should I look to get more for Carlos Martinez?

  25. Pablo says:
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    Long term keep league:

    $10 rusney and $10 Chavez for carrasco

    Degrom and pence for carrasco and Carlos Gonzalez

    $15 degrom and $10 correa for $10 scherzer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pablo: Don’t understand the point to these trades

  26. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    But can Brock Holt fill the role of the fair lady Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing?

  27. jake says:
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    Drop sandoval for Reynolds?

    Thanks bros

    • SallyCips says:
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      @jake: Nope.

  28. Amolnar says:
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    I was offered Strasburg for Andrew Miller. Standard roto 10 person league. I have Cecil, Gregerson, and Tolleson also playing everyday as closers. Would you do the deal?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Amolnar: Yeah, I’d take it.

  29. Skeezix says:
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    I’m thinking of rolling the dice with Walker’s 2-start week. In your opinion, which one to SIT this week out of the following:

    Carrasco (@DET) – only because he’s at Detroit, but still can’t believe I listed him
    Colome (CHW)
    Walker (@CLE, @HOU)
    Shoemaker (@TB)

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey – though I’m now seeing he may be slotted for two this week now (@TB, OAK). Does that change anything for you or is he too risky at this point?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t touch Shoe

  30. Milarky says:
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    With Correa and Kennys Vargas getting the call up, I’ve got some interesting decisions to make, especially given that we have to start a rookie. Here are my current starters:

    2B – Kipnis, Zobrist
    SS – Semien, Hardy
    DH – Solarte, Pence
    Rookie – Odubel Herrera (2B)

    So what is my best lineup? Do I put Correa in at Rookie and bench Herrera, or bench Hardy for Correa and leave Herrera at Rookie? And do I dare add Vargas in for Solarte at DH given recent performance?

  31. Skeezix says:
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    With his probable (?) return on Tuesday, should I start D’Arnaud over either of Chirinos or Zunino this week? If so, which one?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Skeezix: Yeah, either.

  32. Pablo says:
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    Long term keep league:

    $10 rusney/ $10 correa and either Chavez or McCullers for $10 scherzer

    • Elliot

      Elliot says:
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      @Pablo: I’d keep Scherzer.

      Of the duo though, I like Correa and McCullers.

  33. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in 20 team dynasty with holds is it a good return to get back caminero and kela for melancon. i also have tolleson and k-rob for saves and am TEX and need to have minimum 9 TEX players at all times (i have 11 now)? what about kela alone for melancon? the PIT owner has wanted melancon for a long time, but he doesn’t have any players (except polanco, which he obviously doesn’t want to move) that i want. But another team has Kela (i stupidly dropped him back before he had 7th inning and was doing well), and wants more than Fien + draft pick or Betancourt + draft pick (even though he has axford). I’m thinking of doing a threeway where i get Caminero +Kela for melancon and maybe i throw in fien or betancourt or rios. I need to drop some of these people to make my roster legal (once ohlendorf got hurt i have injured people in active slots, but with gallo in NA slot i can’t add anybody). Rather than just dropping Rios i’d rather shore up my bullpen or something else.

  34. Mitchell Freedman says:
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    i have both Desmond and Correa. I need another pitcher. I was offered Pineda for Desmond. Too dangerous to roll with Correa ROS? Thanks Albright

  35. Grey- great job as usual.
    I’m in in a 12 team H2h with hitting categories of R, H, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS, SB .
    Current roster looks like this:
    C R. Martin
    1b J. Abreu
    2B Cano
    3b Bryant
    SS Segura
    OF Colabello
    Fowler
    Polanco
    Ozuna
    Util Lind
    BN R. Zimmerman (1b, 3b, OF)
    Zobrist (2b, SS, OF)
    Prado (2b, 3b, OF)
    Correa (SS)

    Received this trade offer: Give Cano and Fowler; Get Kemp and Howie Kendricks.
    Your thoughts on the offer? Anyone else I should try and move?
    Thanks for the help!!

    • SallyCips says:
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      @VRugg: It’s kinda fair. I don’t think either of you improves that much honestly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VRugg: Thanks! Go for it

  36. Kyle says:
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    Should I drop one of these for Franco or hold: Burns, Eaton, Choo or Gallo

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Kyle: Choo, Burns.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @SallyCips: Gallo

        • SallyCips says:
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          @Chicken Dinner: Yea, sorry I thought he was dropping Franco.

  37. RePete says:
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    Would you trade away Strasburg or Dickerson for Rendon in a 14-Team H2H Keep 4 League?

    • ryan t says:
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      @RePete: all those guys are rough, but Dickerson himself said that it would bother him all year long. Bye bye dickey

    • SallyCips says:
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      @RePete: I would for Strasbourg more.

  38. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    AL-only roto keeper.

    Taijuan Walker ($12) and Jose Ramirez ($7) for
    Xander Bogaerts (not keepable) and Alex Colome ($7)

    Thoughts?

  39. booya says:
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    Which side would you want in a H2H keeper:
    Bautista or Bumgarner & Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @booya: Bum, it’s fair

  40. GerryJuice says:
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    Had someone offer me Kipnis/Gio for my Desmond. Thoughts? Desmond has been pretty disappointing thus far.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @GerryJuice: .No doubter, do it. Meanwhile, the owner of Kipnis in my league is going for Stanton or Kershaw. Ha!

  41. DonnieB says:
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    Simmons,Flores,Aybar or Owings at SS going forward? Been a hole in the old lineup. 12 Team league. Also,Ventura or Cashner? Both gettin hit lately.

  42. Phil of the Future says:
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    Hey best bud. Hope you had a good weekend. I’ve recently taken up gardening. Planted a bunch of stuff this weekend. Kinda fun, actually.

    I’m playing my other best bud in my main league this week, so I might wanna bounce some ideas off you later. This is serious business.

    Love ya,

    Phil

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Music to my ears!

        So I’ve got a ton of two start guys. I’m gonna go brute force and try and lock up wins and QS. Obviously I don’t want to throw ratios out completely, so there’s a damage control element to this as well.

        With that said, I have some not so appealing options.

        Leake(PHI, @CHN)

        Rubby(@LAD, @SF)

        Hughes(KC, @TEX)

        I probably need to start two of these dudes. However, I can start all three and sit Kyle Hendricks vs. CIN for one start, but I suspect that one’s going to help my ratios and I should get a QS from it at least. Curious as to your thoughts.

        On offense, basically have two spots for three guys, need one sit. I should be okay on steals regardless is my guess. So just best overall counting stats for the week. I just acquired Butler and haven’t gotten to take him out for a spin yet, it’s clouding my judgement but maybe he schmotatoes another week

        Enciarte, Joey Butler, Leonys

        Thanks BB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You don’t say to your other BB, let’s beat Grey, right? I’d start all three 2 start SPs and pray, worth it to go brute force route…. Leonys, Butler

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: I ain’t no double agent, BB! I don’t have it in me. I’m loyal like a dog.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Better be!

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Always. So of those three SPs, who is most likely to take a dump on my ratios. Hughes? Or is this the week he is good again. I also have Kluber, McCullers with two starts so I’m up to like 13 starts against his 6. I probably should have mentioned that before. That’s why I’m trying to fit Hendricks in.

                Thanks again! I will share the spoils of my victory with you(I get his wife).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d guess Hughes, yeah… Nice prize!

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Yup! She’s a sweetheart, too. She’s really getting a raw deal if this goes the wrong way for her.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Pics or it didn’t happen

  43. Joffrey says:
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    Should I trade my Samardzija for his McHugh?

  44. Gareth says:
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    Holt’s swiss army knife usefulness would be the opposite of a “cock brock.”

  45. Gareth says:
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    Steve Holt!

    G3!

  46. Hey Grey says:
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    Would you drop Alcides Escobar for Correa?

  47. nova scotian says:
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    greyski….what about mike trout? seems u aint been watchin him lately….

  48. Jon says:
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    Would you add Correa over Andrus?

  49. Jon says:
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    Are you starting Rubby @ LAD or Nelson @ PIT today? (H2H league)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Rubby

  50. Jon says:
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    Jepsen over Boxberger, Clippard, or Ziegler?

  51. Jon says:
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    Jepsen or Strop over Boxberger or Allen?

  52. PK says:
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    To our younger readers who asked “What’s an overhead projector?”, the answer is “The thing that used to put you to sleep in class/meetings before PowerPoint existed.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Ha!

  53. Lville Jim says:
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    In my dynasty league I own Correa and Gallo. How do both end up facing Sale for their debuts. Granted Gallo fared quite well that game, but I’m leaning towards waiting to activate Correa until tomorrow.

  54. ebudz says:
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    ESPN 10 Team H2H Points –
    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)

    I’m thinking of targeting one of the following in a trade: Upton, C. Gomez, C. Gonzalez, Puig, McCutchen, Jones, Bautista, Hanley

    I want to start trade talks with some owners .. so in a bubble in this points league, are any two of Marte, Springer, and JD Martinez enough or worth trying to pair in a trade for any of them? If so who should I offer up and for which guy(s) first? I need to pull off a 2 for 1 trade to get rid of my bench bat..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: JD, Springer for Upton

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Damn well Upton owner doesn’t seem to want to trade. All he did was decline the offer …

        Here’s the squad now and as you can see I have Kinsler benched now but it sucks not being able to stream his spot for pitching. I lost two weeks ago by 5 when Alex Wood was scratched last minute due to illness and I lost last week by 3 point which is beyond frustrating seeing how I benched Kinsler (4 points yesterday) for Rendon and benched McHugh @TOR yesterday last minute (he finished with 7 points)..

        (1) C: R. Martin
        (1) 1B: Rizzo
        (1) 2B: Rendon
        (1) SS: Reyes
        (1) 3B: Donaldson
        (3) OF: Trout, Marte, Springer
        (1) UT: JD Martinez
        Bench: (Kinsler)

        (1) DL: Myers

        (4) SP: Scherzer, C. McHugh, L. Lynn, A. Wood
        (3) RP: Chapman, Kimbrel, K. Jansen
        Bench: (T. Ross, Chavez, Fiers, McCullers)
        Bench Total: (5)

        So I guess my questions are should go after anyone else listed in my first question for that Springer/JD combo? Or what kind of trade value does either of my 2nd basemen (Rendon or Kinsler) have for a SP? Who should I try to trade and for what pitcher do you think?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can drop Kinsler if you can’t trade him… Your league is shallow, you don’t need him

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: Okay thanks for the quick response as always Grey!

            Another question though as trade talks develop with another team… The Hanley owner wants my Myers and is willing to give me Hanley for Springer and Myers… is that worth it? Hanley is SS and OF eligible which is convenient and who knows how long Reyes will stay healthy right? If and when Myers is activated I’d be having another roster crunch anyway … Did I just talk myself into it!?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Take Hanley there

              • ebudz says:
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                @Grey: Awesome I’m trying to get him to fully commit now! I’m also gonna offer him Kinsler in the deal since he has Howie Kendrick at 2B.. which of his pitchers should I ask for in return for Kinsler if he’s interested?

                Samardzija, Keuchel, S. Miller, Hutch, Tanaka, Syndergaard, Ventura, Kazmir

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Noah, Keuchel or Kazmir

  55. DMoney says:
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    5*5 with OPS – which side do you prefer Sale/Kemp or Lynn/Pence? Thanks!

  56. BrewerFan says:
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    Ian Kinsler just got dropped in my 12 team H2H redraft. Worth a waiver claim for a bench spot?
    I currently have Kolten Wong at 2B. Great article as always Grey!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @BrewerFan: Depends who you are dropping. Probably a yes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BrewerFan: Thanks! He won’t start over Wong

  57. papasmurf says:
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    June is not the Month of Smurf. It’s been one week and my team’s already dropped 20+ points and sank from 2nd to 6th.

    Guess who has both Rondon and the Box? And Longo, and Duda and Carrasco and Shock. (Psyched myself into starting Shock and it looked good for all of 5 innings) Plus CDick went limp and who knows when he’ll be back to strokin’.

    Even though Peralta is singlehandedly carrying my team right now, I have to tell him: it’s over Jhonny.

  58. Mike says:
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    Great stuff as always, Grey!

    Do you think Correa is good enough to work without a net out of the gate? I want to handcuff Rondon with Strop, but the most likely candidate to drop is Alexei Ramirez, who I planned on keeping a few weeks until Correa gets his sea legs.

    My pitching is good, but too thin to drop anyone because that’s what I used to stash Correa in the first place!

    My gut says drop Ramirez – if Correa doesn’t pan out Ramirez or some other crappy SS will be on the waiver wire when I need them.

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Thanks! Drop Alexei

  59. Big Money Matt says:
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    Trade proposed to me in 5×5 re-draft:

    I get: Joc Pederson and Joey Gallo

    I give up: Ozuna and Carrasco

    Thoughts?

  60. Joffrey says:
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    Samardzija or McHugh ROS?

    Sorry for the multiple entries but for some reason my comments aren’t being approved.

  61. Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Like the Arrested reference! As a Cecil owner I’ve been tracking the Jays scores and I think they must have a record for most 4 run lead wins, he hasnt gotten a save opp in over a month! Got a couple questions for you in my weekly 6×6 OPS, IP, K/9 league.

    Need to bench one for the week:
    Duda, Kemp, Garcia, Burns, Franco – Benched Franco last week and I think it’s time to swap him w Garcia

    Start one –
    Rodon vs Hou or
    Tijuan Walker vs. Cle and potentially Hou

    Thanks as always

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Ghost Ride the WHIP: it’s extremely bad luck on cecil, to the point where he’s been dropped in some leagues, it makes no sense. he’s played well and should have no danger of losing his job or anything like that.

  62. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    Who are you willing to say goodbye to: Cashner, Gio, Fiers or Anibal Snachez?

    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

  63. ashtray says:
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    Time to activate Correa from my NA spot.

    Who’s the drop?

    C-Santana
    1-Rizzo
    2-Betts
    3-Arenado
    S-Semien
    O-Brantley
    O-Pederson
    O-Heyward
    U-Belt
    U-Gallo
    NA-Correa

    SP-Arrieta
    Carrasco
    Salazar
    Ross
    Syndergaard
    Burnett
    Richards
    McHugh

    RP-Rosenthal
    Britton
    Ramos
    Tolleseon
    Carson Smith

    • J-Fer says:
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      @ashtray: I’d say betts Correa has more power and will get you steals as well

  64. booya says:
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    Kendrys or Moss?

  65. LOOGY & Messina says:
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    How highly does Vince Velasquez rank on the prospect ladder? Could he be the next Ed Rod?

    Could drop Fiers, or Shoe to add him.

    • PK says:
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      @LOOGY & Messina: Of course Yahoo doesn’t have him in their system yet.

      /sigh

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @LOOGY & Messina: In my start 6 SP, 2 RP weekly roto league I have to take the SP “ehh let’s see what he does first” recommendations with a grain of salt. Although not sure salt comes in non-grain sizes.

      McCullers, Joe Ross, now Velazquez all on my team. Possible stud SPs off the waiver wire (Arrieta, McHugh, Shoe, deGrom last year) win certain leagues. But I can’t relate to most of your leagues where you guys seem to start 3 SP and the rest closers in H2H… and you ask if you should pickup SPs that would seldom ever hit the wire in my league.

      Cliff Notes: know your league rules/scoring.

  66. DancinHomer says:
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    Wow, the Astros ain’t messin around. Correa yesterday and today they call up Vincent Velasquez.

    where do you see Velasquez for the ROS…#3 SP upside?

      • DancinHomer says:
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        @Grey:

        where would you rank Velasquez compared to the likes of Hutchison, Taijuan Walker, Eduardo Rodriguez?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Last, he’s a rookie flyer

        • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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          @DancinHomer: his upside isn’t that of e-rod, at least by prospect status.

  67. Steve says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In what order would you place these 3 in a points league upon activation:

    Grandal, D’Arnaud, and Mesoraco?

    I’m happy I sold high on Vogt, but I still need a catcher. Who knew?

    Thanks!

  68. Mitchell Freedman says:
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    Is Vince Velasquez worth an add?

  69. Lil Dicky says:
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    Yo Grey!
    Maikel Franco or Lamb ROS?
    I’m in a 12 team keeper. I have DWright on the DL, need some offense!
    thanks for the feedback, as usual

    #lemmeFreak

    • Lil Dicky says:
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      @Lil Dicky: I see this question is asked earlier, yall.
      Too late to switch my question? aight here it goes:

      Chi Chi Gonzales or Chad Bettis? I have to pounce on these guys early, or i miss out on them.
      Vincent Valasquez on Houston have a shot of being special?

      • Catcher Fever says:
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        @Lil Dicky: I would go Velasquez there. You’ve got Coors field and not-s-good ratios in Chi Chi. The AL Central is also not hitting very well… other than the… Twins?!?

  70. Winthrop says:
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    Two things: Should I/we be worried about Richards? He’s been struggling in almost half his starts this year and has gotten lucky in a few of them as well. Look to sell or try and hold?

    Also, would you make this trade: Eduardo Rodriguez for OZUNA?
    Rest of pitching staff is: Carrasco, Richards, Cole, Archer, Liriano, and Salazar.

    As always, Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Winthrop: Hold on Richards… Ozuna, sure

  71. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Starting Hughes tonight vs KC?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: What does SON say?

  72. Nate says:
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    Ive had Correa stashed for a week or two, but my SS is Segura. My man love for him doesn’t run quite as deeply as yours Grey, but in a 14-team league is Segura droppable?

    No MI position in this league, just SS, 2B and two utilities … seems like a waste to plug ANY SS into util

    As of right now he’s the 11th best SS, so it’s not like he’s massive trade bait either..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nate: Sure, drop him

  73. Nate says:
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    Who do you like rest of season more, Samardzija or Tyson Ross?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Nate: Ross

  74. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Was offered McCutchen for Joey Bats and Archer in a 5×5, 12 team league. As much as I love him, that’s not enough to give up those two, right?

  75. Ron D says:
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    Of course correa gets called up at the time that makes least sense, he’s ice cold, coming off a minor injury, and Villar has been hitting in the last week or so… Bottom line thank Jesus Montero I dropped him after holding him for two weeks

    • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @Ron D: it’s actually the best time, since if he doesn’t do much right away he might get dropped in redrafts and maybe you can even trade for him cheaper in dynasties.

  76. Harris Kiperman says:
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    Great stuff as usual. Really the most enjoyable sports related reading material that is available on the internet. Well not including the stuff I write in the Metsblog comments section.. You want to depress yourself, go check out some of the comments on that site after a 2-1 loss in Arizona that featured a 6-9 of Muno,Ceciliani,Recker an Colon. Anyway my question. I’m in a H2H 10 team league. I have been using CMart as a RP. Don’t like the start in COL. this week. Closers available are Ramos, Gegerson, Axford, Krod Clippard and a few other stragglers. Hard to guess on closers when it comes to matchups. Any of those guys stand out above the others, or do I actually start CMart in Colorado. thanks again for the great stuff everyday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harris Kiperman: Ha! Thanks, Kiperman! I do enjoy the Mets, contrary to what I might seem to express on this site… I’d go with Ramos and bench C-Mart

  77. Jon says:
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    Belt or Pence ROS? How close are they?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Pence

  78. Brad says:
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    12 team standard yahoo H2H 5×5 league

    C. D. Norris. SD
    1B. C. Davis. BAL
    2B. J. Kipnis. CLE
    3B. A. Rendon. WAS
    SS. A. Russell. CHC
    OF. M. Trout. LAA
    OF. B. Harper. WAS
    OF. C. Gonzalez. COL
    UTL D. Ortiz. BOS
    UTL J. Heyward. STL

    BENCH. J. Harrison. PIT

    Should I trade Heyward for Jay Bruce? I could use the extra power. If I can’t get Bruce, what would you want in return for Heyward? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brad: I’d take Bruce

  79. J-Fer says:
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    Thanks for the wisdom you spread upon us lol i have a quick question i am being offered Nelly Cruz for my Zack Greinke..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Fer: It’s fair, I’d take Cruz

  80. Evgeni Eckhart says:
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    I personally like “grumpy trousers” as an alternative to “grumpy pants”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Evgeni Eckhart: Never heard that one, trousers, pants, pantaloons, bloomers, are all good words though

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Evgeni Eckhart: “Angry Trousers” sounds like a Cialis-infused microbrew.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

  81. Hack-E says:
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    Great write up!

    Made 3 trades this weekend… How did I do?

    Get: A. Jones, Wong, Kimbrel, JD Martinez

    Gave: Cano, Crush, Wacha, Bruce

    Thanks

  82. Timmah R says:
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    great write up as always :-) 3 quick ones for 10 Team H2H points league:

    1- Should I start Correa over Desmond? I won the waiver lottery and Desmond makes me whimper although he homered yesterday which feels more like a trap than a happy dance … maybe you should just tell everyone who Correa shouldn’t be started over haha

    2- Pick 2 for ROS — Jansen, Street, Storen, Britton

    3- Cargone or Pence ROS?

    Thanks as always!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Timmah R: Thanks, Timmah R! 1. Nah 2. Jansen, Stroen 3. CarGo

      • Timmah R says:
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        @Grey: You da man, thanks Grey! Side note- I sure am enjoying Sonny on my team this year… I think the color gray/grey is gonna have to be my favorite color LOL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  83. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I was wondering if I should add Vince Velasquez… 10 man h2h standard 5×5 categories…I’m in 1st place over 2nd by 13 games…

    C: Vogt
    1B: Teixeira
    2B: Wong
    3B: Arenado
    SS: Correa
    OF: Jupton, Trout, Harper
    Util: Pollock, Anthony Rendon
    Bench: Chris Davis

    SP: Gerrit Cole
    SP: Arrieta
    SP: Richards
    SP: Pineda
    SP: Carrasco
    SP: McCullers
    SP: Kyle Hendricks
    SP: Carlos Rodon
    SP: Yordano
    SP: John Lackey
    RP: Holland, Krod, Tolleson, Axford, Hector Rondon
    DL: Archie, Matt Moore
    NA: Heaney

    Thanks!!
    ,

  84. Wilsonian says:
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    Here’s my rotation as of right now:

    SP: Scherzer, Kluber, Archer, Cole, A.Wood, Chavez, McHugh, Odorizzi, Rodon
    RP: Miller, Soria, Ramos, Tolleson, Ziegler

    Would you dump McHugh for a streamer? I’m probably going to lose Odorizzi to the DL, too. McHugh is McFrustrating. He’s just good enough to be worthwhile every now and then, but never turns in that ridiculous start.

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

  85. Jon says:
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    Middlebrooks, Franco, or Lawrie over Zimmerman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Franco

  86. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Lawrie or Hosmer ROS? (6×6, OBP)

    Thanks!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Eric: Hosmer

  87. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Do you think Alex Gordon is a good buy low right now?

  88. Eric says:
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    I’ve been going after Correa for a month now via trade and was able to make a deal yesterday just minutes before they announced his call up. I gave up Syndergaard for Correa straight up. I’m deep in pitching and figured I could use his offense in a keeper league.

    What do you think about the trade?

  89. Jose says:
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    I picked up Rendon because I had an open DL slot and thought maybe I could flip him for someone. My infield is solid except for Russell at short. Who are some OF or SS that I should look to trade for? Our league also give a point for double plays turned, so OF is undervalued. Trout, Bautista, Brantley are the only OF to outscore Rendon last year and I own Trout and Brantley. H2H points redraft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: Do people trade for guys in your league you just picked up off waivers? Can try for #3 OF maybe

      • Jose says:
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        @Grey: Haha. Probably not, but worth a shot. We only have one DL slot and his owner dropped him week 4. I’ve had him since.

  90. diamondvisionmike says:
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    Trade Syndergaard and Panik for Strasburg?

  91. randalf04 says:
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    Melancon or AJ Ramos ROS?

  92. chrizzle says:
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    Nice arrested development reference.

    I have alcides Escobar at as. Is Correa worth trading for?

    I have Nolan arenado at 3rd, so I’ve been trying to pitch ryan zimmerman or moustakas for Correa, too much?

    Also Wilin Rosario or Devin Mesoraco to fill mybbeef wellington sized holebat catcher? (Hundley, Castro and zunino also available)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chrizzle: Not too much, doesn’t seem likely, but try it…Devin

  93. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, are you starting correa over Xander (who has finally started to show signs of life)?

  94. Jax says:
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    Grey,

    Great stuff, as usual! Quick question:

    Rodon vs HOU ($12.5) or Heston @ NYM ($9.1)….it seems like an obvious choice, and the Sox are my team, but I just don’t fully trust him yet. Who would you start?

    Thanks,

    Jax

    • Jax says:
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      @Jax: Oh yeah, forgot to also ask you if I can drop G. Richards to create a streamer spot. My staff is as follows (12-team daily Roto w/ 9P spots):

      Starters
      – Kluber
      – deGrom
      – Salazar
      – Lester
      – Bauer
      – A Miller
      – Familia
      – Ziegler
      – W Davis
      Bench
      -Teheran
      – Lynn
      – Richards
      – T Walker (streamer)

      Thanks again,

      Jax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jax: Hold Richards, start Rodon

  95. Dave says:
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    Good Morning Grey,
    Is Verlander worth the pickup or stay away? Need SP. Limited picks to stream.
    Thanks

  96. Reid says:
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    What’s the word on Vince Velasquez? Just got the call up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Reid: Worth a flyer

  97. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Would you pick up Correa in a 10 team h2h league as your only bench bat? I wouldbe dropping Moss for him.

    My team: C McCann 1B Ortiz 2B Kipnis 3B Donaldson SS Desmond OF Trout OF Marte OF Souza UTL Tex UTL Moss

  98. Randy Bobandy says:
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    I hate Chris Archer for the week he put up against me last week all the while owning Richards & Clippard. Fantastic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  99. TJ says:
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    Trade away Correa to take a gamble on Strasburg?
    I could use the pitching.

    Or try and see if I can get a different SP in return?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: Sure

  100. Paul says:
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    Devin Mesoraco or Travis D’Anaurd and can you give a HR / BA prediction for the rest of the year please

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devin

    • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @Paul: if his injury allows him to stay playing of course.

  101. Andre says:
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    What’s up Grey?….need some trade help. Which side would you take?

    Harvey, A. Russell, and Freeman for Dickerson, Desmond, and Encarnacion.

    H2H category, keeper league. Keep 5 players forever. Counting stats are: H, HR, Avg, R, RBI, Steals, and BB…….ERA, WHIP, Saves, Ks, QS, W, and L.
    Thanks!

  102. Bob says:
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    10 team h2h 5×5 categories
    Give Eric Hosmer, Danny Salazar, Xander Bogaerts
    Get Joey Votto, Jordan Zimmerman, David Robertson.

    Who wins?

    • Bob says:
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      @Bob: Might actually sub in a SP for Xander and it would be hosmer, salazar, lackey for votto, robertson, zimmerman.

      Also, he wants archer badly, so what would your thoughts be if it were archer instead of salazar in the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto side, it’s fair

  103. Very funny today!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Wake Up: Agreed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Wake!

  104. Mitchell Freedman says:
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    Correa for Pineda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda

  105. Gus says:
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    Feeling an increasing desire to drop Holliday and go with the hot bats – is that crazy talk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gus: Meh, little crazy

  106. Bryce Harper is younger than _________ says:
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    Stanton for George Springer, Sonny Gray and Jordan Zimmerman

    Which side wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer, it’s fairish

  107. Scott says:
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    Vargas is back. All your Kennys belong to us!

  108. Jack says:
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    Semien or Forsythe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

  109. JimY says:
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    Should I give up on Kole Calhoun yet? Guys like Franco, Billy Burns, and Jay Bruce available…

  110. Jake says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Who would you rather have for the ROS, Correa or Jay Bruce? I have Xander at SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

  111. Kevin Khederian says:
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    >Grey: Hey man great advice on the pitching last week, I got another brain buster for you. with the rumor of Mesoraco coming back and going to OF, Should I drop Alex Guerrero to add him? I have norris in the C slot, but also have 2 UTIL positions incase he heats up during the process of getting back into things. Keep Norris and Mes? Drop A Guerrero to do so? or hold on alex and wait and see on meso

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin Khederian: Don’t carry two catchers, so hold, or drop Norris to play Devin at C

      • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        @Grey: but you just went over how mesoraco isn’t a catcher anymore, thus (if he’s healthy, which is not guaranteed at all) norris and mesoraco won’t be carrying two catchers, just two catcher eligible players, and if it’s yahoo very soon meso would have LF. that being said, i’d rather have guerrero till meso even proves he’s healthy enough to hit.

  112. Brian says:
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    Should I trade G. Cole and Heyward for Altuve? It’s a 12 team keeper roto league that keeps 4 bats and 3 pitchers. Heyward wouldn’t be a keeper next year but Cole would be. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, it’s fair

  113. Fungazi says:
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    Would you be trying to buy Samardzija on the cheap or stay away from him if you didn’t have him.

  114. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Have a good problem in my 12 team h2h category keeper league where I have excess of offensive players and also good pitching and so wondering your thoughts on where should look to make some trades to minimize keeping good players on my bench.

    I was thinking of moving correa and/or puig and was thinking of trying to get a top pitcher like greinke and/or posey to upgrade at catcher. In this league we can keep 4 players. As of now I plan to keep arenado (11th rd), abreu (6th td), harvey (10th round) and joc pederson (9th round). Only other guy in my team who has keeper value is correa as a 10th rounder next year but don’t have room to keep him. Just wondering your quick thoughts on who I should Consider moving. Here is my roster

    C wilson Ramos
    1b Abreu
    2b wong
    3b arenado
    SS segura
    Of puig
    Of upton
    Of marte
    Utikity pederson
    Utility Kendrys morales

    Bench: Chris Davis, deshields, Flores, correa

    Pitching: harvey, arrieta, Salazar, Carrasco, bucchilz

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: If you can trade Correa for Greinke, I’d do it

  115. Jaone says:
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    Got offered b Crawford for Avisail, I have Ramirez at ss. Trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  116. ChefBoyRG54 says:
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    cant Rondon just be the closer and make my morning that much easier?

  117. Carnac says:
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    Note on the Gregerson BS: He gave off a cheap leadoff double to Kawasaki. The pitch was practically in the dirt and Kawasaki blooped it into the outfield, fair ball by a hair. Reyes ground ball up the middle scores Kawasaki. Then Bautista, 2-2 count, hits an infield pop up. Altuve calls for it, but Villar calls him off – then literally trips over Reyes and the ball drops in. There were several minutes of arguing about this because AJ Hinch thought Reyes stuck his butt out pretty far in order to trip block Villar. Anyhow, the official scorekeeper somehow called it an infield hit which is baffling. Next thing you know, double steal, another ground ball up the middle (Colabello)… both runs score. Game over.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can you make me feel better about Rondon, Clippard and Box?

      • Carnac says:
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        “Hi and welcome to Blame Game!” *cue Kanye sample* “Like JB’s pitching profiles, we use animated GIFs to dissect poor outcomes… and find out if your fantasy team is losing because of YOUR crappy players – or OTHER crappy players!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Am I supposed to be looking at a GIF of a cat playing the violin?” “No, wrong browser window.”

          • Carnac says:
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            *BUZZER* “Awwww, sorry, Grey – wrong answer. That’s not a cat playing a violin it’s Matt Williams forgetting to challenge a controversial game ending call!”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA!

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: None of them are 2014 Ernesto Frieri. Sorry, I tried.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bright side!

  118. OneI'dWilly says:
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    Do we need to start taking Jaime Garcia seriously? At least while he’s hot?

    I’m not expecting him to keep his 2.67 ERA, but his xERA is only 2.81. 6.0 K rate is meh, but elite Control at 1.7 BB/9. His velocity is about 0.4 above career average, but right in line with his 2014 velocity. His 65% BG rate is in line with career numbers too.

    Really there only 2 red flags I can see.
    1) His mediocre K rate. Which I could see rebounding if he starts making more 1st pitch strikes. His control, swinging strike and velocity are all stable, so regression to his career swinging K rate isn’t absurd.

    2) But what? Everyone I know has a big “But…? C’mon, Garcia, let’s talk about *your* big “But”. HEALTH. I know he’s an injury risk, but I don’t care about that as much for waiver pick ups.

    Am I crazy? Am I setting myself up for a Hughes disappointment?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream him at home and better matchups on the road, not really excited about him though

      • OneI'dWilly says:
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        So in a league where streaming in greatly reduced by a GS limit, who do you view as a better bench arm? Garcia, CJ Wilson or Chi Chi?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Garcia

          • OneI'dWilly says:
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            @Grey: BTW, when I read your post on Friday and saw the picture of the check with your commentary I laughed out loud. It then ate at my subconscious all weekend until I was shamed into a donation today. You really are a genius! Thanks for all you do.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, thanks!

  119. John says:
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    Grey,
    A guy has been trying to unload Josh Hamilton on me for some picks. I’ve currently have A. Gordon for LF, with Polanco manning my until. Is Josh worth the picks (we keep 12, hes asking for a 14th round) I also have an extra DL spot for him while hes there
    Other LF’s on the wire: Chris Carter, Moss & Aoki
    Thought’s on the pick-up / thoughts on Hamilton ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Forget Hamilton

  120. Chicken Dinner says:
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    My Tomas his Iwakuma?

    Tomas and Desheilds are my 4/5 OFs. Waiting on Arcia

  121. Milarky says:
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    Take a chance with Kenny’s Vargas in my DH spot over Solarte for this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  122. Bob says:
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    H2H 5×5 10 teams
    Eric Hosmer for Brett Gardner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner

  123. Fungazi says:
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    Has the Kendrys Zombino finally walked back into his grave? In his last 12 games, 0 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, etc. I’m looking to drop either Morales or Gallo to activate Correa, what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Morales in a shallower league

  124. Swfcdan says:
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    Insane stretch from Franco, looking like a legit power force already. Craze as it is, would you already take him over Longo? Over Crush? Or have I got too much rookie nookie love. More homers than Longo already though, that’s a stat to gawk at.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not over those guys

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: How long would you want to see this from Franco before you consider him legit. I mean not THIS level of production which is crazy, but good production. Wondering if you had a solid rule for rooks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A year

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Grey: Yikes, Grey’s a tough judge! Must get it from all those cookery shows you watch ha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  125. thomas says:
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    Traded away Bruce and Rondon for Price, now I have an empty spot for a power bat.

    Grab Mark Reynolds (He has Coors this week!), Granderson or Kenny Vargas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thomas: Sure…Reynolds in Coors

  126. Ron says:
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    My two Util spots are a rotation of Joc, Bryant, Ortiz, Hosmer and now Correa.

    Is NOW the time to trade Joc or wait for another 2-3 day power surge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Depends what you get

  127. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey! thanks a bunch…

    14 team H2H points league…

    Please help me, I need to start two of these:

    Bauer vs SEA;
    Fiers vs WAS;
    Eovaldi vs WAS;
    Hahn vs TEX;
    Simon vs CLE;
    Wada vs CIN.

    Thanks again…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Wada, though I’d look at SON

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I’ll check it out…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  128. Greyismyhero says:
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    Happy Monday Grey, 2 questions for you….

    1. My relievers are Axford, Ziegler, Miller….Strop on wire…..Drop any of Inciarte, Ozuna, Gallo, Bogearts for Strop??.or hold….I have A.Escobar as my SS already, basically Bogearts is a bench bat for me right now.

    2. Drop who to activate Puig? with a OF/Util of:

    Trumbo/C. Davis/Cain/Aoki/Reddick

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greyismyhero: You too! Smoke it! 1. Drop Xander 2. Aoki

  129. Mitchell Freedman says:
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    Start correa over Gallo at utl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  130. thomas says:
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    Also, drop Alex Rios for Rusney?

    Thank you!

    12-team h2h league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  131. Sad Keanu says:
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    Trevor May over Yordano Ventura or Chase Anderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Anderson

  132. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I’ve been holding Jo Fern all year and very optimistic about his return—HOWEVER, would love to take advantage of the hype right now and flip him for an ace-level pitcher with a more reliable ROS outlook…

    1. Is Cole the kind of pitcher I should be looking for in a 1:1 swap?

    2. If I throw in a Syndergaard-type guy, do you think I could (or, more importantly, should) try for a Fern + Synder for Kershaw or Scherzer?

    Thanks!

  133. jaw says:
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    drop wilson ramos for grandal? 12 team 5×5 h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  134. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft
    (5×5–H2H)R-HR-RBI-SB-TB-AVG-W-SV-K-HLD-ERA-WHIP

    C- Gomes
    1B- Paul Goldschmidt
    2B- Brian Dozier
    3B- Anthony Rendón
    SS- Ian Desmond
    OF- Nelson Cruz, Reddick, Billy Ham
    Util- Jose Abreu, Belt

    Bench- Correa, Chris Davis, Evan Longoria

    DL- Will Myers

    SP- Arrieta, deGrom, Salazar, Lackey, Fiers
    RP- Rosenthal, Rodney, Street, Wade Davis

    1. With Myers coming off the DL soon what’s my move to open up a roster spot for him?
    2. Obvious in need of SPs…should I look to sell Crush, Longo, Belt, Reddick?
    3. I’m holding Desmond (with the thought to sell) correct, having Correa?

    I’m looking to add Velasquez too but won’t know how to do that till I decide 1-3?

    4. What type of SP value I’m I looking at for with guys like Desmond, Crush, Longo, Belt, or Reddick?
    5. Gonna try and stash Meso if I can when I start to make these moves…

    Thanks for the help man!

    best,
    Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Ask me the day he gets activated 2. Longo 3. Yes 4. Maybe buy buy high on Archer, low on Stras, maybe

  135. jojo says:
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    Please rank for ROS:
    Choo, Bruce, Fowler, Ruseny, Fowler

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jojo: Bruce, Fowler, Rusney

  136. NIno B says:
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    Drop Box for Jepsen, Mcgee, or Cecil in a Sv+hlds league?

  137. Nico says:
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    For some reason, Samarzija is throwing his cutter a lot more (12% in 2014 to 23% in 2015). That’s the only thing I can find that’s different… Somehow, illogically, throwing more cutter has dropped his GB% by 13 points. Now both his name AND peripherals are confusing. What a bish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: I still have hope. I can’t help it. You would think Don Cooper might just look at Fangraphs and go, WTF? Stop throwing your cutter so much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, totally…You’d think that for a lot of guys though

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: True. It’s not that simple, obviously, but it’d sure be nice!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yup

              • Nico says:
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                @Grey: Oh yeah, Avisail, Ozuna, Puig, Wong for 3 spots in my lineup, who do you leave out this week? Currently, Garcia is out, but it’s always hard to tell if this is the start of something. Thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Likely bench Avisail

  138. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Sit McCullers vs. Sale today?

    And ROS, do you like Lance or Richards? Richard was just dropped after that turd he left this weekend.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start McCullers… Richards

  139. Eng says:
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    Grey, happy monday and thanks for the post! Do you prefer Samardija (sp) or Gio Gonzalez moving forwards? Also, are either worth buying?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Gio, not worth buying

  140. Southside says:
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    Great article as always – 14 team mixed which side do you like:

    Ross and Familia for Keuchel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ross, it’s fairish though

  141. ERad says:
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    Drop Eovaldi for Folty this week/streamer?

    On another note, I dropped your line – likening Paris as cat nip for a lady – out at a social setting, and it killed! Straight gold! I’m sure my delievery helped, but gotta give credit where credit is due my G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Folty… It was all in the delivery!

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: It’s almost as if you write jokes for a living, how bizarre!

  142. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Add Desmond or Correa as a backup for Reyes..

    thanks mate

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: thanks and now here is a tougher one, I need to pick 2 to start this week, who you like?

        OF Justin Upton @ATL @ATL @ATL @ATL LAD LAD LAD
        OF Yasiel Puig ARI ARI ARI @SD @SD @SDL
        OF Carlos Gonzalez STL STL STL @MIA @MIA @MIA @MIA
        OF Starling Marte MIL MIL MIL PHI PHI PHI

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Upton, Marte

  143. Prime_Time_Players says:
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    Grey, what side you like? Its a keeper league, but been needing a C/SS

    Martin/Seager/Peralta for Betts/C Santana/Tehran

    My team
    Ramos
    Rizzo
    Rendon
    Santana
    Desmond
    Betts
    Upton J
    Cesdeces
    Burns

    Hosmer
    Travis
    Gallo
    Maybin
    Gardner
    Cain

    Schzer
    Hamels
    Gray
    Hammels
    Salazar

    Fiers
    Tehran
    Edcuardo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager

  144. Tim says:
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    Have a chance to win my keeper league this year, but have SS problems.
    I have 2 trade options.
    Tulo for my Brantley
    HanRam for my Archer

    Are either worth taking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Hanley, but it depends on what your team can stand to lose

  145. Hey there Grey. Outstanding recap. Endured Tucker’s unfortunate ineptness at baseball, with you this weekend. Are you bailing, true to your word? Debating over some decent 5th OF replacements, Who might you replace young Tuck from Austin Jackson, DeShields, or perhaps take a shot that Granderson may be inspired by your mention? Or kindly give the kid another week in the heart of that improved order? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I bailed on Tucker…Jackson’s been hot, try him

  146. Need pitching & have two offers on table:
    1) Hamels, Paxton, & Aoki for my Upton & Greene
    2) Harvey for my Harper
    Which one or neither ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither

  147. Pete says:
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    h2h OPS + Hits + QS league: With my 2 moves (very limited move per week league) this week should I add Mike Leake (home vs. Philly, @ Cubs) and Ozuna? L. Martin also available

    to do so I could drop 2 of Span, Zobrist,or Morales leaving me with the non-dropped one of these guys as my 1 bench bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Zo and Span… Leake, Ozuna

  148. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Hola Grey,

    Keeper League: Trade Nelson Cruz for Kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  149. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Points league.

    Votto or Soler/Dickerson?

    Is it close?

    Thanx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto, I guess

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: You’d want more for Votto?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I wouldn’t want two injured guys

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @Grey: How about Votto/Tomas for Joc/Soler/Dickerson

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Joc side

  150. LOOGY & Messina says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Thanks as always for all you do. 3 questions for you.

    Start 2 in H2H weekly points format

    Shoemaker @Karns, vs Gray
    Fiers vs WASH (undecided)
    Buchholz vs TOR (Dickey)
    Hahn vs TEX (Gallardo)

    Start 2 of
    Betts Puig Fowler Gallo

    Best 2B ROS
    Semien with triple elig or Panik?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Hahn…Puig, Betts…Semien

  151. herschel says:
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    @Grey: need sp help. trade my ramos or allen for zimmermann?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Allen

  152. MikeZ says:
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    12 team 5×5 mixed league with no bench. I have to drop one of these guys — Buchholz, McCullers or Eduardo Rodriguez. Who would you drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buch

  153. jacks says:
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    Who do I start in my 4X4 league this week?

    Maybin (7 game slate and hot)
    Bruce (7 games with 3 vs lefties, good ones, Lester Wada and Hamels)
    Polanco (6 games, knee hurt)

    Was leaning Maybin but Bruce could be going on a tear. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybin

  154. the fez says:
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    Still like Seager over Machado?

    Merasco or Lucroy or Weiters?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Seager…Lucroy

  155. Mitchell Freedman says:
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    I already have Desmond. Just trade Correa for Pineda. I’m pretty happy

    • Mitchell Freedman says:
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      @Mitchell Freedman: feeling pretty good. Pretty pretty pretty good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  156. Brian says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team keeper league 5×5 (OBP) we keep 4 bats and 3 pitchers

    I trade away Wacha, Shelby, and Heyward for Altuve. Am I getting the better end of the deal? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair if you have SPs to lose

  157. Darnell Swagsby says:
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    Marte or Pollock ROS? (better option in roto)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  158. Jayb says:
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    Would you trade puig for price, kluber, greinke and if so what order so I know who to shoot for first? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or Price, in that order

  159. Maximumxpower says:
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    Lackey or Chavez, rest of year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez

    • Maximumxpower says:
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      @Maximumxpower: also Victor Martinez was dropped, would you drop Duda for him?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No

  160. Scott says:
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    Please rate these middle infidels:

    Howie Kendricks
    Jean Segura
    Jace Peterson
    Ian Kinsler
    Erick Aybar
    Wilmer Flores

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura, Jace, Wilmer, in that order

  161. ashtray says:
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    12 team h2h 7×7 (hitters include OBP and K)

    Would you cut Heyward for any of these guys:

    Maybin
    Paulsen
    Granderson
    Ethier
    Leonys
    Eaton
    DeShields

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys

  162. Random Dude says:
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    Prefer Duda or Hosmer ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duda

  163. Jayb says:
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    A quick second question, ROS would you rather have Puig or Joc?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  164. Gus Pike says:
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    Also posted in the forums but putting here in case of wider audience…

    Some of this is seeking advice, some just solace from my pain…

    My offence is holding its own. My pitching? Not so much.

    I drafted exclusively from the tiers of “Commence drafting, Drafty McDraftstein” (picked Samardzija, Ross and Arrieta) and “Save your druthers for your mothers, these are (this is?) my druthers.” (picked Carrasco). Traded an injured Wil Myers for Cashner (Grey quote “Don’t expect more than 150 IP, but it should be a good 150 IP from a ratio standpoint”). Suffered through a couple of Taijun Walker and Mike Fiers starts that exploded. Scooped up Salazar. Got burnt by a bunch of speculative RP adds in the hunt for saves.

    Now the only tiers are my own as I sob into tattered ratios.

    How bad is it? 525IP and a team ERA of 4.14, WHIP of 1.35, both last in my 12 team league (but K/IP is 2nd best in the league).

    I’ve dropped Samardzija and have landed the staff in my signature below. My question is, can I come back from this with my current staff? Or do I either have to make some drastic trades / give up on the year? Any words of wisdom for strategies to take?

    There are 8 teams with ERAs between 3.40 and mine and 6 teams with WHIPs between 1.20 and mine – in theory I should be able to catch them with a great 2nd half, but I am worried (last few nights have had Cashner’s 12K, <5IP performance followed by his 7ER outing and Carrasco's 4IP, 5ER performance; last outings from the bullpen include saves from Tolleson, Ziegler and Betances where all 3 gave up runs and Clippard's 3ER blown save).

    Help?

    _________________
    5×5 Roto Keeper League (keep 5 players indefinitely)

    C – Ramos
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Rendon
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Bogearts
    MI – Correa
    CI – Rizzo
    OF – Brantley
    OF – McCutcheon
    OF – Garcia
    OF – Maybin
    OF – Burns
    Util – C. Davis
    Bench – LeMahieu

    SP – Arrieta / Carrasco / Salazar / Cashner / Ross
    RP – Ziegler / Cecil / Tolleson / Clippard / Giles / Betances

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching doesn’t look awful, if want more SPs though

      • Gus Pike says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey – I’m already a bit over IP so that’s why I’m at 5SP for now.

        Reason why I’ve done so poorly?

        Bad choices (stats earned on my team):
        Samardzija (5.18/1.35)
        Feliz (5.09/1.75)
        Walker (24.30/3.3)
        Castro (5.14/2.29)

        Bad luck
        Jesse Chavez: ERA/WHIP on my team 4.34/1.23; ERA/WHIP off my team 1.76/1.11
        Andrew Cashner ERA/WHIP on my team 10.45/2.32; ERA/WHIP off my team 3.00/1.29
        Carlos Rodon ERA/WHIP on my team 4.30/1.84; ERA/WHIP off my team 1.46/1.30

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s lots of bad luck… Not moving on from junky pitchers soon enough is an issue though

          • Gus Pike says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks for the empathy!

            Will keep fingers crossed for next 900IP to be cleaner than first 500…Am hard up for saves – hence reason for Feliz and Castro…As for Samardzija – I just couldn’t believe he could keep pitching that poorly…that drop felt very good!

            Thanks again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, No problem

  165. Dez says:
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    Put in a waiver claim for Bolsinger, or stash Matz in a 12 team roto keeper league? You can keep up to 3 players based on the round you drafted them in. (28th round for a FA). Going to drop either Bogaerts or Rollins with Carlos Correa being called up. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz… Rollins

  166. Moistsasskiss says:
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    Who do you like better in keeper leagues, Erasmo or Frias?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frias

  167. McUgh says:
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    Have Samardjiza, Ross, Cashner, McHugh and Chavez at SP.
    I can barely sit down given the WHIPing Im getting.
    Not a whole lot on the wire either, rank those guys ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross, Chavez

  168. Atlas says:
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    ROS

    Vogt, D’Arnaud, Gomes, Martin, Weiters

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogt

  169. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    @ Grey

    Excited for the podcast today. Got to say you were very on focus last Podcast. Hardly any hijinx. I hope we have more meandering tales this week that may or may not come to a reasonable conclusion.

    Roto 5 x 5. Down in HR/W/K/Whip. Other cats doing well. Do you make the following trade:

    I give A. Jones + I get D. Salaz + Tolleson.
    My notable SP are Arrieta, Cole, Ross, Chavez, Wood.
    OF would be Moss, Cespedes, Billy Burns and Wil Myers when he comes back.

    Let me know, thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks (I think)! Don’t love the trade

      • PaddyTwoTimes says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Sorry to keep you, but how about Cespedes for D. Salazar + Ziegler.

        The stories make the podcast. Staying on point is booring.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Honestly, I just go wherever the pod takes me…I think this week is pretty on point… I’d take Salazar there in your case

          • PaddyTwoTimes says:
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            @Grey: Appreciate it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  170. sniff test says:
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    My cd changer can only roster one country artist, who should I drop: Kennys Rogers or Kennys Chesney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rogers

  171. J-FOH says:
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    Brucely, I went over Bruce in depthly last week as I have had to defendly him more than my stance that OJ didn’t do itly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Yeah, I was surprised at how good his peripherals look… Bruce, not OJ

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Everything looks primed for a summer blowout bash. Funny that I have had to defend Giancarlo every week. He leads the league in RBI’s and is second in home runs. What a bum he is…..kidding , I would never say a bad thing about him, but really flinch or not the number are there.

        On a side not, I need Masterchef twice a week. I can’t stand this wait til Wed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed on all counts… Was surprised Braun is so high on your list (I do read it), but wasn’t crazy for me to comment

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: His swing looks back in order and should be a 100+ RBI guy. I take out the guys who are hurt, but really if you look at others on the list they just are not that good or have issues in other areas. Last year he was pulling his top hand off the bat because of the thumb and this year he is keeping it on and has been able to wait on pitches and get around on the ball like he used to. His Hard Contact is way up this year from last and when his BABIP adjusts he should be back to a high 280’s hitter. I like that the SwStr% is down and his Z-Contact% is up. His 25.5 HR/FB is a tad concerning but so is Marte’s 30.5% HR/FB. ( no one questions that) Last I checked Marte had a high avg FB distance, but the majority of his contact has been of the med variety. All or nothing Marte.

            Anythehoo, In hindsight, he is a tad high, but a top 20 player he is. I guess i put guys in that 10-20 range in how I value them, not like they are very different from each other.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I didn’t say anything about Marte, I was saying Braun was too high… Not crazy, but he was above guys that I think even you’d say you’d prefer if you were trading straight up

  172. Kyman says:
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    Trade?
    I Give : Salazar and Grilli
    I Get : Sonny Gray

    My initial offer was : Ziegler and Samardzija for Sonny.

    10 Team League. 7 starts per week for pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Kyman says:
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        @Grey: Would you do the trade if it was sending Grilli + Samardzija rather than Salazar?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d prefer to give Samardzija if that’s what you mean

        • PK says:
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          @Kyman: If you can pull it off, go for it. I doubt you can even get a can of tuna for Samardzija right now.

  173. Rob Deer says:
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    Duda or Kemp ROS…OBP league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp, basically a push

  174. Sportive Tricks says:
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    Oh hi, Grey. Several questions today.

    1) Samamzmzmzmdjia. Is it time to just kick him to the curb and stream from the roster spot he is taking up?

    2) I’m holding Reed and Jepsen, but Strop, Motte, and Qualls are all available. Should I make a move?

    3) Who is the better swiss army knife: Holt or Zobrist? (your meh-ness on Zo aside)

    LOVE YAS!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I said to drop him two weeks ago 2. Lose Reed for Strop 3. Holt… LOVE YOU

      • Sportive Tricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, man!!!

        But aren’t you holding Smzzmjjjia? Per today’s blurb: “Owning Samardzija makes me wish all of my leagues had a category for innings pitched”

        Should I just do as Grey says, not as he does? My Dad told me this, too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, in a 15 team league that has no waivers

          • Sportive Tricks says:
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            @Grey:

            Ohhhh, this reminds me of the time I got pissed at a girlfriend for having all of these calls to and from some strange number in her cell phone call log. Turned out it was her best friend’s work number.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  175. Max says:
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    Who should I drop to activate Puig?

    Nelson Cruz, AJ Pollock, Rodney, Hector Rondon, Nate Karns, Samardjiza, Alex Wood or Yordano

    Closers are valuable since its a k/9 innings cap league and I have AJ Ramos, Britton, Ziegler, KRod as well. However my pitching is last in era/whip by a small margain plus second to last in k/9 by wide margain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Samardzija

  176. Vince Valesquez getting the call too, but #£!#!€?*%! Yahoo doesn’t have him in their player pool! dammit!

    What’s the point of findin out a guy’s getting caked up at 6 AM if I can’t add him?!?

    F-in Yahoo!

    Anyway, worth an add when they finally do, if I can get the claim?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, yeah, I’d add him

  177. Fungazi says:
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    For a 12 T keeper no restrictions with BB, TB and L & QS, would you want Hanley or Harvey without huge need for either and can win this year.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Fungazi: Should add its H2H, so playoff time might be a thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley

  178. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    9 team redraft 5×5 roto. I’m weakest in ERA and WHIP.

    I got offered Carrasco/Betts for my Correa/Myers. I’m not into Betts, and I love Myers but his wrists are a concern.

    My other SS are Crawford and Bogaerts. His other OF that I could ask for are Springer and Gardner. Offensively I’m weakest at 3B with Longo and Bogaerts. He has Donaldson, Arenado, Guerrero. His only other SP I’d entertain are Shields and Greinke.

    Do any of the following make sense/sound fair, or hold on Correa?

    A) Carrasco/Arenado for Correa/Longoria
    B) Carrasco/Springer for Correa/Myers
    C) Carrasco/Gardner for Correa/Myers
    D) Correa for Greinke

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

      • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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        @Grey: Take Betts and Carrasco? Do you have faith that Betts will turn it around, or is it more a matter of grabbing Carrasco and being concerned with Myers? This is the guy in first and I’m in second, so this really could make or break my season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t do the trade if you’re not feeling it

  179. KevBo says:
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    9 Team Al-Only Roto 5×5 (23 man rosters)

    Saves needy team trying to get Soria from me and I’m floundering in 8th place in need of pitching (last in W and close to last in ERA & WHIP) and hitting (last in avg and close to last in HRs and R).

    My team;
    c – Joseph
    1b – Ortiz
    2b – Forsythe
    3b – Castellanos
    ss – Reyes
    if – morales
    of – trout
    of – calhoun
    of – carter
    util – aybar
    util – betts
    bn – flaherty
    bn – giovatella

    p – kluber
    p – rodon
    p – mccullers
    p – soria
    p – mcallister
    p- a. miller
    p. davis
    bn – chen
    bn – karns
    dl – smyly
    dl – iwakuma

    Was offered Pineda/Marisnick for Soria/Betts but he also has Eaton. What are your thoughts on a Pineda/Eaton for Betts/Soria trade? Not sure if that even makes my team any better but Betts has been pretty meh…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

  180. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Catcher Question!

    In an OBP league, would you drop Martin for Devin (assuming Devin is officially a full time OF)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  181. Mel says:
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    Rest of season:

    Rizzo + Marte
    or
    Upton + Carlos Gonzalez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  182. alcohol abuser says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 14 team keeper with QS instead of wins…

    So factoring in keeper values, would you rather have Yordano or Taijuan Walker?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yordano

  183. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Great stuff as always; obviously interested in Grey’s perspective but would love some others to chime in as well. Trade offer: my Bryant and a 6th round pick (next year’s draft) for his Kershaw and David Robertson. It is a 6 man keep forever league … I have Arenado to replace Bryant. I am currently in 1st place; but the 2 guys who are chasing me have ‘unreal’ pitching staffs. In fact, just played the guy in 2nd … check these numbers out in a weekly lock league (5 sp’s and 4 rp’s); 80+ k’s, 8 wins, 9 saves, 2 era, less than 1 WHIP. I won all 5 hitting cats and he won all 5 pitching cats. In other words, I think my pitching is good but not at the level of my two main competitors. Given Bryant is currently on my bench is this a no brainer … I am fighting this one pretty hard because I don’t want to deal Bryant, but is the offer to good to pass …. any and all opinions welcome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Kershaw

      • Dr. Sauce says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey; I think deep down I knew it. Anyone else want to chime in??

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @Dr. Sauce: It’ll really sting if Bryant picks up OF eligibility anytime soon. But if you’ve got a chance to win this year, I’m always in favor of pulling out all the stops.

          • Dr. Sauce says:
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            @Clyde Prompto:
            Appreciate that perspective; really been hoping he can pick up OF eligibility soon!

            • The Harrow says:
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              @Dr. Sauce: isn’t he worth more at 3B?

  184. Prime_Time_Players says:
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    Grey,

    ROS Fiers, Sanchez Chi Chi or Foly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

  185. dk says:
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    Pick 2, standard league with IP instead of WHIP:
    Fiers vs WAS
    Yordano @ STL
    Teheran vs SD
    Eovaldi vs WAS, @MIA

    SON says Fiers, Teheran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Teheran

  186. ryanoger says:
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    You rolling out Lackey tonight in Coors? SON isn’t liking it

    thanks man
    ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  187. Matt A says:
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    Better SP pickup:

    Hahn, Wada or Roark?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wada

  188. Moscowitz says:
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    Astros called up Vince Velasquez and he is better than McCullers . I have seen this guy pitch for corpus christi twice and he was really dominating. His FB reaches 98 and sometimes 99 and he has a change and curve to offer too and his K per 9 is around 11. Worth giving a shot if you ask me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  189. Razzball Junkie says:
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    Drop Starlin Castro to put in a claim on Correa? Or drop Bucholz or Samardzija instead? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Buch

  190. Bob says:
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    5×5 h2h
    hosmer, bogaerts, samardzjia for gardner and street or perkins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Perkins

  191. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Folty, Hutch, Taijuan, McCullers. Which one ROS?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hutch

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey: and if you dont mind, please tell me who you would prefer ROS between Hutch, Buchholz and Velasquez

        Thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hutch

  192. Baseball Furries says:
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    Would you drop A. Gordon for Souza – 12 team H2H 5×5 3 OF – Current OF on roster: Pollock, Gardner, CarGo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  193. Harvey Wallbangers says:
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    H2H: Trout/Correa or Harper/Desmond?

  194. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team non keeper league. Someone dropped Trumbo. Would you drop Addison Russell for him as a UTL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  195. Bye Felicia says:
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    OPS/OBP League 12 teams
    A-gon, Pederson, Desmond, Hamels or Trout & Rizzo? I have all positions covered if i move these guys. Yes right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.. if he accepts this my team is going to be stacked. Jones/Harper/Trout OF
        Pujlos/Rizzo/Donaldson/Reyes/Corerra/Rendon/ With Burns & Cargo at utility matchup dependant. Ugh. ..that’s nasty

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  196. Jason says:
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    Cashner Vs Teheran or Rodon Vs. Keuchel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon

  197. jake says:
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    McCullers a no doubt start vs. the WhiteSux today right? SON no likey….

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I could pick him up and start him there

  198. David Niven says:
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    That, was an epic lede beyotch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eff yeah, David Niven!

  199. Scott says:
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    That’s your best pun of the year. Score!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks

  200. Happyharry says:
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    Betts was dropped in my 12team, H2H, 6X6 league. Any of these droppable for Betts: Sandoval, Polanco, Span, Gallo? Thanks Man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Span

  201. Scott says:
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    I feel compelled to point out that Ben Paulsen has 1 more homer now than he was projected for the whole season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  202. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I currently don’t have a LF. I was offered Kemp and Price for Pujols/Reddick.

    I would replace pujols with either Grandal or Kendrys. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it, Kendrys

      • Devil in a New Dress says:
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        @Grey: Thanks boss. SWISH coming any day no. Prepare yourself

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t wait

  203. ryanoger says:
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    I saw someone ask on your last ‘Buy–Sell’ column about Gomes or Wieters. You still thinking go with Wieters over Gomes? Or just hold a tad longer and see if Gomes can come through?

    thanks as always man
    ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Wieters

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank…Travis is a FA too so I’ll add him to my DL and see how he fairs once he becomes active

        happy monday man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, you too!

  204. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Odelay to Mike Fiers

    I got you on my squad
    Spent a little dinero
    Was hoping to take Ks
    Though a QS would be a go
    You pitch like you don’t like me
    And it seems you’re not a liar
    ‘Cause when you throw your gas
    Oh, Fiers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Awesome

  205. Carter says:
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    Miggy, Price, and Cashner for Harper, Frazier, Arrietta and Syndergaard?

    Which side you like?

    • Carter says:
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      @Carter: Actually its Price and Miggy for Harper, Frazier, and Arrieta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  206. Smell The Glove says:
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    Which would you speculate on Bolsinger or May?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      May

  207. scotty the captain says:
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    yo grey– 5×5 14 team keeper league. 10 man bench. i have jimmy nelson keepable for 3 years. round 20 next year then 13 then 6 in the final year. my team is in first. i have a good amount of keepers that are better than nelson who i can trade for some good stuff if i have to. my question— i trade nelson i get strasburg. i have other options for my sps and i was thinking about rolling the dice on stras. good gamble????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, take Stras

      • scotty the captain says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the quicky grey “my guy!!!!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  208. Mitchell Freedman says:
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    I was offered kimbrell for Gallo and Axford. Pull the trigger?

    • Mitchell Freedman says:
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      @Mitchell Freedman: I’d like to counter with Clippard or is that too greedy. Don’t wanna scare him off

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it, forget offering Clippard

  209. Derrick says:
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    Duda was dropped. Is he a must add in a 12 teamer?

    • Mitchell Freedman says:
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      @Derrick: uh ya

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  210. Prime_Time_Players says:
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    Grey, do we trust Pence and Brantley for the week? Got to get the lineup in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start them

  211. Fred the kid says:
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    Howdy señor grey! Hope u had a relaxing weekend!

    In a h2h points with a weekly roster lock , at 2b roll with my Addison Russell or look to add & start one of these 2b options currently up for the taking:

    DJ LeMahieu, Brandon Philips, or Brett lawrie (2b/3b).

    Next- I have Edwin Encarncion, & he’s out today I know it’s hard to bench someone of his caliber but would you bench EE for this week or keep him starting at first?

    I have options i can move around/
    Option A:
    Mark trumbo is eligible at 1b & OF , move trumbo from OF to 1b then sit EE ,move Josh reddick from bench to OF.

    Option B: sit EE & move Napoli from bench to 1b

    Option C: add Chris Carter who has eligibility both at 1b & DH, sit EE move Chris Carter to 1b

    Option D: leave it as is , keep EE & 1b & trumbo @ OF

    ** my DH has 1b eligibility & that’s Carlos Santana. But i don’t have an extra DH on my bench**

    Thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Russell… Start Edwin

  212. Davies says:
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    Drop Bryan Shaw for pedro strop net saves/saves

    Who is the drop out of these guys
    Rubby, folty, McHugh, Hendricks add trevor may for one of those guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Rubby

  213. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Hey Grey,

    How concerned are you about E5 this week with him sitting again today? Is he a bench for Tomas or A-rod in weekly leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him, bet he’s back by Tuesday

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Cool, thanks for the reassurance!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: hopefully we’re in for the 100 or so days of cortisone.

  214. SteveNZ says:
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    As mentioned above, my excitement at having Correa start for the ol’ H2H team is tempered somewhat with the realisation that he has Sale to deal with.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  215. Mike says:
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    Start rubby today

    Who you dropping to get correa on your team
    Boagerts, shark, fiers, McHugh not worried about losing a pitcher it’s 8 team h2h

    Other pitchers are Strasburg, felix hernandez, Salazar, Richards, liriano

    Other MI are Wong, Rendon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know his matchup… Shark

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Vs Dodgers in LA

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t start Rubby there

  216. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! Folty or Velasquez? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Velasquez

  217. dk says:
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    In a league that uses XBH instead of Runs, would you give Carrasco for any of these guys straight up (yay or nay on each please & thanks):?
    1) Trumbo
    2) Blackmon
    3) Kendrys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  218. Whatever says:
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    OBP Keeper League: Chris Davis/Aaron Judge for Carpenter/Chapman?

    Which Minor you think has better long term future? Ryan McMahon or Aaron Judge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should ask our prospect writer Mike… I’d take Carpenter/Aroldis

  219. Ulysses says:
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    5×5 obp H2H category league

    i give j. upton and jansen
    i get tulo and duda.

    I have
    my team:
    OF is Stanton, Myers, Yelich, Heyward and Upton.
    SS is segura.
    we use 2 utils

    I can slot duda in util and hold onto yelich untll myers comes back. I have segura at SS right now and want to upgrade. he wanted either frazier or upton included in the deal but I prefer to give up an OF over frazier.

    • Ulysses says:
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      @Ulysses:

      oh and I have jansen, ramos, axford and soria so i can afford to give up a closer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  220. Peter says:
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    @ grey, Tomas or Souza ROS, K’s count as a negative stat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  221. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Couple of questions.
    Drop Norris now that Lucroy is back or try to trade him?

    Fowler, yelich, or marisnick ROS?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade him if you can… If not, drop Norris… Yelich

      • SF says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  222. Henry Rowengartner says:
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    Yo G

    ROS rankings
    obp with walks

    Cutch/Adam Jones/Puig/c gomez

    Thanks man your best

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez, Puig, Cutch

  223. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm weekly OPS and NetSB league, I’ve been using band-aids at 2B since Schoop went down–currently Valbuena. Would you grab the relatively hot Tejada, or just stick with Valbuena? Schoop worth a DL stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Valbuena, sure if you have an open DL slot

  224. Weirdale says:
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    Would you dish minimum keepers correa/rusney/Chavez for fowler/scherzer?

    What about pence/McCullers for Carlos Gonzalez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Scherzer

  225. SteveNZ says:
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    Gah. Puig not starting today (tonight). Understandable I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t be so understanding!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Heh.

        Couple of non-baseball things – you ever watched Wayward Pines?

        And – any more plans for NZ in November?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No plans on NZ YET… Neither seen Wayward Pines, any good? BTW, I’m only four episodes into Serial so don’t say anything, but it’s amazing, never thought a podcast could be so engrossing

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: re: Wayward Pines, watched ep 1 last night. Not sure yet – that genre is normally not my thing, but I do like Matt Dillon so will probably persevere. (reminds me a little of the Jack reacher novel Nothing To Lose).

            re: Serial – I know, right? You just can’t wait to listen to the next episode. Apparently there are two more series coming (on different subjects).

            The world’s most expensive hammock is ready and waiting in the shed!

            Oh – there’s a possibility I may be in NY end April/early May next year…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              New York’s not that close to me, you Kiwis! (Kidding)… I promised Cougs I’d wait to listen to Serial, but I kinda want to listen and then just listen again and pretend it’s my first time… Ugh, it’s so good!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Was looking forward to a tour of your old neighbourhood. What’s a 3-hour flight between friends?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  More like 4 1/2 hours one way and five and a half the other… I’ve done it a few times… As you can imagine

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Oops – you’re quite right. I was thinking of the time difference.

                    Yeah, I’m not *that* good a guy.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well, you are! But, yeah, it’s a bit of a knob and push (insert Kiwi expression)

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Knob and push? Is an autocorrect?

                    I’d just say it’s a pain in the arse ;-)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m trying to make up a Kiwi saying, c’mon, you have to admit that sounds like it might be one

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Oh, I see now. Hmmm, the fact that ‘knob’ is a euphemism in these parts could be problematic…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s why it works (maybe it doesn’t)!

  226. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    With the callup of Correa I’ve got too many MI in my keeper league. I’ve got D.Gordon, Bogaerts, Correa, Flores, and Andrus. I’m torn between dropping Flores and Andrus. Since steals are pretty locked up for me and Flores is my only 2B eligible guy besides Gordon, do I drop Andrus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Andrus

  227. SteveNZ says:
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    Being as I’m against him this week, this Reyes re-awakening is pretty bloody annoying.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At least you missed last week

  228. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Grey-

    Deshields is starting to look more and more like the Rule 5 guy that he is everyday…..are you higher on him or Leon-wise Martin for the rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys

  229. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    You buying low on Kemp or pass?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pass

  230. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    so, RE: melancon trade idea above, i’m guessing you do think it’s possible his K rate comes back next year or later? (he did get 2 K’s in an inning recently). what about heaney for kela, as opp is LAA and heaney is one of their top prospects.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  231. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Funny how the Hand got spanked @Tor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  232. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    Now HOU is screwing with Tucker, even though his OPS is around 800. they’re playing F’ing villar over him, that’s nuts. unless they are hiding a tucker injury of course. either way.
    1. 14 team dynasty with OPS. best tucker replacement i have this lineup
    d’arnaud (active slot so i could stash werth and byrd)
    lind
    altuve
    segura
    c.davis
    LF marte
    CF b.hamilton
    RF souza
    util kang
    BN howard/delino/tucker
    DL werth/byrd
    1. i just won souza today by bidding 50 out of my remaining 93 (original budget of 100), so now that i have a decent RF which of byrd/werth should i drop to make room for an active catcher?
    2. drop tucker for any of mesoraco/alex guerrero/butler/paulsen. If it’s alex guerrero how much should i spend in free agent bid money, he was just dropped?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Byrd 2. Meh, hold for a day or two to see what the Astros do now with Correa

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Grey: damn yahoo doesn’t have velazquez so my superior early knowledge doesn’t help me obtain him. Guessing hold tucker over canha (getting at bats again) in different league too.

        • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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          @Beware the Shit Rope: it’s looking like unless marisnick gets some days off instead of tucker or rasmus those latter 2 (esp rasmus) are getting screwed. Rasmus just got done with 5 out of 6 days off, and now tucker has been off three straight days. Villar doesn’t seem like he should be getting any at bats now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  233. Atlas says:
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    Here we go… Mattingly is gonna start sitting Puig every other day. :facepalm:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  234. 1) You may have noticed Weiters DH’d this week. I’ll wait until it becomes a regular occurrence to say told ya so.

    2) Dumb question but B. Burns, Maybin, or Rajai A) For now and B) ROS?

    THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Ok 2) Burns

      • @Grey: Hmmm. Was expecting you to say Maybin. I’ll keep Burnsy around. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hugs!

  235. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    15-team non-keeper 6×6 (OBP, QS), monthly lineups

    I was offered Syndergaard, Rodon, or McCullers for Dickerson. Would you make the trade? If so,ho would be your 1st and 2nd choice. I can afford to loose a bat and would be moving Colome to the bench

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Worlds First Analrapist: we have a lot of “first analrapist’s” around here. similar to when you see “2nd 3rd Bank” or “7th to the Nth Presbyterian Church” it’s fairly confusing. Some of you guys aren’t the first, but that would be one hell of a scary union if youse guys got together.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Crapshoot Kershaw:if the analrapist union was a drink it would make peter sotos look like ginger beer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it, in the order you’ve listed them

      • Worlds First Analrapist says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  236. Bob Barker says:
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    H2H QS Lg

    Samardzija or Cashner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Samardzija, neither really

  237. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Great round up as always Grey. I’m thinking of shaking up my team a bit and getting some pitching. What are your thoughts on the following?

    I give:Dickerson ($17), Franco ($2), and Heston/Peralta.
    I get CarGomez ($34), Lester, and Burnett.

    I already plan to keep GOLDY, Bryant, Pollock, and would then go with Chapman and Myers/CarGomez. The other owner is totally out of it for this year. Do you think it’s well worth the loss of keeper value for me to these three? My hitting is already doing well, and with Dickerson/Myers possibly coming back, it will only get stronger. I

    I’m not even sure what the other owner will do. He has some very high priced keepers and his hitting is terrible with the exception of Stanton, Pederson, and CarGomez. He’s in 9th place and really has no shot at getting out of the last 2-3 spots.

    Ca Rosario
    1B Goldschmidt (41)
    2B Flores (5)
    3B Bryant (30)
    SS Kang (5)
    INF Franco (2)
    OF Pollock (12)
    OF Myers (20)
    OF Guerrero (2)
    OF Lake
    Util. Bour
    Bench Dickerson (17)
    Bench K. Johnson

    CL Chapman (20)
    CL Melancon (11)
    RP Ziegler (1)
    RP Romo (1)
    SP Shields (30)
    SP Arrieta (27)
    SP Garza (9)
    SP Hendricks (2)
    SP Heston
    B W.Peralta (9)

    • Pugs&Slugs says:
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      @Pugs&Slugs: Or would it be safer to do Dickerson for Lester and be able to keep Franco for $2. Will CarGomez and Burnett be able to stay healthy for the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Gomez

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I will try the first deal. If he doesn’t like it, do you still like the Dickerson for Lester deal? He has J-Zimm also, but I’m not sold on him this year.

        • Pugs&Slugs says:
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          @Pugs&Slugs: Or do think J-Zimm is still legit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Lester

          • Pugs&Slugs says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  238. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Adam Jones for Greinke? Heavy on OF, light on pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  239. SteveNZ says:
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    This Correa guy is terrible. I want my money back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  240. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    we’re still holding alonso over vargas i would guess, both because of playing time concerns with vargas and hitting concerns (this is for deep leagues here)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Alonso

  241. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    ah phil hughes, who’s on a quest to have people in bars bet on whether or not he’ll get more K’s or allow more homers on a per game basis. after 4 innings K’s are winning, 2-1. The guy taking the K side should probably lay 3-2. this seriously is a good betting game. I’m thinking K side wins 60ish percent or slightly more (maybe K side lays 8-5?) of the time.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: no actually it’s tied. i misread.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  242. Graham says:
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    12 Team 5×5 OBP keeper league. can keep 6.

    I trade: Abreu(6th round keeper), Jansen, Maikel Franko (23rd Round)
    I get: Rizzo (7th Round), AJ Ramos, Keuchel (15th)

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rizzo

      • Graham says:
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        @Grey:

        If you had to replace Jansen with Miller, would you still do it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would

  243. The Great Knoche says:
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    Here comes your Holliday injury. He just went darn hard. Looked like someone shot him in the calf while he was