I never really liked Gavin Lux. Never drafted him before. Not the kind of guy I buy usually. I want big power or speed upside from my rookies. Especially speed. Five category? Well, Luis Robert can canoodle my noodle any time. Nick Madrigal? Okay, fine, but his hit tool is insane. Carter Kieboom? More like a Kie-fizzle in that platoon. I want dem wheels or dem big muscles. Gavin Lux does what? Few homers and a few steals, and hits maybe .260? I never draft that! Dot dot dot. Usually. I can’t believe I’m rostering that ess oh bee on my Tout Wars team. I think I was price enforcing, that’s at least the story I’m going with and don’t end sentences with with — dah! If Chris Taylor really does get 60-games’ worth of ABs over Lux, it doesn’t make him a posh upgrade, but simply a good flyer due to lineup, i.e., counting stats vs. a Taylor H.A.M. sighting. I moved down Gavin Lux in my top 500 and top 20 2nd basemen. Hopefully, Gavin Lux is up after only six games to a week, due to service time. He must’ve ruffled some feathers when he complimented Lasorda by saying he really liked the “sauce” at the team’s quarantine spaghetti dinner. IT IS GRAVY!!! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jimmy Nelson – Hit the 45-day IL, which is also nicknamed the “Why don’t you just opt-out and go watch Netflix” List.

Matt Adams – Could be the Braves’ DH over Austin Riley vs. righties. *screaming at the heavens while it downpours* Take me, God! I no longer wish to carry on! *tastes rain* Hey, the rain should be flavored seltzer. You ever consider that? God, are you there? Hello? So, this could absolutely suck for Austin Riley’s playing time, but hopefully someone comes to their senses. Namely, Snitker.

Kyle Tucker – Dusty said he might go with Aledmys Diaz over Tucker at DH. Seriously, no jokes, don’t trust Dusty to play a young player. Ever.

Sean Manaea – Velocity is topping out at 89 and averaging 87 on his fastball. Which is roughly same as Bryce Harper’s dad during a Home Run Derby. In my top 60 starters, I said not to draft Manaea. That is reenforced with this news.

Colin Poche – Torn UCL and will miss season, and most, if not all, of next year. Come here, sit on my lap, and let me tell you why we can’t have nice things–Figuratively! Get off my lap! Or at least put a mask on your ass. Poche was removed from my top 500.

Dylan Covey – Acquired by the Red Sox. I honestly don’t pay attention to real baseball talk. Is anyone talking about how awful the Red Sox’s rotation is?

Luis Urias – Will begin the year at the alternate training site. Not saying Luis Urias is the second coming of Brett Lawrie, but I’m also not saying I wouldn’t be surprised if Urias randomly starts running into the stands and misses four years while everyone calls for his breakout.

Masahiro Tanaka – Hit the IL with some flutters in the cabeza, but he should be fine by the 2nd week of the season. In other words, he’s missing one-eighth of the season.

Jordan Montgomery – Optioned to the alternative training site, where they practice alternative training like throwing arrows while making a swoosh sound, lifting Telex machines and running in place in elevators.

 
  1. Robert says:
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    11 team league 5×5
    C: Sean Murphy 1b:Ryan McMahon 2B: J. Villar SS: Bichette Mi: Tim Anderson 3B V. Guerrero Cl: Devers Out: Acuña, Harper, Mercado, Laureano, Schwarber U: Soler.
    P: Paddack, Gallen, Maeda, Musgrove, M. Foltynewitz, Weaver, Yarbrough, Ian Kennedy, M.Melancon,
    Bench: H. Nervis, Wil Smith, A. DeSciafani, H. Kendrick.
    I feel weak at First base/closers, but feel have right mix of Power Speed otherwise. Thoughts?
    Great write up, love the line, “ roughly the same as Bryce Harpers dad at Hr. derby.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like McMahon, but I’d cut him if he doesn’t look good immediately…Your closers are okay…I think you might prefer to stream vs. start Folty, but depends on the matchups…I like the team overall…

      Thanks!

  2. Shawn says:
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    Nice article. I have Hampson. Should I drop him for Taylor? Roto league.

    • NUX says:
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      Def not time for that yet. They are prob gonna play Chris Taylor all over the place. He’s not assured steady PT and may just end up coming into games late. I think deal with the RoxSalt headache would be the smarter plan for now, ceiling is much higher. Just see how the Rockies handle him for at least the first weekend at least, then go from there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  3. Colin Robinson says:
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    My roommate stubbed his toe on the way out of the shower. He drafted Danny Jansen this year from the team playing in Buffalo, New York. That’s known as upstate for those residing in New York City or Yonkers or New Rochelle or White Plains or Hudson County or even parts of Kingsbridge. The nurse said that it wasn’t actually broken but you should stay off of it for a few weeks. It’s hard to stay off of it when you’re taking the subway and there is not too many places to sit. Not to mention the hikes to the park where the squirrels seem to be having quite the year. I mean successful would technically be an understatement. They have nuts on nuts on nuts on acorns on nuts galore. I haven’t seen there tails shaking so much since the feathers on the tails of birds were shaking so much. I mean it’s really something. From earlier. I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I now that I think about it I never even got to my question. When catchers are always bending down and throwing the baseball back to the pitcher and sometimes to the second basemen or short stop depending on who is covering second base which usually depends on the handedness of the batter unless of course the batter often hits the baseball “the other way” on the ground and sometimes the second basemen will open his mouth behind his glove to hide his mouth openness or closedness from the batter and the first basecoach and the third basecoach and all of the bench of the other team also. Here are my earlier thoughts as well to review. I was thinking about dropping my catchers when they go to San Francisco and maybe picking up catchers when they go to Denver Colorado. My aunt was supposed to be going on a trip to Denver Colorado but instead she ended up going to San Diego California. It rained for two days straight which I’m told is rare for San Diego California because it doesn’t rain that often in Southern California and when it does it often floods. The flooding causes the soil to erode and the combination of eroded soil and freshwater rain end up flowing to the ocean instead of hydrating the soil because after all much of Southern California is desert and without the creation of the artificial Los Angeles river there would not be any water. The water in Los Angeles actually starts off as snow in the mountains and my aunt ended up not staying at the zoo as long as she would have otherwise liked to due to the rain but if she was being honest she would not have stayed long enough to feed the giraffes anyway due to her stomach troubles. It seems that she may have been exposed to a stomach bug when she was aboard the greyhound bus that she traveled on on her way to San Diego California. I often get sick when I travel by bus and I have heard that it is not uncommon for people to get ill for a few days after doing a lot of traveling. Susan who works at Ralph’s said she got sick after traveling by bus to Reno Nevada. It was not her first choice she and her boyfriend could not agree on which place to visit so Reno Nevada ended up being their compromise.

    • Doug says:
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      War and Peace is shorter than this post….and it has paragraphs

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      By George Grey, i think he has figured your forumula out …..

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        haha, this feels like bot text.

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          LOl yeah but that first paragraph i got same “where hell is he going with this ” feeling when i start reading Grey’s prose…..

    • NUX says:
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      This bot is already repeating itself. About grannie’s bus trip.

      Sad!

      And when I say sad, I mean its sad that I read the entire thing. Again. lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stop draining my energy, Colin Robinson!

  4. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    This season is lame on so many levels.

    At least the Royals gave the cheatinasstros a glimpse into what their 2020 is gonna look like..LMAO!!

    • Canby says:
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      Hey Grey,

      12 team Keeper league.
      Keep 10 MLB and 7 Minors

      R, rbi, sb, total bases, OBP
      Wins plus qs, K, Era, Whip, saves plus holds

      C,C
      1B
      2B- Ozzie Albies
      SS- Turner
      MI- Villar
      3B- Arenado
      CI-
      5 OF- Acuna, Marte, Harper
      U- Tim Anderson
      6 SP,-Buehler, Còrbin
      3 RP-

      The only minor leaguer that I have tht may start this year is Mitch Keller.

      I have the first pick this year(after keepers). I was all set on Giolito before Covid hit.

      Do I still go with him over someone like Soler, Laureano, Pham, Robles?
      Thanks

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Canby,

        You can’t draft a 1B? CI? Not sure why you’d go OF when you have 3…I guess Soler over Giolito…You don’t need another top SP

        • Cabby says:
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          Hey Grey,
          Thanks! There is nothing at 1B.

          These would be my options:
          Danny Santana
          Mark Canha
          Encarnacion
          Joe Pederson
          Ryan McMahon
          Howie Kendrick

          I’m thinking I go Soler or Giolito and pick one of these with my second or would you take Danny Santana with my first?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Soler — Dannys Antana is fine at 1B

    • zombie says:
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      The Royals seems like such a harmless team too. Especially in the powder blue. Way to lead the way KC! Cheatinasstros!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        So true, zombie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  5. Harley Earl says:
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    I really do not believe the Braves will play Matt Adams over Austin Riley. I think that’s just manager speak to motivate both players.

    • Swaggerjackers says:
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      I hope so. The daily saga of Riley’s playing time is getting old. Markakis opts out, Puig signs, Puig doesn’t sign, Camargo’s hurt, Matt Adams is in.

    • Hawk says:
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      Never underestimate a manager choosing a veteran who’s output they can predict over a prospect they can’t.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Riley hit two bombs today while playing third base. Solarte relieved him in the middle innings and is batting .167.

        I’m not panicking about Riley’s playing time. He’ll be just fine. Gotcha? If you want to panic about someone, panic about Travis Shaw. He sucks.

  6. Evan says:
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    .

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      hold

    • NUX says:
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      ¿

  7. Seven Minute Abs says:
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    Grey ! It’s almost here! Like the Blue Jays of Pittsburgh …. 12 team roto dynasty … Out of character I’m stacking bench bats instead of arms this year (atleast to start) … Roman Quinn or Kiner-Falefa? Starting to maybe think I have enough speed w/ Robles/Kingery/Laureano/Ketel/Dyson …. Volume is king this year and when Garver sits I can put IKF at Catcher is also my thinking … What say you? Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Falefa

  8. Matty says:
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    A heads-up to anyone playing in a Yahoo! league- it appears that the default settings don’t allow you to put Covid-19 players onto the IL. I’m not our commissioner, so I’m not sure if there’s an option to swap that, but I wanted to let folks know in case that informs their draft strategy.
    Just had my hometown draft last night, which contrary to hometown draft reputations is the most competitive league I’m in. Zigged when others zagged and tried to go with a lots of $20-30 player strategy rather than stars and scrubs. I think it went reasonably well. It’s a veritable who’s-who of Razzball favorites.
    12 team H2H, offense heavy (5×5 + H, TB, OPS):
    C – TBD (this is where the C19 guys not going to the IL really blew up my spot)
    1B – Olson $27
    2B – Gurriel $8
    SS – Adalberto $23
    3B – Chapman $14
    OF – Meadows $23 (C19)
    OF – Eddie Rosario $19
    OF – Eloy Jimenez $21
    UT – Jorge Soler $17
    BN – Luis Robert $12, Hunter Dozier $5
    SP – Paddack $21, Castillo $21, Lamet $14, Stroman $2, EdRod $8, Lynn $6, Maeda $1, Odorizzi $3
    RP – Neris $5, Doolittle $3, Colome $4

    I think I’m a little light on speed, but can rely on Mondesi for most of it. With TB as a category I tend to lean heavily on power, though I should have leaned a little more heavily on AVG with hits also in there. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

      Team looks solid! I love the hitting and pitching, it is all guys I like a lot…Hard for me to find anything to quibble with tbh

    • mets3145 says:
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      That’s so strange – I know they mentioned that they changed the default to 4 IL spots to account for Covid… so not sure why they wouldn’t let you put a Covid player on IL

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Apparently, the Yahoo! genius bar is working to make players designated as “Covid-19” eligible for IL slots. It’s particularly infuriating that they assigned the “Covid-19” designation before making it possible to put those players in IL slots . . . less than 48 hours before the real life season begins.

        Find the “Yahoo Fantasy Care” account on Twitter, check under “Tweets and Replies” and you will find support for what I said above, as well as annoyed users giving them a hard time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha

          • Matty says:
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            Fixed.

  9. LOLmets says:
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    If Tanaka is IL how could they demote Monty?

    • LOLmets says:
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      “It is expected that Montgomery will be recalled prior to the Yanks’ sixth game of the season, the July 29 home opener against the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.”

      Ok makes sense. They don’t need a fifth starter the first week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’ll be limited too is my guess

  10. Primetime says:
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    Kyle Lewis over Riley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip…I’d prolly try Lewis

      • LaRocakis says:
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        Grey! FML! Earlier you said it was a coin flip, but you’d take KL! #Confucius!

        • LaRockakis says:
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          omfg read it wrong. disregard and disavow!

          • LaRockakis says:
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            Unless…

  11. ChrisL says:
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    If you had to take a chance on one player here (12 team 5×5 with OBP), who would it be for this season and for dynasty:

    Austin Hays
    Kyle Lewis
    Trent Grisham

    Thanks

    • Mike L says:
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      Lewis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hays is safest, all are coin flips based on needs

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        Is Grisham an everyday player this season? Roster Resource has him listed as a platoon guy. :/

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s everyday as of now

  12. Rebar says:
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    I think I figured it out, Dusty Baker is soooo old, he just things he’s playing the youngsters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  13. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Awesome report, a somber note on Lux. Hopefully he makes it back up with the first injury, that .791 SLG from last year has to play over practically every player except Belli.

    a. Signed up Kintzler, dropped Dustin May. Say a little prayer for me.

    b. Sorry late. Had banking problems to take care of.

    c. Saw your picks on Jay’s report from yesterday + saw HIS massive opposite field homerun to right=Signed up Kyle Lewis, dropping Myles Straw.

    d. MLB quote of the day for July 22, 2020

    ‘It didn’t only curve, it curved and dropped at the same time. It made it extremely hard to hit and if you did hit it, you hit it into the ground [because you] couldn’t get under it.’

    Of Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown, aka ‘Three Finger’ or ‘Miner’. He lost parts of two fingers in a farm-machinery accident but used his disability to throw a wicked curve ball that no one could get under or hit effectively. He was nicknamed Miner (sometimes misspelled Minor) because he worked in a coal mine before becoming a baseball player.

    He won two WS with the Cubs including 1908, their last WS win until 2016 (108 years later). In his career, he started 332 games, completing 271 (82%) for his career.

    His 162-game average.

    20-11, ERA 2.06, 28 GS, 23 CG (82%), 265 IP, 87 R, 61 ER, 56 BB, 115 K, ERA+ 138, 2.41 FIP, 1.066 WHIP, 0.1 HR9 (!!). He gave up 43 HRs facing 12437 batters! In his best year in 1909, he threw 342.2 IP and surrendered one (1) homerun facing 1280 batters!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Meh

      B. Yeah, WTH

      C. Nice!

      D. Dead ball era must’ve made it tough to find decent hitting for fantasy teams

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Dead ball era=debbie downer for MVFH….

        b. Stupid bank is like 25 minutes away, they moved the branch which was 4 minutes away without any warning. I guess it was a cost-cutting measure for which I haven’t reaped any benefits, to wit, I just got my 6-month savings return….on an investment of 50000 US$ I got 167 US$ for a 0.33% return on my investment! How ’bout that! So bad, man.

        c. Kyle Lewis, make him the ROY!!

        d. Kintzler for president 2020!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. HAHA

          B. Croatian interest rates are no Bitcoin

          C. Yes!

          D. Haha

  14. Dude at Dude's says:
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    Need a catcher, looking at the bottom of the barrel here:

    Stallings, J. CAstro, Caratini, Pedro Severino, Austin Romine

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Severino or Castro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Severino

  15. Hawk says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I can’t find the words to express how happy I am to talk real pretend baseball. I’m sure you could, wordy mcwordsmith….but I can’t.

    Aaaaanyway.

    Have Willie Calhoun who may/may not be ready for Friday in my Util spot. Would you drop him for Evan White? 5×5 roto league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, me too!

      I would try to not drop White

  16. Green monstah says:
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    Top of the morning grey just drafted last night & looking for your insight it’s H2h pts weekly

    C: Realmuto

    1b: Joey Votto

    2b: Jonathan villar (2b/3b)

    3b: Kris Bryant (3b/OF)

    SS: Tatis jr

    IF: adalberto mondesei

    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: benintendi
    OF: luis robert
    OF: Alex verdugo

    DH: jD Martinez (DH/OH)

    Utility: Yoan Moncada
    Utility: Carlos Santana (1b/DH)

    Bench : Cavan biggio, Khris Davis, Justin Turner , JD Davis (OF/3b), Lorenzo Cain, yandy diaz (1b/3b), Travis Shaw, Freddy Galvis (SS/2b), profar, Jon berti. I
    Also drafted guys who I plan to use as drops maybe I could get better players on the wire ; Juan Uribe, Johnny Peralta & Omar infante. It was the end of the draft I was tired I was like hey whatever lol

    SP: Strasburg
    SP: Nola
    SP: Soroka
    SP: Bauer
    SP: Keuchel
    SP: folty

    RP: Seth Lugo
    RP : Ross stripling (RP/SP)
    RP: Dustin May

    Some moves thinking of making waiver wise

    1.) some guy in my league dropped altuve right after the draft , I have a claim dropping infante for altuve

    2.) drop Juan Uribe for Carter Kieboom

    3.) drop Seth Lugo & add Kwang-Hyun Kim

    4.) add Adrian houser by dropping profar

    5.) drop job Jon berti & Chris Taylor

    For this year I added 4 IL slots which is the max on ESPN , normally we do 2 IL

    Stay safe & I look forward to reading your notes all season like every season! Good stuff man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes

      2. Who

      3. Yes

      4. Yes

      5. Nah

      You too!

  17. JSF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Trying to acquire Soto in a keep forever league. How much of an overpay would Arenado and Meadows be to get him? I’d ask for another player like Danny Santana for this year but it would be a two for one deal.

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      If super shallow league, it sounds fair, but it’s an overpay obviously

      • JSF says:
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        It’s a 12-team league but I’m looking at a 2 for 1 trade to open up a spot for another keeper and go younger at the same time.

  18. RJ says:
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    Drafting tonight.
    AL-only 5×5 redraft 10 teams
    I have #2 pick – but scared of taking Trout.
    Grey hates starters here so no Cole.
    If #1 takes Lindor – who do I pick, please?

    • The Sportsguy says:
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      My league drafted on Friday (same exact parameters).. I got lucky and got Lindor at 3…wouldn’t have taken Trout if he fell

      First four picks were Bregman, Trout, Lindor and then Cole…

  19. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Longtime away from fantasy bb, Grey, sorry about that…BUT I AM A PAID SUBSCRIBER so there is that…

    Draft last night in a 5×5 roto (INN, ERA, WHIP, K, Sv+Holds)
    Pitching staff: Walker Buehler, Dylan Bundy, Carlos Carrasco, Tyler Glasnow, Andrew Heaney, Lance Lynn, Danny Duffy, Tyler Duffey, Matt Barnes, Diego Castillo, and Chad Green.

    (start 9; 2 on the bench)

    Available guys (from the Razzball Writer Predictions list)

    Kikuchi, Bassitt, RLopez, and Cease along with some guys at the top of the CBS list named Z-Eflin, H-Bailey, F-Valdez, M-Kelly, K Hyun-Kim, Lucchesi, and Suter….Brent, not Bruce Sutter. He was really good.

    Any big add-drops jump out at ya?

    Thanks as always. You da man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you!

      Kim and Bassitt over Duffey and Bundy

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        donka shane!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Donka shame

          • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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            Is that a bar in Tijuana?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HAHA

              • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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                I noticed no one took Kyle Lewis. I know you really like him. I have a stacked OF with Harper, McCutcheon, Robert, Schwarber, and Stanton. My U is clogged. My bench is Shogo Akiyama and Raimel Tapia. Do I drop someone for Kyle Lewis?