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?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hold for now

                  • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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                    OK, sounds good. Thanks.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  20. Cabby says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 team keeper league. Keep 10 MLB and 7 Minors.

    OBP, R, SB, total Bases, RBI
    wins +qs, era, whip, K, holds+saves

    C,C-
    1b-
    2B- Ozzie Albies
    SS- trea Turner
    MI- Villar
    3B- Arenado
    CI-
    5 OF- Acuna, Harper, Marte
    U- Tim Anderson

    6SP- Buehler, Corbin
    3 RP-

    the only minor that might contribute this year is Mitch Keller.

    Before Covid, I was set on picking Giolito with my first pick( I have the first overall pick after keepers).

    Should I consider any of the following:
    Soler
    Laureano
    Donaldson
    Pham
    Robles

    Also, there isn’t much left in the pool at 1B.

    Who do you like the most from the following(I hate them all):
    Danny Santana
    Mark Canha
    Encarnacion
    Joe Pederson
    Ryan McMahon
    Howie Kendrick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  21. JSF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Trying to acquire Soto in a keep forever league. How much of an overpayment is Arenado and Meadows? Would ask for another player like Danny Santana for this year. Would be a two for one deal though.

    Thanks

    • JSF says:
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      Ah sorry for the re-post.

  22. Brett says:
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    Drop Austin Riley for JD Davis?

    ( with Adams, should I begin looking elsewhere?)

    • Coolwhip

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      I would, JD Davis was better option before Adams news

    • Mike L says:
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      Redraft league I’d take JD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  23. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Well the ‘perts draft was fun last night, I literally spent half of it chasing down a soon-to-be 1 year old, and keeping him toppling furniture… LOL. That said, I’m pretty stoked about my team. Somehow you got away with highway robbery, haha, I blame Donkey’s Chris Saleian Strategy,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, I just thought of something…Are you in LA-area? Or became an Angels fans some other way?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, and my team is ridunk and Donkey’s team is ridonkey

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          thats the tweet

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        I used to live in North SD area and North County like Del Mar, Oceanside, Vista etc. Had some connections that led to me going to a lot Angels games when little with a lot sentiment – hence Angels fan.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha!

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Donkey drafted Sale again? Hahaha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He tried to

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Drunkeytooth.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHA

      • Cram It says:
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        He went Cole and Scherzer first 2.

  24. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    Morning Grey, my league drafted last night and I was hoping I could get your thoughts on the team. I feel light on sbs. 12 team roto, 5×5.

    C – C. Vasquez
    1B – Olson
    2B – Eduardo Escobar
    3B – Jose Ramirez
    SS – Story
    OF – Springer
    OF – Soler
    OF – Mercado
    UTIL – Rizzo
    BN – Calhoun
    BN – Jose Peraza

    SP – Corbin, S. Gray, Ed-Rod, Stroman, C-Mart, Houser
    RP – Neris, Leclerc, Joe Jimenez, Jose Alvarado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks great! I love the hitting too…If I had to nitpick, your closers are gross, but whatever and you look low on AVG

  25. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Hey Grey, absolutely loving this site.

    Would you trade yelich and Stripling for Story and Berrios? 10 team obp 5×5 league. Other starters are Clev, Kershaw, Woodruff, paddack, and Hill. Other OFs are Stanton, Benintendi, Pham, Ozuna and Franmil. My middle infielders are weak as I am starting Swanson at short and either Wong or McMahon at 2nd. My backups are Solak and Kingery.

    Thanks you in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Story side, but it’s fair

      • Homer's got the Runs says:
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        Do you base that on player value or my team needs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Value

          • Homer's got the Runs says:
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            One other option is Yelich and Woodruff for Lindor and Bieber. What do you think?

            Thanks again

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Prefer Lindor/Bieber

  26. Teddy BB says:
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    G’day Grey,
    Drafted 16 team league last night.
    5×5 H2H with OBP & Saves + Holds

    C- Jansen
    1B- Olson
    2B- Villar
    3B- Rendon
    SS- Mondesi
    OF- Bellinger – Mercado – Scwarber
    Util- Davis – Calhoun
    Bench – Hilliard
    SP- Giolito – Lynn – Odorizzi – Weaver – DeSclafani – Cease – Lopez
    RP- Giles – Betances

    Pitching depth may not be great.
    How did I do ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with you, you have no have no pitchign depth…Your hitting looks great tho, maybe low on power and high speed (Mondesi, Villar, Mercado), but it should be okay

  27. 2qbn says:
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    Damn, crusty Dusty! I had picked up Tucker over Razzball heartthrob Kyle no relation to Carl Lewis for the Astros offensive potential. Kind of difficult to tap in to that from the bench. Would you hold Tucker or drop for Lewis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for right now

  28. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I almost forgot that the sprint gets going tomorrow. Can’t wait until half of my lineup either registers 99 degrees or has a slight cough and misses half of the season for undisclosed reasons!

    At least the gangly manbird gets a four game “weekend” while avoiding Buehler. Things are looking up…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pence won’t make it to Monday…Gentleman’s bet?

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        The bird flu doesn’t count

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s a carrier of that

    • Will says:
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      I’ve lost 3 outfielders to Covid and the season hasn’t even started yet.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        Welcome to 2020! Sucks, but it should all even out. There’s gonna be tons of crazy stuff going on.

    • swaggerjackers says:
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      Magoo! Would love your insight.

      Which three would you roll with in a weekly OBP league to kick off the season?

      Domingo
      Happ
      Riley
      Wil Myers
      Kyle Lewis
      Teoscar

      Good luck this season!

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        Oh yeah, and Trent Grisham.

      • Big Magoo

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        What’s up, Swagger? Grisham, Happ, and Domingo would be my picks, but I’d keep an eye on Myers’ playing time

  29. 2qbn says:
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    Had Tucker over Kyle Lewis for the Astros offensive potential. Hold Tucker or drop for Lewis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • LaRockakis says:
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        i am #confucius

  30. Play Ball says:
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    Baltimore is one of the home park options for Jays.

    Where would you rank Vlad as a 1B when he gets eligibility after 5 games in Yahoo leagues and if Baltimore is their home park?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re playing in Pitt

      • Play Ball says:
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        Hasn’t been settled as of last night. Talking to Baltimore too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Really? I thought I heard different this AM

          • Play Ball says:
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            Looks like you’re right. That sucks for the Jays offense.

            With Vlad getting 1B eligibility after 5 games, would you rather have him or Luis Robert? Either would be in UTIL or bench. In a small 6-team friends roto league. Robert’s may be hitting 6th in the lineup to start season.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Vlad

  31. Whatever says:
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    In light of that Riley blurb, does that mean I’m benching him in a weekly lock league for Willie Calhoun or your boy Teoscar. Calhoun seems to be trending in the right direction and is now only expected to miss a game or two so I’m guessing he’s the answer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

  32. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – update on my trade chats around getting Glasnow…looking at 2 offers now from the same owner, what do you think? Keeper league, OBP OPS (not avg) + QS plus W on the pitching side.

    His First Offer:
    My Freeman ($27) + A. Bradley (not keepable) for his Muncy ($24) + Glasnow ($12)

    Second Offer:
    My Schwarber (not keepable) + Lamet (not keepable) for his Glasnow + Dahl (strangely, Rudy’s ranks have Dahl about twice as valuable as Muncy in OBP OPS for some reason)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lamet one is a no-brainer, no?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        My thoughts exactly. Lamet it is! Ready to have my heart broken by Dahl

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  33. Watching the Dodgers on the tube the other night and noticed Lux had the yips. He made at least 2 errant routine throws, had trouble turning the deuce, and looked tentative overall. I have never been high on him, but know he has talent and think he has just lost his confidence. Taylor and Kike made the move easy for Roberts. Does seem Atlanta is Colorado 2.0 at times

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he figures it out in the next week bc there’s not much time

  34. zombie says:
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    Down goes Dozier! I guess that we better get used to this. Frequency of this occurance might just be common going forward. OK, so not mad. Just need to replace him. Potentially productive options include Solak, K. Lewis, maybe Teoscar. Or wait a day/two to see if D. Carlson makes the club? Please advise… & clever title this AM (Rudy?). Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, Rudy

      Teoscar is safest

  35. larry womack says:
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    G. Richards or C. Bassitt or A. Voth. Or just stream their starts when they come up?

    Thanks and have a nice day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  36. mets3145 says:
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    Gonna give these Rudy Tools a whirl for the 60 game season, I’m a subscriber now!

    I wish I had a rosterbation question though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  37. Will says:
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    Puig can be dropped now, right Grey? Asking because Dozier just went to the covid IL and I need a replacement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, dropped

  38. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft

    Drop Kyle Lewis, Akiyama, McCutchen, or Joc for Willie Calhoun?

    thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lewis

  39. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    With Dozier going down, I could use another bench bat.

    In a 10-team H2H, do you like taking a shot on Braun or Cespedes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun

  40. Paul says:
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    Does Anyone know why Yahoo Fantasy Sports page isn’t putting players with Coronavirus on the IL when the team has already put them on the IL, but instead going out of their way to update the server to include COVID-19 at the end of their names?

    I’m commissioner of my league and my teammates are questioning it and extremely mad at yahoo. I don’t know what to tell them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea

    • Tigres says:
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      Yeah, I just noticed this, and also that we can’t put a COVID-19 player in IL slot.

      I am Commish for home league, may have to add extra bench spots on the fly, until yahoo gets its shizz together.

  41. Cohen says:
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    Grey, i know u like Teoscar. U have him ranked about 350. Is he better then that ranking? Looking at drafting him as a possible 4 th or 5 th of in a 13 team roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like him, going to Pitt isn’t amazing…He’s a late round flyer in 13 team league

  42. Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limit of 20 moves/year

    So just finished the draft last night. Thought I was smart-ish but alas my bet on Helsley is not looking great. What are your thoughts on my team ? I kind went overboard with Pitching long shots / hopefuls. I assume I drop Helsley for another reliever ? anyone else you’d swap / pick up from the wire?

    Some guys on the wire:

    HIT- M. Smith (CF,RF), R. Braun (LF), A. Garcia (CF,RF), C.J. Cron (1B), S-S Choo (LF,RF), R. Odor (2B), C. Hernandez (2B), K. Wong (2B), C. Kelly (C), A. Riley (CI, LF), S. Akiyama (LF), D. Murphy (1B), D. Anderson (3B,RF), W. Adames (SS), Y. Molina (C), Y. Diaz (1B,3B), M. Carpenter (3B), F. Mejia (C), O. Narvaez (C), M. Chavis (1B,2B), J. Berti (3B, SS, CF), T.Murphy (C), K. Lewis (RF)

    PIT- J. Urquidy, S. Matz, C. Bassit, D. Cease, S. Turnbull, P. Lopez,

    RP- J. Leclerc, J. Jimenez, K. Kela, G. Gallegos, I. Kennedy, W. Smith, B. Kintzler, K-H. Kim, S. Lugo, A. Ottavino,

    My team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – A. Rizzo
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – E. Suarez
    SS –T. Turner
    CI –P. Goldschmidt
    MI – D. Santana
    LF – J.D. Martinez
    CF – I. Happ
    RF – C. Yelich
    Util – C. Blackmon
    BN – D. Carlson N/A

    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – W. Buehler
    SP – S. Gray
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    RP – R. Helsley (RP – but I guess not really haha)
    P – C. Kluber
    P – C. Martinez
    BN – J. James
    BN – C. Burnes
    BN – J. Lindblom
    BN – A. Voth
    BN – C. Smith
    BN – S. Howard N/A
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look bit boring on hitting and better on pitching, but not a bad team…Just not super flashy…I only really dislike Blackmon, Goldy and Kluber…Hels is whatever, Leclerc above him

      I’d stash Mallex for steals (or just about any of those bats) over Carlson — Voth is droppable for Urquidy or Bassit depending on matchups

  43. ryanoger says:
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    Willie Calhoun over Braun and Christ Taylor right?

    • ryanoger says:
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      *Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taylor

  44. Chris says:
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    Quick & dirty one for you Grey:

    Chirinos or Canning

    11 team roto last SP slot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yonny

  45. Tigres says:
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    Latest from The Twitter on Yahoo and COVID-19 IL eligibility:

    @YahooFantasyCC
    Replying to
    @Dropthemike17
    The COVID designation will be IL eligible, as it will be a 10-Day IL. We are working on getting this resolved, as at the moment, they are not eligible.
    6:39 PM · Jul 21, 2020

    IMO, “as at the moment”, Yahoo can go F itself. GET YO SHIZZ TOGETHER YAHOO THE SEASON STARTS TOMORROW!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Geez

      • Tigres says:
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        OK they fixed it. I will give the credit to all my whining here on the RB message board!!

  46. Cohen says:
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    Grey, how confident are u on W.Calhouns ranking? I want to draft him. Do u think he is a number 3 outfielder in a 13 team roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He sounds like he could be back early next week, I still like him

  47. fishfanuk says:
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    picked up sean murphy as the last catcher off the board, him or Kiner-falefa or stream off hittertron to start the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  48. Phil says:
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    Grey, my man! Need help on a Dynasty trade. Brandon Lowe for Alex Verdugo. Current 2B are Luis Urias and Shed Long. Verdugo is 4th OF and would be replaced in lineup with Teoscar. 6×6 with OPS. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verdugo

  49. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey!

    So, this is an obnoxiously general and vague question, and maybe a post I missed over the lonnng spring addressed this, but if one believes that hitters need to catch up to pitchers in the spring (which I kinda take with a grain of salt) and that SP are more prone to fatigue over a full season and definitely try to manage that by holding back a bit (which I think is definitely true) . . .

    . . . then should we expect some great starts from decent SP the first few weeks of this short season? Or should we at least lower our target dollar value on SoN?

    So, for example, would we roll with [email protected] ($2.6) or [email protected] ($1.2). Maybe even [email protected] (-$4.0)???

    And another question is going to be if home field (aside from stadium characteristics) even matters.

    Okay, this now seems like a ridiculous question to ask in the comments, so please feel free to tell me to pound sand. I just wanted to chit chat!!!

    Lurrrrrrve yas!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think hitters will have advantage early — I’m concerned about all SPs, tbh — They had next to no prep time — with that said, you have to start someone and Heaney, Bum and Musgrove sound fine to stream

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Damn, it is handsome to interact with you again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, you too!

  50. RicoSuave says:
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    great work Grey!

    16 team points league…

    For the first week (11 day week)

    who should I start at 3B? Kingery or Sano?

    for my Util: Kingery/Sano or Luis Robert?

    For my 5th SP spot: Eovaldi vs BAL and @ NYM or G. Richards Vs ARI and @ COL

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

      Robert

      Eovaldi

  51. Paul says:
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    Trade Max Fried for Pham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  52. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Looks like Stroman is likely to miss first start with calf-tightness

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eff me

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        There’s the payback for Peralta starting

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  53. JP says:
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    Need a replacement for Dozier..Shaw, Profar or Bruce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Shaw –Profar is safer

      • Dave D says:
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        Thankfully, when my 4 nfbc teams evaporated so did all my “Dozier Down” shares. A small positive.

        I was browsing some mlb news and realized I had no clue Derek Holland was with Pitt, let alone 5th starter. Im not sure that I should care. I guess its pretty bad when the Giants reject you while they embrace Gabe Kapler.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pirates are so cheap they have Adam Frazier as their 3-hole hitter

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, I cant believe they didnt sign Denard Span too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

    • JP says:
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      Other option is Peraza

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Needs based — Peraza is SBs

  54. Dave says:
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    Hello Grey
    Need a replacement for H Dozier.
    10 team with OBP.
    Lourdes Gurriel or Akiyama?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shogo

  55. happyharry1958 says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 team, H2H, 6X6. Your advice Please.1)drop Wong or DeJong for: J.Segura, Newman, LaStella, Kendrick? 2)drop D.Bundy for:Luzardo, J.James, Bassitt, Heaney, Richards, Kim? 3)drop Mercado for:McCutchen, J.Turner, K.Calhoun?..thanks Man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. No

      2. Heaney

      3. No

  56. Steve says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Do you like Shogo over Hilliard for this shortened season? Shogo looks to be batting first but maybe Hilliard has more upside?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      hilliard def has more upside, but lately COL reporters claim tapia has hilliard’s job. depth charts hasn’t shown this since black never said that and clearly black in the past (last year end of season) gave hilliard those at bats and not tapia (who’s been jerked around for at bats for at least 3 years), but keeping hilliard there might result in almost no at bats. i ain’t dropping hilliard in the deep spot i have him in (and another deep dynasty spot) but of course i can’t just go get shogo in that one.

  57. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    oh yeah folty right back in peak form, but not quite sure if i can remember 2 back to back to back HR games within a few hours of each other.

    – mazouza news good for madrigal, leury moves to OF

    – singer (is up for one of the junis/keller roles for now) or drop one of cueto/howard? have these in a 12 teamer (5×5 12 team h2h): morton, lynn, paxton, stripling, odorizzi (good lord was he cheap, nabbed him 2/2 in drafts the last few days), j.gray, cueto, howard
    RP: (max 5): kim (dropped d.castillo, saves only here, got beat to pressly but kim could have more value and it’s possible he just keeps this role), iggy, rogers, hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with J. Gray and would try Singer, but coin flip on matchups

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        wow, yr saying drop j.gray here. what happened with j.gray (he’s still ranked higher than cueto by you)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s been a while, but I’m sure I wrote a blurb in my rankings saying I’m not drafting Jon Gray — you want a guy who will have 12 starts and 6-ish willl be in Coors?

          • Better Call Limehouse says:
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            true point, but in a 162 game season (where you ranked him higher than cueto) he would’ve had half of whatever number (on average) in COL then too. i get where yr probably going on this, variance being a giant bitch in short season (IF roto even worse, h2h here), try yr best to take out the bad apples (and COL is just the worst apples). so the idea being in a 162 game season the TOTAL of road games made him have value but now that’s at 6.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, don’t mess with Gray, it’s not worth it, especially not in 12 team

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Stream the spot

                • Better Call Limehouse says:
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                  i’m checking COL’s schedule now, this whole year will be like last 5 weeks of normal h2h seasons (checking schedule all the time) here’s gray’s though (assuming the 5 man rotation depth charts shows)
                  @ TEX (good, or at least neutral)
                  vs SD (home, but for home not horrible)
                  vs SF (this is as good as it gets at home)
                  vs ARI (not great, and that’s 3 in a row at home)
                  @ HOU
                  @ LAD

                  yeah this is just bad after the first game.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yikes

  58. Sven says:
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    Hey Grey,
    any opinion on this draft?
    H2H, 10 Team, R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, TB, BatAVG, / W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP
    Roster with MI/CI, RF/CF/LF

    C J.Alfaro
    1B P.Alonso
    2B G.Torres
    3B Y.Moncada
    SS K.Marte
    CI J.McNeil
    MI T.Edman
    LF J.Soto
    CF R.Laureano
    RF D.Santana
    OF E.Jimenez
    UTIL L.Robert
    BN I.Happ
    BN C.Walker
    BN B.Anderson
    BN K.Lewis
    BN N.Madrigal

    SP L.Castillo
    SP S.Gray
    RP B.Workman
    RP S.Doolittle
    P F.Montas
    P K.Maeda
    P R.Stripling
    P M.Foltynewicz

    I drafted Lewis and Madrigal late because I’ve seen your latest notes on them. However, available players on WW: Hyun Kim, Pressly, Akiyama, Hilliard for example.

    Good luck to your teams. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like this team, looks like a solid staff and hitting…I think you might be low on power tho, which isn’t great…I think the pitching is great…I’d lose Anderson for another streamer

  59. waffles says:
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    whoa, not good to hear re: Kyle Tucker

    12 team 5×5 roto

    C Carson Kelly (pick 224)
    1B Freeman (32)
    2B McMahon (200)
    SS T Turner (8)
    3B Guerrero Jr (56)
    MI Story (17)
    CI Travis Shaw (streaming spot) (320)
    OF Stanton (65)
    OF Luis Robert (80)
    OF K Tucker (152)
    OF Verdugo (185)
    OF A Garcia (209)
    U Calhoun (257)

    P L Castillo (41)
    P S Gray (89)
    P R Iglesias (104)
    P Carrasco (113)
    P J Urias (128)
    P Workman (137)
    P Neris (161)
    P Gallen (176)
    P Britton (233)

    Weaver (248)
    Kintzler (272)
    J James (281)
    Pressly (296)
    S Howard (305)

    Any thoughts? Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look like you have a lot of sexy upside, but wouldn’t mind seeing a guy like McCutchen or someone safer…You have Avisail, Tucker, Verdugo and Willie which might all be risky

      Pitching looks solid, no problems there

  60. Bravos14 says:
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    I just need a little push

    20 teams (Keeper) Roto-this season only

    According to a Power Rankings tool (different site) my team is ranked 5th

    I have a trade in hand that could move me to possibly 3rd, definitely 4th, but I’m shy to pull the trigger. I’m normally a very patient yet successful manager over the course of 162 games.

    Projections show good gains offensively (+17) but with marginal losses at pitching (-9)
    Forget my math and just look at the trade and its effect.

    Trade: I receive Starling Marte, he gets Luke Weaver

    Effect: Marte at CF, Avisail Garcia moved to Utl, A. Simmons moved to bench
    SP Staff changes from; deGrom, S. Gray, Odorizzi, Weaver, Keuchel to subtracting Weaver and adding Chase Anderson or Daniel Mengden (when healthy).

    The volatility at the pitching position really, really worries me in a shortened season.

    Do you make the trade today or wait a while?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Marte

  61. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    hey hanley road earl, get ready to be happy. STL released cecil, FINALLY. next up fowler, right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  62. Mike says:
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    First year of Roto league.. 5×5 with Sv+H.. over the course of 60 games, what’s the realistic breakdown of EOS totals? Trying to figure out what these goals should be so I can keep a running tally during the draft.

    Thank you and I’m looking forward to another great season with you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d figure about 5-7 S+H per week

  63. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Appreciate all of your hard work as always to help get all of us up to speed. Drafted last night in my long standing 6×6 (OBP + QS) league with 11 teams this year. We changed it to roto this year rather than doing a 6 week H2H regular season. This is my first time playing roto so looking forward to trying a different format.

    I used the 6×6 (+OBP) version of the razzball rankings. When setting up my predraft rankings, I plugged all of the pitchers in using your top 500. Any thoughts on how to improve my roster would be appreciated! Here’s what I ended up with:

    C-bNavarez (waivers after draft)
    1B- Rizzo (6-58)
    2b- Edman (12-124)
    3b- Byrant (3-31)
    SS- Andrus (13-131)
    OF- Soto (1-9)
    OF- Martinez (2-14)
    OF- Stanton (4-36)
    UTIL- Pham (8-80)
    UTIL- Schwarber (14-146)

    Ended up loading up on OFers early as none of the position guys, other than Bryant) who were available in the first few rounds were either good values or players I liked. Passed on Jose Ramirez (6th in the OBP ranks) in the 2nd in favor of JD Martinez (who is 10th in the OBP ranking) hoping to go with the guy with the higher floor. I was burned by Ramirez last year and have been on a running for several years of having at least one of my first two picks be a total bust. I plugged everyone into the war room and came out with a .280 average, 103% on RBIs, 121% on HRs, 102% on runs. Pham, Edman and Andrus are decent steals sources, but I really could have used one more speed guy to go with them. Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton are on waivers. Would you grab either of them as a bench bat or wait to see if other steals sources emerge in the first week?

    On the pitching side:

    SP- Corbin (5-53)
    SP- Bauer (8-80)
    SP- Gray (9-97)
    SP- Hill (10-102)
    SP- Ryu (11-119)
    SP- Yarbrough (15-163)
    SP – Burnes (20-212)
    SP- Jon Gray (21-229)
    SP – Canning (22-234)
    RPs – Melancon, Kintzler, Watson, Wade Davis

    Felt good about being able to wait to the 5th and grab Corbin. Ended up with 3 guys out of tier 2 on the pitcher ranks when Gray and Ryu fell to a point where I thought they were good values. I know you aren’t as high on Rich Hill, but he was one pick I was influenced by the CBS guys on as they are pushing him pretty hard as having a lot of upside in a short season. With 3 guys already in the first 2 tiers, I figured I could afford to take a shot on him there and still ended up with Ryu a round later. In the past I have always relied heavily on streaming to gain an advantage on quality starts, but I realize the strategy is different in a season long roto where pitcher implosions will wreck your ratios beyond a single week. We have Wins + Quality starts though so that gives us 3 counting stats vs the 2 ratios cats though. Do you think streaming is still the right move or should I wait to see how the standings in all of the cats are shaking out in the first couple of weeks?

    Thanks again for all of your guidance!

    • letsgobravos says:
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      Reading through comments above, saw where you’re low on Jon Gray so I dumped him in favor of Nick Madrigal as a bench bat. Fingers crossed the white sox will do the right thing and let him start the season at 2b.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Smart move

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re not gonna in good conscience start Hamilton or Gordon there…Forget them for now…I don’t think you’re that weak in SBs anyway…Your power actually looks more precarious, hopefully Giancarlo carries his weight

      Your pitching looks great, I think you have to stream, and I wouldn’t own Jon Gray after maybe his 1st start

      • letsgobravos says:
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        Thanks for the feedback. Your pitching rankings have always helped me build a solid staff with middle round picks. I grabbed Schwarber late as a hedge in case Stanton doesn’t deliver. I do wish I could have found a better power/speed guy at SS or 2b so I wasn’t starting Edman and Andrus up the middle.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem! Hopefully can get the win!

  64. Dave D says:
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    Looks like Blue Jays in Buffalo afterall. The public health commisioner is not a big enough baseball fan.

    • hondo says:
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      If New York lets them.They’ve got over 30 states on the quarantine list.

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, what a sh*tshow! I guess nobody cares about generating revenue that much right now. Maybe they should accept bids like Amazon did last year to see who actually wants them.

        • hondo says:
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          I wouldn’t count on Baltimore either,they just shut the bars and restaurants back down today.

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, anywhere in TriState will be tough too

            • hondo says:
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              Does Plum Island have a stadium?

              • Dave D says:
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                Haha! No, nearest ones are Providence or Hartford. Yard Goats play in a nice place for minor leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So goofy

  65. swaggerjackers says:
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    Josh James has a plus matchup according to streamo this week while Houser’s matchup is in the negative (despite being against Pittsburgh). Houser is a big sleeper candidate so I hate to cut him before the season even starts but is that the right thing to do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Houser

  66. Big League Wood says:
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    Gloom, despair, and agony on me… First FAB on Saturday. Lost Sale and Price in 15 teamer. What would you pay for Rich Hill, Alex Wood, and Corbin Byrnes? I got a grand to bid.

  67. Bo says:
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    Hi Grey,

    In an 8-team, 5x 5 OBP keeper league, would you trade away Yordan Alvarez, Edwin Encarnacion, Dylan Carlson, and Trevor Bauer for Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Santana, Andrew Vaughn, and Yu Darvish in order to have a chance to win this year?

    Best,

    Bo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Bo says:
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        Thanks. I have been going back and forth on this potential trade for quite some time now, so this rather clear answer is pretty helpful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  68. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    10 team NL only with OBP over AVG, total bases added and net steals. normally a h2h league but we voted in roto for this yeaer. have this currently:
    C suzuki
    1B votto
    2B wong
    SS amed
    3B lamb (1B)
    MI camargo (SS/3B/OF)
    CI fatt adams (1B)
    OF (4): harper, pham, grisham, mccutchen
    util (1) mcneil (2B/3B)
    BN tapia
    DL (5): freeman (who sounds like he’s playing right off), brocktune (who sounds like he ain’t)
    NA (1) lux

    i just dropped bohm as i don’t have 6 days out of 67 to waste on a dead roster spot, added tapia/bruce/lamb (lamb having 3B/1B is useful since camargo is off vs lefties and mcneil might be needed at OF or MI sometimes)

    1. hold those 3 (tapia/lamb/fatt adams or drop for any of: j.rojas, kipnis, bote, souza (these latter 2 sound like bad side platooners though), i.diaz (good side of platoon), sogard (leading off vs righties), fatt adams, haseley, l.thomas, crawford, naylor, france, j.osuna (full job and 1B/3B/OF),

    2. assuming freeman is back, who’s the drop (would think it’s one of the bruce/adams or similar player group i own at the time or lamb. this assumes tapia actually did steal hilliard’s job, if that’s not true he’s an easy drop).

    player rater (OPS), has them ranked per game bruce, adams, lamb. bruce has a strong (for this deep) positive rating per game. all 3 of them are righty side guys, but bruce/adams bat in good part of order on good hitting teams too. adams obviously could lose playing time if they give it to riley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hold

      2, I don’t even see a Bruce on your team, so I guess him

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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        oops, yeah while i was writing this i moved out fatt adams and added bruce (rater likes him slightly more). so fatt adams over bruce for now, then when freeman is back (probably fri) drop fatt adams or lamb (from the 3B extra elig)

        • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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          we’re roto now, so unlike h2h where i wouldn’t have wanted to waste a move if i changed my mind it doesn’t matter here, no moves limits for roto. no reason to have them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Adams

  69. Scott says:
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    Speaking of bad lux, I also have Stroman and Gallegos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too!

  70. Play Ball says:
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    For 1B when Vlad is eligible – Josh Bell or Vlad?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vlad

      • Play Ball says:
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        BTW, Penn Dept of Health denied the request for them to play in PNC. Jays are still without a home.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

  71. RicoSuave says:
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    16 team points league…

    Now with Gavin Lux’s situation and K Tucker’s uncertain role I have to keep them on my bench(stashed) but I also have M Gore … should I move on for someone like Akiyama, Hays, K Lewis, Riley, Madrigal?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Shogo, Hays

  72. Rick Brown says:
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    Yahoo has fixed the problem regarding Covid and the IL.
    RICK

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, RICK

  73. Rick Brown says:
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    Also just read Stroman on IL with a left calf tear.He is week-to-week.Just keeps getting better.
    RICK

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wonderful news, RICK

  74. RobMac says:
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    11-team Roto standard categories who do you like best:

    Stripling
    Houser
    Garrett Richards

    Thanks! You kept me going through the long off-season

  75. DonnieB says:
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    Austin Riley or Ian Happ? Thanks…. I have Stroman all over. That’s Just great.th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, same….Happ

  76. LOLmets says:
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    Would you start Dr fauci vs the Yankees or take a wait and see approach?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hear he’s only going one pitch

      • LOLmets says:
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        GP, he can’t qualify for the win

  77. Cohen says:
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    Grey, just finished my 13 team roto draft. Please tell me how think i did?
    C-Suzuki
    1B-Alonso
    2B-Madrigal
    SS-Story
    3B-Suarez
    MI-Mondesi
    CI-Y.Gurriel
    OF-Springer
    OF-Eloy
    OF-Kingery
    OF-Akiyama
    OF-K.Lewis
    Util-Hampson
    Bn-Happ
    Bn-Tsutsugo
    SP-Castillo
    SP-S.Gray
    SP-Lynn
    SP-ERod
    CL-Workman
    CL-Kim
    CL-Kela
    CL-Crick
    CL-Kintzler
    CL-Givens

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like the hitting and pitching a lot, I think you might be a little light on power and high on speed, but not awful…Solid team!

  78. Fister Furbush says:
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    Grey Albright!

    My god it’s been far far far too long my hero.
    Well I had my yearly 12 team H2H points league.

    Would you please give me your brief and honest opinion on how I did? I need your gratification! (Or your stern verbal disciplining).

    C Kiner-Falefa
    1st Bellinger
    2nd Hiura
    3rd E. Escobar
    SS Story
    OF Judge
    OF Eloy
    OF Soler
    Util. Moose

    SP Giolito
    SP Glasnow
    SP Woodruff
    SP Keuchel
    SP Musgrove
    RP Jansen
    RP Rogers

  79. Gabe says:
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    With Aroldis out, relief pitching staff has been reduced to Edwin Díaz, Mark Melancon, Brandon Kintzler, Maeda (occasional hold), and Ginkel. There are no starting closers available (nor is Britton) and the guys with most holds from last year were drafted. Can you recommend some solid or sleeper middlemen on decent teams who I can count on for holds that would not have had high hold / saves last year?

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