Steve Cishek hit the DL with the same injury that sounds like it once affected Nadia Comaneci –a torn labrum.  Grey’s got Olympics fever!  Which this year sounds like it can be transmitted by a mosquito.  “I’m not wearing my Brazilian national flag t-shirt to sit in the room all day!  Actually, I feel a little woozy too.”  That’s a family of four coming down with the Zika Virus at this year’s Olympics.  With Cishek likely out for the year, grab Edwin Diaz in all leagues.  On a related note, I’ll leave you with the Double Dutch Bus, a song that Missy Elliott later made famous on Gossip Folks.  The chorus for Double Dutch Bus sounds like it’s just me trying to say the name Steve Cishek.  Fast forward to 2:15 if you’re not feeling early 80s funk and just want the guy to say Steve Cishek repeatedly.

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

Ariel Miranda – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Before each pitch, Miranda would tell the Red Sox they had the right to remain silent, which got old real quick.  Stupid Constitutional rights.  Miranda was obtained in the Wade Miley trade, and he looks like he could, one day, if everything breaks right, maybe, possibly, be as good as Miley.

Drew Pomeranz – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (6 BBs), 6 Ks.  I get it that the AL is tougher, but six walks in six innings?  That many free passes and you may as well hang up the cleats and become a Chance deck in Monopoly.  Amiright?!

Travis Shaw – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 13th homer, hitting .263.  My confirmation bias tells me Shaw hits a homer every ten games and never gets hot.  Lots of 1-for-4’s with 1 RBI from this guy.

Andrew Miller – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER as he was used in the 6th and 7th innings.  To afford Miller, the Indians sold bullpen responsibilities to Drew Carey.  Lucky for the Indians that Carey prefers Bud in the early innings.  Obviously, hold onto Cody Allen, this shituation just got murky.

Mike Napoli – 1-for-3, 1 run and his 4th steal.  Everything you can do, he can do better, minus the ability to impress on his mother to keep her shirt on.

Carlos Santana – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .245.  Napoli’s been great, but Carlos Santana hasn’t been bad this year either.  Looks like the offseason trip to that Black Magic Woman paid off.  Sorry, African-American Magic Woman.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 18th homer, hitting .285.  Also, in this game, Brian Dozier (2-for-4) hit his 22nd homer.  These two guys are like the white man’s overbite version of Ben Revere and Denard Span.  Not to do fantasy profiling, but could you pick Dozier or Kipnis’s stats out of lineup?

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .306.  It’s no coincidence that I’m kicking ass in all of my leagues in hitting and I own Lindor in three of them.  In one league, my Scout league, I’ve finally reached first place after a season-long struggle, braving a rainstorm of locusts and Giancarlo’s subpar year.  Get a taste –> here’s the standings.

Rajai Davis – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and two steals (26, 27).  Naquin, Guyer (2-for-4, 1 run), The King of SAGNOF, whomever the Indians use hits.  My thought:  over.

Hector Santiago – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.37.  Twins fans must be happy Santiago’s at least not Ricky Nolasco.  If Nolasco were pitching, his line would’ve been 6 IP, 5 ER.  So much worse!

Joe Mauer – 2-for-3, hitting .280, and hitting near .550 in the last week.  It’s like it’s 2009 all over again!  Except Trump isn’t presiding over a boardroom of Dennis Rodman and Joan Rivers.

Brad Miller – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer, and his fourth homer this week.  Oh, you best believe he’s in the Buy column that’s coming later today, but you’re a damn fool if you need to wait for that to add him.

Drew Smyly – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 5.14.  Stream-o-Nator loved his start yesterday, for good reason, but the Matchup Gods are not Smyly’ing down on him for his next start.

Ian Kennedy – 6 IP, 0 ER 1 Hit, 4 Walks, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.03.  Kennedy’s gotta be careful with those BBs, especially if there’s Communists, Cubans, Mafia or Lyndon B. Johnson around.

Paulo Orlando – 3-for-4.  Elias Sports Bureau said Orlando’s big game in Tampa came exactly 84 miles away from a Little League game where Bobby Tampa went 3-for-4 in Orlando.

Aaron SanchezBlue Jays announced that Sanchez would remain in the rotation for the time being.  Hey, it’s their prerogative to change their minds, but at some point soon we’re going to get into the territory where I no longer want anything to do with Sanchez next year due to overuse this season.

J.A. Happ – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.09.  Exhibit A why you should draft NL pitchers.  Happ’s 6th in the AL with that ERA.  He’d be 17th in the NL.

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4 and his 30th homer, and 91st RBI.  What’s he on pace for?  44 HRs and 125 RBIs?  Dayum.

Jesse Hahn – 4 IP, 5 ER as he was recalled for the start.  Talk to the Hahn, because if he keeps pitching like that he’s going to want company.

Danny Valencia – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 14th homer.  The A’s and Blue Jays should get together and not bench Valencia and Sanchez together.

Ryon Healy – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .246.  He hasn’t done a thing recently, so we’ll have to wait for more.  Fo’Healy.

Ji-Man Choi – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and 3rd and 4th homers.  If he were in his native South Korea, he’d have comic books written about him and be showered with gochujang, which sounds like it might sting his eyes, so maybe it’s for the best.

Mike Trout – Missed yesterday’s game with a head cold.  C’mon, man, you can’t spell Robitussin without RBIs!

Andrelton Simmons – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  How bad are the Angels?  Simmons hit cleanup yesterday.  That should never happen, unless Simmons’ index finger turns into a dustbuster.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-5, 1 run as he was activated from the DL.  If you can’t find better on waivers, you’re not trying hard enough.  Sorry, I don’t mean to be hard on you like your father.

Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .200.  HAHAHAHA!  Where’s your Lucroy now?!  Hitting .200 with one homer!  *intern whispers in ear*  Turns out that’s just Lucroy stats on the Rangers through three games.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4 and his 31st homer, hitting .267.  Well, he did come down a long way since hitting .340 through one month, but I’d take his .240 average (rounding) from May 1st on for some of that sweet power.

Pedro Alvarez – 3-for-4 and his 16th homer, and third homer in two games, and fourth homer in the last four games.  You need to platoon him out of your lineup on occasion, but right now he might be taking the hottest schmotato in the land label right out from under Yasmany’s nose.

Hyun-Soo Kim – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer and his 12th RBI.  Not this week.  That’s on the year.  He is hitting .335 though.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Paying immediate dividends like my coconut monkey bank that holds a sign on it that reads, “401(k).”

Bartolo Colon – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.46.  You just know at some point before Colon retires that his 275-pound, big-bellied 19-year-old kid is going to be pitching in the majors too.

Luis Severino – Will start on Tuesday vs. the Red Sox.  He looks great in the minors for months while Pineda and Nova look terrible, but Severino’s not promoted, then, finally, they put him in the rotation for the Sawx.  It’s official, the Yankees and/or Joe Girardi hate Severino.

Brandon Finnegan – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.45.  I started him in one NL-Only league.  The league where I can do no wrong.  Live with me –> here’s the standings.  That’s about as close as it’s been for the last month.  This was the league in the beginning of the year where I talked about owning Dustin Garneau.  Yeah, he hasn’t really factored in.  If you look at that old post and wonder how the hell am I winning by so much, FAAB purchase of Jeanmar and Aledmys haven’t hurt, and Pomeranz couldn’t be used once he went to the AL.  Daniel Murphy’s helped a tad too.

Brandon Phillips – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI and his 6th steal.  Throwback Thursday!

Scott Schebler – Pulled from the game with a knee injury.  Damn, he can’t catch a break this year.  He was supposed to start the year in the lineup, then lost his job to Duvall, then Bruce is traded, and Schebler gets another job–Okay, I feel like now I’m just transcribing Scott Schebler’s mom’s Facebook update.

Mike Leake – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA up to 4.80.  If that’s a Leake, I hate to see a full-on busted pipe.  “I suggest you put on a life jacket when you go to sleep.”  That’s a plumber being real with you when he sees your busted pipe.

Bud Norris – Diagnosed with a strained back, which sounds oddly similar to Kershaw’s issue.  Living in LA, I know what the problem is.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference from real and make believe and the Dodgers hired Jon Cryer to be the team chiropractor.

Corey Seager – 1-for-5 and his 19th homer, hitting .306.  Yeah, Seager would have 35 homers if he played his home games in Coors.  Take that, Trevor Story!

David Dahl – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Tomorrow will be going on a week of me telling you to remove your head from your sun-don’t-shine-area and grab Dahl.

Tyrell Jenkins – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 2 Ks, ERA at 4.33.  He had a 6.2 K/9 in Triple-A and his stuff reads to me like a longman-slash-peg boy.

Jake Thompson – Will debut on Saturday.  Here’s what I said the other day, “That was fast replacing Nola.   That reminds me of when boob flashing skyrocketed in Daytona Beach after Hurricane Katrina.  Thompson may have terrific stuff, I don’t know, but he has a barely 6.00 K/9 in Triple-A, so I’m gonna sit out this rookie nookie.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Vincent Velasquez – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.33.  I streamed him for this start, and, while it depends on how deep your league is, you can likely drop him like I did since he doesn’t have a great next matchup per the Stream-o-Nator.

Aaron Altherr – 1-for-3, 1 RBI and his 3rd steal.  Damn, what is that in?  7 games?  Someone’s trying to get their sleeper value up for next year.

Matt Moore – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (6 BBs), 7 Ks.  Welcome to the NL, Matt Moore!  If he were still in the AL East, yesterday’s game would’ve been a 3 IP, 7 ER drubbing.  Yup, I’d even look to own Moore in some leagues.

Denard Span – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  I almost picked him up for the batty call yesterday.  I knew he was hot (near-.350 in the last week), but I really didn’t need steals (so don’t ask me why I picked up Rajai), but I failed to grab Denard dawg.  I wonder if the synapses in my head machine are working right.  Wait, head machine?  What’s the thing in your head called again?  The thing with your smarts?  Ugh, I’m having a something fart.

Jordan Zimmermann – 1 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.44, as he was activated from the DL, and now he’s headed for another MRI.  It’s like Groundhog’s Day only Zimmermann’s career looks more like Andie MacDowell’s than Bill Murray’s.

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-4 and his 25th homer, hitting .308.   Swiggy is getting better as the season goes along like a fine Ripple.

Tim Anderson – Was hit by a pitch on his hand, but x-rays came back negative, saying his hand was half-empty with intact bones.  What a negative, bummer of an x-ray!

Jose Quintana – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.93.  I think I bet someone that Rodon would do better than Quintana this year.  Like 4 AM to 5 AM, not my finest hour.

Avisail Garcia – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer.  That’s now his third homer in the last three games.  Maybe he was inspired by facing the Tigers and his Mini Me, Miggy, but whatever it is, Avisail looks to be hot schmotato’ing.  He’s not going to be in the Buy column later today but he’s here now.

Jose Abreu – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  In related news, water is dry and the desert is wet.  I’d wait for video proof of this Abreu homer before claiming it happened, but right now all I can find is scratchy, 8 mm film with a Loch Ness Monster sticking its head up in the background.  Wait a day, then check Snopes to see if Abreu’s homer really happened or if it was created by the media.

2020 Draft Kit
 
  1. Alex says:
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    Morning! I’m needing some pitching with Salazar out, Carrasco scuffling, and JoFer moving closer to a shut down.

    Who would you target if trying to trade Kepler in his hot streak? I’m eyeing Quintana, and this post made me consider Moore. Any other ideas?

    Also, DeScalfani vs. Pitt? Sit or start. And if he falters would you pickup Musgrove or Berrios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: I’d take Quintana… No idea of matchup with DeSclafani, is it home? Away? Against who? Musgrove

    • knucks says:
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      @Alex: Disco is @PIT (Taillon) and FWIW SON says to sit. I’m rolling him out there though.

  2. Simply Fred

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    Grey/anyone, please…what happened to Manual Margot? He is listed on the AAA El Paso roster but hasn’t played since July 30. He is on the SD 40-man(inactive). ESPN reported that he was removed midway in the July 30 game (thinking he might be headed up), but nadda since. I have searched every tweet/news source I am aware of and can’t find any news. Is he injured? If so, where does one go to find that out?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Simply Fred: I hear El Paso is beautiful this time of year! Now you have an excuse to go! (I’ll see if I can find anything…)

    • S P says:
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      @Simply Fred: I don’t recall where I read this, but I do remember a news source saying it was due to an injury. I don’t remember what it was but I remember my reaction to it being that it was no big deal, like in the 10-15 day range.

      Sorry, all I’ve got.

      • Simply Fred

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        @S P: Thank you! I trust your memory. That explains it. (at least he didn’t beat his girlfriend and get deported… :-) )

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Simply Fred:
      I found this
      Margot went 5 for 6 with 2 HR yesterday.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Simply Fred: He was back last night and had a huge game, it was a sore hammy I believe that got him removed from the game last Saturday. Which is why Asuaje (another guy to keep an eye over the next few weeks) slide to left with Bousfield moving to right.

      Preller has been on record saying that Margot and Renfroe won’t be up until September. I doubted that report at first but it seems like they are trying to limit the service time clock.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph LIfshitz: and you thought I was trying to mess with your head

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simply Fred: He won’t be up until Sept, said the Padres

  3. Sports Benjamin says:
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    The injury bug has its sniper rifle out on my pitching staff. I need to drop Kershaw, McCullers, or Teheran in a redraft league where I am fighting for playoff spot. Who are you dropping out of those three?

    (Side note: had G Richards and Harvey on this team too… Been a fun year)

    Thanks,
    Sports

    • Packers says:
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      @Sports Benjamin: ouch on your pitching staff. I think Kershaw and McCullers are safe to drop in a redraft. There is only 8 or so starts left anyways.

    • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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      @Sports Benjamin: holy shit man, props for making the playoffs. There’s still no timetable for Mccullers, and Kershaw is Kershaw. Tough to drop him no matter the format

  4. Kiss The Mad Bum says:
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    Odor for rich hill? Thx!

  5. Chris says:
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    Hosmer has been unplayable over the last month but I still keep rolling him out there. After a promising start where “breakout” was being used, his number aren’t looking all that great now. He has 2 homers and 10 rbi over last 30 days with a .247 obp. He will finish where he always does on the power dept but with less runs this year. Should I cut him and go for a hot bat in my ci spot like alvarez. I know it’s bold. I have kris bryant in OF and can shift him to ci if alvarez doesn’t play. I have an extra OF in my bench. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Don’t cut Hosmer

  6. Zim's metal plate says:
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    Who do you like better ROS in HH points league with 2pts for a SB, Trea Turner or Jackie Bradley? Thanks

  7. Mike says:
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    time to drop Michael Saunders? His average has dipped below .280 and doesn’t seem to have the same pop off the bat he had before the all star break? I tried to shop him while he was hot last month but didn’t have any takers.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mike: Sure if there is a better option.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Agree with F

  8. KCC26 says:
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    Keep 6 league where players can be kept forever, but their cost is determined by the average of their draft position from the previous year and their (yahoo) pre-ranking for the upcoming year. League is head-to-head so buying players in a trade is more renting them for the 2/3 weeks of head to head playoff crapshoot.

    Next year, I can keep Bryant with a 6th round pick. Assuming he stays on a first rounder trajectory, would be 4th round year after that, then 3rd, etc.

    In first place right now, being offered Longoria, Miguel Cabrera and Greinke for Bryant. Go for it? Hold and trust that my team can pull through without trading off my best long term asset??? Tough call, as my team is older than balls and light on other great keeper options for next year beyond Rizzo (4th), degrom (10), Dahl (very late).

    What do you guys think?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @KCC26: I’d keep Bryant

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KCC26: Agree with F

  9. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    H2h obp league…who do I sit?

    Upton v Thor
    JDong v Thor
    HanRam @ Kazmir

    I was originally tempted to sit HanRam but he’s absolutely destroying LHP this year (179 wRC+), however he doesn’t have great numbers against Kazmir. If he’s not in the lineup, this is an easy decision. If he is, I’m leaning towards Upton.

  10. Sasquatch sluggers says:
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    Do you think Bundy has ace potential ie. top ten? Thanks.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Sasquatch sluggers: Top 10? Not while he’s in the AL East. If he continues to pitch well maybe he’d crack the Top-30 SP for 2017.

  11. kingforaday151 says:
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    Got offered Abreu and Sale for Rizzo….hesitant, but I’m in the race and could use a solid starter. Thoughts?

  12. Wiggly Piggly says:
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    5×5 AVG H2H

    R:15-13 (winning)
    HR:6-3 (winning)
    RBI: 17-7 (winning)
    SB: 3-1 (winning)
    AVG: .265-.280 (losing)

    Sit 2

    [email protected] De La Rosa
    Springer vs Perez
    Reddick vs Wright
    [email protected]
    Turner vs Wright
    Ozuna @ De La Rosa
    [email protected]

    My opponents only speed is Segura/Cain.Sit Reddick/Turner and hope my infield can produce power? Speed is typically an issue so i don’t know about sitting both Hamilton and Perez.At the same time, AVG is only category I’m losing.

  13. Rabbit says:
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    Awesome video, Grey. Those production values were outstanding. Did you notice the guy in the old school Pittsburgh Pirates cap? He looked like a young Dave Parker. And not only is the chorus about Steve Cishek, at the end of the song they sing about a replacement level NYM first baseman: “Let me hear you say ‘Doo-Da’.” “Doo-Da.” “Let me hear you say ‘Doo-Doo’.” “Doo-Doo.” Perfect!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: HA! Yup, saw the young Dave Parker, so great

  14. Rabbit says:
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    That video got me curious about Double Dutch Bus, particularly since the neighborhood where they filmed it had the look of my hometown Philly, so I looked it up on the Interwebs. Sure enough, Frankie Smith, who wrote and recorded the song and is the guy in the stylin’ hat in the video, is a Philadelphia native ad that’s where that video was recorded, with local kids. But the best part is that, according to his bio at allmusic.com, Smith wrote the song after being turned down for a job as a SEPTA bus driver. From allmusic.com: “Still smarting from missing out on a bus-driving gig, Smith recorded an expletive-laced improvised rap about a “double Dutch bus.” The engineers laughed and told Smith that they couldn’t use that and Smith re-recorded a cuss-free version of the rap. He kept in mind the huge crossover success of Kurtis Blow, who had a million-selling single with The Breaks, and Pig Latin, which had become a current rage with the kids. Smith recorded the rap at about two o’clock in the morning, giving the vocal a groggy, froggy flavor. To complete the track, Smith went to a bus terminal and recorded a horn, and invited neighborhood kids to the recording studio to add some hip Pig Latin.”
    And the rest is music history. Awesome.

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Rabbit: Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rabbit: That’s amazing!

  15. Crock says:
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    Which 2 would you stash in a na spot that might have an impact this year : Bell, Judge and Gurriel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crock: Judge, Gurriel

  16. I got below offer in a 14 team keeper league.

    My Seager and Kluber
    His Russel and Rizzo

    Thoughts?

    Thanks.

  17. J says:
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    Heyo Grey,

    Standard H2H 12 Teamer

    C- Realmuto
    1b- Votto
    2b- Dozier
    ss- CSeager
    3b- machado
    OF- Polanco, Marte, JUpton
    UTIL- Rendon, KDavis
    BN- LCain

    Any room for Dahl?

    Thanks!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @J: Khris Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Agree with ‘poop

  18. Surfer dude says:
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    hi, h2h pts non-keeper league, need to drop one: alverez, dahl, naquin – thanks

  19. The JoGarza says:
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    Good morning!

    In a 12-team H2H OBP league, I’m in first place.

    An owner offered me Bryant and Freeman for Machado and Rizzo. Bryant can be kept in the 17th round next year, Machado and Rizzo can’t be kept at all.

    Is the guarantee of keeping Bryant worth taking a slight hit in production?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @The JoGarza: If you can win this year I’d hold…if you dont think so I’d take Bryant since you cant keep Macho and Rizzo anyway.

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: A couple of other teams have made big trades to beef up their team, but I have a stacked team myself. I’ll hold then, thanks!

  20. Cram It says:
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    Schebler noooooo! You know you’ve got it bad when you’re praying the dregs of your Scout team can at least stay healthy.

    • knucks says:
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      @Cram It: I was only kidding yesterday. I never sent any bad vibes Cram, I swear! Scout sounds painful as hell. Not being able to make moves in fantasy is something I don’t think I could honestly handle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Incredibly (and now jinxing), I haven’t had any injuries outside of Mesoraco

  21. G says:
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    If I’m looking to trade Duvall or Chris Davis, which one should I be looking to sell for an SP? Is a return of Maeda or Quintana sound ok?