Due to the light schedule, let’s drill down on Cody Bellinger (2-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .432).  If man-love bothers you, perhaps you should shield your eyes.  This could become naughty, and, yes, I need to remove my pants to write the rest of this.  Cody is 2 1/2 home runs from being halfway to last year’s homer total.  How does one hit a 1/2 of a home run?  You hit it out of the park, then pimp with a bat flip so long you get tackled rounding 2nd.  Right now, Bellinger’s HR/FB% is absurd.  He’s not even hitting that many fly balls.  It’s just everything he touches goes bim-bam-zoom to the moon.  Can that continue, you ask with your doe eyes and soft lips.  You drafted Goodrum on too many teams, because you sound drunk.  Of course, it won’t continue.  His launch angle last year, when he hit 25 homers, was 16 degrees.  This year it’s 13.  He is hitting the ball damn hard, though.  He’s third in the majors with 96 MPH average exit velocity.  I’d be shocked if he hits less than 35 homers, but I also don’t think he’s going to hit more than his career high of 39 homers, if his fly ball rate holds.  His strikeout rate has absolutely cratered, in a good way, but, of course, when a guy is hitting well, he’s not striking out.  He will go cold, turkey, and cold turkey on power at some point.  It’s early, yadda-blabbity-bloo, so don’t panic sell.  He’s now a legit top 15 bat vs. the top 40 one we thought he might be in the preseason.  Now, I will put back on my linen Tommy Bahama pants and continue.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Julio Urias – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.66, and will head back to the bullpen.  That’s a helluva way to go though, huh?  Not to answer but to stare at the lint in my mustache.  Hyun-Jin Ryu will now rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation on Saturday saying his groin feels INCREDIBLE!

Max Muncy – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .270.  He wasn’t promoted until April 17th last year, so he’s still ahead of his pace (no, I might not be able to continue to say this for much longer).

Zach Davies – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 1.19.  The entire Brewers’ pitching staff wants to screw you over so bad.  Go ahead, pick up one of them, they will defecate in the hole they leave in your chest.  Since you pay me the big pennies, I guess I have to drill down on Davies a bit.  *looks at his K-rate* Awful.  *looks at his walk rate*  Terrible!  *looks at his xFIP* Is this a joke?  *looks at his velocity* More like Yuch Davies.  Thanks, but I’m good.

Christian Yelich – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .351.  He’s hitting 90 points below Bellinger?  What a scrub!

Didi Gregorius – Hit in a cage and made throws at 120 feet.  Or 60 people.

Domingo German – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.37.  German got Guten tagged.  Sorry.  *removes shirt*  Flog me!  I’ve punned bad!  I still like German, and obviously he was never a sub-2 ERA pitcher.  If he throws 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 Ks every time out, I’m wit’ it.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer.  I know the sun will come out tomorrow, but what if it came out yesterday?  Does that matter?  Deep thoughts with Grey Albright.  I’ve been saying, in one form or another, to pick up Soler for the last two weeks-plus, and, if I want to prove further righteousness, I can just say the “plus” part of two weeks goes back three years.  Right again, snitches!

Homer Bailey – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.30.  So I went to look at Bailey’s peripherals to see if there’s anything to him and when I Googled, “Homer Bailey peripherals,” Google said, “GTFO.”  Is that a band?  If someone can get through their internet filters to see Bailey’s numbers, please let me know.

Tommy Pham – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (6), hitting .286.  Home runs against Orioles pitching count the same.  Should they?  Click the slideshow to find out.

Avisail Garcia – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer, hitting .311.  Racist!  Since I’ve told you to pick him up about three times this week, he will definitely be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  You can hardly wait!  No, you!

Mychal Givens – 1 2/3 IP, 1 ER as he blew a chance for his 1st save, ERA at 5.00.  *rips up Orioles bullpen shares*  Yeah, I’m out until there’s some clarity with this shituation.

Joey Rickard – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 1st steal, hitting .212.  Everyone on the O’s is a better Cedric Mullins (0-for-5, hitting .089) than Cedric Mullins.  Call him Cedric the Mullinstainer.

Eddie Rosario – 2-for-4 and two homers (5, 6).  Is everyone named Eddie steady?  Discuss amongst yourselves.

Michael Pineda – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.30.  The Return of the Pineda Piñata.  Only instead of it being filled with candies and treats, it’s filled with bloody ulcers.  “Good ahead, Little Kevin, give it a swing on the Pineda Piñata!”  Little Kevin winds up and — SPLAT — knocks off the head; bloody ulcers spilled out of its neck.  One girl, small for her size, happily shoves a bloody ulcer in her mouth.  The Jays, man?  Damn you, Pineda, you did it to me again.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  Grichuk rounded the bases reading his copy of Angela’s Ashes, because home run trots should be somber affairs.

Teoscar Hernandez – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, and, I believe, his 2nd homer this week.  I’m guessing, but I also own him, so how off on this could I be?  While you’re answering that, could you also answer me if parents now point to their iPhone clock when it’s time for kids to come in from playing like they used to point at their watches?

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because he’s 98.9% garbage, but, after he hits one homer, I could see him hitting another soon thereafter.

Odubel Herrera – Hit the IL, which stinks, but, hello, Scott Kingery, old friend, a welcome respite from my thirst, my hunger, my beginning of a poem that doesn’t rhyme.  I tried to grab Kingery in every league, and he will be in this afternoon’s Buy column.

Roman Quinn – 0-for-4 as he got the start for the injured ODB.  Quinn could have some short-term value, but if Segura returns, I’d guess Kingery moves to ODB’s spot.

Zach Eflin – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.68 vs. Kyle Freeland – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.23.  Ah, the ol’ random pitcher duel in Coors.  I’m sure that has now doomed my start of German Marquez.  Lowercase yay!

David Dahl – 1-for-3, 1 run as he was activated from the IL.  Awesome, that was fast (which I say while suppressing lingering doubts that he is just going to hurt himself again).

Ryan McMahon – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd home run as he was activated from the IL.  What a total passive aggressive move.  “Ooh, I know, I’m gonna hit two homers when the absolute least number of people who own me will have me in their lineup.”  Cool, brah.  Jerk!  With Murphy still out for a few weeks (at least), McMahon should have some place to play.

Chris Paddack – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.25.  So, what you’re saying is he won’t throw a lights-out start every time?  Bleh, what a lame spoiler!

Joey Votto – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  Also, in this game, Tucker Barnhart hit his 1st homer.  Paddack, if you’re gonna get hit, could you at least have it be by good Reds hitters like…Hmm, Puig was out of the lineup.  Uh, Winker, I guess, but he’s hitting .182; he did hit his 5th homer, though.  Damn, Paddack, this was the Reds’ B lineup and I’m not sure they have an A lineup!

Ryon Healy – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer.  To the hundreds of people I’ve told to drop Healy… Meekly, “My b.”  But he is hitting 8th, and not that well before yesterday.  Guess I could see going back in on him, but my tethered self in the basement of an arcade is shaking its head.

Omar Narvaez – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .297.  Out of curiosity, I just looked at the Player Rater for catchers, and Narvaez is not as high as I thought he’d be, but still high.

Anthony Swarzak – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 1.42 and the blown save.  Then Cody Allen said, “Hold my beer,” and lost the game (1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.57).  Then Brad Boxberger said, “I got next,” and farted into a beer can, and everyone left the bar without saying goodbye.

David Fletcher – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer.  Why is it still April but this feels like too little too late?

Felix Hernandez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.91.  This game was in Anaheim, and usually F-Her in the Big A always comes up big.

Drew Pomeranz – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.82.  This was a road game, so I never would’ve started him.  Pomeranz is the definition of Rice-ja-broni.

Wilmer Difo – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  Wilmer Difo deserves recognition for how well he’s acting in a Platoon.

Patrick Corbin – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.36.  “This year’s All-Star game starters are Patrick Corbin and…um…hmm…Mike Minor?”

Lucas Giolito – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain.  Since he’s a nice Italian boy, I’m gonna say it’s more like a porchetta-string strain.

Ivan Nova – 6 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.23.  Buh-buh-buh-but what about his FIP?

Welington Castillo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .171.  Where’s the boeuf?!  In the can! *weird looks*  “In the can” like they say on film sets when something is finished…Guys?  Where ya going?

Eloy Jimenez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .261.  I’ll be real with you, Jimenez has been a bore to own.  I know, I own him.  His Ks are way up, fly balls are down and has been hitting a ton of dribblers like he’s John Stockton in ball-hugging shorts (the shorts are irrelevant to the simile, but adds to vividness).  It’s too early to write off Eloy, however, and if I could buy him low I would.  This was just a bad three weeks, not who he is.

Ryan Cordell – 3-for-4 and his 2nd homer, as he was recalled to fill in for the world’s worst sleeper, Daniel Palka.  Let me take a victory lap like Cersei when they were throwing crap at her.  Cordell is an AL-Only pickup for now.  He is a 10/10 guy, but he has two quick homers and a much steeper launch angle than we’re used to seeing from him, which might mean nothing or something.

Christin Stewart – Hit the IL with a quad strain.  “Well, I hit the IL with a broken heart!”  Robert Pattinson probably.

Nicholas Castellanos – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .279.  Nice to see the Greek God of Hard Contact return with a few line drives.  Shower him in disco fries and souvlaki.

Mike Soroka – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks as he was recalled from the minors.  Great, solid, adjective!  The opposing team wasn’t good (and they still got baserunners), and when Foltywichwich returns, Soroka likely loses his rotation spot. So, I’m not that into him, at least right now.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer, hitting .324.  Joey Votto has a pouch and out hopped Freeman.  He’s Joey’s joey Votto.

Luke Weaver – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.92.  I had lost faith in Weaver before this start, and, if I’m being 100% honest, I don’t know why.  Looking at his peripherals tells us that we should be in on him, even if it’s still a little early to draw firm conclusions.  *running hand over conclusions*  Creepy voice, “Mmm, so firm.”  His 10.5 K/9 (I know!) and 2.2 BB/9 (nice!) are solid, and Streamonator is positive (barely) on his next start.

Christian Walker – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .300.  The White Walker keeps going over the wall, so….Winter is coming?  Winter is here?  Anna Wintour’s haircut is severe?  What is going on right now?  Has The White Walker become my favorite player (of the last week)?  Does everything I touch turn to gold?  *touches my pitching staff*  Nope, not everything.  That you’re waiting this long to pick up The White Walker when I wrote a Buy column dedicated to him two weeks ago tells us what?  17 years of marijuana have dulled your senses?  P to the erhaps.

  1. Member Berries says:
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    Does your tethered self rock a Justin Turner red beard? Or worse, is he clean shaven?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clean shaven — spooky!

  2. Crazy J says:
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    Peraza, Happ, Chase Anderson and Palka… and now you want me to get back together with Weaver? Curses!!! I remember the good ‘ol days of late 2017, so now I don’t think I have a choice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Crazy J says:
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        I thought you were going to warn me about Weaver all season so I looked the other way, now I am a 4/5 owner!

        Is there a revised Heyward projection (either season or r.o.s.), or is the jury still out on him? Just want to know what I should realistically be plugging him in for, or getting in return for him.

  3. Andy says:
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    H. Dozier or C. Walker in a avg/obp/slg categories league for utility?

    • Luigi says:
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      It”s not close. Walker > H.Dozier

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Very close for me, in the coin flip area. I’ll actually take Dozier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • I shop at Kohls (Obviously) says:
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        A guy in my league dropped Mazara for H. Dozier. I thought he was crazy but maybe he is on to something

  4. RookieNookie says:
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    In a 12 man league that counts QS and OBP and in need of pitching. Ryu is coming off the IL (still feels…gross) so should I drop Peraza, Inciarte or Vogelbach? Thanks in advance.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Vogey

      • RookieNookie says:
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        Even if I need upside? My team is no bueno offensively.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  5. Eric the Waiter with Hands for Hands says:
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    20 team dynasty ryu back quick. roto with small enough innings cap to bench guys occasionally. drop lynn or turnbull for ryu coming back saturday? QS and K/9 added here and both of these guys have similar good FIPS so far.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Lynn for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    So brutally good and honest on the write-up.

    a. One more tidbit to nail the coffin you so skillfully crafted for Yuch Davies…of the 20 batters he faced yesterday he threw first pitch strikes to 8/20, i.e., no bueno for a guy like that he has to be first-pitch strike for everyone or maybe that was how he succeeded ’cause everyone thought he had to be first-pitch strike and when he wasn’t they thought, ‘Oh? That’s weird. Let’s hear what Grey says, but no way am I accepting what DT says.’

    b. David Dahl enters a bar. Everyone screams lustfully ‘Dave!!’. Dahl says ‘Hey, guys. What’d I miss? Oh and to the guys leaving who filled in in the interim, don’t let the door hit you on the way out and please do leave your mobile phone number with the secretary. We might need it again sooner than later.’

    c. Here’s the roster, once again (That’s twice this week.), queue the Green Acres music.

    Garver (why hasn’t the player with a 1300 OPS been playing the last 2 games? Any sweater-loving gals out there from Minny who know please let me know.)
    Rizzo (meh, but as LedZep says ‘there’s still time to change the road you’re on’, so start hitting Anthony!)
    Shaw
    Story
    (Texas Christian) Walker
    Kingery
    Dahl
    Frazier
    Inciarte
    Conforto
    Springer
    Goodrum
    Bench – Choi, Wendle, Kiermaier (whoops, just noticed that I have 3 left-handed TB hitters)
    IL – TreaT

    SP – Glasnow, Paxton and EdRod
    RP – Hicks, Iglesias, Jeffress, Minter, Ottavino, Swarzak

    1. Question? Who’s the drop for Avisail?
    2. Question? Start EdRod tonight at TB (facing Stanek, but then Yarborough could go 2-6, hard to tell who gets the W for TB when Glasnow or Snell aren’t starting)?

    d. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for April 19

    Horse fodder skit

    Lou Costello: I just bought me a racehorse and I gotta take care of him. What do you feed a horse anyway?
    Bud Abbott: Well, a horse eats his fodder.
    Lou Costello: He eats his father?
    Bud Abbott: Certainly.
    Lou Costello: That’s fine. Then what does his father eat?
    Bud Abbott: He eats his fodder.
    Lou Costello: Well, whata ya know! Then what does the horse’s mother eat?
    Bud Abbott: She eats her fodder.
    Lou Costello: What are they – cannibals!!?
    Bud Abbott: Certainly not. Every horse has to eat his fodder.
    Lou Costello: Oh, I see. He eats his father and then his father eats his father and his mother eats her father and, before you know it, there won’t be no fathers left for Father’s Day!
    Bud Abbott: No. No. To feed a horse you take a bag and put his fodder in it.
    Lou Costello: You mean you put his father in a bag?
    Bud Abbott: That’s right, and you hang his fodder on his nose.
    Lou Costello: Now ain’t that a pretty picture – a horse walking around with his father hangin’ on his nose!
    Bud Abbott: Will you please make sense! Now if you intend to keep that horse around here, you’ll have to take care of him yourself. You’re going to have to be the horse’s groom.
    Lou Costello: The what?
    Bud Abbott: His groom. You said you loved the horse, didn’t you?
    Lou Costello: Yes, but I’m not going to marry him.
    Bud Abbott: No. No. When I say ‘groom,’ I mean you have to curry the horse.
    Lou Costello: What?
    Bud Abbott: Curry. Curry.
    Lou Costello: Curry the horse?
    Bud Abbott: That’s right.
    Lou Costello: He’s big enough to walk himself! I’m not going to ‘curry’ no horse!
    Bud Abbott: Well, if you’re gonna run him in a race, if the track is wet will he run well?
    Lou Costello: I think so …
    Bud Abbott: What I’m asking is .. . is he a mudder?
    Lou Costello: How can he be a mudder? Ain’t a she always a mudder?
    Bud Abbott: Certainly not. Sometimes a he makes a better mudder than a she.
    Lou Costello: Whata you know. Look, suppose the mama horse has little horses, does that make her a mudder?
    Bud Abbott: Well, that depends on her feet.
    Lou Costello: Ya learn sumpin’ every day, don’t cha?
    Bud Abbott: A mudder is a horse that likes to run in mud on account of having sore feet.
    Lou Costello: In that case, I guess my horse is a mudder because I saw him limping on his two front feet.
    Bud Abbott: Oh, having trouble with his forelegs, huh?
    Lou Costello: What’d you say?
    Bud Abbott: I said he’s having trouble with his forelegs.
    Lou Costello: I just got through telling you he was only limping on his two front legs!
    Bud Abbott: Your horse’s forelegs are in front.
    Lou Costello: Four legs in front! Then what are those things in the back – crutches?
    Bud Abbott: You don’t understand. Your horse has forelegs in front and hind legs in back.
    Lou Costello: Four legs in front and hind legs in back? What I got – a centipede!!? It doesn’t matter because my horse only races on three legs.
    Bud Abbott: Only races on three legs? What’s he do with the other leg?
    Lou Costello: Trips the other horses!! !
    Bud Abbott: Get outa here!
    Lou Costello: He cheats; he’s a dirty horse!!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • William Hung says:
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      I feel your pain on Rizzo – I had to look back when I owned him exactly, but I remember having him when he was struggling to hit above .220ish for what seemed like until the end of May. The reason why that time is so fresh in my mind is because it was the one and only time my team was in dead last in my league.

      Needless to say, Rizzo finished with a .270ish average, 30+ HRs, and 100+ RBIs and my team climbed out of last place and I didn’t do jack shit to my roster, even though the need for rosterbation was strong.

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Wiliam!

        I rosterbated my way to a ship last year, me fears that the competition in this RCL is too rich for that type of an approach and that my ship has sailed. We’ll see. I do like the fact that I’m 2nd in K/9 so if I just carefully continue to select pitchers in the same way it should translate into at least 1 category on the pitching side. Pitching ratios have been atrocious, no real cure for that except waiting I guess. With TreaT down and Dahl just back I need them both to contribute so I can get back into it. Meanwhile I have to track down the best of the best off waivers and get ’em before they fizzle.

        Hope you’re doing well – mentally, physically and spiritually.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha, yup B. Lates, Dahl’s back! C. Nice on the sweaters… Choi — Yes start EdRod D. Ha

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!!

        Thanks man. Will look immediately for the vaunted Buy column. Just wanted to reach out to say thanks once again for everything you do and have a nice weekend.

        By the way, the seaman is back. He’s really a nice guy. He’s sleeping over in my mother-in-law’s apartment which is a 1 bedroom, 540 sq ft. tonight without our daughter. Our daughter sleeps in her own bed, my wife’s strict. There will be no early pregnancy happening.

        Cheers,
        Ante

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    Hey Grey! 14 team H2H auction redraft league. 6×6: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, SV+HD, K/9

    1) drop Woodruff, D Holland, or Samardzija for Luke Weaver or hold?

    C: JT Realmuto
    1B: Josh Bell
    2B: Yoan Moncada
    3B: Manny Machado
    SS: Fernando Tatis Jr
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Tommy Pham
    OF: Austin Meadows
    UTL: Christian Walker

    P: German Marquez
    P: Jose Alvarado
    P: Will Smith
    P: Reyes Moronta
    P: Raisel Iglesias
    SP: Zack Wheeler
    SP: Joe Musgrove
    B: Brandon Woodruff
    B: Max Fried
    B: Derek Holland
    B: Jeff Samardzija

    IL: Mike Clevinger
    IL: Arodys Vizcaino

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Holland for me, Samardzija works too

      • Savoy Special says:
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        Thanks DT! I know D Holland and Samardzija are boring AF but they seem strangely reliable/know how to pitch and have a great pitchers park. Doesn’t Woodruff seem pretty whatever so far and still learning how to pitch? Woodruff also seems like he can’t go deep into games. I think I’m gonna I Woodruff here.

        But overall, Luke Weaver was hitting 96 mph (did not realize he threw this hard) while using his plus changeup. He made some adjustments in terms of pitch repertoire adding a slider/cutter. Based on his peripherals and watching his video, I think he takes a big step forward this year. Gotta get this guy on my team now somehow.

      • Savoy Special says:
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        D Holland and Samardzija are also @Tor next week so yea

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Woodruff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Samardzija

      • Savoy Special says:
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        upon further review, I’m gonna drop Samardzija instead. He’s 34 and his numbers should regress. I’m kidding myself if I think he’s really a 2.91 ERA pitcher at age 34. Woodruff has been meh, but he’s still got the nice peripherals and BABIP that should come down. Also, Woodruff was 1 inning away his last start against STL from me not even considering this drop. Samardzija it is.

        Thanks, Grey, DT, and B!

  8. Aardvark says:
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    No real needs. Would you drop hunter dozier or darvish to activate ryu? I’m thinking dozier

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Eh depends on the rest of your roster and format

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier

  9. Don says:
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    If Freeman is Votto, then Mancini is Freeman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then who’s Choi?

  10. Nittanychris says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff, as always! Who do you prefer ROS Only, mixed league, Standard 5×5 Roto?
    Winker or Piscotty?
    Thanks!

    • Chris says:
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      What should I do with Peraza at that point? I know you were high on him in your pre-season rankings, but he’s having a brutal season so far. Hold onto him or drop him in H2H leagues?

      I had the same issue with Eddie Rosario last year. He wasn’t having a good start of the season and I know that you were really high last year compared to other experts. I dropped him around the same time last year and I ended up regretting it for the whole season.

      • Chris says:
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        *really him ON HIM* sorry about that!

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Hold but also depends on tour other options

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Piscotty for me but it’s close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with DT

  11. Arod’s Frost says:
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    Pick two:

    Profar, H. Dozier, C. Walker, Alex Gordon

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar, Dozier

  12. buster moon says:
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    Pick 1…. Bader…Soler…A Garcia

    • Cram It says:
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      Soler

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Cram

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  13. P Nate says:
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    Great write up Grey, I wouldnt have trusted yelich going into this season, but I trust YOU and drafted him middle of round 1… THANK YOU!

    Eduardo Escobar has been a bit of a hole in the MI slot, would you drop him for Galvis or C Hernandez or just hold for now?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold or throw Cesar out there for these Coors games

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Agree with DT

  14. Christopher says:
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    Dynasty points league..ESPN standard for hitting at least..Brandon Lowe or Scott kingery??.. true dynasty. 27 man roster.. 7 people on minor league roster.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Kingery for me

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Lowe for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  15. Christopher says:
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    Shouldve said this earlier…you are my hero

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You are my over-the-internet admirer

  16. nate says:
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    Keep Eloy or pick up Kingery?!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Eloy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  17. David Travis says:
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    10 Team H2H League and I’m loaded with Hitting, Struggling with starting pitching.

    Have DeJong as a bench bat and was offered Gausman for him. Fair deal or should I wait and try for more?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Fair

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Donkey Teeth, he didn’t ask you where you’re performing this weekend

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Its an off week for the fair, I’ll just be crapping in your yard all weekend

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’m in luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I see, yes, fair

  18. G says:
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    How we feeling about throwing out Marquez vs Phil’s and Ed Rod vs Rays? I’m winning in era, whip and down or tied in rest of pitching categories. Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m starting both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • erad says:
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        YOLO always with Marquez

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          YOLO!

          • Alcesto says:
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            Man, it’s sunny and warm today in Denver, the ball is going to be jumping! I don’t know how you sit Marquez after his last start, but I have a feeling everyone is going to be a little more gun shy after running him out against the Phils.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m nervous, but YOLO

  19. Boognish says:
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    14 tm h2h keep 15 (forevs) 6×6 ops lg

    Kyle tucker and Soroka for Eloy?

    Thx for doing the lord’s work this Fridee, roundup and a cup o joe my daily wakeup routine!

    • Boognish says:
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      Only 3 OF, no CI/MI. Can also do gleyber for Eloy. Have Tatis, Xander, Kingery, L Urias, w Royce and Kieboom in minors at ss
      Thx

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Eloy. Tucker deal 1st but I’d do either…

      • Boognish says:
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        Gracias donkey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  20. Daniel Moran says:
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    Who’s the odd man out, 5×5 12 team Yahoo

    Voit, Christian Walker, Heyward, Hunter Dozier

    Im a little light on steals

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Heyward

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  21. Wonderk1nd says:
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    His Judge, wil myers and matz for my Story and Conforto in a 14 team mixed H2H yahoo standard. Who wins?

    I have Correa for SS as well, thanks!

    • Ante Galic says:
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      Wonderk1nd!

      My 0.02$…Story side. In those 3 for 2 deals or 2 for 1 you have to be conscious of 2 things.

      1. They are done so that the guy or gal getting fewer pieces already has a player lined up on waivers or available to pick up so that the total deal becomes 3 for 2 + the best of whatever is on waivers. In 14 teams, you can do better on upgrading the pitcher at least.

      2. The disadvantage of being on the 3 side of the 3 for 2 deal (Judge side in this case) is that you have now have to drop a player from your lineup because you will have 1 too many players. Who will drop if you accept the trade? List your worst 5 players too for Grey so he can see who you are dropping.

      So it’s not just accept or decline the trade. You need to get on the better side, getting the better players, knowing who is available on waivers if you’re on the Story side and knowing who you will be dropping if you are on the Judge side.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Wonderk1nd says:
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        I’d be dropping someone like corbin burnes, or erik swanson

        I’m thinking I should move Correa or Story for help elsewhere

        My roster
        Wilson Ramos
        Hoskins
        villar
        machado
        story/correa
        Conforto
        Dahl
        Domingo
        Eloy
        Laureano
        Dozier/Kingery/d smith jr

        Staff – Castillo, glasnow, wheeler, luchessi, Fried, Erik Swanson, Hildenberger, burnes

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Story side

    • SallyCips says:
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      I’d counter for a better pitcher than Matz, but otherwise yeah why not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story all day

      • Wonderk1nd says:
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        Thanks Everyone!

        What about Correa for Rizzo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  22. The Skrimmer says:
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    I drafted Keuchel in the hopes that he would be signed by now and become the reincarnate of Kyle Lohse from years ago…not the greatest of expectations but I got Keuchel real cheap. Now, I am frustrated with all my SPs not named Cole or Glasnow and picked up Quintana and Gausman off waivers…
    1. Is it time to drop Keuchel? (Can’t keep him and the other two)
    2. Would you rather have Guasman or Quintana?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Drop
      2. Gausman for me but close

      • The Skrimmer says:
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        Additional roster spot question…still hold on Kyle Hendricks? He has been horrible!

    • B the Esq. says:
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      At this point, you can dump Keuchel if you need the roster spot. I would lean Q over Gausman, but its coinflip material probably.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — hold Hendricks

  23. Luigi says:
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    If you have your stat boys search all of Luigi’s (mine) comments, you will see that I’ve been pimpin The White Walker for years.

    For years you protested. So, now I will say you are welcome. Actually, we are even because all of your insights have helped me win back to back (and soon to be back) chips.

    Grey & Luigi > Mario & Luigi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’re were two ships passing in the night now we are two ships riding next to each other into unchartered territory… Hey, look, Somalians!

  24. Tom says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Should I drop any of these players :
    Yusei Kikuchi
    Jhoulys Chacin
    Kyle Gibson
    Trevor Richards
    Trevor Richards
    Matthew Boyd

    and pick up:
    Erik Swanson

    ?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Chacin for me

    • B the Esq. says:
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      The Pittsburgh Richards for Swanson sounds fine, or Chacin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  25. Dong Shot says:
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    What does one do with Travis Shaw in a dynasty league? Is he cutable? Does he have trade value? He’s thankfully a bench piece for me, so I can sit and wait on him, but man what a slow start for him.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t do anything right now… Hold

  26. Hepcat13 says:
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    Greyt write up!

    12 team yahoo 5×5 H2H

    To pick up the White Walker: drop Peraza? (I listened to the mailbag)
    I have Baez and Story and Profar @ SS
    Baez and Pofar @ 2B
    Bellinger, Gallo, Profar @ 1B

    Thanks! I Love the smell of mustache wax in the morning!

    • Daniel Moran says:
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      I dropped Peraza in both my Yahoo leagues because he’s been so ice cold and since only Razzball has been high on him, chances are he’ll still be there once I picks it up if ever

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d still hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Peraza or Walker are apples/oranges even if Peraza is hitting, but I’d hold

  27. Kingslayer says:
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    The awkward moment when a fantasy baseball blog makes you realize that 17 years of marijuana have dulled your senses.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, my b!

  28. Tom says:
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    Grey, two sleepers, Palka and Mullins batting worse than Chris Davis, ouch.

    • Tom says:
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      I hear even Scott White is taking shots at you,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why the vitriol

  29. JC says:
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    New to this owning a Rockies pitchers thing!
    Do I start Marquez & Gray in Coors Vs Phillies this weekend.

    Have a great weekend & thank you!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Only Marquez

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  30. Carlos says:
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    GREY!
    We holding Peraza ? Got benched 2 days in a row. Could use that roster spot for productive streamers.

    • JakeTPE says:
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      Hi Carlos.

      Grey recently said hold but it’s “getting harder.”

      I just dropped him for Hernandez for three games in Coors this weekend. Prolly premature but he’s done next to nothing and when he does play, he usually slots in around 6 or 7 right?

      What does your heart tell you

    • Cram It says:
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      Depends on your team, man. If he’s on your bench and you have a solid guy in his stead, do what you gotta do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I own him, and have benched him

  31. Philsfan76 says:
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    Ryan Mcmahon over Ian Desmond ROS?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure, I think it’ll be close…

      • Philsfan76 says:
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        My thoughts exactly. Desmond is hurt and when he’s not has been yawnstipating. Figure trading 1 Rockie for another with more position eligibility tips the scales. Thanks for responding

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  32. TC says:
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    If I’ve got Kris Bryant in a forever keeper league, am I still just waiting for his power to make any kind of reappearance, or do I worry I may be in for another meh season? If I were to shop him, what kind of hitter, or hitter/pitcher combo would be a good value moving forward? Just wanted your opinions on the player. Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d be a bit worried on him. Lots of combos would work. Marquez and a backend top 100 bat maybe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — I’m concerned

  33. Five-on-One says:
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    Kingery or Avisail? Either over Odor or Peraza?

  34. Cram It says:
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    I was going to bring up Palka yesterday, something about his chances of beating Chris Davis’ record getting ruined with the Sox sending him down. But I didn’t have the energy to waste on that sumbitch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, worst sleeper ever! Sigh, oh well

      • Cram It says:
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        I don’t know who could predict a guy starting 1/35, even if he was garbage already.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, true

  35. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Please Rank. Franco; Walker; Dozier.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Franco, Dozier, Walker for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  36. Uye says:
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    Rank em

    Parker
    Brasier
    Strop

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Strop, Brasier

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Brasier, Parker, Strop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pull a name out of a hat, they’re all relatively the same — Brasier, Parker

      • Uye says:
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        Right, but Strop gets the least save opportunities out of the 3 and who knows if the job will still be his once Morrow is back.

  37. MrBaseball says:
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    This is the trade offer in my dyansty league

    M. Ozuna StL – A. Ottavino

    FOR

     MUNCY AND YATES

    which side do you want

    • Ante Galic says:
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      MrBaseball!

      Muncy side, although Ozuna is making a case. Yates is better than Ottavino and I think Muncy will beat out Ozuna in the long run. So Muncy side.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Its fair. Muncy side for me if you need saves but Ozuna side if you dont…

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Yates side.

      A bit league context specific, number of keepers, settings, etc., But Yates could be top 3 Closer for a while and Muncy and Ozuna are relatively similar players long term I think….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  38. DonnieB says:
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    Good morning? Avisail over Renfroe or Franmil or just hold. Is Ian Desmond worth a waiver claim over either do the SD outfielders? Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Over Renfroe for me. Id take Desmond over Renfroe also.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  39. Cary James says:
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    and now fo this year’s 250th catcher question. Drop Jansen and pick up The Beef?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Neither are exciting me right now, id hold though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beef

  40. GoneStreamin says:
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    In a 12 team roto with qs where I’m stuck streaming, would you start Cahill on Saturday v SEA (SON around $7), B Anderson on Sunday v TOR (SON around $2.5), and/or pick up Weaver and hold for his next start? Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Weaver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  41. Clozo says:
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    Which two would you take for run production?

    Winker
    Hampson
    DSJ
    Yandy
    Pillar
    Pinder
    H. Dozier
    Teoscar

    • Clozo says:
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      Or DeShields and Clint

      • Andrew Mellars says:
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        Would you drop Hampson for Peraza, Travis Shaw, DeJong , Gallo or Josh Donaldson? H2H category league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gallo

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Dozier, Winker or Hampson depending on whether you need steals

      • Clozo says:
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        I’m fine on steals, but I would think that a guy that swipes more bases will cross home plate more.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Hampson is much more speculative though, wide range of outcomes and makes more sense to gamble on if you’re in need of steals…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  42. James says:
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    What are your thoughts on K. Bryant and N. Pivetta? Trade em? Hold onto them for now?
    I’m thinking of dropping Pivetta but feel like he could be back up in a few weeks.
    Bryant has just been underperforming but don’t know when he’ll start clicking.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Pivetta — Bryant I’m worried about, but I wouldn’t trade him that low

  43. Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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    Which if any of this crew would you start this weekend?

    Gibson (@ BAL)
    Brett Anderson (vs TOR)
    Mahle (@ SD)

    thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Depends on league depth but pass for me in shallower leagues

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Depends on your league, but Gibson at Bal is a solid start….would probably not go with the other 2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson prolly be my choice, but they’re not great

  44. JC says:
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    Would you drop Travis Shaw or Eduardo Escobar to pick up Kingery or hold?
    12 t exam, redraft, roto

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Id swap Escobar at this point but its close

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly hold, but Eduardo if you can bench if Kingery’s out of lineup

  45. The Other JC says:
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    Sharing the blame on Healy’s outbreak. . I dropped him for Kingery cuz of Coors and, ya know, Healy is not a good baseball player. Yes, I apologize to everyone.

    1. How worried are you about Aguilar? Besides no hits, no power LOL. Plus, his strikeouts count in our 12 teamer, H2H league. No trade value. Platoon coming with Thames? What a jamoke.

    2. My staff: Carrasco, Strasburg, Wheeler, Castillo, Berrios, Bieber and D German have kept me in the middle of the pack. German was a streamer but I kept him for KC start. I am thinking of trading one of these for a bat. Which of these would you move considering concerns over injury history, innings limits later in the year, name cache etc. I was leaning Strasburg before he gave up 3 home runs to the mighty Giants.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn you!

      1. More worried about Bryant, if being honest… Not that worried on Jesus yet, think he might be a buy low actually

      2. Strasburg

  46. ryanoger says:
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    10 team

    Bench bat:

    I feel like this will be my question for you all year….”lose Peraza for….”. So here goes, Lose Jose Peraza for the The White Walker or hold?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Im sill holding

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  47. steve stevenson says:
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    Repost from last night, though tge offer has now changed to:

    NL-only keeper w/ 3 minors slots. I think I’m good enough to go for it this yr. Give $5 Senzel and $1 Samardzija for $32 E. Diaz and $1 Gorman? My “closers” are Minter and Romo. My other SP are gold.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Its fair but Id hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — Get a cheaper closer

  48. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Your write up on Healy is dead on. I’ve done this for two years with him- he’s the teoscar Hernandez of the great Northwest. I’m leaving him on waivers.

    I have Dahl, and like you last night I decided to not bother with roster moves.hes staying on the DL for another week. I don’t trust him. Honestly if he has a great week he is trade away candidate numero uno.

    Does Soler have the same value to you in a points league ? I guess do you think his power will make up for strikeouts? Does he have played discipline for walks?

    Happy weekend, mother boy.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Soler may not have quite the same value in points, but he doesn’t take a huge hit either

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        or will i leave healy on waivers????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, totally… I’d take Dahl off my DL but I hear ya… Agree with DT on Soler… Thanks!

  49. Keith Labelle says:
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    Strasburg/Baez/Barranhart

    or

    Realmuto/Baez/Morton

    Fair? Pointless?

    • Keith Labelle says:
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      *Barnhart

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Realmuto side

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Baez side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez or Baez? What?

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        HA!

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Assumed these were two packages he could choose between…

  50. TonyD says:
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    Grey – please rank ROS value H2H OBP league: Bruce, Christian Walker, B Lowe, McMahon, Winker. Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Winker, McMahon, Walker for me

      • TonyD says:
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        Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winker, Walker

  51. Nehocstu says:
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    Grey you are the wind beneath my wings… carry me to great heights!

    Hold or Move?! Is Miggy and/or Nelson Cruz done?
    Move one or both of them for Vogelbach & White Walker?
    6×6 OPS; pickups cost $1 so ROS erspective please.

    Always appreciated, Nehocstu

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold. Grey hates Miggy though…

    • B the Esq. says:
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      I moved on from Miggy in one league in the last day or 2….just got tired of the nothingness filling that roster spot.

      If he heats up, so be it, there are other options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you are the wings over my air! Miggy for Walker

    • Ante Galic says:
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      Grimey!!

      Love the beats, man!

      Go Giants!

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Distortion!

  52. Gotime says:
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    Trying to find room for Christian Walker (weekly OBP league) drop McNeil or Laureano for him?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Walker for McNeil but it’s actually pretty close for me and I could see holding if you need steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  53. fanciful basesball says:
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    Hey Grey,

    At what point do we begin to panic and think about abandoning ship on Jesus Aguilar?

    – Your friend, and mine,
    Me

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Give him another week or two

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  54. aardvark says:
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    Glasnow
    Paddack
    Boyd
    Bauer
    Musgrove
    Darvish
    EddieRod
    Marquez

    Drop any of these to activate ryu?

    • aardvark says:
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      I should have left out the obvious holds

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Meh, Edrod but they’re in the same range for me

    • B the Esq. says:
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      I think Ryu is the drop. I actually think Darvish might be lowest on my list, but would probably keep him over the Dodger who will have at least one more IL trip this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  55. Mr. Rickey says:
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    12 team roto – How would you rank these ROS:

    Grichuk
    Pilar
    Soler
    Teoscar
    Leury Garcia

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Soler, grichuk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  56. krazyivan says:
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    Rank these three:

    Jorge Polanco, Joc Pederson and Ryan McMahon.

    Also, start Touki or Stripling tonight?

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Joc, McMahon

      What are their matchups?

      • krazyivan says:
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        Touki @ Indians and Stripling @ Brewers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — Stripling doesn’t sound great there

  57. James Hovey says:
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    Great write up and excited for buy sell!

    Streamonator doesnt hate Marquez tonight vs Philly in Colo… are you starting him? Also, in a holds/saves 10 team standard ROTO am I crazy to consider dropping Clevinger for Lovelady who has SP eligibility?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m starting him.

      If you don’t have an IL spot then sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Starting German too

  58. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Wilmer Difo – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer. Wilmer Difo deserves recognition for how well he’s acting in a Platoon.

    I see what you did there….nice work.
    14-team QS 5×5 roto
    Bauer, Cahill, Fried, and Gausman are my secure four SPs.
    I grabbed Erik Swanson for my Streamonator pick of the week.
    S-O-nator also likes Eickhoff, R.Lopez, Lance Lynn, Nova, and Felix Pena.

    I bought Kyle Hendricks at auction and paid too much. Should I drop him for one of these polookas?

    I also have Sonny Gray (S-O-N doesn’t like him this week) who might be droppable??

    There might be room on the bench for one (Hendricks or Gray) while my great gambles on Keuchel and Kimbrel sit and gather cobwebs…

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hold Hendricks.

      I’d use the Keuchel spot to stream

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Thanks DT. I don’t think I quite made myself clear, though.
        Keuchel isn’t active; he’s on the bench. I’m not planning on dropping him or Kimbrel.

        My active lineup is 7 SPs and 2 RPs plus 3 pitching bench spots. Those free agent guys take up two spots.

        Bauer is a must start for me.
        I am streaming Cahill, Fried, Gausman, Swanson, and the question is the other two active spots this week.
        I own Hendricks and S.Gray but don’t want to start both this week. I think I’ll bench Hendricks and drop Sonny Gray for either Eickhoff, R.Lopez, Lance Lynn, Nova, and Felix Pena.

        S-O-Nator loves Lance Lynn (@OAK and @SEA?!?) but also seems to recommend Nova (may get Baltimore twice!) along with Eickhoff (home with Miami) and Lopez/Pena….not really high on either.

        Advice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with DT on Hendricks — then Gray for Eickhoff

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Got it.

        My RPs are Leclerc and Swarzak.

        The WW has John Gant, Yonny Chirinos, Diego Castillo, Adam Kolarek, Joe Biagini, Junior Guerra, Neris, Strop, Nate Jones, Kyle Bird and others like Claudio, Watson, and Wittgren.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

          • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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            Thanks.

            I think I asked you a day or two ago about my bottom guys on offense.

            Hosmer is my CI while Jake Bauers (1b/of) is in the OF with Trout, Acuna, Eloy, and Margot. I have Bote (2b/3b) at U.

            Greg Allen, Michael Taylor, Owings, T.Gore, JBJ, Ian Kinsler, Danny Santana are some speed options.

            Choi, D.Fowler, Fletcher, Duggar, Reddick, Matt Kemp, McKinney, Tapia, and Difo are out there, too.

            Hold?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Duggar or Reddick over Bote

  59. The Situation says:
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    Hey @Grey:

    12-Team H2H 6×6 (standard + BBs), keep 10 league (ESPN)

    My 2B / MI / Util1 / Util2 is a bit of a mess- any advice? Stand pat or drop anyone for McMahon, White Walker, or Healy (who I just dropped yesterday for Kingery)? Or Smith Jr?

    C- Alfaro
    1B- Goldy
    2B- Goodrum
    SS- Mondesi
    3B- Bryant
    MI- Lowe / Kingery
    OF1- Harper
    OF2- Acuna
    OF3- Soto
    OF4- Inciarte
    Util1- Soler
    Util2- Laureano / DeShields
    Bench- Bichette (hoping for midseason call-up)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Id ditch Bichette and Deshields for Walker and McMahon

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Definitely lose DeShizz for Walker. I understand the rookie love and could see holding onto Bichette just for the possibilities. Maybe Im crazy but I could see losing Inciarte for McMahon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — if those guys are on waivers, you don’t need to hold Bichette

  60. Llango says:
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    12 team H2h keeper league. We keep 10 guys.
    what are your thoughts on Meadows and Dahl 4 goldy? i have goldy.
    my OF and pitching is pretty weak right now and no one is trading sps. currently in last place.
    Verdugo, Fraizer, Hick, Mazara, Upton, Margot, and Lowe are my OF. I have plenty of 1st baseman so i have room to move goldy.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Id want Goldy

    • B the Esq. says:
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      Your OF is pretty bad, but Goldy is a high price to pay for those 2 hot starters. Its possible they keep going, but also probable they arent this good all season…….

      I think I want Goldy, but if youre desperate and have significant other 1B options, then maybe. Or see if you can get a SP as well to boost your rotation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  61. Osnam says:
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    Great stuff as always!! For my utility spot please rank.
    1- Christian Walker
    2- Daniel Vogelbach
    3- Scott Kingery

    Also, do you prefer Kingery over Garrett Hampson. Thanks as always!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Walker, Kingery for me

      I prefer Hampson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with DT

  62. Mike says:
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    Best of the worst — please rank the future prospects of Ian Kennedy (or Wily Peralta), Givens, and Romo. If you had to drop one of Kennedy, Givens and Romo, which would it be? Do you see any getting 15 saves this year? Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Peralta, Givens, Romo.

      I’d swap Romo for Kennedy.

      • Mike says:
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        I’m confused, if you rank Peralta first, why would you pick up Kennedy for Romo?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Peralta is the one getting saves right now so he’s #1 for me but I’m not super confident in any of these guys. I’d personally rather roster the #2 behind Peralta than Romo, I trust him the least of the group.

          That said, I wouldn’t argue strongly against any ordering.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wily, Romo — drop Givens

  63. Pubic Library says:
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    Would you start Velazquez @ COL today? SON says no…but I want the advice of a human computer.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      No way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  64. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I can’t believe you haven’t used that 60 people / 120 feet joke before! Lolll

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  65. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Are you still as high on Eflin you were in the preseason?

    Jesus Aguilar got dropped in my 12-team OPS league and is a free agent. Do the numbers still suggest a turn-around and are you buying?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Eflin — what has he done to not like him? Yes, buying Aguilar

  66. Don't be a Hader says:
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    What is the outlook for Keuchel?
    What would be a reasonable return for him in a 14 team roto mixer?
    G.Polanco? Vogelbach? Eaton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t like Keuchel when he had a team

  67. Lamb Chops says:
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    WTF do you do with Peraza in a 14 team H2H league? I recall last year he started slow and finished strong…but this feels different.

    • Lamb Chops says:
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      I guess more specifically…Wendle is coming off IL soon, drop Peraza, Healy, Kinger or Jose Martinez for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m holding him

  68. Troy says:
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    Can someone send Joel Peraza a fat chick riding a moped? This guy needs a slump buster in the worst way. Maybe he can rub chris Davis’s lucky charm? I don’t want to drop him, but this is getting out of hand.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  69. YOLO Batman says:
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    Whooo would you drop to make room for Dahl coming off my IL? 12 team, h2h, we use AVG, OBP, and SLG

    Drop candidates

    Kike Hernandez
    Delino Deshields
    Niko Goodrum
    Jeff Mcneil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Delino

    • Hebrew Hammer says:
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      Start Caleb Smith vs Washington?

      Want to trade Lester. What’s fair return? Thinking $120 ($60 minimum FA pickup)? Few top prospects? Need another bat

      BTW 16 team h2h dynasty keeper forever league.
      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m starting him — What can you get for Lester? Maybe Jesus Aguilar low?

  70. Scooterboy says:
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    I know that you are recommending both Avisail Garcia and Christian Walker. Both are available in my league. I currently have Daniel Vogelbach in my utility spot. Yandy Diaz is also available. I guess my question is, would you drop Vogelbach for any of these three?

    Avisail Garcia, Christian Walker, or Yandy Diaz? Thank You !!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  71. Andrew Eaton says:
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    Heres a tough game of fuck marry kill for you guys (so to speak)…
    fuck= keep for the next week or so, marry = keep for a period of a month or two, maybe even ROS, kill = you can drop

    FMK: Walker, Dozier, Pederson
    Need to drop TWO guys eventually for two streamer spots… (12 team 6×6 OPS, QS)

    Team is:
    1B: Hoskins(OF) , Gallo (OF), Walker
    3B: Machado(SS), Bryant (OF), Dozier(1B)
    SS: Tatis, Dejong, Mondesi, Gleyber
    OF: Dahl, Conforto, Joc

    • Andrew Eaton says:
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      Avi garcia is available too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      FKM

  72. johnnyhobbes says:
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    McMahon (colarado) is a straight up own in a twelve teamer points league….. If no platoon? Also hampson played last night with McMahon…. I hate the Rockies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • Hebrew Hammer says:
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      Start Caleb Smith vs Washington?

      Want to trade Lester. What’s fair return? Thinking $120 ($60 minimum FA pickup)? Few top prospects? Need another bat

      BTW 16 team h2h dynasty keeper forever league.
      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Answered already

        • Hebrew Hammer says:
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          My bad my browser on my phone is pos

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  73. DonnieB says:
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    Would you add Ryan McMahon for Eduardo Escobar for summer in Colorado?

    And do still prefer Minter over Brasier?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brasier over Minter — McMahon for summer? Murphy will return before then

  74. Vincent Vega says:
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    12th h2h Have Ryu coming back tomorrow. Who do I drop Matz or C.Smith? Who do prefer ROS Dahl or Mcmahon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz — Dahl

      • Vincent Vega says:
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        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. Justin Ralph says:
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    Luke Weaver or Frankie Montas rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver

  76. Big Ticket says:
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    Battle of slow starters. You want Votto or Aguilar ROS? Asking for standard roto as well as obp. Thanks

    • William Hung says:
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      Votto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aguilar

  77. CloudTown says:
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    Yo Grey & DT

    Cody’s been hitting the ball so hard, he’s blasting it through the shift they put on him, it’s been fun to watch!

    With Ryu coming back, need to open a spot. I grabbed C Frazier but just got Dahl back, and have Eaton who is boring I know. Was thinking of dropping Eaton and Frazier and grabbing the White Walker. My team is doing well, am I overthinking this?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s been fun to own him!

      Drop Eaton and Frazier for them

      • CloudTown says:
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        Yeah for sure!

        Thanks, thoughts on Touki @CLE tonight? SON is not having it but that lineup is still pretty blah.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m starting him

  78. G says:
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    Muncy or Dahl ROS?

    Better stream this Sunday if necessary – Jon Gary vs Phils or Derek Rodriguez vs. Pitt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl — close tho

      Dereck

  79. tjw4404 says:
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    Standard yahoo league

    C Grandal
    1st Alonso
    2nd Altuve
    3rd Healy
    SS Mondesi
    OF Eloy
    OF Fraizer
    OF Dahl
    UTIL Tatis
    BN Mallex
    BN Rizzo
    DL Stanton
    DL Andujar

    SP Strausburg
    SP Carrasco
    RP Allen
    RP Leclerc
    P Will Smith
    P Colome
    P Paddack
    BN Lucchesi
    BN Toussaint
    BN Shoemaker

    My Mondesi, Allen, and Toussaint for Rendon and Semien or Daniel Murphy?

    Is this a good trade for my team, if so, should I take Semien or Murphy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon side — Murphy

  80. James Bolger says:
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    Would you start Marquez and Toussaint tonight? SON is negative on both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting both

      • erad says:
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        YOLO

  81. Scooterboy says:
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    5 x 5 Rotisserie league. I have Laureano and Clint Frazier. Would you drop either of those for Avisail Garcia. Thanks !!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  82. James Bolger says:
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    Cano just became available on waivers. Would you drop either LeMahieu or Hampson to add Cano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DJ

  83. peacecoast says:
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    Pineda fucked me in both my leagues.

    My RCL team sucks so bad hittingwise. Yes the anti-Grey approach so far has failed. Remember I drafted Murphy, J Turner, Blackmon, JoseRam. I mean they will perform better than they have but so far man it’s brutal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Woofy woof woof

  84. Matty says:
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    How much confidence is there in the longevity of the White Walker?
    Can I safely move on from the disappointment that is Hosmer in a 12-team H2H Dynasty with OPS if I have Walker and Yuli Gurriel?
    Also, how much more leeway are we giving Cedric Mullins in the same 12-team Dynasty?
    Thanks a ton. Have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t drop Hosmer yet — I’d lose Mullins — you too!

  85. rhodyballer says:
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    E. Escobar or Peraza for MI? 5×5 Roto 12-teamer with a glut of MI guys on my team but also talent on the WW:

    Here’s who I own:
    Treat (IL)
    Baez (3B elig)
    Ketel
    Asdrubal
    Peraza

    Available on ww:
    Simmons
    Senzel
    Hampson
    Odor (IL)
    Wendle
    Kingery
    Ahmed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza

  86. Scott says:
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    Who should I drop for Walker?

    Healy, Braun, Piscotty, Buxton or Hosmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy

  87. Nick says:
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    My OF is trash right now

    OF: Betts
    OF: Castellanos
    OF: Mazara
    OF: Bader
    OF: Renfroe
    OF: Keirmaier

    Here are some of the top OF on the wire based on ownership %. Any moves you would make?

    Justin Upton
    Billy Hamilton
    Jose Martinez
    Jackie Bradley
    Matt Kemp
    Brian Anderson
    Kevin Pillar
    Luery garcia
    Avisail Garcia
    Manny Margot
    Leonys Martin
    Ben Zobrist

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That outfield looks familiar — didn’t I tell you to fix this yesterday? Jo-Ma, Avisail — lose Renfroe and Bader

      • Nick says:
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        haha yes you did but its weekly waivers that go off on Sundays. Just trying to get my bids right.

        Appreciate the response and write up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  88. krazyivan says:
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    So I went with the Hittertron this week and scooped up Joc Pederson but with Dahl coming off the IL there seems to be too many cooks in the kitchen for OF.

    1. Khrush Davis
    2. Conforto
    3. Dahl
    4. Domingod
    5. Puig
    6. Pederson

    12 team H2H with 10 different hitting categories. I need one more SP.

    Offering Domingod and Stripling for Glasnow- too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Domingo more than Glasnow

  89. William Hung says:
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    As a Bellinger owner who feels like he got the steal of the draft in the 6th round/4th overall pick after 2 keepers were accounted for (I was the turn so I purposely picked him there instead of the 5th round in case I got to brag about how late I got him) – I am offended by your lack of faith that Bellinger will not have a season not seen since since Barry Bonds when he was juicing more than Jamba Juice.

    It’s a good thing he steals bases cause when the power drought comes, at least we can hang our hat on him getting a SB here and there, and in OBP leagues the walks will hopefully help too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s been glorious to own him so far — and agreed on SBs — we backed into a top 15 hitter

      • William Hung says:
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        My trapper keeper has hearts and “Bellinger” written all over it. I haven’t updated the mancrush since the days of Matt Kemp’s almost 40/40 season…

        Speaking of the trapper keeper reference, you haven’t used that one in a long while

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, I know — old school — literally

          • William Hung says:
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            Have I been reading this site for THAT long?!?!?!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup!

  90. The Dude says:
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    12 team 5×5 OBP/QS Yahoo league. Pick a side:

    Gallo

    for

    Puig+Eloy

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  91. peacecoast says:
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    TLK getting a S4!

    You should try Vikings, it’s pretty good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m gonna watch it this summer… It’s on my list

  92. Db says:
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    Who do I drop soroka for
    Luke weaver, chirinos, Fiers, porcello?

    • peacecoast says:
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      u mean other way around

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver

  93. Jason Murray says:
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    Yandy Diaz or Christian Walker for my UT spot? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  94. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Happy Friday Grey! Got my 10 team shallow mixed 5×5 league questions for you:

    1) got a logjam in OF, I have to drop one of these three, which one is the drop: Laureano, Mazara, Joc

    2) feel at all good or confident in rolling out either Darvish (vs ARI SON $15.6) or Fiers (vs TOR SON $10.6) as a streamer tomorrow?

    3) Keeper league question. I have Freeman until the end of 2022. He;s so boring and knowing he will prob get even more boring in the future, I’m looking to deal him now. I know these keeper questions are tough, but 1 for 1 swap of Freeman vs any of the guys below, in a vaccum, would you pass on any of these, or do these all look like good trades for me?
    – Trea Turner until end of 2022
    – Lindor until end of 2022
    – Rhys until end of 2021
    – Bryce until end of 2021
    – Stanton until end of 2021

    Thanks Grey and enjoy the weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Laureano 2. Sure, both 3. They all look good to me — you too!

  95. negatto says:
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    Currently rostering the following pitchers: Woodruff, Lucchesi, Shoemaker, Paddock.

    Any of these an upgrade to above?

    C. Smith. Weaver, Swanson, Wacha, Urias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith over Shoemaker

  96. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Happy holidays.
    Need to start 3. Who you got?

    Jose Abreu @ DET – J Zimmerman
    Luke Voit vs KC – J Junis
    Travis Shaw vs LAD – R Stripling
    Scott Kingery @ COL – G Marquez
    Christian Walker @ CHC – K Hendricks

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shaw, Voit, Abreu

  97. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    sitting any of these guys in a 12 team?

    marquez vs PHI (-$1)
    ed rod @ TB ($7)
    touki @ CLE (-$17)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  98. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the great work Grey,

    16 team H2H weekly points league.

    I need one of these for my Util spot and one bench bat, which two should I keep?

    H. Dozier, Eduardo Escobar, Clint Frazier, Ramon Laureano.

    thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier, Eduardo

  99. Jaca says:
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    Grey!!! Happy Friday and great stuff as always. big fan

    Im trying to rid myself of my bench bats, which i know is a mortal sin in the church of Grey.

    But like, i cant justify dropping any of these guys. am I a victim of my own FA acquisitions?

    Only SP worth picking up is Toussaint (who is coming off waivers, i may not get him, wont stick in rotation) or maybe Woodruff or Soroka. as for relievers i do have one daily P slot that I guess i could pick someone up and put them in. what do I do???

    C Alfaro
    1B Voit
    2B Mondesi
    SS Villar
    3B Baez
    OF Domingo Santana
    OF E Rosario
    OF D Dahl
    UT Puig
    UT Shaw
    B Tatis Jr
    B Myers
    (IL) Andujar

    SP German Markers
    SP Bieber
    RP Hand
    RP Yates
    P Alvarado
    P Will Smith
    P Hader
    B Glasnow
    B Robbie Ray
    B Paddack
    B Lucchesi
    (IL) Clevinger

    TL;DR – how do i rid my bench bats when theres really no pitchers on the wire that are to die for

    thank u in advance for ur counseling

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “how do i rid my bench bats when theres really no pitchers on the wire that are to die for”

      Huh?

      • Jaca says:
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        well i thought you preferred owning more pitchers rather than having 2 bench bats which i was trying to emulate

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I didn’t understand the question, that’s what my Huh meant

          • Jaca says:
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            whats the best way for me to transition from having 2 bench bats to adding pitching, when A). I dont really feel like I have any bats worth dropping, and B). There are no free agent pitchers that are really worth going out and grabbing right now outside of maybe Toussaint or Woodruff. i guess i could stream SPs

            sorry for the confusion

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can you trade two bats for one arm?

              • Jaca says:
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                thats what i have just been pondering. so I guess a better question is which two bats should i try and move? hard to package shaw and puig with their numbers. and im married to Domingo (as you are i believe)

                and who are some buy low pitchers? I know buehler and Carrasco’s recent starts may have closed the door on their buy low windows as was said.

                thanks again

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Puig/Shaw for Wheeler?

                  • Jaca says:
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                    so intel is the last place team has Nola , Carrasco and Wheeler. I think i may just work my way down and see if i can get one of them (in that order) for puig/shaw.

                    also, does me being in first in SV, K, WHIP, ERA (4th in wins which is a stupid cat anyway) have any barring on making this move? 12 team rotisserie

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not really

                    • Jaca says:
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                      Just offered for Carras & Co.

                      Thank you Grey I appreciate it

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  100. Whirlaway says:
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    How was what Tim Anderson did normal at all?

    This wasn’t a bat flip issue. People bat flip every night. Wasn’t an emotion issue. Guys show emotion all the time. Not a fun-police issue. We’re all encouraging fun here.

    This was a 4th inning home run in a 0-0 Wednesday afternoon game in April. He hit a home run, turned 180 degrees, threw his bat overhand, flexed on the catcher, and yelled across his face…

    If this is him showing emotion… why has he never done this before? Surely he’s had fun and shown emotion before? Why’d he do that this time, one wonders? Was this 4th inning two run shot particularly special?

    It’s cause it was disrespect. By any written or unwritten rule in the book. And he knew it. He did it last year against the Royals. Got called out that time too.

    “Celebrations in baseball are good, you guys don’t like fun”. This take is so lazy and so passive-aggressive and so freezing cold. This wasn’t a celebration issue! This was bush-league BS by a young kid, he knew what he was doing, and he got checked.

    White Sox have no veteran leaders in the clubhouse to check him, either. Then Renteria is across the Royals’ first base line yelling at Yost’s players? Who the f*** is in charge over there? White Sox looked like a bunch of bafoons.

    I can’t stand the misunderstanding on this one. This wasn’t a celebration issue. This was disrespect 101.

    My favorite part – Anderson gets tossed and they lose in extra innings, then he tweets twice about how awesome his bat flip was! Now that is rich! Kid doesn’t get it…

    /rant

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was perhaps a little excessive

      • Whirlaway says:
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        not unlike my post lol. cheers man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Whirlaway says:
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      sorry for the rant here… but needed to get this off my chest lol

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Agreed 1000%

  101. JFOH says:
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    Hey Culligan Man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There was a Hey Culligan Man conversation yesterday

      • JFOH says:
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        Did it include Oaktown and now I have to go find it

      • JFOH says:
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        Hey Culligan Man was a suggestion by Oaktown that day. My suggestion was Flukazy. I say Hey Culligan Man because it was such an obscure reference that I had to get it into the razznacular. Remember I came up with FLUKAZY you friggin flukazy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey Culligan Man!

          • JFOH says:
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            Just get your stories straight bucko!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My bad!

              • JFOH says:
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                We need to hang out

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I was just thinking same!

                  • JFOH says:
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                    Pants optional

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Track pants are cool, right?

                    • JFOH says:
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                      I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in anything but

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      True

  102. rhodyballer says:
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    Sorry about previous post – Fridays!!!

    Strasburg/Baez/Barnhart

    or

    Realmuto/Abreu/Morton

    Fair? Pointless?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez/Stras

  103. Ivan Make Basket says:
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    Cody Bludgeoner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  104. Willie Bluebook says:
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    Thanks. You’re the best. What does that feel like?

    Oh, and how do you rank the following roy: Gausman, Lucchesi, Shoemaker, Boyd.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Boyd, Lucchesi, Gausman

  105. Luke says:
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    McMahon or H. Dozier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier

  106. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Which SP – Toukki or Boyd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boyd

  107. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Would you drop Hampson for Peraza, Travis Shaw, Donaldson or Gallo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallo

    • Andrew Mellars says:
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      It’s a H2H category league. Thanks!

  108. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Minter, Swarzak, Brasier, or just screw it and punt saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brasier

  109. dontbichetteme says:
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    Morning Grey,
    Still trying to move T.Anderson for some starting pitching. You like Anderson for Flaherty? Or should I aim higher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty side

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        Do you trust Nola or think that somethings wrong with him? Trying to maximize Andersons value and thought that Id try to get Nola but am a little weary now. Also considering trying for Wheeler, Syndergaard or Tailon. If you were dealing Anderson, which SP would you try for first? Second?
        Nola
        Taillon
        Syndergaard
        Wheeler

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t trust Nola — but prolly okay, you’re not getting him with Anderson, but if you can, by all means

  110. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Quick question here, would you start Merrill Kelly at Wrigley today? I’m fraidy skeered!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Thanks boss!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  111. crimedog says:
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    Kiki do ya love me or hampson? leaning kiki as I think hampson loses PT soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hampson

  112. Andrew Mellars says:
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    H2H category league……would you drop any of these SPs for Robbie Ray and/or Darvish?
    Boyd
    Kikuchi
    Kimbrel
    Maeda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  113. PatPat says:
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    C Walker or Miggy? Thinking Miggy’s days as a top 100 player are gone, but need a ‘pert to validate me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  114. Jason says:
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    I’m in a 10 team yahoo mixed H2H redraft league.  I was just offered Ramos for McHugh.  Should I consider his offer?  Please advise. FWIW, I need to drop someone shortly to activate Folty and will likely drop Posey if you agree. Thanks.

    C : Bust?er Posey (C, 1B)
    1B: Pete Alonso (1B)
    2B: Jonathan Villar (2B, SS)
    3B: Nolan Arenado
    SS: Javier Baez(2B, 3B, SS)
    OF: Trey Mancini (1B, OF)?
    OF: Rhys Hoskins (1B, OF)
    OF: Austin Meadows (OF)
    UTIL: Domingo Santana (?OF)
    Bench:  AJ Pollock (OF), Matt Carpenter (1B, 2B, 3B)

    DL: Giancarlo Stanton (OF)
    DL: Justin Upton (OF)

    STARTING PITCHERS:
    James Paxton
    Jameson Talilion
    Joe Musgrove

    Caleb Smith

    Matt Shoemaker
    Chris Paddack
    Collin McHugh
    Tyler Glasnow

    DL: Mike Folynewicz?

    CLOSERS:
    Felipe Vazquez?
    Wade Davis??
    Ken Giles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilson Ramos? No

      • Jason says:
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        Thank you. I don’t like Posey but the waiver options are not good.
        * Phegley
        * Cervelli
        * Astudillo (will they ever give him regular at bats??!
        * Mejia
        * Jansen
        * Zunino
        * Alfaro
        * Gomes
        * Lucroy
        * Barnhart

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Alfaro

          • Jason says:
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            Dropped Posey for Alfaro. Thanks for your help!

  115. Joe Schmo says:
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    Ayo Grey, I know this might be a questioned geared toward Ralph or Mike but would you rather stash Luis Robert or Carter Kieboom in a keeper league. Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lou Bob

  116. pinkman says:
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    Michael Chavis got the call- pick up over H Dozier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  117. dontbichetteme says:
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    I picked up D.Castllo as a handcuff to Alvarado and he promptly gave up his first runs of the year. Is he worth a hold? I also have Elias breathing down the neck of my Swarzak. They closer landscape is a fickle beast.
    Would you drop Castillo?
    Best pickups
    Eovaldi, Peacock, Strahm, Weaver, M.Kelly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi

  118. KyBosh says:
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    Great write-up Grey,
    Which side would you choose?

    Sale and Dahl or Giancarlo and M. Boyd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale

      • KyBosh says:
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        Would it be too lop-sided if I asked for Archer instead of Boyd? Or would you still side with Sale? Giancarlo bicep is slightly concerning to me but so is Sale’s arm

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d prefer Boyd to Archer

          • KyBosh says:
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            Thanks! As frustrating as he’s been, might be best to wait Sale out. At least his velo was up last start and if it weren’t for the Yankee Stadium’s little league right field porch it would’ve been a decent start

            Have a nice weekend!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

  119. Robert says:
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    C. Walker or Voit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Voit

  120. ellis says:
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    Getting ready for Stephen Matza’s favorite holiday, please rank Jo-ma, Nomar, Dwight Smith Jr and Winker, thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — Mazara, Winker

  121. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Just saw the tracklist for the new Schoolboy album and it looks pretty promising.

    Hunter Dozier or Christian Walker for a bench bat?

    • here comes the pizza says:
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      Nevermind I see you’ve ranked them above and I’m going with Dozier. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I need it in my ears right now!

      Dozier

  122. kilkennybrian says:
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    Few questions –

    1.) 8 team league. Hendricks, soler, Erod, D Smith Jr. available.
    Drop any of these for them?
    Kike, Braun, Beckham, Fried, Kingery, Hampson?

    2.) Looking to grab soler and/or Weaver in a 10 team. Drop any of these?
    JPolanco, ACabrera, Braun, SmithJr., ARosario

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Braun for EdRod 2. Braun, Smith

  123. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    A starter eligible pitcher who gets holds is valuable in my daily league.

    what role do you see Urias in the LA pen. Do you see him more pitching high leverage places or do the dodgers do a lot of last year where a starter goes 4-5 then Urias comes in for 3 innings.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Long man out of pen… Every 3 to 4 days for 3 IP

  124. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    According to Yahoo, wind is blowing 25 MPH in from center at Wrigley. Still sit Merrill Kelly today?!!? Haha!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would not start him

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Yeah, Baez scares the begeezus out of me!!!

        • Harley Earl says:
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          Boy, he got murdered LOL.

  125. ellis says:
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    B Dozier or Kike

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kike

  126. John D Benchley says:
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    Grey,
    Finally!! an article singing the praises of my Cody Love. I’ve been waiting for this article like an orphaned kid waiting for presents on his first Christmas after being adopted. Great article!!

    Question for you
    I have Arenado and Vlad in my dynasty league, i can drop Arenado to my Util spot, however i have a ton of hitters so i’m thinking about trading one….do you trade Arenado or Vlad?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

      Trade Arenado if it nets you more

  127. Andre says:
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    Hey guys…10tm keeper league that uses OBP

    Drop Winker or L. Voit for K. Wong or McMahon or should I hold?

    Drop Jeffress for AJ minter if I’m in need of saves, or hold? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold on bats

      Yes, Minter

      • Andre says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  128. aardvark says:
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    Trade meadows for Domingod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  129. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS: 3 questions pls and thks

    1) who should I drop? – Hill, Flaherty, or Matz

    2) using J.Abreu and/or Mancini on 1st, drop either or both for C.Walker, H.Dozier, or McMahon

    3) using E.Hernadez at SS (could slide Baez there), so drop Kike for – C.Hernandez, Villar, or S.Kingery?

    Thamks!

    ps. been using this site almost from day 1, it’s really grown into the best Fantasy sport site by a country mile, I’m always amazed that you guys take the time to go through and reply to so many mails, I know it takes a long time since it takes me a while just to read through them ; )

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Matz 2. Hold 3. Villar PS. No problem!

  130. Ya says:
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    Two things:

    Parker or Strop rest of the way

    Which two would you take for runs?

    Dozier
    Hampson
    Winker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You asked this already

  131. themendozaline says:
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    G’day Grey, I have one start to play with for the remainder of the week, would you roll out CC vs the Royals today or Fiers against Toronto tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

  132. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    OBP league…

    1) who do I sit today:

    Eloy @ Zimmerman
    Vogelfat @ Pena
    Franco @ Marquez
    Chapman v Stroman

    2) Who do I drop when Lindor comes back: Hampson, Kike, Asdrubal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Vogel 2. Asdrubal

  133. Mike says:
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    What do you think in both the short term and ROS for C — Chirinos or Welington Castillo? 5×5 league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beef

  134. Whirlaway says:
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    david ‘roald’ dahl back. 8 team pts league espn… who’s the odd man out – need to drop 1?

    dahl
    domingo
    aguilar
    shaw
    muncy

    I know… stupid shallow… but still not sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aguilar

  135. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. mcmahon or dansby? have a preference? could use the 2b eligibility….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McMahon in Coors

  136. Uu says:
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    With McMahon back, do you think Hampson still gets decent playing time? Or would you cut bait?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they’re fine while Murphy is hurt

  137. pinkman says:
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    Trade Voit for Aguilar in 10tm 5×5 keeper or Hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  138. OaktownSteve

    OaktownSteve says:
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    It’s Ross Stripling Day! I doubt that will catch on. He might not get out of the 1st.

    I want in on the pantsless hang out. Hey Culligan Man.

    I like that you dropped a pinata on Pineda. Saying a guy got pinata’d has been a go to for me since the great Joel Pinata.

    Looking forward to the buy column tomorrow. Hopefully it’s filled with guys who nobody has ever heard of who will be available for a buck in FAAB and who will give me Mike Trout Max Scherzer level performance.

    Albright you must hate your NFBC team this year. It’s such a not you team. That was such a funky draft. I torpedoed our pitching with Freddy Peralta. Our middle infield is a mess. We’re starting Dylan Moore this weekend. After him we have no moore IFs ands and plenty of butts.

    Just a reminder the A’s got Khrush Davis for Jacob Nottingham and a guy named Bubba.

    • OaktownSteve

      OaktownSteve says:
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      Buy column today…unless you want to do one tomorrow.

      Putting your opinion out on every player must be grueling, Albie. I only put a few out and on the one’s I get wrong I feel like such a dickhead for opening my yap. Looking at you Freddy Peralta and JBJ.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, there’s no place to hide, so I cop to it and move on – case in point: Palka and Mullins

        • OaktownSteve

          OaktownSteve says:
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          The 5 man Red Sox rotation is worth a collective -98.6 dollars on the player rater. That’s 160ish dollars less than Cody Bellinger.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pants are for the soon-to-be-pantsed

      I’m struggling in NFBC pretty brutally, but losing a few top 100 bats and Giancarlo hasn’t helped… Need to avoid injuries, at least — Though, I worry Happ as my #2 is not going to cut it, no matter about health — Wow, forgot about that Khris Davis deal… Ha!

  139. kilkennybrian says:
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    Miguel Gonzales @LAA, SoN hates it (-11)

    Start in a 12 teamer 6×6 with QS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine to me

  140. JP says:
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    Send G. Marquez/Votto/Semien forJ.Bell/Lindor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  141. The Great Knoche says:
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    Parra or Curtis Granderson for a deep league fill in while Stewart is on DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parra

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Ugg…in this league left on my bench for NFBC is 2 catchers, Freese, and Willie Calhoun. Those are my remaining non injured players besides Parra and Granderson.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, times be rough in NFBC when hit by injuries

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Seriously. 8 position players 3 weeks in seems excessive though.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup

  142. abmsports23 says:
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    In a 14-team dynast league, should I drop frazier or goodrum to pick up chavis?

    • abmsports23 says:
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      Could also pick up Kingery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

      • abmsports23 says:
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        For Chavis or Kingery?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kingery

  143. William Hung says:
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    #shallowleagueproblems

    Batty Call: Pete Alonso @ STL (Wainwright) or Kingery @ Coors (Marquez)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso

  144. negatto says:
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    Dahl coming off DL, who is the drop?

    Winker or Laureano? Thinking Winker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winker

  145. zombie says:
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    Friday quickie for you all…Deal on the table – Profar or Swanson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar, without knowing who Swanson is

      • zombie says:
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        Sorry, the SS. Is it close? Thanks. Happy weekend!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Close

  146. Lucky Dog says:
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    1. Legit guffaw at the Didi dad-joke. I want to pick him up, just not sure when since he’s a doorstop until what, after the AS break? Any chance they rush him back early due to other injuries?

    2. Can you add Bryant & Rizzo to the “sell” list today? I wanna make sure they break out like Au Shiz. TIA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I doubt he’s back before June, but pre-ASB is def on table 2. Ha, yeah

  147. Jeffrey Gilden says:
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    Hey Grey –

    Having a rough week, but not panciking yet – seems like some underachieving going on.

    Let’s talk offense: R, HR, RBI, OBP, SLG, SBN

    Roster
    C > Ramos
    1B / 3B / CI > Aguilar, Suarez, Rendon, Vogelbach
    2B / SS / MI > Shaw, B Dozier, Hampson, Profar
    OF > Judge, M Smith, Verdugo, Puig, F Reyes, Robles
    UTIL> K Davis
    I have Wendle in an IL spot and just picked up Kieboom. MI has been a real problem, so I’m a little desperate there.
    Should I cut bait on any of these guys yet, or wait it out? There’s not much to be had on the wire, but I’m not against picking up someone who may come up soon (Y Alvarez or C Biggio, for example) if the upside is there.

    Thanks, as always.
    Jeff

    • Cram It says:
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      You don’t have anyone to drop for a guy in AAA. Wait it out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut Wendle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or Dozier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you really playing Verdugo?

      • Jeffrey Gilden says:
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        I am. He’s been pretty solid the last two weeks. But not totally comfortable with it.

  148. Hello Rockview says:
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    in a 12 team h2h 7×7 (total bases + OBP) league (holds, quality starts)

    Would you sell high on Tim Anderson? I will have Lindor returning soon and nowhere for Anderson to play with my Utility spots filled by Conforto and Domingo.

    Best offer so far was Ryu and Stroman

    C cervelli
    1b bell
    2b shaw
    3b franco
    ss anderson
    of JD
    Of benintendi
    of springer
    util conforto
    util domingo
    bench – kike, pinder
    IL – andujar, ohtani, lindor
    SP – bauer, greinke, beiber, happ, kikuchi,
    RP – doolittle, cody allen, hicks, ottavino

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is not a good offer tho

  149. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *************THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME

    • Rusty Canada says:
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      Grey- Nice Nick Hexum and Co. reference. I take it nobody else got it? Saw them live back in oh, I can’t remember.

      1-for-3 and his 3rd homer, hitting .311. Racist!

  150. rhodyballer says:
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    Buxton a must-own In 12-team 5×5 roto? Would you prefer BB or Winker, Laureano, Ender or Schwarber?

  151. RotoSlayer says:
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    I know you’re not a fan of Carpenter but would you rather have Christian Walker?

  152. SephMeier says:
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    I may have an opportunity to sell Vogelbach for Nelson Cruz…should I jump on that?

  153. Bob says:
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    5 player keeper… H2H… I have had Arenado for years.
    Arenado
    For
    Hoskins
    Blackmon
    Kimbrel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins/Blackmon/Kimbrel is a solid return

      • Bob says:
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        Thanks for the quick reply!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

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