The date was 1 B.O. — that’s one year Before Okrent — and the Fantasy Baseball Overlord rose from the Fantasy Baseball Overlord’s Mom’s Basement and said, “Fantasy baseball lovers, I will grant you one wish.”  One Fantasy Baseballer swooped his wisp of hair over his balding spot, in case he ran into any girls, and stepped forward, “I wish that all players would be healthy.”  The Fantasy Baseball Overlord scratched under his armpit, thinking.  “Fine, prematurely balding man, I will grant you your wish.  May all players be healthy.  Just not all at the same time or while on your team.”  And with that the FBO descended back into its mom’s basement, since it was almost snack time.  As the Overlord descended the stairs, the prematurely balding man yelled, “Wait, I didn’t agree to that!”  But it was too late, and now Jose Abreu‘s landed on the DL too.  Can’t we have anything nice?!  Please return to us, The Grande Dolor!  Wait a second, where was Frank Thomas this weekend?  Frank Thomas did a Snapchat with the Fantasy Baseball Overlord, didn’t he?  Answer me true, universe.  The White Sox are saying Abreu will be fine to return after the minimum 15 days, and I say, *long sigh* hopefully.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Kyle Farnsworth – Signed by the Astros.  Above the Astros clubhouse is a similar quote to Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor.  Your garbage pitchers yearning to breathe free.  We have but one request, don’t ask for more than league minimum.”

Matt Dominguez – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and 2 homers (6, 7).  Dominguez does work on Domingo and Antonio Sabato Jr. rests, and so it is and so it will be.

Chris Carter – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, actually hitting near .350 in the last week, which is like hitting .750 for this all or nothing slugger.  Mean’s while, Jon Singleton held a symposium on the death of black sidekicks in cinema and in the minor leagues.

Gio Gonzalez – Hit the Disgraceful List with shoulder inflammation.  Rizzo isn’t overly concerned, but I don’t know what Anthony Rizzo has to do with this.  *intern whispers into my ear*  That’s Mike Rizzo, I’m told.

Ryan Zimmerman – The Nats are considering Zimmerman in the outfield to put less pressure on his shoulder, and more pressure on everything else.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  He looks like hot breath two inches from your face, but he’s actually pitching a hair better than he did last year, so there could be a slight buying opportunity here.

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-3, 1 run, 4 RBIs for his first multi-hit game of the year.  That puts a real sunshiney glow on things, huh?

Jenrry Mejia – Got the save on Saturday.  I took a moment on Saturday and thought about owning two relievers on the Mess and decided I was daft, but not that daft, so I lost Jeurys Familia on most of my mixed league teams.  For now, own Mejia until Jenrry looks terrrrible.

C.J. Wilson – Threw his 2nd career shutout on Saturday with 7 baserunners and 7 Ks.  If I were an opposing manager, I’d check him for foreign substances like something that could be used to rub on the ball and treat a flaky scalp.

Will Middlebrooks – Hit the DL with a fractured finger.  Can you say post-post-post-post-hype sleeper for 2015?

Jake Peavy – 6 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA is now at 4.33.  His ownership is still over 90%.  Ah, the wonders of name value.

Anibal Sanchez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA is at 2.89.  His walk rate is out of control — 4.5 K/9, his velocity is down and he’s barely going to his curveball.  I.e., I before E, except in Teixeira, something seems off with him.  I wouldn’t be afraid to explore trades with him based on his artificially deflated ERA.

Ian Kinsler – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  UPDATE:  Ignore everything you read about the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler trade prior to the start of this season.  As William Goldman would say, nobody knows anything.

Taijuan Walker – Threw 55 pitches in the bullpen.  Come back, Walker, Taijuan’t to be my starter?

Corey Hart – Left yesterday’s game with a hamstring injury.  No one likes to see Hart hurt, except for those few that only have five working keyboard keys.

Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Twins, which is a dream matchup like every time I think of Twins in any scenario outside of baseball.

Robinson Cano – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .318 on the year *covers mouth so you can’t hear* with one homer.

Alex Cobb – Struck out nine in his rehab start, and is due back on Thursday vs. the A’s.  I’m putting mental bubble wrap around his UCL and mental packing peanuts around his elbow.

Kevin Kiermaier – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer as he started for Desmond Jennings, who was on bereavement.  Kiermaier reminds me of the Kierkegaard quote, “There are two possible situations for Kiermaier — he can either do this or that.  My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this:  do it or do not do it — you will regret both.”  That Kierkegaard was a real joy!

David Price – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  The Price is wrong, b*tch!

Albert Pujols – 3-for-4 and two solo homers.  I don’t even hold it against him for being the impetus for me Googling “Prince Albert” on Google image search.

Grant Green – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and on Saturday he hit a homer, hitting .368.  Hard to say what his playing time is going to be when Kole Calhoun returns, as for Kole Calhoun, look at Jack’s hit of the week.

Matt Shoemaker – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, 3.06 ERA.  Not really much but a streamer even if Shoemaker seems capable of cobbling together good starts.  Pun point!

Rickie Weeks – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and third in his last three games, though he sat out the previous two games, which would’ve been fine if we were still rooting for Scooter, but now we’re rooting for Rickie and it’s starting to foul me up.  Stop forcing my fickle allegiances to be more fickle!

Travis Wood – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He’s way too erratic for as an every start-type pitcher, but as the Stream-o-Nator points out he does have a nice next matchup.

Mike Olt – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer.  He might be this season’s version of a guy who hits 30 homers and isn’t owned in more than 50% of leagues for the majority of the year.  It’s the Adam Dunn award.  That award is in the shape of a blue ox.

Welington Castillo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Where’s the boeuf?  Welington!

Prince Fielder – Out a few games with a herniated disc in his neck.  But who’s going to go 1-for-4 with no runs or RBIs in the meantime?!

Mitch Moreland – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer as he played 1st base for the Rangers.  Well, the Rangers figured out how to replace Fielder’s production.  Lose the guy who takes up more land for Moreland.

Nick Martinez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 2.28.  He has 16 Ks to 14 BBs, which is hot garbage in a wok that was heated on Venus.

Juan Francisco – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer.  Sonavabench!  Ugh, I tried to figure out a way to get him in my lineup, but I went with Solarte in a doubleheader and Pollock at UTIL and… Well, do a better job than me and get him in your lineup.

Jay Bruce – On Saturday, he shagged fly balls.  Hey, that’s cool with me.  If he wants to marry the person whose balls he was shagging, I’m fine with it too.

Tony Cingrani – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks as he returned from the DL.  I picture his family sitting on Mulberry Street, sipping espresso, wondering how long until Chinatown completely takes over Little Italy.  The Cingranis now on A&E after Small Town Security.

Devin Mesoraco – 4-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .500 on the year.  He may have a face only his mother could love, but he has a bat that everyone could love.

Cody Asche – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  Didn’t come out of the gate like the horse in One Fine Mess that Howie and Ted Danson gave a speedball, but there’s still time for Asche to make good on my preseason love.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Domonic Brown had a solid Saturday (2-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 2nd homer), but right now it’s not even close who’s been more valuable between him and Byrd and that’s just sad.  Like when only your Mom likes your Facebook status.

Matt Wieters – Won’t return when eligible.  We should start a new fantasy baseball game where the categories are more applicable if your entire team is on the DL.  Hitter categories:  Missed Games, Strained Hamstrings, Limps, Obliques and Bed Sores.  For pitchers:  Strained Elbows, Strained Shoulders, Tommy John Surgeries, Dead Arm and Can’t Get Loose.  Think how much happily the comments will be when it’s, “I got two Tommy John surgeries and a strained shoulder and don’t think the 2nd place team can catch me!”

Adam Jones – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Considering what the rest of the 1st round is doing right now, I don’t want to get greedy.  Besides Godly and I mean Goldy not Trout, you were better off starting your draft in the 3rd round.

J.J. Hardy – 3-for-4, 1 run and has zero homers on the year.  Unless the Ghost of Charley Lau is haunting J.J., it’s a complete Hardy boy mystery why he has zero homers.  I’d grab him though with the hope that he’s got to turn around his dearth of power.

Alex Gordon – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 6 RBIs and 2 homers (2, 3).  Commissioner Gordon finally figured out how to turn on the bat signal.

Billy Butler – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .240.  Only another forty points on average and he’ll be hitting his weight in moobs.  The Royals had 18 homers going into today, last in MLB.  They brought Steve Balboni to help turn it around and he left after an awkward moment when Billy Butler asked him, “Are you my father?”

Jed Lowrie – Exited yesterday’s game with a strained neck.  Damn, I don’t play in a Strained Neck league!

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs; Josh Donaldson went 1-for-2, 4 runs, 1 RBI; Brandon Moss went 3-for-3, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and Josh Reddick went 2-for-4, 2 RBIs as the A’s laid it on the Indians.  The Indians should be red-faced.  From embarrassment, geez!

Justin Masterson – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Some good can come of this.  You can finally drop him without any regrets.   Well, except the regret you owned him all this time.

Cody Allen – 0 IP, 3 ER.  Apparently, John Axford’s voodoo dolls are working better than his pitches.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  With Carlos Santana dropped to the seven hole and hitting .152, even when Kipnis returns, Brantley should stay in the heart of the Indians order and keep producing.  Yeah, I’m a fan.

David Murphy – 3-for-5 and his 2nd steal.  Murphy is now hitting near-.450 in the last week with a homer.  Murphy’s the type to get scolding hot, and he’s now doing it with a side order of schmotato.

Edwin Jackson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.98.  More like Edqualitystart!  *high-five self*  Ow, too much thumb!  I’m not a huge fan of Jackson, but the Stream-o-Nator points out his next start isn’t terrible and could be in line for some streaming action.

Andrew Cashner – Hit the DL with soreness in his elbow.  He’s confident that it won’t be an issue; he’s just having a precautionary MRI on Monday.  Ah, the ol’ precautionary MRI!  I have one of those every few days.  I’m sure Cashner will be fine.  In related news, how’s Casey Kelley pitching in the minors?

Seth Smith – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer.  Don’t thleep on the Lisper’s Nightmare!

Everth Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam & legs.  EverCab didn’t accidentally back into a PEDs needle, the Padres where in Coors this weekend.  More than I can say for Gyorko, whose name is seeming more and more appropriate every day.

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer in limited time as he hits .349.  Basically, anyone that the Rockies play hits, well, except Rutledge.

Yangervis Solarte – 2-for-7, 2 runs and his 5th homer.  In a week that I’ve owned him, he has 3 homers, 8 runs, 4 RBIs and hitting .308.  Basically, Middlebrooks’s whole season.

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks.  His stuff is so insane, yet his results are so yawnstipating.  It’s almost like he’s embarrassed to show off.  Is he Amish?  Start striking out 15 guys a game, Ezequiel won’t mind!

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .314.  White guys with black names have really broken the glass ceiling this year.

Justin Upton – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 10th homer.  Upton’s taken Jay Bruce’s crazy streakiness and run with it the last two years.  Is there anyone else you can count on for at least four homers in a week or an 0-for-47 slump with nothing in-between?

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .309.  Hoping one of these days it clicks that those two moobs that he stuffs into his athletic sports bra every morning aren’t there for aesthetics but to show him that he has the power to hit homers.  Maybe since Allen Craig isn’t doing anything else, he can put on the inspirational Suddenly I See by KT Turnsall and that could help Fatt Adams open his eyes.

Kolten Wong – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and five for 11 since he was recalled with two steals.  If you’re struggling at MI, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t grab Wong, um, no, that’s what I meant.

Jaime Garcia – 7 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Not an awful start for his first one back, and ‘not awful’ is about the best you’re gonna get from me for Garcia until he’s rattled off about five solid starts.

Trevor Rosenthal – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and his 2nd blown save.  Don’t think he’s in real jeopardy of losing the job yet, but he is in jeopardy of losing his arm if the Cards keep pitching him every day.  He’s now thrown four straight days and 97 pitches this week.  Joe Torre just shuddered.

Pablo Sandoval – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer.  I just told you to Buy him, did you listen?  You did?  Oh, that is fabulous.  We are the best over-the-internet friends ever.  Let’s snuggle.  It’s a figure of speech!  Get away!

Ryan Vogelsong – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.62.  Essentially a streamer, and you can tell everybody that is your Vogelsong.

Aaron Hill – Scratched with a sore shoulder.  Better have been a Made in the USA backscratcher.  Even if it was made in the USA by illegal immigrants.

Paul Goldschmidt – 4-for-5, 5 runs, 6 RBIs and 2 homers on Saturday.  Au Shucks!  I miss you, you wonderful beast!

A.J. Pollock – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam & legs on Saturday, then 3-for-4 on Sunday.  I told you to grab him on Friday and now I’m saying, you should’ve paid attention.

Chris Owings – 6-for-9, 5 runs, 3 RBIs and 2 steals on Saturday and Sunday. Up until this weekend he’s been as exciting to own as someone’s tone when turning the TV channel to a rerun and saying his name, “O, wings.”

Clayton Kershaw – 1 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Well, at least he’s not on the DL…Yet.  Damn you, reversal ellipsis!

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday.  Fantasy Baseball Overlord, “If I say so.”  Evil laugh!  Fantasy Baseball Overlord out.

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Kevin
Kevin
8 years ago

Thanks for the great stuff as always Grey. Would you stream Edwin Jackson or Robbie Erlin at SD this week? Stream o nator heavily favors Erlin in the nobody cares matchup at Petco.

Thanks in advance!

-Kevin

dLark
dLark
8 years ago

Alex Gordon, Rajai Davis, or A.J. Pollock

Hoosier Daddy
Hoosier Daddy
8 years ago

Alcides for Ryu, who wins?

goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

hey, bo porter, we’re gonna need keuchel for ROS here, take him out.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: POS Bo Porter! No reason to have left him in.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
8 years ago

oh now hector s. can get outs.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

I know the Astros are probably excited to have a guy that can pitch well, but is leaving him out there really wise?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: really stupid, 5 run lead, yeah let’s keep him in after 110.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: i own pujols and trout so i guess if keuchel is ok i’ll take the hits, but i would rather have had his whip at .5 and just be done after 8. i need as much help as possible with smyly/wily allowing like 2 guys or more per inning on base today.

J-FOH
J-FOH
8 years ago

I’m slumming so bad I grabbed Frank Frank in one league *shamefully walks away*

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: Check his transaction history to see the dipshit who grabbed him first…

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Kid A
8 years ago

@Kid A: wow, it’s like we’re over the intrnet step brothers

Big League Choo
Big League Choo
8 years ago

Hurting at 1B with Abreu and Hart down….
1)Would you trade Bautista or Cutch for Goldy?
2) if i have to give up another minor pitching upgrade

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

Phillips, Mesoraco and Ramos all on the same team (RCL).

Bleurgh.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: (FCL)

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: stupid league!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: Did you see the speed with which every White Sox reliever capable of drawing breath was grabbed? (I guess you did!)

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: I always imagine Pandas as being fat and slow. I wish ours was.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

Just doing some maintenance on my sister’s team. Who would you rather have in your NA spot – Stroman or Salazar?

J-FOH
J-FOH
8 years ago

I knew I shouldn’t of thrown Richards tonight. It’s tough to face the same team twice. And being that he’s young and the Astros are hot. My gut said no yet my lust for stats won me over

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH:

If you listen closely you can hear my Vargas playing the Sad Trombone for you, me, and the whole goddamn world.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Kid A
8 years ago

@Kid A: I stacked against Vargas on DraftKings today!

Like how I grabbed Webb, not knowing what happened and dropped him for Burton as I played the odds of what MR will get a turn tomorrow. I’m destined to have no closers whatsoever this year. I tried to play a sad trombone but it broke from over usage

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: if you really would have done that, i’m guessing you have a bunch of other genius benches where most others would have started a guy. Richards had been great, and it’s the Lastros, and don’t forget how many runs LAA have been scoring lately. I wouldn’t feel anything but unlucky with Richards today.

John
John
8 years ago

Cincy even tried to lose the game, putting Hoover in. But Washington didnt bite.

Herschel
Herschel
8 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. Anibal/rios for cutch or Stanton? Too much?

MB
MB
8 years ago

Cool to keep lackey over marco? 14 homers allowed already!!!!

Bobby Nice
Bobby Nice
8 years ago

Aoki just got sent packing for a pinch runner??? I was just debating dropping Gyorko or Aoki and that made my decision easy for Cobb coming off DL….

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Bobby Nice
8 years ago

@Grey:@Bobby Nice: why, Dyson is the 2nd fastest player in baseball and they only needed 1 run. this isn’t an indication that Aoki won’t ever get steals.

goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

lindstrom ankle problem, who’s up next there?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: some sites have webb, others belisario. but it can’t be belisario, right?

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: I was just getting ready to ask the same thing. Nothing like chasing some saves…

Deck
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: I’m just worried that since he pitched 2 innings tonight Webb gets the chance tomorrow and a clean save gets him the job.

goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

me likely this Keuchel pickup, now up to 3 leagues where i have him. 15/16/10 team, 1 roto in there somewhere.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: ah HA, it’s actually 4 leagues with Keuchel, a 12 team is in there too.

Take 2
Take 2
8 years ago

My pitchers are: Bumgarner, Hudson, Lackey, Lynn, Dickey & Pomeranz

Who to drop to bring Cobb back from DL, and who if any would you drop for Porcello?

Aj
Aj
8 years ago

Who do I drop for d. Murphy?
Lind aoki fowler

Aj
Aj
Reply to  Aj
8 years ago

@Aj: or l can also drop lake

MB
MB
8 years ago

Where do Dallas K rank among beckett, lackey and marco?

Thank you

Alan
Alan
8 years ago

so you saying up there to drop andrus for alcides?

royce!
royce!
Reply to  Alan
8 years ago

@Alan: I think it was the other way around- drop alcides for andrus

MB
MB
Reply to  royce!
8 years ago

@royce!: What about alcides or andrus? 3 OF spots, already have leonys, gordon, j up and bautista for OF

SoSayethI
SoSayethI
8 years ago

Hey Grey

Alex cobb and brandon belt for A Gonzo and Rajai Davis, who ya got?

SoSayethI
SoSayethI
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

My boy Wade Davis needs a double play here.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: WTF? Some clown dropped a foul ball?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: we got an extra K,calm down.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: Don’t care about Ks.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: then you broke even.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

Where does Al-Al fit into this Tigers bullpen right now?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: Been seeing a fair bit of Krol. Guess he comes in to face the LHBs, but seems to stay in there…

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: Here he is now…

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: What an asshole.

fausto
fausto
8 years ago

1. Drop carl crawford or eric young II for kole calhoun?. 2. Drop Jim Johnson, Bryan Shaw for Mejia @CL?
3. Thanks.

bossmanjunior
bossmanjunior
8 years ago

Looks like Allen will get the save opp! Yay!!!! Hopefully my patience holding him pays off!

bossmanjunior
bossmanjunior
Reply to  bossmanjunior
8 years ago

@bossmanjunior:

fuuuuuuuuuuck

Alan
Alan
Reply to  bossmanjunior
8 years ago

@bossmanjunior: Of all the guys, JD f ing martinez?!?!?

Jacks
Jacks
Reply to  Alan
8 years ago

@Alan: I just traded him after the shelling yesterday so I just went from a DAMNITALL! moment to Wow I made a smart move thought in a few minutes.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

Effing catchers. Mesoraco and Santana a combined 0/9.

John
John
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: add perez 0-4

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  John
8 years ago

@John: Actually hoping the Nats win it here so Meso doesn’t have to come up again.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: mesoraco, the guy hitting like .450 or so, and is the best catcher per game in all of baseball, and had like 3 XBH in last 2 days, yeah i’ll take another at bat from him please.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  John
8 years ago

@John: LOL, I forgot Wilson Ramos’ 0/6

Alan
Alan
8 years ago

Do I drop alcides for rajai or andrus now that he is hitting 2nd?

goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

richards not starting good. thank god i got beat to him in every league.

JoeMorgan'sMustache
JoeMorgan'sMustache
8 years ago

Grey, would appreciate your thoughts on this..

16 team keeper, that counts .OPS and Holds…we also use LF/Cf/RF. Can keep 5. Would you move Braun in a package for Abreu? Brauns price is at $49…Abreu is a $24…inflation is up to $5 a year based on where one places. I won’t be keeping Braun at that price. Abreu is a good price based on what guys are kept for in there and or what they cost to be redrafted. For example, Bautista cost me $36 to draft, Braun $49. For comparable…some kept players…Cargo $50, Longo $34, Tulo $41…you get the idea. So, I would keep Abreu. It’s a h2h league btw, and am sitting in first at the moment…my offense in there…

C- Gomes
1B – Tex
2B- Murphy
3B – Arenado
SS -Desmond
LF – Braun
CF – Puig
RF- Bautista
UTIL – Eaton ( for now)
Bench – Vicideo
DL – Cuddyer

As you can see it’s pretty nice for 16 teams. I was thinking of something along the lines of Braun/Tex for Abreu/Alfonso Soriano. The guy already emailed me back and said he is interested in moving Abreu for something with Braun. I’m hesitant, I really don’t like trading for injured players..to me it’s just playing with fire. But, with me being in first, and it being a keeper, I think I could make due in the short term and I love Abreu. Cuddyer would be my 1B in the mean time ( hearing he should be back tomorrow). Sorry for long post, just try to give a good bit of Info! What are your thoughts on this? Thanks!

JoeMorgan'sMustache
JoeMorgan'sMustache
Reply to  JoeMorgan'sMustache
8 years ago

@JoeMorgan’sMustache: Oh, and I would either try to move Eaton or Vicideo, or drop one of them if I did this…don’t want 3 guys on the same team.

JoeMorgan'sMustache
JoeMorgan'sMustache
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: Thanks…gonna try to make it happen!

Steve
Steve
8 years ago

6*6 with OBP

J. Upton & Desmond
or
Dread Pirate

goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

holy crap, i went from 14th (out of 15) to 8th from just yesterday’s stats in roto. thanks jones/gordon/asche/mesoraco/juan f. hit .442/OPS = 1.371, with 5 homers/14 rbi’s/9 runs. 8th – 14th all lumped pretty close, but went up 12.5 pts in one day.

John
John
8 years ago

Indian may get save OPP wonder who goes in? Shaw pitched the 8th

John
John
Reply to  John
8 years ago

@John: Allen gets it, and not so great not terrible. Blown save.

John
John
8 years ago

got kenley robertson mejia and doolittle, any obvious drops with last 2 or should i try to keep them. In 10 tm lg shallow rosters i usually carry 3 but should i try work out trade with 1 included before i drop?

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
8 years ago

drat, it appears zimmermania won’t play LF, man that would’ve kicked ass, for him too, his body would hold up better, and WAS as a team would be much better at defense taking his F’ed up arm out of 3rd. unless he’s just spreading misinfo (why?)

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: need to get him to 1st then, which we all knew preseason.

goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

anybody else wondering just how the hell smyly has a 3.05 era. every time i stream this guy (and i str owned him till 2 weeks ago) he really appears to be a 5 era guy, with terrible whips.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

So this is the week Butler decides to turn it on?

Better not be.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: Just as well I have Al-Ram!

Shoop Da Whoop
Shoop Da Whoop
8 years ago

Khris Davis is a butthole. Drop him, and his first day off my team he hits a HR.

The Muppet Maniac
The Muppet Maniac
8 years ago

I can use a sort of utility bench guy. I was thinking of trading Lackey for either Prado or Gyorko, hoping they can turn things around. Or hold for now?

Jhan
Jhan
8 years ago

Hey Grey
Would you trade away Trout and either Gray or Weaver to gain Miguel Cabrera and King Felix?
Thanks as always

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

Mesoraco 0/2. I don’t know what to believe in anymore.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: patience?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: No. I expect him to get a hit in every at-bat, like he’s been doing.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: I hate to say this but I don’t recomend you play daily fantasy

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: why not, that’s the best place for no patience.

los locos
los locos
8 years ago

Alex Gordon available should I try to pick him up, if so need to drop someone.. I justed picked up singleton and tavaras, like tavera because he was get called up to DH.

Montero, Miguel(C) ARI
Napoli, Mike(1B) BOS
Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET
Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL
Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD
Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
Rios, Alex(OF) TEX
Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE

Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
Singleton, Jon(1B) HOU
Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
Machado, Manny(3B) BAL
Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
Taveras, Oscar(OF) STL

Natural Born Champs
Natural Born Champs
8 years ago

Hi Grey,
I got D.Price on my team. Sum ting wong with him. I got it.
Who would you target(pitcher) for a straight up trade?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
8 years ago

Heya Albright…without googlin’…what team leads the AL in steals?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  OaktownSteve
8 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Yankees or the Tigers

Oaktown Steve
Oaktown Steve
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH:

Tiggers. Nice pull Jf

I was surprised it was them even with Rajai

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Oaktown Steve
8 years ago

@Oaktown Steve: I thought about Rajai, Kinsler, Jackson…

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  OaktownSteve
8 years ago

@OaktownSteve: maybe the Astros, I keep forgetting they are AL

Bartolo's Chin
Bartolo's Chin
8 years ago

Would you rather have Kazmir or Richards in a redraft 12 team H2H (10×10) league

J-FOH
J-FOH
8 years ago

I just watched the garage door episode of Silicon Valley. One of the funniest episodes I’ve seen in a while

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: I like the tie in at the end. very Arrested Development

I also like the hologram scene too

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: I just looked that up. That sucks, he was great. the Burger King bit was great

Clabo
Clabo
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey:

Chris Welch (peter gregory) was a high school pal. Even when young, his talent was monsterous. Great guy…tragic.

New to your site…I’m diggin it. Expect some questions from me.

Groovy
Groovy
8 years ago

Best 2 options

Porcello, pomeranz, Garza, kueschel, Haren, Bauer, Kuroda

Henry
Henry
8 years ago

12 team redraft

2 trades:

1. Harper/Braun/Bumgarner vs. Yu Darvish/ Carlos Gomez

2. Harper/Braun/Bumgarner/Juan Francisco vs. Yu Darvish/Goldy

Thoughts?

Great article btw :)

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

Up against V-Mart this week.

Sigh.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
8 years ago

@SteveNZ: And Butler and Cain. Sheesh.

nick the dick
nick the dick
8 years ago

Beckett vs mets, pom vs cleveland or monerto vs dodgers tomorrow? Also keep any of them over kennedy, eovaldi or estrada? Thanks.

kev
kev
8 years ago

Donaldson or Longo ROS?

kev
kev
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey:

thanks man

Fenway Fungus
Fenway Fungus
Reply to  kev
8 years ago

@kev: disagree. Donaldson ftw.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
8 years ago

How does Rudy stuff his ‘fro under that bald wig?

Great Bambino
Great Bambino
8 years ago

Aaron Hill or Dozier?

Great Bambino
Great Bambino
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: @Grey: I asked you a few times over the last month and a half this exact question, and you kept telling me Hill…

Jason
Jason
Reply to  Great Bambino
8 years ago

@Great Bambino: And in that time frame Dozier’s value has continued to increase, so now you can stop asking since you finally got the answer you were looking for.

Busher
Busher
Reply to  Great Bambino
8 years ago

@Great Bambino: That’s how fantasy baseball operates…

john
john
8 years ago

Probably 10th time for this. Start keuchel tonight vs LAA. Son saying no?

mooseknuckle
mooseknuckle
8 years ago

My team is dropping like flies. Kipnis, abreu now votto. I have to fill a dh spot and waivers are wednesday and saturday only so I am stuck with what I have and its not much. H2h points league lose points for k’s. Brad miller, bourjos or santana (twins). Any help appreciated.

mooseknuckle
mooseknuckle
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: thanks as always. You are a gentleman and a scholar.

Confucius
Confucius
8 years ago

Have a bench spot available. Can pick up Salazar, singleton or stream. Which would you choose? Thanks!

Malicious Phenom
8 years ago

You think Straily is coming back any time soon? Will he be worth anything if and when he comes back?

John
John
8 years ago

Stacked OF anf Harper on DL, my Util A Gordon for Cain. I know Cain can be better w inf hr/fb but how much??? He better than a tillman ? 10 tm lg

john
john
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: I agree I think I’ll just hold don’t know if Cain worth the stress.. I I did deal I was gonna drop Mejia or Gordon and pick up Pollock? Help it?

john
john
Reply to  john
8 years ago

@john: I was gonna drop Mejia or Doolittle pick up pollock

Smitty
Smitty
8 years ago

Trade question for you in a 14-Team 6×6 league (ops/holds):

Bautista, Eovaldi

For

Craig, Teheran, and either Springer or Eaton

Thoughts? Preference on Springer/Eaton ROS? Leaning towards trading Eaton bc he can’t seem to stay healthy.

I’d be replacing Springer/Eaton in my lineup with Lind Kh Davis or Josmil Pinto. Have decent, not great speed w/ Leonys Starlin Heyward and some lower end guys like Lucroy Votto Lawrie.

Way I’m seeing it Joey Bats and Craig have similar injury risk. It would suck to sell Craig at such a low point and buy Bats at what could be a high water mark on AVG but he’s looked more and more like the guy that .300 in 2011. Walking at 19% clip, career high LD% (18%), pretty normal BABIB (.308). He keeps it up he’s going to put up top-8 numbers. I think Eovaldi is making strides too.

Thanks in advance.

jim
jim
8 years ago

deep league, two questions:
1) guy dropped salazar and i used a high waiver to pick him up-good move or no? think he will turn it around?
2) do you think now is the time to stash mookie betts? i picked him up when i heard he was playing OF.
Thanks in advance.

Josh
Josh
8 years ago

Grey – I have Anibal and agree that something just ain’t right. What other starting pitchers in that mid round range would you suggest targeting for a trade?

Party Boy John
Party Boy John
8 years ago

A: chris davis, alcedies escobar, cory dickerson
B: Matt kemp, brandon phillips, juan francisco

which do you like?

J-FOH
J-FOH
8 years ago

Grey, I need some new hip hop…GO!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: yeah I did. It’s good bro

Flipping around Itunes, ever heard of YG, Iamsu!, G-Eazy, or eMC?

Also there is a cool show coming up in June down in Santa Ana. Here are some on the bill: It’s a 2 day event

Immortal Technique
Brother Ali
Murs
Talib Kweli
Raekwon
Souls of Mischief
Zion I
Aesop Rock
Blackalicious
People Under the Stairs

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: that show looks awesome

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: Talib is the one I most want to see, he plays on Saturday the 21st with Murs and Brother Ali

it’s 40 a ticket, you and the cougs want to go?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: June 21st, its a Saturday….in orange county

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: off to Mama Coug’s

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: forget kendrick lamar. Go with Demigodz stuff-any Apathy album (‘Honkey Kong’, Wanna Snuggle?’ ‘Eastern Philosophy’), also Celph Titled ‘Nineteen Ninety Now’, and Chino XL’s last album if you havent heard it ‘The Ricanstruction’, Rugged Man ‘Legends Never Die’…square yourself away

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  nick the dick
8 years ago

@nick the dick: good call I forgot about the Demigodz stuff

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  J-FOH
8 years ago

@J-FOH: ya just came out with a new one. Beats are okay but lyrically very good.

bossmanjunior
bossmanjunior
8 years ago

Best DL stash…Pinieda, Gee, Holland, Paxton, Crain

rafi
8 years ago

Pick one to bench for coming week:

Chase Whitley at Cubs
Masterson at Baltimore
Bauer vs Det and at Baltimore
Porcello vs Tex

I’m thinking Masterson?

Bonus question: play Bryan Shaw for one of the other starters listed above or leave him benched? Already have Uehara and Robertson in lineup.

Deck
8 years ago

Is Chris Davis Trade value closer to Cano or Kemp?

blindnuts
blindnuts
8 years ago

Reed and Keuchel for Samardzija…which side?

Nick M
Nick M
8 years ago

Would you add Pollock over Aoki, Cain, Butler, or hold in a points league, -1 for K?

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
8 years ago

@Grey:maybe i missed something, or the transitive theorem doesn’t apply here but earlier today i see that espinosa > beckham, but yesterday i saw beckham > wong, and i know since friday i’ve seen wong>espinosa numerous times. what am i missing, or has wong being good and espinosa being terrible (only counting last few days) made espinosa worth more while lowering wong’s value?

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
8 years ago

@Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Beckham > Wong?

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  ashtray
8 years ago

@ashtray: i found where Grey said it, it was friday the 16th (in the hall), at 4:48 PM. convo with Grey and Tony cingrani’s Ego.

Tony Cingrani’s Ego says:
May 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm (link)

@Grey: beckham or wong?
Reply

Grey

Grey says:
May 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm (link)

Beckham

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
8 years ago

@Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: with the rubber chicken. kidding. what could have happened is this was asked and answered before Wong’s 2 good games, so if that’s why it would be wong over espinosa over beckham, at least i think.

Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson
8 years ago

Drop Masterson or AJ Burnett for any of these?:

Porcello, Archer, Keuchel, Bucholz, T Wood, Gee, Vargas, Roark, or maybe anybody else you think isn’t highly owned.

Also, drop Bonifacio or Gyorko for Neil Walker, Alcides Escobar, Wong, or Juan Francisco? Thanks

Bernie Brewer
Bernie Brewer
8 years ago

I could use a SP upgrade and was just offered M. Lindstrom and Samardzija for Soria. Is that the downgrade at closer too much to add Samardzija?

In general, how do you view Samardzija ROS? Top 25 SP? Top 30?

Thanks!

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: police (except in STL and PHI) would consider that trade rape.

Bernie Brewer
Bernie Brewer
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: I thought it was too good to be true, but the guy offered me that deal. Thanks for the advice!

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Bernie Brewer
8 years ago

@Bernie Brewer: those issues come up in court, can rape be consensual, and just what does “willing” mean in fantasy leagues anyway.

jal179
jal179
8 years ago

My Seager for his Estrada?

I’m trying to rid myself of all bench bats and relievers. PUNTIN SAVES BEOTCHES

goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

keep 25 per year forever league 20 team H2H, are these trades somewhat fair and good for me, if so, which is better
1. my ozuna and hammel for liriano
2. my rios for a.gordon (need homers more than steals, but don’t know if this is even smart)
3. hammel for liriano (if ozuna and hammel is too much).
this owner must not like liriano much since his pitching sucks but he’s still trying to move him.
4. my wily peralta (sell high) for liriano

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
8 years ago

@Grey: ok, so wily’s upside (since he’s been so good this year) is higher than liriano’s stay ability, and using current season’s hammelness to leverage liriano’s better long term value is the way to go.

Barenrewn
Barenrewn
8 years ago

Ryan Braun and Ervin Santana for Carlos Gomez and Michael Wacha what side do you like better?

Barenrewn
Barenrewn
Reply to  Barenrewn
8 years ago

@Barenrewn: follow-up would you rather have Ryan Braun or Jose Bautista?

It’s a keeper league. Thanks!