The Cardinals pulled Dakota Hudson 111 pitches, 6 2/3 IP, into his no-hitter, which is a smart move. He was gassed and they had thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening, Gallegos (Gallegos), Gallegos (Gallegos), Gallegos Figaro magnifico! The Cardinals don’t make dumb moves. They even make smart moves about which teams to hack. The Ghost of Dave Duncan makes something out of nothing with every Cards starter (don’t look at Wacha). It’s without can. Ya know, uncanny. David Duncan’s leftover notes jotted on a loose-leaf spiral notebook are better than Ray Searage. Don’t at me; it’s true. Put him in the Hall of Fame before he really is a ghost. You look at Hudson’s numbers — 7 K/9, 4.2 BB/9, 5.10 FIP — and you shudder they’re so bad. Yet — again with stank — YET! he has a 3.63 ERA and he no-hit the Brewers last night for almost seven innings. Dave Duncan, man!  He’s the best ghoster. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Paul DeJong – 1-for-3 and his 22nd homer, hitting .246.  Colonel Mustard in a 50-year-old virgin’s bedroom with a stack of Playboys!

Corey Kluber – Went back to Cleveland to undergo testing. Hope he gets Drew Carey, he’s an easy grader. *intern whispers in ear* Oh, he went back for tests on his abdomen. Carey’s tough on the stomach. Sadly, Kluber was shut down for two weeks and is likely done for the regular season.

Adalberto Mondesi – Will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday. Or as Ric Flair would say, “Woooooooooo!” That puts Mondesi about a week away.

Nicky Lopez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer. Also, Nick Dini (1-for-4, 2 runs) hit his 1st homer, and they went back-to-back. It was Little Nicky Night at Camden Yards as all fans in attendance told their pitchers to go to hell.

John Means – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.75. This guy was a popular ask in the comments over the last few days. I looked at the Streamonator for him and it didn’t like him, and I don’t like him, so I couldn’t figure out the allure. What does it all Means?

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer. How valuable has Villar been this year, you ask with your soulful lips. On the Player Rater, Villar is just outside the top 20. Overall.

Matt Adams – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer, and 2nd homer in two games because everyone on the Nats homered on Sunday and Monday. Adam Eaton (1-for-4, 2 runs) hit his 11th, and 2nd in two games, and should absolutely owned and Trea Turner (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) hit his 13th homer and refuses to steal bases. I don’t want to tell him to bunt because we know what that led to, but get a seeing-eye single and steal two bags for ya boi!

Brian Dozier – Out on paternity leave. Should be back in a few days, but, if he has a daughter and his wife suggests the name, Juanita Soto, he might be out longer. “He has great on base skills, Brian! I’m sorry!” While Dozier’s out, Asdrubal might have some short-term value and he homered last night, because everyone homered on the Nats.

Juan Soto – 4-for-4, 4 runs, hitting .293. No homer? Sexy Dr. Pepper, your disappointment knows no bounds!

Trevor Williams – 2 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.65. You come for the Nats right now? You buggin’.

Billy Hamilton – Claimed by the Braves. Snitker’s thought bubble:  We need to teach Acuña a lesson. Who can we get who hustles and does nothing else? Someone who plays without abandon and lacks all talent? I know!

Freddy Galvis – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 20th homer. Random scumbum middle infidels have 20 homers like en bee dee.

Trevor Bauer – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.06 vs. Eric Lauer – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.47. Bauer vs. Lauer sounds like a court case against The Today Show, if they had a female employee named Bauer.

Francisco Mejia – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .277. I’m already excited about drafting (stealing) Mejia after pick 220 overall next year and having him be a top three catcher. And it takes a lot for me to get excited about a catcher.

Edwin Jackson – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 8.46. Why are the Tigers throwing him? Is he a tax write-off? “How are we going to pay for Miggy this year?” “Haven’t you heard of the Edwin Jackson tax break? Put a solar panel on his back and you get $1 million tax credit for every inning.”

Travis Demeritte – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .292. He’s on a 162-game pace of 16/24. Oh my goodness, the Tigers actually have something interesting on offense.

Carlos Correa – Left with back issues. JFC, put this guy in a bubble. “How many breathe spouts you want?”  That’s Jeimer Frank Candelario thinking I’m talking to him.

Rougned Odor – 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .205. He should go as Rouggla Gyodorko. To celebrate power and crap average 2nd basemen.

Nomar Mazara – Left yesterday’s game with an oblique injury. A thinking man would say finally Willie Calhoun will start every game. A thinking man thinking about how screwed up the Rangers are would say Calhoun still won’t start.

Danny Santana – Left with a tight hamstring. “Hello, I’m Cillie Walhoun and I’m new here. Can I play?” That’s Willie Calhoun wearing a fake mustache.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (19) and legs (1). He stole the base when the opposing allowed him  to get a 89-foot lead.

Justin Upton – 2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs. I was able to pick him up in my shallowest league, so I’m guessing he’s there for some of youse. When Upton gets hot, he goes off-the-charts schmotato. He has two homers in the past week and feels on the precipice of one of his insane runs.

Ketel Marte – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .320. He’s slowed a bit in the 2nd half–Oh, gee tee eff outta here slowed! He has 26 homers and a .320 average! Don’t be greedy!

Zac Gallen – 6 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners (6 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 2.45. You’ll shoot your ratio’s eyes out with all those BBs. Sucks I had to bench him in my weekly leagues, due to his 2nd start of the week, and now I’m rooting for him to get hit hard, sorry.

Carson Kelly – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 18th homer, which, ya know, is whatever until you realize he only has 251 ABs. Gonna be hilarious next year when MLB changes the balls back to normal and you’re expecting 35 homers from Carson Kelly in a full season and get four homers.

Tyler Glasnow – Close to game speed, which is such garbage. The Rays should be ashamed of themselves. Glasnow’s going to return mid-September, have something happen to his forearm and miss all of 2020.

Brendan McKay – 2 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 5.55, and four more unearned runs. Holy ticker shock! I called 1-800-Life-Alert when I saw McKay gave up seven runs. Thankfully, those were unearned. Also, you get a semi-free pass to drop him without him blowing completely up in your face. *sees his 5.55 ERA* Okay, blows up in your face any more.

Tommy Pham – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 19th homer, 2nd homer in two games, and third homer since he broke his hand. Obviously, if he wants to hit two homers every game, he should break his other hand. It’s kind of inconsiderate he hasn’t already.

Austin Nola – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, 3rd homer in three games and I feel icky admitting this, but I picked up Tehol’s ace pitcher, Austin Nola, before yesterday’s game and now I’m not sure when I’m dropping him. Can this continue? He had only seven homers in Triple-A, but using Gio Urshela as a guide, yes, Nola can hit 30 homers in a month. More likely, he doesn’t get to ten homers total and hits .240. Then again:  juiced balls.

Tom Murphy – 3-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 14th and 15th homer. I’m over here diddling myself with Jorge Alfaro on teams and Murphy’s doing what I expected for five years while he was not played by the Rockies.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-5, 1 RBI, as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Yes, I left the note on the break fridge that read, ‘Kevin’s Beef Strokin’ Off,’ because I thought that was how it was spelled.”

Jorge Polanco – 2-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .296. After the game, Polanco, inspired by Cruz’s return, said, “Dude, Cruz’s got no hand tendons, least I can do is homer.”

Kyle Gibson – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.40. The one time this schmohawk actually goes five-plus innings and it’s to give up more runs!  Kyle Gibson purposely waits for seemingly perfect matchups just to utterly destroy your self-worth. Yo, Gibson, you want my address so you can come kick my dog? (It’s a ruse because I’ve been training Ted for years, just in case we ever ran into Gibson, he will rip him apart. He will eat your guts, you bastard!)

Chris Sale – Received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow, and Dr. James Andrews said Sale doesn’t need Tommy John surgery, and the charade of Sale being seriously injured takes a hit. Sale should just stay on the IL and stop playing charades to avoid further injury.

A.J. Puk – Called up by the A’s. He’s one of the A’s top prospects, which doesn’t check out when you look at his 4.91 ERA in Triple-A. But does check out when you see his 13 K/9, 2.5 BB/9. But doesn’t check out again when you look at his 5.54 FIP. But does check out again when you see how few innings he has. But doesn’t check out again when you realize he just returned from Tommy John surgery and hasn’t pitched more than two innings in any game this year. *shakes fist at heavens* What does it all mean?! Voice from above, “Don’t worry about it, he’ll work out of the bullpen, and is useless for this year.” God, is that you? “No, I’m your upstairs neighbor who’s an A’s fan.”  Ah…

  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Excellent report, man!

    a. Soto’s 4 runs scored hails back to the days in the 80s when Andre Dawson scored 6 times in the same game. ‘Member that?

    b. They should call up Odor’s brother and start him. Anyone over Rougned right now! He’s hit .205 or close to it ALL YEAR LONG!! Actually he was hitting .199 earlier so…

    c. FREE WILLIE!!

    d. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 20

    Lost in a Harem, 1944

    [Scene 2. This scene features the star of the movie, Marilyn Maxwell playing the part of Hazel Moon.]

    Hazel Moon: What does all this mean?

    Abbott: They’ve got to get away.

    Costello: Wait a minute. You can’t take her away. Listen, chief, you can’t take her away. She had nothing to do with it. Me, and me alone. I wrecked the whole joint.

    Police Chief: Take them away.

    Costello: I want a lawyer. A cheap lawyer, I want. Oh, piffle, diffle……in a squiffle, duffle. Now you made me say a bad word. You!

    Lou bad-mouthing the Police Chief

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. He would’ve had 7 if he had knees

      B. Improvement!

      C. Yes!

      D. Nice!

  2. toolshed says:
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    So much for my call of liking gibson because of his schedule. 2 starts vs chw prior to yesterday he went 13 innings, 2 earned , 18k, 2 wins. The difference this time, of course, he is now on my team. I cant get a win or a qs if my life depended on it. Facing nova too at home who put 11 men on base in 5 innings and slithered his way out of there with only 2 earned runs.

    Gibson get the tigers next at home. Fool me once…

    Btw, it makes me sick seeing someone like Dakota Hudson no hit the brewers, yet gibson cant do well for me in a pristine matchup!!! White sox were 11W and 24L coming into this one since the break.

    • toolshed says:
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      Btw, the location of that pitch to abreu couldn’t have been placed any better if he used a tee. Just awful

    • knucks says:
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      I was with you on Gibson, while Grey pointed out that we were being silly. Pitching is a crapshoot. So it goes…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You guys convinced me to stream him – we should’ve all listened to me before listening to you

        • knucks says:
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          Am I on Ted’s most wanted list too? Will keep this in mind if I ever decide to travel west again.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, showing him a picture of your avatar now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, effin’ sucks… He killed me

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      Story of my fantasy life this year: debating two streams, the stream I pick with an easier matchup poops the bed and the tougher matchup that i stared at for like an hour has a win and a QS. Feeling the same way that I couldnt buy a QS to save my life…

  3. Dread Pirate Roberts says:
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    Who do you like better for next year and beyond: Will “I am legend” Smith or Francisco Mejia? Same keeper value. Thanks Grey!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d go with Mejia

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      smith.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Smith for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith, but close

  4. HamPorter says:
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    In a 10 team AL only dynasty roto league. Who do you like more for long term Kevin Kiermaier or Travis Demeritte? Someone Demeritte in our league before last nights game and I really like his potential this year and next versus the oft injured Kiermaier. Also, they would both be $1 players. Thanks for the help!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Demeritte

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  5. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    How do you expect Scheertzer to do on Thursday (Pitts, I think)? I can activate him or keep team unchanged while letting him stay on DL a few more days while evaluating his status.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’m starting him

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Start him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  6. Will says:
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    Surprised you didn’t mention Wade Davis’s latest blowup last night, 3 more earned runs while getting only 2 outs. That makes 11 earned runs in his last 5 appearances, which totaled 3 innings pitched. ERA sits at 7.43 and WHIP at 1.82 after last night. Yikes!

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      probably since wade being horrible isn’t really surprising, at all this year. it IS surprising he was bad on the road though, he’s been quite good out of that park of his mostly. that road ERA is the surprising part.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just mentioned him yesterday

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        yeah but it’s certainly not newsy when wade sucks this year. i suppose on the road it is, and 2 days in a row of sucking on the road probably hadn’t happened all year yet till yesterday.

        • Grey

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          Yeah agreed

  7. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Loving the fantasy football vids. I kept losing Wifi during the RCL draft Sunday night, sucked but I did grab Trubisky late so hope he goes off. Back to baseball, drop Tauchman for Mercardo? Already in the playoffs (thanks largely to this site) so the next two weeks don’t really matter. Thanks as always!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Snacks took all the QBs in our RCL (6!), really cornered the market!

      I’d go back to Mercado.

      • Snacks Zillion says:
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        Ha, I am set at QB for sure. Just grabbed Mercado, Thanks DT!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, Snacks!

      Agree with DT

  8. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    demeritte, yet another good prospect TEX gave away for no good reason.

    20 team dynasty roto. drop phegley or barnhart, i had a spot for a day, now cruz is back, gotta drop one. OBP and slugging added. i have:
    C barnhart (1B)
    1B rhysus (LF)
    2B ketel one (SS/CF)
    3B mostsuckass (2B)
    SS story
    IF semien
    LF dixon (1B/RF)
    CF kiermaier
    RF harper (CF)
    OF drury (1-3B, LF/RF)
    util (1) otani
    BN phegley, j.osuna (1B/3B/RF)
    DL: cruz, mcneil, laureano, o’neill, quinn
    drury, dixon, barnhart, osuna all added while people were hurt. barnhart probably has less upside but he plays far more. could also just drop osuna here and likely have an every day catcher till somebody else comes out of DL, barnhart could be backup in rare instances of lots of guys being off (1B/IF). this team’s been in first i think all days this year maybe a total of 8 not in first. phegley is being listed as the lefty only side guy under the apple man herrmann, did start the last 2 games though, this might be depth charts slowly adjusting

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d lose Phegley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  9. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Villar’s value really snuck up there, but my favorite comparison is looking at him vs Treat Urner. Think Villar can repeat this next year? Seems like only risk would be trade to part time situation, since he’s a terrible defender…

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be able to repeat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      Though, he feels like a guy the Brewers would trade for and never start, wait, they already did that

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Or the guy the Rockies would trade for now that he’s more of a “vet”, so we all boost his draft price . . . only to see him platooned with McMahon, Hampson, and Pat Valika.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, the Rockies would actually play him 155 games a year for 10 years while Brendan Rodgers is traded to another team

  10. Wax says:
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    McKay sent down. Do you think he gets called up make his next start this week, or would you drop him to stream Houser @ Stl tomorrow?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I bet he’s called back up, holding if possible.

      • JEFF says:
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        doesn’t he have to be sent down for 10 days in order for him to be called back up or if there is an injury on the team(fake injury or real)?

    • knucks says:
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      I think he might be running out of IPs to be honest. He threw 78ish Innings last year. Has thrown 107 IPs so far in 2019. Also, the Rays are generally a bit unpredictable, so who knows.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget McKay — go with Houser

  11. Tom says:
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    To be fair to Galvis, there are a few middle infielders with more than his 20 homers but most are names you would ecpect, Story, Lindor, Baez, Altuve, first round type guys. Than you have guys like Gleyber, Moistasskiss, DJ, Dejong, Marte, Escobar, Tatis Jr all heavily drafted, I couldn’t find one scum bum middle infielder with a lower ADP than Galvis with more homers. I did find two middle infielders that were pretty high pick types with a lot fewer homers than Freddy, Alberto Mondesi and Travis Shaw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Basically if you get 300 ABs, you’re getting 20 HRs, no matter who you are — La Stella would be on 50 homers by now if not injured

      • Tom says:
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        Hmmm really, Mondesi 7 hrs. 335 ab’s.

  12. Cable says:
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    Just saying….h/h points 12 team league…my trade deadline came a week to early for my liking a Hudson sell high would be in order, all of his 12 W’s were against non playoff teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  13. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Brother Grey! The past 3 weekly buy columns have led me to the promise land of 1st place in all leagues/all formats (4/4!!!).

    I find myself in a unique position where I can coast this week as I’m playing the dead last team who isnt setting a roster (I hate this normally, but it’s not so bad when receiving a free W).

    Looking to load up bats for the long haul. How do you rank Yastrzemski, Tauchman, Kyle Seager ROS? Saw Dan Pants article Saturday and add Yaz, havent been disappointed as of yet, but is he worth a HODL over Seager or Tauch?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Seager, Tauchman, Yaz for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, Marty!

      Seager, Yaz, Tauch, that order

  14. BSA says:
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    “That puts Mondesi about a week away.” YES – just enough time for my Waiver fodder to show their true colors and make it easy to drop. Don’t look away JD Davis, Mercado, and Eaton, I’m talking to you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  15. Ty Inez says:
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    AJP blurb was priceless. Laugh crying emoji

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  16. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I need to activate Craig Kimbrel off the IL. Would you drop Holland or Yusmeiri Petit to activate him? Leaning towards Holland (unless he is closing in WAS due to the injury to Sean (don’t call me Dr.) Doolittle). Please advise.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure, lose Holland

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Donkey,

        What will his roll be in WAS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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    For Wednesday’s White Sox @ Twins game, start Giolito, Odorizzi or both? 12-team roto, innings capped.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start both unless IP are precious, then Odorizzi

  18. Trader says:
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    1. Really could use a spark as my hitters have gone silent. Any callups on the horizon to be excited about? I need an everyday player so that makes guys like Lux a risk.

    2. Best in the wire: Kole, Demetrie, Van Meter, Voit, Gardner, Reyes, Renato, Margot.

    My worst hitters: Santander, C Walker. Any swaps?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Tucker might get call

      2. Travis D., Nunez, depends on needs tho

      Can lose both

    • knucks says:
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      OF from the Mariners getting the call. Domingod to the DL.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yuck

  19. Twins Peaker says:
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    Is it unethical/cheap/dirty etc to pick up an expiring contract player you dropped after he clears waivers? The benefit would be his contract status in my league refreshes at $1 for 3 years as a free agent.

    • Doug says:
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      It’s called smart business. If anyone liked him they would have picked him up or forever hold your “peace” Worst case your league is mad and they make a rule for the future in regards to that, but I doubt it is a big deal…until that same guy actually becomes great for some reason, then someone will probably be mad if you remind them of how you got him back.

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        IMO it’s part of being a savvy Fantasy manager lol. You’re playing by the league rules! If someone doesn’t like it or the commish doesn’t, they can change it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Doug

  20. HappyJax says:
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    Miggy C., M. Adams, or W. Flores? Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

  21. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Like Matz at home vs. Cleveland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      Matz @ home is a top 25 arm

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        + 2 starts at home this week. Scoop and hold.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah

      • Dodger Blues says:
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        Wow matz is 5-0 with a 2 era at home this season.

        • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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          his FIP/xFIP splits are hilarious. 6/5 away, 2.9/3.4 home! Not to mention 2 more K/9 at home. He went to a sports psychologist starting this year. Matz is probably insanely mental, or Citi Field is that good of a pitcher’s park, but i think the former is more likely.
          Stroman and Matz are also best friends apparently so I think him being there and being able to share his secrets with Matz will help him too if Matz is that in his head

  22. AdamH says:
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    Murphy vs Vasquez ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who?

  23. Curious George says:
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    Nola, James Mccann, or Contreras ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  24. DonnySimms says:
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    Best C for ros. 6×6 ops league

    Meija
    C kelly
    McCann

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mejia

  25. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    PSA – first half stud La Stella is very unceremoniously appearing in the LAA lineup today?! Would be great if he can pick up where he left off. Would be extra great if he goes back to leading off against righties (he’s batting 6th today due to LHP)

  26. Gotime says:
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    Thoughts on holding Dustin May in a 12 team H2H weekly with WIns/QS. Hold for potential starts next month or is he stuck in middle relief?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose him

  27. JC says:
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    La Stella back today or is that a mistake?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Wow, hadn’t heard that

      • JC says:
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        ESPN glitch with all Angels shown as starting LOL. I t was corrected. I could have made a big mistake there.
        Sorry. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • knucks says:
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      Where’d we see this? He’s not in the lineup I’m looking at

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      Same here, i dont see La Stella in the lineup on Rotowire

  28. Blah says:
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    Yo Grey! So Friday night I was kicking it with the 3 year old with the Nats game on in the background. I looked up and saw Trea Turner steal a bag and instinctively said, “there you go Grey, good for you.” My 3 year old repeated. I don’t own Trea Turner in any league. This is how ingrained you are in my brain for everything baseball related.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, your kid knows what’s up!

  29. jaybo903 says:
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    Stream Heaney against TEX today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  30. LenFuego says:
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    We have had this discussion before, Grey, but it bears repeating … the hallmark of Justin Upton’s career is consistency, not inconsistency.

    Do you know how many times he has had more than 8 HRs in a calendar month in his thirteen year career? Three. Once in August 2017, once in Sep/Oct 2016, and once back in Mar/Apr 2013.

    His bad April-May from 2016 (when he was probably playing injured) has unduly warped everyone into thinking he is an inconsistent player, but that is the gaping exception to an otherwise remarkably consistent career. E.g., starting immediately after that bad 2016 start and taking out the two outlier high totals in Aug 2017 and Sep/Oct 2016, here are his monthly HR totals: 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 6, 2, 7, 4, 7, 6, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 4.

    And his career before that April/May 2016 slump was even more consistent than after.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So are you saying he’s going to be consistently bad now or get back to good because he’s usually better than this?

      • LenFuego says:
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        I am saying the notion that he is a hot and cold player is simply not true — his production comes in a very steady flow.

        Even this year, his production so far is very much in line with his career totals. His 9 HRs, 27 runs and 31 RBIs in 45 games projects out to 30 HRs, 90 runs and 103 RBIS over 150 games … right at (or even slightly above) his usual level of production.

        He is hitting only .223, but that is in only 45 games and coming off a toe injury … if he had just 6 more hits, his average would be at a very typical .261 instead of .223.

        And yes, he has only 1 SB, but last year’s dip to 8 suggested he is slowing down in that category (very typical once players hit 30), and nobody should have expected him to be stealing bases coming off a toe injury that cost him 2 1/2 months of the season. There might not be any injury more likely to shut down SBs than a serious toe issue.

        So he is producing right what you would expect, save for a handful of extra hits. Given the consistency of his career, I would expect something similar the rest of the season with the average the rest of the way more in line with his usual – around .260.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, makes sense

  31. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    So basically Dakota Hudson is Tyler Chatwood with way better results.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dakota Hudson is Tyler Chatwood on the Cards

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Totally. The devil magic is alive and well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  32. lwomack58 says:
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    Currently have F.Reyes as a bench bat. Would you replace him with
    Upton, Calhoun or Mercado?

    Also would you stream
    Webb @ Oak and Kikuchi vs Tor?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

      If only those SPs were options, Webb

  33. Landisimo3 says:
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    Grey .. outta contention/rebuilding in 12teamer .. keeping 10 and 10 more farm … roto.. Trading Ketel for Gallo and Aquino ? Thanks as always .. Read these everyday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d try that trade, but it’s might just be fair, or a loss

  34. bfteach says:
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    what breakouts/bounce backs/career years do we trust? who sustains it/repeats it/can be trusted next year?

    Ketel Marte
    Jorge Polanco
    Ramon Laureano
    Jorge Soler
    Eduardo Escobar
    Yuli Gurriel
    Hunter Dozier
    Jeff McNeil
    Austin Meadows
    Christian Vazquez
    Roberto Perez
    Tom Murphy
    Gio Urshela
    Rafael Devers
    Xander Bogaerts
    Tommy LaStella
    Ryan McMahon
    Josh Bell
    Pete Alonso
    Lucas Giolito
    Brandon Woodruff
    DJ LeMahieu
    Michael Brantley
    Hyun-Jun Ryu
    Mike Minor
    Matthew Boyd

    sorry – that’s a lot of guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Next year’s rankings are only 5 months away!

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      I Don’t trust Minor, Murphy, Roberto Perez. Even the really good guys like Alonso, Devers, and Bogaerts are having career years, but should maintain a level close to this performance going forward. The Urshelas and La Stellas are probably going to be useful, but likely not near this good. McMahon will be nice so long as he’s in Coors.

      I would recommend looking at batted ball and plate discipline statistics for the hitters, and swg strk rate, k-bb rate, babip, and strand rate for the pitchers to get a better feel.

  35. Ghost of Grady Little says:
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    Thoughts on Mondesi for the rest of the year in Head2Head categories? I put a waiver claim in for him (cutting Domingod) after he was dropped by another owner earlier in the week.

    I already have DJ, Ketel, Gio, and Boba as middle infielders. I guess it depends on how he looks, but I assume he’s starting over someone (Bichette?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Gio or Boba, depending on needs

  36. erad says:
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    re: Villar

    pretty sure SBs are the new HRs

    don’t @ me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  37. Richard NElson says:
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    Let’s say today is August 25th and Votto gets activated…

    Votto or JD Davis ROS at that point (points league)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If it’s August 25th of 2019, then JD

      • cyler8 says:
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        Clearly he meant August 20th of 2026…when Votto gets named comeback player of the century. Because he literally came back from the dead. He still hit .220 with 6 homers. But coming back from the dead is a big deal.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The great Zombino!

  38. Dodger Blues says:
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    Andrew Heaney is going to throw a gem tonight.

    • Dodger Blues says:
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      This afternoon…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You just jinxed him

      • Dodger Blues says:
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        The rangers lineup with no Santana and no Andrus looks pretty shitty. Rangers have a 319 on base vs lefties and take those 2 righty bats away. He’s going off!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, you’re pushing it now!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            (I do think he’s a solid stream today, fwiw)

            • Dodger Blues says:
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              Yeah I mean they strike out 25% vs lefties and Heaney has a 10.5k/9. He’s set up nicely to let me down

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You are really building him up!

                • Dodger Blues says:
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                  Aim for the clouds and land in the… Sewer ?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    If your aim is way off

                    • Dodger Blues says:
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                      $$$$$$ is now how I spell Heaney.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA

        • Dodger Blues says:
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          Also this double dip is due to the makeup game for when skaggs shockingly died. Heaney playing with big emotion.

  39. Roto-Wan

    Roto-Wan says:
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    I dropped Tom Murphy in TGFBI two weeks ago. I will go sit in the corner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I nearly dropped him this week, but when he homered on Sunday, I decided to hold

  40. cyler8 says:
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    Who has more steals in the 2nd half? Treat Urner or Soto Popinski…they both have 6. Come Turner steal some freaking bags man. Maybe when he hits a home run we can get the league to just give him a single and 3 stolen bases instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, he’s killing me… I’m 2nd to last in leagues in steals with Trea Turner

      • cyler8 says:
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        I drafted Turner and Merrifield thinking “Pssh steals are in the bag baby…” the bag is currently my neighbors poop and it’s on fire and I am going to put it out with my feet while wearing a $500 pair of italian cleats plated in gold. I bought them because I thought my team was fast.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, exactly

        • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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          HAA!

  41. citizen5 says:
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    Domingo Santana to the Il with elbow issues.
    Safe to drop him for one of these OF FAs below? Choose one.

    Eaton
    B. Anderson
    Yaz
    Grichuk
    Thanks in advance,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Eaton or Yaz, depending on needs

  42. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    One more stream for the week:

    Ed Rod 23rd ($21 @ SD)
    Hudson 24th ($3 v. COL)
    Lamet 24th ($17 v. BOS)

    I know you might say trust SON, but Hudson has no earned in his last 12 2/3 and pitches better at home, plus the Rockies are terrible hitting on the road. Not convinced with Lamet, he scares me in this one, his splits say he pitches better on the road but he has a smaller sample size for his home starts. I’m not convinced on this Ed Rod start either but if i dont pick him up now, I probably wont have the chance to HODL thru playoffs. Ed Rod is better at home than on the road as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bunch of coin flips, I’d go Lamet

  43. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Do you expect Mondesi to get full-time usage and continued freedom on base stealing? I have a dilemna on who to cut when he returns. I know it’ll be at least a week and so lots of time for new events; but if today:

    Points league. Cut Hoskins (bench bat) or McMahon (2B).

    Head-to-Head. Cut McMahon (2B) or Mallex (bench bat or plays if I need SBs late in week).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If he’s healthy, I don’t see why not

      McMahon

      McMahon

  44. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Also wrt Mondesi, also availble (!) in another Head-to-Head 14-team league where he’d be replacing Flores or Hoskins. Which one should I drop? Note. He’d be a roster spot but I have 1st place essentially clinched; I assume he’d be back before the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flores

  45. Shujun says:
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    Any thoughts on Chris Taylor and Kike being about to be activated by the Dodgers?

    I could use a decent utility guy for my bench, and am thinking about cutting Happ if he doesn’t show something again soon…think either will get enough playing time to be rosterable in a 12 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These guys aren’t ownable in 12 teamers unless they’re hot

      • Shujun says:
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        Thanks for the advice, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  46. Quit Yo Pitchin says:
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    Grey,

    10 Team 5×5 Category Keeper League

    Please Rank:

    F.Mejia, C. Vasquez or Austin Nola?

    B. Reynolds, M. Chavis (on IL), B. Anderson, T. Grisham and M. Gonzalez

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vazquez…Grisham, Reynolds

  47. Dong Show says:
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    Grey dynasty trade question for you (our deadline is August 31)

    Jorge Soler for Jeff McNeil

    Everything seems pretty fair in a one for one. McNeil a contact guy not a ton of power some nice pop. Soler is the perfect cheap version of Stanton.

    Both have pros and cons here.

    Which side do you prefect this year and long term?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McNeil but agree that it’s apples/oranges for what they do

      • Dong Show says:
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        Thanks as always Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. NickNice says:
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    Drop Hoskins for Olson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  49. toolshed says:
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    Anibel Sanchez worth hanging onto in a 12 teamer? Scherzer is pitching Thursday so sanchez doesn’t get the pirates. He lools.like he probably will get a start or two vs Miami in a few weeks. I really dont feel comfortable using him vs nym, Phi, or atl who are also on the schedule. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t seem worth owning

  50. toolshed says:
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    With the mazara injury and gallo still on the shelf, does the Dentist become someone you’d own if you needed steals? Margot is available but he seems to not have daily at bats. Deshields is listed as the starting cf. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fine for SBs

  51. The Other JC says:
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    Need saves and holds. Please pick one from this list that will help either one (or both) please.

    Rogers, LeClerc, Hudson, Rodney, Dyson, Poche, Diekman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rogers

  52. toolshed says:
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    Wade Davis, what do I do with him in a keeper league. 24 keepers, 15 teams. I cant use him now. COL has him signed through 2021 and is making closer money. I doubt that contract is moveable at $17m a year. Does he close next year? Do I cut him or hold. He looks done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut him

  53. Whatever says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Whats your thoughts on Josh Bell’s breakout this year? I am a bit concerned about his numbers since the ASB.

    Guy in my keeper league is willing to give up a 9 dollar Bell for a 32 dollar Rizzo (can keep) and a 28 dollar JDMart (cant keep).

    I think its a lot to give up for Bell unless you think Bell is the real deal and I should be running to get Bell at that price.

    • Whatever says:
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      its a 12 team keeper using OBP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That seems like a no brainer for Bell, why is it too much? Assuming you’re playing for next year (even if you’re not tho)

      • Whatever says:
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        Yes i am playing for next year. I just had concerns if Bell’s breakout is for real. Just curious where you would rank Bell for 1B next year? Maybe I am overthinking it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rizzo’s been terrible and is not a keeper at that price, and Bell is a steal for $9

          • Whatever says:
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            Thanks Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  54. hondo says:
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    That lovable Nats bullpen.

    ” Hunter Strickland was lifting weights today when a bar fell and struck him in the face. Nose was bandaged, part of face was discolored. He’s heading out to get X-rays now.”-Zuckerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

      • hondo says:
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        Just heard he’s back and doing warmups.I was thinking of grabbing him for holds the rest of the week,but the Nat would have to have a lead of less than a zillion for that to work.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  55. Watts says:
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    Add Nola or Kelly over Le Terminator?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly

  56. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do you like better this week?

    vlad – 3 @ lad, 3 @ sea
    urshela – 3 @ oak, 3 @ lad

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vlad

  57. Stephen Lyon says:
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    If our boy Josh Rojas isn’t starting on the reg, is there any point holding him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah lose him

  58. Wax says:
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    Looks like JD is healthy. Drop Marwin or Nunez for him in a points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nuñez

  59. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Forgetting to swap out Goldy for Rizzo has worked out about as well as I thought it would.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Probably time to trade Alfaro in for Tom Murphy, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I did

  60. Trader says:
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    Cool Whip and The Bot are out of my will LOL.

    RIP Aaron Sanchez Comeback Stories

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Trader says:
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        Worth the gamble! Could have been a great story. Maybe it still will be.

        Trying to replace some injured SPs. Grabbed Heaney (scary but nice matchups so far). Onward and upward.

    • Coolwhip

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      HAHA he burned me too. Seems like its going to rougher ride after tonight. These last 2 starts his command has been all over the place. So yeah he’s in the doghouse until his command looks better.

      • Coolwhip

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        looks like DL’d after “sore pectoral” and lower velocity

  61. Crazy J says:
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    Matt Albers… I ALWAYS seem to get a clunker a night from someone this season. This is supposed to be fun, right?

    • Crazy J says:
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      I don’t think I can spring for a top 25 Yordan, how about Bichette?

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