Daniel Murphy traded to the Cubs, after being claimed on waivers.  I’m going to try to wrap my noodle around this one.  My above-the-line noodle.  That’s above-the-line as in waist, not above-the-line as it’s meant in Hollywood.  An above-the-line noodle in Hollywood parlance would mean below-the-line as in waist.  Okay, off track!  *steps in cardboard box designed to look like a car, yells at homeless man ‘driving’ the cardboard box*  Let’s get back on track or I’m going to give you a bad Uber rating!  For Daniel Murphy to get claimed by the Cubs, it means every NL team passed on him.  I realize he can’t pitch, but really, Brewers?  You got screwed on the Archer move, but you can’t use hitting, Pirates?  You didn’t want another reason to prospblock Jo-Ma, Cardinals?  Yo, Phillies, your team batting average is .236; hey, Colorado, you passed on a veteran?  Are you feeling okay?  So, Murphy joins the Cubs, where he should bat third and play 2nd base.  That knocks Javier Baez to 3rd; Ian Happ to a platoon in center with Al-Al, Maddon’s Bae Zobrist becomes a utility man, David Bote dons a GOAT costume once a week as a pinch-hitter, but not a goat costume as in the animal, Kris Bryant learns how to play 1st, Rizzo catches, Schwarber pitches and–so the Cubs are obviously stacked.  This should help Murphy’s fantasy value.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the roundup, just wanted to say our Fantasy Football Subscriptions are now live.  Last year, Rudy placed top 5 out of something, like, 15,500 ‘perts who do fantasy football projections.  Maybe it’s closer to 200 ‘perts, but you get the picture.  Plus, it helps the site.  Anyway II, the roundup:

Yu Darvish – Done for the year.  Darvish said no one is more disappointed than him.  Okay, maybe, but just hear me out.  Would someone who drafted Yu Darvish as their number one starter be more or less disappointed than someone who is being paid $126 million over six years?

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3 and his 19th homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  This start came against the Cubs.  On second thought, maybe they do need Murphy.

Starling Marte – Missed Monday’s game due to a lack of effort on Sunday.  He missed Tuesday’s game supposedly because he had a doctor’s appointment.  Ah, yes, one of those 7 PM local time doctor’s appointments.  C**nt and Marte are in a serious lovers’ quarrel.  Don’t be surprised if Marte has to sleep on Polanco’s couch while staying up late and talking through it all with Bonnie Hunt.

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-3 and his 20th homer.  *balloons fall from the rafters*  We have a winner!  Polanco became the first Pirate to break the 20-homer plateau!  Show him what he wins!  A brand new book titled…Nick Ahmed Has Almost As Many Homers As You, It’s Nothing To Be Proud Of.

A.J. Minter – Didn’t come into Monday’s save situation because of his sore back.  I wonder if that’s his excuse for his Saturday blown save too.  Minter should’ve stuck with the tried and true, the dog ate my save opportunity.

Kevin Gausman – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.00 on the Braves, and 3.99 overall.  Gausman looks at his schedule, “I get the Marlins, Pirates again, Diamondbacks and Giants in my next four outings?  Life in the NL is goooooooseman.  Huh?  No?  Okay.”

Dansby Swanson – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homer, hitting .245.  Remember how sad 12 homers at the end of August sounds, so when you get to next March you’re not like, “I’m gonna draft Dansby, he does everything!”

Kendrys Morales – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, and third time I’ve mentioned him in the last three games to say he’s hot.  So, you do you, I’ll do me, and let’s try not to go blind.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer, hitting .255.  This Smoak, that ball went up in Justin!  Damn, I spoonered my pun.

Aledmys Diaz – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  I’m so low-key interested in Aledmys for 2019 that I’m getting high-key.  Call me Grey Soprano.

Cedric Mullins – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, as he continues to play every day and hit leadoff.  Laura just gave you her Cedric Mullins fantasy and I concur.  Betcha didn’t know I could cur.

Sam Gaviglio – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.94.  The Stream-o-Nator liked this start, and doesn’t mind his next one against the same apathetic O’s.

Jose Altuve – 0-for-3 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “If they say yawns are contagious, then why can’t I call out of work sick with The Yawns?”

Roberto Osuna – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.95.  Before yesterday’s game, the Astros announced Osuna will be the closer going forward.  Astros manager, A.J. Hinch added, “With Osuna’s history, it was misguided to think we should use him for holds.”  Then, last night, Osuna threw in the 8th inning and Hector Rondon (1 IP, 0 ER) got the save.  Guess the Astros just wanna keep Osuna’s name in the news.

Josh Reddick – 1-for-2 and his 13th homer.  Reddick feels–Let me rephrase that.  Reddick seems like a power bat, but he only had 13 homers last year.

Justin Upton – Hit the DL with an index finger laceration.  Fun fact!  Laceration is the number one turn-on word by serial killers.  I might be watching too many Netflix docs.

David Peralta – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer.  He’s not a big guy, but he is HITTING LIKE BIG COUNTRY!  Actually, I’m gonna start calling him Small Country.  Scratch that, his new name is Liechtenstein.

Brett Anderson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.47.  The A’s are going so well right now, if they traded for Homer Bailey, I’d start him.  Shoot, they could trade for Homer Simpson and he’d get a 2-hit, shutout with the only hits being from Big Head Ken Griffey.

Buster Posey – Reported that he will play today, but could shortly be headed for season-ending surgery.  Gangsta Grey, “I’ve never Buster’d Posey in any fantasy, but still a pimp.”

Michael Conforto – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .237.  His 1st half .217 average is dragging down his overall, and is hitting near-.290 in the 2nd half.  Whenever I get excited about a Mets hitter, they end up making me sound like I’m starting a new genre of film called grumblecore.  However, I’m feeling my excitement rising on Conforto for next year.

Jeff McNeil – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .326.  Quick get him out of the lineup for the .199-hitting Jose Reyes!

Travis Shaw – 1-for-5 and his 26th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  It is absolutely cracking me up how the Brewers went out and got Schoop, who is not even playing (though he hit a pinch-hit homer), Moistasskiss (0-for-5), who is doing nothing, and Shaw is the one hitting.

Nathan Eovaldi – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.81 vs. Shane Bieber – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.36.  This matchup of Indians/Sawx pitchers was billed as, “In October, these guys will face each other again and Joe Buck will say some variation of, ‘They just didn’t have their best stuff.'”

Melky Cabrera – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer, and 95th homer in the last week.  Just leave your password in the comments and I’ll pick up Melky for you.  If your password is Greyisahairlippedfool, then we’re no longer friends.

Yan Gomes – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Yan can hit!  And so can you!  (No, you can’t.)

Blake Snell – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.07.  Not because I don’t think he deserves the Cy Young, but I think the only thing Blake Snell is going to get awarded this offseason is, Most Tweets Complaining This Pitcher Didn’t Receive More Votes.  I bet a few Fangraphs writers already have their Snell Cy Young snub tweets in their saved drafts.

Tommy Pham – Diagnosed with a ring finger dislocation.  I wish I forgot where I put my ring finger the day of my wedding.  Any hoo!  Pham sounds like he could be headed to another DL stint.

Willy Adames – 3-for-4 and his 7th homer.  Am I the only one that can’t hear his name without thinking of Battlestar Galactica?  Yes?  No?  Aight, good talk.  As for Captain Willy Adames, he was hitting .167 in the last week, so need to see more.

Michael Kopech – 2 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, and pulled due to a rain delay.  If you watched this start, you’ll understand what I mean by saying Kopech loves to fan hitters, but could use a fan himself.  “Michael Kopech sure sweats a lot.” That’s Patrick Ewing.  As for Kopech, as advertised.  Doode’s got giddy up on top of his up jump the boogie.  Loved what I saw, but he’s also wild, way outside the zone at times.  A patient club could hurt him.  This is, of course, for near future.  In the big picture, he could be Syndergaard.

Jose Abreu – Out for a few weeks after undergoing surgery on his groin.  That seemed to come out of nowhere.  Wait, I know!  He had elective groin surgery, didn’t he?  If he comes back five cup sizes bigger…

Nicky Delmonico – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, and third homer in the last five games.  True story, I tried to pick up Delmonico, and it took me about 12 minutes.  Why can’t Yahoo make it so you can move a player off your DL and drop someone else in one move?  Is this really high technology?  Elon Musk is hosting a rave on Mars, I think we can do this.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  “When we get over the Pacific, just pull the cord and the body will dump–Hold on!  Hosmer just moved!”  For a second, I thought Norman Lear outlived Hosmer.  Good to see him still breathing.

Austin Hedges – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer.  Austin hit that ball in the…wait for it, snitches!….Hedges!

Matt Adams – Claimed him off waivers by the Cards with Dexter Fowler moved to the 60-day DL.  I’ve mentioned this on the podcast previously, but Cougs’ family is friends with the owners of the Nats.  Would love to get on the horn with them for a podcast segment called, “Did you screw up this team or did Madonna try to screw you for your sperm?”  You can only choose one or the other like FMK, but with only FK.  Adams should move into a platoon with Gyorko at 1st base, and might platoon with Jo-Ma on occasion.  Anything to get Jo-Ma out of the lineup, right, Shildt-head?

Manny Machado – 3-for-5 and his 29th homer.  The highlights say 29th homer, everyone reports it as his 29th homer, but the box score says 5th homer.  This drives me nuts!

Roman Quinn – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Been getting time in a platoon with Nick Williams.  Should Williams just play?  Yeah, prolly, but here’s what I’ve learned about Kapler.  He likes to make everything more complicated than it needs to be.

Kelvin Herrera – 1 IP, 0 ER as he was activated from the DL.  No idea what happened to Sean Doolittle — he at the Doolittle Convention of Do-little’ing? — but I’d guess Herrera will take over as the closer again if he can stay healthy.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 11th homer, 2nd homer in the last three games and fourth homer in the last nine games.  You say cherrypicker, I say cherrypacker — picker, packer, packer, picker, let’s call the whole thing off.

Austin Dean – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  You know what might not be the best thing for the Marlins fanbase?  That no one has any idea who their players are.  Kinda makes it hard to root.  Dean’s minor league profile appears to be that of a slap hitter (hit .326 in Triple-A and doesn’t strike out much), but not a ton of speed or power.

Aroldis Chapman – Entered the game in the 12th, threw six pitches, looked gimpy, then limpy’ed off the field.  He’s headed for an MRI on his left knee.  Besides the ones Aroldis carries, the Yankees have a bunch of handcuffs, but David Robertson has the most saves thus far after Aroldis, but he’s battling a sore shoulder, so Dellin Betances or even Zach Britton might be next up.

Gary Sanchez – Ready for rehab games.  Whatever gets him on the field so I can stop seeing updates like, “Sanchez (groin) ready.”

Didi Gregorius – Hit the DL with a heel contusion.  With his hand on Didi’s forehead, the Yanks trainer screamed what his assistant was whispering to him in his earpiece, but there’s no such thing as a faith heel’er.

CC Sabathia – Will return on Friday vs. the Orioles.  Hopefully, he knows what he’s signed himself up for because at the press conference it sounded like CC said, “I need to return for the Oreos.”

  1. Jordan says:
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    How many Ks does Felix Pena need to get in a night to earn a pithy, quirky passage about him? Dude has got some sick contact periphs (75% contact and over 11% swinging strikes). I still haven’t added him in my league –something about his very moderate success in the minors as a reliever in 2017 has me down and out. Slap some sense into me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jordan: The 12 Ks were nice, the runs allowed weren’t, and he didn’t have huge success in the minors, moderate feels generous

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Superb write-up! The hottest in the land.

    a. Why Ryu? Why? But I guess at 72 pitches they’d seen enough and pinch-hit him.

    b. Gausman! And to think I used to call him the gasman when he pitched for the Os when he’d get lit up so often. He is a really special pitcher. Dylan Bundy should also move to the NL but the effect wouldn’t be as dramatic because of HR tendencies. Still he’d be better.

    c. Signed up NickyD and Melky Cabrera. They’re gonna tank, like Frank the Tank.

    d. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 22

    We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks, Ante! A. Yeah, wasn’t his night B. It was his night! C. Haha, prolly D. Wow, that is so good

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        As good as these recent ones are, you are better.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw, cmon!

  3. Wally Pipp says:
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    Trout out a full month after missing 2 months last year. No chance would i take trout first next year. He didn’t come close to playing a full season two years in a row and when he gets hurt he’s out forever

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Wally Pipp:
      Trout is still out due to the sudden passing of his brother inlaw.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Wally Pipp: In my main league he’s ranked #4 this year even with the missed time and 13th last year

      and razzball player rater has him at #6 this season to date

      and he played 157 + games the previous four seasons

      I understand maybe not taking him 1/1 with Mookie and JoRam going off this year
      but not because he’s an ‘injury risk’

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Wally Pipp: His absence is currently due to a death in the family, not the injury….he was set to come back a week or so ago I think.

      1/1 still seems appropriate as it is taking insane seasons from a couple other players to knock Trout down to no. 3 or 4 overall, even with the missed time.

      Given the track record of awesomeness, I would be ok in putting my faith in Trout again next year.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Wally Hot Take making an appearance.

  4. Tony C says:
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    Who should I drop tomorrow to activate Edwin? Hicks, Moose, R. Zimmerman, or Dahl? I’m in a tight battle for first place so this is a short term add question.

  5. Wilson says:
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    Arenado or Machado for ROS?
    And, Arenado or Machado for next year?
    I ask this because someone offers me Arenado for my Machado… because he is a dodgers fan..
    We are in a keeper league and will re-draft in Y2020, so only 1 year left for keeper.

    Actually I love Machado but I want to win too however I need more power… though Machado can provide power but need more… and COL will be at home in 60% of rest games…
    And, I am not sure the risk about performance next year after Machado signs big contract few months later… normally players feel more relax after big contract confirmed and may not hit good result in the 1st year of big contract…

    So, kindly share your thoughts with me, thanks.

    • Wilson says:
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      And, I know he is also interested in Acuna Jr. due to fresh and upsize ceiling.
      So another option would be trade my Acuna Jr. for Arenado but Acuna is young and hot now so I don’t intend to offer Acuna Jr. and prefer to offer Machado instead in the 1 more year keeper league.

      Thoughts appreciated.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Wilson:I would trade acuna for Nolan. Then you have Nolan and Manny next year. Acuna is still years away from his ceiling.

        You cud draft acuna in 2020.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: No point in trading Machado for Arenado — Arenado for Acuna works for me

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks for advice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  6. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 35 moves – no streaming

    With Upton to the DL I’ve got an open Util spot, who you got ROS out of the following:

    K. Morales, D. Swanson, J. McNeil, C. Gonzales, C. Dickerson, M. Gonzales, R. Zimmerman, M. Semien, Y. Gurriel. J. VIllar, A. Pujols, T. Frazier, H. Bader. Melky

    Thanks bud,
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marv: Morales has been hot, none of these guys are ROS — Gurriel or Semien are closest to that likely

      • MarvPesos

        marv says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey. what do you think of Marwin Gonzalez? I’ve got Dozier at 2b so once Upton comes back does it make sense that Marwin would be a better pick up as I can then move him in the 2B spot (if Dozier continues to struggle) ? Like I assume hes similar to Semien with more pop and less steals kinda thing ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, I like Marwin as a ROS play, go with him

  7. Dr_Chym says:
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    Morning!

    Taylor Ward or Austin Hedges at C the rest of the way?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Dr_Chym:
      Hedges

  8. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Grey-

    Who you like best ROS…Cahill, Ryu or Gausman? Also, which closer you like going forward for saves…Leclerc, Giles or Seranthony? Thank you

  9. Jays for days says:
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    Is Brett Anderson Worth owning over having Rosario or Mallex Smith as a bench bat? If I dropped one of them for Anderson I would no longer have a bench bat.

    Thoughts?

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Jays for days: this better not be e.rosario, hold him for sure. i’d hold mallex too, steals are hard to find. also, b.anderson has been very cold for a while now.

        • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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          @Jays for Days: oh sorry, b.anderson the pitcher, yes he has. i got confused and thought it was a hitter vs hitter thing here. i’ve been streaming him lately myself. didn’t want to drop him actually so much so. but still did.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Jays for days: Depends on league settings and what you need. Anderson has been decent, but if you are in a daily transactions league, keeping one of the offensive players might be worth more than Anderson.

      If you do not need 2 bench bats, lose Rosario.

      • Jays for Days says:
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        @b the esq.: I only have one bench bat, which is Rosario. 12 man H2H league. 5 hitting stats, 5 pitching stats.

  10. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    NL only. bote about to lose playing time, just added him when nimmo went out. OBP over AVG, total bases added
    C ramos
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B dozier
    SS gone varnish (2B)
    3B longo
    MI legs mcneil
    CI b.anderson
    OF (4) harper, marte party, rhysus (1B), thames (1B)
    util (1) bote
    BN harrison (2B/3B/OF)
    DL nimmo
    options: duggar, hanson, jankowski, kike, one of the mehlins, riddle, discombobulated dean, ortega

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    Guriel Jr. is back this weekend. Would you pick him up over one of the following

    Mancini
    Amed Rosario
    Dahl

  12. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Are you buying Adams in Stl? Over any one of these two?

    Dahl
    Mancini

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @CaptainKnauer:
      Hold. Adams will platoon at 1B and pinch hit.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @CaptainKnauer: Would hold for now to see what his role his.

  13. Mex says:
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    Morning,

    2 things.

    1) What are your thoughts on devers for next year? Do you think he will be the Sox starting 3B? Are they gonna look for a better(different) option? He looked so promising 2nd half last year and this year it just hasn’t seemed to click. He is so young, was he supposed to be as good as he was last year? I’m thinking of making an offer for him and wanted to get a better gauge of his value for 2019.

    2) AL only auction.

    My Delin($2), Mancini($20) and Palka($5) for his Mazzara($8). FYI, as it stands now Delin would most likely be a keeper for me(we keep 10). I’m trading for next year, he is in 1st and trying to hold on.

    Thanks as always. Happy HUMP day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d be shocked if he’s not their starter 2. Mazara side

      • Mex says:
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        @Grey: he countered with Kyle Gibson(1$) straight up for Delin. Worth it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dellin side

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    Who would you like most out of CC, Brett Anderson, and Kyle Gibson in a league w/ QS instead of Wins?

    Also I haven’t been carrying a bench bat so with Jose Abreu going down, I’m now down 1 starting hitter. Figure I have 3 options:

    1) Play a hitter down – Devers & Gary Sanchez currently also on my DL should hopefully be coming back
    2) Drop a closer – Osuna, Sergio Romo, Steck, Will Smith, also have Kimbrel.
    3)Not add one of starters listed above which would leave me with 7 SPs – Gausman, Greinke, Happ, Buehler, Jon Gray, Eflin, Ed-Rod.

    This is the 2nd to last week of the regular season and I’m locked into a first round bye for the playoffs so I could really just hold and wait for guys to come back from injuries in the next 2 and a half weeks.

    Thanks for the help!

  15. Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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    Which of these streams would you mess with?

    Gibson (@CWS)
    Toussant (@MIA)
    Musgrove (@ MIL)
    Keuchel (@ LAA)
    Heaney (vs. HOU)

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Mrs. Roger. Dorn.: not Heaney for me
      i’d start the rest
      probably in the order you listed… maybe Keuch over Musgrove because the Angels lineup w/o Trout or Upton is pretty meh

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Slappy Jack: Heaney has been great against the Astros this year and terrific in LA.

        FWIW,I am starting Heaney.

        • Slappy Jack says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms: I trust Heaney as far as I can poop
          I can’t let it go

          • hondo says:
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            @Slappy Jack: You’ve never gone on a 3 day Budweiser binge have you?

  16. Bobby Bones says:
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    Would you pick up Giles over Steckenrider or Osuna?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Bobby Bones:
      Over Steck

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  17. TonCapone says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m in a h2h stats 12 team keeper league. I just lost Upton to DL, Marte and Chapman now DTD, and H Rondon to Osuna. Someone who’s out of contention just offered me Lorenzo Cain and Raisel Iglesias for Severino. Would you do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TonCapone: I wouldn’t, but it’s fair

      • TonCapone says:
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        Awesome thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  18. William Hung says:
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    looks like Dejong forgot how to make contact this last 3 games – 1/12 with an unsightly 9 Ks that would make Chris Davis and Joey Gallo blush. Hold or drop for DJ Lemahieu or Travis Shaw?

    On another note- as a Posey and Abreu owner, I need to offer a sacrifice to the fantasy baseball gods to stop these injuries hitting my team. For Posey, am I going Plawecki, Hedges, or Zunino as a replacement?

    For Abreu, I have Sano to slide to 1B but I could drop Dahl for Eric Hosmer if that would be a better move.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shaw — Hedges — I’d hold Dahl in Coors

      • William Hung says:
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        For reference here is my roster right now:
        C- Posey
        1B- Sano
        2B- Shaw
        3B- Rendon
        SS- Lindor
        OF- Betts, Rosario, Hicks
        UTIL- Dahl
        B- Merrifield, Vlad Jr.

        SP- Jon Gray, Kopech, Corbin, Gausman, Severino, Bauer
        RP- Treinen, Boxberger, Minter, Dominguez, Givens

        DL- Abreu

        I’m holding Bauer for now cause best case scenario for me is that he’s back for my playoff matchup (i’m 90% sure I’ll get a 1st round bye based on my situation, unless my whole team gets hurt – which is trending towards right now…), so that will be a month from now.

        I feel like this team is still “OK”, but wanted your thoughts on if I should replace any of the guys I have with some bats that are available: Conforto, Mazara, Gregory Polanco, Bader, or Tim Anderson. With pitching, I feel like I am in good enough shape since I can plug and play, and form a player octagon for Severino to revert back to early season form.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My guess is Posey won’t be playing during Sept — none of those waiver bats are doing anything for me over who you have

  19. brian says:
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    16 team dynasty h2h 6×6 with QS and k/bb, and hits and OPS. my team has over performed this year. tied for 2nd, 1 game out of 1st. top 6 make playoffs and pending a total disaster the next 3 weeks i’m in pretty good shape to at least do that and maybe even pull off a bye.

    I have a lot of premium prospect talent that i’ve been holding onto and trying to balance competing this year with future years. but the closer i get to the end of the year and as my team continues to win i’m becoming more and more focused on making a run this year.

    all of this is background for a big deal that was proposed to me. another owner will give up goldy and muncy for my tatis, adell, yordan, trammel, brusdar, and allard.

    My roster is C-falefa, 1b-edwin, 2b-eduardo, ss-xander, 3b-machado, of-mazara, polanco, kole, util-aguilar and wilmer. bn-beltre, tyler white, grichuk, freese, thames, span, brinson. I basically mix and match my ut spots based on daily matchups. my SPs are sale, verlander (traded brendan rodgers for him), morton, buehler, pivetta, cahill, gant, senzatela. RPs are will smith, seranthony, taylor rogers, peacock, stripling, leclerc, greene, chad green, givens.

    the other owner also has khris davis and arrieta on the block. i could counter and ask him to include one of them (ideally davis) but he’s pretty much a here’s my best deal kind of guy and doesn’t add on to his side or subtract from what he’s getting back.

    dealing those prospects would gut my minors roster of top 100 guys.

    nothing’s guaranteed obviously but does adding goldy and muncy to my roster make up for losing those prospects, specifically both tatis and adell? do you believe in muncy long term or is he a steep regression candidate next year? If not muncy (who’s position elig in yahoo i like but makes me nervous since he came out of nowhere), would you prefer goldy and khris for those guys?

    thanks grey!

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @brian: How many do you keep and how long can you keep them? How deep are rosters? you must have minor league rosters too right? Full on Dynasty?

      Honestly Tatis and Adell are top prospects at the moment, but they are nothing like the Acuna’s, Sotos, and Vlads of the world

      I would take Aushizz without knowing more, and if you can get Khris too, it’s a hell yes do it now

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @brian:
      I trade this specs for goody and David. Muncy doesn’t even start anymore.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: great job spell check! Geez. Trade the prospects for Khris and Goldy. Forget Muncy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brian: Agree with others, be nice to know specifics tho

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Brian: Goldy/Davis for Adell/Tatis? or Goldy/Muncy for Adell/Tatis?

          • Brian says:
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            @Grey: sorry. he wants goldy/muncy for adell, tatis, trammel, yordan, brusdar, and allard. I may counter giving him all 6 but getting either goldy, muncy, and khris in return, or all 6 for goldy and kris.

            I’m thinking it’s an overpay if it’s only goldy and muncy but i sometimes get married to prospects so like an objective view.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s insane for Goldy/Muncy — If he’s out of it, he should just take one prospect maybe two at most

  20. Chucky says:
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    Nick Williams or Pollock? Considering Pollock doesn’t run anymore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock

  21. TinTin says:
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    Hey Grey!

    12 team keeper league h2h stats. I just lost Upton and now possibly Marte and Chapman. A team that’s out of contention offered me L Cain and Riasel Iglesias for Luis Severino. Would you do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TinTin: Answered above

  22. Game of Throws says:
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    Your Greyness,

    Joey Votto, Ryan Zimmerman or Jose Martinez ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  23. NH says:
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    After this week there is one week of regular season left then playoffs start on Sept 2 and they last for three weeks. I currently have Judge and Sale on the DL. Would you drop Judge for the ROS. Also, O. Herrera has been cold lately would you drop him too. The league is H2H and is pitcher friendly.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @NH:
      Why would you want to drop either?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @NH: Depends what is available and/if you have DL spots….obviously keep them if the are not taking up roster space. Would still hold out on Judge to see how the injury progresses….even if he is back for the final week of your playoffs, he could help you win the league.

    • Cram It says:
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      @NH: Why would you drop Judge if he’s not doing any harm in a DL spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NH: Agree with others

  24. Jt says:
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    Starting Danny Duffy @tampa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t own him

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jt:
      Sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jt: Ok

  25. Jt says:
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    Picking up Pineda when he gets the call for twins?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jt:
      Not me. Pass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not, but it depends on the league

  26. Dave D says:
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    Well, looks like I created both positive and negative karma with my posts. Claiming Abreu’s ill advised SB from Monday was clearly foolish and came with a heavy price tag. On the contrary, my calling out of Josh Red(phallus) clearly caused him to get pissed and prove his detractors wrong. I doubt he can repeat tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D: Are you challenging Reddick?

      • Dave D says:
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        Yes. I am prepared to call out his manhood. I become very demanding of my players come late August for about 5-6 weeks. After that they can loaf all they want.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or like TLC’s famous song, No Loafs

  27. Harper Better than Trout says:
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    Would you start Strasburg today at home vs PHI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would, may be the only IP you get from the ROS

      • Michael DePinto says:
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        @Grey: With only two 45-pitch bullpen sessions and no rehab starts I can’t imagine Strasburg throwing more than 50-60 pitches.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me either

  28. Rudboy says:
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    Hosmer is hot. He hits 345/400/500 rest of way reminding everyone hes a baby Rizzo/Votto who was getting used to league switch and getting over his new contract. Guy is a steal at the draft next yr.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rudboy: Yeah, could be

  29. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey,

    My head is exploding right now with this: Drop Yates for Herrera?

    Probably going to be too late on this . . .

    LY!

    • sportivetricks says:
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      @sportivetricks:

      Already have more closers than I can play on a full-schedule day, and Yates is usually the guy on the bench. This really comes down to asking if save ops in WSH will still be there as season winds down, and the risk of Sean Dooingsomething.

      LY!

      • tintin210 says:
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        Hey Grey hope all is well!
        I’m in a H2H 12 team keeper league. I just lost Upton, and now possibly Marte and Chapman.
        A team out of contention just offered me Raisel Iglesias and Lorenzo Cain for Luis Severino. Would you accept it that offer? I’m in the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        That’s to me? Or tintin?

        Sorry, I’m a demanding little bizzatch today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold Yates

          • sportivetricks says:
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            @Grey:

            Thank you, sir!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, oldest and dearest friend

  30. tintin310 says:
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    Hey Grey hope all is well!
    I’m in a H2H 12 team keeper league. I just lost Upton, and now possibly Marte and Chapman.
    A team out of contention just offered me Raisel Iglesias and Lorenzo Cain for Luis Severino. Would you accept it that offer? I’m in the playoffs.

  31. Robert Schroeder says:
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    Thoughts on adding Ramon Laureano in a deep league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I added him

  32. Robert Schroeder says:
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    Thoughts on adding Ramon Laureano in a deep league?

  33. jose says:
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    Good morning, Gray!

    I drafted Darvish as my #1 starter and as disappointing as it was, at least he went straight to the DL and didn’t dabble around trying to pitch through whatever his injury is.

    If anything, drafting Darvish as my #1, proved that you really can round out a pitching staff way later in the draft. I completely struck out on my first 3 starting pitching selections of Darvish (5th round), Quintana (6th Round), and S Gray (11th round). Luckily I also grabbed Osuna (9th round), E Diaz (10th round), Morton (12th Round), and Snell (18TH ROUND!!!). I’ve managed to climb into 1st not only in pitching (thanks to SON), but also 1st in hitting and overall in my RCL. I’ve been diligent on the Waiver Wire for SAGNOF and had some beginners luck and good fortune, but it’s really made for a fun year.

    Thank you for all you and Rudy do so we can pretend we’re geniuses of fantasy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s very true! No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really shows you how little top pitching you need

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: No doubt

  34. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Schoop has been benched 3 of the last 4 and 4 of the last 7. Time to lose him in a 10 team league?

    Available:

    Melky
    Conforto
    Semien
    Dickerson

  35. tintin210 says:
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    Wow sorry to everyone I didn’t mean to post so many times, I thought there was something wrong with my computer. I deserve to be banished to Australia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, No problem

  36. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    We starting Strasburg today vs Philly, or nah?

  37. RobMac says:
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    Great stuff, Grey!

    Which side of this trade are you on? 6×6 OBP 11-team roto league. I am ahead pretty handily in HR and RBI and need Runs and SB in the home stretch.

    Eugenio Suarez + Gennett for Merrifield + Votto

    Trade Analyzer thinks it’s pretty one-sided but seems to be undervaluing Scooter…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto in an OBP

  38. thedood says:
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    Great read as always! Hunting for saves – I own Rondon and Strop and want to make sure I have a backup plan for the playoffs.

    David Robertson and Winkler are both available in my league. Which has the better chance of landing the closing gig?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thedood: I’d hold for now

  39. Adam says:
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    drop Giles or Brett Anderson for Leclerc. Already have Strop, Smith, and Davis for closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Anderson

  40. knucks says:
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    Renfroe or Melky?

    I can’t figure out anyone else to drop on this short bench 12 team roto. Nice problem to have. Of course, it would be nice if the Pale Hose would put Abreu on the DL. That would solve this prob for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melky

  41. Eric says:
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    Would you rather own Winkler or Betances right now for saves?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Betances

  42. Tinman95 says:
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    Need one ROS

    Dahl
    Bader
    Pillar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  43. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    Should I start Carrasco in Fenway ( I know why own him if not to play him)
    He is 1-2 with a 6.83 ERA vs Boston
    He hasnt played them this year but last year he got crushed by them
    Should I play it safe? what do you think
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him, obviously risky

  44. Duke says:
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    Dude I just have to admire how AJ Hinch straight up played me yesterday. I haven’t been cucked like that since college. I’ll be ok but it just stings a bit you know?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was hurtful what he did

  45. I have no life, so this shizz matters says:
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    1. You buying into the concept that Herrera is the Nats closer ROS? Thought Doolittle would slide back into this role in Sept. W Peralta has been pretty good to me but he would be my drop. Hold or swap?

    2. Hendricks dodged bullets last night against the mighty Tigers. He is slated to face the Brewers and Pirates at home for our opening playoff week. Chacin is set to face The Cubs on the road. Wood matched up vs Reds on The road. Would you drop any of these for Fiers? Or should I drop a RP (Peralta, Osuna, Leclerc, Hand)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Doolittle will be the closer if he ever returns 2. Do you need an RP or SP vs. your opponent?

      • I have no life, so this shizz matters says:
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        @Grey:

        Darn your common sense LOL! I am going to be the #1 seed. Several teams fighting it out for positions 3-6 in a 12 teamer. So unknown opponent.

        That being said, the #2 seed has a solid staff. So if we met in the finals, I would face:

        Carrasco, Hamels, Corbin, Lester, Tanaka, Snell plus Iglesias, Bradley, Smith, Robertson and Miller in the pen. Saves and holds are separate categories.

        My staff looked better before losing Bauer! I now have Max, Kluber, Ryu, Wood, Chacin, ERod, Hendricks plus Hand, Peralta, Osuna, Leclerc in my pen.

        I like Fiers just like everyone else right now. Not sure I can get him but think he is worth a try. Who to drop?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ed-Rod

  46. Bob says:
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    Would you start Strasburg today? He didn’t do well in his first start off the dl last time and wound up back on the dl a few days later. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likely last start you get from him this year, so I’d prolly roll him out, wouldn’t bet on him tho

  47. Sad Keanu says:
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    Looking ahead to next week streaming. Cobb worth starting vs TOR?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  48. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Good morning Grey!

    Need SP points this week. Do I dare start EFFFFlin tonight at Washington? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning… Nah

  49. raoulduke52 says:
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    Good morning!

    10 tm redraft w/OBP, weekly lineup moves only.

    Looking to make some final moves in prep for the playoffs in 10 days or so. I only have 1 move this week and four more next week before the playoffs begin. Once playoffs start, all add/drops lock except in case of injury, so eliminates streaming. Need to prioritize my moves at this point.

    Have Bauers but feeling like a move to Zimmerman is prudent for ROS. For context, other CI’s available are Camargo, Hosmer, Belt, Braun, Devers.

    Also have C Taylor who is only starting about 2 games a week that I could drop for either Semien or Lourdes Gurriel who is coming back this weekend. Other than that, Jorge Polanco or Camargo are available but the wire is thin as to other MI options.

    Last, Eovaldi continues to have a rocky time with Boston and I am looking at dropping him for German Marquez. Marquez, along with Kopech and Bieber (already on my team) would be rotating through 2 open slots based on matchups. Other FA SPs include Gio Gonzalez, Fiers, Skaggs, Luis Castillo, Buchholz, Musgrove.

    So based on the depth of FA of each position compared to the guys I have on the team now, how would you prioritize these 3 position moves considering each will be stuck on my team and not streamers starting in September?

    Thanks so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Semien over Taylor, Hosmer or Devers (if back) over Bauers, I’d hold Eovaldi for now

  50. Cohen says:
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    Dump Chris Taylor for David Fletcher or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  51. Gotime says:
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    Hey Grey, Stripling is available in a 12tm H2H cats. Only 10 ROS moves, he worth a pick up or wait for playoffs in 3 weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait a little while longer

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: Do you think Stripling gets back to starting this year? I feel like the dodgers will put someone else on the DL and move him in at some point soon, agree?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do think so, Buehler can’t pitch the whole year, and Hill/Ryu are never healthy

  52. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Needing ratios and Win/QS. You agree with starting Rodon and Gibson (pitching in same game) and benching Carrasco at Fenway?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start all three

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Woof. Ozuna down on the DL, now. Would you add Melky or Bader? Appreciate your help.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Melky

  53. SAGNOF SCRUB says:
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    Drop Parker, Giles, LeClerc or Yates for Betances?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker

  54. Junkmastah says:
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    Welp, I need a 1B now. (Abreu) Going to add Morales.

    12 team, 10 keeper league

    Who do I drop? I have A. Reyes and Bauer on my DL already.

    Ramos
    Abreu
    Schoop
    Machado
    Torres
    Soto
    Harper
    Ozuna
    Rosario
    Andujar
    Taylor
    N. Williams

    Gausman
    Mikolas
    Corbin
    Rodon
    Flaherty
    Fiers
    Hill
    Archer
    Toussaint
    Dominguez
    Yates
    Hildenberger
    DL – Bauer, A. Reyes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taylor who? Michael? Drop him, or Williams

      • Junkmastah says:
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        @Grey:

        That’s Chris Taylor.

        So obviously you’re saying keep Reyes and Bauer. I want those as some of my keepers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, don’t lose your keepers — can lose Williams

  55. Michael DePinto says:
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    Sorry need to vent about the Osuna situation. This marks the second time that Hinch has blatantly lied to the media about Osuna closing. I am in a H2H league with only 5 moves allowed per week and now I know I just wasted a move picking him up. Second time by the way that I picked him up due to Hinch saying he was the closer.

    I went to bed with Houston up 3-1 thinking Osuna would get a save opportunity especially since he was well rested. I check this morning and see not only did he pitch the 8th but allowed a run and 3 hits. Been annoyed the rest of the day. Double kick to the nuts!

    I have never been more frustrated with fantasy baseball because of team managers than I have this year. And I am in first place in that league so this isn’t sour grapes.

    Vent over…

  56. Michael DePinto says:
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    My bad…triple kick in the nuts. I dropped Yates for Osuna because Yates had 2 saves in the past month. Sure enough Yates gets a save last night like clock work.

    You ever get the feeling that the fantasy gods love to punish you? :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, all the time!

  57. Cram It says:
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    Why is no one asking if they should start Eflin against the Murphy-less Nats?! JK. I don’t care, I’m starting him.

    When you said ‘spoonerism’, I immediately thought of Arthur Spooner from King of Queens. Which by the way, I still watch reruns of, and constantly have to defend its greatness to my friends. Anyway, now knowing what a spoonerism is, I wonder if that’s why they have him that last name? I also, to this day, am perplexed as to how the layout of the second floor of their house is supposed to align with the first floor, but this is a mystery in which I may be the only person on the planet who has 1. Noticed. 2. Actually tried researching to get to the bottom of.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start Eflin there, think someone asked above… He could be totally fine tho… Nats seem to be unable to hit on any given day…

      I’d bet his name is Spooner because of what a spooner is — hilarious on the layout of their floors –ha!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I’m on tilt, behind on IP’s – I’m letting it ride.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know the feeling, I’m like that in Yahoo… I’m owning Odorizzi and starting him every time out for a month now

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Yup, it’s Yahoo with an innings cap. I find myself with 6 SP’s that I can’t drop, but I don’t want to start them every turn because of the matchup, but I have to sometimes to keep pace. Like starting Cahill against Houston, sitting Eovaldi against Cleveland. It’s a real juggling act.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s actually a PITA dealing with an IP cap, I just wanna start guys!

    • Hebrew Hammer says:
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      @Cram It:

      I asked.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I thought I remembered that

        • Cram It says:
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          @Hebrew Hammer: @Grey: Ahhh, I didn’t know to Ctrl + F “Effffflin”

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

  58. NH says:
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    Would you pick up Kopech for ROS? Since Bauer and Sale are on the DL I have one open SP spot available to stream each week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • NH says:
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        Who would you drop to pick up Kopesh?

        Matt Carpenter
        S. Marte
        Votto
        Justin Turner
        O. Herrera
        Sale
        Bauer (Might be back for the last week or second last week of playoffs)

        stripling is available in my league and it looks like he might be back this weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bauer

  59. Laura Holt

    Laura Holt says:
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    I’m not sure which made me more tingly — the thought of you and I simultaneously fantasizing about Cedric Mullins, or the thought of Starling Marte and Bonnie Hunt late at night on a couch together. There may be something seriously wrong with me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte/Hunt is super platonic, and I’d say there’s hope for them maybe turning that friendship into something, but we both know Hunt ends up with the Jim Belushi-type best friend

  60. Jax says:
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    1. Senzatela vs. StL, Keller vs. Cleveland, or Miley vs. Pit? All home games.
    2. Catcher – Jansen or Ward (sorry)
    3. Adames or McNeil
    4. Greg Allen, Dahl, or Mullins
    Muchas gracias!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. None? Miley 2. Jansen 3. Adames 4. Dahl

  61. Pat says:
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    Who of this smorgasbord of players would you pick up to replace Jose Abreu: Tyler Austin, Tyler White, Ryon Healy, CJ Cron, Joey Wendle, Almedys Diaz, Matt Davidson

    I have some players with multiple eligibilities which is why there are 1b, 3b, and 2b options.

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prolly try Diaz for a few

  62. Trent C says:
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    Please rank ROS points league:

    Dahl
    Melky
    Kepler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  63. Joshua says:
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    It seems you aren’t a big fan of Gibson as anything more than a streamer but every time I go to cut the cord I see he has 15 Quality Starts which is second right behind Greinke’s 16 who has the most on my team (lost Bauer).

    Why is it so hard for me to let go and can you ease the pain by telling me why he’s only a streamer in a 12 tm league that has QS instead of Wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, in a QS league there’s obviously some value there, he’s kinda whatever to me, don’t hate him, don’t love him

  64. Scott says:
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    Jake Bauers worth holding onto in a 10 team roto obp league that starts 5 OF? He eligible at 1b,of. Hasnt hit much lately. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  65. ChrisL says:
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    Grey,
    Rest of season:
    Who do you like /who would you hold onto for ROS
    INCIARTE
    T SHAW
    T WARD
    D JANSEN
    C GONZALEZ

    I can add McNeil/Tyler white/ G Allen

    For Starters:
    Eovaldi
    Teheran
    Estrada

    I can add:
    M Moore
    J Gant
    b Anderson

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender, Travis

      McNeil/White and Allen for other three if needs dictate

      Teheran for Anderson

  66. Scott says:
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    Would you cut Bauers for hosmer who is heating up a little. Obp league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  67. Eddie Harris says:
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    10tm H2H sv+hlds with k’s and k/9 which 2 would you want D.Robertson, Minter ,A.Miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Miller

  68. brian says:
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    you starting minor @ OAK?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  69. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Great stuff, especially the line about Darvish. That is awesome!

    Probably safe to drop Bauer? I may hang onto him in a Keeper league just in case, but in our 10 Team H2H Points League, I can probably drop him, right? I have plenty of folks lining up for my DL.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Can drop Bauer

  70. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Nice pod this week! The Trevor Bauer saga is hilarious . . . also shows the lack of decision-making when these big box sites/networks aggregate baseball updates. MLB Network did not bat an eye at that CIA nanites joke that started the “return in 2 starts” rumor.

    I’m totally with you on Acuna + am thrilled to have him on my keeper team this year, though I paid a hefty price for him . . .

    For 2019, in a 12 team keep forever league (standard roto format), over or under $26 for Acuna at auction? He went for $23 this year.

    (Rizzo went for $42, Marte and Upton for $28, for context).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know, it’s so classic on Bauer — Easy over $26 on Acuna

  71. Thomas Petrone says:
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    I just lost Jose Abreu heading into playoffs next week – Ryan Zimmerman worth a waiver claim to replace? or Wilmer Flores off the waiver wire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm

  72. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Albies just became available on Waivers. He’s been meh for past month, but would you claim him over Jo Mo or Bader.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, over Bader

      • Norm Ginsberg says:
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        @Grey: Do you expect Jo Mo will get at least as much play time as Bader?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          More

  73. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    @Grey: Thanks! Good to know!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  74. Jax says:
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    Is Touki pitching one of these days or not? I can’t tell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think he’s supposed to

  75. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Been getting a little concerned over Gatis performance and playing time reduction. I m not dropping him but I have a spot open – Danny Jansen or Taylor Ward worth picking up? There are others available but just wanted to through those names out first. Others could be Bernhardt, Hedges…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try Ward if worried about PT

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Crazy to carry 2 catchers tho

        • johnnyhobbes says:
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          @@Grey: =”#comment-2825245″>Grey: I know I know. What should I do?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not carry 2 catchers

            • johnnyhobbes says:
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              @Grey: dumb questions get smart answers, I guess

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

  76. The Shoe says:
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    Hey Grey, Drop C. Santana for Morales, Braun, or Sano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrys

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        I’m punting M. Gonzales from my team.

        A. Do you like any of these guys to replace him? Cobb, DeSclafini, B. Anderson, or Nova? No? Me neither. For what it’s worth, B. Anderson should face Baltimore, the Angels, and Minnesota during my fantasy playoffs. The others’ don’t have nearly as favorable matchups.

        B. I could go another route involving guys like Touki Toussaint or other callups, but who knows who’s staying up. Any other callups to keep an eye on? Do you think Touki or B. Wilson get more chances in mid-September?

        C. A final route would be to go for a guy like Yarbrough, who has been putting up some solid points without imploding (probably just jinxed him).

        Thanks as always for your help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Anderson B. Meh C. Nah

          • The Shoe says:
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            @Grey: One more question: Assuming I nab Anderson, which out of Gibson, Marquez, and Anderson would you NOT want to roster come the playoffs? Gibson should face KC and DET, Marquez should face Ari and SF both away starts, and Anderson should face Bal, LAA, and Min.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t trust Gibson at all, at home vs. those teams is decent tho

              • The Shoe says:
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                @Grey: Gibson would be away in both of those starts, hah

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s not good then

  77. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good afternoon, Grey! Great post; and that Bonnie Hunt reference proves you’re best friend material.

    Just wanted to bring you the latest and greatest comedy from the Mets… Jose Bautista: Leadoff Hitter

    PS: If you don’t trademark “Shildt-head” Gene Simmons will do it for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Haha – damn, Gene Simmons already did!

  78. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Four questions for you…

    (1) Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Amed Rosario, or Chris Taylor ROS?
    (2) ODB has been struggling…Would you take Dickerson, Melky, Cave, Span, or Chris Taylor over him?
    (3) There is no 3rd question.
    (4) Are you buying the Astro’s turning to Osuna for their closer position, or, would you still hold onto Rondon?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yo, ‘poop!

      1. Amed 2. Melky 4. Hold Rondon until you see Osuna save a game

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Osuna just saved a game:(

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, there ya go

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: You’re so wise.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I am the Knowledge Guy

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Regarding my 2nd question…pick two OF’s out of the following for the ROS: Melky, ODB, Puig, Dickerson?

        Many thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Melky, Dickerson, all kinda meh for ROS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          ODB’ not even playing tonight, and that might start happening more

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Yeah…and the Phillies are in the playoff hunt, so you know it’s gotta be bad with ODB.

            I got Polluck, Peralta and Hicks that are solid. Then it’s a whole can of “meh” (i.e., Williams, Puig, Dickerson, and ODB). I only need two OF’s out of the aforementioned group and could roster any other hitter for the Utility position. Here’s who’s out there at the moment…Taylor, Seager, Gardner, Schoop, Pillar, Mancini, Avisail, etc. All kind of seem meh to me. Do you see anything?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I see lots of meh as of right now, but any of them could turn it on for a month

  79. Launch Angle says:
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    Soto has been very mediocre for the last month and production poor the last 2-3 weeks compared to other OF.

    Is Soto worth keeping ROS in a standard 5×5 roto redraft league or drop him and stream for whatever OF is hot at the time…like Melky, etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Soto for at least another week

  80. Gotime says:
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    Aroldis to DL, use one of 10 ROS moves to spec add Betances, Britton, Robertson or hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Betances if you need saves

  81. Jax says:
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    Castillo @ Cubs or Bieber @ KC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber

  82. jon says:
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    Looking for a RP to help with ratios down the stretch, whos best here:

    Matt Barnes, Peacock, Edwards Jr

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carl Jr’s

  83. Count de Monetballl says:
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    Lurved the video Slick Grey The Ruler!!!

    Uncle Grey, would you tell me a bedtime story please huh please…

    Now hear’s a little something that needs to be heard,

    I’m all tucked in, yeah, now hear we go.

    Once upon time not long ago, when my outfielders were DL’d or just racking up stats slow;
    When Trout was sad and his wrist didn’t feel good;
    And Eloy Jimenez wasn’t called up like he should;
    I asked Grey Albright and this is what he said;
    You should pick up Trumbo he’s money he’s cash;
    Don’t wait too long now make the dash…
    I picked him up, stat’s came with ease,
    then he got hurt, like he caught a disease…
    I picked up, Nimmo, Zimmerman, and even another;
    Bout to pick up Braun, culberson, or J-Ups Brother;
    I’m bout to lose it, picking up everyone all erratic;
    Grey said, keep chill Count, no need for Melvin;
    Slick Grey grabbed my arm and gave me a slap;
    Boy do I know, Grey’s knowledge is to the max…

    Cearealisly, all the hot shmotatoes get hurt right after I pick them up, now it’s, dare I call him a hot schmo, OZUNA… Right when he starts hitting. Guess it’s time for Phat Adams..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, that’s awesome! Well done, Count!

      • Count de Monetballl says:
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        Listen to Grey or your team get’s last…

        Good Night ;)

        • Count de Monetballl says:
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          G’man, I need HR’s, drop OZUNA for Schwarbs, C. Santana, Melk Man (haha, for HR’s), or Hunter Renfroe… seem like the “best of the litter” right now – Maybe Phat Adams, but I’d rather wait and see what he’s gonna be playin’

          Picking up OF’s from the heap is always hard,
          First they play great, then act like a tard,
          For a game or two, they play legit,
          Don’t last too long, then they play like Sh*t

          Thanks for the help…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nice… Renfroe

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yes, DL him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  84. Crock says:
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    Dahl or Puig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

  85. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @Count de Monetballl: Ozuna just hit the DL, if you have an opening there.

  86. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Ugh. I needed to start Strasburg tonight for the same reason the Nationals had to start him–desperation. I knew without any rehab starts he wouldn’t be sharp, but three runs in the first inning? Sheesh. Is there a name for a player who is always sexier on your DL than in your lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no there should be tho, maybe I’ll ask tomorrow for suggestions, saying no to people gives me carpal tunnel tho

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Haha! You should just make “Think we have better” your signature

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA…I have shortcuts for it, but I don’t like disappointing either

    • Count de Monetballl says:
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      Pretty sure OZUNA resembles that remark this year…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I hate him

  87. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Was Touki toussaint activated today? Yahoo is showing that he was but this may be a glitch? If he was, this messes up my waiver wire plans :/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t see that

  88. Favio Vasquez says:
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    Ok with less than 70 days left i the season, how important is it to hold on to Chapman? He was already struggling before the knee issue this last time so I dont see why the Yankees would be in a hurry to bring him back. They him close to 100 percent for the post season. Your thoughts??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Aroldis might save 5 more games this year, depends how bad you need those 5 saves

    • Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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      @Favio Vasquez: unless yr league goes into the MLB playoffs it’s less than 40 days left in season pretty sure. maybe 40ish exactly.

  89. Molina Bros BBQ says:
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    Grey,

    Sorry in advance for the catcher question. 5×5 OBP no AVG keeper league… I’m in contention. I have 6 moves left on the year (yikes!) but I’m in better shape than most of my competitors in that department. I’ve got Austin Romine as my second catcher… With Gary Sanchez allegedly coming back soon, should I hold for now or pick up Welington Castillo (could be kept next year at $12)? Don’t know how highly you rate Castillo… not saying I have to keep him. Trying to think ahead. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo wouldn’t be close to worth $12 — maybe $3, and I wouldn’t waste a move on him

      • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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        @Grey: Haha nice! Love it. Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  90. Cohen says:
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    Tyler Oneil or Healy ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Tyler

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  91. Count de Monetballl says:
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    Proof 1,387,215 that the win is a stupid stat? Morton goes 5+ innings, gives up six ER’s and yet gives me the conshellation prize for my free stay at the W and he was just short of breaking win’d

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, yup

  92. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    i just realized something, maybe the HOU manager isn’t a troll here (last night mere 10 or so hours after going out of his way to say osuna is the closer having osuna NOT be the closer), maybe his brain only registers the stuff out of his mouth on a delay, like say 15 or so hours. could be the case.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  93. Cohen says:
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    Grey, would u hold Eloy on bench or drop for Tyler White to keep against lefties?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go White

  94. Ben W says:
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    Edwin Encarnion back into the lineup now.

    Need to drop 1:
    CJ Cron (going from starting to platoon with Taylor)
    Chris Taylor
    Jon Gray
    Alex Wood
    Lance Lynn
    Anibal Sanchez
    Mike Fiers
    Rich Hill

    Will eventually have to drop a 2nd once Mike Trout is back too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taylor, Cron

  95. Gotime says:
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    So Carrasco had around a 2.00 era last 60 some odd innings 6 straight quality starts.. Obviously a risk tonight but 1 unearned run against the Sox going into the 4th… so what are we calling a vet pitcher that gets rookie roofied 5 minutes later…ugh

  96. J-Money says:
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    What up G,

    Who’s the odd man out here ROS in a K/9 league?

    Minter, Yates, or Herrera?

    Thanks bro!

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      @J-Money: no way yates is this drop. kelvin hasn’t actually been very good since getting to WAS (and actually was kinda lucky on KC), eventually will lose his job if/when the pixies album comes back, but of course minter could lose job too if/when the viz is back. minter’s back appears fine. i’d drop kelvin.

  97. William Hung says:
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    My trapper keeper doesn’t have enough space for me to write Jon Gray’s name on there… Mookie Betts and Francisco Lindor is all over it…

  98. letsgobravos says:
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    And tonight the Astros go to Osuna. Is Rodon a drop?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @letsgobravos: rodon had a good start, rondon we were advised to drop yesterday (before his save after being supposedly “demoted” on a radio appearance by a manager who then directly lied about 12 hours later about this).

      if you are in saves need i’d not drop rondon yet, but it’s likely he’ll only get saves when osuna is tired.

  99. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Thoughts on Springer for next season? Is he still a top 25 player?

    Knocks against him:

    – Current line of .249/19/6 is not particularly impressive. In fact, in your second half rankings, you described his first half as “hot garbage under the Toxic Avenger’s butt.”
    – Soon to be 29. Not old, but the speed is going to continue to decline
    – Currently DTD after a recent DL stint and had injury concerns prior to this season

    I used to consider him an automatic keeper but now I’m not sure.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @SwaggerJackers:

      He hasn’t even had one of those HOT for weeks bursts this year either

    • The Harrow says:
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      @SwaggerJackers: what you are really asking is where you think springer is ranked next year. the term “automatic keeper” would involve how many players are kept in total. even if not a top 25 if say you keep 5 players in a 12 team league he’ll still be a keeper (IF he’s still top 60 overall, which i’d bet a lot on)

  100. The Harrow says:
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    who is this dr.smith getting 7th inning at the mess? is he one of their inept “medical staff” who might be (kinda would HAVE to be) a better pitcher than he is a “doctor”

  101. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins) says:
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    hicks just put up his best inning in MLB, BY FAR. 3 K’s looking 11 pitches, 9 strikes, basically young kimbrel shit right there.

  102. Slick Grey the Ruler says:
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    Test

  103. Slick Gray the Ruler says:
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    test2

  104. Slick Gray the Ruler says:
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    Davey Davey Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

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