At this point in the season, it’s like a tag line for a bad horror film, no one is safe.  Narrator, “This fall, in a theater near you, Jamie Lee Curtis, the world’s hottest cougar.  A cougar so hot when she enters any room, a DJ plays, “Stray Cat Strut,” but the people in the room replace cat with cougar.”  Unsuspecting person, whistling, “I’m just going to open this random closet over here while this ominous music plays.  No, I’m not going to turn on a light first, that would be silly.”  Unsuspecting person opens the closet door and Jamie Lee Curtis jumps out, “Boo!”  “Boo as in you want to be my boo, because you are so hot for a 70-year-old.  How about me, you and the diner waitress who calls me sugar get a motel room?”  Jamie Lee Curtis shakes her head and walks away as people sing Stray Cougar Strut.  Narrator returns, “No one is safe, and everyone wants to sleep with the 70-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis, because she is so hot.  Has she had work done?”  No one is safe on fantasy teams either.  In the Sells, I’ll get to dropping, but this is about picking up (and not just 70-year-old women).  There’s a good chance I go all-in on Daniel Palka this offseason.  Of course, before going all-in, it’s important to get consent first.  I learned this the hard way with Giancarlo.  This post is just about what he can do over the next week.  That would be best informed by what he’s done over the last week:  4 HRs and hitting .375.  As I tell Jamie Lee Curtis in my daydreams, giddy up, sexy, we’re going for a ride!  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Willians Astudillo – Have you seen him motor around the bases?  I’m using ‘motor’ quite literally; he looks like a 6-year-old who makes an engine noise with his lips as he runs.

Austin Hedges – Since 9/9, he has three homers.  Is that why you should grab him?  Yes, dude’s divisible by three!

Ji-Man Choi – He sounds like a sexual conquistador who named his unit, “The Pommel Horse.”

Ryan O’Hearn – I’m owning Royals in the final week of the season?  O’Hearn’d that correctly!

Peter O’Brien –  If you stack how many “posts” are in front of “hype sleeper” for O’Brien, those “posts” reach the moon.  He has been hot recently, so we’re going to the moon, Alice!

Jeff McNeil – On our last 7-day Player Rater, he is still high up there for 2nd basemen. (He’s no Mondesi though.  Damn, Cousin Sweatpants is joining the ranks of the elite with the Stone Masons.)

Brandon Lowe – When we go Lowe, they go, “Hi, 2nd baseman who I have to take a long look at this offseason.”

Joey Wendle – So many guys in this post could be stowaways in my ship, U.S.S. Winnow Down Guys I Like For My 2019 Rankings.  Yes, I need to finish the name of the ship on my attached dinghy.  Thank God, that dinghy is attached!  Whew.  Okay, who are we fooling, all I have is a dinghy.

Paul DeJong – Something we have to talk about at least once a year.  DeJong looks like he owns a pair of Opti-Grab glasses.

Some things that sound like they’d be said to the guy in that picture:  “Um, Paul, why are you walking a lizard on a leash?”  “Paul, you shouldn’t sit three inches from the TV.”  “So, you say you’ve been frozen in that gaze for six months?  Hmm, have you tried a cup of coffee?”  “Paul, are you wearing those glasses with open eyes and are really sleeping?”  “Paul, I’m happy you got laid, but that was two months ago, can you lose the shit-eating grin?”  Seriously, I can go on all day.  “Paul, buddy, you’ve been out of the water for twenty minutes and the shark is still biting your arm.”  Okay, done now.

Jorge Polanco – You know how I know a lot of these guys are hot as shizz?  I own them, as I bench or drop guys like Odor and Semien.  Speaking of Odor/Semien, why does a tree in my neighborhood smell like dirty hotel sheets?  The Bradford Pear tree smells like semen because God ran out of smells or:  “I wanna play a good joke on blind people.”  Angel, “Um, you took their sight already, do you really think a joke is the right thing here?”  “Yeah, smell this tree.  I mean, what the what!”

Garrett Hampson – While Story’s out, Hampson could see playing time.  Also, wanna see something crazy?  Check out his projections on the Prospect-o-Nator.  He’s the #1 projected rookie hitter!

Joc Pederson – Say we start an expansion team and get a player from every team who doesn’t play.  We’ll call that team, Fantasy Master Lothario’s Important Superb Dream Team Fellows (don’t abbreviate it!).  On that team, my starting outfield is Joc Pederson, Domingo Santana and Tyler O’Neill.  That’s better than half the outfields in the majors.

Scott Schebler – I will need to push Schebler a little harder next year — Schardler? — for deep leagues.  He is always underrated, and is even better if you can platoon him in a daily league.  On our NL-Only Player Rater, he’s a top 35 outfielder.  How much does he cost you in the preseason?  A few bucks?  Okay, now can someone get me down from my soapbox?

Randal Grichuk – He now has two straight weeks with a two-homer game.  *makes MC Hammer hand signs*  Two legit, too quit!  No?  Okay, I’ll take a nap. *blinks, claps hands*  Nice to get some shut eye!

Ty Buttrey – Frequent commenter, Dave, Sciosciapathic Therapist, brought something to my attention.  Rey is Spanish for King, so Ty’s name is Buttking.  Or as he’s known in his home country of Lickenstink, The Butt King.  This buy is, of course, for this year, but (hehe) if you can stash The Butt King in your keepers, we might be seeing the emergence of a cheap closer for next year.

Steve Cishek – Seems to be in the lead for saves in Chicago.  For the Cubs, but the White Sox could use a closer too, if Cishek wants to work overtime.

Pat Neshek – Here’s me on the phone with Elias Sports Bureau, “Has any manager changed closers more than Kapler when there’s been absolutely no reason to change the closer?”  Listens for a moment, then,”How can I tell if there’s a reason or not?  I’m the one asking questions!”  This year Kapler changed closers for no reason more than he changed his leopard-skin thong.

Yoshihisa Hirano – Watch this offseason, the Diamondbacks are going to be like, “Hirano has the lead for the closer job next year,” then I will say something like, “I’ve been telling you to do that since May!”  And that’s me quoting future me!

Tyler Glasnow – This is a Stream-o-Nator call like the call it makes to the Yacht Rock station to ask for them to play a sad version of Mr. Roboto.

Anthony DeSclafani – He gets the Marlins and this is another Stream-o-Nator call.  “How about ‘I Love You (Miss Robot)’ by The Buggles?”

SELL

Any Starter That Doesn’t Have A Good Final Matchup – Don’t do a “Find” on your team page for “Any Starter That.”  He’s not an actual player.  This is self-explanatory.  There’s no time left in the season to be waiting on a guy that, say, goes to Coors next.  I’d even look at cutting top arms after their next to last start if they’re headed to the playoffs.  Kluber, for unstints (that’s how I spell it), could only go a few innings in his final start.  Or get skipped completely.  Kershaw, for unstints, may only see a few innings in the final week.  You, more or less, need to think of every pitcher as a streamer from here until the end.

Any Hitter That Is Cold Or Day-To-Day With An Injury – This is looking at you, Trevor Story.  Will he be healthy the rest of the year?  To quote Bryce Harper, that’s a frown question, bro.  The Rockies keep talking about Trevor Story’s totally, fully, entirely, looks great UCL.  The Rockies were so overwhelmed with the beauty of that UCL they said, “Is this a UCL or is it your mother’s cooking after returning from a 3-year stint in the military?”  You’re goofy in the coconut if you’re waiting around for Story.  There’s no time to be waiting around for cold hitters either.  Today, is your Independence Day from cold players, so don a Benjamin Franklin wig and start losing guys!

  1. gc tacos says:
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    A) Streamers for this last week? Boyd and Musgrove have killed me this week.

    B) Glasnow, Giolito, Tuissant, or Josh James. Pick two for next year.

    Thanks

  2. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have a keeper league question for you. We have five keepers and I’m not sure who to keep for my final spot. I think three or four of them are obvious keepers, but I’d like your opinion. So, out the list of guys below, what five would you keep:

    Mike Trout, Manny Machado, Javy Baez, Trevor Story, Gleyber Torres, Cody Bellinger, Nick Castellanos, and Luis Severino.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mike Trout, Manny Machado, Javy Baez, Trevor Story — obvious, assuming Story is fine, but he might not be

      Then Severino

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: This is what I was thinking, too. Figured it was best to keep an SP (Severino). Have been wondering if Bellinger at 1B might be worth consideration. 1B seems to be getting a little light these days while middle infield seems to be where all the big bats are now.

        But, yeah, if Story isn’t healthy, that changes things. Hope he’s ok!!!! Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He has Corey Seager in 2017 written all over him

          • DonnieB says:
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            What are your thoughts about Corey Seager for 2019? Thanks for a great year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Top 50 guy with some risk but should be good value and I’ll like him, nice bounce back candidate

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey: In that case, would you keep Gleyber, and let Story go?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              When do you have to decide this by

              • Harley Earl says:
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                @Grey: Oh, not until next March, about 2 weeks before the season begins when we hold the draft. Surely I’ll know something by then!

                If Story is out for 2019, I’ll go with Gleyber. You agreee with that?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Seems like it makes sense, we’ll see

                  • Harley Earl says:
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                    @Grey:
                    Thanks Grey! Love this site!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem, thanks!

  3. synyster says:
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    First and foremost thanks for helping me get to the semifinals once again for five straight years. I know you wouldn’t of posted it if you didn’t mean it but you would cut ties with a guy like Jose Ramirez who hasn’t done squat in two weeks for a guy like Mondesi, Puig, Conforto, etc who are pretty hot right now? Cause I will do that if that is what you’re saying!

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t cut Jo-Ram

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You gotta have someone else to cut for one of those guys

  4. synyster says:
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    Thank you. So no cutting JoRam/Trout/Machado?

    • synyster says:
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      @synyster:

      Reading that back to myself that was such a stupid question to ask. Have a good wknd Grey! Close matchup 6-5 right now with me ahead into the weekend!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem, you too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  5. Paul says:
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    Great stuff as always. I have another keeper questions for you…

    14 team, H2H, points-based league. Can only keep 4. First number is round they’re kept in, second is years of keeper eligibility left.

    I almost feel like it has to be Trout, Baez, Hoskins and Chapman, but man I hate giving up Story or Conforto.

    Also, I have the last pick in the first round so nobody of great value (certainly not of Trout value) will be there for my first pick.

    (Sanchez is in there to see if you’re paying attention)

    Trout 1, 1
    Baez 8, 3
    Story 10, 1
    Hoskins 12, 2
    Gary Sanchez 12, 2
    Conforto 14, 3
    Matt Chapman 22, 3
    Cron 24, 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! If Story is healthy, easily over Chapman

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey:

        Even though I can only keep Story for 1 year but Champman for 3?

        (not that I’m doubting your wisdom)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          When do you have to decide? Bc I imagine Story’s moot by March of next year

          • Paul says:
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            @Grey:

            Not ’till next March. I’m just thinking ahead is all and thought I’d pick your brain.

            You’re right…this might all be moot by then.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  6. Gonzo says:
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    Can you please ping Prospector Ralph? I ask because I’m curious if he thinks Anthony Alford will retain any value next year and going forward. Jays called him up but aren’t playing him, but in my deep 5-OF AL-only keeper I have to either hold him and put him in my lineup over Denard Span/Tyler Austin (no problem, I’m in 8th) or cut him. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t cut Alford if he’s a potential keeper…But is he really?

      • Gonzo says:
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        @Grey: Keep 11, 10-team roto AL-only with very deep rosters. Alford would probably be an emergency keeper… I think I’ll just drop Span since I can’t imagine keeping Ben Revere.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t see you keeping any of these guys in that league… Alford over Span tho is fine

          • Gonzo says:
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            @Grey: Well since you seem curious (I know you really aren’t but it gives me an excuse to map out my sad excuse for a team in a public forum), here’s my top guys (5×5 roto):

            1B Jose Abreu $26
            1B Tyler White (book value)
            1B Tyler Austin (BV)
            1B/OF Jake Bauers (BV)
            2B/SS Lourdes Gurriel Jr (BV)
            2B/OF Brandon Lowe (BV)
            3B Jose Ramirez (BV)
            SS Andrelton Simmons $3
            OF Stephen Piscotty (BV)
            OF Christin Stewart (BV)
            SP Marcus Stroman (BV)
            SP Collin McHugh
            SP Josh James
            SP Jonathan Loaisiga
            SP Hunter Harvey
            RP Brad Peacock
            RP Dellin Betances (BV)
            RP Joe Jimenez
            RP Fernando Rodney

            Book value (BV) refers to whatever Rotoworld says their baseline price would be before the season begins.

            TL;DR I’m in trouble deep.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm, yeah, you need to make some trades this offseason and rebuild this

              • Gonzo says:
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                @Grey: True that. I’ve got a ton of picks to throw around for next years draft/auction hybrid. You’ll be seeing my sorry ass on comments in March!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, nice

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thanks, Grey! If you’re keeping one pitcher (plus stud bats) in a keep 7 12 team roto, would you want that pitcher to be a $25 Gerrit Cole or a $11 Clevinger?

    Love Clev, but leaning Cole because I think Clev will still be $20 or less next year, whereas certified aces like Cole go for ~$38+.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole

  8. J-Hova says:
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    SO depressing the season is ending. Thanks for the BUYS, this column is the highlight of my Friday and serves as the official start to happy hour.

    Question, are you starting Bauer tonight??

    Thanks!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him… No problem!

      • Sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Red Sox are sending out a AAAA lineup today, too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  9. rapscallion13 says:
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    Should I stream Reid-Foley tonight against the Rays? You seemed to recommend him a few days ago. I’m kinda desperate for K’s and W’s, but not sure I can stand a ratio hit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems risky

  10. Steve says:
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    Are you starting Heany tonight in HOU?

    If not, Chen at home and Lirano v KC?

    Thanks

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: also, how many innings do you think Bauer goes today?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        3-4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Heaney, yes on Chen, sure on Liriano

  11. Bravos14 says:
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    Deep 20 team league, I’m chasing just about every pitching stat but focusing on W, Era, Whip and QS. I’d be happy with wins in Era and Whip. I’m down to one move left, is it Lorenzen, Hess, Oswald, or Nix? Or, do you have a hot hunch (Jaime Lee Curtis Hot) on one of the TBA’s for Sunday’s games?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are awful choices… I guess Nix, but don’t know any of their matchups

    • Bravos14 says:
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      @Bravos14: Palio goes Deeeep!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        All hail Palio!

  12. William Hung says:
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    am I dropping Abreu for… dear god… i might as well just hold.

    Options are: Peter O’Brien, Choi, Jay Bruce, Joey Gallo (didn’t even know he was hurt earlier this week but is expected to play tonight)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choi

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: In Grey I trust

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope I’m right

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: I actually just noticed that Voit is still available in my league – is he the pickup?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, of course

  13. curiousgeorgespringer says:
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    LOL @ ppl asking about dropping Trout. He said to cut guys who aren’t hitting. Trout has 3 homers, a steal, and a 1.200 OPS over the last week. What the what?

    I wish I could cut Albies right now, but I have him in like round 24 in a 12-tm keeper league. Probably will need to cut Tim Anderson, though, even though he might be a keeper for me in round 10 next year (120 players kept, so round ten is like player 240).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on the situation, but, yeah, Trout’s not really cuttable even in a 2 team league

  14. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Hey Grey! Thank god it’s Friday.

    Being that I’ve gotten pitch-slapped on the bulk of my streams lately, I’m giving you a chance to scare me off any of my starts today. Would you sit/drop any of the following…

    Marquez @ ARI
    Gant vs SF
    Nova vs MIL

    I’ve got about 60 innings left, hunting W’s, and thanks to Wheeler’s shutdown, I don’t have many no-brainer starters on my team. (I’m planning on benching Berrios @ OAK today but throwing him against DET next week).

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No good morning? I’d start all 3

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Ha! I had to erase my good morning; I don’t want you thinking I’m a layabout! Although I often do my work while laying in bed. Wait, that sounded like I’m a hooker. Although writing is often prostitution.

        Thanks for the go-ahead on those three. It’s maddening trying to run out the clock in the pitching categories using streamers. I feel like John Starks jacking up ill-advised threes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! I don’t know current basketball, but I do know the John Starks Knicks

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @Grey: Yep! Those were the last days I felt truly connected to my hometown team. You’re not missing much currently. As the David Wests of the league retire one by one, I find it hard to relate to the modern NBA. Perhaps this is how the BIG3 League builds its fanbase…?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yeah, you lost me…Who’s David West?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know David Stern, I know David Robertson, I don’t know David West

              • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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                @Grey: Wow, you’re not kidding. You checking out ages ago. Before retiring this offseason, West was one of the last great NBA “enforcers” (ala Oakley and Mahorn). Fights ended instantly the second he walked into the fray. After a fifteen-year career, West finally won back-to-back NBA titles the last two years as a bench piece on the Warriors. Now the NBA’s just one big millennial sandwich.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah…Yeah, don’t know him… Mahorn and Oakley were awesome tho!

  15. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Just finished your A.M. post. And….

    Cannot believe that, from this time forward, the phrase: ‘Popped a Squat Cobbler’ will refer to both squatting on a pie AND defecating on your ratios!

    This REALLY minces my meringue…creams my custard…burns me boysenberries..and lastly, Rankles me Right in the Ol’ Rhubarb!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You sound like an angry Mary Berry!

  16. rally monkey says:
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    Hi Grey! Can’t believe I’m still alive here!

    Our playoffs go to the end of the season. In a h2h 10-teamer, are you giving up on Eugenio Suarez? Dude has been MIA this month. Reds playing MIA this weekend but only play 5 games next week. However, those are vs KC and PIT at home. So I’m kinda torn. Here’s the best of the wire:

    Duffy (9 games remaining, @TOR, vNYY, vTOR)
    DeJong (8 games, vSF, vMIL, @CHC)
    J Polanco (9 games, @OAK, vDET, vCWS)
    O Hearn (8 games, @DET, @CIN, vCLE)
    Grichuk/Rowdy (8 games, vTB, vHOU, @TB)
    Franmil/Hosmer (8 games, @LAD, @SF, vAZ)
    Josh Bell (10 games v MIL, @CHC, @CIN, vMIA) — random MIA make-up game on 10/1, not sure if this game even counts for leagues?
    Laureano (8 games, vMIN, @SEA, @LAA)

    Fwiw, I also have Upton (K’s count against), and Carpenter stinking it up, but leaning hold on those two. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold all three — KC is a good team to hit against and PIT is whatever

      • rally monkey says:
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        @Grey: Right on, he has gotten me this far. Thanks for talking me off that ledge. Arigato! I owe you boba!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, RM!

  17. Weird Fishes says:
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    Would you start Pivetta under any circumstances tonight? SON likes his start and I could use the Ks and potential W … but my confidence level is at about 30%.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t go near him

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. How do you feel about Senzatela @AZ tomorrow or Fedde vs NYM on Sunday?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t like either if I’m being honest, but I guess Fedde

  18. greggpatenaude says:
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    3 days left in champ week, increasingly looking like saves could decide it the h2h matchup. i have 3 closers now, he has 2 and we are tied on week, i have one move and he has none left.

    i know it’s a crapshoot and you have no idea, but if you had to pick one, who gives me best shot at saves over the weekend.

    hirano vs. colorado
    hildenberger vs. oak
    romo vs. toronto
    gsell vs. dc
    peralta vs. Detroit

    desclafani or urena?

    thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta… Urena

  19. William Hung says:
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    This whole “start Bauer and Bieber” thing is going sideways fast

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I know

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, it’s not bad now

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: not when I need Ks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…gotcha

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: well now the whole wagon came apart. I need to hit on my streamer tomorrow in the worst way – am I really relying on DeScalfani to give me like 6 shutout innings with at least 6 Ks?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that sucks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Here goes nothing though, right?

              • William Hung says:
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                @Grey: My oppo has Glasnow and Kyle Hendricks plus 2 moves left this week. Tonight, he had/has Quintana, Berrios and Stripling going

                Bieber f’d my ERA/WHIP. I need Berrios and Stripling to blow chunks in favorable matchups. On my end, I have Corbin and Mikolas plus 2 moves remaining, so I need to find a way to hit on these next 2 streamers to make it to the championship

                • Grey

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                  Hopefully it works then

  20. Hapcat13 says:
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    Great write up!

    Is Nelson Cruz ready for the chopping block on 12 team H2H Yahoo 5×5 standard?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t want to but guess depends for who

  21. Jt says:
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    Need a win and quality start have 2 adds left any of these guys worth it??

    Pannone vs Tampa
    ROark vs Mets
    Marco @ Texas
    DeSclafani @miami
    J Zimmerman vs Kansas City
    Sentalazea @arizona

    • William Hung says:
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      @Jt: Roark is questionable tomorrow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not especially but depends how bad you need it

      • Jt says:
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        @Grey: I can gamble now or this weekend on someone else

        • Jt says:
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          Lorene’s @Jt: lorenzen @miami
          Suarez @stl
          Gibson @oakland

          Need 2 from the list of pitchers

          • jt says:
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            @Jt: grey!!!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            DeSclafani , Zimmermann

  22. EG says:
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    Please rank for Sunday, preference for ERA/WHIP/Wins

    Miley @ Pit
    Rodon vs. ChC
    Lorenzen @ Mia
    Borucki vs. TB

    That order? Thanks

    • EG says:
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      @EG: Add Hector Velazquez @ Cle… Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miley, Borucki

  23. Steve says:
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    You starting Porcello tomorrow @ CLE? He droppable? Has been so not-acelike

    Other options:

    DeSclafani @MIA
    Zimmerman v KC

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him, DeSclafani… none are great tho

  24. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team h2H auction redraft playoffs.

    Saves+Holds is the stat rather than just Saves

    drop 1 of Jesse Biddle or Craig Stammen

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Biddle

  25. Wilson says:
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    Should I start Procello (@CLE) for QS/ERA/WHIP? Only few GS left now..
    Seems he hasn’t pitched over 6 innings after Aug/20th (over 1 month), especially Red Sox already get 1st place in AL EAST..

    Thoughts appreciated.

    • Steve says:
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      @Wilson: He just told me to drop him, which I’ve since done. Porcello hasn’t looked right in a while

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not if you don’t have to

  26. Wilson says:
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    Glasnow (@Tor) or Desciafani (@MIA) for QS/ERA/WHIP?
    Seems Desciafani usually doesn’t pitch over 6 innings, however Glasnow’s last time @Tor on Sep/5th didn’t perform well .. 0.2 inning 7ER.. still confidence on Glasnow?

    Thoughts appreciated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glasnow

  27. Tom Marlin says:
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    For the final in my H2H league, do I start Berrios or Freeland from Colorado? My other pitchers are solid but torn on this decision. Thanks for all you do!! This site is amazing!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeland

  28. cliffy says:
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    Ahoy Grey!

    Who do like today for a quality start, and what the hell, some k’s too? One is good (or two if worthy)

    Lynn
    Minor
    DeSclafini
    Glasnow

    Also, is Bauer a cut loose candidate for the next two weeks like ol Klubes?

    Many thanks,
    Cliffy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor, Glasnow — can lose Bauer

  29. bill says:
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    Kapler has used 36 RP’s over the last 7 games. That’s 5+ per game. Good thing MLB is trying to speed up the game…Phillie’s games have become unwatchable! September baseball needs fixed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kapler needs to be fixed

  30. Cohen says:
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    Grichuk or Tyler White?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk

  31. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Drop Mazara or Marte for Voit or Palka? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mazara

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry for Voit

  32. jt says:
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    Lowe @pannone or Albies vs Arrieta

    • Hater Bell

      Grey Albright says:
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      @jt: Albies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jt: Albies

  33. jt says:
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    Best pitcher for whip ?
    Suarez @stl
    [email protected]
    Richards vs cincy
    Kibson @oakland
    Norris vs Kansas City
    Plutko vs Boston

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jt: Imposible to say… Richards

  34. Steve says:
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    How many innings do you think Cahill goes tomorrow? His back scares me, afraid he’ll get yanked after 3IP and need an eater.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully 5, might be 1-3, impossible to say

  35. greggpatenaude says:
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    1.5 days left in the finals. i’m up 7-2 in h2h. i need to hold qs and take k’s. i’m up 1 qs and down 5 k’s, i’m up 3.06 to 4.58 in era which i need to hold

    i have corbin, barria, rich hill, marco gonzalez, blake snell, anibal sanchez and ryu plus a move to stream a sp if i need one

    he has charlie morton, brad keller, and kyle gibson

    so i have 7 guys plus a move to his 3 guys to protect a 1 qs lead and make up 5 k’s

    is it crazy to start barria? basically, without his k’s and chance for a qs, i’m still safe right, why risk the ratios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes no sense to risk it

      • greggpatenaude says:
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        so then i’d have 6 starters to his 3 to make up 5 k’s and hold 1 qs lead plus i’d have a move tonight if necessary.

        i agree, why risk the blow up when i should win qs and ks anyways, at least i hope that i’m still safe

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so

          • greggpatenaude says:
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            ended up blowing him out, 10-0 for the title!

            my offense went bonkers over the weekend. 24 runs, 8 hr’s 29 rbis 3 sbs in 3 days.

            the pitching worked out, thanks again for your help all year, first title in 6 years.

  36. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? After setting a regular season record for wins in my 12-team keeper league, I was ousted in the 2nd round of the playoffs by 1 RBI. Sometimes you hit the bar, sometimes the bar hits you. Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for your pre-season rankings, daily postings, and constant responding on the thread(s). Really appreciate it.

    • greggpatenaude says:
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      agree, thanks for all you do do and all your hard work, i look forward to your posts daily

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, ‘poop, sorry you went out that way! No problem!

  37. Wilson says:
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    Would you start Matz @WSH ? I need QS/ERA/WHIP to win this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  38. Russ says:
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    Hey Gey one last move for the year to win the championship. Looking for best W, QS, ERA, WHIP option of these:

    Miley @ PIT (doesnt have to go against Musgrove now he is done for the year)
    Keller @ DET

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miley

  39. jt says:
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    Tied in wins I have Nola tomorrow he has no one I have one add left need a big hitting day and hope to get my whip down
    Down 1.23 to 1.13 in whip he has 15 more innings then me
    Up 1 -2 in losses
    Down 2 home runs
    Down 15 total bases
    Down 8-10 right now

    C hedges
    1b Palka
    2b Albies
    3b Bryant
    Ss Rosario
    If moose
    Of benetendi, haniger, Ozuna, Dahl
    Util meadows, Anderson
    Bench Lowe, Cain

    Waivers
    Lourdes gurriel, puig, Shaw, Devers, Bauers, Adames, kike

    Pitchers Suarez, lorenzen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those SPs aren’t going to help, can try Puig over Meadows or Dahl, depending if Cain plays

  40. Steve says:
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    L Gurriel or Odor at MI? Also, like Trevor Richards at home v Reds or more of a desperation play? Need QS and W.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gurriel… desperation play

  41. FrankGrimes says:
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    Have to keep five:

    Mondesi
    Snell
    Berrios
    Hoskins
    Albies
    Baez
    Andujar
    Conforto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi, Snell, Hoskins, Albies, Baez — damn fine keepers, Grimey!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks. Won this league again this year haha.
        Would round considerations change your mind?
        Conforto in the 20th for example…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe what’s the rounds?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:

            Now that I look they all bunched up 10-15 cept Conforto at 22.

            I started Ozark finally. It’s good four episodes in.

            • Grey

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              Yeha Ozark is solid… Doesn’t sound like those draft rounds will change much then

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        I have Mondesi fever right now!

        • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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          @FrankGrimes: Me too, Grimey! Mondesi’s been a godsend to my team this year. I also think this is probably the most fun year to own him, as he cost us nothing and next year might have some occasional growing pains as pitchers adjust to him. Congrats on your win!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Everyone has Mondesi fever!

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @Grey: And right on cue, Adalberto jacks one out!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dude is so crazy right now

  42. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Morning, Grey!

    I’m thinking of throwing both Freeland and Miley today. I was fairly confident on both given their recent success and match-ups, but SON is equally unenthused by both, and it has me second guessing. I’m trying to be careful these days, ratio-wise (especially after I picked up Buttrey back up yesterday in time for his blow up) while hunting W’s with few innings remaining. Would you sit either of these guys in 5×5?

    Freeland @ ARI (SON -3) against Godley.
    Miley @ PIT (SON -3) against Kingham.

    Thanks a lot!

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @GrassyKnollRedding: PS: Crazy question, but if Judge droppable for a hot bat now that Yankees have clinched? Does your gut say he’ll sit a lot more (to let his wrist heal up) like his is today? Or will he play to try and get his timing back before playoffs?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, you can drop Judge

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think ya gotta

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Sorry… Gotta throw them or sit them? Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotta throw em

          • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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            @Grey: Phew! That’s what I thought. You’re doing the Lord’s work.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Mazel!

              • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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                @Grey: God forbid Miley gives me five innings on a day Milwaukee scores 13 runs.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I know, I saw…So sucky

  43. Cohen says:
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    Schwarber or Franmil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schwarber

  44. Ty inez says:
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    Hi there buddy. First off I’d like to say thank you for all the hard work you guys do answering our questions. I’m in the money every year because of Razzball. Ok as of right now I’m sitting in 2nd place in my 12 team Roto league. 1st place guy is locked in and no one is going to catch him. I have a 5.5 point lead over the 2 guys tied fo 3rd. I need to maintain W, ERA and Whip. Also need to maintain runs and avg.
    My pitching this week is ..
    Kluber @CHW @KC
    Scherzer MIA @COL
    Fiers @LAA
    Trevor Williams @Chc
    E-Rod NYY
    A Sanchez @PHI
    Rodon @MIN
    Leclerc
    I like Scherzer and Klubers first starts but a little weary of the 2nd 2. I’m sure klubers last start will be limited. Guys on the wire who I can swap out…
    Holland – SD and @LAD
    Miley – DET
    Odorizzi – DET
    Josh James and Framber Valdez both have 1 start @TOR

    C. Yan Gomes 1 Freeman 2 McNeil 3 Bregman ss Rosario OF Hoskins, Merrifield, Wendle DH Piscotty. How much will Freeman play? Do I dare swap out guys who are slumping like Bregman and Hoskins? I can sub in hot guys like L. Gurriel and Mondesi .

    Or should I just leave everything as is and stop over thinking this haha

    • Ty says:
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      @Ty inez: that was Yuli Gurriel not his brother

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland over Anibal, Odorizzi over Rodon… Mondesi over Wendle, moving Piscotty into Wendle’s spot

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey: you da man! Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Stephen Lyon says:
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    My semifinal in the ol’ H2H is as tight as a fish’s asshole (watertight), if I get through I’ll need a starter tomorrow. SON has Eovaldi (v BAL) at $19 – not sure I trust him. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trust him

  46. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Put it in the books – 3rd straight year of going to the finals. Here’s the team I go into battle with over this final week:

    C- Sal Perez
    1B- Voit
    2B- Merrifield
    3B- Rendon
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Betts, Hicks, Mancini
    UTIL- Mondesi
    B- Abreu (I think I need to cut him)

    SP- Severino, Holland, Corbin, Bauer, Gausman, Mikolas
    RP- C-Mart, Buttrey, Treinen, Hirano, Minter, Knebel

    Last season, I tried to use the robots for my pitching streaming pleasure and got destroyed – my saving grace was that my opponent had an equally bad pitching.

    I think Abreu needs to go in favor of Gallo or Gurriel (hot schmotato going into the final week) – and give me a flexible bench bat for when guys are sitting this final week.

    With pitching, I’m hoping Holland gives me solid performances against both the Padres and Dodgers. If I end up dropping Abreu for a bat, then I’ll have 5 moves left to play with to stream.

    Thanks Grey for another successful season! 1 more week to try for the 3-peat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Abreu is gone for Gurriel… Holland over Buttrey

  47. FrankGrimes says:
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    D backs and Aushizz really screwed the pooch in September.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Major dumpage, and how about those Mariners?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Oof they stink
        I watch entirely too much Seattle baseball.
        Hard to watch As games with insufferable Dallas Braden piping in every minute.

  48. Isabella says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Final push. Very competitive roto league where ranks 1-4 are still not determined. I have 4 moves remaining over 2 waiver wire periods.

    1) do you like Chris Stratton at home versus SD on Tuesday where I desperately need ERA, whip and wins? He got lit up in SD last start, but this start is at home. If I trash him, I’d be going for a high profile reliever (knebel, vizcaino to try and improve ratios and get saves)
    2) Do you think starling marte is out this week? If so, do you replace him or hold until Wednesday waivers?
    3) how do you rank the following guys for HR/RBI over the last week? Palka, Lourdes gurriel, Cron, rowdy tellez. Can you rank all of them so I know how to set waivers?

    Thanks ! =)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d start Stratton 2. I think Marte is out, but hold until Wednesday 3. Palka, Tellez, Cron

  49. Gotime says:
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    Well lost H2H semi finals weekly league when Musgrove and Rosario were shut down and no Springer or Trout today, needed 1 run or 3Ks but hey that’s H2H for ya. Just wanted to send out my appreciation for all your work on this site. And shout out to SON as well. The site is truly one of a kind. In one way I hope it keeps going strong, in another way I hope my league mates aren’t catching on to it ha! The sting is there but it’s fantasy so I’ll be back reading in the winter once again! Time to click the boba banner. See you in the future!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, sorry you lost! No problem!

  50. Jon says:
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    Let’s say you’re hypothetically desperate for starts in the last H2H week and you have to choose TWO of Pivetta @ COL, Giolito @ MIN, or Borucki @ TB, who do you go with?

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