There is no truth to the rumor that Elvis Andrus stole his entire playing career from “Fats” Domingo, “Ivory” Roberto Kelly or Nate King Colbert.  Elvis hits the covers off the ball better than Cam “Carl” Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis Brinson.  It is not Elvis’ fault that the way he plays the bat is seen as an appropriation of a top shortstop of yesteryear.  He’s got the chops to knock down that axe!  (All guitar knowledge I possess was used in that nine word sentence.)  Yesterday, Elvis Andrus had the best game of an already great season, going 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs with his 8th and 9th homers.  On our Player Rater, he’s in the top 20 overall.  Not for shortstops, for all hitters and pitchers.  Love me tender!  Some of the names he’s above Giancarlo, Correa, Mookie and Dee Gordon.  Love me sweet!  Never let me go!  Well, not so fast there.  If I thought you could actually get value for Andrus in a trade, I could see it since he’s likely at his peak value.  Unfortunately, there’s little chance you’d get back in a trade anything resembling Andrus’ value, so I’d Bubba hold Tep.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Cole Hamels – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.38, as he was activated from the DL.  He’s been out a while, so my thoughts on Hamels may not be fresh in your mind.  Those thoughts on whether to own him rhyme with dew knot.  He’s a steamer (still rhyming).

Adrian Beltre – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  There’s why you paid the big bucks for Beltre (ignore the fact that he has the same number of homers on the year that Scooter Gennett hit in one game; also, ignore what’s being written in this parenthetical).

Joey Gallo – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 20th homer, hitting .197.  What a terrible average, I can’t believe someone is hitting that awful.  I’m side-eyeing you, Odor!

Michael Brantley – Was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Oh, man, you gotta get *mumbles* into your lineup.  He’s the best!”  Kevin might be using a recording to cover for him while he’s sleeping under his desk.

Carlos Carrasco – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA up 3.67.  Countdown begins until they announce his DL stint.  Like a broken clock, every time Carrasco pitches a poor game, he’s broken.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .311.  Racist!  Chisenhall is a favorite of the Hitter-Tron this week, like it favorites big, broad-shouldered machines vs. slender ones.

Madison Bumgarner – Began his rehab assignment yesterday in Rookie ball, and is now aiming to return just after the All-Star break.  Giants could use him since they need to go approximately 86-0 the rest of the way to make the playoffs.

Jeff Samardzija – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.63.  He’s pretty manic in his starts.  Either great, or terrifically awful.  Yesterday, was like a bit of Prozac and just a nice mellow, okay start.  Thank you for the lithium, Samardzija.

Carlos Gonzalez – Hit the DL with a shoulder strain.  Too bad, so sad.  Raimel Tapia’s got playing time!  Don’t just stand there, rush to your waiver wire!  For a limited time only, Tapia brings blazing speed and a little bit of power!  Act now and we’ll throw in a SAGNOF plushie!

German Marquez – 4 IP, 5 ER.  I’ll be honest, I’m a bit perplexed that the entire Rockies’ pitching staff seems to have sold their soul to pitch well until the third week of June, rather than asking for ‘through the end of the season.’

Jacoby Ellsbury – 1-for-5, 2 runs as he was activated from the DL to fill-in for the recently DL’d Hicks.  How convenient that Ellsbury got healthy right as Hicks was injured.  Convenient like how it’s always my birthday every time I’m in a restaurant that gives free dessert on someone’s birthday.

Matt Holliday – Being sent for tests due to fatigue.  Hmm, maybe, I don’t know, send him for coffee?

Jordan Montgomery – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.53.  Ugh, I don’t know why I don’t trust Montgomery.  Maybe it’s the Stream-o-Nator‘s yawnstipating take on him.  His peripherals just do nothing for me.  I more than adore Severino, and have given Pineda a crazy amount of chances, so it’s not me overcorrecting for a Yanks’ bias.  Just not into Jordan.  Maybe I can ask Halp on our next podcast to convince me otherwise.

Tyler Austin – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run, as he takes over 1B for the recently released Chris Carter.  Where’s Chris Carter now?  Somewhere, out there.  *UFO zooms past*  Whoa, did you see that?  I like Austin as a power bat flyer, but he may not hit .230, and will likely platoon.  It’s a’ight, but not a’ight a’ight, a’ight?

Tyler Wade – Being called up to replace the recently hamstrung Starlin Castro.  My heart says yes to Tyler, but my head says Tylernol.  In Triple-A, he had five homers, 24 steals in only 70 games while hitting .313.  I grabbed him in one league where I could use SAGNOF, but he strikes me as a guy that will hit ninth and make nary a ripple in the fantasy pond.  Holy crap, I’m poetic!

Todd Frazier – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer, hitting .212.  Maybe this is the hot streak that he’s so overdue for, but I’ve lost almost all hope.  It may never be coming.  Damn, I’m supposed to be uplifting, like a fantasy baseball Dale Carnegie, but this shizz is depressing.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .253.  I turned that batty call over and made it my female dog!

Brandon Finnegan – Was activated from the DL…and is headed back to the DL with a strained triceps.  If you drafted Finnegan or picked him back up, you can push him out to the sea of waivers with a row of floating candles from Bed, Bath Beyond you purchased with a 20% coupon you found in your glove compartment from 1999, as a fitting Finnegan’s wake.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in two games since he was recalled.  I was wrong yesterday when I said Grichuk had nowhere to play, he does have a starting job for the time being, Fowler hit the DL.  Grichuk is the type to get crazy hot for stretches like a yoga mom, and is worth owning in all leagues where you need power.

Jedd Gyorko – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .298.  Jedd’s doing work-o!  No?  Okay.

Michael Wacha – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.50.  You know what I’m going to say, right?  You know because you’re subscribing to the tools.  You’re not?  Damn, Freebie McFreeride!  I’m going to say the Stream-o-Nator loved Wacha yesterday, and was on the money.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 1 RBI and his 7th steal, hitting .281, to go with his 9 homers.  He led off yesterday due to Fowler being out, and Pham’s been schmotato’ing for so long you don’t need to cyclops him with a monocle.  I’d love to be a fly on the wall of a new person stumbling on Razzball.  “Oh, look at this, a fantasy baseball site.  Martha, my dear wife, will be so happy I found something to partake in my hobby and sensibilities.”  Then they read schmotato and cyclops with a monocle and are like, “Should I X out of this browser window or simply hit Command + W?”

Nick Pivetta – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 5.40.  PR just gave you his Nick Pivetta fantasy in his top 100 starters yesterday.  Of course, yesterday’s post was written prior to yesterday’s game, so it might be slightly rosier in the palm for Pivetta than you’d expect, but yesterday’s game was a terrible matchup, and shouldn’t affect the long-term outlook of Pivetta.

Chris Herrmann – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Herrmann is a batty call where you wake up and see an Adam’s Apple and shrug, “Nobody’s perfect.”

Zack Greinke – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  Talk about inefficient (which I’m about to talk about), he threw 102 pitches with only 58 strikes.  Zack needs to attack the strike zone or we’re gonna miss bliss, right, Baysiders?

Brandon McCarthy – Hit the DL with fictitious facetiousitis.  It occurs mostly in Dodger pitchers who have just had a turn in the rotation, and usually lasts about two weeks.

Rich Hill – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.60.  Decent start for someone who has been next to useless.  And ‘next to useless’ is ‘pretty effin’ useless.’

Hanley Ramirez – Day-to-day with a sore knee.  The rest of the league, “Hey, guy, we go on the ten-day DL now, we don’t do the day-to-day thing anymore.”  Hanley, “WUT?”

Jose Berrios – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  Pretty meh start until you see he was in Fenway and you’re like, “Okay, Cousin Sweatpants, Berrios went to the belly of the beast and can start anywhere and I’m in love,” rips paper bag cover off book, tries to fashion a new paper bag into a book cover, fails miserably and writes “I heart Berrios” on the actual book.  Go ahead and fine me!

Chris Sale – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.77.  Without doing any actual research, I’m going to say this is the first time in his career he had less than ten Ks in a start.

Mitch Moreland – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and third homer is as many games.  I said hot schmotato yesterday.  Today, I say, “Yup, and dur.”

Adeiny HechavarriaRays acquired him in a Hechavarria boring trade.  Is it me (it’s not me) or do the Rays acquire a middling middle infielder at least once a year?  Rickie Weeks, Brad Miller, Matt Duffy, now Adeiny. Outside of AL-Only leagues, there’s nothing to Adeiny.  He’s a glovechild of Omar Vizquel and Joey Cora.

Willson Contreras – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer as he hit leadoff.  Cubs could hit Mark Zagunis leadoff and he’d hit a home run.  Gotta give it to him, the one thing Joe Maddon has done that mothers, doctors and even wives, in some cases, have not been able to do, keep fantasy baseballers on their toes.  We don’t even like to stand!

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 2.87 vs. Eddie Butler – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.71.  This matchup of Butler vs. Gonzalez is what someone like myself who doesn’t know any other sport but baseball calls the first round of March Madness.  Someone who is not ignorant talking to me, “It’s Gonzaga.”  Me blissfully ignorant, “Bazinga!”

Francisco RodriguezNats signed him.  He’s from Caracas, Venezuela, and, coincidentally, he’s the carcass of his former self, but even save vultures shouldn’t feed on that, it’s diseased.  Yes, Dusty is crazy enough to use K-Rod in high leverage situations, but unless you call everyone ‘champ,’ chew on a toothpick 24/7, and think 120 pitches is just a warmup, you don’t need to be as crazy.  Also, not sure how many people heard, Pat Killebrew died.  I didn’t know Pat, but his obituary asked, “In lieu of flowers, send “donations” to the ‘Nationals Bullpen Fund.'”  I’m sure Pat would’ve loved that the Nats signed a guy who has a 7.82 ERA and once beat up his father-in-law.

  1. Baskets says:
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    Tapia or Pham?

  2. Fister Furbush says:
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    Had to bring up the father in-law incident haha
    Never forget.

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fab write-up, man!

    a. Don’t know how you keep makin’ it fresh. Don’t want to know because then it could be lost, or stolen. Just keep it going, man.

    b. John Rambo Quote of the day for June 27

    [Arrival in Thailand, because the workers seen from the airplane flying over the rice field wore conical hats! Most likely, it’s east LA – Grey to confirm.]

    Ericson (to the Military Police Officer): That’ll be all.

    Ericson (to Rambo): How you doing, Rambo? I’m Ericson. Why don’t we make it over to the hangar? So, you’re the chosen one, huh? You made a hell of a rep for yourself in Nam. Anyway, I’m glad to be working with you. It may not be heaven, but at least you’re outta the joint.

    Colonel Trautman: ‘He’s here.’

    Colonel Trautman (to Rambo upon arrival): ‘- Morning, John.’

    Rambo: ‘- Sir.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘This is Marshall Murdock. Murdock’s in charge of Special Ops from Washington.’

    Murdock: ‘Thank you. Rambo, been looking forward to meeting you. – Problems on your trip?’

    Rambo: ‘- No.’

    Murdock: ‘Except for the damn heat, right? Never felt anything like it. Come on in. Let’s get down to business.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

  4. Packers says:
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    Like others have said, my first read in the morning while drinking coffee. A shout out to Rudy also for all of the titles. Both of you guys have plenty of wit and smarts about baseball.

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Packers: same here. Hope you’re not someone in my league, Ha!

  5. Randy says:
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    Who do I cut to make room for Jon Gray when he is activated Friday?
    12-team, 6×6 (AVG, OPS, HR, R, RBI, SB | W, QS, K/9, ERA, WHIP, SV+HD)
    C. Zunino
    1B. Abreu
    2B. Segura
    3B. Turner
    SS. Correa
    1B/3B. Alonso
    2B/SS. Story
    OF. Springer, Conforto, Bellinger, Benintendi, Bradley Jr.
    UTIL. Happ
    BN. Haniger

    SP. McCullers, Paxton, Ray, Berrios, Godley, Nola, Taillon
    RP. Brach, Bush, Doolittle, Rivero
    DL. J. Gray, E. Rodriguez

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Randy: Godley is the only one I would drop for Gray.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy: Agree with CGS

  6. M says:
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    What kind of injury do you think Carrasco has? I know he’s had his share of injuries but his velocity looked ok last night.

    • Cram It says:
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      @M: I say 30-1 it’s Piriformis Syndrome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Who knows, he seems to always contract an ‘injury’ when he pitches poorly

  7. Natty Boh says:
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    Tyler Austin or Kennys Vargas? Might not be a fair question as you like to point out, I’d be getting two Kenny’s for the price of one.

  8. Gonzo says:
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    Lmao Grey your Andrus preamble was too much this morning. Coffee is now plugging my nostrils.

    Have a toughie for the community here, or maybe its more simple than I think. Frazier was just dropped in my 5×5 12-team roto with limited pickups. Im a serial rosterbator and have made the most pickups so far, but Im third to last in power. Do I drop Suarez for Frazier or hold?

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Gonzo: sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gonzo: Thanks! You can try Frazier

  9. Kas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Please pick one starting OF for tonight:

    Puig vs. Chavez (R)
    Benintendi vs. Santiago (L)
    Piscotty vs. Walker (R)
    Grichuk vs. Walker (R)

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: Grichuk

  10. Beastman says:
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    The Bed bath beyond line is perfect. Those damn coupons are everywhere.

    In a 16 team league where there’s nearly every regular starter is rostered, take a gamble and trade Duffy for Snell and Mike Montgomery?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Beastman: Ha, thanks! I’d do that trade

  11. Brettj72 says:
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    Was offered Nelson Cruz for my Judge. Good sell high or not high enough?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brettj72: Sounds fair, I’d hold at this point

  12. Scott says:
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    Dynasty league, trade Jaime Garcia or Matt Moore for Velasquez? Still take the Velasquez side?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott: I’d take the flyer on VV

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Scott: Garcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Sounds fine, Garcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Actually, I might send Moore first, he’s been so terrible

  13. Crime Dog says:
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    Pick one ROS…chisenhall, grichuck, polonco, calhoun, Reddick, gamel

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Crime Dog: these are all sort of streamer-y…Polanco probably

  14. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi Grey, Pham or Pederson ROS? Thanks

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @asdfasdf: I guess I would go with the guy who is starting.

  15. DrEasy says:
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    Please please please can I dump Hanley’s sorry ass (and knee) and pick up Tyler Wade? I could use the SAGNOF.

    • DrEasy says:
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      @DrEasy: Or maybe dump Drury instead?

      • DrEasy says:
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        @DrEasy: And how about Trevor Story?

        • knucks says:
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          @DrEasy: Yes, dump them all and pick up Trout

  16. Luvdarooks says:
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    pivetta Delgado predomo chacin N.Marintez or Luis castillo reds –rest of way
    need strikeouts when it’s not so much ERA or whip just no blowups

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Luvdarooks: Castillo, Pivetta…

  17. Earl says:
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    Would you trade Corey Dickerson and Gerrit Cole for Jose Altuve and another lesser player like perhaps Michael Taylor or Asvail Garcia?

    Right now I value Dickerson about even with Altuve but maybe it is a case of sell high on Dickerson time.

    Thanks for help!

    • Earl says:
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      @Earl: Also, what about Dickerson and Cole for Altuve and Adam Duvall?

      I am little leary of Duvall for some reason but know that he has good power when he gets going again.

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Earl: do it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: Agree with CGS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: Dickerson isn’t close to Altuve, btw

      • Earl says:
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        @Grey: So, getting Altuve and Duvall for Dickerson and Gerrit Cole would be a good trade for me?? I am pretty good for other starters (Darvish, Ray, Severino, Paxton (well Pax is questionable).

        • Grey

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          Yes, it’s not close

  18. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    I grabbed a ton of SPs off waivers yesterday based off Ralphs top 100, and now find myself out of streaming slots.

    How to you rank these guys ROS: Maeda, Rich Hill, Peacock, Mike Montgomery, Pivetta, Sean Newcomb?

    Thanks as always

  19. Oppo Taco says:
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    broxton or maz ros

  20. Oppo Taco says:
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    also trumbo or bruce ros

  21. Branta says:
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    Tapia or Zimmer?

    Also, for the love of God, someone take time Frazier (out back and shoot him) so I can see Yoan in the Bigs already.

    • Branta says:
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      @Branta: No idea how “time” got in there.

  22. Nightpandas says:
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    For 2018 we liking Tapia or Hoskins (all things being equal)?

    Thanks Grey

  23. mcmi11ions says:
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    So last week I dropped Pham to get Crawford in my NL only league when Cozart hit the DL. I got lucky and saw he was still out there when I checked on him today. Dude is welcomed into my circle of trust and when I need to clear someone out to make room for a guying coming back off the DL, as much as it pains me to say it, Polanco is getting the boot. Though I’ll be excited when someone else picks him up and he drives them nuts.

  24. Organigram Dan the Met Fan says:
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    Not sure if you knew this Grey but Tim Anderson wore corrective eyeglasses for the first time Monday. Perhaps the goggles will give him a better view of the increased amount of sliders Anderson’s been seeing and missing this season and spur a turnaround?

  25. Five-On-One says:
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    Tapia better than any of Alonso, JBJ or Pillar? Would have to bench one of them to play him.

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Five-On-One: depends on need

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Prolly try him over Pillar, but agree w/ CGS

  26. Five-On-One says:
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    12-teamer – starting Snell at PIT and at Cubs?

  27. No Name says:
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    12 team, H2H league, focused on improving squad for (hopefully) a great three week playoff run in August. Another owner is willing to deal Stanton but wants pitching back. My pitching has been average at best but trying to trade for an upgrade has proven futile. Wondering if I should just double down on hitting and get my OF in better shape? My squad once Freeman gets back is below and we must play 5 OF and there are ten hitting cats.
    C – Realmuto
    CI – Freeman, Lamb, Seager
    MI – Rizzo, Harrison, Simmons
    OF – Conforto, Schebler, Maybin, Dyson, Melky, Owings (SS now until Rizzo gets 2B eligible)
    Util – LoMo (still don’t trust but riding)
    Bench – Pujols (playing until Freeman gets back)
    SP – Kershaw, Verlander, Nova, Severino, Taillon, Happ, Faria
    RP – Holland, Melancon, Maurer

    1. Would you trade any of my SPs not named Kershaw plus a guy like Pujols or Melky for Stanton?
    2. Would you trade two SPs like Nova and Taillon for Stanton freeing up a streamer spot?
    3. Loving Faria’s starts but wonder if he gets shut down in late August? Do I put him in my Stanton deal?
    Thanks

    • Stumanji! says:
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      @No Name: Yes x3

  28. Joe Quadres says:
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    Start Braun over Dickerson this week? (Can sub him in my weekly league b/c neither team has played)?

  29. CMUTimmah says:
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    Hamels, looks great in rehab, poops on my head in games that count.

    I need to get over Hamels. I do. Because getting “over him” is the only way I’ll be able to revenge poop on his head. Stupid gravity.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: He hasn’t been right all season

  30. James Stechschulte says:
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    Need a start-sit decision on a few pitchers I have going today. I have a keeper dynasty league so they are going to be sitting on my bench or started as they def. can’t be dropped given how deep my league is. Also, it’s standard ESPN ROTO league. No innings max so everyone holds and gets as many starts and innings pitched as possible since we can. I am 2nd in K’s so I don’t really “need” them. I am 1st in Wins. I am 3rd in both ERA and WHIP.

    Gausman @ Toronto

    Tyson Ross @ Cleveland

    Arrieta @ Washington

    Nola @ Seattle

    Severino @ CWS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James Stechschulte: I wouldn’t start the 1st two in any league in any matchup, Severino’s only favorable one but know nothing of your league size, I’m starting Nola in one league, but your league doesn’t look that deep

  31. Pazz says:
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    Should i trade Odor for mike Montgomery

  32. Clint says:
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    16 team roto dynasty team rebuilding. What combination of the below players would you expect back for Kluber from a team looking to gain a stranglehold on the league?

    Bellinger ($7), Judge ($6), Mazara ($17), Rosario ($5), and/or Joe Ross ($5)

    Categories include: R/RBI/SB/OBP/TB for hitters, W+QS/K/SV/ERA/WHIP for pitchers.

    All of the guys above except Mazara go up $3 to keep next year while he goes up $4.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: I can’t imagine you’re getting the 1st two

  33. bigbear says:
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    Got your monocle on Joc Pederson? He’s been taking a few pitches and barreling up the ball recently…

    At this point Odor and Story are bench bats in a 12 team H2H. Then I play match-up rest days with Alonso, Gardner, and Desmond. Someone just dropped Villar… Hold or put in the waiver claim? Who to drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: I’ve been monocle’ing Pederson since 2015 — can try Villar over Story if you like, shuffling deck chairs

  34. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Would you trade Benintendi and Carpenter for Donaldson? I have a surplus of OF with Stashing Marte coming back soon, but I’m concerned about Donaldson’s injury history…

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Hanklongball: if you have a surplus of OF, then you may as well use that to upgrade somewhere else — take the deal

  35. SpecialFNK says:
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    which of these relievers are more likely to get the closers job this season..

    Archie Bradley.
    Tommy Kahnle.
    Arodys Vizcaino.
    Brad Hand.
    Huston Street.
    Keone Kela.
    Alex Wilson.
    Joakim Soria.

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @SpecialFNK: probably Street. Then he will lose it for a week, then get it back, then get hurt and remain the closer, but then Norris will get a couple saves and they’ll name Bedrosian the closer until Street returns and Norris can take over. Sciosciapath logic

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @SpecialFNK: in order of likelihood:
      Street (but he’s unlikely to keep the role)
      Vizcaino
      Soria
      Kahnle
      Bradley
      Kela
      Hand
      Wilson

    • LenFuego says:
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      @SpecialFNK: A better question is which of these relievers are more likely to get the closers job this season AND be money in the bank once they get it. For me, Kahnle is the head of that class. (I have been holding on to Kahnle for a while, and am hoping Robertson gets moved closer to the trading deadline.)

  36. Grey, great writeup…I’m in the first year of an auction, keep 10 for 2 years league. In 8th, but all teams pretty clumped together. Got offered his $36 Altuve, $21 J Abreu, $1 Gardner for my $6 Conforto & $1 Alex Wood. There is no IP limit, which I didn’t realize until May and I am lagging hard in Ks & Wins, so hate to lose Wood this year and the next 2, but he’s been injury prone in the past. What say you?

    What’s the strategy in this type of league (welcome answers from any of the commenters on this one)? Most good prospects are stashed, I would try to add Hoskins, Devers, and Mejia (Cle) next week..Do fantasy baseballers typically keep the high end talent, even if it is minimal to low bargain? This would leave my only potential bargain players at an underwhelming mix of Taillon, JD Martinez, Kipnis (bleh), Holland, Happ, Adams, C-Mart, Gray, Morton and pray for prospects to work out….any advice?? Thanks!

    Batters
    C Willson Contreras 1B,3B,C,OF $12
    C Yasmani Grandal C $5
    1B Edwin Encarnacion 1B $37
    2B Jason Kipnis 2B $2
    3B Adrian Beltre 3B $9
    SS Addison Russell SS $12
    MI Anthony Rizzo 1B,2B,OF $36
    CI Matt Adams 1B,OF $2
    OF Mookie Betts OF $41
    OF Jackie Bradley OF $5
    OF Ian Happ 2B,OF $4
    OF J.D. Martinez OF $8
    OF Jose Peraza 2B,OF,SS $4
    U Michael Conforto OF $6

    Bench
    3B Maikel Franco 3B $5
    3B Nicholas Castellanos 3B $4
    OF Starling Marte OF $24
    OF A.J. Pollock OF $23

    Pitchers

    P Archie Bradley P ARI $1
    P Chris Devenski P HOU  $6
    P Junior Guerra P MIL  $8
    P Greg Holland P COL $1
    P Tommy Kahnle P CHW $1
    P Corey Kluber P CLE  $25
    P Carlos Martinez P $15
    P AJ Ramos P $5
    P Alex Wood P $1
    P Gerrit Cole P $9
    P Jon Gray P $6
    P Jason Hammel P $1
    P Mike Montgomery P $5
    P Michael Pineda P $5
    P Jameson Taillon P $3

    DL Jon Gray $6, C Morton $1, Glover $3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @boognish: This league looks shallow… The trade is more than fair, it’s likely even in favor of the Altuve side, but I don’t understand why you’re trading for bats when you clearly need SPs

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: If you think you could parlay some of these bats you’re picking up for SP, then do it. not sure where Gardner fits in with your team structure, since Marte will be back in a few weeks. Abreu and Altuve are clear upgrades, albeit costly, you’ll have to try to trade some pieces for pitching eventually though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me?

          • CMUTimmah says:
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            @Grey: haha – no, clicked the wrong “Reply” spot.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah

  37. Well done says:
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    Carlos Gonzalez is on the wire. However, not sure he’s worth stash. Thoughts?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Well done: totally depends on who you’d have to drop, but probably worth it

    • Cram It says:
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      @Well done: Who are you dropping?

  38. Murph says:
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    Morning grey
    1 Mazara or Moreland or grichuk going forward
    2 Ramos or contreras at C going forward
    3 start manea vs Houston?
    Thanks

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Murph:
      1. Moreland
      2. Ramos, but doesn’t matter that much
      3. not if you can help it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: 1. Moreland 2. Contreras 3. Don’t know the matchup

  39. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Rizzo and Bryant are really taking the whole Bryzzo thing to heart, even when they’re slightly* underperforming . . . .

    Bryant – .259 16 HR 6 SB
    Rizzo – .261 17 HR 5 SB

  40. I am the Walrus says:
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    What your take on Thames ROS? Seems like he’s going down hill fast. Has the league caught up to him or just a slump?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @I am the Walrus: some of each — he’ll still be pretty valuable ROS, just not like that crazy way he started the season

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: He should have been a HARD SELL early in the season (which I believe Grey said…). At this point, he’s a solid OF3-4 from here on out, which is what his expectation was at the beginning of the year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me?

  41. I am the Walrus says:
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    Thames for Nola and Baretto?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @I am the Walrus: The Thames they are a-changing! I remember when I saw some Thames or Rizzo proposals out there!

  42. Ralphy says:
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    Villar was dropped in my league (H2H).

    Would you drop Carlos Gomez, Owings, Kinsler or Mallex Smith for him? I’m leaning towards Mallex but I’ve loved owning him.

    Could also drop Taillon, Nova, Jimmy Nelson or Peacock for him but pitching is thin in this league.

      • Ralphy says:
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        Thanks Grey! I owe you a daiquiri!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  43. lwomack58 says:
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    Lamet vs J. Gracia in SD. SON has both at +7.1. Which one would you choose? Thank you

  44. m0se says:
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    i own the following OF:
    Trout
    Conforto
    Polanco
    Souza
    Peralta
    Mallex
    Chisenhall

    i need AVG and OPS. should i lose any of these guys?

    some possible waiver wire options are:
    Grichuk
    Tapia
    Bell
    Kepler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @m0se: Chisenhall for Grichuk

  45. Robert says:
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    Tapia or Broxton?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Robert: Broxton

  46. vee says:
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    Agreed with you on Montgomery… i played German Marquez and benched Montgomery yesterday… so sad..

    In light of your blurb on Joey Gallo… someone just dropped him in my 5×5 HTH 12team league… is it worth dropping Adam Jones or Todd Frazier for him? I think the rest of my bats are all worth keeping. Thanks Grey

    • vee says:
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      @vee: oh and also Chris Taylor

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @vee: hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vee: Tomato-tomahto with Frazier, I’d hold

  47. Robert says:
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    M. Montgomery or Hamels ROS?

  48. MikeZ says:
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    Trying to see what i can get for Villar, if anything. Do you think it’s worth a try to offer Villar + Giles for a top notch closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MikeZ: Aroldis or Kimbrel? Sure

  49. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I have 5 starters going tonight. Which ones should I start?

    Alex Cobb at PIT
    Scherzer (no brainer) at home vs. CHC
    Verlander at home vs KC
    Maeda at home vs LAA
    Adelman at home vs MIL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: Scherzer (no brainer) at home vs. CHC
      Verlander at home vs KC
      Maeda at home vs LAA

  50. Jon says:
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    Which side in a keeper?

    A) Arenado + Odor

    B) Altuve + Suarez + DRob

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Arenado

  51. I watch UP all day long says:
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    Safe to drop Odor for bats like Matt Adams or Michael Taylor?

  52. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Kemp or Conforto Ros in obp?
    Shark or Pineda?

    Thanks Grey!

  53. Reece King says:
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    Grey- would you start Meyer vs LAD tomorrow?

      • joeg414 says:
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        @Grey:
        @LAD

        • dubjay says:
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          @joeg414:
          Meyer is at home tomorrow

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Then it’s fine

  54. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Been rotating Mancini, Mazara, Zimmer, and Haniger into my 3 OF spots. M. Taylor, JBJ, and Tapia are all available. Any of those better options ROS than my current guys? (15 team, season-long league).

    Thanks!

  55. Cram It says:
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    I don’t use Streamonator, but are there statistics on how accurate it is? I’m also not good at analytics and algorithms, so I don’t know difficult that is to measure.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Wow. Exactly what I had in mind….sick data! Impressive how accurate it is, particularly on the extreme ends. Like it absolutely nails the the guys it loves and hates. Ima have to subscribe next year. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Rudy kicks ass… You can subscribe for a month (even a day), next to nothing price wise

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Right on. I would just use it for my one league with 3x/weekly waivers where I have to look ahead for streamers, but thanks. And yeah, Rudy is insane…the good kind.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup!

              • ryanoger says:
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                @Grey:

                See and you didn’t even have to pay Cram, what a guy!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

  56. Jump on it says:
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    10 team league H2H

    Would you drop Odor for Dee Gordon or Scooter Gennett?

    And would you drop Trumbo for Mancini or Matt Adams?

      • Jump on it says:
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        @Grey: Between Gordon and Ian Happ, who would you pick?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gordon

  57. Donnie Baseball says:
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    I just wanted you to know that today I woke up and said THATS IT! I dropped Odor for Ian Happ. Watch him start hitting now…

  58. Chris says:
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    hey Grey,

    14th team keeper league (7 keepers)
    Would you trade Dozier for Berrios?
    I would move Tulo to bench spot.

    thanks,
    Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Nope, Tulo’s garbage

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: i would be the one getting Dozier… should I make the deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Dozier

  59. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey hey, Grey.

    I love ya, bro, but sometimes I fail to follow the ‘pert advice in your blurbs on players, even when the comedy is rock solid. So, for example, if Michael Brantley were available in my league . . . should I scoop him up even if I’m not jamming him right into my lineup?

    Am I just kinda slow?

    Love yas!

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        I love when you slap me and tell me to stop being silly bitch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My S&M lover

  60. Jimbob says:
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    Grey!
    Made a trade,
    I received Machado
    I gave up Russell and Stanton.

    Also, would you start a two start Gussman, at Toronto vs Tampa,

    Or 1 start matz, at Miami,

    Thanks for your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimbob: How can you own Gausman?

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: Someone has a brokeback mountain moment with Gausman…

        “I wish I could quit you!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  61. Alex says:
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    Hey Grey, 3 quick things…

    1. Made Scherzer for my Bellinger trade and patting myself on the back, not bad turning a FA pickup into Scherzer especially when I need pitching!

    2. Starting Manaea on the road against HOU? Seems risky but they have such awful numbers against him.

    3. Speaking of that … Manaea or Rodon ROS? Anything there with Rodon or think he could be trash…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: 1. Nice! 2. Nope 3. Manaea

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  62. lwomack58 says:
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    Odor, Reddick, D. Santana, Tapia, Pham- Which two would you go with.

    Needs are contribution in all categories-also it’s a bench bat.

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        I know a lot of people are struggling with Odor hitting just over 200. Is there a turn around somewhere. What do you project for his season? Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he can turn his season around

  63. 200 Proof says:
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    Broxton or Michael A Taylor for short term? Both have been insane over the last 2+ weeks.

    Thanks!

  64. Bwyce Hawpor says:
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    ellsbury or Tyler Wade for steals ROS?

  65. Roger Podacter says:
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    GREY!!

    Rappin’ Dac’ here – H2H League – you like Casillo or Snell for the injured B. McCartilge?

    Snell faces a Pirates team that’s never seen him before, could be good but I feel like Casillo has a better upside..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, prolly go Snell, but would change per matchup

      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        Woohoo podcast day! *giggles uncontrollably*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I did it twice just for you

  66. Matty says:
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    I know Hamels is a generally “dew knot,” but, would you hang onto him in a deep dynasty with weekly pickups?
    The most qualified alternates appear to be Mike Montgomery or Jose Urena.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Montgomery

    • Matty says:
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      @Matty:
      I see that you mostly answered this four inches up (14″ if you’re a lady reader).
      Does the dynasty ro availability of Ureña change the calculus?

      • Matty says:
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        @Matty:
        Simultaneous post.
        Thanks.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Huh?

  67. exactly says:
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    Team’s got plenty of hitting, but we’re thin on pitching, in a 12-team H2H points this is our staff:

    Nova
    Pineda
    Lackey
    Godley
    Chacin
    H. Bailey
    Gossett
    Devenski
    Maton
    Martes

    With Morton, Karns, Smyly and Cahill on DL.

    Would you trade Rizzo for Lester/Berrios? We’d replace Rizzo (current 2B) with Villar coming off DL or pick up Scooter, Hernan Perez or Merrifield.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • exactly says:
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        @Grey: So you think we can compete with those pitchers, plus when the DL guys come back? I mean our offense is pretty loaded, Au Shizz, Rizzo, Springer, Correa, Bogaerts, etc.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @exactly: Maybe, maybe not, but that trade isn’t good… Trade a lesser hitter for a lesser SP, or do better with Rizzo

          • exactly says:
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            @Grey: I hear ya…in this league, people overvalue pitchers it’s annoying…you get flat out rejected offering Rendon for Nola.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s ridunk

  68. Oppo Taco says:
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    Rank Dickerson, Bruce and Trumbo ROS. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo, Dickerson

  69. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Grey,
    10-tm H2H cat Keeper (keep 12)
    Give: Cain, Smoak & I Nova
    for: Springer
    the owner is currently on the fence but if I add more am I overpaying (or doesn’t matter as you always want to get the best bat ?)
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re already overpayng

  70. Rocky Mountain High says:
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    Dickerson, berrios, reynolds, hand for cruz, simmons, nelson, gallo? Thanks chief

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz side, looks fair

  71. 200 Proof says:
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    Peacock, J Montgomery, or T Walker?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  72. Jim says:
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    Bellinger/mccullers or trout/Peralta/McCann

    If trout side…would you give away mccullers over darvish and archer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bellinger/McCullers

  73. My Seven Rizzos says:
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    In a 12 team points keeper league, which side do you choose?

    Side A: McCutchen, Morton
    Side B: Manaea

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCutchen

      • My Seven Rizzos says:
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        @Grey: thanks, my thoughts too.
        I need to drop either Ian Happ or Villar…. who do you see as a bigger impact ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Villar

  74. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points league

    Odor or Dee Gordon moving forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  75. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who are you liking best out of these streamers? Can you pick 1 from each group?
    Ryu @LAA
    Paulino vsOAK
    Snell @PIT

    Peacock vsOAK
    Lamet vsATL
    I can’t say that I love any of these. But I have a ton of SP on the DL and need to find some value somewhere. Streamed a nice game from J.Montgomery yesterday. Hoping for a couple more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paulino….Peacock

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Paulino was grabbed. Next up for Wednesday. Ryu or Snell?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know matchups

          • Dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            The lineups are above

  76. matt ball says:
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    time to drop hanley in a 12 team 6×6 (+ OPS) for brandon belt and his 9 game hitting streak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  77. hal_incandenza says:
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    Hey Grey. Non-fantasy baseball topic: television.

    I’m assuming you’ve also finished watching The Leftovers and now Fargo’s latest seasons. What will you be watching these days? I’m bummed there won’t be a season three of The Knick. Good stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have Hulu?

      • hal_incandenza says:
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        @Grey: I think I can get my hands on what is on it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Line of Duty on Hulu is awesome, it’s BBC originally, start at season 1

          • hal_incandenza says:
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            @Grey: Will check it out. Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      @hal_incandenza: my unsolicited recommendation: check out Master of None on Netflix, season two just came out recently

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None was solid too

      • hal_incandenza says:
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        @Benintendo64: I’m normally more into dramas but I’ll give it a whirl. Thrones can’t start soon enough.

  78. Benintendo64 says:
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    14- team H2H with OBP

    Xander/Oh or Story/Marte? Is it fair/close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

      • Benintendo64 says:
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        @Grey: He just asked if I would throw in Schwarber too, does that change anything?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t change anything

          • Benintendo64 says:
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            @Grey: Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  79. ice river says:
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    whats up grey

    would you drop leMahieu, odor or story in a shallow redraft? the wire looks good

    who should i grab? conforto, gyorko, morrison, bruce, domingo santana or happ

    also need 2 dl stashes, how would you rank chris davis, nunez, danny duffy, ed rod

    thanks bud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lomo over LeMahieu, Davis, Nunez

  80. KarlJ says:
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    Grey,
    I asked you about a Judge for my Scherzer deal yesterday and you said to “hold”
    Another owner came to me today with a Harper & Stroman for Max and Conforto deal
    12 team 5 x 5 roto redraft
    I assume this one is much better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper side

  81. Alan says:
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    Chase Anderson and/or Pivetta have enough potential to be top 20 pitchers in 2018 ??? What side you like, Keon/Scooter for Duvall/Brian Goodwin in dynasty NL only?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way on Anderson and Pivetta…. Brox

  82. Pazz says:
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    should I be worried about Mcullers work load, would you want to be a buyer or seller for mcullers. I have a potenital trade to try to get rizzo… honestly i dont really even need rizzo but would make my offense stacked.

    • Pazz says:
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      @Pazz: McCullers*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rizzo for McCullers, but not particularly worried about McCullers’ workload

  83. FeverDog says:
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    12-team, h2h, 5×5

    c-wellington
    1b-santana
    2b-kinsler
    3b-seager
    ss-gregorious
    of-peralta, springer, desmond
    util-smoak, mazara

    Who do I drop when Trout comes back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why not ask when Trout is back?

      • FeverDog says:
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        @Grey: Okay

  84. speill says:
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    Hi Grey great article. I was offered two trades today. I trade Blackmon for Abreu and Comforto Blackmon for Abreu and Bautista. Would you pull the trigger on either or hold. I also have Adams in 1st base slot so would have to drop him. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re fair, I’d get a lesser 1B with a lesser OF

      • speill says:
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        @Grey: call me stupid but not sure where your going with that statement.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trade someone like Broxton for someone like Smoak

  85. Adam says:
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    Michael Taylor,joc Peterson,or Carlos gomez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez

  86. abmsports23 says:
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    Harper, Nunez, Quintana, Holland
    or
    Rendon, Hanley, Carrasco, Edwin Diaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  87. Zzzzzz says:
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    C- zunino
    1b- goldy
    2b- odor
    3b- Healy
    Ss- correa
    Of- trumbo
    Of- polanco
    Of- Souza
    Of- conforto
    Util- hosmer
    Bn- zimmer
    DL- villar
    DL- freeman

    Pitchers
    Paxton
    Ray
    Mccullers
    Lackey
    Lynn
    Pomeranz
    Samardjza
    Godley
    J Ross
    Rosenthal

    Thinking about picking up marte. Who on my offense can I drop for him and who else would u drop when villar and freeman come back? Also, should I try and trade some offensive players for starting pitching and if so who would u offer? I punted saves bc the guys I drafted got hurt or sucked. Currently in 2nd in 12 team h2h 5×5.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmer, Rosenthal, Ross are first guys off your team… Villar, Freeman for Scherzer?

  88. Gonzo says:
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    Thanks for answering my earlier question! In my AL only I traded Segura, Osuna and CarGomez for Betts, Liriano and Jorge Polanco. Dropped the latter two for Barreto and Snell. Did I overpay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine, hopefully it works out

  89. H says:
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    Which two pitchers would you prefer ROS

    Pineda, Stroman, Anderson, Nova, Nelson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova, Nelson

  90. Sid bream says:
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    Kris bryant/dee gordon/Strasburg
    for
    Bellinger/Miguel cabrera/LeMahieu

    which side do you like? Fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant

  91. Jon says:
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    Would you deal Odor for Wade Davis, DRob, Giles, Reed, or Melancon in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  92. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Hey Grey, have to drop one of the following to add a pitcher. All are bench bats. Who would you drop?
    Zimmer, Mallex, Barreto, Bregman, Hanley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmer

  93. Ashtray says:
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    Strasburg/Forsythe or Sano/LeMahieu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stras, it’s fair

  94. demribbies says:
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    Smoak or Reynolds as DH rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds

  95. Scandalous Bob says:
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    A.Garcia & C.Dickerson are both having awesome seasons after disappointing last year. Which one do you think is more likely to keep it up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson, could be either

  96. Big league choo says:
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    12 team dynasty H2H

    Chris Taylor for sonny gray

    My MI odor, Villar, semien, aledmys, Taylor

    My sp Cueto, faria, taijuan, stroman, wacha, peacock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray side, it’s fair

  97. jon says:
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    10 team keeper league

    Piscotty for Matz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty

  98. Mike and Ike says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you prefer for ROS, Miggy or Myers?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  99. Stickball Al says:
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    True story… Me and my buddy were up at Lake Tahoe gambling at Harrah’s in the early 80’s and we walk into a ball room and there’s a piano in the middle of the room and who’s sitting there playing ?None other than Fats Domino. There is maybe 10 or 12 people gathered around him and he’s playing hit after hit and we’re all singing along with him. He’s a big man and he’s got on fancy suit and on his pinkie is a huge diamond ring sparkling as he plays the piano. He’s sweating up a storm and smiling as he sings up a storm. It was a special moment in time. We all got to talk to him a bit and he was so nice to everyone. I still play his greatest hits from time to time. ” I found my thrill, onnnnnnn blueberry hill !!!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Stickball Al: Isn’t he like 5’3″? haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, awesome!

  100. Pazz says:
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    Wood or McCullers ROS

    • Pazz says:
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      @Pazz: I have a trade offer McCullers and Mazara for rizzo and I want to know if I should try to swap McCullers for wood

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

  101. CMUTimmah says:
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    Grey –

    Tough question, which do I roll with:

    Chacin for 2 – ATL (Newcomb) and LAD (Maeda) BOTH AT HOME
    Verlander for 2 – KC (Strahm) and CLE (Clevinger) BOTH AT HOME

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander

  102. snarky anklebiter says:
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    My pitching is a turd sandwich. 12 team innings cap league, and I have these losers rostered: Verlander, Paxton and Pineda.

    Would you go ahead and cut bait on any of those for any of these available disasters: Samardzija, R. Hill, Nelson, Straily, or J. Montgomery?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda for Nelson

  103. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly redraft. you holding any hope for polanco or he is who he is at this point? would you drop for taylor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold out hope if my option was Taylor

  104. Andrus 2nd hr was off 1 ft with 1 hand and made it 5 rows back on a cold day in Cle- As a homage to Mr Bud Selig we shall not juice our players butts with needles rather lets just juice the ball instead-

    Always trust Authority kids……….. butttttt If you do happen to call them out on it and they begin to wag that long (white) index finger at you in denial, bite that fucker off-

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  105. Mike and Ike says:
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    Grey,

    Which side do you or prefer in OBP keeper league

    Arenado

    Miggy and Springer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy

      • Mike and Ike says:
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        @Grey: Is it close?

        What about Miggy, Myers, Odor for Arenado? Close?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Miggy side

  106. 200 Proof says:
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    Running out of DL space. Keep Sabathia or Cahill?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Who’s due back first?

      • 200 Proof says:
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        @Grey:
        Touché.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go ahead go ahead go ahead and touche me baby! I am not afraid!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh boy

  107. Steve says:
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    Catcher question!

    Hedges or Murphy? OPS league

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hedges

  108. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (1) C: Wieters
    (1) 1B: Rizzo
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Peraza
    (1) 3B: Rendon
    (3) OF: Harper, Springer, Myers
    (2) UT: Encarnacion, Abreu
    (6) Bench: Haniger

    (3) SP: Carrasco, Severino, McCullers
    (2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
    (4) P: Betances, Ray, Nova, Walker,
    (6) Bench: Lynn, M. Montgomery, J. Garcia, Fiers, Chacin

    (2) DL: Shoemaker

    Normally don’t like having bench bats for obvious reasons but with most of my staff made up of streamers with 6 total bench spots I think I can afford it?

    Is Haniger the best use of a bench bat or should I drop him for someone else? Or am I better off trying to flip him for a good buy low SP? Ideas there please?

    If I can’t trade him then still hold him or drop him for who? Or I could add someone else in the meantime while trying to trade him? I also have a free DL spot if you think it’s a good idea to stash one of these injured guys?

    Available: Kinsler, Carlos Gonzalez, HanRam, Brantley, Bregman, Broxton, Souza, D. Santanta, Gardner, Maybin, Moreland, Belt, Choo , Calhoun, Gregorius

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger for Samardzija? I wouldn’t drop him otherwise

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Hm okay I’m trying to Samardzija now but that team isn’t the best at replying … maybe I’ll try packaging in Betances or another closer and aim higher so a better SP since that team needs RPs? (only has Herrera and already has a bunch of bench bats tho)

        Surprised you wouldn’t swap Haniger for Broxton or Souza? Thought you seemed pretty high on them yesterday? or maybe that was just me…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought you were trying to trade him

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: Yes ideally I’m trying to trade him for a SP but trading ain’t easy in this league… so the second part was asking what to do with him if I can’t trade him… but I’m guessing no one is a must add over him right now considering who else is available? Granted he’s a bench bat anyway .. idk what I’m thinking anymore!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If ideally you’re trying to trade him, you shouldn’t drop him

              • ebudz says:
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                @Grey: Ha yeah it was more of a worst case scenario type question then… bahah okay back to space I go!

  109. Johnny2Seam says:
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    Drop any two to pick up Hoffman and Newcomb:

    Herrera, Gregorious, Zobrist, Finnegan, Biagini, Capps, Pivetta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta, Finnegan

  110. Cheese says:
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    16 team h2h 6×6 (ops, qs, k/9, k/bb, nsvh)

    I give Justin Bour and Jonathan Schoop
    I get Alex Wood

    Is it fair and does it make sense for my team?

    C Matt wieters
    1b Justin bour
    2b roughned odor
    3b Ryon Healy
    Ss Trea turner
    Mi Jonathan schoop
    Ci tommy Joseph
    Lf Ian Desmond
    Cf yoenis cespedes
    Rf Stephen piscotty
    Of Adam jones
    Of Randal grichuk
    Util Justin bour
    Ben Manuel Margot, Marcus semien, josh bell
    DL aj pollock

    Sp James Paxton, Jose Quintana, Mike Montgomery, jake odorizzi, Matt shoemaker, Shane Greene
    Rp Edwin Diaz, aj Ramos, hector neris
    DL Madison bumgarner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood side, but it’s gonna stretch your hitting thin

  111. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team OBP h2h limited season moves (budget)

    C Martin
    1B Votto
    2B Odor
    SS Story
    3B Rendon
    OF Harper
    OF Thames
    OF Bellinger
    UTL Conforto
    BN Alonso
    DL Villar

    I’m already set, per your recommendation, to drop Alonso to activate Villar. However, with Villar potentially not playing every day right away, I’m a little concerned about Conforto also not playing every day lately due to injury and suffering from a bad case of “Terry Collins”. Should I just hold Conforto and hope he will get close to everyday at bats sooner than later or drop for a more dependable option that I can plug in every day? (Btw I lead the league in OBP, HR, and R but am middle of the pack in SB)

    Potential waiver options: Broxton, Souza, Maybin, Choo, Haniger, Schebler, D Santana, B Zimmer, Brantley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brox, Souza over both

  112. Tank1 says:
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    Taillon worth using the #1 waiver pick on or should I see if he falls through waivers and pick him up as a free agent? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on how dee your league is

  113. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    We finalized the deal and want your opinion on it.

    I give up: Bird, Schebler, and Alonso
    I get: McCutchen and Severino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks fine

  114. m0se says:
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    M Carpenter or Nova? a 6×6 league with OPS and QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova, they’re fair

  115. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (1) C: Wieters
    (1) 1B: Rizzo
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Peraza
    (1) 3B: Rendon
    (3) OF: Harper, Springer, Myers
    (2) UT: Encarnacion, Abreu
    (6) Bench: Haniger

    (3) SP: Carrasco, Severino, McCullers
    (2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
    (4) P: Betances, Ray, Nova, Walker,
    (6) Bench: Lynn, M. Montgomery, J. Garcia, Fiers, Chacin

    (2) DL: Shoemaker

    Oh shoot was just offered Lindor my McCullers from the team below? Do I even need to do a deal like that for Lindor? See a better counter opportunity? Good deal? What would Grey do!? I don’t want to necessarily trade a pitcher without getting one back?

    Other team:
    (1) C: Ramos
    (1) 1B: Mancini
    (1) 2B: T. Turner
    (1) SS: Lindor
    (1) 3B: Donaldson
    (3) OF:K. Davis, Cespedes, Puig
    (2) UT: Lamb, J. Turner
    (6) Bench: Braun, Bour, Gamel

    (3) SP: Price, Pineda, Hamels
    (2) RP: Kimbrel, Robertson
    (4) P: B. Norris, Cobb, E. Rodriguez, Syndergaard
    (6) Bench: Peacock

    • ebudz says:
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      @ebudz: Also FYI a few weeks ago that team was willing to trade me Cespedes for my Ray but I already had 2 bench bats at the time… if that matters at all here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d take Lindor and figure out pitching off waivers

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Word okay and what about if you only had a weekly acquisitions limit of 6? For some reason I thought my pitching NEEDED McCullers…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can always pick up an SP and hold him, you don’t need to use 6 pickups on starters

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: Yeah I just haven’t struck gold yet with any pickups so far so I’m afraid to get burned but appreciate the help!

            If I get Lindor there the my team would like this so stick with both Peraza and Haniger as bench there?

            10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
            R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG
            W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

            (1) C: Wieters
            (1) 1B: Rizzo
            (1) 2B: Odor
            (1) SS: Lindor
            (1) 3B: Rendon
            (3) OF: Harper, Springer, Myers
            (2) UT: Encarnacion, Abreu
            (6) Bench: Peraza, Haniger

            (3) SP: Carrasco, Severino, Nova
            (2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
            (4) P: Betances, Ray, Walker, Lynn
            (6) Bench: M. Montgomery, J. Garcia, Fiers, Chacin

            (2) DL: Shoemaker

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haniger can be dropped, don’t need 2 bench bats

              • ebudz says:
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                @Grey: Ignore my other comment! Thanks!

          • ebudz says:
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            @ebudz: @Grey: Hold I think he just said he’d do Lindor for Ray? I gotta jump all over that instead right!?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s tomato tomahto, sounds fine

              • ebudz says:
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                @Grey: Damn I didn’t think Ray and McCullers were that close? And should I be dropping Peraza or Haniger first if I do this? No way youd keep two bench bats right?

  116. Q says:
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    Why do I get the feeling Villar is not a starter anymore?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think you’re wrong

  117. Brett says:
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    Rather Oh or Rivero?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rivero’s so dominant, but Oh’s safer b/c of Clint

  118. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    odor dropped

    1. 12 team OBP over AVG total bases/hits added
    C hedges
    1B rizzo
    2B treat urner
    SS story
    3B lamb
    OF (3) braun/c-santana/d.peralta
    util (2) souza/goodwin
    BN cargo 2 (TEX), brocktune, hernan
    NA fisher
    who’s a drop for odor, goodwin maybe?

    2. same league souza or altherr?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goodwin… Altherr

  119. Los locos says:
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    Grey. Is trading freeman for kluber fair? 10 team keeper league

    Grandal
    Bellinger
    Schoop
    Arenado
    Seager
    JBJ
    Jones a
    Cruz
    conforto

    Mancini
    Demiehu
    Moncada
    Marte
    Broxton

    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Matz
    Paxton
    Shark

    Pineda
    Gray j
    Nola
    Erod dl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  120. muskysmell says:
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    Jake Arrieta has become utter shit.

    • muskysmell says:
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      @muskysmell:

      8 straight balls.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  121. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    In a 10 team OBP h2h league…how soon would you grab Starling Marte off waivers. In 3rd place and my biggest offensive weakness is stolen bases. I’m only going to carry one bench bat as is, so would you just drop you most droppable pitcher? For me, it would be Peacock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now

  122. Brett says:
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    Would you trade Nova and Carlos Santana for Cespedes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  123. Zzzzzz says:
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    Would u trade villar for verlander?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  124. muskysmell says:
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    11-team roto league…is Arrieta droppable? Or should I bench him. He’s killing me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Droppable

  125. RendonOfABench says:
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    Would you give up Bradley Zimmer for Max Kepler in a keeper league?

    Sincerely,

    A Fellow Rendon-SonofaBench Sufferer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, if it’s shallow, sure

  126. Joeg414 says:
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    Perdomo Home vs Atl
    Start or sit ?
    6×6 roto. Need era and whip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  127. No Name says:
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    I traded Quintana for Maurer after the former had two dumpster fire outings and lost velocity.
    Why oh why can I not be patient.

  128. lwomack58 says:
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    Pham, Melky or C. Gomez

  129. Dommattingly says:
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    Tanaka is avail in my league. Do i drop d Fowler or a stashed Marte for him?

  130. FuzzyD says:
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    Great write up! I’d love thoughts on this trade i just made in a dynasty league where i had valbuena and plouffe as my starting 3B:

    I gave Cutch, I got Altherr, Chapman and Bo Bichette. OBP and SLG are categories….thx!

    • FuzzyD says:
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      @FuzzyD: I guess i should add I’m in 12th place out of 13.

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