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Yesterday, Ender Inciarte went 8-for-10 with two runs, 5 RBIs and two steals (18, 19), hitting .310.  That’s a doubleheader that would’ve made Ernie Banks blush.  And Ernie only blushed one time that we know of, the time Ernie confused Fergie Jenkins with Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas late one night at Harry Caray’s.  “Yo, Ernie, what you talkin’ about with my humps, my lovely little lumps?  And I don’t know what I’m going to do with the junk in my trunk, why do you keep asking?  You holding a garage sale?”  I don’t know why I enjoy the sweet stylings of Ender Inciarte so much.  I kinda hate guys like Adam Eaton, and we should call Ender, “Cheap Eats with Some Indian Guy Named Khan,” because he is nothing more than a cheap Eaton.  Maybe it’s because Ender always comes at a discounted rate to go with his “Yes, You Khan Cheap Eats” shizz.  Though, he is a fantasy beast for supporting actual beasts.  In other words, Ender is not making or breaking your team, but when you have guys that hit 40 HRs and .250, guys like Ender make all the difference as supplements.  “Did someone say supplements?”  What the hell are you doing here, Bonds?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-9, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .318.  Someone should poll white nationalists to see if they’d be open to erecting statues of Freddie Freeman.  I bet if they don’t know he’s a baseball player, the answers would be, um, colorful.

Tyler Flowers – Having his wrist examined back in Atlanta.  The receptionist in Atlanta who received Flowers began to cry, feeling unloved.

R.A. Dickey – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.91.  I wonder what his career ERA is in the NL East vs. everywhere else.  Sure, I could figure it out, but that would kill my wonder.  You a “Wonder Killer?”

Jerad Eickhoff – 2 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.71.  Rudy texted me yesterday, “Every time Jared grabs my LABR team by the balls, I turn to the left Eickhoff.”

Miguel Cabrera – Brad Ausmus said Miggy will have to deal with his back problems the rest of his career.  Ausmus added, “I told him he might be able to keep the problem at bay, if he bathed in my grandma’s chicken soup once a day.  She makes matzo balls out of epson salt.”

Nick Castellanos – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 19th homer.  Exit velocity + Coors = Dorothy Hamill’s haircut.  Hmm, math’s off there, was supposed to equal homers.

James McCann – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .253.  More fantasy value this year:  James McCann or Miggy?  You don’t want to know the answer.

Charlie Blackmon – 1-for-3 and his 32nd homer, hitting .339.  There’s a tight three-way on top of our Player Rater for most valuable player this year between Chazz Noir, Giancarlo and Au Shizz.  Okay, this is weird.  I just Googled “Tight three-way + Giancarlo” and found my own post.

Trevor Bauer – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.46.  Indians scored two runs in the first inning, and it was all Bauer needed.  Well, that and three relievers, a bunch of runners getting stranded because he walked four guys, and this chair.   That’s all Bauer needs!  Okay, and this stapler.

Jose Ramirez – 4-for-9, run and his 15th steal.  Damn, somebody’s bat is woke.  Still not how the kids use it?

Yan Gomes – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Yan can schmotato!

Francisco Lindor – 4-for-9, 3 runs, and the doubleheader slam (25) and legs (11).  That’s so good for a doubleheader, it would almost make Ernie Banks blush, like the time he confused Billy Williams with Will.I.Am.  “Are you gonna hook me up with Fergie or what?”  “Ernie, what are you saying?  Fergie Jenkins is married, and not interested.”

Greg Bird – 2-for-8, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  This Bird you cannot cage, though you do need to platoon.

Aaron Hicks – 4-for-6, 2 runs, hitting .266.  Luckily, one A-A-ron is hitting for the Yanks.  Hater!

Jack Flaherty – Will start on Friday with the recently displaced (plugged?) Leake.  In last Friday’s Buy, I said, “I’m a huge Jack Flaherty fan, a Fanerty?  No, not a Fanerty.  I don’t dress up like a ceiling fan wearing a Cardinals’ jersey and show up at the games.  Or do I?!  On Prospector Ralph’s top 100 prospects list, Flaherty was 45 overall, and he can give you Ks and command, a lovely combo.  The ‘he’ in that is Flaherty, not Prospector Ralph, though, maybe it is him too.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I’d stream him in most leagues vs. the Giants, and then in mixed leagues, I’d go one start at a time until we can trust him.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homers, hitting .307.  He’s on pace for 22/22/.300 in only three quarters of a season.  Best waiver wire pickup I made in a deep league?  Might be.  Am I excited for him next year?  Not in the least.  Cardinals seem to have a Fantasy #2 Outfielder title to give out every year, and this year it was supposed to be Piscotty or Grichuk and Pham grabbed it.  More about Pham next preseason, but his HR/FB, OPS and BABIP are ludicrous for him.

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, hitting .237.  Continued from above blurb, Grichuk could easy grab back the title next year from Pham.  Like Broxton grabbed back Grichuk’s home run.

Carlos Martinez – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.52 vs. Chase Anderson – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.96.  A million times I’m choosing C-Mart over C-And, and about 789,000 times I’d likely regret it.  Bit of a slave to Ks, command and velocity, but most times that will win the day, except in the matchup of these two guys.  Looking at Anderson’s peripherals, I am more optimistic than I thought I would be.

Domingo Santana – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .276.  Hitting close to .450 in the last week, and three homers in the last ten games.  Are you the Lord or U-God?  No?  Then stop sleeping on Sunday!

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Hitting near-.400 in the last week, but that’s deceiving, because he’s platooning and that was only in 12 ABs.

Bryce Harper – Dusty Baker said yesterday Harper is a “long way from running.”  Terrible news, unless this is like when Dusty said, “He is a long way from tiring,” about every pitcher at 120 pitches.

Stephen Strasburg – 9 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.90, and pitchslapped Adam Conley – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.02.  Thought of something when Strasburg pitchslapped Conley.  Strasburg’s pitching motion, The Inverted W, should just be called an M, but if you want to make it ‘fancy,’ they should call it the Crane Kick.

Wilmer Difo – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Nice work, Green Goblin!

Rafael Montero – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.12.  I looked at the Stream-o-Nator after the fact on Montero’s start and it was like, “Ya got me,” and shrugged.

Andrew Cashner – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.30.  Someone at 6:55 PM yesterday, “Meh, what the eff, I’m gonna stream Cashner vs. the Astros and Montero.”  At that exact moment, that person should’ve bought a lottery ticket.

Rougned Odor – 0-for-3, hitting .214.  27 homers and 13 steals are only taking me so far on goodwill here, Odor.  My patience is wearing super thin, and I’ve been patient with you through five months.  HIT THE GODDAMN BALL!  HOW DO YOU EFFIN’ LOWER YOUR AVERAGE WHEN IT’S ALREADY IN THE TWO-TEENS?!  YES, I SAID ‘TWO-TEENS!’  AHHH!!!

Dallas Keuchel – 6 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 2.91.  Just out of curiosity, could the Astros have chosen Petco as the neutral park?

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 21st homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Ha, know what he’s doing, right?  Getting some stats so people who checked out early to fantasy football (segue, snitches!) show up next March and are like, “Why are you so down on Hanley?  He hit 25 homers last year and the Sawx have a good lineup.”

Mitch Moreland – 2-for-2, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 4th homer in the last eight games.  Ugh, because Mitch’s home run was a pinch-hit home run–Sonavabench!  Any hoo!  Moreland is a hot schmotato.

Ian Happ – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Literally, every time he starts, he homers.  He has twice as many homers as Zobrist in 60 less ABs.  Also, has 12 more RBIs, one more run (even though Zobrist regularly bats higher in the order), and is hitting 20 points higher.  Yet, Maddon starts Zobrist because he thinks it’s going to get him into heaven.

Kyle Schwarber – 2-for-6, 4 RBIs and his 23rd and 24th homer, hitting .199.  This was his first hit in four games, unless you count the hit yesterday Mannequin Schwarber got in the simulated game that happened in Joe Buck’s bedroom.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Ivan Nova – 3 IP, 4 ER.  Visual metaphor:  Imagine Billy Butler in spanx doing a split.  That’s Nova’s 1st/2nd half splits.

Eddie Rosario – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homers, hitting .292.  Ugh, I feel myself already wanting to write a Rosario sleeper post.  *smacks head*  Remember what Kepler did to you!

Jose Berrios – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.80.  I kinda want Berrios to get a blister or something fairly inane to anyone but Rich Hill, so the Twins shut him down early.

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (17) and legs (26), hitting .283.  Wow.  Still have a month left and he’s already at 17/26, and he wasn’t even good until mid-May!

Logan Morrison – 1-for-4 and his 33rd homer, and four homers in the last four games.  LoMo seeing the ball in slow-mo, and making most of the schmotato.

Steven Souza – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .252.  He’s hit .169 in August (with 7 HRs and 5 SBs), and was starting to think Souza should be playing a funeral dirge for my fantasy team average.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .318.  Au Shizz!

Robbie Ray – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.97.  I get the sense that it won’t dawn on people how great Ray has been this year until next March.  Off top of my head, thinking he’s going to be around a top 7 starter.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, as he hits 8th, which is the first time in the last two years Grandy has hit in the order where he should.  Halle Berry Lujah!

Mike Trout – 4-for-4, 4 runs and his 27th homer, hitting .327.  Someone the other day said Yahoo’s player blurb for Trout was something about him struggling.  His August:  8 HRs, 3 SBs, .285, .455 OBP.  Or a 48/18 pace.  Oh. *reads War and Peace*  Kay.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 20th and 21st homers, hitting .232.  The end of a Hall of Fame career is always so sad.  They’re never what they once were.  For instance, Bonds’ head was six times the size as when he started.

Blake Parker – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.14 and his 3rd straight save.  The Sciosciapath seems to have named a new closer without telling anyone about it.  Like the single tree in the forest falling, if the Sciosciapath thinks something, does anyone know what he’s thinking?

Parker Bridwell – 3 IP, 7 ER, ERA up to 3.52.  The Regression Fairies are always the Bridwell, never the bride.

Matt Olson – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, and third homer in the last three games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Jose Pirela – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .292.  I’m a bit of a sucker for guys who hit third, and as unlikely as Pirela is as a three-hole hitter, he’s there and I have owned him on and off for the last month in a 12-team mixed league.

Welington Castillo – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, and fourth homer in the last seven games, and hitting near-.420 in the last week and…*steam escapes from my ears*  I. Must. Shut. Down.

Trey Mancini – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer, hitting .294, hitting near-.450 in the last week.  Though, in fairness, every hitter is hitting near-.450 in the last week because major league pitching sucks.

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer, hitting .304.  If he gets to 35 homers and .300 on the year, where does he get drafted next year vs. where should he?  My guess is he should go in the top 30, but ends up closer to 60.

Mitch Haniger – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Don’t worry, fantasy baseball ‘perts, you can just Find and Replace 2017 with 2018 for your Haniger sleeper posts.  For instance, my Josh Rutledge 2020 sleeper post is already written!

David Phelps – Left yesterday’s game with arm trouble.  Oh no, but what about the M’s wild card chances?  Ow eye roll headache!

Mike Leake – Traded from the Cards to the Mariners for Rayder Ascanio.  Mike Leake sounds like a name Bart Simpson would call and ask for at Moe’s.  Moe, “Hey, is there a Mike Leake here?  Mike Leake here?”  Barney burps, “Great, we don’t have to get up to take a whizz.”  Mike Leake for Rayder Ascanio sounds like someone with good aim for a golden shower on someone’s backside.  Leake’s value remains the same, which is that of a streamer.  Pun noted!  On the M’s, call him Leake King Felix.

   
  1. FrankGrimes says:
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    Pham-tastic write up!

  2. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Trout’s blurb made me think of a hypothetical, using Souza’s August:

    If a player hit .169 with 42 HR and 30 SB, where is he getting drafted? Round 3? Let’s assume his batted ball profile says those numbers are legit, and player’s defense is above average, guaranteeing him full time starter status.

    • PrinceRudynasim says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop:

      I guess it depends on the league. I dont think in a roto league he would come close to going that high. That .169 BA will send your team BA to places you cant return from. Maybe in H2H but even then the levels of inconsistency week to week would be ridiculous due to .169avg. See Rougned Odor

  3. aklang says:
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    Enders Games

  4. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, right up there with the greats!

    a. Made it home yesterday evening, mostly on the sails of your goodness and kindness! Many thanks for the safe travel wishes!

    b. In a bit of a rush around the house…so….

    c. John Rambo Quote of the day for August 31

    [Scene change, Burmese POW camp]

    Sarah Miller (to the Burmese Colonel): ‘What do you want from us?’

    [Scene change, at the place where Rambo dropped off the church group.]

    Lewis: ‘One man and a kid. You gotta be fucking joking. This all the rebels they put up?’

    Soldier X: ‘l´m not liking it.’

    En-Joo: ‘You´re in a fucking jungle, puss nuts. There´s nothing to like.’

    Lewis: ‘How you doing?’

    Myint: ‘My name is Myint. This is Tha.’

    Lewis: ‘-ls this it?’

    Myint: ‘-Yes.’

    John Rambo Quote of the day for September 1-3

    Diaz: ‘-What´s up With the kid, man?’

    Myint: ‘-He good tracker.’

    Lewis: ‘We don´t need a tracker. We need a fucking guide. You know the exact location, right?’

    Myint: ‘Ten kilometers West, two north, six to a walk.’

    En-Joo: ‘-How many soldiers?’

    Myint: ‘-Hundred, maybe.’

    Soldier X: ‘-Hundred?’

    Diaz: ‘-What´d he say?’

    Myint: ‘More new soldiers come tomorrow.’

    Soldier X: ‘Yeah, l know l´m just a white trash grunt, but l can count. Fuck fucking with 100 strong.’

    Lewis: ‘All right, all right, all right. Let´s get this straight. We don´t engage anybody. lf we can extract these people, good. But it´s in, out, clean, or we fuck off.’

    Diaz: ‘Somebody wanna tell me what the boat man´s doing?’

    Lewis: ‘Hey, why ain´t you waiting with the boat?’

    Rambo: ‘My men are staying with the boat.’

    Lewis: ‘You´re the boat man. You stay with the boat.’

    Rambo: ‘-l won´t slow you down.’

    Lewis: ‘-Yeah, l know you won´t. -lt´s not a fucking nature hike.’

    Soldier X: ‘-Believe that.’

    School Boy: ‘-He can hang with me at the back.’

    Lewis: ‘-Hey, hey, he stays here. He´s the boat man. He stays With the fucking boat. l want a white man on, and not some fucking dink. Now who´s got explosives? Tombstone?’

    Soldier: ‘-None.’

    En-Joo: ‘-A pound of C-4 and primer.’

    School Boy: ‘l got a claymore.’

    Lewis: ‘All right, let´s get on with it. Come on, move, move.’

    [Rambo watches as the group marches off, but you know he’s going to join them at a distance.]

    [After a few minutes on the trail…]

    Lewis: ‘-What the fuck is that?’

    Myint: ‘-Called Tallboy bomb. English drop in World War ll.’

    [The group finally arrives at the Karen village.]

    Myint: ‘Your people taken from here.’

    Diaz: ‘Man, l have seen some shit. Brother, l ain´t never seen no shit like this.’

    Myint: ‘Armies come. Kill everything. Leave our dead here as warning.’

    [Myint speaks to Tha and sends him home.]

    Myint: ‘He see enough. Mine everywhere. Watch where you walking.’

    School Boy: ‘-All right, let´s move on.’

    En-Joo: ‘-To What? They even killed the fucking dogs. Those people are dead.’

    Soldier X: ‘l’m with En-Joo.’

    School Boy: ‘We at least have to go and have a look-see, check it out.’

    Diaz: ‘l’m with you. Let’s check it out.’

    Soldier X: ‘Check what? They’re 100 strong.’

    School Boy: ‘Hey, we took the man’s money.’

    Lewis: ‘Hey, hey, hey, hey. Just calm down, calm down. We’ll go there, and we’ll see what’s what. But if anything’s wrong, anything at all, we’ll leave. All right?’

    En-Joo: ‘Yeah’

    Soldier: ‘-All right.’

    Lewis: ‘-Good.’

    Lewis (to Myint): ‘-Which way?’

    Myint: ‘-This way.’

    Myint (to the group): ‘Army! Go! Go!’

    [Everyone takes cover as a Burmese army truck circulates through the village.]

    [Still no sign of Rambo, spoiler alert the title of the movie isn’t Rambo 4 for (stutterer) nothing.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Great to hear! B. Enjoy your time home!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Thanks, man! Sorry had to do a double dose ’cause we take off for a long weekend here. Back on Sunday to see my teams get pummeled.

        Will be back at it on Monday. Good luck to all your teams. Good work with Ender!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          You too!

  5. Crime dog says:
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    So yep benched Ender yesterday for Buxton. Son of a bench.

    Anyways, if I have betances you think it’s safe to drop Chapman in redraft? Our playoffs go through 9/24, current matchup ends 9/10 though

  6. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Hope you’re doing well. Anyway, facing a bit of a dilemma with a slumping team and guys like odor and segura are painful to own. I know that you’re not as big on Baez, but he’s actually been helping my team. Would you drop anyone for Ender Inciarte?

    10 team h2h standard 5×5 categories
    C: Ramos
    1B: Votto
    2B: Baez
    3B: rendon
    SS: e Nunez
    OF: trout, springer, bellinger
    UTIL: Hoskins, smoak, khris Davis
    Bench: segura, odor

    Thanks!

    • Josh-NYC says:
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      @Josh-NYC:

      Ian Happ is also available

      • PrinceRudynasim says:
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        @Josh-NYC:

        Odor. You literally have to put that guy in your line up and forget hes there. He puts up consistent crap month to month but at the end of 6 months his counting stats look nice. Check out his splits past few yrs. This late in the game you want to bank on hot streaks and Odor isnt a streaky hitter.

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    trying to figure out how to add LoMo’s 33 bombs to my lineup and need some help.

    Current Lineup
    C – G. Sanchez
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – T. Turner
    3B – Rendon
    SS – E. Nunez
    OF – Pham
    OF – Just Dong
    OF – I. Desmond
    UTIL – J. Polanco
    UTIL – Reynolds
    Bench – Odor

    Is it time to finally give Odor the boot, drop someone else, or hold?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Sean: Eh, you don’t get credit for those 33 HR’s and he’s already hit 4 in 4 games so by the time you add him, he’ll go 10 games without HR. I guess Odor.

      • Sean says:
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        @Cram It: knowing my past luck with guys like this year, you’re probably correct. I’ve already been burned by adam frazier, matt davidson, melky, and suarez just to name a few haha

    • PrinceRudynasim says:
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      @Sean:

      send Odor on a 1st class ticket to the resurrection

  8. bigbear says:
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    :) Your Odor blurb made me laugh! I feel you bro… In my best sultry soothing yoga voice, “Deep cleansing breathe in. Hold. And hold. And release. Feel the stress leave the body.”

    Rizzo donate something like $3+ mil to a children’s hospital the other day. Dude’s got perspective. But who makes the headline news? Kevin Hart’s $25k for Houston.

    Agreed on Schoop. His numbers mirror Rizzo’s. Altuve, Turner, and Rizzo can legitimately be ranked higher. And maybe a case can be made for Murphy. But guys like Cano, Gordon, Ramirez will probably be ranked higher illegitimately…

    • Grey

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      @bigbear: Ugh, its hurts so bad tho! I know on Rizzo, very cool of him… Class act…. I donated ten bucks!

  9. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Debating keepers for next year, and about to head into the playoffs next week. With Cespedes out for the year I’m debating cutting ties to use his spot for other needs. We can keep up to 10 (give up top pick for each player kept). I have plenty of options, but my OF is weak. I’ll definitely be looking to make some offseason trades, but here is who I see as my likely keeper list.
    We only start 3 OF, and have 1 Utility spot.

    Votto
    Schoop
    Correa
    Lindor (traded for Lindor when Correa went down, prime tradeable asset)
    Devers
    Lamb (definitely a guy I’ll look to move in the offseason with Devers on board)
    Benintendi
    Cespedes/Carlos Santana/Lewis Brinson (will probably keep 1, and trade other(s)

    Syndergaard
    Severino
    Nola/Carrasco/Alex Wood/Manaea/Berrios (may not keep any of these, but I’ve got options yo)

    Long story short, I guess it makes sense to try to hold Cespedes to decide on later, but just wanted your gut take on him for next year with the list of other assets I have listed above.

    Thanks!

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    Everyone has him canonized as a Patron Saint, but haven’t heard hide nor hair about Mookie Betts since Hector was a pup. Time for some legitimate soul searching boyz and gurlz. Had him on my bench for 4 weeks and haven’t missed a beat. Time to accept and acknowledge. Sux being ahead of the curve but someone had to grow a pair.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Chucky: So what are you trying to say?

    • knucks says:
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      @Chucky: You starting Springer instead?

    • Grey

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      @Chucky: I don’t own Betts, but would likely have been starting him for the last month… Though, he has been miserable since the ASB

  11. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Would you lose Zunino for Chirinos? OBP league

  12. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great writeup! Hoping to survey the group on some keeper advice . . . 12 teams standard roto, keep 7 forever @ a small $3/yr inflation.

    1. My $15 Schoop (2018 salaries) for his $19 Edwin and $29 Cano? I’m leaning no, as Edwin could go at any time and Schoop is matching his power and owning his average and counting stats, and I don’t have a big need for Cano.

    2. Which 7 of the below are your keepers? I’ve asterisk’d my tentative picks but unsure of the last 1-2 guys (biggest question mark I have is Robbie Ray v. Sonny Gray).

    Au Shizz $18*
    Bellinger $3*
    Blackmon $26*
    Just Dong 13*
    Devers $11*
    Schoop $15*
    Sonny Gray $3*
    Robbie Ray $10
    Godley $3
    Beckham $5
    Keon $6
    Rosario $5
    Healy $9

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: Yeah . . . one of those trades that would have been easy to accept in the preseason of 2017 but is now pretty much the polar opposite for ROS and 2018.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Feel like Grey will agree with you too re: Ray over Gray (that’s a lot of rhyming, wouldn’t you say, okay? touche?)

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: 1. Hold. 2. First 5 are easy. I may be crazy, but I might lose School and go Ray, Godley.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @B the Esq.: I get your crazy on that one completely. Godley I like a lot (even though he seems to be tiring right now). I think he’s going to be one of those guys that is super cheap next year anyway . . . won’t be keeping him but also won’t be trading him so I know he’s available for drafting in 2018.

    • Grey

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Thanks! 1. Nah 2. Your 7 make sense — Gray or Ray (poet!) are really the only possible changes, others aren’t close

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Yeah agreed. Just finalized that Devers (for my Wood straightup) swap last night, finally. Love Wood but would be terrified to keep him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, agreed

  13. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Im still holding faith in Odor…begrudgingly because I traded for him everywhere (buy lows, amen) but its about to be playoff time, and aint nobody got time to waste.

    Need roster optimization, and brother Grey youre the best their is. 10 team h2h points league with deep rosters and crazy bonuses for extra bases, SBs, and HRs. Penalties for K’s and caught stealing. 1st place payout = trip to europe for me, many a daiquiri for you my man.

    1. Im starting Odor at 2nd, Schoop at MI, Beckham at SS, and Trea Turner in OF. Do I hold, or drop Odor/Beckham for Pirela?
    2. Wil Myers is currently my starting 1B, Hosmer is CI, and Devers in my U spot. Should I bench Myers or drop him, and slide hosmer to 1B, Devers to CI and put Gallo, Domingo, or any hot schmotato on waivers in the U spot? Myers has been doing nothing special for weeks and may have mentally checked out.
    3. Drop Wilson Ramos for Gomes? I have unlimited moves in this league and can add any catcher thats hitting.

    Thanks again!

    • PrinceRudynasim says:
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      @Marty Jannetty Was Set Up:

      Drop Odor. Review his month to month splits the past couple years and you’ll thank me. Hes going to keep you waiting and its too late in the game fo that. He owns a low BABIP because he doesnt streak.

  14. crenshaw07 says:
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    Prayer hexagon for Buxton’s hand please.

      • Crenshaw07 says:
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        @Grey: this feels mysterious and troublesome to me sort of like a cuckold.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… “Overly suspicious, noticing strange things about your wife’s walking…”

  15. mrm3711 says:
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    Saves ROS, Claudio or Brach? Thanks!

    • mrm3711 says:
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      @mrm3711: Also Margot or Sunday Santana?

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @mrm3711: Claudio. Margot.

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Grey: gracias!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  16. Jose says:
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    After giving it a couple days I don’t think Pollock or Hicks has made it any easier to decide who I should drop to bring Turner off the DL. Need to start grabbing 2 start pitchers for after this weeks first round bye. What says the Fantasy Master Lothario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: Drop Hicks

  17. Wilson says:
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    Is it safe to start them tomorrow? K, W, ERA, WHIP league
    Roark @MIL (Nelson)
    Straily vs PHI (Pivetta)
    Castillo @PIT (Cole)
    Smell @CWS (Lopez)

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Wilson: Not Roark.

    • Wilson says:
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      Typo, Snell, not Smell.. XD

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks. Really safe to start the rest three? I am chasing numbers especially W, WHIP..
        And Caastillo is facing PIT ace.. think him should be good?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Castillo will be good

  18. Balls In Play says:
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    Let’s pretend you’re in a keeper league and you are picking keepers for next year today. Fantasies are exciting, right? Would you keep JD Martinez, or Jonathan Schoop (Schoop-ad-oop)? Each costs a 6th round pick.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Balls In Play: Agreed, though Schoop is making it a lot closer than it would have seemed this time last year. JD is probably more bankable, at least for 120 quality games.

  19. joemorganhair says:
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    Chasing SV/ HD, but I’m wondering if it’s time to give up on that category. I’m 20 behind the next team.

    They have Davis, Herrera, Rodney, Melancon.
    I have Jansen, Baez, Ziegler, Giles, Dyson.

    Some are helping with ratios, but is it time to drop the bottom two for other needs?

    • knucks says:
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      @joemorganhair: Tough call and i should prob just let G handle it. But I wanted to say that you are exposing yourself to a “depends on needs” answer here.

      • joemorganhair says:
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        @knucks: I get that. Overall, I guess I’m wondering if 20 SV/HDs is insurmountable.

        Here are some of the variables related to my needs…

        10 moves remaining. Down 4 runs, Down 11 RBIs. Down 4 steals. Tied in QS, although I think I can take that one with my rotation and a few good streams.

        Some good bats avail.–could play matchups: Schebler, Moreland, Happ, Kendrys, Villar, Braun (who I just dropped!)
        Some streamers: Flaherty, Giolito, Castillo, Clevinger
        Possible RP upgrades: McGee, Neri, Brach

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joemorganhair: 20 saves sounds insurmountable, I’d go Flaherty and Happ

  20. knucks says:
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    Felipe. Singled to death in the bottom of the 8th in a 15-3 ballgame. Thanks C*nt. Couldn’t bring in Jaso to throw an inning or two?? God I hate that guy!!!

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Hate him so much that I’ve downgraded him to only one * haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: I freakin know, ruined my Robbie Ray start… Kazaam!

  21. happyharry1958 says:
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    Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6×6. What SP would you roll with the ROS – Taiilon, Glasnow, Flaherty, Snell? ……Thanks!

  22. Charlie Chapman says:
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    Goooooood Morning!

    First place squad in H2H, looking to tighten things up offensively with my 4 adds during next week’s Bye.

    I am starting these three shit heads daily: Odor (2b), Story (ss), Longoria (3b).

    The following are available:
    Eugenio Suarez (3b)
    Gennet (2,3, OF)
    Jorge Polanco (2,3,SS)
    Wong (2, OF)
    Kendrick (1,2,3, OF)
    Happ (2, OF)
    Simmons (ss)
    Pirela (2, OF)
    Spangenberg (2,3, OF)

    Won’t be keeping any of them…ROS only, would you drop any of my 3 for any of those listed here? My offense if anything is power heavy, but that is OK in this H2H league (avg and ops ratios). In search of overall greatness with a smidge of emphasis on average.

    Thanks in advance, and appreciate the periodic advice throughout the first place campaign!

  23. Scandalous Bob says:
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    I have a big lead in K’s, but need a W and someone who won’t destroy my ERA/WHIP… Who do you like better for a spot start tomorrow: Fister, Roark, Walker, Castillo, Clevinger, or Gee? Thanks.

    • Scandalous Bob says:
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      @Scandalous Bob:

      Matchups:
      Fister @NYY
      Roark @Mil
      Walker @Col
      Castillo @Pit
      Clevinger @Det
      Gee vsKC

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Scandalous Bob: Roark or Casillo . . . if Ks don’t matter Roark doesn’t have to do much to get a W from the Nats.

  24. BAC says:
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    5X5 OBP

    Can I drop Odor now to stream 2nd basemen (Right now Difo)? I have one bench spot being held by Devers (cold himself) and I need the rest for pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BAC: Sure

  25. dhouse42 says:
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    I think the reason everyone is sort of underrating Schoop is because of his supposed bad plate discipline. But his walk rate and k rate are pretty much okay-ish this year. I like him next year as a value pick, big time.

    • dhouse42 says:
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      @dhouse42:

      I mean .300/30 HR guys are pretty dang valuable, right??

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @dhouse42: @Grey: Schoop’s sort of doing what our ideal scenario for HanRam was this year . . . nice BA, dongs, 100+ RBI.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, and hasn’t been close to real Hanley

  26. RICE says:
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    RIP Odor. Used one of my 4 keeper spots for him and just dropped him today.

    Fun streaming fact – Flaherty gets @ SF to start (as you noted)… his second start will come @ SD!

    1) Have Jansen, Knebel, Viscaino, Chapman. Is Chapman a drop or are we banking on him turning it around?

    2) 10-Team; Can we drop Braun. He’s a bench bat for my behind guys like Merrifield, Kiermaier, Ender

    3) Are you confident in McCullers being solid upon return? If I need the DL spot, should he be dropped? (staff: Ray, Wood, CMart, Berrios, Salazar, Montogomery, Flaherty)

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RICE: Nice on Flaherty! 1. Drop 2. Drop 3. Not confident

  27. SDub88 says:
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    Inciarte or Hicks ROS? Basically looking for steals, average and runs out of these guys, as my team is already good on power.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender

  28. Matt says:
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    Grey-
    Drop Odor for Gennett, A.Jones, Polanco, Choo, Peralta or Rosario?
    utility spot. 10 team ros league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  29. dhouse42 says:
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    Would you drop any of my current bats for any on the wire:

    (Context: In my roto redraft league, it’s super bunched up between 1st-8th: 1st has 83.5 points, 8th has 70. I’m right in the mix at 5th right now with 77.5 points. A lot the categories are really tight as well.

    So I am doing well in HR, R, and SB, but need to rally in RBI and mostly AVG (i’m 10th/12 with a .266 avg, but even getting to .272 right now would shoot me into 5th in avg).

    So I’m looking for guys who will help me in AVG and RBI preferably, and if they can also not hurt me in other cats, great. )

    Current possibly expendable players:

    Jorge Polanco
    Paul DeJong
    Tim Beckham
    Shin-soo Choo
    Rafael Devers
    Dickerson
    Souza (I know he’s been great, but AVG is kinda hurting me)

    On the wire:

    Scooter
    Reddick
    Markakis
    Eddie Rosario
    Kiermaier
    Hunter Pence
    Brandon Phillips
    Mitch Moreland

    positions don’t really matter, i have plenty of flexibility.

    Also, drop wilson ramos for any of:
    christian vasquex
    kurt suzuki
    yan gomes (possibly also roberto perez?)
    chirinos
    ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson for Rosario — Gomes

      • dhouse42 says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s this chick with my man? WTF

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Grey:

        Idk man, but you better claim what’s yours.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve been trying!

  30. MLBeastmode says:
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    Drop Taillon or Estrada for Flaherty? Estrada has been decent lately, but Taillon was so good when he was on.

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon

      • MLBeastmode says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. joeg414 says:
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    Chad Anderson @ Reds
    or
    Andrew Cashner @ Braves
    Or Both ?
    5×5 roto

    • joeg414 says:
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      @joeg414:
      Thats Chase Anderson

  32. Nature boy says:
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    OBP league. In first, drop Miggy for Moreland, Parra, Healy, Howie kendrick or Dom Smith?

    Which player gets me a stylin’ and profilin’ league title? Woooooooo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Moreland though you need to platoon him… If you can’t do that, Healy

  33. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    10-team H2H weekly categories w/ OPS. I have Correa and ODB coming off the DL (presumably) later this week. Need to drop two from this crew: Schebler, Semien, ODB, Eddie Rosario. Any advice based on recent performance and my league settings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ODB, Schebler

  34. dtbran says:
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    Poor Odor, another question. Redraft playoff time coming I never benched him once, is it time to keep him benched (no moves) and replace with ODB (when back) at Util spot. I have Devers as 2nd util spot .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, ODB

  35. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Should I start Ed Rod @ NYY today, or is that bad idea jeans?

    Thanks, Jed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bad idea jeans

  36. SDub88 says:
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    Are you starting Jimmy Nelson tomorrow at home against Washington?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  37. denp1717 says:
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    Morning!! Drop Ed Rod or McHugh for Flaherty? Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ed-Rod

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone posted this above, glad everyone thinks of me when they see Giancarlo naked… Haha

  38. joemorganhair says:
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    Hey Grey, following up to an earlier post. You suggested Flaherty but Castillo is available too. Who do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty’s matchup I know and it’s good, who’s Castillo facing again?

  39. joemorganhair says:
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    @PIT tomorrow and vs. MIL next week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty’s matchups are better for those 2

  40. Cram It says:
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    Hold my hand for Bart’s day? Any stock?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I avoided Colon this year, thankfully for the most part… But I’ll root for you!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: That didn’t move the needle. And Maeda’s eating a dick early. F it. Goldy and Stanton, carry me home!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  41. DonnieB says:
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    I have Machado. Can play SS or 3B. Been rotating Castro and Catellanos around him. Is it time to drop one or the other and add Glasnow as it’s a keeper league. Castro is the drop? Or forget about Glasnow? I am in second in a 12 team roto but 6 points to make up. WHat do you think Mr. Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, drop Castro

  42. Joel Huggins says:
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    I really took it in the ender benching Inciarte yesterday.

    So, September callup time. Willie Calhoun a top five must add as rosters expand?

  43. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team 7×7 keeper league with OBP and SLG as extra hitting categories. Drop Josh Harrison or Gerardo Parra to activate Kershaw tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harrison

  44. peacecoast says:
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    you know that I don’t get with the whole statcast controversy about the length of home runs? Just take a fucking laser rangefinder out there and shoot the home plate from where the ball landed. Why has no one done this?

    do you have a gaming console? I recommend you play Overcooked with Cougs, it’s a co-op game and you may love it.

    Sorry this has been my shitty contribution this week cuz work is busy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No excuse! Kidding… yeah, I don’t get the whole statcast interest in general… I mean, it’s fine for some more info, but have we learned a whole lot new with Castellanos’ exit velocity?

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: well gary sanchez sucker punch velocity woulda been nice

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  45. Michael DePinto says:
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    In order to activate Bellinger would you drop Starling Marte or Gerardo Parra?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parra

  46. Packers says:
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    Jup to the Angels.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, Jup

  47. Steve says:
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    Better stream, Dillion Peters v PHI tomorrow or Albers v OAK on Sat? Peters was just announced today so isn’t on SON, which likes Albers start (9.2).

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albers, neither though

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: never mind, ESPN doesn’t have him on the wire yet.

  48. herschel says:
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    @Grey: stephenson looking pretty decent since coming off the dl. next week has two starts – vs mil and @ nym. you buying in a 12 team mixed roto league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  49. Chris says:
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    Granderson or E. Rosario ROS? Thanks for all your help this year, I really appreciate it!

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: I’m this Rosario

      • Chris says:
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        @Chris: I’m thinking Rosario, I mean

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eddie

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  50. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Been battling through the early stages of the playoffs. Pitching is set. Hitting…I need all the help I can get. David Peralta, Eric Thames, and Chris Davis can all go away as long as I’m getting something better in return. I’m going to hold onto Peralta as he’s in Colorado this weekend, and the hitter-tron has a good beat on Thames over the weekend, but I can’t handle Chris Davis’ strikeouts.

    Who’s the best pickup out of the following players…Schwarber, Kiermaier, Puig, Polanco, Granderson, or Schebler? You da poop!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m the poop! I’d go Kiermaier

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Now Davis just hit a HR:) Okay…I’ll try to be reasonable and not reactive. As said above, I currently have Peralta, Thames, and Davis. Not married to any of them, so is anybody on the list of Schwarber, Kiermaier, Puig, Polanco, Granderson, or Schebler a better option.

        Thank you for checking this thread so late into the night. Appreciate your work.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… honestly I’d prolly hold but Kiermaier for Davis is fine for more steady production

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Now Davis just hit a HR:) Okay…I’ll try to be reasonable and not reactive. As said above, I currently have Peralta, Thames, and Davis. Not married to any of them, so is anybody on the list of Schwarber, Kiermaier, Puig, Polanco, Granderson, or Schebler a better option.

        Thank you for checking this thread so late into the night. Appreciate your work.

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @Slimcompoop: Sorry for the 2x post.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  51. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Hello Mr. Grey. I’m hanging by a thread in a 12 team h2h points league with Odor and Segura active. Would you add any of the following to replace either or both?

    Jorge Polanco
    Ian Happ
    Pirela
    Arcia
    Semien
    WCalhoun
    JP Crawford
    Barretto

    • NoOneIsHome says:
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      @NoOneIsHome: or Albies?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both… Happ, Polanco

      • NoOneIsHome says:
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        @Grey: Grazie!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  52. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I need to activate Carlos Correa tomorrow. Would you cut Matt Adams or Jose Batista to make room for him. I am leaning very strongly to cutting Joey Bats. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        muchas gracias mi amigo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  53. Russell says:
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    12 Team H2H Categories

    Streamer for tomorrow.

    Castillo @Pit
    or
    Flaherty @SF

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flaherty

  54. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (3) SP: deGrom, Severino, Lynn
    (2) RP: Knebel, Ramos
    (4) P: Hand, Betances, Ryu, McHugh
    (6) Bench: Morton, Corbin, Chacin, Weaver, Fiers, Snell

    (2) DL: McCullers

    Should I start Chacin vs. LAD (-2.4) and/or Fiers vs. NYM (6.2) over the few days if I’m already losing by 3 Losses but trying get more W’s and QS’s… in a close ratio battle too..

    Asking because I was thinking of starting Snell @CHW (3.0) Flaherty @SF (2.9) and/or L Castillo @PIT (-1.6) tomorrow but don’t know who else to drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can drop Fiers for those three

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh and start Chacin at home always

  55. Bobby says:
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    Starting Hammell @minnesota?

  56. Bobby says:
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    Starting Skaggs @texas no beltre?

  57. Nevik Rowe says:
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    Drop Longoria for Polanco, right? Thanks as always!

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