In the 1700’s, magic meant going into an oven with raw meat and coming out wearing a hamburger as a hat.  That magic awed people, even though they had seen an oven and a hamburger before.  We’ve seen Thames before, and we’ve seen home runs before, but Eric Thames still feels like magic.  He is a modern day beef illusionist.  I will call him, David Copperfood.  Yesterday, Eric Thames went 3-for-4, 3 runs with his 7th homer, and 15th homer in the last four games, as he hits .405.  We go over Thames on the podcast that’s coming later today, but, damn, I wish I owned him everywhere.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Braun – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, and his 2nd in as many games.  Yeah, okay, but what about Thames?!

Jett Bandy – 3-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .321.  Fun fact!  Jett Bandy was conceived during the airplane scene of Almost Famous.

John Lackey – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.00.  What a schmohawk.  Schmohawkey?  In honor of Tax Day, I’m writing off this start.

Marcus Semien –  Will have right wrist surgery and miss at least two months.  I bet Semien returns with one of the strongest left hands.  Semien is having a screw placed in his wrist, as if his name wasn’t on the nose enough.  “I call this the Semien screw,” that’s Semien trying his hand at being a bartender.   Let me guess, Semien’s telling people he’s going to be laid up.  Geez with this guy.  I can’t imagine not having my wrist for two months.  If a Forrest Gump-like feather falls on him the wrong way, Semien is going to explode.  This is a tough blow for Semien, and suddenly a very easy blow for Semien’s girlfriend.  There’s no winning for him either, because if Semien starts going by Marcus Ailin’, he would’ve hurt his wrist Heisman’ing OJ looking for a character reference.

Kendall Graveman – Hit the DL with a shoulder strain.  Damn, that’s Graveman indeed.  My ‘fun meter’ for Graveman and Finnegan in the first week of the season turned into a ‘fret menu.’

Jharel Cotton – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.40.  Not a ton has changed in my mind from the preseason for him.  Cotton’s gonna be up and down.  I sound like I’m describing a wedgie.

Sam Dyson – Hit the Disgraceful List.  Too bad, so sad.  I like how the Rangers are like, “Yeah, man, Dyson’s our closer, he’s awesome, I don’t want to hurt his confidence, wow, so he’s been struggling but how about those grounders he’s inducing?  Pretty cool, huh?”  Then they DL him with a phantom injury.  Such a joke.  I could’ve told them two weeks ago Dyson shouldn’t be their closer.  A service dog could’ve told them Dyson shouldn’t be closing.  For saves, the Rangers said they’re going with Matt Bush.  For him to be removed from the role, he’d have to practically kill someone.  Matt Bush’s entrance music should be him yelling, “I’m Matt f**ing Bush,” over metal.  Sam “Inellamakesya” Dyson is not as catchy, but a valuable lesson to not be cavalier with undercooked chicken.

A.J. Griffin – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.11.  Just like no one outside of Alfredo Jettucine’s family drew it up.

Joe Ross – Could start on Wednesday.  The WHERE ARE YOU NOW?! song has been a little too appropriate for Ross so far.  Seriously, where has he been?

Martin Prado – 1-for-3 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him Your Lineup” Department said, “I bought my bae a Prado.  It’s a Prada they sell out the back of a Nissan Sentra trunk.”

Christian Yelich – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .250.  He’s hit for more power earlier on than I expected but the season is long like high school that Yelich is still going to.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  In this game, Nelson Cruz (1-for-4) also went deep with his 2nd homer.  Uh-oh, you guys better act fast if you wanna sell them for fifty cents on the dollar!

Ariel Miranda – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  Serious question, what’s the difference between Miranda and Cotton?  For fantasy, I’m not talking Sex in the City.

Taylor Motter – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  Fine!  You got me!  He’s a hot schmotato!

Seth Lugo – Will begin throwing today.  Tomorrow, he will say, “Dr. James Andrews, do you have a late-April appointment open?”

Gregory Polanco – Still out with groin discomfort.  If he just needs looser gotchies, I’m gonna be mad.

Ivan Nova – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.25. He threw only 78 pitches in a losing Complete Game.  Elias Sports Bureau said this was the first time this happened this year and maybe ever, but the guy in charge of this sorta thing is counting holes in the tiled ceiling and super OCD.

Kolten Wong – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer, hitting .167.  Random Prediction Alert!  Wong will be traded, and, it may not be this year or next year, but when he is, he will blossom into a star.

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.12.  Me yesterday, “Love that I took veterans in my NFBC league!  High-five yourself, Grey!”  Ten minutes later, “Oh, Jesus with John Lackey.”

Carlos Correa – Didn’t start yesterday after saying there would be a 99% chance he would play.  Hope he played the longshot.

Charlie Morton – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.81.  *sees Morton’s ERA, sees Lackey’s ERA*  What did I have against Charlie Morton again?  Kidding, eff Charlie Morton!  That salty bastard!

Jesse Chavez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.24.  He was always my favorite from ‘NSYNC.

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 1.96.  At first, it looked like it might be bad Rayineda (lots of walks early), but then good Pinedray showed up!

Jake Lamb – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  You’ve been a baaaaaaahd boy!

A.J. Pollock – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .250, raising his average up from .196 the previous day.  Pollock just has to stick to spraying shots around the field like some abstract painting.

David Peralta – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs.  Get hot you sumsabeach!

Rich Hill – Hit the DL with a middle finger blister.  I’m sure some of his fantasy owners have a middle finger they would give him.

Matt Kemp – Likely to be activated on Wednesday.  Kemper fi!  The fi’s short for finally, in this case.

Jaime Garcia – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.67.  The Stream-o-Nator loved this start, but I got cold feet.  Should’ve streamed him and put on socks.

Freddie Freeman – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer; this was his first 3-RBI game.  For comparison’s sake, Yangervis Solarte (1-for-5, 1 RBI) has 11 RBIs to Freeman’s 6.  Pretty irrelevant point I’m making, but here I am making it!  Irrelevance is but a word we use a dictionary to define.

Austin Hedges – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  I should’ve stayed with Hedges over d’Arnaud.  Stop picking the catcher scab!

Danny Salazar – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA 3.57.  Member when everyone was scared off him in Spring Training?  Feels so long ago, right?  So long ago, I can’t remember if it was Salazar or Carrasco or both.

Derek Holland – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.32.  Line’s a bit misleading.  He looked much worse.

Todd Frazier – Has been out with the flu.  He said, “Do Argentinian chimney sweepers sing chimichurri chimichurri chimmmi churr-eee?”  I think Frazier might be on the ‘Tussin.

Matt Holliday – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Here’s what the last two years of my life have felt like, “Holliday homered?  I’m gonna grab him!”  Two weeks later, “Holliday hasn’t done anything, I’m gonna drop him!”  Granted, I’ve condensed down all of my non-Holliday life.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Only four?  He feels like he hits four homers a game.  Someone get this guy the key to the city and a meeting with Blasio!

Jordan Montgomery – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.22.  Okay, I’ll look at him again.  He had a 8.5 K/9 in Double-A, that usually doesn’t equate to a near-10 K/9 in the majors.  He has a 92 MPH fastball with iffy control, that doesn’t usually equate to a 1-something ERA.  Maybe he surprises hitters for a week or two, but this is going to come crashing down at some point.  He did okay yesterday, fo’sho.  It was against the White Sox.  And it wasn’t even the White Sox ‘good’ lineup!

Blake Snell – 5 IP, 1 ER (3 unearned), 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.76.  Snell looks like the best four and a third-inning pitcher.  He’s like the Caucasian Oliver Perez.  I will call him Cousin Oliver.

Eduardo Rodriguez – Out on paternity leave.  He got there a little late to see the birth of his baby boy because his wife gave birth at a hospital that is trying out Rob Manfred’s new birth clock.

Andrew Benintendi – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .314.  “Hey, that’s my pi!” said Prospector Ralph as he licked a pie tin with Benintendi’s photo under the whipped cream.

Steven Wright – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 8.36.  Outside of a drubbing vs. the Orioles, Wright hasn’t been as bad as his ERA seems to indicate.  It’s merely okay.  Or sung, “Merely, merely, merely, merely, Wright is but a stream.”

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rob c
rob c
5 years ago

What’s cracking hope your week is going better than mine.
Std 6×6 head to head

I have correa Gordon machado drury and Swanson in my middle infield with a slice of Bregman….

Would you think it is to early to cut ties with Swanson I have him only playing in the utility role sparingly let me know your thoughts I was thinking about dropping him and picking up Martin Perez for the umpteenth time this year for his match up tomorrow he has been Rock solid in this daytime match up’s he is really my only expendable guy at the moment and either way he will be cut to get JD off my IR hopefully later this week I also have cron. Who is expendable;

Fausto
Fausto
5 years ago

McCarthy, Devenski

marimon
marimon
5 years ago

Any worth owning over Garrett Richards? thanks!

Musgrove, Gsellman (someone dropped), Leake, Chase Anderson, Devenski, Peralta, Amir Garrett, McCarthy, Hellickson, Triggs, Glasnow

Fausto
Fausto
Reply to  marimon
5 years ago

@marimon: Mccarthy, Devenski, Gsellman

Johnc
Johnc
5 years ago

Are either or both Domingo Santana and Heyward upgrades over Granderson, Dyson, Renfroe? Yes, my OF sucks. This is a 12 teamer ugh.

Fausto
Fausto
Reply to  Johnc
5 years ago

@Johnc:
Dear John,
Domingo over Grandy
Dyson for steals
Renfroe for HR
Heyward for a risk/reward.
Sincerly,
Im in an 18tm and this is what id do.

ElBoss
ElBoss
5 years ago

Grey, I’m sorry I ever defended Raul Mondesi, he needs to get thrown back on the grill cuz that boy is still raw, add some seasoning a little pepper perhaps.

Fausto
Fausto
5 years ago

Gausman just hung a Kevin Garnett line** on fellow owners ERA/WHIP with 20.00 Point /4.00 Assist GEM!
I guess im writing this one off along with Lackey’s last start and my first place reign for 2 days?

Its April 18th
– Cesar Hernandez has more HR than Rizzo/Cruz combined
– Rizzo has more SB than Cesar/Cruz Combined
– Cruz has um….Cruz translates from spanish to english as ”cross’. ‘

**Yes are Kevin Garnett’s career averages(i googled them for this post).

Adding Gsellman on every team possible if im going down im making sure the 2 guys that do it Have S’s and G’s in their last names.

Raoul Duke
Raoul Duke
5 years ago

That was one of the stranger endings to a game I have seen in a long time. Kelley had to get the third out twice.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
5 years ago

Treinen has nasty stuff, but he couldn’t find the strike zone to save his life tonight. Pulled after loading the bases and then walking in a run. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Nats and Rangers going after Robertson hard over the next few weeks.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo:
Glover time!

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  FrankGrimes
5 years ago

@FrankGrimes: except kelley has been used in these spots. i’m now dumping glover for rosie all over. just watched stone buddha look like utter shit yet again (gave away two outs botching a routine out at 1st AND then terrible throw home which gave away a 2nd out which should’ve been a double play home to 1st). stone buddha can’t K anybody and never threw hard in the first place and now looks completely rattled. might’ve injured himself playing in that nationalism contest in preseason.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  FrankGrimes
5 years ago

@FrankGrimes: He should get his shot. Not sure if he’s ready yet based on his early outings, but you never know. Has good stuff.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: rosie has looked like the healthy 2 year ago version (NOT the healthy 3 year ago with worst BB rate of any closer ever with that many saves in MLB history)

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
5 years ago

@And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Should’ve specified that I was referring to Glover my above comment. I think that Oh has a decent leash, but agree that Rosenthal is a decent spec play.

William Hung
William Hung
5 years ago

Can’t run fast enough to add Shawn Kelley

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  William Hung
5 years ago

@William Hung: He’s worth an add, but multiple TJSs and hasn’t ever topped 58 innings in an MLB season (as a soon to be 33-year-old). Don’t think he’s the long-term guy.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: Forgot about Koda Glover – who I originally drafted before Dusty was “forced” (not sure if it was confirmed if Nats GM forced Dusty to roll with Treinen) to pick Treinen

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: he was also a top 15 overall RP last year and you know for sure dusty is scared of rookies in these roles.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
5 years ago

@William Hung: @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Kelley has the skills, but not the durability. Tough to see him throwing in back-to-back game consistently, let alone three out of four.

Glover is the unknown. I agree that Dusty wold have a short leash with him.

Don’t think the Nats’ 2017 saves leader is currently on the roster.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: yeah yr right, n.jones might be best stash here (if possible, mostly isn’t for me)

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
5 years ago

@And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Agreed. Jones is a solid stash.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: Holy grammar, Batman! Proofread, you fool!

Shujun
Shujun
5 years ago

Addison Russell (6th round keeper) for Fulmer (last round keeper) straight up in a OBP/SLG and QS league? I’m set with Lindor and Bogaerts already at SS. Thanks!

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
5 years ago

Just got offered Dahl for my Marte in a keeper league….from the first place team

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Nightpandas
5 years ago

@Nightpandas:
How many keepers? How long you can keep them?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
Reply to  FrankGrimes
5 years ago

@FrankGrimes: 11 keepers, same forever if you want, 15 team league

Brett
Brett
5 years ago

Buxton or Broxton who do you cut first?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Brett
5 years ago

@Brett:
Buxton but either one really.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  FrankGrimes
5 years ago

@FrankGrimes: buxton unless dynasty.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
5 years ago

Why did I take Villar I coulda had jose rameriz much later!

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  FrankGrimes
5 years ago

@FrankGrimes: I don’t get it. Jose is hitting well but you drafted Villar for steals, right? Ramirez has 0 so far.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  swaggerjackers
5 years ago

@swaggerjackers:
Not only for bags. Jose prolly had like 20 last year tho.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  FrankGrimes
5 years ago

@FrankGrimes: i’m not freaking out on villar yet and i likely have him in a higher % of leagues (could be wrong on that one, but i had him in a lot of dynasties from last year, and grabbed him again in multiple this year too)

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
5 years ago

@And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!:
It’s too early to freak out
I’m just annoyed I have MULTIPLE
Players off to slow starts ( sad emoji )

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  FrankGrimes
5 years ago

@FrankGrimes: I hear that, Grimey. Martin, Miggy, Abreu, Story, Trumbo, Leonys. Blech.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  FrankGrimes
5 years ago

@FrankGrimes: i think we all do
1. trumbo (3 or 4 leagues)
2. villar (at least 5)
3. story (just one, albeit my biggest money league)
4. marte (just ONE thank god but a dynasty)
5. miggy (2 or 3)
6. stanton (at least 6)
7. segura (this one might not turn out bad)
8. rajai (yes in leagues deep enough where i can’t just go grab better)
9. kepler (at least 7)
10. g.sanchez (3 or 4 all dynasties or deep enough keepers)
11. treat urner (might be ok here too, 3 all dynasties or big money)
there’s postitives too, have harper and/or freeman in quite a few spots.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
5 years ago

@And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: i am happy to say i don’t have russell martin/leonys/abreu absolutely anywhere.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
5 years ago

20 team dynasty, drop hoover or hembree to get altavilla, dropped likely due to whis whip being quite ugly, but he’s got an insane K rate and is used in the 8th or at least 7th. holds/relief wins/relief appearances/K/9

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: if not for hoover’s
1. weak ass competition
2. pretty good start in around 6 or so innings this year

this wouldn’t even be close to a question in my mind. well there is the possible hembree job loss if thornburg or carson ever come back.

Oppo Taco
Oppo Taco
5 years ago

Shaw or Castellanos at 3B? Thanks

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Oppo Taco
5 years ago

@Oppo Taco: dr castellanos is my travel agent

740
740
5 years ago

Grey,
need advice. 10team h2h cats
once JD comes back who to drop?

THANK U!

C Salvador Perez, KC C

1B Wil Myers, SD 1B S

2B Cesar Hernandez, Phi 2B

3B Kris Bryant, ChC 3B, OF

SS Francisco Lindor, Cle SS

2B/SS Dansby Swanson, Atl SS

1B/3B Greg Bird, NYY 1B

OF Lorenzo Cain, KC OF

OF Steven Souza Jr., TB OF

OF Mitch Haniger, Sea OF

OF Aaron Judge, NYY OF

OF Avisail Garcia, CWS OF, DH

UTIL Kendrys Morales, Tor DH

Bench Jean Segura*, Sea SS, 2B  DL10

Bench Jake Lamb, Ari 3B S

DL J.D. Martinez*, Det OF  DL10

740
740
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

he’s close. prolly another 2weeks….hopefully!

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  740
5 years ago

@740: Either Souza or Garcia will come crashing back down to earth by the time JD gets activated. It’ll sort itself out.

740
740
Reply to  swaggerjackers
5 years ago

@swaggerjackers:

thank u

Bigly Leagues
Bigly Leagues
5 years ago

Thames 2/2 with two doubles and two runs … niice

Bigly Leagues
Bigly Leagues
Reply to  Bigly Leagues
5 years ago

@Bigly Leagues:

Now 3/3, but only got a stupid single on the third at-bat >:[

Frank Lynch
Frank Lynch
5 years ago

If i already have my 2 closers should i drop Brach since he’s sharing the closer spot for only a week or so?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Frank Lynch
5 years ago

@Frank Lynch: I’d hold him if you’ve got room. Just in case Britton’s ‘forearm soreness’ turns out to be more serious.

Fausto
Fausto
Reply to  Frank Lynch
5 years ago

@Frank Lynch: Depends on league depth but i’d HOLD forearms are the precursor to TJ surgery.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
5 years ago

What the hell is up with Abreu? Anything or nothing?

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  SteveNZ
5 years ago

@Stephen Lyon: He was super frustrating to own last season as well.

3 homers, .229 avg in April
3 homers .252 avg in May

Enjoy the painful ride.

Frank Lynch
Frank Lynch
5 years ago

Should i drop Todd Frazier in 10 team points? I can grab Headley..?

Frank White
Frank White
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Thnx

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
5 years ago

@Grey: In weekly lock leagues, is Pederson a liability now that he’s once again sitting vs. lefties?

I’m trying to decide if I’ll ever play him when there are always alternatives that aren’t platooning.

Jack
Jack
5 years ago

I am having a hard time resisting the urge to pick up Starling Marte, who was just dropped in my league. My outfield is now Cespedes, K. Davis, Blackmon and either Pederson or Dickerson with J.D. Martinez on the D.L. Do I drop Pederson and sit on Marte for 3 months? Is that stupid?

Jack
Jack
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Cool. Damn shame, tho’….

Dhs_suck
Dhs_suck
5 years ago

Best DH RoS between V Mart, Vogt, Healy, Grossman, Matt Davidson in my roto points league where scoring is +1 for each total base, BB, run, RBI, SB and -1 for Ks

typing that out makes me think its obviosly Vmart, but he’s old and off to a slow start

adam
adam
5 years ago

would u trade chris davis for adam eaton?
head to head league with OBP
I can replace davis with Zimmerman or moreland
thanks

Someone pissed in my alphabet soup
Someone pissed in my alphabet soup
5 years ago

benintendi or Carlos santana ros

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

Hey Grey – same 12 team roto keeper league (+$3 inflation annually), what do you think of these counter offers I received trades where I would be receiving a $0 Thames? These are general frameworks proposed by the Thames owner, so all options that you like would be great to know in case he rejects some versions!

1. $0 Thames (plus *maybe a small SP piece) for my $19 Danny Duffy.

Weekly lineups, 6 SPs spots to use per week, my other SPs are Darvish, Hill, Nola, Nova, Gsellman, Eickhoff, Gsellman, Joe Ross, Ryu, Wood, and Leake.

As a second piece, I could probably get Morton or maybe Cotton or Walker as a second piece with Thames, but not 100%.

2. $0 Thames + (second piece) for $29 Polanco.

The second piece here would be someone like a cheap Forsythe/Cesar/Calhoun or one of the secondary pieces I mentioned above. He also has an $11 Lamb and $6 Khris, but I doubt he’d throw one of those guys in unless I also gave someone like $3 Healy.

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks! Will ask for Thames and one of Morton Cotton or Walker

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
5 years ago

Gausman or Garbageman?

asdfasdf
asdfasdf
5 years ago

Hi Grey, last week I asked you if I should start Pence or Thames and you said Pence. However, by the time you had responded, my roster had already locked. What good luck for me! :)

The Talented Mr. Dope Man
The Talented Mr. Dope Man
5 years ago

Hey bud!

12 tm AL only dynasty – I’m speculating on saves as I only have Edwin Diaz as my sole closer. Who would you drop (if any) for Keone Kela. Luke Gregerson, Joe Kelly, Jose Leclerc?

Thoughts?

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
5 years ago

and braun laughs and laughs that these guys didn’t accept his invite to the conference….

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: cruz and d.murphy were smart enough to attend.

Jerry
Jerry
5 years ago

Hey, Grey. Justin Upton or Kinsler? Thanks!

shops
shops
5 years ago

As always, thanks for all the work you and the Razz crew do.

Pretty sure I know the answer but thought I’d ask anyway.

I’ve been offered Lindor for Arrietta.

Standard 10 team league. I have Brad Miller at SS now. My SP’S are Strasburg, Maeda, Salazar, Cole, McCullers, Nova and Walker.

My offense is loaded just under performing right now.
Goldy Odor Donaldson Trumbo Polanco Blackmon

Ground rule bubble
Ground rule bubble
5 years ago

Yo G

Whats the deal with Strasburg? He is pitching great, doesn’t he have a torn ligament in elbow?

I got thrown out of draft room when I was drafting and he was autopick for me.

Do I sell?
Or are you buying him?

Scooterboy
Scooterboy
5 years ago

Grey, since Marte tripped and fell on a steroid needle, I need to replace him. In a 8 team H2H league. A lot of choices on the waiver wire.
1. Was hoping you could help me make up my mind.
2. Would you drop Marte altogether or keep him on your bench, for when he comes back?

Wire choices- Brantley, Ellsbury, Margot, Haniger, Beltran, Owings, Inciarte, Drury, Souza Jr, Heyward, Dickerson.

Thanks a lot !!!!!!

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
5 years ago

Sounds like Nava could see a lot of PT along with Altherr and Stassi. Anyone on my pitching staff you’d feel comfortable dropping for one of them? I don’t myself, but could use some other pairs of eyes.

My next two match-ups have weaker hitting, so I’m not sure anyone is worth dropping unless I can get some good NL-Only production out of one of the Phillies that will benefit most from Kendrick’s absence.

Thanks!

NL-Only 10-Team H2H 5×5 w/ OBP

CA – Realmuto
1B – GOLDY
2B – LeMahieu
3B – Franco
SS – Villar
INF – Solarte
OF – Pollock, JOC, Grichuk, Brinson
Util – Freese
SPs – Cole, Hendricks, Roark, Nova, Moore, Folty, J. Garcia, Guerra
RPs – Knebel, Montgomery, Phelps, Rosenthal

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! I really don’t want to drop Brinson. I’m hoping the Dodgers get Braun, and Brinson comes up.

Los Putos
Los Putos
5 years ago

Dump rupp for hedges?

The JoGarza
The JoGarza
5 years ago

Grey, in an OBP league, is this the correct ranking?

Haniger>Kemp>Fowler>Puig?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
5 years ago

Heard you were looking for a scouting report on Ryon Healy. First and foremost, it does really look like he has the ability to barrel up the ball. He’s got good lift in his swing. The ball jumps off the bat. He’s also a big dude. When I first saw him he reminded me a bit of a slightly shorter Richie Sexon. I like the fact that he’s shown power to all fields and he uses the right center gap well.

One thing that I think takes away from some of his value is he’s not a very good defensive player so he loses ABs to Alonzo and he’s part of the A’s crazy rotation. ZIPS has him for 135 GP and that seems about right.

His Ks are up to start the season this year and I think that probably represents some league adjustments to him. But he does seem like a good enough hitter to make his own adjustments.

The power looks very legit. There are six kinds of bias in what I’m about to say, but the home run he hit against the Angels when I was at the game was one of the most purely struck balls I’ve ever seen at the O.

I think the A’s line up will limit his R+RBI totals.

I’d project .270/70/25/75/0. Like him and think there’s upside for longer format leagues as he’ll co-anchor the Barreto/Chapman era when it arrives hopefully later this year.

Hugman
Hugman
5 years ago

Papa Grey!
1) Why did I drop Eric Thames?! (I actually know why, I’m impulsive, but I blame Counsel and Aguilar)

2) Are you starting Mark Reynolds outside of Coors?

3) Why are so many players wearing their eye black like The Ultimate Warrior this year?

Someone pissed in my alphabet soup
Someone pissed in my alphabet soup
5 years ago

Aubreu and Lester for Goldschmidt who wins?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

Conforto vs Eflin
or
Motter vs Chen

Who do you like?

Adam
Adam
5 years ago

Kepler or Souza?
Owings or Caesar H ?

Adam
Adam
5 years ago

Would u drop W Contreras to pick up Grandal?
Thx

Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man
Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man
5 years ago

Can I drop fugly Joc Pederson for C-Dick?

I like that he cut weight this offseason and I always believed that going to the AL East wouldn’t fully deflate his Coors Field-influenced counting stats.

One cause for concern is his plantar fasciitis. Was that ever resolved? I felt like that injury is what damaged him more than even leaving Coors.

I’ve always loved him, ever since you were high on him a couple years ago (I think you had him as a top-20 overall player two-three years ago).

McCullers
McCullers
5 years ago

Hi Grey,

Offered Justin Upton for my McCullers in a 12 team league, have good pitching but a bit skeptical of Upton. What say you?

Thanks.

McCullers
McCullers
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Lines up with what I was thinking, thanks! 2 minute response time? You’re slipping Grey, what kind of a free incredibly useful service are you trying to provide here taking more than 60 seconds to get back to us?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
5 years ago

Healy riding pine again for A’s tonight. So much for Sunday/Monday was just a scheduled day off.

rick
rick
5 years ago

hosmer for Ervin S, Judge?

rick
rick
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: p.s. i mean + Judge the player. not as in, can you judge that trade between those two jabronis.. could see how that might be misleading

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
5 years ago

I’m kinda excited to watch the Nats-Braves game tonight. Should be fun to watch Scherzer and Freeman battle it out a few times. Haven’t really had a chance to see Folty too often either, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on him too.

After checking out most of the posted lineups for tonight, I can’t help but wonder why Smoak seems to be playing everyday this year. Dude has a .224/.308/.393 career triple slash and a 0.3 WAR in 836 MLB games. Is it because he’s cheap? Does he have compromising photos of Shapiro? Shouldn’t be too difficult to find someone to play for the league minimum that outperforms him. I just don’t get it.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I don’t own Folty anywhere. Just curious to see how he attacks the middle of that Nats lineup. Based on the numbers, he seems like a hard thrower who’s still trying to figure things out. Control and homer issues are a bad combo though.

Could be on Smoak, but why isn’t he a bench bat? Doesn’t seem to be any good reason for him to play consistently.

M
M
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: @Grey: Folty was pitching in the bad PIT weather mighta affected his breaking pitches, Braves had flip-flopped him and Dickey so Dickey wouldn’t have to pitch in bad weather conditions

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I reached out to him about Healy, so maybe he’ll pop in later on. Think he’s been working crazy hours recently though.

crenshaw07
crenshaw07
5 years ago

Is Polanco for Kluber a fair trade? Guy that has Marte…huge Pit fan might be willing to deal.

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

After dumping Marte, who’s the best bat to put in my util spot?

Moreland, Kepler, Conforto, Bird

Went with Moreland, just had to ask!

Wilson
Wilson
5 years ago

Someone dropped Meadows before Marte’s news so he is in waiver now.

Questions about Meadows, I am in a all keepers forever league,
1. Which hitter does Meadows look like in next two years?
2. I am in 1st waiver. Is it worthy to claim Meadows by using 1st waiver?
3. Should I concern his bad result in AAA this year?

Thoughts appreciated.

Lubey
Lubey
5 years ago

@Grey

Someone just dropped Car-Gomez and Brantley. Not the biggest fan of either, but are you dropping my boy Maxxy Keps, Puig or Pence for either of them??

Thanks Grey

DancinHomer
DancinHomer
5 years ago

Streamonator seems to like Andriese a lot vs. DET… since Miggy looks to be back in the lineup tonight, do you still like him as a spot start tonight or would you prefer someone like Brett Anderson vs MIL?

DancinHomer
DancinHomer
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

your confidence has sold me. Prayer circle (wait, what’s a 2-person circle called?) initiated.

DancinHomer
DancinHomer
Reply to  DancinHomer
5 years ago

@DancinHomer:

or a 3rd option; don’t use anyone and save the headache for a later date…

Lucky Dog
5 years ago

So so glad that I chose Morte over George Springer in the third round.

I generally try not to swear on here, but Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuyuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

Roger Anderson
Roger Anderson
5 years ago

Travis d’Arnaud or Sandy Leon – which would you keep (5×5 H2H)

Roger Anderson
Roger Anderson
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
5 years ago

frazier or meadows over Gardner?

demribbies
demribbies
5 years ago

Todd Frazier for Kyle Hendricks?

JP
JP
5 years ago

Looking for a Marte replacement….Conforto, D. Santana or Grossman?

JP
JP
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

In a 12 teamer h2h and rotation is Yu, Archer, Salazar, Lackey, Gausman, Velasquez and Gray on DL.

Currently have Brad Miller at 2nd. Worth trading away Lackey for Jose Rameriz? What about sending Carlos Santana for Brian Dozier? League has OPS/Hits/Walks added to standard 5.

Thanks as always!

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I’ve got Goldy, so Santana is currently parked in a UTIL spot. Bench players that could take his spot are Calhoun, Margot, Moustakas…

Dickerson is also a FA that I could see picking up for a little extra pop.

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Sorry! Have an option B to send away Gausman and Margot for Matt Carpenter. I know carp is no dozier, but he’ll come a lot cheaper.

Cram It
Cram It
5 years ago

When you open with the Marte lede tomrrow, you might save yourself 100 Austin Meadows questions by listing some guys you would and wouldn’t add him over. Just trying to help!

Sportive Tricks
Sportive Tricks
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It:

hahahhahahha

It’s so funny because it’s TRUE!

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Ha good call

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Ha. Yeah there’s no avoiding it, you’re right. Better get some sleep tonight!

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Wait, You write stuff?

Nightmare!
Nightmare!
5 years ago

E5 and either Duvall, kemp, or Thames for Miggy? Who would u slot in

Sportive Tricks
Sportive Tricks
5 years ago

Should I drop Grichuk for Meadows?

Love yas!!!

fredtbn1gs
fredtbn1gs
5 years ago

Max Kepler has been playing better lately and is on the wire, and someone dropped Joc Pederson in my 12 team Yahoo roto (3 keepers, with added OPS cat). Should I pick up one of them and drop Raimel Tapia, looking at ROS? My other OF are Cespedes, Trumbo, and Benintendi, with Dickerson and Margot subbing OF and Util. I was hoping Tapia would go back to AAA so I could stash him in an NA slot for later but looks like he’s staying up for now.

Also I have Shark, Shoemaker, and Folty rostered (league adds QS and uses SV+H). Worth holding all three, or which one should I use as a streaming pitcher slot?

Don’t have Marte, hooray!

Wilson
Wilson
5 years ago

All Keeper forever league
Should I still keep Marte? Supposedly he still have some value after suspend.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
5 years ago

Rotoworld claims that Posey is playing 1B and hitting second tonight against the Royals, while Baseball Press has him DHing and hitting cleanup. Seems like everyone is flustered by the Marte news today.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: Looks like Rotoworld just edited their Posey blurb to reflect the Baseball Press lineup. Must’ve gotten their initial info from the guy who claimed that DeShields would lead off and play everyday.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

Screw Meadows…..it’s the Adam Frazier show! NFBC here I come!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago
FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
My uncle would say that
a woman wearing a hat is
Looking for some D…

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: From watching him, he’s really not terrible. I mean, some runs and SB if he plays. I wanted him to get MI eligibility for nfbc so this might actually hurt me.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: He’s no Motter.

FaustoCarmona
FaustoCarmona
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: all 3 meals plus as sensible snack.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
5 years ago

ROS Gallo or Meadows?

demribbies
demribbies
5 years ago

Benching Folty with confidence vs WAS?

Ashtray
Ashtray
5 years ago

I know it’s not sexy but I need help deciding on which middle relievers to roll with. League stats are ratio heavy: QS, HLD, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9

Juan Nicasio
Joe Kelly
Mike Montgomery
Ross Stripling

Which two should I cut?

primetime
primetime
5 years ago

Mad panic on Razzball this afternoon.

I own Marte as well, 10 team keeper league. 80 games, means early July return.. Meaning Playoff time.

I also own:
Polanco
Bradley
Pence
Pederson
Mancini (he will get OF soon)
Margot
Choo (recently picked up cause of matchups)

Add Meadows?

Waivers – Inciarte, Werth, D Santana, Conforto, Gardner, Kepler, Broxton, Holliday Peralta and Motter all avail.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  primetime
5 years ago

@primetime: Who else is available?

primetime
primetime
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: HAHA! Your Razzball Troll you.. HAHA!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Hahaha. Nice!

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: this whole line of it being “nice” to be a troll is entirely reminiscent of the scene in Inherent Vice where the hippy says about a character
“it’s groovy to be insane, man”
martin short as rudy bladtnoid the dentist: “it’s not groovy to be insane”

Ashtray
Ashtray
5 years ago

Wouldn’t it make more sense for the Pirates to keep rolling with Frazier instead of Meadows. I only ask because SOME DUDE IN MY LEAGUE SNAGGED MEADOWS 2 MINUTES BEFORE I DID!!!

But for real, Meadows is only hitting .160 in AAA right now. Frazier is hitting .300 in the bigs.