Jake McGee hit the DL with a sprained MCL.  Damn, 1150 was a very bad year for him.  Wait, a new closer that no one owns is up for grabs!  When this news broke, I was sitting in a French cafe, wearing a beret to the side, flicking a Virginia Slim 120 like a French baller.  I immediately looked for Carlos Estevez, but he was gone.  Then I looked for Jason Motte — gone!  Then I looked for Boone Logan — there!  So, I grabbed him, then I wept quietly.  Was I really picking up the guy third down the SAGNOF totem for the Rockies?  I’m such a pitiful save vulture.  Get some dignity, man, you’re better than this, you’re rocking a beret and a Virginia Slim 120!  After Saturday’s game, Walt Weiss announced Estevez would be the closer, so now, even more pitifully, I will be dropping Boone Logan, who got me a cheap vulture save on Sunday due to Estevez being used too many days in a row.  That’s like the fantasy baseball walk of shame.  Everyone who sees you drop the guy that doesn’t get the closer job knows full well that you desperately tried to make the wrong guy work.  Now I have to pick up and drop twelve other guys to bury my move.  The fantasy baseball shame cycle!  As for Estevez, his outings will be like brother Emilio — short.  His performances may be like brother Charlie’s relationships — rocky.  Unlike his father, Martin, he will not be starring in an awful Netflix series canoodling with the DA from Law & Order.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Tyler Chatwood – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.89.  Never thought I’d say this but I’ve really liked what I’ve seen from this guy.  *pull back to reveal I’m looking at Danny Duffy*  You thought I was talking about Chatwood?  Oh, hells no.

Christian Friedrich – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. Tyler Anderson 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  This game happened in Coors, which caused Elias Sports Bureau to say this was the most unlikely pitchers’ duel since “Tiny” Joey Warnicko vs. “Cross-Eyed” Rick Thompson in a 1986 Little League game where one coach remembers it like this, “One kid couldn’t reach home and the other kid had to look at 1st base to see home.”

Jason Grilli – 1 IP, 1 ER and the save.  Blue Jays announced that Grilli will be the primary setup man.  A few things here, A) If everyone hates you, it’s not everyone that is wrong, it’s you, Storen. B) You have to dislike someone a lot to name Grilli the primary setup man because usually teams just use guys in a role, they don’t go out of their way to announce a setup man.  Some teams don’t even announce a closer.  C) There’s no C.  D) It’s Jason Grilli!

Aaron Sanchez – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.38.  This is hilarious (not funny at all).  On my fantasy team (through picking up and dropping), Sanchez has a 4.11 ERA in 57 IP.  Off my team (on waivers or when someone else has owned him), he has an ERA of 1.91 in 28 1/3 IP.  I’m not joking (I’m crying).

Russell Martin – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  This might be conformation bias, but we seem to get more comments about dropping Martin after he does well, then we get about picking him up.  Maybe your dad was right, you are scared of success.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting near .375 in the last week with another homer.  Hot schmotato alert!

Adam Jones – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a double slam (10, 11) and legs (1).  He’s really taken off as the leadoff hitter.  Dot dot dot.  With power (6 HRs in only 71 ABs), but he has an OBP under .300.  I don’t know who the O’s can bat leadoff, but anyone else makes more sense.

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  He was in this past Buy column, and will be in every one after because the Hitter-Tron has a raging erectrocution for him.

Matt Wieters – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer.  Wieters is doing the impossible this year.  He’s bucking any hot hitter trend that’s ever happened in baseball prior (or of the last few weeks).  Incredibly, Wieters hits a home run, then doesn’t get another hit again for a few games.  This is dependent on your definition of incredibly.

Chris Davis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  “It’s getting stuffy in here.”  “Did you try opening the Chris Davis Buy Low Window?”  “I can’t, I think it’s painted shut.”

Ike Davis – Signed a deal with the Yankees.  That’s a real life Boone Logan pick up.  The Yankees got real drunk, realized they had no one to go home with at 1st base, and just grabbed the first guy that would agree.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.88.  Those of you that keep going back to Pineda are trying to make a round peg fit in a square hole when his opponent, Michael Fulmer (6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.52), is the square peg you’re looking for.  And what’s cooler than Square Pegs?  Nothing.  By the by, what’s the blonde guy holding?  A taser?  Early cellphone?  Electric razor?  What the hell is he holding?

Gerrit Cole – Sounds to be headed to the DL with triceps tightness.  Or as I like to call it, where’s Jameson Taillon?!

Francisco Cervelli – Hit the DL with a broken hand.  Chris Stewart should take over.  And you thought the Pirates’ catching situation couldn’t get more boring for fantasy (boringer?  The rich guy with nothing to talk about, Beau Ringer?).

Francisco Liriano – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.92.  Solid game…OR WAS IT?!  Oh, snap, the reversal question!  The K-turns of hope.  Liriano also gave up 3 unearned runs and this was a favorable matchup.  His next one will be more of a test coming in Wrigley.  The ballpark, not the gum.

Carlos Martinez – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.46.  Looks like C-Mart has buoyed his May (5.18 ERA) with a solid June (2.51).   We’ll have to see what July has in store.  Or as The Decemberists call it July!  July!

Matt Holliday – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .265.  This could cause me to pick up Holliday for the 17th time in only 10 weeks.

Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.94.  I gave you my Danny Duffy fantasy on Friday.  Leave your fantasy password in the comments and I’ll pick him up for you.  If your password is GreysmellslikeLimburgercheese then not cool, man.

Cheslor Cuthbert – 1-for-3, 1 run and two homers (3, 4) on Saturday.  Cheslor Cuthbert sounds like the Cesar Chavez of limo drivers.  “When it’s under 40 degrees, the driver will be allowed to smoke inside the car, or we strike.”  On top of that, he could be a hot schmotato.

Whit Merrifield – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .322 and now batting leadoff.  It makes sense too, he’s been one of the best pure average hitters on the Royals.  Of course, “best pure average hitters” doesn’t scream must-own in fantasy.  It mumbles “maybe own.”

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer this weekend.  His nickname should be Salve, because he soothes you, and stops you from picking your catcher scab.

Yordano Ventura – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  So, Machado smacked some sense into him?  He’s finally full of sound and fury, signifying something?  Is he calling Shakespeare a liar?  If there was one guy in the majors that would call someone dead for four hundred years a liar, it would be Ventura.  “This is yours, you’ve earned it.”  That’s Milton Bradley handing Ventura a key to A.C., Asshole City.  So, this was a solid game from Ventura (no dur!), but I still don’t trust him.  I’d want to see another solid one.

Jose Quintana – 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.66.  Seems to go perpetually underrated in some fantasy circles, and if someone didn’t recognize Quintana’s genius, they would be a jerk.  Therefore, each individual would be a circle jerk.

Jose Abreu – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer.  Oh my God, my reverse Sell jinx might actually be paying dividends for once for me.  I’m more pot committed than John Malkovich in Rounders, just do something, Abreu.

Carlos Rodon – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.28.  Sonavabench!  You’re not supposed to pitch well when just returning from injury.  Even if it was a day-to-day thingie-ma-boo-boo.

Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.93.  Seen Roark mentioned a lot as a potential drop.  Guys and five girl readers, if a pitcher has a K-rate over 7 and an ERA under 3, then just hold him.

Danny Espinosa – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 11th homer.  What if it’s revealed Danny Espinosa is actually Trea Turner in Witness Protection?  Do Turner’s owners get credit for his stats?

Joe Ross – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.01.  You know what’s gonna happen with Ross, right?  You know, right?  He’s going to give up 7 ER in 2 IP in September but JB is already going to be onto fantasy basketball so unable to answer for all that Ross wrought (almost stutterer!).

Maikel Franco – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer, a bomb that came against Papelbon in the 9th that put the Phils ahead, but then Jeanmar Gomez (2/3 IP, 2 ER) blew the game.  I’m sure I speak for all Phils fans when I say, ten minutes of Papelbon sucking was worth it.

Dan Straily –  7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.15.  He was a small positive for this start on the Stream-o-Nator and is again for his next one vs. the Braves.  I tell you this because Straily really is a start to start guy.  I believe they have a name for those.  *intern whispers in my ear*  A streamer, right.  Could you whisper a little further away from me, your breath is hot.  *intern whispers a few feet away*  I can’t hear you!

Daniel Mengden – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks as he was called up to start on Saturday.  With Hahn demoted, Dave Magadan should remain in the rotation.  He’s had control problems in the minors, and did again in his first start.  Also, he’s profiled in the past as a long man out of the pen, which makes my pen want to use sad ink.

Danny Valencia – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .335.  Take a moment and look at the corner man you have on your team.  Is he anywhere near as good as Valencia?  I’m gonna guess that at least 75% of you answer in the affirmative.  And since 25% of you don’t know what affirmative means, that’s a full 100% in favor of Valencia.  It’s math, you can’t argue with it.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  That Semien shot came off a Lamb.  Sounds Scottish.

Matthew Wisler – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 4.36.  Well, we had some good times, though they weren’t that good to put up with these bad times.  Begone, Wisler!  Woebegone!

Jason Heyward – 3-for-4, 3 runs and a homer (4) on Saturday, hitting .240.  The mirror situated directly under Heyward’s nose is fogging up.  It’s not an illusion.  Or a trick, that’s something a prostitute does.

Javier Baez – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .272.  The gains he’s made on his strikeout rate are the biggest story no one is talking about.  Or rather, no one is talking about that I’ve heard, for all I know, everyone’s talking about it.  This is why I wasn’t that worried about Rizzo, Kris Bryant or George Springer either.  It seems as if hitters can correct too many Ks if they’re young.  Baez’s strikeout percentage in 2014 was 41.5%.  This year:  19.1%.  Baezinga!

Matt Shoemaker – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Now has 70 Ks, 11 BBs in 68 IP.  I.e., yes, please and thank you.  He’s been insane since May 21st — 1.91 ERA in 37 2/3 IP with 48 Ks.  I’ve been telling you to pick up Shoemaker for the past few weeks.  A few people thought I was crazy when I said Shoemaker was safe due to his season last year.  Thankfully, we’re not using his stats from last year for this year’s fantasy leagues.

Jefry Marte – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer.  How did King Jefry go from a platoon player to hitting cleanup?  Oh, The Sciosciapath.

Mike Trout – Was hit on the thumb by a pitch and immediately left the game.  The fantasy community collectively held its breath.  Pausing at one point from the breath-holding to have some Cheetos.  Luckily, x-rays came back negative, so we can return to just eating Cheetos.

Danny Salazar – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.19.  I wonder at what point people will consider Salazar in the top echelon of starters, because he’s been effin’ beautiful going on two years now.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-5 and his 11th and 12th homers, hitting .231.  Not sure what happened and too lazy/uninterested to figure it out, but Santana went from a perennial .260 hitter to a perennial .230 one and doesn’t look like he can find his way back to .260.

Wily Peralta – Was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Matt Garza.  I guess it wasn’t possible to option the entire Brewers’ staff minus Jimmy Nelson to the minors and let opposing teams hit off a tee for the other games.  I have Josh Hader, star of Napoleon Dynamite and Brewers’ pitching prospect, stashed in one very deep league.  If I remember, I’m going to ask JB about him on today’s podcast.  Though, this is more of a note that I hope JB reads and reminds me about.

Zach Davies – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.88.  He throws 89 MPH.  By the time he winds up and the ball hits the catcher’s mitt, I can let out one full yawn.

Miguel Sano – During his rehab, he hit off a tee, i.e., off a pitcher with a better curve than a Brewers starter.

Eduardo Nunez – 1-for-3, 1 run and 2 steals (13, 14).  The most unlikely top 5 guy for any position on our Player Rater?  Well, at least a top 5 most unlikely top 5.

Brandon Kintzler – 0 IP, 1 ER, and two unearned runs.  Maybe it’s the Twins’ closer role whose womb is polluted like Michelle Pfeiffer and the Reds’ closer role.

Max Kepler – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, and third straight game with a hit.  I wouldn’t say schmotato yet, but I would say it’s worth a little cyclops’ing.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 6.06.  You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay on my teams anymore.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting .359, after having two straight 4-for-5 games.  I think it’s fair to give him the F5 nickname honor this year.

Felix Hernandez – Could be out four more weeks.  Total shame for F-Her–Okay, enough mourning!  James Paxton will now be in the rotation for another month and, on Saturday, threw 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.25.  K-Pax isn’t just a movie that made Kevin Spacey say, “Hey, maybe I should give TV a chance,” but he’s the Mariners’ starter with a 13+ K/9, barely 2 BB/9 and a 1.88 xFIP whose velocity is averaging over 97 MPH.  K-Pax has flirted with being an ace for a few years, and might finally be there.  Duffy, Paxton, Fulmer and Shoemaker have emerged in just the last few weeks, and every year you think you should draft starters high.  As they say in Paris, c’est la vie, ya’ll!  Paris, Texas, obviously.

Leonys Martin – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer.  Pick him up just to see if you’re The Cooler.

Yu Darvish – Won’t pitch on Monday and is headed for an MRI.  The only thing I can think, and I have thought about this long and hard.  Our prayer hexagon failed due to a non-believer among us.  I don’t want to turn this into Salem, burning fantasy baseballers on a stake, but I will if it’s necessary.

Prince Fielder – 0-for-2, 1 run and his 5th homer on Saturday, hitting .202.  For those kicking themselves that they gave up Fielder too soon, Adam Lind is owned in less than 5% of ESPN leagues and has been more valuable.

Mitch Moreland – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his 9th homer, and a huge weekend with two homers on Friday.  Speaking of guys that have been better than Fielder and aren’t owned anywhere.

Colby Lewis – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.00.  Rotoworld said about Lewis, “He doesn’t strike out many batters and is homer-prone, but he gets plenty of run support and pitches lots of innings, two factors which historically have combined to help him win more games than his talent would indicate.”  That’s like the person who buys the produce they don’t want that is on sale and about to rot.  “These okra have a weird smell to them, but they’re 30% off!  Anyone have any okra recipes?!”

Zack Godley – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (3 BBs), 3 Ks in his first start of the year.  Godley, or as Jews call him G-dley, has never been much of a prospect, and you have to be out of your g-ddamn mind to mess with him in mixed leagues.  Fun fact!  Jewish pagodas are pag-das.

Peter O’Brien – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer as he was called up on Friday.  Has big-time power (17 HRs in only 51 games this year in Triple-A), tends to strike out too much, overdoes it with Neil Diamond sing-a-longs like every Irishman, and should be the Diamondbacks’ left fielder for games vs. lefties.

Robbie Ray – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.57.  Robbie Ray is a guy for the Stream-o-Nator and a name for blaxploitation films.

Dallas Keuchel – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 5.54.  Listen, you tried to make it work.  You stayed at a motel for a month to let him have his space; you wanted to go back to Keuchel but you fell in love with Danny Duffy.  Neither you or Duffy expected it to happen, but it did.  Let Keuchel down easy, it’s for everyone’s sake.

Carlos Gomez – 0-for-3 and his 3rd homer on Saturday.  Referee Earl Hebner lifts Gomez arm and it falls, lifts it again and it falls, lifts it a third time and it falls–Wait!  He’s lifting his arm!  He’s alive!

Chris Archer – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 KS, ERA at 4.61.  Sadly, I think this is the best it’s going to get this year.  Some Quality Starts, nice Ks, bunch of losses and never seeing long stretches of the ace from last year.  At least it’s better than what he was doing in April/May.

Matt Moore – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 5.05.  If you pick him up now, you are falling for the banana in the ol’ tailpipe.

Blake Snell – Returning to start on Thursday vs. the Mariners with Andriese bumped to the bullpen.  Snell ya later from my team, Aaron Sanchez!  “Hi, my name is Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario — prefer if you don’t abbreviate it — and I have a problem.”  The chorus responds, ‘Hello, Grey.’  “My problem is I cycle through ten players a day in my 12 team mixed league and half the time I don’t even own these players long enough for them to even start on my team.”  Grumbles, people understand.  “I picked up Grilli, after he got the save, then I saw Snell coming up and I dropped Grilli again.”  Someone yells amen, some people give the Amen’er a sideways glance.  “One time, I was on my way to a funeral and I pulled over to pick up a replacement closer.”  You can hear the dismay in the audience.  “And I was the lead car, so the entire procession pulled behind me.”  Someone yells out, ‘He’s a monster!’  I lower my head, “I know.  I am.”

  1. Jason Hastings says:
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    First.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Blue 42, Blue 42, Eighty! Hut-hut!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hike?

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Aw, you ruined it. Just kidding, it was a quick hut-hut (not the long calls that John Elway would use) to try and draw the defense offside for a 5-yard penalty and automatic first down!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My bad!

  2. web says:
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    Snell over Aaron Sanchez or Taiwan Walker or hold?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @web: Hold.

    • Cram It says:
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      @web: “Snell ya later” is a play on “Smell ya later” which is a play on “See ya later.”

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Cram It: It pays to always read the blurb!

    • Scott says:
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      @web: Snell over Sanchez and hold on Taijuan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @web: Over Sanchez

    • Roger Podacter says:
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      @web: I’m in the same boat, but I’m leaning towards Walker.

      Slightly Lower K rate, more HR’s given up and a worse Win/Loss Record, the only factor is Walker’s WHIP is 9 points lower.

      Yesterday’s game in Toronto was a slug-fest simply because the winds were blowing really hard; so not indicative of the typical Sanchez start.

  3. Harper'sBetterThanTrout says:
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    Grey stuff as usual. I meant, great.

    Couple of questions. Starling Marte or Abreu for the rest of the season?

    Second question, James Paxton or Tim Anderson if you have to simply pick the best value for rest of the season too?

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    What’s up with Matz ? Start him v. Atl. ? I had been planning on it.
    Was watching JoFer sat. nite, and freaking saber metrics nerd on mob network kept saying perfect for 5. I hate this dude so much I forget his name, but wanted to tell him…..stfu !
    Have to choose JoFer at home v. Rockies or Kershaw at Ari., the same spot where Bourn went deep for the 1st time this year. Yeah, Brian Freaking Kenny. What a douche.

  5. True and Correct says:
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    How long do you think Taillon and Urias remain in their respective rotations ?

    • muskysmell says:
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      @True and Correct:

      Definitely Taillon is a better bet to remain than Urias. There is zero chance they don’t handle the teenager with the most delicate of kid gloves. Plus, the Dodgers have a plethora of injured veterans who could make their way back into the picture (Ryu, McCarthy, Wood, etc.) and even prospects that could supplant him (De Leon).
      People really shouldn’t bother holding onto Urias in non-keeper leagues. I’m a diehard Dodger fan and I follow them daily — Urias won’t be maximized in any way this year. He isn’t even getting past ~85 pitches per start.

      Taillon on the other hand, the GM has been quoted to saying that they’re more concerned with Taillon having stressful innings rather than an actual innings cap.
      But I would still expect Taillon to be limited in workload given his injury past.

      In short: don’t even bother with Urias. With Taillon, expect him to get shut down eventually with a very very tiny outside chance they let him remain in the rotation ROS.

      • muskysmell says:
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        Just to clarify RE: Taillon, I could see him getting shut down the last month of the season..

        • brett says:
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          @muskysmell: Do you think Urias could become the dodgers 8th inning guy? I’m in a league that has holds and if he starts and then became a top set up man that would be huge value.

        • JakeTPE says:
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          @muskysmell: If the Bucs are out of it, yeah. If they can keep it close, they may choose to skip a start here or there to keep his innings at a manageable level — this may be wishful thinking. He does have a lengthy injury history so if what you surmise comes to pass, it won’t be a surprise.

        • True and Correct says:
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          @muskysmell: Thanks dude.

  6. True and Correct says:
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    One last question before bed (Encinitas, San Diego)…..what’s your guess when Machado takes his 4 days, or should I say do you think they rule in his appeal by midweek ? Thanks much.

    • Grey

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      @True and Correct: He’ll appeal soon then they’ll announce it, maybe weekend, maybe next week

  7. JakeTPE says:
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    Hi Grey! Fabulous write-up.

    So, I’m not sure if I should be sad writing this because our Yu prayer hexagon didn’t work or because… (self-pity alert!!!)

    STOOPID Yordano Ventura strikes out more guys (10) than he has all season after I finally got sick of his d-baggery and low K-rate and dropped him… 9 Games?? Give him 15!! I’m angry, I tell ya!

    (After collecting myself) So, out went Ventura and Smyly (pick him up now, everyone!) and in come Paxton and Eikoff.

    Speaking of Eikoff, [email protected] gave Je-rad the OK this week as a two-start pitcher. @ TOR Monday looks scary. Would you start him? Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @JakeTPE: Ha, thanks! I wouldn’t start Jerad away from home

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: His Home/Away splits are brutal.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  8. Alex says:
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    Would you take Baez over Profar?

    And what’s up with Z. Davies? Is he worth holding after his last two starts? Would you go with Descalfani or Snell?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Alex: Nope, Profar as long as he’s playing… Snell

  9. Greg says:
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    All right. Since I have Kang and Profar, grabbed Baez to fill in. Though he’ll probably sit when I need him. …

    And thanks for tipping me over the edge. ..I grabbed both Duffy and Paxton. ..and Fulmer last week. Heh heh.

    Tommy Joseph the real deal? I’m thinking thinking thinking. …I’ve got Matt Adams. Sorry, Freddie Freeman, even when you DO hit, all you get is solo homers. I cut him.

    So basically, Adams or Joseph?

    C:Wieners
    1b: Adams
    2b: Profar
    Ss:Kang
    3b: Franco
    Of:Betts, Cargo, JUP
    Ut: Baez or L MARTIN

    Sp: Madbuum, Matz, Fulmer, JRoss, Darvish (praying), Rodon, Duffy, Paxton
    CL: Chapman, Rosenthal, Harris

    DL: Cobb, Sano

    Feeling good. Might need more speed but Upton is starting to run, Betts, too, and hopefully Leonys’ hamstring is good enough to start running again.

    Solid? 14 team h2h 5/5 yahoo

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Greg: Joseph, man! 100% Mac the Knife informed Howard that Joseph is taking over FT duties of 1B!!! So that vote of confidence should be enough. Kudos on picking up Duffy and Fulmer, I did the same for yesterday’s matchups!

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Scott says:
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      @Greg: All aboard the TJ train. Woo woo!

  10. Sneaky Pete says:
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    Loving the write up!

    Pedro Alvarez or Eugenio Suarez for the ros?

  11. Muskysmell says:
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    I love me some Baezinga, but is he getting consistent starts? It seems to me he gets roughly 3 starts out of every 4.

    Can anyone confirm whether he’s become an official starter?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Muskysmell: Looks like what you say–3 out of every 4–according to his player card (with pinch hit appearances sprinkled in). So starting utility player? Seems like Maddon will work him in when he can, but he still has about 80 fewer AB than Russell and Zobrist if that’s an accurate means of comparison.

      • muskysmell says:
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        @JakeTPE:

        Yea, it’s hard justifying a pick-up for me in my weekly league then.
        My 2B has been a shitstain all season long. I picked up Forsythe for the week, hopefully he’ll stop the bleeding.

        Grey,
        I’m assuming you’d prefer an everyday Forsythe over Mr. 80% Starter Baezinga

        • JakeTPE says:
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          @muskysmell: I hear ya. I’ve been rolling Russell and Schoop for most of the season — OK but not great, or rather, I’m always playing the wrong one — now I’m on Profar who seems to be an everyday utility guy like Baez. Got D-Trav on the radar if he can string a few good games together, shake off the rust. Forsythe was great earlier in the season. Good luck!

          • brett says:
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            @JakeTPE: Asked this above but since you are a dodger fan what do you think happens to Urias? Do you think he can become there 8th inning guy when he is getting closer to his inning limit? I’m in a league with holds and that would be great value.

            • JakeTPE says:
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              @brett: Hey Brett. Not a Dodgers fan actually but I play in a league with holds as well. That’s a good shout for Urias actually — the Dodgers are one of those pens in which there’s no clear set-up guy for Jansen. Baez has 11 holds which is decent, Blanton next with 5. (I guess it helps when Kershaw is going 8-9 IP every turn.) So, you can see Urias with his stuff filling a 7th or 8th inning role later this season and doing it well with his stuff.

  12. First off I know your all going to laugh at me, but I’m seriously thinking about dumping Adrian Gonzalez. I tried trading him for penny’s on the dollar. KNOCK KNOCK “NO ONE’S HOME” I don’t know what to do with him. Maybe I need to make a Moobie

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Dnut Eastwood: No one will laugh, man. I was late for my draft and missed the first 7 rounds. Of course, autobot selected Gonzo #57!!! I dropped him just before he hit that HR about 3 to 3.5 weeks ago (‘member?). Then I tried to get him back but was too late. Honestly, whatever you can get for him will be worth it. Take it and move on with Joseph/LoMo if either are still available. You could also do the Lind/Dae-Ho shuffle but that’s worse than Chinese torture.

      Cheers,
      Ante

  13. Herr Drumpf says:
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    I have a chance to buy low on Carrasco. Despite his recent mediocrity, any reason to rank him behind the impending call-up guys–Glasgow, Taillon, Snell, Reyes, or the on-fire Shoemaker?

  14. Bosox says:
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    Drop McCullers for snell or shoe?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bosox: Shoe is doing pretty darn good.

    • Scott says:
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      @Bosox: Don’t drop McCullers. His next start is vs. Cincy at home.

      • Pu$$y Control says:
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        @Scott: Cincy can hit!

  15. Oranje says:
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    I picked up Paxton but in order to keep him I need to drop either Taillon or Odorizzi. Is he worth keeping in the place of one of them and if so…who to drop? Thanks.

  16. Mike says:
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    Another great read!

    1. I’ve waited for weeks and after I read your write up on Stanton last week, my finger has been on the panic button. Is it time to shop him or wait a while longer. If I shop him, what kind of value do you think he has right now?

    2. Profar is available on waivers. Should I force him into my line up by bumping LeMahieu or Cozart? Or, snag him and offer him with Stanton in a deal for a nice little payday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: 1. My write up said sell for a top 50 player 2. Play matchups

  17. muskysmell says:
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    Who would you start if you could only start two:

    McCullers vs. CIN
    A. Sanchez @ BAL
    Hammel @ WAS

    Personally, I’m leaning towards McCullers and Sanchez because McCullers, although pitching terrible, has a crummy CIN lineup while Sanchez has actually been really good despite his recent goose-egg. Meanwhile, Hammel hasn’t been quite as sharp lately and that WAS lineup scares me.

    But which two would you go with?

    • Can't spell wRONg without Ron says:
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      @muskysmell:
      Sanchez @ Bal…grab some bench young man.

  18. Chud says:
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    Grey- Keep bashing Abreu until he gets pissed and starts mashing!

    ROS 10 team 5×5: Duffy, Shoe, Paxton, JGray.

    Thanks!

    • Chud says:
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      @Chud: Please rank those 4. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chud: Hope so…. Shoe, Pax, Duffy

  19. EazyE says:
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    Since pitching seems to be a tad unpredictable these days, any reason to give Lincecum a shot in a 12 team h2h points keeper league? He looked good yesterday in his final start in Fresno 7 innings, 1 hit, 1bb 7ks

  20. Steeeeeeeve says:
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    Well written. As for Rodon, I can only empathize. He is like a personalized horoscope but the exact opposite. “6/11: Venus is in retrograde… I see many earned runs in your future. But fret-not, the night is always darkest before the dawn. Those who perceiver shall concur. Indeed your patience shall reap windfall dividends.” Then… EFFFFFFF YOU RODON HOROSCOPE!!!

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Steeeeeeeve: Haha!

      Rodon horoscope came up against the power of the Rodon prayer hexagon!

      • Steeeeeeeve says:
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        @JakeTPE: LOL, Rodon starts are very complicated. Read the horoscopes, pray to the hexagon, dust off the magic eight ball, and always wear your lucky underwear. “FINGERS CROSSED!”

  21. Awesome Auger says:
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    Keep forever league – correa/odubell or c seager/blackmon?

    This yr id assume Seager side but how about long term?

    • The Tycoons says:
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      correa / Odubel

  22. Hubiedoobie says:
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    Can’t find the star of Napoleon dynamite, Jon heder, anywhere on waivers

  23. brett says:
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    Couple of question on Urias.
    1. Do you think he is a starter and then just shut down or does he go to the pen?
    2. I’m in a league that has holds as a category, if he goes to the pen do you think he is long relief or is he a set up man?
    3. What do you think his innings cap is next year. Would you trade him for Andrew Miller? Urias is a $5 keeper next year (keep 5 260 budget)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brett: 1. Pen 2. Long relief 3. 150, I’d want Urias

  24. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    Paxton or Davies in a 10 Team H2H Points League or am I dicking around with 2 Streamers? I had no idea Davies only threw 89. He’s been good, but they will catch on and catch up.

    Thank much Grey.

  25. stu says:
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    Nola(TOR) or Fulmer(KC)

    • Jason E. says:
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      @stu: Fulmer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stu: Are they both away?

      • stu says:
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        @Grey: Nola home, Fulmer away

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nola

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: No, I believe Nola is at home though it’s confusing. There are two games in Toronto and two games in Philly between the two teams for the four-game set.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          Terrible scheduling there

  26. Justin says:
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    I’m in last place is an obp league. I’m already a long shot for the playoffs. I blame AJ pollock. Grey I’ll never doubt you again.. The league is a keep 10 with no restrictions so I’m just trying to accumulate the 10 best players for next year. I got offered his Correa, Fernandez, Alex Reyes for my Stanton, seager, Salazar. Any advice?

  27. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who would you rather drop: Schoop or Forsythe ?

    Thanks

  28. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up, like a shot of bromelain on your tongue. (The stuff that burns your tongue found in the core of pineapple!) Aka, good for you but painful.

    a. I owned Espinosa on Saturday only to find out he was benched for Drew. I looked at it and it makes 100% sense. Drew=vs. RHP and Espinosa=vs. LHP! Not sure if it pays to burn a bench spot for Espinosa’s batty call versus LHP. So it was good and bad owning Espinosa – just like bromelain. Good for the HR and the enzyme’s capability to break down proteins rapidly and bad for not playing on Saturday and the really awful sensation on the tongue.

    b. Grabbed Motte then cried ‘Why, Lord’ when the Wizard of Weiss replaced him with Logan to deny me (Motte) of the save. Do you think Motte has any value going forward? Saves continues to be a huge problem and recently had to drop Perkins with his recent development so back to square 1 for source of saves. Maybe I can outsource the save s*ituation to northern India.

    c. Grabbed Holliday yesterday! He is a beast again! Grabbed Joseph too so hopefully he can continue his hot streak.

    d. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (June 13)

    Boa Vista: You don’t think the plastic components are going to be trashed?
    Mr Wolfe: That’s why,my friend, we have to find something else to go on.
    Boa Vista: These tire treads, they look too small to be from a county vehicle,don’t you think?
    Mr Wolfe: Yeah,dark to light, that means acceleration.
    Boa Vista: So maybe our bomber made a fast getaway.
    Mr Wolfe: Well,we’re gonna find out.
    Boa Vista: I think I found something.
    Mr Wolfe: Looks like some sort of eyepiece.
    Horatio: Binoculars?
    Mr Wolfe: Yeah.
    Boa Vista: Maybe we’ve got a witness.
    Horatio: Or we’ve got a killer (cue the queue of sunglasses) who likes to watch.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, thanks! A. Nice! B. Ha, ouch C. Sweet D. HA

  29. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work as usual Grey!

    14 team H2H points weekly league…

    Is it time to drop Santiago or hold a bit longer? not too many options on the wire…

    Thanks

  30. Nitro says:
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    10 team head head keeper league:
    A) Miggy fro Abreu and Archer?
    B) NA stash- Turner, Bregman or A Reyes?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nitro: A) Abreu B) Reyes

      • Nitro says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. Charles says:
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    RCL: first in SBs by 20+, middle pack in HR. Would you trade Villar for Carter?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Charles: Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: You should do better

  32. Bogaerts Turner Overdrive says:
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    Watched the entire archer start on Saturday. He was looking like his 2015 self through the first 6 innings. Solo Dolo shot to GoGo his only real mistake. Then he puts a guy on 1st with 2 outs in 8th and Erasmo Ramirez comes in…

    Hits Altuve on his elbow. Walks the next guy on 5 pitches, 4 of them straight awful, to load the bases. Then Casali called one outside and I thought “don’t hit the dirt”, and sure enough a wild effing pitch to plate archers finally Earned run.

    As a side note it was Chris Archer Stormtrooper Bobblehead day so that might have had something to do with it. To me, it looked like Archer had his stuff back for the first time all year. Had 10 first pitch strikes to start the game too

  33. Scooter G says:
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    Morning Grey

    A guy in my league is trying hard to sell mccutchen in our 5×5 h2h obp league. Any one of my hitters you wouldn’t trade for cutch in a one for one besides rizzo/arenado ?

    C R Martin
    1b Rizzo
    2b Dozier
    SS seager
    3b Arenado
    Mi villar
    CI D Valencia
    Of c Davis
    Of G springer
    Of JD Martinez
    Of polanco
    Util T Story
    Util J Heyward
    Bn o Herrera, M Franco , C Beltran

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scooter G: Not Springer, JD or Polanco either

  34. The Tycoons says:
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    I realize Baez k’s have dropped, which is great, but is he really playing everyday? You really never know with Maddon –

    So, Baez or Brett Lawrie for MI in a 16 team league?

  35. DancinHomer says:
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    Best part of my Monday, as usual!

    12-team 6×6 (OPS & QS) redraft league. Would you drop any of the following for Taillon?

    Bradley Jr.
    Kang
    McCullers
    J. Gray
    other?

    Here’s my current roster:
    C: Lucroy
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Walker
    3B: Frazier
    SS: C. Seager
    IF: Villar
    OF: Marte, Polanco, Valencia
    UTL: Franco
    BN: JBJ, Kang, D. Peralta

    SP: Sale, deGrom, Salazar, Walker, Matz, Shoemaker, Rodon, McCullers, J. Gray
    RP: Ramos, Dyson, Gomez

    (Asked this the other day, but inadvertently included Baez on my team, who has already been traded)

    Thanks again!!

  36. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Blake Snell blurb killed me.

    Thanks for the morning laughs.

  37. JoeG414 says:
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    Middle Inf. Batty Call for today :
    Gennett @ San Fran – Cain
    J.Iglesias @ Chi. – Shields

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @JoeG414: Iglesias if he’s playing. Shields is a human punching bag!

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Whit Merrifield is also there vs Carrasco

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh

  38. Ace of Spades says:
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    Need to revamp the back of my pitching staff…Would appreciate you telling me which 3, in your opinion, are the three I should go with ROS out of these guys:
    Wisler, Conley, Nelson, Ventura, Friedrich, Finnegan
    Thanks in advance for advice and thanks everyday for the entertainment and insight

  39. bigbear says:
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    My C is all banged up… Nevermind, I’ll tend to my own C. In a surprising turn of event, the only good ones available seem to be bearded…

  40. Paradise paved says:
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    I have one open slot. Would you prefer snell, estevez, or kintzler?

  41. Everyone in the hexagon needs to show their rosters. If no Darvish, I will drag you to the center of that f’in polygon and light the match. Your crispy ass will forever be known as Yudas. We ask this in Grey’s name, Amen.

  42. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you drop Welington Castillo for Wieters or Martin?

    Thanks!

  43. ryanoger says:
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    Holds league

    Should I lose Neris for Siegrist?

    thanks grey!

    • Cram It says:
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      @ryanoger: Who has more holds?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @ryanoger: I’d say Siegrist if you are speculating on SVs with Rosenthal not being thall that lately. Neris if you’re just looking for holds.

  44. Peteo says:
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    Best Beltre replacement for this coming week:

    Moss
    Joseph
    Zimmerman
    Adams
    Baez

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Peteo says:
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      @Peteo:

      Or P Alvarez

      • Peteo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Whatever says:
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    Hi,

    In an OBP league, should i pick up Russell Martin or Tommy Joseph and drop Yadier? Or hold Yadier?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Whatever: Whatever

      • Whatever says:
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        @Cram It: If you have nothing constructive to say just dont respond.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Whatever: You can’t tell me what to do mom.

        • What's a Drexl? says:
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          @Whatever: you have it backwards, if HE doesn’t give you anything useful YOU shouldn’t respond. treat him like a mushroom.

    • Scott says:
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      @Whatever: I guess this is CBS and TJ has Catcher? TJ is more likely to play every day since he’s not actually catching right now, so I’d go with him.

      • Whatever says:
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        @Scott: its actually fantrax. i was just wondering if people felt good about TJ for ROS or he is just a hot schamato.

        • Ante GALIC says:
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          @Whatever: 100% Joseph. He has a 1400 OPS the last 7 games and has been given the starting job over Howard permanently.

          Cheers,
          Ante

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  46. Scott says:
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    And what’s with this line from Fernando Abad?
    2.0 Innings, 1 Hit, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, Blown Save

    How do you get a blown save with no ER?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Scott: You come in with guys on base and allow a run, thus blowing the SV but the run gets charged to the guy who pitched before you?

  47. Kendrick Llam says:
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    Shoemaker, Nelson, or Hendricks? If you had to lose one, who goes?

  48. Scott says:
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    You guys are really classing up the joint with the Victoria’s Secret ads. Kudos!

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @Scott: they got these neat things called adblockers that fix all this kind of stuff. you never see it again.

  49. Scott says:
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    Please rank ROS
    JoFer
    Cole Hamels
    Taijuan Walker
    Tanner Roark
    Lance McCullers
    Danny Duffy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: That looks fine

  50. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    The trade is my David Price for his Jose Abreu, Kimbrell, and Steven Wright in a 10×10 roto.

    Price has been old Price the last month, I need power/rbi and pitching, worth rolling dice on Abreu and Wright? (Kimbrell will net me a few points). Agonizing on this one because not sure what Abreu does rest of the way but seems to be heating up (to a 30+ HR pace?)

    I’d be dropping Joseph and Javier Baez to make the deal go through.

  51. CMUTimmah says:
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    Cheslor Cuthbert – I can tell if I don’t like him because:

    1 – he’s not that great and likely headed back to AAA soon
    2 – His name reminds me of Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin
    3 – He’s a royal, and I hate the Royals
    4 – Elisha Cuthbert was Sean Avery’s sloppy seconds and was connected to Dion Phaneuf… (there are so many reasons to not like him just in this one…)

  52. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Souza or Leonys as your OF5? If the two are close, would prefer HR/RBI, but not at the sacrifice of too much AVG. Thanks!

  53. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    In a keeper league and still looking to compete this year, which side do you like best:

    Stanton + Odubel Herrera

    or

    Starling Marte + Nelson Cruz

    Thanks!

  54. Pu$$y Control says:
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    Taillon or Paxton?

    • knucks says:
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      @Pu$$y Control: Pax for me

      That Big Sexy Canadian is hitting 100 on the gun, multiple times a game! Taillon has the innings limit concern coming later in the year. Pax should stick even after F-Her is healthy. You don’t take the guy hitting 100 mph out of the rotation if he is giving you quality innings. Plus Felix is out until after the ASG. Either someone else gets injured by then or they have to pick betwen Pax/Karns/Miley.

      Anyways, we’ll likely know if he is for reals after his next start, which is Friday @BOS.

      • Turd Ferguson says:
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        @knucks: Does anyone have clue when Pax is supposed to start this week? Tons of conflicting reports. Rotowire, CBS and ESPN have him pitching in Fenway on Friday. No thank you. Meanwhile, both the Rays and Mariners official sites have Paxton going Thursday against Snell at The Trop. The Sox official MLB site has no concrete pitchers listed at all for the Friday start. Just 2 TBAs. It’s infuriating when we have leagues locking by 7 pm tonight.

  55. Dawg says:
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    Happy Monday, Grey! I got a couple questions for ya.

    I was offered Yu Darvish for my Shoemaker minutes after the news of his MRI broke. For some reason I just can’t accept it. What should I do, Fantasy Master Lothario (not abbreviated!)?

    Also, I have Urias and Snell is currently unowned in my league. Should I try to sell Urias to someone or just go ahead and swap him out for Snell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dawg: Hold on Shoe…Sell Urias if you can or grab Snell

  56. Just Busted says:
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    Drop Guerra for Taillon?

    Thanks!

    I Love the smell of mustache wax in the morning!

  57. crushbombs says:
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    drop b moss for alvarez?

  58. Great Bambino says:
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    Evan Gattis or Russell Martin ROS? Thanks!

  59. Pu$$y Control says:
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    Leonys or Carlos Gomez?

  60. Noons says:
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    Need catcher help
    Perez, Herrmann, grandal, Barnhart, Castro, j. McCann, ianetta

  61. KeeblerMN says:
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    I know this is like the choice between sandpaper or paper cuts to your scrotem but would you rather own Cingrani or Kintzler?

  62. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    All hail Snelly Snell!!

    I’m a cellar-dweller in my AL-only dynasty league. It’s cool though. There’s always the future. Here’s to the future! I happen to have Snell on the cheap in that league, one of my few bright spots.

    I need to start thinking about who to move, though. There’s no question I should trade Madson for whatever I can get. Maybe Herrera, too. But what about Michael Saunders. Injury history tells me I should cash in while I can, but is there any chance he retains value for next year? I’ve got him for $6 next year, which is not bad for a top 10 corner outfielder. So much uncertainty, though.

  63. Noons says:
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    Obrien, trayce, Khris Davis, Phillips, cuthbert, Moreland, gennett,

    Pick 1

    • Noons says:
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      @Noons: merrifield

    • Cram It says:
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      @Noons: Who else?

  64. Docc says:
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    Saves and holds league

    Gomez, Giles, kinztler, brach

    Drop any for abad, will smith, thornburg, Logan, m. Feliz, ohlendorf, givens, uehara, Buchter , siegrist

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Docc: FWIW I just lost Giles for Will Smith who is back and pitching well.

  65. Docc says:
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    Duffy, guerra, Paxton,Ross, Nola, Pom over gausman, Rodon, eovaldi, Pineda, moore

  66. web says:
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    Paxton or Snell?

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @web: Pax

  67. Nightpandas says:
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    See Eaton bouncing back this year? I have benched him for King Rajai in a 15 teamer. Wondering if I should drop for Finnegan in a limited moves league

  68. Docc says:
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    If you have Carlos Perez at father right now are you adding Tda to put on dl ?

  69. KillerB says:
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    Dynasty league with Tulo and Sano out and trying to fill in for missing production but also looking to hold guys with longer term value. Who do you like in each category:

    1 SP: Smyly, Eikoff, Gray, Davies
    1 MI: Travis, Ketel, Cozart, Espinosa, Semien
    2 CI: Shaw, Reed, Adams, Moss, Lee, Alvarez, Pearce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KillerB: Gray….Semien…Shaw

      • KillerB says:
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        @Grey: who would be your second CI in that bunch?

        Also do you think Devon Travis is a bum? On the MI front I Sortof prefer his speed and avoiding the bad BA of Semien.

        • Grey

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          Sure try Travis if you like, apples/apples

  70. Docc says:
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    Gennett schoop or lawrie?

  71. Phil says:
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    Would. You trade R.Davis for Conforto?

    • William Hung says:
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      @Phil: Conforto side for sure cause of upside

  72. Chicken Dinner says:
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    H2H weekly points. Redraft.

    Giancarlo/Carrasco
    or
    Ozuna/Revere/Jeffress/Odorizzi

  73. Afadfklaafjsds says:
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    Schoop, Jose Ramirez, or Baez at 2b? Weekly roto league

  74. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Are my eyes playing tricks on me but when I did a “Player A and B” comparison between Schoop and Odor, the similarities across R/HR/RBI/AVG/SB/OBP were very similar – with Odor having a lead in runs… am I going crazy?

  75. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Estevez over any of Cody Allen, Ryan Madson or Will Harris?

    Thanks again!

  76. 740 says:
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    wats good Grey,

    10team h2h 6x5cats

    please pick 2. Duffy, Walker, Snell, Teheran, Eickhoff?
    also, Harris or Estevez?

    thank u!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Duffy, Walker…Harris

  77. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    How’s it going Grey? Hope you had a great weekend!

    How you would rank these SPs for the next month in a 16-team 6×6 (OBP, QS) roto league?

    Fiers, Ventura, Manaea

    Thank you!

  78. dbb says:
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    Trayce or leonys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

  79. HelpMoiBBGod says:
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    I’m in 12t redraft H2H R HR RBI SB AVG OBP

    You think Werth is werth? over Khris Davies or Grichuk this year?

    How bout at 2B Castro or Travis?

    Thanks a lot

    • HelpMoiBBGod says:
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      @HelpMoiBBGod:
      Oh was gonna add Tommy Joseph to the 1st comparison but no C elig in my league ):

      And Baez still isn’t playing everyday? Right?

  80. Zeus says:
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    Grey nice square pegs reference. sJP always looked horsey. She did have a nice body in that movie with steve Martin in Las Vegas though. And we’re a few clips away from porn. Damnit did it again.

    Two start Eickhoff or one start Paxton this week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Haha… Don’t know matchups…Pax prolly

  81. Paradise paved says:
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    Someone dropped Velasquez in my league….in order to pick him up and throw him on the dl, I’d have to drop sabathia or Duffy. Would you drop either ?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually can drop CC, DL Velasquez then pickup someone else likely

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I did too – dropped Giles for Velasquez then DL’d him – NL East pitchers FTW

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  82. Rodger Dorn says:
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    Sale/Matz or Kershaw which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale

  83. dem ribbies says:
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    Crazy question to ask, but… at what point do we consider dropping McCutchen? he’s been truly awful this season and completely replaceable off the wire. He has essentially zero trade value too.

    At this point I’m just benching and hoping he can put a few good games together so I could get a 3rd/4th rounder in return. ugh…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: I’m gonna name the bucket of cement around my ankles “hold”. : )

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • dem ribbies says:
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            @Grey: all kidding aside, it seems that Cutch is consciously attempting to compensate for his decline in speed for power. His eye just hasn’t adjusted yet. Being one of the better (former/active?) hitters in the game he’s a good bet to come around but man it’s tough sledding so far. Could have had him for so much cheaper in a mid-season trade. ugh. Well, hopefully by the break he’ll start making harder contact.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Either way, he’s not droppable

  84. Five-On-One says:
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    I read fairly quickly, but still can’t make sense of “0-for-3 and his 3rd homer on Saturday.” (Carlos Gomez blurb).

    Anyhoo, can we play start or sit (12-team 5×5 league)?

    Bradley @ PHI (SON $6.3)
    Walker @DET (-$5.9)
    Rodon @CLE (-5.4)

    Also, stash AJ Reed or Pedro Alvarez?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He went oh for threw yesterday and homered on Saturday

  85. Uglee says:
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    2 questions….

    Samardzija or Matz?

    Start Manea today vs Tex?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz… Nah

  86. RePete says:
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    Would you make this move in an 14-Team H2H Keep 5 Forever OBP League:

    My Betts & Bogaerts for his Correa & Price

    C – Gattis
    1B – Pujols, Hanley
    2B – Schoop, Turner
    SS – Bogaerts, Bregman
    3B – Sano, Valencia
    OF – Betts, Stanton, Polanco, Heyward
    SP – Strasburg, Martinez, Walker, Roark, Gausman, Velasquez, Smyly, Corbin
    RP – Robertson, Colome, Vizcaino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  87. Charles says:
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    RCL: doing well in Saves, slightly under pace on Games Started. Would you trade Papelbon for Hamels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  88. Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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    Offered Abreu for Carrasco to no avail. The Carrasco owner is being stingy/isn’t a believer in Abreu.

    Is it OK to take a jab at Abreu for David Price? I know that the Price owner is down on him/high on an Abreu turn around. Thinking about pulling the trigger on this one.

    Thanks for the great write-up! This is the only fantasy advice I need!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure try Price

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      • Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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        @Grey: Price owner accepted! Thanks, FML!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  89. Bostero111 says:
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    Hey Grey.

    12 team H2H redraft with OBP.

    Drop Schoop for LeMahieu or Forsythe or hold?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold…

  90. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Is Cingrani still the closer? I am creating a dartboard and putting in terrible closers on it to figure out which one to pick up. Ohlendorf picked up the save last night with Cingrani pitching the 8th…

    The dartboard is currently populated with Kintzler, Cingrani, Ohlendorf, Abad, Doolittle, and Motte

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is, but I wouldn’t mess with him

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Kintzler the least shittiest of them all then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  91. Wudaben says:
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    Who should be the odd men out of my lineup this week at 1b,3b,of & DH? I’ve got Abreu & Myers for 1st, Rendon & Franco for 3rd, J Upton & Myers for OF and any of them for DH. Normally it’s Franco and Myers on my bench but the way Myers is playing I can’t justify benching him any longer.

    Hittertron has Franco rated highest this week but he and Upton have easily been the worst over the last six weeks. I’m not sure I have that much blind faith. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

  92. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB!
    Hope the weekend was good, bud.
    I think I might be able to get this thing turned around after all. Shoemaker and Paxton could save my rotation.

    You know if Smyly is pitching this week? I heard he was going against Seattle which could be decent, they are very left handed. Either that or Paxton @ Fenway, might be a little early for that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good, man, what did you do this weekend? I wouldn’t mess with Smyly after how awful he looked… Needs at least one start on your bench

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Weather was real nice here in NJ. Spent most of it at our rich friend’s pool. Good people, they’re dog friendly too so I don’t have to leave him home.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Rich friends are awesome, reap the benefits without the work!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Yup. Only way to roll!

  93. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Is Aaron Sanchez outside of your circle of trust? I’m intrigued by Snell but I generally do not like AL East pitchers – Archer is already giving me enough heartburn and anxiety

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m trying Snell

  94. Roger Anderson says:
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    Joseph is still on the waiver wire – I have Frazier, Valencia, Baez, Carter as CI’s – drop who for Joseph? 10 team H2H (getting killed on BA every week.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  95. Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Two questions:
    Start Tommy Joseph or J-Up, leaning towards Joseph

    Start Gausman @ Bos or Rodon @ Cle OR drop 1 of them to start Brandon Finnegan in a 2 start week, 1 game coming against the Braves. I am leaning towards dropping Rodon, starting Finnegan and benching Gausman.
    IP, QS, K/9 included in a 6×6

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton… Start Rodon

  96. Wudaben says:
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    Tommy Joseph has catcher eligibility on CBS. Where do you think he’d fall ROS amongst the catchers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around top 12

  97. Dal says:
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    Hi Grey,
    In a 12 team, 10×9, H2H Dynasty, would you send Archer/Souza to receive JUpton/Gray?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Worth the gamble

  98. John says:
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    Good Morning

  99. Robert says:
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    Stanton and Nola for Cespedes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  100. peacecoast says:
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    Grey,

    Raisel, Oh Raisel what to do with you…

    In my NSVH league does he still have value ROS or are the Reds so bad I should just drop him? Or keep him for the K’s and ratios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him

  101. Rice says:
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    Duffy home vs. DET

    or

    T Walker @KC / @BOS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy

  102. John says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 team mixed league I’m 8th in saves have Rodney, Vizciano, and J Gomez. Would you give up Ozuna to get Melancon or Robertson? Current OF Harper/Braun/Ozuna/Adam Jones/J Upton/Bruce/Holliday. This is a 5 OF League

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, either… Melancon first

  103. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    The big balls dance, made famous by Sam Cassel, actually first appeared in Major League 2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  104. We're Out Of Room says:
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    Morning Grey, couple of questions for ya, if you’d be so kind…
    1) Best back up SS to own(Addison Russell is starter) Tim Anderson, Semien,Ketel Marte, or stash Reyes or Bregman?
    2) Drop Gausman for Jon Gray?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson… Gray

      • We're Out Of Room says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man, I appreciate the Grey endorsement of Gray, after all the color of truth is gray, or is it grey… hmmm?

        I’m also a serial cyclist of players, so I hopefully Anderson’s 0-fer after debuting 2-3 does not continue.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… I hear ya

  105. Here are the most deserving ASG starters…

    AL:
    C S Perez
    1B E Hosmer
    2B J Altuve
    3B M Machado
    SS X Bogaerts
    CF M Betts
    LF N Cruz
    RF M Trumbo
    SP C Sale

    NL:
    C W Ramos
    1B W Myers
    2B D Murphy
    3B N Arenado
    SS C Seager
    CF M Ozuna
    LF K Bryant
    RF G Polanco
    SP C Kershaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No Abreu?!

      • @Grey: I’m not selling him…15/48

        6 2 7 .313 .827

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope I’m wrong too

          • @Grey: Those Sanchez numbers are silly…I’m having a Wins year like that in one league…8 IP 3 baserunners, no win…@ Petco…

          • @Grey: It seems Grande Dolor is enjoying being shoved into the 2-hole…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wake Up: Wil Myers. SMH.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wake Up: Or Rizzo. Myers had a stupid recent stretch where he doubled his season production over 9 games. I’ll give him a nod if he keeps it up.

          • @Cram It: Thought you would say Freeman…

            Just went by pure numbers…Myers has been the best so far…this isn’t my ROS projection…

  106. JoeG414 says:
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    If Dilson Herrera gets the call and plays everyday, ( been tearing up , .386 his last ten games ).
    Who would have more value / like better ? : Him or Tim Anderson . Need Runs and steals.
    Maybe Ralph could help , since its kinda a minor league question . But, I ‘ll appreciate anyone’s insight.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  107. primetime says:
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    Drop Taillon, Fulmer, Hammel for Snell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  108. griff says:
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    In dynasty formats, who is a better player to have AJ Reed or Tommy Jospeh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reed

  109. Bread n Mustard says:
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    Joe Ross or Danny Duffy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy

  110. Jimbob says:
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    Hey Grey,

    So I’m 4-6 scored the 3rd fewest points in a H2h 12 team points league. I’m 3 games back of the two division leaders at 7-3. So I have an uphill battle.

    I keep turning down offers to grab my studs on buy low offers…. But I’m not sure where to improve my team

    Gattis, Rizzo, Addison Russell, c.correa, kang, Stanton, springer, j upton, Adam jones.

    Bum, kluber, t walker, porcello, liriano, maeda, wacha, mccullers, gausman.

    Osuna and Cody Allen.

    I feel I have an all bust offense. Should I just hold and hope for the best? Russel is my weak spot, but he was scoring 25+ a couple weeks ago

    I appreciate it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Russell is droppable… Could see selling Stanton for a top 50 player… concerned about him…your pitching is a bit of a mess after Kluber

  111. Sam says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you try to trade Aaron Sanchez for either Shoemaker for or Teheran?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

  112. Nick says:
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    Papbelon for Aaron Sanchez fair?

    Thanks for the insight.

    • Nick says:
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      Papelbon that is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Nick says:
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        Which side?

        Sanchez/Hammel for Shoemaker and Pap?

        Thanks again .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Shoemaker

  113. Jacks says:
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    Who starts as my U this week in my 4×4?
    Story- 5 games, 2 @ colors
    Leonys- 6 games, 2 lefties
    Lamb – 6 games also 2 lefties

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story

  114. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10×10 weekly H2H that counts W, L and QS. Fister or Rodon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon

  115. dbb says:
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    Duffy, guerra, Paxton,Ross, Nola, Pom over gausman, Rodon, eovaldi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy, Pax over Gaus and Eovaldi

  116. Five-On-One says:
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    1) Start or sit (12-team 5×5 league)?

    Bradley @ PHI (SON $6.3)
    Walker @DET (-$5.9)
    Rodon @CLE (-5.4)

    2) Stash AJ Reed or Pedro Alvarez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit Rodon… Reed

  117. dbb says:
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    Trayce vs Bradley, corbin,guerra

    Or Khris Davis vs Perez, holland,lewis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  118. Nico says:
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    What’s happenin Grey? Thoughts on last nights GoT? Seems to be getting some negative pub, but I liked it.

    Anyway, let’s get down to brass tacks. Am I crazy to stream Nicasio this week? I have to stream someone with Darvish and Velasquez going down, and he might be looking like my best option… Stats are a bit skewed after Friday night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure why negative, I thought it was one of the best episodes of the year… I wouldn’t touch Nicasio

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: I was pretty hyped after. Glad you agree! Okay… back to the drawing board… Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, who was against it? General internet talk?

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, some of the recap writers and fans on some other things I read. They thought the blackfish storyline moved too fast and accomplished nothing, and Arya wasted 3 seasons in Braavos also for nothing. I didn’t get that vibe.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I was saying to Cougs that Arya needed to train for that long to be a credible fighter against the people she hates… A 95-pound girl was not a credible fighter prior to that…. I enjoy Jamie Lannister and Brienne, so didn’t mind Blackfish

              • Nico says:
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                @Grey: Agreed. I thought it helped with overall maturity and real world experience. You could cut right through Jamie and Brienne’s sexual tension!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not a spoiler because I’ve never read the books (don’t think the books are up to date anyway), but I think Cersei’s dying at the end of this season, and Jaime and Brienne end back together at end of the series

                  • Nico says:
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                    @Grey: WOW. Bold prediction. I’ll root for that.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, but might leave a power vortex in Westeros, not sure it plays

                    • Nico says:
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                      Well, if Cersei burns down the whole city with wildfire, Jamie might be the only Lannister left in Westeros (I could be wrong). Could forge some sort of alliance between the decimated Lannisters and Starks if he starts taggin Brienne… I mean the guy is passionate about his lovers.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well there’s Tommen and Tyrion

                    • Nico says:
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                      Tommen gonna die! That’s what the fortune teller led us to believe at least (Cersei would lose all 3 kids)… Tyrion technically not in Westeros in Mereen, but he’s prob heading back… 13 eps after over the next 2 years is bogus.. We want more!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is that all they have left? Damn, they better start wrapping shizz up…

                    • Nico says:
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                      Yup, I think 7 in 2017, and 6 in 2018 (technically 1 season).

  119. Murph says:
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    Hi Grey
    Have Correa, Machado, Segura for middle infield. Picked up Duffy over the weekend but I see you are high on Paxton.
    1. Would you drop Neil Walker or Jhonny Peralta for Paxton?
    2. Also is Chris Young or JWerth worth (werth?) a pickup – if so, would you drop Walker, Peralta, Buxton or LMartin?
    3. I traded away Villar for Correa a while back (what are you going to do) – is Machado, Segura, Springer, Polanco, Buxton, Martin and Ellsbury enough to keep me competitive in steals? Or do I need to make another move?
    Thanks again. I am combing my moustache in your honor as we speak

  120. 200 Proof says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Any of these I should trade away Jose Abreu and Giancarlo Stanton for?
    If you’d go for either, preference on #1 or #2?:

    1) Pujols and Cespedes
    2)Pujols and Braun

    Thanks, Jedi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yoenis one sounds okay, could bite you in the ass

      • 200 Proof says:
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        @Grey:
        Ha!… LOL

  121. ScreechOwl says:
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    Chesler Cuthbert? Whit Merrifield?

    Did I open the Razzball Fantasy Cricket page by mistake?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, they are Royals

  122. Caitlyn Jenners Penis says:
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    Definitely love me some Josh Hader. Was happy to get him packaged in with Arcia for Story in REL2. But he isn’t on the 40 man so a callup is not imminent. Would expect to see more than a few Brewers wearing different jerseys in the coming weeks, but he probably doesn’t get added before that happens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  123. Old Spice says:
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    H2H 12 team – Franco or Longoria ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

  124. The Great Knoche says:
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    Hader is the only guy in REL that JB won’t trade, and I have tried more than once. Must make JB excited in the undies. Hader—Harder….whatever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  125. dbb says:
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    Streaming finnegan @braves ?

    Drop guerra who faces @dodgers next or Duffy @ tigers

    Or drop one closer klintzer, Giles, Gomez, brach who I will need for this week to compete in saves/holds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not

  126. Five-On-One says:
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    12-team, 5×5 league. I am always looking for a 2-start SP with decent matchups. I found a guy who pitches at SD and then at home against ATL. Doesn’t get much juicier than that, eh? But SON doesn’t seem to agree. Is Nicolino (@SD (-13.4) and v ATL (-2.5)) that bad? 2-start guys generally give a boost in wins and K’s, even if risking ERA and WHIP. Then I take a look at his stats. LOW K’s (4.23K/9). LOW wins (doesn’t pitch deep, pitches for Marlins). So why risk ratios. Think I answered my own question. Thanks for the help.

  127. Dob says:
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    Finnegan @ braves, Koehler @ Padres, chacin vs twins

  128. Nick says:
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    Grey,

    not a huge Urias fan for now, but i’d rather wait and get Berrios …

    would you pick up Snell & Desclafani for Jimmy Nelson / Adam conley / Archie Bradley

    subito ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell over Conley

  129. Old Spice says:
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    12 team H2H – JD and Casillia for Nola and Franco….Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD, fair though

  130. Abe Froman says:
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    AL-only roto 6×6 with OPS and holds. Trying to make a move to win this year. What are your thoughts on this trade? Players with a dollar figure next to them are keepable next year at the listed price.

    SEND:
    Abreu
    DeShields (12)
    J. Lowrie (5)
    Darvish (13)
    Severino (5)
    Colome (3)

    GET:
    Moreland (7)
    J. Upton (27)
    Schoop (10)
    Price (36)
    Duffy (13)
    Mychal Givens

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish for Upton and Price? Sounds fine

      • Abe Froman says:
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        @Grey:

        Wasn’t sure if losing Abreu for Moreland would shift anything, but sounds like we’re alright

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  131. Big Al says:
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    Made a couple of quick moves for pitching, since I was hurting. Traded my King of Sagnof for his Iwakuma. More excited about the other trade of C Santana for Shoemaker. I have hated Shoemaker in the past, but he he looks ridiculous right now, and my team hasn’t really needed Santana’s power. 14-team H2H with OPS & QS 6×6. Did I do good, Grey?

    Also, who to start this week?
    PIck 2
    Iwakuma @ BOS (Porcello)
    Snell vs SEA (Paxton)
    Samardzija @ TB (Archer)
    Smyly? vs SEA (Karns)
    Gausman @BOS (Wright)

    I’ve already got Finnegan & Eickhoff going over these guys for their 2 starts…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell, Samardzija

      • Big Al says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey! Was tempted to start Iwakuma since I’ll be playing the guy I just got him from…but I think the risk that he blows up in my face & the other guy rubs it in my face way WAY outweighs whatever goodness I lose from him being on my bench. Hope Shark finds his dorsal fin in Tampa…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  132. Micah says:
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    Going into Saturday, I was winning 10-2. My pitching had been pretty good all week. The guy I was playing against forgot to set his lineup on the day that Gray, Harvey, and Gausman pitched so he missed out on those starts. Frantically, he picked up and started Chris Rusin, Zach Godley, Robbie Ray, Christian Friedrich, and Tyler Anderson. I ended up losing every pitching category. Unbelievable. That being said, should I trade Jacob deGrom for Ryan Braun? My outfield is a mess and I have Snell and Taillon coming up this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn…. Sure, I’d take Braun

  133. Andy says:
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    I’m not too happy with the amount of BBs and increased WHIP Salazar, McCullers, and Pomeranz are bringing for my H2H categories team. I keep losing BB and occasionally WHIP.

    Would you pick up Shoemaker, Duffy, Paxton, or Gray…

    and drop Diaz (I have Zobrist at 2B and Correa/Villar at SS) or a pitcher (I have Carrasco, Salazar, Nola, Fulmer, Pomeranz, McCullers, Taillon, Glasnow (NA))?

    We have 3 SP and 2 P slots so I already have a lot of pitchers but if one of the above are better and have a better BB/WHIP rate then I want to make the move.

    • Andy says:
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      @Andy: Personally, I’m leaning towards McCullers who can’t seem to walk less than 3 or one of the Minor leaguers.

      What’s so great about McCullers? Hasn’t the 4 I listed shown greater upside already?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker over Diaz

      • Andy says:
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        @Grey: Done and thanks. Also, do you think any of these guys are ripe for trade bait?

        Carrasco, Salazar, Nola, Fulmer, Pomeranz, McCullers

        Maybe leaning towards Salazar (recent fatigue issue and high walks) or Pomeranz (low prob. for wins).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take any of them

  134. knucks says:
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    FYI, Aesop Rock w/ Yo La Tengo backing him up on Stephen Colbert tonight.

    If you give it a chance and aren’t impressed, I’ll lay off the Aesop recs/chatter :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, will DVR it

  135. Nico says:
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    d00d! Needed a cleaner area to ask this. Short term pickup in my league with limited moves, have to grab one betting on a brighter future… Eflin, Chris Young, Descalfani, Hellickson? I want to put Pineda on that list, but his peripherals have to be fuggin with me like milk of the poppy. It’s the battle of the bastards on our waiver wire, bro!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? DeSclafani

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: I wish none. Hellickson was on the buy last week, but that was real short term. Those were my top 2. Don’t get Young’s periphs considering his K rate and swing rate are up.. He’s getting bit by the long ball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d try Hellickson

          • Nico says:
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            @Grey: After all that, I think I’m going with Paxton… didn’t even see him out there originally.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I like him

            • Nico says:
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              Shame, shame, shame..

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

  136. Richard D says:
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    In an NL only league 10 teams
    Pitching is Strasborg, C Martinez, Maeda, J Gray, Corbin, Finnegan as starters I have the Colorado “closer D’jour” Estevez and StL’s Rosenthal with his handcuff Oh
    Problem: I also have De Scalfini on reserve. Who gets dropped on his activation or do I try to trade him for something since my staff is so “wonderful”
    By points I have about the 3rd best staff Could do better in Saves and ERA Leading W’s and ok in whip/K’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade him

  137. JWRAY says:
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    Baez or Castro ROS???? This looks like a Cubs question this past fall/winter….. Should I follow their wisdom and go with Baez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @JWRAY: well since CUBS wouldn’t give baez a starting job without numerous injuries (and even now at least 1/4 of days off) CUBS didn’t really “choose” baez over castro, they chose zob over castro.

  138. Kratos says:
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    10 team napoli or joseph at Util?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joseph

  139. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Any idea if Paxton is getting the dreaded Sox at Fenway or the Rays at The Trop? Checked a dozen different sites and half have him penciled in to face Snell in Tampa on Thursday. Meanwhile, ESPN, Rotowire and CBS Sports have him going Friday? Wtf? Pain in the ass when rosters lock at 7 tonight.

    • knucks says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: Walker / Karns / Iwakuma would have to get skipped for him to Start Thursday instead of Friday. I didn’t see any news about any injuries. I’d expect him to go @Fenway on Friday. Best of luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea, what does SON say?

    • knucks says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: I stand corrected. Iwakuma/Paxton flipped per the Greg Johns on twitter… M’s beat guy. This was to sperate the LH’s (Miley/Paxton).

      EFF YEA PAX!

      • Turd Ferguson says:
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        @knucks@knucks: I really appreciate it. The Mariners and Rays official websites have Paxton vs. Snell, but Rotowire’s pitcher matchup still has Paxton going into Fenway on Friday. Great info from a pay site. Lol! I want no part of Boston’s lineup, especially at home, when Pax is still getting his feet wet. The Rays mash lefties but generally can’t score runs at home. Thanks again.

  140. B.o.B says:
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    10 team, H2H keeper league…my staff is Price, Aaron Sanchez, Odorizzi, Tillman, Liriano, Teheran, Velasquez (can’t put on the DL as those slots are being used up currently). Available are the following: Stroman, Roark, Nelson, Duffy, Gray. Who to drop and pick up?

    Thanks pal!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vel, Tillman for Duffy, Roark

  141. JJ says:
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    Morning Grey,
    I can’t believe you came up with a square pegs reference. Awesome.
    I have a few fantasy questions today requiring your wisdom.

    1.Somebody dropped O.Herrera in my 12 team H2H fantasy keeper league(keep 10). Do I drop L.Martin(similar player) or Carlos Gomez to pick him up? I know that Gomez has shown signs of life lately but they are fleeting signs at best.

    2.I have Dozier starting at 2B. Would Schoop or Forsythe be an upgrade there? I could also drop Gomez or Martin for one of them

    Some other available FAs include
    T.Thompson
    K.Pillar
    B.Moss
    M.Saunders
    T.Anderson(have Seager at SS)
    D.Norris(have Realmuto)

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…1. Martin 2. Not really…. Meh, FAs aren’t really upgrades

  142. herschel says:
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    @Grey: are you still in LA or did you move out to PS? if in LA, Pete Rock and CL Smooth next monday at the Troubador.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m in LA for the week for meetings, but back to PS on Saturday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn!

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: T.R.O.Y.!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn damn damn

  143. DVN says:
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    Drop Liriano (or Sanchez or Walker) for Paxton?
    Drop Pederson for Gomez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Paxton…Gomez

  144. Cousin Vinny says:
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    Rank ROS…

    McCullers, Snell, Taillon, Shoemaker, Paxton, J. Gray

    Thanks chief!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers, Shoemaker, Pax

  145. chris says:
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    10 team h2h keeper poitns league. was just offered my daniel murphy for his carlos carrasco… no brainer right? i have beltre as a backup 3b (yeah hes hurt right now but im thinking ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Carrasco

  146. Bob says:
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    Would you drop any of the below for Snell?

    Duffy, Shoemaker, Paxton. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  147. True and Correct says:
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    Grey, Points question for THIS week. Have to play 2 out of Machado/Bryant/Altuve.
    Bryant has 6, including 2 lefties and Nicosia at home. Altus has only 5, but 3 at home v. Cinn., including 2 lefties, and a guy named Wright. Machado w/ 6, BUT……maybe 3, maybe 4.
    That’s why you get paid the big bucks. What do you think ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Altuve

  148. Smell The Glove says:
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    Drop Travis Shaw (as my IF) for any one of these or hold?

    Jh. Peralta
    J. Baez
    P. Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  149. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team keeper league, would you trade Carrasco for J. Upton and either Carlos Martinez or Kenta Maeda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, C-Mart

      • Smell The Glove says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks. Would you do it for Mazara and C-Mart?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  150. Bosox says:
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    Drop Castillo for Russell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  151. Scott says:
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    Which trade do you like better? I’m the left side.

    Starling Marte for Bryce Harper
    Gregory Polanco for Michael Conforto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

    • William Hung says:
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      @Grey: @Scott: Not sure who owns Bryce, but I don’t see how anyone accepts Marte for Harper straight up

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        This guy’s been talking about getting rid of Harper

  152. Jason says:
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    I have both Harper and Trout in my 10-team, H2H, keeper league. Would you trade one of them for Bogaerts if you were weak at SS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  153. Jose says:
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    Grey miguel cabrera or anthony rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  154. Rodger Dorn says:
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    Villar or castellanos

    • knucks says:
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      @Rodger Dorn: Power or speed?

      • Rodger Dorn says:
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        @knucks: I can’t pass up that speed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Apples/oranges… Villar

  155. N says:
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    Arrieta for Cespedes or Marte. Am I getting fleeced? I need the outfielder.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, depends on needs

      • N says:
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        @Grey: Just got this counter-offer: Arrieta + Ozuna for Bryce Harper. I’m hurting for power and RBIs, and have plenty of pitching. Arrieta can be kept for a 3rd round pick next year, but neither Harper or Ozuna could be kept.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair, I’d want Harper

  156. primetime says:
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    Drop, Shaw for Werth, Adams or Saunders?

    Its a bench player, thinking Adams ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  157. Big Mike says:
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    I’m a Cubs follower. I think Baez is working himself into an everyday role, even if its spread over 7 different positions, ala old-time Zobrist. He keeps getting better. And yet, I’m vexed. My main concern is that the K-rate is a mirage. The walk rate (the walk rate is down to 2.3%, however, and he’s only seeing 3.53 pitches/ab) shows that he doesn’t really have command of the strike zone, because at least one pitch in every one of his AB’s is a chase pitch – the pitchers are still trying to see if he’ll chase something two feet outside (he rarely does). If the K-rate holds and the power holds, what do we have at the end of the year? I think he’d come into next year fringy top-ten at any of ss/3b/2b, with upside if the strike-zone control improves a little more. Do you agree, or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That all makes sense

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Big Mike: Not in today’s lineup.

  158. JimmyJackJames says:
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    15 team roto – who you got in a vaccum:

    L.Cain for Porcello or Jimmy Nelson?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  159. dizzystpizzy says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Thanks for the great write up, as always. Hoping to trade Liriano for a bat, ideally OF or 3B/SS. Basically want to sell after his pretty line this weekend before it goes sour again. Am wondering if you have any guidance. 10 team 5×5 roto, with deep pitching. I was hoping to land someone like a Belt, Castellanos, Piscotty, Ozuna. Am I aiming too high? Castellanos owner already turned me down. Thanks for your guidance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t know, try it… Belt, Piscotty

    • knucks says:
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      @dizzystpizzy: I had to drop Liriano, couldn’t get a bite in what sounds like a similar league to yours. Was lucky enough to be able to grab Paxton before this last start. Best of luck.

      • dizzystpizzy says:
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        @knucks: Thanks both– I am hoping to avoid dropping too, not looking good

        • knucks says:
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          @dizzystpizzy: FWIW, I offered him for Oh, then Buchter (non-holds league) and got a “No thank you” response from both owners. Was surprised, but also helped put his start to the season in perspective.

          Whatever, he’s not a good fit with my WHIP’ed-as-hell rotation anyways. Chen/Liriano/Rodon had done me no favors in that category. Hated to do it at the time, but dropped all 3 over the weekend. Feeling a lot better about it. Just that point in the season where the fat needs to be trimmed back.

          What other SP’s are available? I know you said it was deep in pitching. Just curious.

          • dizzystpizzy says:
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            @knucks: My league doesn’t seem to be as deep as yours, but Iwakuma, Wacha, and Ian Kennedy are all SP with name recognition that are on the wire.

            • Knucks says:
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              @dizzystpizzy: I might drop him and stream then if I were you. Use the SON and you’ll do fine.

            • Knucks says:
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              @dizzystpizzy: assuming you couldn’t find a trade partner of course

  160. Wudaben says:
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    Would you start Fulmer (@KC Yordano) or Duffy (DET Verlander) over either of Matz (ATL Blair) or McCullers (CIN Lamb) this week? H2H Points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  161. knucks says:
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    Thanks for the advice on FAAB for Anderson on Friday. Was only gonna throw like $6 at it… but you mentioned $21 if I needed a SS. I stated I had Villar.

    Went with an $11 bid and won him ($10 being the next highest bid, which is a pretty dumb FAAB bid if you ask me).

    Anyways, he is batting leadoff tonight. Lets see what ya got baby boy! Lift my fantasy spirits Mr. Anderson.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Should have mentioned, only able to start him because Franco isn’t playing. So hopefully that’s nothing. Apparently tweaked something during a rundown. That happened prior to the Dong off Paplebon though. So I’m sure he’s fine.

      HT is pretty into Anderson tonight vs. Boyd btw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Hope he works out!

  162. Slowmez says:
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    Drop Eaton for Werth or Pillar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  163. Scott says:
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    For Frankencatcher today, do you like Josh Thole (L) vs Eickhoff (R) or Dioner Navarro (S) vs Boyd (L)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dioner

  164. Bye Felica says:
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    Kyle Hendricks or Duffman.

    I’m waffling back n forth.

  165. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Reminder! Travis d’Arnaud is about 7-8 days from returning… giving you more than enough time to prepare for those catcher questions

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  166. ebudz says:
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    10 team (3 keeper) ESPN H2H Points (weekly 12 start pitcher limit)

    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), HOLD (+1), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (1) C: Posey
    (1) 1B: Abreu
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Correa
    (1) 3B: Seager
    (3) OF: Trout, Stanton, J.D. Martinez
    (1) UT: Polanco
    Bench: (J. Upton)

    (4) SP: Salazar, Carrasco, Harvey, Matz
    (3) RP: Osuna, Dyson, Betances
    Bench: (McCullers, Walker, Duffy)

    (1) DL: Hill

    Don’t worry Grey no more questions about trading Posey! I do need help trying to consolidate my bench bat situation though. I’m thinking of offering of Stanton and Upton for Springer to the Springer owner who seems to love bench bats and is in 7th place. Am I overpaying there? I feel like Stanton and any of my other OF would definitely being overpaying for Springer, no? Maybe he’d even settle for Stanton for Springer straight up since it’s a keeper league and maybe he’s already planning for next year but I want to use my bench bat spot for pitching. Who are my best two trade pieces to maybe consolidate my bench bat here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Springer in your situation

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Word so I’ll offer Stanton and Upton for Springer and see what happens…

        Hurts a little thinking about giving up on Stanton so soon after just trading Scherzer away for him a few weeks back but I didn’t realize how frustrating it would be trying to decide who to start between Stanton and Upton every day! The other option would be just waiting it out and maybe get a higher return for Upton or Stanton once they’re hot but not sure I wanna wait around that long…

        Also you’d still prefer Encarnacion over Abreu ROS right? I might try to sneak in Abreu for Edwin in this deal …

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya…Yeah, Edwin over Abreu

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: Welp no luck dealing Stanton and Upton for Springer but he did counter back with Springer for my Trout straight up … I know you’ve been asking Trout or Springer all year so now I’m actually considering this trade… do I stick with Trout or trade him for Springer? Like I said we keep 3 keepers every year so not sure if that matters this early but I’m not even sure who I’d probably keep next year out of guys like Trout, Stanton, Correa, JD, Polanco, Harvey, Carrasco, Salazar, etc? Take the deal, hold or counter back with what? Here’s his team:

            (1) C: Martin
            (1) 1B: Encarnacion
            (1) 2B: Dozier
            (1) SS: Nunez
            (1) 3B: Bryant
            (3) OF: Cruz, Springer, Mazara
            (1) UT: Myers
            Bench: (Bruce, Saunders, Harrison)

            (4) SP: Arrieta, Stroman, Estrada, Tanaka
            (3) RP: Robertson, Cishek, Pomeranz
            Bench: (Tomlin, Bauer)

            (1) DL: Tulowitzki

            Appreciate your help!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hold Trout

              • ebudz says:
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                @Grey: Okay holding! Now back to watching Mad Max make me regret trading him… oh and he has two starts against me this week! Wonderful… and even more frustrating that Stanton is sitting tonight for no reason? Grrr! Time to break out my PAX full of the good stuff!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, I hear ya

  167. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    The guy who has Rizzo, keeps asking for one guy only Rizzo and that is Trout. For Hosmer, he wants either Donaldson, MAchado or Correa. Are any of the ones he is asking worth me giving them up to get Rizzo or hosmer or tell him to take a hike?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget it

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Thanks Grey. Thats exactly what I thought.

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey,

        I made an offer of Quintana and Pujols for Trumbo. What are your thoughts? Is it fair or am I giving up too much?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair, can hold

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Grey,

            What do you mean when you say “Can hold”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t make the trade

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                ok thanks.

            • What's a Drexl? says:
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              @Scott Kimmel: wow, probably the same thing it meant the other previous 86 times since march. or maybe the “can” threw you off, as he’s said “hold” by itself at least that many times since then.

  168. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    How were the outlet stores? Any $12 pants?
    Speaking of $3 pantaloons, which 1 of these are you rolling with this week:
    Urias @MKE
    Sanchez @Bal
    Gausman @Bos
    Rodon @Cle

    Urias is the only one with a positive $ from the SON.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I got there and had a medical emergency… My contact lens ripped! So, got nothing…. Urias

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Better than your spleen! In other news, there was a Jose Tabata blurb this past weekend-dude is only 27

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And his wife is only 54

  169. Alex says:
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    Grey, or anyone?…starting Chen tonight at Petco?

    As the proud and cursed owner of Cole and Darvish I really am tempted and need the start but have been screwed over so many times by streaming him this year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Alrighty then!

  170. The Great Knoche says:
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    You like Fulmer or Roark ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark

    • I live in a Dumpster says:
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      @The Great Knoche:

      I like Fullmer! Aka Full house, but who’s Danny Tanner?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like your username

  171. You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow says:
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    H2H points league, ROS Braun or Giancarlo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun

  172. Green monstah says:
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    Howdy grey!

    Sorry if it’s late!

    H2h pts/weekly.

    Start Duvall this week who’s at Atlanta for 4 games & @ Houston this upcoming weekend with keuchel on sun.

    Or roll w/ Mazara from the bench who is at Oakland for 4 games he faces sonny gray on wed, then at STL for the weekend w/ wacha, Martinez & leake.

    Or add + start @ OF either Trayce Thompson (@ Arizona for 3 games & grenike tonight, then vs Brewers )

    Jayson werth (who has a two game series vs Cubs gets lackey tomowrow , then wed off , then 4 game series @ San Diego)

    Lastly better player to stash : AJ Reed or Alex bregman?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall…Reed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry edited that, not Maz, changed my mind

  173. Gregjeffries says:
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    Hey Grey!

    1. Would you drop J. Guerra to pick up Jon Gray? You think it’s an upgrade ROS?

    2. Any confidence in Musgrove when he’s called up for HOU? (Looking for MI stash in deep league)

    Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yeah 2. None

      • Gregjeffries says:
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        Yeah, figured Musgrove was a stretch considering your stance on rookie SPs. Thanks!

        Oh, and have you watched all of Bloodline season 2 yet? Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve seen it, I liked it, enjoy the slow burn of it

  174. chris says:
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    ten team h2h points would you do teheran and murphy for carrasco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  175. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do you like better this week?

    mazara – 4 @ oak, 3 @ stl
    belt – 3 vs mil, 3 @ tb

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

  176. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Does the jersey that JB is wearing in his pic say, SHART” on the back? If so, he gets mad props.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… Hes got mad sharts!

  177. SteveNZ says:
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    My touch is unrivalled. Benched Duvall for Belt just before start of play…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  178. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Duvall has 7 BBs. Why throw him a strike?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good question

  179. Glory daze says:
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    Hey Grey. Good. Post as usual
    Which I trade if any would you do for Bumgarner
    A Fukkner and Profar
    Can keep both next year for $6 each
    Or
    B Fulmer and Franci
    Franci would be )16 next year
    Bumgarnwr can not be kept
    Or should I hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Glory Daze! Don’t know who half these players are

      • alps88 says:
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        @Grey:
        sorry was typing on phone can barely see anything
        so its comes down to
        Fulmer and Profar for Bumgarner
        I can keep Fulmer and profar next year for $6 each
        Bumgarner would not be kept

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Profar for next year, but Bum for this year, depends on needs

  180. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    12 team league daily moves 6×6 with holds and ops the extra categories. We can keep 5 players.
    My staff: J-Fer, Cueto, Salazar, Nola, Matz, Joe ross, Taillon, Urias,Dyson, Harris, Colome, Rondon.

    These are the keeper values for the back of my staff:
    Nola $5 for only 2017
    Taillon $5 for only 2017
    Urias $5 for only 2017
    Joe Ross $1 for 2017 and 2018
    Matz $3 for 2017 and 2018

    Would you move Urias for a top holds guy. Thinking Miller or Herrera.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Miller…You’re not really only keeping SPs though, right?

      • Brett says:
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        @Grey: I hate keeping pitchers. I will mostly keep hitters

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, then trade him

  181. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Shields is atrocious.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awful

  182. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Taillon will be called up to start Tuesday. He will dominate both THAT and his next start in the same week. Was SO close to getting ballsy and starting him this week but couldn’t pull the trigger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I started him!

  183. Bob says:
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    Someone just dropped Gomes. Should I drop hundley for him or stand pat? Both are pretty bleh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  184. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do like between these two?

    starlin – 2 @ col, 4 @ min
    profar – 4 @ oak, 3 @ stl

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  185. Muskysmell says:
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    Darvish on DL….can’t say it’s a good sign =/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  186. JP says:
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    Grey-6×6 roto ERA, Whip, Wins, IP,S, Holds. Yu was just put on the dl and I need a replacement here are a few names that bare free agent. Who do you like? CC, Duffy, Eovaldie, Davies, Martin Perez, Shoemaker, Gausman, Holland, . Thank You,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

  187. Brian says:
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    Going for 4th straight title in 20 team 6×6 dynasty h2h. My staff is rough.hamels, eickhoff, shark, conley, estrada, jaime garcia, lincecum, carson fulmer (strictly a trade chip if opportunity arises), and rich hill. Been offered eovaldi to move down 8 spots from back of first to middle of 2nd rd in the prospect draft we have going right now. To take eovaldi I have to drop someone. Do you drop lincecum, or get rid of an underperformer at a position of depth like dickerson or Carlos gomez? My other OFS are mccutch, valencia, maybin, and fowler. Could also drop carlos estevez and still have dyson, aj ramos, feliz, and cody allen. So who ya drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Lincecum

  188. ebudz says:
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    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), HOLD (+1), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    1) Well I’m already down by lots of points in my H2H points matchup thanks to a two-start Scherzer this week so with the updated news on Taiilon, is he definitely a start for me tomorrow regardless of what SON thinks? (SON isn’t updated yet)

    Taillon @NYN (?)

    2) Similar question regarding Snell and the possibility of Paxton going Thurs @TB instead of @BOS.. are both of those guys starts this week especially over my original plan of starting Happ and Straily?

    Paxton @TB (?)
    Snell vs. SEA (?)
    Happ @PHI (8.3)
    Straily @ATL (2.1)
    Duffy vs. DET (-13.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. He hasn’t been named the starter for tomorrow by anyone, I’d start him if he does 2. Yes, Snell and Pax

  189. Jon Doe says:
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    So… Someone dropped Bautista in my 8 man league. My outfield is : Stanton, Blacnon, pilanco, Marte, springer. Utility is villa, who could be switched with Desmond /Bogaerts/segura. Think I should get Bautista, but who should I drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

  190. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    good thing i didn’t use that #2 waiver in AL only on shields, he’s terrible. this is even with me now having to add nolasco since andriese got demoted too. mentgen up next.

    carrasco should’ve maybe gotten some more innings in AAA before coming back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: getting porcello’d to death.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Indeed

  191. Pillar o' Salt says:
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    Hey grey, choo is coming of dl, ive got
    Heyward
    Span
    Valentia
    Marte
    Martin-leones
    And kris Davis

    Do i cut davis or choo choo choose to cut shinsoo?
    Thanks a million

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  192. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Abreu dong! Takes some of the edge off my self loathing for batty calling Pillar instead of Revere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • @Fred Garvin MP: Yeah, as OTS would say, he’s loving the coveted two-hole…don’t sell him

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: i also batty called pillar, but i didn’t have choice of revere.

  193. mike says:
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    Should I add David Freese and drop Justin Turner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  194. William Hung says:
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    who is this merrifield fella and is there anything to see here? If he’s batting leadoff, he’s gotta be good for runs and SBs right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t I go over him in this post?

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: well i was thinking more the lines of prospect level, etc. all I got was “good average and batting leadoff”… never heard of this guy before today

        • Grey

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          That’s impossible, I’ve written about him for the past two weeks… “Merrifield had five homers and 16 steals in only 36 games in Triple-A while hitting .278. He’s also 27 years old, so he’s about four years past the point when he should’ve appeared in the majors. Not to take all the merrymaking out of Merrifield, but he’s not as good as he’s shown so far.”

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: Totally missed it!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Lucky you were my favorite AI contestant

  195. Bosox says:
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    Samardja, Paxton, or taillon for the foreseeable future to replace darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pax

      • Bosox says:
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        @Grey: thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: wow, Pax over Samardzjia?????

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can go Samard if you want safer

  196. Cram It says:
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    How about that Eickhoff? How about that crazy m’fer who started him in Toronto? Woo!

  197. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Papelbon dealing with “soreness”… that’s all we have to go on. Shawn Kelley is the handcuff?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rivero was warming up all ninth to come in if Kelley stumbled

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: and the way those 2 have been used all year it could be rivero depending on batters anyway.

  198. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Any word on who is starting for the Pirates tomorrow? Rumor is that Taillon is coming back and might be here to stay with Cole serving the minimum stint on the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds almost def like Taillon, but no official word

  199. muskysmell says:
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    Danny Valencia is doing better than I’d ever imagined and I would’ve never picked him up if it wasn’t for you Grey. Good call, dude wasn’t even on my radar.

    .340, .385, .583
    that is ELITE!

    Where would you rank this guy if you were doing your 3B rankings today?
    Just outside of the Top 5 range? The only for sure 3B I’d take over him are Machado, Donaldson, Bryant, Arenado, Cabrera…and mayyyybe Frazier.
    So 6th or 7th best 3B in all of fantasy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 7

  200. KC says:
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    The Jose Abreu June watch continues! It’s like Baseball’s Melisandre revived him by through the Lord of Light. And by lord of light, I mean sun, because apparently he needs warm weather to do well.

  201. Hal Incandenza says:
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    I have been deliberating moving Stanton. You may recall that I was kicking around the idea before I traded Kluber for Ortiz last week.
    This is a 10-team 6 x 6 with OPS and Holds, and QS instead of Wins. Eleven active bat slots, all 8 position-specific plus 1 OF, 1 INF, and 1 Util. Nine active pitching slots (again, Holds are included).
    My current roster:
    C – Molina and Martin (play one, call the other a bench guy; in this league we have the space to carry 2 catchers in order to try to max GP at the position.)
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Rendon
    3B – Franco
    SS – Eduardo Nunez
    LF – Braun
    CF – Gardner
    RF – Springer
    OF – Stanton
    INF – Pujols
    Util – Ortiz
    Bench: J. Upton, Khris Davis, Baez, Molina or Martin

    SPs: Strasburg, Darvish (moving to DL, will nab another SP with the slot), Salazar, Matz
    RPs: Street, Cishek, Osuna, Jeffress, Kintzler, Nate Jones, Diekman, Barraclough, Hochevar

    An offer I received from an owner three weeks ago was his:
    Wilson Ramos (I’ve been scuffling at catcher; maybe this will be an upgrade but I know I’ve missed out on Ramos’s better production this year; Molina and Martin are somewhat recent FA adds to my roster),
    Zobrist (still seems somewhat preferable to Rendon, but I wonder how marginal it would be),
    Mazara (a replacement RF option)
    Arodys Vizcaino (a lower tier closer, possibly a sourer)
    Dee Gordon (yes, it was a post suspension offer)
    for
    my Stanton and a chump dump (Yan Gomes, Hermann, and Will Smith – I’ve since dropped all of these other guys)

    So I’m considering the notion of offering him his target of Stanton plus whatever I’d want to drop for a collection of useful players, just as his previous offer was structured. There is an assumption that the other owner will still want to do it. And since it’s been three more weeks of blah from Stanton, maybe even this prospective buyer will have had a change of heart. I previously tried to get Machado from him but no bite and I understand that.
    The pool of guys I could see acquiring in a multi-player include:
    Ramos
    Zobrist or Profar
    Kang or Segura
    Ozuna, Polanco, Mazara, Piscotty
    Harvey, Wade Davis, Familia
    I’ve mainly been looking at bats. Ozuna is appealing because he’s CF eligible and could be a nice upgrade to Gardner. It would be nice, but not a necessity, to have 2 players eligible at CF after such a deal. I’m leaning toward making sure I’d getting a SS like Kang as part of the deal because, although Nunez has been good, I wonder if it can really last.
    So, considering his previous offer and my areas of need, what are your thoughts on an offer to make? I’m thinking something like
    1) Ramos, 2) Zobrist or Profar, 3) Kang or Segura, and 4) Ozuna or Mazara.
    for
    Stanton, Khris Davis, Martin, Molina

    My roster would then be:
    C – Ramos
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Zobrist or Profar
    3B – Franco
    SS – Kang or Segura
    LF – Braun
    CF – Gardner
    RF- Springer
    OF – Ozuna, Polanco, or Mazara
    INF – Pujols
    Util – Ortiz
    bench: J. Upton, Rendon, Eduardo Nunez, Baez

    Or, I could be content at 2B and possibly target Polanco in the hypothetical deal above rather than Zobrist.

    Sorry for the length of this post, just trying to provide quality context for my question. Thanks for doing what you do Grey! I’m also open to hearing thoughts from others.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: since you didn’t say otherwise this appears to be redraft. trading stanton now in a redraft seems silly as you won’t get value (even worse of course in a dynasty). unless you actually have deal(s) on the table for something that might be good of course. also, that was a great spot to smoke rock the gange, in the air ducts.

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: It is a redraft. The team I’m discussing a deal with in the post did make me an offer which is the basis for the possible offer I’ll make. So there is a framework of a deal on the table, possibly with some dust on it.

        It was more about the ritual, really. Get the gear, go for a walk armed with mouthwash.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Hal Incandenza: hehe, i’m only at bout page 100 (right around the footnote that is about the guy trying to write his term paper), but great so far.

          • Hal Incandenza says:
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            @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: You gotta read the footnotes, no doubt about it. Just thinking about the memory of reading that gives me joy. Hard to believe it has been so long.

            • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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              @Hal Incandenza: i’ve read all his shorter stuff (essays, stories, short novels etc, first novel too broom of the system), now attempting to tackle the first big one.

  202. ryanoger says:
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    With Yu heading back to the DL. I’m not in desperate need of an SP and currently don’t have a bench bat

    Who should I add from below?

    Franco (even with the news about the knee today?), Conforto, Fat Adams, Werth or Carlos Gomez?

    thanks grey!

    • William Hung says:
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      @ryanoger: I vote for Conforto

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @ryanoger:Franco for me

  203. Hand of SAGNOF says:
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    Traded hosmer for g.polanco. walk of shame for doing it or walk of shame bc I have a thing for g.pol? (And I stack all my teams with the same players so theY all sink or swim or barely dog paddle). ?

  204. Johnc says:
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    My staff seems fragile in my 12 team, H2H league.
    Price, Carrasco, CMart, J Ross, Pom, Roark, Snell.

    1. Are you thinking CMart is a sell high candidate (your July comments seemed to point there. )
    If so, is CMart plus Pom or Snell strong enough to get Greinke or DeGrom….or hold?

    2. I grabbed Snell last night filling my usually streamer spot. He goes up against Mariners and Pax. Scary on both counts. Start him or drop for Taillon?

  205. GanGGreeN says:
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    Should I drop drury, for anyone. Baez will be gone probrably but maybe not. Should I get baez or mallex, merrifield,or maerrifeild. Or shawn kelly. I own papelbon.and hes DTD

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