I’ve given much love to Desmond Jennings already on this blog, and since what I’ve previously wrote still works, indulge me for a second, “Desmond’s time is nigh, a word that only sounds negative.  DJ is currently on the ones and twos for top ranked MLB prospects.  He’s ranked number one for me.  Numero uno.  The Big Mahoff.  Dora the Explorer, Boots the Monkey and Swiper the Fox all wrapped in one!  (What, not street enough?)  If he reaches the top end of his ceiling, you’re looking at Carl Crawford.  More likely, you’re going to open up this Crackerjack and get half a Carl Crawford.  Say a Carlford.  You ain’t got the Craw yet, kid!”  And that’s me quoting me!  In 2010, he swiped 37 bags with a .362 OBP in Triple-A.  In only 57 games in Triple-A this year, 9 homers and 10 steals.  Somebody gag Sam Fuld, put a gorilla suit on him and send him to Africa.  We want Jennings.  *fast-herpes-medication-side-effect-voice*  Fuld should be benched any day now for Jennings’ call-up.  Or in the next week or so.  It’s worth the flyer for upside.  If conditions persist for longer than 48 hours, call your doctor.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Dee Gordon – Gordon is so fast he just ran into Kitchen Stadium, spit on Michael Symon’s head, buffed it and ran out without Alton even noticing.  I see no reason why you shouldn’t own Gordon everywhere for a few weeks to see if he not only sticks but steals some bases.  For more on my Dee Gordon fantasy, see that link.  I wrote it while picking out all the strawberry Dippin’ Dots from the Banana Split mix.

Jemile Weeks – I’m less excited about Jemile because his power and speed aren’t of the game-changing variety.  Could he get hot and be a worthwhile pickup in all leagues?  Do I call 16-year-old girls that are dressed too old for their age prostitots?  Yes and yes.

Cord Phelps – Um…Well…He has patience.  Great, go back to school and become a kindergarten teacher.  He’s all right in AL-Only leagues where anyone with a starting job is worth owning.

Scott Sizemore – He’s better than Cord Phelps, who is one of those guys you have to say both his names for it to sound right, but Sizemore’s playing time is a bit iffier.

Anthony Rizzo – I just went over my Anthony Rizzo fantasy.  I wrote that while riding an ostrich through downtown Detroit.

Mike Carp – He was hitting the dickens out the ball in the PCL, but since that’s so hitter friendly I wouldn’t have great expectations.

Mike Moustakas – I just went over my Mike Moustakas fantasy.  Scroll down, it’ll burn calories and then you can have some extra dessert.

Chris Johnson – He’s pretty yawnstipating but he has been hitting better this month.  Do what you will with that information.  Keep in mind, you may have to hold a gun to my head in the comments to tell you to pick him up.  Or I guess you could just ask me if I like him or Chone Figgins.

Miguel Olivo – He’s hitting home runs.  Plural-ing there on purpose, because he doesn’t ever hit just one.  He’s like the Lay’s of catchers.

Charlie BlackmonDexter Fowler is sidelined due to sucking so the Rox called up Blackmon.  Blackmon is actually an exciting flyer if this wasn’t the Rockies who have 5 great upside flyers per position.  Hey, Rockies, take a cue from the Astros and get boring.  Thank you!

Lucas Duda – Supposed to be called up today.  Zip-a-dee-Duda, zip-a-dee-ay.  My, oh my, what a Duda day.  He has slightly-above average power and no speed.  Outside of very deep mixed leagues and NL-Only leagues, I’d wait to see what Duda brings to the Camptown Races.

Ben Revere – He feels like one of those short-term plays that actually stays in your fantasy lineup for much longer because he’s producing.  Wherever you’re struggling with a 5th outfielder, I’d give him a shot.

Nyjer Morgan – Here’s the situation, last year Chris Volstad hit Nyjer Morgan with a pitch, Nyjer Morgan charged the mound and got mollywhopped.  Cut to last week, Nyjer comes up to face Volstad and takes him deep.  The face on Nyjer as he trotted around the bases sorta made him my new favorite player ever in everdom.  Then I dug into what other shenanigans he’s been up to and I found a video that sums him up in a big ball of crazy.  He gets the walk-off hit and had no idea, he thought his team was winning.  Yes, he thought his team was winning even though they were the home team and it was the ninth inning.  I love you, Nyjer.  Don’t ever change, or get arrested for whatever drugs you’re on.  Oh, as for fantasy, he’s on the strong side of a platoon and can steal.

Jason Bourgeois – If you can swap him in and out of your lineup, you may get 30+ steals from a part-time player.  Cust kayin’.

Xavier Paul – He could be 12-team mixed league worthy if he had a starting job.  Unfortunately, he’s not the fortunate one.  In NL-Only daily leagues, I’d grab him, but you gotta be ready to put your keys in the fish bowl and swap.

Rubby de la Rosa – There’s something so rhythmic about the last name de la Rosa that you can put any name in front and it sounds cool.  “Hola, compadres, Grey de la Rosa aqui, let’s talk fantasy!”  See?  The great thing about Rubby is he can strike out hitters.  Though he does walk people, that’s the rub(by).

Edinson Volquez – “Striking out and walking people?  That’s my bag, baby!”  That’s Volquez reading the last blurb.

Dillon Gee – You know the Hodpadres get a lot of love here, but the guys toeing the rubber in Metco seem underappreciated.  I’m about to course correct.  Hope you ain’t too cool for the safe belt.

Jon Niese – His home ERA is 2.76.  Okay, course corrected.

Charlie Morton – I’ve been telling you to pick him up since April.  He has a 2.52 ERA.  It won’t stay that low, but, c’mon, you can still own him.

Javy Guerra – “Muahahahahahaha…”  That’s Mattingly laughing at you trying to figure out who his closer is.

Jon Rauch – Farrell said Rauch is the Blue Jays closer.  Then Farrell sang, “Tattoos make great necks…They’ll make great necks!”


Justin Morneau – Your best bet at this point is to pull off The Patented Flip-Flop Flop* (*Patent pending).  The Patented Flip-Flop Flop* (*Patent pending) is when you take an underwhelming star and trade them for someone else’s headache.  Because, really, what else are you going to do with this schmohawk at this point?  If you can’t pull off a Patented Flip-Flop Flop* (*Patent pending), in most 12 team and under leagues, it’s time to cut bait.  He’s playing hurt and he looks like he should be shutdown.

Adam Dunn – I’ve ranked these four Sell candidates for The Patented Flip-Flop Flop* (*Patent pending) in order of least chance of a rebound to greatest.  I’m worried about Dunn more than Uggla because of the position eligibility and because of Ozzie.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see Ozzie sit Dunn vs. all lefties moving forward even if he starts hitting.  Not saying Dunn shouldn’t sit vs. them but it’ll hurt his counting stats either way.  Or Ethier way.  I do think Dunn can still get to 30 home runs, but the average and counting stats will probably be poor.

Dan Uggla – It’s as simple as the nose on your face (and the eye patch you wear just for looks).  If Uggla hits .220 and 25 home runs at 2nd base, it’s not good, but it would be worse at 1st base.  Am I trading a decent guy for him?  No, I’m not.  I would trade one of the two above schmohawks for him though.  And I’d trade Josh Tomlin for him.  And other players of that ilk.  And, yes, ilk is as douchey a word to write as it is to say.

Shin-Soo Choo – You know when they say a player just has to get out of his own way?  Yeah, I don’t know who they are, but they could’ve been talking about Choo.  Nothing wrong with Choo other than he’s in a shame spiral about his DUI and he’s about to commit seppuku.  He just needs a good talking to and maybe a marathon bukkake session and Choo will be back doing what he do.  I’d still sell him, I just wouldn’t sell him for a Groupon for a Segway tour of the South Bronx.

  1. Long Bawls says:

    Would you give up Rollins, Rasmus and Andrew Bailey for Choo and Bruce?

  2. William says:

    Rauch twice?

  3. xopchipili says:

    i feel like the Flip-Flop Flop won’t work for me in the league in which I own Morneau, Dunn, and Uggla. Can I trade with myself?

    (I’m also somehow in first place in this league. Always better to be lucky than smart!)

  4. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Dunn was flat out dropped in one of my leagues…I assume you would think he’s worth a pickup just based on past performance alone? In other words, as a waiver wire pickup, I assume I can’t get a guy with a much better chance of a sizeable impact. My team does not currently have any positions that need upgrading, so I can bench him until he’s hitting (if ever).

  5. A Hill O' Beans says:

    Grey, 20 team league, who do you go with Charlie Blackmon or Eric Young?

    Looking at Young’s game log, the guy has 1 game where he started and didn’t get at least 1 hit plus a R, RBI, or SB and after that 1 game he hasn’t started since. That’s some seriously tough love right there!

  6. TheDaneEvent says:

    I have a feeling that mean mug is Nyjer’s normal face, but that doesn’t make it any less good.

  7. michael bourne says:

    Morneau was a sell last week after his 2 hr. now he is a garage or garbage sale.

    who is the best sagnof in today’s buy list?

  8. herschel says:

    @Grey: ps, forgot to mention, but love the sportsflicks drop yesterday. pretty sure i still have a box of them somewhere in my parents house…good times.

  9. Trevor

    tggq21 says:


    Awesome video man.. Couldn’t stop laughing.. The guy doing the interview is such a nerd!

  10. Dick Smothers says:

    Knowing that Carl Crawford traditionally slows down quite a bit in the second half, how should we view him this season? Given the poor start should be expect continued progress back to his norms or his typical yawnstipating second half?

  11. joshco77 says:

    Would you trade Trumbo for Yunel Escobar? I have Eric Aybar and Bartlett at MI? Trumbo is typically just a DH with Fielder and Albert at the corners.

  12. Dick Smothers says:

    17 is for anyone to weigh in on…

  13. Dick Smothers says:

    @Grey: Right, but should we expect a better than normal 2nd half or a typical less attractive one?

  14. Bologma! says:

    Carlos Gonzalez for Pujols in a multiple year fantasy league with payrolls, who wins?

    Can James Lonery turn it around on a new team next year?

  15. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:

    10 team H2H.

    Drop any of the following for Desmond Jennings — Vlad, Gardner, Tabata, Pagan?

    Drop any of the following for Danks — T Hudson, Liriano, Nicasio, Chacin, Minor?

    Thanks in advance.

  16. Bologma! says:


  17. EK says:

    Please rank for tomorrow:

    Lannan @ SD
    Minor @ HOU
    McDonald vs NYM
    Leake @ SF
    Morrow vs Boston


  18. Jangles says:

    Holy cow a Porno for Pyros reference… I think our iPods are quite similar. Anyhoo, overall value, JJ Hardy or Dee Gordon? I have Furcal on the DL.

  19. KeeblerMN says:

    Sadly, the first three “Sell” candidates for this week have been the subject of debate between two friends of mine and me. I have Morneau, one has Dunn the other Uggla. We’ve had a blast arguing who has been the biggest disappointment this year.
    I think Dunn wins only because his move to Chi-town was expected to be a boon but Morneau is a very close 2nd.

  20. Jangles says:

    also-LoMO or Grady?

  21. KarlJ. says:

    Lilly or Cueto for rest of season?

  22. Buddo Chezuski says:

    Choo’s blurb absolutely slayed me! Well done, Grey.

  23. dingbat says:

    If you had to pick one between Rizzo or Moustakas, who would it be?

  24. T.K. says:

    I’m concerned about Heath Bell now that the Yankees have lost Joba. It seems likely that they might overreact and overpay for Bell. Should I try to trade him, or is it more likely he will go somewhere he’ll close?

  25. herschel says:

    @Grey: who do you think sees the bigs first, brandon allen or goldschmidt? is it assumed allen gets the first call?

  26. Ed Nugent says:

    Starting Colon tomorrow vs Cleveland?

  27. Thrillhouse says:

    @Grey: I like the Trading Places reference (I’m sure there are other movies where that happens, but something tells me you were specifically referring to TP).

    @Anyone: happen to know how serious Leo Nunez’s injury is?

  28. Bologma! says:

    Thanks Grey!

    The trade is



    Trevor Rosenthal
    Matt Adams
    Oscar Taveras

    The guy hates Pujols and wants to dump him, I feel like I am missing something on CarGo.

  29. theevilempire says:

    You never cease to amaze me Grey with how you work such abstract and awesome stuff into your posts. Thanks for the Porno for Pyros reference. I think they’re due for some airplay this weekend along with some Jane’s Addiction.

  30. Ryan says:

    Do your thoughts on Morneau and Dunn change in a dynasty?

  31. Paul says:

    Keeper league…which side do you prefer? Fielder, Longoria, Lind, Romero or Howard, Youkilis, Bruce, Hellickson. Cost to keep players is about the same.

  32. Ralph says:


    1. Would you drop Josh Willingham for Angel Pagan?

    2. Would you drop Mark Reynolds, Travis Wood or Edwin Jackson for Mike Mousakas?

  33. Ralph says:


    see above. I don’t mean pick one necessarily. I am asking if any of those three are drop-worthy for MM?

  34. Daniel says:

    20 teams 10 keeps

    send: zimm and beachy
    receive: tex

    if i made the trade i would be rolling with justin turner or uribe at the hot corner. thanks for the help

  35. Chillmodious says:


    I share your bro-love for Desmond Jennings, but don’t want to grab him too soon (or too late, thus missing out)…

    1) Would today be a good time to strike?
    2) How do you feel about dropping Alexi Casilla or Brian Matusz for him? (and which)
    BONUS 3rd ANNOYING QUESTION: Jemile Weeks is also a pick-up candidate for me, so out of Casilla/Matusz/Jennings/Weeks, which 2 would you take right now?

    Thanks as always for the awesome content.

  36. joe from point pleasant says:


    Nolasco or Scherzer

    Cahill or Billingsley?

  37. jerkstore says:

    Prostitots … hilarious. Also, the Nyjer Morgan bit made me laugh in a fashion that might suggest to my co-workers that I’ve been drinking at my desk since 2 (which I have been). Thanks for the Friday afternoon pick-me-up, Grey.

  38. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-Points Keeper League (SB=3)

    I’m going for it this year. Trade Smoak & Chisenhall for Ellsbury?

    Smoak and Chisenhall can each be kept for 13th rounders in 2012 and 8th rounders in 2013

    Ellsbury can be kept for a 2nd rounder in 2012

  39. Eddy says:

    “…a marathon bukkake session..”

    Oh my God, that was hilarious!

  40. bobbo says:

    Looking to sell high on Jurrjens (killing my K/9 in a roto)… is Latos good enough or would you aim higher?

  41. Flunkie says:

    If Jennings is your #1 prospect, who’s your two and three that aren’t Trout or Harper?

  42. adfasd says:


  43. Flunkie says:

    Moustakas batting 6th in his MLB debut.

  44. Cole says:

    Follow Nyjer’s twitter feed @therealtplush. The best thing this side of Ozzie.

  45. Nick says:


    Would you trade Choo straight up for Hanson if you needed some pitching help and you’re stacked offensively?

  46. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:

    drop dee gordon for jennings? currently rocking rollins at ss

  47. Adam says:

    B Phillips or McCann?

  48. Brew Crew says:

    Start Bills @ COL?? (12 Team ROTO – 5×5)

  49. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey would you drop frank for dunn(rp)

  50. Giant JJ says:

    There’s a report that Ian Stewart has changed his Hitting mechanics and the results in AAA look good. Should I trade Xavier Paul for him now while I can? 20 team

  51. sephmeier says:

    Drop morneau for rizzo?

  52. Boston Fans Are Stoopid says:

    Is Rubby de la Rosa real life? Rubby? Really?

  53. McBainus says:

    @Grey: Uehara of Guerra?

  54. Steve says:

    Nunez out until at least Monday apparently. Db acks quite lefty-heavy so Choate might get a look also. Putz expected to be available too.

  55. MooseKnuckleBaller says:

    My current OF: The Upton brothers and Bruce with Tabata at UTIL and then LoMo on the bench rotating in depending on pitching match-ups/days off.

    Drop LoMo for Desmond Jennings?

  56. Jim says:

    Which side wins this trade: Jay Bruce and Colby Rasmus for Robinson Cano and Victor Martinez?

  57. Steve says:

    Al – seems like Rauch has the hold on that job now…

  58. junker23 says:

    Volquez is a buy now? But I just got rid of him! FAWK.

  59. Giant JJ says:

    Drop Morneau for Carlos Lee or Huff?

  60. Steve says:

    Snoozing in the afternoon? A distant memory.

  61. T-Rex says:

    Good read as usual Grey.

    Haren or Longoria in keeper league? Currently sit with Peralta as my 3B but have Weaver, Gallardo, J. Sanchez, Hudson, and Johnson as my other starters with Leake and Morton in my farm.

    Any help would be appreciated.


  62. Chillmodious says:


    Thanks for the response above! The way Casilla has been raking lately, I’m hesitant to let him go for a flier like Weeks (Matusz could be made expendable and I’ll likely drop for Jennings). The A’s are a mess and hard to read, but do you think Weeks will stick with the big club and justify dropping Casilla?

    Danke Schoen.

  63. Mr2Bits says:

    If you are looking to pickup Rizzo, you better be in an OBP league. Homeboy just got popped for glancing down at the catcher to see the setup position. He is either going to walk allot or get beamed allot for violating the untold rule of not cheating. Although to me, seems like he is just taking any advantage he can get.

  64. Flunkie says:

    Quick! Start Moose or Delmon tonight? I’m leaning towards upside.

  65. T-Rex says:

    @Grey Thanks, that’s what I was thinking. Now I have to get the Longoria owner to think otherwise.


  66. jongenes says:

    Just traded Morneau for LoMo last week. Upside Win!

    PS: Every time I seed Cord Phelps name, I read “Cole Phelps” the hip protagonist from LA Noire that I’ve been playing all week.

  67. debar says:

    picked up moustakas, had prado as my 3b, just went on dl. think i can trade prado for an arm and be okay at 3b ros?

  68. debar says:

    yeah, i’ve never been a big rookie guy…i’m always scurred…how about prado & latos for greinke? don’t like latos plus pads can’t score…

  69. The Sequential Hermaphrodite says:

    Romero or Scherzer for the rest of the year? Would you trade Neil Walker to get either of them?

  70. Steve says:

    Hmmmm. Joyce out of the lineup with sore shoulder. Had an injection yesterday…

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey j weeks,crawford or stick with EY for a bit

  72. The Sequential Hermaphrodite says:

    Who do you like more Scherzer or Romero? Would you trade Neil Walker for either of them?

  73. The Sequential Hermaphrodite says:

    shiz.. sorry for the double post..

  74. Steve says:

    Anyone else got issues with Yahoo? Stats don’t seem to be updating on my team page.

  75. McBainus says:

    @Grey: How do you rank Bedard for ROS? Top-20? Top-30? Just for shits and gigs, let’s assume he stays healthy and gives 100+ innings.

  76. McBainus says:

    @Grey: 12 team standard 5×5 roto. I am currently 4th in steals with 3rd-9th being very close (and 1-2 not THAT far ahead). With this lineup, do you think I need to trade for steals, or stand pat?
    C Alex Avila
    C Jonathan Lucroy
    1B Adrián González
    2B Brandon Phillips
    3B Mark Reynolds
    SS Elvis Andrus
    CI Carlos Peña
    MI Howie Kendrick
    OF Ryan Braun
    OF Logan Morrison
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Matt Joyce
    OF Brett Gardner
    Util Eric Young
    DL Ryan Zimmerman

  77. McBainus says:

    Is anyone else’s Yahoo not showing stats past the first inning? Grrrrrrrr…

  78. Steve says:

    Hardy! Something very satisfying about picking a guy up and have him go deep in his first at-bat on your team.

  79. Steve says:

    No Kemp. WTF?

  80. McBainus says:

    @Steve: Kemp is killing me – in every one of my leagues my main competition has him. As a lifelong Dodger fan, I have to root for him to be healthy, but it’s hard…part of me likes seeing him not play, sick as my obsession for FBB is.

  81. Bender says:

    Drop Tabata or Gardner for Jennings?

  82. Fletch says:

    @Grey: McCutchen, J. Upton or Cruz for Gallardo?

  83. McBainus says:

    @Bender: See #24…

  84. McBainus says:

    I’m giving EY until Sunday to start a game and/or do something useful, then I have to cut bait…the irritation of seeing him not start everyday just isn’t worth.

  85. anarchy burger says:

    i’m about to trade cargo and sean rod for longoria and seth smith. u guys like??? 5×5 15 teamer

    longoria replaces sean rod and seth smith replaces cargo………

  86. McBainus says:

    @anarchy burger: I like.

  87. McBainus says:

    Zimmerman scheduled to be activated on Tuesday…fingers crossed.

  88. anarchy burger says:

    thanks guys. i’m gonna do it.

  89. Terrence Mann says:

    Good call on Kuroda over Zambrano, kind sir. Zambrano’s postgame comments should be fun.

  90. McBainus says:

    @AL: In a league where I own Nunez, with the semi-injury news today, I just picked up Cishek.

  91. Terrence Mann says:

    Espinosa Street an Soo Choo too much for Holliday? Beckham would be my 2b and I have Storen and League.

  92. Brew Crew says:

    Own Soria, Crow, Melancon. Worth dropping Crow for Lyon??

  93. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Gee or Bumgarner?

  94. AL KOHOLIC says:

    give me some morse morse morse,

  95. Wilsonian says:

    Dear God, Billingsly is garbage. He gave up 32 hits in 4.2 innings. I’ve been debating all season why the hell I have him on any team. I can only blame myself for playing him at Coors. But can you honestly trust him anywhere? I sure as shit don’t.

    So here’s an obscure question for you Razzballers out there. I have him in an 8 Team H2H league. We count W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9. I can play 4 RPs at all times. I only have 3 right now. Here’s my whole staff:

    Verlander, Lincecum, Hamels, Pineda, Gio, D.Hudson, Bills, Anibal, K-Rod, Walden, Santos.

    I can drop Bills for any of the following: Rauch, Lyon, Venters, Dempster, Danks.

    What does anyone think?

  96. herschel says:

    @Grey: lost de la rosa (jorge) and b.a. need some sp pitching depth for rest of season. which of these dandies do you like for a 6th or 7th starter in roto leagues? mcclellan, minor, humber, karstens, paulino, cobb.

    thanks and happy weekend…

  97. Black Beard says:

    ROS at MI in a league that counts OPS: Hardy or Hill?

  98. Wilsonian says:

    Ticker Tease on ole Prince tonight. 8 runs, and not a single one scored or knocked in by him.

  99. Eddie says:

    F***ing Ervin Santana.

  100. Viagra Falls says:

    I have Morneau in a 10 team H2H where everyone is stacked with no reason to trade for Morneau unless I also give up one or two other guys I don’t want to lose. Even then I doubt anyone would take him. So, drop him?

    I figure if I drop him that someone with an empty slot will likely pick him up on the chance he starts regularly producing. But, like you, I don’t think Morneau is anywhere near healthy.

    If I drop him, would you pick up Freeman (who has been pretty productive lately – including tonight) or Rizzo?

  101. Wilsonian says:

    Shit, Santos with another implosion. This doesn’t bode well for his future as closer…

  102. Steve says:

    No wonder Kemp gets the hot chicks.

  103. Myyyyyyyyyy Kuroda says:

    Do I drop Lowrie and pick up Dee Gordon. 16-team H2H. Short on steals/Avg. Will Gordon be able to hit .280 and keep his SS job. Lowrie has been killing me lately and actually lost a week due to his defense on a Sunday night game.


  104. Eddy says:

    For those trying to chase saves in the FLA bullpen, I wouldn’t bank on one guy. Normally it’d go to Hensley, but since he’s DL’ed, I have a feeling Edwin Rodriguez will play matchups.

    Though even I didn’t expect Cishek to be the guy tonight.

  105. Steve says:

    Alex Gordon – come on fella.

  106. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Got offered F-Her for McCutchen straight up…thoughts? I already have Stanton, Kemp, Cruz and J. Upton in the OF.

  107. yankees2011 says:

    Would you add Minor? I have had him twice so perhaps 3 times is a charm. He is costing me money though. We also play in a weekly league, so I would miss the start against the Stros tomorrow. Damn!

    Any idea about his shituation for the remainder of the season?

    I grabbed Jennings – thanks much for the advice.

    Enjoy the weekend Grey.

  108. The Sequential Hermaphrodite says:

    Drop Santos for Soria?

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: in an 8 team you probably can do better…

    @Fletch: it’s solid.

    @yankees2011: let him be.

    @The Sequential: sure

  110. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Myyyyyy Kuroda: Go for it.

  111. chata says:

    wed attack :by blackhole toolkit …. thwarted by my norton .
    happens here occasionally .

  112. bubba says:

    Drop Mcgee for Rizzo?

  113. bubba says:

    Actually the question should be who would rather have for a bench spot Mcgee, Rizzo, or Jennings?

  114. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    I’d appreciate as much feedback from Smokey and/or anyone else….

    y’know who is pissing me off?….Bossman Jr….I knew that he was struggling bad,but I just looked at his numbers and saw that over his last 18 games he has exactly ONE xbh and 3 RBI.So my question to everyone is:in a 10 team h2h 8×8 keeper league,Upton is currently my 5th or 6th OF(Braun,Crawford,Lind,Gordon,Morse and Domonic Brown),would it be crazy to drop him for Jennings?In other words,if I’m gonna have an OF consistently sitting on my bench,shouldnt it be a guy w/ some upside?

  115. Buge Hoobs says:

    Would you cut bait on Uggla in a 10 team 5×5 for espinosa, kennedy, theriot, murphy, or Lowrie?

    What about Dunn -vs- Brantley, Helton or Abreu at my U?

  116. Lisa says:

    I’m a big TB fan and want to pick up Jennings. I need to drop one of my OF. I’m not going to drop Kemp, Quentin, or Ortiz (util). My others are: Joyce, BJ Upton, Damon, Morrison, and Ryan Roberts.

    BTW, I’m one of your female fans and I’ve been running #1 or #2 in my weekly head to head league the entire season.

  117. DP says:


    Moustakas or Glass Chipper?

  118. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Joyce and Lowrie for Utley

  119. travel152 says:

    I want to pick up Jennings, but have to drop 2 players. Not great for FB, but I’m a big TB (and Red Sox) fan and like watching my players play.

    I have Lackey on the DL and would have to drop someone for him and also before I can get Jennings:
    Kershaw, Jered Weaver, A. Sanchez, Liriano, Wood, Hudson, Vogelsong, Farnsworth, Hanrahan, and Walden.

    Definitely one of my OF. My OF and util: Kemp, Quentin, Ortiz, Morrison, BJ Upton, Joyce, Damon, and Ryan Roberts.

    BTW, I’m one of your female fans and I’ve been in the top 2 in my weekly H2H league all season.

  120. Schmohawks Bob says:

    Moustakas or Alex Rios for one bench spot?

  121. bogbert says:


    1) Start Gio if I’m concerned about WHIP and ahead of pace?
    2) Moustakas over Reynolds?


  122. Eddie says:

    Did anyone else notice Glass Chipper with the slam and legs last night? Better hurry back, 1998 Chipper. Dante Bichette won’t hold the Delorean forever.

  123. Howard says:

    @Grey Is Hanley a buy semi-low candidate? Do you think he bounces back from an awful start? Need help at MI with EYJ pulling a Napoli!

  124. The Sequential Hermaphrodite says:

    Which of these guys do you like more for a spot start tomorow?

    Tim Stauffer (WAS)
    Philip Humber (OAK)
    Rick Porcello (SEA)

  125. Terrence Mann says:

    Torrealba or Ramos in a two catcher league?
    (I know, I know ….neither)

  126. elwood blues says:

    I guess between Adams, Venters, and E. Sanchez… with Lyon coming back… E.Sanchez is the one to go.

  127. chata says:

    if you started morrow today vs the sawx , then you just haven’t
    been paying attention .

  128. chata says:

    with freddy sanchez suffering a shoulder dislocation , and landing on the DL ,
    this should afford burriss more playing time , even with the pending return of sandoval .

    burriss has always been a SS , but has moved around the infield (2b the
    past 2 years … and 3b this year) primarily being “blocked” by freddy .

  129. Beson says:

    Weekly 5×5 roto league. setting my roster for next week and only have two slots for Carlos Pena, Trumbo and Rizzo. Who should I sit?


  130. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:

    5×5 h2h league… i am tied 3-3 in wins and ahead 1.91 to 3.03 in era and .89 to .97 in whip. my opponent has no more starters this week, but i have the option for

    ian kennedy
    daniel hudson

    would you guys bench them all and take the tie in W for the ratio victories? or go after wins and hope i don’t lose whip? and if so, who to start? everyone? just price? i keep changing my mind on what to do

  131. Steve says:

    Fairly typical – Youk does next to nothing for a week and then sits while all the fun is going on.

  132. AL KOHOLIC says:

    yeah,i didnt even ask grey about sitting morrow,i didnt like the looks of that,glad i sit him

  133. Derrick says:

    Moustakas, Smoak or Moreland (only against RHP) in the Util. spot the rest of the way.

  134. chata says:

    @ Grey :

    yeah , it’s some sort of celebrity lifestyles (maybe kardashian) blurb/promo
    running in the background .
    can’t quite make out the whole address , but it’s definitely
    (something something) @yahoo.com

  135. Steve says:

    Oh yeah – and of course I decide to put Pestano in my lineup and leave Robertson on the bench. Sheesh.

  136. chata says:

    underneath the “radiation damage/girl” frequent repetition ,
    there’s a cortney (?) kardashian clip about clothes being run by a female
    promo person …. something about you don’t have to be (rich?) like this kardashian person and her friends to get that “hollywood look”.

    ends with …. see it all at “shop/(chop?)talk” @ yahoo.com .

    and then , of course , a few more refrains from the toothless woman .

    p.s. i’m using mozilla .

  137. anarchy burger says:

    do you guys have any faith in pedroia??? i just gave up soria for him. he’ll replace a casilla in my lineup. i had soria on my bench. i figure i had to do it. did i do all right. it was kind of a spur of the moment thing.

  138. anarchy burger says:

    5×5 12 team mixed league with 10 man bench.

    (continued from last question)

  139. anarchy burger says:

    thanks alko

  140. AL KOHOLIC says:

    wtf tim lincecum,get a frikin haircut to

  141. Wilsonian says:

    Would anyone deal Pineda/Gio for Scherzer/Mad Bum?

  142. Effenhooer says:

    Billingsley or Lilly for the rest of the year?


  143. Al Swedgin says:

    Hi Grey, I have two questions. Both relate to the same team in a 5*5 roto league, in which Runs and HRs are my two biggest needs.

    #1) For MI, who would you start for the week?
    Aaron Hill: 3 v BAL, 3 @ CIN
    Ian Desmond: 3 v STL, 3 v BAL

    I could also add one of the following and start them instead: J. Weeks, R. Roberts, J. Turner, or D. Murphy. Are any of those guys worth adding and playing over Hill or Desmond?

    #2) I think it’s time to bench Choo for a while. Who should I start over him at utility? Again, I need Runs and HRs, and if there is more than one name that you would play over Choo this week, then it’d be helpful to hear at least two names.

    B. Abreu
    T. Hunter
    M. Trumbo
    R. Davis
    J. Willingham

    Thanks so much for all your help.

  144. chata says:

    we may be seeing rios start to turn things around .
    he’s now been jumped up to 5th in the order (ahead of dunn) .
    rios owners keep your eyes peeled …. it may be time to re-activate him .

  145. Tom Emanski says:

    Should I start Gio and Lilly today? I’m playing defense on ERA and WHIP I’m only up 1 QS.

  146. Amart says:

    @ Grey

    I’ve been offered Alex Gordon, Ian Kinsler, and Shane Victorino for A-rod. I have B. Phillips at 2nd so would have to start Kinsley at UTIL. My OF is Kemp, Krispie, Heyward (DL), Brantley, and D. Young. I love A-rod and have turned down a lot of offers for him…but this seems like a lot to pass up. What do you think?

    My other thought is to counter and replace Victorinio with one of his SP (maybe Shields).

  147. Amart says:

    5 x 5 Roto. Thank ahead of time Grey!

  148. Tom Emanski says:

    Blake is out of the lineup Saturday because of a neck pain, the Los Angeles Times reports.
    According to manager Don Mattingly, “Casey called it a pinched nerve.” He added, “We should buy an MRI machine.”

    LOL. This friggin guy.

  149. Steve says:

    Where’s Helton?

  150. CG says:

    “Tattoos make great necks… they make great necks”

    How do you think of this shit

  151. AL KOHOLIC says:

    EY playing,see if he can do anything to earn more time

  152. Eddy says:

    McCann 3-run HR off Lyon in the 10th.

    I think Mills will want to re-think his decision to reinstate him as closer.

  153. AL KOHOLIC says:

    rizzo with a hr and a dbl

  154. Combo says:

    I need ERA/WHIP help, is this a trade in my favor?. Give A. Lind/Jhoulys for D. Price/J. Garcia

  155. Steve says:

    Kimbrel you fool. Needed a clean inning there.

  156. AL KOHOLIC says:


  157. ruah says:

    Jurrjens or Billingsley?

  158. Black Beard says:

    ROTW in a league that counts OPS: Jennings, Rizzo, or Moose?

    Thanks Grey.

  159. Dude says:


  160. Nick says:

    @Grey: I’m looking to grab Ryan Zimmerman off waivers as he is set to return next week. Currently 3rd base is crowded on my roster with Aramis Ramirez and Sandoval (set to return-Cabrera at 1st is my daily player). In order to grab Zimmerman who should I drop? My newly acquired Dee Gordon who would be a great sub for the streaky Starlin Castro. Other options include cutting the cord on Mike Morse (thinking streak has to end) or dump Pagan/Hart who I recently also picked up. Give me two people you would drop in order to get ZIMM, thanks grey!!!

  161. Wilsonian says:

    What’s your take on Gio? Is he worthwhile to hang on to in an 8 Team league? He’s right there with Bills in that I don’t trust him. Would you prefer someone like Danks over him?

  162. paulzone says:

    rizzo, dunn or morneau?

    you see, rizzo is a fa and well dunn and morneau make me want to vomit. would you swap one of them for rizzo?

    Thankfully, Morse has been on a tear…I’d like to move him to LF though in place of Torres, which leaves me the 1B decision above.

  163. Eddy says:

    Another day, another Raburn-less lineup.

    This is getting annoying.

  164. Lopes says:

    Gee, neise or ervin Santana?

  165. Eddy says:

    Mike Napoli to the DL with a strained oblique.

    Those who have successfully employed the Ron Popeil method of catching probably won’t even realize he has the injury.

  166. andfog says:

    Rank the follow pitchers:

    Liriano, Billingsley, Cahill, Ian Kennedy

  167. frankie beans says:

    Is Crain in as closer?

  168. bogbert says:


    1) You’re confident in Moustakas over Smoak? (wonder about an adjustment period for the rookie, and I know about last night)
    2) Martin or JP at catcher?


  169. Amart says:

    @ Grey

    Start Liriano vs. Tex today?

    Start Volquez @ SF?

  170. Howard says:

    @Eddy Yeah, does it really matter? He’s never there half the time anyway. Still I’m trying to replace him where I can. You know how it is with obliques!

  171. Lopes says:

    One more question, hardy or izturis?

  172. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Oswalt… Really? against the Cubs? Really?

  173. stynyr says:

    Hey Gray,

    I was offered Marcum and Hamels for my CarGo and Hamilton. Thinking about countering Hamilton for Hamels. It’s a keeper and I’d rather lose the 30 year old than the 25 year old. Do you think the real CarGo is the one we’re seeing this year? or something in between this year and last?

    Team is below. Thanks!

    2b-K. Johnson
    3b-Ryan Roberts
    of-Braun, CarGo, Lind
    util-Rollins, Hamilton
    dl-Holliday, Zimmerman

    sp-Kershaw, Liriano, Billingsley, Volquez, Hudson, Cueto, Jackson, Tomlin
    rp-Soria, League
    dl-Broxton, Beachy

  174. stynyr says:

    Sorry. Grey*

  175. Wilsonian says:

    Just was offered his JP for Gio in my 16 Team H2H keeper. I just lost Napoli with no more room on my DL. Already have Wright there and have Heyward benched. My only other decent option would be to drop Leake and pick up Olivo. But I obviously like JP over Olivo for the rest of the year.

    I’ve also debated on countering with Walden/Gio for JP/Norris. This would leave me with Kimbrel and Hanrahan as closers.

    What do you think?

  176. Wilsonian says:

    Dan Uggla sighting, for those who have held out hope…

  177. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Please rank Olivo, Posada, Soto or Molina for rest of season?

  178. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    I need pitching vs. my next weeks opponent in a H2H league. Well while i like Ike Davis, i am playing with the idea to drop him for Jon Niese. My other options at first are Lind, Trumbo and Rizzo. What do you think? Drop Ike or not?


  179. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Liriano looking scary good!

  180. Howard says:

    @Grey Just lost Napoli today. Then again you can say he’s been lost all season but somehow he’s got the numbers! Ok, I have to wait 12 days till I can pick up a replacement or I can try and pull a trade for Mcann or Mauer. My best candidate is BJ who I probably won’t keep next year due to salary cap reasons. I’m worried to lose the SB’s as it’s harder to SAGNOF in a limited transaction league (1 every 3 weeks). Do I do the deal or bite the bullet for 12 days? (12 team 5X5). Thx!

  181. Al Swedgin says:

    Grey, if I told you I was going to start Lilly v HOU this week instead of Price v BOS, would you say I was:

    A) crazy
    B) dumb
    C) overthinking it
    D) making a decent call
    E) There is no E


  182. Fletch says:

    @Grey: League or Salas?

  183. agarthered says:

    Time to drop aaron hill? If so would you go with Ryan Roberts, Daniel Murphy, Gordon Beckham or Espinosa as a replacement?

  184. chata says:

    hanson is mowing ’em down

  185. Martin says:

    @grey- In a 12 team H2H league. If i can swing alex gordon (i also have the moose at 3rd) and aaron hill (I don’t have any other 2nd baseman as of now) for soria and bumgarner should I do it?

  186. Martin says:

    @grey- Also, can you rank salas, bailey, or soria as a closer?

  187. chata says:

    dodgers score 5 times in the top of the 3rd .
    zero earned runs charged to ubaldo .

  188. SwaggerJackers says:

    @Grey: Trade Hamilton for injured Josh Johnson? What other caliber pitchers is he worth?

  189. Trevor

    tggq21 says:


    What is the closer situation in ATL? Venters get Save Opportunities and Kimbrel comes in on non-save situations.

  190. Al Swedgin says:

    Last one for the week, I promise:

    I’d prefer Runs and HRs, but will take anything, and I’m starting:

    Abreu: 3 @ SEA, 3 @ NYM
    Rajai: 3 v BAL, 3 @ CIN

    and benching

    Crisp: 3 v KC, 3 v SF
    Choo: 1 @ NYY, 3 @ DET, 3 v PIT

    Choo has the extra game but he’s been brutal for weeks.

    Does that look ok to you?

  191. Wilsonian says:

    Gio/Walden for JP/Norris is a no. Should I swap Gio for JP? My staff left would be:

    Lester, Marcum, Kennedy, Leake, Cueto, EJax, Kimbrel, Hanrahan, Walden.

    Or I could drop Lawrie, Napoli, Leake for Ramos, Salty, AJ.

    It’s a 16 Team H2H Keeper.

  192. Martin says:

    @grey- note on my previous comment of alex gordon and hill for Soria and Bum would you really not do it? Gordon has been solid at 3rd but his numbers have been declining and soria can definitely be a bounce back guy.

  193. Joel says:

    Grey: I’m in second place in my h2h 6×6 lg and playing the first place team next week. Picked up Brett Lawrie last week (ugh), and am gonna cut him for a pitcher. Deciding between Scott baker (1 start v. SD) and Jon Niese (2 starts at ATL and home v. LAA). Which would u pick up? Thanks!

    also, ROS: Olivo or Lucroy? Thanks!

  194. Alex says:

    Hey Grey. Currently rolling with Alex Gordon and Pablo Sandoval at 3B. Drop either of them (or Boesch) to pick up Mark Reynolds?

  195. Steve says:

    Jesus – Hawksworth in for the save. They must play spin the bottle in the bullpen to see who goes in.

  196. Martin says:

    @grey- No worries, thanks for the advice.

  197. KarlJ. says:

    I am trying to help my nephew’s team out. He desperately needs power and he is stuck with Chipper at 3B. Someone offered him Reynolds for Romero.
    He would still have Cliff Lee, Jimenez, Kennedy, Lowe and Cueto at SP so he could probably afford to move a SP.
    Yay or Nay?

  198. elwood blues says:

    Hall or Alex Gonzalez as a replacement for F.Sanchez.. I am in the top 3 on all 4 NL Only hitting categories.

  199. BEASTDOG says:

    Just lost Napoli for a couple weeks. Arencibia and Avila are both available. Looking for the long haul, any preference for the rest of the season?

  200. Joel says:

    Grey: one last Q:

    in my 6×6 h2h league, I’ve been offered Carlos Lee and Dillon Gee for Trumbo and Ervin Santana. For some reason I’m leaning towards it. what do you think? would u rather have Trumbo or Lee ROS? Thanks!

  201. herschel says:

    @grey: 5 x 5 roto, hill or j. weeks rest of season? thanks!

  202. Dexter says:

    Same thing: lost Napoli. Replace with Ramon Hernandez, John Buck, Wilson Ramos, Suzuki, Barajas?

  203. herschel says:

    @Grey: sorry if you already answered this, but thoughts on anthony bass getting called up? hodgepadre with a decent k rate in the minors?

  204. Howie says:

    @Grey: What are your thoughts regarding this trade offer (NL 4×4)?:

    R. Zimmerman and R. Betancourt for C. Headley and C. Kershaw?

    I would be receiving Headley/Kershaw– at this point Headley’s SB potential vs. Zimmerman would help me (understand the power reduction and slight dropoff in BA) and Kershaw’s ERA/WHIP (and some wins) could assist.


  205. Wilsonian says:

    If I had Kelly Jo, Zobrist, and Uggla, would you deal Kelly for Choo? Or don’t mess with it?

  206. Howard says:

    @Grey Thanks, am enjoying those Olivo potato chips!

  207. C.O.C. says:

    Leake-Tor, or Minor-NYM ?

  208. C.O.C. says:

    Also, Posada or Ramos going forward? (I know, I know….meh, and meh….but Posada looks like he might be heating up…)

  209. Donnie Baseball says:

    T. Wood and Rauch for Morrow?

  210. Black Beard says:

    Please choose a side: Hill and Gardner for Carpenter.

  211. GodseyFather says:

    Mr. Albright,

    Should I keep Darwin Barney @ SS, or drop him for Dee Gordon?

    -Not Flash Gordon

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