Ruth/Gehrig, Mantle/Maris, Gio/Tauchman. Ya know, en bee dee, oh em gee, tee em eye, tee bee aitch, bee tee dubs, what the eff. It’s an all-New York week here at Razzball HQ. Yesterday, Gio Urshela (3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs) went and hit his 15th and 16th homer, and has five homers in his last 13 at-bats. Last year, he hit three homers, and two came in Triple-A! I’d cackle-snort, but who would hear me with this pillow over my mouth as I scream about not picking up Urshela last week? Of course, Urshela will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but, in any self-respecting league, he shouldn’t be available anymore. By the way, the Yankees became the 1st team in Major League history to hit 19 HRs in a four-game span. Our Commissioner Manfred just shipped in a new crate of baseballs, and they’re wrapped tighter than a hamster’s balloon knot. Let’s get some homers! Gulp, gulp up those juiced balls! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Tauchman – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer, and 4th homer in four games. You got the Tauch! You got the power!

Bo Bichette – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting a bazillion. “Hello, it’s 23 and Me calling for Dante Bichette. Yes, hello, your son was fathered by Ted Williams at the All-Century Team ceremony. Sorry, bro!”

Derek Fisher – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Could be a light schmotato, could be coach for your new-look Lakers! You make the call!

Reese McGuire – 4-for-4, 3 runs and his 2nd homer in four games. This is a prospect, who just this year had five homers in 72 Triple-A games. Ya gotta love it.

Aristides Aquino – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer. I might have a new favorite player. If you didn’t see his home run yesterday, go find the video. Okay, okay, OKAY! Here:

WUT.  Yo, Aquino, seriously, WUT. Change his uniform number to 118.3. That was the 4th hardest hit ball this year. Then, later in the game, he made the hardest throw by an outfielder. Aquino, are you Icarus? Don’t fly too close to the sun, it’s what took down Kevin Maas and Yasiel Puig. Of course, he’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s here now. Aquino’s got Maas appeal!

Alex Wood – 3 IP, 2 ER, 3 unearned, ERA at 3.77 vs. Cole Hamels – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.18. This matchup was billed as Hole Camels vs. Al Wood, and was appropriately f*cked.

Nicholas Castellanos – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 2nd and 3rd homer for the Cubs, and 12th and 13th overall. The Greek God of Hard Contact was hitting down on the ball to get the hell out of Motown; it’s true because I said it.

Ian Happ – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer in four games. Okay, fine, I picked him up in two leagues. I’m a sucker for getting sucked in.

David Price – Hit the IL with a cyst on his wrist. 100% this is a Fortnite injury. Won’t hear different.

Chris Sale – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 4.41. His opponent, the Angels, are, how do you say, not good, but this start could’ve went either way. Luckily for his owners, you got the good Sale. Like when you’re buying a convertible and say, “I can’t wait to see her with her top off,” and there’s also a stripper there.

Sandy Leon – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer.  Leon is The Professional hitman.

Sam Travis – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Meh, could be a hot schmotato alert, but I’m not feeling very alerty, if you feel me. Metaphorically! Stop feeling me!

Elieser Hernandez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.94. Well, I just dropped him in my NL-Only league to make room for Jose Quijada, who has give up about 20 runs this week. So long, guys and five girls, I’m sticking my head in an oven!

Brian Anderson – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer. I’ve been saying to pick him up for about two weeks, but I guess I meant it. Weird stuff.

Jon Berti – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .301, and leading off. I’ve been adding Berti in a few leagues over the last week. If you think about it, you’ll never do it, so keep that in mind. I mean, don’t keep that in mind.

Starlin Castro – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Castro best not prospblock Isan. He. Best. Not. Yes, I even brought out the douchey one-word sentences.

Austin Riley – Hit the IL with pretendonitis. He could return in 10 days or when Adam Duvall stops hitting. I razz, I razz; he has a partial tear of his LCL, no word yet if his 200 needs surgery. By the by, talk about how fire emoji my sell of Riley was, when I told you to dispose of him in June.

Dallas Keuchel – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.83.  You in May, “Hey, a lot is riding on Dallas Keuchel coming back and helping my team, so I’ve held him since March.”  You now, “I hear Razzball opened their fantasy football leagues. Whee!”

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 2-for-4 and his 30th homer, hitting .295. Tildaddy tells you it’s a half hour since you ate and you can go in the water!

Kyle Gibson – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.24. There’s no rhyme or reason to whether he’s going to pitch well. If you see a pattern in his good starts vs. bad, please, tell me, because I see nothing but heartache.

Mike Clevinger – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.02. Donkey Teeth and I did a podcast for the top 20 starters for 2020 and it should be out any day now (maybe today). Clevinger features prominently.

Corey Kluber – Had a bumpy first rehab start, but that’s not a big deal, as long as he’s healthy. Klubot 3000 could return by the end of August, and I’d stash him, even if I don’t expect much.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer. I’ll take the L, if I’m wrong, but I’d put money on it that Acuna and Tatis will one day be Hall of Famers. Hopefully, they never sit down with the voodoo doctor who Andruw Jones once met.

Jay Bruce – 0-for-3 as he was activated from the IL. The Phils sent down Haseley, because the Phils refuse to get younger. Just chuck Haseley into a trade if you’re never playing him.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.74. Member when the Giants thought they were contenders for like a week in July, then they sneezed on the Mets? Shame Bumgarner’s being wasted in San Fran, but it’s such a gorgeous park to pitch in, he should never want to leave.

Mike Yastrzemski – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .268. Since homers are so un-special this year, it’s hard to build excitement for Yaz Jr. Jr., but he does have pop, and a grandpop.

Mitch Keller – Will be promoted for some starts down the stretch. He had 123 Ks in 103 2/3 IP in Triple-A, but, don’t worry, Ray Searage can shake that strikeout crap out of him, as he did the last time Keller was promoted and he was lit-up for 14 ER in 12 IP.  Ray Searage, “That’s how you pitch to contact!”

Hunter Dozier – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer, hitting .284. The great thing about Dozier is no matter what he does in the final seven weeks, no one at ESPN or Yahoo will rank him high, and we’ll be able to draft him so late next year. Promise you.

Cheslor Cuthbert – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, and has a hit in nine of his last ten games and said he was a hot schmotato earlier this week, but y’all are thinking about what you’re gonna say to that girl in Human Resources. She don’t like you! She’s being polite!

Nicholas Dini – 1-for-3, 1 run, as he was called up by the 5-foot-8 Royals’ catching prospect was called up.  Call him Nicholas Tini. In Triple-A, Tini had 13 dongers and seven steals, so he could be something in AL-Only leagues.

Matthew Boyd – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.16, as he gave up three homers. Man, Boyd (you’ve grown so fast, just between commas!), you’re great, but way too many homers allowed across the whole season, not just last night.

Miguel Cabrera – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .285. Similar to Aquino, Cabrera’s home run trot was clocked at 118.3 centimeters per hour.

Travis Demeritte – 1-for-2, 3 runs and his 1st homer. I grabbed him for the batty call yesterday, and now I find myself in a moral quandary. Do I drop him with a wham, bam, thanks for the slam, or do I wake up in the morning and make him breakfast? Until next time on As Grey’s Waiver Wire Pickups Churn.

  1. LG Baseball says:
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    First!

    Grey loved the write-up.

    Thanks for the Gallen advice as you were on him soooo early. Lurves! I’m starting him in Coors next week. YOLO.

    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YOLO! Thanks, man!

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    So loved the report like the time I was thirsty in the desert and someone offered me a slice of fresh juicy watermelon.

    a. Bichette, man! Broke Ted William’s record from 1939!!! Him, Biggio and VGJ atop the order and I don’t care who bats 4-9, Amiright? Only, the Blow Jays will sell him off for pitching and stripper money. That park is made for hitting, so craft the team around a steady diet of offense, some groundball inducing pitchers and pray for rain in a domed stadium.

    b. Didn’t get to Bichette in my RCL, so I will have to satisfy myself with Berti and a hot Kipnis.

    c. Aquino! What a man! The only bright spot on the Reds roster!

    d. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 9

    from Mexican Hayride, 1948

    We’re after a confidence man named Joe Bascom (aka Abbott).

    Also, keep your eyes open for a pudgy guy…who looks as if he were apologizing for something. Dark complexion, 5’5″ and fat (that’s Lou). We traced him from El Paso. He won a dance marathon contest. Used the prize money to get here. He danced the samba for 68 hours straight… still goofy from it too.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Hehe, yup

      B. Nice!

      C. He’ s a man!

      D. Awesome

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!!

        Thanks, man. Just prepping the scene for Mexican Hayride (1948). Hope no donkeys were injured in the making of that movie.

        Forgot to mention, have a nice weekend. La Chaim, mazel tov and shabat shalom.

        Cheers,
        Ante

  3. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    (Thanks for convincing me on Bichette in two leagues); he’s still available in another league where I’m rostering Semien. Bichette or Semien?

    • Norman Ginsberg says:
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      Also, Kipnis or Hiura.

      • Tony C says:
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        Stop whatever you’re doing now and run to get Bichette and Hiura!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Bichette and Hiura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  4. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Happy Friday Razzballers, quick question. Who of Pence/Calhoun would you drop for Tauchman or Aquino. As always, thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go Aquino over Pence

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Friday!

      Snacks!

      Agree with DT

  5. Blaster says:
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    Corey Seager or Gio Urshela?

    • Big Country says:
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      Brian Anderson or Gio Urshela?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Urshela

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Gio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gio

  6. JB says:
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    Ready to swap Eloy for Bichette?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d do it..It’s August, go with the hot bat.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. Max says:
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    Still Urshela over Tauchman?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want Urshela, both should probably be owned

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love me some Tauch

  8. Dave D says:
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    So true on Elieser. I dropped him x3 for scrubs in Sunday’s FAAB and now this…

    • Sandman says:
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      Hey Grey!

      Great write up. I have Kingery and Lourdes Gurriel…

      Gio Urshela and Acquino are available. Are we making a move or multiple? Thanks!

      • Sandman says:
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        Oops didn’t mean to post here

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        I’d hold but Urshela, Lourdes and Acquino are all close…

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Unless Lourdes hits the IL like the commenter below suggests…then I’d go Acquino first if position doesn’t matter

          • Dave D says:
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            I feel hijacked. At least say something about Elieser, DT! ;-)

            • Donkey Teeth

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              Love love Elieser! Filthy!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love Elieser too, but problem was I looked at his 5+ ERA and I was like this guy is dragging me down… So I held Quijada, ha, I’m dumb

  9. Dodger Blues says:
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    Kinda odd situation in the Yanks-Jay’s game where Lourdes Gurriel’s left leg gave out while he was trying to leg out a hit, and then afterwords was writhing in pain in the dirt. I literally almost dropped him right there thinking he’s done for the season. After the game they said it was just a cramp and he’s fine but I think there’s still a decent chance for a IL trip here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, interesting, thanks for the info!

  10. Doc Samson says:
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    I’m going to the Queen + Adam Lambert concert tonight. Why do I bring this up on Razzball? Considering I own Tatis and Acuna, I fully expect them to seamlessly replace Freddie Mercury and John Deacon tonight. What a pair of studs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA — I’m going to see Mary J. Blige tomorrow

  11. Big Country says:
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    Brian Anderson or Gio Urshela

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gio

  12. Dodger Blues says:
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    Cameron Maybin is a sneaky pickup with all the Yankees injuries. He’s going to play somewhere everyday with no Stanton Hicks voit and encarnacion out all with no time tables to return. I think the Duvall ride may have been short and sweet and I’m about to drop Duvall for Maybin.

    • Dodger Blues says:
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      Forgot to mention that Maybin has been batting 5th in the order for the Yankees the last 3 games. Slurp.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see trying Maybin

  13. Crazy J says:
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    Hi, I’m Rhys Hoskins… the guy you drafted over Bellinger at 1B for 2019…, and I’m here to bury your fantasy squad down the stretch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  14. scott says:
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    So true on Dozier, quietest great season this year. And he’s been starting in the OF lately – always looking for that ci/of combo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, gonna be a top 50 bat next year for top 220 price

      • Donkey Teeth

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        I feel like the market usually adjusts to guys like him over the off season at least to some degree. So much time for everyone look at numbers, his eventually become hard to miss.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not ESPN and Yahoo, Dozier will be ranked after 200 for them, bet you some sugar beets

  15. steve stevenson says:
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    AL-only keeper, going for it this year and have been jockeying between 1st and 2nd. Give a $7 Eloy for an expiring Morton? Hate to lose Eloy but the pitching cats are where I can gain or lose the most pts.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      If you feel it really puts you over the top then do it. I think a $7 Eloy is generally worth a bit more but sometimes you have to push all in.

      • steve stevenson says:
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        I’m on the fence. I may be able to stay in 1st without the move and won Greinke in the post-deadline FAAB, but my competition just swung a trade for some bats and a couple mediocre SP.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          I’d make sure you can’t get more and then circle back around for this deal.

          Eloy looks like he has some adjusting to do. Might not be the Acuna, Soto, Vlad phenom type we thought…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  16. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,
    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limited moves (35 per year), no streaming.

    Thank you so much for the Urshela (Sea witch) recommendation, back to back doubles jacks WHOOO (said like Rick Flair).

    Below is the wire and my team. I’ve got Heaney coming back on Saturday AND Kluber coming back soon. IMy trade deadline is coming up Sunday so should be able to move a guy or two so….

    A) If I can move 2 guys off my squad, who you moving ?

    B) Does it change if I can’t trade and I need to drop 2 (who are your two drops?)

    Waiver wire

    HIT – A. Aquino, I. Happ, A. Duvall, R. McMahon, JD Davis, T. Hernandez, C. Dickerson, J. Kipnis, K. Schwarber, E. Sogard, A. Santander, S. Kingery, F. Galvis,

    PIT- V. Velasquez, B. Keller, J. Waguespack, C. Bassit, S. Lugo, I. Nova, D. Norris, H. Bailey, J. Vargas,

    RP- J. Leclerc, I. Kennedy, B. Workman

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – A. Rizzo
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – C. Santana
    SS –T. Turner
    CI – E. Suarez
    MI – G. Urshela
    LF – J.D. Martinez
    CF – C. Blackmon
    RF – H. Dozier
    Util – P. Goldschmidt
    BN – C. Yelich DTD
    BN – J. Polanco
    BN – D. Santana

    SP – J. Paxton
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – W. Buehler
    RP – K. Jansen (RP)
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    P – K. Giles (RP)
    P – Z. Gallen
    BN – B. Mckay
    BN – D. Lamet
    BN – D. May
    DL – C. Kluber (60-DL)
    DL – A. Heaney (10-DL)

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Polanco, Domingo — B. Same

  17. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    It’s a dam shame that Tatis missed a month, would have loved to see what he could put up in a full year..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      35/20, easily

  18. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team OBP 5×5 roto…

    If I can only have 3 of these guys ROS who do you choose?

    Happ, Aquino, Tauchmann, and Inciarte.

    Or….the usual suspects are available – Teoscar, Canha, BCrawford, Margot, Iglesias, Ervin, Ahmed, Solano, Dixon, Beaty, Maybin, Mejia, Osuna, Grichuk, Miggy Cabrera, Thaiss, Drury, Barnhart, Berti, and Mercer.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Not Happ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. Bax says:
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    Drop one of the following for Urshela?

    Tauchman
    Mercado
    Domingod
    DeJong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I guess Domingo

  20. dmax04 says:
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    H2H points league – Urshella is available on my wire, but I already have Devers plugged in at 3B and JoRam at UT. I could make room for him on the bench just to block someone else from grabbing him. Thoughts on that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who you’re dropping, but you can’t drop either of those two

      • dmax04 says:
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        Only bench bat I have is Lourdes G. Here’s my roster:

        C – d’Arnaud
        1B – Albomso
        2B – McNeil
        3B – Devers
        SS – Story
        OF – Blackmon
        OF – Springer
        OF – S Marte
        UT – JoRam
        BE – Lourdes G

        P (start 9 each week) – Boyd, Buehler, Cole, Darvish, Flaherty, Giolito, D German, Lamet, McKay, Morton, C Smith, Soroka & Wheeler

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go to newest post

  21. holyscheisse says:
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    12-tm (deep benches, limited adds) h2h points. ROS: Smyly, Musgrove, or chance on Mitch Keller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? Musgrove I guess

  22. The Other JC says:
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    Stuff happens! The advice to pick up Braun versus Gio looks a bit silly now. But Paddack and Soler have been tremendous for me. Batting .667 seems solid. Have a great Friday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Friday!

  23. BAC says:
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    12 team 5×5 obp.

    Ian Happ or Aquino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aquino

  24. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Good morning,

    Could you please pick 2…
    08/10/19 – Tanner Roark @ CHW Lopez – 11.0
    08/11/19 – Jake Junis @ DET Norris – 20.1
    08/11/19 – Chris Bassit @ CHW Giolito – 16.5

    Bassist had recently played CHW and if I remember correctly I think he got lit up.

    Also that Riley sell hurts. I just dropped him yesterday for nothing. Hard to follow through on sells in keeper leagues, but that’s what I get for not listening to Grey Albright Fantasy Master Lothario.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    • Cole says:
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      Thanks for the advice on Urshela Monday!
      In other news: bet Jeter is asking if it’s too late to trade Anderson for a 19 year old starter with 2 pitches in high A

      • Cole says:
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        Sorry, wrong string

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never wrong string to mock Jeter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanner, Junis

      Ha, you too!

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        Thanks!

        1) Who’s the drop?
        J.D. Davis
        Ian Happ
        Domingo Santana (fuck this guy)
        Will Adames
        Travis Demeritte
        Trent Grisham
        Wade Davis

        2) Also what do owners of Wade Davis do? Have to hold and hope he regains the closer role?

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Davis

          2. Drop him

          • Steamin Beamen says:
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            Sorry, is #1 J.D. Davis or Wade Davis

            Thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wade Davis is a drop

  25. Trader says:
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    Weekly checkup….

    1. Please rank top two adds.
    2. One IL spot. Hold it for Laureano or Yonny (sept 3 playoff week start so not sure either helps)

    League: 12 teamer, h2h. My playoff position is secure. Thinking about who helps me in Sept

    Wire: Eloy, Myers, Senzel, Maybin, Franmil, Odor,

    My team:
    Smith
    Hoskins, Moose, JD Davis
    Trea, Segura, Albies
    Acuna, Soler, Acquino, Santander, Bryant
    Util: Nunez Or Gardner depending on matchups

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Eloy, Franmil

      2. Neither? Yonny, I guess

  26. 3mango says:
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    ok,ok ok, OKAY :)
    i WANT Aquino soooo to make room:
    drop: Chavis? Keuchel (I can stream daily)? or Mondesi (IL) is he EVER coming back? I can never trust what Yost says, but he is th kind of guy to not risk putting him in for 2 weeks when it means nothing…
    Also, any thoughts on others taking up my bench on IL; Gallo/Stanton/Gallo/Moncada?
    ANY EVER going to have any impact for the next 2 months?
    Thanks guys!

    • 3mango says:
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      the panic is attacking me……
      Just dropped Keuchel and grabbed Aquino. Convince me im wrong, lol.
      Figured he is replaceable with umm…..anybody on any given day..
      Curious about your thoughts on the rest though…

    • Grey

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      I don’t mind that move, I don’t like Keuchel, never have

  27. aintlifegrand says:
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    10 Tm QS & OBP redraft

    I have been offered Boba Chette for Caleb Smith- yay or nay? Both would be a matchups play to start for me.

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d take Bo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

  28. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Lamet is a streamer, right?

    14-team 5×5 roto (QS & saves+holds)

    My first 5 SPs are fine but then Lamet is an option or I can go 4 RPs. (Hand, Hendriks, Bradley, and Oberg)

    Do I keep Lamet on the bench or drop him and pick up a FA to start and move a RP to the bench?

    Also available are
    Font TEX/SEA
    D.Peters PIT/CHW
    T.Alexander SEA/@TB
    S.Anderson OAK/@ARI
    Porcello BAL
    Thornton SEA
    Pannone TEX
    Reid-Foley TEX
    Waguespeck SEA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer, but his next start is good

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        AT Philly??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          At Philly isn’t good, he has a good start on Sunday, I believe

          • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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            OK, gotcha.
            Thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  29. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    btw Lamet is at Philly.

  30. bigbear says:
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    Aquino satisfaction! Sung like Mack Jagger.

    Jon Berti sounds like a Muppet. Just saying.

    I think you’re right on Hunter Dozier.

    I’ve been on the Ohtani bandwagon for a little while now. But your point about playing time is coming home to roost… He only has 74 ABs over the last month with 7 runs and 5 RBI. The counting stats just aren’t keeping up… A few options in the FA pool: Anderson, Sano, Mercado, Bichette, Calhoun, Odor? Leaning Boba Chette.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      No over Ohtani

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        That would be Bo, add Bo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, Muppet!

      Nice

      Go Boba

  31. Jayrod says:
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    Aquino was available until right this moment when I scooped him in my 12 team points league. I’m thirsty for Aquino like Aquafino.

    I’ve got an offer in AL Only ROTO 5×5 for JD Martinez.

    Guy is offering,

    JD Martinez and Workman for my Plesac, Turnbull, Andujar, Giancarlo..

    Should I pull the trigger because Giancarlo is glass somehow or sit tight? I do need pitching still, but might be able to find it elsewhere after this deal is done.

    Thanks again sir!
    -J

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

      I’d want JD, not close

  32. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Aquino!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Right!

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Aquino again!!!!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh my God!

  33. Tony C says:
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    Please pick top 3 to stash on IL for September fantasy playoffs: Voit, Laureano, Swanson, Buxton, Carrasco and Rich Hill.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? I guess Voit, Bux, Swanson

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, prolly Carrasco over Swanson for upside play

  34. Jesse LIBROT says:
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    Someone dropped Tanaka. Will he right himself? Seems like a easy risk to take. I have plenty of SP but thinking about it.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Depends on the drop.

      • Jesse says:
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        Would drop Maybin, a bench bat, who I just picked up lol. Or Lux, who’s stashed.

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          I think I would hold. You have plenty of pitching and Tanaka is really struggling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Maybin for him, but before about starting him

      • Jesse says:
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        I’m a sucker for picking up SP’s. Everyone I touch seems to turn to gold too so gotta try!

        Punted sv/h, so my SP’s are:

        Flaherty
        Corbin
        Strasburg
        Bauer
        Ray
        Gallen
        R. Lopez
        Tanaka
        Bieber
        Marquez
        Lucchesi
        DL – Glasnow

        C – W. Smith
        1B – Hoskins
        2b – Hiura
        3b – JoRam
        SS – Tatis
        OF – Acuna, JMart, Soler, Yordan
        UTIL — Bichette, Ohtani
        Bench — Kingery, Lux
        DL – Dahl

        Not much I need to do, IMHO, for the playoffs. 1st in league currently. Yay! Thanks guys for your guidance!

  35. Twins Peaker says:
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    Are you under the belief that a great closer one year has a good shot to regress the next , while there are other cheap closers that are cheap now that we could get for next year to be the next man up in the rankings?

    That’s a long winded way of asking….who do you think are elite closers that will regress in 2020 (ala Diaz)? Who are the closers in 2020 we could get for cheap now that could rise to the elite next season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SAGNOF, TP, SAGNOF

      Just draft closers after 120 overall and you never have to worry about them

  36. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Kyle Gibson

    This could be a reason or coincidental.

    7 GS vs KC/Balt/White Sox 6 QS, 6-0 record, 2.38 ERA, 0.88 WHIP

    15 GS vs everyone else: 3 QS, 5-5 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.53 WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yesterday was such a good matchup tho!

  37. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    Travis Demeritte – 1-for-2, 3 runs and his 1st homer. I grabbed him for the batty call yesterday, and now I find myself in a moral quandary. Do I drop him with a wham, bam, thanks for the slam, or do I wake up in the morning and make him breakfast? Until next time on As Grey’s Waiver Wire Pickups Churn.

    —————————————–

    And my prediction of the Travis Demeritte Sleeper Fantasy has already reached DEF CON 2 status… All we need now is a slam and legs day, maintaining a .270 BA the rest of the way, and about 6-7 more HRs and my prediction is all buy guaranteed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BUY BUY BUY! Think you might be right

  38. William Hung says:
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    Kingery has 2B eligibility! Woooo swiss army knife!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice!

  39. Dude at Dudes says:
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    20 team 6×6 OPS, K/9, Net SB,

    Would you drop Strop, C. Maybin, Isan Diaz for any of these guys? Berti, D. Fisher, Demeritte, Mitch Keller, Jo Adell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not yet

  40. Synyster says:
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    Just a general question, is Khris Davis worth rostering at all anymore? 40+ homers in the last three seasons, but he hasn’t played the last three games. Worth a roster spot still? I know what will happen, I will drop him and he will go on a HR tear.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said drop him last Friday, he’s hurt or something

  41. Rising Son says:
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    Drop Chavis for Happ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  42. Warren Shapiro says:
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    Oh great roto gods of September – please guide me through a second place finish that i am holding or mercifully have my opponents good players be sat by their MLB team to let some rookie play.

    5×5 al only obp roto league. where you get a point for a win and a point for a QS
    I’m being offered some additional expiring pitching contracts. I don’t really have saves other than Robles and Whats left of Castillo and can’t acquire them but have enough save points that I will end up with 10 points there.

    Who of the following list is really going to hurt me down the stretch. I see Oakland plays an entirely winnable september so I wonder who I start

    Cole Bassit Bailey Cashner Minor Roark Civale Schmeltzer Miley

    I can add Tanaka and Heaney for ultra picks. Do I bother or is it this crap for that crap? Who of the list is
    stop starting these guys ever
    Matchups Only
    Ride them for the rest of the year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s crap for crap and you ned to play matchups… Bassit or Tanaka is full-on matchups, I wouldn’t touch Tanaka vs. Red Sox, but would still start him elsewhere, I wouldn’t start Bassit outside of home starts that are favorable

      • Warren Shapiro says:
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        Same for Bailey and Cashner – don’t drop but only use favorable matchups?
        Heaney worth getting?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They terrible too — Cash for Heaney works for me

  43. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Yesterday was the anniversary of the 1980’s Transformers movie, “you got the Tauch!”

    How do you rank these guys ROS: Kingery, Danny Santana, Tauchman, Aquino, Brian Anderson, Brian Reynolds, Corey Seager

    I own Tauchman, Seager and Santana (Seager been riding the bench, Tim Anderson is in the SS slot, Hiura at 2B, Merrifield at MI). My offense is stacked, but in a h2h league it’s best to load up on hot bats this time of year. Could add any of the above right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You got the power!

      Dannys, Kingery, Tauch

  44. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Need an Outfielder; hopefully I’ll get my answer from today’s Buy-Sell column. Until then, who’s most desirable between:
    Pollock (Mr DTD); Willie Calhoun (part-time); Ender (meh); or Alquino (little history)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Willie is best if playing, Aquino is best upside; Pollock is great but always injured

  45. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Catcher question. IMHO, four available guys are desirable and remain close (D’Arnauld; Vazquez; Smith; and Garver).
    1. Please rank for ROS.
    2. Who will likely play most?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Garver, Smith, Vazquez

      2. Vazquez

  46. Bob Riley says:
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    Can keep players for 3 years – was offered Vlad Jr. for Hiura and Bichette. Would you take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Man, tough call, I think I’d hold

  47. Tavern says:
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    Drop Justin Upton for Aquino in a redraft points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  48. Garrett says:
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    Drop Danny or Domingo Santana for Urshela or Hold

    Plus side Hottest bat in league. Downside cant call my team Sunday Santana anymore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo’s in a funk, think it’s time to move on in shallower leagues

  49. baseballbanter says:
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    Sooooooo perennial breakout buxton is on the IL with a left shoulder subluxation.

    Diagnosis for surgery will take 2 weeks to determine and recovery periods are 4-6 weeks. that takes us to the mid of september. so its safe to assume that he is done for the season.

    Now the wire in my league is thinner than frog skin. all the aforementioned hot bats are taken (aquafino, mike “walkthetalk”man, disney ursehla, hapless happ, boba chette, etc.)

    I could go two ways, either stash potential prosp call-ups for sept such as:

    Tucker/Robert/Luzardo/Kieboom/Lowe

    or go for a more immediate option such as:

    Arreaz, Demeritte, Mallex, Urias, Peacock, Kikuchi, Mitch Keller

    boring question and a bleh options, but which route should i take here?

    16 team points league, I am firmly in 4th place but am looking to finish top 3. Need any edge I can get. Thanks Grey, Donkey, or whomever decides to be my guiding light.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That doesn’t sound good on Bux

      Why not do both? Grab Demeritte now, see what happens then maybe switch for a call-up

  50. Woolly the Mammoth says:
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    I agree with you on Cheslor Cuthbert, but for the record I did have a date with the girl from human resources last night and she definitely liked it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, you Wooly Mammoth, you

  51. James Bolger says:
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    Bichette looks great. But he has only played 11 games at the major league level. Would you swap Bo for either Ohtani, Eloy or J Polanco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, you’re overthinking it

  52. Lindorphins says:
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    Curious how you rank these SPs ROS: Corbin, Caleb Smith, Bieber, Paddack

    Also, do you think any of them enough to get Muncy in a straight up deal or would more have to be added?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber, Corbin, Smith

      Try Paddack (or Smith) for Muncy

  53. Ralphy says:
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    Drop Bret Gardner for Aquino or Brian Anderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aquino

  54. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    Who is a better stash for this year and next
    Tucker
    Lux
    Kieboom
    Adell
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lux for this year, Adell for next, I hope

      • Alps says:
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        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  55. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    My comment was accidentally posted on another persons post.

    I have Kingery and Lourdes Gurriel…

    Gio Urshela and Acquino are available. Are we making a move or multiple? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gio over Lourdes

  56. Dude at Dudes says:
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    Start Mark Canha or Pete Alonso today? Normally this is easy but Canha is 3for4 vs Detweiler & batting cleanup. Alsonso is facing Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso

  57. Drew says:
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    Who do you like in OPS format ROS, JD Davis or Tauchman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tauch

  58. Vash says:
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    Tauchman and JD Davis. I cannot get over JD Davis Baseball Savant graphs. It’s all red outside speed. I think in Yahoo in h2h eagues, Tauchman has been the best player the past 2 weeks.

    Just trying to figure out if JD is real, and what Tauchman is. I assume Tauchman is a 20-20 guy, but the league will adjust by September and we will see if he’s a major league hitter or just lucky.

    I know you mentioned JD is nothing special, but seeing he’s essentially the top 95th percentile in everything and the top 100 percentile in xba, I am just enamored.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve dug deeper on JD, he looks like he might be real — I like Tauch a lot tho, better park, lineup, power, some speed

      • William Hung says:
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        Would you roll JD Davis over Biggio in 5×5 with Ks and OBP? With injuries and general coldness (Bellinger), I’m trying to piece together a lineup…

        C- Vazquez
        1B- Bellinger
        2B- Hiura
        3B- Kingery
        SS- Lindor
        OF- Betts, Benintendi, Alvarez
        UTIL- Story
        B- Biggio

        I’d probably be playing JD over Kingery in the interim until Kingery gets hot again. Also like that he’s 1B/3B/OF eligibility so that might let me roll JD at 1B and Bellinger in the OF if/when Benintendi slumps again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  59. Jaone says:
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    Drop Eloy, Domingo Santana, or Mercado for JD Davis and Tauchman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo for Tauch

  60. RotoSlayer says:
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    Rest of season who’s the better bet Puig or Sano? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  61. Rabbit says:
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    First off, that girl in HR really does like me, she’s not just being nice. Sure, she says she is living with her boyfriend, but I don’t think they are really happy together.
    Second, who would you rather have in your OF ROS in an OBP league: Aquino, Dozier, or Castellanos?
    Third, I know it’s way too early, but who do you think you would keep next year in a league that allows up to 5 keepers: Clevinger or Bieber?
    Fourth, am I the only person who, when you read Clevinger’s name, immediately think of the scene from the original Jurrasic Park where the Australian hunter guy is tracking one of the loose raptors, and just about when he is going to shoot, one of the other raptors pokes her head through the bushes right over his shoulder, and he looks at her and says “Clever girl”? I can’t see Clevinger’s name without my brain saying in an Australian accent, “Clevinger Girl”. Maybe it’s just me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Ha!

      2. Castellanos

      3. Bieber

      4. Ha!

  62. Lil Mo with the gimpy leg says:
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    12tm h2h Drop V.Robles for Aquino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aquino

  63. While fantasizing getting Acuna, Tatis, & Yordan with my first 3 picks in 2020 I was struck by a more immediate decision. Gallen is scheduled to pitch in that hell hole known as Coors next week and the last time I started a guy there he proceeded to take one the worst f**king beatings on record! Almost ruined my season, what a f**king blow it, what was I thinking? Shit for brains no more, leaving Gallen firmly on bench next week. (although do like his home start vs SF) Whaddya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, bench him, not worth it

      • We are on the same page – thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  64. Cohen says:
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    Demeritte or Jose Osuna ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Demeritte

  65. jon says:
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    Who is your top 3 SB threats ROS..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mallex, Acuna, Dyson

      • William Hung says:
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        SBs are so tough these days – Adalberto held the lead at 31 until yesterday… if he doesn’t mess up his shoulder he probably would be at 50 right now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed, steals are so down, it’s crazy — Trea isn’t stealing anything

  66. steve says:
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    Should I drop anyone of these of these guys for Aquino?

    Cain,Bruan,Franmil,Duvall,Myers,Peralta

    Need homers and rbis mostly

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try him over Duvall

  67. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, looking ahead to next week. need to start 3 of the following. who do you like?

    lucchesi – vs tb, @ phi
    gallen – @ col, vs sf
    wood – @ was, vs stl
    marquez – vs mia (yolo?)
    caleb – vs lad

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      German
      Smith
      Joey

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*********

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME************

  70. Dude at Dudes says:
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    Canha, Meadows or Franimal today? Pick 2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Canha

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME**************

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