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When you were a kid, did you ever receive a formal invitation and it was addressed like this, “Master Albright?”  Okay, now think about Harrison Bader getting a formal invite.  I’m dead.  That legit made me laugh for twenty minutes.  I stopped midway to breath from an oxygen tank, but a full twenty minutes, nevertheless.  Imagine this:  Mom, “Harrison, come here and open your auntie’s wedding invite?”  “Why does it say, Master Bader?”  Dad, “You’ll know in a few years, son.”  Not to mention, Master makes every little boy sound like the kid in The Toy.  S’lame!  I don’t even want to Google the origins for calling a boy, Master, because it’s prolly hella racist.  Any hoo!  Harrison Bader is playing every day, but the Cards do have 19 outfielders to juggle, so he’s not 100% guaranteed.  He is hitting for power and average, and at the top of the lineup.  With the Cards trying to make the playoffs, they’re putting their best lineup on the field and Bader has been a part of that.  Even if Master Bader sounds like he wouldn’t play well with others.  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the Buy, I just wanted to mention our Fantasy Football tools.  Freudian, because this is my Buy and this would be your buy?  P to the erhaps.  But no purchase necessary, there’s a 7-day free trial, so you can give them a whirlybird for the first week if you like.  Anyway II, the Buy/Sell:

BUY

Robinson Chirinos – The last catcher to be a Buy was Welington Castillo and he hit 73 homers last week and Bonds was like, “I’m gonna shrug after I shave my head,” so you can not pick up Chirinos, but I’d advise against it.  Or is that I advise it?  Uh-oh, Chirinos!

Jose Martinez – Fun fact!  Jose Martinez is Mexico’s name for John Doe’s.  Less fun but more relevant, Martinez has been hot.

Matt Olson – Some of you might be like, “Wow, surprised Olson wasn’t this week’s Buy,” yeah, well, Master Olson isn’t funny!

C.J. Cron – You know what they should do in the week before the regular season starts?  Have every team play a game of pickup.  No, I don’t care if they can play basketball.  I just want to see what order the manager chooses players.  If my hypothesis is right, Cron would be sent on his bicycle to get everyone Gatorade while the Angels played.

Lucas Duda – Recently, this Duda has been raging, which sounds like me after eating spicy food.

Ian Happ – This always fascinates me, and likely just me.  Some prospects are crazy touted, and they come up with hype, then, by the third month in the league, no one cares about them anymore.  I get that Happ is platooning, but have you seen his numbers in part-time at-bats?  There’s no league where it doesn’t make sense to hold Happ on your bench and play him when Maddon does.

Jose Peraza – Mentioned this the other day, but with Hamilton out, Peraza stands to get some playing time in the final few weeks, so could be a source of SAGNOF! and other general goodness (or badness, but we won’t mention that outside the parenthetical).

Jose Reyes – Part of me feels like if you add Mets to your roster, your team will collapse.  This is likely irrational.  Similar to thinking your entire pitching staff can go from 4th best to 3rd worst in 18 months.

Eduardo Escobar – Has been a hot schmotato.  Speaking of Escobar, I still haven’t started season 3 of Narcos.  Have people watched it?  I’ve heard it’s solid in its reboot.  Reboots always worry me; maybe that’s why I used to stay in relationships about two years past when I should’ve left.  *jots down note in topics to discuss with shrink notebook*

Kevin Kiermaier – This guy is more of an accessory to success.  Like my beeper on my belt.

Delino DeShields – As I type this, I’m already over him.  Maybe that’s what expectations will do, cause major disappointment.  Way to sell the Buys (literally)!

Mitch Haniger – Lots of people who thought they knew better than others (myself included) loved Haniger as a sleeper this year.  My random prediction:  next year, no one will be interested in him at all and he’ll break out.  Same could be said for Peraza.

Brandon Nimmo – Here’s what I said this morning, “You in March, “I like how Miggy’s schedule looks in September for H2H, so I’m drafting him in the 1st round.”  You now, “Nimmo is the best hitter on my team.”  Nothing necessarily makes Nimmo a great player, but that doesn’t matter this time of year.  In April, Thames hit 11 HRs.  For H2H, that doesn’t matter anymore.  Nimmo matters.”  And that’s me quoting you in March, me quoting you now and me quoting me!

Cameron Maybin – His value has taken a hit going to the Astros, but he has been hotter than a lot of other Astros bats, so maybe they use him in more advantageous ways.  By the by, advantageous sounds like a word Professor X from X-Clan would’ve loved to use.

Rafael Montero – Pickin’s be slim on the Stream-o-Nator, like its weekend plans.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Streamers this weekend are like bringing a knife to a gun fight.  Good for y’all if you can find solid ones.  Ryu doesn’t go until Monday and Stream-o-Nator likes him.  Saturday and Sunday streamers were like, “Yo, it’s the end of some H2H playoff weeks so everyone’s owned.  Hey, cool, a tumbleweed!  Is that tumbleweed starting in Petco?”

Blake Parker – Not sure if he’s really the Angels closer or a Parker *pinkie to mouth* poseur.

Brandon Maurer – If you pick him up to vulture Royals saves, it will turn out great for you!  Though I might be using the archaic definition of great, which means ‘not great.’

Matt Belisle –  Me in March, “Matt Belisle is a…guy I went to high school with that murdered someone for heroin and a watch?  The guy in the alley by my house that always says, “To you and yours” and salutes?  Wait, he’s a Twins reliever, isn’t he?”  Me now, “I kinda prefer my neighbor who salutes after everything.”

Santiago Casilla – From the Wikipedia page for Save Vultures, “When Them Crooked Vultures scrounge for saves, they spit up acid on the closer to make the setup man more appealing, who they then devour.  Their eventual digestion of the setup man usually translates into saves within three days, or they acid-vomit on another closer.”

SELL

Ian Desmond – I hate3 dropping Rockies hitters, but you can’t say “Shine on you crazy Desmond” without sounding sarcastic.  Talk about bucking an obvious narrative.  He went to the Rockies and had the worst season of his career.  He hasn’t homered since June!  And has one steal in that time!  Yo, Daniel Descalso looks at that and shudders.  You, frickin’ bastard, you made Daniel Descalso shudder!  Daniel Descalso shudders for no man!  I have to assume Desmond’s wrist injury is playing a large part in his down year, but, um, cool, I’ll send him a Get Well card which I will alter to read, “Get Him Off My Team!”

   
  1. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Nimmo, bader, j polanco, or Olson the better add in h2h obp? Gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bader

  2. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Reposting from the other post: Does Buehler stay up (in any capacity, SP or RP) next year? Can call him up in my NL-only keeper where I’m pushing for 1st, but if I do I can’t send him back down and would have to drop and lose him forever if he ends up back in the minors next yr.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He will almost definitely start year in minors

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Grey: Dang it!

        Follow up: do I call him up anyway as he can mos def help me this year and worry about losing him or carrying a dead roster spot in April?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I wouldn’t call him up

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: He certainly could be up for good, but it sure seems like there is a good chance they are calling him up this year just to give him a taste of major league coffee, and then will start him off back at AAA next season. There is also no guarantee that he will get any kind of consistent innings this year. There are a lot of Dodger pitcher mouths to feed, both for this year and next. I would be very reluctant to call him up at this point if I were you.

  3. VictoriaB

    VictoriaB says:
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    First paragraph? DYING.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  4. Alex says:
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    I’m feeling Matt Moore as a streamer @ Chicago. Just need positive points, and I don’t think he’ll get blown up .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’ll be blown to smithereens

      • joemorganhair says:
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        @Grey: Grey, although you do have the power to influence my decisions as to who is in or out of my lineup…… ah who am I kidding okay I’ll bench him.

        You like Kuhl at STL any better?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t

          • joemorganhair says:
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            @Grey:

            Not only did Moore put up 18 points, but my opponent picked him up once I dropped him.

            We all make mistakes

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn!

  5. Jason Murray says:
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    Who do you like most between Haniger (vs. LAA) or Bader (vs. PIT) this weekend? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bader

  6. rusty miller says:
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    No Robles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just went over him this morning

  7. LenFuego says:
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    Sigh. Seeing Desmond in the “Sell” spot just rubs salt in my wound for turning down Josh Donaldson and Francisco Mejia for Desmond and Yelich about 4 weeks ago. Donaldson would have been a huge help this year and Mejia would have been a delicious $1 keeper for next year. Aaarrrggggh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, my bad (prolly)

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: You did agree with me that I should turn it down, but I never blame anyone but myself – it is my team and I make the decisions.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Appreciate that!

    • Michael DePinto says:
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      Yeah Desmond killed me as well this year. I kept him in one league and drafted him over Benintendi in another league. He started on the year on DL and never got going.

      I am dropping him this weekend in both of these leagues for the stretch runs.

      Biggest disappointment other than Betts on either of my teams.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah I hear ya

  8. JoeyBatCave says:
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    10-team H2H categories w/ OPS. I have Semien at MI and Hittertron loves him in BOS/PHI next week, but would you take Ian Happ over him instead? Could also drop Cesar Hernandez and plug Happ in at 2B. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Happ over Semien

  9. flye says:
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    Whoa, there’s another guy in the MLB named Santiago Casilla?!?

    *checks player link*
    *channels Georgina from Get Out*

    No…. no….. no, no, no, no, no, no, no…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  10. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    So as for your Alfaro hate inquiry. I don’t hate him in redraft as a streamer, but I do hate him in dynasty as anything more than catching depth. He’s got a lot of unjustified hype IMO. Always hear about the huge raw power, but it doesn’t translate in games to anything more than average pop. Lots of groundballs, and no approach. If you want me to F wit you in dynasty as a catcher the numbers got to be elite. HE SLUGGED .358 IN AAA!! hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, gotcha… Good to know! I must be hearing Philly hype about him, b/c some people seem to be in love

      • LenFuego says:
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        @Grey: I have had Alfaro for the past two years in a very deep 12 keeper league, and I have pretty much come around to Ralph’s thinking on him.

        A reputable and commonly used site rates his raw power at 70/70 on the scouting scale, but that has never really shown up in 8 years of minor league ball and as Ralph noted he was basically a banjo hitter this year at AAA. He most likely will end up as a .235-.250 hitter with 12-16 HRs and 2-3 SBs … like pretty much every other catcher in the league other than the top handful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How about this comp: Good Yadier?

          • LenFuego says:
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            @Grey: Yadier is a lifetime .284 hitter … I don’t think Alfaro will even sniff that level. Good Yadier but at .244-.254? OK. Or try: Good Stephen Vogt.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Eek, that’s not exciting at all

              • LenFuego says:
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                @Grey: That might be a bit pessimistic – he does have some upside. If things go well, he could develop into a .270 guy who sneaks over the 20 HR line a several times. But he will never be an OBP guy – the plate discipline is shoddy (lifetime BB% is right around 5%) and major league pitchers tend to know how to exploit that.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That sounds kinda Yadier-y, but lower average

  11. Michael DePinto says:
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    Coincidentally I planned to ask you about Chirinos today. I have been punting catcher all year and won my division in a H2H league. However, I think it is a good idea to pick one up for the playoffs as every category is usually up for grabs.

    Do you prefer Chirinos, Avila, Grandal or either McCann (Brian or James)?

    League does not count AVG or OBP…hits and walks are categories with R, HR, RBI and SB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Chirinos

  12. Chief Wahoo Smokem Peace Pipe says:
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    Austin Jackson or Gregory off the dl Polanco ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  13. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Drop Gallo and/or Kiermeir for Bader and/Jose Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallo for Bader, depends on needs

  14. J-FOH says:
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    TL;DR……you ready for the noise tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: looking forward to seeing you again…. btw with that yup I’m thinking you didn’t like my joke. You know I’m not really playing fantasy this year.

        • Old School Brother says:
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          @J-FOH: Thanks for the invite

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            OSB, you live in LA? How are we not BFFs?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: he lives in Texas, hes such a hot tease

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh, OSB, you need to move!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: hes got good looks, is used to dating hot women and no moral compass. He’ll fit in perfect

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    A triple threat!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, can’t wait, driving back from lunch…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I actually felt bad and read the intro. I must admit Master Bader is a top ten joke. Reminds me of History fo the World Part 1:

            Marcus Vindictus:
            What bait must I use to catch your love? I am your servant.

            Empress Nympho:
            Ah, but the servant waits, while the master baits.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA, excellent — now get me my piss!

  15. Count De Monetballl says:
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    The SAGNOF spoiler continues; 37 SB’s in the last 26 days (55 the balance of the season) (including 6 from Reyes) gaining 4 points in the process (laughing like Muttley “he he he he”). Although I am out of it, I think I can get 2 more points in SB’s. I would finally like to drop Odor for Peraza, but have two players on the DL (that aren’t DL’d any more). So to make a roster move, I have to drop three players (and only have 12 pickups on the season remaining); So to get Peraza for steals, I will drop Odor; Salazar (since he’s relegated to the bench); and one of the following (need your opinion) – Betances (looked like crap as Smokey mentioned); Neshek (ratio helper), Darvish (looked like stir fried shit lately); McCullers (not sure what to think of him ROS) or Chad Green (another ratio helper). Thoughts….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Green

    • Benintendo64 says:
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      @Count De Monetballl: you are truly an inspiration to us all who have had forgettable seasons. You do the lords work my friend.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s how he got his title

        • Count De Monetballl says:
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          HA! Thanks G! Have an awesome weekend! Pray for Archer, Weaver and Darvish to pull out W’s tonight, that’s my other category I am focusing on to play spoiler!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks, man, you too! Praying hard hexagonally for ya

      • Count De Monetballl says:
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        Ha ha, thanks Super Benintendo64; this is the first crappy season I have had since I found Razzball. I broke from tradition and drafted SP’s earlier than I usually do (damn Darvish) and then I got Odor tatted on my chest… Lesson learned #4thPlaceOrBust

  16. Old School Brother says:
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    After countless begs, you finally put Cheerios up in the Buy column. Now I need somthing else to bitch about not being in the buy column. Where the hell is Sunbutter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh my God, I want sunbutter so bad right now!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I love sunbutter. My daughter has to eat that

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m eating sunbutter on everything for 30 days

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Ive tried a few different varieties. Its really good on ice cream too

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Said a’la, Schindler, Sunbutter is life!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: you mean Merle? I love Merle.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha! The foodies’ foodie

  17. fknboz says:
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    Would you drop Shaw for Cron, Happ, or Rosario? Looking for power, avg, obp in a redraft league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold

  18. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Would you drop Buxton (Home: 6 SD,TOR) to activate Haniger (Away: 7 TEX, HOU) 0r Bader (Home: 3 CIN & Away: 3 CHC) for next week? Are you adding Woodruff for either Faria or Snell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t drop Buxton — For Faria

      • NoOneIsHome says:
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        @Grey: Thank you! Hope you have a great weekend!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  19. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Bader not starting tonight…sad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw, sad trombone

  20. Weird Fishes says:
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    Grey, I’m in the playoffs, NL-only redraft. Would you drop Desmond or Fowler (or both!) to pick up Nimmo, Ervin or G. Polanco? After this week, there are 2 more rounds of playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both, Nimmo, Polanco

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Would you drop AJ Ramos before either Desmond or Fowler?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t

  21. Cannot spell wrong without Ron says:
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    Looks like the Master Bader will be stroking it on the bench tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…I saw, ugh

  22. sportivetricks says:
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    Oh heyyyyyy Grey.

    Should Herrera owners hold while he is “bumped” from the closer role?

    LOVE YAS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, drop him

  23. Joseph Busby says:
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    Goldy out again :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Super sad face

  24. Scott says:
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    Q1: Best flier for saves? Barraclough or Hatcher (who got the save the other day)?

    Q2: Welington sitting out again. Hold or drop for McCann (James) / Zunino / Iannetta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barraclough… I’d hold Welington for another day

  25. Clay says:
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    Drop Lucroy for Chirinos? Their schedule for my fantasy playoffs is as follows:

    Chirinos: vs NYY, vs SEA, @ LAA
    Lucroy: @LAD, @ARI, vs SD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, go for it

  26. Daze says:
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    If your chasing saves who are your top 2
    Oh, Maurer,Alexander,minor, Lyons.
    Thanks
    Have a good weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm, tough call… Maurer, Lyons

      • Daze says:
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        @Grey:
        Sorry
        2 more to add
        Trienen or Claudio

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Both of the last two

          • Daze says:
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            @Grey:
            Cool
            Thanks
            Enjoy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  27. Mark Callaway says:
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    Treat my Noisey right you sweet son of bitch!

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Mark Callaway: shit I never changed back my pretend troll Ralph funny commenter avatar and name!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, oops

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll do my best!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Have fun guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks bro!

  28. Grey Matter says:
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    Keep three for next weeks’ head 2 head playoffs please:

    Bour [email protected], 3 v Mil
    N Williams 3 v Mia, 3 v Oak
    Dyson (if he ever gets healthy) 4 @ Rangers, 3 @ Astros
    JMart 3 v Reds, 3 @ Cubs
    Gomez. 3 v Mariners, 3 @ Angels
    Escobar 3 v Padres, 3 v Jays
    Reddick. [email protected], 3 v Mariners

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick, Williams, Martinez

  29. FrickUrYankeeBluJeans says:
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    Byron Buxton or Jean Segura in a 6 X 6 dynasty league? Extra category is OPS for hitters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buxton

  30. morningsunshine says:
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    12team h2h 6×6 with OBP. Who to cut to activate Bour? Team needs pwr mostly, and some OBP too..

    Olson, JPolanco or Gennett? Tbh i just want Bour for the coors series in the final week if i get to my playoffs final. I could just leave him on DL but thatd mean i cant make any pickups til I activate him.

    • morningsunshine says:
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      @morningsunshine: also need RBIs so i maybe cut Olson?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Meh, if you like, I’d go Polanco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  31. kaztan says:
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    Other good pickups, imho: L Chisenhall, M Taylor, Justin Bour

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These aren’t great

      • kaztan says:
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        @Grey: Pro-rated to 600 ABs (generous, but easy math), Bour: .290, 40+ HRs, Chisenhall: .300, 30+ HRS, Taylor: .270, 25/25. The 1st 2 haven’t shown they’ve gotten back in their groove yet, admittedly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

  32. Nick says:
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    Grey,,,

    you know what,,,

    i really didn’t click on your buy column for “a buy” ,,,
    but to see who you’d be dropping (no more selling anymore)

    and i had Desmond in mind !!

    in my keeper team for years ,,, looks like age & injuries have catched him,
    at only 32 …

    Colorado should practise “cortisone shots ” like Toronto did with José and Ed5 !!!

    Nick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he looks like a mess

  33. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Man Yu is looking ROUGH. 4+ IP 5 ER again. Is he actually a drop? Gotta be an injury or something…

    Drop him, Cullers, or Nola? Darvish gets @ Washington next … Cullers has @LAA and Nola is v MIA. Strangely least confident in Yu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Darvish of those three

  34. KillerB says:
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    Heading into a H2H 6×6 playoffs. Have a hodgepodge closer group in Wade Davis, Osuna, Treinen, Betances, Claudio, Belisle. Have Alex Wood back and need to drop one of the closers because I can’t play more than 5 at a time. Would you drop Betances or one of Claudio / Belisle? And if the latter – which one?

    As an aside – keeper league. And if he were closing I “might” keep Betances. But if there’s uncertainty around his role I won’t keep him.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Claudio — can’t keep Betances, Aroldis is Yanks closer

  35. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Also anyone know if Rich Hill is starting next week? SON thinks not (has him for this Sunday and a week from Monday) but haven’t seen anything anywhere else…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t heard

  36. Bill says:
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    BTW… Jon Heyman is stealing your material: “Domingo Santana has been killing it on – you guessed it – Sundays. He has 10 home runs on the day named for him.”. Just sayen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He sucks… Heyman that is

  37. Matt says:
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    Is Felix Hernandez worth an add? My H2H championship is 2 weeks long with daily line up changes, and I just lost Rodan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t count on him, but don’t know your team situation and how badly you need him

  38. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Taylor or Reddick over Souza, assuming he’s out for awhile?

    Have a great weekend, El Jefe!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick, you too!

  39. Josh says:
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    start Berrios today @ KC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  40. lwomack58 says:
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    Would you stream AJ Cole tomorrow vs Phi & Lively. There is no SON rating for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s because Strasburg is pitching tomorrow for the Nats

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Yahoo had it showing Cole but ESPN has it as Strasburg and MLB @ TBA.
        So I guess I’m back to looking at Wacha.

        Thanks and have a great weekend

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  41. Steve says:
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    Trust Vargas tomorrow?
    Odorozzi or Woodruff on Monday?
    Semien, , Panik, Albies or Olson?

    Thanks

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: follow up: Avila (home v Mets, Cards) or Gattis (@Angels, home v. Mariners) next week?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Avila

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope….What are their matchups? Olson

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Odorozzi home v Yanks
        Woodruff home v Pirates

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is there a Odorizzi home? Or are Rays playing on road due to Irma? Woodruff prolly

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: oh man, good call. Irma’s supposed to be turning towards Tampa. Scary stuff.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  42. Joe says:
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    Playoffs start next week and my team is in terrible terrible shape.

    Should I drop DeShields for either Bader or Michael Taylor

    Should I drop Story for Albies?

    Thanks a lot for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bader…Yes, Albies

  43. Ball Park Frank says:
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    Good morning Master Grey,
    Starling vs. Carlos Martinez or Buxton vs. Junis? Also wondering if you can appreciate Oakland’s game two starter Daniel Mengden’s Rollie Fingers style mustache?
    All the best to you and yours today haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That mustache is the bomb dot gov…. I’d go Buxton… You too!

  44. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thoughts on Bour? Is he worth holding onto over Bell as a bench bat? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah go Bour

  45. Wilson says:
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    Indian was hot recently.
    Safe to start Bauer vs BAL (Hellickson) tomorrow?
    And safe to start Davies @ CHC (Hendricks) tomorrow?
    Thoughts appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Bauer, not Davies

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        How about start Wacha vs PIT (Nova)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start him there

  46. danny almonte says:
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    Drop Ziegler for Barraclaugh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  47. Ben says:
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    In first place, 12 team 5×5 obp keeper league. $270 budget for draft, you can keep 5 to 8 players. Want to use my last move to pick up somebody who’s at least a fringe keeper for next year. Free agents are all worth $5 bucks this year, $10 next year. Anyone not super highly owned who’s worth a flyer? Possibilities… Bader, Haniger, Altherr, Owings, Acuna, Giolito, Fister, G.Richards, Glasnow… anyone else not widely owned worth a flyer?

    david price is available for $12 this year, it’d be $16 to keep him for next year…

    I also could save the move to see if anyone of interest is dropped. Thoughts? Pretty certain I’m going to win unless something drastic happens so I’m not too worried about using the move.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold the move for now

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. FrankGrimes says:
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    I shoulda listened to you on berrios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh well

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        But he had 2 starts!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh well well?

  49. Mike in Busan says:
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    Drop Desmond or Souza for Devers? I pretty much have to start the one I don’t drop, such is the sad state of my OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  50. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Greeting from the path of Hurricane Irma! I live in Clearwater Florida, so I should be getting hit by the hurricane sometime tomorrow night. Fun times! Luckily I live in a non-flooding zone, so hopefully shouldn’t be too bad. Anyways, I have my h2h playoffs starting on Monday after a bye this past week. Need your help with a few questions heading into the storm (literally and figuratively).

    It’s 10 team h2h OBP with only 9 moves left, so I have to be careful how I use them. This upcoming week will be the most important as the two teams in the finals are guaranteed to win money.

    1) My two weakest hitters are Odor and Story and I have Merrifield as my only bench hitter, so he can fill in at 2B/OF as needed. Here are their upcoming pitching match ups and last week slash lines (OBP/HR/SB/R/RBI) as well as a few potential replacements:

    Odor (375/1/0/5/5): Miranda, Moore, Leake, Paxton/Felix, @Bridwell, @Heaney, @Richards
    Story (240/2/0/3/4): @Corbin, @Grienke, @Walker, @Godley, Richard, Lyles, Chacin

    Baez (227/0/0/1/1) Gsellman, Harvey, Lugo, Wacha, Martinez, Flaherty
    Villar (200/0/0/0/0) Brault, Cole, Taillon, @Conley, @Peters, @Despaigne
    Beckham (333/2/0/3/2) @Estada, @Biagini, @Stroman, @Gray, @Sabathia, @Montgomery
    Cozart (391/3/0/5/6) @Weaver, @Lynn, @Wacha, Nova, Kruhl, Williams
    Reyes (400/3/3/7/7) @Quintana, @Lester, @Mongomery, @Dickey, @Fried, @Folty
    Semien (333/1/1/5/6) @Erod, @Fister, @Pomeranz, @Pivetta, @Lively, @Leiter

    2) Lost Nelson, you like any of these 2 start pitcher for this week?:

    Woodruff: PIT, @MIA
    Sabathia: @TB(Citi Field), BAL
    Erod: OAK, @TB
    Lopez: @KC, @DET
    Harvey: @CHC, @ATL
    Biagini: BAL, @MIN

    3) Need another potential starter before I activate Paxton on Thursday/Friday (omitting 2 start selection):

    Bundy @TOR
    Sabathia @TB (Citi Field)
    Woodruff PIT
    Lopez @KC
    Erod OAK
    Lamet @MIN
    Fister OAK
    Hammel CHW
    Stephenson @STL
    M Perez SEA
    Gibson SD

    4) Do you trust Paxton coming off of the DL @TEX or @HOU this week? Could opt for 2 2-start (stutterer!) pitchers this week instead.

    5) Weakest closers are Treinen and Holland (although Holland looks to have righted the ship lately), drop either for:

    Maurer, Belisle, Barraclough, Minaya, Alexander, Lyons, Nicasio, Tepura

    Thanks again, Grey, for all of your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck with the hurricane! Hoping for best for you!

      1. Not sure what question is, replace one of the two you have? Odor with Beckham
      2. Woodruff
      3. Fister
      4. Nope, don’t trust him — Ed-Rod as 2nd 2-start
      5. Nah

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey. Just finished boarding up the windows!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck!

  51. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Woodruff (v pit + @mia) over Morton (v sea)?

    Looking for most QS K and solid ratios. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Gl with your playoffs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  52. PB&J says:
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    I need one SP today. I’m desperate for QS, W, WHIP, and K. Which one of these bums should I go with?

    [email protected] (I’m afraid he has a low chance for QS bc of the cut on his finger. Chance for a W is ok)

    [email protected] (Royals don’t strike out and Colon is… Colon. Chance for the W is ok though.)

    [email protected] (Low chance for W. Perdomo has been a QS machine and ARI strikes out a lot)

    Thanks, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Colon

  53. Eduardo Almaguer says:
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    Who’s your batty call tomorrow, Grey?

    I’m eyeballing K.Morales v. Ubaldo (7 for 24, 2 HR)
    Beef vs. Estrada (9-for 35, 4 HR)
    Napoli (0-for-3, but faces lefty A.Miranda at home)

    Got anyone else I should be giving priority to?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrys

  54. Nomahhh says:
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    Semi’s starting up this week – 12T H2h and looking to use my moves before games start to shore up the team.

    1) Would you drop Cozart for Story, Arcia, Semien or E. Escobar?

    2) Hold Corbin for his start Wednesday and see how he looks? Or drop for a potential two start pitcher like Woodruff? It’s daily transactions so I can boot Corbin after his start if its not money and then activate Paxton later this week or pick up a streamer. 7 moves all week so can always stream heavy over the weekend if need be.

    Thanks Grey! Have appreciated your knowledge all year and hopefully can take 1 home this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Why are we dropping Cozart?

      2. Corbin’s been one of the best starters of the 2nd half, why are you dropping him?

      • Jared Leigh says:
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        @Grey: Cozart has been sitting a couple games per week since his return from the DL, guess I’m wondering if it’s best to drop him for a hotter bat that may get a couple more cuts this week.

        Corbin has been killing it, but I always get nervous when a pitcher blows up right before a head to head playoff matchup. Judging from the response I’m gonna go ahead and say I am overthinking it, and let it ride.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d let both of them ride

  55. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    20 team league with holds. have these:
    vincent, diaz, treinen, oh, yates and 7 moves left on season. replace oh with which of these: hatcher (handcuff value), hildenberger, alexander, dull, j.smith (but miller looms)

    2. also, in AL only (OBP over AVG, total bases added) have gomez/chirinos, gomez might be one of those out for a while but no DL stint type of deals, oh uh chirinos we have no idea about. playoffs start tomorrow, drop gomez for delmonico tonight? could use gomez’s steals but could more use a guy who plays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hatcher

      2. Go for it with Delmonico

  56. Steve says:
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    Franco schomatoing or breaking out? He used to be a reliable power source.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schmotato, worth owning

  57. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    How dare MIL bench Domingo on his day?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  58. baseballing says:
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    Hi Grey, please pick one OF: Jose Martinez, Chisenhall, Piscotty, Nimmo. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nimmo

  59. baseballing says:
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    Also one other thing–I have a bit of a ridiculous problem in that I have 4 guys for 3 spots: Votto, Freeman, Encarnacion, and Carlos Santana all for my three 1B/UTIL spots. I’ve been benching Santana all season, but he’s been absolutely ripping it since the break and I really hate to leave him on the bench. Would you continue to bench him? If only I could use one of them as my 3rd OF………..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure who else you would bench there

  60. Nightmare! says:
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    Alright Greylord. Lots to cover here….stay with me now….all questions are for H2H points league

    1) I know SON is liking Garrett Richards next week but do you trust him? vsHOU, vsTEX……or should I do a one start stroman vsBAL

    2) mazara 4vsSEA, [email protected], choo (same), Domingo Santana (3vsPITT, [email protected]), reddick ([email protected], 3vsSEA, he also has 2 lefties), Adam Jones [email protected], [email protected]
    Pick Two please

    3) Pick 3 please
    Estrada (vsBal, @MINN)
    woodruff (vsPITT, @MIA)
    Jon gray (@ARI, vsSD),
    Degrom @ATL
    Sabathia (@TB, vaBAL)

    4) how about that season finale of snowfall!! Franklin just getting shit done!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Start Stroman 2. Domingo, Jones 3. Estrada, Woodruff, Gray 4. I didn’t love the show, Franklin was a bit of a bore… In the canons of great drug bosses, he’s like below the guys in Half Baked

  61. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    First round of a two series playoffs start tomorrow.

    Looking to see if I should make any last minute changes (waivers take place Twice a week). Do you think I should drop Anthony rendon for nick castellanos , especially since I don’t have many players playing tomorrow, and castelanos is playing?

    Here’s my team (standard 5×5 categories)
    C: contreras
    1B: Votto
    2B: Gennet
    3B: rendon
    SS: segura
    OF: trout, bellinger, springer
    Util: hoskins, khris Davis, ender inciarte
    Bench: Eduardo Nunez, justin smoak

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see it, yes

  62. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do you like at C this week (apologies)

    Ramos – 3 vs nyy, 3 vs bos
    Chirinos – 4 vs sea, 3 @ laa
    Gomes – 3 vs det, 4 vs kc

    Also, SON like Richards next week, but are you trusting him (vs hou, vs tex) next week? 12 team mixed roto.

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chirinos, not trusting Richards — SON doesn’t know injuries

  63. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Grey… Who would you grab for next week? Olson, Merrifield, Tim Beckham or Castellanos? Thnx buddy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beckham

  64. Gregory Chiarello says:
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    obp h2h playoffs
    Reddick or Bader?

    Thanks Grey

    • Gregory Chiarello says:
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      Inciarte also available

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Go with Ender

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  65. Gregory Chiarello says:
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    also Beef or Chirinos?

    thanks Grey. Enjoy your night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beef

  66. AUFan says:
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    I am in the 2nd playoff week of a deep h2h points league. I have no more waiver pickups left and can only keep 1. Neither option is great, but in this league every single point is valuable. Should I keep Familia or Fiers as a RP option? Which one do you trust more for points in the next week or 2? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

  67. peacecoast says:
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    hey dude!

    last move for me. Need SB. JReyes or MTaylor ROS?

    Running out of cash may cost me the championship :( this is my last $1 (we start with $100). I stupidly blew $11 on mallex and thought I would win the SB category. This game is frustrating huh.

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