Hello, I am Hunter Renfroe.  I have homered in four straight games.  I am also your father that is why I play for the Padres.  Please, call me daddy.  Not sure why I’m talking like a robot.  Elon Musk has bought my body and repurposed my soul.  By the by, you know what’s fun to do, next time you’re in a quiet place where people will be able to hear your phone, have Siri say, “You’re the reason the robots take over the world in the future.”  And have Siri keep saying it while you look at the person next to you, then finally say to your phone, “Me or this guy?”  Any hoo!  Hunter Renfroe (2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer) sent the Padres into the Space Force!  He has power (still makes no sense he’s hitting third, don’t care what he’s done), and I’d grab him if you need that.  Him and Franmil Reyes (3-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer, and third homer in four games) have put on a show these last few days.  Not sure why they’d hit the Brewers hard, they just traded for Jonathan Schoop.  He’s a good pitcher, right?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Corey Knebel – 0 IP, 4 ER.  He’s definitely calling the Padres his daddy.  Evil Knebel, less because of his motorcycle stunts, and more for the cruel and unusual punishment he inflicts on your fantasy team.  Knebel must be out as the closer.  I mean, he’s singlehandedly ruining the Brewers’ playoff chances.  I say go Josh Hader, but Jeremy Jeffress (1 IP, 0 ER, 1.29 ERA) has been solid.  And they have Joakim Soria, but he hurt his groin on the Renfroe homer yesterday.  Maybe that’s the problem for Soria, he’s pitching with the wrong balls.

Junior Guerra – 6 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.40.  This was an obvious stream on the Stream-o-Nator and his next one is as obvious of an avoid, and meagrees.  That’s like methinks but with more affirmation.

Fernando Rodney – Traded to the A’s.  He said he’d meet up with his new club on the back of an invisible arrow like Wonder Woman.  Fernando Rodney said he also likes women, like millennial Wonder Woman.  He will work setup in front of Blake Treinen and loses most of his fantasy value.  More on the Twins pen in the Twins team blurbs below.

Drew Pomeranz – Kicked out of the rotation, i.e., Pomerunz out to the bullpen.

Rick Porcello – 4 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.17.  He better hope he’s not demoted to the bullpen next, i.e. you’ve been Rick rolled!

Mookie Betts – 4-for-4, 2 runs and his 27th homer as he hit for the cycle.  Who’s the Betts?  Mookie Ballgame!

Teoscar Hernandez – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer, and back-to-back games with back-to-back ding-dongs.  Back by popular demand, the Teoscars!  But no popularity contest in The Oscars!  I want meditative expressions on death by Joaquin Phoenix and Sam Elliott.  How dare you change, Oscars.   You’re supposed to be about art.  Like the art of Harvey Weinstein paying people to vote for his movies and not press charges when he fondles their bush*.  *Talking about plants, you sickos.

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  He will definitely be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  Refresh the page in a few hours, and it will magically appear.

Ryan Borucki – 5 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.81.  The good news is his last name is not bukkake.  The bad news is now you’re Googling bukkake.

Ken Giles – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 6.29.  Someone should explain to him that you can’t pitch yourself into a save.

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Some might say we need a living wage.  I say we need a hot fire emoji replacing the ‘u’ in Jurickson’s name.  Friends, countrymen, Juricksons, where are the fire emojis?  Profar isn’t in the afternoon’s Buy column, but I think that’s because he’s owned in too many leagues to qualify, if not, he’s obviously hot.

Miguel Andujar – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games.  Sauce likes to be the boss, nah’mean?  I don’t either, but maybe I’m being too literal.  Andujar really feels underappreciated, which is so bizarre considering the team he does his summertime raking for.

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  He’s somehow only owned in 70% of leagues.  He’s nearly a top 25 OF on our Player Rater, so, yeah, no idea.

J.A. Happ – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.07 as he returned from Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.  Ya know what they say?  Shizz Happ’ens.  Near his mouth, apparently.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4 and his 28th homer, and his 3rd homer in as many games.  If he gets anywhere near his preseason projections of sixty homers in the final 48 games, I will faint like a southern belle.

Neil Walker – 2-for-4 and his 5th and 6th homer, and three homers in the last four games.  The Yankees are suddenly the Rockies in Coors.  About to sign them all up for a weekend romp.

Aroldis Chapman – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 BBs, 2.20 ERA, and he struggled.  Sure, he always sweats like Ted Striker, but he lost three to four miles off his velocity and no one was casually reading Nun’s Life in the dugout.  Zach Britton seems to be the obvious handcuff, which is poor word to use with Aroldis, but something seems off.

Felix HernandezMariners might bump him from the rotation.  Always hard to move on from a fan favorite, but I say keep him close by making him a pitching coach and stop pussyfooting around!  Tough Love starring Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it).

Dee Gordon – 0-for-3, 1 run as he was moved to the nine hole, hitting .278.  Gordon, F-Her and Ichiro could make a dream team of coaches.  Just throwing it out there.

Mitch Haniger – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .271.  Glad his month of July when he hit .191 with one homer is over.  He’s been hitting near-.333 in August and now he’s hitting leadoff, and I’m not sure how I feel about that, but better than ninth.

Jean Segura – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Also, in this game, Denard Span (3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 9th too. Elsewhere, Ben Revere pulled nine flower petals saying for each, “I am Denard Span, I am not Denard Span,” ending on, you guessed it.

Carlos Correa – On track to return tonight.  He’s 3-for-16 at his rehab stint at Corpus Christi.   That’s different then when Chris Christie ate a dolphin and it got halfway down his gullet with the fin sticking out of his mouth.  That was Porpoise Christie.  Then it became Poopis Christie when the snout started coming out the other–You get the picture.

Justin Verlander – 2 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 2.50, and he he was ejected, which might’ve been best for him with how he was throwing.  He gave a homer to the aforementioned Haniger, Span and Segura.  He’s now in the top 30 (bottom 30?) for home runs allowed per nine with 22.  For just straight numbers, 22 is the 6th most in the majors behind Bundy, Junis, Colon, Chase Anderson, Hamels and tied with Teheran.  Not exactly the who’s who that your parents paid money for you to be in in high school.  The rest of his numbers aren’t shockingly bad, however.  So hope this is a blip.

Tyler White – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, hitting .281.  All of this in 64 ABs.  When Altuve returns, Marwin could move to 1B, and there might not be room for White.  I know what you’re thinking, can’t Altuve play in someone’s pocket while they all play?  Not sure on the rules with that.  Feels illegal.  Until then, I could see snagging White.

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  Fun fact!  Ji-Man is Korean for the FBI.

Ross Stripling – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.62, as he was activated from the DL and started in Coors.  Dodgers need to figure out their fake injuries better than bringing a guy back for a Coors start.

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam (19) and legs (8), hitting .246.  If he gets to 30/15/.260, his season goes from disappointing to decent.  If he gets 25/12/.250, it’s disappointing.  So close, yet so far apart.

Joc Pederson – 1-for-2 and his 18th homer, hitting .258, as he entered as a pinch hitter.  I’m so thankful I only own Pederson in leagues where I have to play him no matter if he’s starting or not.  Gotta remember that for the ‘around the Thanksgiving table’ thanks.

Chris Taylor – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, as he hits 8th.  Big hit on value if he stays in the eight hole, but there’s just as much likelihood Max Muncy (1-for-1 and a pinch hit homer, his 25th) hits 8th, because the Dodgers have more weapons than Genghis Khan, the Mongolian BBQ place near my house that has swords lining the walls.

Wade Davis – 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 5.51, moving his record to 1-6.  Davis should enter games with avocado on his head, because he is toast.  Feel sorry for the people who handcuffed him with Oh too, because yesterday he was Oh crap (2/3 IP, 2 ER).  How many games are the Rockies going to give away before they just go with Ottavino?

Adam Frazier – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .291 as he hit leadoff.  It took C**nt seven-tenths of the season to realize Frazier is their leadoff man after I drafted him in March in an NL-Only league for that reason.  No idea if Frazier will stay leadoff, but he’s hitting near-.500 in the last week, and is a full-on hot schmotato.

Josh Bell – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer, hitting .263.  The narrative from last year that Bell is a 20-homer hitter is laughing at the narrative that Bell is a ten-homer hitter this year.

David Freese – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Also, in this game, Elias Diaz hit his 8th homer.  Elias Sports Bureau said, “Hey, our son!”  They also might’ve said the Pirates are the only team in August to have three guys hit a home run in a game and not have one with double digits.

Jose Berrios – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.66.  Frequent commenter, GrassyKnollRedding, mentioned this yesterday, “It will be nice next year when Berrios is a guy you don’t have to worry about with certain matchups.”  Berrios is right on the cusp of being Aaron Nola, but he needs to lock down all matchups, not just favorable ones.

Trevor Hildenberger – Could take over as the Twins closer, or because he’s been super awful for the last week (7 ER, 2 2/3 IP) it might go to Addison Reed, who has been in own kind of special.  He lost yesterday (2/3 IP, 1 ER) and has given up five runs in his last five outings with the palindromic 4.74 ERA.  Next up, maybe Taylor Rogers, who has 55 Ks in 47 1/3 IP, but a 3.80 ERA.  Mr. Rogers sounds like he’s in the neighborhood of decent, but he’s a lefty, so he’s weird and situational saves only.  I’d guess Addison Reed is the new closer, but it’s far from decided.

Leonys Martin – Hit the DL with an illness.  He is always on the DL.  Either call him DLeonys or Illness Martin.

Yonder Alonso – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer, hitting .247.  Who’s over Yonder?  Yo-day-lay-ee-hoo, 14 other 1st basemen on the Player Rater, even C.J. Cron, but Yonder’s closing the gap.

Jorge Polanco – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  It was a bold choice for his Players’ Weekend nickname being PEDslanco.

Anibal Sanchez – Left yesterday’s game after a comebacker struck his shin.  Below-the-belt comebackers should be off limits in everything except roasts.

Nick Markakis – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer.  Sparkakis!

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 1-forp4 and his 13th hoemr, and 2nd in as many games.  Tilde discover a protomolecule that makes humans fly, we got baseballs off the bat of Acuña.

Michael Taylor – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer.  I know why this guy is a Bowden fluffer.  He’s so sexy, but can’t seem to run into full-time at-bats or fantasy value.  I will always enjoy when Taylor goes H.A.M., but, I mean, damn.

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.89.  Braves came for Nat-Gio, but ended up safari away.  *National Geographic magazine insert falls*  No one is subscribing, guys!  Stop with the magazine inserts!  This reminds me of another thing that drives me up the wall, if I buy something at the grocery store, stop handing me a gee-dee receipt!  I’m not writing off the effin’ olive bar purchase!  Or ask me if I want it!  Holy Jesus Aguilar, how much paper is wasted on paper for receipts that are immediately thrown away?  “Hello, welcome to natural foods market, we are making the world better with our kombucha.  Oh, and here, don’t forget your useless paper receipt.”  This drives me crazy.  I might need a horse tranquilizer.

   
  1. Questioner says:
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    Razzball people, please help me settle something. In a keeper league:

    Ross Stripling + 2nd round pick for Clayton Kershaw

    Lowball offer, or reasonable?

      • Questioner says:
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        @Grey:

        14 teams, 5 keepers each

        • Questioner says:
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          @Questioner:

          And to give you an example of the market, Eovaldi just fetched a 3rd round pick on his own.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds lowball then

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Meaning I want Kershaw

            • Questioner says:
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              @Grey:

              Don’t disagree about Eovaldi being expensive, but that’s what the market is.

              Thanks for the reply. I agree about it being lowball (meaning I want Kersh too), but wanted an outside opinion.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Questioner:

      If I had Kershaw I’d turn that down without considering it. I might be wrong to do so in 2019 but I’d do it anyway.

  2. To the guy that commented on Berrios not trustworthy in all match-ups yet could’t of agreed more. Now today I agree with you anymore. I like how it goes to show great minds think alike… Thats why I’d had him penciled in to ride some pine since sunday, huh Grey, tell’em

    • @Dnut Eastwood:Even more EVeN MoRe… usually on my phone I blame spell check but on the PC i have to own those typos. As the voice in my head say’s ” C’mon Eastwood your better than that… Your letting the Razzball Team down with all your errors get it together” even though techincally I’m not even on the team. But it’s alright to dream right?

      • @Grey: in a perfect world we would play him in cricket and still get counting stats

  3. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    20 teamer with holds and saves sold separately. just before bearclaw turned into trash i had to drop one RP, i dropped soylent greene. now have: arano, alexander, bearclaw, yates, colome. rogers was just nabbed a day or so before bearclaw lost his job, but parker and tepera have been dropped lately. drop bearclaw for which of them to get a 2nd closer? probably parker since we’re more sure about him being the closer.

    everybody knows what bukkake’s about.

  4. Mordacious Levator says:
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    AL only, i nabbed rogers (since he’s their best pitcher after pressly left in bullpen all year). however, could go hildy/reed here, both bad enough to have been dropped. holds and saves here and i have romo/alvarado/rogers/j.anderson/brach and kelvin in DL slot.

  5. Blaster says:
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    Need the best closer of the bunch

    Gsellman, Steckenrider, Givens, Tepera, or Reed?

  6. Blaster says:
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    Need the best closer of the bunch

    Gsellman, Steckenrider, Givens, Reed, or Tepera?

  7. Wally Pipp says:
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    Well, i guess we cant blame Hosmers awful season on his teamates…

    If there was a 12 team draft today would he even get drafted?

    His ops for the season is 698 lollll nice contract padres ownership.

    Hes a fantasy zero

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Wally Pipp: That contract, WTF were the Padres thinking there, they already had a fine young 1B in Wil Myers, who is much safer and stays healthy playing first..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wally Pipp: I’d draft him, but wouldn’t love it and would prolly be near 200 overall and would drop him and yeah he’s been bad

  8. Rabbit says:
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    So I am out of the running this year (thanks Kris Bryant, Wil Myers, Carlos Martinez, A Rizzo–I could go on) and looking to make a trade to a contender for a keeper for next year. Have an opportunity to trade for either Vlad Jr or Eloy Jimenez. Which one do you think will be more valuable next year?

  9. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. Don’t want to talk too much about Kluber. He did give up the homer to Polanco, his 2nd of the year and the first in 138 ABs, so we’re talking some rare vintage HR there for sure. The trouble I had is as follows….

    The ball that Rosario hit to RF for a single…Per statcast, there was a 99% chance that the ball was going to be caught. All Melky had to do was cover 66 feet in 6 seconds, so 11 feet per second. I know for a fact that all of the Razzball nation (girls and boys) can cover 66 feet in 6 seconds. Have someone hold the stopwatch for you or count 1 mississippi, 2 mississippi etc.

    Kluber was pissed for sure and let it affect him. I also think Kluber is hiding an injury, nothing too severe. He’ll probably come out with the injury in the off season.

    b. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 10

    In HannIbal when I was about fIfteen I was for a short tIme a member of a temperance organization. During membership we had to promise not to use tobacco. We would turn out and march with red ribbons around us on May Day with the Sunday schools and on Independence Day with the Sunday schools, the independent fire company, and the soldiers.

    But you can’t keep a boy’s moral institution alive on two displays of ribbons a year.
    I resigned after the two big days. I had not smoked for three full months and no words can describe the smoke hunger that was eating me up. I had been a smoker from my ninth year—a private one during the first two years but a public one after that—that is to say, after my father’s death. In my early manhood and in middle life I used to worry myself with reforms every now and then. I never had occasion to regret these reforms because the rewarding pleasure which I got out of the vice when I returned to it always paid me for all that it cost.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  10. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS QS 2 Util.

    Desmond slumping and is my only 1B. Add either Braun or Bauers?

    Only current bench bat is Cano.

    Cervelli, Desmond, Beckham, Bregman, Machado, Benintendi, Acuña, Haniger, Rosario, S. Marte, Cano.
    DL – Bryant, Springer
    Bauer, Morton, J. Gray, Happ, Rodon, Heaney, Pivetta, Bieber.
    Trienen, Rondon, Romo, Givens
    DL – E. Rodriguez

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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS QS

    G. Sanchez is available looking to stash him on my DL.

    I would have to drop two because Happ is still on my DL.

    Only bench bat is Desmond.

    Gattis, Encarnacion, Carpenter, Turner, Freeman, Bellinger, Acuña, Haniger, Trumbo, M. Chapman, Desmond
    Morton, Porcello, Heaney, Rodon, Gausman, Pivetta, Bundy, Bieber
    Trienen, Strop, Givens
    DL – C. Martinez, Wacha, Happ

  12. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Wallowing here. Oh, it was a bad day to own Porcello, Davis, and Knebel. I mean Grey, not Oh. The Mookie cycle softens the blow a little but ouch! Knebel is out for now per Counsell comments. And Davis well should be! They both are horrible.

    But we live to fight another day. Have a good, memorial service-free weekend!

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    In terms of the Dodgers “injuries”, I believe they keep watching that scene from Caddyshack where Rodney Dangerfield barely gets hit in the arm with a golf ball and shouts, “Oh! My arm. I think I broke it!”

    I have Stripling, BTW, just glad he didn’t get shelled last night in Colorado’s thin air. The two K’s were also quite bizarre.

  14. LG Baseball says:
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    Great-write up Grey!

    Trade dealine is Sunday so trying to gauge keeper values to see if I should make some moves.

    Albies or Bellinger in a keeper?

    Thanks!
    LG

  15. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    If you’re ever interested in learning more about Genghis Khan you should check out the book:

    Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    I listened to it on Audible, it was excellent.

    Hope you have an excellent weekend!

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    Well typical in smurf fashion, I dropped Hildenberger due to his suckitude, two days before the trade.

    Earlier, I dropped Gsellman the day Swarzak got hurt. Literally an hour before the announcement.

    Good thing these mushroom hut roofs are only 2 feet off the ground…

  17. Dave Funnell says:
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    Do you think 2019 Berrios is 2018 Nola?

  18. Raider says:
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    Got to watch Chapman last night- 3 lethal sliders then pumped 100 by choo, 2 more lethal sliders to strike out odor. Velo was fine after getting settled, more trouble locating his fastball which could have played in. Still looked virtually unhittable.
    Also despite the line Happ looked good as well!

  19. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Bench bat – Diaz or Trumbo?

  20. Chucky says:
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    Super Trifecta of Bad Luck. Lucky Chucky has returned in force with a bang! Three major trades this past week: Realmuto, 0 for 19 since the trade. Verlander 2 IP 6 ER and last but not least Berrios, 4 IP, 4 ER 6 BB. Not only can I ruin a career, I can go one better, I’ll ruin your life.

  21. Bk says:
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    10 Team league, you starting-
    Rodon (CLE, 0.9)
    JGray (LAD, -0.2)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: Rodon home or away?

      • Bk says:
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        @Grey: Home on both

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry, just looked at SON, didn’t matter… Neither

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You could use SON, ya know?

          • Bk says:
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            @Grey: I posted both SON #s in parantheses. Both were right on the cusp of both startable and benchable. But considering how good both have been, thought maybe to lean in and go for it.

            But I do agree, the risk may outweigh the reward in both cases.

            • Grey

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              Sorry, didn’t realize those were SON numbers, thanks for your support! And yeah not worth it….

  22. Sports Benjamin says:
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    DeJong or B Crawford the rest of the way? OBP league.

    Thanks

  23. Cram It says:
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    I was going to put Tyler White in this week for NFBC, but the two lefties were MadBum and Paxton. This is why I try not to play the rational odds. Go with the gut!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: As Jayson Werth says, analytics are for super nerds!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Ha, I saw that!

  24. DatBum says:
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    They can take away my stupid paper receipts if they give back my straws and plastic bags! Thinking about dealing for Archer because I need pitching help down the stretch to lock up a title but maybe he’d do more harm than good to my 3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP (16 team league). I have tons of hitting depth. Can’t believe he’s fallen this far, but would you deal JBauers for Archer? Or is it better to just avoid Archer and roll with Greinke, Taillon, Clevinger, Quintana, Heaney, Rodon, LCastillo and the wire the rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DatBum: Yeah, give us back straws, you bastards! I’d try Archer in that trade — more about how little I think of Bauers vs. him

  25. Joel says:
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    If King Felix goes to the pen, King’s Court effectively becomes Stablemates.

  26. branta says:
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    I wanted Acuna to come out gangbusters like Soto has. Don’t get me wrong, he’s had a very solid first season in the bigs, but Soto has so overshadowed him and overtaken him, there’s no doubt he’ll be Rookie of the Year, and I feel like I missed the boat.

    Is there a glossary term for FOMO on fantasy baseball rookie nookie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @branta: Watch Acuña have a beter sophomore year… Have to check glossary on terms

      • branta says:
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        @Grey: I hope you’re right, and I do plan on holding on to him for the long haul.

  27. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team keeper league and a guy has some expiring contracts of J.Abreu, Gennett, Greinke, and D.Price. He’s out of the money and I’m in the 3rd-6th range trying to move up before our trade deadline.

    I have some decent contracts to offer: CJ Cron, Villar, Stripling, Pivetta, and Estrada….none of which is going to blow him away.

    I could add Ohtani to the mix unless you think he’s worth keeping.

    I could add Eloy Jimenez to the mix but I’ll either get another year or another two years from him if I keep him depending on when they bring him up. Trading him might be too crazy. I am not giving up any of my keepers named Bauer, Vlad or Acuna.

    Any advice?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Kruk_Ain’t_An_Athlete:

      Offer him any of your 4 contract guys for any of his 4 contract guys and see what he says. You never know.

    • Grey

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      @Kruk_Ain’t_An_Athlete: Only ones worth trading there that you shouldn’t keep is Ohtani and Stripling — can try them for one of his guys, tho Price is a step down

  28. Robert Schroeder says:
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    I think former prospect Trevor May could make a lot of sense to try for SVs in Minn. 7Ks in 3.2 in Thoughts?

  29. JustALurker says:
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    Great roundup, Grey. Thanks for all the hard work!

    Your Bellinger post made me think about Aaron Hicks. They have identical stats, basically, so far this year.

    So, what are the chances Bellinger actually gets to 30/15/.260? What are the chances Hicks does?

  30. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!!!! Snowfall has been so good!!!! Happy Friday. Can’t wait for buy/sell. Rapid fire, here we go:

    1) Matt kemp or Robinson cano when he comes back Tuesday

    2) wily Peralta or Gsellman

    3) rank these pudwackers top 3
    Jeffress, Yates, Leclerc, Parker, Madson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightmare!: Really? I didn’t like the 1st season of Snowfall and stopped watching… Maybe I’ll go back 1. Kemp 2. Wily 3. Yates, Leclerc, Madson

  31. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Franmil Reyes pajamas.

  32. Starz says:
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    Currently have Wilson Ramos on DL and Grandal starting at C.
    When Ramos comes back, would I be crazy to keep them both and start one of them in utility spot? Both were top-100 hitters when Ramos went on the shelf.
    I will try and trade one, but just weighing all options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Starz: Doens’t seem crazy, they are top 100 hitters, prefer to trade one tho, not like they’re *that* good

  33. crimedog says:
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    Would you trade Puig for Molina? Trade analyzer gives $2 edge to Molina which I was surprised about. Currently I have 5 startable OF and can only start 4 trout, springer, Rosario, Soto. I’m fine waiting on trout and springer to come back as I have a two week bye coming up. My catcher is John hicks.

  34. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Your blurb on Chapman scares me, especially since I agree.

    But I could also really use a potentially elite closer, so I just traded Chris Taylor (who I was about to drop for Villar anyway—cut Wily Peralta for him instead), Iglesias, and Archer to nab the Cuban Missile. Out of adds this week, but Britton is on the wire, and I plan on picking him up as a cuff next week. How’d I do?

    Thanks as always, Grey. Have a good one! By the way, I will be joining you in clenching during Jon Gray’s start vs. the Dodgers tonight. Don’t have a choice after Verlander’s doozy yesterday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill Buttlicker: Meh, don’t see why Raisel alone won’t be as good as Aroldis — You too!

  35. NYC says:
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    Trusting a Gomber stream against the Royals today?

  36. synyster says:
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    Grey!! Good day!!!

    If you had to…

    S.Bieber @ CWS
    or
    Z.Elfin @ SD

    Thanks and have a good wknd!

  37. Need a Solomon says:
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    Hey commenters! Please help settle an argument for our league. 14 team keeper league.

    Someone is offering Ross Stripling + 3rd round pick for Clayton Kershaw. Is this a fair offer?

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @Need a Solomon: At this point in Kershaw’s career, I’m saying it is fair, although the Kershaw guy could get a lot more on name value alone.

  38. Born a Crime says:
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    10 team head to head

    Kemp, Olsen , Cesar worth stashing on bench ? Or use spots to stream Sp or RP? Guys like Rodon are on the wire

    C chirinos
    1b Edwin
    2b odor
    3b rendon
    SS Brennan
    Of jd
    Of Cain
    Of Soto
    Util bogaerts
    Util vitro
    Bench Haniger, school, Franco

    Thanks

  39. CloudTown says:
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    Mornin Grey!

    Excellent write-up, it’s cool seeing one of my guys listed for something good after I had written him off and went to bed (Bellinger)

    Guessing Hosmer is droppable in a 10tm league at this point? Along with Muncy and Jo-Ma? I could use the bench space to stream or pick up some productive hitters. I have spent more time this year deciding which of these guys to start each day than anything else!

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CloudTown: Thanks! Drop Hosmer, yeah — Jo-Ma and Muncy are droppable too

  40. Fleeced says:
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    Drop Bauers or Moncada for Renfroe or Franmil?

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Fleeced: Bauers has been solid. Don’t drop Bauers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fleeced: Moncada for Renfroe, different things tho

  41. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Bc Doolittles foot has been stressed out for a month I traded two minor league picks for Knebel, aka Shrapnel. My face! Shrapnel’s performance is literally hurting my face. Killing me. The damage is definitely magnified without Trout.

    Anyways, which Freddy Peralta shows up at ATL tonight, you starting him?

    Thanks!

  42. DLev45 says:
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    Is Desmond dead weight at this point? He serves as a bench bat for me.

    I’m wondering if I’m better off using the roster spot to rotate hot-bats like Renfroe, Franmil, and Zobrist, or whatever flavor of the week going forward.

    5×5 H2H, unlimited moves league. I’m in 1st with a 12gm lead on 2nd.

  43. lwomack58 says:
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    Looking to trade Castellanos-another manager is looking for 3rd baseman. I currently have Chapman at 3rd.

    Pitchers offered are Tailon, Hamels or Wheeler. Also Greinke available but I don’t think he would make that trade.

    Out of the three pitchers listed which one would you ask for? Also should I offer Chapman instead ?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lwomack58: You listed the order wouldn’t trade for Wheeler tho

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        Chapman or Castellanos. Which one to offer?
        Thanks

  44. peacecoast says:
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    drop Marco G or Castillo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Watch The Sinner!

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: thumbs up? ok I might
        ps. answer the question fucks sake

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: did you ever watch the Killing. I liked it for like 5 episodes then got frustrated with the narrative and the rain.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @peacecoast: Killing was one of those shows I watched 1st season, didn’t love it, didn’t go back for 2nd season… Neither SP, Marco I guess if I had to

          • peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: every episode they made it look like a different dude was the killer. fuck that drama-bait.

            you don’t like either marco or castillo? I kinda like em both. will drop marco then.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Marco Gonzales? Not really…and Luis Castillo? Dude’s been a mess all year with only recent signs of anything

            • Christopher Coriell says:
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              @peacecoast: The First two Seasons of the Killing were awesome!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Sinner is a little drama-bait, but it’s entertaining

      • Gonzo says:
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        @Grey: This show messed me up!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m only 4 eps in, no spoilers

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I was kinda scared shizzless last night tho

            • peacecoast says:
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              @Grey: we def gotta watch it together on skype then, virtual hand holding

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                My internet connection isn’t great

                • peacecoast says:
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                  @Grey: that’s akin to saying you have to wash your hair, jeez what a blow off

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Sorry! But it’s true, internet is bad by the TV, I’m back in Palm Springs

          • peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: hey fuck I don’t wanna be messed up

  45. Josh C says:
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    Start Rodon at home vs CLE tonight?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Good call. I have Rodon going on many teams.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, nooooooo

  46. fudgemybudge says:
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    D Gordon droppable in a 10 team pts league?

  47. John says:
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    12 Team H2H 6×6 with TB and OBP instead of AVG and HR

    Made some all in trades for this year and looking at one more before the deadline.
    I trade: Stanton, Archer and a 15th rd pick
    I get: K Davis, Kluber, Iglesias and a 22nd rd pick

    Stanton would be a keeper (keep 4) for me next year currently and I wouldn’t keep any of the return but it gives me another ace and closer while not losing too much offense. My keepers would then be Lindor, Springer, Blackmon and maybe Carpenter. Make the offer and get the trade done or look for a smaller cost upgrade?

    C- Ruiz (DL)
    1B- Abreu
    2B- Dozier
    3B- Carpenter
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Blackmon
    OF- Stanton
    OF- Cruz
    Util- Devers
    DL- Springer, Belt, Donaldson

    SP- Kershaw, Syndergaard, Carasco, Archer
    RP- Norris, Rondon, Osuna, Dominquez, Gsellman, Parker, Reed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: I don’t love it, but it’s fair

  48. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    who would you pick up for speculative saves?

    Reed, Robertson, Britton, Ottavino, Oh, someone not named Alexander in LAD pen

  49. Jon says:
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    Add Alexander, Jeffress, May, Rogers, Hildenberger, or Oh dropping Trivino, Bradley, Strop, Yates, or Dominguez? 5×5 scoring.

  50. cliffyw says:
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    who would you rather pick up for ROS, Renfroe or Grichuk? Also, is Quintana droppable in a 12-team mixed league?

  51. Jeff says:
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    Drop Knebel for Leclerc at this point?

  52. johnnyhobbes says:
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    if you had to give up either Kole Calhoun or Mark Trumbo in a trade for Khris Davis who would you want to give up?

  53. jose says:
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    Made a trade on my RCL team last night.

    A) I received Kluber for Marte. I know Kluber hasn’t been quite himself, but even last night he wasn’t terrible, right? Fair at least?

    Still thinking about making another trade. I’m 20 saves ahead of 3rd and 12 behind 1st. I’m thinking I may try to get a nice bat for Edwin Diaz. I’m closer to moving up in AVG, Runs, and RBIs than I am in Saves.

    B) With closers Romo, Strop, Rondon still on the roster, moving Diaz for the right piece should be done?

    Thanks for the advice. Happy Friday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Sounds fair B. Sure

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Didn’t expect the Marte trade to go through. I traded Marte back to the team that I traded him from for Snell and Soria back in late June

  54. Steve says:
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    Ted Striker comment made me lol, nice one! Never seen a close sweat so much, get bad for him on national TV!

  55. CaptainKnauer says:
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    My current closer regime:

    Osuna
    Minter
    Dominguez
    Iglesias
    Boxberger

    Would you drop anyone for Scott Alexander or hold?

  56. Robert Schroeder says:
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    You may have mentioned it above & I apologize if you did but closer guess in LA besides Alexander?

  57. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Had Verlander, Paxton, and Happ going in a league last night. 8.56 ERA, but 2 wins!

    ESPN trade deadline passed with nothing untoward occurring. I traded Rendon and 3 closers to a team with no starts left for Scherzer and Kluber.

    93F here yesterday, but good get to 100 today. Have a good one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! You too!

  58. lwomack58 says:
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    Another question.

    Losing Jansen hurts. Looking to pickup Alexander. Would need to drop Trumbo, Ender or Villiar.

    WHos the drop? Thank you

  59. Christopher Coriell says:
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    Hey Grey….what do we think about this Borucki pitcher for the Blue Jays? He’s a two start pitcher next week at KC and at NYY!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t go near him

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I mean, @KC is good, but @NYY is awful

        • Christopher Coriell says:
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          @Grey: Yeah that Yankee start is scary! Thanks Grey!

  60. jdred5 says:
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    Falling a little behind pace in Starts [200 for the season]. Stream:

    Buchholtz @CIN, Gomber at KC, both or neither?

    Thanks!

  61. flye says:
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    It’s worse than that if you’re a Rodney owner. Word is A’s will still go Trevino-Familia-Treinen to finish games… Rodney will be a 6th inning guy, or pitching when behind. He’ll have approximately zero fantasy value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, if that’s the case, true

  62. Kyler Shaw says:
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    Are you confident in Snell tonight VS Toronto?

    2nd game back from the DL but last time he was only allowed like 60 pitches. Its really only worth it for me to risk my ratios if a QS is in play. If not, ive got starts from Bauer and Nola tomorrow that i’m super confident in to finish off my week and hit my innings limit.

    Have a great weekend my man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not confident, but I would start him

  63. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Over the current week’s Rockies homestand, the opposing pitchers have a 2.00 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.

    Do you know why I know this?

    I own and sat every one of them between a couple of leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I know the Pirates and Stripling did great so far, not sure where the Rockies have been

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        @Grey: Scrambling to get something going. Looked like they were turning the corner last night with a 4-run 7th, but couldn’t score another.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear that

  64. adam goldstein says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto. current closers are aroldis, box and rondon. with springer hurt, i have been rotating bauers and tim anderson as my dh. worth dropping either of them for one of britton, alexander, jeffress, or hildenberger/reed?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauers for Alexander

  65. Ht says:
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    c chirinos
    1b Abreu
    2b Albies
    3b moose
    Ss Tim Anderson
    If Sano
    Of haniger, benetendi, Ozuna, Cain
    Util Trumbo, Zimmerman
    Bench reddick, McNeil, Dahl

    Nick Williams, puig, Reyes, Renfroe on waivers switch anyone out?

    5×5 league with triples, ops, Tb, net steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Renfroe over McNeil

  66. Perfect Game says:
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    Standard 5×5 roto using QS instead of W this season only league. Looking for a SP. Between these choices who do you like in order of preference? I’m leaning Wheeler…better peripherals.

    1. Wheeler
    2. Fiers
    3. Dereck Rodriguez
    4. Cahill
    5. Musgrove

  67. Dante says:
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    Has Godley turned the corner? Would you recommend picking him up for ROS? Or maybe rounding into more of a streamer at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see grabbing him, but don’t trust him fully in tough matchups

  68. Bob's Your Uncle says:
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    Trying to compete in 12 team H2H and feel like replacing Dee Gordon with Mallex Smith and getting help at SS or 3B.

    Someone is offering Didi Gregorious for Gordon + Acuna, or Gordon + Haniger.

    Is that too much for Didi?

    Should I just drop Gordon as dead weight and move on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Send Gordon/Haniger for him

      • Bob's Your Uncle says:
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        @Grey: Done. Thanks

  69. Gregg says:
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    Very similar question to one asked a couple spots above but my closets are shittier.

    Would Osuna be the drop for Alexander over my other closers: Romo, Will Smith, Ryan Madson (and Kimbrel)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Alexander over Madson

  70. Chris says:
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    Team A or Team B in H2H
    A: Dozier, Cutch, Boxberger
    B: Rendon, M.Ozuna, Giles

  71. JayHay says:
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    Thoughts on Jesus? Obviously the pick up of the 1st half, but is he just going to wither away and have me lose in the playoffs cause I don’t make a 2nd half adjustment?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aguilar? Seems ownable in all leagues, but might need to platoon him on occasion

      • Jayhay says:
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        @Grey: how are Jesus’s peripherals? Been below .200 for over a month now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you wanna move on then go for it, Franmil has had a good 3 games vs garbage pitchers

  72. jonas says:
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    Hi,
    Observation: Machado has 11 stolen bases! (3SB since joining LAD- 20 games)

  73. Jayhay says:
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    Kinda want to jump on Franmil, who looks like he could do what Jesus did in the 1st half. Wanna stay proactive, not just cause I’ve got a greasy face.

  74. Gotime says:
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    Maeda to the pen soon, report saying could get save chances, you holding for now (H2H weekly limited moves)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t buy it fully

  75. Grey

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

  76. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey! And thanks for the mention! I only wish it were for mentioning something far more positive about owning Berrios this year.

    Since he’s returned from the DL, LeMahieu’s stats have been alarmingly Hosmer-ish. How long a leash do we give him to get right on what’s already been a down year–especially in 5×5 where he doesn’t exactly kick ass? Have Cano coming back on Tuesday.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning, come to my newest post

  77. Grey

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

  78. Turd Fergusons says:
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    1,2,3 COME DOWN TO SD
    4,5 TAKE RENFROE FOR A RIDE
    6,7,8 HE’S A LOVELY DATE
    9, 10 DROP HIM THEN

    But en serio, Renfroe is making a nice case for next year. K% & BB% improvements this year while maintaining last year’s ISO is a nice little cocktail. On the other Brad Hand, I think he’s been largely shielded from righties this year. But on the other other gerMano, 8 of his 12 homers have come vs righties. (a whopping 12, I know…) Wil Myers is gonna play 3B so that Reyes and Renfroe keep starting.

    Talk about jerking around a dude (in a platonic way) – the Padres have had Myers do CF, both other OFs, 1B, back to OF, now they’re thinking 3B. 1B kept him healthiest. But we needed Hosmer’s .698 OPS (ugghhh)

  79. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Encanarcion cut in my league, and Stripling now out of starting job. Any idea on how long 5E wil be out? Would you cut Stripling for Encanarcion?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      10 days, sure

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