You know how people write stuff on a grain of rice.  With that in mind, on Rich Hill‘s blister this is written, “Took a whole lot of tryin’ to get up that Hill — R.I.P. Sherman Hemsley.  I can’t believe I not only had room on this grain for an inspirational quote, but also room to attribute the quote to the wrong person and to also add in this meta comment about my inspirational quot–”  Damn, he wasn’t able to fit everything.  That’s the worst.  That’s like when you’re writing a birthday card to someone and you start writing a note only to get to the end and need to start writing super-tiny and curved to fit it in.  And that’s not the first time you’ve heard your curve is super-tiny.  Rich Hill was perfect on Saturday — 7 IP, 0 ER, 0 baserunners, 9 Ks — but, to be honest, Hill has been perfect for the last two years (though only 29 IP last year).  This year, 1.80 ERA, 0.96 WHIP with a 10.4 K/9 and 1.74 ERA over the past two years.  So, ya know, your usual ace you get about 120 IP from.  For 2017, it’s going to be hard to rank him much below the top 25 with the caveat that you’re only getting him for three to four months.  Makes you wish rice grains were just a tad bigger to fit all of the superlatives on there for Rich Hill.  Know what I mea– Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Scott Kazmir – Done for the year with thoracic spine inflammation.  “At least it’s not a blister,” said no one but Rich Hill.

A.J. Ramos – 1/3 IP and a save.  Mattingly won’t commit to a closer, between Fernando Rodney and Ramos.  I would commit, and his name is Kyle Barracuda.  This guy is insane.  In 66 1/3 IP, he has 102 Ks.  Um, hello, Barcalounger, don’t mind if I recline in your ridunk Ks and cushiony ratios.

Jose Urena – 8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.89.  It’s almost like he did this to rub in my face his last start vs. the Phils where Urethra looked pee poor.

Starling Marte – Still out with back spasms.  Sadly, I think Marte’s final stat line is going to be plus or minus about .0001% from where it sits now.  I.e., Shizz ain’t gonna change much.  I before E except in Teixeira, Marte’s not going to play much the rest of the way.

Josh HarrisonPirates’ GM said Harrison’s groin injury was significant.  He didn’t add if it was significant compared to the groin itself.

Brandon Finnegan – 5 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners (5 BBs), 7 Ks.  Finnegan’s walks didn’t come back to haunt him, which sounds like a line from a Frank McCourt novel.

A.J. Pollock – Out with a strained left groin.  How many groins does he have?!  Oh, God, don’t tell me!  Sounds like Pollock’s done.  Too bad, they just rounded up a few more Pollocks to screw in a light bulb.

Denard Span – 1-for-5 and his 10th homer.  For those that took the over on Denard Span and Ben Revere would combine to have seven homers, just go collect your money already.

Matt Moore – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.08, and 4.05 on the San Fran.  Moore might be the first person to ever go from the AL East to the NL West and make it look just as difficult.  Says a lot about Moore actually.  Says he is so unpredictable you never know what you’re going to get.

Hunter Strickland – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 1 baserunners, 2 Ks and his 3rd save.  On Friday, Bochy announced that Santiago Casilla would no longer be the closer.  He said it’s been on the top of his mind for a while, and the top of his mind is two feet from his mouth.  Sergio Romo worked a third of an inning and gave up a run yesterday, so my best guess, and it is a guess, Strickland will get the Giants saves.  This is by no means a definite.  Cory Gearrin could be in the mix, as well.  SAGNOF to your heart’s desire.

Zack Greinke – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.54.  Excellent start (if you’re Dave Stewart, Tony La Russa and anyone else wearing ‘Zona-colored glasses).

Lorenzo Cain – Shut down for a week, likely done for the season.  Wasn’t a memorable season for Cain, but it could be worse.  Could be talking about Matt Cain.

Kendrys Morales – 1-for-4 and his 27th homer.  Damn, the schmotato is strong with this brother.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-3 and his 23rd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  As someone that owns Hosmer on a few teams, let me be the first to say he is the definition of a’ight.  The first definition of a’ight, as in acceptable.  Not definitions two thru fifty-four, which range from “tig ol bitties bouncing is a’ight” to “lazy abbreviation of airtight.”

Wade Davis – 1 IP, 0 ER, and the save.  For what it’s Werth, Davis is limping to the finish line like he’s a presidential candidate being carried by Secret Service into an SUV.

Ian Kennedy – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (1 Hit), 6 Ks, ERA at 3.62.  I’d bet some serious fake duckets that Kennedy couldn’t start fifteen more games in U.S. Cellular and not give up zero homers in any other start.

Chris Sale – 8 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.03.  I wonder where Sale’s going this offseason.  He has a great deal for the White Sox, but this bridge is so burnt even Snookie would tell it to stay out of the tanning beds.  Moncada for Sale?  Puig and De Leon for Sale?

Jose Altuve – 2-for-4 and his 23rd homer, hitting .341.  He now has more homers than his last two seasons combined.  And more height combined than an average male third grader with a stapler sitting lengthwise on his head.

Yulieski Gurriel – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer.  Oh, yeah, he will be totally overhyped next year.  No doubt in my mind.

Jake Arrieta – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.91.  I like how now FanGraphs and others are starting to say Arrieta doesn’t look right.  Um, yeah, I said that in May.

Addison Russell – 3-for-4, 3 runs 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Someone next year is going to ask, “Hey, Grey, cool handsomeness.  I got a question, you think Russell can break out?”  I’m 100% sure he will break out, because it happened in 2016.

Jorge Soler – 1-for-5 and his 11th homer.  As for those wondering if Soler can break out, yes, but he sure hasn’t shown any real signs of it yet.

Joe Mauer – Could sit out until Wednesday.    Women all over Minnesota will touch their Mauer Beanie Babies just a bit more softly over the next few days to impart their love.

Jose Berrios – 2 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 9.27.  I’ve mentioned this before for Berrios — Beforrios? — but it’s hard to imagine this season didn’t do more harm to Berrios than it was worth.  Hard to see his confidence not being at least shaken, if not stirred.  Speaking of Bond (kinda), Tom Hiddleston needs to be the next Bond, don’t believe me, you need to watch The Night Manager.

Corey Kluber – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.05.  Remind yourself next April to panic maybe a little less when your ace looks like Jose Lima for the first three starts of the season (not even the 1st month, and you were panicking).

Carlos Santana – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer, hitting .244.  It’s the difference between about three hits, but psychologically I bet Santana will be perceived so differently next year if he finishes at .250 vs. .245.

Brad Miller – 1-for-4 and a home run, hitting .249.  Try to channel your inner April, and think about this.  If this were April and you knew Corey Dickerson (3-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .240), Logan Forsythe (1-for-4, hitting .281) and Miller all hit home runs in a game in September, what would be your guess for how many homers each had?  If this were like The Price is Right and you had all three home run totals, would you even be able to place the right number by the right player?  27, 19 and 19.  You’re lying if you would’ve said Miller had the 27 homers.

Chase Headley – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 14th homer.  On the NFL’s first weekend, our fantasy football man, JayWrong’s favorite baller, Headley homers.  Coincidence?  Doubtful.  Bee tee dubs, Rudy released fantasy football streaming tools.  They are free, and with your feedback they can be better.  So, go there and let Rudy know what you think.

Brett Gardner – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and his 14th steal, hitting .265.  Random Prediction Alert!  Gardner will never again have an everyday job in the major leagues for the rest of his career.

Yoenis Cespedes – 1-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 30th homer.  Pretty unremarkable remarkable season for Yoenis.  What I mean is at no point was he the hottest player in the league, just consistently solid.  Kinda like Nelson Cruz.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 3-for-5, 3 runs.  Still as hot as white snake and underwear sauce?  Not quite, but not completely cold either.

Seth Lugo – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.40.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Dave Duncan, the great Cardinals pitching coach, ghosted on the Cardinals, as in left, not died, but the Ghost of Dave Duncan stayed around for a while, but can’t get eye care due to being a ghost, so he accidentally traveled with the Mets.  Before you pfft, Lugo started his run of solid starts four starts ago in St. Louis.  Believable, right?  I’d use the Stream-o-Nator for Lugo, and it likes his next start.

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-4 and with a double slam (28, 29) and legs (1).  Or as ESPN’s fantasy page said yesterday, 404 Error Page.  Way to go on the first full Sunday of the NFL season.  I’m not gloating at all.  No way.  Never.

Andrelton Simmons – 2-for-3 and his 2nd and 3rd homers of the season.  I had to specify they were of the season, because, when you’re in September, and Mookie Betts has had two games with as many homers as you have all season, it’s worth noting.  Simmons may get followed by UFOs, but those flying objects are not baseballs.

Yunel Escobar – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer.  Damn, Angels lineup is stacked with heavy hitters, huh?  Way to put together a team, Angels.  Seriously, where did Arte Moreno and his deep pockets go?  Did he invest in the Spiderman musical?

Jon Gray – 4 IP, 5 ER vs. the Padres.  All offseason Jon Gray better look over his shoulder for large men that appear to have just emerged from a mother’s basement that used him in their H2H matchup.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .315.  Chazz Noir knocked Tapia back to the bench, which is a shame, unless you own Noir, then it’s good news, and you’re rooting for the favorite, which is lame.  You lame.

Chad Bettis – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.78. If you want to think he’s safe for his next start in Coors, because he’s thrown well the last few, you go ahead and stream him, I wouldn’t eff with him even with your team.

Yoan Moncada – Won’t have a role the rest of the season, but John Farrell said he’ll still consider Moncada as a pinch runner because of his unique speed.  It’s not just that he’s fast, but Moncada can serpentine on a dime.

Clay Buchholz – 3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.31 vs. Aaron Sanchez – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.17.  In a matchup billed as “Please Shut Him Down” vs. “Pouring Water on a Drowning Man.”

David Ortiz – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 32nd homer, hitting .315.  Big Papi has faded in the 2nd half of the season, right?  Well, this was his first home run in September, but he’s hitting near .390 in September and had six homers in August.  If you say that’s fading, you’re gonna have some arguments in barber shops in Roxbury.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .274.  There’s more of an argument to be made that JBJ hasn’t been great in the 2nd half.  Post-All-Star break, ten homers, hitting around .235 with zero steals.  Your basic waiver wire outfielder.  Yo, Jackie, you’re basic.

Edwin Encarnacion – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and two homers (38, 39).  The nicest thing I can say about any player, and I say it about Edwin here, a guy hits two homers and there’s nothing to say.  He’s just that good.  It’s like when Mike Trout goes 2-for-5 with a homer and a steal and there’s nothing to say.  Just business as usual, which I believe is only a critique in politics.

Troy Tulowitzki – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .258.  In the preseason, I called him an overrated schmohawk.  He was being drafted around 80th overall.  So, think I was wrong?  On our Player Rater, he’s ranked 200th overall.  You make the call!

Chris Tillman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.68, as he was activated from the DL.  He’s going to be one of those starters next March that appears ready to take the next step, then you see the AL East and a guy like, say, Jameson Taillon, and hopefully you’re like, “Yeah, AL East pitchers are a bag of Dick Poles.”

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer, hitting .273.  It hasn’t always been pretty, and I doubt a lot of you carried him for the whole year, but it’s hard not to see Schoop made good on my preseason sleeper for 26 HRs, .245.  Also, he feels like the kind of guy that will be a sleeper once again.  Likely every year until he totally hashtag fails.

Jordan Zimmermann – 1 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.94 and might be out of the rotation.  He was Pitcher of the Month in April with a 0.55 ERA, then, in what appeared to be an act of kindness, he gave a ride to a group of hitchhiking men dressed like the Victoria’s Secret Angels with the addition of rainbow knee-high socks.  Zimmermann had no idea they were the Regression Fairies.  No good deed…

Freddy Galvis – 1-for-3 and his 17th homer, hitting .236.  Without looking it up, I’m gonna guess Galvis has hit all 17 homers on Sunday.  I feel like every Sunday, I’m sitting in my gotchies, listening to Chance the Rapper’s latest mixtape and wondering about this Galvis fella.  Socks on concrete, Jolly Rancher kids… All I’ve been talkin’ ’bout is Freddy Galvis

Tommy Joseph – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer, hitting .244.  Y’all wanna watch me predict the future?  To-Jo is going to be drafted like he’s going to hit 30+ homers next year, and we’re gonna get to about April 10th, and someone is gonna be like, “Yo, Joseph’s sitting again, can I drop him?  By the way, I’m Jessica Alba and I wanna hook up with you since Cougs said it’s cool for this freebie.”

Trea Turner – 2-for-3, 1 run and two more steals (22, 23), hitting .343.  I’ve been saying he’ll prolly be drafted around the top 100 next year, but I’m beginning to think if he goes into the offseason, hitting .340 with ~30 SBs and 10 HRs, he’s gonna be closer to top 50 overall.  Luckily, no Nationals hype machine has ever disappointed.  Right, Strasburg?  Harper?  Zimmerman?  Rendon?  You guys have nothing to say?

Ryan Braun – 2-for-4 and his 27th homer, hitting .310.  What if all PEDs ever did is keep guys on the field and helped their confidence?  If a guy hits a ball 415 feet or 435 feet, does it matter if they’re both out of the park?  Things that make you go hmm…

Aledmys Diaz – Was activated from the DL, but didn’t play, which is bizarre.  Not like John Byner and Super Dave Bizarre, but like, “Your rosters are expanded, why make a roster move and then not play the guy?” bizarre.

Luke Weaver – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.48.  As I said in Friday’s Buy, Stream-o-Nator loved Weaver on Sunday, and I’d stream him, but I wasn’t 100 on him.  What I didn’t mention is that 100 is out of 90, so 100 wasn’t possible.  Revisionist Alert!

Adam Wainwright – 8 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.45.  What are you hoping for here?  Oh, that’s easy.  You want Wainwright — Wantwright? — to give up the fewest runs as possible in September so someone in your league next year drafts him.  Prolly the guy that tells you he’s watching the new Kevin James sitcom and it’s hee-lar-ee-us.

James Paxton – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.97.  Great, super, adjective, but there’s no telling what he will do from start to start.

Mike Zunino – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  A’la Rockwell, “When I’m in the shower, I’m afraid to wash my hair, ’cause I might open my eyes, and find someone standing there… The IRS?!  No, someone asking about picking up Zunino.”

Billy Butler – Released by the A’s.  This was never gonna work out, Butler is a moobs man, not an A’s man.

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up. Love it times 4!

    a. On Cain, wanted to say not good for Cain of Cain and Abel fame but then when I looked it up I got schooled. In that front, Cain actually wins by killing his brother Abel. Well not a moral victory, so actually bad all around for the Cain clan.

    b. Did you the two shooting stars last night? Did you hear the faint cheers heard on those same stars? You didn’t? Those were Andrelton’s siblings before they crashed into the Pacific Ocean!

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (September 12)

    Travis the Fitness Trainer: Morning, Doug! Keep that pace up, Mrs. Barton. You’re going to kill in that 10K.
    Mrs. Barton: If I wasn’t so out of breath, I’d kiss you for saying that.
    Travis the Fitness Trainer: I’ll take a rain check. Still waiting on that video game I ordered, Doug.
    Doug: You order a lot of games, Travis. You know that stuff will rot your brain.
    Travis the Fitness Trainer: But I should have gotten it by now.
    Doug: I’ve told you before, I can’t pull stuff out of order.
    Travis the Fitness Trainer: Come on, man.
    Doug: You just have to wait your turn.
    Mrs. Cullivan: Good morning.
    Travis the Fitness Trainer: You know I requested that as a rush.
    Mrs. Cullivan: Kept me waiting.
    Travis the Fitness Trainer: I’m sorry, Mrs. Cullivan. Maybe I can come inside and make it up to you.
    Mary: Hi, Doug. Morning, Doug.
    Doug: Morning, Mary.
    Mary: Hi, Doug.
    Travis the Fitness Trainer: Good morning. Good morning. Good morning. Thank you, Mrs. Cullivan.
    Mrs. Cullivan: Thank you.
    Travis the Fitness Trainer: See you tomorrow.
    Mrs. Cullivan: See you tomorrow.

    Mrs. Cullivan: Oh, my God! He’s dead! He’s dead!
    Horatio: Ma’am, calm down. Speak slowly.
    Mrs. Cullivan: The World Send driver! I found him in the back of his truck. He was all sliced up!
    Horatio: Sit tight ma’am, We’re on the way, now.
    Tripp: Meet our vic, Doug Govoli. Based on the cast off, looks like our victim didn’t go down easy. In fact, I’d say he put up a pretty good fight. I would agree with that.
    Horatio: Mr. Wolfe.
    Mr. Wolfe: Box cutter. With the victim’s name on it.
    Horatio: Weapon of opportunity?
    Mr. Wolfe: Let’s see. We have lacerations on both palms and a ligature on the neck. I’m guessing made by some type of wire. This started off as a strangulation.
    Horatio: Looks that way, and he was dragged back here, out of sight.
    Mr. Wolfe: That’s when the box cutter came into play.
    Horatio: Did you find anything from his paperwork?
    Mr. Wolfe: I checked the manifest. Nothing is missing. Take a look at this.
    Horatio: Maybe our victim was the one who was stealing.
    Mr. Wolfe: Do you think it might have been personal?
    Horatio: It usually is, Mr. Wolfe. (cue the queue of sunglasses) Usually is.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Making it up says:
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      @Ante GALIC: a. Ramble
      B. :)
      C. :/

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Ante GALIC:
      A. You sure Horatio din’d have anything to do with the Cain/Caine clan? lol
      B. cool
      C. nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! A. Ha B. Hehe C. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Thinking about next year – John Rambo quotes. Hope I can find 150 for all of next year’s season. What do you think?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          That would be amazing!

  2. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    16 team h2h with OPS/hits/holds/QS added. after winning this league last year and a top 2 team all year i needed tiebreakers to make playoffs this one. keep 6 per year at no round cost
    C zunino
    1B goldy (K)
    2B odor (K)
    3B torenado (K)
    SS segura
    OF (3), upton/sano/duvall
    util (2) c-sant/t.anderson
    BN pollock (but gotta think is still a keeper)
    SP hill/deleon/kendricks/ray/guerra/boyd/cotton/thor (K)
    RP kintzler/madson/maurer/romo/rondon/siegrist
    1. opp (best team) has 3 closers/2 holds guys and i need a BN OF that actually plays, who’s my holds guy drop?
    2. who’s my add, grandyman/kiermaier/domingo/keon?

  3. Bob says:
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    Grey,

    Cole will be activated tomorrow. Would you use him at phi? I don’t trust him. His remaining starts are at phi, vs reds who he always sucks against at wash who beat him up pretty good the last time and chicago.

    Phelps was also activated. Cut or hold? Would you rather have De Leon for ROS than phelps or Cole? I only have room for one of those 3 guys. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: I don’t trust Cole… Who is Phelps starting against?

      • Bob says:
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        Marlins haven’t announced when he will start. The guy who replaced him pitches tomorrow at atl. For what it’s worth, I added phelps for his start vs SD before he went on the DL and he couldn’t get out of the 4th inning. Even worse I streamed gray at SD and he was caused me to lose a point in era and whip in my league. How come everyone else who streams against SD gets a gem and I can’t even get a guy who goes past the 4th inning?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  4. jb says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Another fine article. I have learned so much from your advice. Thank you.

    Brandon Belt and Giants may have flipped the switch. Wished I’d picked up Pence when I had the chance. Drop Bautista, who’s on my bench, for Belt?

    Which would you take? None to all three is acceptable.
    Boyd vs MIN
    Urias vs NYY
    Bundy vs BOS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jb: Thanks! I’d want Bautista… Home or away matters with SPs

      • jb says:
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        @Grey: Ha ha. I was looking for an unbiased view. I’m a Giants fan, so sure Belt has flipped the switch based on 2-weeks production ;). One of the hardest decisions is whether to cut a good guy on the bench for a hottie and making sure the guy is hawt. Since committing to fantasy MLB (last year), I haven’t been able to follow the team as much as I did before. One of the managers in the playoffs I’m playing has no SPs and 8 RPs (looking for SV, ERAV and WHIPV), so have to make sure my SPs don’t blow up. This week starts are a plenty with two-start guys. Thanks, again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  5. Making it up says:
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    Thanks grey you’re such a great guy, your instincts don’t always work, but when they do, I prefer dos Equis.

  6. I only use Grey Poupon because of Razzball says:
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    In weekly league semi’s would you roll with Rodon for 1 start at home vs. CLE or Samardjia for two at home (SD, STL)? Leaning Shark but Rodon has looked so good

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Here’s a little ditty for y’all and all other GS lovers out there.

    Ode-to-GS

    (Sung To ‘I took a pill in Ibiza’ by Mike Posner)

    Hopin’ for another GS
    From my boy GS in ’16
    Waitin’ for ST in ’17
    After a 10-year
    MoFo David Weathers comeback

    He’s living in Dade County
    He drives a sports car just to prove
    He’s got big balls, 325 mill
    Spent on 20k Moet Chandon

    You don’t want to hit ’em high like him
    Never want to try like him
    Don’t want to get stuck up at 2B
    Stuck up at 2B.

    All I know is Giancarlo,
    Giancarlo,
    All I know is Giancarlo,
    Giancarlo.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  8. Wilson says:
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    Need WHIP
    Is it safe to start them?

    9/13
    Nova @ PHI $9.2
    Stroman vs TB $17.4
    9/14
    Teheran vs MIA $8.6
    Skaggs vs SEA $17.8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: I’d start all except Skaggs who I don’t trust

  9. Stevie says:
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    For the championship, who would you roll with the next couple weeks;
    1- Lemahieu or kinsler
    2- Grichuk , Dahl, or Buxton

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stevie: DJ…Buxton

  10. RicoSuave says:
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    Awesome work Grey!

    14 team H2H weekly points league… I made it through another week of playoffs (I lost Marte most of the week and Salazar) please help!

    I need to start 5 SP and 3 RP (I have a few SP/RP eligible)

    Which ones do you recommend I start?

    Maeda (SP) @ ARI;
    Jose De Leon (SP) @ NYY & @ ARI;
    J. Guerra (SP/RP) @ CIN;
    Carrasco (SP) Vs DET @ CHW;
    Taillon (SP) @ ???;
    Rodon (SP) Vs CLE;
    Bundy (SP/RP) @ BOS & Vs TB;
    Duffy (SP/RP) Vs OAK & Vs CHW;
    W. Peralta (SP) @ CIN & @ CHC;
    K. Giles (RP) 3X @ SEA & 3x Vs TEX;
    Dyson (RP) 3x Vs OAK & 3x @ HOU;

    Who should I play to replace S. Marte?

    Carlos Gomez 3x @HOU & 3x Vs OAK;
    Joc Pederson 3x @NYY & 4x @ ARI;
    Granderson 3x @ WAS & 3x Vs MIN;
    Buxton 4x @ DET & 3 @ NYM.

    Thanks a lot for your help! …and hopefully I can make it to the finals next week.

    • RicoSuave says:
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      @RicoSuave: Also, is Liriano worth and add for this week pitching Vs TB & @ LAA? if so, who to drop for him: Salazar or Taijuan Walker?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @RicoSuave: I wouldn’t start Liriano anywhere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RicoSuave: Maeda, Carrasco, Duffy, Giles, Dyson, Rodon, Guerra, De Leon, last two are not good

      Buxton

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: Thank you Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. G says:
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    So with this and next week of playoffs, and with Marte having no keeper status for me, would your drop him for Asdrubel or Kiermeier? Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Kiermaier

  12. Prettay, Prettay, Pretaaay... Prettay good says:
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    Fantasy Master Lothario,

    We are coming to the end of another season of fantasy baseball and your guidance has brought me safely to the #1 seed in my H2H league and now the playoffs begin. Let me recount your brilliance that has gotten me here:

    1. Don’t pay for pitching early: I built a staff for a song and traded for pitching later.
    2. Pick up Adam Duvall: Picked him up, rode him while he was hot and traded him for an injured J. D. Martinez.
    3. Buy low on David Price. Now, this one took a while to work itself out, but in a H2H league, all that matters is how he pitches down the stretch.
    4. SAGNOF: Sliding Keon Broxton into my lineup has paid huge steal dividends while costing me nothing.

    Thank you for all of your great advice, but actually more importantly, for having a daily roundup that isn’t dry as vermouth.

    Unfortunately, I have a tough matchup in the first round, and a lot of my pitchers also have tough matchups.

    So, I am trying to decide whether to pick up Jose de Leon for two starts this week. I have a bench bat to drop, so it would allow me to out-start my opponent 13 vs 8. He will probably win ERA and WHIP, along with saves, though. My theory is I can get close to guaranteed wins and K’s and then have to win 3 of 5 hitting.

    Solid strategy… or am I going to get roofied?

  13. Luvdarooks says:
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    Need whip K Era that order this coming week

    Who one to sit from :
    Arrieta
    DeSclafani
    Maeda
    Gray(col)

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @Luvdarooks:
      Don’t think DeSclafani is pitching at all this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luvdarooks: Don’t know their matchups, prolly Gray

  14. DoubleDroppingDueces says:
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    Need to keep three for the stretch run…10 team dynasty league.

    Ivan Nova, Chris Tillman, James Paxton, Michael Pineda, Joe Ross

    Thanks!

  15. Steve says:
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    Who’s the best stream?

    Nolasco v SEA
    Wisler v MIA
    Cotton v KC

    QS, W, Ratios

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Home or away matters

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: who is the best start of these three:

        Nolasco v Mariners (home)
        Wisler v Marlins (home)
        Cotton v Royals (away)

        Seems like it’s Nolasco or Wisler (who’s supposed to be ready for the start after a positive bullpen session on Sat)

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wisler or Nolasco, that order

  16. dude says:
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    Cron, Healy, or Kiermaier – Who do you like most ROS and who would you want in a keeper league?

    I always seem to favor the younger player (Healy), but both Cron and Kiermaier seem to have the tools for great seasons if they can stay healthy.

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @dude: no ROS with either of contending. Healy in keeper.

    • The Hack says:
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      @dude: Cron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dude: Cron

  17. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    Hendricks @STL
    Cole @PHI
    De Leon @NYY
    Foltynewicz vs MIA

    Start all of them?

  18. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    1. For the start of H2H playoff semis, who would you bench today out of Peraza (v. Peralta), Segura (v. T Anderson), and Bregman (v. Perez). All are very positive on the Tron . . . Thanks!

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Segura is cold (4/28 with 0/0/0/0 during the last week). No way you’re sitting Bregman.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @FKA Ralph: Yeah I noticed that too. Luckily last week was my first round bye. This week it counts! Wondering if I should even drop him, play Peraza, then roll with Schmipf for his 3 games @COL v. RHPs at the end of the week…

        Also, Kang is on the wire, who is red hot and has 8 games this week. Thinking about exchanging Segura (or Peraza) for him . . .

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! What do you think about a Schmipf play for the 3 games @COL this weekend against RHPs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Works for me

  19. Joe says:
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    Got two adds this week. Would you drop Y.Tomas, or Smyly before tomorrow’s start at TOR, to add any of the following? (hitters) Grichuck, Keirmaier, Reyes, (pitchers) Strickland, Boyd. Hitters would be for depth, Strickland for a bullpen heavy team, and Boyd as a possible streamer.

    C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Odor, SS – Machado, 3B – Frazier, OF – Turner, Buxton, Pence, Util – Kendrys, Bench – Polanco, Hernan, Y.Tomas
    SP – Price, Carrasco, Nova, Richard, DeLeon, Smyly
    RP – Chapman, E.Diaz, Watson, Thornburg,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Smyly…Grichuk

  20. JWray says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve started my playoffs in my one league this week and I still have Strasburg on my bench. I can drop him for Urias to start @NYY tomorrow. Think it’s safe to assume Strasburg is not making it back for the regular season…???

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JWray: Strasburg is done

  21. johnny be good says:
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    Grey,
    12-team H2H cat Keeper (keep 12), CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS

    I get 3 moves per week (which I will most likely use to stream if I need to). My opponent has 12 pitchers going this week versus my 9. I picked up Boyd last week hoping he would be a two start this week. If it turns out he doesn’t, or gets shelled, is there anyone on the wire you’d pick up or swap out on my team? Moving forward, who would you be comfortable swapping out to pick up streamer if I end up needing them this week? (Basically rank my bottom two pitchers)

    Waiver:
    SP- S. Lugo (waiver sep14), J. Cotton, J. Sheilds, C. Bettis, D. Phelps, J. Taillon, J. Guerra, M. Leake, T. Anderson, C. Buchholz, F. Liriano, A. Cashner

    My staff:
    SP-Arrieta
    SP-Sale
    SP-MadBum
    RP-Britton
    RP-Diaz
    P-Hwan Oh
    P-Salazar
    BN-Carrasco
    BN-Roark
    BN-Tanaka
    BN-Boyd (2-start)

    thanks for all the help this year !

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @johnny be good: you didn’t include the matchups, which helps Grey.

      Cashner has ATL and PHI, so seems like a good add if you can add him for today’s start.

  22. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    Week 2 of a 2 week playoff matchup. Standard 5×5.

    Currently tied in wins with my opponent, leading ERA by about a point, and leading WHIP by a third of a point.

    Given those priorities, would you sit Paxton (@HOU, $8.4) for any of the following 2 starters?

    -Robbie Ray (COL, LAD, $32.2)
    -De Leon (@NYY, @ARI, $25.2)
    -Hellickson (PIT, MIA, $12.9)
    -Foltynewicz (MIA, WSH, $5.8)

  23. RePete says:
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    Here’s the matchups for my starters in my 14-Team H2H semifinals:

    Carrasco @ CWS, vs DET
    Roark vs NYM
    Iwakuma @ LAA
    Tanaka @ BOS
    Samardzija vs SD, vs STL
    Moore vs STL
    Kennedy vs CWS
    Foltynewicz vs MIA, vs WAS

    Should I bench Tanaka against Boston and are there any other obvious matchups to avoid? I’m allowed 3 pickups a week that I’ll most likely use for streaming. I’m also holding onto hope that Joe Ross (on my DL) comes back this week after losing Stras.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: Don’t see a reason to bench any of these, Tanaka’s the only one to consider benching, and I’d likely start him

  24. Lunchbox says:
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    Grey, beautiful article, smooch smooch…

    This week in the playoffs, I’m starting J Cotton Picker at KC & at Texas, as well as D Gee at home vs CHW & OAK. It’s a QS league & it’s 14 teams deep, and I’m trying the strategy of throwing all my poo at him to see what sticks, so don’t even try and talk me out of it…after all, my opponent has Straily & Nolasco both going for 2. It’s craziness I tells ya.

    Anyway, pretty please pick 3 more for this week in a H2H 6×6 QS league…

    Skaggs vs SEA (Iwakuma)
    L Weaver @SF (Moore)
    Eickhoff vs PIT (Kuhl)
    E Rodriguez vs NYY (Tanaka)
    Chatwood vs SD (Friedrich) (LOL at your blurb on Gray)
    Fulmer @CLE(??? haven’t assigned him a day, just ‘confirmed’ by Ausmus for FRI-SUN)
    Gausman @BOS
    Musgrove vs TEX

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lunchbox: Ed-Rod, Eickhoff, Fulmer

  25. Five-On-One says:
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    Thanks for the great write up, as always.

    1) Looking to squeeze a couple of extra wins out of this week’s pitchers. The following 2-start guys are available. Please rank your top three.

    Pineda v LAD ($4.9) @TB ($21.9) – far and away the highest SON values, but SON has had a hard-on (oil leak?) for Pineda all year long, but I owned him and have seen the horrific results.
    Skaggs vSEA ($17.8) @TEX ($5.5)
    Ed-Rod vNYY (-$!$.2) @BAL (-15.2) – as opposed to Pineda, this guy has been solid the entire 2nd half, but no respect from SON.
    Rubby vCOL ($3.8) @SD ($5.2)
    Rodon vCLE ($1.7) @KC ($1.0)

    2) Any news on Jo-Fer or Fulmer ‘s starts? Many rumors of being shut-down or pushed-back, but what’s the real deal?

    3) Can you rank the following three 1-start guys? Lugo (vMIN $10.6) over either Ray (vLAD $10.7) or Gio (@ATL $10.7)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Ed-Rod, Rodon, Skaggs 2. Fulmer will start according to someone above 3. I’d go with SON values

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: On the third question, since the SON values are essentially equal, coin toss, or does your ‘gut’ prefer any one or two of them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lugo, Gio…That order

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @Five-On-One:
      I thinks Skaggs goes on Wednesday vs Sea and then Monday vs Tex , not sure if that is your “week”

  26. Lunchbox says:
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    Grey,

    6×6 OPS H2H league this week…

    Please pick 2 of these four studs:

    Duvall (3 vs MIL, 3 vs PIT…vs W. Peralta (R), M. Garza (R), J. Guerra (R), R. Vogelsong (R), G. Cole (R), S. Brault (L))
    K. Kiermaier ([email protected], 4 @BAL…. vs F. Liriano (L), M. Stroman (R), M. Estrada (R) U. Jimenez (R), C. Tillman (R), W. Miley (L), vs D. Bundy (R))
    Jankowski ([email protected], [email protected]COL… vs J. Samardzija (R) A. Suarez (R)M. Bumgarner (L), vs T. Chatwood (R) ,vs J. Gray (R), vs C. Bettis (R))
    Fowler ([email protected], 4 vs MIL…vs M. Leake (R), vs J. Garcia (L), vs C. Martinez (R), vs J. Nelson (R), vs C. Anderson (R), vs Z. Davies (R), vs W. Peralta (R))

    (Leaning Kiermaier for one, because he’s been the only hot one & hitting 2nd ahead of Longoria now)

  27. CMUTimmah says:
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    Hmm best stream today?

    Norris vs MN
    Folty vs MIA
    Cashner vs ATL
    Gee vs OAK

    I have 11 starts left this week (2 week playoff) and 8 are spoken for (assuming Rich Hill takes the… hill…)… worth burning one of those last three/four on one of these cats?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @CMUTimmah: Or Liriano vs TB…

      Lots of crap pitchers going up against crap teams today…

  28. Andy says:
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    Big playoff decision
    Which two start pitcher
    Boyd
    Cashner
    Urias (two starts??)
    Using 1 gives me 7 starts
    Opponent has 8
    I have 6very good rps
    Vs his 4not so good
    I could always sit one (Cody Allen or kimbrel) and add a starter

    If u don’t like any of the two starts I can roll w
    Carlos Martinez or Meada ?
    He has very good sp
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andy: Cash

      • Andy says:
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        That gives me 7 starts to his 8
        I have 6 rps
        Chapman
        Diaz
        Kimbrel
        Allen
        Neris
        Jones
        (Saves and holds)
        He has 4
        Cischek
        Rodney
        Thorn berg
        Iglesias

        Should I bench a closer and roll w Boyd adding two starts??
        Thanks so much

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bench Raisel for Boyd

          • Andy says:
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            Sorry wasn’t clear raise like is on opponents team
            I have the top group of rps
            Kimbrel chapman
            Allen Diaz
            Neris and jones for holds

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bench Jones

  29. Zeus says:
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    Grey start guriel 6 games home vs Rangers and Mariners vs 4L. Or Saunders home vs rays and Angels 6R. Categories w the most variance are runs and Hr.

    Thanks my man. Love the title.

    Have you heard DJ Shadow feat Run the Jewels song Nobody Speak?

    Loving it. Sounds like good old school rap

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Title was Rudy… Yeah, I love Nobody Speak… Gurriel

  30. The Hack says:
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    Basic cable Bradley! Speaking of not basic cable I just finished last chance U on the netflix. It’s solid and worth a watch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Hack: Yeah, I watched it, tell me you didn’t feel like at some point the admin MILF was going to cross some kind of line with one of her students

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: hahaha yes! Just drops to her knees to beg them to go to class.

        That coach is a crazy little fucker. I felt bad for some of them at the end. I was super excited Ollie went to college. What a messed up life for that kid.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I liked that the one douchebag is the only one to go on and land somewhere good… Is he starting, btw?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: He played a few snaps in their first game and ran for 72 yards in their second game (a blowout) I read they are grooming him as the back up to take over at some point. That guy was a huge doucebag.

            I wanted to know why all these coaches rock Dodgers gear. I would of expected Cardinals or Braves

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He seems like he really turns it on when his team is out of it… Sad to think this is what passes for education… They were marked for attendance more than grades

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I’ve been to JC, I was actually there longer than regular college and half those classes were no joke. Nice catch on that. Maybe its different in Mississippi or for athletes to transfer.

                • Grey

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                  I’m sure the classes are no joke for real students, but the football players seemed like they were on the attendance plan

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Damn, I should of taken that offer from Mt. Sac CC to throw shot put there. I would of got priority registration and been on the attendance plan

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s AP classes in a JC!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      hehehe. I could of been J-AP if I wanted to be a meat head jock

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      J-FOA… Hmm…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: I reread mine and that could of been taken as Jewish American Princess

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA

  31. RePete says:
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    Any of these guys worth a stream this week in a deep 14-team H2H league? These were the best FA options I could find.

    Urena @ PHI
    Hammel vs MIL
    Paxton vs HOU
    Norris @ CLE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: Hammel vs. MIL? Is that the start? Pax

      • RePete says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, Hammel is on waivers so couldn’t get him for his first start; he pitches against Milwaukee later this week but he got lit up for 8 runs last time he played them so maybe just avoid.

        • Grey

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          I have him listed vs. Reds later in the week

  32. Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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    Grey,

    H2H finals start today! Who are you starting for the week – Josh Bell or Maikel Franco- leaning towards Bell w Marte’s back acting up and Maikel being injured/slumping. Btw, started Kendrys for the first time last week, not too shabby!
    Thanks

  33. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Great write up, Grey! Super Dave Osbourne–and Yoshi–would be proud! Incidentally Jon Byner’s old show has more (censored) ‘tig ol’ bitties per square inch than any other.

    I’d normally start Carrasco without thinking, but at this point in the season if I’m just looking for a quality start, and am in a tight battle for ratios, should I start him @ChiSox? They hit him hard last time and I’m good on strikeouts.

    Lastly these last couple of weeks we should be altering our “always start your studs” strategy? We should just be riding the hot hands (Kendrys, Gurriel, Buxton) the rest of the way, right?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grassy Knoll Redding: Haha, yup! I’d start Carrasco… Depends on who your studs are, but prolly… Yes, ride hot hands

  34. Shimmy-Shimmy says:
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    It pains me to ask this, but:
    Drop Starling Marte in a redraft league? Best available replacement would be Adam Eaton or maybe Kevin Kiermaier, with Andrew McCutchen on waivers for the next two days.
    Ugh, now I’ll never climb up to 8th place…

    • Shimmy-Shimmy says:
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      @Shimmy-Shimmy: Some more context: I’m only carrying 1 bench-bat in that league, so keeping Marte means playing Brad Miller in his place every day while he’s hurt. Replacing Marte would mean being able to bench Miller against LHP, and to move him around to replace others when they have off-days or bad matchups.

  35. Mcgaffer says:
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    Trying to return to the finals, need to get granular with my closers. Choose 2:

    Ed Diaz
    Wade Davis
    Al Colome

    I feel like I read somewhere Davis wont appear in back to backs, and he hasn’t been too hot since returning…..

    Much appreciated!

      • Mcgaffer says:
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        Thnx! One more question-

        for the utility spot this week:
        Schoop
        or
        Kiermaier
        ??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Schoop

  36. ashtray says:
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    I rolled my way in to the semi’s and now I’m weighing some pitching options. Would you load up on all of these 2-start guys in a 12 team league or do some of them scare you off:

    Alec Asher vPIT, vMIA
    Jose De Leon @NYY, @ARI
    Jharel Cotton @KC, @TEX
    Foltynewicz vMIA, vWAS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: I wouldn’t touch Cotton or Asher

  37. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS, QS

    Drop Frazier for Gurriel?

    Drop Contreras for McCann, Leon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TOGMAN: Sure… Okay, McCann

  38. Phil of the Future says:
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    Yo, BB!
    Playoff time in H2H world. Squeaked in with a 4-4 week in a 6×6 league. Crazy!

    The back half of my pitching staff is staggering to the finish line though. Might have to throw them in a van like a sack of potatoes and leave one of their shoes on the street…

    • The Hack says:
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      @Phil of the Future: potatoes with shoes? Are you stealing Mr. Potato Head’s from children and throwing them into a windowless van? Maybe I’m reading too far into this.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @The Hack: You’re getting warm

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Phil of the Future: like Im standing next to a deep fat fryer?

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @J-FOH: mmmmm, deep fat fryer….

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Phil of the Future: dah, now I want to go to the LA County Fair and get something(s) deep fried

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Your Wade Davis blurb inspired me. Perhaps I should have provided the context that when they threw Hillary in the van she lost a shoe and they just left it on the street.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA, it’s presidential campaigning…Weekend at Bernie’s style!

  39. Revered Grey Matter: Please tell me my fortune: I’m in a keeper’s league, saddled with T. Frazier at 3rd. Have Goldschmidt & F. Freeman at first.

    I have an opponent who needs a 1b’er: Should I trade F. Freeman for Rendon AND one of the following outfielders (who I’d allow my opponent to pick): Domingo Santana, J. Pederson or A. Verdugo?

    I’m hesitant to make this offer because I still expect a super-season from Freeman one year vs. solidity (but not super-ness) from Rendon. Hoping one of those outfielders balances it out. Perhaps you see it differently?

    THANK YOU!!!

    • The Hack says:
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      @FANTHEAD: I like Verdugo if you pull the trigger. I’d also go into ralphs sunday post and pose this question.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  40. Boomer19 says:
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    I have to go with either Boyd or Daniel Norris for two starts this week. Against Twins and Indians. Who should I start?

  41. Abe Froman says:
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    Looking for help in Runs, RBI’s and AVG.

    Sit which 1 of the following:

    -Kiermaier (@TOR3, @BAL4, $12.3)
    -Justin Upton (MIN4, @CLE3, $8.5)
    -Byron Buxton (@DET4, @NYM3, -$5.0)

  42. DonnieB says:
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    I need a two start pitcher for this week.
    E Santana @Det @NYM
    Bundy @Bos vTB
    Folty vMIA vWASH
    Cashner @ATL @PHI
    Is Salzar finished for the year in your opinion? I could DL for ROS if that is likely. Thanks for the help on the home stretch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: Folty…Salazar appears done

      • Anal Herschiser says:
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        @Grey: grey you handsome devil, you out on bundy this week bc of matchups or bc you don’t think he’ll get 2 starts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Because I don’t trust him

  43. Schizer says:
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    H2H categories league (additional categories include walks and losses) playoffs start this week and I need some help on my final SP. Who below is the best option? Thanks as always!

    Robbie Ray (v Col, v LAD)
    Finnegan (v Pit)
    Cobb (@ Tor)

  44. ashtray says:
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    Lost Watson for Strickland?

    • William Hung says:
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      @ashtray: Watson is still a closer while Strickland is still technically part of a committee since Bochy hasn’t come out and said that Strickland is his closer.

      • ashtray says:
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        @William Hung: Yeah but Watson is crapping all over my stats. I hear you though.

  45. papasmurf says:
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    Had Altuve on the bench cuz he left the game before and his was a night game so had no idea if he starts or not… Pressure rising in Smurfville.

    Sonnuvabench!

    Hill for president!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: I’d think a Smurf would always start Altuve

  46. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: I have a BYE this week and these are the guys I am wondering if I should drop for hot schmotatoes towards the end of the week if nothing changes:

    1. Todd Frazier for Hernan Perez, Gurriel, Gyorko
    2. Gregory Polanco / Starling Marte for Hunter Pence, Grichuk, Alex Gordon
    3. Is Mike Foltynewicz someone to keep an eye on as a streaming option for the final 2 weeks of the season? His last 5 starts have been pretty solid.

    My pitchers right now are all closers: Diaz, Kintzler, Colome, Thornburg, Watson, Maurer, Bailey, Strickland with Roark, Duffy, Hendricks and G. Cole (DL) as my SPs

    I also have Bogaerts who has been meh the past month as well. My team picked a hell of a time to go on a offensive slump. My last 2 matchups were meaningless in terms of standings but my offensive cats were dreadful – barely .250 BA / .300 OBP as a team.

    Kudos to you Grey! After a year break from Fantasy Baseball, I come back and stomped all over my friends during the regular season. It’s PLAYOFF TIME BABY!

    As an added note on Schoop – I had him shuttling between my team and the wire all year long and other than the 4-5 week period where he was great, he was really meh in H2H formats. I’m interested to see where you have Kipnis next year. I was a lot higher on him than you were, but I didn’t see him having as good a year as he has. 99% sure he’s going to have a career high in Rs and RBIs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William Hung: 1. Gurriel 2. Marte for Grichuk 3. Yup…Maurer’s the drop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William Hung: Oh, and Kipnis has been solid, better than I thought

  47. Scott says:
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    Adonis Garcia or Ryon Healy?

  48. Schoolboy P says:
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    I made it to the finals. H2H.
    Dropped Cain and now need an OF.

    Grichuk or Buxton? Only this week matters.

  49. Shitwolf says:
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    Hi grey!

  50. Raoul Duke says:
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    Nice Billy Butler blurb. I won my fantasy baseball championship. Thanks for the help this season.

  51. Jerry says:
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    Championship game this week and am having trouble picking my outfield.

    Would you start Kiermaier over Buxton, Dahl or Duvall this week?

    • Jerry says:
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      @Jerry: 12 team h2h. Thanks for your awesomeness all season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jerry: Over Duvall, no problem

  52. knucks says:
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    Trying to seek out a QS this week off the wire. From some of your answers above, you trust Iwakuma more than Skaggs this week? They face each other @LAA on Wednesday and I can pick one of the two.

    HT says go with Skaggs ($17.8) over Iwak ($1.2). But the QS # on the HT says Iwakuma should be slightly more expected to throw the QS (.64 vs .57) which as again, all that I’m looking for here.

    Also, Iwakuma threw a QS against the Angels the last two times he faced them, on 8/18 and again on 9/4. Right now I’m leaning Iwak.

    Who would you roll with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Iwakuma…

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Thank man, much obliged

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  53. Dem Bums says:
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    Hey Grey! Getting back into good standing in two leagues thanks to your help (and losing my job in June…can’t believe how much time I have for FBB now…;). SON likes Liriano today…is it smoking too much rock or does it know something I don’t (like he’ll pitch his decent monthly game tonight or that the Jays bats will finally get hot against the Rays). Would you start him or skip streaming today and concentrate on the rest of the week to stream (not much avail tonight — Folty, Gee, Leake, Norris, Nolasco, meh…)? H2H reg cats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I wouldn’t touch Liriano… I’d stream Folty

      • Dem Bums says:
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        Hey Grey! Getting back into good standing in two leagues thanks to your help (and losing my job in June…can’t believe how much time I have for FBB now…;). SON likes Liriano today…is it smoking too much rock or does it know something I don’t (like he’ll pitch his decent monthly game tonight or that the Jays bats will finally get hot against the Rays). Would you start him or skip streaming today and concentrate on the rest of the week to stream (not much avail tonight — Folty, Gee, Leake, Norris, Nolasco, meh…)? H2H reg [email protected]Grey: Merci bien!

        • Dem Bums says:
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          Sorry about that…but thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  54. Steve says:
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    What to do with Bundy?

    Next start is at Boston followed by at home versus Boston. So you trust him against that offense for either start?

    If not, is he then a drop for streamers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him

  55. Shark says:
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    Zobrist has been slumping the last couple weeks. Drop him for Schoop or Brad Miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  56. Huddy says:
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    1st year fantasy league and thanks to Razzball got best regular season record and this week playoff bye… Would you stash Keirmeyer and drop Boyd..also have Gurriel Buxton stashed. Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Yup, Kiermaier

  57. pistolpete says:
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    do you trust Correa? How about Ketel Marte or Dansby Swanson, even Peraza is available. Also need Kimbrel or Britton. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust Correa… I’d go Peraza if he’s playing… Kimbrel

  58. Steve says:
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    Do you like Hutchinson @ Phillies?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  59. ryanoger says:
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    10 team h2h

    Cashner vs ATL or De Leon @NNY

    Who do you think is the better SP to roll out…we count Ws and Ks

    Thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Leon

  60. Scott says:
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    Now that I’ve used up all my RCL starts, what do I do with Syndergaard and Cueto? Keep or drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly hold so no one else can use them

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: It really depends if it is one of my leagues or not.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  61. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Robbie Ray (v. COL; v. LAD) over Urias (@NYY, probably shutdown after)?

    Also, if Phelps is starting this week (would be @ATL and/or v. PHI) would you stream away in H2H playoffs?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea on Phelps, but even if he does, he may only go 4 to 5 IP…. Ray

  62. tjw4404 says:
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    I’m in a standard h2h 5×5 league and today is the start of the playoffs, I need to add 2 hitters to my team.

    C Yasmani Grandal
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Jose Altuve
    SS Jose Peraza
    3B Nolan Arenado
    OF Carlos Beltran
    OF Trea Turner
    OF
    UTIL

    Which 2 hitters would best fit my team for this week?

    Byron Buxton, Khris Davis, Kendrys Morales, David Dahl, Kevin Kiermaier, Ender Inciarte, CJ Cron, and Randall Grichuk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales, Dahl

  63. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Happy Monday!
    Except for the fact that Marte’s back is making me sad.

    12 team H2H 6X6 (OBP/QS)- Earned a first round bye for this week. Have a few questions:

    1)Struggling w/ what to do w/ a few injured players. Wait for any of them or drop?
    Marte
    Salazar
    Matz (DL)

    On wire:
    Kendrys / Ender / Cron

    2) Carrying 2 bench bats currently. Will need to drop at least one of them for pitching streamers or an extra RP

    Longo / KDavis / Dahl- Who are the first 2 drops?

    3) Bonus RP question: Gomez, Strickland, Bailey, Maurer available. No holds league. Drop Herrera (my 5th RP) for any? or Hold for now (no pun intended)?

    • Sandlot Bully says:
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      @Sandlot Bully: Buxton also available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Drop all 3

      All three are pickups 2. Davis, Dahl 3. Sure, drop for Bailey

      • Sandlot Bully says:
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        @Grey: Thanks as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  64. jacks says:
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    Care only about HR, RBI and AVG. Which 2 should start this week?

    Gurriel (6 games, 4 leftys)
    Lamb (7 games, 4 leftys unfortunately)
    J Turner (7 games)
    Kiermaier (7 games)

    Leaning Gurriel and Turner ….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gurriel, Turner

  65. Scott says:
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    Gurriel or Josh Bell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gurriel

  66. ryanoger says:
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    Also, who would you take to replace Starling Marte?

    FAs- Grandy, Adonis, Joc, Kang, or Sano?

    thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandy

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        You like Grandy over Khris Davis right now or hold?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Davis has been pretty cold, I could see trying Grandy… Davis could easily out homer this week though, coin flip

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:
            10 h2h league
            My team–Semis this week…

            C- Sanchez
            1- Rizzo
            2- Trea Turner
            3- Machado
            SS- Desmond
            OF- Braun, Morales, K Davis
            Util-Pujols,Freeman

            With dropping Marte and now only having Trea as an SB guy should I look to add Jarod Dyson since the guy I’m going up against has 3 ish low tier SB dudes or just hold and play it as the week progresses?

            I’m all over the map man, sorry, just trying to look at all the options early.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure, over Davis

  67. Swfcdan says:
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    16 team dynasty playoffs, need to add M Boyd for this week don’t I. Problem is I don’t have many drops, who’s my guy:
    Kinzler- use SV+HLDs and he’s been hot garbage and riding my lately.
    Straily- mojo may be over
    Jeffress- Count HLDs so he would still be value but will the drunk pitch again this year?
    A Bailey- I know he’s useless but he’s pitching well right now and I need another reliever with Kinz crapping the bed!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Edit should say I have too many drops haha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeffress

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: You know it’s dynasty right. I guess, he isn’t really a high K guy, and yeah win now!

        Would you add JC Ramirez or Kela over any of those other schmucky reliebers I mentioned? We use SV+HLD as just a single cat, added together.

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Grey: Ok gotta cross my fingers then and relieb! (believe>belieb>relieb….because I’m talking about relievers). Yeah not the best joke.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  68. Steve says:
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    Please pick 3 for this week

    C Dickerson @TOR, @BAL
    Ozuna @ATL, @PHI
    Adonis vMIA, vWSH
    Domingo @CIN, @CH

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Domingo

  69. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    1. You gotta think that the Royals’ overuse of the back end of their bullpen has led to the problems with Holland and now Davis. Davis has a dropped a tick in velocity and his control has really gotten poor. Smells like a larger physical problem, which, incidentally, smells like teen spirit.

    2. It only took Dusty 2 outings to figure out that his 5th best reliever (Glover) shouldn’t be his 8th inning set up guy. This revelation still doesn’t get me/others that Roark win from last Friday. Nice one Duncy!

    3. We are living in a material world, and Yulieski is a material Gurriel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Totally 2. Haha 3. Ha!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: With the lights out, it’s less dangerous.
      Here we are now, entertain us!
      Dusty’s stupid and contagious!
      Here we are now, entertain us!

      Ha on 3.!

  70. Noam says:
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    H2H point league, weekly lineups.
    Hitters it’s normal points with no penalty for Ks.
    Pitchers are 10 points for win, 5 for QS, 1 for K and IP, -1 for BB and ER, -5 for L. 7.5 for sv.

    Can you pick four hitters?
    Buxton ([email protected], [email protected])
    Grandyman ([email protected], [email protected] and 6 righties)
    Kiermaier ([email protected], [email protected])
    Gurriel (3vOAK, [email protected])
    Cron (3vSEA, 4vTOR)
    Dahl( 3vSD, [email protected])
    Grichuk (3vCHC, [email protected])
    Calhoun (3vSEA, 4vTOR)

    Would you start Gee vOAK and vCHW this week? It would be over Cody Allen or Roberto Osuna…

    Thank you Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux, Grandy, Kiermaier, Gurriel… No on Gee

  71. ebudz says:
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    10 team H2H Points
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), HOLD (+1), ER (-2), HIT (-1), SO (+3), NH (+10), PG (+15)

    (4) SP: Carrasco, Price, Salazar, Duffy
    (3) RP: Robertson, Osuna, Giles
    Bench: (Taillon, Nova, streamer-Folty, streamer-Ray)

    1) The plan was to just start the following guys marked with asterisks today and tomorrow, unless you’d start De Leon now since SON changed it’s tune a bit? Or start anyone else or just stick with the asterisks? I’m currently trailing by 16 but the matchup ends next Sunday 9/18 and I’m at 11/24 games started right now…

    2) Assuming you’d start De Leon or someone else then I’d probably have to drop Salazar for a streamer? I know he’s getting his next start skipped but haven’t heard anything else about his health? Should drop Salazar for De Leon as a potential stash/to prevent my opponent from starting him tonight?

    9/12
    Carrasco @CHA (17.7)*
    Price vs. BAL (16.4)*
    Foltynewicz vs. MIA (6.6)*
    De Leon @NYA (7.1)
    Leake vs. CHN (2.5)
    T. Anderson @ARI (-1.5)
    Cashner @ATL (-1.9)
    Boyd vs. MIN (-2.2)

    9/13
    Ray vs. COL (21.5)*
    Nova @PHI (8.8)*
    Duffy vs. OAK (8.1)*
    Cotton @KC (5.3)
    Bauer @CHA (-4.4)
    Urias @NYA (-5.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start De Leon and lose Salazar, start asterisks

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Yeah I think I was holding onto hope for too long with Salazar!

        So now to start De Leon I have to bench one of my RPs for him:

        Osuna vs. TB (Odorizzi)
        Robertson vs. CLE (Carrasco)
        Giles vs. TEX (Perez)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bench Robertson

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: Word so now once the games start tonight I’ll want to drop Folty for another streamer before my opponent…

            1) After I start those 4 guys today and 3 tomorrow I’ll have 5 more starts I can use before Sunday 9/18 so which 5 of these starts will be my best bet:

            9/14
            Skaggs vs. SEA (17.8)
            Musgrove vs. TEX (6.3)
            Pineda vs. LAN (5.2)
            Ventura vs. OAK (2.9)
            Gausman @BOS (-7.3)

            9/15
            Eickhoff vs. PIT (5.4)
            Volquez vs. OAK (-2.4)
            Bradley vs. LAN (-12.8)

            9/16
            Colon vs. MIN (12.6)
            McHugh @SEA (-2.3)
            L. Weaver @SF (-2.3)

            9/17
            Carrasco vs. DET (26.5)
            De Leon @ARI (17.7)
            Taillon @CIN (14.6)
            Duffy vs. CHA (14.4)
            Price vs. NYA (12.8)
            E. Santana @NYN (10.8)
            Paxton vs. HOU (8.4)
            J. Gray vs. SD (4.8)
            McHugh @SEA (0.7)
            Urena @PHI (-4.8)
            Boyd @CLE (-7.0)
            Leake @SF (-7.2)

            Or actually are there better start options above then any of the ones I’m planning on using today and tomorrow:

            Carrasco @CHA (17.7)*
            Price vs. BAL (16.4)*
            Foltynewicz vs. MIA (6.6)*
            De Leon @NYA (7.1)*

            Ray vs. COL (21.5)*
            Nova @PHI (8.8)*
            Duffy vs. OAK (8.1)*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Colon, Carrasco, De Leon, Duffy…Check back for the last one, nothing else on 14, 15 or 16 is good

              • ebudz says:
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                @Grey: Thanks again! Yeah hopefully I can get a good lead after today and tomorrow so my opponent keeps streaming schmohawks!

                For instance he picked up Liriano vs. TB today and started Buchholz @TOR yesterday … hopefully his luck will run out!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, hopefully

  72. Scott says:
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    Which MI should I start today?

    Cesar Hernandez vs. Cole
    Tim Anderson vs. Carrasco

    both at home

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cesar

  73. Swfcdan says:
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    Kiermaier or C-Dick for Kinzler or Straily? Could use another hot bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kiermaier for Straily

  74. Scrotchs says:
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    I won the first round of the playoffs and have moved in to semis. I have tough pitching matchups this week (weekly league) with no aces going twice. I am considering starting the following 2 start pitchers. Are they worth the gamble?

    Mike leake v chi @SF
    Mike Gonzales v cle @KC
    Ricky nolasco v Sea v Tor
    Alec Asher v Pit v Mia

    One start options instead are
    Wainwright @ SF
    Ventura v Oak
    Pineda v LAD
    Lugo v Min
    E. Rodriguez v NY

    IP = 3 pts

    I need 4 of the pitchers listed above.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nolasco, Asher, Lugo, Ventura

  75. Polka

    Polka says:
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    cool, handsomeness….great stuff as usual! Thank you for making me like baseball and always entertaining this Pollock while I’m screwing in light bulbs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Thanks!

  76. JoeG414 says:
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    AJ Cole – home vs Mets
    or
    Skaggs – home vs Sea
    or
    Both ?
    Need K’s and W
    6×6 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither… Skaggs

  77. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    What does my boy Yuli (that’s what the kids call him) have to do to get into your good graces? He’s very upset he needs the Albright co-sign.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Be 3 to 4 years younger and have more than a week of MLB experience

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: Hello my over the internet amigo.

        I think you are wrong on Yuli, He is gonna be a star, especially playing in that bandbox. He is only “32”..

        Lots of ‘old guys’ till raking in the MLB..

        See Pujlos Albert, Ortiz David, Cabrera Miggy, Braun Ryan, etc, etc..

        Plus MLB is not loaded with that many great SP’s..

        Bottom line is Yuli, CAN HIT!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The guys you name have more than 3 weeks of experience in the MLB

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey: lol, I know that, just saying age doesn’t mean zip these days..Yuli is proving he can hit on the big stage..He kinda of sucked in the minors, cause he did not come to ‘Merica’ to ride buses and play with a bunch of kids..Dude thrives under the pressure and spotlight..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, we’ll see

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @Grey:
                I can see him being on the all-star team next year..I’ll bet you five over the internet dollars (that you can never collect) Yuli is an all-star in 2017…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sure, I’ll take that bet

                  • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                    @Grey: cool..The next time I go to LA to see my sister, we can go watch a game and the loser can buy the winner a beer..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice!

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: First and foremost, I’m not quitting on Puig, but I don’t get the vibe that Yuli has the same maturity issues Puig had/has. There’s other things regarding his late arrival to keep in mind. Everyone is ignoring who this guy is and what his family means to Cuban baseball. The reason he finally left Cuba has as much to do with the recent loosing of our relationship with the Cuban government than anything. If that doesn’t happen he doesn’t come over. I think he’s more in line with Abreu than any of the other imports.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, could be, I’m just saying there’s no way to know, there’s lots of risk there, homey! BTW, doing podcast right now… Whaddup!

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: I know, but I’m drawing my Gurriel line in the sand.

                      Nice! The pod! We’re talking catchers this week, I’m not enthused

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Murphy? Again?!

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Malicious Phenoms: I’m not sure he’ll be an All-Star (really all that means is he he’s good in the first half), but he can be Hanley.

                  When you consider his LONG layoff, and expected rust, he’s been damn good. He rarely strikes out (11.1% K rate), and his BB profile checks out thus far. He’ll have a good lineup and hitting environment. If he’s a guy you can get in the 8th to 10th round next year, I think I take that risk. Anything before that I agree that he’s overrated.

                  Thing is, unlike a few seasons ago there’s now a negative view of Cuban hitters. So he may drop.

                  • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: I just have a feeling that he is special..

                    I have Yuli in my foerever keeper and I will keep him, just like any bat, as long as he continues to hit..

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Malicious Phenoms: Agreed, I think the comps to Olivera ad Guerrero are unfair. He’s looks far more legit than either of those two did. Guerrero had a hot start last year but it never looked legit. His HR/FB was like 55% and then he never did shizz else.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Does he look as legit as Puig?

  78. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you start Fiers on Saturday @ Seattle? Or is it safe to drop him and stream away? 12-team H2H with QS

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop

  79. Case of the Mondays says:
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    Embarrassed to ask this question… But here goes: Folty and his 2 starts or Kershaw @ Yanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Folty

  80. Count de Monetball says:
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    Grey! Seems your most spectacular write ups are on Monday! Love it! Start 2 of the following 3 for tonight, need wins and ratios:
    Hendricks at STL (leake)
    Price home vs Baltimore (Miley)
    Carrasco @ white sox (Gonzalez)

    Leaning Hendricks and Carrasco, thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Monetball! Not Hendricks

  81. Count de Monetball says:
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    Nice title Rudy Gamble!

  82. gregjeffries says:
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    Yo Grey! Can you pick four batters from the list of six below for the upcoming week? (need speed and power equally). Thanks!

    B. Miller (@TOR, @BAL)
    Peraza (vs MIL, vs PIT)
    Cron (vs SEA, vs TOR)
    Dyson (vs. OAK, vs CHW)
    Kiermaier (@TOR, @BAL)
    K, Davis (@KC, @ TX)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Davis, Dyson

      • gregjeffries says:
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        Thanks!
        You like Peraza (vs MIL, vs PIT) over Tomas (vs COL, LAD) for my Utility?
        (forgot about Yasmany for a sec)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Tomas for power, Peraza for SBs/runs

  83. Pete says:
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    a) What’s your best guesstimate of what rounds the following guys go for in 2017? I’m trying to figure out what pitchers I can drop/should be keeping for the next 2 playoff weeks and many of the young guys have crappy schedules. I have the ability to keep 5 based on average round of this past year and next. I must keep one pitcher. It’s a H2H points league where pitching runs super deep and hitting shallow.

    b) Which 5 would you keep based on keeper position of this year and last year rounds? Again, must keep 1 pitcher. This might be easier to answer than “a” above, and is the real question at this point.

    (Round I took/kept this year)
    Arenado – (5)
    Blackmon (9)
    Story (13)
    Bregman (24)
    G. Sanchez (24)
    Buxton (16)
    Kluber (7)
    G. Cole (8)
    T. Bauer (17)
    Musgrove (24)
    Bundy (24)
    Snell (24)
    A. Cobb (24)
    E. Diaz (24)

    My inclination is to keep Kluber and

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Kluber, Blackmon, Story, Bregman

  84. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey

    Tomas (vs Col – Anderson) or Kang (@ Phil – Hellickson) tonight?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomas

  85. Los Putos says:
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    Placed last year and am in good position to take the league this year. Many thanks to you and the rest of the Razzball crew.

    Question on a draft strategy for next year.

    its a Roto, 5×5 Auction league.

    We run 2 guys at each pos, with 5 OF, 1 Util, blah, blah, blah.

    We have no Inn limit w SP. Cuz of this, can you see a strategy of using majority of dinero to load up on bats, ignoring closers (SAGNOF) and going after 2nd/3rd tier SPers, being successful with this particular set up?

    With the list of top tier arms going to the Hospital with Hillary, it doesnt seem worth it to draft big name arms anymore.

    Ive always gone after at least 2 or 3 stud SPers (if the price is right) but if i can load up on bats with majority of $, and target those SP in 2nd/3rd tier and SAGNOF for closers (or ignore them altogether with no inn limit) it seems like it may be a recipe for success?

    Must one have those Aces on their roster to begin the season?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, yeah, no reason to have an ace there

      • Los Putos says:
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        @Grey: Last week I checked out my roster and realized that of my 25 man opening day roster I have 8 players remaining.

        Injuries, poor play, trades and dumb drops by me (dozier, only to be able to pick him back up rt before he heated up), were the reasons (for all managers actually) for depletion of my roster.

        Will take it if it means a championship.

        Thanks as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  86. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    FYI, not that anybody cares, Mat Latos will make his first start for the Nationals on Monday against the Mets…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream against him!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: lol, NICE!

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: Just don’t pitch against Mat “Babe” Latos-career HR #4 and more importantly,this will make him fit in with the club.The Nats pitchers are more obsessed with their batting than their pitching.
        Wouldn’t touch him in Fantasy,but as a Nats fan I’ll take the boost.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup

  87. Scott says:
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    Dee Gordon vs. Faulty in ATL
    or
    Cesar Hernandez vs. Cole at Home

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cesar

  88. Scott says:
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    Please pick 2 MIs
    Brad Miller
    Chris Owings
    Joe Panik

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Panik

  89. F.K.A. Ralph says:
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    guess I need to cut Salazar — thoughts on Asher (PHI)?

    He’s got Pittsburgh at home on Tuesday and then Miami at home on Sunday. Categories are IP, QS, ERA, WHIP, K/9 (I have a bunch of high K guys, so shouldn’t be hurt too bad by losing Salazar’s Ks). I only have three moves for the week, so getting two starts from this move is enticing. I have other guys I can drop later in the week to stream.

    Other guys on waivers (including Asher to make it easier)

    Asher vPIT and vMIA
    Sabathia vs LAD and @BOS
    Garza @CIN
    Wisler vMIA
    Richard @SF
    Cotton @KC
    Jorge De La Rosa @ARI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Wisler

      • FKA Ralph says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  90. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Drop Segura (or Peraza) for Kang or hold? 2 weeks left of H2H playoffs, so don’t want to hold onto an ice cold bat if you don’t see a bounce back coming . . . and Kang is en fuego

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I should also mention, I’m planning to concede SB this week (my opponent had 9 [!] last week from his starting 9 including Trea, Villar, Nunez, Blackmon…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: tnx

  91. GonzoChicago says:
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    Championship Week question: 6×6 **QS not Wins, IP/GS as 6th Cat**

    We start 7 pitchers, and of those, at least 2 must be RP. My opponent is starting 4 SPs (Kendricks, Carrasco, Scherzer and Verlander) totalling 6 starts, with 3 closers. I can either start 5 SPs totalling 6 starts with 2 RPs (between Betances, Dyson and Kimbrel) or I can start 4 SPs totalling 5 starts and start all three RPs.

    The for sure guys:
    Pomeranz (locked in SP with 2 starts)
    Kluber

    The options:
    Rodon (on fire as of late; home vs. CLE)
    Lackey (has looked ok since return from DL, though Maddon giving the early hook is a possibility; home vs. MIL)
    Kennedy (has been mostly solid lately, pitches at home vs. CWS)
    Felix Hernandez (volatile with peeks of greatness; home vs. HOU)
    Greinke (seems to be going through the motions or oblique still an issue with decreased velocity and uncharacteristic wildness; home vs. LAD)

    So… what’s my best pitching lineup considering my opponent’s strategy?
    Either pick 2 of “the options” and I’ll start all 3 closers, or pick 3 of “the options” and which 2 closers?

    Thanks in advance for any help on what looks like my potentially hardest lineup decision.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon, Lackey, Kennedy

      • GonzoChicago says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Just so I’m clear, you’d go with matching the other guys’ potential QS’s rather than matching the closers?

        Would I be crazy to start Dyson over Kimbrel then? Seems like Dyson is getting a lot more chances than Kimbrel, who only has 2 SV ops in the last 2 weeks…

        Thanks also (a ton) for your input all year long that put me in the money round!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Kimbrel over Dyson

  92. Carmichael Show says:
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    Grey, in an NL-only H2H playoff week, how do you like the following:

    Peralta @Cin
    Cole vs NYM
    M. Leake vs Chi
    J. Garcia vs Chi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t

  93. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need sbs most, followed by rbi and runs. who do i start?

    dyson – 4 vs oak, 3 vs cws
    kipnis – 4 @ cws, 3 vs det
    d santana – 4 @ cin, 3 @ chc
    j turner – 3 @ nyy, 4 @ ari

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson

  94. matt says:
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    Grey,
    I have a bye (thanks for all your help!) in the 1st week of playoffs in a 12 team 5×5 with 2 roster moves allowed per week. My team is:

    C – Contreras
    1b – Rizzo
    2b – Dozier
    3b – Villar
    Ss – Lindor
    Of – JD
    Of – J. Upton
    Of – Trea
    Util – Abreu
    Util – Bogaerts
    Bn – Franco
    Bn – Hernan
    Sp – Carrasco, Duffy, Fulmer, Rodon, Hill, Taillon, Salazar, Lugo, Graveman
    Rp – Allen, Herrera

    I’m thinking I drop Franco & Herrera… Buxton, Grichuk, Kiermaier & Cron are bats available. I could add Kintzler, Strickland or Mauerer for saves but also think my SPs could use some help via a 2-start or strong streamer next week. What 2 moves do you suggest to prep me for next week?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Losing bench bats for more bench bats when your team isn’t going to play is irrelevant right now… If you must, two Phils for Grichuk and Bux

  95. daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    So it sounds like Salazar maybe done for the season. If he goes on the DL then great. I have a DL spot open. If not, is he worth keeping in a 12 team auction keeper league. He would would cost $16 next year. He was a stud the 1st half of the season
    What do you think
    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s worth $16 next year

  96. Steve says:
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    Batty call:

    Aoki v Nolasco
    or
    C Hernandez v Cole

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cesar

  97. B.o.B says:
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    My current RP is Osuna, Britton, Allen and Andrew Miller. Looks like Allen is the full time closer in Cleveland (Miller hasn’t gotten a save since Aug 30). Drop Miller for Strickland? He’s the only closer available on the waiver wire and my semi-final opponent has Watson, Thornburg, Giles and Dyson. Whatcha think bruh?? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, go with Strickland

  98. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    H2H redraft. Need AVG/OBP.

    Been holding Vogelbach based on Ralph’s excitement, now he’s up. Rizzo’s my other 1B, so unless Vogelbach gets OF eligibility quick-like he’s just a bench bat.

    Thinking of dropping Bundy since I wouldn’t play him at Fenway anyway and he’s clogging a roster spot. But if he rediscovers his form and my playoff opponent scoops him, and I know he will, I’ll hate myself.

    Other drops are Polanco, the just picked up Kiermaier or Enciarte, or Vogelbach himself.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Vogelbach

  99. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I even get my current events from Razz now, I’ve been living in a hole apparently and had to look up Hillary getting carried away.

    Yinzer Christmas in upon us. Break out your Bubby Brister jersey and “One for the Thumb” cutoff t-shirt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Line out the door at the barbershop getting their heads shaved down the middle to look like Bradshaw

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Oh, glad to see you got on the Viceland bandwagon. I mean, it’s a channel practically dedicated to awesome mini-docs!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, loving it suddenly… Watched it all weekend… Cougs so doesn’t understand it at all

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: I don’t even watch all of the shows that I know I’d like. Digging the Black Market and Black Market Dispatch right now. Michael K. Williams was about to take it back to the streets in the underground gambling episode.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I have underground gambling on my DVR, prolly watch tonight… Omar’s the best (fill-in anything)….

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: The other day I YouTubed Omar walking down the street whistling just because.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA, Omar comin’ yo!

  100. Ralphy says:
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    Please pick two of these three for a dynasty team next year.

    AJ Reed
    Orlando Arcia
    Max Kepler

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Reed

      • Ralphy says:
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        Really? I thought you were a big fan of his! You’re no longer a believer?

        • Ralphy says:
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          Where would you put Dansby Swanson?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Last

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t mind him, but not against the guys you mentioned

          • Ralphy says:
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            Ok thanks. I appreciate it.

  101. Nightmare says:
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    Greylord! Long time no talk! Hope you’re doing well my friend! Playoffs start today. I’m leading the league. Top of the final 4 teams. CBS h2h points. Pick one. If u pick the 2 start then I’m up a start against my opponent

    Thor @wash
    Rich hill @arizona
    Albert Suarez (vs SD, VS STL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whaddup, Nightmare? Hill

      • Nightmare says:
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        @Grey: I was in Jacksonville this weekend watching the packers. Gotta pick a new team now that hands up don’t shoot retards are in LA.
        Stopped watching Mr Robot but I heard shitz getting nuts in it. Ray Donovan is where it’s at and shameless just around the corner my dude!

        Donaldson sitting tonight! Yes!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Enjoying Mr. Robot but I don’t have a clue what’s going on…

  102. Jeff says:
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    Hey Grey –

    Thanks for all your help this season. Finished first – in second week of playoffs now. I need to squeeze in another start or two.
    Boyd and Miranda and Norris give 2, which would be great, but not at the expense of stats if one of these one start pitchers would be better:
    Clayton Richard (v SF), Lugo (v MN), or Wisler.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lugo

      • Jeff says:
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        @Grey: Thank you. One more question, if it’s okay. I have Frazier dragging me down. Would you replace him with Fowler (already on my bench, but slumping) or drop him for Alex Dickerson (with 3 @COL this week) or Domingo Santana? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fowler

  103. nick the dick says:
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    Yo i’ll cut ya like Chucky, bloody axe,
    N roll you rats in a rug,
    Be scared like Chucky from Rugrats,
    All of you thug cats,
    Deserve a slug in ya cap,
    No, not a snail with no shell,
    A nail. A shell. Gats!
    We’re talking about,
    You all kittens with barking mouths,
    I’m guzzling Guiness stout,
    And muzzling you bitches snouts,
    I’m bad ass like John Wayne,
    You John Wayne Gacy, clown,
    Got a Will H Macy frown,
    Like color in the Pleasantville town,
    I’m hesitant now,
    To put the mic down,
    Because whoever pick it up like Uber,
    Can’t move tha crowd,
    I’m like Kevorkian, needle stickin,
    You dorks even think of riffin,
    Just cuz i’m porkin ya girl,
    Don’t mean you want beef, you chicken,
    I thicken every plot like more flour in gravy,
    Witching hour,
    Skillfully skipping through graveyards, engraving,
    My name in,
    To tombstones, with bones dug up and sharpened,
    Rub em together,
    I’m an arsonist artist,
    I’m that live action,
    You be role playin, just Larping,
    I be lamping with champions,
    On the Wheaties box flossin’,
    Up in ya sweetie’s box,
    Orgasming often,
    She think my whole swagger is boss n,
    My songs are like Austin,
    Three 16’s of awesome,
    Keeping it basement like where I keep coffins,
    I smoke so often, I keep coughing,
    And hocking up shit,
    I need a lozenge,
    Rhyming shit with orange and ya snoring

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @nick the dick: I’m not sure why but I always like your WWF lines.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: My favorite line too…that and porkin, beef, chicken

        • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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          @nick the dick: And a LARPing rhyme, I mean, come on…dope.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amazing!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @nick the dick: AWESOME DUDE!! TOTALLY FUCKING AWESOME!!

  104. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Batty call! Kang @Phi (Hellickson) or Reyes @Was (Latos)? HT likes Reyes, but Kang has been hotter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes

  105. PistolPete says:
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    Perez out for 1 to 3 days, Hudley, Murphy or Castillo at catcher this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy

  106. JB

    Good stuff as always. Quick SP question for you. 5X5 — looking for best all around starting pitching stats. How do you rank these 3 starts :

    J. Gray vs SD
    T. Skaggs vs SEA
    J. Paxton vs HOU

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pax, Skaggs

  107. joe is a popular name says:
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    would you start tyler anderson @ ari today? need wins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  108. Sad Keanu says:
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    Drop Starling Marte for Kang? He’s not a keeper. $41 to keep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  109. muskysmell says:
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    Fucking Cashner….

    2nd time the Braves have F’d me in the past week

    • muskysmell says:
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      It’s time to stop fading the Braves…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks

  110. hondo says:
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    Could you ran these steaming streamers? No? Why not?(I get defensive during the playoffs)

    Hutchinson @ Phillies
    Musgrove vs. TEX
    [email protected]
    Manea vs KC
    Montgomery vs MIL

    • hondo says:
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      @hondo: *rate*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Manaea, Montgomery, don’t love any of them

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks,me either but I’m in a tough matchup and I’m trying to pick the corn out of the turd pile a couple days ahead.

        Been meaning to ask-is there a glossary term for the conflicting feeling you get when one of your guys goes ballistic during a bye week? (NO!! Save those for next week.YES!! He’s kicking ass!).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds a bit like Fandone

  111. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: If Castellanos really comes back next week, is he someone to get for the final 2 weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  112. Frankgrimes says:
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    Is Gerrit Cole ever going to stop being a bitch?

    • William Hung says:
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      @Frankgrimes: nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  113. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Kyle Hendricks tossing a no-hitter through 8 innings, in St Louis

  114. db says:
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    streaming wisler @ mets, cotton vs astros, rubby de la rosa @ padres?

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