The Indians traded Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen for Andrew Miller.  A regular Thanksgiving bounty to the Yankees as the Indians received SAGNOF and smallpox.  Hopefully, the Indians don’t have reservations later about those prospects they sent for Miller and want them back like, um, a regretful trade partner.  For a second this weekend, it appeared that the Indians traded for Miller and Jonathan Lucroy, but Lucroy vetoed the trade.  Looks like Milwaukee is a bunch of Brewer-givers.  Will say this, it was a bold trade by Cleveland vs. sitting around Indian-style as they did all offseason.  So, Miller becomes the de facto closer in Cleveland, and remains a top five closer in fantasy.  Cody Allen gets his value boinked on the head and it’s now seeing stars.  Mean’s while, in New York, Dellin Betances becomes the 9th inning man for the Yankees and, taking over setup, is their newly acquired, Tyler Clippard.  That’s right, the Yankee Clippard!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Mike Napoli – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  On our Player Rater, Napoli has been more valuable than Jake Arrieta.  If you know an Arrieta owner that doesn’t own Napoli, please call and check on them to make sure the preceding sentence was taken with a grain of salt, and not arsenic.

Corey Kluber – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.27.  Also, please check on the Kluber owner who thought it was a good time to sell low in April after his 4.24 ERA.  We must be here for each other!

Tyler Naquin – 2-for-3, 2 runs, hitting .335, hitting near-.450 in the last week.  The power has come down, but he’s still one of the hottest bats in the game.  “Hottest bats in the game” is a phrase you never want to hear outside of a baseball context.

Rich Hill – On target to return from the DL on Friday.  Will all depend on how his blister reacts.  I hope it doesn’t do a spit take.  *shudders*

Billy Butler – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer on Saturday.  He didn’t just homer on Saturday.  He talked smack to Indians’ catcher, Chris Gimenez, hit a bomb, then flipped his bat like he was Jose Bautista after a week at cheerleading camp while only practicing the baton.

Sonny Gray – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.84.  You gots to admits I dropped some serious schmohawks this year on your medulla with the guys to avoid due to being overrated.

Matt Kemp – “You want out of San Diego?  You really want out?  Okay, how does the Braves sound to you?”  Kemp looks up, curious, “Buh-buh-buh-buh, they’re not in contention either, are they?”  “Be careful what you wish for,” said the Padres’ GM as he closed the book on Kemp.  Though, neither party should be thrilled with this trade.  Kemp wanted out of San Diego, but I doubt he wanted to hit between Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis.  The Padres wanted to move Kemp for a prospect, but they got Hector Olivera, who they immediately designated for assignment.  *makes crazy rolly finger by ear motion*  You couldn’t trade Kemp for anything at all that you wanted?  That’s straight bizzonkers.  Either way, Kemp’s fantasy value remains largely unchanged.  Kemp moves to a slightly better park, but if there’s one lineup that is actually worse than the Padres, it’s the Atlanta Barfs.

Jeff Francoeur – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  A Frenchy fly!

Jerad Eickhoff – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.68.  According to the Stream-o-Nator, you have to be a jerkoff to not start Jer-hoff in his next start.

Homer Bailey – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (3 BBs), 6 Ks as he was activated from the DL.  This was kinda like his last rehab start, coming against the Padres with their lineup without Dickerson (injury) and Kemp.  If there was such a thing as a Padres’ fan, I bet they could not name four players in the Padres’ lineup right now.  As for Bailey, I wouldn’t own him with your team.

Colin Rea – Left early from his start with elbow soreness.  Rea’s out, but those are The Facts of Life.  Bring on Cloris Leachman!

Andrew Cashner – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.54, in his first game as a Marlin.  In my NL-Only leagues where I own Cashner, I was happy to see him stay in the NL.  He’s a solid-at-home starter, even with the move.  Here’s a little secret, starters are better at home, everywhere, except Coors.

Zach Duke – The Cardinals grabbed him with one of those cheap, no-frills deadline moves that will likely pay the most dividends.  Stupid Cardinals and their smart moves!

Aledmys Diaz – Left yesterday’s game after taking a pitch off his hand.  He’s day-to-day with a bruised hand.  Fun fact!  Diaz says his favorite 80s/90s actress is ‘dmys Moore.

Stephen Piscotty – 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI as he appeared in the lineup again after being benched for two days due to slumping.  At least, that’s what was said.  He was hitless for three whole games, but had five homers in July (top power month of his career) and was hitting .278.  Wow, what a slump.

Matt Cain – 5 IP, 0 ER, 0 Hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.53.  That’s a start that can be described as fantastically awful, and be right in every sense.

Mark Melancon – Was traded to the Nationals.  When the Pirates made this trade what were they, three games out of a playoff spot?  I mean, I’m all for SAGNOF, and, hell yeah, you trade a closer who is in the last year of his contract, but don’t you get something besides two lefty relievers?  Not sure I understand this move from the Pirates’ POV, but maybe they didn’t realize how far out of the playoff picture they were.  Depth perception can be thrown off by an eye patch.  Obviously, Melancon takes over the 9th for the Nationals.  I’m sure Papelbon will be a great teammate, and happily work out of the 8th.  Shucks, I meant to put that in sarcasm font.  As for the Pirates, the Pirates’ GM said Tony Watson would take over the 9th, but he’s a lefty and I’d happily hold Neftali.  I believe that’s a Spanish pun.  De nada.

Jameson Taillon – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.52.  Don’t mind the trade I did with Andy Behrens when I sent Jake McGee for Taillon, back when McGee was a closer still.  By the way, my biggest pet peeve with trading is when you receive a note like this, “I have hitting (or pitching or closers) to spare, make me a fair offer.”  The person who wants to trade should not be asking me to figure out a trade.  If you want to trade, figure out a trade and offer it to me.  Does this work for people?  Just sending random emails saying, “Hey, do you want to trade?  Offer me something.”  This is the worst!

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-3 and his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, hitting .287.  Brocktune!

Hernan Perez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and two steals (17, 18) and his 7th homer on Saturday.  Was a hot schmotato last week, now he’s on next level schmotatoness.

Keon Broxton – 1-for-2 and his 2nd homer.  Has now played every game for a week straight, hitting over .300 in that time, and I grabbed him in one league because Broxton has upside and I’m a sucker for upside.

Chris Carter – 1-for-2 and his 24th homer, and his 2nd homer in his last three games.  Carter can get smoking hot for power, and is still a good bet for 32-35 homers and he’s now at 24.  You do the math!  What do you mean you can’t because you have a solar calculator and your eczema won’t let you go in the sun?  Do you think a solar calculator was a good purchase when you spend your entire day inside by your computer?

Jake Barrett -1 1/3 IP, 1 ER and the save on Saturday.  With Clippard gone, Barrett will take over the Diamondbacks’ closer role.  Jake Barrett can be better than Jacinda Barrett in Bloodline, but worse than more than half the league’s closers for saves.  I.e., Barrett will fall between a low-end Donkeycorn and high-end Brain Freeze.

Braden Shipley – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.76 thru two starts.  What’s with the Braden?  Aren’t ships supposed to be named after women?  His name should be something like Karen or Anibal.  So, this start was obviously better than his first, but I’d still avoid in mixed leagues for now.

Patrick Corbin – 5 IP, 3 ER (3 more unearned), 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.30.  I’m legitimately shocked at how awful he continues to be.  I thought he’d come out of it at some point.

Bud Norris – Left after a third of an inning with back muscle tightness.  His uncle, Chuck, eats back muscles in a Fra Diavolo sauce, extra spicy.

Yasmani Grandal – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer.  I’ve resisted picking my catcher scab for about a month now, and Grandal has rewarded me handsomely.  Or maybe I’m handsome for other reasons.  I don’t know, you quibbler!

Corey Seager – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .310.  2nd rounder next year?  You sure you wanna answer no?

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .260.  It said he played in the box score, but I don’t believe it.

Drew Pomeranz – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Damn, this start even came against a team that would fit right in in (stutterer!) the NL West (the holier-in-their-swings Angels).  Pomeranz now has an ERA of 7.53 in the AL.  The Stream-o-Nator likes his next start in Safeco, but, I have to be honest, I’d have a hard time owning him.

Dustin Pedroia – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, as him and Xander Bogaerts (1-for-5, 14th homer) hit two-out, ninth-inning bombs, sealing the Angels’ fate, and sticking it to their special porpoise.

Tyler Skaggs – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 0.00 thru two starts.  Don’t make me get Mr. Robot to hack into your fantasy team to pick up Skaggs for you.  By the way, I watch Mr. Robot and enjoy it, but I legitimately have no clue what’s going on.

Huston Street – 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  These days Huston Street is like Bourbon Street — completely pedestrian, exposed and stumbling.  Yes, I’d own Cam Bedrosian.

Carlos Rodon – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.67, as he returned from the DL.  Picked up right where he left off!

Jose Berrios – Was recalled by the Twins.  His major league career thus far (10+ ERA in 15 IP) is no indication at all of how good he can be.  What is an indication of that is his 9.7 K/9, 2.44 ERA in 103 1/3 IP in Triple-A this year.  At some point, Jose will be Berrios, Berrios good to me.  Is now that point?  Seems possible, but unlikely.

Brian Dozier – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 18th and 19th homers, hitting .259.  He hit leadoff yesterday, but cleanup on Saturday.  It’s a pretty fluid lineup in Minnesota now without Nunez, like an aqueduct in a New York sewer that the city hopes kills the alligators with the feces.  This is Snopes-proof!

Justin Verlander – 9 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA down to 3.54.  That’s vintage Verlander!  Vinlander!  Verlage?  A 2011 Verlot?

Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and 22nd and 23rd homers, hitting .303.  Maybe his lack of exercise has helped him age gracefully; that’s what I keep telling my Cougar when she asks if I’m gonna sit on the couch all weekend.  It works for Miggy, baby!

Justin Upton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .239.  Fun (if you don’t own Upton) with the Player Rater!  Upton has been less valuable this year than Yasmany Tomas, who is only owned in 40% of ESPN leagues.

James McCann – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer, and third homer in the last four games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Dallas Keuchel – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA up to 4.86.  I’m guessing Keuchel might wish he didn’t take his agent’s advice by avoiding a longterm deal this past offseason.  “You sure I shouldn’t cash in after winning the Cy Young?”  “Dallas baby, you’re gonna get so paid after you win two Cy Youngs in a row!”  Oopsie.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 5.13.  Some days it’s Pineda, some days it’s piñata.  Yesterday, the candy was flowing, and the Rays were getting diabetes.

Brad Miller – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, hitting over .300 in the last week with homers in the last two games.  Facing the Yankees’ starting pitching could ignite any hitter, but Miller hasn’t been bad all year.

Blake Snell – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  This is a combination of gut, confirmation bias and other words I learned in Psych 101, but I get the feeling Snell will take a modest step back next year, then be an ace in 2018.  That feels like the path of 95% of starters.  95% is also an off-the-cuff, no-actual-math number.

J.A. Happ – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.16.  I saw that start, and his ERA, and I was like, “Damn, I’m gonna look at his player page and get blown away like Nicole Eggert in the movie Blown Away, and wonder why I don’t own Happ in every league.”  Yeah, that didn’t happen.  Last year, his ERA was 3.61, and he had a better year than he’s having now.  I’d continue to use the Stream-o-Nator on him.  By the way, don’t Google what Nicole Eggert looks like now.  Though, when I say that, it likely makes you more prone to.  Sorry.

Aaron Sanchez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Guys and five girl readers, we’re in August and his ERA is 2.71 with awful matchups all year.

Troy Tulowitzki – Hit his 18th homer, but left the game with a chip fracture of his thumb.  Tulo would be the first person to hurt himself while living inside a bubble.  Imagine his father was like the crazy dad from The Wolfpack, who didn’t let his kids out in the real world for the first 18 years of their life.  The dad would’ve needed an online medical degree from WebMD (an acceptable diploma in Arkansas).

Wade Miley – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.98 on Saturday, then traded to the Orioles on Sunday.  Miley should fit in perfectly in Baltimore because most of their starters also suck.  Find your level, Miley!

Jonathan Schoop – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .287 as he hit out of the eight hole.  *shakes fist*  Showalter!!!

David Dahl – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer on Saturday.  I told you to buy Dahl in my David Dahl fantasy on Friday.  Today, I’m saying, well, I’m saying I told you to buy him.  That’s clear, no?

Jose Reyes – Hit the DL with an intercostal strain.  What’s crazy is the Mets took on a PR nightmare that was way past his sell-by date all because they’ve run out of ways to try and get Wilmer Flores out of lineup.  The same Wilmer Flores who does nothing except produce better than all the scab replacements the Mets have tried to play over him for the last two years.  Yes, I’m in the Wilmer Flores Fan Club, which is sponsored by Kleenex.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Out with a strained patella tendon.  This should guarantee playing time for Wilmer Flores, but, knowing the Mets, they’ll see if they can bring back Rafael Santana out of retirement.

Neil Walker – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Not entirely sure where he went from May thru June, but he’s hitting near-.500 in the last week.  Own him before he gets cold again.  Or OHBHGCA, as it’s popularly abbreviated.

Felix Hernandez – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 3.46.  Sad to see a once-great ace totally lose his shizz, but, let’s be bruce, F-Her has lost his shizz.

Robinson Cano – 1-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .298.  Though, I guess F-Her could find his shizz again like Cano.  Though, Part II, Another One of Thoughs:  Hitters tend to find their shizz again, whereas pitchers just sorta fade.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .288.  He might be the only guy that hits 35 homers this year that at no point gets crazy hot.  If he still gets crazy hot at some point, he might hit 40.

Nomar Mazara – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  On a related note, I gave up on Gallo in one league.  I need players that are going to play every day and, between Mazara, Gallo, Mitch Moreland (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer), I’m not getting that PT I’m so crazy about.

Lucas Harrell – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners (3 BBs), 2 Ks, ERA down to 3.57.  I interrupted my dog, Ted, from listening to J. Cole to get his take on Lucas Harrell, here’s the latest Ted Talks.

Jarrod Dyson – 0-for-2, 1 run and two steals (15, 16).  Over the last four years, in less at-bats, Dyson has stolen either the same amount of bases in the 2nd half or more.  Cust kayin’.

Billy Burns – Acquired by Royals, but was sent down to the minors.  When will he return?  That’s the Burns’ing question.

Wade Davis – Hit the DL with a right flexor strain.  This was the 2nd time he’s been DL’d this month with an arm issue.  Dr. James Andrews must be on a vacation in Monaco, otherwise Davis would’ve had Tommy John surgery already.  By the way, I never looked at a picture of Dr. James Andrews before.  He looks like Jack Lemmon!  Dr. James Andrews’ favorite modified movie quote is, “You can’t always be closing if your elbow tendon is ripped.”  Obviously, Kelvin Herrera should be owned for saves.

  1. Abdoozy says:
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    Two absolutely true statements on August 1 that were absolutely unthinkable on January 1:
    1. Trump is the GOP nominee
    2. Bryce Harper is killing my roto team

  2. For an Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    ha, clippard goes back home.

    anybody confused on how melancon nets just a couple of cost controled RP (one of which is a prospect RP), while chapman nets a pretty large haul. i’m aware that chapman is better,but i mean they are both 1 inning pitcher rentals here. miller at least has time left on contract at good price. his haul i understand (not that i’d give up all that stuff for one inning guy myself), at least relatively.

    • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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      @For an Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron: ridiculous difference between those two prospect hauls. I guess K’s pay and everybody loves someone who can break radar guns. Probably more a real life difference between those two, compared to fantasy baseball where they’re close enough that it wouldn’t take much more to acquire chapman than melancon

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: for real life even chapman doesn’t have any kind of high WAR, that’s what 1 inning pitchers are worth, not really that much.

  3. Slimbo says:
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    do you think cody allen is droppable in a 12 team keep forever dynasty?

    could grab belt off the wire with my #2 waiver?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slimbo: Yeah, grab Belt

  4. Dave says:
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    Bruce Bochy, trolling everybody masterfully: has Bumgarner pinch-hit for Cain after 5 innings; of course, Bumgarner hits a double to right field. Then Bochy has JEFF SAMARDZIJA OF ALL PEOPLE pinch-run for Bumgarner; Shark comes around to score, Giants win.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Dave: Bochy is an idiot..What if Bum got plunked and is out for the year or if Smard blows out a wheel running the bases..He has bench bats for that..

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Some people don’t live life in fear expecting the worst. They’re professional athletes. “What if” they get hurt pitching? Just as likely to happen as any other part of the game. Should they avoid pitching as well?

      • JashFath

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        @Malicious Phenoms: Using the pitchers saves bench bats for later innings, kind of like a long-relief role, but on offense. Bum can rake, Shark can run (former WR).

        In an effort to not fall out of the “most-savvy manager” race, Joe Maddon used Travis Wood in LF last night, and then did not bring him back on the mound after putting him in left, which makes no sense. That is the ultimate troll job.

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          @JashFath:
          Pretty sure wood came back to the mound last night

        • Dave says:
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          @JashFath: Oops, I forgot about Shark’s days at Notre Dame!

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: i’d be funnier than shit if their ace broke his hand one of those times pinch hitting. esp in playoffs.

      • Dave says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Yeah, risky using Bum to bat…I really think Bochy just does it as a show of respect/tip of the cap type deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave: Ha, yup

  5. JakeTPE says:
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    Hi Grey. Hope you had a nice weekend and happy trade deadline day!

    You and JB were all over Skaggs after that rehab start. Now two solid starts against good offenses. Hope people got on that.

    A player we like, whose name rhymes with dope, has endured a brutal stretch the past week or so (1-20), which may have prompted his manager to move him down the order. Let’s hope he gets things back on track.

    I do have a SAGNOF bullpen question for you and Smokey but I’ll save it for tomorrow in case Madson gets dealt today, further muddying the waters. So until then–

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Nice write-up.

    a. On the Happ blurb, never end a sentence with a preposition! Ha, just kidding. Sorry, I just had to.

    b. Found this gem after I saw Tyler Skaggs pitch.

    …..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLkCWT2neuI……

    Then it hit me, I could adapt the song….

    ‘Hello, Tyler Skaggs. Goodbye heart.
    Sweet Tyler Skaggs I’m so in love with you.’

    Then it hit me that all fantasy owners could take player X with 3 syllables in their name and Frank Voila. Like you……

    ‘Hello, Gian-car-lo. Goodbye heart.
    Sweet Gian-car-lo I’m so in love with you.’

    Not bad, right?

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (August 1)

    Radio announcer: This is wink news radio. The SEC and FBI have frozen Howard Burgess’ assets and are moving closer to a trial date In his embezzlement charges.
    Airport officer #1: Where you headed?
    Airport officer #2: Hangar four. Brazilian model’s flying in to surprise her athlete boyfriend.
    Airport officer #1: Rough life, right?
    Airport officer #2 : Noticed that limo’s parked in a restricted area.
    Airport officer #1: I’ll call hq. (over radio): 22 to central. I’ve got some suspicious activity going on over here At hangar four, call for back-up.
    Airport officer #2: Stop the plane! He’s stealing the plane! Shut it down! Central, I need that back-up now! (sirens wailing) (engine whooshing)
    Airport Security: Turn off your engine! Stop the plane right now! Stay where you are, or I will shoot! (gunshot) (brakes screeching)
    Bounty Hunter: I can’t believe you shot at me.
    Airport Security: What the hell were you planning on doing With Howard Burgess’ airplane?
    Bounty Hunter: Howard Burgess? I don’t know him.
    Airport Security: Right. Burgess is all over the news. Maybe you wanted to steal a piece of history. This is professional asset seizure. Keep your hands where I can see them! Slow, slow.
    Slow!
    Bounty Hunter: I’ve got my Authorization paper and my recovery agent’s license.
    Airport Security: You’re a repo guy for private jets?
    Bounty Hunter: Exactly. This guy, Howard Burgess, Is six months behind on his payments. I’m just transporting it to its rightful owner.
    Airport Security: I don’t care what you’re doing, You boarded this aircraft illegally. Turn around. (handcuffs clicking) What’s that smell? Did you stir the tanks in the toilet? Smells like a dead body. Better get PD out here.
    (gurgling in distance) Tripp: Ooh, that’s not pretty.
    (gurgling) (flushing) Horatio: Well, what do you know, Frank? Howard Burgess.
    Tripp: Scammed half of miami out of their life savings.
    Tripp: A lot of people think he ought to be right there, me included.
    Horatio: Why you? Crooked bastard soaked my 401k for ten grand.
    Tripp: What I don’t understand is, Big-time money guys like this always get a house arrest. Full surveillance till the trial is over.
    Horatio: Yeah, so the question is, did somebody break him out, (cue the queue of sunglasses) Or set him up for murder?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Ha B. Nice! C. Cue the queue!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Questions?

        In a 12-team RCL am on pace for 176 GS (so -4GS if I stayed with the same pace) with 114 GS used up, 66 GS left.

        Start the following for this week? (I might be out of range so need to make my plan today for the week).

        Monday August 1
        a. Duffy @TB versus Archer (I’m not liking this start b/c I’m chasing wins and Archer has been hot of late).
        b. Berrios @CLE versus Salazar (Again, not liking the start against a daunting opponent).

        Tuesday August 2
        a. Bumgarner @PHI (Almost 100%)
        b. Shoemaker at home versus OAK (Almost 80%)

        Wednesday August 3
        a. Fulmer at home versus the WhiteSux (Almost 80%)
        b. Guerra @SD (Almost 90%)

        Friday August 5
        a. Lester @OAK (Almost 90%)
        b. Tailon at home versus CIN (Almost 90%)

        I should be back by Friday afternoon. There could be massive random SNAFU, so need to prepare for the worst!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start Duffy, Bum, Shoemaker, Fulmer, Guerra, Lester, Taillon

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Thanks, man! Appreciate it!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

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    I really can’t recall anything in recent fantasy baseball history that has had quite the precipitous fall in the skillset of an elite, in-their-prime baseball player as Jose Abreu without a single injury to speak of.
    Can anyone think of anything comparable?
    It was only a couple years ago there was a Grantland article talking about a young Cuban slugger that was mythically, and seemingly hyperbolically, proclaiming that he could be better than Miguel Cabrera. Then he comes Stateside and actually upholds those outrageous claims in his very first year. Hell, we called him the Cuban Frank Thomas on this site.

    Now he’s barely replacement level. Brad fucking Miller has 6 more home runs than him.
    Truly bizarre.

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @muskysmell: Musky!

      Have similar issues with Abreu. Just pitiful. I benched him this week in my H2H weekly matchup, moving Myers to 1B and Polanco to the U. (It’s a 10-team league, every team is super stacked). So hopefully this will wake him up and he can stay hot for August/September. I doubt it though.

      As to your query, Vernon Wells comes to mind. It was near the end, but still he disappeared rather quickly.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @muskysmell: 2016 Justin Upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @muskysmell: I know, it’s mysterious, and painful

    • William Hung says:
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      @muskysmell: Garrett Atkins, Hank Blalock…

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @muskysmell: Could have a nagging injury that he’s playing through. Doesn’t take much to mess up your timing at the plate.

  8. muskysmell says:
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    On a related note, 3 of my players this week, Forsythe, Harper, and Bregman combined for 6-65.

    Luckily, I had guys like Abreu and Ramos step up with a 9-46 combined line to really “step up” in my time of need.

  9. Nick says:
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    Keeper team!

    as Cody Allen will give me Holds , i dropped Blanton
    Closers are KJansen, Hwan Oh , Dyson
    Holders : HRondon Allen

    would you add Skaggs, Berrios over Trevor Bauer, Mc Carthy, HSantiago ?
    other Starters are : Archer Salazar Taillon
    with Hill and TJWalker on DL

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Nick: Id want both in a keeper league over any of those guys. If i was planning on keeping them. Skaggs should be owned this year regardless

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Bye Felica: What Felicia said…DO IT!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Skaggs over Santiago, Berrios over McCarthy if playing for future, for now, I’d hold

  10. Q says:
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    Out of it this year. Would you trade an $18 Cargo for a $3 Aaron Sanchez? Next years prices, obviously

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Q: If he is traded from Colorado, I would do it, if not hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Agree with MP, if need to move now before CarGo’s traded, hold

  11. Mike says:
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    Another great read, you handsome fella!

    I was just embarrassed by a guy I should’ve smoked and now I’m fighting for a playoff spot. I have a VERY tough few weeks coming up and am not opposed to shaking things up in my lineup. Anyone you see that I could shop or replace? I can certainly plug holes via the waiver wire. Keep in mind, I’m in a 4 player keeper leauge:

    C: sandy Leon
    1B: solarte
    2B: LeMahieu
    3B: manny
    SS: Corey seager
    2b/SS: E. Nunez
    1B/3B: Longo
    OF: trout, Harper, Cespedes, ODB, Saunders, Dahl and Hernan Perez

    P: deGrom, Fulmer, Velasquez, Steven wright, Darvish, Cole Hamels, DeSclafani, Snell(streamer), rich hill, Betances, dyson and Casilla.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Ha, thanks! No idea what your team looks like, surprised if it’s really a 7 OF team…Wright can likely get dropped, but don’t know what’s available either

  12. Wild Thing says:
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    Archer and Clint Frazier or McCullers? Factoring in the rest of the season (my team is 12-5) and next year if you can’t keep Archer so in year two it’s essentially Frazier for McCullers after this year. Thanks… And even more thanks for helping me to 12-5!

  13. Bigfoot's Dick says:
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    Thanks for sending your approval of my Abreu for Napoli trade, Grey. Your karmatic powers facilitated Nap’s two homers and 5 rbi in his first two games on my team. Cheers!

  14. J_Ceol says:
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    I’m just happy the Tribe didn’t strike a pose and just sit “Indian style” like you said.. Damn Lucroy though..! Here’s a doozie in an AL Only ROTO League:

    Odor and Upton for Pedroia, Pearce, Reddick, Moreland, Herrera, and Pineda

    Or Odor and Upton for Xander, Reddick, and Pineda…

    My roster has holes as you can reference below.. Let me know if you would still do bottom one more or not!

    C- JMcCann
    1B- Pujols
    2B- Kipnis
    3B- Frazier
    SS- n/a (lost Nunez)
    MI- Odor
    OF- Eaton
    OF- Betts
    OF- JUpton
    OF- JDyson
    OF- Avisail Garcia
    DH- Aoki
    UT- Sano
    UT- JAbreu
    BNCH- Valbuena

    P- Verlander
    P- Quintana
    P- Stroman
    P- Porcello
    P- Shoemaker
    P- DRobertson
    P- CAllen
    P- JAHapp
    P- Gregerson

    BNCH- Kimbrel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J_Ceol: I’d take Xander in 2nd

      • J_Ceol says:
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        @Grey: Even with all the holes? I gotta find a different guy to grab than Reddick meow

  15. Jimbob says:
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    Pick 2

    Wacha @ Cincy
    Porcello @ sea
    [email protected] stl
    Liriano home Cincy

    Leaning porcello and Teheran although not liking it

    Also Devon Travis or Dee Gordon

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimbob: None of them…. Porcello, Teheran…Gordon

  16. Razor Shines says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Who would you rather own long-term in AL-only dynasty: Profar or Bradley Jr?

  17. Oranje says:
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    Which 2 should I start Mazara, Cain, Heyward?

    With D-Rob and Ramos as my starters I am considering picking up Betances for depth. I have Cishek on the bench but is Betances worth the add/drop for the ROS?

    Thanks.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Oranje: How the bleep is Betrances a FA in ANY league?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Further perplexion, how can he have time to mull it over without worrying about anyone else in the league having picked him up already?

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Cram It: it is baffling.

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @Cram It: It is confusing. Would assume only serious FBBallers would be on here but, seems like quite a bit of newbies or free public leaguers.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Chicken Dinner: Free public leagues should have their own self help group.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oranje: Not Heyward… Betances over Cishek

  18. Bye Felica says:
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    How about that new Interface on Yahoo?

    Leave it to Yahoo to make 1000’s of people want to quit playing fantasy sports.

    *Based off app reviews

    *Yes it’s bad

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Bye Felica: It happens all the time. People should be used to it by now.

      The only constant in life is change.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bye Felica: TBH, I haven’t noticed anything

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bye Felica: Though, I use it maybe every few weeks

  19. Rusty Arms says:
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    Morning Grey. Happ. Skaggs. Junior. Gray. Please arrange them in order of preference. Thanks again

  20. Rabbit says:
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    Every time I see Kelvin Herrera’s name in print I feel the urge to correct the first name to Kelvim. All those years of owning the perennially under-the-radar Kelvim Escobar had their effect on me, I guess. Lord, “Kelvin”, what sense does that name make? Absolute Zero, I’d say.

    • VinWins

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      @Rabbit: Science! Nice.

  21. G says:
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    Hey Grey. My league counts saves and holds and I’m looking to bolster myself in saves and another team is giving up on saves and looking to strengthen his hold situation. Team in my league initially offered me Cishek for Herrera. With Wade Davis injury I put a hold on dealing Herrera and I don’t have a lot of faith in Cishek with Diaz waiting to take the job. Fortunately this Same team also has Diaz, and also has Watson on pirates who he’s willing to involve in a trade. He seems to like my Rondon but is open to offers. What kind of trade do you suggest? Should i just go for Cishek and Diaz in exchange for two of my holds guys. These are my closers.

    Melancon
    Madson
    Herrera
    Rondon
    Broxton
    Raisel Iglesias
    Thornburg

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: I’d take Cishek for Madson

      • G says:
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        @Grey:

        But he seems to want a holds guy.. Would you add one of my holds guys along with Madson for Cishek and Diaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Sorry, I realize now that isn’t great… Cishek, Diaz for Raisel and Rondon?

  22. Stu says:
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    Weekly set lineup points league:

    Which 2 should I start?

    Naquin, Baez, Turner, Bregman

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Stu: Sit the 2 guys whose names start with the letter B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stu: There’s more than one Turner

      • Stu says:
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        @Grey: ahh so there is, trea turner.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Turner, Naquin

  23. Jeff says:
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    stick with Gattis or pick up Grandal?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jeff: I’d go Grandal for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Grandal

  24. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I started Felix in Wrigley v the Cubs, cause:

    1.I have large ones..
    2.I need K’s and wins..

    Some how they blow a 6-0 lead, with the help of Cishit, who I own, continuing to suck lately.
    I go from a win AND a save, to messed up ratios!

    I LOATHE CLOSERS!!

  25. Boy Wonder says:
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    14 team H2H redraft mixed. K/9 is a stat

    Would you drop Robbie Ray or Andrew Cashner for Ken Giles?

    Thanks!

    • Paul says:
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      @Boy Wonder: Is Ken Giles going to be the closer again?

      • Boy Wonder says:
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        @Paul: he’s not but who knows. Giles has been nasty since May 1 while Harris has been shaky lately

  26. JoeG414 says:
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    NYPD Blue Quote of the day :
    Det. Andy Sipowicz: Neera Muh – Muka – Yanno, you’d think when these people migrate, they’d take pronounceable names.
    Det. Bobby Simone: Like “Sipowicz”?

  27. The JoGarza says:
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    Good morning, Grey

    Big trade in my limited keeper. 12-team H2H OBP where I’m in it to win it. My current SP are: Kershaw, Aaron Sanchez, Hendricks, DeSclafani, Z.Davies, Nola, Shields and Iwakuma.

    I think I still need SP bc I’m positive Iwakuma and Shields (maybe even Nola, whom I just traded for), will be in the pool soon.

    I’ve been offered: Rizzo, Machado, Scherzer, Carrasco (16th)
    For
    Arenado (8th) and Springer (16th)

    If a player has number next to his name, that’s his 2017 keeper round. If he doesn’t, means he cannot be kept. As is obvious, I’m giving up some elite keeper value in order to go for it this year. What do you think?

    I’m currently in first place with a good offense, so it’s not like I’m scratching to make the playoffs. I just have legitimate concerns about my SP

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @The JoGarza: If you want to win this year, than take that trade, you are getting what you need in the two SP’s.

  28. Paul says:
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    Need pitching help
    My staff is currently Lester, Maeda, Guerra, Hellickson, Kazmir, Snell, Shields, Nola, and Severino (i’m hoping he becomes a starter again), with relievers Dyson, Chapman, and Casilla

    Guys on waivers that I can add Mchugh, ventura, Fiers, Cashner, Paxton, Dickey, E. Santana, De Leon ( i bet they trade for someone), A. Bradley, C. Rodon, P. Corbin, J. Garcia, S. Miller, D. Smyly, AJ Griffin

    is Colby Lewis also worth a DL stash I currently have no one on mine?

    Any possible add drops with these players?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Forget Colby…. Shields, Nola, Severino are streamers…. Everyone on waivers is streamers…I’d look at matchups

  29. HeMan says:
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    I was offered Cain for my Villar. Pull the trigger?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @HeMan: Who’d be your SS?

      • HeMan says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Just Busted says:
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    Great article!
    I am in 3rd place in a yahoo H2H 5×5 league and am looking to tighten up for the final push. I have had Justin Upton all season…time to cut? Options that would help my team are backups like Grandal behind the plate (I have Contreras only) or Maybe Gyorko for Utility and to back up Rizzo (only 1B player on my team) Valencia is out there as well. What are your thoughts? THANKS!

    I LOVE the smell of mustache wax in the morning!

  31. Adam says:
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    Hey Grey. who do you like better in a dynasty league: Gallo or Urias? Thanks as always!

  32. the swinging says:
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    I’m surprised you didn’t add Sean Manaea to your Friday buys. He’s a guy capable of big ks and has decent command. At this point in the season I think you could do worse off the free agent list. Think there’s decent upside with manaea.

  33. Syn says:
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    Great stuff as usual. I come into work in the morning grab a coffee in the cafe, sit at my desk and this is the first site I pull up! With that said I could use some help in the pitching department. I do have the lead in save category by a healthy 20 points (Colome, K-Rod, Dyson, and I picked up Bettances) so I am thinking I can wheel and deal a few of these guys since the rest of my 10 man league are all in the mix in this category and trading points daily. was in first for majority of the season now I am slowly dipping down.

    I need HR/RBI/W/K, Rest of my lineup looks like Leon, Rizzo, Altuve, Donaldson, Nunez, Beltran, Cespedes, Blackmon, Baez, Polanco, JDMartinez

    Thor, Cueto, Gray, Duffy, archer, Pineda, Taillon, Santiago and of course closers I listed above. What do ya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Syn: Thanks! Trade K-Rod and Dyson if you can for a better/different SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Syn: Can throw Nunez in a trade with the closers too

      • Syn says:
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        Thanks for the advice. Shooting for Seager but also looking at Villar. Both owners need Saves. I’d prefer Seager, is Villar really that big of an upgrade at SS?

        • Grey

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          They’re pretty close

          • Syn says:
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            Thanks so I can def do nunez/krod/dyson for seager. Do you think I am giving up to much with Nunez in the deal, especially with his SB? I am 2nd in SB (2 sb away from first) but have some guys coming up on me. He would prob do the deal with just those two closers for Seager. I’d have to clear a spot for JD if he ever comes off the DL anyways though. Thx for all the insight,

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope

  34. TOGMAN says:
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    12team H2H 6×6 OPS, QS. 3 OF, 2 Util.

    Realmuto, Votto, Dozier, Frazier, C. Seager, Trout, Marte, Desmond, Pujols, Turner
    Bench: Herrera

    Syndergaard, Fulmer, Matz, Velasquez, DeSclafani, Taillon
    Cishek, Colome, Gomez, Maurer, Watson

    Should I drop my bench bat Herrera for either S. Manaea, Skaggs or Straily?

    Should I drop a closer for a SP?

  35. chad says:
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    h2h 12 team league (currently in back of pack)
    Should i deal
    Trumbo, Kluber and Salazar
    for
    Correa, Springer and Tanaka

    Current Roster:
    C- d’Arnaud
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Schoop
    SS- Anderson
    3B- Seager
    OF- Marte, Trumbo, Bradley Jr
    UTIL- Franco, Bregman
    BN- Heyward

    SP- Cueto, Tanaka, Salazar, Kluber, Matz, McCullers, DeScalafani, Rodon
    RP- Street, Maurer, Boxberger, Giles

  36. KarlJ says:
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    I have an owner in my league that does that to me all of the time ( sends me messages asking me to figure out trades) ” Hey what do you want for Verlander? What do you want for both Verlander and Colome?” Sometimes he will throw in a random statement like “Keep in mind I only need Colome until Kimbrel comes off of the DL” which means don’t ask for any of my better players
    We should have a glossary term for someone that tries to initiate trades but is too lazy to take the time to make a decent trade offer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KarlJ: So annoying! Be surprised how often you get this in these ‘pert leagues…

    • Cram It says:
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      @KarlJ: I don’t mind the “What do you want for…?” questions as long as it’s part of an actual trade offer. It lets you know who they want. Otherwise the inquirer might get a counter offer NOT including the player he actually wants.

  37. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Hope you had a great weekend! That opening blurb was hilarious. I took the Indians to win the World Series back in April so I’m still holding out hope that they and Lucroy find a way to bury the hatchet. Also you give me a reason to watch an all time classic Seinfeld episode..

  38. Huddy says:
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    Great read, thanks. Need 2 of 3 this week, who would you sit between JUpton (vs Sale, Thor, DeGrom) Franco (vs Cueto, Bumgarner and SD) or DPeralta (vs Strasberg, Sherzer, Brewers)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Huddy: Thanks! Upton

  39. datdudebp says:
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    Contreras or Grandal (sorry to drop a catcher question on ya)?

    • J-Money says:
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      @datdudebp: Nice, same question here. Have had Contreras since his call up but made the switch last night and added Grandal.

  40. CMUTimmah says:
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    “Tyler Naquin – 2-for-3, 2 runs, hitting .335, hitting near-.450 in the last week. The power has come down, but he’s still one of the hottest bats in the game. “Hottest bats in the game” is a phrase you never want to hear outside of a baseball context.”

    What about Bat Girl? Or cooked bat? It could be a delicacy somewhere.

  41. Robert says:
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    Myers, Norris, Solarte, Ramirez, Mauer, Edwin Jackson! Yes there’s a few Padres fans around, hoping they will be the 2020 version of the Cubs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Yeah, just not with any of those guys

  42. Giolito says:
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    Drop schimpf for grichuk, Moreland, Genett, Adonis, Espinosa, Vargas, cozart, Margot

    Or hold until everything clears up a little bit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giolito: Moreland, but could change after a trade

      • Giolito says:
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        @Grey: what now with Beltran coming to Rangers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What?

          • Giolito says:
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            @Grey: still Moreland?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes

  43. Giolito says:
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    Start Paxton vs Boston?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Giolito: I am………Due to two starts this week. I’ll be sending the positive vibe with you if you do.

      • Giolito says:
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        @Grey: he has no one going today and I have Salazar today and price, carrasco, darvish tomorrow

        Smart to sit Paxton and Duffy today In a leave that counts losses and homers given up?

        • Grey

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          I’d start Duffy

  44. 740 says:
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    wsup Grey,

    10team h2h 6×5

    please pick one. Gattis, Martin, Grandal

    thank u very much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Grandal

  45. Will says:
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    Dull, Feliz, Barrett, or Giles?

    I am looking for the best option for saves, but not at the expense of K’s, ERA and WHIP. Who is the best option for counting stats and then to add saves?

    I currently have Giles and am enjoying his stats since late June, but I would like to add someone with more value.

    • Will says:
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      @Will: or Thornburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: Giles counting stats, Feliz possible saves

  46. peacecoast says:
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    pitching killing me still grey

    drop rodon and mchugh for 2 of bundy, davies, smyly?

  47. Joe says:
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    I got an empty slot. Would you add Tomas, H.Perez, or Dickerson to fill it? Normally I’d pass on Hernan but I might be in need of a SAGNOF.

    Also, are Pineda or DeLeon still worth rostering?

    12-team h2h 5×5 redraft
    C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Odor, 3B – Frazier, SS – Machado, OF – Kepler, Polanco, Pence, DH – Morales, Bench – Bregman, JD Martinez (DL)
    SP – Carrasco, Price, Gray, Shoemaker, McCarthy, Pineda, De Leon
    RP – Chapman, Cishek, Estevez, Watson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Hernan…. Forget those SPs

  48. Johnc says:
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    what did I do to piss off our friend Mr. Streamanator? I had the red hot Ervin in my streaming queue ready to pick up v CWS cuz they can’t hit, it is a home game (Grey’s adage) and he going against Rodon. The trifecta is staring me in the eye!
    I do a quick confirmation on Stream and it is like Meh. But he loves him some Pineda! On the road, up and down season and, his team is blah…..what do I do? Well, I lose wins and losses by one in our H2H league cuz I went with the human piñata. I look in he mirror and chant: use your flippin’ common sense!
    And finally, Mr. Robot was terrific in its first year. I was so looking forward to season two….about to drop it and check the waiver wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnc: Sorry it didn’t work yesterday

      • John says:
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        @Grey:

        No worries. Not even bots are perfect. And in the end,we all own our decisions. Just fun to type it all out LOL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  49. Hugo S LaVia says:
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    Racist, bigoted. Or maybe you just don;t like Native Americans?
    How does a POS like you get to be a writer?
    Oh, yeah, the internet. The internet is to good journalism as Applebee’s is to fine cuisine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hugo S LaVia: Can’t be worse than calling a team Redskins

    • Cram It says:
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      @Hugo S LaVia: Welcome, join the pow-wow.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Hugo S LaVia: If you censor one, you must censor all. If that happens say goodbye subjectivity. Say goodbye to YOUR opinions. Are you willing/ dumb enough to make that sacrafice? Stop trying to change others when the problem lies within yourself.

  50. Funny Name says:
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    Dahl 10-27 with 2 HRs, and has yet to play in Coors.

  51. Matty says:
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    What is the general Razz-community consensus on Steven Wright? We’ve played a month of summer baseball and his numbers have gotten worse as would be expected for a knuckleballer in the heat.
    Will we see a stabilization of his stats? Or are we at the precipice?

    • Grey

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      @Matty: I’d lose him

  52. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Hope you had a good weekend. The trading deadline is also coming up in my 10-team, H2H, keeper league and I’m selling off some pieces. I have Polanco, Naquin, and Mazara in my OF and need to keep one and throw another into a deal, so two-part question: (1) which outfielder would you want to keep for the future, (2) which outfielder would be most attractive to an opposing owner THIS year, and if it’s the same player for both of the aforementioned questions how would you rank them as far as production in the future. Many thanks.

  53. Mike says:
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    Semein or Bergman ?
    This week only

  54. ganggreenn says:
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    Hey grey im only asking becase last year you waited too long to write about football rankings. My draft is soon should I sign antonio brown to 1 year 44$ or 2 years 53$, or 3 58$. Also jeremy hill for 1 year 6$ or 2years15$ or 3 years 20$, or longer just add 5$. Now Todd gurley 27$ for one year im not able to sign him to contract yetnot until next season. Should I keep those three or brandon marshall 31$, michael floyd 17$, devante parker 6$. I can only keep three. Who should I keep and for how long. So far Im going with antonio brown for two years, jeremy hill for 3 years, and gurly until I can sign him longterm. Im skeptical on hill I may just keep marshall or floyd. This is a 16 team league in which I own brown for a cheaper price then other top five recievers in my league. I got brown 3 years ago and its a steal in my league to own him for even 50$. He will go for 60$ if I let him go. Maybe more , likely people would pay more. Please help me out. Should I keep hill, marshall, or floyd. I can keep andrew luck as alternative also for 37$ 1 year or sign him longterm.

  55. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey. In my 10 team H2H (tracking QS and W), I have doubled my closers (2–>4) thanks to this weekend’s trading and now have Familia, Oh, Herrera, and Watson. I usually only like to keep 3 around at most in this format and use my other spots for SP / streaming. In light of this, what do you think of the below offers where I ditch a closer and get a better SP?

    1. His Carrasco (and J. Gomez, who I would try to shop around) for my Grienke and Familia

    2. His Carrasco for my Greinke and Watson

    3. His Kluber for my Grienke and Familia

    Thanks.

  56. ryanoger says:
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    Contreras or Russell Martin?

    Bench bat who do you like best Bregman or Pence?

    thanks man

  57. ashtray says:
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    I’m in a 14 team H2H keep 6 league and was offered a trade.

    Hitters – R HR RBI NSB OBP SLG
    Pitchers – QS SV HLD ERA WHIP K9

    I get:
    Stanton
    Solarte
    Felix Hernandez
    Kenley Jason

    I give:
    Harper
    Lamb

    I’m thinking the answer is no way in hell, right?

    This year is a lost and my 6 keeper candidates would be from this group:
    Harper
    Lamb
    Willson Contreras
    Mazara
    Dahl
    Bregman
    Beltre
    Joc
    Moncada
    Gallo
    Hosmer

    I really don’t have pitchers to keep (highest rated are David Phelps, Wade Davis, Tyler Skaggs, Addison Reed and have De Leon and Alex Reyes stashed) but, in this format, it can be cheated if I punt QS. Or, I can do the trade and have Felix and Jansen for next year.

  58. Rondo says:
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    In first place trying to sure up my squad for the playoffs in a H2H points league. Please pick top 3 from the list below that you would confidently ride into the playoffs with.

    Shoemaker, Matz, Skaggs, Duffy, Davies, Snell, Graveman, Gray, Nova, Ray, Conley

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rondo: Shoemaker, Skaggs, Duffy

  59. CMUTimmah says:
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    James McCann – Sure the recent HR surge is nice… and his profile shows eventually he will be a league average hitting catcher with 15-20 HRs…

    BUT watch this guy throw out baserunners! Holy crap does he have quick hands and a McCannon behind the dish. Threw out Springer from his knees yesterday with Springer having a pretty good jump on him.

    I know, I’m a level beyond “Fantasay baseball nerd.” I’m basically a full-on baseball dorknerd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: Haha, yeah, I saw some replays of him

  60. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team weekly 5×5. leading in HR and rbi. not so much in pitching. schoop for bum? would be replacing schhops bat with j-up.

  61. Phil of the Future says:
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    Yo, BB.
    How you doin, bud?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: You caught up yet?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, last night’s was so good… I love this show

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Nice. Yeah it’s pretty awesome. Reminds me that if I ever ended up in prison, I would kill myself.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d help the inmates with their fantasy teams, wait, I already do that!

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Their fantasy team may not be what you think.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: I have it queued up, haven’t started it. I guess now i’ll have to give it a watch

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: I will!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thank you for your friendship

  62. hankp says:
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    Grey
    Who do you like better ROS for MI in a 14 team 5×5, Bregman or Tim Anderson? Thanks!

  63. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Good Morning Grey! As usual, awesome start to the week!!

    I ended up using my waiver pick for Nunez. I’m sure that most everyone in my league knew I was going to use it and I almost didn’t put a claim in for him to see if I could still get him at 1:30am this morning. If I didn’t get him I would have just ended up adding Flores. However, I really could use the steals and top of the order run production. It took me TWO YEARS!! to get to the #3 spot, so Nunez better bring me home the regular season (50% of the $$). AND… I’ve been holding onto Pollock on my bench (no DL spot in our league), so he better bring me home the tourney (last 3 weeks of season and 20% of the $).

    Here’s my new lineup. I’m ready to take home another title.
    NL-Only H2H OBP

    CA Castillo
    1B GOLDY
    2B LeMahieu
    3B Franco
    SS Villar
    INF Gennett
    OF Ozuna, Piscotty, Duvall, Blash
    Util Nunez
    B Pollock
    SP Arrieta, Cole, Hendricks, Velasquez, Gray, McCarthy, Eickhoff, Ray
    RP J.J. , Barrett, Feliz

    A) I ended up dropping Owings for Blash because of his power upside and the Padres are going to give him an extended look in the OF with consistent PT. Was looking at Keon, but 3 Brewers??? C’Mon. Actually, I may give Broxton a look if the Blash Experiment blows up.

    B) I had to drop either Gennett or Adams for Nunez. No way I’m dropping my Scooter.

    C) I won 7-3 and the 1st place team went 3-7 and now I’m in first by 0.5 games. I would have beat him 8-2. I hate how that works. He’s due for a good week and I am doomed to a week of mediocrity or worse.

    Keep up the GreyT work!!

  64. Teddy Heater says:
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    Now that Barrett is the official closer, do you think Yahoo will change his photo? I’m not who the picture is, but I do know that Jake Barrett isn’t a Dominican looking dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: HA… Maybe a tanning bed mishap prior to the Yahoo pic?

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: The Night Of…….. Nice and slow burn, it always goes so fast, I’m like, that’s it? A lot like Bloodline as far as the pace. Getting ready to watch Mr Robot soon, Jimbo’s son swears by it and he sold me on it during golf this weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Mr. Robot is solid, watchable, it’s also confusing as hell and I’m not sure I understand half of it…. The Night Of is excellent and clear

    • Cram It says:
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      @Teddy Heater: I noticed that too when I picked him up in Yahoo a couple of weeks ago. I was like, I thought he was white, am I getting the right guy?

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Cram It: I did the same thing, I was like, hold on that’s not the right dude. Checked the name and team and rolled with it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  65. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    God knows Goldschmidt, Correa, Rizzo and Machado have been good to me this year and deserve a night off–but did they all have to take the same night off? They went 1 for 19 last night. Sheesh!

    If the Reds’ rumored Cozart and Bruce trades go down–or even if one of them do–Peraza’s probably a lock for 20 SBs down the stretch, no?

    Thanks!

  66. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Happy Monday Grey and Razzballers!

    12 team H2H 6X6 (QS)… No Holds

    RP: Allen (Boo!!!) / Dyson / Gomez / Ramos

    Available on wire: Maurer/ Bedrosoian / Giles / Johnson / Kintzler

    Team has been good on saves all season

    1) Drop Allen for an available RP? If so, who?

    2) Drop Allen for Streaming spot or bench bat?

  67. Jimbob says:
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    Bench upton this week for Devon Travis? Utility spot.

    Detroit facing sale, Quintana , Thor, and degrom

  68. Steve says:
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    Hold out hope Dickerson isn’t seriously injured after that ridiculous collision or drop for Benintendi and his playoff run upside?

    Also, hold Nate Jones or Bendrosian for speculative saves (banking on Robertson being moved)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: I think he is injured, but Benintendi? Bedrosian

  69. My Thread Count Is High says:
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    Recently added Dahl, flipped Pomeranz and RP Watson for Price(have Kimbrel returning today and hope Price out performs Pomeranz in the AL beast), thoughts on that trade?

    And finally I was lucky enough to add Dahl and Bregman. Would you be looking to hold both or flip them for a stud SP or stud SS? My concerns are: Will Dahl play everyday once Parra retuens? And should I be concerned Bregmans not hitting with Gurriel’s call up looming in a few weeks? Roster is below:

    ESPN 12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS daily moves and 4 keepers per season

    C Posey
    1B Cabrera
    2B Daniel Murphy
    3B Seager
    SS A. Russell
    OF Trout
    OF Bruce
    OF Polanco
    UTIL SS Bregman
    UTIL 2B/SS/3B Baez
    Bench OF/3B/DH Sano
    Bench OF Dahl
    DL OF Choo

    SP Salazar
    SP Shoemaker
    RP Jansen
    RP Melancon
    P Price
    P Pineda
    P DeSclafani
    P Snell
    Bench SP Manaea
    Bench SP Skaggs
    Bench RP(DL)Kimbrel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @My Thread Count Is High: Nice trade! I’d trade Bregman of the two, but coudl see moving either if I got a good enough price, not like they’re keepers there

      • My Thread Count Is High says:
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        @Grey: Yeah we can only keep 4 players per year and they are kept at the round drafted value for a max of 3 years. I had a guy offer me Cutch(whos had a down year and I wouldnt keep him because Trout is my 1st rd keeper) and Segura, IF I moved Bregman would you be looking for O or another arm for this roster. The same guy only has Walker, Eickhoff, Moore and SP’s of that ilk but would package them with Segura. Thanks in advance for the knowledge.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t love it

          • My Thread Count Is High says:
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            @Grey: Yeah kinda how I felt about it…

  70. JoeG414 says:
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    Give Bundy a shot tomorrow at home vs Tex ? Could use the Win and K’s .

  71. Nightmare says:
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    Your write ups kill me GreyLord. I watch mr robot as well and have no friggin clue who Elliot even is.
    Anyways who do u value more rest of season

    1) Cueto or Arrieta
    2)Just Dong or Braun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s the kind of show that couldn’t even be spoiled, b/c I’d have no idea what you were talking about… I barely understand the recaps of a show I just watched… Arrieta…Dong

  72. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Are you dropping Pomeranz for any of these guys:

    Lackey, Matz, Guerra or stream the last spot?

    This is my last starter spot in a 10 team roto league with save/holds instead of saves. Rest of my pitching staff is:

    SP: Strasburg, Salazar, Duffy, McCullers, Darvish
    RP: Ramos, Osuna, Casilla, Reed, Oh, Herrera

    Thanks, homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Much appreciated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  73. Rick says:
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    Skaggs is on the wire would you drop Paxton or Matz to pickup? Or should I drop one of my closers Casilla or Colome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pax

  74. Jon says:
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    Which prospect do you suggest I add in a 10 team dynasty league?

    Renfroe, Winker, Mateo, Vogelbach, Adames, Jimenez, Rosario, Fisher

    Looking for highest upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winker

  75. J-FOH says:
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    I have a feeling Royce! will be coming by to name four Padres

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone did above

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: okay good for them but royce is our friend and he lives…oh never mind.

        • royce! says:
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          @J-FOH: Buchter, Quackenbush, Maurer, and Hand!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

  76. Rice says:
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    I would normally have J-Up in my UTL spot (can’t wait for JD to come back), but as we’ve seen from multiple comments above he has a tough week in front of him.

    Would you start:

    Bregman – 7 home games (4 vs Tor and 3 vs Tex)

    or

    Mazara – 6 road games (3 @ Bal and 3 @ Hou)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz

  77. joe says:
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    guys like Naquin, Mazara and Skaggs on the wire. Make any changes to grab them or hold? in a standard roto. Need R/AVG/W

    C: Rupp
    1B: edwin
    2B: trea
    3b: Frazier
    SS: Seager
    OF: Betts, Giancarlo, Khris Davis
    UTIL: Villar, Duvall
    BN: Baez, J Turner, Franco

    SP: Price, Salazar, Hendricks, Talion, Shoemaker, Fulmer
    RP: Ramos, Colome, Estevez, Madson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs over Turner

  78. Jeff says:
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    Hey Grey –

    How would you rank the following ROS?:
    Bauer, Berrios, Skaggs, Bradley, Taillon

    Thanks,
    Jeff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs, Bauer, Taillon

  79. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    I can only start one this week:

    Gio Gonzo at home vs. SF
    Tallion @ Atl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gio

  80. Dan says:
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    Do you think Jake Barrett runs away from with 9th inning in Arizona? Do you see Gomez being moved at the deadline, opening the door for Neris?

    I was a Papelbon, Allen, and Rondon owner… brutal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No on Gomez…Yes on Barrett

  81. Adam says:
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    Would u drop will Harris to pick up Herrera (KC)
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  82. Adam says:
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    Need a catcher
    GRandal,Gattis,Castillo ROS??
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandal

  83. nick the dick says:
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    Yo Geezy, kinda apples and plums with the red in the middle, but would you try Hernan over Gallo or Bregman in my 10 team redraft?…throw a track in? Sure, why not…
    https://youtu.be/33DM2i1Hv70

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Perez over Gallo…Damn, you went old school here

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: It felt neccessary…we straight dropping Allen too? Tito said he would use them both, but really we ain’t got no time for that. Another ? Another track.
        https://youtu.be/A-9mtj6IKOo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, lose Allen… Who’s Demigodz?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Ap and Celph’s group, them Esoteric, other guys you wouldn’t have heard of. This is old album, 02′ ish. Album probably 2 years ago was solid

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, nice, still listening to them right now

            • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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              @nick the dick: You still have so much to teach Grey.

              New Ryu September 9th.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hyun-Jin Ryu?

                • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                  @Grey: He may have a new cyborg arm by that time, upping his velocity to an astounding 92mph this year.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: We’re carving Mount Rushmore here. Chip away…chip away…

                • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                  @nick the dick: Haha, nice.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: who is demigodz…Okay shut it down right now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, what?

  84. kendall jackson says:
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    So it turns out Matt Wieters sucks. In a 12 team redraft league are there any other catchers you think are available that I should target? Maybe some prospects that are getting called up soon? Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, probably

      • kendall jackson says:
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        @Grey:

        THANKS!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  85. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph LIfshitz says:
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    Looks like Musgrove will get the start tonight vs. Toronto. Not sure I’m streaming him there.

    Bruce looks headed to the Mets, Nimmo going the other way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice trade by Reds

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Grey: Jesse Winker time?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I doubt it, but maybe

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph LIfshitz says:
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          @The JoGarza: ore like Scott Schebler. Winker has been the ghost of Carney Lansford this year NO POWER!!!

          Rich Hill and Josh Reddick to the Dodgers for Jharel Cotton.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph LIfshitz says:
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            @Ralph LIfshitz: Hearing more prospects headed the A’s way. Report is Cotton isn’t headliner…..hmmmmm

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph LIfshitz says:
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              @Ralph LIfshitz: Just heard it’s Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton, and Frankie Montas. Serious pay for some rentals.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Beane robs you in plain sight

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: because as we all know all pitching prospects pan out

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah totally

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph LIfshitz says:
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                    @J-FOH: Hahaha ALWAYS

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ralph LIfshitz: I’ve been hearing that all day for the Mets. As a fan, I’d take that.

  86. Tio says:
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    Grey – Catcher Scab time. Is it time to pick it?

    Gattis or Grandal? Points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandal

  87. The JoGarza says:
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    Grey, got to get rid of one via a trade in a 12-team H2H OBP.

    Braun, Cespedes or Belt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

  88. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I could handle the disgruntled commenter attacking you for your jokes about the Cleveland Indians, but I’ll be damned if I sit by and let someone besmirch the apotheoses of bland, overpriced, bar fare Applebee’s!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  89. Adam says:
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    Would u drop piscotty to pick up H Perez ( milw) ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  90. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. story has 6 home games this week, but a gimpy thumb and not sure if he will be able to play or not. cross my fingers and start him or bench for tim anderson?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Story

  91. Brett says:
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    Better for holds romo or Cody Allen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen

  92. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Apparently the White Sox are in for Puig, wanting to add to their collection of disappointing Cuban players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  93. ryanoger says:
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    If Winker gets called up, him or Bregman for a bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman

  94. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey. McCarthy, Matt Moore, Pom, and Skaggs. Which two do you like for the ros? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs, McCarthy

  95. ebudz says:
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    10 team H2H Points (weekly 12 start pitcher limit)
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), HOLD (+1), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    Wow the Grey the fantasy gods were messing with me last night! Not sure if you remember but I was down by 3 points heading into the Mariners – Cubs game and I only had Kyle Seager left and my opponent had Bryant, Cruz, and Cishek. Cruz starts off with a 2-run shot of course while Seager ends up getting hit by a pitch (no points for that) so of course I knew it wasn’t my night… I was fortunate Bryant had a quiet night and hours go by and I’m still down by 10 and then Cishek comes in and gives up 3 runs, blows the save, and I was only down by 5 points! All I needed was one more run you Cubbies! Why didn’t the Cubs bring in Lester in the bottom of the 9th to walk off a WIN for me!? Ha it was torture man! Not sure if you care but figured I’d share my story …

    Anyways, last night you helped me pick out the following 11 starts marked with an asterisk this week but I’m not sure if I should replace one of those starts with Eickhoff’s next start @SD now that he was dropped this morning? I don’t want to be a jerkoff again seeing how I had an opportunity to start him yesterday but didn’t and of course lost my matchup in the end… SO should I stick with these 11 or make some changes?

    8/1
    Salazar vs. MIN (20.8)*
    Nelson @SD (7.9)*
    Duffy @TB (6.0)*
    Paxton vs. BOS (5.2)*
    Berrios @CLE (-7.5)
    Bradley vs. WAS (-10.1)

    8/2
    Carrasco vs. MIN (24.2)*
    Shoemaker vs. OAK (17.4)*
    Moore vs. KC (12.1)*
    McCullers vs. TOR (9.9) *
    Ray vs. WAS (4.8)
    McCarthy @COL (-6.7)
    Bundy vs. TEX (-7.9)
    Manaea @LAA (-14.7)

    8/3
    McHugh vs. TOR (9.2)
    Nola vs. SF (6.0)
    Volquez @TB (-3.6)

    8/4
    Leake @CIN (5.6)

    8/5
    Pineda vs. CLE (17.8)
    Taillon vs. CIN (16.9)*
    B. Norris vs. BOS (9.2)
    E. Santana @TB (0.0)

    8/6
    Liriano vs. CIN (15.7)
    Eickhoff @SD (14.0)
    Skaggs @SEA (9.4)*
    Rodon vs. BAL (6.1)
    Corbin vs. MIL (6.1)
    Salazar @NYA (6.0)*
    Duffy vs. TOR (-3.9)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stick, you can add Eickhoff if you need another start on Sunday

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Huh? Eickhoff is lined up to start on Saturday the 6th, is he not? Sunday is August 7th and I was trying to use 11 before Sunday so I can stream as many as needed on Sunday if needed? So if I was going to start Eickhoff there, I’d have to not start one of the originally picked starters above.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha, forget Paxton then and go Eickhoff

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Word, okay thanks! Yeah Paxton vs. my Sox had me a little nervous anyway and my opponent has Mookie and Xander so with my luck that would have backfired real quick.

        This gives me the chance to use a batty call today so who will it be?

        Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)

        Prado @CHN [Hendricks] (4.9)
        H. Perez @SD [Cosart] (-7.3)
        Schimpf vs. MIL [Nelson] (11.1)
        Tomas vs. WAS [Strasburg] (-8.9)
        Segura vs. WAS [Strasburg] (5.4)
        Naquin vs. MIN [Berrios] (2.1)
        Kepler @CLE [Salazar] (-6.5)
        A. Russell vs. MIA [Koehler] (6.3)
        Werth @ARI [Bradley] (9.2)
        M. Upton @HOU [Musgrove] (-3.6)
        N. Walker vs. NYA [Sabathia] (-1.0)
        Gardner @NYN [Verret] (3.0)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Naquin

  96. G says:
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    Hey Grey. One more. Would you trade two of Chris Davis, wil Meyers, Polanco for Rizzo? If so which 2?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  97. Steve Stevenson says:
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    1. Would you add K. Herrera over Betances or T. Watson, or hold?

    2. 12 tm H2H 6×6 OBP w/ hitter Ks and L as extra cats, drop Baez (bench bat, 2B/3B/SS eligible) for K. Herrera, who would be my 5th closer (not necessary for SV, but helpful for ratios and Ks while taking fewer L than a SP)? Other drop options are Naquin and J-Up, who occupy my last OF slot and 2nd bench bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hold 2. Sure, Baez

  98. Gus Pike says:
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    Dahl looks good. Would need to drop one of: Pence Belt Travis T.Turner J.Upton K.Davis

    Worth it? Which one? Could also drop Nate Jones as am 1st in saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones…

  99. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Limited moves (20/yr, I have 8 left) H2H, I need to make up a little ground to make the playoffs, so ready to make some long-overdue drops.

    1. Bench IF (useful to cover for injuries and poor performance without using a move), drop Espinosa (1B/2B/SS/3B eligible) for: Schimpf (2B/3B), Flores (1B/2B/3B/SS), Baez (2B/3B/SS), B. Miller (2B/SS/LF/CF) or T. Turner (2B only, may get CF), or hold? Without Espi, I still have at least 2 guys with eligibility everywhere but 2B (A. Russell) and C (Gattis), so Turner’s limited eligibility isn’t as much of a problem.

    2. Pick 2 SP, L count: Pineda, Stroman, E. Santana, McCarthy, Santiago, Skaggs, Conley, J. Gray. ROS Player Rater says Pineda by a landslide and then Stroman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Turner 2. McCarthy, Skaggs

  100. Mike says:
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    Wondering how you see Clint Frazier playing out in NY.. value go up a tick playing in the AL East? Think he turns into a 20/20 guy with decent average? More/less?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a 25/15 guy who is at least a year away from impact

  101. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Love it when the contestant and “celebrity” are in tune on a game show. The answer is Seattle; the contestant gives the clue, “capital of Washington.” And the celebrity immediately says, “Seattle.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tacoma!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Toyota!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think that’s further east

  102. Reid-A-Book says:
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    Sitting Berrios tonight? I have Salazar in that game too. Thoughts on Rich Hill to the Dodgers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start him

  103. primetime says:
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    Grey, drop Cody Allen for K Herrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  104. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi Grey, I am in an NL-only league that also includes the Indians, so the biggest new names on waivers are Andrew Miller, Josh Reddick, and Rich Hill. I have the #1 waiver pick, so I kind of have to pick one of the three. Which one would you prefer?

    Reddick would probably push Heyward or Dahl to the bench (my current bench is Harrison and Dietrich). For pitchers, we start 7, and at least one must be a reliever. I have:

    SP: Kluber, Hendricks, Jaime Garcia, Wainwright, DeSclafani, Samardzija, Joe Ross
    RP: Jeffress, Estevez, Maurer, Barrett, Will Smith

    I don’t have a glaring hole at any of these positions, so it is a bit hard to pick.

    Thanks so much for the advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow you don’t need any of them… I’d go Hill

      • asdfasdf says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey–I just realized I forgot to mention it is a H2H (points) league. Does that change anything?

        Also, by the way, do you think Miller will be closing in Cleveland? I think Francona said he and Allen would be used interchangeably but I wonder if that will really happen.

        And sorry one more question–if Jeffress is traded today, which reliever would you start this week? I have to start at least one of them. Thanks a lot

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nothing’s changed since I wrote the post you’re commenting on

  105. daze says:
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    With Allen out as closer
    Who do you feel has the best chance of closing this year and next and would you drop him for any of the following
    Ottavino, Dull or Diaz
    Thanks and 100% agree if a guy approaches you to make a trade then its on him to make an offer
    first

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz

  106. Paul says:
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    Would E. Santana get fantasy relevant if he were traded to the blue jays or another team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  107. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Jay Mother Fuckin Bruce…. god

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Better you guys than LAD. Phew!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  108. hondo says:
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    What’s happened to Reddick’s value due to the trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing

  109. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    belt or reddick for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  110. royce! says:
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    I’m actually pretty psyched on what the Padres management have been doing lately. I think they made a bunch of huge mistakes prior to the 2015 season, but at least they are willing to accept that and move on, saving like $25 million in the process of trading Kemp and freeing up space for players who project to be much more valuable.

    They also seem to have come out ahead with the Kimbrel situation. As it stands now, they turned Quentin, Wisler, Maybin, Jordan Paroubeck and a draft pick into Manuel Margot, Javier Guerra, Carlos Asuaje, Logan Allen, and Hensel Rodriguez.

    The Pomeranz trades could end up being even better, with them losing Alonso and The RZE for Anderson Espinoza and Jose Torres, who has been looking good at AAA (.73 ERA).

    And the jury is still out on the Wil Myers trade, but its definitely not a loser trade, yet.

    But more to your point, no team in their right mind would have given up anything for Kemp. His bat doesn’t make up for his terrible defense. Seems like a nice guy, though! I wish him all the luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they could’ve gotten someone they didn’t immediately DFA, but I could be wrong

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: totally agree. Coukd of shipped to AL to DH where he belongs

        • royce! says:
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          @J-FOH: His OBP is under .300! I don’t think the Padres could have convinced any AL team to give up a warm body for that without also committing to pay all the $ owed him.

  111. Joe says:
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    Is Jon Gray a hold in a redraft or a sell high before he takes his two starts in Coors this week? I’m thinking the answer is a qualified “yes” but only if it leads to an upgrade.

    (The rest of my rotation is a little shabby. I got Price, Carrasco, McCarthy, Shoemaker, Gray, plus a couple of empty slots after dropping Pineda and De Leon. If I went to the wire, the only pitchers of note are not that exciting. Berrios, Eovaldi, J-Zim, M.Gonzalez, and Homer Bailey.)

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe: I guess Stroman is out there too but he looks like Pineda lite. One good outing and then KABLAM.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Joe: I actually traded Gray and Carlos Estevez for C-Mart yesterday if that helps you at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  112. JimmyJackJames says:
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    If Jim Johnson gets traded, who would you cut out of the following if you had to:

    Mauricio, Ottavino (I have Estevez) or Boxberger

    Need to take Cain off the DL

    Thanks!

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @JimmyJackJames: probably boxy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Box

      • JimmyJackJames says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys – with Johnson not getting dealt, thinking Mauricio is the drop here – agree?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

          • JimmyJackJames says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey, keep up the good work bro – razz is awesome

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  113. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    this is one hella boring trade deadline, the bigger ones having happened before. and thank god TEX isn’t moving gallo for lucroy. still just over 1.5 hours left though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  114. Matt says:
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    Nicasio a closer option you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  115. JoeG414 says:
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    In a 3 way battle for Saves in a 6×6 daily roto .
    A little worried about Cishek getting Save chances the rest of the way. And watching my innings limit .
    Looking to deal for Herrera , sending B.McCarthy.
    My other SP are : Salazar , Arrieta, Happ ,DeSclafani, Roark, Danny Duffy, Quintana, Skaggs. and Bundy as an extra.
    Whata think ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  116. Sideshow27 says:
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    Drop Wellington Castillo for Grandal? Duh? Wellington started great but has been awful as of late.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  117. Dude of Life says:
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    If you can only roster one RP Betance or Miller? Points league, 5 points for saves, zero for holds.

    I know lame rules

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip a coin…Miller

  118. True and Correct says:
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    A few questions before I head to n.y.c. and then Cape Cod (and go to Fenway).
    Do you think Cole doubles this week ? If so, please rank Cole/Salazar/Shoemaker/Hendricks this week, assuming you think Hendricks doubles.
    Also ROS, Dahl v. Kepler ?
    Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have fun! I don’t know their starts…. That rank looks fine…Dahl

  119. Raoul Duke says:
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    I can’t remember how long ago, but at some point you wrote that you could see Villar never being fantasy relevant again after this year. Sorry if I am misquoting you, but it was something along those lines I think. Do you still feel that way, or has he grown on you for future fantasy use?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I still feel that way

      • Raoul Duke says:
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        @Grey: Is Baez a better keeper in your mind then? Or is he seriously limited due to being in a stacked lineup that will unlikely allow him to hit in the 3 or 4 hole?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Baez is not going to hit 3 or 4 in the Cubs lineup unless six guys are injured

          • Raoul Duke says:
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            @Grey: I agree. That was the point I was trying to get at. Their lineup is obviously stacked. Is that such a strain to his fantasy value that Villar would prove a better keeper? Sorry, I should have been more clear with my question.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure, Villar

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Raoul Duke: if his BB rate, slashed K rate are for real though he’d very likely still be useful, i’m betting the hesitancy was about whether those things stick. he always had that speed, just could never get on base, even enough to get at bats. of course speed is the first skill to go die, he could lose that, but i doubt it happens in one year.

  120. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    goodnight that’s a massive overpay for the white will smith. these deals are in kinda way commensurate with each other. STL got z.duke (nearly the same pitcher these days as will smith) for a 4th OF at most. it’s simply about some teams just being silly.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: ok, smith has 3 years of arb, vs zack duke and his 2017 contract with i believe one year or arb. that one year is worth a big time catcher name and a possibly pretty good SP too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed… Kemp gets nothing, Will Smith gets a prospect and catcher

  121. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    hokey smokes, if forsythe gets flipped to LAD i’d almost certainly be able to obtain odor in a dynasty. root root root for it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  122. alps says:
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    would you trade Scherzer for Betts
    Keeper league Betts would cost $31 to keep next year
    Scherzer would not be kept. He woul dbe too expensive
    I am looking for next year The other team needs pitching
    Is it fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • alps says:
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        @Grey:
        So The betts trade got nixed
        Would you u trade Scherzer for Corey Seager.
        Seager would cost $16 next year
        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  123. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Beltran to Texas

    • Nico says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: Seems like his value just went up.. thoughts? Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goodbye DeShields

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: Think it affects the playing time for Profar/Gallo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: that’s batshit nuts. 39 year old on an outgoing contract for a top 50ish prospect SP?! that’d be too much for ortiz, much less beltran. delino back to minors.

  124. J-FOH says:
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    This deadline shizz makes me nervous. Please don’t fuxk with my fantasy rosters. Please real baseball dont!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, agreed

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @J-FOH: i expected to have slept too long and lost 2 more closers in a few leagues (possibly each i mean). no real RP movement yet.

  125. Alex says:
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    Which side in dynasty? Cutch or Rendon? Not competing now

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cutch

  126. Greg says:
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    Hi Grey. ..missing piece pipe. ..your best yet. …

    1) I drank the Kool Aid on Kendrys Morales. ..got some use but. ..enough. Potential replacements. …please rank when all are healthy and/or back. Vargas, Joseph, Cron, Solarte, Profar, Forsythe or….stash Josh Bell?

    2) I have Madbum, Fulmer, Darvish, Skaggs, Matz, JRoss. Rp, Chappy, Harris, Kintzler, and Cam Man….lose anyone for Snell, Taillon, MMoore, Graveman, Cashner, or Conley?

    3) Overstocked at mi….Baez, DJ, Turner, Bregman, … any given day can only start 2…seem to be choosing wrong ones daily though all but Bregman producing. And Devon Travis and Profar are waivering…..thoughts?

    4) Naquin or Maybin ros?

    5) Last. ..Hedges worth stashing? Same ? on Benetiendi.

    Feel free to wait til 1pm to answer. ..lol…and Ralph, feel free to chime in on prospects….

    Greg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Title was Rudy…. 1) None of these… Logan 2) Don’t know what Cam Man is 3) No 4. Naquin 5. No

      • Greg says:
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        @Grey: Cam Bedrosian. … ;)

  127. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Hola Grey!

    Pick a 1B (Yahoo) batty call for this evening..

    A) W. Flores vs. Sabathia (8.8)
    B) D. Lee vs. E-Rod (5.8)
    C)
    D) K. Morales @ Archer (-6.0, but 8-13 career vs. Arch)
    E) ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee

  128. jaw says:
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    is aaron judge worth adding in keeper leagues after the beltran trade? 10 team 5×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  129. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    NL only with no ratios, just hits and normal stuff. didn’t think captain kirk was out there, he’s been owned by at least 4 people over year.
    C contreras
    1B rizzo
    2B murphy
    SS villar
    3B rendon
    MI nunez (teams stopping paying attention only reason i got him on waivers)
    CI adonis
    OF (4) marte/altherr/heyward/span
    util (2) hundley/fatt adams
    BN mercer/jaso/joseph
    guessing my drop for captain kirk is jaso here? earlier in year i needed another CI guy, since added nunez/joseph/adonis. i might be best off going with 2 BN guys and another SP, best out there is norris (also surprisingly just dropped).
    2. if i go the route of extra SP (no ratios, just earned runs against and innings pitched to replace ERA/WHIP), i would’ve thought mercer would be drop, but he’s been much better than expected, including getting way better lineup slotting from CuntHer than he deserves. is it heyward now though?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. I wouldn’t drop Heyward in an NL-Only league

  130. Big league choo says:
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    10 team 6×6 OBP league need a replacement for reyes at mi

    Neil walker, schoop, gennett, Cozart, lowrie or gyorko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  131. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    sounding like MIL asking for too much on lucroy, it’s
    MIL = JB
    rest of MLB teams = Grey

    of course lucroy himself F’d up not going to CLE in the first place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: dammit, i didn’t lose gallo to MIL for that dynasty where i need TEX players mins, but did lose brinson.

  132. Nation says:
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    Maybe this is more a question for prospector ralp but ill fire away anyway.

    Pondering moving Dee Gordon and Story but not sure what sort of return id need in return. Was offered hosmer for story AND judge but i feel thats giving up more than necessary.

    16 team league 9 off cats (K’s, XBH, OPS are additional cats), 30 man rosters and keep 25. Currently have Russell/Rodgers/Swanson and mondesi/barreto on the roster that are SS eligible (and devon travis at 2b)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d ask Ralph

  133. YC says:
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    Hey Grey-12 team weekly league:
    1-after last week, I’m benching Bregman in favor of Joc (series @Col). Sounds right?
    2-starting Chris Davis over Gardner?
    3- I need to bench one of: McCarthy (@ Col, BOS), Skaggs (@SEA) or Maurer. Starts aren’t an issue, Maurer is my 3rd closer. Ratios in decent shape.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. Yes 3. McCarthy

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Mark: @Grey: LA faces three lefties this week. Kike’s back so Joc will be benched at LEAST once if not all three.

  134. Brett says:
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    So with rangers getting beltre do you think profar still plays almost everyday?

    • Brett says:
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      @Brett: he’s been playing lf does he Play over Rua

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’ve had Beltre

      • Brett says:
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        @Grey: what about left field

        • Brett says:
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          @Brett: stupid auto correct Beltran

  135. Blaster says:
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    Kintzler or Thornburg?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thornburg

  136. Bill says:
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    Just received an offer, which side do you prefer ROS?

    Castellanos and Diaz for
    Madison Baumgarner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum

  137. DancinHomer says:
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    With Jeffress getting traded to TEX, how does that effect Dyson’s roll there as the closer?

    Also, doe Thornburg become an immediate add for saves in MIL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Imagine Dyson would lose it, yes, Thornburg

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Grey: but should we drop dyson for thornburg?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thornburg is definitely the closer

          • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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            @Grey: in a saves only league i was just able to drop a streamer for today (nelson) for thornburg. now i can wait and see on dyson/jeffress, just in case. i have 5 closers (right now) for 4 spots.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

  138. Robert says:
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    Matt Moore in SF better than Teheran ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  139. Mark says:
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    Hey man, you playing ryan braun this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t own him

  140. ryanoger says:
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    Mazara or Bregman as a bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman

    • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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      @ryanoger: Maz

        • ryanoger says:
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          @ryanoger:

          also, you trying to tell me something through your clever name there?

          • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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            @ryanoger: Im a hack that used to write here, no special meaning, just know what I iz

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @ryanoger: mazUZZZA

  141. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, trying to sell a closer. who do you like better as a trade target between happ and lackey for someone of the dyson/thornburg/barrett level?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lackey

  142. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6

    I’ve got Hill on the DL and Berrios in NA slot. Sitting Berrios tonight.

    I’m liking the sound of Ivan Nova on the Pirates under Searage, facing one or more of ATL, CIN and SD in the near future.

    Also have the now-Twinkie Santiago, who might be up against CLE, TB, HOU, KC and ATL soon.

    1) Should Berrios come back strong, what’s the ranking for the below?

    Skaggs, Shoemaker, Bundy, Santiago, Manaea, Berrios

    2) Drop any of the above for Nova?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. That ranking looks about right for 1st three 2. Santiago

  143. JP says:
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    Please ranks these OF’s ROS:

    Marte, Cutch, Beltran, Yoennis, Herrerra, K. Davis, Pence?

    Also Todd Frazier or Franco at 3B?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, Yoenis, Cutch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  144. Team says:
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    Hi Grey, who would you prefer between Rendon and McCutchen in a keeper? Close? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cutch, you asked this already

      • Team says:
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        @Grey: Nope, someone else asked this, I just missed it skimming comments above. Thanks for answering the same question twice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  145. 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), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (3) RP: Robertson, Osuna, Dyson

    Is it now time to make any changes to my RP? There’s lots of closers and holds guys in FA so I just decided to list them by total points…

    Available RP (most pts): A. Reed, Dull, Gregerson, Blanton, Phelps, N. Jones, W. Davis*, Thornburg, Madson, N. Feliz, R. Iglesias, S. Kelley, T. Watson, Barrett, Estevez, Giles, Papelbon, Kintzler, J. Johnson, W. Smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thorn over Dyson

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Cool thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  146. Rusty Arms says:
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    Who closes in Texas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeffress

  147. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, need to roll with one of these closers this week. who do you like?

    dyson – 3 @ bal, 3 @ hou
    thornburg – 3 @ sd, 3 @ ari
    barrett – 3 vs was, 3 vs mil

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thorn

  148. L-Boogie says:
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    Battling for first and trades have absolutely killed my closer situation. Damn you real baseball!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dman

  149. True and Correct says:
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    Archer or Cole this week and ROS ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea of matchups, but like Cole

  150. Pat says:
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    Thorn, Madson, Herrea (KC), Estevez ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estevez

  151. Giolito says:
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    Drop Nate jones or wait for deadline

    Moreland or sano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop…Sano

    • Cram It says:
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      @Giolito: Can you not wait a couple more hours?

  152. jacks says:
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    Dyson accumulated 6 saves and allowed 1 ER in all of July. You sure he loses the job?

    • Cram It says:
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      @jacks: This guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, no idea, just guessing

  153. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Hutch for Liriano makes me sad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is awful for the Jays

  154. Martin says:
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    Dynasty league 12 team: Dee Gordon, Dahl, Nola for odor, jp Crawford. Which side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  155. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Whoah! Liriano to Toronto. Let’s see how high that ERA can go pitching in that launching pad….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, terrible

  156. henncoop says:
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    What a crazy day & quite the flurry of activity the last hour ….crazy hobby where we just sit back & watch the value of our fake teams fluctuate with events totally beyond our control …no different then boneheaded managers or injuries but so many changes in a few days then a few hours.
    On to my questions
    1. Need to eliminate 1 two start SP or sit all my closers:
    Elfin SF; @SD
    Pax Bos; LAA
    Venturo @TB; Tor
    2. Need to eliminate one of:
    Matz @NYY
    VV SF
    Pineda Cle

    Thanks for the advice ….hope the trading deadline gave you some wins!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup…. Pax…. Matz

  157. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Chances Jeffress is the closer in TEX?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess maybe 60%

  158. tjw4404 says:
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    Odubel Herrara has been pretty cold since the All Star break besides a few SBs. Should I drop him for Dahl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  159. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Zack Wheeler beginning rehab assignment. Interested?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  160. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. justin turner/thornburg/velazquez for verlander?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: is it close? i have turner as a bench bat behind arenado and play him some at dh but have belt, trea and mazara at dh as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, close enough

  161. mvplatter says:
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    Dahl or Mazara ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m currently listening to Steve Winwood, and this mixes really well with that

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Fudge goes well wih anything. I have a higher love for it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just gotta roll with it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      While you see a chance you take it!

  162. SF says:
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    HiI Grey, which 2 would you want for ROS: Gausman, Bundy, Snell, McCarthy. If it makes a difference we can keep a player for 3 years.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell, McCarthy

      • SF says:
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        @Grey: Follow up question, drop Gausman or Pomeranz to make room for McCarthy? Thanks in advance.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Either, look at matchups, prolly Gausman

          • SF says:
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            @Grey: Got it. Thanks.

  163. For an Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    unless something really weird going on buxton/sano not in, weird since yahoo’s saying they both are.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weird

  164. Steve says:
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    Question for Grey/Ralph:

    With Norris staying in SD, is Hedges still worth stashing? Sounds like they might want to limit his service time…

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose him

  165. Giolito says:
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    My pitchers next 3 days
    Duffy @ rays , Paxton vs Boston, price @seattle, darvish @baltimore, carrasco vs Minnesota, Salazar vs minnesota

    His pitchers
    Shoemaker vs Oakland, jimmy Nelson @ Padres, shields @ Detroit, guerra @ Padres, hamels @bal

    Cats are w/l/hr/cg/so/era/whip/qs

    Hate starting the week losing every cat so should I sit Duffy and Paxton and play it safe with Salazar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit Pax

  166. ebudz says:
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    Big boost for Moore heading to SF? Any idea whose spot he takes in that rotation because I was planning on starting tomorrow vs. KC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice boost, prolly Cain’s spot

  167. Giolito says:
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    Street get his spot taken yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      By who?

  168. Great Bambino says:
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    14 team H2H redraft mixed league. I’m down to $17 FAAB…

    I picked up Ken Giles today but would prefer Thornburg since he’s got no real competition now.

    Hold Giles or drop for Thornburg? Maybe Giles takes over for Harris soon?

    I can’t afford many more moves..

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Thornburg

  169. Greg C says:
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    Dahl or Piscotty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty

      • Greg C says:
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        Thanks Grey enjoy all of your content.

        Piscotty>Reddick?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s close

          • Greg C says:
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            Thank you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  170. Joeg414 says:
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    Ok, I know I’m being insecure . But, I have to trade this after the deadline
    Start Bundy on Tuesday? home vs now more powerful Texas Rangers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Joeg414: I wouldn’t touch Bundy in that start unless you’re in a very deep league.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m starting him in a 12 team weekly league

        • Fred Garvin MP says:
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          @Grey: Is he fully stretched out from the bullpen yet? I’ll admit I’m intrigued by Bundy, but that seems like a really tough matchup, especially since the Rangers will probably have their new acquisitions in the lineup.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’m not that worried, SON doesn’t like it either though

  171. Db says:
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    Drop Edwin Diaz, bedrosian, kinztler, estevez, or Maurer for Giles or wait and see?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  172. Teddy Heater says:
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    You think Hutch goes to the BP? I’m really curious to see what Searage does with him. Could be a scrap heap pick up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe he starts a few times this year

  173. Torenado says:
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    Which side do you like better (dynasty league)

    Chris Archer or
    Tyler Skaggs & Sonny Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer

  174. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Hiya Grey,

    I inherited a team in a 15-team AL only roto dynasty league that is in need of some rebuilding. It’s my first year plain in a league-only format and I don’t know what I’m doing. Zach Britton is the only decent RP I have and I feel like he should be able to bring me back a solid bat, but trading him would leave me without any real closer in a league starving for them. Would it be worth trading an elite (and my only) closer for a bat that helps me across multiple categories, even if it means I’m essentially punting saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t punt saves

      • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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        Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  175. For an Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    puig news. hahahahaha. to be fair he had ditched the LAD nearly 2 years ago after those 2 good months he had once

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, exactly

      • For an Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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        @Vinny Boombatz: he’ll still be able to pass out in a pile of money after he gets back from his next nightclub brawl (which i would take 1-4 that it might come tonight too)

  176. For an Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    oh yeah, and with nicasio, liriano this year and AA ron sanchez, if liriano suddenly gets decent on TOR, whoever the fuck TOR’s pitching coach is has dethroned searage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  177. Vinny Boombatz says:
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    Best replacement for Aledyms Diaz….gennet,kendrick peraza,cozart,flores or Tim Anderson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs, Scooter

      • Vinny Boombatz says:
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        @Grey: For average he is the best choice but I may go Cozart for HR—needs. Thanks fantasy dad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

    • Pugs & Slugs says:
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      @Vinny Boombatz:
      The guy I’m playing this week in my NL-Only H2H league has(had) a juggernaut team, but just lost Lucroy, Aledmys, and possibly Puig(benched I’m sure, if not demoted/traded). He also has Carpenter and Bour rehabbing. Oh, did I mention he has Kershaw too? He still has a great pitching, which includes Scherzer, Lester, Chapman, Kenley, Famila, and Gomez. But now I have a chance to pull further ahead.

      $%#T…. I just jinxed myself

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Pugs & Slugs: I’m not sure why this was a reply to your comment. That was weird…and akward.

        • Vinny Boombatz says:
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          @Pugs & Slugs: not so awkward. thanks.

  178. Gregjeffries says:
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    Hey Grey!
    I’m trying to trade my Springer for some pitching help. (15 team rotis keep 5 forever)

    Would you trade Springer for McCullers plus any 1 of these guys?
    – Jon Gray
    – Skaggs
    – Snell

    Have tons of offense, need some high upside SPs for the stretch run. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Gregjeffries says:
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        Gotcha, thanks much. Really appreciate the help.

        Have one more for ya. You think Willson Contreras figures it out ROS or should I drop him for Grandal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go Grandal

  179. Knucks says:
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    Held Peraza for nearly two weeks in a deep league for a sweet SAGNOF pay day. If they roll Schebler out there every day I will be quite the sad Popsicle. Would think they’d want to see what they have in Peraza, but he’s still blocked in the MI. Hoping they play two rabbits in the OF the rest of the year. Though I can see them wanting some more power in the lineup I guess.

    Hope the deadline didn’t take a shizz on any of your competitive teams Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, didn’t get too affected… I think Peraza plays

  180. Rusty Arms says:
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    Texas GM just said Dyson to remain as closer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh well, there goes Jeffress’ value

    • For an Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      @Rusty Arms: see how long that lasts next time the bases get loaded on unlucky groundballs that didn’t go right into people’s gloves, if at the same time jeffress K’d 2 guys in the 8th inning.

  181. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    I’m waiting for the “When Puigs Fly” references/jokes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Dodgers demote Yasiel to AAA. Puigs do fly!! …To Oklahoma City.

        What a waste of pure talent.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  182. Brett says:
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    Which closer do I trade dyson Casilla Harris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson

  183. herschel says:
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    K(rap)-zar…..ew.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Indeed

  184. Reddick says:
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    Mr. Grey- Mr. Reddick or Mr. Kipnis rest of season/beyond? Either as a keeper in a 12 team/keep 10? Many thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis

  185. Creepy Crespi says:
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    J. Baez batting cleanup for Cubs today. Has he now covered every spot in the batting order?

    How many guys bat ninth one day and cleanup a week later? Maddon….yow.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Creepy Crespi: The only spot he hasn’t hit in is second.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  186. Db says:
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    Starting Paxton now tonight since Salazar gave up 3 homers and probably going to get loss ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      To compound the bad night?

  187. Sandlot Bully says:
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    The trade deadline has activated my inner RP hoarder

    12 teams H2H (QS). No holds.

    SP- Carrasco/ Salazar / Archer/ Matz / Iwakuma / Shoe / Yu/ Desclafani

    RP- Dyson/ Ramos / Gomez / Herrera (dropped Allen)

    Feel like I need to pick up another closer until the dust settles.

    Thornburg and Maurer available

    Any move to be made here?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Sandlot Bully: the maurer dust has been settled for weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thornburg over Desclafani

      • Sandlot Bully says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  188. Paul says:
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    I have Brian McCann so I am worried about Gary Sanchez coming up on Wed, would you add him as insurance and I would have to drop Nola.

    • Paul says:
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      @Paul: I could also drop Bedrosian

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, drop Nola

  189. hondo says:
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    Moreland or Reddick?

    Since Puigs didn’t fly,will Reddick cost Howie ABs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick…Howie plays left field

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks-I wonder if coffee futures shot up today?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  190. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Anything to worry about concerning Salazar? That’s 3 out of his last 4 that have been bleh. i didn’t watch his start tonight because it was so short – I got home from work and his night was already over

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he’s not hiding an injury and he’s just dealing with mechanics

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: Indians manager Terry Francona said that Danny Salazar will undergo a precautionary MRI on his arm on Tuesday = disgraceful list pending….

  191. ganggreenn says:
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    Should drop papelbon, for oday or knebel. Should I drop papelbon for just about anyone, or does he still ve value.

    • ganggreenn says:
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      @ganggreenn: and should I drop travis darnaud for leon or gary sanchez.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Leon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anyone

  192. muskysmell says:
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    Danny Duffy is having quite a gem of a pitching night…

    y’all should tune in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hell yeah

      • William Hung says:
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        Duff Man!!! Loving that I was on his bandwagon from Day 1 and he has not slowed down

  193. Chester says:
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    Any chance you’re dropping Castellanos for Kepler?

    • Chester says:
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      @Chester: Or Cain, HanRam, Snell or Skaggs for that matter

      • Chester says:
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        @Chester: And sorry – I mean dropping any of the above.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Can drop Snell, but apples/oranges

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Chester says:
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        @Grey: Thanks thanks

  194. Paul says:
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    Would you trade castellanos and shields for profar and Carlos Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  195. Scott says:
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    Leonys or Pillar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys

  196. Andy says:
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    Currently own
    Catchers:
    Gattis and Castillo
    And rps
    Allen and feliz
    Need to drop one to activate kimbrel?
    Drop multiple to add
    Grandel?
    Bedrosian?
    (Own chapman,Jensen, colome)
    Would prefer to own only one catcher,
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo and Gattis, yes, one catcher Grandal

  197. Josh-NYC says:
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    I have a feeling I know what your leads going to be on.. Duffy baby !?

    #1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, it’s trading deadline day

  198. Db says:
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    Put waiver in for berrios or sano

    Would be dropping schimpf for sano
    Paxton or hellickson for berrios?

  199. Robert says:
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    For a utility spot : Bregman or Beltran?

  200. Chad Donaldson says:
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    Drop W Castillo for Grandal or Gary Sanchez when hes called

  201. Blaster says:
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    Max Kepler is for real dawg. This isnt a Mauer mirage.

  202. John R Oliver says:
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    own harris and drop for herrera and keep eye see if giles gets shot or hold.
    Could just add giles and hope but in this short bench points lg rather just watch close
    Barret also avail.

    • John R Oliver says:
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      @John R Oliver: Own harris…..drop for herrera see above

  203. Reid-A-Book says:
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    Khris Davis for Kepler a lateral move?

  204. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h obp limited season moves

    C Perez
    1B Rizzo
    2B Odor
    3B Franco
    SS Lindor
    OF Betts
    OF JUp
    OF Myers
    UTL Hanley
    BN Bregman

    SP Archer, CMart, Hill, Matz, Duffy, Fulmer, McCarthy, Nola
    RP Colome, Harris, Maurer, Jeffress

    1) Hold Bregman (my only bench bat) or drop for Belt (just dropped him last week), Beltran , Reddick, Castellanos, J Turner, Saunders, Pederson, Naquin, Mazara, Tomas, Dahl, Moreland

    2) Drop Jeffress for Street, Thornburg, Kelley, Jones

    Thanks!

  205. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    With this rotation, what additions/subtractions would you make based on the available waiver options

    SP Archer, Hill, Cmart, Duffy, Fulmer, Nola, Matz, McCarthy

    Available: Snell, Conley, Moore, Taillon, Bundy, Manaea, Bailey

  206. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Salazar has an elbow issue – and if it’s a DL situation, who do I pick up from this schmohawks?

    Matt Moore (NL West FTW), Robbie Ray (K-Rate), McHugh, Odorizzi, Ervin Santana?

    What I really need is for the Reds to put Raisel back in the rotation. He’s killing it out of the bullpen right now

  207. ThE sHiT says:
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    Benintendi coming up!!!

  208. John says:
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    Which side do you prefer?

    1. Beltre and Tomas for Franco and Maybin

    2. Beltre for Franco

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