Since I haven’t touted my wares in a minute, I wrote a Jake Lamb sleeper post last December.  Going back to read that now, and, I don’t often laugh at my own stuff, but the opening paragraph is funny.  Not unintentionally either, like I called Aaron Judge a preseason bust (I actually liked Judge a lot in the preseason, and own him; something I also don’t tout often — the hype’s strong enough, isn’t it?).   Then, into the 2nd paragraph, I drop more gems, but they’re useful vs. haha.  One gem that particularly stands out to me as I reread it, Jake Lamb hates the summer.  He might also dislike girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch.  Before yesterday’s 2-for-5, 6 RBIs, two-homer game, Lamb had a .150 average in July with no homers.  Last year, as I point out in that post, he was just as bad — 9 HRs, .197 in the 2nd half.  Last year, there was a wrist problem — That’s what she said!  What? — so maybe his splits aren’t as obvious as a banana gymnast.  Here’s hoping he makes last year an outlier and not the beginning of male pattern badness.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Taijuan Walker – Out on paternity leave.  Later today, Taijuan will raise his newborn to the sky, “I will call you Taijuan Crawler.”  Nurse, “So, you don’t want him to have your last name?”  “Hmm, can we make Crawler his middle name, so he’s a Crawler then Walker?”

Patrick Corbin – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.43.  His ERA is actually a bit misleading.  He could have a 3.30 ERA and isn’t pitching most worse than guys like Lynn, Berrios and Gerrit Cole, to name a random three.  Corbin might be an early under-the-radar starter for next year who has a terrible April and causes me an ulcer.  We shall see!

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-3 and his 15th and 16th homers, hitting .256, as he hit 2nd with Cozart on the bench.  All good, Eugenio’s having a solid season, but, seriously, how are the Reds tying their shoelaces wearing those kid gloves for Zack Cozart?  He needs to sit every fourth game?  Does he have Lyme disease?  Cause that shizz infected Irene from The Real World: Seattle and looks real nasty.

Keone Kela – Activated from the DL.  I go over this more in this afternoon’s Buy column, but I have no idea who the closer in Texas will be now.  Claudio has made himself a nice hamlet in the 9th inning, but Kela could step right in.  I’d own both until further news.

Cole Hamels – 5 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.78.  You know where Ben Stiller went wrong with Simple Jack, right?  Well, yesterday, this guy went Hole Camels.

Mike Napoli – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Damn!  I had him all this week, because he was hot, but yesterday I dropped him for Drury, who didn’t even play.  Ugh, and this is only interesting to me!  Any hoo!  Napoli is a schmotato.

Adam Jones – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Somebody didn’t appreciate me leaving him off the top 100 for the 2nd half.  Well, I don’t appreciate him either.  So there.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  I know, I know, broken record.  I know, I know, broken record.  I know, I know–Scratch!  Sorry.  But Trumbo has to get hot at some point.

Chris Davis – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer.  Third homer this week, and more or less samesies as Trumbo.  Too bad for the O’s they need 10+ runs a game to even make it interesting with their pitching.

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .302.  Offense is up, said Mr. Exposition, but, c’mon, Schoop is still underappreciated.  I mean, look at his numbers.

Jaime Garcia – Acquired by the Twins.  Twins love these types of moves, where they land some also-ran and pretend to their fans they are actually attempting to make a run for the playoffs.  Pirates are also fond of these moves.  “You know who would look good on our team?  Yangervis Solarte!”  Okay, Pirates, if you say so.   Aaron Blair sounds likely to take Garcia’s rotation spot.  I’d like to B. Aaron Blair, but I wouldn’t own him.

Mike Foltynewicz – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  What does his ERA need to be to make it worth learning how to pronounce his last name for in-person drafts next year?  3.40 or lower?

Brandon McCarthy – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.84.  Put out your hand, Stream-o-Nator, it’s getting smacked.  I’m sorry, you’re getting punished for this one.  Now don’t make me take off my Brandon Belt.

Sergio Romo – Designated for assignment.  His assignment is to stand on his head and impersonate a mushroom cloud with his chin hair.

Michael Fulmer – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.35.  The Regression Fairies are like the Grim Reaper.  A gay Grim Reaper.  When they come calling, you can shut off the lights to pretend you’re not home, but they will climb through your window and ask you if you still have that Britney Spears concert on your DVR from 2003, and blow your shizz up.  “Ugh, I was saving that to put it on eBay for the 15-year anni!”

Danny Duffy – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.71 vs the Tigers.  Overall, the Tigers’ offense isn’t as bad as you would think with a Miggy who looks like he’s in the bosom of Abraham, but, on the road, the Tigers are notta so good, but staked to a huge early lead didn’t stop Duffy from being just enoughy.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games.  It’s so cute how Hosmer’s rallying to get to 22 homers like that’s still a lot of homers.  Hey, guy, you’re a month slump away from being Markakis.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 1st steal, and his third career steal.  Maybe don’t give him a 89-foot lead next time.

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .268.  Even when he does something good it’s in a snore-type game.  One-for-four, lowercase yay, how about some white bread with your cole slaw?  I wanna punch you in the nose, Polanco!

Felipe Rivero – 1 IP, 0 ER, 9th save, and ERA at 0.70.  I don’t talk much about closers who are in no danger of losing their job, but Philip Rivers is so bomb dot gov, I just gotta.  He throws 99 on the reg, his K/9 is 10.7, his BB/9 is 2.1, and he’s got, like, six devastating pitches!  Shame C**nt Hurdle is wearing out his arm so bad that everyone who pays the price next year will likely get burned.

Jameson Taillon – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  Fun fact!  For a hernia test, instead of coughing, Taillon only needs to clear his throat.

Doug Fister – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 7.89.  Fister’s got a puncher’s chance of being released.

Dustin Pedroia – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .315.  I said the other day about how well Pedroia’s been hitting in July, and it continued yesterday (no dur).  He now has two homers in the last three games, and–Oh, forget it, he’s owned in 87% of leagues.  I mean, he’s doing well, but that feels a bit optimistic for Pedroia.

Justin Smoak – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 25th and 26th homers, hitting .298.  Someone asked yesterday in the comments if they should drop Smoak, and I nearly lost it.  Pilates has brought such balance into my life that I can even handle a question about dropping a top 20 hitter.  Namaste.

Hunter Renfroe – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, as he was activated from the DL.  Renfroe!  Or as Scooby Doo says, Renfroe!

Cory Spangenberg – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I thought his previous hot hitting was Coors-speak, so I didn’t pay it much mind, but he looks like he’s continuing to keep the schmotato roasting.

Madison Bumgarner – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks vs the Padres, ERA at 3.57.  He seems like a gamer.  That’s a good thing, though with pitching it can lead to bad things.  I hope he’s not battling through anything that is going to hurt him long-term.  He seems like the type that wouldn’t say anything for like nine months, then, in March, he’ll say something like, “I wasn’t really 100% last year.”

David Phelps – Traded to the Mariners.  The Mariners said they like Phelps as a bridge to Diaz, and the word bridge made me think of the subpar third season of Fargo.  Y’all can claim there was more under the surface, but there might be more under the ocean surface too, but if I’m not seeing it, it’s all seaweed and later sushi.

Felix Hernandez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the Yankees, ERA at 3.88 .  The Yanks’ offense coming out of the break has looked anemic like Henrietta Lacks.  Surprised Todd Frazier’s not kickstarting that with his barely .200 average.

Luis Severino – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.21.  His peripherals are just gorgeous; he should be getting your respect.  Give him his just desserts!

Seth Lugo – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.05.  Against my better judgment, I started Lugo yesterday and my better judgment needs to eat a D!  *does six shots of tequila, signs up for helicopter lessons*  Better judgment can’t tell me shizz!

Lucas Duda – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer.  He has three homers this week, and batting a cool…Well, what’s three divided by a week?  .150?  Duda’s not in this afternoon’s Buy column, but if you need power, I can see the add.  Speaking of ads, I had to make some adjustments due to a pop-up ad that kept appearing.  You were not hacked (at least not by me), and the ad is not supposed to pop-up, so if you see it, tell me and I’m doing my best to get rid of it.  It’s not intentional.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .309.  That fastball has been…Phamished!

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.30.  At home, his ERA is 2.66.  Though, this game was in Metco.  In April, his ERA was 2.45.  Though, this game was in July.  At night, his ERA is 2.91.  Though, this game was during the day (unless watched in Japan).  What I’m saying?  Not a ton, to be honest.  Lynn’s had a solid season — 7.9 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 — but his 4.50 xFIP portends to less greatness, but I’m gonna portend I didn’t hear that.  Naw’mean?

Brett Cecil – 1 IP, 1 ER.  Aw, man, blown save!  Let’s bring in Trevor Rosenthal – 2/3 IP, 1 ER and the loss.  Yo, where my Oh’s at?!

  1. Razz Snowflake says:
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    Yea, I get that win $1000 c/c add sometimes including yesterday. If it appears once it will kick me off perpetually. I will never bitch about that or anything else here. You do amazing work and you work your ass off for us.

    • Teehee says:
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      @Razz Snowflake: I would laugh if the ad is actually legit, and everyone’s too blindly obsessed with accessing the site that no one gets to benefit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Razz Snowflake: Thanks, good to know it happened again tho, sorry about that!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Razz Snowflake: I just tried to fix it, let me know if you see it again

  2. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey ,,

    reading every day ‘ news
    but didn’t ask for a while :)

    need to drop 2 players to activate Desmond and Salazar ! Keeper team

    C. Wieters (there’s no C !!!)
    1B. Goldy
    2B. Alty
    3B. LAMB
    SS. Orlando Arcia (TreaT DL)
    OF1. Springer
    OF2. Domingo Santana
    OF3. W. Myers
    Util1. Encarnacion
    Util2. T. Mancini
    Bench: Odor / Bour / Trumbo / Avisail
    DL: Trea / Ian
    NA: Acuna

    SP1. Archer
    SP2. Severino
    SP3. Gio
    SP4. Taillon
    RP1 KJ
    RP2 Oh
    RP3 C. Allen
    RP4 Cam Bedrose (holds)
    P Senzatela
    P Maeda
    Bench Bundy
    DL chase Anderson / Danny

    Avisail is cold , but well ranked on the season
    Odor is cold as ice, followed your advice to pick him up last week
    Bour : maybe i don’t really need him on that team
    is Trumbo a keeper and 2nd half could fall down?
    Bundy [email protected] bad …
    Myers is undroppable but no REAL production so far

    • bigbear says:
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      @Nick: Tough choice. Definitely drop a hitter. Mancini would be my cut.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Bundy, Mancini

  3. Mike says:
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    Mazara and Jon gray… Safe to drop these two?

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Mike: like in all these type questions for what. it’s like asking if it’s ok to drop a stock, if you get a better stock while dropping the one you have then sure.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mike: Need more info…league size, Roster make up…some leagues they can be dropped and others I wouldn’t

    • bigbear says:
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      @Mike: Yup. It’s safe to pick them up too.

      • Mike says:
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        @bigbear: I would drop mazara for a hot bat, I’ve got depth at OF and he’s the weakest I have at that position. I was thinking about dropping Jon gray for Dallas when he returns from the DL

        • Cram It says:
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          @Mike: Drop Maz for a hot bat. If you get Dallas, that’s fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Agree with F, but prolly

  4. Scott says:
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    I made a trade and now need a backup mi. Who do I add out of: semien, lowrie, Simmons, a Cabrera? R,hr,rbi,tb,sb,obp. thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scott: If its a bench bat I’d grab Semien, he’s got the most upside

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agree with F

  5. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    saves and holds league. keepers but not enough to influence RP. i have norris/rivero/clip/phelps/barnes/betances. a guy who’s wanted betances all year (NYY fan from his team name) finally gave a real offer just as betances’ value was at probably an all time low. britton for betances, do this one, even if for now i’ll have the unbalanced 4-2 closers to holds guys. this way if/when clippard sucks and loses the job i could go back to barraclough or somebody else (hunter/tepera/koji/strickland/j.smith if/when he gets that job back etc). betances appears to be in that muddled mess of a NYY bullpen, and unless k-rob suddenly starts pitching like, well, betances has been lately he’s 7th inning at best.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: I’d take Britton and drop Clippard for a good Holds guy….Clippard is garbage even though he’s technically the closer….You’re better with Britton/Barraclaugh than Clippard/Betances

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: gotta wait till sunday night to be able to readd bearclaw (he might not still be there), i dropped for clip of course before the phelps trade moved him into the 8th inning. now monkey is reporting phelps’ value got worse than some thought, vincent might retain the 8th.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: also, NYY first time with hold in the 8th was betances last night.

    • Kas says:
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      Hey Grey,

      What should I do with David Dahl? Is he worth a keeper spot for next season or should I drop at this point? Thanks.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Kas: Depends what your other keeper options are and if you are contending this year.

  6. Sean says:
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    You know your rotation is in shambles when Chacin has been your best starter for the past month or 2. Current staff is Darvish, J. Gray, Rodon, Walker, Cahill, Chacin, Odorizzi, and Suter (streamer).

    Grey and any others would you:
    A) Try and trade Rizzo for 2 top SP
    B) Trade Reynolds for a quality SP
    C) Hold and keep streaming since I’m in first.
    D)Try and package some potential keepers like Villar(11th round), C. Frazier (12th), Rodon (18th), De Leon (22nd) to upgrade

    12 Team H2H, Keep 4 league

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Sean: I’d try either B or D…Hold Rizzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Agree with F

  7. H says:
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    10 team H2H pts league

    I’m in need of a replacement for Correa. Thank you!

    Russell, Baez, DeJong, Reyes, Arcia…

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @H: Arcia

      • H says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Thank you for your input Jef!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @H: Agree with F

  8. Mcgaffer says:
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    Trade help needed post correa injury.

    I give:
    Schoop/Hamilton/moncada
    I get
    Odor/Segura
    getting segura and odor negates my need for steals and keeps me from starting Simmons while I wait for correa to hopefully come back. I’m kinda fringy for the playoffs so maybe this keeps me a float a bit better. I promise not to pester you again with some iterations of this trade.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mcgaffer: Works for me

  9. Dhouse42 says:
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    extremely funny this morning thanks for writing all these

  10. Danny1917 says:
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    Grey & Co.,
    Long-time, first-time here … trust issues. H2H points league and I’m 10-5. My other bats have been carrying the anchor better known as Hammy Machado at 3B while my Fanny Salazar toiled in the minors/DL. Just got offered K. Bryant for these two unmentionables and pretty sure I can get some shmohawk included like Castellanos or Kepler. Would y’all deal or hope Hammy has a rebound’ish second half and Fanny Salazar actual plays SP the way he gets paid to? I’m confuseded?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Danny1917: Tough call, I’d prolly go with what I had

  11. Steve says:
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    Where is JD in your top 100 now that he’s in AZ? Would you trade Alex Wood for him if you needed power?

    13 team keeper, both late round keepers.

    Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Steve: Yes…Wood is always a pitch away from the DL as good as he’s been

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @Steve: I actually offered Wood for JD straight up in a league 3 or 4 days before he was traded and was rejected. So I would say try to pull the trigger on it. Hope you have better luck than I did.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: I would’ve traded Alex Wood for him before the trade, now more so

  12. jack florida says:
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    JBJ OR Parra—–12 team redraft league

    thanks

  13. Natsochist says:
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    Gray!

    Thanks for the write-up. Quick comment today to let you know I still got the pop-up this morning. Accessing via iPhone / Safari, if that helps you nuke this thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Natsochist: What a PITA, okay thanks, will look into it

  14. Sick Ranchez says:
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    Top 2 ROS out of…

    Maikel, Mancini, Peralta, Nick Williams, and Gamel?

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Sick Ranchez: Peralta/Mancini…No real ROS here just go with who’s hot at the time if you can.

  15. Lt says:
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    So Rizzo has been blowing through 2nd base appearances the first half and it’s just completely put on pause now at 9. I know the rules are kinda objective depending on how the ump rules positions for a play. It’s kinda stupid but whatever. Did they all get together and decide to not let me bench Odor when Rizzo gets his eligibility? Wtf. Is Story, Dickerson and Sale enough for Trout in a h2h 12 team league?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Lt: Only one who can answer this would be the owner of Trout in your league

      • Lt says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: I guess I’m asking is this offensive to offer or an overpay? He is on the lower end of pitching stats up and down

        • Cram It says:
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          @Lt: I think it’s fair.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Lt: you appear to mean subjective in that sentence. if it was objective umps wouldn’t have anything to do with it, as umps opinions vary from one to the other and from time to time with the same ump as they are based on human perception.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lt: Sounds fair

  16. Lt says:
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    Phillies have won 2 games in a row and are minus 140 tonight? They should never be expected to create a winning streak for any reason! If they win tonight I am gonna take a loan out to bet against them with Saturday!

    • knucks says:
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      @Lt: Grateful Dead night on Broad Street, I’ll be there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lt: Haha

  17. John says:
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    Rank Taijuan Walker, Luis Castillo and Danny Salazar ROS

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Walker, Salazar

  18. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS QS

    Drop Reynolds or Hanley for Parra?

    2 Util and 23 total roster spots. I have Rizzo and Smoak so one 1B is always on the bench. Could use OF while Souza is out, although may only be a few days.

    I have Lackey still on DL, need to either drop him or another SP to make any adds.
    Drop: Lackey, Straily, Happ, Morton ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TOGMAN: Hold on the hitters…. Drop Lackey

  19. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    Can you rank these keepers for me: 12 team 260 auction budget.

    Benintendi 11 for 2 years
    Moncada 2 for 2 years
    Rivero 2 for 2 years
    Bellinger 5 for 1 year
    Jimmy Nelson 5 for 1 year
    Story 4 for 1 year

    • Cram It says:
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      @Brett: Rivero at the bottom, Nelson second to last.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Brett: Bellinger, Benintendi, Moncada, Nelson, Story, and Rivero.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: Agree with poop

  20. mcmi11ions says:
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    I saw Polanco homered and I was going to go into this rant about how he finally turns it on after I let him go and then I started to dig into his numbers before and after dropping him and all this stuff then part way through I stopped caring and figured if I didn’t care then no one else would and that brought me to here.

    So… how are you?

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @Grey: Gregory Polanco isn’t on my team anymore, so I’m better than I was 18 days ago! I’ve been trying to trade Souza for a pitcher though and I’m not having any luck. I can’t get anyone in my league to buy into him. No one believes!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, I can’t see anyone buying Souza for anything, outside of an AL-Only league

  21. Hawk says:
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    I feel like Luis Severino should be given more notice. He was throwing 100 in the 7th inning, including hitting 101 a couple times late in the game and his secondary stuff is fantastic.

    So here’s me noticing you, Luis. ICU.

  22. Synyster says:
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    Who to start today? Prob overthinking this but as we get down the stretch every little move matters.

    Perez vs Shields
    Rizzo vs Martinez
    Altuve vs Jiminez
    Turner vs Garcia
    Story vs Williams
    Stanton vs Bailey
    Parra vs Williams
    Desmond vs Williams

    Who do I put in my util spot LoMo vs Darvish, or Ender vs Wood? I can’t toss Rizzo on the bench since hes put up two stinkers and put LoMo at first, right? That would be crazy talk?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Synyster: You can start all of them right? Rizzo over LoMo.

      • @Cram It:

        Sorry should of mentioned we only have one util spot. So LoMo over Ender? Trying to play matchups here. Thx!

        • Cram It says:
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          @Synyster: They’re both tough matchups. I’d lean LoMo

  23. Jbona3 says:
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    My Gary Sanchez ($5) for his Lance McCullers ($10) in a keeper league (OBP and QS) – which side?

    Also, will we see Dominic Smith this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jbona3: Hold Sanchez — no idea on Dominic, I’d ask Ralph

  24. SR says:
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    Got two offers in my 5×5 16 team dynasty league with 40 man rosters.

    My Faria and Mallex for Braun

    My Leake for Hoskins or Leody Taveras. Could maybe ask for Bichette or Tatis here as alternatives too.

    Leaning towards Hoskins despite him slumping lately since he’s such close proximity. Torn on Braun, my intuition tells me I could maybe flip him for more, but with offense up, hard to say.

    I’m in the midst of a rebuild with like 10-15 top 50 prospects rostered currently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SR: If in a rebuild, why do you want Braun? Take Hoskins

      • SR says:
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        @Grey:

        Only thought was maybe flipping Braun since those guys might be peaking in terms of value right now.

        Also got an offer of my Arrieta for Odor. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Odor

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @SR: Take Odor

  25. Aaron says:
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    Fingers crossed Trumbo hits a streak here…

    I need some trade advice. I offered my Cespedes, Sano and Kipnis for his Darvish and Hamilton (I need SB/R/SP, he needs HR/RBI). This was rejected and he countered with my Sano and Morrison for his Darvish and Gurriel. With our league settings (12 team 6×6 with OPS and QS) those actually sum to equal numbers on the ROS player rater due to Morrison’s negative ROS rating, making this seem an equal trade in theory.

    However I’d much rather have Hamilton than Gurriel–I need his R/SB, I don’t need a 3B or 1B (have Goldschmidt/Reynolds/Beltre), and it feels like I’m getting the worse end, but swapping Hamilton in makes the trade likely a harder sell. So, in your vaunted opinion, should I:

    1) Go for what I need: counter with my Lomo/Sano for his Darvish/Hamilton.
    2) The trade is solid as is: accept my Lomo/Sano for his Darvish/Gurriel.
    3) My trade valuations are crap: pretend this never happened.

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron: 1. Don’t see why anyone would do this but I guess you can try 2. It is

      • Aaron says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I was gathering. Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. Reece King says:
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    McCarthy or Corbin?

  27. strolg says:
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    Taijuan Crapper would be his name for now. That’s all they do for a long while (other than cry and puke on you), then they crawl.

  28. Joe Buck's Schwarboner says:
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    Drop Reddick for Nick Williams in a H2H triple slash league that also counts K’s?

  29. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    My phone fell victim to the offending ad this morning, so thanks for the heads-up that Russians haven’t stolen my keepers.

    In other news, made two trades in two different leagues recently:

    1.) Dealt Miggy and Schebler for Darvish and Inciarte
    2.) Dealt Judge and Lackey for Scherzer

    I’m correct in feeling like I just walked away from a granny’s yard sale with an original Superman comic and Honus Wagner card, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: Thanks for letting me know, I will attempt to weed it out…. Nice trades

  30. Jason Murray says:
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    Which 3 should I roll with this weekend, I need 1 1B and 2 UT: Jose Abreu @ KC, Smoak @ CLE, Bour @ CIN, and Justin Turner vs. ATL? Thanks!

  31. Chris says:
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    Pick two OF’s in a 10 team H2H points league:

    Ian Desmond
    Gerardo Parra
    Michael Conforto
    Starling Marte

    • @Chris:

      Three game home stand at Coors I’d go Desmond/Parra. I’d order them Parra, Desmond, Conforto, Marte.

  32. knucks says:
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    Cram, I do recall your sleeper pick from April 2016. Well done sir.

    • Cram It says:
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      @knucks: Thanks buddy.

  33. Bucktail30 says:
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    Dynasty keep forever OBP league

    Jose Quintana and Tyler O’neill for Jon Gray, Reynaldo Lopez and Ozzie Albies

    Which side?

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Bucktail30: Pretty fair, but I’d go with the Jon Gray side.

  34. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    You said it about Schoop! If he keeps going at this rate (i.e., doing a great Machado impression) I’m going to have to really consider him as a $15 keeper all of a sudden, esp. now that he’s hitting in the 3 hole.

  35. dfrench23 says:
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    14-team roto 5×5 (OBP) keeper league with a $10 Valencia and a $10 Brandon Moss.

    A guy who is playing for next year has a 2nd year Napol (is he that hot?)i and a $18 (probably not a keeper) Gregory Polanco. Worth a trade offer? Which side wins?

  36. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Do you prefer Luis Severino or Verlander, ROS?

    Thanks!

    Regards,
    Chris

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chris: Severino. Not close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with Cram

  37. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Gr8 write-up, genial as the French would have it, formidable as Les Quebecois would have it! Your choice!

    a. Made it to N’Djamena!! Need a hot shower, a cold beer and a warm meal (in that order, please)!

    b. John Rambo Quote of the day for July 21-23

    [Colonel Trautman and someone from the embassy come to watch Rambo fight in a stick fight.]

    Crowd: ‘[Speaking foreign language]’

    Embassy colleague: ‘Do you know him?’

    Crowd: ‘[Shouting] Uhh!’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Rambo!’

    Crowd: ‘[Cheering] Rambo! Rambo! Rambo! Rambo!’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Rambo! John! John!’

    Monk (to Rambo): ‘[Speaking foreign language]’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘John! John Rambo!’

    Rambo: ‘I don’t believe this. So where did you come in from?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Washington. Good to see you again.’

    Rambo: ‘Yeah. You, too.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You want to, uh, tell me about it?’

    Rambo: ‘About what?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘How yesterday I see you stick fighting in a warehouse in Bangkok.’

    Rambo: ‘You saw that?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Yeah. Today I find you working in a monastery.’

    Rambo: ‘They let me live here, and I help out, fixing things.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘And the stick fighting?’

    Rambo: ‘I do that for a little extra money.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Yeah. I saw you give it to the monks.’

    Rambo: ‘You see a lot. Colonel, who are they?’

    c. Have a nice weekend!

    Cheers,
    Ante

  38. Nightmare! says:
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    In a H2H points league would you ditch mediocre at best closers in favor of pitchers like severino, peacock, and chacin in your RP slot?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nightmare!: Definitely, good starters generally yield more points per IP than a mediocre closer.

  39. porter says:
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    Hey Grey, great write-ups!

    Points League re-draft – (-.25/K)
    Who puts up more points ROS in the MI spot?
    Villar, Nunez, Moncada?

  40. Jeff says:
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    Needing help at 2nd for rest of season. Recently traded for Dustin Pedoria and Zach Cozart since Carlos Correra got hurt. I have Scooter Gennett on my bench with OF eligibility. I also have Adam Duvall, but don’t like having 3 Reds in my lineup. Whit Merrifield is raking lately and was wondering if he’s worth an add over Scooter. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Whit over Scooter

      • Jeff says:
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        @Grey: Dustin or Scooter? I could the stolen bases of Whit. My 2nd base spot has been a mess all year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dustin

  41. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    What sort of FAAB bid would you be placing on Nick Williams (out of $100) if you’re hunting for (and in dire need of) .270+ AVG schmotatoness?

    Was thinking 4 or 5 bucks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      # of teams?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: sorry, 12 teams (5 OF setup)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          $2

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

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  42. Dan says:
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    Trade question. Need HRs and RBI, have saves to give. Conforto and Holland for JD Martinez. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD side

  43. Matthew Macdonald says:
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    Great write up

    Please Rank ROS: polanco, parra, smoke, Ender

  44. Jason Murray says:
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    Can’t settle on a decision for my final 3 OFs this weekend. Conforto vs. OAK, Polanco @ COL, Domingo Santana @ PHI, Benintendi @ LAA, and Inciarte @ LAD (Wood, Hill, and Kershaw). Any help is much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco, Domingo, Conforto

  45. Pazz says:
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    If I was looking to shop my Mcullers for an upgrade meaning two good pitchers because my pitching staff hasnt been the best what should I offer, I was thinking something with maybe Cole

    His team Degrom, Santana, Cole, Carrasco, Wacha, Vargas, and McHugh

    I was thinking Cole and Vargas, or Cole and Wacha do you think this sounds good. I can keep Mccullers in the 7th next year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  46. H says:
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    Marwin Gonzalez or Chris Taylor? Toss up or do you really prefer one over the other? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Toss up… Taylor

  47. DA champ says:
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    I give judge, Strasburg and wood

    I get goldy

    5×5 keep 1 h2h
    Obp, rbi, HR, SB, slg qs, k, whip, era, sv/hld

    I’m guessing that’s a no but is it still a no if I can get wood out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

      • DA champ says:
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        @Grey:

        Even the 2 for 1?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Come to the new post and re-ask thanks

  48. RICE says:
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    Kela or Cecil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kela

      • RICE says:
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        @Grey: Damn…. just missed out on Kela…. thanks though…..

        Jose Bautista just dropped in my 10-team league… lose HanRam, Para, or Polanco for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

          • RICE says:
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            @Grey: Bautista, Pujols, and Tulo sitting on my waivers…. it’s a brave new world.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

  49. kevin Knowles says:
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    Keep Gausman (don’t laugh) or Snell. Ros and possibly next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell

  50. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Good morning and a happy Friday morning to you!

    Do you guys like Happ (Cubs) or Whit more going forward? Like both over Villar? I own Villar and Happ.

    Thanks! Looking forward to the buy column!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Happ, I’d roll Villar out there still

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Thanks and Thanks! Feel good about Nola (home vs. MIL) and/or Godley (home vs. WAS) today?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Start both

  51. Monty Burns says:
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    In a league with no bench spots, I have a connundrum. I picked up both Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak to replace my ailing Freeman and the ghost of Pujols. Now Pujols is gone and I’m left with 3 good hitters for 2 spots. Been actively selling in Smoak and Morrison but there are no true believers…

    1. Sell on Freeman?
    2. Drop Lomo?
    3. Hold onto both, leaving an active RP spot empty?

    First world problems! What would you do?

    12 team espn h2h league with 6 keepers, one of which would likely be Freeman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1 or 2

  52. Nightmare! says:
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    should Foltynewicsz be owned or is he a streamer in your opinion

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer

  53. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am looking to sign a couple of free agents. My choices are:

    Spangenberg
    Nava
    Pearce
    Jose Martinez
    Choo
    Marisnick
    Smith, Seth
    Jose Agular

    I can sign 3 of them. Who should I get? I picked up Eduardo Nunez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo, Spangenberg, Nava

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey,

        What would be fair trade value for Jose Bautista? not sure I could get a bag of baseballs for him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe a closer?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Grey,

            I think I am going to sign just one of those hitters. Who should I sign?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Spangenberg

  54. BSA70 says:
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    SMOAK!! Truth be told I am trying to stay ahead of his return to form and consider him expendable when I see him slump for a few days because I don’t want to ride back down the hill with him. Especially with Davis and Rizzo – Smoak is gravy
    So I won’t ask about dropping but I’m not gonna lie that I haven’t thought about it.
    Polanco is another one right now that he has the potential of lulling you to sleep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In truth, I dropped Smoak in April, kinda streamed him right off my team

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: I did this too!! On April 10th. Except it was Judge.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ouch

          • Cram It says:
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            @knucks: @Grey: I dropped Judge on April 10th too! In my RCL where I drafted him last round. Randal Grichuk was supposed to be something!

  55. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    dropping leake in 12 teamers at this point? Eyeing Alex Meyer’s hopefully K-tastic 2-start week on 7/31 (phillies and oakland)

  56. swaggerjackers says:
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    @Grey: It’s been a rough go so far this season in most of my leagues.

    Please rank ROS for saves/holds:

    Kela
    Claudio
    Rosenthal
    Archie Bradley
    Bedrosian

    Thank you sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bradley, Claudio, Rosenthal

  57. Sdub88 says:
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    ROS pick 2: Chris Taylor, Nunez, Moncada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Nunez

      • Sdub88 says:
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        @Grey:

        thank you, sir

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  58. vee says:
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    Great stuff as usual Grey

    would you start Godley at home vs WAS today? cheerio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I would

  59. Blake says:
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    Gret – looks like Villar will be relegated to the bench with Sogard coming back. Still need to pickup a SS to replace correa – who would you pickup?

    Dejong
    Baez
    Reyes
    Tulo
    Beckham
    Galvis

    plus others

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

      • Blake says:
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        @Grey:

        only 2 pickups left – you would go with Baez long term?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2 moves all year? Why waste it on this?

  60. dtbran says:
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    Starting Pollock vs Scherzer today? Or bench for either Thames (@ Nola) or ODB (vs Garza)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try ODB

  61. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Which combo should I go with? H2h league.

    Healy @ 3b and Taylor @ SS

    or

    Taylor @3b and Arcia @ SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy

  62. Jim says:
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    Pitch Godley at home vs Nats tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  63. Robert says:
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    Any concerns about Chapman? Struggling the past couple of weeks and thinking about trading him for LeMahieu and benching Odor. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Aroldis, it’s not close

      • Robert says:
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        @Grey: 10 team h2h league, Happ and Thames for LeMahieu?

  64. jon says:
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    Rando Question,

    Anyone outside of the top 5 or so prospects you are eagerly waiting to pounce on once called up?

    most top guys are owned I want to get a list of a couple specs ready. Just looking for your personal favorites.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryan McMahon in the top 5? I want me some Rockies

  65. Ron Swanson says:
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    Hey man. Should I trade segura and clint frazier for Just Dong? or should I ask for the balls too? …. but actually wondering about that trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, seems optimistic on your part tho

  66. Grey

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

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