Jarred Kelenic was such a terrific call-up, before he was called up. Jarren Duran was a Hall of Fame lock, before I locked him into my fantasy lineups. Vidal Brujan? A chef’s kiss that can be heard from each of the 27 local Tampa Bay Hooter’s that lands you in the hoosegow for 27 counts of unwanted advances. Wander Franco? More like a cat that’s making me have an allergic reaction, call him Dander Franco. The best rookie bats this year have been Adolis Garcia, who came with no fanfare, and Akil Baddoo, who everyone expected to fall apart due to being a Rule 5. With that MLB (Major Lowering of Bar), please welcome Jo Adell! In Triple-A, he hit 23 HRs — stupendous! Stole 8 bags — I’ll enjoy that! Hit .289 — wow, I’m moving my pants without the help of my hands! And struck out 29.2% — Um. So, he might hit .205, but there’s no leagues where I wouldn’t pick him up. There’s also a chance he might only last on my teams until Sunday. Here’s hoping he’s better than all other call-ups. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chris Rodriguez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.16. C-Rod pushes to the limit the baseball maxim, “You have to shorten anyone with the Rodriguez surname to their first initial and Rod.” C-Rod has a decent K/9 (9.5) but pretty scary command, which means that C-Rod could lead to a roofie.

David Dahl – Designated for assignment by the Rangers. When you can’t catch on with one of the worst hitting teams in MLB, after suffering a similar fate with another terrible team in the Rockies, well, it’s time for Dahl to hit the Roald to Korea.

Dane Dunning – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.07. His peripherals (8.8 K.9, 3.1 BB/9, 3.57 FIP) are way better than you might think, unless you are Dunning or his mother. In which case, hey, Dame Dunning!

Spencer Patton – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.15 and his 1st save. As the Rangers’ closer, Patton appears in front of the large red, white and blue team emblem in full military regalia.

Adalberto MondesiRoyals’ GM Dayton Moore said of Mondesi, “We’re learning that we’re going to have to manage his workloads in ways that he may not be a guy that plays more than 100 games. We can’t count on him as an everyday player.” Moore added, “My fantasy team needs steals!” Same, man, same. Shame with Mondesi because he has ability to go 20/50, but he doesn’t have the health. This is also a little pulling of the ear by Moore to tell Bobby Witt Jr. he’s thinking about him.

Chris Sale – Will make one more rehab start. I get it; you want to not rush anything, but he has a 1.76 ERA and a 27/2 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings. If I’m the Sawx (not, by the way), I bring Sale up and let him throw a few innings vs. trying to get him to start a game and throw 5+ IP.

Mike Yastrzemski – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last three games. Carl’s Jr. Jr. has yet to click this year for an extended period of time, but hopefully a hot streak is on his secret menu.

Anthony DeSclafani – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.28 vs. Taylor Widener – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.05. I started both of these guys in an NL-Only league, which is a way of me asking for you to please hold me and tell me there’s better days ahead.

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .255. People are now asking if Juan Soto’s lost all his value because everyone was traded out of Washington. It’s almost like no one paid attention to one thing I said about Jo-Ram this year.

Amed Rosario – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and 2 steals (10, 11). Grabbed him and Myles Straw (2-for-5, 2 runs and his 18th steal) yesterday, and now I’m struggling to drop either back to waivers because I need steals. My struggling to drop them is like Ralph Kramden struggling to say sorry.

Brad Hand – 1 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.83, as he faced his old team. How does that saying go, “Cut off your Hand to save you pennant race?” It’s almost like the the Guardians were saying, “Hey, Hand, you’re the reason why we’re not in a pennant race, so you don’t get to go elsewhere and have success.” The Jays might’ve realized that Romano should be the closer around…What time was it yesterday when Hand gave up the game?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer, hitting .328. Just noticed the Jays’ lineup is now Springer at leadoff (2-for-5, 1 run), followed by Cake Batter and Baby Batter (1-for-4).

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.04. Will have to go out of my way to not like Robbie Ray next year, and I don’t think I’m gonna open Waze and bother to go the long way.

Andrew Heaney – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.42. 1st pitcher to give up four homers in his Yanks’ debut. Don’t worry, that was vs. the Orioles. Wait until he sees the Red Sox! A fly ball pitcher who gives up a ton of home runs isn’t a great bet in Yankee Stadium? Are you sure? Wait, I’m asking you again the same question, are you sure? No way! That seems so impossibly incorrect. The Yankees wouldn’t trade for a guy who sucks. That doesn’t check out at all.

Gerrit Cole – Hit the Covid IL, so he’ll miss at least ten days. He got dinged when the umps tested the mucus he was putting on the ball for grip.

Gio Urshela – Will hit the IL again, a week after returning, this time for his hamstring. If Gallo goes to 3rd and Gardner gets to play every day, then, Elias Sports Bureau says, Gardner becomes an everyday player seven years after he should’ve retired. A new record.

Ryan Mountcastle – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 18th homer, hitting .259. Mountcastle is having a season I like to call, “What I wish Alec Bohm was doing.”

Cedric Mullins – 2-for-5 and a slam (18) and double legs (19, 20), hitting .322. Mullins leads the AL in hits. Only one Orioles’ player has done that:  Ripken in 1983. Um, Cal Jr. Not F*ck Face Billy.

Austin Hays – 1-for-5 and his 11th homer, hitting .236. It’s not said enough how I wanted Hays in the preseason and not Mullins. Haha, just absolutely owning the night.

Tylor Megill – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.68. If you have him still, you got so lucky that he didn’t have one of those *makes explosion sound* Goooooomber. I’d move on in shallower leagues from Megill before things get much worse.

Pete Alonso – 2-for-5 and his 24th homer. Albombso!

Jesus Luzardo – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 6.70, as he was recalled from the IL. The Marlins don’t have bad pitchers. They’ve never had one. Check their history. Okay, don’t bring up Ricky Nolasco. It still hurts to think about some of the things he did to my fantasy teams. So, Luzardo could absolutely have a solid two months. It seems wildly unlikely considering how off his command has been this year. It hasn’t always been that bad, though. Did the magic the Marlins shoot out through their swordnose fix Luzardo that fast? Doubtful, but worth grabbing in deeper leagues.

Lewis Brinson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 4th homer, a grand slam. He reminds me of a broke man’s Byron Buxton. I will call him Byron Pennieston.

Dylan Floro – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.49, as he got his 3rd save. How many outs did Dylan get? One, two, three, Floro. Anthony Bender (1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.13) came into the game in the 7th, and I forgot a bylaw of SAGNOF, the young sexy pitcher won’t ever get saves. I’d grab Floro for saves.

Randy Arozarena – 2-for-3 and his 15th homer. “It’s the playoffs…the playoffs…” That’s me trying to hypnotize The Rice Bowl through the computer screen.

Ty France – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer. Fun fact! Ty France-Italy is what Bob Costas says about the outcome of the Olympics race to get cigarettes.

Chris Flexen – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.75. After his last trouncing, I’d look at Streamonator for him, and be careful.

Jake Fraley – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 8th steal, as he was activated from the IL. Do I have time for a monocle on my cyclops?

Ranger Suarez – 3 IP, 0 ER, 1 K, ERA at 1.04. Ranger Suarez or the entire Rangers’ team, which has a higher WAR? I’m gonna guess Suarez.

Odubel Herrera – 2-for-3 and his 7th homer. Usually after ODB homers, he gets hot for a week into a hot schmotato situation.

Josiah Gray – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.85. Gray is nowhere near as good as he’s going to be eventually, which is what I say about Josiah, and my 2nd grade teacher said about me. I peaked young.

Carter Kieboom – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. And Kieboom goes the Carter!

Andrew McCutchen – Hit the IL with knee inflammation. Welcome back, McClutchin his knee. This is good for Travis Jankowski, who is good for speed. Some historians say the Poles have skis on their end of their names because thousands of years ago they would tie flat boards to their ankles rather than walking and they built up a taste for speed. Others say this is ethnic profiling and it should be stopped. Either way, Jankowski averages around 30 steals per 162 games.

Bryse Wilson – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, ERA at 4.42, as Wilson got his first start post-Braves and post-Hanks painting a face on him. Streamonator hates his next start, and I don’t trust him either yet, but I am intrigued.

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 24th homer. This was Escobar’s first game in his new team’s stadium. If you can guess the park’s name where the Brewers play without googling it, you win an American Family.

Eric Lauer – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.50. Usually there’s about two dozen pitchers doing what Lauer is doing. Just pitching well for deep leagues, and not worth looking at in shallower ones. Without thinking about it for longer than 30 seconds, I think Lauer is the only pitcher doing that this year.

Josh Hader – Hit the Covid IL. Wonder if he got it at Lollapalooza. Did you see Fred Durst? He looked like he stepped out of the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage video or an episode of Undercover Boss. Any hoo! Hader will be out at least ten days and Devin Williams could get some saves, but Brad Boxberger (2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.64) got his 4th save last night.

John Axford – 1/3 IP, 2 ER, as he returned to baseball, but left after 22 pitches with elbow discomfort. Damn, that’s not how feel-good stories are supposed to go. Just this year, Axford was doing TV work for the Jays and then pitching for the Brewers. In a related story, Buck Martinez would be better than four-fifths of the Orioles’ rotation.

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scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Toro! Toro!

goodfold2
goodfold2
1 year ago

m.barnes not for long on corona list.

Keeks
Keeks
1 year ago

Omg is this real?!

https://shopcanseco.com/?s=09

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Keeks
1 year ago

does he sell his sperm on there? if you ask customer service if he is do you get banned?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
1 year ago

if not you get banned, does he quit his own site if that’s asked?

LOLmets
LOLmets
1 year ago

said taijuan walker was done after that brutal start just after the as break. he wouldnt get me and you out anymore. hes about to be on the IL or in the pen. maybe he gets one more start but he has just nothing. hes done being good for 2021 thats for sure.

blooper
blooper
1 year ago

Garver, Murphy or Gomes?

blooper
blooper
1 year ago

drop baddoo for kelenic?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

I am unde the gun. and need your help.

This is the lastest offer

I give up: Rutschman, Abel, Liberatore and my 1stround pick (between 7-10 depending on where i finish).

I get: Giolito andt he #2 pick in the minor league draft.

Make the deal yes or no?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

i get Gio ($28 nextyear) $14 in slalary and the #2 pick in the minor league draft by giving up Rustchman, Liberatore and abel plus my 1st round pick.

Play Ball
Play Ball
1 year ago

Adel or Eloy this season for roto?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

I am unde the gun. and need your help.

This is the lastest offer

I give up: Rutschman, Abel, Liberatore and my 1stround pick (between 7-10 depending on where i finish). Make the deal yes or no?

I get: Giolito andt he #2 pick in the minor league draft.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Duran with a sweet match up, batting leadoff, blowing it.

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
1 year ago

Would you take Soto or Springer ROS in a roto redraft? I got a trade offer.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

Hey Grey! Keep 5 only, OBP OPS, QS W. I’m making a push for a playoff title and rec’d the following offer:

Nonkeeper Betts, $30 Woodruff (keep for $33), and my pick of nonkeeper Kershaw or Yu.

For my $5 Rodon and $5 Adolis. Adolis has been worse than you’d think in OBP OPS. Obviously Rodon is a stud but has diminished velo lately.

If I did the trade my 5 keepers would be 5 of Soto ($14), Story($22), Yordan ($11), Trea ($45), Bellinger ($17), Altuve ($16), Riley ($5), Walsh ($5), Manoah ($5), Sale ($9), Urias ($11).

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks! What about this unrelated one (last q!):

Different league. My $1 Sale for his $6 Kelenic. Keep forever ($3 inflation annually starting 2022). I’m not in it this year in this league.

Thanks!

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

Taijuan sucks. Time to say goodbye if it’s a keeper league?

Framber worth trying to trade for in a keeper?

Thanks.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
1 year ago

Grey,

I am currently in first place. Elieser Hernandez is available but I don’t have another IL spot. He should be back at some point next week I’m assuming. Would you pick him up?

He could be a big difference maker.

I have an open roster spot with Trevor Rogers on the IL and I also have Eduardo Rodriguez and Touki both of whom I want to give another shot to because I think E Eod could potentially be turning the corner a bit and that K/9 is beautiful but everything else this season seems to be hit or miss, same with Touki who seems like you can get a 7IP 1 Run 8 K game or a 4 IP 10 Run 4 K game.

Thanks!

Rick Brown
Rick Brown
1 year ago

I have Ohtani as a UTIL in a couple leagues and Yahoo and Fantrax have him batting 2nd.Do’t think he’s scheduled to start until tomorrow.
RICK

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

C. Vasquez or G. Sanchez for my ROS Catcher

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
1 year ago

14 team h2h keeper 6X6 with OBP, TB, QS and SVHLD

Literally a week ago I finally had no IL eligible players on my team and was looking to stash some upside plays on the IL. Of course whenever that happens, right on cue, injuries ravage my team. First it was Tatis, then MCutchen, Donaldson hasn’t played for the past few games and now Biggio hit the IL today. I ended up picking up Severino and Senzel to stash but already dropped Senzel and feel inclined to keep Severino given how close he is. There are only 2 IL spots for context.

So here is my team.

1) Who is the cut to pick up a hitter (I loaded up on starters since my opponent has 13 starts going this week and no relievers)

C W Contreras
1B Votto
2B McNeil
SS Rodgers
3B Donaldson DTD
INF Vaughn
OF Grisham
OF Mullins
OF Canha
OF Mountcastle
UTL Cruz
UTL

IL Tatis, Biggio, McCutchen

SP Lynn, Alcantara, Carrasco, S Gray, Manoah, McClanahan, Sandoval, Kikuchi, Josiah Gray, Mullers

RP Jansen

IL Severino

2) Hitter to pick up: D Smith, Lowrie, A Rosario, Flores, Ortega, Cain, B Anderson, Choi, Rooker

Thanks!

Bish
Bish
1 year ago

Grey,

who’s more valuable ros in a points league, JD Martinez or Jordan Alvarez?

Bish
Bish
Reply to  Bish
1 year ago

Damn spell check. Yordan

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Bish
1 year ago

He just had a son recently and named him Jordan haha

JC
JC
1 year ago

Day late for weekly check-in. Context: 12 team, h2h. Hitting cats: 1B, 2b, 3b, HR, SB, Ave, Runs, RBI, ks, bbs.
Pitching cats: HRs, ks, ERA, WHIP, Saves, Holds, WS, W, L.

My team:
C – Stassi
CI – Freeman, Abreu, Wisdom
MI – Cesar, Polanco, Albies
OF – play 5. Winker, Springer, Tapia, Yordan, Lowe
Util – Benny
Out: Trea, Walsh, Donaldson
SP – Burnes, Gausman, Disco, J Urias, Eovaldi
RP – D Castillo, Box, Fioro, Gallegos

WW: Santander, Adell, Gurriel, Rojas (IL), Margot
Hembree, Amir, Patton, Clippard, Tepera, Petit, Chafin

1. Trea, Walsh could be back this week. Move on from the oft-injured Donaldson or hold. If move on, who replaces?

2. Keep current pen or swap out?

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Good. Seems like I would just be moving around the deck chairs on the titanic.

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

To think I traded away McGee!

eballs
eballs
1 year ago

Cut one (no needs)

Wisdom
Farmer
Adames

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Whos the drop?
Santander,Soler,Adolis

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
1 year ago

With Ohtani looking to start @TEX rather than @LAD this week, and then having 3 games in NL park, am I better off moving him to P rather than Util for this week? W, K and HR are my greatest needs so he fits in either spot.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  steve stevenson
1 year ago

you “weekly” leaguers have hilariously silly decisions. i guess you only have to make them once a week but yuck. that whole thing is suited for football (probably the exact way they were invented too, people coming over from football that wanted it as much the same as it could be)

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Ohtani out because of his thumb. Must be a kryptonite splinter.

happyharry
happyharry
1 year ago

hey Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6×6. Who is the drop to make room for Betts…IKF, McNeil or KBHayes?
thanks man.

Umpy70
Umpy70
1 year ago

Grey who would you rather have ROS

Cole or Darvish?

Whatever
Whatever
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

In a 12 team keeper using OBP and SVH, my season is now circling the drain. The first place team has deGrom and is in real trouble.

I was thinking of offering him (salaries for 2022)

Cole (29 )
Cruz (39 if kept)

vs

deGrom (50) (Yes premium starters would go for 50 or more)
Story (22)
Mullins (1)

I know its crazy but is this too crazy? This whole thing is based on whether or not deGrom will need TJ surgery. An If the size of Mt. Everest.

Whatever
Whatever
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

Intermediiate term. Drop Schoop for Toro (3B), Brandon Rogers (2B,SS), or Bohm (3B). Slight advantage for 3B eligibility. OTOH, I see Rodgers is home for next 6 days.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

Surprised to see you’re so down on Bohm. He’s not what was expected, but he is now BA and a little better than 4020. I wish Conforto or Bellinger had his recent stats.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

Surprised to see you’re so down on Bohm. He’s not what was expected, but he is now BA and a little better than 4020. I wish Conforto or Bellinger had his recent stats.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Bohm has been hitting better lately. .329/.384/.380/.763 in June and .296/.387/.481/.869 in July. Plus he’s hitting .400 in August! (4 for 10)

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I just dropped Hosmer for Bohm since it looks like Hosmer is going to sit much more frequently now (of course, he’s starting against a LHP tonight vs Oakland so go figure).

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago

12 team head 2 head redraft

Add straw or adell over any of following or hold ?
D.Moore ,M.Chapman. Yaz. Conforto, Bader .

Pick one for saves . Clase, Finnegan, seawald, Barlow , hembree, Bard

lindorphins
lindorphins
1 year ago

Well, what do you know – Mondesi’s beginning a rehab assignment in AAA today. Hopefully coincidence and him not deciding it’s time just because of Moore’s comments. The way it’s been going for him though…let’s just say I’m expecting nothing from him and considering anything at all down the stretch to be bittersweet gravy to end this brutal year. It’s too painful to keep getting my hopes up.

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

If Mondesi comes back and actually helps me get to / do well in the playoffs, maybe I’ll upgrade the gravy (upgravy?) to a symphony, haha.

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

All aboard the upgravy! I have many gravy boats that need lifting, haha.

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ha I’m on board, as long as we’re in salt water. Can’t have the potato boats sinking in regular water with all that bittersweet gravy.

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Haha, I wouldn’t not try it. Although being 2021, I feel like it would end up going a little like a Torenado blurb. I’d just be getting my first taste close to my mouth when somebody would crash into me and it would end up all over my face.

lindo
lindo
Reply to  lindorphins
1 year ago

More likely I will be looking at his latest injury report like this soon.

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scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Grey, which of these borderline starts is more attractive?
Josh Fleming vs Seattle
Mike Minor @STL

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

In a keeper league, how would you rank Ian Anderson,Frmber, Cease and Manaea? Thanks as always.

ashtray
ashtray
1 year ago

So Carlos Santana has basically had 1 good week this season and has been pretty worthless in my 14 team league that uses OBP and SLG instead of AVG.

Would you replace him with any of these bats:

Rowdy
Fraley
Choi
Yandy
Olivares
Cain
Harrison
Engel
Marsh
Sheets

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sure can. I have Marsh and Sheets on my roster as well and was looking to lose them. I’ll go that route for lack of anything better to do.

Thanks

Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
1 year ago

Close one eye and start McCullers @ LAD tonight?

Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yarrrr eye patch at the ready

Thank you

peterpumpkineater
peterpumpkineater
1 year ago

OMG – your statement: Mountcastle is having a season I like to call, “What I wish Alec Bohm was doing.” made me friggin’ snort. Yes, I have Bohm and can’t quit him cause I’m hoping he was worth the $17 I paid for him at some point….

aardvark
aardvark
1 year ago

Adell, oliveras, toro, conforto or straw for my last bench spot? Points league

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

31 Years Old / AAA+ Albuquerque Isotopes / Taylor Motter / Not even in ESPN Player List

AB – 198
R – 51
H – 67
HR – 24
RBI – 56
SB – 0
AVG – .338
OBP – .462
OPS – 1.249

I kinda feel bad for these guys that “live the dream” going wild in triple A when they’re too old for a call up.

hondo
hondo
1 year ago

Did you catch Robles and his little friend last night?

https://twitter.com/MLB/status/1422404151997345794?s=20

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

As a Nats fan it’s the first smile he’s brought to my face in a long time.

thekid2004
thekid2004
1 year ago

Losing patience on Moncada. FA replacements are Straw, Sano, Cain, L. Webb
I’ve struck out trying to move him even for a back end starter.

Make any moves or hold? 12 team, OBP/QS, 6×6

Keeks
Keeks
1 year ago

How much longer are you giving Conforto to turn it around (specifically his OBP/AVG) before he goes on your shit list?

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Might just never draft a mets player ever again haha

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

Radical idea Yahoo and ESPN should implement – you don’t draft closers, you draft bullpens, like fantasy football defenses. This year it’s depressing to think how much time we have to spend replacing closers who got traded (no other position completely loses value after a trade), or navigating committees. One position and one stat should not take up such a disproportionate share of our fantasy mental space. So I propose having the option to draft bullpens instead.

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

More leagues need to just switch to saves+holds

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

this isn’t new. this happens every year. everybody loves to think what they are going through now is somehow FAR apart from what’s come before, it almost never actually is. it isn’t here.

When is John Stearns coming back?
When is John Stearns coming back?
1 year ago

Ty France or Jeff McNeil?
Grazie’

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

1) Actions to take with struggling OF – Bellinger, Grisham, Yaz? Trying to shop Belly and Grisham? Any bouncebacks you’re expecting?
2) Touki, Patino, Keller all streamers? Any staying power from any of them?
3) Stassi or Varsho ROS (roto categories)?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
1 year ago

Grey, Ive got a first place team that has been floundering for a few weeks now, My OF was loaded with Adolis, Castellanos, Laureano, Walsh and Reynolds. That has gone sideways lately. I traded Reynolds for Nola and you can see the rest. Adolsi has been dropped. My team also has DeGrom and Trea Turner on the DL. My bullpen is terrible.

The last place team is fairly loaded and is starting to sell. His bullpen is Pressly, McGee and Bard. He has Mullins in the OF and Justin Turner in the IF. His SPs are Alcantra, Cole, Flaherty, Buehler, Mahle, Gilbert and Sandoval.

Its a keep 5 keeper league and I obviously hate the idea of trading Bichette, but if it fixes my holes its probably worth it. How great do you feel about Mullins next year? Which of these players do you think I should target? I am also willing to trade my first round pick to get more in return. Thoughts?

lindorphins
lindorphins
1 year ago

Who’s the end of bench drop in a 12-team, H2H, OPS keeper league where each team can keep up to four players?

Soler, Conforto, Jazz, Hayes, Straw, Adell

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Seems like you’re pretty down on Soler despite the recent hot streak, which has continued on the Braves and had him moved up to the two hole last game (granted, against Brett Anderson, and, double granted, tonight will be against Lester). His first game with the Braves was against Woodruff and he hit sixth, so I was hoping he’d stay in the lineup but just move between those two spots depending on whether they’re facing a right or a lefty.

I guess we’ll see what happens as time goes on, but are you expecting a pretty big loss in playing time? Or do you just not buy the hot streak? Or combination of both? I guess I’m just a little surprised you prefer him to guys like Olivares, Straw, Adell.

Thanks!

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  lindorphins
1 year ago

Sorry – meant to say surprised you prefer guys like Olivares, Straw, Adell to him.

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Gotcha, thanks. One last follow-up question. How do you rank Adell, Straw, Olivares, Hayes and Conforto as utility bats ROS? Same league – 12-team, H2H, OPS keeper league where each team can keep up to four players.

lin
lin
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks again.

Will
Will
1 year ago

Lewis Brinson is the 2nd coming of Brandon Wood, destroys minor league pitching but can’t hit in the majors.

Brandon Wood MLB line: .186/.225/.289/.513 with 18 HR, 64 RBI, 5 steals in 700 ab
Lewis Brinson MLB line: .194/.245/.317/.561 with 20 HR, 85 RBI, 8 steals in 859 ab

Suicide Squeeze
Suicide Squeeze
1 year ago

It’s all my fault.

I have Kelenic, Adell, Franco, Brujan and Kiriloff on my roster. I also had Buxton in his first 2 years. I even had big Papi during his Minnesota days. As long as these players are on my roster they will under-perform. And just so you know, I also have Rodriguez and Witt, so don’t even think about recommending them when they get called up.

Suicide Squeeze
Suicide Squeeze
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

What’s in it for me? If I can’t get good stats from them then no one can!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
1 year ago

Upton, Olivares, Addell or
Joc over Soler?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
1 year ago

Or Santander

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Andrew Benintendi or Patrick Wisdom

High Heat
High Heat
1 year ago

Hey Grey. 12 team dyno where u keep 25 out of 36 players no restrictions. Weekly 5×5 h2h. Would u trade my Springer, Luis Castillo and Riley Greene for Julio Rodriguez, Mackenzie Gore and Erick Pena? I’m looking towards the future but feel I’m giving a tad too much. Any thoughts to help me decide? Thx!

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
1 year ago

Re: Dahl. It could be worse. He could also be married to a hot church going wife who is sleeping with your pastor, who you also pay a handsome salary to.

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
Reply to  Huffin Gas
1 year ago

That is destined to be a made for TV movie, if it hasn’t been already.

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

6×6 with ops the extra hitting category can you rank
Yellich Lourdes gurriel Dom smith

lwomack58
lwomack58
1 year ago

Need to stream pitchers-who’s the drop

Renfroe, Grichuk, or Tellez(Looks like platoon coming). All are bench bats right now.

Thanks

Herb
Herb
1 year ago

Floro, Patton, or Sulser for saves?

I would drop Detmers.

Thanks!

Kelley Hayes
Kelley Hayes
1 year ago

Adell or straw h2h points thanks

wudaben
wudaben
1 year ago

Thinking of stashing Elieser for the playoffs. Would you dump Cobb or Toussaint for him?

and would you drop Bader for Lou Bob?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

I got two trade offers and would like your opinion on them.

Trade #1:

I give up:

Matthew Libaratore and the #10 pick in my upcoming minor league draft

I get:

The #2 pick in the upcoming minor league draft

Trade 2:

I give up:
Buster Posey/C/SF $7
Xander Bogaerts/SS/BOS/$29
2nd round in ’23
3rd round in ’23
5th round in ’24

I get:

Kevin Gausman/SP,RP/SF $14
either Joc Pederson/OF/ATL $9, Yaz/OF/SF $12 or Andrew McCutchen/OF/PHI $21
1st round picks in ’23,’25 and ’27
2nd round picks in ’22, ’23 and ’24
3rd round pick in ’23
5th round pick in ’24

Which OF should I ask for in deal 2?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

ok what is wrong with the second trade

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

like what

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

those were thebest players hehas

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

grey this is his roster:

C James McCann (NYM) $26.00
C Jacob Stallings (PIT) $5.00
C Christian Vazquez (BOS) $13.00
1B Brandon Belt (SF) IL $5.00
1B/3B Jeimer Candelario (DET) $5.00
1B/3B Yandy Diaz (TB) $12.00
1B/2B/SS/OF Kiki Hernandez (BOS) $13.00
1B/3B Nate Lowe (TEX) $8.00
1B Carlos Santana (KC) $11.00
2B/3B/OF Josh Harrison (WAS/OAK) $5.00
2B/3B/SS Nicky Lopez (KC) $5.00
2B/3B/SS Donovan Solano (SF) $17.00
3B Justin Turner (LAD) $16.00
OF Kole Calhoun (ARI) $7.00
OF Alex Dickerson (SF) $17.00
OF Steven Duggar (OF) $6.00
OF Aaron Hicks (NYY) IL $18.00
OF Max Kepler (MIN) $11.00
OF Andrew McCutchen (PHI) $21.00
OF Joc Pederson (CHC/ATL) $9.00
OF Michael A. Taylor (KC) $5.00
OF Mike Yastrzemski (SF) $12.00
SP Kolby Allard (TEX) $5.00
SP Chris Archer (TB) IL $9.00
SP/RP Anthony Bender (MIA) $5.00
SP/RP Nathan Eovaldi (BOS) $17.00
SP/RP Kevin Gausman (SF) $14.00
SP/RP Austin Gomber (COL) $6.00
SP/RP Chi Chi Gonzalez (COL) IL $6.00
SP/RP Kendall Graveman (SEA/HOU) $7.00
SP Jon Gray (COL) $5.00
SP Zack Greinke (HOU) $20.00
SP J.A. Happ (MIN/STL) $7.00
SP Kyle Hendricks (CHC) $17.00
SP Rich Hill (TB/NYM) $5.00
SP Cristian Javier (HOU) $15.00
SP Brad Keller (KC) $7.00
SP/RP Triston McKenzie (CLE) $5.00
SP Julian Merryweather (TOR) IL $6.00
SP Mike Minor (KC) $5.00
SP Zach Plesac (CLE) $13.00
SP/RP Adam Plutko (BAL) $5.00
SP Julio Teheran (DET) IL $5.00
SP Joe Ross (WAS) $6.00
SP Jose Urena (DET) IL $5.00
SP/RP Alex Wood (SF) $6.00
RP Jose Alvarez (SF) $5.00
RP David Bednar (PIT) $5.00
RP Andrew Chafin (CHC/OAK) $6.00
RP Chris Devenski (ARI) IL $10.00
RP Raisel Iglesias (LAA) $10.00
RP Corey Knebel (LAD) IL $11.00
RP Paul Sewald (SEA) $5.00

Who should I ask for along with Gausman andthe draft picks to make deal for bogaerts happen?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

actually he is in 4th

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

posey and bogaerts

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

sorry, thatswhat hewants. i like gausman and an of

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

rememeber i have witt abrams in the wings with bichette

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

one guy that has devers, does not want more BOS guys on his team

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

devers and bogaerts would be solid for him

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Dont need Devers. I have Bohm, J-Ram, and Bregman.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

covered there too. just waiting for thor, sale and a few others to come off IL

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Doesnt hurt to have an extra OF. Just got anothrt trade offer:

I give up:
Rutschman,
either Gore or Meyer,
Liberatore
and my 1st round pick in the minor league draft

i get:
Lucas Giolito ($25) and the #2 pick in the minor league draft.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

what should I tell him?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Xander is the best player in that deal and you’re trading him.

pizza5788
pizza5788
1 year ago

Brandon Crawford or Caesar Hernandez

JC
JC
1 year ago

1. Been using Torrens as catcher since he was get DH time. But Garver, Stassi, McCann, Stephenson available. Hold or swap?
2. Pick one of Benny, Santander, A Diaz, Y Hernandez, Adell – need one until Walsh gets back. Side note: I think you have to wait at least a week before dropping a guy who has 20 home runs and could be a big factor in your playoff success.
3. Springer in lead off spot since July 24th (scored ten runs that game)
4. Is it conceivable Disco is a drop for a streaming spot? Trade deadline has passed. Lauer, Houser, Flexen, Shane, Megill, Kaprelian (IL now) types are available to do so. My staff last two weeks have punished me pushing me from first to fifth place in our tight 12 teamer. Staff: Burnes, Gausman, J Urias, Disco, Eovaldi.
5. Megill settled down after rough first inning. Rookies also do no handle errors well. Your comment about a guy like him wining or costing you a championship rings true.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Excuse me sir, do you have a brick wall I can bang my head against for dropping Mullins earlier this season?

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
1 year ago

Hey to the Hey,

I’ll be quick with my neverevereverrending closer (and other) questions:

1. Rank the crappy closers, please: Clippard, Patton, Sulser

(maybe I just did?)

Am I crazy to start France over Cody Lost Bellinger at 1B? This is nuts, and it’s not a joke anymore: the dude is legit ruining my season. Seems he should be on the bench until he can hit over .200 for a week and I’m actually considering dropping him or trading him for a middle reliever.

Lurrrrrvey!

Cunning Linguist
Cunning Linguist
1 year ago

GREY. Great lede title. Hopefully this Adell is on a good diet.

Rodgers or Cesar this year and in a keeper?

Floro or G Soto or drop Taijuan for Floro? Only have Melancon and Soto now.

Last question: I picked up Gallen at $10 in a keeper. My guess he is either TJ bound and I will drop or he will be healed up by next year and $15 underpriced? Fair analysis?

Thanks!

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Excellent points on soto and sale. Sale went 5 innings in his last rehab start and threw 81 pitches.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

Lamonte Wade has been great, but his frequent DTD status has now become a concern. Please rate (intermediate term): Wade; Ortega; Varsho.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

Sorry (actually glad): Straw and Harrison also available.

So please rate top 3: Straw; Ortega; Wade; Harrison; Varsho.

Thanks.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
1 year ago

Two questions for an Otteneu points league with $300 salary for 2022:

1. Which side do you like better; individual salaries aside, but assuming the cumulative salaries for each side are relatively even:

A – Ohtani (hitter only), Acuna, Riley – cumulative $115
B – Rendon, Bichette, Olson – cumulative $97

2. In that points league for next year, which side would you prefer?

$51 Olson
$26 GoldSchmidt

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Does it make a difference if the Rendon side is guaranteed now for next year and the Acuna side is a possibility (albeit a strong one) post 2022 fantasy draft? Tons of talent so even if it’s not Acuna and Ohtani, somewhat similar high level and elite players to be available. But mixing and matching key.

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