“But I can’t Jo-Fer that (Jo can do).  No, I can’t Jo-Fer that, (Jo can do).  Oh, I can’t Jo-Fer that (Jo can do), I can’t Jo-Fer that, can’t Jo-Fer that, can’t Jo-Fer that, but Jo can do!”  I can do this all day.  Seriously.  That yin vs. yang, angel vs. devil, Ho-Hos vs. Yodels constant battle wrecks havoc on me.  Jose Fernandez showed why he’s one of my favorite pitchers yesterday.  I mean, goddamn, he made that pitch famous, he made that pitch famous!  His line:  6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 14 Ks.  So, what’s the problem?  What is the yang, devil, Yodel?  That he will be shut down barely into September.  If the Marlins stay in the pennant race, Jo-Fer may even be shut down earlier to give him a chance to pitch in October.  I love him, but if you can get anything close to equal in value for him, I could see trading him in redraft leagues.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tommy Joseph – 1-for-3 and his 12th homer.  JB and I go over ToJo on the podcast that is coming later today.  If that doesn’t get your juices flowing then you have no soul, or you have a decent corner infielder already and no interest.  I’m going with the former, whichever that one is.

Jeanmar Gomez – 1 IP, 2 ER, and the blown save, ERA at 2.89.  “Well, he was great for so long, I’m gonna write off this one outing like I write off my comic book collection.”  That’s you.  What you may not know is I just traded for Jeanmar in one league, so, of course, he’s about to go sideways, and I don’t mean he’s about to take a wine tour with a Paul Giamatti lookalike.

Aaron Nola – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.41.  Through a cursory trip around Google that ended at Morgan Fairchild’s exercise video, I couldn’t find any mention of Nola battling a dead arm or poor mechanics, but I bet he was dealing with one of those, and now he looks fine, so grab him.

Joc Pederson – On track to return on Tuesday after injuring his AC joint.  Couldn’t come at a worse time with the humidity recently.

Jordan Zimmermann – Threw a bullpen session and said he felt fine.  However, he didn’t spell out fine, to further solidify which J.Z. he is.

J.D. Martinez – Still a few weeks away from returning.  Just Dong’s gonna miss his chance to July Dong, which really is a shame.

Justin Upton – 2-for-3 and his 10th homer.  *stifles laughter*  Ten homers?  As his manager Brad Ausmus would say, oy gevalt.  Man or five non-man readers, even if Upton gets hot and ends the year at 25 HRs, is there any way you can draft him before 125 overall next year?

Matt Boyd – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Flavor Flav’s fantasy team “Yeah, Boyd!” just moved up in the standings.

Chris Davis – Out with a stomach virus.  Incredibly, Khris Davis was the one who ate a bad batch of oysters.

Darren O’Day – Could return this week.  O’Happy O’Day.

Kevin Gausman – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, 1 homer allowed, ERA at 4.05.  Stream-o-Nator predicted a line of 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks and 1 homer allowed.  What a rip!  I want my 2/3 IP, 1 ER and 1 K back!

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .301.  I guess he can hit for a decent average, huh?  That’s directed to the random commenter in the preseason that said Schoop can’t hit for a decent average.

Ivan Nova – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.92.  Out of curiosity, I just checked in on Luis Severino in Triple-A — 7.2 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 3.28 ERA — but Cashman said Severino won’t rejoin the club.  Lesson here is don’t sleep with Cashman’s woman.

Alex Rodriguez – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer.  Compliments of the RCL StatMaster, VinWins, in the comments yesterday, “A-Rod was 5-for-11 with 2 HRs vs. Gausman going into the game.”  When A-Rod gets inducted into the Hall of Fame, which will be him standing in front of a lectern in front of a mirror pretending to be in Cooperstown, I’m sure he’ll thank Gausman, after he thanks himself.

Steve Pearce – Will be activated for today’s game in Coors.  I’ll drink to that!  Not Coors though, gross.

Trevor Story – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (22) and legs (6).  Yeah, he’s on pace for 35/10.  Chasing the dragon is smoking opium.  Chasing the silver bullet is a similar feeling and as addictive, but it’s owning hitters that play in Coors.

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .167.  There’s no truth to the rumor that Pujols was playing Pokemon Go mid-game and began chasing Ji-Man.

Mike Trout – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer.  His go-ahead homer came off Keone Kela.  After the game, the Rangers had no patience for Kela walking around in a black trench coat saying, “I am the Keone.  Whoa.”

Nicholas Tropeano – 2 IP, 4 ER, and left with elbow soreness.  In related news, Tyler Skaggs had 14 Ks in his last start, allowing one hit.  Grab Skaggs now.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .274.  Beltre hit one of three homers (Rougned Odor 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, and his 17th; Mitch Moreland 2-for-3 and his 12th) in the first two innings vs. the Trop, who obviously was more hitter-friendly than The Trop.

Shin-Soo Choo – Sat out again, and hasn’t played since July 10th.  Don’t want to be that guy, but I did say on July 1st he was due for an injury.  Okay, I am so that guy.

Matthew Wisler – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.67.  Thankfully, he’s in Coors later this week, so it was an easy call to bench him in my weekly league.  Yes, this is about me.

Adonis Garcia – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer.  I don’t know why, but I want Adonis to succeed, so I’m constantly looking at him through rose-colored glasses, and now he looks like Adorable Adonis with all of this rose color.  He’s hitting over-.300 in the last week, and could be a light schmotato.

Joey Votto – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a homer, hitting .265.  Also, in this game, Eugenio Suarez (1-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .225) homered, as well as Zack Cozart (1-for-5, hitting .263).  Okay, now for some fun (not fun)!  Guess how many homers each player has.  I’ll give you the homer numbers:  15, 15, 16.  C’mon, match them up!  I’ll give you another hint, Suarez is the one with 16 homers.  Surprise anyone?  Yeah, me too.

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-5, 2 runs and three steals (25, 26, 27), hitting .245.  I had Rajai so I didn’t need him at the time, but I regret not picking up Hamilton a few months ago when Prospector Ralph dropped him.

Brandon Finnegan – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.66.  There was a crapton of garbage pitchers going yesterday, huh?  Not to answer, but to ruminate.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 7th steal, hitting .241.  He’s on pace for 30 HRs, 12 SBs, and, I swear to you, every day people still ask if they should pick him up.  And it’s not just here, he’s only owned in 35% of leagues.  Yes, grab Semien.  Plus, he makes great lotion.

Khris Davis – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer, hitting .255.  Another guy no one wants to own.  No idea what it is with A’s hitters, but no one wants them.

Kendall Graveman – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.25 vs. Mike Fiers 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.75.  Fiers succumbs to Graveman sounds like a film you watch in elementary school that you can’t ever shake.

Marwin Gonzalez – 1-for-5 and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games, and hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Yes, he’ll be demoted to a bench bat at some point soon, but he’s hot now.

Yangervis Solarte – 2-for-4 and his 1st steal.  He might be the hottest schmotato in the land.  Is the land bereft of hot schmotatoes?  P to the erhaps.

Matt Kemp – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer, and his 3rd homer in as many games, hitting .255.  After the game, Kemp said, “I’d waive my no-trade clause to any team, including any in the Mexican Baseball League.”

Jhonny Peralta – Sat out with pain in his surgically-repaired thumb.  Now he’s got nothing to do and nothing to twiddle.

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  At some point I said something like, “Grichuk could hit 15 homers in the 2nd half.”  And that’s me vaguely remembering me!

Jedd Gyorko – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 8th homer, hitting .252.  This homer came off his old team, the Padres.  What a Gyorko.  Sorry, it’s wrong to Judge Jedd.  Oh, snap!  One blurb, two puns!

Mike Leake – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (zero BBs), 11 Ks, ERA at 4.00.  Damn, I mean, yes, the Padres were the opponent, but still damn.  That’s a terrific start, and coming off another start with 10 Ks.  His K-rate is still only 6.7, but his walk rate is 1.3 with a 3.62 xFIP.  In most leagues, I’d still look to stream him with the Stream-o-Nator, but could see trading for him in deep leagues.

Stephen Piscotty – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .299.  Why bother in a game they were winning by seven runs?  Piscotty doesn’t know!  Piscotty doesn’t know!

David Robertson – 2/3 IP, 4 ER and his 3rd blown save.  Last week, he couldn’t pitch due to his leg strain, and I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point very soon we hear it’s still bothering him causing him to hit the DL.  I.e., grab Nate Jones.  I before E, SAGNOF.

Chris Sale – 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 3 walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.18, and the no decision as he went after his 15th victory.  Murray Chass said, “Sale would’ve won the game if he had more mettle.  Grizzle, grizzle.”

Tim Anderson – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .279.  What’s with the power?  He was known for speed in the minors.  Did he study under the same coach as Joc Pederson?

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .212.  He’s hitting .267 in July but with only three homers.  Batting average is not pop if you call it that then stop.

Joe Nathan – Could join the Cubs’ bullpen this weekend.  I.e., Nathan’s Famous lips, asses, and torn ligaments will now be a Chicago dog.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .293.  HR to the Rizzo!

Matt Szczur – 3-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .294.  Lil’ Szczur defeats-a defeats-a Mets!

Javier Baez – 2-for-4, 1 run and his 8th steal, hitting .281, as he hit leadoff yesterday, and is hitting near-.400 in the last seven games (on both sides of the ASG).  Still owned in less than 40% of ESPN leagues.  Oh…*pounds out a chicken cutlet, fills it with spinach and ricotta cheese, rolls it up, ties it with twine, bakes it on 450 for 18-22 minutes, pulls it out and breathes in the aroma* …kay.  That’s the Chicken Florentine pause.

Carl Edwards – 1/3 IP, 2 hits, which is totally irrelevant for fantasy, but I wanted to be the first to congratulate Carl Edwards on getting his MLB career going and no longer having to body double for Anthony Mackie.  “Yo, stop calling me Papa Doc!”  That’s Carl.

Matt Harvey – Underwent thoracic outlet surgery.  Sadly, performing the outlet surgery was not Plug 1, 2 or 3.

Wilmer Flores – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .260.  Glad to see Wilmer do well, the time right before the trading deadline is always a trying time for him.

Steven Matz – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  A few weeks ago, when it was announced that he had elbow spurs like a pitching John Wayne, Matz was dropped in my RCL (12-team mixed league), and I made no effort to pick him up.

Kendrys Morales – 0-for-1, hitting .225 in July.  Member when this guy was a thing?  It feels so long ago.

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer, a grand slam.  Would’ve made a nice batty call, which is not the same as the drunk dialing you do to your high school crush.

Cheslor Cuthbert – 2-for-3, 1 run, hitting .288, and hitting around .315 in the last week.  Hey, don’t judge, he’s a little hot, also like your high school crush.

Corey Kluber – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.42, and the decisive no decision as Bryan Shaw (2/3 IP, 4 ER) shouted loud and clear, “I hate you, Grey, and I hope you never get any wins.”  Thanks, Shaw.

Francisco Lindor – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer.  I’m so crazy about this guy I can’t handle it, which Cougs tells me is now ‘candle.’  So, no more ‘can’t handle,’ it’s now candle.  As in, I candle all the changes to the English language.

Yan Gomes – On Saturday, he sacrificed a chicken a’la Jobu from Major League to try to reverse his luck.  On Sunday, he separated his shoulder and will be out for one to two months.  The Chicken God makes a wish using your shoulder.  There are downsides to playing with cluck magic.

  1. muskysmell says:
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    Haha, great stuff as usual Grey…
    Loved the Kanye reference with the whole tasty T-swizzle phone call recording goin’ on =D

  2. Chris says:
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    I too am worried about matz in an innings cap league that counts qs. Who would you cut out of Wacha, matz and kintzler. Nobody wants kintzler but he will be added as soon as I cut him. I am first in saves and have 5 closers (able to play all 5). I own 8 starting pitchers. I figure 6 is about right, more than 6 will l let me play matchups. Thx

    • bigbear says:
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      @Chris: Kintzler. Even if he’s added, he’s marginal at best. Can you package Matz and Kintzler for a SP upgrade?

    • knucks says:
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      @Chris: This prob isn’t your style. In my QS league, I own more RPs than SPs and have the best ERA, but last in QS. Sitting in 2nd place right now with some solid hitting.

      My plan is to stream SP (against the Barves) after the trade deadline. I like my chances to bump a few points in QS without losing much in ERA/WHIP. Its roto, maybe youre in h2h?

  3. endershadow says:
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    12 team dynasty, semi-rebuild 5×5

    Send Carpenter for Addison russell? Thanks

  4. JB says:
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    Grey – would you activate Taillon today or wait a turn? For me to activate him, I’d have to lose one of the following: Glasnow, Hamels, Matz or McCullers – which one?

    Thanks, and by the way, I’m assuming your diss of Coors the beverage was aimed at the light variety, yes? I agree that Coors Light sucks balls, but a cold banquet on a hot, humid night is pretty effin’ good, IMO.

    • hondo says:
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      @JB: So is a glass of ice water.It is better than warm cat piss though.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @hondo: Do you drink warm cat piss pretty often

        • CMUTimmah says:
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          @Fungazi: “You eat shit for breakfast?” “Nooooooooooooo!”

        • hondo says:
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          @Fungazi: The closest I’ve come is Coors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB: I’d start him, lose Glasnow

  5. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I HATE, no, I DESPISE closers, looking at you Clippard & Robertson..Clippard Robertson, sounds like one of those yacht guys..

  6. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey, what do you think about Hammel’s endurance? He was pulled on Saturday after 6 innings 81 pitches (3 hits, 1 er, 7 ks) even though he supposedly figured out why he was cramping over all star break. Im in a QS, k/9 league so I need guys to get through 6 with decent ks. I was thinking about dropping him and taking a flier on Skaggs. Thoughts?

    • bigbear says:
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      @TacktheKack: Nah. Schtick with Hammels there.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @bigbear: I hate Hammel in QS league, he’s so weak. Last year he only had 2 starts out of his last 15 go for at least 6 IP.

  7. Tony C says:
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    For ROS Naquin or Grichuk? It’s a 12 team H2H 10×10 league includes OPS, Ks, BBs, and H for batting cats. Also ROS Solarte, Profar or Baez?

    • knucks says:
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      @Tony C: Grichuk… If Naquin doesn’t stay hot, PT could be a prob when Brantley returns.

      Solarte has been hot, but boring. I’d prob go Baez, playing everyday and hitting in an incredible lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Agree with knucks

  8. Don says:
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    Great write-up s usual, Grey.I watched the Marlins/Phillies game and the umpire had a strike zone larger than Taylor Swift’s ego. Nola was getting some ridiculous called strikes, which is sort of what he does, but I barely remember him inducing any swinging strikes. Unlike JFer who seems to make most batters believe they’re going to strike out before the first pitch. Nola also took a line drive right off of his shoulder shortly before exiting. Point being I would probably wait another start or two before hopping back on the Nola train.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: Haha, nice call

  9. Packers says:
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    Always a fun read. 12 team roto dynasty keep all, with OPS as an added category.
    Piscotty and Roark for my Cespedes and Oh.
    I need wins and K’s. I’m in 1st in saves plus still have 3 quality closers so losing Oh no biggie.
    I know Cespedes is the best player but am also tied for 1st place in the league. 3 team battle in HR too. Should I offer this trade?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Packers: Id keep Cespedes or id want a better pitcher in the deal.

  10. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Who do I sit today (obp league):

    Belt @ Porcello
    Puig @ Lopez
    JUp v Milone
    Myers @ Cmart

    is it crazy to think i should sit Myers? He’s facing by far the best pitcher of the bunch and CMart is death to right handed hitters.

  11. Timmer says:
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    Great stuff my man. Pearce is coming back, would you keep him and drop Kang in an OBP league? Or keep Kang?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Timmer: I think you can lose Kang if you don’t need his SS eligibility. He’s been super cold since the accusations came out and not playing daily.

  12. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Are you dropping Matz for Skaggs in a 12-team 5×5 mixer? Or would you rather drop Bauer, foltynewicz, Ian Kennedy, or Nola instead?

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Alcesto: I wouldn’t drop any of them for Skaggs

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Alcesto: Context dependent but I would consider dropping Folty for Skaggs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto: I’d lose Folty for Skaggs

      • Alcesto says:
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        Why keep Matz? He’s been awful and he can’t apparently throw his slider. Do you really think there’s a legitimate chance that he returns to being good?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t want Matz right now, but I prefer him slightly over Folty…If you prefer Folty, then lose Matz, I wouldn’t hate that

  13. Fantastic stuff Grey. VERY weird season for pitchers. Assumed value picks have shat the bed. Obviously, sat Smyly last night. Paxton might as well put his 100mph on a tee. Limited move H2H. At this point, give up on either for Skaggs? Or hold out for another start? Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @zombie: Thanks! I’d lose Smyly for Skaggs

  14. J-Dawg says:
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    Love seeing De La Soul references. Whole summers were spent either on 3 Feet High and Rising, or De La Soul is Dead. Takes me back.

    While I’m here, I guess I’ll throw a question out there. Do you see any real value in Hutchinson (TOR) for the second half? Like, try and get him in a trade on the cheap if I can?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Dawg: Yup…. Yeah, I see some value in deep leagues in right matchups, no trust in him right now

  15. Just Busted says:
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    Yahoo 12 team 5×5 H2H:
    I am kind of thin on OF and have no real speed on my team. I have Schoop, Dozier, and Baez at 2B
    No one is biting on a trade too high for Dozier sooo…is Dozier for someone like Rajai Davis too low? It fits my needs but…too low ball? Will something like this this bite me in the gotchies?
    Thanks!

    I LOVE the smell of mustache wax in the morning!

    • Grey

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      @Just Busted: Ha…. Too low, Rajai stopped playing every day about two weeks ago

  16. Matt says:
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    What are we doing with Valencia – still holding? Other options are schmotatoes (Pearce @ Coors, Ad.Garcia @Coors, etc.), streamers, or adding an extra closer (Maurer, Estevez, Clippard) to try to stack potential saves and win that category.

    • Grey

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      @Matt: I’d try Estevez

  17. DoubleDroppingDueces says:
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    Was offered Joey Gallo and a 3rd rd draft pick for Jameson Taillon in my dynasty league.

    Both my offense and pitching are among the best in the league so I’m not really looking to fill an empty spot. Which side provides more value in the long run? Just for reference, these were the guys drafted in last year’s 3rd round.
    Brett Honeywell
    Carson Fulmer
    Kyle Tucker
    Trent Clark
    Brady Aiken
    Mark Appel
    Vlad Guerrero Jr
    Luis Ortiz
    Josh Hader
    Demi Orimoloye

  18. Brian says:
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    16 team dynasty 6×6 h2h with k/bb and QS. defending champ and currently in first. looking for sp upgrade. current SPs are jofer, price, teheran, quintana, sonny, salazar, gausman, jaime garcia, liriano. not sure it gets it done for any of them, but thinking of trying jorge mateo and a 2nd rd prospect pick for either bauer, verlander, or duffy. in what order would you try to acquire them? and if you had to up the offer to mateo and a 1st, would you? would you up it for any of the 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Bauer, Duffy…Yes, I would with Mateo/1st

  19. dude says:
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    Belt for Bautista – which side for ROS and which side for keeper league?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @dude: Belt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dude: Agree with F

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

    Taillon off the DL, and I want to add Nola. Need to drop 2

    Matz, Ryu, Paxton, Samardzija

    Should I drop a 3rd SP ^ or O. Herrera for Grichuk? Currently no bench bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TOGMAN: Ryu, Paxton, stream

  21. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Id lose Paxton, Samardzija and Ryu for Taillon, Nola and ODB

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: Sorry meant keep ODB lose three pitchers and add Grichuck

  22. knucks says:
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    The saddest part about Greggy Brocktune is that I’m actually rooting for the backdated DL stint this afternoon, so I can slide him into my DL slot and activate Taillon for his start tonight. At least then we know he’ll come back healthy and hopefully ready to steal some bags in August.

    So sad. But it did sound like he may play tonight? But who knows with that C*nt Hurdle.

    Games at 7:05 EST, so I guess we’ll just have to wait for the Bucs lineup at 7:04 EST to find out!! Eff you Hurdle!!

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: More of a reason for being ok with a Brocktune DL stint. I could batty call Souza tomorrow, then Adonis Garcia the 21-23rd @ Coors, with Brocktune eligible to return on the 24th. That’s not so bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: HA! I’m stealing C*nt Hurdle

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Hah please do! I don’t even remember typing that to be honest. Because when I chirp about Hurdle, I’m blue in the face and nearly blackout.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! I empathize completely

  23. Zeus says:
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    Isn’t Carl Edwards running on the Republican ticket for the third congressional district of Indiana?

    • knucks says:
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      @Zeus: Not running, driving. The #19 car, to be exact.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: He’s the afternoon speaker on Wednesday

  24. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey. Gattis, Grandal, or Norris? Also, Nola or Shoe? Thanks!

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @Jerry: I’d lean Gattis/Shoe

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Jerry: Grandall / Shoe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jerry: Gattis, Shoe

  25. RePete says:
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    Conforto, Profar, Castro, or Harrison as a utility bat?

  26. Diamond Joe says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I know you love catcher talk so I am giving you the final word on my catcher spot. It looks like things are going to get pretty crowded in Houston. Do you think Gattis keeps getting consistent at bats? For the ROS, should I keep Brian McCann or Gattis?

  27. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Need to drop one in 10 team H2H league. Leaning towards Matz, your thoughts?

    Matz
    Nola
    Velasquez
    Shoemaker
    Duffy

  28. Alex says:
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    Would you go ahead and drop Choo for Grichuck or Naquin? Something bad is coming..

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: dang, someone scooped him up already. Hold Choo or go with Naquin?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go Naquin

          • Alex says:
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            @Grey: And then when it’s time to activate Fowler, I’ll need to drop Naquin, Travis, or Trea Turner.

            Thanks for the help as always!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Turner

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

    Josh Bell is reportedly playing some OF back in AAA – think this relates to Polanco and a possible DL stint?

    • knucks says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Its possible and maybe that’s part of the discussion right now in Pitt. I’m also reading that Polanco to the DL “could” be the roster move this afternoon, to activate Taillon for his start tonight.

      If they DL Polanco, he’ll be eligible to return on Sunday. So unless it comes out that the Polanco hammy thing is serious, I really don’t understand these Bell antics. It doesn’t make any sense to me. Just stick him at 1B over Jaso!!! But that’s Hurdle/Pirates for you… they love moving parts around and being confusing as hell. As a Pitt hater for several years, across all sports, I hope yins go down in flames. Bring me the head of Clint Hurdle!!

  30. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    start which of these in h2h, SON only likes reed
    reed vs ATL
    miley vs WSOX
    reynaldo vs LAD

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Start Reed and Reynaldo…. the Dodgers havent been anything special on offense and the rookie has looked great in the minors.

  31. RobMac says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff as usual.

    I need a power upgrade for the second half. Leading in steals (have Starling Marte) so can sacrifice some speed.

    Which side are you on for these two?

    1. Trade Altuve (mine) for Rizzo

    2. Altuve/Castellanos for Rizzo/Jake Lamb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RobMac: Thanks! 1. Yes 2. Sure

  32. Ninaaw says:
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    Keeping hellickson on your team start vs marlins, then @marlins, @braves or drop for Skaggs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ninaaw: I’m holding Hellickson

  33. Ninaaw says:
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    marte, lindor trout only base stealers have power and 3 open spots, jankowski, peraza, grichuk, pham, conforto

    Steals and net steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ninaaw: No idea what you’re asking

    • Ninaaw says:
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      @Ninaaw: which 3 given my situation

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ninaaw: Jankowski, Peraza, Grichuk

  34. tom says:
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    Grey please help!!!

    I am currently leading the saves category in my league by 21 saves. I have Britton, Familia, Robertson, and Estevez. I don’t think I can be caught. However, I could use another outfield bat. I offered an owner Familia for Ian Desmond, Familia for Mark Trumbo, and Robertson for McCutchen. All 3 trade offers were voted down. Obviously, this owner has a glut of OF types and also owns Braun, Beltran, and Hayward. The owner is also in the middle of the pack in saves so I figured we could help each other out.

    He counters with Braun for Familia or Beltran for Familia. Familia currently leads all of MLB with saves at 32. Braun and Beltran are bit more riskier in my opinion. Not sure I can approve the trade. Beltran is older and will probably be traded. If he leaves Yankee stadium I think his value diminshes a bit. He also offers little help with SB which I can use. Braun is having a good year. Hasn’t done much with RBI and HR in a while, but has a very good OBP and can chip in 6-7 of the rest of the season. FantasySP trade rater overwhelmingly favors Beltran for Familia, but Familia for Braun not an equal trade at all.

    Should I accept one of these? I am actually helping the rival owner more by helping him in the save category as his closers are Cishek, Vizcaino (DL), Cingrani, and Mauricio Cabrera.

    Walk away? I am in first place at the moment in my ROTO league by 3 points. SB and OBP are my weakest categories.

    Thank you for the help in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tom: I’d take Braun

  35. eric says:
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    Need to drop one: Semien, Kepler, M Upton. Need most HR, RBI.

  36. Scott says:
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    Note of caution. I dropped Jeanmar early on in the season after a blown save, and he went on to save several more games on another fantasy team.

    • Hugman says:
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      @Scott: Gomez has something like 8 more saves than Papelbon had at the time he was traded last year.

      • knucks says:
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        @Hugman: Still anxiously awaiting the duel that will take place in the bullpen when Chappy gets traded to the Nats. Pappy aint gonna like that!

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          @knucks: I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t go to the Cubs. They have so much to offer for him.

        • knucks says:
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          @knucks: True. Last I read, Cashman wants Schwarber and the Cubs won’t give him up. Likely the Cubs want Miller and Yanks want Schwarber, but neither team wants to move either guy, unless blown away. Don’t rule out the Yanks being stupid as hell and holding in an attempt to jump like 5 teams for the 2nd WC spot. That’d be so dumb though.

  37. a bag of sand says:
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    Pls rank for pts leagues:
    Khris
    Grichuk
    J Upt
    Curtis G
    Naquin
    Pagan

    Thx

    • knucks says:
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      @a bag of sand: I dunno if the Pts league thing makes a diff at all, but I’d say Upton, Khris, Grichuk, Naquin

  38. Hugman says:
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    You know what’s a good feeling? Owning Kendrys during his hot stretch, seeing it wane and dropping him, and then watching the guy who routinely scoffs at your trade offers pick him up and get nothing out of him.

    Also, Skaggs or Nola?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hugman: Ha, nice… Nola

  39. hankp says:
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    Grey
    Which side do you like in a deep 5×5? Lindor and Tex or Villar and Holliday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hankp: Lindor, it’s fair

  40. eric says:
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    Pick 2 ROS: Archer, Shoemaker, DeSclafani, Guerra, B Norris

    • knucks says:
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      @eric: Archer and Shoe for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @eric: Agree with knucks

      • Dhouse42 says:
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        @Grey: the fact that someone could ask if bud norris is better than Chris archer and it might be a decent question is hilarious

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  41. Oranje says:
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    Baez or A. Russell as my MI?

    And…which lineup do you like better:
    3b-Machado
    SS-Desmond
    MI-Baez/Russell
    OF-Heyward/C. Gomez

    OR

    3b-Baez
    SS-Machado
    MI-Russell
    OF-Desmond

    • Phil Up Your Crevice says:
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      @Oranje: Baez over Russell. I like first lineup (take advantage of Desmond’s SS eligibility and see if Heyward and Gomez wake up just a little bit).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oranje: Baez…Machado is better

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: Excuse me, 1st lineup w/ Machado

  42. The G says:
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    Grey,

    ROS question 12tm yahoo H2H redraft…is this order correct?: Matz>Nola>Paxton>Joe Ross? Also have Thor, Carrasco, Roark, Taillon, Glasnow, McCullers, and Folty. I keep tabs on JB’s weekly rankings, but wanted your thoughts on those four. Thanks!
    Skaggs is also available on the wire…

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @The G: I would go Matz, Ross, Nola, Pax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The G: That order looks fine

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The G: Could see going Nola, Matz, Pax

  43. Kyle Eichinger says:
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    Grey, do you like Grichuk over Kepler in an OBP league?

  44. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    So you’re saying Matt Harvey’s got potholes in his arm?

    Do you like V.V. at home today against Miami?
    Secondly, after yesterday’s game, are we trusting Nola again?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grassy Knoll Redding: Ha… Yes, Velasquez at home vs. anyone… Read what I wrote on Nola in the post you’re commenting on

      • Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    5×5 14 team league. Have Schoop and could use starting pitching. Is giving Jeffress and Zobrist for Iwakuma worth it?

    • Phil Up Your Crevice says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: I think you can do better than Iwakuma for Zobrist and Jeffress.

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Phil Up Your Crevice: Thx. Had initially offered Bruce and Jeffress for deGrom but was turned down. The only other pitchers he has are Glasnow, Nola, Cole, Gibson, J Ross and Corbin. Maybe Nola interests me but not sure.

        • Phil Up Your Crevice says:
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          @Lincecuminmypants: You think he’ll part with Cole? I know he’s not pitching as well this year, but I still like Cole, especially if it’s a keeper league.

          • Lincecuminmypants says:
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            @Phil Up Your Crevice: He’s a Pirates fan, so no. He’s also in last place so he has no incentive to make moves. Not really sure why he wants Zorilla or a closer in the first place.

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Asked again and was able get Cole. It’s going to be Cole and Iwakuma for Bruce, Zobrist and Jeffress. Good?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cole side

          • Lincecuminmypants says:
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            @Grey: thx!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  46. tom says:
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    Grey please help!!!

    I am currently leading the saves category in my league by 21 saves. I have Britton, Familia, Robertson, and Estevez. I don’t think I can be caught. However, I could use another outfield bat. I offered an owner Familia for Ian Desmond, Familia for Mark Trumbo, and Robertson for McCutchen. All 3 trade offers were voted down. Obviously, this owner has a glut of OF types and also owns Braun, Beltran, and Hayward. The owner is also in the middle of the pack in saves so I figured we could help each other out.

    He counters with Braun for Familia or Beltran for Familia. Familia currently leads all of MLB with saves at 32. Braun and Beltran are bit more riskier in my opinion. Not sure I can approve the trade. Beltran is older and will probably be traded. If he leaves Yankee stadium I think his value diminshes a bit. He also offers little help with SB which I can use. Braun is having a good year. Hasn’t done much with RBI and HR in a while, but has a very good OBP and can chip in 6-7 of the rest of the season. FantasySP trade rater overwhelmingly favors Beltran for Familia, but Familia for Braun not an equal trade at all.

    Should I accept one of these? I am actually helping the rival owner more by helping him in the save category as his closers are Cishek, Vizcaino (DL), Cingrani, and Mauricio Cabrera.

    Walk away? I am in first place at the moment in my ROTO league by 3 points. SB and OBP are my weakest categories.

    Thank you for the help in advance.

    • knucks says:
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      @tom: How many teams are in this league?

      First of all… SAGNOF. Find steals elswhere if you can’t move Familia for Villar or Billy Hamilton. I’ve been recommending to keep an eye on Peraza. If Bruce is traded, its likely that Peraza gets starts often. He has one less SB than Villar in past 30 days, with about half the at-bats. If he gets the PT, he could be your best bet to jump some guys in SBs in Aug/Sept.

      I’d be more than fine moving Familia for Braun if I were you. It can’t hurt to explore options with other teams though, if this guy isn’t giving you the bat you prefer. Have you done that yet? If you have… and Braun is your best option. Take it. Again, SAGNOF!

  47. DonnieB says:
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    Is it still Pederson over Grichuk for the ROS? How about Hamels versus Hendricks? Thanks always,Grey. You are the best in the business and its not close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: Meh, I could see going Grichuk…Hamels over Hendricks

  48. PED Inc says:
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    Morning Grey!

    Drop Matz for Skaggs, Hector Santiago, Taillon in a redraft league?

    I feel like I should own Baez as much as you mention him, but I’m having a hard time finding room for him. How would you rank the following 2B in a H2H points redraft league for rest of season?
    Segura
    Baez
    Solarte
    LeMahieu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PED Inc: Taillon…Segura, DJ, Baez

  49. artzlab says:
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    Hola, Grey. Bang up job as usual.

    Trade my JoFer and Jose Abreu for his SMarte and C Seager? Need some speed (tho Rajai and Janikowski have me climbing the ranks). Currently have Justin Turner (1/3 elig), Espinoza (1,2,3,SS elig), Abreu, Machado (3/SS elig). My staff is DeGrom, JoFer, Matz, Roark, Pomeranz and Happ. 10 team league with 1200 IP max, and im a little below pace. Im a close second and looking to hammer out the win, after 2 runner ups in a row. Little worried about being thin at 1B and Seager hitting the rookie wall. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @artzlab: Thanks! I’d take Marte

  50. Schlitzy says:
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    I need to drop Pomeranz or Archer to activate YU – who goes?

  51. dem ribbies says:
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    There is talk about the Nats trying to trade for Blackmon.

    1) How much does this hurt Blackmon’s value?

    2) David Dahl or Jose Berrios in a 10 team keeper?

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: Ouch.. I’ll snag Dahl as insurance, but kind of hoping the Nats can’t pull off a deal for Blackmon. I’d guess the Rockies will rightfully be asking a lot for him in return.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  52. Scott says:
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    I went and picked up Conforto in every league where JeF didn’t already have him.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scott: LOL

  53. Phil Up Your Crevice says:
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    Grey, you’re the best in the world. Thanks again for a great column. I was wondering if you could give me your opinion (and fellow Razzers, please chime in as well with your opinions) on the following trade proposal I was offered…but just some background: I’m in first place in a 12 team keeper Roto league (7×7…OPS and Hits, and Holds and complete games). I’m really only ahead of my competition by a large margin in hits, and pretty close everywhere else, especially in steals and homers and OPS. My pitching is not as strong as my hitting though, but it’s not terrible.

    I was offered Odor, Bumgarner and AJ Ramos for my Jose Altuve. I can only keep Altuve for one more year (next year), and I can keep Odor if I make this trade happen for the next 3 years. Bummy can’t be kept, and I don’t keep closers. Thoughts? I could counter Ramos with Roberto Osuna, but I’ll probably only be able to go up 2 or maybe 3 spots max in saves. I’m not too crazy about the offer, albeit very, very fair in my opinion.

  54. Gregarious says:
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    hendricks or shoe? QS and W league

    • knucks says:
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      @Gregarious: Its pretty close, but Shoe if you want a better chance at K’s, Hendricks if you want a better shot at W’s. Shoe has more upside, but Hendricks more of a sure thing it seems. I’m in a similar league and I’d take Hendricks, but I also own Edwin Diaz and Betances on that team. Best of luck!

      • Gregarious says:
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        @knucks: Thanks man! Appreciate the advice…totally agree. Kinda seems like a push.

        Follow up question for you razzballers if I may: pick up Folty, Moore or E-Rod off the wire? Will probably lose Glasnow…

  55. Betrayer of Hope says:
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    Hi, which side of a trade?

    League is 12 team (30 spots per team) Points H2H

    Story/Rendon or Daniel Murphy/Andrus?

    Thanks for your help!

  56. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Hammel over Shoemaker, Roark, Bauer, Duffy, or Hendricks or HOLD?

    Also, Squirtle or Charmander

    • knucks says:
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      @William Hung: I’d Hold.

      Also, go with Jinx. The “lady of the night” in the poke-world. Heard she gives a dandy-handy.

      • William Hung says:
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        @knucks: Don’t have Jinx, but I do have Tangela and Goldeen – Goldeen looks like a real classy lady…

        • knucks says:
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          @William Hung: Isn’t that a fish?

        • knucks says:
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          @William Hung: Can’t lie, I’ve maxed out my pokeman knowledge with that Jinx joke. Was given to be by my teenage nephew. Carry on…

  57. tank1 says:
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    Here’s my current pitching staff – Price, Cole, Hamels, Duffy, Velasquez and Taillon. Should I stick with what I have or seek an upgrade? I could potentially offer one of the following for C-Mart: Villar, Lamb or Frazier. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tank1: I’d trade Lamb for C-Mart

  58. ryanoger says:
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    Would you rather Wacha or Leake?

    thanks man

      • Ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Dropped Matz for Leake or hold? I can roster Skaggs and slot in my DL if I make this move…

        • Ryanoger says:
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          @Ryanoger:

          Drop*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Leake, but I’d first look at upcoming matchups

          • Ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks man!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  59. Reid a book doode says:
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    Shall I activate Taillon and drop Shoemaker, Hill, Fulmer, or McCullers? 11 tm keeper

    • knucks says:
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      @Reid a book doode: I wouldn’t want to drop any of them right now unless I had to. Are you fighting to win this year? If not, could see dropping Hill I guess. Isn’t he like 40? Have you tried trading Hill to a contender already?

      • Reid a book doode says:
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        @knucks: I’m actually in first place. Have Noah, Salazar, and Quintana as the rest of my staff. Napoli at 1B, Baez, Belt, Khris Davis on the bench.

      • Reid a book doode says:
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        @Grey: I’m actually in first place. Have Noah, Salazar, and Quintana as the rest of my staff. Napoli at 1B, Baez, Belt, Khris Davis on the bench.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t mess with a good thing

          • Reid a book doode says:
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            @Grey: Haha!! I dig that…so does that mean to cut Taillon? Or cut Hill?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cut Taillon

  60. Joe says:
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    I’m trying to trade Abreu and do better at 1B. Another team has Votto and Encarnacion (also Lindor and Kershaw).

    Should I hold? Would Abreu plus someone get me Votto? Should I offer Machado, or Frazier, with Abreu and try to get a Votto/Encarnacion and a Lindor back?

    12-team, h2h, 5×5, redraft
    C – Wilson, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Odor, 3B – Frazier, SS – Machado, OF – M.Upton, J.Upton, Kepler, DH – EMPTY, Bench – Polanco (DTD), Pence (DL), JD Martinez (DL)
    SP – Carrasco, Price, Gray, Peavy, Shoemaker, McCarthy, Pineda, Dickey, J-Zim (inj.)
    RP – Chapman, Cishek, J.Johnson, Estevez 

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Hold

  61. omar says:
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    Anybody got the stones to start Snell in Coors tonight?

    • knucks says:
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      @omar: Yea the Tampa Bay Rays do!

      But they don’t exactly have a choice. You do. I’d advise against this, unless the deepest of leagues. But even then, I prob wouldn’t. If he pitches well, then so be it. I wouldn’t hold it against myself if it happened on my bench.

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @omar: Difference between “stones” and “stupidity”…..no way Snell gets a start in fantasy tonight.

  62. nick the dick says:
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    Was only a matter of time before you snuck an Ap rap in. And De La? Mad live in here…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick the dick: I’m crazy about this new album, haven’t stopped listening since yesterday… Currently, featuring Rap is not Pop, Moses, Pay Your Dues and No Such Thing on repeat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick the dick: Oh, and ADD, how could I forget arguably my favorite

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Yeah man, no joke. And Run For Your Life, Charlie Brown, Pieces Of Eight…every track is good. Rare territory here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, very impressed… I liked some of his earlier stuff, maybe didn’t give it enough listens, but this is next level

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Has some great early stuff too, you def just haven’t given it a shot yet. We’ll get there.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I will get there especially after liking this so much

  63. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Happy Tuesday!

    Nice stuff Grey.

    Check the Rhyme- Fantastic!

    Papa Doc reference was even better. HaHa!!

  64. Diamond Joe says:
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    May need to let go of a DL pitcher. Who gets dropped, Joe Ross or Taijaun Walker?

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Diamond Joe: Ross is back potentially this weekend….I would say hold for a bit longer…

  65. knucks says:
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    Per Bill Brink, regarding Bell:

    “Neal Huntington told us Sunday that the Pirates would have Bell play the outfield about one day a week to “reacquaint” himself with the position. Part of this stemmed from the possibility that Polanco would go on the DL this weekend. Hurdle has said he won’t play Bell at first base over Jaso, and until that changes, Bell has no avenue to playing time in the majors unless he plays the outfield.”

    Stuff we kinda already knew, but he just said this a minute ago, so wanted to keep us all up to speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Yeah, I hear ya… Been following it too

  66. Vinny Boombatz says:
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    Drop Valencia for Cuthbert?

  67. Boy Wonder says:
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    I’m probably going to get crap for this..

    14 team H2H redraft league

    I traded Ozuna and Fulmer for Kepler and Chapman

    I also own Springer, Duvall, Khris Davis and Casilla, Jeffress, Oh

    What do you think?

    Thanks!

  68. John C. says:
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    How deep of a league are you grabbing Skaggs? 14 team H2H deep enough? Would you drop one of Ryu or Tyler Anderson for him or drop a bench bat like Alvarez or Granderson instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John C.: I’d drop Anderson for him

  69. Steve says:
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    I’m holdings Cashner in the hope that his last start kicks off a string of QS… That said, drop him for Skaggs?

  70. The Great Knoche says:
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    Sale, Nolasco and Kluber yesterday for the How the Fuk did I not get a win with these numbers? Not sure what the glossary term on that is.

    Matt Kemp!

  71. Yelyab says:
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    Should I be stashing Bregman and dropping Pax or Edwin Diaz?

  72. Vinny Boombatz says:
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    Stashing Alex Reyes and Aaron Judge…..drop either for Skaggs?

  73. john says:
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    10-tm H2H Keeper (keep 12 of 26) limited moves with balanced stats, 30 mvs/year (used 9)
    My team is below, All comments welcome, see any weak spots ?
    Avail waiver guys:
    HIt – Kemp, Beltran, Espinosa, Andrus, Semien, Napoli, Vogt, J. Reyes, Grichuk, Espinosa
    PIT- Skaggs, Glasnow, Hellickson, Leake, Dickey, Weaver, G.Gonzalez
    RP – Sam Dyson, J. Gomez, R. Madson, K. Uehara, W. Harris, A. Miller

    C – Realmuto
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Dozier
    3B – K.Seager
    SS – Villar
    CI – Torenado
    MI – Schoop
    LF – Braun
    CF – Blackmon
    RF – Trumbo
    Util – McCutch
    BN – HanRam
    BN – Bregman (NA)

    SP -Arrieta
    SP – Madbum
    SP – Sale
    RP – Britton
    RP – Jeffress
    P – Salazar
    P – Carrasco
    BN – Tanaka
    BN – Velasquex
    BN – Roark
    BN – Paxton

    thanks everyone, great write up Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @john: Skaggs over Paxton…

  74. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey, 10-team roto league, I cycle thru a lot of spot starters. I do not need to force any starts, just want to continue to pile up Ws and Ks while not hurting my ratios. With that being said, would you spot start either of these two headaches tomorrow?
    – Freaking Pineda vs BAL, I wouldnt even ask bc of the headache he has been lately, but SON has him at $25.5 for this start, so….
    – and Ughhh Jaime Garcia vs SD, SON is 10.9

  75. Don Majikowski says:
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    Freddie Free or Billy Hamilton in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

  76. Puigy Smalls says:
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    1) Time to cut ties with aj reed and scoop j Baez or give reed more time?

    2) Hold Giolito or drop him for NOLA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Reed…Go with Nola

  77. Don Majikowski says:
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    Billy or Belt in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

  78. J-FOH says:
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    I prefer chasing that mile high

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that does work better

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: yeah chasing the silver bullet feels more like a desperate batty call just because that player is in coors. Essentially saying you are settling for coors since all the other beer is gone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed, was late last night and I forgot chasing mile high

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: chasing mile high….Club!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes! Is this a thing?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I’ve only heard of these things. Closest I got was some mile high chub
                .

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I heard stories about this but I don’t believe like 98% of them

    • knucks says:
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      @J-FOH: I feel bad about last week when I brought up cheesesteaks and then you were jonesin’ for one. However, it took me until the third time reading this posts’ headline to realize Grey wasn’t trolling you’re cheeseteak hunger. But that’s prob cause the Phildos are blacked out where I live, so I wasn’t able to watch Jo-Fer TastyK’s.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @knucks: damn you knu k’s stop bringing up cheesesteaks

        • ThE sHiT says:
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          @J-FOH: Kobe hits up this spot in Huntington Beach called Philly Grille for his philly cheesesteak fix. Its very good but since ive never been to Philly, dont know what to compare it to.

  79. Don Majikowski says:
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    rank in keeper. Belt, Freeman, Hosmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer, Freeman

  80. J-FOH says:
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    Hey. I was that guy who dropped Matz in our RCL…lowercase woo but I’m also that jerk who streamed Leake to a river of K’s yesterday….uppercase WOOOOOO! (Ric Flair style)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice use of different sized woos…. Yeah, I saw you drop Matz and I made no effort to pick him up

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I saw him waivered and was happy that some sucker took the bait.

        I think all levels of excitement shoukd reflect wrastling excitement. Like a macho man lowercase oh yeah and uppercase OH YEEEEEEAH! would also be acceptable.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think everything should have wrestling analogies… “Crack open the cooler like Piper cracked open Snuka’s head.”

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I got DDT drunk last night…I passed out like Adrian Adonis put me to bed

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha…. I’m green with envy at your analogy like I’m George The Animal Steele’s tongue

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: hey there brother…..love! I pile drived that chick like Mr. Wonderful.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Makes me want to shake my ass like Junkyard Dog

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Did he shake his ass? I faintly remember that

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: I’m koko b ware…eeeeee of this

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m the Living Legend, Larry Zbysko

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      You’re just an Ivan PUTSki

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re Esse Ventura

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @Grey: Esse Ventura!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: @Grey: Simone Gagne

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Didn’t I win already?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: I’m on vacation

  81. JoeG414 says:
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    Prayers out to Ron Kittle for ABREU to get going and Hit One Tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  82. stu says:
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    Pick one: Baez, Forsythe, or Rendon

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  83. daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    With Tailllon coming off DL I have to drop one
    DeSclafani or Conley
    also Would you pick up Joseph and drop wellington
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conley….I’d go Joseph

      • daze says:
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        @Grey:
        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  84. eric says:
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    ROS (HR/RBI): Vargas or Joseph. D’Arnaud or Grandal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joseph… Yasmani

  85. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    How are you?

    a. Was in one of the refugee camps trying to make a difference. Just getting to enjoy your masterpiece now!

    b. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (July 19)

    New bride: You ready?
    Bridesmaid: I caught it! (the bouquet) I caught it! Oh, my God! Roger? It’s Roger! Oh, my God. Oh, my God.
    Horatio: No one’s cut him down yet?
    Eric: Wouldn’t have made a difference. The first and second cervical vertebrae are transected, as is the spinal chord. Death was instantaneous. The rope’s tied with a double-knotted half hitch, positioned under the left ear.
    Horatio: Which means it would have been tied by somebody who’s right-handed.
    Eric: He wears his watch on the right hand.
    Horatio: He’s a lefty– (cue the queue of sunglasses) he didn’t tie the noose.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not the noose tier! Tyer? That looks weird

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Haha! I like the reference to the fact that the victim was a lefty as in the two lefties who are going to get rocked tonight.

        a. Kazmir – got Espinosa in the lineup for that one, you know he’s a switch-hitter who loves creaming lefties!

        b. Flynn – maybe he’ll be okay against CLE. Got to try.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, very nice

  86. Bartolo's Chins says:
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    12-team 10×10 H2H
    SPs: Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, Velasquez, Bauer, Shoemaker, Ryu, McCarthy, Giolito

    Worth dropping one of the above for Skaggs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giolito

  87. Nightpandas says:
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    Lawrie, Kendrick or Pearce? Obp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lawrie

  88. Steve says:
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    Uh oh, Ryu with elbow discomfort….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah he hasn’t looked right

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Agreed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Back at cha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah he hasn’t looked right…

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Agreed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Back at cha!

  89. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work my man, hold duvall or lose him for grichuk? I see them as pretty similar so maybe i should just hold. Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold

  90. Joe says:
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    Grichuk or Baez ROS?

  91. jay says:
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    Drop Liriano to get Tallion off the DL in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  92. knucks says:
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    Its that time of day where lineups pour out, but we sit and wait for the Pirates lineup for at least a few more hours…

    Yahoo took it upon themselves to activate Taillon, but I can’t find that the Pirates made that move at all yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C*nt Hurdle!

    • knucks says:
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      @Grey: The exact response I was looking for!

      Clubhouse opens in 5 mins. I WILL be the 4th human being to know Brocktune’s status. Hurdle>Polanco>BucsBeatGuy>Knucks (via the Tweet Deck)>RazzNation.

      I promise.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Counting on you!

        • knucks says:
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          @Grey: Polanco in the lineup! per the Bucs Beat guys!!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yay, I think

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Remember, if its DL news, we have batty call scenario’s out the Yin/Yang till Sunday. S’all good. Suspense is killing me though. We need “El Coffee” to drink some of his namesake and blurt out some news to the Pitt Beat guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Brocktune! I honestly don’t know what I’m rooting for because if he plays and reinjures himself it’s worse

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Yea just rooting for Hurdle to make smart baseball decisions. So…. We are screwed!

            http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mr-belvedere-fan-club/n10256

            Posted several times the past couple months/weeks or whatev, but I’m sure there are some out there that are still unaware. Need to make sure we are all aware, so that we can identify eachother in a strange town.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Long live Brocktune!

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: We need FG MP to join in and tell us everythings gonna be okay!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Where is FG?

  93. JoeG414 says:
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    Polanco back in the line up today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: He will promptly be pulled in the 1st inning and be placed on the DL eligible to return in August.

        • knucks says:
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          @ashtray: And when this happens, I blame you. Why Ashy?!?

          Should we kill him?

          • ashtray says:
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            @knucks: Me? Or Hurdle?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              C*nt Hurdle!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, please don’t say that

    • Scott says:
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      @JoeG414: Batting second. Was Hurdle waiting for him to get hurt before putting him where he’s supposed to?!?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Seriously

  94. hondo says:
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    12 team redraft-use #2 WW on Bregman?I’ve got Didi,who I don’t believe in and Javy.I’m worried about Javy’s PT with Soler and the Foul One coming off the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, use the waiver claim

  95. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    ROW, bench which 2 of these?
    shark @ NYY -13.4 (this seems off big time)
    guerra @ PIT -5.3
    guerra vs CUBS -2.8
    keuchel @ OAK 3.6
    kennedy vs CLE .9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shark, Guerra @PIT

  96. Dan says:
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    Hey Grey, I’ve asked you this before but it was just proposed again to me. Papelbon for my Aaron Sanchez. My other closers are Rondon, Allen and Ramos. As you know, Rondon could lose his gig in a trade, Sanchez could be headed to the pen. Should I take Pap now? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you need saves, take Papelbon

  97. Martin says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team dynasty. Time to cut Smyly or should I drop Bell? Might try and pick up DeLeon instead, or use their roster spots to add hot hitters/spot starters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut Smyly

  98. Jim says:
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    Plse rank Nola, Leake, Kennedy ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leake, Nola

  99. Joel

    Papa Jean Segura says:
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    Maybin or Puig Ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig, barely

  100. Another Dan says:
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    Good stuff as usual Grey.

    10 team toto 6×6 (H, OBP and HLDS) moving towards a dynasty (we can keep between 9 and 18 next season). We also have 5 NA spots but keeping these will count as part of the (up to) 18. I’m in third but not really competing this season.

    My Sale and Renfroe for Mazara, Glasnow and Maikel Franco ?

    Thanks,

    Another Dan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, for future seasons

  101. Juan says:
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    Good or Bad Trade.
    My season is pretty much over.
    12 Team Keeper. H2H.

    Traded Michael Brantley for Trea Turner and Vince Velazquez.

    Also, I need to keep 10
    Tre Turner
    Devon travis
    Jung ho Kong
    Todd Fraizer
    Odubel Herrera
    Cespedes
    Lorenzo Cain
    Mazara
    Moncada
    Bregman
    Matt Harvey
    Velasquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner side, decent

  102. 740 says:
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    hey Grey, wsup.

    10team h2h 6x5cats

    going forward, please pick 2. Tailon, Nola, McCullers

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers, Nola

  103. Brett says:
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    get Glasnow now with Kuhl sent down Glasnow takes his spot Saturday. At least I’m hoping!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  104. Squints Palledorous says:
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    Trying to move one of my non stars on Offense + anyone not named Thor from my SP’s for an upgrade at an offensive position. Leagues really inactive when it comes to trades, 3 all year. So annoying and boring. Who should I pair up from these groups and what kind of upgrade at OF should I look for? 6×6 OPS QS 10tm roto

    Offense: Valencia, Hosmer, Ozuna, Duvall,
    SP’s: Roark, Maeda, Pomeranz, McCarthy, Archer, Taillon, Duffy

    Looking for overall R/HR/RBI increase, excess steals a plus

    Tried Duvall + Pomeranz for Desmond and also Trumbo to no avail. Aiming too high? Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna, Pomeranz for Yoenis?

  105. Phil Rizutto is Alive!!! says:
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    Grey,
    Awesome stuff as usual. So, team is meh. Stuck in the middle. Need to make a move. Hitting is stronger than pitching (thanks Harvey). Considering offering an OF for Kluber. Who would you offer, Blackmon or Polanco? I have Marte too, but I think that would be too much. Appreciate your insight as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

  106. knucks says:
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    Hazelbaker back in the mix!

    Someone blew $40 of a $100 budget in my one league for him back in mid April. Hilarious.

    12 team mixed, aka not all that deep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Overpaying for the ol’ early bird special

    • knucks says:
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      @smegma: I just listened to the interview, thx for sharing Smegs

      “Red and gray” ?

      LAA series this weekend. But maybe he is just really mad about the Cardinals guy that hacked the Astros and envisions beating him with a bat?? Those radio hosts were caught off guard by that hint btw, they sounded so silly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…That seems like a reach, but maybe

  107. Jack says:
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    1. Kuhl optioned today. Glasnow time?
    2. Hellickson or Skaggs?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Could be 2. Hellickson

  108. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Paging Prospector Ralph or Grey or any commentator..

    Would you trade Francis Martes for Lewis Brinson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should ask Ralph in his last post

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: I did, thanks

  109. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey!

    14 team H2H points weekly league…

    Napoli or Kepler for my Utility spot?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Napoli

  110. John says:
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    Have to sit one…who rests tonight?

    Polanco v Guerra
    Napoli v Flynn
    Grichuk v. Rea
    Franco v Urena
    Maybin. v Milone

    Not to curse it, but I have a nice lead in HRs, RBI, Runs, Average and steals in H2H matchup. So looking for help in general versus based on category needs. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybin

      • Johnc says:
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        @Grey:

        Too funny….. I Did curse it. Went 3-41 tonight. But at least I had Rondon to also add a loss.

  111. dem ribbies says:
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    Kind of thinking the news of Cain returning to LF signals the end of his SB’s.

    My Robertson and Cain for Britton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does LF have to do with SBs?

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: Figuring that it indicates that Cain isn’t healthy enough to play CF. They could be putting him into LF to get him into the lineup faster. Worried about his SB output and also reinjury. Also tired of Robertson shitting the bed every 3 weeks. I dunno maybe giving up too much in Cain for a minor upgrade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s not a good trade

  112. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Prayer Circle / Lord of Light Pyre Time!

    Today, recent trade acquisition Kershaw out “indefinitely” + soon-to-be Lord of Light tributes Tropeano, Ryu, Kim, Peralta all hit DL. Dammit, Bran!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that sucks

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Eh, fortunately it’s my keeper league where I was already building for 2017 + presumably Kershaw will be fine by then. Right? RIGHT? RIGHT?!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Though, was hoping to flip Kershaw for a cheap top bat, probably less likely now…

  113. Rusty Arms says:
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    Hey thanks for the write up. Nola Rorak Shoemaker or Santiago. Please rank them for ros. Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark, Shoemaker

  114. Cram It says:
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    Hellickson vs. Chen in Philly. Who ya got?

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Cram It: I’ll go with Master Chen. Coin flip really.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hellickson

  115. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Thanks for not mentioning that I didn’t pick up Arod for yesterday’s game. So, Asdrubal has the exact same stats vs Arrieta, and I’m not making the same mistake! Flores not playing, so in comes Cabrera.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know playing the odds with Asdrubal’s not gonna work now, right?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Ha, now that you said that, it will work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, the reverse reverse jinx!

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey: 1 for 4!!!

  116. J-Money says:
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    What up Grey,

    OPS league – Who gets the bench tonight? (Pick 1)

    Belt (Porcello)
    Choo (Big time Timmy Jim) (I know you aren’t a fan of Choo, but he’s been great the last month, and its lincecum)
    Upton (Milone)
    Yelich (Velasquez)
    Myers (Martinez)
    Krush (Velasquez)
    Cesepedes (Arrieta)

    I know Arrieta didn’t finish the first half strong, but am I crazy to think Cespedes? (I’m also starting Arrieta tonight…)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich

  117. Kyle says:
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    Just got a trade offer:
    I send : Wil Myers, Greinke
    Get: Hosmer, V.Velasquez and Darvish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  118. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    1. My 70 year old father has started sending me memes via email. I’m not sure how I feel about this.
    2. I was recently watching season 2 of Breaking Bad and found the story arc in the 2nd half to be quite moving. Confused by this strange upwelling of emotions, I revealed this to an ex-girlfriend with whom I still keep in touch. She seems to think that I am finally joining the human race, and becoming an emotionally mature adult. Please tell me something, anything, to disabuse me of this notion.
    3. I saw you made a trip to Aspen. How was it? Yours truly lived out in Boulder for a while. Made the three hour plus trip a couple times. Love that state. Then I left, quit smoking reefer, and then they legalize the stuff. Ain’t that about a bitch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone mentioned you above in the comments… They abbreviated your name FG MP… 1. Depends on the meme, if it’s racist memes, then prolly best to keep to yourself and not pass along 2. She was an ex-girlfriend… If actual girlfriend, she would’ve just told you, “You’re behind the rest of the country by 6 years, per usual.” 3. It was fun, the wedding we went to was at the top of the mountain, 11,000 feet up… The marrying couple are loaded, so it was a ‘spare no expense’ wedding, so great food, and all that…The town itself I was a little underwhelmed by, it was okay

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I saw Knucks mention me. Took me a second to figure out the the abbreviation.
        1. The memes aren’t racist they generally involve pork products and Simpsons references.
        2. It was strange, I thought I had seen every episode of that series until recently, when I was watching reruns and found out I somehow missed part of the 2nd and 3rd season.
        3. Sounds like a good time. Awesome local for a wedding. Gotta love it when you attend a function where the pursestrings aren’t only loosened, but are essentially non-existent. Agree with you on Aspen, surrounding area gorgeous, but the town itself wasn’t really my scene. Decent day trip if your looking for a change of scenery from the Front Range. .Uber expensive too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Oh, harmless! That’s fine 2. That’s so like you! That’s what a current girlfriend would say. An ex finds it endearing. 3. Crazy expensive… Cougs and I spent $120 on dinner on average, and she eats nothing.

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: You’re not exactly making me want to find another serious relationship with these comments.

            Yeah, the times I went there, I was quite a bit younger and money was tighter. I think that took some of the luster off.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, sorry, Fred, I’ll rephrase… You need to find a girl that finds it endearing that you accidentally skipped eight episodes of a serialized drama without realizing it

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                @Grey: HA! Much better.

  119. Bravesfanintheuk says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Just traded my Matz for Schoop. I think you will approve…?

    Now need a SP in my 14 team roto. Need to lower my era/whip and get k’s rather than wins.

    Any of Chen, Gausman, Skaggs, T Anderson, Ray, Gravenan worth rostering in that deep a league or just stream?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice trade! I’d grab Skaggs for now

  120. Ed says:
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    Senior Gray,

    Your column today, as usual, was muy excellente. With your concern of a Fernandez innings limit I explored trade options today. Can deal Jose for Samardzidja and Jose Bautista. Whattaya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Ed! Don’t love that trade, but it’s fair if you need power, lots of risk with an older injured player though

  121. Pete says:
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    Should I drop Pineda or Kennedy to activate Steve Pearce for a bat tonight in Coors? I think I should hold on to Dull and Bedrosian because I need save speculation too, but they’re options to drop as well..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda

  122. Nick says:
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    Drop Espinosa for Baez in a 12 Team H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  123. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Cespedes should not be playing in this game. Clearly hurt, and hurting the team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  124. Josh says:
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    Give Cespedes

    Get Darvish

    Yay or nay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it

  125. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I don’t think any player I own on any team has hit a HR since the All-Star break.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m 0-for-12 so far with an 0-for-1 on my bench

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: You have less hits than the back of Taillon’s head.

        • Grey

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          HA! Now I’m tied with his head 1-18

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Jason Heyward has a hit for me, so there’s that.

            Watched Vice Principals tonight finally, has potential I think. Kenny Powers can do no wrong in my eyes. You watch The Night Of at all? I keep forgetting about it, but wanted to check it out.

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              I’ll watch Kenny Powers in anything, even when it’s with James Franco…. I love Kenny Powers and I enjoyed VP, I think it was below Eastbound, and I don’t know how they’re gonna make this premise into a show, but I look forward to finding out… I haven’t watched Night yet, but want to

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Haha, as we were watching VP tonight, I said I don’t even care that Danny McBride plays the same exact character in everything. The character is perfect and he owns it.

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                  Yeah, my buddy went to North Carolina School of the Arts and McBride was his teacher for a semester (do arts school call them semesters?)…. He’s said that is basically McBride

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: That’s awesome. It’s like he was actually Kenny Powers substitute teaching. O-M-G!

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                      Haha, yup!

  126. RobMac says:
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    I need a power upgrade for the second half. Can sacrifice speed.

    Which side?

    Give Altuve/Votto/JD Martinez, Get Rizzo/Saunders/Kipnis

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Altuve side

  127. Paul says:
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    I was offered Bautista/Grandal for Justin Upton/Contreras

    Am I losing out on my catcher trading down when I already have trout, mccutchen, belt, grichuck, as my OF and I only need to start three with also castilianos on my utility. And Justin upton as an OF on be bench

    • Paul says:
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      @Paul: and I also have JD Martinez on my DL

  128. Josh says:
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    Grey – In a non-keeper how would you rank the following Nola, Guerra, Taillon?

    • Josh says:
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      @Josh: Sorry, throw Bauer in that mix…..Nola, Guerra, Bauer, Taillon?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Taillon, Nola

  129. PB and J says:
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    Gattis just hit my waivers. Pick him up and drop Beef Well?

  130. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you rather have as your UTL in a standard ROTO league ROS:

    Adrian Gonzalez, Naquin, Semien?

    Thanks, homie!

  131. Steve says:
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    Stanton or Springer, ROS, Dynasty?

  132. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h obp redraft

    Should I start Archer tomorrow in Coors? It’s h2h and I badly need the strike outs (down 7) and I’m tied in Wins and have a decent lead in ERA (2.17 v 4.43) and WHIP (0.83 v 1.35).

    If Hill makes his next scheduled start, I’ll have 7 starters going compared to his 6, which would give me a chance to win K’s and Wins. If I sit Archer and Hill doesn’t start this week, I’m pretty much conceding K’s.

    My remaining starts all seem like good bets: CMart v SD, McCarthy @ STL, Fulmer @ CHW, Nola @ PIT, Duffy v TEX, Hill v TB

    What would you do?

    Thanks !

  133. A bag of sand says:
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    Drop belt or agon for freeman?
    Or both and grab a hot schmo?
    No util spot unfort
    Thx

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