You know the Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye song? Nananana Hey hey hey goodbye! You know it, right? Well, I sing the Na Na Hey Hey part in Indian restaurants when ordering naan. Am the only one? Really? Wow, that’s weird, because they love when I do it. You should too. But you do sing the Hey Hey goodbye part when on the toilet, right? Still only me? Hmm. Surprised to hear it. Or rather, surprised to not hear it. Not saying at home when no one can hear, I mean when in public restrooms. Only me? Wow, you guys are missing out. Yesterday, Jonathan India had the runs like a garlic naan and sent one na na hey hey goodbye. With his first career four-hit game, Jonathan India went 4-for-5, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (21) and legs (12). For 2022, India’s Sweets and Spices is on my short list of guys who I want to draft in all leagues. He has literally everything: power, great park, speed, low strikeouts, great walks and a lock on playing time. When I see him in 2022 fantasy baseball drafts, you can kiss him Mumbai! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Luis Castillo – Out on the Family Emergency List. You can abbreviate that, F EM L.

Reiver Sanmartin – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, in his MLB debut. If you can say Reiver Sanmartin without going directly into Sublime, you’re a better person than I. Oh shoot, here we go again…
I didn’t start Sanmartin, but he doesn’t throw many balls,
Well, I had a million FAAB dollars, but spent it on Mahle’s,
If I could find that old Tapia and that Tsutsugo that he’s found,
Well, I’d pop a cap in a Cody Bellinger bobblehead and I’d slap him down.

Joey Votto – 2-for-4, 4 BRIs and his 34th and 35th homer. Only six players have had a higher wRC+ at his age, and only four of them weren’t putting juice needles into their butt. Though, in fairness to reality, Votto would only have 20 homers if he played for the Royals, and 19 if he played for the DBacks. This doesn’t matter, but it’s a short schedule day so you get this kind of shizz. In fairness to Votto, his Statcast numbers are gorge. To say the most obvious, he’s having a great season.

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 29th homer. Rounding third on his home run trot, he jumped up and high-fived the coach, and all I could think was, “The nerve to celebrate when hitting .191 on the season,” which is when I started calling him Eugenio Chutzpah, and I realized I had turned into an 80-year-old Jew. Bleh! Get off my lawn and go get me some seltzer.

Nick Castellanos – 1-for-2, 5 RBIs and his 33rd homer, and 4th straight game with a homer. The Greek God of Hard Contact is powered by his mom’s mustache, and is the furthest thing from a PITA in fantasy.

Connor Overton – 1 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.70. You get the sense the Pirates could start a position player at pitcher and get around the same results. And I don’t mean Ohtani.

Jameson Taillon – Activated from the IL, and will start on Tuesday vs. the Jays. Considering he only threw three innings in rehab and allowed two runs, well…Hey, was the rehab lineup stacked with MLB All-Stars? No? Okay.

Cal Quantrill – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.89. “This H2H matchup is gonna start off so fire and then I’m gonna pour gasoline on it and it all begins with Cal THE MAN!!! Quantrill! I’m crying from excitement!” Then, three innings in and it was a 3-3 game, “Please, just get the win.” Then, when it was all said it done, “Whew, that was exhausting.” Streamonator doesn’t love Quantrill’s next start, but I’d start him in literally any league.

Amed Rosario – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer. Hasn’t done a ton recently, but might be the start of something. The struggle for last week of the season schmotatoes is real!

Bradley Zimmer – 2-for-3, 3 runs, and his 8th homer. Bradley Zimmer homered off his brother, Kyle. Elias Sports Bureau said, “This has happened before but Scott was eating apple sauce like he’s four, and he spilled it over all our cool brother trivia.”

Josiah Gray – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.85. In Coors? I mean, not a massive sonavabench, but I could’ve used his 2-start week, even if the Streamonator was like, “Have you lost your gee-dee mind?”

German Marquez – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.40. Gray vs. the German, this is like a graphic novel fever dream I once had.

Chris Flexen – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.69 vs. Cole Irvin – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.18. When you pick up SPs for streams, but only get the Ps part.

Ty France – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs, and zero French flies. Zero Freedom flies. Zero military losses. Just nothing French-like at all! I am Horn Town, party of one for France for 2022. Anyone that can hit .300 with ease brings out the erotic fiction, nah’mean?

Mitch Haniger – 2-for-5, 6 RBIs and his 36th and 37th homer, hitting .252. Hey, how come we don’t hear any MVP arguments for Haniger? He’s played the field a lot, right? I’m referring to these mental gymnastics. By the by, why does the channel that should be the smartest about baseball actually the dumbest?

Matt Manning – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.16. Tigers are the anti-Marlins. They’re the fisherman’s hands after reeling in a marlin. They’ve built their future around pitchers, and their best pitcher was a 32-year-old also-ran, Wily Peralta. Okay, that’s not being fair to Tarik or Mize, but I really don’t love what they’ve done with these guys.

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer. Currently, doing recaps on the backend of the site, which will be released starting next week, and I was shocked how well Schoop was doing. Flashing lights and an arrow pointing at Schoop’s 80 RBIs, while hitting .278.

Carlos Rodon – Lol Russa said Rodon threw in a bullpen session and that went “just okay,” adding he didn’t pitch “at full intensity.” Finally, saying, they’re gonna “let him pitch on Wednesday vs. the Reds” so “hold onto your hats.”

Dallas Keuchel – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.13. Might be Dallas, but that ERA says he’s got a problem.

Eloy Jimenez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer. Players on teams that haven’t yet clinched are obvious starts. Those playing for nothing are obvious starts. It’s the guys who are playing on teams that have clinched, who are usually some of the best players, that are the most confusing starts. Like Tim Anderson sitting yesterday, and I bet Abreu, Eloy, Robert and others will sit at some point this week, if not multiple times. Don’t these guys know there’s H2H championships up for grabs?

Yasmani Grandal – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 23rd homer. He has more walks than strikeouts (82 vs. 78) and the last White Sox player to have 20 homers and 80 walks was the Big Hurt, Frank Thomas, not what William Hurt asks people to call him.

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pinkman
pinkman
10 months ago

Odds that Roasny gets a QS at home vs CHC tomorrow in his first career start?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
10 months ago

Prediction: I draft jesus Sanchez everywhere next year and drop him by April 26th!

joeurso1
joeurso1
10 months ago

The other day I told you Scotty White had Yu Darvish at #20 overall. Looks like he updated his order and removed him. Just an update from a friendly commenter. Unfortunate for those of us who wanted to profit off of that.

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
10 months ago

Hey Grey – looking for a potential streamer in for the championship week. SON likes them as follows:

Megill vs MIA $30
Walker vs MIA $24
Pivetta @ BAL $9
Plesac @ KC -$6
Houser @ STL -$9

Current pitching staff is:
Sonny @ CWS
Eovaldi @ BAL
Manoah vs BAL
Sandy vs PHI
Lynn vs DET
Urias vs MIL
Odorizzi vs OAK
Giolito vs DET

I could also pick up a ‘closer’ like Chafin, Clippard or Tyler Rogers if the starters aren’t worth the risk but my opposition has 6 closers vs my 2 so not sure it’s worth chasing saves.

What do you think? Thanks!

The Situation
The Situation
10 months ago

Hey Grey!

Grandal has been awesome this year. I know the general rule is not to keep catchers (especially 30+ year old catchers), but I’m in a 6×6 H2H league with BB (& Holds) as the 6th cat and Yasmani has been a beast. I also have Soto and he plus Grandal has essentially won me BBs each week.

Would you keep him over Gausman or Franmil? Already keeping Bieber and Buehler as 2 of my 10.

Thanks!

The Situation
The Situation
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks man- needed a quick reality check on that one.

Who would you go for with your last slot between Gausman and $54 vending machine steak?

Just won my H2H cat league and feeling like keeping starters is pretty pointless since you need to stream to win and I ended up relying on guys like Marco Gonzales and Kyle Bubic, while Buehler and Bieber (and mostly Gausman) gave me jack all.

Also have Jesus Sanchez, Dalbec, and Noelvi Marte.

The Situation
The Situation
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks man! Couldn’t have done it without your tireless work. You’re the best of the best dude. Thanks for all you and Rudy do.

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
10 months ago

Hi Grey,

Would you pick up Jake Woodford of the Cards off waivers? His last start is at ST Louis against the Cubs on October 3?

2. In my league, I have maxed out 1b, 3B and Util. Therefore i will not get any credit for playing them. Therefore I can not play Justin Turner or Jose Abreu. Is it right to waive them at this point in the season to pick a pitcher? My wife thinks not. Your thoughts?

Your help is very much appreciated!!

Martin

Thanks!

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks Grey!

Martin

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
10 months ago

What would Grey do?

I’m in first in one of my Roto leagues by .5pts …we are so close it could go either way

I can shoot for the $1k prize and maybe get $400 for second or I can split the total with the guy in second and get $700 each…

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
10 months ago

Dude in 6th with 71 points keeps picking up players why man just why?

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I thought you were supposed to play hard to the end. I had a guy complain about me trying to finish as high as I could once, not noticing that if I got 1 more win he would have won instead of finishing second.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Ah, I guess that could change one’s perspective. I just play in “fun” leagues where there’s often someone who will cheat to win nothing.

ichiro
10 months ago

Pick up Severino over Mikolas for ROS in H2H?

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
10 months ago

AL wild card contenders and Braves vs. Phillies going this week. I love the last week of the MLB regular season. Feels more like the playoffs than the wild card games do.

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
10 months ago

One last one if you would be so kind. Starting Yu, Sale & Stroman with their 2 starts each. Leaving Eovaldi @ Balt; Manoah vs Balt; L Garciia vs TB; E Hernandez @ NYM; Ryan vs Det; Gausman vs SD or McClanahan @ NYY …need to bench 3 of them.

Jack
Jack
10 months ago

Missed Bader and held onto Voit, ah well. Like Kieboom at Coors over Voit for OPS and HR?

Thanks

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
10 months ago

Thanks …hopefully you don’t mind another
Picking from Ryan vs Det; Sale @ Bal & @ Wash: Framber vs Oak; Webb vs Ari; Baz @NYY; Gausman vs SD & [email protected] Tor …which 2 to bench??

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
10 months ago

Another league I need 2 of the following 4 SP:
Megill vs MIa; Odorizzi vs Oak; McClanahan @ NYY; & Sauraz @ Sea
Thanks

Will
Will
10 months ago

Got a .350 / 4 / 14 / 1 night out of only 5 games yesterday due to Votto, Castellanos and McMahon. Closed the gap to only 2 points behind the 1st place team with 6 games left to play. Anyhoo do you think McMahon starts against LHP Corbin today? He’s been sitting against some lefties lately. But it is in Coors so there’s that. Thanks.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Stat trivia you might have missed – with his HR on Sunday, Byron Buxton tied his career high in home runs with 16 in only 55 games this season. Prior career high came in 2017 when he hit 16 HRs in 462 at bats over 140 games. Also the only time in 7 MLB seasons Buxton has had over 300 at bats. For next year would you rather keep Buxton or T O’Neill who has somewhat surpisingly put up a .281 / 32 / 77 / 14 line in 132 games (463 at bats)?

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

McMahon ended up in the lineup. 4 for 6 lifetime against Corbin. Bud Black is a genius. (lol)

Man I hate the last week and juggling lineups right up until the first pitch of the day. Our league comes down to a point or two between 1st and 2nd every year so that benched HR, R, RBI or SB haunts you all offseason if you finish 2nd (like I have 5 times in the past 20 years….)

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
10 months ago

Just wanted to say thanks for all your fantasy wisdom & advice to our (my) many questions. The fact that I have questions with just 5 more days to the season demonstrates I’ve had very good fantasy success this season. I owe you & this site much of that success by teaching me how to play this maddening game (at times) & helping me out when I am stuck.
Looking for SP advice for this last week.
Mahle & Gilbert are already locked in. As of now starting:
Alcantra vs Phi
Gausman vs SD
Manoah vs Bal
Means @ Tor
Ryan vs Det
Wood vs Ari
other options would be
Desclafani vs SD; E Hernandez @ NYM; Megill vs Mia; or Patino @ Hou
I did look at Rudy’s tools which are always helpful but this being the last week of the season I wanted your take on who might be best.
Any switches you might suggest before lineups lock?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Licketty Splits
10 months ago

& J Saurez @ Sea is an option …sorry

Zeus
Zeus
10 months ago

France might have another level in his millefeuille. People are going to forget he was crushing the ball in April until he hurt his wrist. He tried to play through it and had an awful May.

Fully healthy year I can see a 90-25-95-300 season at age 28

Coolwhip
10 months ago

kiss him Mumbai bahahaha
*mayor of flavortown kiss*

eballs
eballs
10 months ago

Would you start these 2? (Points league)

Pineda vs DET
Eli Morgan @ TEX

Steve
Steve
10 months ago

Are you rolling the dice on Ryu today? Thinking IL was more of a maintenance rest for the southpaw but that might just be wishful thinking.

Thanks

Saint
Saint
10 months ago

Hello Grey,

Yes we love us some India and Adames next year! What do you suppose their approximate ADP will be?

Thanks in advance for your feedback

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
10 months ago

Hey Grey,

Paid for the yearly sub for the tools and have not been disappointed. You, Rudy and the team do a great job. Thanks for all the support.

Please bear with me on this long one but the first place team and I are within half a pt. Its so delicate right now.

12 team mixed redraft and I have 15 innings left on my max but in our league as long as you dont start the day over the max everything that day counts even if you go over. So trying to avoid blowups and still get some W/K’s (not easy for sure) and then choose a day to go over:

Below is my full list as of now of the SP’s on my team.

9/28: Wheeler @ATL
9/29: Berrios vs NYY, Luis Garcia vs TB, Wood @ARI
9/30: Bumgarner @SF, Ryan vs DET
10/1: Ranger Suarez @MIA, Ynoa vs NYM
10/3: Quantrill @TEX, Wheeler @MIA, SanMartin @PIT

Here is the plan. Please let me know if sound or needs tweaking.

9/28: Bench Wheeler for tonight @ATL (too much risk even for my ace considering my innings)

9/29: Bench Berrios vs NYY and bench Wood @ARI, drop Garcia tonight for another streamer on the last day of the season.

9/30: Bench Bumgarner, Start Ryan vs DET

10/1: Start Suarez @MIA or Ynoa vs NYM depending on innings to stay under max. (Preference? I am thinking Ynoa)

10/3: Let it fly with Wheeler/Quantrill/SanMartin (vs PIT) and another solid stream for last day.

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I would be benching Wheeler tonight @ATL.

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Yeah that would be the plan. Thanks!

Jim
Jim
10 months ago

India is great! But I already traded him for Cedric Mullins. (Also gave Fried and Bergman on expiring contracts.)

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
10 months ago

Good Morning Grey,

I was going to wait until next Monday to post about how I did this year in my league, but the lede with India made it appropriate to do so today. Much of my success comes from this site and going with your insight into players. I appreciate so much what you and the crew bring each and every year. THANK YOU!!

10 TM NL-Only H2H 5×5 (OBP)

I didn’t get a chance to take the $1 flyer at the end of my draft for India. However, he was dropped early on by a team desperate with injuries and I snagged him right away.

I also snagged O’Neil from FA because he was dropped when he got injured.

I lost Acuña, but thankfully Harper stepped up and along with the above, and I took home 1st place in the regular season. I lost in the first round of playoffs, but I’m perfectly happy with 50% of the league winnings.

AND… Going into next year I have the following to choose 5 from going into our auction ($280). I plan to keep the first 5, but I could possibly swap Cronenworth for one of my SPs if necessary.

Acuña (55)
Gausman (14)
Alcantara (11)
O’Neil (2)
India (1)

Others: Cronenworth(10), Harper(50), JD Davis(8), Aguilar(6). I think the 5 I have will be a solid team to build around. This past year I went into the auction with Acuña(47), Harper(49), Escobar(13), Kimbrel(11), and Corbin(9) for $130 Total. With only $85 spent going into the draft I can go big on Soto, Betts, or Harper and another big arm.

I could have had a $1 Trevor Rogers. We did an Online Auction through YAHOO this year and it allowed someone to take Rogers as his last pick even though he had an open CA spot. I ended up getting Howard. Nobody realized it until after the draft. This was 1 week before the league started. I ended up getting Rogers off of waivers and notifying the commissioner about my original intent. The league didn’t allow Rogers to be kept since it was an error. I think they were all jealous. Whatever.

Thanks again for all the great content! Razzball is my #1 for Fantasy Baseball and Football. Keep up the Great Work!

Cheers,
Matt

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
10 months ago

Happy National Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

Got bounced in the 2nd round of my main league, won the consolation match to take home the bronze. Ended up no lower than 5th in my other leagues.

Just wanted to say thank you for all you do and for all the help throughout the season!

Hopefully you enjoy the playoffs and I look forward to the daily reads even during the (fantasy) offseason!

Cheers & thanks again!!

Wake Up
Wake Up
Reply to  Dancin Homer
10 months ago

Cut to Ron Howard looking longingly.

Jimmy
Jimmy
10 months ago

Great stuff! Love your work!

Rebar
Rebar
10 months ago

Oh Man, I hope India flames out like a vindaloo, just so we don’t have to hear all those ethnic jokes!

Wake Up
Wake Up
Reply to  Rebar
10 months ago

Agreed. I hate coming here and reading jokes. Sometimes I end up laughing. And if there’s one thing I hate more than reading jokes…it’s laughing…

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Wake Up
10 months ago

WAKE!

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Haha

daniel cabrera fan 40
daniel cabrera fan 40
10 months ago

Man, I already got Soto, Tatis, Betts, Ketel Marte, Buehler, Corbin Burnes, Kelenic & Mullins – I don’t have room for another keeper in India! :D

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  daniel cabrera fan 40
10 months ago

I’d keep India over Kelenic

Wake Up
Wake Up
10 months ago

You know when you lose your hammer and get a manicure and can’t stop looking at your nails but you’re never gonna find the fricken hammer if you can’t peel the onions without thinking about your dead grandma…that’s Tyler O’Neill amirite?

Chuckles Tiddlesworth
Chuckles Tiddlesworth
Reply to  Wake Up
10 months ago

Truth.

CTFDU
CTFDU
10 months ago

Hi Grey, will you start:
Sale @BAL
Bassit @SEA

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
10 months ago

Grey!!!!

Fantastic on a short night!!!

a. I thought the lede would be…’Cry me a Reiver’ but I think you used it before in the some 100000+ reports produced already! You are a wealth of all that is good.

b. What the Reds are doing to India is nothing less than child abuse!

c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for September 28, 2021

‘In math, you could get 100 percent. It was very fair. That’s what I liked about math. You could figure it out, and the teacher couldn’t have a stupid opinion about it.’

d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for September 28, 2021

Groucho: ‘You call this a barn? This looks like a stable.’

Chico: ‘Well, if you look at it, it’s a barn. If you smell it, it’s a stable.’

Monkey Business

Cheers,
Ante

Wake Up
Wake Up
Reply to  Ante GALIC
10 months ago

Keep up the Norm quotes please.

“Before I was married I felt incomplete. Now I know I’m finished.”