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.

  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    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 says:
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      Keep up the Norm quotes please.

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

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Ante!

      A. It almost was, but I think he’s kinda whatever, and I wanted to talk India

      C. Ha!

  2. CTFDU says:
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    Hi Grey, will you start:
    Sale @BAL
    Bassit @SEA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both

  3. 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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know exactly what you mean

    • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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      Truth.

  4. daniel cabrera fan 40 says:
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    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 says:
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      I’d keep India over Kelenic

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      India and Kelenic are close

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If shallow enough, India is fine there

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

    • Wake Up says:
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      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 says:
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        WAKE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm, and here I was hoping the Reds would sign Jose Samosa for more

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Haha

  6. Jimmy says:
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    Great stuff! Love your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  7. Dancin Homer says:
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    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 says:
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      Cut to Ron Howard looking longingly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love Strawberry pie too! Sorry, that sucks…No problem

  8. pugs slugs says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Appreciate the kind words! The 5 you have seem pretty locked in — that sucks on Rogers, does sound like sour grapes

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did good

  10. The Original Whatever says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Assuming Wheeler doesn’t go 9 IP and you risk going over IP with Ryan — but if Wheeler goes 7, and Ryan say 5, how do you have IP to pitch anyone on Saturday?

      • The Original Whatever says:
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        I would be benching Wheeler tonight @ATL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, gotcha…Okay, then Ryan then Ranger or Ynoa then everyone? That makes sense

          • The Original Whatever says:
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            Yeah that would be the plan. Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem!

  11. Saint says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess around 70 for India and 170 for Adames…Adames will be a sleeper

  12. Steve says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, seems fine if a little risky

  13. eballs says:
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    Would you start these 2? (Points league)

    Pineda vs DET
    Eli Morgan @ TEX

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  14. Coolwhip says:
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    kiss him Mumbai bahahaha
    *mayor of flavortown kiss*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  15. Zeus says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Millefeuille! Hahaha, nice, yeah, I could see that too…He’ll be reasonably priced too

  16. Licketty Splits says:
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    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 says:
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      & J Saurez @ Sea is an option …sorry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, glad to help!

      Hmm…I don’t love Means there…Jays are playing for everything and O’s are O’s — I’d prolly try Megill, but I realize your other options aren’t great either

  17. Will says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, nice! I think McMahon sits, but I guess we’ll see

      • Will says:
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        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)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          O’Neill, no question

          • Will says:
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            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….)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yeah, it’s such a pain for H2H

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                And roto too if it’s close

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Megill, Shane

  19. Licketty Splits says:
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    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??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baz, Means

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

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Kieboom

  21. Licketty Splits says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Elieser, Shane, Gausman

  22. Huffin Gas says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, have some good games coming up

  23. ichiro says:
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    Pick up Severino over Mikolas for ROS in H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  24. frankgrimes says:
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    Dude in 6th with 71 points keeps picking up players why man just why?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, to screw over Grimey

      • VinWins

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        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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, well, you are, but money’s money

          • VinWins

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            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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hahaha, sounds like my leagues too

  25. Nightpandas says:
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    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…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take $700

  26. martin rostoker says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

      2. I hate to cause a rift between you and your wife, but waiver them and grab pitching as long as it’s not a keeper

      • martin rostoker says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        Martin

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. The Situation says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not over those two

      • The Situation says:
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        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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Congrats! Nicely done! Gausman

          • The Situation says:
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            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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Appreciate it!

  28. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with SON

  29. joeurso1 says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, damn!

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha yes

  31. pinkman says:
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    Odds that Roasny gets a QS at home vs CHC tomorrow in his first career start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems doubtful, but you never know

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