*visoring your eyes with your hand, squinting at the light as you emerge from your mother’s basement*  “Hey, mom, it’s the All-Star break and I thought I’d come up to say hello.”  Where the house once stood, it’s now a Whole Foods, and you’re standing in the cheese aisle.  Confused, you approach a man in Birkenstocks, “Excuse me, is this 450 Palm Terrace Road?”  “It is.”  “Wasn’t there a row of houses here?”  “Back in March, they bulldozed this area when the yuppies won a city ordinance that says there needs to be a Whole Foods within at least three-quarters of a mile of another Whole Foods.”  You reel back, overwhelmed with how your family is gone and how you’ve been living in a Whole Foods basement.  You turn to an employee, “I need to sit down, and can I get a free sample of any cheese?”  You smile, revealing Cheetos-dusted teeth, and thus begins your All-Star break.  Tomorrow, I’ll drop the top 100 for the 2nd half, then there will be a Buy/Sell again Friday morning.  One guy who will have extra time this All-Star break will be Mike Matheny.  Last week it was revealed, Mike McNulty set up a sting operation in the Cards’ bullpen to see if everyone was doing their best with Bud “Bubbles” Norris as his informant.  Then when the Cards fired Donnie Brasco Matheny, he might’ve took his informant with him, because Jordan Hicks (1 IP, 1 ER) got Sunday’s save and Norris came down with mysterious arm concerns.  I’d absolutely grab Hicks.  You know what’s the difference between Hicks and Norris?  One makes you say, “Ooh MPH…”  The other makes you say, “Oompha.”  Also, usually I ignore trade rumors, but at this time of the year, you should be extra vigilant about backing up closers because at any point in the next two weeks a closer could get traded and you don’t want to leave it up to getting to the waiver wire before everyone else.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jack Flaherty – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  The Stream-o-Nator says he lines up for his next start in Wrigley.  Flaherty will get you everywhere, and Wrigley is somewhere, which is a part of everywhere, but, guys and five girl readers, I don’t trust that start at all.

Jose Martinez – Sat out in the first post-Matheny game.  *throws all of Cougs’ keepsakes to the ground to clear space for me to pray*  Please let Jo-Ma get traded to an AL team so he can DH or please don’t let this lineup be an indication of how the Cards’ new manager is going to use Jo-Ma, and don’t let Cougs get mad about her broken hummels.

Danny Duffy – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.59.  That’s cool, brah, I still would not trust Duffy anywhere and not trust him twice on Muesday, the magical day between Monday and Tuesday discovered by NASA in 1958.

Adalberto Mondesi – 2-for-3 and his 3rd homer, hitting .250.  Hey, Dudesi, know your place, smack a single and steal three bases.

Lucas Giolito – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 6.18.  His peripherals are so bad… Audience refrain, “How bad are they?!”  They’re so bad you can’t quickly glance at his K and walk rate and know which is which immediately.

Yoan Moncada – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 12th homer, hitting .238.  Moncada’s batting average will dance between .245 and .235 all year.  It Roger Rabbits to .245, then moonwalks to .235, then shopping carts to .242, then sprinklers to .238, Elaine Benes to .240, chicken dance to .243, white man overbites to .239 and on and on.  I will call him Yoan Macarena.

Daniel Palka – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .234.  Even Palka can Yoan Macarena.

Eduardo Rodriguez – Hit the DL with strained ligaments in his ankle.  Shouldn’t have been wrestling Liberty Belle.

Kevin Pillar – Out for a month to six weeks with a AC joint sprain.  What a terrible time for this to happen.  In the heat of the summer, you need your AC working properly–*intern whispers in my ear*  I’m told it’s his shoulder.

Teoscar Hernandez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  I love him…I love him not…I love him…Wait, wrong flower, he’s just a Forget Me Lot.

Chris Archer – 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.29.  His last three starts have been for 5 IP, 3 1/3 IP and 4 1/3 IP.  This is like when you take Ambien every night to go to sleep, until eventually you need Ambien to sleep and you talk in your sleep sounding like Papa John.  The Rays have used an Opener so much, they don’t know Archer can pitch 6+ innings.

Wilson Ramos – Will miss the All-Star game as he hits the DL.  Filling in for him is Blake Snell.  Not really, but Snell is going to the game.  Your outrage made all the difference.  Too bad you wasted your highly effective outrage on nonsense.

Jose Berrios – 6 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.68.  Ugh, I’m almost at the point where one bad start from anyone has me about to write up a new will and exclude some starters I’ve liked all year.

Fernando Rodney – 2/3 IP, 0 ER as he pitched the 5th inning, then Trevor Hildenberger (1 IP, 3 ER) came out for the save and blew that one real good.  Rodney must’ve shot him with his imaginary poisoned arrow.

Brian Dozier – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 16th homer.  I could ranked Dozier in the top 5 in the top 100 for the 2nd half and elicit some jeers, but not sure how wrong I would be.  Think I’m joking?  Look at his 2nd halfs (halves?) for the last few years.

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  For fear of sounding like a letter written by Christopher Columbus, the Indians have so many weapons.  The Yankees still won the season series.  All hail the smallpox-infected blankets.

Michael Brantley – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 12th homer, hitting .308.  If he stays healthy all year, which I do have doubts about, this will be the 2nd year in five years Brantley was an afterthought in drafts to come on and be a top 25 player, which is why I’m going to love him in 2023.

Masahiro Tanaka – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.54.  I benched him yesterday, which is whatevs since he was in Cleveland, but the larger issue here is I don’t trust Tanaka at all.  It’s like owning a Tesla that could explode into flames at any moment.  Great if you’re always driving through a car wash, not great elsewhere.

Enyel De Los Santos – 4 1/3 Ip, 5 ER, ERA up to 6.75, as he was recalled due to Zach Eflin’s effin’ blister.  Which had me so hyped, then Enyel went out and dropped a number two on the mound vs. the Marlins and I need the All-Star break to stop all my teams from hemorrhaging ERA.

Cameron Maybin – 3-for-4 and a slam (2) and legs (8).  Definitely cyclops’ing him, but if anyone can get hurt during the break, Maybin is that guy.  “I was sitting down to watch the All-Star Game and…I think I need hip surgery.”

Brian Anderson – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .288, and three homers in the last ten games.  You don’t even want to know where Anderson is on the Player Rater vs. someone like, say, Rendon or Devers.

Zack Wheeler – 7 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.44.  He was clearly gassed in the 8th inning, and was left in after a mound visit by Callaway, even though he had thrown 110 pitches, and what do you think happened?  Orf course, he gave up a two-run home run.  After the game, Wheeler was upbeat, saying, “I gave it my all, because I was told if I pitched well, the Mets might trade me.  Hope I did enough.”

Jeurys Familia – As I said in opening about paying attention to rumors, there’s some rumors that Familia might get traded.  I grabbed Swarzak, but might drop him for Gsellman, then might drop both to avoid this whole shituation.

Jeremy Hellickson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.29.  He faced off against the Mets for a recreation of the graphic novel, Hell Boy vs. What The Hell Is This Mess?

Sean Newcomb – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.51.  The Regression Fairies have been pounding him for a few weeks now.  Lesson here?  Wanna shake the Regression Fairies from you?  Don’t name yourself after new beauty supplies.

Arodys Vizcaino – Hit the DL again with more shoulder inflammation (continued inflammation?  Shoulder fire?).  I’m sure when he first went to the DL I said something along the lines, “Well, he’ll never be right again this year.”  And that’s me paraphrasing me!  A.J. Minter will likely be the fill-in, but Dan Winkler — no relation to the Fonz — could see saves too.

Zack Greinke – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.18.  Acclaim getting heaped on all kinds of starters – ticks off names, Nola, Severino, Morton — but Greinke is just going out there and doing work.

Jon Gray – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.44, as he was recalled.  The recalling went like this:  “Hey, guys, where is Jon Gray, our best pitcher?”  “I recall us sending him to the minors.”  “That seems foolish.”  “Yeah, but we’re the Rockies.”  “Right-o!”  I own Jon Gray in a few deep leagues; he is not for the faint of heart, and would avoid him in shallower mixed leagues.

Patrick Corbin – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  It was a tough matchup vs. the Braves at home, but if I saw someone get bombed out I figured it would’ve been his opponent, Julio Teheran – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.00.

Manny Machado – 1-for-1, 2 runs and his 24th homer.  If this is Machado’s last game as an Oriole, the city of Baltimore can look back at the Machado era with nothing but fondness.  Never has a player led a team to a last place record quite as convincingly.

Ronald Guzman – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .250.  Hard to pinpoint hot schmotatoes when guys are about to take a five-day siesta, but Guzman had been hitting near-.325 in the last week.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 18th homer, hitting .293.  Still don’t think he gets past 22 homers.  C’mon, this is an easy bet for you take the 23 homers or more side!  No one wants a piece of this action that I will definitely welch on?

Carlos Correa – Still not ready for rehab games.  What happened to this young brother?  Did I put the curse of the schmohawk on him?  My b.  I’m gonna have to move him down in my top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming out tomorrow, maybe even out of it.  We shall see.  Or not.  Your choice.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 5 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.29.  Sell the whole Astros staff!  Kidding, I don’t mind Gerrit Cole.

John Hicks – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Also, in this game, Niko Goodrum (1-for-4) boozed up his 9th homer; Jim Adducci (2-for-4, 2 runs) hit his 1st homer as he hit cleanup (zoinks!) and Jeimer Candelario (1-for-2, 2 RBIs) connected for his 13th homer.   Tigers were grrrreat!  Going forward?  Not cerealiously.

Michael Fulmer – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.50.  He could fit right in the Yankees rotation!

Christian Villanueva – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 19th homer, hitting .232.  Okay, for the final piece of the pie, the category is Sports, the question is, “Who hit 35+ homers in 2018 and you didn’t own him in fantasy?”

Enrique Hernandez – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  When you decided in March to draft a Jew from SoCal, you should’ve ignored Ian Kinsler and went with Kike.

Stephen Piscotty – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 18th homer in the last two weeks.  No idea why you haven’t picked him up.  All that take-out Chinese food has swollen your fingers so you can’t operate a mouse?

Jeff Samardzija – Heads back to the DL with shoulder inflammation.  Sighzija.

Travis Shaw – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 18th homer.  He’s going to get to 30 homers this year and you’re gonna be like, “Hunh, guess I could’ve just owned him and not worried so much about him, while worrying more about my 170/100 blood pressure.”

Joe Musgrove – 7 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.08.  Did C**nt think this was the 7th game of the World Series and get confused by Joe Musgrove’s initials?  He couldn’t have pulled him before shizz went sideways in the 8th?  Not rhetorical!  Dubya tee eff?

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  That would be 3.5 homers if Co-Dick were Siamese Twins connected at the, uh, well, you know.

Austin Meadows – Sent to the minors.  Funny this happened yesterday, because I was thinking, “Why in the effin’ eff is C**nt not playing Meadows going on a week?  Is he effin’ stupid?”  Then he was kind enough to answer.  Yes, he is effin’ stupid.

Clay Holmes – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.65.  In an attempt to steal Century 21’s thunder from sponsoring the Home Run Derby, Century 12, the wigwam real estate company, sponsored this weekend’s Pirates pitcher, Clay Holmes.

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Barney
Barney
4 years ago

Now that Machado is headed to NL, do I take the gamble he stays in the NL long term?
i am playing for next season and have no chance of winning.
My league is 12 team NL-only 5×5 and we keep 4 players.

i would have to trade Goldschmidt and a 2nd rd pick in next year’s draft for Machado.

My keepers are

Arenado
Scherzer
Albies
Goldschmidt

is that worth the risk? If he signs with AL club in offseason, I lose him for nothing. I would be able to slot in Aguilar as a keeper, though. Is the upgrade from Gold to Machado enough?

Jon
Jon
4 years ago

Thinking about trading Billy Hamilton for Heaney, Manaea, or Bieber. 5×5 scoring, keep forever. Thoughts?

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
4 years ago

Read the Cardinals may go with bringing my Jo Mo off the bench for the second half (atleast for now).

1.) That isn’t cool.
2.) Wait and see what happens? Or trade him now before his value diminishes?

Awesome read everyday, thanks!

Andre
Andre
4 years ago

Grey,

Who do you have rated higher over the second half? I have an open spot due to a DL move and need some pitching help..doesn’t really matter if it’s SP or RP.

10tm, H2H categories league

Jordan Hicks, Robert Osuna, Shane Bieber, Steven Matz, or Jordan Zimmerman?

Andrew Mellars
Andrew Mellars
4 years ago

Would you drop Seranthony for Hicks? It’s in a H2H category league. Also, add Taillon, German, Weaver, Jon Gray, Rodon, Matz, Castillo , Ohtani(DL eligible) or Rich Hill? That sounds like a bunch of semi-shitball SPs.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Andrew Mellars
4 years ago

@Andrew Mellars: sera anthony is like a top 3 RP this year and has had more, and is pretty likely to get more than hicks going forward. and his ratios are completely elite, unlike hicks.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
4 years ago

watching this finals, it’s kinda hard to believe watching schwarber and harper both swing that schwarber is even close to harper’s neighborhood in the HR department, possible just due to schwarber’s higher girth his body’s lack of movement when he swings makes me think this. whereas harper’s actually coils up.

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

I’m really hoping this home run derby unlocks something and he goes beast mode the next couple of months. Touch Bryce’s red, white and blue–make it true!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

Hey Grey – keep forever trade, balancing win now and building for 2019, which side do you like in a 12 teamer?

$13 JDM $0 JoMa and $0 Mikolas

Or

$12 Bryant $0 Buehler and pick of $11 snell or $20 madbum (with a chance that I can flip Bryant for a $30 betts)

Keith
Keith
4 years ago

12 team keeper league; my bats are ranked 9th of 12 with #1 pitching; have Kluber, Severino, Nola, Efflin, Cahill and Foltynewicz. Trade Nola for Christian Yelich? Should I be getting more in return due to youth and lack of pitching depth or try to move someone like Kluber based on age (I know he is one of the best pitchers in the game) for a bigger bat?

Ben
Ben
4 years ago

Sorry if this posts twice, when I tried this the first time it seems to have gotten lost in the mists. I was offered Verlander for Mikolas and Tim Anderson. This is a keeper league, and my team is out of it so this is only for next year and beyond. Verlander is great, but getting old and it’s hard to imagine he comes close to this again. 12 teams, keep 10, so all of them would be kept if current performance holds. What do you think? Thanks for your help.

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Ben
4 years ago

@Ben: and nevermind, please ignore, thanks!

fausto
fausto
4 years ago

what kind of SP would you expect for B.Harper at this point in a redraft? 1 TOP 10 or 2 TOP 20? or hold and hope for the law of averages to apply itself?

M.Olson was dropped by a disgruntled owner, worth a 3 waiver priority?(he’s basically B.Harper but with a better average).

thank you sir.

Ben
Ben
4 years ago

Was offered Verlander for my Mikolas and Tim Anderson. Keeper league, all three would likely be kept, though if Anderson or Mikolas fall apart they wouldn’t be given history. I’m out of it, this is purely for next year. Verlander is great, but he’s old. What do you think?

Rene De La Torre
Rene De La Torre
4 years ago

My lineup…

Realmuto
Encarnacion
Dozier
Machado
Gregorius
Gennett
E. Rosario
Kris Davis
Smoak
Schoop
Grandal
Ohtani
B. Anderson
Donaldson (DL)

Would you trade Cain for Encarnacion?

What player would you be looking to sell and get in return looking at this lineup? I’m also weak in saves/RP.

I appreciate the feedback. I’m a big fan. Your blogs are awesome. Keep it going.

Rene De La Torre
Rene De La Torre
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Yes, I’m saying Edwin for Cain.

Would you prioritize trading for runs/sb’s over saves? My closers are Kela and Barraclough.

Should I just keep team as is?

Thanks Grey. You’re the best.

Rene De La Torre
Rene De La Torre
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

I appreciate the feedback as always!
Thanks!

Jt
Jt
4 years ago

Any of these guys worth adding
Rodon, Harvey, Marquez, Arano, Davis Robertson, Musgrove mondesi, Kiki, Jackie Bradley, Michael Taylor, Jon gray

I can drop any of these guys holds/saves league, net steals/steals,homers given up , win/loss

J-Zimmerman, mchugh, Jeffries, seranthony, pivetta, gausman

Scott
Scott
4 years ago

I know your h2 top 100 is coming out l, but should i sell acuna now? I know i missed my window to get full value. I love this guy but the fact is he is 20 and isn’t hitting at all since he hurt his knee. He also only has 2 sb all year. Call me pessimistic, but i don’t see him running this year. Do you see a 2nd half rebound after a few days of rest or should I sell and try to get 75 cents on the dollar for him from someone who believes he will go off ? I really am on the fence. I know if I trade him, he will be a stud but if I move him at least I can get something reasonable with more of a proven track record but with a much lower ceiling. Thanks

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

Is Ryan Zimmerman droppable in a 14 team league? Nats have Adams & reynolds who are doing fine. Zimmerman wasn’t hitting before injury but should be getting close to returning. Not sure what his role will be when and if he returns. I wasn’t expecting last years stats from him, but saw him as a 25 hr, 80 rbi guy. My dl is full and I have another player that i could put on it who is clogging an active roster spot. I also have ervin santana on the dl. Which one or them should I cut? This is a fairly deep and pitching heavy league. Big Erv isnt sexy but has been an innings eater with a decent era, whip. Thanks

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
Reply to  Bob
4 years ago

@Bob: i read somewhere that his hard hit rate was actually very good before injury (however, who knows when that “injury” actually occurred)

Gotime
Gotime
4 years ago

Lots of JHicks Qs today. For a redraft with (I think) 15 moves left, H2H weekly, do you use a move to pick up Hicks or hold? I have Knebel Minter and DL Vizcaino right now.

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
4 years ago

14 team redraft, only saves and K/9 here relevant. 4 RP slots max, have romo (in SP slot), clippard, rondon (HOU), soylent greene, jimenez (held him in case greene still hurt). the monkey says oh is in charge (for now, but tepera back, osuna pretty soon), also norris might be hurt (or mentally/emotionally abusing somebody and too busy to pitch maybe).

drop jimenez and/or clippard for any of: hicks/oh or one of these guys (in case of trades), yates, hughes, j.anderson, gsellman (jimenez goes in this boat as well)

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: tepera being owned then, add any of those above over clippard or just turn this into another stream slot. this is the time of year where it of course pays to have maybe closers (from trades) locked up already.

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
Reply to  Stupid Sexy Glanders
4 years ago

@Stupid Sexy Glanders: NOT good streamers out there, the lower end SF guys (holland/derwreck rod), estrada, borucki, gant, pena, lauer. i’m holding suarez due to these being the guys out there already.

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
Reply to  Stupid Sexy Glanders
4 years ago

@Stupid Sexy Glanders: throw d.castillo TB into that group. alvarado is owned

Who is America?
Who is America?
4 years ago

Nice call on Peraza. I got him late in drafts…was concerned early on…but he has come through…which means you have come through. Congrats!

Terrible Timmy
Terrible Timmy
4 years ago

ROS: Kyle Calhoun or Nick Williams?

hanklongball
hanklongball
4 years ago

Grey,

Thanks to your advice, I head into the ASB in first place by five points in a 12 team, 5×5 league with three keepers. However, there are still a number of categories on both sides that are up for grabs and there are seven teams within 20 points.

I’m trying to hold Albies as a keeper next year over Rizzo (or Acuna), but I have received some attractive offers for him. Do you trade Albies and scraps for a haul of pieces (Sanchez, Kluber, Diaz, Pollock is the leading offer from a rebuilding team) if you think it ensures you win this year, or do you hold Albies for the future and hope the team hangs on?

C: Grandal
1B: Rizzo (maybe keeper)
2B: Albies (the man of the hour)
SS: Segura
3B: Rendon
OF: Betts (keeper), Harper (keeper), Brantley
UTIL: Acuna (maybe keeper)
BENCH: Hosmer
SP: Bauer, Snell, Pivetta, Mikolas, Bieber
RP: Davis, Treinen, Parker, Osuna, McHugh, Miller

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  hanklongball
4 years ago

@hanklongball: What Sanchez and Diaz?

hanklongball
hanklongball
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Gary Sanchez and Edwin Diaz… teams pay huge to upgrade their keepers when they are pretty much out of the race

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  hanklongball
4 years ago

@hanklongball: Sounds like a go. Only you know what the standings look like, but if you have points to gain in pitching, I’d pull the trigger. Probably keep Acuna over Albies anyway.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  hanklongball
4 years ago

@hanklongball: Or what Grey said. I didn’t see that you were in first place already. But again, only you know what categories you can hold and gain in.

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

Hi Grey,

What would be a reasonable Round for next year draft to trade for Matt Kemp?
Are ou optimistic that Kemp can mantain same level of production for the ROS?

Thanks!

chris
chris
Reply to  Chris
4 years ago

@Chris: also, what round for next year draft for Scotter Gennett? Thanks!

chris
chris
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: sorry Grey…
for Kemp we are 12 team league, mix h2h…

for Gennett, we are 14 teams league, mix, h2h.

both avg and obp

thanks!

JP
JP
4 years ago

HxH keeper league, you keep guys at the price you paid for them:

Trade ($1) Morton/($1) Kemp for $30 Springer?

Connor White
Connor White
4 years ago

Grey been devastated by recent injuries, the wire is thin but have to take on an arm for a little while. In a QS league how would you rank these bums. Really appreciate the input

Hill Suter Zimmerman Ejax Miley

DodgersWindowClosed
DodgersWindowClosed
4 years ago

My Morton and Seager for Severino and Hicks (could use holds and saves). Which side?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  DodgersWindowClosed
4 years ago

@DodgersWindowClosed: Depends on the league. Redraft…keep Morton and Seager (assuming it’s Kyle). Keeper take Severino and Hicks.

Burt
Burt
4 years ago

Grey!
Bauers or Moreland ros? 6×6 ops

cespedes coming back, do i drop Thames? Dickerson? Schebler?

J-FOH
J-FOH
4 years ago

Greycious Albrought, I started re-watching Silicon Valley and oh man, what a great re-watch. Hope all is well and you haven’t melted yet

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: You suck, it got good after the first few episodes. Jarod stole the show

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

Tucker or Bauers ROS?
Norris or Hicks?
THANKS!

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  DonnieB
4 years ago

@DonnieB: Tucker & Hicks

What's a Drexl?
What's a Drexl?
4 years ago

dynasty 12 teamer with auction prices on 3 year contracts. keep up to 18 per season. FA are 10/about 336 in year 1 out of 3. prospects stick as year 0 till accrue a small amount of MLB innings/PA. OPS,K’s, QS, K/9 added h2h.
C uh oh (till kraken is back)
1B freeman (3B, will have to pay up last year of contract now)
2B moncada (still time left on his contract super cheap)
SS solarte party (2B/3B FA)
3B rendon (still 1 year after this year left)
LF brantley (FA)
CF pham (FA, but i bid a ton, so he’s not a keeper, midseason FAAB would be new price going forward)
RF stanton (still a year left)
util kiermaier (FA)
util piscotty (FA)
BN kingery (2B/SS/3B eventually LF and RF, SUPER cheap contract)
BN schwarber (LF (super cheap contract only in year 1 right now)
BN k.davis (super cheap, last year of contract)
DL kraken (last year, might be bid out of my price range next year)
DL ceager (last year, will extremely likely be bid out of my price range next year)
DL o’neill (FA)
NA (10) buxton (super cheap), riley, j.sanchez, robles, willie, florial, y.alvarez, mountcastle

SP hendricks (last year, will cost too much next), morton (SUPER cheap year 1), wood (pretty cheap year 2), maeda (FA), musgrove (FA), nola (good value 22 year 1), weaver (SUPER cheap, 1 year left), f.peralta (FA),
RP (room for 5): hand (year 2), treinen (year 1 super cheap), chapman (way too much, last year, won’t afford him next year), norris (FA)
DL wacha (super cheap year 1), reyes (year 1),
NA: allard, kopech

1. add any of these (and remove who): desmond (7, year 2), fatt adams (FA), cron (FA).

2. hedges or uh oh till kraken is back (might be friday)

3. hold musgrove or just stream if these are out there: suarez, lynn, eovaldi, straily, gant. SON is telling me this is an easy eovaldi vs MIA on the 20th.

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
4 years ago

good afternoon Grey. Would you rather. trade Suarez for Abreu in a heartbeat? Kinda/maybe? Or not at all for ROS. Thanks man

What's a Drexl?
What's a Drexl?
Reply to  uncle ernie
4 years ago

@uncle ernie: suarez arguably the biggest out of nowhere breakout this whole year (not just for the luck stats like RBI’s either). abreu something is wrong with.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  uncle ernie
4 years ago

@uncle ernie: Coin flip…Abreu.

What's a Drexl?
What's a Drexl?
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: he almost certainly means CIN suarez. similar positions, at least believable similar values. gotta think this is suarez CIN over abreu both over suarez SF

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Eugenio

Lubes
Lubes
4 years ago

Thanks for all the first half help! In my main 10 team keeper league, I find myself in 5th, but only 8 (very reachable) points out of the money. Feeling good.

Thinking long term with the keepers (5 per year, no time limit)- I keep getting offers for Acuna and Benintendi. What’s the ceiling for these guys? Top 20? Top 10? Untouchable unless it’s Trout? I’m currently on year 6 of both Machado and Rizzo, so I’m happy to do the long term play. Just trying to gauge whether to entertain offers or tell them buzz off.

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
4 years ago

Standard roto – QS, K, ERA, WHIP.

Who do I want ROS?

1. Thor or Cole?
2. Thor or Verlander?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Perfect Game
4 years ago

@Perfect Game: Astro’s

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

And Cole or Verlander?

Caught Looking
Caught Looking
4 years ago

Hey Grey, would you trade matt kemp or Ian Desmond to get Donaldson? I have the DL room to save him for a hopeful hot streak. Pts league.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Caught Looking
4 years ago

@Caught Looking: I Don’t believe in Donaldson. Hold.

Nitro
Nitro
4 years ago

Struggling with what to do at second base for ROS. In a 10 team HTH points league.

Currently have Zobrist and C Taylor (I can’t quit Taylor). Both can fill LF slot if needed also.
Peraza, D Murphy, and stashing Cano all options.

What do you think?

Gotime
Gotime
4 years ago

Hey Grey, not sure when lineups will be locking in my weekly H2H so trying to figure out last 4 spots:
Wood – Dodgers have @Mil @Phi @Atl next 10 days
Maeda – same
Pivetta – Phillies get vs SD vs Dodgers @Cin
Folty – Braves get @Was vs Mia (2 games) vs Dodgers… folty set to pitch @Was
Newcomb – same.. he’s slated to pitch @Was
Which 4 would you do?

Scott
Scott
4 years ago

Now with matheny and John Mabry (hitting coach) gone, is there any hope to speculate on Fowler turning his season around? He homered yesterday for what it’s worth. 14 team points league. Yes his ytd numbers are ugly but this is all about rest of season. Cards have a lot invested in him. No real good options in fa at this point including stashed prospects since it is a deep keeper league. Thanks

Pepe Le Buxton
Pepe Le Buxton
4 years ago

Bauers or Yonder ROS?

mhaire511
mhaire511
4 years ago

Got offer yuli gurriel for Robbie ray? We holding on ray or should I take what I can get?

Andy Dywer
Andy Dywer
4 years ago

Grey, one last question, who will have more wins here on out, Porcello (11 currently) Greinke (10) currently?

JP
JP
4 years ago

How would you rank these guys going forward for a Utility spot?

Schoop, Lemahieu, Matt Kemp, Eaton, Dickerson, Aaron Hicks

Thanks

Lovedarooks
Lovedarooks
4 years ago

PLEASE TRY TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THIS ONE :
N….Plus Astros are included too .
At the break our 11 teams get two rounds to pickup AL players as a replacement for two players we wish to cut. There are no bench players in this league . Overall I pick 11th and 22nd because I’m in front overall.
I’m up by 50 RBI (In 1st) 40 runs ( in 2nd) 20 HR (in 3rd) OBP will be a crapshoot (in 5th) and SB (9th) is a lost cause especially after the picks.

I’m in the middle of very close WHIP. & W … 2 ERA points can be had should the teams above me don’t pick a pitcher and I do, ( which appears the way to go for me since I have a hitting cushion ). I will cut M. Gonzalez (hou) over Moran . A guy like Nelly Cruz, Bregman, Bogaerts, will net what is above M. Gonz’ second half line and keep me hopefully towards the top even if teams behind me grab two hitters as I would gain in pitching points what I might lose in hitting . ITS SO FLUID ITS CONFUSING!!! Ugh.
2 questions—-assuming there is a pitcher left …
1-Should I cut Lucchessi or Hill ( does he start ? 6 man rotation in LAD. Need W & WHIP then K then ERA.
2-since this decision is so fluid what stragety and prep work should I concentrate on before the picks.

THX

big league choo
big league choo
4 years ago

10 H2H team dynasty 5×5 OBP

should i cut villar, the ww is pretty thin for a ten teamer, we have 7 Bench spots. I have no room on my dl with puig, thames, alex reyes already on dl. Is it worth holding on to him hoping he gets traded before the deadline? I picked up adalberto mondesi for now.

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 years ago

Grey,

Take a day off son….

Which side you got in an OBP keeper

Trea and Shaw or Torenado and Gleybar

Starz
Starz
4 years ago

Would trading Haniger for Cespedes be foolish? He’s in last place an Haniger could be a cheap keeper next year whereas, if healthy, Cespedes could produce more.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

Hey Grey – which side do you like? Goal would be to gain more avg, hr, and r/rbi help + semi-bet on a Morton injury.

1. Morton Peraza Treinen for E. Rosario and D. German

2. Morton C. Taylor Rondon for Rosario

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks!

Starz
Starz
4 years ago

Jake Lamb was dropped, is he worth a stash and hold to see if he rebounds?
Would likely be Nimmo or Eaton as drops, but I’m in no rush as I think one of those will get hot sometime soon and I’ll move on from the other (or when Avisail returns this weekend).

Wilson Ramos replacement: Austin Hedges, Chirinos, Alfaro?

Starz
Starz
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: No love for Eaton ,huh? He hasn’t done much, I get it, but he’s also just getting healthy, and he has been hitting for average. Nationals as a whole are underwhelming but I was thinking they could get hot soon enough and it’s going to benefit their big hitters (Turner, Harper, Eaton, etc.).

Not tied to him by any means, just talking out loud I guess.

JB
JB
4 years ago

Would you recommend dropping either Flaherty or Newcombe for either Jon Gray or Ryu?

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson
4 years ago

Grey,

Should I deal Jesse Winker and Happ/Heaney for Jose Martinez? I could use a bat and have degrom bauer snell harvey as my other sps. 6×6 with ops and k/9. If so, should i include heaney or happ?

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: should I hold onto Happ or Heaney?

joe
joe
4 years ago

what kind of MI could i get with folty?
tim anderson? is dee gordon aiming too high?
12 team standard roto, need all offensive cats

Cable
Cable
4 years ago

One more if I may….H/H points

Myers or Carrasco

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
4 years ago

Jon Gray or Danny Duffy ROS?

Cable
Cable
4 years ago

H/H points…..which side.

McCullers or W Myers

MJP
MJP
4 years ago

Trade offered to me – wanted your thoughts:

Harper & Torres

Or

Lindor & Gurriel

7×7 (+OPS, +BB)

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

Is Eduardo Rodriguez a drop in redraft league?
Which side : McCullers /Desmond for Cain /Archer?

Scandalous Bob
Scandalous Bob
4 years ago

Robbie Ray was dropped. Any hope that he turns it around in the second half?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Scandalous Bob
4 years ago

@Scandalous Bob: Fo’ sho…grab Ray.

Dill
Dill
4 years ago

Look forward to the top 100 tomorrow. Thanks for all the work.
20-team keeper, I need the pitching to win this year. Is Correa vs Degrom fair ?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

Harper is in that reverse contract year narrative like Desmond was a couple of years ago where instead of juicing up and having a career season he seems to have become some kind of moody floppy haired kid like from those vampire movies that were popular that I didn’t see.

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

Okay so I have promise dmyself Im not just going to lay out all the players i have and the ones i’m looking at and letting you (or Cram! or other perts) …. but here we go
C Gattis
1B Freeman
2B Dozier
3B Javier Baez
ss Trea Turner
OF Rhys Hoskins
OF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Eddie Rosario
UTIL: Ian Desmond
UTIL: AJ Pollock
UTIL: Paul Goldschmidt
DL Avisail Garcia

SP Mikolas
Sp Taillon
SP F Peralata
Sp Anibal Snachez
SP Jordan Zimmerman
RP Hand
RP Treinen

Bench
P D Duffy
P N Eovaldi
P D. Rodriguez
P C. Rodon
DL Aaron Sanchez

looking at available :
Kyle Tucker, Hou
Michael Conforto, NYM –
Stephen Piscotty,
Yoan Moncada,
Brandon Nimmo,
Julio Teheran,
Clayton Richard,
Ivan Nova, Pit
Zack Wheeler, J
Nick Kingham, J
Joe Musgrove,
Trevor Cahill, Oak
Seth Lugo
German Marquez,
Steven Matz,
Gohara

12 team redraft league- im 11-3 bout to go 11-4 (unless a miracle) I went bat heavy with some moves last few weeks, moved away from Morton and carlos martinez, flaherty, and weaver got goldscmidt and J baez as welll as Dozier int he past 3 weeks- now I am committed to the semi streamer pitching weekly approach, i just want to make sure i keep on the roster the best guys i can- im not too woried any of these dudes will get picked off waivers unless they catch en fuego. so tell what would you do ROS ?

Have a blessed and relaxing ASB

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

@Johnnyhobbes: Your offense is stacked, no need to do anything there. As Grey said you can dump a bunch of your SP’s for streamers.

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: right on , thanks to both, Time keep my tabs on what SON says

JB
JB
4 years ago

Would you stash Mejia on the basis that he might be traded or promoted soon? He has dominated AAA. Good hitting catchers are in short supply.

MJP
MJP
4 years ago

Great Article as always Grey!

Peraza or LeMahiu ROS?

Yahoo 7×7 (+BB, +OPS)

Prog_Nation
Prog_Nation
4 years ago

Happy All-Star Break, Grey. Make sure that cheese is Sargento’s. My Brewers need a break after this debacle the past week.

Anyway, thoughts on this trade. Flaherty for Manaea? The Analyzer favord Flaherty. Thanks.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Prog_Nation
4 years ago

@Prog_Nation:

It’s pretty close. I’d probably lean Flaherty.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Prog_Nation
4 years ago

@Prog_Nation: Flaherty for his K/9 upside. I think he could be a Bauer-esque of a draft pick in the 2019 draft.

Zach
Zach
4 years ago

Please rank these pitchers for me in a H2H category league:
Buehler
Godley
Chase Anderson
Tyler Anderson
Weaver
Jon Gray
Rich Hill
Taillon

Thanks!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

The everlovin’ peripherals would seems to portend positive regression for Rizzo in the second half. You think he’ll pick it up second half?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

His BABIP is really low without a huge drop in contact quality or FB/GB/LD profile. His last 4 years home run totals 32, 31, 32, 32. Sitting on 12 right now. Need some wind blowing out days in Wrigley

JRam Lover
JRam Lover
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Could be a victim of shift? Sort of like Harper?

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
4 years ago

Grey! Great work and cant wait for your post tomorrow!

Short week and use Hitteron regularly but should I go against the computer? (in order below based on Hitteron) Please pick top 3 to start:
Ozuna (5 games)
Carp (5 games)
Hoskins (3 games)
Muncy (3 games)
Dozier (3 games)

Also how much should I pay for Harper in a keeper? Owner wants Hoskins plus any two of the following: Folty, Desmond, Dozier or Ozuna. Worth it or hold?

Thanks,
LG

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks!

Bad Ash
Bad Ash
4 years ago

About half of my sexual fantasies involve the Regression Fairies. … Welp, see ya later.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Bad Ash
4 years ago

@Bad Ash: Always wondered about this, when people say “Welp, see you later” do you think they’re referencing Dumb & Dumber when Lloyd Christmas walks out of the 7-11 and try’s to engage in conversation with the two teenagers drinking their Big Gulps?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

It’s pretty crazy that there’s a Billy Hamilton who played 100 years ago and stole a bunch of bases. He’s all over the record books. Most steals in a game (7). Most consecutive games with a run scored (24). Played for a Phillies team that had 4 players hit over .400 in a season.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

Harrison Bader was Cram’s “Heinz 86.” First there was aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanticipation. Then the bum’s rush.

Zach
Zach
4 years ago

Hey Grey, It’s Z here again. I’ve really loved your stuff all year long and am a huge fan of your work. Unfortunately, I play in only an 8-team league that’s H2H categories with the addition of OPS and holds. I’m positioned well going into the second half of the season, but am looking add a few more pieces in a high value trade or by adding players on wire that 100% should be on a team looking towards the second half the season.

C: Salvy
1B: Encarnacion
2B: Altuve
3B: Kris Bryant
SS: Manny Machado
1B/3B: Max Muncy
2B/SS: Alex Bregman
OF: Cody Bellinger
OF: Gincarlo Stanton
OF: Andrew Benintendi
OF: Kyle Tucker
OF: Wil Myers
UTL: Elvis Andrus
Bench: Andrew McCutchen
Bench: Beltre
DL: Josh Donaldson

SP: Verlander
SP: Snell
SP: Tanaka
SP: Archer
SP: Bundy
RP: Cody Allen
RP: Kela
RP: Iglesias
RP: Rondon
RP: Boxberger
RP: Tommy Hunter

1. I realize my pitching could use another ace, but I am unsure who to package together for a trade. In a perfect world I would love to ship Beltre, Andrus, Encarnacion, and Muncy in a packaged deal for a top pitcher or another elite bat. I am a die heart Cubs fan, but I realize trading Kris could make the most sense because of my depth at 3B. What’s the right move?

2. Should I trade Verlander for more pieces?

3. Are any of these players worth being on my team or will at least provide more value in a trade:
Adam Jones
Shin Choo
Corey Dickerson
Brandon Crawford
Yuli Gurriel
David Peralta
Brian Anderson
Rich Hill
Jon Gray
Buehler
Heaney
Sanchez

4. Thoughts on a prospect that will have the biggest impact on a club after the all Star Break? Jimnez, Calhoun, etc..

Thanks!

Zach
Zach
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: That’s what I was thinking, but I’ve had a little incentive of keeping Beltre and McCutchen because of how well they did for me in the second half last season, I’ll probably end up dropping them. If there was one elite player on my roster that would be worth trading to receive solid value, who would it be? And who should I be targeting?

Thanks again!

Zach
Zach
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I’ll try that. Would you do Kris Bryant or Stanton for a top 5 pitcher? Another person in my league is stacked at pitching with Kluber, Kershaw, Syndagardd, and Bum. He’s in the opposite conference and might stuggle to make the playoffs so I hopefully wouldn’t have one of my players facing off against me.

Zach
Zach
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thank you!

Zach
Zach
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Last questions I swear! Unless I get a trade request lol.

Which pitcher has the greatest outlook for the second half of Kershaw, Kluber, Bum, Sale, Syndagarrd if I were to trade Kris one?

What would be a good package of my players that I could trade to get Dozier and Rizzo (both owned by same owner)? I was trying a combination of Muncy Andrus Encarnacion but they aren’t that stupid… might have to throw in Bregman in maybe?

200 Proof
200 Proof
4 years ago

Grey,

I’m thinking of packaging McCullers with Haniger or Muncy to trade away for a stud SP. Who should I package with between Haniger and Muncy (i.e. who will be worse ROS)?

Thanks!

GonzoChicago
GonzoChicago
4 years ago

Good morning! 10 tm, 6×6 OBP, QS league where XBH and IP/Start are the 6th cats. Limited to 2 adds per week.

1) End of the roster question: I have 2 slots open for the following players, no particular position or stats needed:
Piscotty, Eovaldi, Pivetta, Jon Gray

2) for my 3B situation, currently starting Lamb but Andujar, Villanueva are available- hold or make a switch?

3) MI options- please pick top 2 ROS: Jorge Polanco, Peraza, Solarte, Semien.

Thanks for all your help!

Brighton B.
Brighton B.
4 years ago

Who is more likely to sustain their success and stay healthy, Mccullers or Morton? Trying to see who would be more reliable and who could I move for a bat.

RePete
RePete
4 years ago

14-Team H2H OBP Keep 6 Forever League; J.D. Martinez for Goldschmidt, which side this year and long term?

Molina bros bbq
Molina bros bbq
4 years ago

Picking up heaney. Who’s the drop?

Yates, joe Jimenez, Michael Taylor, deshizz, Jon gray

Molina bros bbq
Molina bros bbq
Reply to  Molina bros bbq
4 years ago

@Molina bros bbq: keeper league… been holding Yates and Jimenez until the trade deadline hoping to have cheap closers for next year .

Molina Bros BBQ
Molina Bros BBQ
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Odor also an option.

Molina Bros BBQ
Molina Bros BBQ
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey! Would you stash Calhoun over any of those guys? He’d be $5, keepable at $10 then $13. Surprised he’s still out there but probably has to do with the fact that no one knows when he’s coming up.. could be soon could be Sept but it’s been like that all year. Thanks again enjoy the break :)

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
4 years ago

I need to consolidate my roster a little. I was going to give both Springer and Correa to receive Stanton. I have Bregman at SS and Story and Goldy in UTIL slots.

Would you give up both to receive Stanton in a standard 5×5 roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG)?

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  Launch Angle
4 years ago

As a Stanton owner in a Dynasty, I’d do that

Bobby
Bobby
4 years ago

Currently sitting in 1st place in a 12-team standard Yahoo mixed keeper league, but the team behind me just traded for Scherzer & Lindor so I’m nervous. Here is my roster:

C – Gattis
1B – Rizzo
2B – Merrifield
3B – Bryant
SS – Gregorious
OF – Betts, Blackmon, Brantley, Soto, Ozuna
SP – Bauer, Snell, C-Mart, McCullers, Flaherty, Taillon
RP – Osuna, Rondon, Soria, Yates, Trivino, Strickland (DL)

I’ve been offered Gerrit Cole & Jose Martinez for Rizzo & McCullers (Rizzo & Cole cannot be kept next year). Given the moves made by the other team, would you…

A.) Make this trade
B.) Counter for Freddie Freeman (who would also be a rental) to be included with Cole & Martinez, but I would add Soto & my 1st round pick to the offer
C.) Do nothing – Your team has a championship roster
D.) Do something different – You tell me what you think my roster needs

Bobby
Bobby
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

If I can’t get the other team to agree to my counteroffer, would you still do option A and trade McCullers & Rizzo for Cole & Martinez?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
4 years ago

Because of the ASB, this current fantasy week in my h2h league goes for two weeks. But we still only get 4 adds for the fantasy week (not 8). I don’t know whether I should be dropping guys like Suarez and Chacin now and scooping up FAs while available, or waiting to see on things like Ohtani’s health, and everyone’s pitching schedule into next week.

Tempting Hitters: Bauers, Kepler, Winker
Tempting Pitchers: Bieber, Lucchesi, Ohtani, Rodon, Ross, Velasquez, Hicks (RP)

C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Carp, 3B – Suarez, SS – Manny, OF – Stanton, Cain, Piscotty, Util – Rendon
SP – Berrios, Chacin, Corbin, Duffy, Eovaldi, Newcomb, D.Rod, Suarez, Wheeler
RP – Barraclough, Davis, Morrow, Seranthony
DL – Cespedes, Darvish