*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.

  1. Terrence Mann says:
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    C**nt has done it to Taillon all year. I can count at least four times Taillon pitched a great game into the 7th inning and then got hammered. I’ll look this shizz up today and see how much it bloated his ERA (so far).

  2. Simsbad says:
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    My blood pressure is up right now. I own Wheeler and Musgrove. Not to mention Pivetta and Kingham both gave up 3 combined runs in the 7th innings they were both pushed into.

    Like Piscotty better than A. Garcia and Souza Jr.? What about Piscotty or Kyle Tucker?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Simsbad: Garcia just reinjured the same hamstring he missed two months for, so yes, over him.

      • Starz says:
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        @Cram It: Garcia is coming back within the week, tho. The hammy injury won’t go away, but he’ll be off and on likely.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Starz: I’d take that bet that he’s not back when he’s supposed to be.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simsbad: I hear ya… Agree with Cram

  3. Rene De La Torre says:
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    Brian Anderson or Adam Jones?

  4. DrEasy says:
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    Ugh, my entire OF is a bunch of Forget Me Lots: Teoscar, Eaton, Ozuna, Trumbo, Peralta, Avisail. Worth picking up Piscotty, Maybin or Nimmo over any of these schmohawks?

    • Cram It says:
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      @DrEasy: Avisail just reinjured the same hamstring he already missed two months for. So it’s same to lose him. Piscotty for power, Maybin for speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy: Ha, ugh… Agree with Cram

    • Starz says:
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      @DrEasy: Ride Avisail until his next DL stint (should be back this weekend). Ozuna is worth holding for a chance at a repeat of his June surge, as well as new manager impact.

  5. Baseball Crank says:
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    Thanks for all the great work.

    I need to drop one of my starters: Morton, Price, Porcello, Newcomb, Heaney, Velasquez, Kingham, Eflin, Peralta. Which is your least favorite?

  6. Mike says:
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    Would you include Verlander in a package with Springer for a top 10 bat, or hold him?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mike: Get the bat if you need it.

      • Mike says:
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        @Cram It: I’ve certainly got other pitchers I could offer instead and still probably land a high-end bat. Just wondering if Verlander’s best games this year may be behind him?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Mike: Maybe, but not by much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Seems like a bit much, but hard to know without specifics

  7. JakeTPE says:
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    Grey sir,

    HDABD (7 IP, 2 ER, 7 Ks, 8 baserunners vs NYY ho-hum) and Happy ASB!

    Quick Q if I may: Drop any of these SPs for Ray?

    Clevinger, Wood, Porcello

    QS league, also BB are a separate category. Doing well in pitching with Sale, Bauer, Snell so could sit Ray for any iffy starts (but they’re kinda all iffy).

    Thank you and enjoy some down time!

  8. Dunder Mifflin says:
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    Good morning G!

    Great shit as always. Daily reader, occasional poster. Haven’t needed to comment a lot due to following your pre season advice. I’m just wondering what you would do with this team down the stretch. 12 team mix. Keep 7 ops and qs are extra cats.

    Grandal Martinez Taylor Bryant lindor castellanos benentendi Rosario davis gleyber(Dl) starlin castro(bn)

    Verlander Lester wood freeland gio Weaver luchessi chase Anderson wacha(Dl) Norris Allen Britton.

    I feel like this team is a championship contender and is sitting in first place at the turn. I just added gio and weaver, both have to be better in the second half. Anderson was a streamer who may stick around.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dunder Mifflin: Thanks! Not a fan of Anderson, but that’s a small thing, your pitching in general looks a bit weak, but your hitting does look solid, assuming that’s JD and not Victor Martinez

      • Dunder Mifflin says:
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        @Grey: it’s Jose from stl.

  9. Ante Galic says:
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    Gray!!!

    Great write-up! So informative, do you work for the CIA? Don’t answer, conspiracy hoax!

    a. On Pillar, I saw the play (live) that caused the AC sprain! At least he recorded a double play (recorded the out, jumping and rolling, then threw to the cutoff man to easily double off Lin who was already in the dugout chewing sunflower seeds asking, why are you guys looking at me like that?). And that was Lin’s only game played in a while. He is so bad. Oh, wait this was about Pillar. Anyway, probably just a break plus the all star break, I’m sure they’ll back date it to the day he got injured.

    b. Had a bad weekend, but hey! Imagine my surprise when I was able to:

    1. Wake up
    2. Put on my pants the same way I have for a while now, first the right leg and then the left.
    3. Took a shower, read my man’s coverage of the weekend and had my breakfast.

    Life sucks, but then you can move on.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for July 16

    Now what interests me, as regards these details, is not the details themselves, but the fact that none of them was foreseen by me, none of them was planned by me, I was the author of none of them. Circumstance, working in harness with my temperament, created them all and compelled them all. I often offered help, and with the best intentions, but it was rejected–as a rule, uncourteously. I could never plan a thing and get it to come out the way I planned it. It came out some other way–some way I had not counted upon.

    And so I do not admire the human being–as an intellectual marvel–as much as I did when I was young, and got him out of books, and did not know him personally. When I used to read that such and such a general did a certain brilliant thing, I believed it. Whereas it was not so.
    Circumstance did it by help of his temperament. The circumstance would have failed of effect with a general of another temperament: he might see the chance, but lose the advantage by being by nature too slow or too quick or too doubtful. Once General Grant was asked a question about a matter which had been much debated by the public and the newspapers;
    he answered the question without any hesitancy. “General, who planned the march through Georgia?” “The enemy!” He added that the enemy usually makes your plans for you. He meant that the enemy by neglect or through force of circumstances leaves an opening for you, and you see your chance and take advantage of it.

    Circumstances do the planning for us all, no doubt, by help of our temperaments. I see no great difference between a man and a watch, except that the man is conscious and the watch isn’t, and the man TRIES to plan things and the watch doesn’t. The watch doesn’t wind itself
    and doesn’t regulate itself–these things are done exteriorly. Outside influences, outside circumstances, wind the MAN and regulate him. Left to himself, he wouldn’t get regulated at all, and the sort of time he would keep would not be valuable. Some rare men are wonderful watches, with gold case, compensation balance, and all those things, and some men are only simple and sweet and humble Waterburys. I am a Waterbury. A Waterbury of that kind, some say.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Ha, I do A. Yup B. Glad you were able to move on C. Awesome!

  10. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Sorry, spelled your name wrong. Gray (your son) was in my subconscious.

    Cheers.
    Ante

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Damn you! That’s what they called me in Sudan. A short explanation ensues…

        You (feminine) in Arabic=Anti
        You (masculine) in Arabic=Anta

        Add to this, the letter ‘e’ in Arabic is usually pronounced ‘e’ as in eagle even though the word ‘bed’=home in Arabic is pronounced with an ‘e’ as in bed…So yeah, they called me Anta but when they wanted to be mean they called me Anti…so thanks for that trip down memory lane.

        Just joshing ya, man. All is good.

        Don’t miss tomorrow’s quote. It gets better.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          HA! Nice… Looking forward to it!

  11. aardvark says:
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    Which three should I own
    Kingham, Luke weaver, Kyle Hendricks, Matz

  12. Bombers says:
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    I met your boy C-Hurdle in line at Starbucks…. he didn’t even offer to pay for my drink!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombers: Damn, what’s that all about?

  13. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey

    Being the ASB and all that, I have no questions. Just wanted to drop a compliment or two your way.
    The emergence from moms basement into the cheese aisle of whole foods at the break was another hilarious example of your Greytness when it comes to your talent to both entertain and educate at the same time.
    Yourself, Rudy, Ralph and the rest of the gang ( too many to mention ) have made Razzball ( by far ) the best site anywhere for fantasy sports.
    Even your frequent commenters are light years ahead of many other so called perts in the field.

    Just wanted to give you props and say thanks for everything.
    I will be spending my ASB bingewatching Westworld ( season 2 ) I liked season one and have heard that season two was even better.

    Oh shizz…I lied, I do have a couple of questions. first question , will you and Ralph be doing a podcast today ( for tommorrow ) or will that also be taking a break?

    Second question, WTF is up with the next season of Better call Saul? Is this show and its delays attempting to emulate the call up of Vladdy JR. ???

    Anyways, as always, thanks in advance , keep up the great work and enjoy the beak

    P.S. My crystal ball says Manny will be a Phillie by this time next week. Im wondering aloud ( if correct ) if he will be subject to a league change adjustment like Giancarlo went thru in April and part of May.

    • Grey

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      @Ace of Spades: Ha, thanks! There will be a podcast… Totally on BCS, what happened to that show? I hope Manny is in Philly by this time next week, to get the rumors and other nonsense over with

  14. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team 5×5 OBP roto…
    Villar just went on the DL and Niko Goodrun is at my MI. Peraza is fine at SS but I’m open to changes at 2 spots.

    Free agent options: Ian Happ, L.Gurriel, Diaz, Hanson, Ahmed, Kike Hernandez, Wendle, Camargo, Pirela, Rojas, Swanson, Wong, Pinder, H.Perez, and Mondesi.

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        @Cram It: I’m not going to “hold” on Villar while he’s on the DL. I am fine with Goodrum at MI, I guess….I snagged Happ off the FA list (OBP league) and will try to work out a trade. Thanks!

          • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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            @Cram It: Niko at 2B and Peraza at SS. I needed an MI for Villar’s injury. It’s fine. I snagged Happ. He won’t hurt me and might hit a bomb or two.

  15. Chris says:
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    Would you buy low on Andrus? I can get him basically for free and he would certainly be an upgrade over my Ketel Marte

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Chris:

      For free? Of course.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with Oaktown

  16. mthom42 says:
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    Hey Grey, I’ve already locked up a playoff spot and NYY plays TB, TOR, MIA, and BAL during our playoffs. I was going to hold on Tanaka. Agree?

    • Cram It says:
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      @mthom42: Sure. What else would you do?

      • mthom42 says:
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        @Cram It:
        Thanks. I have one more week to trade him

        • Cram It says:
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          @mthom42: Trade works too if you can improve your team. Shouldn’t have to be a decision between trade him or not.

  17. Synyster says:
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    Grey!!! It seems like my team is slowly crumbling apart. What do I do? Do I drop Cervelli at this point and roll with Narvaez for the rest of the season? This would free up a DL spot for EdRod. Do I drop Norris for Hicks? Thoughts? Thanks!

    C. Narvaez. 1B. Bellinger, 2B. JoRa, 3B. Machado, SS. Didi, OF. Trout, OF. Cain…sugar, OF. Merrifield, Util. Brantley, Bench. Hosmer, DL. Cervelli.

    deGrom, Bauer, Snell, Berrios, Stripling, Peralta, Manaea, Los Santos, Ed-Rod, Chapman, Britton, Norris, DL. Wacha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Synyster: I’d go Hicks and Narvaez if that’s your only option

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        Alright so dropping Norris for Hicks?

        and

        By rank other options for C are Gomes, Diaz, Chirinos, Falefa, Barnhart, Stassi. Thanks!

        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes… Gomes

          • Synyster says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks for all the direction in the 1st half of the season. Much appreciated!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  18. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    Drop Andujar for Jake Bauers for a utility spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elliot: I’d hold Andujar

  19. Steeve says:
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    Skaggs or Bieber? More safe choice please

  20. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    Better stash: Vlad Jr. or Cano?

  21. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    please pick best 3 NL P’s for ROS pts league:

    Gray, Hellickson, Chachin, Weaver, Freeland, Mahle, Matz, VV, Kingham

    Thank you!

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    I thought I was being savvy and patient holding Harrison Bader for about a week while he healed/got some PT. Finally starts a game and gets injured after one at bat. This is equivalent to holding a handcuff to a closer you don’t own, hoping the closer gets hurt or traded, and when your guy finally gets his shot, he craps all over your stats and never sees the role again. There should be a glossary term for this type of torture.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Haha, you mean how I grabbed Hicks for his 4 ER game on Saturday, dropped him and then see him get save on Sunday?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Ha. I’ve never been a part of owning such a sh*t show of MR’s as this year in ‘Perts. Guys seem to hit their regression stride during their tenure on my team. I’m legit afraid to pick up ANY MR’s at this point.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m afraid to say Trivino’s name bc I feel like I might bring it down on me (him)

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I don’t even know why I picked up McHugh recently. His numbers only have one place to go from here.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, totally my feeling on him when I grabbed him in Yahoo, it’s gonna get ugly for no reason other than me owning him

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Cram It:

      Agree there should be a term

  23. Ravioli says:
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    Would you pick up Kingham and/or Jon Gray for any of Zimmerman, Pivetta, or Gibson?

    Also Souza or Winker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ravioli: Gray over Pivetta sounds ok, Souza

  24. Old School Brother says:
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    There’s only one man who makes sense for the Cardinals open manager spot; Ronald Washington

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: His first move would be to bench Gyorko and stick Michael Young there to start every game for the rest of the season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

      • Grey Matter(s) says:
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        @Grey:”It’s incredibly hard…no not that..playing first base”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  25. ernie says:
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    Pre-trade deadline question: Which RP to stash for saves?

    Yates, Jimenez, Hildenberger or anyone else?

  26. Rosterbating says:
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    Grey – happy ASB to you…

    Keeper league and I need to lose 1…who would you lose out of: Tyler Anderson, Freddy Peralta, Luke Weaver, Shane Beiber or Kopech (who’s currently occupying my NA spot in a yahoo league). Its possible based on what LA does that I can slot Buehler into the NA spot….but I like Kopechs upside. I’m all over the place clearly. Thanks in advance!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Rosterbating:

      I own both Kopech and Buehler in a dynasty. I’d get Buehler if you can.

  27. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    As always Great Summary Grey

    Any word on Wilson Ramos not many options at catcher so i would hate to drop him? Also what do you think is the Paxton Train derailed? I t was a good ride while it lasted. Who would you start in place of Paxton this week Flaherety or Archer?

    thx

  28. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS QS (22)

    Who to drop for J. Hicks?
    SP: Martinez, Morton, Porcello, Happ, Heaney, Peralta, Rodon, Bundy, Pivetta
    RP: Treinen, Parker, Soria

    Also thinking of adding Bauer. Currently no bench bats.

    Gattis, Encarnacion, Carpenter, Turner, Freeman, Bellinger, Haniger, Desmond, Acuña, Tucker.

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TOGMAN: I’d try over Parker…Don’t see a bat to drop

    • batflix says:
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      @TOGMAN: Bundy is a hot mess, don’t trust’em

  29. ctrengove says:
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    Grey, I was thinking the same thing about C**nt Hurdle yesterday while I streamed Musgrove, and I knew you’d have something to say about it. Why the F did he go out in the 8th??? C**nt is the worst.

  30. ctrengove says:
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    Grey,

    Also: the following are either owned by me or available in my 12-team points league. Lot of factors to consider, but could you either rank them or give me your top 4 for ROS? How many I can carry is somewhat dependent on my RP core (Doodoolittle, Box, Sir Anthony, Rondon, Gansta Lou Trivino; don’t really want to drop any). Tough call…

    W Buehler
    Z Eflin
    K Hendricks
    S Bieber
    S Newcomb
    J Gray
    N Pivetta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ctrengove: Newcomb, Hendricks, Gray, Buehler

  31. Peacecoast says:
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    Finished Replay. Solid. Ending kinda meh though I would have liked some clarity.

    We still like David Peralta right? Bauers is available…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Yeah, it peters out a little at the end, but I do still love that book… I like Peralta, as long as you can platoon him

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: Maybin over Kier right? Kier is so cleh. I need SB.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d try Maybin

  32. Ozzie Smith says:
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    Disgusting year for SP outside of the top 20 or so buddy, my streaming has been atrocious! Thanks to you though I have the Bauer!
    I started dumping starters and picking up RP last week and after a week I like the way it shook out in a 10 team h2h.
    3) Please pick your 3 of the following to begin the second half …
    Jordan Hicks
    Familia
    Trivino
    Jeffress
    Otavino
    Betances
    Roberto Osuna
    Colome

    2) Do you believe any of these SP in a 10 team are more than a stream?
    Heaney
    Ray
    Archer
    Buehler
    Eflin
    Flaherty
    Quintana

    3) I just traded Alex Wood for Moostacos after hearing rumblings of him being traded to a better lineup in this league how do you like this trade?

    Thanks for everything buddy and I look forward to your rankings tomorrow!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ozzie Smith: 3. Familia, Trivino, Hicks 2. Archer, Ray, Heaney, Flaherty, though all are pretty iffy 3. I do like it

      No problem

  33. Keith Labelle says:
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    His Goldy and Brian Anderson for my Matt Carpenter and Kris Davis? 5×5 roto 12 team…

    Thanks!

  34. Vash says:
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    H2H Keeper: Would you trade JD, Mazara for Judge, Teoscar?

      • Vash says:
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        @Grey: I hate to ask why? I think on the surface, JD and Mazara are better pieces easily…but can I ask your thinking? I an just so unsure and leaning towards what you are saying also…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re saying they’re better pieces easily, so why not trade them away?

          • peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: I am so confused

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              About what?

              • peacecoast says:
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                @Grey: why trade JD and Maz if they are the better ones?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @peacecoast: I’m saying I’d want the JD side

                  • Vash says:
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                    @Grey: Previously you suggested trading JD to be traded before he got hurt for someone like Judge in other posts.

                    Plus Mazara is hitting GB’s like crazy.

                    Is Martinez and Mazara better keepers over Teoscar and Judge?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Mazara way over Teoscar… JD = Judge

  35. Vash says:
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    What do you expect of German Marquez in the second half? Almost a month of dominance. Are we seeing a next step, or a hot streak?

    Intrigued by his age and k potential. But Colorado scares me. I never once owned a pitcher from Colorado in my 20 years of fantasy…not even for a day outside of Marquez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vash: Hot streak, wouldn’t start him in Coors

  36. Gwaf says:
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    Great write-up!
    12 team keep forever dynasty 6×6 w/ OPS

    Mancini or Winker?

  37. Leon says:
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    Arenado, Didi, nola for correa, hoskins, jose mart… 7×7 18 man keeper league? which side. thanks.

  38. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’ll take that Choo bet. And just to spice it up, I’m going to say he gets to 25.

    I think if I owned Ground Chuck Morton in a trades league, I’d be looking to sell high. Seeing some trends.

    Super bummer about Eduardo Rodriguez. Right in the middle of a breakout and he gets the d’ohblique injury in the ol’ ankle bone. Hey Culligan Man.

    How about this…the A’s had 3 10 game road trips in the last two months: 7-3 (@NYY, @BOS, @TOR), 8-2 (@SD, @CHW, @DET), 7-3 (@CLE, @HOU, @SF). Not bad. Great to see them beat the Giants in SF, which they’ve had trouble doing the last couple of years.

    Without looking, do you know how many RBI’s Javier Baez has this year? I think it’s 72. Jeez Louise.

    Christian Villanueva has more home runs than any one in MLB against LHP.

    I saw Lindor has already scored 85 runs this season. Did you know that the record for runs scored in a season is 194 by Billy Hamilton?

    Your lead is down to 6 in the NFBC. I gained ground on you but fell into 4th there. My team has shitty pitching. The offense has looked good though. Jesus Aguilar has been an animal.

    Hope you get a couple days to chill not having to do a round up, Alright.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: You’re on with Choo! Been saying to sell Morton… Flukazy on Ed-Rod….That’s insane on Baez, especially since he’s been hitting in the two hole at times — yeah, Villanueva, LLAMAS extraordinaire — Lindor is about to get to 100 runs by August 1st, crazy! My NFBC team has been terrible for about 3 weeks now… All my teams are struggling recently…. Thanks!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        How about the Billy Hamilton thing?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, crazy… That was in less games too, I’m assuming

  39. Endodo says:
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    Is Tanaka and Quintana for Brian dozer and a mid level arm back a fair trade? Let’s say dozier and alex wood?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Endodo: Dozier side, not that fair, since Wood is better than Q.

  40. Favio Vasquez says:
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    Hi Grey, would you swap out Y Gurriel and Belt for J Bauers and Gallo for rest of season?
    -roto league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  41. Thomas Petrone says:
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    Jose MArtinez and Mark Trumbo were both dropped in my league – which is a better pickup ROS? also, is Ian Happ a better pickup than keeping Joc Perderson ROS?

  42. Chud says:
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    Looking forward to your mid season top 100!

    Keeper trade offer for u:

    I give Rizzo/Manaea

    I get W.Myers/Archer

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chud: Rizzo side

  43. Chucky says:
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    Dynasty no contracts. Nola and one of Winker, Nimmo, Cargo or Avi for Verlander, Realamuto and Tucker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chucky: CarGo or Avi sounds fine

  44. Brett says:
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    Severino or Nola in a qs league

    • Chucky says:
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      Sevi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: Agree with Chucky

  45. Joe Beisbol says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe Beisbol: You should prolly drop Chacin and Suarez, but I’d look at matchups for the other guys

  46. Bobby says:
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    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 says:
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        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?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly not

  47. Launch Angle says:
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    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 says:
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      As a Stanton owner in a Dynasty, I’d do that

  48. Molina bros bbq says:
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    Picking up heaney. Who’s the drop?

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

    • Molina bros bbq says:
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      @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 says:
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        @Grey: Odor also an option.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          To drop? Meh

          • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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            @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 :)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Over Taylor

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  50. Brighton B. says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morton

  51. GonzoChicago says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Piscotty 2. Hold 3. Peraza, Semien

  52. 200 Proof says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Send Haniger

  53. Zach says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In an 8 team league, I can’t believe Beltre and McCutchen are worth owning, let alone able to get a top SP in a trade… Can try tho… Maybe buy low on Robbie Ray 2. You need pitching and you want to trade away Verlander? 3. Buehler over Bundy 4. Calhoun

      • Zach says:
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        @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!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bregman for a top 5 SP?

          • Zach says:
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            @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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bryant

              • Zach says:
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                @Grey: Thank you!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

                  • Zach says:
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                    @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?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sale — top 100 will be up tomorrow with all of these guys — I’d trade Muncy Andrus Encarnacion and Bregman for Dozier and Rizzo

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  55. OaktownSteve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So weird….If we find out there was a Giancarlo in 1897 who hit 55 homers, I’m calling BS

  56. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Did you know that the 50 fastest pitches thrown this season are all done by either Aroldis Chapman or Jordan Hicks? http://m.mlb.com/statcast/leaderboard#pitch-velo

    Somebody dropped Lamb and Teoscar in my 12-team league. Three questions for you…(1) Lamb or Beltre; (2) Teoscar or Williams; there isn’t a third question.

    Takes about a minute and a half to get going, but enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu0KsZ_MVBc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, heard that before about MPH — Lamb…Teoscar… Thanks, will listen now

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Good (insert deep sigh) cause that’s what I ended up doing last night. Spent $3 picking up Lamb and $0 for Teoscar. Hope you liked the song.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I liked it, solid stuff!

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Kind of an interesting situation…I’m in 1st place in our 12-team keeper, OBP, SLG, QS, K9 league. The 2nd place owner just offered me Muncy and Weaver for Berrios.

            I’d have to drop Lamb to take on Muncy, so there’s that. I’m thinking nah…

            Here’s my current SP staff: Sale, Kluber, Bauer, Berrios, Happ, Musgrove, Pivetta, Wacha (DL), and Sam#*@$&zija (DL.

            What do you think?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Muncy

              • Slimcompoop says:
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                @Grey: Fo’ reals? I never rely on robots, but the trade analyzer is ripping me a new one on that swap. I’m losing by $23.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Really? Wow, that’s surprising… Go robot then, but it depends on how much you believe in Muncy, I guess…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I seem to believe more than the robots

  57. Bad Ash says:
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    About half of my sexual fantasies involve the Regression Fairies. … Welp, see ya later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @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?

  58. LG Baseball says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna, Carp, Hoskins — Hoskins, Folty and Desmond sounds fine to me, pretty fair

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have to imagine he will, everything is saying he has to be better

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @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

        • Grey

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          Agreed, could be a big 2nd half guy… Hoping Harper rights the ship too

          • JRam Lover says:
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            @Grey: Could be a victim of shift? Sort of like Harper?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could be

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

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon, Weaver, Gray

  61. Prog_Nation says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Flaherty side, but likely just fair

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Prog_Nation:

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

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

  62. MJP says:
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    Great Article as always Grey!

    Peraza or LeMahiu ROS?

    Yahoo 7×7 (+BB, +OPS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! DJ

  63. JB says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, stash him

  64. Johnnyhobbes says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your bench of pitchers can all be dropped for better pitcher streamers, depends on matchups

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

  65. OaktownSteve says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, Harper is Robert Pattinson!

  66. Dill says:
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    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 ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! It is decent for deGrom

  67. Scandalous Bob says:
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    Robbie Ray was dropped. Any hope that he turns it around in the second half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab him

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Scandalous Bob: Fo’ sho…grab Ray.

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, drop… Cain, it’s fair

  69. MJP says:
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    Trade offered to me – wanted your thoughts:

    Harper & Torres

    Or

    Lindor & Gurriel

    7×7 (+OPS, +BB)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

  70. Cable says:
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    H/H points…..which side.

    McCullers or W Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  71. Smell The Glove says:
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    Jon Gray or Danny Duffy ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  72. Cable says:
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    One more if I may….H/H points

    Myers or Carrasco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco

  73. joe says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson would work for me, Gordon would be better, but prolly too high

  74. Ron Swanson says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

      • Ron Swanson says:
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        @Grey: should I hold onto Happ or Heaney?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold Happ of the two

  75. JB says:
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    Would you recommend dropping either Flaherty or Newcombe for either Jon Gray or Ryu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly not right now, but maybe Flaherty for Ryu if latter is back soon — has there been word about his return?

  76. Starz says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I’d grab Lamb… Could drop either of those… I’d lose Eaton first… Hedges

      • Starz says:
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        @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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They could get hot, and Eaton could…Or they won’t get hot and Eaton will get hurt again

  77. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Rosario 2. Rosario

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  78. Starz says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Haniger

  79. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Take a day off son….

    Which side you got in an OBP keeper

    Trea and Shaw or Torenado and Gleybar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Gleyber, pretty fair tho

  80. big league choo says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Thames before Villar

  81. Lovedarooks says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Lucchesi 2. Look at my top 100 tomorrow and grab the top AL guys who are available

  82. JP says:
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    How would you rank these guys going forward for a Utility spot?

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

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guys will be ranked in the top 100 tomorrow… Prolly go Kemp, DJ, but still working on ranks

  83. Andy Dywer says:
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    Grey, one last question, who will have more wins here on out, Porcello (11 currently) Greinke (10) currently?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke

  84. mhaire511 says:
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    Got offer yuli gurriel for Robbie ray? We holding on ray or should I take what I can get?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prolly go Ray

  85. Pepe Le Buxton says:
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    Bauers or Yonder ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauers

  86. Scott says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was thinking that with Fowler

  87. Gotime says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Newcomb

  88. Nitro says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza over Zobrist

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither, Desmond is fair tho

  90. Perfect Game says:
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    Standard roto – QS, K, ERA, WHIP.

    Who do I want ROS?

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Cole 2. Verlander

      • Perfect Game says:
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        @Grey:

        And Cole or Verlander?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cole

  91. Lubes says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benintendi’s just about top 20 now, Acuna maybe next year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t sell them off tho

  92. uncle ernie says:
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    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? says:
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      @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 says:
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      @uncle ernie: Coin flip…Abreu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Abreu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, I thought you meant Andrew Suarez… Do you mean Eugenio?

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        @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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you’re prolly right

      • uncle ernie says:
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        @Grey: Eugenio

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eugenio then

  93. What's a Drexl? says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond over Kiermaier 2. Hedges 3. Stream

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3. Yeah, go SON

  94. DonnieB says:
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    Tucker or Bauers ROS?
    Norris or Hicks?
    THANKS!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @DonnieB: Tucker & Hicks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tucker…Hicks

  95. J-FOH says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I stopped watching Silicon Valley this year, with Erhlich gone, I had no interest anymore

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: You suck, it got good after the first few episodes. Jarod stole the show

  96. Burt says:
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    Grey!
    Bauers or Moreland ros? 6×6 ops

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauers… Thames

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

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Severino side

  98. Connor White says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm, Hill

  99. JP says:
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    HxH keeper league, you keep guys at the price you paid for them:

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does round mean if I don’t know how many teams? Maybe 5th or 6th — I don’t have lots of faith in Kemp continuing, but I didn’t see this break out coming either

      • chris says:
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        @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!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kemp’s likely a top 75 guy next year, Gennett’s likely a top 60 guy

  101. hanklongball says:
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    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 says:
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      @hanklongball: What Sanchez and Diaz?

      • hanklongball says:
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        @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 says:
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          @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 says:
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          @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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I keep Albies and make smaller deals that benefit you

  102. Terrible Timmy says:
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    ROS: Kyle Calhoun or Nick Williams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  103. Who is America? says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  104. Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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    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)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t see Oh as the closer, Tepera likely… Jimenez for Hicks

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly stream for now, not a lot of clarity with Jays and they’re not great

  105. Gotime says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  106. Bob says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d cut Zimm

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

  107. Scott says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be buying vs selling on Acuña

  108. Jt says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, JT, wrong post

  109. Rene De La Torre says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you saying trade Edwin for Cain? Sounds decent if you need runs/SBs vs. power… Pretty even trade tho

      • Rene De La Torre says:
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        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.

        • Grey

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          I’d take Cain, wouldn’t trade for saves if I can avoid it, but if you really need saves you do what you need to do

          • Rene De La Torre says:
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            I appreciate the feedback as always!
            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  110. Ben says:
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    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?

    • Grey

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      I’d take Verlander

  111. Fausto

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    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.

    • Grey

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      Maybe top 10 if you get someone who agrees that Harper can get better in the 2nd half… I’d grab Olson, for sure

  112. Ben says:
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    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 says:
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      @Ben: and nevermind, please ignore, thanks!

  113. Keith says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Yelich

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Kluber gets you a bigger bat tho, that’s better…

  114. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    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)

  115. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    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!

  116. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    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.

  117. Andrew Mellars says:
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    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 says:
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      @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.

  118. Andre says:
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    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?

  119. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    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!

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

  121. Barney says:
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    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?

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