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There’s a common term sociologists use called, The Tide of Uze.  Everything that encompasses everyday life is on The Tide of Uze.  Brushing your teeth, walking your dog, Jose Abreu, they’re all on The Tide of Uze.  There’s small pleasures to be found with them, but they’re so consistent they are often lost amongst other more exciting things.  However, this past weekend The Tide of Uze was raised by Irma GAWD!, the fantasy football kickoff and me going to a Dodgers game with Dr. Kenneth Noisewater, a frequent commenter who was in town.  I didn’t rank those per their importance, I’ll leave that to you.  Big weekend for the world, right?  (Yes.) With the Tide of Uze raising, it lifts everything that was floating on its surface, which meant Jose Abreu had a career weekend.  On Saturday, he hit for the cycle, and, not to be outdone, he homered twice on Sunday (2-for-3, 3 RBIs, home run, 30 and 31).  His season numbers are now 85/31/90/.302/1.  All preseason I talked about how I wasn’t getting a 1st baseman in the first two rounds, so I was drafting Abreu everywhere, and I was nervous about it.  Let’s just say I’ve learned to appreciate The Tide of Uze.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Carson Fulmer – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 6.00.  His Triple-A ERA was 5.79 with a 4.6 BB/9.  Oh.  *drives cross country*  Kay.

Tim Anderson – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 8th and 9th steal.  *muttering to self*  Please don’t let Tim Anderson be my 2018 Odor.  Please.

Jeff Samardzija – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 4.47.  Funny thing is, when I told my doctor I named my ulcer “Samardzija,” he understood completely.

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.55.  “Coming up after the break, ESPN’s 30 for 30 ‘Stupid Injuries That Cost Players Hall of Fame Careers,’ narrated by Plaxico Burress.”

Carlos Gomez – Left Saturday’s game with a twisted ankle.  You know what they say?  Don’t get it twisted!  I’m dripping with hip.

Robinson Chirinos – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 17th homer, and was in Friday’s Buy.  Uh-oh, Chirinos!

Rougned Odor – Left yesterday’s game with an ankle sprain and might need a few days to rest.  Take the rest of the year off, you effin’ schmohawk!

Aroldis Chapman – Recorded the save on Saturday.  Back in the driver’s seat again!  Hmm, maybe bad choice of a phrase for a guy that’s been arrested for doing 93 MPH in a 15 MPH school zone.

Gary Sanchez – 3-for-4, 4 runs and his 29th and 30th homer, hitting .280.  G. Love and the Special Sanchez is so money he missed about a month of the season and didn’t hit his 5th homer until June.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 40th and 41st homer.  Also, he broke Ted Williams’ rookie record for walks in a season.  Not to be a hater, but in Williams’ time they used carriages.

Didi Gregorius – 4-for-4, 4 RBIs, hitting .295.  Suddenly, Yankee fans are Don’t Care Bears for Gleyber.

Jimmy Nelson – Diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain and partial anterior labrum tear and will miss the remainder of the season.  So, how was your weekend?  Step on the cat wearing a Robin Yount jersey for Nelson because that is “Meouch, Milwalkaway!”   Knowing the Brewers, they’ll now get an ace performance from Matt Garza for the rest of the season, but this Nelson injury could affect his next season too.

Chase Anderson – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 5 Ks, ERA at…Any guesses?  No?  Okay, it’s 2.93.  WUT.  His projected ERAs from ZiPS and Steamer are around 4.50.  His xFIP is 4.52.  His career ERA coming into this year was around 4.30.  The Brewers’ staff is a bunch of beer goggles.  They look incredible until you get a look at them in the honesty of daylight.

Zach Davies – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  This game was in Wrigley and all I can do is shrug.  The Ghost of Harvey Kuenn must be watching over the Brewers’ pitching staff.  By the way, you know The Ghost of Harvey Kuenn looks about 40 years older than all other ghosts.

Travis Shaw – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .277, and has officially passed Thames for the Brewers’ home run lead.  When a guy hits 28 homers in April, and only against the Reds, it was bound to happen.

Edwin Jackson – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up 3.88.  The Regression Fairies are tireless in their pursuit of overachieving starters, and skinny jeans.

Stephen Strasburg – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, 1 walk, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.64.  It’s gonna be real hard for him to beat his teammate, Scherzer, in Cy Young voting, but Strasburg has easily cemented himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball if he stays healthy.  Granted, that ‘if’ is the size of Gilbert Grape’s mom.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer, hitting .280.  He’s not Altuve yet because he hasn’t played a 155-game season, but I’m chomping at the bit like Pac-Man looking forward to drafting Trea in 2018.  Can you say, “115/15/65/.295/55?”  If not, you might need a speech therapist.

Ben Lively – 8 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.86.  Not to sound like a broken record, but this time of the year I’d lean heavily on the Stream-o-Nator, and if a guy doesn’t have a solid next start, I’d move on.  For what it’s Werth, you can get a 3-day free trial for your H2H playoffs, so it’s worth nothing.  Not to sound like a broken record, but–Sorry.

Matt Andriese – 1/2 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.46.  Only one person you can blame here, it is Andriese’s fault.  Nothing seismic about it.

Steven Souza – MRI was negative on his knee after he crashed into a wall at Fenway.  “Souza’s supposed to march, not run.”  That’s the Boston Pops conductor.

Alex Colome – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.02 and his 43rd save.  Yet, in March, you really needed Melancon and Britton, never fully grasping SAGNOF!

Lucas Duda – 2-for-5 and his 29th homer, and 2nd homer in his last three games, though that wasn’t in the Rays last three since Duda gets platooned.  Though, with a name like Duda, should be called a Plouffe-toon.

Wilson Ramos – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  I get the sense I’m gonna draft Ramos in a lot of leagues next year.  Not saying I’ll hold him past April 5th, but the shine feels fully off him now.

Jose Berrios – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.94.  Okay, okay, so it wasn’t awful, but you can’t tell me a guy like Berrios gets one K and he’s not tired.  Like a guy who was a roadie too long, I ain’t hearin’ it.

Bartolo Colon – 1 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.41.  The pitching coach told Colon to just throw the cheese, but Colon thought about Royals with cheese and he never recovered.

Jake Junis – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.34.  Stream-o-Nator says his next matchup is vs. Cleveland and they’re 65-1 since the All-Star Break, so good luck with that.

Eric Hosmer – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .328.  Little Joey Votto is making a run at being medium-sized Joey Votto.

Brandon Maurer – Recorded a save on Saturday, as Kelvin Herrera deals with forearm soreness and just all-around blechety-blech-blech.

Jason Vargas – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.15.  Bunch of pitchers yesterday went five innings, huh?  Must be from the stress of your H2H playoffs.

Tyler Glasnow – Finally called up.  Well, that took forever.  I already gave you my Tyler Glasnow fantasy.  Here’s my take:  If you start him, he’ll be great; if I start him, 5 Ernies in 3.2 IP haha *cocks hammer, smashes hammer into head*  I would grab him in most leagues where I was hurting for pitching; he has looked legit in the minors, as my other post went into.

Ivan Nova – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 4.25.  This offseason we’re gonna hear Nova’s 2nd half was an elaborate prank staged by Ray Searage.

Tommy Pham – Out with vision problems.  From where I’m standing, he looks 20/20!  Am I “raised-underlined-100” or what?!

Michael Wacha – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.99.  There’s this whole subset of pitchers this year who are barely ownable in fantasy yet under a 4.00 ERA.  I call them number two starters.

Yadier Molina – 2-for-3, 5 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .280, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  If you were to graph his power across his career, the line would look like a polygraph of O.J.

Noah Syndergaard – Scratched from his simulated game on Sunday with general soreness.  Meanwhile, Major Asshole said you shouldn’t have drafted him.

Jeurys Familia – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 5.71.  Why does it seem that the Mets’ coaching staff are the last people to realize a guy is still injured?

Jose Reyes – 2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 20th steal.  Three homers this week, and hitting near-.350 in the last week.  I had him in Friday’s Buy, and he’s still hitting.

Dominic Smith – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .210.  Don’t tell Tehol but we have a Dominic with a ‘brown’ complexion.

Jose Peraza – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 21st and 22nd steal.  I’m chasing steals, and, because of that, I’ve owned Peraza for the last few weeks through thick and thin, until death do us yadda yadda, as I said at my wedding vows, just in case I needed to annul.

Zack Cozart – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .304.  I have some hashtag truth for you:  even if Cozart stayed healthy all year, he’d only play 130 games.  The Reds baby this guy so much with playing time I’m surprised Bryan Price doesn’t wear a manssiere with the nipple area removed.

Ryan Tepera – Recorded his 2nd save on Saturday.  Appropriately, Osuna’s been battered, so the Jays turned to Tepera.  If you’re vulturing hardcore, then swoop down!

Teoscar Hernandez – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homers of the year.  He’s been playing every day, and was in Prospector Ralph’s top 200 prospects.  Looks like a guy that has power and speed, but neither in abundance.  And the Teoscar for blandest rookie call-up goes to…Well, there’s only one Teoscar, so come up and get your award.

Brad Ziegler – Has been unavailable due to a back issue.  ‘Has been’ feels very appropriate there.  Kyle Barraclough is the guy to grab in case Ziegler can’t go this week.  He gave up runs on Saturday, but Bearclaw has been fairly shutdown this year.  Ugh, a Bearclaw sounds so good; this Whole30 diet is killing me.  *hears Cougs in head*  It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

Lane Adams – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  In this game, Lane Adams replaced Matt Adams (1-for-2) and Dickey was replaced by Winkler.  Coincidence?  Methinks not.

Dallas Keuchel – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ER up to 3.03.  No joke, pitching is so bad everywhere, I’m currently nursing a 3.61 ERA in a 12-team league for ten points.  Due to so-called aces like Keuchel, everyone is falling back, and I’m starting no one, just trying to hold on.

Matt Chapman – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Hmm, so no more Olson?  Wait, Matt Olson homered too!  He went 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 17th homer.  And Ryan Healy hit his 24th homer, but let’s just call him Matt Healy to go with the rest of the A’s team.

Zack Godley – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.18.  Only to have his win obliterated by Rodney.  Now you know why you get no respect!

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.81.  Hayzeus Cristo, this guy is like an erotic novel I never want to stop reading.  I will call him, “Fifty Shades of Ray.”

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4 and his 34th homer.  Au Shizz!

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4 and his 36th and 37th homer.  Um, guys and five girl readers, Just Dong has only played in 102 games with 367 ABs.

Trevor Bauer – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.33, and his 16th win.  I just realized what Bauer’s doing, he’s having Rick Porcello’s Cy Young year, only with a little less luck on his ERA.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  Hey, I found some Coca-Cola stock certificates from the 1950’s.  Y’all, can kiss my ass, I’m rich!  I’m just going to dry them by the window–NOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Trevor Story – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, hitting .229, as he hit cleanup.  Aw, how sweet, the Rockies were really trying to let the Dodgers win a game.

Alex Wood – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.81.   All foolsies aside, I’d bet Wood is not healthy.  Not like he doesn’t have a long history of that.  Hey, you guys had a good run, but if you’re counting on him right now, you’re playing with house money and you’re losing it back to the house.

Andrew Heaney – Left Saturday’s start with a sore shoulder.  Maybe he can have Garrett Richards’ doctor look at it.  “So, you say it’s your knee bothering you, son?”  “No, it’s my–”  Then The Sciosciapath shushes Heaney and lets the doctor continue.

Luis Valbuena – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer.  There’s at least a 50% chance he hits another home run in his next game, and a 20% chance I’m right.  Math!

Jean Segura – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .300.  The smelling salts are finally working!

Erasmo Ramirez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.25.  Now has six straight starts where he’s gone six innings and has given up three runs or less.  All came after the Rays traded him to the M’s.  Yo, the Rays had a weird way of going about being buyers at the deadline.

Yusmeiro Petit – 1 IP, and the save.  The Angels closer is a game of spin the bottle, and the bottle is The Sciosciapath’s antipsychotics.

Andrew Albers – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.67.  Fun fact!  He gets calls all the time to see if he stocks certain grocery items.  Very frustratingly, he tells them, “No, I am Albers’ son, not Albertsons.”  As for fantasy, he keeps pitching solid games, but his peripherals are ugly.

James Paxton – Will return on Friday, which lines up his next DL stint for mid-November.  When his bae tells him to take out the garbage, he’s gonna be like, “Sweetcheeks, my rotator cuff.  It’s throbbing like a pain metronome!”

   
  1. chris says:
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    Gilbert Grape’s Mom! Ha!

    Thanks Grey, you make my mornings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: Thanks!

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!!

    Nice write-up.

    a. How to know you’ve logged too many hours watching porn, episode 1

    I recognized that a starlet wore the same lingerie in two scenes shot 4 years apart. Of course, said Sherlock Holmes’ smarter brother, the production dates are lies and the scenes were shot back-to-back.

    b. Going back to my one and only Chad tomorrow! Say a little prayer for me. Will contact when I reach CDG on the way back.

    c. John Rambo Quote of the day for September 11

    John Rambo Quote of the day for April 12, 13 and 14 – 16

    Sheriff: ‘Where you heading?’

    Rambo: ‘Portland.’

    Sheriff: ‘Portland is South, you said you were headed North.’

    Rambo: ‘You got some place I can eat around here?’

    Sheriff: ‘There’s a diner about 30 miles up the highway.’

    Rambo: ‘Is there a law against me getting something to eat here?’

    Sheriff: ‘Yeah, me.’

    Rambo: ‘Why are you pushin’ me?’

    Sheriff: ‘What did you say?’

    Rambo: ‘I said why are you pushing me, I haven’t done anything to you.’

    Sheriff: ‘First of all, you don’t ask the questions around here, I do. Understand? Secondly…we don’t want guys like you in this town. Drifters. First thing you know we got a whole bunch of guys like you in this town. That’s why! Besides, you wouldn’t like it here…It’s a quiet little town. In fact, you might say it’s boring! But that’s the way we like it. And I get paid to keep it that way. Boring… Portland, straight ahead! If you want some friendly advice… Get your hair cut and take a bath. You wouldn’t get hassled so much! Hope this ride helped you out! Have a nice day, huh!

    [Rambo heads in the opposite direction, back into town]

    Sheriff: ‘Where the hell do you think you’re going? Hey, I’m talkin’ to you, goddammit! Let’s see some I.D.! All right, you’re under arrest! You hear me? You put your hands on the car. Now you put your hands on the car, and you spread’em. Are you gonna put your hands on that car? How you do it, you decide, right now! Put your legs back. Back! You try to be nice to some people!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

  3. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    You said it about Abreu! Definitely forgoing the Rizzo tier and drafting him with confidence next yr expecting exactly the same stats.

    So in my H2H (obp ops) this week, Jose Martinez was grabbed before my waivers kicked in.

    I’m current rolling with (1) Devers (6 games v manea cotton gosset + @ faria Cobb odorrozi) + (2) Domingo (6 games v Brault cole Glasnow + @ conley desp. Peters). Domingo hasn’t been very hot, but has a flair for big games.

    Would you spend your last matchup waiver to grab one of the below (dropping one of the above), or hold til Thursday and drop a pitcher for a light schedule batty call / stream? Other guy has trout Blackmon Rizzo abreu (I’m down harper but at least have Goldy back), so I could use all the bop I can get.

    OPTIONS:

    Kendrys – ice cold other than random homers, but amazing matchups. 7 v umbaldo, bundy, gausman then @ berrios colon mejia gibson.

    Matt Olson – maybe better for the batty call. @erod fister pom (Tuesday to Thursday) but finishes the week in philly @ leiter lively pivetta.

    Thanks! Let’s hope for bad week for trout!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Absolutely. Sounds good, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  4. Cheese says:
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    Still here!

  5. Shitwolf says:
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    GREY! HEY buddy

    I have still been reading but I stopped being a quizmaster and just ran my team… things seem to be working out cuz I’m in the semis of my 5cat h2h…

    Thanks for all the write ups this year much love. Could I bug ya for who I should bench this week?

    I need to sit one of
    Ryan braun 6 games vs pit then @ Miami
    Buxton 6 games 2vs sd and then 4 blue jays
    Benentendi 6 vs oak then @ Tampa
    Wil myers 5 games @ min then @ Coors (I want that Coors juice)

    Haha what do you think hoping for a 2nd opinion

    Thanks dude

  6. Sean says:
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    Grey thanks for all the advice this year. It helped me clinch my regular season championship and first round bye for the 2nd consecutive year. I have the luxury of waiting the week out to pick up some schmotatos later this week, but was wondering if I should scoop up anyone now. Currently Reynolds, Desmond, Choo, and Polanco have been the worst on my team the past week or so and Pham has a plethora of injuries (it seems like a new one everyday). Would you drop any of them now for either Jose Reyes, Michael Taylor, Nick Williams, Travis Shaw, Ian Happ, or Jose Martinez?
    Only have 5 moves to make each week, so I don’t want to wait, but also don’t want to lose out. Thanks in advance.

    • Sean says:
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      @Sean: *willing to wait

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Eye thing doesn’t sound great, I’d likely go Pham for Happ if he’s a bench bat, if you have to start him then Williams

      • Sean says:
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        @Grey: looks like it was an issue with some eyedrops for pham, hoping for the best. My bench bat has been who ever hasnt been playing between reynolds, desmond, choo, and pham. Really thinking of cleaning house with all 4 if they’re still cold by the time next week rolls around and my playoffs actually start.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s what I heard on Pham too

  7. Mike in Busan says:
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    Thanks for another great write-up, Grey.
    Damn, that Fernando Rodney cost me a first-round bye with that implosion.
    Who’d you rather start: Cobb home against Boston or Godley home against Colorado?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Mike in Busan: Godley for me. He’s owned Colorado all season, even @COL.

  8. Kas says:
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    Grey,

    Was just offered the following trade. Keep in mind this is an ESPN 12-team KEEPER League, H2H.:

    I give: Goldy & Correa
    I get: Rizzo, C. Seager, Verlander, S. Perez, K. Jansen

    My pitching this year sucks, so I could counter with another pitcher, like G. Cole. As is, what do you think of this trade? I just beat this guy in the first round of the playoffs. Should I counter with Cole or would you stick with Goldy and Correa? My squad right now:

    C Grandal
    1B Goldy
    2B Odor
    3B Rendon
    SS Correa
    OF Blackmon
    OF Benintendi
    OF Ozuna
    BE Haniger
    BE Dickerson
    BE M. Taylor

    P Carrasco
    P Stroman
    P L. Weaver
    P D. Peters
    P Woodruff
    RP Diaz
    RP Maurer

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      @Kas: @Kas: *so the trade would be the same but instead of Perez it would be Cole

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Kas: Or the counter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: Don’t love it

      • Kas says:
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        @Grey: NEITHER DID I. Screw this guy then. Thanks bro!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Kas: No problem

  9. RicoSuave says:
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    Awesome write-up Grey!

    16 team H2H weekly points league…redraft

    Against all odds (12 SP to my 6 SP) I ended up winning last playoff week! But now, I lost Castillo (shutdown for the year) and Odor (injured, had to drop him).

    I need your help Grey…

    1. I need a 2B… who should I pick up?
    Albies (3x Vs NYM & 3x @WAS)
    T. Beckham (3x @ TOR & 4x @NYY)
    E. Escobar (2x Vs SD & 4x Vs TOR)
    Panik (3x Vs LAD & 3x Vs ARI)
    Y. Sanchez (3x @ KC & 4x @ DET)

    2. For one of my RP slots SV = 5pts. HD = 2 pts
    Barraclough (3x Vs MIL & 3x Vs PHI)
    Mike Montgomery 1 start Vs NYM
    Tepera (3x vs BAL & 4x @ MIN)
    David Robertson ( 4x Vs BAL & 3x @ TB)

    3. I need to start 5 SP W= 5pts, QS= 3pts. L= -3pts.

    Gausman @ TOR and @ NYY;
    Giolito @ KC;
    Maeda @ SF;
    T. Walker Vs COL and @ SF;
    L. Weaver Vs CIN;
    Foltynewicz @ WAS;
    D. Peters Vs MIL and @ PHI;
    Wacha @ CHC;
    Paxton @ HOU ( But apparently on pitch count around 50 pitches)

    Thanks a lot Grey, I appreciate your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RicoSuave: 1. Beckham 2. Barraclough 3. Walker, Weaver, Peters, Maeda, Wacha — there aren’t great

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: thanks again Grey! I know they aren’t great but it’s all I have left… hopefully I make it to the finals…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  10. RicoSuave says:
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    Awesome work Grey
    16 team H2H weekly points league…redraft
    Who should I start in my UTIL position

    Michael Taylor 3 games Vs ATL and 3x Vs LAD;
    M. Olson 3 @ BOS and 3 @ PHI;

    Thanks again

  11. LenFuego says:
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    Is malamoney ever going to announce the results of the Hey Batter contest? The contest ended over a week ago and nary a peep from him. Or did I miss something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LenFuego: He said results are coming this week

  12. Buxton Turner Overdrive says:
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    14 Team H2H League:

    Strasburg vs LAD
    McCullers @ LAA
    Peacock @ LAA
    Tanaka vs BAL
    Pomeranz vs OAK
    Godley vs COL
    Walker vs COL, @ SF
    Gibson vs SD, vs TOR

    In the semi-finals; any matchups I should bench the pitcher? Drop anyone for these streamers;

    E-Rod vs OAK, @ TB
    Newcomb vs NYM
    Montero @ ATL
    Graveman @ PHI
    Lively vs OAK

    • Buxton Turner Overdrive says:
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      @Buxton Turner Overdrive: I’m thinking I will drop Gibson after his first start for one of the streamers, not sure which

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Buxton Turner Overdrive: Oh, I thought your team locked after 1st game… I’d drop Gibson after 1st too — Lively

  13. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Hah, of all the great Torenados on the year, todays had me laughing the hardest, not sure why but it did.

    Some how, some way I finished week 1 of a 2 week h2h playoff matchup in the lead with easily the worst pitching staff in the league. I owe most, if not all, of that to you and Razzball brother Grey.

    I grabbed Woodruff everywhere, do we start him at home tonight vs. PIT (Brault). Really need a W and not getting blown up. Streamers look really thin this week.

    Thanks as always!

      • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Yeah my thoughts too, there really isn’t much available. Fingers crossed on this one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  14. Dave says:
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    A month ago I traded $6 Moncada and $1 Swanson for a $25 Abreu, and needless to say, I’m quite happy with my return now and in the future.

    When’s a good time to know a hot streak is ending and a guy is back to where we thought he’d be. Jorge Polanco is 0/8 this weekend. Is this the start or just a minor glitch? I also have Castro as my other 2b so I’m in no hurry to give Polanco the keys to the car. Thinking about 2018 in this, hold on and see what happens?

    • Grey

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      @Dave: Nice! Don’t think there’s much to Polanco, but if you’re thinking about 2018, not sure there’s a pressing reason to drop Polanco

  15. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    Start Jorge Polanco or Yolmer Sanchez at MI this week? Chasing AVG, RBI and few steals wouldn’t hurt.

  16. joemorganhair says:
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    Here we go! Two week, final round matchup in a points league. Would you rather own any of the bottom portion over the top 3? I included their first series matchups if that helps.

    Braun vs. Pitt
    Rendon at ATL
    Castellanos vs CLE

    Reyes at CHI
    Healy at BOS
    Jose Martinez vs. CIN
    Zimmerman at ATL
    Nick Williams at MIA
    Matt Chapman at BOS

    • Alex says:
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      @joemorganhair: Contemplating Wil Meyers too, he’s on waivers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joemorganhair: Someone said Myers was in Coors, that’s good… One matchup out of 2 weeks doesn’t help… Could see Chapman for Rendon tho

  17. Jason Morgan says:
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    Would you consider starting two start Dillon Peters (@PHI) and (MIL) over one start Samardzija (ARI)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason Morgan: I would in some circumstances, but likely go Samardzija

  18. Matt says:
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    Grey-
    Who’s the best (potential) closer to add?
    A.Bradley, B.Maurer,K.Bearclaw ??

    I have Holland, E.Diaz,Neris,Vizcaino…. Not sure if I should hold or make some moves and add one of above.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Maurer — I see no one to drop

  19. Jonathan Levin says:
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    Are you starting K Gibson at home vs Padres?

  20. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey hey, Grey,

    You know the drill. I have anxiety issues, and I can’t just use the SoN on my own without asking you about it.

    I’m sorry, it’s just that you are my streamer-wubby.

    Hammel hosting KC $9.2 . . . mehhhhhhhh?

    Love yas!

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        You’re an excellent therapist.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Try my best!

  21. Michael Valcq says:
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    I need help. I’m in the playoffs of a H2H points league. My starting pitching took a major hit last week. I lost half of my planned lineup with Nelson and Rodon going down. I also own Wood and Gausman who were terrible last week so I have little faith in either right now. I am set on Scherzer & Gray but need to figure out my other two lineup spots.

    My choices are Woodard (PIT, @Mia), Wood (@Was), Glasnow (MIL), Clevinger (KC), Gausman (@Tor, @NYY), Peters (@Phi, MIL) or Pivetta (OAK, MIA). My other option is Nicasio who suddenly looks like StL’s closer and has SP eligibility (3 CIN, 3 @ Chc).

    I am leaning Woodard & Clevinger. Which two do you like best? Thanks!

  22. Hawk says:
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    Next year, third or fourth round and you have a chance to draft your first pitcher. You’re taking Madison Bumgarner or Luis Severino? Asking for a friend.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Hawk: Severino for me . . . age, offense, and no-penchant for ATVs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Severino

  23. Cannot spell wrong without Ron says:
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    Has there been a final post on the “Hey Batter” contest? I haven’t been able to find it if there was.
    Thanks.

  24. Hawk says:
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    “…but I’m chomping at the bit like Pac-Man looking forward to drafting Trea in 2017. ”

    If you have a time machine, use it to go play that 600 mil lottery. Don’t waste it on Trea Turner’s 2017! ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Oops! Haha

  25. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Drop Pham for Jose Reyes or Michael Taylor?

  26. Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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    I have a first round bye this week largely thanks to your site, Grey!

    Trying to finalize my roster. Who (if anyone) should I drop for Carlos Gonzalez out of K. Morales, CJ Cron, Miggy, or Olson. This is a keep forever league, but since I’m so close I really want to go for it all. Gonzalez has seemed to turn it around lately + Coors.

    Thanks in advanced!

  27. ryanoger says:
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    Drop Jorge Polanco for Timmy Anderson or hold?

  28. MrC22 says:
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    Standard 5×5, h2h semi’s – EdRod or Fister?

    Thanks for all the help

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @MrC22: I chose Fister in the same scenario . . . in playoffs I’m looking for lowest blow up chance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrC22: Agree with Duda

  29. Not your average Joe says:
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    I’m on a bye week for finishing first; h2h playoffs (for me) are the week of the 18th and 25th. I have three adds I can make this week, though, to prepare. I’m wondering should I pre-emptively use one of those three adds by dropping Pham (recurring eye issues)for Olson, Mazara, J.Reyes, F-Her, Folty, or G.Richards?

    12-team, h2h, 5×5, redraft.
    C – Realmuto; 1B – Freeman; 2B – Dozier; 3B – Machado; SS – Correa; OF – Merrifield, Hoskins, Pollock; Util – Kiermaier; Bench – Pham, Smoak
    SP – Severino, Corbin, Weaver, Wood, Cueto, Glasnow
    RP – Greene, Doolittle, Vizcaino, Holland, Nicasio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Not your average Joe: I could see getting ready for next week, but Pham might be fine by then… Can you wait to later in this week to decide?

      • Not your average Joe says:
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        @Grey:

        I can wait. It’s all a function as to whether there are any moves I want to make before some other team in my league pounces. So I guess it’s a question of whether not grabbing Olson or Mazara at this point is fatal if someone else gets to them, which for Olson I suppose is in turn a question of when he’ll cool off.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I’d wait

  30. ashtray says:
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    I’m getting nothing out of Marte and McCutchen. You ok with cutting them loose for any of these guys:

    Reyes
    Joyce
    Valbuena
    Yolmer
    Delmonico
    Choo
    Nick Williams
    Eduardo
    Duda
    Happ
    Cron
    Castellanos
    Jose Martinez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Sure, these guys depend on needs tho

  31. morningsunshine says:
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    Grey man, I got the bye this week, wondering if I need to pick up a pitcher cuz I lost Nelson.
    12team h2h W SV K K/BB WHIP ERA

    I got Greinke, Stras, Sev, Tanaka, Keuchel, Nola, Quint.
    I projected and I’ll get 2 starts from Tanaka and Nola next week and Keuchel and Sev for the final week. Think I’m good like this? Or you suggest I stream an easy match up? I feel like 2 streamin 2 starters risky cuz no one good is on the waiver and they’ll just kill my ratios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @morningsunshine: I think you’re okay, but don’t know matchups or who’s available

  32. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Barely holding on to the lead overall and could gain or lose 3 points in AVG alone. I also am only 1 SB away from losing a point. I need to drop one and sit another:

    Haniger: 4 @ TEX, 3 @ HOU
    M Taylor: 3 v LAD, 3 v ATL
    Pollock: 4 v COL, 3 @ SF
    Calhoun: 3 v TEX, 3 v HOU
    Pham: 3 v CIN, 3 @ CHC

    Second: would you start Paxton this week @ HOU? I need Ws and Ks, I can stand to let my ratios take a hit

    Thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Test Kitchen: Drop Kole Calhoun, sit Pham — Pax’s only going 50 pitches

  33. Should I start streaming yet? Have eight moves left on the season and I am in first by 4.5pts. Hammel has a tasty matchup against CWS today. Anyone worth dropping for the stream?

    Severino, Peacock, Cole, McCullers, Clevinger, Weaver, Kluber, Gray, Lamet, Verlander.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Synyster: I’d lose McCullers to stream, possibly… But I don’t know any of these guys’ matchups

  34. Which two OF to SIT this week? I need to focus on SBs and Runs, but not at all costs. Sounds like Polanco will only be playing 2 of every 3 games.

    Stanton
    Bradley
    Buxton
    DeShields
    G. Polanco
    Kepler
    Kiermaier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Milarky: Polanco, Kepler

  35. Curtis Jones says:
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    Almost an entire season in the books, and 1st place in my NFBC Online Championship is probably going to come down to how my SBs I can get from Jose Peraza in the last 2 weeks. And I just picked him up last night. Gotta love this game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curtis Jones: Nice! I’m half point in lead in my NFBC league, about five categories are movable either way

  36. Ugly Kid Joe says:
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    It’s World Series Time for me in my head to head league. I am rostering two guys that do the same things, get holds and have a chance for saves…but as I plan out my next two weeks match up I only have room for one. So, Betances or Lyons? One will be dropped to stream starting pitchers and batty calls on short schedule days.

  37. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    H2H playoffs this week. Pham and A. Wood (next start @Was – although they have clinched) have got me nervous. Time to thank him them for their service and send them on their way?

    Looking at Keirmeir, Kendrick, Moose, Taylor, Haniger, Cron, E. Escobar and T. Anderson

    Also need a catcher: Chorinos, Ramos, either McCann.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: Yes, Keirmaier for Pham… Chirinios — there’s no options here to replace Wood, maybe him too

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Thx! Should have mentioned that I went catcherless yesterday to try to grab a Save/Hold. Would drop Wood to add back the catcher. That would leave my pitching staff as:

        Severino, Corbin, Nola, Darvish, Maeda, McCullers (Thor -DL)
        Kimbrel, Rodney, Vizcaino, S. Greene, Devinski

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, hmm… How bad do you need the start?

          • Lincecuminmypants says:
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            @Grey: It’s H2H, so it’s unknown at this point. But I’ve noticed your trajectory with him as well. It’s also a keeper league.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Lincecuminmypants: Can’t drop Wood in a keeper… Ride Wood out — hehe

              • Lincecuminmypants says:
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                @Grey: oh my. that’s gonna make things hard to keep Wood. (this may go on for hours if you so choose.)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You can debate keeping Wood for hours? Wow!

                  • Lincecuminmypants says:
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                    @Grey: I’ve already sought medical help from a doctor. (He said he’d file charges if I ever came back to the ER again.)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I figured with a name like Lincecuminmypants this was a common occurrence

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: I’d considered adding Kiermaier for this week, but then I looked at his matchups and splits. He’s got a .649 OPS against left handed pitchers, and it looks like he will be facing 4 LHPs this week — Sabathia, Garcia, Sale, and Rodriguez. All of TB’s games are at home, and they’re off on Thursday.

        That being the case, I added Haniger instead. He’s been pretty hot lately and has better matchups than Kiermaier. Haniger is also better against RHPs than LHPs, but his .747 OPS against LHPs is at least respectable, and the Mariners play 7 games this week @TEX and @HOU. Haniger will see Hamels, Perez, and Keuchel in addition to 4 RHPs (Gonzalez, Cashner, Morton, and Verlander).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These are the kind of things I don’t know offhand, you’re right, those aren’t great matchups for Kiermaier

        • Lincecuminmypants says:
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          @Curious George Springer: Much appreciated! I’d already pulled the trigger before reading this, but maybe it’ll help somebody else!

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Lincecuminmypants: No problem! good luck. My H2H oppoenent added Kiermaier, so I cannot say that I hope this one works out for you!

  38. Great Bambino says:
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    First round of a H2H playoffs. I’m down to 1 move.

    Do I use the move to stream? Or drop Tommy Pham or Edwin Jackson for Michael Taylor, Mitch Haniger, Eddie Rosario? Or hold and use the move later this week? Thanks!

    C: Wilson Ramos
    1B: Encarnacion
    2B: Dozier
    3B: Bregman
    SS: Semien
    OF: Pham
    OF: Trout
    OF: Domingo
    OF: Smoak

    Giles
    Colome
    Rivero
    Neris

    Chase Anderson
    Dickey
    Morton
    Hammel
    Berrios
    Straily
    Edwin Jackson

    DL: Faria

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Great Bambino: You’re going to play an OF down if Pham doesn’t play?

      • Great Bambino says:
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        @Grey: yea I would be a player down, but it’s my last $1 FAAB/move.

        this is a quite the pickle… do I just use the $1 on an OF? I don’t know what to do Pham..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Great Bambino: Grab Rosario then, can’t play an OF down

          • Great Bambino says:
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            @Grey: ok going for it. Thanks Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

        • Curious George Springer says:
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          @Great Bambino: You can’t put in $0 moves?

          • Great Bambino says:
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            @Curious George Springer: no $0 moves. this last $1 FAAB is my last move of the season. and there’s still 3 weeks of playoffs left. but of course, i gotta get through round 1 first.

            • Curious George Springer says:
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              @Great Bambino: Wow. good luck!

  39. Matt says:
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    HTH points dynasty league-who would be the better keeper going forward (rest of this season isn’t relevant here): Kepler or Derek Fisher?
    Matt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Fisher

  40. southside dom says:
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    Grey — week 2 of our 2 week semi finals matchup. ESPN 5×5 H2h

    As far as pitching is concerned, I am currently up by 1 save. I have both Doolittle and Vizcaino, but the Nats play the Braves the first 3 games this week. My opponent has 3 relievers between AJ Ramos, Wade Davis, and Maurer

    Should I pick up Nerris (MIA3, OAK3) or Nicasio (CIN3, CHC3) over Vizcaino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @southside dom: Oh, b/c you’re saying they play each other… I see… Hmm, I’d hold

      • southside dom says:
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        @Grey:

        I can also drop Snell (NYY) for Nerris or Nicasio. I should have enough starts to win K’s and W’s. Which closer do you prefer there?

  41. Trevor says:
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    Can you start Darvish in the playoffs of a head to head catagories league? Nice matchup but damn something’s not right with him now. What about Nola? Very similar situation. I picked up B. Woodruff, Peters, and Gibson-all two start options with good enough matchups. How would you rank those 5 pitchers?
    Darvish, Nola,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Trevor: What’s a nice matchup? Prolly not

  42. MarvPesos

    MarV says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 10-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS) – 5 moves left, (max 3 moves per week – so ill use 2-3 this week, 3 next week)

    In the Semi Finals and pumped! (thanks again to you and Razzball for getting me here). I’m confident in my pitching this week (even after losing J. Nelson) and I have enough 2-starters. I’ll be dropping Richards to bring Paxton in later this week. The only concern I have is in the batting department. I typically like to ride a hot bat through the playoffs (in case some players are cool, ie maybe Xander, Braun, Dozier and or Cain). Do you see any worth while adds on the wire and if you do who would you be dropping to acquire them ? (not Richards – as using him for Paxton later this week).

    Waiver:
    Hit –,Jose Reyes (good matchups CHC, ATL), M. Reynolds, R. Chirinos, M. Haniger, J. Martinez, I. Kinsler, M Trumbo, Carlos Gonzales, T. Beckham, N. Castellanos, K. Morales, M Olsen, J. Polanco, T. Mancini, M. Taylor
    PIT – H-Jin Ryu, Glasnow, S. Manaea, B. Peacock, Jose Urena, Mike Leake, Doug Fister

    My Team:
    C – Beef Castillo
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Brian Dozier
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Xander Bogearts
    Mi – Trea Turner
    CI – Justin Turner
    LF – Christian Yelich
    CF – Charlie Blackmon
    RF – Lorenzo Cain
    Util- Ryan Braun
    BN –Justin Smoak

    Sp – Carlos Carrasco
    SP – Gerrit Cole
    SP – Justin Verlander
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    Rp – Greg Holland
    P- Edwin Diaz
    P – Wade Davis
    BN- Garret Richards
    BN – Masahiro Tanaka
    BN –T. Bauer
    BN –Jose Quintana
    BN – Alex Wood
    DL – James Paxton

    thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MarV: Reyes over Xander

      • MarvPesos

        Marv says:
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        @Grey: it’s a keeper league, still do that swap?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, then you have to hold

  43. danny almonte says:
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    Lucroy or Ramos?

    Also Lucroy, Ramos or G.Parra?

  44. Zubaz says:
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    My championship week ends Wednesday. I have one more move to make. Who would you stream? Thanks!

    Woodruff today vs. Pit

    Kyle Gibson vs. SD

    Robert Stephenson at STL

    Martin Perez vs. Sea

    Glasnow getting called up to start Wednesday @ Mil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zubaz: Woodruff

  45. peacecoast says:
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    hey dude!

    last move for me. Need SB. JReyes or MTaylor ROS?

    Running out of cash may cost me the championship :( this is my last $1 (we start with $100). I stupidly blew $11 on mallex and thought I would win the SB category. This game is frustrating huh.

  46. ctrengove says:
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    Planning on streaming the following:

    Tonight-
    Sabathia at Tampa in NYM (Odorizzi)
    Woodruff vs Pittsburgh (Brault)

    Tomorrow-
    Gibson vs San Diego (T Wood)

    Solid streamer options from your POV?

  47. ashtray says:
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    Do you contribute to fantasy football anywhere?

  48. Stephen Gesuele says:
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    Semi-finals start today for me. I am thinking about adding a hitter as I have three players off today and one spot open Thursday vs my opponents one off day today and Thursday.

    If I were to drop anyone it would probably be Osuna. I added Gibson and Lopez last week for their starts today and tomorrow during my bye week.

    Closer situation is as follows: My team– Osuna, Chapman, Rivero, Belisle, Holland.
    Opponent: Vizcaino, Greene, Dyson

    Should I drop Osuna or Belisle for a hot hitter who plays today?

  49. AB says:
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    Scooter Gennett or Jorge Polanco this week? 5×5 cats
    Thanks!

    • AB says:
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      @AB: Tron has them pretty equal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AB: Scooter

  50. Gotime says:
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    H2H playoffs quality starts not wins. Are you starting all these arms? The rotation is running on fumes… no moves allowed
    Cueto vs LAD
    Scherzer vs ATL
    Archer vs NY
    Darvish @ SF
    Ray @ SF
    Wood @ WAS
    Paxton @ HOU
    Hill @ WAS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gotime: I’d start them all

  51. Daze says:
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    need to drop one to actvate Frazier
    Jorge Polanco or Albies
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Daze: Polanco

  52. FrankGrimes says:
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    I was stoked to see Story hit his 21st bomb
    But then remembered It’s September.

  53. lwomack58 says:
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    Which would you prefer as a bench bat
    O. Herrera or Haniger?
    Thanks

  54. ryanoger says:
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    redraft

    1. Miggy, Olson, or CarGonzalez over any one of these dudes or hold:

    Choo, Duvall, Haniger, and DeShields?

    2. Yolmer or Tim Anderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryanoger: Olson over DeShields but different things 2. Anderson

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man, that helps!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  55. Jason Murray says:
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    Better play at 2B this week…Beckham 3 @ TOR, 1 @ NYY or DeJong 3 vs. CIN? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beckham

  56. baseballing says:
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    Hi Grey, who are you starting this week in the OF?

    Pham (6 games this week, seeing doctor tomorrow about his eye drops but I’m not sure if he’ll return to the lineup tomorrow)
    Jose Martinez (hard to tell what’s going on in the Cardinals 1B/OF situation; the good news for Martinez is that Fowler and Pham might be injured and Gyorko is still out, so Carpenter is still at 3B for a few more games)

    Could also drop Martinez for Chisenhall or Piscotty. Maybe Chisenall, since the Indians face 5 righties this week and Zimmer is injured? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martinez for Lonnie makes sense

  57. Baskets says:
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    Estrada home vs Bal or Odorizzi home vs NY….or too dangerous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dangerous

  58. jasen james says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Loved the Torenado blurb.
    Quick question, would you hold onto Salazar in a keeper league in the hopes that he gets a couple of more starts this year? Or drop him for streamers like Gibson/Glasnow? I hate dropping talented young players in a keeper league but hate parking guys on my bench even more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Drop him if you wouldn’t keep him (I don’t know how deep your league is) for Gibson

  59. luvpho says:
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    Hi Grey,

    For the rest of the weekish, please rank

    Nimmo, DeJong, Margot, Devers, Peraza, Haniger.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs, DeJong, Nimmo, Devers

  60. ebudz says:
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    Yo Grey long time no post but wanted to say thank you for all your help all year as you helped me lock up 1st place and a playoff bye this week! Never had a bye week before so not sure how to play it!?

    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (3) SP: deGrom, Severino, Lynn
    (2) RP: Knebel, Ramos
    (4) P: Hand, Betances, Ryu, Bauer
    (6) Bench: Morton, Corbin, McHugh, Weaver, Snell, Wacha

    (2) DL: McCullers

    1) Haven’t needed to make any moves recently so McCullers is still locked in the DL spot so in order to free him I need to drop a SP? Also was thinking I should be owning Glasnow and/or Clevinger? Should I be dropping another 1 or 2 guys to scoop up either of them? Obviously SP matchups don’t matter for this week for me but here’s what starts I have mapped out for next week if it helps?

    9/18
    Corbin @SD (11.1)

    9/19
    Marquez @SF (7.3)
    Weaver @CIN (2.1)
    Clevinger @LAA (-4.8)

    9/20
    Morton vs. CHW (25.3)
    Severino vs. MIN (20.8)
    Snell vs. CHC (11.7)
    Bauer @LAA (0.4)

    2) Now I think I should be tuning up my offense too? What add/drops would you make?

    (1) C: Lucroy
    (1) 1B: Rizzo
    (1) 2B: LeMahieu
    (1) SS: Lindor
    (1) 3B: Rendon
    (3) OF: Springer, Myers, Souza
    (2) UT: Abreu, D. Santana

    (2) DL: Harper

    Available Bats: Kemp, Pham, Choo, K. Morales, D. Peralta, Reddick, Gennett, Olson, N. Williams, DeShields, Joyce, Kiermier, E Escobar, Happ, Cast, Haniger, Peraza, M. Taylor, Chirinos, W. Ramos + probably anyone listed in your last Buy post…

    3) Last but not least here are some notable RPs available so would you make any changes there considering who is on my team now?

    Current RP: Knebel, Ramos, Betances, Hand

    Available RPs: Devenski, Belisle, Nicasio, Minaya, Dyson, Ziegler, Treinen

    Sorry for the all the questions but wanted to get a jump on the week now since my schedule gets pretty busy Tues -Sat nowadays…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d hold for now 2. If you make add/drops right now, will you have to drop someone for McCullers?

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Yeah exactly before I can make any add/drops I’ll have to free McCullers since he isn’t eligble for the DL spot anymore

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d hold then during a bye week to see how McCullers looks

  61. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    H2H league.

    Drop S. Marte for Haniger or Keirmaier?

    Drop Berrios for Glasnow, Woodruff or Albers?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger — Woodruff

  62. Milarky says:
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    Which two would you start at your DH slot this week?

    Chris Davis
    Semien
    Thames
    G. Polanco
    Kepler
    Drury
    Solarte

    • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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      @Milarky: from playing time concerns i doubt it’s these:
      thames (never against lefties, and benched against anybody lately anyway)
      drury (benched a whole lot of the time and pretty bad since early july in general)
      kepler (lefties)
      c.davis (bad against lefties, does start though)
      brocktune (SUPPOSEDLY he’ll get benched more than before thus far 1/3 days benched)
      one of these spots where in weeklies probably gotta go with playing time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chris Davis
      Thames

  63. joeg414 says:
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    If Odor is out a few days , which middle inf should I pickup :
    T.Anderson , J.Polanco ,E.Escobar ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  64. ryanoger says:
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    Holds league

    You like Ryan Madson or Shaw?

    • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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      @ryanoger: madson, smith ahead of shaw, also madson’s stats have been better all year and pretty sure all career

      • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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        @Yr Never Too Old for Balloons: oh yeah, and a-mill is back fairly soon, moving shaw to 4th in line.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madson

  65. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    20 teamer playoffs starting, 6 moves left, OPS, Slugging, total bases, hits, nimmo is worst hitter. replace him with franco (back to starting at 1B, which seems to work out for him, also he’s probably just now realizing this time it’s for his job) or souza (IF souza starts to play again of course)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

      • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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        @Grey: oops, what about franco vs chapman?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maikel

  66. Jerry says:
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    With the Dodgers lengthy cold spell, start Jose Martinez overr Bellinger for this week? Dodgers in SF and WAS.
    H2H Points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  67. Chris says:
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    Thanks grey!
    Getting to the end of the season and slim pickings in a 14 team league. Just lost Hamilton do you like Clint Frazier or Phillip Ervin? Any word your hearing on faria?

    I also have Pham benched in a weekly league do I need to put him back in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ervin… Haven’t heard anything on Faria — Pham sounds like he’s playing on Tuesday, was just a problem with eyedrops

      • Chris says:
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        So glad to hear that so glad I got on here!

  68. Steve says:
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    Do you trust McCutchen this week @MIL @CIN or try Morales or Devers instead?

    Like Franco over E. Escobar or hold?

    Thanks

  69. Great Bambino says:
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    I hate to double ask this question in a different way, but I’m down to my last move.

    drop Tommy Pham for either the following or hold?

    Eddie Rosario or Mitch Haniger for ROS (H2H playoffs)?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pham says he’s playing Tuesday, sounds okay

  70. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Good afternoon Mr. Grey, do you start Tanaka this week at home versus Baltimore or are any of the following options more palatable in your opinion? Glasnow at Milwaukee, Nola at home versus Miami or Snell at home (actually at Citi Field) versus the Yankees?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

      • NoOneIsHome says:
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        @Grey: Would you play this week? Nick Williams (at home versus Mia & Oak) or Buxton (at home versus SD & TOR)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Buxton

          • NoOneIsHome says:
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            @Grey: Grazie!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              De nada

  71. Matt says:
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    ROS:

    I’m in the championship H2H daily lineup changes, but my current DH is Longoria but he hs bad matchups this week. Do I hold or drop for which of the following?

    Wil Myers
    Gardner
    Olsen
    Happ
    Jose Martinez
    Dickerson
    Reddick

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner

  72. Jimbob says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Playoffs are starting in my H2h points league,

    Seems like everyone just loads up on 2 starts and hopes for the best.

    I’m curious if you’d go with
    Buxton- 2 vs sd and 4 vs Toronto
    Or de shields 4 vs sea 3 vs angels

    Thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buxton

  73. Chris says:
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    One more for y grey lagares or Ervin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ervin

  74. lwomack58 says:
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    Smoak has been killing me lately. Would you replace him with Olson, Mauer, Pujols, Miggy, Cron, Bour, or Duda.

    Please rank which you like best.

    Also S. Marte has been bad the past couple of weeks would you replace him with-Haniger, Castellanos, Nick Williams, Albies or Devers. Need best overall player.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson, Smoak — Castellanos

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. Rizzo boy says:
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    Auction, Keeper $260 budget, 4 keepers, ESPN. Building for next year and have a couple of ridiculously low priced keepers. – Lamb-$7, Bellinger-$5, Devers-$5.

    Help me to pick one more:
    Rizzo- $34 (probably close to what he’ll go for next year)
    Happ-$5
    G.Polanco – $10

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  76. Nightmare! says:
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    Hey mustache. Like a few comments above, Justin smoak is sitting tonight and in the midst of a slump. Do I stick with smoak (2vsBAL, [email protected]) or should I pick up

    Haniger ([email protected], [email protected])
    Michael Taylor (3vsAtl,3vsLAD)
    Nick Williams (3vsMIA, 3vsOak)
    Jose. Bautista (3vsBAL, [email protected])

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger

  77. lwomack58 says:
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    @Grey:

    Sorry for followup question. Do yo like Cozart over Kemp as utility bat.
    Thank you for all your advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do

  78. Bolivian Zebras says:
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    Great write up as usual.

    C- Castillo
    1b- Olson
    2b- Rizzo
    3b- Machado
    Ss- T Turner
    Of-Stanton
    Of-Springer
    Of- C Santana
    Util ?

    5×5 obp h2h playoffs this week.

    Utility spot—- Castellanos, Inciarte, Reddick, Didi, Mazara, or Peraza.

    Thanks Grey!
    Trying to win B2B chips

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ender

  79. Jimbob says:
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    Thanks grey,

    Dervish at San Fran
    Cole at mil?

    H2h points in the playoffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yu

  80. Abe Froman says:
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    Week 2 of H2H semis. Standard 5×5. Currently up by 1 RBI, 1 SB, and down by 4 HRs. If I win just two of those categories, my pitching should be enough to carry me

    Pick one for MI:
    -potentially hurt Odor (SEA4, @LAA3, $16.4)
    -Semien (@BOS3, @PHI3, $13.4)

    In the OF, I’m planning to roll out DeSheilds for SAGNOF (SEA4, @LAA3, $11.8)

    Pick 3 of the following to round out my lineup:
    -Haniger (@TEX4, HOU3, $11.8)
    -Devers (OAK3, TB3, $8.8)
    -Rosario (SD3, TOR3, $7.8)
    -red hot Nick Williams (MIA3, OAK3, $8.2)
    -Duvall (@STL3, PIT3, $6.8)

    Thanks G!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor — Haniger, Williams, Devers

  81. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    14 team keep 9 but they have to be like this: 2 OF, 2 SP, 2 RP and 3 other differing position hitters (different from each other and NOT OF). OPS, total bases, OBP over AVG, holds, QS added. i have a bye this week for playoffs, probably some of my SP back by next week. espn position eligibility. max 12 starts per week.
    C chirinos
    1B GOLDY
    2B SCHOOP
    SS t.anderson
    3B longo
    MI peraza (2B/SS/CF)
    CI HOSKINS (1B/LF)
    LF braun
    CF pollock
    RF STANTON
    OF schebler
    util pham (CF/LF)
    BN bader (CF/LF), avila (C/1B), assdribble (2B/SS/3B)
    SP darvish/hill/a.wood/straily/lamet/richards/woodruff/gio G
    RP KIMBREL/holland/HAND (assuming he’s closing)/neshek/swarzak
    IR faria/paxton (back this week for sure)/duffy

    1. if all three of my DL SP are back by next week is this the best order of drops: richards/straily/woodruff?

    2. replace holland with any of vizcaino/nicasio/belisle? (i know this league is weirdly slow to some closers, but only 5 max slots for holds and saves, so some guys go hold guys heavy). technically i could slot nicasio in a SP slot, but it would take at bats from when catcher is off, or peraza or assdribble or t.anderson sit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Makes sense 2. Meh, Holland’s looked better

  82. crenshaw07 says:
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    Batty call: Teoscar vs. Ubaldo or Panik vs. Maeda. Both at home. Panik has good numbers against Maeda (.429 1HR) but Ubaldo is Ubaldo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

  83. mhaire511 says:
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    looking to drop Danny salazar for one of these two start pitchers. Who do you think?

    Dillon Peters
    Sean Manaea
    Robert Stephenson
    Joe Biagini
    Miguel GOnzalez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peters, but I’d look at matchups

  84. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In my earlier question about streaming Kendrys for today (Ubaldo) and holding for the week, I forgot to mention that I could also drop McCullers (@LAA) to take that bench bat.

    Dropping Cullers for Kendrys would basically give me 8-10 extra ABs on short schedule days (today v Ubaldo and thursday v Berrios) and bring me down to 12 starts on the week.

    My opponent has 9 starters currently, but could turn that into 12 starters if he uses all of his waiver grabs on pitching.

    What do you think about throwing out the Cullers start to get those extra ABs from Kendrys against bad pitching?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That works for me, you’ll still be able to match him in starts

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – that was my thinking too. Also, his offense is better on paper than mine (I blame injuries!) so some extra help on that front is certainly welcome + probably most needed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, go for it!

  85. Matt says:
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    Gardner or Matt Carpenter ROS in H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner

  86. crenshaw07 says:
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    Do you trust Snell tomorrow against NYY (Gray)? Last start from him was shaky but SON smiles upon this one….like a half smirky evil smile (8.4).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust it

  87. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Is there a reason the Brewers are waiting to DL or NA Jimmy Nelson? 2 days ago they found out he was done for the season. I want to hold on to him as a keeper for next year and I need to pick up another SP for the playoffs this week. Why are they torturing fantasy baseballers (your mother’s term)? Think it will still be another day or 2 before they change his status?

    Thanks,

    Jed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no more DL’ing

      • 200 Proof says:
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        @Grey:
        Noooo!

        So I have to keep him on my squad unusable or drop him or will he be listed as NA when they replace him on their roster?
        At what point of the season do they stop DL-ing?

        Thanks!

        • jason batteiger says:
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          @200 Proof: ah laments of the new guys. yes, it’s shit for keepers/dynasties. only advice get in a fantrax where you could IR stash a guy with a flag (flag any reason for not playing)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Usually in September when rosters expand… I’d hold him

  88. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    some issue with the aug 22nd “hoskins” podcast it won’t load from the site nor download, the download says “problem with server”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Okay, I’ll look into it, thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just played it

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Grey: yeah good now, thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  89. DonnieB says:
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    Barraclough or Nicasio ROS? Close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barra

  90. DonnieB says:
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    And Haniger,Williams or Schwarber? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger

  91. DonnieB says:
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    One more… Maikel or Starlin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  92. Wilson says:
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    Who is safer to start tomorrow? Pick 2
    Walker vs COL (Gray)
    Gray @ARI (Walker)
    Bundy @ TOR (Biagini)
    Smell vs NYY (Gray)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None are safe… Walker, Snell

  93. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    14 team where i have a bye this week. OBP over AVG, total bases added.
    C chirinos
    1B hoskins (OF)
    2B beckham (SS/1B)
    SS semien
    3B devers
    OF (3) stanton/trout/myers (1B)
    util (2) dj lemehieu, longo
    BN desmond (1B/OF), souza
    desmond getting jerked around, clearly wasn’t a good idea for him to come back in 6-7 weeks from his broken hand (good god only 5 HR’s in COL this is worse than rutledge days) i’d lay 4-1 he’ll be just fine next year (well i hope so with dynasties where i traded for him or signed him, but i do objectively believe it too, nothing else in his career indicates he’s actually this bad), anywhoo, drop for any of these: nimmo, duda, bader, franco, mancini, thames, trumbo, peraza. even if one of these gets hot i can change my mind, aren’t playing this week with 7 moves on week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thames

  94. Dg says:
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    Drop smoak for michael taylor, haniger, miguel cabrera ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger

  95. Michael DePinto says:
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    Somebody dropped Archer in my H2H league. I am going to pick him up off of waivers.

    Curious if you feel confident in him for his start on Wednesday vs the Yankees at CitiField?

    Also, would you drop for Justin Turner or Jake Lamb? Hate to drop either but neither have been very productive in the second half. I had picked up Happ and Nick Williams last week to start over both guys.

    I wish I could drop Polanco but he is my only SS and there isn’t anything better to pick up.

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