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Jose Miranda as played by Cynthia Nixon in her most challenging role yet: Minnesota Twins prospect. The sun sets through the West Village window, as clickety-clack from Carrie’s word processor is heard. She reads the words out loud as they make their way onto her 64-bit screen, “Miranda wasn’t going to come, so to speak, up for the Twins until they were good and ready. With Josh out of the picture–Is Josh out of the picture?–Gosh, Miranda really needs to find a new position, so to speak, to play in. Maybe Miranda can get in, so to speak, some time at 2nd base, like Samantha after five minutes knowing a guy.” And that’s me quoting Carrie Bradshaw! Jose Miranda has no speed, but his bat is more than ready, and it is explosive. Possesses the usual Twins’ tendencies — Twindencies? — he doesn’t strike out at all and doesn’t walk a ton. Are the Twins developing prospects or just cloning a Luis Arraez who was dipped in amber? Developing, because Miranda actually has power, unlike most Twins prospects. As Prospect Itch said recently, “Minnesota has demonstrated an appreciation for precisely this sort of profile, and Miranda is a better all-around hitter than some of the other guys they’ve hidden the past few years (Astudillo, Sano, Rooker). And much better than Grey, who sucks.” Okay, that’s hurtful. I’m stashing Miranda now. “I know just the slot for him,” says Samantha as Miranda groans. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Mike Zunino – I nearly recommended Kevin Plawecki, then I thought, “Nah, don’t give them a fake Buy just because they’re taking too long to pick up Zunino, who is going to hit 30-plus homers. What kind of animal are you?” Then I stopped reading the Buzzfeed quiz I was reading, and it turned out I was a panda.

Frank Schwindel – If you can say “Schwindel” without the uptalking vocal tick of Wayne’s World, you’re younger and better than me.

Connor Joe – For the first six years of his career, he abbreviated his name to C.J. Cron and had some success on other teams–*intern whispers in my ear*–So, Connor Joe is not C.J. Cron. *off intern’s look*…He is also not C.J. Connor, C.J. Cronner or Cronner Joe either. This is a recommendation to grab Joe while lacking pep or he’s at home.

Bobby Dalbec – Fun fact! Dalbec is one simple misspelling of Dalbec into Dlabec from being a dictator in an Eastern European country you’ve never heard of. Either way, he’s still got power.

Brandon Belt – *struggling to not say something about how Belt is above Brown* Need to move on before I explode.

Seth Brown – Wow, this was the week of interesting 1st basemen choices, who will inevitably disappoint, but will allow you to lie to yourself for a good three to five days.

Tyler Wade – Surprising to see Wade in the Buy column two weeks in a row, not because I’m surprised he wasn’t picked up everywhere, but I’m surprised that I’m actually recommending him for two straight weeks. Can Gleyber return so I stop blowing my own mind?

Nicky Lopez – Hey, a new Tyler Wade dropped! His name is Nicky Lopez. Room, disgruntled, chimes in, “Hey, Nicky.”

Aledmys Diaz – If I were the Astros, I’d want Bregman to take his sweet time because Aledmys is hitting so well. I’d be like, “Hey, Alex B., what’s up my main man? Can you go to Home Depot and pick us up some trash cans?” Then I’d call TMZ and have them take pictures of Bregman putting trash cans into his pickup truck and let him deal with that scandal for another week or two.

Jonathan Villar – The Mets could’ve ruined Bonds in the early 2000s; they could’ve besmirched Santa’s reputation; they could’ve made E.T. less lovable, but they can’t stop Villar from being fantasy relevant. Villar is doing what Bonds, Santa and E.T. couldn’t.

Jorge Mateo – Had an eight-game hitting streak broken up the other day, but this is more about the speed Mateo brings. Baltimore hasn’t seen the use of a burner like this since Avon Barksdale.

Luis UriasWilly Adames is truly turning heads and spackling broken hearts, but Urias is putting together a solid season, and, because some of you like actual facts, rather taking my word for it, on the 7-day Player Rater, Urias is rocking shizz.

Jose Barrero – Here’s what I said the other day, “With Jesse Winker hitting the IL due to the interstate running up the side of Florida–I’m being told an intercostal is not an interstate. Either way, Winker is out for a few weeks and the Reds called up Jose Barrero, formerly known as Jose Garcia, formerly known as Jose Garces, former Iron Chef–Okay, being told he is not a former Iron Chef. Jose Barrero is a shortstop so trying to figure out how or why the Reds would promote him and not, say, Nick Senzel. My only guess is Senzel’s people claimed the Reds were manipulating his service time in 2019, which they were, and now they seem to like to eff with Senzel. Free Nick Senzel! He’s Senzelational! Any hoo! Jose Barrero looks great: 11/7/.305/.389/.584 in 40 games of Triple-A, and he’s a five-tool guy who I looked to grab in every league, but had no need in the leagues where he was available, and was gone in the deeper ones. Would watch to see how the Reds play him, he could platoon, which takes a little air out of this Cuban raftee.” And that’s me quoting me!

Evan Longoria – Everything the Giants touch this year is turning into gold. They’re the opposite-day Mets.

Josh Rojas – Not sure why he’s under 50% rostered, but he is and that’s my arbitrary cutoff, which is different than you arbitrarily wearing cutoffs. Those jorts are a mess.

Lewis Brinson – Already gave you my Lewis Brinson fantasy. It had that smile, that glow, that energy of someone on herbal ecstasy.

Ian HappJ.A. Happ is Just Awful Happ, so that leaves Ian as just awful, lowercase, but he’s been hot-ish.

Justin Upton – When he lets the schmotato, it lasts about as long as a lit menorah. You can call him, Hanukah Upton. Hanukah? What, is it December? (Terrible segue!) If you’re wondering why the video in this post is for fantasy football, the videos will now be seen over there, like on Donkey’s top 200 fantasy football rankings.

J.A. Happ – Can’t believe I’m recommending Just Awful Happ, but he’s a Streamonator call, like the call it makes to a tanning salon.

Reid Detmers – This is also a Streamonator call. “Hello, I was just wondering if anyone there can oil my back. It’s life or death.”

Mychal Givens – Yes, there’s Alex Colome, Codi Heuer, Drew Steckenrider, Bednar, Floro, Scott Barlow, Tyler Clippard–All of them! If you need saves, the SAGNOF Gods have Givens and they’ve giveth. Instead, I’m going to quickly highlight a few middle relievers who are just fan-effin-tastic.

Collin McHugh – This is Collin McHugh’s Statcast. The velocity is hilarious, considering the rest of these insanely gorgeous numbers.

Chad Green – Okay, technically, Green could get saves, so he’s not just a middle man, but Aroldis is back and Johnny Lasagna is there too, and he’s also awesome. So, Green’s got saves competition with Aroldis and The Big Cheese, but I’ll just say this for Green: His WHIP over the last two years is sub-0.90.

Kendall Graveman – His ground ball rate, strikeouts and lack of walks are the stuff of legend. His ERA and WHIP aren’t bad either. Graveman is aptly named because everything off the bat goes directly into the ground.

Joe Barlow – Might get some saves, but we’re here because of his K/9 and ERA are both ridiculously elite. Also, I wanted to highlight him so I can get more people asking me about Barlow without saying which one. Hand on head emoji with another hand holding a vape pen and three birds circling over my head.

SELL

Matt Barnes – With the trade deadline passing, this is no longer about selling, but it’s about dropping. I don’t change the name of it to Drop, because a Buy/Drop? What is that? That makes no sense, and I am a stickler for making sense. Is it stickler or sticker? Any hoo! Even if Barnes gets saves again, which he might, he’s not worth bothering with the downside when you have so many great relievers available in most leagues. Free your mind, and the Crest will swallow, as I say after brushing my teeth when I’m feeling En Vogue.

Mike Moustakas – When you’re an aging slugger, the bottom isn’t far, and Mike’s bottom is the Mostsuckass.

Joey Wendle – Go ahead, Mr. Wendle. Mr. Wendle, yeah. Lord, Mr. Wendle, get off my team.

Christian Yelich – Oh, yeah, I’d drop Yelich. I’d love to drop him. I actually picked him up recently in one redraft league, just so I could drop him. Though, I haven’t been able to yet. It’s hard to drop him. It truly is. The stats in the rearview are closer than they appear. That brings me to my point. While this is a Drop vs. a Sell, it could be a Sell too if you’re league has a late deadline or you have him in a keeper. Think how hard it is to drop him, that means he still has value to trade away in a keeper. Would I trade him for a potato sack dress? Ya know what, maybe, but you can check out the Fantasy Baseball Trade Analyzer and explore options.

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JC
JC
11 months ago

1. Is Seward the closer again in Seattle or committee??
2. If he is the closer, him or Colome?

Trader
Trader
11 months ago

Alfaro playing OF lately. Grab him over Garver?
Genesis been unreal until last outing. Trust him for holds or is he kindling?
Who is cut among Romano, Colome, Finnegan?
O Herrera or Mateo?

Thank you

Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
11 months ago

hahahah, i called that one. SF leaves it unknown for a few days, then reports desclafani is fine, less than 2 days later, DL’d. SF isn’t even known for these is the hard part on that. obv like WAS or the mess or LAA it would’ve taken probably another 5-7 days so i guess we got lucky.

JC
JC
11 months ago

Two weeks before the playoffs. In third place in my 12 teamer but struggling due to OF injuries and awful pitching this past week which tightened things up quite a bit. Here is my team and WW options. We can only make seven moves each week. Need some OF depth since Kepler and Wade are both not good and don’t play everyday. What would you change, do?

C – Yasmani
CI – Freeman, Abreu, Donaldson
MI – Trea, Albies, Polanco
OF – Play five with one RF, CF, LF and 2 OF: Walsh, Wade, Kepler, Yordan, Lowe
Util – Cesar
Injured occupying a roster spot – Springer, Tapia
IL – Winker
SP – Burnes, Gausman, Urias, Disco, Eovaldi, Cease, Price/steamer
RP – Holds and Saves league…i have been punting saves: Box and Gallegos

WW – Odubel, Happ, McCormick, Solak, Mateo, Carlson (but still hurt??), Hayes, Urias, JD Davis
Genesis, Wood,

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Disco news actually makes this easier. He and Price go. I will backfill with two bats.
No way I drop Springer or Winker yet.

JC
JC
Reply to  JC
11 months ago

H2h with categories so it is easier to hold guys

VinWins
VinWins
11 months ago

Wow, Nootbaar just saved Reyes.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Haha. I don’t want raisins in my nootbaar.

Pretty good pitching for me today. Lots of shares of Touki, Gutierrez, Matz, Framber, Waino, and Webb. A few shares of Reynaldo Lopez and Jon Gray to keep me grounded.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

Looking only at 2B,SS — I realize Jazz is also a viable choice. So Jazz or Nicky Lopez?

Sorry for the inefficiency.

Steve
Steve
11 months ago

Hi Grey – about how high do you expect Trevor Rogers will be ranked among starters for next year? Thanks!

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks Grey, how about Luis Garcia?

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

And Fried too. Are Fried or Garcia reasonably keepable in a 12 team mixed keep 10? Thanks!

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Sorry, I mean about how high do you think each will be ranked among starting pitchers?

1) Fried
2) Luis Garcia

As of now if you could keep one, who would it be? And would it be close?

Thanks!

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Sounds good, thanks!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

Dreaded catcher question – Garver or Stassi

Dreaded 2B/SS question – Wade or Nicky Lopez. Wade gets slight bump since he also qualifies t 3B; but I assume his PT uncertainty means Lopez.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

Hey Grey! With Freddy Peralta on IL and Sale back, what are your early 2022 thoughts on Freddy vs Sale?

I can trade my $4 Sale (with good 2021 guys) for a $7 Freddy. Not sure if that’s a huge upgrade from Sale or not though, esp in W department for next year.

PS – was able to swap Sale for Cronenworth in that Kelenic trade (so I would get $9 Kelenic for my $6 Vaughn and $4 Cronenworth…both of whom I like but I feel don’t have the upside you want from a keeper like that…

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks!

DonnieB
DonnieB
11 months ago

Who is the drop?

Means at $5
Elieser at $10
Price at $10

It is a keeper league but none likely keepers. Thanks

lwomack58
lwomack58
11 months ago

Sorry one more-if you needed to pickup a hitter for today who would you choice between

J. Harrison vs SF and Webb

Corey Dickerson vs Det. and Hutchison(era @ 10.80). Watch him throw aces!!

Thanks

lwomack58
lwomack58
11 months ago

Being slow this morning I missed out on picking up McHugh. Who do you prefer as a long reliever

Lorenzen, Javier, Suter or Petit. Mainly looking for ratio’s and possible wins/save

Thanks

Lasagna
Lasagna
11 months ago

Who would you rather have for the playoffs in a redraft Jared Walsh or Joey Gallo?

Sandman
Sandman
11 months ago

Hey Grey!

Jordan Montgomery or Tylor Megill ROS?

Thanks!

JC
JC
11 months ago

There is no irritation in this question. I am merely trying to use the tools provided in a more productive manner so please read this in your happy voice!

ERod was a massive favorite yesterday but we know he is volatile. But -$350 betting line a score of 10ish on your Bot gave me confidence over picking Tristan who was minus according to the Bot. We saw how that turned out for both. You liked Tristan better than ERod as I recall. What was your thought process there?

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Nice. Thanks for sharing that insight. Kinda good to keep the human element more involved than just regression to the mean theories.

VinWins
VinWins
11 months ago

Which 2 are you least interested in for H2H playoffs the final 3 weeks of the season?

Marco Gonzales-SEA
Reynaldo Lopez-CHW
Lance McCullers Jr.-HOU
Miles Mikolas-STL
Chris Sale-BOS
Logan Webb-SF
Madison Bumgarner-ARI
Touki Toussaint-ATL

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  VinWins
11 months ago

Or, would you only make that decision based on opponents?

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks! I’m not sure I should take the time to check the schedule since I have been in first all year, and from reading comments over the years I know that means I will get knocked out in the first round.

VinWins
VinWins
11 months ago

My team with Ryu and Yelich finally had a good day!

William Hung
William Hung
11 months ago

So I didn’t get a chance to drop Diego Castillo until an hour after the Reds/Marlins game started and I figured Bender would be a good pick up for SVs+HLDs – so he’s automatically in my bench tonight cause of the daily lineups rule. Thank god cause Bender blew chunks tonight when he came in the 6th, and I’ll probably drop him tomorrow for another speculative SVs+HLDs guy. Who should I roll with out of Archie Bradley, Diekman, Steckenrider, Staumont?

VinWins
VinWins
11 months ago

Yankees – Twins already PPD for tomorrow. Probably be more.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yeah – pretty much any game in the northeast region will be PPD

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yeah -From NYC to southern Massachusetts is expected to get some flooding

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Starting to look like NYC will mostly be OK (don’t quote me on that!) besides some rain. Upstate NY, CT, and IMO, especially MA and above are gonna get hit hard–it seems.

ellis
ellis
11 months ago

Don’t need both, which should I keep, Melancon or McGee and Ryu or Vlad Gutierrez ROS

Trying to stay distracted from Hurricane Henri that is supposed to be bad tomorrow

Thank you!

ellis
ellis
Reply to  ellis
11 months ago

MIght need to rephrase that, don’t need both, should I keep Melancon or McGee. And don’t need both, who should I keep Ryu or Gutierrez. Leaning McGee and Gutierrez(he also has better matchups)

thanks

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
11 months ago

My team is 6 for its last 54. Their bays, like me, are in lockdown.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
11 months ago

55

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
11 months ago

*bats, obviously. And now sonavabenched by Wade Jr.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

He wasn’t in the starting line up. My team is so bad. I’m probably going to make the playoffs but I’m almost looking forward to getting beaten in the first round so this season can be over.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

And he’s 1B eligible. Why I’m not starting him ahead of Bellinger is a question only I can answer.

George Bell
George Bell
11 months ago

Kaprielian nyy @det chw tex @laa sea @sea

Gray @mil Stl @chc stl lad was

How much faith do you have in Gray and Kaprielian with these ROS schedules with a focus on whip?

Kaps projections aren’t kind and Gray has been playing below expections for months now.

George Bell
George Bell
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Sonny Gray

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Sonny Spin Rate Gray is quite scary w/o the sticky stuff… beware! Check out his monthly spin rate graph on Savant.. yikes.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

Hey Grey! Still trying to pry Kelenic from an owner in a 12 team roto keep 8 forever ($3 inflation). $260 budget.

His current offer to me is (2022 values)

$9 Kelenic + $9 Lux for $4 Sale + $6 Vaughn

I’m down to swap Vaughn for Kelenic I think, but don’t care about Lux and Sale should theoretically be a top 10-15 arm for basically the lowest keeper price (ie good trade bait).

What do you think?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

No idea! Let’s try that again…

Thanks for the tip! I’ll try and get him for less but will take Kelenic if that’s the best I can get…

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

Wait, isn’t a $4 Sale next year better than anyone else in this trade? Or am I just stupid and don’t understand what’s going on here? Because there’s no way it’s that simple and you guys are missing that… right??

Gotta go for the upside in a 12, IMO. WW is flush.

I’m also not sure Vaughn isnt better than Kelenic straight up, and Lux… have had serious worries about that guy for a while now, wouldn’t touch w/ a 10-ft pole.

JC
JC
11 months ago

Need QS, ratios matter. Please pick one of Price home vs Mets, Houser home vs Nats, Touki at Balt.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

Gil or Josiah “ROS”? I’m leaning Gil because I don’t know how many Wins he can get on Washington.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

Gil might lose his spot when Monty comes back… or him and The Mustache Man might piggyback together. Josiah has LEGIT K upside too.

Btw, nice team, but you’re really, really lacking speed. Wander is kinda useless IMO — I dropped him a few weeks ago. Get someone w/ speed.

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
11 months ago

Morning Grey!

I need some help in most hitting categories. On the week, I’m down by the following:
Runs -10
HR – 5
RBI – 6
SB – 2

Would you add any of the following FA’s to help close the gap in any of the above categories:

– N. Lopez (has 5 SB in the last week!)
– J. Meters (has 3HR this week??)
– Sano
– Duvall
– Connor Joe

If so, who would you drop (roster below)

12-team, 6×6 (OPS & QS), H2H, redraft league

C: Stassi
1B: Freeman
2B: Altuve
3B: Arenado
SS: Story
IF: W. Franco
OF: Franmil, Adolis, Wisdom
UTL: Jazz
Bn: Brinson, B. Rodgers, L. Urias

SP: Woodruff, Gausman, Ryu, Means, Framber, Sonny Gray, McClanahan, Z. Thompson, Ynoa

RP: Chapman, Kennedy, C. Green

Thanks in advance!!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Dancin Homer
11 months ago

Isn’t there like 1 day left in the week? lol

Jeffe
Jeffe
11 months ago

Who would you pick up outta Voit, Chapman or K Seager

Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Jeffe
11 months ago

Even considering Mr BrO’Neil from STL

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Jeffe
11 months ago

I would take Tyler over Chapman… he’s got speed upside too (if that matters for your league). They’re both getting hot rn, so you’ll probably be OK w/ either.

Tyler has maintained a better AVG this yr than Chap has for a few years now. He’s got a MUCH better Barrel and HH% on Statcast than Chap too. Last, TO has been batting 4th almost the entire year now. Chap is just now getting up to 5th/6th from batting 7th/8th before… it’s entirely possible MC gets back to batting 4th again, but he NEEDS to stay hot. TO pretty much has that lineup spot locked up, IMO.

Voit is looking REALLY good too — he just has some potential playing time concerns. However, it seems like the Rizzo addition has sparked a FIRE under his ass. Unfortunately for fantasy, it seems like Boone wants to “balance” the lineup by alternating L/R, which means Voit inexplicitly hits 6/7th (BEHIND FUCKING ODOR, mind you… *facepalms*) WAY TOO OFTEN (I’m a Yanks fan, ha).

Good luck!!

PS, unless your team is REALLY stacked, or this is a 10-team league… you can probably add more than one of these guys if you were to take a more discernible look at your roster. Now isn’t the time to hold onto guys because of their last name, or because they’re on your roster / you drafted them / they were good in June, etc… just play the guys who are good and producing rn. Forget everything else. CREAM!

Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks! Glad I stuck with him. Better streamer, McKenzie or E Rodriguez

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

totally, and it’s not even close… right?

William Hung
William Hung
11 months ago

Madison Bumgarner has been doing his best Kyle Hendricks/Plesac impression over the past month – is he worth a pickup in QS leagues or just a SON play?

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For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
Reply to  William Hung
11 months ago

plesac and bumgarner haven’t put up similar stats at the same time, possibly ever, even if indexing it to like 3 week periods. also, no matter how bad bum’s K rate got the last few years, it’s never touched the grossness of plesac’s even when plesac’s was at whatever garbage his peak was.

William Hung
William Hung

What I meant was the run prevention and low Ks

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
Reply to  William Hung
11 months ago

bum’s low K’s aren’t close to plesac’s. and plesac’s run prevention this year compared to bumgarner’s (unless you meant bum pre early july) also not close. bum’s got a near 9 K rate, plesac’s got a 6.1. j.urena some years on MIA is a close comp to plesac. if we’re talking bum’s peak vs plesac’s peak, still, no.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron

sorry, bum’s this year is a 7.87. still far off a 6.1

jason batteiger
jason batteiger

FIP’s are also about a whole run different, plesac’s 5.02 (this is the worst qualifying here starter unless jc mejia or a.young counts on CLE) vs bum’s 4.07 (which is right at his 4.06 ERA, but obv his season is 2 completely different looking seasons the 2nd of which started on his july 16th start back from DL and has been great since)

baby seal
baby seal

What are you talking about? It’s hard to follow your writing… so apologize if I’m missing the point.

Plesac posted a higher K% last year than Bum ever has, ever, in his entire career.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Snigger.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
11 months ago

1/18 and Kikuchi. How’s your day going?

Steve
Steve
11 months ago

Does this order look about right in a keeper?:

Albies, Freeman, Castellanos, Mullins, Story

Thanks!

hot corner
hot corner
11 months ago

Joey Votto from 2016 when he started slow and then had a historic 2nd half…

“My swing is a fine piece of machinery,” Votto said. “Everybody wants to rush the Ferrari, but it comes out every four to six years. It takes time.”

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

that’s what she said

i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
Reply to  hot corner
11 months ago

wait a minute, did he say that knowing he’d take off a long time before doing this again? seems to have called it with that statement. can anybody do this?

– ok, i’m trying this now, in 2 years time i’m gonna wake up next to mary liz winstead

baby seal
baby seal
11 months ago

Hey Grey, do you want to stop blowing, so to speak, your own mind?

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I miss you bro!!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Happy you picked up what I was putting down… that was your whole bit in the intro lol. Was actually about Miranda, but all good.

Anyways, I’ve been wanting to rag on you about Chapman, since you were so high on him preseason and I drafted him. But he’s starting to come around a bit… I did drop him a looooong time ago, though, ha (in my home 12-team H2H).

Check out the squad, I’ve made HUGE overhauls since the draft. I didn’t prepare much this year because I was dealing w/ some mental health-pandemic sorta stuff early in the year, and just couldn’t get myself to focus on Fantasy. But as the season was getting near, I was REALLY getting the itch to play again. However, I had already wasted too much time to get into any sort of high stakes drafts again. I’ll def be back next year! =)

C: Varsho
1B: Cron
2B: India
3B: Machado
SS: Tim A
OF: Greek God
OF: Bodybuilder Tyler
OF: Lou Bob (got off waivers and stashed on IL!)
U: Adames (dude has been off the chain!)
U: Eduardo / Corey Seager
B: Rotating between Cutch & Grossman (sometimes drop these guys for a minute to do some roster bating-type shit; like Bendar just went to the scraps so I could stream Grossman this weekend, hoping to get some SBs)

P: Maeda (was between him and Lynn at the draft… panicked, no idea WTF I was thinking… stupid)
P: Jansen
P: Framber (got off waivers, his owner had too many injuries; great pickup)
P: L Garcia
P: Miley (can’t believe he’s been able to be this good still)
P: Logan Webb
P: Sewald (recent pickup who will likely stay even if doesn’t get main CL role… but I actually do think he’ll get the majority of the SVs down the stretch here, fwiw)
P: Tony Disco
(we only start 8 P at a time, but it’s daily moves, and people usually go heavy P w/ their bench in this H2H)

P: Houck
P: Ynoa (recent IL stash that I’ve been able to activate)
P: Elieser (also recent IL stash)

IL: deGrom (only keep bc it’s H2H… if I get him for the semis / finals… then it’ll be worth it… also, was the FIRST TIME EVER that I drafted a P in the 1st round — figured, why not? since I wasn’t taking this year too seriously — wanted to try it out for shits and giggles… it was between him and Tatis… early on, felt like I couldn’t have made a wrong decision there! … but now, really wish I had Fun The Jewels, haha)
IL: Alzolay
IL: Manoah (just Bereavement–loving this guy, was my TOP SP prospect that I MADE SURE to get)
IL: Joe Barlow (don’t worry… I’m not gonna confuse you on the name hahaha… had Patton before, loving this guy, hope he’ll be OK)

Plesac: Dropped a couple weeks ago — guy has completely lost it this year, especially after coming back from the IL

Montas: Dropped a few months ago — his WHIP was shit, but I LOVED him… sucks he’s killing it right now… no idea why it took so long to realize his Split is The Goods… love that pitch

Blackmon / Chapman / Lourdes / D Smith / Kepler / CJ Cron / Donaldson: Guys I drafted based on your ranks, or who I’ve liked in general (except I’ve never liked Blackmon for whatever reason; and always been iffy on Chapman bc of his low contact%…), and I just had to toss them a while ago — team was in the dumps and couldn’t wait on them to figure it out — currently in 4th and about to make a big move this week — was 2nd just a couple weeks ago too

In a shallower 12 like this, one thing I’ve learned from you — and this relates back to stocks IMO — gotta move your feet and can’t be afraid to drop guys. I mean, look at the team above, what have I *really* lost out on? Not that much.

I fucking LOVE India. Guy is a total HOSS and I hope to draft him next year. Cron is The Man (drafted w/ one of my last 2 picks). I was streaming Hass (DET C) a little while ago, and got swept up in the Twitter hype of Varsho too much — kinda a dumb decision there, but wtv, shit happens, right? Tyler O is about to go OFF, IMO, fwiw.

Just trying to get by on pitching rn. That’s where I’ve made the most moves overall, which carried me out of the basement initially, but now it’s my hitting leading the way. If I can get both to GO at the same time, I’ll easily win this league.

Later my man! Hope you’re doing well and I plan to be around a bit more, but especially more so in the offseason. Want to have a BIG YEAR next year.

PS, never shared my Razzball team from last year. Not sure if you saw or even look at these things, but I was in B DON’s $20 league and won that. Had a ridiculous team, LOL. Can post that later if u give a crap… but I totally understand if u don’t, HA.

See ya!!!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks man! Really appreciate that. Btw, I’ve been keeping up on the pods and I love your humor there haha.

Sorry to hear you’ve had a tough Fantasy year.

Maybe it’s because you’re an old dog (sorry, ha), and the 60-games last year + COVID still going on = can’t learn new tricks. hahaha, sorry, dumb joke. =)

Yeah, landmine city that shit of a start was, totally agree. But I’m really, really happy with how the team looks now. Especially how hard I had to work to get it here. Just to make the difficulty a little harder, didn’t mention we only allow 4 moves per week… so that made it EXCRUCIATINGLY PAINFUL after April when I started throwing these guys into the fire. Couldn’t dump them fast enough, LOL.

I just checked out the top-100 Razzball ranks, and my team is littered all over the place there. BTW, isn’t it HILARIOUS how deGrom is, what, like still the 2nd ranked SP and hasn’t pitched since Al Gore invented the internet? lmao

RE India… how sexy is that hair bro? I know you must dig it. =) lol

BDON Razzball 2020 team (RCL #62):

C: Realmuto (panic pick in the 6th round and got lucky!)
1B: Abreu
2B: Albies (Cronenworth / Asdrubal when he was hurt most of yr)
SS: Story
3B: JRAM
CI: Aguilar / Starlin before him
MI: Seager
OF: Yaz
OF: Laureano
OF: Happ
OF: Nimmo / Bradley Jr.? (looks like he was hot EOY), Santander (monster before injury), Schwarber? (IDK lol wtv), Dom, etc…
U: Dom Smith / Cronenworth

IL: Meadows (you get the idea on OF… was a constant rotation of dudes since my IF was beyond stacked; Upton and Avisail were a couple guys I drafted that didn’t last long…)

P: Burnes
P: Lamet
P: Turnbull
P: Plesac
P: Bundy
P: Urias
P: Gallen
P: Iglesias
P: Melancon
P: Pineda / Morton (1st P drafted and obv eventually dropped) / Yarbro / Houser / Barlow / Hansel (YUCK), Eovaldi… etc. you get the idea

12 points in R, HRs, ERA. 11 in RBIs and WHIP. 10 in AVG and Ks. 8 in SBs and 7.5 in Ws and SVs. (Ws and SVs were an utter joke… diff between getting like 3-4 more points in each was like 3-4 of each.)

Maybe the easiest league I’ve ever won, lol. Just never had to sweat the entire time — was in 1st pretty much the whole year. =)

Thanks for the kind words man, means a lot to me, really appreciate it. Later!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
11 months ago

Hello Grey,
Can you help me with 2 OFs out of these 3 for our Yahoo 10 Team H2H Points League:

Duvall
A. Garcia
T. O’Neill

Thanks much Grey and have a great weekend.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

If I threw Pollock in there as well? I guess I would then ask what 3 OFs of those 4? He seems to be slowing down a bit.

Thanks again Grey.

Cohen
Cohen
11 months ago

Better streamer?
Houser home vs Nats or
Gil home vs Twins

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Cohen
11 months ago

beware, game likely gets cancelled due to rain… uhm, I mean HURRICANE

Martin Rostoker
Martin Rostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

I very much appreciate all this advice!

1. Nestor Cortez just became available. Do you think that he has a chance for regular rotation? Between Gil and Cortez, who would you prefer for me to add or both?

3. I have Rhys Hopkins on my roster who as you know is on IL. Should I be patient and not grab Kyle Seager. Is it worth anyway to grab Seager and waive Hopkins?

4. Any thoughts on Tyler Stephenson vs Rhys Hopkins?

5. I will start Gomber tonight. Thanks for the input!

Your assistance is always appreciated!

Martin

Martin Rostoker
Martin Rostoker
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks!!!

Martin

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

fwiw, RR on FG currently has Yanks w/ 6-man rotation: https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/yankees

that’s w/ Gil & Nestor *both* in there… but Monty & Cole are *just* coming back from the COVID IL. Kinda doubt they keep a 6-man for very long… however, how much longer do they keep Heaney in there too? A few possible outcomes and configurations can be had here, including piggybacks/pairings, or just moving someone full-time to the Pen. How can we *know* what will happen, sir?!?!?! (I don’t even think Mr. Cashbum knows how this rotation looks in 2 weeks, LOL)

Questions, questions, questions… that I do not have the answers to, Mr. Fantasy Master Lothario.

German and Sevy both had setbacks recently. Foghetabout them.

Klubot recently threw 3 innings in a rehab start… I’ll count on him coming back like I’m gonna count on Trump apologizing for ANYTHING he’s ever said, lmao.

Just my 2 cents as a Yankee fan who watches most every game. They seem to REALLY like Nestor–both as a pitcher–but even more so as a “clubhouse guy”… which can sometimes be even more important… strangely enough. And he’s producing. Yanks will *almost always* ride guys when they’re putting out. Kinda like my ex-wife. (No, I’ve never been married. But who cares, that’s not the point!)

Try to stay focused, Little Baby Seal and Mr. Grey Albright! Sheesh.

Hard to imagine Heaney doesn’t eventually end up in long relief. But figuring out WHEN he goes there… good luck w/ that. My main point: Yanks are gonna ride these guys while they’re still hot. 1) It’s what they do; 2) The Media and fans would eat their lunch if they didn’t; 3) #s 1 & 2 and basically the same reason; 4) There is no 4. =)

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  baby seal
11 months ago

goddamn typo:

3) #s 1 & 2 *are basically the same reason;

Keeks
Keeks
11 months ago

Random non-fantasy question.. who do you think ends up winning the 2 AL wild card spots? Boston is fading fast but still not sold on the yankees

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Probs.. wish we could see Toronto in there, they’re so fun.

Have a great weekend!!

toolshed
toolshed
11 months ago

I wish I could sell moose. How much is is bag full of dog crap worth? I will end up cutting him for a player I can use. He’s a robust 1 for his last 28 with a couple of walks and he hasn’t started in 6 of the 13 games in that stretch.

Martin Rostoker
Martin Rostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

1. Would you waive Austin Gomber of Col to get Joe Ryan of Minn?

2. I am sitting Gomber tonight at home against AZ. Do you agree?

3. Do you think that Luis Gil will be recalled? I have a bid for him.

4. I have Luis Urias and therefore was going to pass to get Jonathan Viller. Thoughts?

Your help is always welcome and appreciated.

Martin

What's a Drexl?
What's a Drexl?
Reply to  Martin Rostoker
11 months ago

gil is up shortly. but i don’t know how he keeps any job after that with j-mont and cole back. why own gomber at all if can’t start vs ARI? villar might lose time shortly when mcneil’s moved to 3B (mcneil/villar/jd davis all in trouble when baez and lindor back)

Martin Rostoker
Martin Rostoker
Reply to  What's a Drexl?
11 months ago

Very good advice! Thanks!

zombie
zombie
11 months ago

Thinking that Yelich out of my lineup tonight (with no bench bats) just might not be a bad thing. 2021 late first rounder. What a season.

Regan
Regan
11 months ago

You trust Gilbert in CO?

Bob Loblaw
Bob Loblaw
11 months ago

I traded Yelich at our deadline for Ryan Pressly! I never trade for closers but this year with so many shaky ‘pens….

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
11 months ago

20 teamer redraft with total bases, OPS, OBP over AVG, holds, QS added. now all my hitters are healthy and i’ve been holding 2 BN bats for a while, something i don’t want to do. tried trading son of donald or renfroe for SP or RP. only weakness is RP here. pab lop dropped (since only 2 DL’s, utterly abhorrent since corona), want to stash. now all my pitchers are healthy too. easily 1st place here (h2h). even winning while i was super pitcher hurt till lately most of the time. innings per matchup is also a category so more SP than RP isn’t a horrible thing.
C: stallings (at least he plays mostly every day)
1B: olson
2B: wade (this is lone hitter weakness, used to be solak, or r.urias, or r.castro)
SS: fletcher
3B riley (OF)
OF (3): lou bob, franmil, soto
util (1): otani (hitter only)
BN: renfroe, son of donald

SP: j-mont, ranger (hated losing him to being a SP not RP), gil, gausman, snell, lynch, dunning, desclafani (should wait to see if DL’d), houck
RP (max 5, optimally want 5): cishek, bednar (seems droppable), clippard

DL: (2): chapman

seems gil won’t be starting much more shortly (even before dom ger/kluber are back), so he’s probably the first drop.

1. drop which of donaldson/renfroe here?
2. gil the SP drop for a holds RP or somebody else? clearly bednar dropped anyway, earlier nabbed him when i was down to no closers at one point. some others that actually have leads like bummer (even though he’s behind a lot of guys, WSOX have so many leads), cisnero some others that i’ve owned before out there.

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

not on performance, gil appears to only be starting sunday. one of him/cortes are already on the outs with cole and j-mont back, this is even before dom ger is back. obv cortes might be the one out but they’ve both done so well and gil seemingly has had shorter outings. in some other 20 teamers i have both gil/cortes (dropped corbin and some other bum)

William Hung
William Hung
11 months ago

38!

Whelp – outside of some kind of 2 week miracle run, this is looking like the first time using Razz as my fantasy site that I won’t make the playoffs. Not really sure how things went sideways – seems like every move I made was the wrong one starting with drafting Tim Anderson over Vlad Jr.

I was too patient with the wrong players (Matt Chapman, IKF) and picked up and dropped “hot schmotatoes” early on like Eduardo Escobar and Alex Reyes when hindsight would’ve been to stick with them… ah well… hopefully 2022 will bring better luck. Can’t wait to hopefully have a chance to draft Bellinger and Lindor around the 6th/7th round next season!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I need a new strategy with how I use your rankings – just blindly following them got me into trouble this year. Like I very much wanted to draft Vlad Jr but his ranking compared to Tim Anderson was like 50ish spots

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

True…. Matt Chapman, Bellinger, Plesac, Ryu, Paddack, etc. lost it for me

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  William Hung
11 months ago

My league has non-standard categories and is H2H instead of roto. What I like to do is take Rudy’s ROS player rater and export it and customize for my league categories (really easy, only takes 2-3 steps), and then I go in and use different colors to highlight people that Grey labels as sleepers/targets/schmohawks. This lets me still get the guys Grey likes but within the context of my league settings.

The pitcher pairing tool I have found to work nicely for just about any league format other than points leagues where pitchers are much more valuable. I think this is the single most important part of the draft process is cleaning up on all the valuable starters in rounds 5-10.

Gotta remember that sometimes you can have a good process but unlucky outcomes. l have a co-owner, and he is more likely to drop someone if they are doing bad and pick up a schmotato. I am more likely to wait and hold someone for awhile. So its a good balance where we can come to a mutual decision on when to cut ties with someone.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Keeks
11 months ago

Yeah that pitching pairing tool has always been clutch – this year though I just had bad luck picking the wrong pitcher from each tier

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
11 months ago

Yelich has fallen so far, that he is at the bottom of the sell column, but an actual drop, if you can actually cut him. Too funny

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I look back on his numbers and still hard to believe he is so bad now. You think he ever gets good again? I mean geez, he was a baseball god in 18 and 19!

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Player A – .239/6/32/7 in 264 at bats
Player B – .260/7/25/0 in 154 at bats

They were traded for each other

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

A – Yelich
B – Lewis Brinson

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Sorry, guess it wasn’t clear. Just amazing to me Brinson’s season even approaches Yelich’s given how awful he has been up to this point.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Surgeries certainly didnt help his cause, sucks to lose such a good player so young

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

hope so. I am goig to ask the owner what is price be for yelich

Keeks
Keeks
11 months ago

Lets say Trout doesn’t play again the rest of the season.. still taking him top 5 next year?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Keeks
11 months ago

he won’t be top 5 next year if he doesn’t show up healthy playing like trout. might not even be then. LAA are pulling some goofy shit on numerous injuries lately (rendon/trout at least).

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
11 months ago

oh yeah and if in leagues (fantrax/espn) where you get both otanis for price of one, player rater would indicate he’s probably the -15 pick or something like that.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

if he was normal trout from tomorrow till end of year it could be close i’d think, but maybe not. and that’s only way he’s close. even with the steals gone his upside (see his triple slash when he went out) is best hitter in league. and i’m the guy saying tatis easily 1.1 over acuna before acuna was hurt (assumption being tatis’ shoulder gets fixed before next year, which might not be the case). might have a goofy 1st time ever situation though, in leagues where you get both otani’s for price of one he’s clear 1.1 for me. that tatis vs acuna for 1.1 was months ago. gonna be hard to rank otani for yahoo though.

Will
Will
Reply to  The Harrow
11 months ago

Here’s the thing though – none of us outside the Angels medical room have any idea what is actually wrong with Trout. Zero, zip, nada. IMHO at this point whatever he has is not a “calf strain”. Otherwise he would have been back within the original 6-8 week timetable. I think we’re on week 13 or 14 now. There’s something else going on and until we find out what it is no one has a clue how to value Mike Trout.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Will
11 months ago

what kind of line can i get that he picked up a dope addiction from a trainer? or like he lost an eye or something crazy.

this is same org that:
– told the public g.richards had “dehydration” that turned out to be torn elbow tendon 2 days later (then didn’t send him for TJ for months later, of course many teams do that stupid shit)
– rendon’s “knee and/or hamstring strain” was actually him needing hip surgery (of course this took months after the fact)
– skaggs OD’d on dope given or sold to him by somebody on the training staff/medical team (which he was using for a while before dying from)

only team to rival the mess in utter crapitude when it comes to injuries or worse.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
11 months ago

oh yeah i forgot, the mess and angels shared some coaches/front office guys that send dick pictures and/or otherwise get fired years after the fact from sexually harassing people. which the LAA hired after doing it on the mess for years.

Will
Will
Reply to  The Harrow
11 months ago

I’m going with partially torn Achilles that they tried to rehab a la all the pitchers who try to rehab a partially torn UCL before getting TJS anyway. Might cost Trout all of 2022 if that is the case as he’ll end up needing offseason surgery to repair the Achilles tear. I hope I’m wrong but it fits with the facts we know so far.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Will
11 months ago

yep, you’re probably the favorite here. achilles that was called “calf strain”. completely bent org LAA.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
11 months ago

Top 3 options to stream this weekend: Smyly @ BAL, Freeland ARI, Mills KC, Price NYM, Brault @ STL, K Thompson KC, Peters @ STL, Houser WAS, Gibson @ SD, J Suarez @ CLE

Thanks and have a great weekend!

I Made a Huge tiny Mistake
I Made a Huge tiny Mistake
11 months ago

As it stands now, would you include Logan Webb in the grouping of McClanahan, Manoah and Gilbert for next year?

Thanks!

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
11 months ago

someone in my league ragedropped monoah… could add him pver houck josiah Eliser Hernandez or Karinchak who has been bad with no stick. (i have antone and nick anderson on IL

thanks G!

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
11 months ago

you brought back you using mostsuckss, it’s been years.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo