Real baseball is weird.  Real sportswriters are even weirder.  From Sportsnet.ca, “Donaldson trade marks abrupt split from Blue Jays after promising start.”  Abrupt?  Maybe I’m just heartless, but why would the Blue Jays be salty about getting rid of Josh Donaldson?  If he would’ve stayed with the club, he could’ve opted into a $18 million contract and been back next year in Toronto insanely overpaid and blocking Vladimir Guerrero Jr.  Then, from Sportsnet.ca, “But trading the star third baseman and cash to the Cleveland Indians, who visit Toronto next week, of all places?  Even the New York Yankees would have been a more palatable destination.”  I’m sorry, what?  Why are the Indians worse than the Yankees?  Because Edwin is there?  Because the Jays’ GM used to be in Cleveland?  Is this just bad writing?  Or is real baseball just odd.  I seriously have no idea.  Elsewhere, other sportswriters were talking about what a great move this was.  No wonder people come here and get floored when I say something about a guy like Josh Donaldson being overrated.  They’re being lied to everywhere else.  This was not a great move by the Indians.  Donaldson can’t stay healthy and has no place to play.  Maybe he can give them a solid at-bat off the bench, but Curtis Granderson might’ve been able to do that too.  Don’t worry, will get to him and all the other September roster news.  As they say at gang initiation, after the jump.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

C.J. Cron – 2-for-5 and his 26th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  So, schmotato, sure, but I wanted to quickly mention the Rays’ opener.  No, not how Nickelback opened for Ray Romano, but the reliever pitching one inning, then someone else coming in from 2nd thru 6th inning.  Are we sure this is any different than the starter pitching the 1st thru 5th and a reliever pitching the 6th?  I’m honestly not trying to be daft.

Brandon Lowe – 3-for-5 and his 3rd homer, and all three homers in the last four games.  Lowe hit 14 homers in only 46 games of Triple-A, and was fairly high in Prospect Ralph’s top 500 fantasy baseball prospects.  For now, he’s hitting, and, in redrafts, that’s all that matters.  Of course, I wouldn’t expect anything but a rake from Lowe’s.

Jose Alvarado – 2/3 IP, and his 7th save, ERA at 2.20.  If anyone sees Sergio Romo, who last pitched on August 25th, give him Razzball’s company credit card number and tell him to book a flight to the next Rays game, it’s on us.

Eloy Jimenez – Won’t be called up because the MLB’s system for rookies is broke.  Face it, it’s broke.  You can argue teams are screwing over players or they’re doing the right thing to keep a guy for longer under control.  Neither of those points matter to my point.  The system that allows teams to do what they’re doing is broken.  If I were the White Sox, I’d do the same thing.  I’d be exploiting Eloy and the system, but I’d do it because it’s legal.  MLB needs to change system.

Tim Anderson – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 18th homer.  In my Tim Anderson sleeper post from last December, I projected him for 83/21/68/.260/25 in 593 ABs.  He’s on pace for 83/21/70/.250/30 in 578 ABs.  Damn, so far off!

Chris Sale – Will return next weekend as an opener, throwing a few innings for a few starts until he’s up to speed.  Price should return next weekend too, so, mark it down, we might get a Sale/Price.

Aroldis Chapman – May not return in 2018.  Wow, he’s knocked out longer than the woman he unsuspectingly handcuffed to his hotel bed.

Masahiro Tanaka – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.83.  I own this piece of schmohawk pie and I’ll say this, with all honesty, I have no idea how his ERA is that low.  Was there a scoring error on his months of April thru June starts and then again in August?

Lance Lynn – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.10.  There is a reason that his name isn’t Wance Wynn.

Luke Voit – 2-for-5 and his 5th homer, and 1st mention since my Friday Buy when I told you to, uh, buy him.  You don’t have to wear an ascot like Jon Voight to see they’re related.

Nicholas Castellanos – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .294.  I wonder if the The Greek God of Hard Contact every gets confused for Baker Mayfield, The Greek God of Hard Knocks.  Look at Grey working in football! (Terrible segue alert!)  If you want to check out our fantasy football projections, they’re all there.  Or simply there there.  Or our fantasy football trade analyzer.

Victor Reyes – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .228.  That was his 1st career homer in his 82nd game.  Over the course of a 162 game season, he’s on pace for 1.9999999999 homers.  So, that’s two homers, but, on the 2nd, he forgets to touch home.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-2, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Javier Baez – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 30th homer, hitting .299, and knocked in his 100th RBI.  The narrative of anyone can manage a good team vs. Joe Maddon is a great manager is a TKO with Baez being a potential MVP and has 133 ABs batting 6th or lower in the lineup.  Or how about Gabe Kapler batting Jose Bautista 3rd?

Aaron Nola – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA up to 2.23.  What a bum!

Josh James – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks as he was called up and started on Saturday.  He was also in Prospect Ralph’s top 500 fantasy baseball prospects, if barely.  Or bearly, if an actual bear is reading.

Shohei Ohtani – 2 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.31.  The other day when it was announced he would return to the mound, I predicted a 2 IP, 2 ER start.  You got me, Ohtani!  You got me!

Jeff Brigham – 3 IP, 3 ER as he was called up for the Marlins.  Fun fact!  When the Marlins called him up, Mattingly said, “Brigham to me.”  Less fun fact!  He’s a Marlins prospect who looks like he might be a career minor leaguer.

Wei-Yin Chen – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.64, but a 1.54 ERA in August in 4 starts, and, holy crap, I’m going back in on Wei-Yin.  September baseball, you are weird, but I love you!  By the way, make sure to point to this blurb if anyone dares comment next March something like, “Do you think I should draft (fill-in player name) because the (team name) have a good September schedule?”

Sean Reid-Foley – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 5.51.  Stream-o-Nator pointed out how obvious of a stream Reid-Foley was yesterday, and how much of an avoid he is next time out.

Teoscar Hernandez – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .242.  …and the Teoscar for Supporting Player On My Fantasy Team Who I Dropped Six Weeks Ago Without Looking Back goes to…Teoscar!  Announcer voice, “This is Teoscar’s first Teoscar after being nominated previously for Mama Mia 3: These Cougars Are Hot.”

Felix Hernandez – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.55.  F-Her is putting on a clinic this year.  That clinic’s title, “Should You Be Excited About Kershaw In A Dynasty League?”

Edwin Jackson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.91.  As I say, the 17th team a guy plays for is always the charm!

Stephen Piscotty – 2-for-3, 5 RBIs and his 20th and 21st homer, and his 2nd and 3rd homer in the last three games and hitting near-.333 in that time.  Hot schmotato?  Piscotty does know!

Steven Matz – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.20.  His ERA is a gateway drug!  Stream-o-Nator loved this start by Matz and likes his next one even more, so giddy up while the horse is horny, as they say.

Michael Conforto – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .233, and 2nd homer this week.  Supremely uncool move if he puts together a huge final month to drive up his 2019 draft day price.  C’mon, man, take a dive for your fantasy baseball value!

Noah Syndergaard – 9 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.33.  His opponents, the Giants, well, their lineup is better as a rallying cry for the alt-right because it starts with Blanco/Panik.

Derek Holland – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  I told you to stream Holland like I was Peter Stuyvesant, but his next start isn’t favorable so put your two lips together and blow away Holland.

Chris Shaw – 0-for-3 as he was called up by the Giants.  His brother, Rick, toils in Asia.  Chris Shaw was in Prospect Ralph’s top 500 fantasy baseball prospects.  Shaw had power in Triple-A (24 HRs in 101 games), but has to play in San Fran.  We saw how well that turned out for Mac Williamson, Pence, McCutchen, etc.

Nick Kingham – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.70, as he started in place of Ivan Nova.  Fun fact!  When I won the New Jersey State Checkers Championship, they called me Kingham.  As for fantasy, I like Kingham, but obviously depends on his matchups at this point.

Touki Toussaint – Was called up to start today vs. the Red Sox.  In an NL-Only league, I’m doing it all for the Touki.  In mixed leagues, I don’t know how many starts Touki’s getting.  I do like me some Touki though, and, yes, I like saying Touki…Touki!  Plus, his full name sounds like he’s a character in Angel Heart.  Also, Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright were called up.  Love, love and lurve these guys, but unless the Braves decide to rest one of their five starters, I don’t see how they get IP.

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 23rd homer.  Tildaddy tells us to go to sleep!

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.66 on the Braves vs. Chris Archer – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.40 on the Pirates.  This matchup was billed as, “Here, let me show you something: *Gausman reveals to Archer they now pitch in the NL, Archer’s eyes go wide*  Oh, I get it!”

Blake Snell – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.02.  If he were pitching in the NL East, his ERA would be 0.01.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer, and now batting third.  He hit .261 on the Brewers and, on the O’s, he’s hitting .261.  Yo, Villar’s got OCD!

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.34.  As I said last week when it was announced Ed-Rod would be returning, it is totally fine to own and start him because he was out with a non-arm-related injury.  I will now say, “Well, yeah!”

Sean DoolittleNats are hopeful he returns this week.  That makes two of us!  *counting on fingers*  Three of us?  I don’t know, but I’m happy too! (Three?)

Wilmer Difo – 1-for-4 and 6th homer.  I want to see Wilmer Difo in a platoon more!  *turns on TCM*  This is better!

Gio Gonzalez – Acquired by the Brewers.  The Gio Gonzalez with a 4.57 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, declining K/9, walk rate and velocity?  That Gio?  Go to sleep, Brewers, you’re drunk.

Curtis Granderson – 0-for-1, 1 run as he was acquired by the Brewers.  The Streets once said, “A Grand Don’t Come for Free,” but in this case he nearly did.  I look at the Brewers but don’t think, “Ya know what they need?  An outfielder vet whose best years are behind him who can platoon with someone, but I’m not sure who.”

Keon Broxton – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He’s the best 9th outfielder in the majors!  Though, most teams only carry five.

James Paxton – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 3.74, as he returned from the DL.  He’s now officially thrown more IP this year than any other of his career.  Terrific!  Super!  Adjective!  Unfortch, it’s still not even 150 IP.

Jon Gray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.70.  This start was vs. the Padres and it’s the 2nd start in a row with only one strikeout.  Gray does not understand what Grey wants at all.  Practically like Gray is from Mars, and Grey is from Venus.  I hope the minor league manager didn’t feed Gray some malarkey about pitching to contact instead of getting Ks.

David FreeseDodgers acquired him.  Wanna hear something hilarious?  Of course you do, you love hilarious.  I checked our MLB Optimizer for the first time yesterday.  Holy crap, that shizz is amazing!  This is hilarious because it’s been on the site for five years.  El oh freakin’ el.  I’m so dumb!  Is there any reason why I’m mentioning this in David Freese’s blurb?  About as much reason as the Dodgers had in trading for him.  ‘Natch!

Walker Buehler – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.92.  I love that; I love him, which is why I say from the bottom of my heart, please shut him down.  Please, Dave Roberts, stop talking about stolen base in the playoffs, do basic math and shut Buehler down.  Please.

David Dahl – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  That’s nice, but the only way he can guarantee playing time is if he changes his name to Hollidahl.

Luis Castillo – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.83.  Don’t you dare now ruin your draft day price for 2019!

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer, hitting .295.  Will be interesting to see where he’s ranked next year, because I’m not getting an overwhelming sense that people love him like they should.  He’s having a better year than Kris Bryant’s had in two seasons, and it would not shock me to see people want Bryant first.

Elvis Andrus – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .265.  Too bad no one told you this preseason to avoid him.  Wait!  I did do exactly that.  Damn, forgot about that.

Nomar Mazara – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer, and four homers in three games.  He hasn’t been amazing all year, as some of us might’ve hoped, but hasn’t been bad, per se.  Or Percy, if your Latin’s trying to assimilate.

Robinson Chirinos – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Uh-oh, Chirinos!

Jurickson Profar – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  Profar!  Profar!  Jurickson hit one over!

Jose Berrios – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.92.  Take notes, Luis Castillo, that’s how you lower your draft day price for 2019!  On the fo’reals, I wouldn’t start Berrios anywhere right now.  Maybe he has a dead arm — Hey, Berrios, you doing Weekend at Bernie’s cosplay?

Byron Buxton – Won’t be called up with rosters expanding.  Twins’ Triple-A manager is Harry S. Truman III, declaring, “The Buxton stops here.”

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William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

Who you banking on for a playoff run? Trey Mancini or Wil Myers?

Samy
Samy
3 years ago

Do we like Freddy Reyes, mondesi, or Brandon Lowe to replace makiel Franco, I only have 3 moves for the rest of season…

DonnieB
DonnieB
3 years ago

How would you rank Bader,Souza,Dahl and Franmil for ROS? Thanks to the Master Fantasy Lothario.

The Shoe
The Shoe
3 years ago

Yo Grey, How many fantasy championships you goin’ for in these final weeks? Rooting for you!

A. Norris has had two straight blowups, but he’s actually bounced back nicely before. I think I’m going to pick up Hicks and put him in an SP slot – think he gets some save chances in these final weeks?

B. Would you take Alvarado or Fry over Norris for the final stretch?

D. My SPs are Clevinger, Ryu, Marquez, Gray, Eflin, Velasquez, and Holland. I have Morton and Stripling on the DL. Would you take any of the following pitchers over those on my staff currently: Giolito (@KC and @Bal next week), Matz (vs MIA and @Phi next week), or Peralta (not sure about his starts since he got demoted). I guess the short way to ask this is who would be the bottom 2-3 out of all of these guys? (Sorry for not listing the matchups for everyone – I’m too lazy)

E. I’m thinking about picking up Yarbrough – his non-starts have been pretty good. However, over the next couple of weeks, the Rays will be vs CLE, vs As, @Tex, and @Tor. Would you roll the dice on him? Could be some tricky matchups…

The Shoe
The Shoe
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: A billion thanks to you, Grey.

A+B. So just to confirm, drop Norris and pick up Hicks and Fry?

D. Does Eflin vs WSH, vs NYM, and @ATL or Holland vs ATL and @SD change your mind at all?

E. Gotcha

The Shoe
The Shoe
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: One more clarification on B. Would you also take Alvarado over Norris or nah?

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, Vizcaino was dropped in my league. I have Minter and Winker. Would u drop Winker for Vizcaino or hold?

SwaggerJackers
SwaggerJackers
3 years ago

@Grey:

Looking ahead to next week, in a weekly H2H format where your lineup is locked for the full week, would you rather roll with :

Dahl (4 @COL, 3 @SF)
Souza (4 @COL, 3 @HOU)

The JoGarza
The JoGarza
3 years ago

SON likes Leake at $20 on Wednesday with a home start v. BAL.

Two things giving me pause:

1) Orioles have been one of the hottest teams recently
2) Leake has been bad his last two times out (@OAK, @ARI)

SON usually doesn’t spit out high numbers like this, but I’m in the playoffs and I tend to overanalyze every start.

dau
dau
3 years ago

JUpton hit the ww—drop Puiggy for him?

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
3 years ago

20 teamer h2h redraft. team has been top 3 all year, but is slipping from 1 down to 3 lately. playoffs next week. i’ve always gotten at least 2 in this league every year (had stanton pretty much all years too). OPS, hits, slugging, total bases added
C hedges
1B cron (too much off time)
2B jedong (SS)
SS anderson
3B box wine (1B/OF)
OF (3) stanton, rhysus (1B), pollock
util o’neill
BN rosario

rosario i see is a drop, and o’neill has to be too, ozuna starting twice in a row. here’s options: quinn, melky, cave, frazier (PIT), mullins, ronny rod (DET), teoSCAR

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: figured frazier was the 1st (plus that would help be a backup for dejong/anderson) was between quinn (but he doesn’t play everyday either, but most)/teoSCAR maybe cave were my guesses.

EG
EG
3 years ago

Lose Rondon for Alvarado?

Also, Chapman is in DL spot, but Jose Abreu is a FA…Drop Chapman for Abreu as DL stash?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
3 years ago

Apologies if this is a re-post from somewhere; not sure if my post went through. I’m in my last week before playoffs.

Question: Would you drop any of: Kendrys, K.Calhoun, Berrios, Buehler, Cobb, Hildenberger, or D.Holland for any of the following: Davidson, Piscotty, Smoak, Chen, Gant, Heaney, or Lucchesi? I get 4 adds per week, and I also need to make at least one drop to activate Mallex.

C – Ramos, 1B – Mancini, 2B – Carp, 3B – Eugenio, SS – Machado, OF – Stanton, Cain, K.Calhoun, Util – Rendon, Bench – Kendrys, DL – Mallex, Abreu

SP – Berrios, Buehler, Cobb, Corbin, D.Holland, D-Rodriguez, Wheeler
RP – Davis, Giles, Jeffress, Hildenberger

Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
3 years ago

14 teamer with OPS, hits added. keep 5 hitters a year (2 OF max, 1 each from 3 other positions)
C wieters (getting a replacement here soon too)
1B goldy
2B gone varnish (SS)
SS anderson
3B andujar
MI lowe (SS/LF)
CI rhysus (1B/LF)
LF brantley
CF mallex
RF stanton
OF puig
util muncy (1B/2B/3B)
BN (max 12 SP starts per week is why this many bench bats): schoop (2B/SS), otani (espn so both hitter/pitcher), a.jones, mcclutchin’
to activate mallex i have to drop one of jones or mcclutchin’ (jones i added when mallex got sick)

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
3 years ago

Would you drop any of Kendrys, K.Calhoun, Berrios, Cobb, D-Holland, or R.Lopez for any of the following: Davidson, Piscotty, Smoak, Chen, Gant, Heaney, Lucchesi, Stroman? I get 4 adds a week, and I also need at least one drop to activate Mallex unless I drop him. .

C – Ramos, 1B – Kendrys, 2B – Carp, 3B – Suarez, SS – Machado, OF – Stanton, Cain, Mancini Util – Rendon, Bench – K.Calhoun, DL – Mallex, Abreu

SP – Berrios, Buehler, Cobb, Corbin, D.Holland, D-Rodriguez, R.Lopez, Wheeler
RP – Davis, Giles, Jeffress, Hildenberger

Sam Losco
Sam Losco
3 years ago

Hi Grey..Lowe, Muncy or Healy for Util spot? Thanks buddy

VinWins
VinWins
3 years ago

Apparently Velasquez like to have an ‘s’ in his name.

On my FCL team, Zimmerman was 2 for 4 today. The rest of the team was 1 for 33.

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
Reply to  VinWins
3 years ago

I love playing teams that go 1 for 33

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  mrbaseball
3 years ago

@mrbaseball: Hey, come on. It totaled 3 for 37!

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
3 years ago

Jonathan Schoop what to do – long time keeper for me but I am running out of patience in 16 team 10 player keeper league – Kolby Allard Atl – would be the add to replace him and I am not saying he would still make the cut next year but some solid pitching from him I might consider him – pitching is tough to come by every day in this league – thanks man enjoy labor day

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
Reply to  mrbaseball
3 years ago

I was thinking – schoop hitting 25 plus homeruns and 275 ave might work at short next year

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

sorry for double post it did not show

nrbaseball
nrbaseball
3 years ago

what to do with Jonathan Schoop – the only good thing is that he will play SS AND 2nd base next year – he been a long time keeper for me – I am running out of patience with him – I am afraid if I hang on to him I might just wast one of my 10 keepers with him in a deep 16 team 10 keeper league – so this is the other choice – gamble on Kolby Allard who I doubt will make my top 10 keepers at the moment – that you sir

VinWins
VinWins
3 years ago

50-50 streaming today. Junis and Williams on the good side; CC and Velazquez on the negative. And, of course, Greene (3 ER/0 IP), on many teams.

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
Reply to  VinWins
3 years ago

streaming is a tough life Vin

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  mrbaseball
3 years ago

@mrbaseball: Yeah, and I can’t quit it.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Was it? I remember a short streak where Cleveland couldn’t score. Now I always think that might happen.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: It’s a beautiful thing you did for us.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  VinWins
3 years ago

@VinWins: Since the ASB, only 31 Ks (49 and 2/3 IP) but 5 wins and 0.72/1.03.

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
3 years ago

White or Piscotty for HR/RBI in a standard roto (redraft)?

Also, why do you prefer Mancini over White? White’s stats have been better than Mancini over the last few weeks to a month and is in a better lineup.

amyc123
amyc123
3 years ago

Whats up Grey,

Shaw pinch hit for Schoop in the bottom of the 8th with the bases loaded in a tie game, Schoop finished 0/2. Is it time to move on from him as a bench bat? Second week of the semi finals in an OPS league…currently have Merrifield at 2b and Wendle at MI…Mallex coming off the DL today and need to lose someone.

Thanks man

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

Picked up Gregory Polanco today – hoping this hot streak lasts through the end of the season

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I had him back in 2016 when he put up good-ish numbers but it looks like at the end of this season, this is going to end up being his best year so far.

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
3 years ago

What’s the deal with this O’Hearn kid? He’s making my whole team look bad by comparison.

Thanks!

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Gotcha. At least Plutko’s living up to his dwarf star status, cause guys are hitting moonshots off him.

Balke
Balke
3 years ago

Drop E. Rosario for Franmil? In first week of playoffs.

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

Is there a bigger mystery out there than why Sergio Romo hasn’t gotten into a game for a week while no injury has been reported?

afdsfa
afdsfa
3 years ago

I agree with you that Donaldson is oft injured and overrated…but they are not intending on using him as a bench bat. Whether or not it is the right decision, he will start at 3rd base moving Jram to 2nd

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
3 years ago

I struggle to understand how The Nats do not score runs (unless it is against a fifth starter). That lineup seems more potent than their results. We made fun of the Toothpick but hard to see improvement here

Joseph Quadres
Joseph Quadres
3 years ago

Kershaw @Col or Ryu vs NYM this week?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

Ah Labor Day. A day, much like Memorial Day, where the narrow, winding roads around me become congested with revelers headed to and from the lake a short distance from my house, and adding a degree of peril to my running. Why it was only a few years ago that I narrowly averted being abducted by a minivan full of rubenesque cougars.

fleeced
fleeced
3 years ago

Replace Dahl with either Conforto, Lowe, Frazier, K.Calhoun, Grichuk, Goodrum, F. Reyes or McKinney? this is for ROS, playoffs start next week.

I also have a free spot to pick up a bat. Who would you grab second?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
3 years ago

So, I don’t know the actual answer to the Rays relief for an inning and then whamo here’s some guy pitching five innings daft thing.

But…. Ryan Yarbourough who pitched yesterday innings 2-6 has been on a tear and I have been riding him on my bench and slotting him in when he hasn’t pitched in 4-5 days. Since 8/12 He has thrown 21 1/3 innings with 12 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 15 K and scored 3 Wins because the beauty of it is because he doesn’t start even if he only goes 3 or 4 innings he is in line for the win if he is leading. Somethng to look at.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Maybe he doesn’t have the starter mentality. Plus I like it better with the odds of him picking up a win coming in during the 2nd inning since he doesnt always go 5.

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
3 years ago

Morning, Grey!

Why can’t I stay away from Valasquez in juicy matchups? WHY?

This guy’s horrible. He’s even research proof: Miami is the one team he’s always been good against. Crazy. Even Lewis Brinson’s breaking off a little something against him. His methodical march from upsidy K-machine to absolutely unstreamable has been mystifying. Do we even like him next year? Is he a borderline top 100 SP?

Thanks!

PS: Make sense to drop LeMahieu for Mondesi down the stretch? Looking for more crooked counting stats. Too early to simply play matchups from now on?

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
3 years ago

WTF when did rechavarria get picked up by NYY. it’s not cool when torreyes is a better hitter than somebody but that’s the case here (although did torreyes only play 2B and not SS maybe)

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: yeah i think he’s so inconsequential that rotoworld didn’t even put out a blurb about it. that’s hilarious, that should be the demarcation line, you are SO useless in fantasy that they don’t even mention it when you get picked up by a team (esp the NYY and their media dominance)

surfer dude
surfer dude
3 years ago

Hi Grey, h2h pts – Lucas Giolito lines up for 2 starts next week (1st rd playoffs), vs Duffy kc and Cobb bal, worth grabbing? – Thanks!

Bandura
Bandura
3 years ago

Speaking of worrying about Kershaw in dynasty leagues, what kind of return would you be looking to get for him at this point?

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
3 years ago

My H2H team was in 7th at the AS break, one spot out of the playoffs. Things were bleak. Grey expected my offense to turn it around behind Rizzo, Hoskins, and Turner though and counseled me to remain calm. That proved to be correct as I went 60-18, including 12-0 last week move from 4th into the top seed and playoff bye.

Grey, 3b has continued to be a weak spot as I was formerly starting Devers. I grabbed Wendle a few days ago. Do you like him for the playoff run over Eduardo Nunez or Yolmer Sanchez?

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
It doesn’t sound like Devers will be starting when he comes off the DL. I didn’t have DL room for him so I dropped him last week. I’ll keep on eye on the situation when he comes off to see if he is showing signs of life and getting everyday ABs. Have the bye this week so I don’t have to decide on a 3b for next week yet. Any 3b hot schmatatoes I should be looking at?

Tony
Tony
3 years ago

Start junis at cleveland?

Dave
Dave
3 years ago

Dump Elvis for Semien or Adalberto Mondesi for the playoffs? 5X% + OBP

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Dave
3 years ago

@Dave: 5X5 plus OBP

Fantasy Freak
Fantasy Freak
3 years ago

Still waiting for Coddy Bellinger. Should I drop him for White? Voit?

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, sorry to bother you again but im starting Cahill against Yanks. Im very nervous starting him and SON doesnt particularly like it. U still confident he will pitch well at home?0

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: good enough for me thanks

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
3 years ago

NL only and other deep leagues, drop urias for robles, the rotoworld note unlike urias doesn’t claim he’ll be starting. also what other levels of players would we be willing to drop here (i know i know, should probably go down the leagues one by one and give exact referent for that one, hard to answer otherwise)

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: well not in NL only (owned, was likely), but for others, unlike urias in SD i doubt they BN harper, want soda or eaton.

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: sorry, yeah, LAD urias just recently had a rotoworld note that he might not be coming up at all.

Matty
Matty
3 years ago

In a redraft is it time to lose Hosmer for Mancini? (Or really anyone else?)

It’s H2H crunch time with four teams vying for the last two spots, and the commissioner has set it up as rivalry week to add to the drama- got to battle my brother for one of the spots. I think I’m really going to enjoy the new wrinkle that’s added to the playoff season.

I could do without this Justin Upton concussion though.

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, follow up streamer questions
Pick top 3 streamers please
Giolito at home vs Det
Leblanc at home vs Balt
Heaney at Tex
Musgrove at home vs Cin
Gaviglio at home vs Tamp
Pivetta at Mia
SON likes them

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: thank u

Robert Thrasher
Robert Thrasher
3 years ago

H2H 5×5 playoffs, weekly lock.

I’m looking to win SV, ERA, WHIP
My P: Folty, Lucchesi, Glasnow, C Allen, S Romo, S Greene
Debating b/w Trevor Williams or Josh Hader?

Opponent has K’s and Win’s

Thanks!

MALARKEY
MALARKEY
3 years ago

Got some September decisions to make… How would you rank these guys for this month Mancini, Comfort, Mallex Smith (got him coming off DL, do u believe he’ll be ready to pick up where he left off for some serious sagnof?), Rhysus, and carlos Correa (last two have rough of late, should I drop them for some schmotato action?)… Danke son

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, i see earlier post u dropped Erasmo. I was going to pick him up. Bad idea to start him. Im already starting Cahill vs Yanks

Gotime
Gotime
3 years ago

Morning Grey, H2H QS and SVs:
– Flaherty @ Was and maybe @ Det
-TWilliams vs Cin vs Mia
– Wood vs Mets and maybe @Coors
– Archer vs Mia
– Pivetta @ Mi
– Kopech vs Det
Bench 1 or 2 if I throw an extra RP in a slot (Betances @Oak @Sea)

Ted Williams' Frozen Head
Ted Williams' Frozen Head
3 years ago

Grey! I snuck into the playoffs in my 12T mixed H2H after beating the guy in 7th place 8-2 last week. Now the fun begins! I’ve got a head start on pitching this week with 3 two-start options in Scherzer, Cole, Wood. At the moment, we each have 6 moves remaining for the week and I have 2 extra starts looking ahead. One of those is Jon Gray at home against LAD. Would you use a move to drop him for any of the below options? There are other decent streamers later in the week but these guys go Tuesday-Wednesday so I could make more moves after.

Heaney v. TEX
Quintana @ MIL
Pivetta @ MIA

Thanks as always! Good luck in your playoffs as well!

James Bolger
James Bolger
3 years ago

Would you start Bumgarner @ COL today? SON very negative.

Norm Ginsberg
Norm Ginsberg
3 years ago

Bench bat – Pisdcotty or Adames?
Saves – Yates or Alvarado?

pb&j
pb&j
3 years ago

You liking Piscotty or Lowe more in the short term?

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: watch it turn out (this could be verifiably wrong since he might’ve been SEEN on TV sitting in bullpen) that romo has kidnapped somebody and is holding her for ransom since aug 25th and TB simply can’t comment due to the legal process.

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Mordacious Levator
3 years ago

@Mordacious Levator: this could be the case with e.rosario as well (but only since thursday). rotoworld now hooking us on rosario “will be held out till next series”. what’s the chances they come back when “next series” starts saying “he’s been ruled out of this one too” as if they shouldn’t have known that to be the assumption in the first place. 78% or so

pb&j
pb&j
3 years ago

Hi Grey,

Are you starting any of these SON darlings today?

R. Lopez vs DET ($11.9)
E. Ramirez vs BAL ($12.6)
Plutko vs KC ($7.7)

QS and Wins league.

Thanks

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

With all the lefties ahead for the Brewers, I just dropped Shaw for Semien. Let round 1 of the playoffs begin!

Here are some of my newly added team saviors that WILL propel me to victory:

Matz, Mancini, Semien, Justin Miller

BillieJak
BillieJak
3 years ago

I seriously don’t get how people could be upset about Donaldson . We’re lucky to have gotten anything for him, and there’s no way we want him on the team next season. Its a bummer his stock crashed, bit that’s the gamble hoping to offload a veteran at the deadline.

It is unfortunate the Jays failed to cash in with Bautista, Encarnacion, Donaldson, and Osuna gone with nothing much to show for it.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
3 years ago

Hello Grey,
Well I snuck in both of my Playoffs in 6th Place, so many thanks for all you have done with the advice. You have certainly convinced this guy that you are the best at what you do.

So I am going to bench Buehler this week and start Gomber instead (both are SP,RPs in Yahoo) in our 10 Team H2H Points League, but I am not sure if that is the best move. What do we think?

Thanks again Grey and Happy Labor Day!

BillieJak
BillieJak
3 years ago

I seriously don’t get how people could be upset about Donaldson . We’re lucky to have gotten anything for him, and there’s no way we want him on the team next season. Its a bummer his stock crashed, bit that’s the gamble hoping to offload a veteran at the deadline.

It is unfortunate the Jays failed to cash in with Bautista, Encarnacion, Donaldson, and Osuna gone with nothing much to show for it.

Jumponit
Jumponit
3 years ago

Grey – great column as usual.
1) Voit or White as my 1B? Or Mancini?
2) are you going to post any playoff edition of fantasy baseball? Ie teams with best schedule, playoff tactics, players that do we’ll end of season etc. That would be super helpful.
Thanks!

Rocky
Rocky
3 years ago

Grey,

Who do you like ROS – RyZi, B.Lowe, or Voit?

And would you go with one start out of Gomber this week or two from Reynaldo?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

Hey all, A guy just dumped his sqaud after getting eliminated this week. I have when they do that he put out some pretty good players so it could definitely impact the playoffs. I think i have better at most already any guy you would pick up out of the dump?

12 team h2h points league

My team:
ramos, goldschmidt, gleybor torres, muchado, trae turner, bryce harper, starling marte, Juan soto, bellinger, dee gordon, bryant,encarnacio

nola, archer, bumgarner, wood, flaherty, heaney, paxton, diaz, hand

Available from the purge:
rich hill, robbie ray, stasburg, freeland, hanninger, reynaldo lopez, zack godley, keuchel, palanco, moustakas, votto, choo choo shin , cody allen, jesus aguilar, salvador perez, andrelton simmons

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks Grey. ……..Phillies are brutal with the base running Quinn in the 2nd trying to stretch a double. baseball 101 dont make the first out at 3rd base

nitro
nitro
3 years ago

Playoffs beginning in 10 team HTH points League. Who is the drop of these 3?

M. Cabrera
Bader
Cano

Thanks Grey!!

Wass
Wass
3 years ago

Grey! Thanks as always for your help throughout the season. Made the playoffs in my h2h points league. Somehow had most total points by a lot, but finished as the 5 seed and no first round bye… Reasons why Roto is better!

Anyways need to pick 2 of the following –
Giolito vs Det -$16
Pivetta @Mia – $20.6
Gausman @ Ari – $.9
Chen @ PIT – (-$2.7)

Leaning Pivetta or Giolito since their matchups are great but don’t trust either at all. Thanks!

Gator
Gator
3 years ago

Profar seems to have figured things out the past 3 months. A top 75 for 2019?

Cable
Cable
3 years ago

H/H points league….if you need a closer do you advoid the NYY RPers or pick one one of these up Robertson,Britton or Betances

Fogimon
Fogimon
3 years ago

Pollock absolutely killing my ratios and counting stats last week with a 1 for 26. Bench him for Franmil?

Pick 2;
Pollock vSD(2) vATL(4)
Franmil @AZ(2) @CIN(4)
Conforto @LAD(3) all lefties vPHI(3)
Polanco vMIA(3) vCIN(3)

Need BA, HR, SB in that order

Los Mets
Los Mets
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

Start Flaherty tonight? SON has him at -3.9 @ WSH

thanks

Boomer19
Boomer19
3 years ago

Good morning,

J. A. Happ at Oakland this week or Matz at home vs Phillies?

Fogimon
Fogimon
3 years ago

Tim Anderson vDET(3) vLAA(3)
or
Marwin Gonzalez vMIN(3) @BOS(3)

Need BA, HR, and SB in that order

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Fogimon
3 years ago

@Fogimon: or Travis Shaw vCHC(3) all lefties vSF(3)

He’s only hit 1 HR vs Lefties all year and BA is worse than Anderson’s. SMH

Gonzo
Gonzo
3 years ago

Who’s in line to get the most save opps ROS: Britton, Alvarado, Fry, Givens

Cyler
Cyler
3 years ago

Looking for some trade advice. This is a 10 team Roto dynasty keeper league where we can keep 10. The trade analyzer says yes but it doesnt really take dynasty into account.

Its 6 X 6 with OPS and QS as the extra cats. For deeper details here is my roster. I asrerisked who I am probably keeping:

C – Zunino
1B – Hoskins*
2B – Rizzo*
3B – Bregman*
SS – Trea*
OF – Rosario*
OF – Haniger
OF – Merrifield*
UT – Votto
UT – Pollock*
UT – Springer*
BN – Dahl
BN – Segura*

SP – Nola*
SP – Paxton
SP – Mikolas

Trade ask is I was offered Kris Bryant for Aaron Nola straight up.

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

Thank you Byron Buxton for burning many fantasy owners that wasted a ridiculously early pick to acquire your services. Sometimes you have to applaud duds like Buxton, the damage they do to your competition is priceless.

Phil
Phil
3 years ago

Grey, I started 24 games this past week, won a whopping 3 of them. Not all bad, either!

Anyway, would you do any of the following in a redraft:

Add Kinsler or Lowe over Cano
Add Mancini or OZUNA over Choo or Pollock
Add Matz or Tehran over Anibal, Fiers, or Ryu?

Thanks!

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Phil
3 years ago

or Muncy over Cano.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Phil
3 years ago

@Phil: And Venters won 2 games in the last 2 days.

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
3 years ago

Dozier stinks!!! how muh longer do i hold this schmohawk

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

im planning on giving it this week my other options are lemaheui profar moncada

asdfasdf
asdfasdf
3 years ago

Hi Grey, I’m having trouble deciding whether to start Archer (vs. MIA) or Boxberger this week (6 games vs. SD, ATL). It’s a points league. Archer has a nice matchup but Boxberger could always go off for 4 saves or something and get a ton of points. Or, you know, he may have lost his closer job, who knows. It’s round 1 of the playoffs–any particular way you lean? Thanks

Fotch
Fotch
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Do you think Hirano or Bradley if Box loses his job?

Robert
Robert
3 years ago

For the 1st time in three years I am going to the playoffs in my thanks to your advice. 10 team h2h redraft league : hold OZUNA or drop him for Pham or Piscotty?
T. Ward or Chirinos, Pina, Garver?

Uno Mas Cerveza
Uno Mas Cerveza
3 years ago

Buxton, Broxton, Brinson…beware of the 5 tool prospect whose last name starts with B and ends with ON. Caucasians named Blackmon are ok…

Chucky
Chucky
3 years ago

Who’s really buried in that coffin in the Arizona State house, John McCain or AJ Pollock?

Doc Samson
Doc Samson
3 years ago

Ha! Love the Wilmer Difo TCM snark! I believe he also danced with Ginger Rogers and was romanced by Caesar Romero.

Robert Osborne aside, who do you like better as my third keeper in an auction league next year: Bauer ($13) or Koepach ($6)? Already have Acuna ($15) and G. Torres ($5).

Balke
Balke
3 years ago

Stream Heaney vs TEX or Minor vs LAA tomorrow?

Chris
Chris
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

for bench option this week…
stay with Maikel Franco… or
Piscoty vs NYY and vs TEX… or
Lowe @TOR and vs BAL

thanks!

Fantasy Freak
Fantasy Freak
3 years ago

Rank Bryan Dozier, Daniel Murphy and Travis Shaw ROS.

Vash
Vash
3 years ago

Thoughts on Ronaldo Guzman. He has more power this year than expected at least in my opinion. I am ready to give up on Greg Bird in my keeper and move onto Guzman or Matt Davidson.

Would you drop Bird for Guzman or Davidson in a H2H keeper, of keep Bird?