Commissioner Rob Manfred was recently seen at a yard sale looking at the stitching on a crocheted dress when he remarked, “The stitching seems kinda loose.”  From there, he picked up his grandkids and they asked if they could watch Lilo & Stitch and Manfred wrinkled his nose and said, “Stitch is a genetic experiment who escaped from an alien planet, which is a loose contrivance. Wouldn’t you like to see something with tight stitches? Like 12 homers in one game?” Later in his evening, Manfred tossed and turned in his bed, asking Womanfred, “I can count with my back all 500 threads in this linen. We need tighter stitching!” So, with Manfred on a quest for the tightest stitching possible, we also have more dongs than the Houston 500. First, Matt Adams went 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs with his 19th homer. Mean’s while, Ryan Zimmerman has a Chia pet growing on his foot. Next, Victor Robles (2-for-5, 2 runs) hit his 16th homer, hitting over .500 in the last week. This was only his third homer since the break, and hitting .260-ish in that time. Would’ve loved to see him get a legit shot at the two hole — hey now! — but he hasn’t truly earned it. Next next, Juan Soto (2-for-5) popped two tops of Sexy Dr. Pepper (27, 28) and he’s 20 years old. In 2020, he’ll be 21 and will be a 70-homer hitter by the time he’s 27. You can hold me to that, assuming you forget. Next next next, Brian Dozier (3-for-4, 4 RBIs) hit his 18th and 19th homers, and he doesn’t even start every game. Just your average 2019 part-time middle infidel who gets 25 homers. Next next next next, Anthony Rendon (1-for-4, 3 RBIs) hit his 27th homer and he’s three RBIs from 100. Feels like RBIs are down this year. Maybe because no one’s on base and everyone’s just hitting home runs. That reason feels galaxy brain-ish. Next next next next next, Adam Eaton (2-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 10th. What’s Eaton eating? Tightly-wound baseballs. Just ask Womanfred, she’s sick of hearing it. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Sean Doolittle – 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.33, and ERA in the last month, like, a bazillion. Earlier in the week, Doolittle told a radio station that he’s pitching too often and wearing down. Later in the week, Doolittle said to the Nats’ manager, “Hey, did you hear what I said to that radio station?” Then Doolittle said, “Here, let me play back to you what I said to a radio station.”  Then, after that, Doolittle said, “Stop covering your ears, I want you to hear this.”  Finally, he went on the IL on Sunday. I’d stash Daniel Hudson, Hunter Strickland, then Fernando Rodney, in that order, but it could be any of them.

Mike Moustakas – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 29th and 30th homer.  Moister-asskiss!

Ben Gamel – 4-for-5, 2 runs and his 7th homer. Bad news is he doesn’t play every day. Good news is Gamelitis, the disorder that causes a player to get hurt right when they’re breaking out, is a recessive gene that only affected his brother, Mat.

Chase Anderson – 2 1/3 IP, 10 ER, ERA at 4.54. *seeing you started Anderson in one league, insert Moe from The Simpsons wearing a ‘No funeral’ sign*

CC Sabathia – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.01, as he was activated from the IL. He missed time with a chronic knee strain. That’s the worst kind of cannabis strain.

Oscar Mercado – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (10) and double legs (10, 11), hitting .285. And we’re going back in on Mercado! This is like when you get to the car and you realize all you bought was five bags of Doritos and no hard seltzer. Gots to go back in!

Mike Clevinger – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.11. 2020 storyline in 2019:  Do you draft Clevinger or Bieber first?

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 4.23. Lester fixed his yips with throwing to first, so I guess he’s now giving out free passes every night at the park, i.e. Gratis Night without the Yips.

Michael Conforto – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .258. One of these years we’ll get a six-month hot streak from Conforto, because I do think he can be a top 20 bat in all of baseball if he can avoid those death valleys. Maybe he needs Mo’java.

Pete Alonso – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 40th homer, hitting .271. Albombso! Albombso set an NL-rookie home run record. Why do I think I won’t be able to get him for $12 next year in an NL-Only league?

Mike Foltynewicz – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at–Wait, I’ll let you guess. Go ahead, because you’re the one that wants to own him. Guess his ERA.  I’ll give you a hint, it’s over six. Faultywheeeeeewitz!

Ender Inciarte – IL with strained hamstring. He’s droppable in most leagues, since he will likely be out a while. Braves brought Adam Duvall back from the minors a day after they optioned him down. Adam Duvall, The Wart That Grows in Georgia. You’d think they’d be able to file him away being so close to Emory.

Rafael Ortega – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer. He hit a grand slam off Dustin May (that hurt) after Ortega was moved to center for the benched-for-not-hustling Acuña, which hurt in other ways. Acuña was chastised because he didn’t run out a deep drive off the fence, which appeared to be a home run. Max Fried, who had doubled the at-bat prior, was standing on 2nd watching it too, but Snitker pulls his most dynamic player in the middle of a pennant race for a life lesson. Only wish Adam Duvall, who entered the game, cost the Braves the game. We’ll see if Acuña has any more blowback. Hopefully, Snitker’s satisfied.

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 42nd homer. Thought MLB retired that number. Don’t make me woke all over the place.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer. Au Shizz! By the by, his numbers don’t differ much from Renato Nunez. Keep that in mind when I go over him below.

Tommy Edman – 3-for-5, 2 runs and a slam (5) and legs (8), and hitting near-.315 in the last week while hitting leadoff. More like Leadman! No? Okay. He has been hot schmotato’ing with very little power or speed.

Joey Votto – Hit the IL with a sore back due to being old. He hopes to be less old in ten days. Interesting strategy, Cotton, let’s see if it pays off.

Alex Wood – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.92. Hey, you gave Wood a chance. Nope, not talking about when you were experimenting in college. I mean, Alex. Don’t think it’s working for you, and I’d likely lose him in most mixed leagues.

Dinelson Lamet – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.95. Might have to let up a little on the brakes. Dinelson is waxing off the whack on the road in tough ballparks. He goes home for his next start and the Streamonator loves it. It’s against the Sawx, but I’m not too concerned about them in Petco.

Joey Lucchesi – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.20. But the Phils have Charlie Manuel jibbering-jabbering in their ear! Still don’t trust Joey Lucchesi of the Lasagna Crime Family in away games, but this was encouraging.

Luis Urias – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. But we wrote him off after his 1st 100 major league at-bats. I don’t care that he’s only 22. Once you’re written off, that’s it. Sorry. *two seconds later* Okay, maybe we’ll give him another chance.

Scott Oberg – Hit the IL and his year is done with blood clots in his arm. Eek, that doesn’t sound good. Neither does the Rockies’ bullpen. This was one of those cases where I heard the news, went to my waiver wire, saw who I guessed would replace him (Wade Davis), and left him there. Oberg was decent since he took over and had 2 saves and a 9.00 ERA in three weeks. It’s not worth the ulcer to grab Wade Davis (0 IP, 3 ER, 6.81 ERA, and the blown save yesterday), and I’d guess Carlos Estevez (oh…kay), Bryan Shaw (terrible) or Jake McGee (blech) could see saves too.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 29th and 30th homer. My patent for a bigger spoon just for ice cream just went through. This is my million dollar invention! Just going to rest my patent on this open window–NOOOO!!! Torenado!

Ryne Stanek – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save, ERA at 3.88. Think this was the 1st post-Romo save opportunity for the Marlins, and it went about as well as you’d think from someone whose name is one letter from stank.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-5 and a slam (20) and legs (9). The Seoul Train is remarkably consistent year after year, and always underappreciated by yours truly, too.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, and 6th homer in ten games. His schmotato is scalding ghostriding a lightning of fire emojis.

Austin Nola – 2-for-5 and his 6th homer and 2nd homer in two games, hitting .314. And you thought Austin Nola was simply a guy Tehol drafted in the 3rd round thinking he was the Phils pitcher.

Tom Murphy – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (13) and legs (2). Mean’s while, the Rockies called up Dom Nunez, watched him hit a home run in his 1st game and then never played him again.

Yusei Kikuchi – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.19. Do you ever read Yusei’s name and start singing Lisa Loeb? “Yusei…I only hear what I want to, and Yusei I talk all the time so…Why don’t Yusei?” Well, if you didn’t before, I hope you do now. Yesterday, Yusei was touching 94.7 MPH on his fastball, which is up two miles from previous starts, so that’s good. His peripherals are still garbage your pet raccoon brings home — 6.9 K/9, 2.9 B/9, 5.71 FIP. At this point in the year, I’m just looking at him for possible sleeper-tude in 2020.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer. HR to the Izzo!

Nicholas Castellanos – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer on the Cubs and who knows how many altogether why don’t box scores aggregate across leagues? This drives me nuts! There’s interleague! Carry stats over!

Craig Kimbrel – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 6.08, as he was activated from the IL. And did not miss one beat! Looking as good as he looked when he didn’t look good.

Starling Marte – 3-for-4 and a slam (21) and legs (22), hitting .292. Impressive season by Marte as it appears he hasn’t fallen off the age cliff yet. He is looking over it, watching Lorenzo Cain plummet down the side.

Logan Webb – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks in his 1st career start. Nearly wrote his name as Logan Allen. Silly me. Logan Allen is the pitcher who sounds like a furniture store; Logan Webb is a 1998 startup. If you click Webb’s name, you see his projections. For a rookie, they’re not that bad. He’s had a roller coaster of a pro ball career so far. Not sofa, that’s Allen again. Webb had Tommy John surgery a few years ago, then broke out a bit last year with a 97 MPH hoo-ha, but came back this year and was busted with PEDs. Finally, he returned and flashed 95 MPH giddy up and a change that drops off the table, which helped produce a great ground ball rate. Great park, solid stuff and I’m intrigued. Prolly just deeper mixed leagues at this point, but can cyclops for shallower.

Wilmer Flores – 2-for-5 and his 4th homer in the last five games, hitting near-.550 in the last week. He’s the hottest schmotato in the schmotato land. Pick him up, or he’ll cry.

Alex Bregman – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 30th homer, hitting .282. Just had a thought:  The Astros might have four hitters in next year’s top 25. Hello, parity. Goodbye, parity.

Chris Sale – Hit the IL with elbow inflammation. Oh…*walks across Europe*…kay. Guess he’s done for the year. The Red Sox conversation with Sale went like this:  “We’re not making the playoffs.” “Ya think?” “Are you asking or are you being facetious?” “Does it matter?”  “Probably not. Rest yourself for next year.” “Ya mean you don’t want to say I’m the new closer?” “Okay, that was funny.” “I think I need to see Dr. James Andrews.” “To sell the charade of the elbow injury?” “Um, yeah, that’s the ticket.”

Eduardo Rodriguez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.11. Okay, let’s see it again against a Major League team.

Nathan Eovaldi – 2 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.69. Okay, let’s see it again against a minor league team.

Rafael Devers – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 27th homer, hitting .332. Can’t fight the Devers!

Sam Travis – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer, and 4th homer in the last nine games, hitting near-.400 in the last week. You know who’s extremely happy about Travis’s hot hitting? The Sons of Sam Travis.

Renato Nunez – 1-for4-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 27th homer. Basically, doing what you wanted from Khris Davis, but how devalued are homers this year, you ask while curling a strand of hair around your index finger. Nunez is around a top 150 player. Solid for his price, but also pretty whatever for shallower leagues.

Eloy Jimenez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .243, and 4th homer in nine games. Or as Bill Walton would say, “Eloy is a combination of all the metals melted into the perfect bottomless vape pen.”

Griffin Canning – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.58. Streamonator loved this start yesterday; I, how’sever, don’t love Canning. Not about being a fresh produce guy necessarily, I just don’t trust Canning.

Matt Thaiss – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer. He had one hit in the last week, so maybe this is the start of something, but he has not been Hott Thaiss.

Matt Boyd – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.24. So clearly a fantastic pitcher when he limits homers (none yesterday). Keep Snafu Boyd at bay, and he could join Turnbull as guys I’m heavily cyclops’ing for 2020.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, and his 2nd home run since he appeared to be done for the year with a broken hand. On Opening Day next year, the Rays should make it a rite of passage to run Pham’s hand over with the bullpen cart.

Ryan Yarbrough – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.34. Since June 14th, Yarbrough’s ERA is 1.43. *gets my black book, picks up telephone, dials seven digits, waits, finally…* “Yo, this is Grey baby! Are you down with it?” Wish I grabbed Yarbrough in every league I was in, but I have him in one and he’s making me a dog in heat, and a freak without warning.

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Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
2 years ago

20 team dynasty roto. drop phegley or barnhart, i had a spot for a day, now cruz is back, gotta drop one. OBP and slugging added. i have:
C barnhart (1B)
1B rhysus (LF)
2B ketel one (SS/CF)
3B mostsuckass (2B)
SS story
IF semien
LF dixon (1B/RF)
CF kiermaier
RF harper (CF)
OF drury (1-3B, LF/RF)
util (1) otani
BN phegley, j.osuna (1B/3B/RF)
DL: cruz, mcneil, laureano, o’neill, quinn
drury, dixon, barnhart all added while people were hurt. barnhart probably has less upside but he plays far more. could also just drop osuna here and likely have an every day catcher till somebody else comes out of DL, barnhart could be backup in rare instances of lots of guys being off (1B/IF). this team’s been in first i think all days this year maybe a total of 8 not in first.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
2 years ago

osuna also recently added, he was dropped since suspended for some games but was best hitter in FA over the few weeks before that. this is a dynasty BUT our max keepers for hitters are 1 of every starting position (do not count the IF nor the 4th OF spot). so next year i can cut the catcher (both of mine were obtained post draft easily) to draft a better new prospect, and harper, story, laureano, otani (hitter only), rhysus, ketel one, mcneil (at LF), mostsuckass. plus we can keep 5 SP, 5 RP and up to 10 prospect eligible guys per year.
SP keepers: clevinger, marquez, ryu, ed-rod, and possibly one of matz, happ, turnbull
RP: (net saves and holds over saves): giles, raise the church roof, buttrey and just find 2 more (have newcomb and bass right now).

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
2 years ago

yikes, phegley is being listed as the lefty only side guy under the apple man herrmann, did start the last 2 games though, this might be depth charts slowly adjusting.

krazyivan
krazyivan
2 years ago

Some hitters seem to not care if they strikeout and apparently we have found Zac Gallen, the pitcher who doesn’t care if it’s ball four or not.

Trader
Trader
2 years ago

My hitting has gone south. My worst guys are:

Santander and C Walker. Replace one or both with any of these folks?

Kole, Renato, Gardner, Franmil, Teoscar?

Might try Hernandez cuz I sat next to him on a plane when he was reporting to AAA when he was in the Astros org. Nicest guy ever. Even played with the crying kids sitting in front of us. His GM told me he was the most humble young man as well. But can he hit the curveball LOL

nightpandas
nightpandas
2 years ago

Grey

Bieber and Springer vs Bauer and Rosario

which side ya like in a keeper (obp slg k/9 league)

thanks man

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
2 years ago

so mondesi DID have probably the weakest dislocated shoulder ever, or is being rushed back for no reason. 6/7th of the med sites i found said he could be back like at earliest middle of sept. even the 7th site said something like the upside here was later than now too.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

yeah i can’t remember the weeks out timeframe 6/7 said it took pretty much all the time for that injury, but they indicated like we’d be happy with having him back with 10 or less days in the season. the 7th (the shortest timeframe) still didn’t have him back now, so maybe he’s like AP (football) who came back faster from a major knee tendon tear faster than maybe anybody ever to destroy the league in like 10 months or something. obviously these guys are the top of the world in certain physical gifts, so maybe this is believable here.

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

If Gibson can’t handle the White Sox, you dropping him 14t QS leagues? My goodness he’s totally untrustworthy, even at home.

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Gibson would be a fantasy stud if he was in a place like Houston. The Twins constantly have tinkering with sucky sinkers and almost change ups which he has no control of when his best pitch is clearly his slider. The Astros would have him pitching almost nothing but sliders and 4 seamers. It sucks because he has the talent-it’s just completely wasted in Minnesota.

YC
YC
2 years ago

Hey Grey- so Sale is officially out for the season (according to his ESPN player card) yet he’s still on the no drop list on ESPN.

Never fully understood the logic of that list.

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Looks like SON whiffed on McKay today

Alps
Alps
2 years ago

Would you drop Josh Rojas for either
Eaton or Luis Urias
Rojas isn’t doing much and both Eaton and Urias are hot
Thanks

Alps
Alps
Reply to  Alps
2 years ago

One more thing
I don’t know what’s up with Bauer
But if he blows up again tonight is he droppable in a 10 team league

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
2 years ago

Oh great Grey,

can I start Matz with confidence this week in pts league? Two at home (CLE and ATL).

Ty Inez
Ty Inez
2 years ago

Nelly Cruz a start this week( thank you prayer hexagon) of keep Sano in?

Ty
Ty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks señor

Gary C
2 years ago

H2H points, this week only, pick one

Kingery @Bost (2), @ Mia (3) Weak pitching!
Matt Olson vs NYY (3), vs SF (2) (2/5 are LHP-happ, Bumgarner)

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Starting Bauer vs SD today… com’on big money, big money, no whammy!…

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
2 years ago

Which start do you like better for tomorrow?

Aaron Sanchez v. Det ($20.3)
Heaney @ Tex ($17.9)

Francisco Mejia or James McCann?

maccer64
maccer64
2 years ago

Better long term keeper?

Soto or Tatis?

maccer64
maccer64
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks! And appreciate the lineup advice earlier

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

JD Davis.

DLev45
DLev45
2 years ago

12 team 5×5 H2H (6 keepers):

C- Garver
1b – Hoskins
2b – LeMahieu
3b – Muncy
SS – Baez
OF – JD Martinez
OF – Conforto
OF – Benintendi
Util – Mercado
Util – Tauchman
BN – Polanco
BN – Domingo Santana
DL – Encarnacion
DL – Voit

Would you move on from Santana for a schmotato like Flores? Or is he just in a rut?

DLev45
DLev45
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Who is your favorite schmotato from this list?

Flores, Olson, Grisham, Didi, Ahmed, Yaz, Anderson, Berti, Happ, Pillar, Maybin, Nola

DLev45
DLev45
Reply to  DLev45
2 years ago

Other WW bats: Olson, Grisham, Didi, Ahmed, Yaz, Anderson, , Berti, Happ, Pillar, Maybin, Nola

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

1. I own both Tauchman and Hoskins in several leagues. Who would you be more prone to keep?

On my claims:
2. Eaton or Tauchman/Hoskins?
3. Eloy, Braun, or Tauchman?
4. JD (if injury not an issue) or Hoskins?

Thanks again.

omar
omar
2 years ago

10 team Weekly Cats 6×5 (standard + OPS).
Keep 3 players thru 2020.
Tatis was just dropped. Would he crack the top 3 amongst this list?

Story
JDM
JoRam
Whit
Soto
Bell

His average stats are nearing top 5 in my league (amongst regulars). I know it’s not too big of a sample size; the average and OPS should come down. But the power and speed appear real…

Fogimon
Fogimon
2 years ago

Now for the obligatory Max Scherzer discussion. Thankfully WASH actually needs him, or else I fear they would have him resting up for the playoffs. There could be no playoffs unless he’s on the bump for the next month. So, upper-cased YAY.

Now, he presumably gets a start @PIT this week. Pitch count? Can’t for Max. If he’s good to go, he’s good to go without restriction I would think.
With that in mind, its worth the lineup lock gamble I’d say.

My weekly 9;
Max – @Pit
Bieber – @NyM, vKC
Castillo – vSD
DGerman – @OAK, @LAD
Marquez – @STL
Elieser – @ATL, vPHI
Yates (3vBos, [email protected])
Leclerc (3vLAA, [email protected])
Kennedy ([email protected], [email protected])

Bench – [email protected], [email protected], Pineda-vsChW, Jimenez([email protected], [email protected]), Giles([email protected], [email protected])

I am chasing 2 teams in Saves, behind by 5. They start 2 closers each. I am ahead in K’s by 10 and Wins by 2. Teams behind me have 10 starts to my 8.

Would you make any changes? I am iffy on Eliser, thats a huge risk, but 7 starts just doesn’t seem like enough when I have people on my heels.

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

So are you saying I should keep Max on the bench?

Bum Gardener
Bum Gardener
2 years ago

Want to add Sano for this week’s slate – my Rockies are all on the road this week so I’m thinking that’s where I want to look. Drop Daniel Murphy or Ryan McMahon?

Bum Gardener
Bum Gardener
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thank you sir!

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Looks like my team will catch a couple breaks with Contreras and Mondesi as both are expected to be back by the time my playoffs start – praying for no setbacks!

Gary C
2 years ago

This week only, H2H points, need 2 of 3

Wheeler vs Atl (who shelled him last time…thus I’m leery)
Gallen vs Colo (in Az), @Milw
Pagan vs Sea (3), @ Balt (4)…would appear to be plenty of chances for saves….

Thanks

Gary C
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yes, I’m kind of settled on Pagan…trying to decide between Gallen vs Wheeler. Usually I just plug Wheeler in every week…but given his last outing vs Atl….ugh…

Fogimon
Fogimon
2 years ago

Surprisingly, Didi has been serviceable for me as of late, filling in for some injuries.
1. Weekly lineup lock suggestion time, Pick 3 for the week;

Odor – 3vLAA, [email protected]
Grisham – [email protected], 3vAZ
Franmil – 3vKC, [email protected]
McMahon – [email protected], [email protected]
Hoskins – [email protected], [email protected]
Didi – [email protected], [email protected]

2. This may be a stretch, but he has been brutal, is it time to sit Manny?
Machado – 3vBOS, [email protected]

3. What do we think about Trent Grisham? If the Beers put him atop the order every day, he is a top 40 OF just by runs alone I would think. Former 1st rnd pick, getting his 1st lick of big league action, doesn’t appear over-matched, on a great team, great hitters park, power-speed combo, gimme gimme gimme some.

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Fogimon
2 years ago

Not to be confused with Marquis Grissom, but somehow the comparison works! Maybe Grissom’s power prime would be Grisham’s comp.
I’m thinking his last season with Atlanta, 23 HR, 28 SB, .308 Avg, 106 runs, 74 rbi.

What say you?

Phillip
Phillip
2 years ago

Another question, Grey,

So in this 20 team keeper league I am stockpiling prospects. I need some eventual stars. Would you cut any of these guys for Xavier Edwards? Who would you cut first?

D. Carlson, O. Cruz, Mountcastle, Trammell, Pache, N. Jones, K. Robinson.

Thanks, Grey!

Phillip
Phillip
2 years ago

Grey, need a bit of help.

1. what are your thoughts on J. Aguilar in 2020 and beyond on a rebuilding team in a 20-team keeper league? He’s on the edge of my roster.

2. Is Freeland gonna be good again next year?

3. Which 2 as a prospective SP? Bryse Wilson, Logan Allen (known by his Polynesian friends as as Ai Sitta Sofa), or Sheffield?

Thanks!

Phillip
Phillip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks! Exactly what I was hoping to hear.

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
2 years ago

A) Hoskins is my only bench bat and I’m running no catcher since Willy went down, but gleyber and sano picked me up this week on the way to 18 bombs. Wondering if I should pick up a bat to rotate w Conforto when he has bad matchups so I never have to play Hoskins, or run with the hot James McCann (Best C available) with a 7 game $8 proj week coming up @MIN, TEX, MIN (Gibson, Pineda, Odorizzi, Lynn). Do I go with McCann or any of these hitters?

I included HitTron 7 day Proj $ (+ notable pitchers going to face this wk) :

Marwin $5 (6 games nova reylo gio twice and Boyd)
B Anderson $4 (6 games Keuchel Teheran soroka VV S Gray)
Seager $4 (6 games mckay Morton but faces 4 lefties)
Yaz -$2 (5 games Hamels darvish bassitt)

B) I really like what marwin has put together and he seemed to hit strides during parts of seasons on the Astros plus he’s in that great lineup but I don’t like who he’s facing this week. Do you think it’s sustainable for him? I know you like seager as a pickup in your buy and your recommendations in comments.

C) sorry for the long winded post, I need to gain games on the leader of our league who I play this week. Thanks for your time and effort G.

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
2 years ago

Could also let go of a pitcher like Brett Anderson who has one Sunday start this week and a blister to get James McCann + a bat to rotate with conforto. Think it’d Be a good idea to just snag McCann anyway to have a full lineup for playoffs?

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

A little Surprised about Marwin over Seager for you. What’s your rationale there? Marwin’s more average and same range of power? + Lineup? Relatively good division to hit in?

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks again G

hankg
hankg
2 years ago

Have both Sano and Soler as bench bats (backing up Suarez and Ozuna). Would you drop either to pick up Quintana to help bolster rotation? Thanks.

NUX
NUX
2 years ago

I just added Puk in the hopes that he gets some high leverage work for me in my holds league. Not really expecting a ton, but excited to get to watch him throw.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Right on, but gimme 7 Holds and I’m pumped about it

Mikey
Mikey
2 years ago

Who to plug in for this week, SP or RP – doesn’t matter? ERA nets up to 24 pts for a zero ERA, 20 for ERA b/n 1.00-1.49, etc. for the week (plus counting stats like K’s, wins, saves, holds, etc.) What are your top 3 choices?

J. Hader (hasn’t had a clean inning all month), Lucchesi-Home against Eovaldi, Mikolas-Home against Marquez, Musgrove-Home against Corbin or Strahm (3 vs Bos, 3 @ Cin)

I know….how did I make the playoffs with these choices. Hitting!!

Mikey
Mikey
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey!

Molina Bros BBQ
Molina Bros BBQ
2 years ago

Can you help me choose two relievers to start this week for saves? Thanks!

A Bradley (3vCOL, [email protected])
L Hendriks (3vNYY, 2vSF)
I Kennedy ([email protected], [email protected])

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

Thanks!

JP
JP
2 years ago

Which 3 from this group?

Nunez, Marwin, Upton, Pollock, W. Calhoun, Franmil, Hosmer

curiousgeorgespringer
curiousgeorgespringer
2 years ago

Hi there, Grey!

I’m struggling to make the call on my final SPs in an 18-tm 5×5 H2H League. Here are my options and SON values:

Lamet: $16.8 v BOS
Plesac: $11.9 vKC
Bassitt: $9.7 vSF
Perez: $5.5 vDET
Giolito: $0.1 @MIN

Boston scares me. Thoughts? Thanks!

The Skrimmer
The Skrimmer
2 years ago

Start Cole this week with the hope that he gets a start or keep him on the bench and start Hendricks vs SF?

adam
adam
2 years ago

Grey-
This could be a (really) dumb question and/or a (way) too early question but are Tatis Jr and A.Mondesi going to be in your top 30 next year?

Is Dahl and/or Encarnacion worth keeping on DL (need a spot for Tatis). I havent heard too much about their current status/timetables.

You starting Joe Ross in Pittsburgh tonight?

Thanks!

PDog
PDog
2 years ago

Brett Phillips worth an add in deep leagues?

NUX
NUX
Reply to  PDog
2 years ago

I added him for this Baltimore series, will see how the PT shakes out and will go from there

NUX
NUX
Reply to  PDog
2 years ago

He’s not starting today’s game against a Lefty (Means) though, so not a good sign

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

Rhys has looked real bad this past month or so. Would you ride the slightly hotter hand of Garrett Cooper (6 games so so matchups) over him (5 games and good matchups on paper). Really hunting AVG (plus any counting stats) from them…

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

Filling in for Tatis, McNeil & Stanton in 14T OBP – who’re the top 3?

Cooper, Tapia, Berti, J Rojas, Kiké (back Tue), A Nola?

Thanks

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

That was confusing, A Nola’s not helpful when I meant Austin Nola (Mariner’s schomato).

Needs are overall production with minimum strikeouts.

Do you like Austin Nola over Rojas, Tapia or Kiké?

Thanks

Pete
Pete
2 years ago

Sorry if i’m asleep in a time capsule, but should I be picking up Will Smith and dropping Buster Posey for catcher in an 8 team 7×7 w/OPS and hits H2H league?

herschel
herschel
2 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto. which one do you like from these guys for this week?

marquez @ stl
pineda vs cws
vv @ mia
gallen vs col, @ mil

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

Available are K seager, Ahmed, would I drop either happ or kingery for either?
Also I can stash lux or Nate Lowe…
I’m in first up by a game.

Trader
Trader
2 years ago

Grichuk, Cron or K Seager. Any preference? Seems close to me.

ryanoger
ryanoger
2 years ago

Good ol’ catcher question:

Narváez or Mejia?

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
2 years ago

Good morning,

I currently have way too many bench bats, but it’s oddly necessary due to how often these players are played, the complete collapse of Kingery, and injuries to Adalberto and Voit.

1A) Could you please rank the following? (Sorry for the long list)
J.D. Davis
Ian Happ
Travis Demeritte
Josh Roajs
Isan Diaz
Scott Kingery

1B) Who would you actively be looking to replace on that list?

2A) Tough question, but if Brusdar Graterol is called up does he immediately take over the closer job in Minnesota?
2B) If not immediately, how long do you think it takes?
2C) I am in dire need of saves (I only have Colome and Melancon), is Brusdar worth the pickup right now or a waste to burn a roster sport for 2 to 3 weeks?

3) Are you still holding Kingery on your teams or have you moved on?

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks a lot. You and your glorious stache are my heroes. (I’ll let you speculate who is 1A and 1B)

Lastly 2 teams today dropped Khris Davis and Rhys Hoskins. I was unaware of how ugly their stats were until I clicked on them.

Either worth the pickup for the miraculous season turn around (which hopefully happens after my pickup?)

Thanks again!

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Haha, thanks!

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
2 years ago

AL Only keeper…..2 catcher league. 5×5 roto, top 2 in all pitching categories except saves (last). No closers to speak of (unless you count Armstrong). Hitting top 4 in all categories. Need to drop one of these:

Castro, T. Murphy, Poche, Bunmer.

I’m tied for first but our league has a ridiculous rule where we can’t have more than 4 mlb guys on our bench.

Some context: 3 way tie for first. The other two teams could use a catcher: team 1 has Maldonado as their 2nd. Team 2 has Lucroy as their second. Play defensive and drop Poche or Bummer? Or drop Castro and hope for a save here and there? Most we can rise up on saves is one roto point. Too far back elsewhere.

Laguna BobbyI
Laguna BobbyI
2 years ago

Hey Grey, need to start 2 of 3 this week. Which guy would you bench? 5×5 roto, not looking for any specific category, just overall value.
– Vlad (day2day) 6 games this week @LAD and @SEA
– Pillar 5 games this week @CHC and @OAK
– D Murphy 7 games this week @ARI and @STL
Thanks Grey

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Love me dem DD’s! – thx bro

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

The riverboat gambler in me says to take a shot on a couple of 2 start SP’s this week. Was off of Gallen till I saw him starting twice (1 vs COL / 1 @ MIL) A. Sanchez at home for 2 vs lightweights has to shit or get off (1 vs DET / 1 Vs LAA) Not crazy about Gallen @ MIL but like the other matchups

Smitty
2 years ago

With all categories tightening up decisions getting tougher. Berti (3 vs PHI / 3 @ ATL) or Gregorious (3 @ OAK / 3 @ LAD)? Leaning Bert – DD at 2 pitchers parks.
Need 1 start from these 3:
Ed Rod @ SD
Keller vs CINN
DeSclafani @ PITT
Last 2 going head to head – Ed Rod?
Thanks G & DT

Smitty
Reply to  Smitty
2 years ago

5X5 Standard Roto – weekly

Dodger Blues
Dodger Blues
2 years ago

Soto is charging up the player rater. He’s got to be top 10 next year.

Max
Max
2 years ago

So in an earlier comment I asked who you’d take in a points league. Someone scooped up Sano out of these 4, so whose your 2nd option?

McMahon (@ Ari, @ Stl)
Nunez (vs KC, vs TB)
Pence (vs LAA, @ CWS)
Sano (vs CWS, vs Det)

Max
Max
Reply to  Max
2 years ago

Or would you add Cron

Max
Max
Reply to  Max
2 years ago

Same matchups as Sano obviously

Uncle Luke
Uncle Luke
2 years ago

My appetite for Yarbrough makes me so horny!

I added him hoping to bolster my sp two turns ago and it’s worked nicely.

Trading Moncada for Thor Tauchman and Pressly (svhd)

Will cut Aaron Sanchez for space. Need to lose one more. Was thinking Miley. Is Quintana back in the circle of trust? Mays move to the bullpen kind of sucks but it’s the dodgers. Dodgers gonna dodger. Will kahnle be pushed to insignificance if/when Betances returns?

Sp German Miley May Luzardo minor Quintana Yarborough (kluber on il)
Rp Workman kahnle pagan hand hendricks (May now too I guess)

We keep 9 total. I plan on keeping 6 bats at least. How would you rank Thor Luzardo May and German 2020?
Off to meet the 7th floor crew at the f*ck shop. Keep it crispy fantasy master lothario grey and donkey teeth.

Fred
Fred
2 years ago

Is Adrian Houser is decent ROS streamer?

MarvPesos
Marv
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limited moves (35 per year, *12 left*), no streaming.

In 3rd place and most likely where I will stay until playoffs (2 weeks away). With limited moves I do want to be careful with my remaining but also don’t want to miss out on a wire guy that cant help me for playoffs. My overall weakness of my team (compared to the other top teams) is lack of depth in pitching. They all have 15+ moves and will be using them in playoffs for pitching. I figured my strength will be my batters and maybe win out on saves. So, knowing that, extra moves are important but not as much so as I will be out matched in pitching in playoffs either way.

Do you see any worthwhile pickups from the wire (I assume I would drop May – as he was moved to bullpen)

Waiver wire

HIT – B. Anderson, R. McMahon, M. Yastrzemski, L. Urias, N. Ahmed, K. Seager, W. Flores, M. Beaty, JD Davis, T. Hernandez, C. Dickerson, J. Kipnis, K. Schwarber, E. Sogard, A. Santander, S. Kingery, F. Galvis, S. Castro, E. Inciarte, H. Renfroe,

PIT- I. Nova, H. Bailey, M. Montgomery, A. Civale, J. Ross, J. Junis, A. Housser, J. Cueto (DL), V. Velasquez, B. Keller, J. Waguespack, C. Bassit, S. Lugo, D. Norris, J. Vargas, A. Wainwright

RP- E. Pagan, M. Melancon, J. Leclerc, J. Jimenez, M. Albers, S. Romo,I. Kennedy, B. Workman, D. Law, H. Robles, D. Hudson

My team:
C – W. Ramos
1B – A. Rizzo
2B – K. Marte DTD
3B – C. Santana
SS –T. Turner
CI – E. Suarez
MI – G. Urshela
LF – J.D. Martinez
CF – C. Blackmon
RF – H. Dozier
Util – C. Yelich
BN – P. Goldschmidt

SP – J. Paxton
SP – J. Verlander
SP – W. Buehler
RP – K. Jansen (RP)
RP – J. Hader (RP)
P – K. Giles (RP)
P – F. Vazquez (RP)
BN – B. Mckay
BN – Z. Gallen
BN – D. Lamet
BN – D. May
BN – A. Heaney
DL – C. Kluber (60-DL)

Thanks bud
Marv

RTP123
RTP123
2 years ago

Great stuff as always!

Best SS option ROS?

Bo Bichette, Amed Rosario, Semien, Kingery, Nick Ahmed, Marwin Gonzo

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Bo knows baseball.

SheaSeraSera
SheaSeraSera
2 years ago

Mercado or Schwarber ROS? 12 team, extra category .OPS

Murph
Murph
2 years ago

Yaz or Mercado ROS?
Thanks

Clax
Clax
2 years ago

Are you adding Eaton of any of the following in a roto league?

Sano
B Reynolds
DeJong

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
2 years ago

Good morning!

For SAGNOF, do you like Daniel Hudson > Albers?

Thanks and have a good one

Coolwhip
2 years ago

I’m thinking Castellanos deserves a deep dive this week. He seems like a completely different hitter now on the Cubs. I had the option of him or Franmil on the wire after trade deadline, debated and went with Franmil, its feeling a lot like the wrong choice now, hahaha.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

I believe a good hitter moving from a putrid lineup to a stacked one would naturally be a huge payoff.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

right, though prior to the trade he had been a pretty crappy hitter this year. under the hood numbers were all down, like his hardhit rate was below MLB average. That’s the interesting part.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

for sure… i’ll look at the data and point to WHAT he’s doing differently, but that could absolutely explain the WHY. Though i don’t get why guys do that in a contract year when if they go out there and kill it, they’d get a better paycheck… learn from Adam Eaton and drag your feet after you get paid. hahaha.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

He might have been depressed and lighting up the glass pipe at Tony Phillips’ old pad, then got clean once there was hope again. Honestly, I can’t say I’d blame him. Who wouldn’t smoke crack if you were stuck in Detroit?

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, also might be a degree of being on a shitty team was demoralizing and a motivation killer, now he’s got something to play for.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Tell that to Zach Greinke or Nick Senzel or Rick Ankiel… some players have psychological issues, specifically andiety, that affects person. At least Greinke turned his career around by getting help. Ankiel just lost to the YIPS. Not sure if Senzels if physical or psychological but I’m guessing the latter.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

H2h League we are in week 21 of 25 total including playoffs.

i have been hanging on to Dah (aug 31)l, Mondesi (sep 1) and Price (aug 25) if they return on time there willl only be two weeks left anyway

i was gong to hang on a little longer or is worth dropping one to pickup someone else? not much news on thier return status

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

thanks Grey

Cram It
Cram It
2 years ago

Man, I just can not get over the hump with pitching in ‘Perts. For every good start I stream, I have 3 relievers sh*t all over that. I thought Stanek was a slick pick up but that’s blown up in my face. Sad part is, I’m going to hold him because the moment I drop him, he’ll start getting saves.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I have zero teams with an ERA under 4.00 sadly… a few good WHIPs though.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

I have a few teams like that. Offense is great and then reliever gives up 4ER or Chase Anderson defecates into a leaf blower. Even in the Razzball DC, that was/is one team where I thought my pitching was solid and my offense iffy, but the opposite has been true. It’s been a very bizarre year. It’s kinds like 1998 again when roids were toppling the old expectations. No upside for pitching if its the seams or ball though. I guess I’ll have to go with all ground ball pitchers next year or something.

Saint
Saint
2 years ago

Hello Grey,

I have a Streamonator question. I usually look at Son to see how my SP’s are being ranked for each upcoming week. I have a question concerning 3 of mine that pitched yesterday.

This is what Son showed the morning of 8-13 and then yesterday morning 8-18:

8-13 8-18
Flaherty 12.3 24.7
Canning 27.4 19.8
Wheeler 22.6 13.0

I’m just curious as to why such a discrepancy as the week goes by as I have seen this numerous times throughout the year. Is there something I’m not seeing that can shed some light on this? Also, thanks for all that Razzball does for the fantasy baseball community!

Saint
Saint
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey. Will do.

Dominic Calistro
Dominic Calistro
2 years ago

got a take on Logan Webb?

waffles
waffles
Reply to  Dominic Calistro
2 years ago

sorry, missed the blurb

AP
AP
2 years ago

In a very competitive league 14 team 12 player keeper league.
Iim currently in 3rd place as we come down the stretch.
I can trade my $3 gleybar and $2 b Lowe for his goldy/gordon/bryant and t rodgers.
Really need both sides of sagnof…
Saves and SB…
5 saves get me about 7pts.
3 gleybar hurts me a lot.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

No, he means Lightfoot and Kenny…

Jason
Jason
2 years ago

Seager or amned for a bench bat?

Razz Boi 44
Razz Boi 44
2 years ago

1. Giancarlo Stanton was just dropped in my league. Honestly I don’t need him…my OF is Yelich, JD Martinez, Springer, and I have Yordan at UTIL…but I have top waiver priority and should pick him up, right? Right?!?
2. Who would you drop to stream moving forward…Keller, Lucchesi, Houser? Or all 3?

HappyJax
HappyJax
2 years ago

Luzardo, Montgomery, or Logan Webb? Thx.

HappyJax
HappyJax
Reply to  HappyJax
2 years ago

Sorry, meant to ask you to rank them ROS. Thanks.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
2 years ago

10 team h2h OBP/QS limited season/playoff moves

Playoffs start in 2 weeks, extremely unlikely I can get a bye week, just just need to make sure I don’t fall on my face in the next 2 weeks and better prepare myself for the playoffs.

C W Smith
1B Vogelbach
2B Moustakas
SS Lindor
3B Chapman
MI Polanco
CI Olson
OF JD Martinez
OF Puig
OF K Davis
UTL E Jimenez
UTL Danny Santana
BN Franmil Reyes

DL Votto, Haniger, Laureano

SP Cole, Bieber, Clevenger, D German, Darvish, Gallen, Maeda, Canning

RP W Smith, Leclerc, Robles, Rogers

1) Only 2 DL spots, would you drop any of my 3 DL eligible players?

2) Encarnacion available on waivers, is he better than my best 2 DL eligible players?

3) Drop any of my bats for any of these waiver options: Eaton, K Seager, B Anderson, Margot, J Upton, Vanmeter, Andrus, Braun

4) Hold Rogers or drop for: Workman, Jimenez

Thanks!

BH
BH
2 years ago

I’m in DL hell.

Have Contreras, Gallo and FTJ all on DL. We have only 2 DL spots and I need the roster spot. Who is the drop of the three?

Thanks

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  BH
2 years ago

FTJ likely done for the year. But Contreras is a catcher.

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
2 years ago

Thoughts on 2 start Joe Palumbo against Angels and White Sox? He stuck out 108 in 80 minor league innings.

Only other real option I have is Mychal Givens

(Deep AL Only H2H Weekly Categories)

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

Ok so in what alternate bizarro world do you take a severely slumping power hitter and from the middle of the order to the lead off spot????? Kapler World… Isnt it baseball 101 one when you slump you get benched or moved to the bottom of the lineup?

also 3 up, 3 down 3 K’s in the bottom of the 9th and kaplar praised the hitters for the great at bats and the number of pitches they took……this guy has to go