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.

  1. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    14 teamer with holds and saves sold separately. have
    RP (5 slots): buttrey, rogers, britton, giles, bradley. with carmart in SP slot

    kimbrel off DL, i want to add a better catcher, who’s the drop here? giles is a weird one, off/on injured, one of the top RP in entire league if healthy by FIP (like top 3 last time i looked) but on TOR gets few saves. dropping buttrey leaves me holds weak as here i wanted rogers for holds, but he usually backs into saves. bradley weirdly has been awesome almost all year but after starting year badly moved somehow to like 4th in line for saves till holland got kicked out for a long time. we have to keep at least 1 RP and 4 pitchers total per year (can use otani as either a hitter keeper (keep 5 of those) or pitcher keeper). also have some good keeper SP like bieber, ryu for sures already (mckay, wheeler, yarbrough others).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop your weaker catcher?

      Giles

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        only have 1 catcher, i’m dropping him for mccann WSOX. can’t do it till i activate kimbrel.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Loved the report, you aced it!!

    a. You forgot to mention Rizzo’s 2 BBs!! So important in that league that doesn’t count BBs!!

    b. Agreed on Nunez. Owned him for exactly 1 game where he went 0/4 with no counting stats.

    c. Sorry limited Internet, so no Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 19. I am a little out of it after my wife and I partied for her birthday yesterday!!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Ah yeah

      B. Ouch

      C. WUT, all good, be well

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        Wanted to make a joke about Nunez being Mexican giving me the sombrero 0/4 but then I looked him up and he’s Venezuelan so the whole Mexican sombrero paradigm fell in the ocean.

        Otherwise am with my wife on a short mission, shopping, paying, eating, more shopping and then go home.

        BTW, in the landmark case of I want to win versus I want to lose I dropped Paxton for Kyle Seager. So far so good, 1 HR for Kyle in my books.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You know what you do? Give your wife the card and go do your own thing and as you’re walking away from your wife, call the credit card company and report the card stolen

          Yeah, Pax is tough to trust

          • galica says:
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            Grey!

            Haha! No chance on that one.

            Meh, he’s going to LA and then goes home. Max 4-5 starts, not useful.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, dropping the ball!

              • galica says:
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                Grey!!

                She HAS my card and control on all my and, of course, her accounts and she doesn’t even give me duty sex!! Seriously, how do you say…a no bueno. We just got back from doing some legal stuff and now she needs everything scanned and sent by email. Guess who the only person in the house is who knows how to use the scanner? Duh, again all that without duty sex.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, prolly better you didn’t call in the card stolen, she would’ve just had you report the card stolen and it would’ve taken you 5 hours

                  • galica says:
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                    Grey!!

                    In these tough situations, i.e., every day, I go to TS Eliot poetry for wisdom.

                    ‘Don’t disturb the dust in the dust bowl.’

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

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                      Ha, very true

  3. Tony C says:
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    Hey Grey and DT I need to add a hitter and pitcher for September playoffs. I have Dustin May and Tauchman that I’d like to replace. Please rank 2 Available pitchers among Montgomery, Hauser, Junis and Seth Lugo. Rank your top 2 best overall hitters among Tauchman, N.Ahmed, Gardner, YAz, Braun, Alberto, Grichuk, Margot, W. Calhoun, Mazara, Winker and Austin Nola.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Houser, Lugo — I’d look at matchups tho, so maybe not these guys

      Braun, Yaz

  4. Crazy J says:
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    I like the “day after” call on Mercado! Sonofabench for me on Clevinger after all the pitching mess at the end of the week. I don’t think I have a “plus” rating on my matchup selections this season.

    Where would you expect Yordan to end up for 2020 (I know it’s early), because aside from 4-category awesomeness… I don’t see a downside.

    Lastly, I just wanted to mention that I could’ve drafted Yuli over Rhys… that guy is super-disappointing me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 25 for Yordan

      I hear ya on Rhys

  5. ChrisL says:
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    Who do you like most ROS in 12 team saves plus holds:

    D Hudson
    M Melancon
    J Guerra
    G Gallegos

    (please rank)

    Also, is N Ahmed worth a flyer?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Gallegos, Hudson, Melancon for me.

      Ahmed depends on your alternative but generally probably not worth a 12 team roster spot IMO.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  6. Dodger Blues says:
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    I’m not sure about trusting Lamet for that start vs the sawx. They are a patient group (second in MLB in team OBP) and Lamet isn’t afraid to issue a walk. Smells like 4 runs in 5 innings to me. Plus the start is late in the week so you have to sit around and wait for the stats. Not worth holding IMO for his 1 start vs the Sawx over the next 10 calander days. You can do better prolly.

    • Johnny Be Bad says:
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      Will Corey Kluber pitch again this season? Set back yesterday.

      What does your gut say?

      • Johnny Be Bad says:
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        Sorry, not sure how this ended up here……I’ll re-post down below.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That might be true, depends on the league, I guess

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        My comment was re: Lamet

  7. Ray says:
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    I’ve had it with these A Nolas. I propose Easton Nola and Weston Nola.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s confusing… Gets Tehol every time

  8. Cam says:
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    Choose one in a points league

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

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sano for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  9. Wax says:
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    Do you feel confident starting Gallen at home vs Col today? Points league

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I would

    • Cram It says:
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      I am

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I would, if I owned him..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  10. Wavey Boy Smith says:
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    Morning!

    David Price worth a $1 stash in a pts league for 2020? He’d be my 2nd-3rd best SP next year before a draft where I have a lot of money to draft and ace.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, for $1 why not…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  11. LG Baseball says:
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    Fantastic recap Grey! Hope you had a good weekend

    Need to choose 1 for my util in an important matchup for first place:

    V. Robles 7 games @PIT @CHC
    Puig 6 games @NYM, KC

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go Puig unless you really need the steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I’d go Robles

  12. Johnny Be Bad says:
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    Will Corey Kluber pitch again this season? Set back yesterday.

    What does your gut say?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d be surprised if he was back before the MLB playoffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  13. Arod’s Frost says:
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    Is Hoskins droppable (For a McMahon type)? So fed up with this hack.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure, play the hot hand this time of year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I guess depends on who is hot, McMahon outside of Coors isn’t great

  14. Ciwa says:
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    I need two bats for the last two weeks of regular season in my league. Categories are AVG,OBP,SLG,HR,RBI,SB
    Could you choose between these FA?

    Eaton
    Flores
    Marwin Gonz
    Kyle Seager
    Austin Nola
    Ryan Braun
    Grichuk
    Demeritte
    Grisham

    Thanks for all!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Seager, Grisham for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT, but maybe different 2nd one depending on # of games

  15. sportivetricks says:
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    HeytotheHeyGrey!

    No mention of FTJ injury? Damn that was fun while it lasted, and I wonder where he is going to go next year. I’m also a little hopeful he might still return for the last week or two.

    Lurrrrrrrrrrrve!

    • sportivetricks says:
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      Errr. I should say “. . . of Tatis injury being deemed out for the season.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It happened on Friday, Pants does a recap of that — FTJ — f*ck that jazz

      Lurves

  16. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    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?”

    ————————–

    I turn the Razzball on, I turn the Razzball up and Grey’s still singing my song.
    100% have said this all year. I have a 40 year old sister, she was rocking Lisa Loeb on repeat in my formative years. And I remember thinking about her Kikuchi as a teen also. But I see you talking about the Kikuchi that Yusei things about… and I’m only hearing negative. No. No. No. BAAADDDD.

    OK – I’ve exhausted the fantastic Loeb reset. But it had to be done.

    I picked up Kevin Keirmaier because Mercado was supposed to fill my steal Kikuchi. (yeah, Kikuchi joke getting ridden hard) Now Mercado shows a pulse, and I’m back all in on him for this week. Worried Oscar is going to go back into his big steel garbage can, and leave me to be the grouch. We shall see.

    “Womanfred” is gold Jerry! GOLD!

    Tom Murphy might be the greatest hitting catcher ever to not play.

    I’ve never understood why stats reset when a guy is traded across leagues. It’s truly senseless. If someone hits 80 bombs across 2 leagues do they not break the record? If someone has 400 Ks between two leagues, do they not break the record? I HAVE QUESTIONS PEOPLE!
    Happy to see Castellanos do well for the Cubs, because, as a native Detroiter, I can tell you he was giving about 75% here.

    I have been really lucky playing with my Wood. Alex Wood… I someone got 2 of his “good starts” and one of his bad ones. But I am don’t playing Pi Gow with my ratios, and he doesn’t have a high enough progressive jackpot (wins, Ks, etc) to entice me to keep playing.

    In the most watered down HR environment ever, Renato Nunez, Dan Vogelbach (in non-OBP leagues) and others are pretty much roster fodder. Imagine 30 HR guys being flat out yawnstipating!

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      I have a 40 year old sister, she was rocking Lisa Loeb on repeat in my formative years. And I remember thinking about her Kikuchi as a teen also.
      ———-
      Just reread this… because it’s best to proofread after posting…. so let me rephrase…

      “I have a 40 year old sister, she was rocking Lisa Loeb on repeat in my formative years. And I remember thinking about her Kikuchi as a teen, also. Loeb’s. Not my sisters. Go to youporn with that dirty mind.”

      • Cram It says:
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        I totally thought you were referring to your sister’s and I stopped reading after that…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It did read that way at 1st — hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha, wait, wut, HAHAHAAHA — it was a fantastic reset tho

      Yeah, agreed on Vogel/Nunez

  17. Marty the Celery Salesman says:
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    Please pick 4 for weekly H2H points:

    It’s unclear whether or not Heaney or Peters will start Sunday @ HOU, so I’ve added some (???)s.

    Thanks!

    doubles:
    Sanchez–@HOU vs. Turnbull–DET
    Sanchez–@HOU vs. (???)Peters–LAA or Heaney–LAA(???)
    Allard–@TEX vs. Peters–LAA
    Allard–TEX vs. NOVA–@CWS

    potential double:
    Heaney–LAA vs. Palumbo–@TEX
    Heaney–LAA(???) vs. Sanchez–@HOU(???)

    singles:
    Boyd–DET vs. Berrios–@MIN
    Happ–NYY vs. Fiers–@OAK
    Tanaka–NYY vs. Roark–@OAK
    Paxton–NYY vs. Ryu–@LAD
    Yarbrough–TB vs. WOJCIECHOWSKI–@BAL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yarbrough, Tanaka, Sanchez, Heaney

  18. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Install the king, Manuel, as manager!

  19. Kingslayer says:
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    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)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Palumbo

  20. BH says:
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    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 says:
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      FTJ likely done for the year. But Contreras is a catcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redraft? FTJ’s done for the year

  21. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Lose Haniger

      2. Prolly not, can try him over Laureano, but I’d check their latest news before doing it, I honestly don’t know the latest

      3. Upton over Franmil

      4. Hold

  22. HappyJax says:
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    Luzardo, Montgomery, or Logan Webb? Thx.

    • HappyJax says:
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      Sorry, meant to ask you to rank them ROS. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Webb, Luzardo

  23. Razz Boi 44 says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I guess

      2. Keller, maybe all 3, depends on the league

  24. Jason says:
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    Seager or amned for a bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager

  25. AP says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do you mean Dee? Taylro Rogers? Seems fine for the win this year

      • Dave D says:
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        No, he means Lightfoot and Kenny…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Does he has an adult contemporaries category?

  26. Dominic Calistro says:
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    got a take on Logan Webb?

    • waffles says:
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      sorry, missed the blurb

  27. saint says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SON adjusts due to weather when weather changes, but you can ask Rudy about these specifically

      • saint says:
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        Thanks Grey. Will do.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can comment on SON and Rudy will get back to you

  28. Cram It says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, pitching’s been a tough go this year… I have some leagues where I have, say, 4.18 ERA and I need 4.10 to gain 5 points and I can’t do it — yesterday I had Dustin May ruin Quintana

      • Dave D says:
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        I have zero teams with an ERA under 4.00 sadly… a few good WHIPs though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think I have a few, but barely, like 3.80

    • Dave D says:
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      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.

  29. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you need the spots, I’d lose all three… I’ve dropped Dahl and Price in two shallow leagues

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Coolwhip

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

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’ve been jokingly saying that he checked out on the Tigers, but maybe there’s something to it

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, exactly on Eaton

          • Dave D says:
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            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?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Who wouldn’t indeed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Detroit might’ve got in his head, the park, that is

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        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.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I don’t like psychological anecdotes, but might be

          • Dave D says:
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            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.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, but those were specifically mental like Mackey Sasser and Knoblauch etc

  31. Worm Burner says:
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    Good morning!

    For SAGNOF, do you like Daniel Hudson > Albers?

    Thanks and have a good one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Albers, but toss up

  32. Clax says:
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    Are you adding Eaton of any of the following in a roto league?

    Sano
    B Reynolds
    DeJong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over DeJong, but different things

  33. Murph says:
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    Yaz or Mercado ROS?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Different things, I prefer Mercado for 5 cats, Yaz for power

  34. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Mercado or Schwarber ROS? 12 team, extra category .OPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schwarber

  35. RTP123 says:
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    Great stuff as always!

    Best SS option ROS?

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bo

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Bo knows baseball.

  36. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You won’t keep May, right? Can lose him for an SP, but I’d hold for now just to see where those available SPs are in two weeks

  37. Fred says:
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    Is Adrian Houser is decent ROS streamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems it

  38. Gigorilla says:
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    Some HR thoughts from this year —
    – every MLB team has more HR per game this year than last year, except StL and ChiSox, who are at same approx level
    – all time HR in MLB was 2017 (6105)– 2018 (5585) — only 2 previous years w/ 5600+
    – current pace is 42 HR per game day in MLB. With average of 125 games played, 37 left, if the HR trend continues, we will see over 7100 HR hit. Juiced ball, Nah Rob.
    – 5 teams should beat the HR record set by the Yankees last year

    All time HR totals per year — https://www.baseball-almanac.com/hitting/hihr6.shtml

    • Gigorilla says:
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      Edit — if HR pace continues, 6800+ HR this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s insane, good stuff, gigorilla

      • Gigorilla says:
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        Yes it is insane. Worth looking at what this has done to runs scored, BA, ERA, WHIP and more. (we knew SB are way down). There will be a lot of number crunching and stat strategy analysis for next year if the ball stays the same.

        If not….? How would we know?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Supposedly the ball’s staying same until 2021… Though, I don’t know where I heard that or if it’s accurate

        • Norman Ginsberg says:
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          With instant replay, why would anyone steal knowing a succesful steal when hand separatesfrom base for a nano-second will now be picked up by the obligatory challenge?.

  39. Uncle Luke says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mine too, Unkie Luke

      I trust Quintana

      I don’t trust Betances, can’t imagine the Yanks will either at 1st

      Thor, German, May

      Haha, nice

  40. Max says:
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    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 says:
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      Or would you add Cron

      • Max says:
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        Same matchups as Sano obviously

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nunez

  41. Dodger Blues says:
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    Soto is charging up the player rater. He’s got to be top 10 next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, easy top 15

  42. 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

    • 5X5 Standard Roto – weekly

  43. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Didi

    EdRod

    • Love me dem DD’s! – thx bro

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha. No problem

        • 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

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @MIL sucks

  44. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pillar

  45. Twins Peaker says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Poche

  46. Steamin Beamen says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Davis, Kingery, Travis

      B. Replace Diaz or Rojas, they’re not clicking in a big way

      2a. No

      B. 2020? 2021? I don’t know, Bradley took 3 years to close, Betances never closed

      C. I guess if desperate

      3. Holding

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        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!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, stache is 1A, of course!

          I’d ignore Davis

          • Steamin Beamen says:
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            Haha, thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  47. ryanoger says:
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    Good ol’ catcher question:

    Narváez or Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mejia

  48. Gotime says:
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    12 team h2H weekly with Wins and QS
    I have:
    Strasberg @ Pit @ Cubs
    Ryu vs Yankees
    Wheeler vs Atl
    German @ Oak @ LAD
    Maeda vs Tor
    McKay vs Sea @ Bal
    – would you bench any for;
    Lucchesi vs Bos
    Gallen vs Col @ Mil ?

    • Gotime says:
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      Also start 1:
      Murphy 3 @ Ari 4 @ Stl
      Tauchman 3 @ Oak 3 @ LAD

      • Gotime says:
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        Add Urshela to the list as well (3 @ Oak 3 @ LAD) thanks Grey

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Extra game sounds good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  49. Trader says:
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    Grichuk, Cron or K Seager. Any preference? Seems close to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager

  50. Sam says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager over Happ

      Stash Lux

  51. herschel says:
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    @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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      German

  52. Peter Parker says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  53. Steve says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Needs? Cooper, Berti, Nola

      • Steve says:
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        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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s only one Nola to pickup and as a bat

          I’d try Nola for a few to see where he goes from here unless limited move

  54. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    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…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  55. PDog says:
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    Brett Phillips worth an add in deep leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I guess if really deep

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

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

  56. adam says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve dropped Dahl and Edwin

      I’d guess Mondesi and Tatis are in top 30

      Not starting Ross

  57. The Skrimmer says:
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    Start Cole this week with the hope that he gets a start or keep him on the bench and start Hendricks vs SF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Cole

  58. curiousgeorgespringer says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with SON except I’d flip last two

  59. JP says:
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    Which 3 from this group?

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer, Upton, Nunez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Bradley

      • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  60. Mikey says:
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    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!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi

      • Mikey says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. knucks says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, prolly under 20 IP for last six weeks

      • knucks says:
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        Right on, but gimme 7 Holds and I’m pumped about it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  62. hankg says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Sano for Quintana

  63. Gotime says:
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    Need a reliever for last closer spot
    Bradley 3 vs Col 3 @ Mil
    Robles 3 @ Tex 3 @ Hou
    Raisel 3 vs SD 3 @ Pit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raisel

  64. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    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 says:
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      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?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Do that then, lose Anderson — and grab Marwin/McCann

        • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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          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?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Looks like better matchups

            • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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              Thanks again G

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCann seems good

  65. Phillip says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Platoon guy with some power, last year was a career year

      2. Nope

      3. Haha, nice…. Allen, Sheffield

      • Phillip says:
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        Thanks! Exactly what I was hoping to hear.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. Phillip says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Feels like a question for Mike, but I’d say Mountcastle

  67. Fogimon says:
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    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 says:
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      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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Didi, Odor, Grisham 2. No 3. Yup, I like him

  68. Gary C says:
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    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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be worried about Gallen

      • Gary C says:
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        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…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, sit Gallen, @MIL is not good

  69. William Hung says:
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    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!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully!

  70. Bum Gardener says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McMahon

      • Bum Gardener says:
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        Thank you sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  71. Fogimon says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer hasn’t pitched more than 5 IP since the ASB

      Pineda over Elieser

      • Fogimon says:
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        So are you saying I should keep Max on the bench?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I’m saying keep expectations in check

  72. omar says:
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    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…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  73. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins

      2. Hoskins

      3. Eloy

      4. JD

  74. DLev45 says:
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    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?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, move on

      • DLev45 says:
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        Who is your favorite schmotato from this list?

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Olson

    • DLev45 says:
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      Other WW bats: Olson, Grisham, Didi, Ahmed, Yaz, Anderson, , Berti, Happ, Pillar, Maybin, Nola

  75. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    JD Davis.

  76. maccer64 says:
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    Better long term keeper?

    Soto or Tatis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tatis

      • maccer64 says:
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        Thanks! And appreciate the lineup advice earlier

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  77. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    Which start do you like better for tomorrow?

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

    Francisco Mejia or James McCann?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez

      Mejia

  78. Coolwhip

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too, and feeling the whammy coming on

  79. Gary C says:
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    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)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery

  80. Ty Inez says:
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    Nelly Cruz a start this week( thank you prayer hexagon) of keep Sano in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Cruz

      • Ty says:
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        Thanks señor

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problemo

  81. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  82. Alps says:
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    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 says:
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      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

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton

  83. William Hung says:
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    Looks like SON whiffed on McKay today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

  84. YC says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bc ESPN is stupid

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s such garbage

      • KrazyIvan says:
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        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.

  86. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    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.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure, hopefully it doesn’t screw him up long term

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        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.

  87. nightpandas says:
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    Grey

    Bieber and Springer vs Bauer and Rosario

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

    thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber

  88. Trader says:
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    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

  89. krazyivan says:
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    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.

  90. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    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 says:
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      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 says:
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        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.

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