Kevin Kiermaier might be my first sleeper of the 2017 fantasy baseball season.  The funny thing (completely and irrefutably not funny) is with fantasy football starting, fantasy basketball getting underway (don’t worry, I won’t clickbait you to death) and fantasy teams just falling out of contention, players that do well in September are often forgotten by next March even though they’re performing in the month closest to the next preseason. (Guys and five girl readers, if anyone says I don’t know the calendar, you tell them that is just inaccurate.  Grey knows the calendar very well.  Happy July 4th!)  Kiermaier has that potent mix that I crave so much.  No, not Russian dressing and relish, though that is delicious.  Your secret is safe with me, sauce!  Instead, I’m talking about a power and speed combo.  For 2017, it seems entirely possible that he gets to 25+ HRs and 30+ steals.  He’s only played in 91 games this year for 12 HRs, 18 SBs, and has a repeatable HR/FB%.  In fact (Grey’s got more!), with his walk rate trending up and speed, his average might be more like .275 in 2017 vs. .250 this year.  It’s not all yums ‘n roses with his Slash line.  He could be more Dexter Fowler (14-ish HRs, 17-20 SBs) than Correa.  That’s fine, because he’ll be drafted way closer, if not after Fowler.  As for why to grab him now?  He’s got five homers and six steals in the last ten days.  DUR!  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Yasmani Grandal – Exhibit A on how y’all look at name value over anything else.  Yadier is owned in more leagues than Grandal.  In over 30% more leagues!  Yadier’s had a nice 2nd half with 5 homers, 19 RBIs and 19 runs.  Grandal’s 2nd half:  13 HRs, 27 RBIs and 25 runs in 30 less at-bats.  Sure, Yadier’s average is better, but you’re telling me that many people need more average?  Two extra singles a week doesn’t mean that much in a world where currency is wiped out by a hacker group and you wanna go to a strip club.  One last thing about ownership numbers at ESPN and why they are such a crock or suck a crotch, Anthony Rendon is owned in more leagues than Villar.  I’m sorry, what now?  Rendon hasn’t been bad, but Villar is the greatest of all-time and has been since April!  Yes, I realize greatest of all-time and ‘since April’ don’t completely jive, but I’m gonna jive you in the eyes with my fist if you think Rendon should be owned in more leagues than Villar.  I’m overheated!

Brandon Drury – I’m going to clerk with some attorneys that handle drunk driving cases and I’m going to tell the clients to just tell the judge, “I wasn’t drunk, I was saying the name Drury.  ”

Jose Peraza – He’s starting to cool off, but if I needed steals, I’d still grab him.  You need to be proactive.  Sorry, might’ve misspelled that, I meant your acne is getting worse and you need ProActiv.

Chris Owings – Has been hitting near-.400 in the month of September and Diamondbacks’ manager Chip Hale said, “My full name is not Chipotle.  Please stop asking me.”

Cesar Hernandez – Here is a video of me typing hot schmotato:    

The main takeaway from this video is I have Bela Lugosi fingers.

Yulieski Gurriel – I’m still dealing with seeing my fingers for the first time.  This is like when you hear your own voice.  Do you think the Movie Trailer Guy doesn’t enjoy his own voice?

Joey Wendle – Go ahead, Mr. Wendle!  Mr. Wendle, yeah!  Lord, Mr. Wendle!  If you didn’t know I was quoting Arrested Development, you’d think I was fornicating with someone named Mr. Wendle.

Jose Reyes – Did you hear how Reyes described his wife’s love for him?  He said she’s head over heels.

Ryon Healy – I’d like to hear Matthew McConaughey say this guy’s name.  Ryon, Ryon!

Roman Quinn – I nearly made Quinn the lede today, because I’m super jazzed about him, but I realized that it’s more for next year and he’s kinda just SAGNOF right now, so he’s Roman on the totem.

Freddy Galvis – I actually picked him up in one league yesterday.  I feel dirty like my keyboard.

Corey Dickerson – He has been hot schmotato’ing around recently, but this is more of a Hitter-Tron call, like when it calls the Pep Boys and asks to speak to the ‘sexiest muffler you can find.’

Steven Souza – If you grab him, you can blow your own horn.

Nick Markakis – How can you tell there’s not much time left?  When I’m telling you to pick up schmohawks like Fartkakis and throwing caution to the broke wind.

Ichiro Suzuki – So great, he only needs one name.  Also, doesn’t hurt that there’s never been another player with his name.

Jeremy Hellickson – This is a Stream-o-Nator call like the call it makes to Time Warner and asks if they can hold him while he listens to hold music.  So sad!

Taijuan Walker – If he didn’t look so terrific his last time out, it wouldn’t matter that the Stream-o-Nator likes his next start, but it does and he was.

Andrew Bailey – I’m reminded of the song, Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch, from The O.C. soundtrack, Music from The O.C.  “In your SAGNOF, my salvation lies…”

Tyler Thornburg – Not entirely sure why he’s not owned in every league, but I’m still trying to figure out if it’s merely a coincidence a peace sign held sideways is a scissors or if there’s some deeper meaning.

Hunter Strickland – Looks to be in the lead for the Giants saves.  I wonder if Bochy thought about removing Casilla back in June but it took so damn long for thoughts to travel through his big freakin’ head.

SELL

Danny Salazar – Danny’s donny!  High five me!  C’mon!  It’s donny like done-y.  Still no?

Maikel Franco – Should’ve likely been dropped about five weeks ago, which is to say this is the kick in the pants he needs to get hot.  Unless he’s not wearing pants.  *thinking*  What exactly did my foot just kick?  That wasn’t an undercooked molten lava cake, was it?  Oh god!!!

Ben Zobrist – Has been hitting around .200 in the last month with two homers since the All-Star break.  To quote one of his wife’s Christian songs, “Jesus paid for your sins with cash, and you repay him with an IOU?  You need to go to a check cashing place and get right with the Lord.”

 

 
  1. Bill says:
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    Next week starters. Please rank:
    Anderson (-$12.6, -$0.4) – STL, @LAD
    Fiers ($1.8) – LAA
    Weaver (-$7.7) – @COL
    Shields ($8.1(!)) – @PHI

    SON got me nervous with these prices!… If Weaver can get through Coors, I like him as a 2-start SP in final week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are all bad… I’d go Fiers

  2. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Is Starling Marte still a drop, or should I wait thru the weekend to see how he is? He’s supposed to be back today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, you waited this long, may as well wait to see how he looks in his return

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: How about Gregory Polanco? Just checked his stats and he’s been below .200 for the past 2 weeks.

        Yeah, I’ve had the benefit of a fat 1st place lead and a bye so I haven’t had to worry too much about my team. First playoff game starts Monday though

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: So my Playoff Roster is shaping up as:

            C- Grandal
            1B – Rizzo
            2B – Treat Turner
            3B – Frazier
            SS – Bogaerts
            OF – Buxton, Blackmon, Betts
            UTIL – Pence
            Bench – Polanco, Marte

            SP – Roark, Duffy, Alex Reyes, Hendricks
            RP – Colome, Diaz, Thornburg, Watson, Bailey, Kintzler

            Some moves I’m pondering on doing –

            1. Swap Kintzler for Maurer
            2. Toddfather has 1B eligibility now, which is why he’s still on my roster and he’s starting to hit a bit. In the event Rizzo is well rested the last 2 weeks, do I slide Toddfather in there and pick up Guerriel or Drury, or should I pick up a 1B and still drop Toddfather for one of these guys?

            1B availabe: Chris Carter, Solarte.

            Lots of different ways for me to approach this… not sure what I want to do.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              1. Meh 2. Okay, Drury, but Rizzo won’t sit out that much

              • William Hung says:
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                @Grey: So you think I should drop Toddfather for Drury or one of my OFs for Drury?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No, I don’t think you should

                  • William Hung says:
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                    @Grey: got it – standing pat with this funky bunch then.

  3. Racehorse says:
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    “Roman Quinn – … I’m super jazzed about him, but I realized that it’s more for next year”

    Do I drop Michael Saunders for RQ?

    It’s my dynasty team, and my outfielders currently are Duvall, Kermaier, Ozuna, JD Mart, Grichuk, Broxton … and have Raimel Tapia and Lewis Brinson stashed on my minor league roster.

    I’m worried Saunders won’t re-sign with Toronto and will end up in some spacious pitchers park again. And he’s been on my bench lately.

    Or should I look elsewhere on my roster to make room for RQ?

    Tanks! <– not misspelled

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Grey: 16 team h2h

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, that’s deep… Quinn should be owned, but not at the expense of Saunders

          • Racehorse says:
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            @Grey: many mangers like to stash prospects on their big club roster even though we also minor league rosters, it’s that type if league, haha ….

            My offense has carried me to the quarter finals despite to the detriment of my pitching (to embarressed to explain the early season gory details). I can’t really drop relief pitching because it’s a holds league too and I’m already down to 3 (Jansen, Ottavino, Mauricio Cabrerra – I usually carry 5 to stay competitive)…

            And my starting pitching is, and I try to keep 8 to stay competitive …

            DeGrom
            Carrasco
            Ordorizzi
            Junior Guerra
            Straily
            Zach Davies
            A.J. Griffin (who I traded Kluber from mid-season 2013 – I know, I know)
            Luis Perdomo

            Well, what do you think?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Griffin and Perdomo are garbage

          • Racehorse says:
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            @Grey: might as well round out my roster…
            C = Gattis
            1B = Gyorko, Pujols
            2B = Cano, Odor
            3B = Frazier, Healy
            SS = Reyes, Semien, Story

            I’m trying to find a spot for Quinn before someone catches on and snaps up Roman Quinn.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              None of your hitters

              • Racehorse says:
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                @Grey: just did the deed … Perdomo dropped, snapped up Roman Quinn …

                I’m going to name crowded offense “Hurricane Swarm’ because they rain homeruns like coconuts falling in a super typhoon.

                I like Perdomo … I like watching Padres games from my Middle America locale, and because of the overall dearth this season in starting pitching I thought I might have a diamond in the rough with Perdomo.

                Grey – thanks for tbe critical eye, thank you for your help. And I enjoy the hell out of Razzball.

                Edit: Keon Broxton left with an arm/wrist injury, damn … but now I have Mighty Mite = Roman Quinn !!!

                :wipes brow:

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, thanks!

  4. Bostero111 says:
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    Hey Grey.

    I have a bye this week in my 12 team H2H league and looking at 2 start pitchers for next week. We have Wins as a category. Who do you like most from the below?

    AJ Cole (@ Miami, @ Pitt)
    Taijuan Walker (TOR, @ MIN)
    Robert Gsellman (ATL, PHI)
    Josh Tomlin (KC, CWS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gsellman

      • Bostero111 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man! Have a great weekend!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  5. abdoozy says:
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    You starting Fulmer today?
    SoN doesn’t care much for the matchup but he’s been solid so I’m torn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t own him, don’t love him today either

  6. Chad says:
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    Damn Grey, where you get yo nails did?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Titi, at Palm Springs Nails

  7. Huddy says:
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    Thanks for the read Grey, semi finals starting need 3 of 5 out of Kiermaier (3 NYY 3 BAL ) HPerez Broxton (3 PIT 3 CIN) Gurriel (3 @ OAK 4 LAA) Buxton (3 DET 3 SEA)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kiermaier, Gurriel, Broxton

  8. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Stream-O-Nator likes Taijuan versus Toronto?

    That’s a bold pickup, but I guess it’s Monday, so you have time to overcome a poor showing in a weekly H2H.

  9. Scott says:
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    Looking ahead to tomorrow, I have to sit one of these OFs:

    Kiermaier vs. Tillman @Bal
    Duvall vs Williams/Taillon at Home
    Alex Dickerson vs. Jon Gray @Col
    Andrew Benintendi vs. Mitchell at Home
    Yasmani Tomas vs. Bud Norris at Home

    Which one do I sit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benintendi

  10. Huddy says:
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    Sorry last one, if Bregman out need SS:
    Didi, Semien, Galvis, ACabrera, Baez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Galvis

  11. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Thanks for the share, a privilege!

    a. That’s a MacBook, right?

    b. Have ONLY four of your buys. Is that all right? Is that like 4/15=D-=0.7 GPA in a 12=team, RCL, 5X5, ESPN league?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. I think so, that’s a Mac wireless keyboard, I have two monitors and my laptop shut… B. As long as they’re good ones!

  12. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Greatest lyric ever:

    A rat bit my sister, but whitey’s on the moon. GSH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

  13. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Keon Broxton just crashed into the wall at Wrigley and his wrist looks fuct. Time to drop him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • Racehorse says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: with it being September, and if it’s serious, will the Brewers DL Broxton?

      I have Mallex Smith stashed in a DL slot (dynasty team), and despite suddenly not having Broxton it’d be nice to switch them … and not go into roster-lock-mode with Smith now being activated by the Braves.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Racehorse: Hmmmm I’m split on who I’d rather keep. I think Mallex has more upside long term

        • Racehorse says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: do you think the Brewers DL Broxton?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Racehorse: no

        • Racehorse says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: I ask that because sometimes teams seem to not DL players in September.

          Thanks again for the input!

  14. Luke says:
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    Do you like Drury or Healy in these final weeks?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drury

  15. Randy Bobandy says:
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    Was quite pleased when I dealt Abreu for Goldschmidt about 5-6 weeks ago…

    Since that trade, Abreu: .348, 27 R, 13 HR, 41 RBI in about 200 AB’s. In 380 AB’s while on my team, .276, 34 R, 11HR, 54 RBI.

    Meanwhile Goldschmidt has 4 HR’s while on my team…so from 1B I’ve had 17 HR’s this season. How sad is that?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  16. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    I was actually randomly looking at Kiermaier’s numbers last night and was thinking about what a prorated season would look like. One of the best things I saw was that he more than doubled his BB% this year (4% versus 10%) while maintaining the same K%(17%). Everything is trending up from better plate discipline, to harder hit rate, to more fly balls, and much improved performance against LHP (actually higher wRC+ against LHP this year than RHP). Could be a big sleeper next year…maybe next AJ Pollock with lesser BA?

    Now that my fantasy season is over, finally got caught up on some shows and watched the first three episodes of Atlanta. Soooo good. I’m a big fan of Donald Glover back from his Community days and his stand up. Has a real Louis CK feel to it (which I miss so much).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: Agree 100% on KK, think he’s a great buy for deep dynasty. Could be a big payoff next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Haven’t watched third episode yet of Atlanta but I liked the 1st two

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Absolutely no let down on the third episode. Love how many funny moments there are despite the fact it’s not a “comedy”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I wanna watch it, but Cougs is away this weekend, so I can’t watch without her

        • nick the dick says:
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          @bossmanjunior333: Dude, Atlanta is so my new favorite. So good. And if you miss the Louie feel, watch Better Things on FX. Louie produced, with Pamela from his show.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I liked Better Things 1st episode too

            • bossmanjunior333 says:
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              @Grey:

              Yeah watched second episode last night, she’s funny as shit.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Nice, will have to wait for Cougs on that too

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        If you haven’t seen his stand up, it’s worth watching. He’s basically a black version of Chris Hardwick, not like his Atlanta character at all.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, will look for it

  17. Bob says:
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    Broxton, Buxton or c dickerson for the next 2 weeks? Buxton hasn’t stolen a base and is still striking out a ton and hits 9th, which I guess is good if dozier is hitting behind him. Broxton has been good and stealing bases and has 3 games left at coors, but he also strikes out a ton. I need runs, sb without a brutal obp.

    I own peraza. He has cooled off but I like his 2b/ss/of eligibilty. He isn’t running though or scoring runs despite leading off. Would you rather have chris owings for 2 weeks?

    Last, which pitcher should I add: degrom, cobb or walker. I can’t aford any blow ups in whip and era. Era is more sensitive to bad outings. Cobb has a decent schedule. Walker has Toronto next, I’ll pass but his last two are decent. Degrom was dumped and if he gets thru sunday if he pitches, I think he gets the phils twice to close out the year. The mets need him, but he could easily do what cole did. Thanks

    • Bob says:
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      Broxton left game today with an injury. Not sure what it is

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Bob: wrist

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Done