It’s never too early to turn the page towards 2020. Which is what Hugh Downs used to say while wearing a smoking jacket and flipping through a script. By the way, Hugh Downs missed his porn actor calling.  “Oh my God, that’s an Orca in your pants!” “Well, I ain’t Churchill Downs.”  Fun Fact! Hugh Downs only wore slippers. Okay, okay, OKAY, enough about freakin’ Hugh Downs. This is like when Seinfeld was telling Bania to ease up on the Ovaltine jokes.  Grey, you’ve got fifteen minutes of Hugh Downs! Let him go! I’d love to but he goes Downs so easy! So, Luis Castillo pitched another gem in a season of them (7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 2.63). His peripherals are equally gorge like Barbara Walters fluffing Hugh–I’ll stop! Castillo’s has a 10.8 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 3.71 FIP and his fastball velocity is up and he’s throwing his change a lot more (26% to 32%). He kinda reminds me of another Reds pitcher, Trevor Bauer. Castillo’s ERA could easily be near-4 vs. near 2.50. Still like him, not saying make a chump dump like when Hugh Downs used to spend 30 minutes in the bathroom and blame Mike Wallace, but Castillo looks a lot better than Bauer in ERA, but for 2020 I don’t see a ton of difference. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Derek Dietrich – Hit the IL with shoulder inflammation. He injured himself pimping a home run.

Andrew Heaney – On track to return this weekend in Boston. When you miss as many games as Heaney, you’d think you’d have your timing down better for when to return.

Mike Trout – 2-for-3 and a slam (37) and legs (9). He’s pretty good, but I want to see how good he is once all pitchers have seen him for ten seasons. Might attack him differently.

Masahiro Tanaka – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.93. Tanaka has a 10-something ERA in the 2nd half. This is obviously an unintended consequence of something that happened in March.  The Yankees, prior to the season, sent Tanaka to a hypnotist told to convince him it was July to start the year, because he was always a 2nd half pitcher. It was awkward at first when Tanaka would ask teammates in April, “Hey, wanna come by my place for a 4th of July shindig? If you can bring fireworks or any decorations, I’d appreciate it. Everywhere I go they tell me they don’t have any yet. Bunch of procrastinators!”  Unfortch, Tanaka hasn’t been a great in-his-mind November and December pitcher this year. He keeps saying, “Hey, is this one of those Venezuelan Winter Leagues?”  Okay, drop him; he’s been useless and you have to find someone better in most mixed leagues.

Mike Tauchman – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer, hitting .294. On any other team, Tauchman is Daniel Palka. Right? Everything the Yankees throw at teams works (for hitting). Almost made Tauchman the lede today, but it was against the Orioles, so if you’re not hitting home runs, what’s da matta you?! Samesies for Mike Ford (1-for-4) who hit his 2nd homer. I grabbed Tauchman in one mixed league, and I would do the same with Ford. We’ll reevaluate after they leave Baltimore.

Jonathan Villar – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, and hit for the MLB’s 5th cycle. This is the year of the cycle.  Thanks to Leonardo da Vinci we even know what to call this. Otherwise what would we call a cycle?  An every-base-hit-possible thingamajig? A Steppenwolf? ‘Two-tired’ to come up with anything?

Isan Diaz – 1-for-7 as he hit 2nd. I just did a boing in my pants. I grabbed Diaz in all leagues, but it’s super contingent on him playing. With that said, you have to be half a dope to call up Diaz and not play him.  With That Said: Part 2, The Return Of That Which Was Said, Mattingly is kinda dopey. With That Said: Part 3, What More Could Be Said, Mattingly can’t be that dopey, can he? *insert white man slowly blinking GIF*

Lewis Brinson – 0-for-7 as he was recalled from the minors. He had 16 HRs and 16 SBs in his minor league stint since April. Am I picking up Brinson? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on Tennessee.  Fool me three times, blame it on the rain….  *two hours later* …Fool me seventy-eight hundred times, apparently Brinson has nothing better to do than fool me. Outside of NL-Only leagues, I’m simply cyclops’ing.

Ryne StanekMarlins plan to use him in high leverage situations, which can only mean one thing:  When they’re going for win game number 45, there’s one man they want on the mound… Caleb Smith, then fingers crossed on the bullpen. I grabbed Stanek in one league for possible saves, but he’s the first guy off my team if I need room.

Amed Rosario – 3-for-9, 3 runs and a slam (12) and legs (14).  Also, in this game (and doubleheader), Jeff McNeil (2-for-5, 2 runs) hit his 14th. They were batting one and two in the order, because it took Mickey Callaway four months to figure out his batting order.  “Duh, George, which way do they go?” That’s Callaway trying to figure out how to put on his pants.

Pete Alonso – 3-for-7, 2 RBIs and his 35th homer.  Albombso!

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.77. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in 51 of 55 starts since the beginning of 2018. Well, la di da!

Craig Kimbrel – Hit the IL with knee soreness. He says it’s less of a concern than when he needed knee surgery on his other knee. Well, that’s reassuring! He says it should only be a 10-day stint. I’m gonna take him at his word because he told us in February he’d sign in March. Wait, bad reason. Maddon says it’s a committee; I grabbed Steve Cishek (1/3 IP, 3 ER), which went over terrifically, so I dropped him already! It could be Brandon Kintzler (2/3 IP, 0 ER); Pedro Strop returns today and David Phelps (1/3 IP, 0 ER) got yesterday’s save. Fun times!

Willson Contreras – Out for a month with his hamstring injury. I’m kinda interested in the beta-carotene adult beverage, Caratini. Of course, you need a deep enough league for him to matter.

Javier Baez – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 27th and 28th homer, hitting .290. He could have the best final two months of anyone and become a 40 HR, 20 SB guy. Of course, I don’t think it happens (which is me reverse jinxing it so it happens. But is this a reverse jinx of my reverse jinx? Damn!).

Nicholas Castellanos – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer on the Cubs.  Any guess how many homers he has all year?  It looks a lot like a one standing next to a mirror.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homer, hitting .276.  Also, in this game, Nick Martini homered, his 1st. A Semien/Martini is definitely better shaken than stirred.

Mookie Betts – Left yesterday’s game after fouling a ball off his foot. Feel better, you better, you Betts.

Brandon Workman – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.99 and his 6th save.  I wish a reporter would just ask Cora, “It took you how long to figure out Workman should be your closer?” Any answer under five months is a lie.

Cheslor Cuthbert – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting near-.300 in the last week and could be a very light schmotato.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Signed by the Nats to be the last of the Russian nesting dolls after Howie Kendrick. Hopefully, Jed Lowrie gets healthy soon so the Mets can release him and the Nats can grab him.

Zach Davies – Hit the IL with back spasms. Terrible blow for the Brewers.  I’m not joking, that’s their ace.  Terrible blow that the Brewers’ pitching sucks, in a vacuum.

Jordan Lyles – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.97 as he went against his former club, the Pirates. Surprised to see a pitcher pitch better off the Pirates. I’m effin’ kidding! You send Dario Agrazal, which sounds like an artificial sweetener, to another team and he throws like Gerrit Cole! Ray Sewage ruins careers!  Any hoo! Lyles is a Streamonator call, and it loves his next start.

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 27th homer, hitting .267.  Moistasskiss!

Christian Yelich – 4-for-5, and his 38th and 39th homer, hitting .336.  Moistasskiss is a play on Moustakas’s name, and is in no way an allusion to Yelich’s underground video roles.

Bryan Reynolds – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 10th homer, hitting .337. Prolly because of Confirmation Bias or some other Psych 101 term, I just realized Reynolds could win the NL batting title if he gets enough at-bats.  C**nt Hurdle is totally the type to bench Reynolds on the last day of the season, not to get him the title, but to make sure he doesn’t get enough at-bats, because he’s gotta earn it!

Scott Kingery – 2-for-5 and his 14th homer, hitting .276. Now was batting sixth. Kapler puts together a lineup like some people change their underwear. No Razzball readers, I hope.

Vince Velasquez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.23.  Streamonator is positive on his next start, but only barely so, which means its stripping naked and rubbing its metal parts–Wait, that’s not what ‘barely’ means, is it?

Tony Gonsolin – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.21. Can Ryu fake hurt himself some more?

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 37th homer.  Win the Triple Crown or don’t get another hit!  No pressure.

Joc Pederson – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 24th homer.  Hey, it’s like May again when it seemed like Pederson was going to be a top 20 outfielder.

Carlos Carrasco – Continues a throwing program. Would be awesome if he returned, but you figure a few weeks for throwing off the mound (setbacks can happen), a few weeks for rehab games (setbacks can happen), and that puts him at best for a good two to three starts this year, and likely just getting him ready to come out of the bullpen in the playoffs.

Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 0.75 in his 2nd start. Here’s what I said previously on him, “Civale looks like a 6.5 K/9, 2 BB/9, 4.25 ERA pitcher, which is whatever outside of AL-Only leagues. On the other hand (were we using hands?), Civale doesn’t throw with much velocity, which is my new ‘he throws with a lot of velocity,’ so I’m just gonna be a subtle cyclops.” And that’s me quoting me!  He kinds reminds me of an AL version of Yamamoto. I will call him, Mo’ Moto.

Jose Leclerc – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 7th save, ERA at 4.44.  Comatose Rangers Fan opens his eyes for the first time in four months, “Leclerc is so money.”

Mike Foltynewicz – Called up to return to the rotation as the Braves let Gausman go to waivers (and he was picked up by the Reds). Faultywhichwitz was great in the minors, like how great Nick Pivetta was in the minors after his demotion. I’m not desperate enough to go anywhere near Faultysandwitz.

Mike Soroka – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.45.  Soroka goes in to see the Twins like en bee dee. Does he get wet when it rains? Is he a man?!

Max Kepler – 1-for-4 and his 31st homer.  Max Kepler and Trey Mancini are going to hit 40 homers this year and my 2018 fantasy teams are shrieking in agony.

Jacob Waguespack – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.00.  The Waguespack wears a leather jacket that says, “Lone Wagues,” and tells scary stories by a campfire. This is undeniable.  His fantasy value is more deniable.

Bo Bichette – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .417.  I’m not saying Dante Bichette had a child with Ted Williams at the 1999 All-Star Game during the All-Century Team ceremonies, but I’m not saying he didn’t either.

Derek Law – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save, ERA at 5.36.  I will now die cackling at me holding Justin Shafer — the Jays’ sudden, lights-out 7th inning man. I’m guessing it was Law, because Ken Giles worked Sunday, has an arm injury, and can’t work two days in a row.  That’s a helluva caveat for a closer!

Yonny Chirinos – Hit the IL with middle finger inflammation. Gonna especially suck if someone cuts in front of him while driving.  “Did that man just flip us a dog’s penis?” “No, honey, I think it was an inflammed middle finger.”

  1. EB says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Wanted to get your thoughts on Franmil Reyes, really thought he’d take off with an everyday DH gig in Cleveland but that hasn’t been the case thus far. I own both Reyes and Soler, whos been a bit cold last few days as well. Would you hold both, or do you prefer one to the other?

    I added them when G.Sanchez and Laureano hit the IL. I’ll have Sanchez back soon (hes on my bench for lack of an IL spot)and I ‘m thinking of holding D’Arnaud(his replacement for my team)because he also has 1B eligibilit, just need to decide if it’s worth keeping Reyes and Soler or dropping one for Calhoun, Grisham, or Isan Diaz. Also while I have ya, is Laureano worthy of an IL spot iyo, he was tearing it up prior to the shin injury…and I want to hope he can return next month? Thanks as always….oh forgot to mention 10 team HTH OBP and QS league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose both for Diaz and Calhoun, but they’re just slumping

      • EB says:
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        Thanks, hmm…maybe I should hold for a couple more days, long term do you like Reyes and Soler better? Also think Ramon Laureno is worth keeping on IL?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No on Laureano

          Soler

          • EB says:
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            Thanks as always!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Test

  2. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Kinda shocked about the Gausman thing. I mean he’s good enough to occasionally whiplash fantasy owners into thinking he might be ownable — players like that don’t end up on real life waivers. I mean you’re telling me he’s not better than your worst bullpen arm, Braves?

    • toolshed says:
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      CIN will pick up about $2.8M of his salary. He also was up for arbitration next year. Seems like cost cutting. They don’t want to pay a guy that much to pitch in AAA. Dont forget, this is the team that signed Albies for a one year membership to the jelly of the month club.

      • toolshed says:
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        Btw, Shane Greene allowed 5 ER in 38 IP for DET. He’s allowed 4 ER through his first 2 IP for ATL. Maybe they could have tried Gausman at closer. Did anybody think greene would be closing after the deadline, including Shane Greene? Let’s face it, he is not the answer and his #’s were inflated by a crappy division that suddenly looks a little better b/c Cleveland starting to finally hit in june.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, was surprised by it too, but maybe there’s something going on behind scenes that makes them think he won’t learn how to be better

      • Hater Bell

        Grey says:
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        Test

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Loved the report, thank you for making sense of the insanity!

    a. Thanks for telling us to MUST ADD Chris Martin but thanks to me mostly because I continue to be a whore for offense and I dropped him for Isan. Sano is good hitter so maybe they give Martin a 3-run lead and only against the bottom-half of the Pirates at home for his next save situation!

    b. Figured out Gonsolin, just start him at home. Nuclear holocaust avoided! Phew! He’s home next against AZ. I’ll give him a whirl if he’s still the starter.

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 6

    Pardon my Sarong, 1942

    [Abbott and Costello arrive at the same gas station where the wise guys had got away from.]

    Costello [after parking at the gas station in front of the pump, getting off the bus]: Where’s the nearest gas station?

    [The gas station attendant looks stunned, speechless.]

    Abbott: Never mind him. Fill it up. Fill it up.

    Tommy Layton movie star: Come on, girls, relax. There we are. How’d you enjoy the trip? The next one’s mine. What are you doing? How’d you enjoy the trip?

    One of the bodacious babes: Fine, Tommy.

    Tommy Layton movie star: Come along, girls.

    Gas station manager: Hey, pardon me, but aren’t you Tommy Layton?

    Tommy Layton movie star: Yeah.

    Bodacious babes: And we’re his nurses.

    Gas station Manager: Lucky patient. I’m from the Oakmont Herald. How’s for a picture?

    Tommy Layton: Sure.

    Gas station manager: Good. Thanks, girls.

    Tommy Layton movie star: Come on. Let’s get back. I’ve had enough air.

    Gas station attendant: That’ll be $12.50 for the gas.

    Costello [to Abbott]: $12.50 for the gas.

    Abbott [to Costello]: Tell him to put it on the cuff.

    Costello [to the Gas station attendant]: Put it on the cuff.

    Gas station attendant: What do you mean, “Put it on the cuff”?

    Costello: What…

    [They get into a game where the gas station attendant puts his hand on Lou’s cuff, then Lou puts his hand on the gas station attendant’s hand and so on until the gas station attendant stops it.]

    Abbott: Come on. We’ll get it off Mr. Layton. No fighting.

    Costello: Mr. Layton, the man wants $12.50 for the gas.

    Tommy Layton: I’ll settle everything at the end of the trip. Right now, money is secondary.

    Costello: Just a minute. How ’bout giving me a little secondary?

    Tommy Layton: All right. Here’s $20.00. Keep the change.

    Costello: $20.00. Keep the change.

    [Lou takes the money, repeats what Tommy Layton says and the redhead getting on the bus takes his money.]

    Redhead: Thanks.

    Costello: You’re welcome.

    [Lou so accommodating but now has no money to pay the gas! Tune in tomorrow for the answer to their problem.]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yup B. Yeah, I started him too, whee! C. Nice!

  4. Jimmy H. says:
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    Better pickup for the stretch run: Mike Tauchman or Benny Mardones? Tauchman has some pop, but Mardones has that carpet to perv on.

    • Snacks Zillion says:
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      Ha nice !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mardones!

  5. Mike says:
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    For the occasional save, you rostering Hendricks over terinan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  6. Gigorilla says:
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    Once again the boy wonder’s off off season hurts the Brewers. In a vacuum is 100% correct.
    Now it is just til Tuesday, and Grey is right again —
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc1efZ9jSsE

    • Grey

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      HAHA

  7. Dave D says:
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    Of course the news on Yonny goes from “It’s no big deal, I’ll make my next start” before weekly lineups are set to “hits the IL, out until September” after they lock…. typical.

    • Grey

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      So typical, sadly

  8. KCC26 says:
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    Posted yesterday. 12 team mixed H2H keeper in which we keep 6 players (players can be kept at the average of the round they were drafted in in the previous season and their ADP—so keeper round values are estimated). I’m in first looking to push in some chips to make my run.

    Here’s the team (with approximate keeper round):

    C. Grandal -9
    1B Alonso-10
    2b Muncy-11
    SS Machado-1
    3b Bryant-2
    INF Olson- 16
    OF Acuna- 5
    OF Judge-4
    OF Puig -4
    OF Alvarez-16
    Utility: Sano-17/Bichette-16

    SP Nola
    SP Syndergaard
    SP Hendricks
    SP Sonny Gray
    SP Caleb Smith
    SP Miley
    SP May

    RP: Vazquez, Hendriks, Kennedy
    DL: Laureano (13), S. Kelley

    So top keeper options: Acuna-5, Judge-4, Alonso-10, Muncy-11, Alvarez-16, Bichette-16

    I’ve been offered Lindor /Doolittle for my Alonso/ Laureano.

    Lindor can be kept in 2 next year if his ADP is in the first round, in the 3rd if his ADP falls in the 2nd round)

    Worth it? Or do you think I can get more for Alonso? I could use Lindors speed!

    Thanks all!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  9. Joe says:
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    5×5 OBP 10 team keeper where I’ve lost pretty much all of my OF (Laureano, Buxton, Gallo) but I’m pretty deep at SS/MI (Turner, Tatis, Bregman, Baez). Not much available on the wire at OF, so would you trade a $30 Turner for a $3 Yordan Alvarez or just look elsewhere?

    • Grey

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      I’d take Yordan

  10. Richard says:
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    This may be the most lame question you get. But in a NL only league. Which catcher would you drop. Gomes, Voigt or Barnhart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomes

  11. DMT says:
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    12-team mixed, Ks super tight but streaming options not great. I could sit Kenley since LA only plays 5 this week (Tue-Mon), please advise.

    Kershaw
    Flaherty
    Gallen
    Chapman
    Neris
    ~~~~~~ pick 4 from below
    Kenley
    Scherzer
    Gibson (vs CLV-Plutko…terrible career #s vs CLV)
    Matz (vs MIA-Yamamoto)
    Sanchez (@BAL-Bundy)
    Cease (@DET-Norris, vs OAK-Bassitt)
    Folty (@MIN-Berrios, @MIA-Noesi)

    • Grey

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      Scherzer
      Gibson (vs CLV-Plutko…terrible career #s vs CLV)
      Matz (vs MIA-Yamamoto)
      Sanchez (@BAL-Bundy)

  12. William Hung says:
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    Urshela or Sano? My league goes the standard 5 cats with Ks and OBP

    • Jayrod says:
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      Good morning sir!!

      I’m in 2nd in AL ROTO 8tm KEEPER league. I’m slacking bad in saves and my ERA/WHIP 5/6th place so thinking about making a deal to help those ratios.

      Frankie Lindor for Xander Bogaerts, Jose Berrios, Corey Kluber..

      It originally started with Gleyber and those pitchers for my Lindor, but the core injury changed it slightly..

      You willing to move the Great Frankie Lindor?!?
      Thanks in advance sir!
      -J

      • Jayrod says:
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        Whoops my bad >.<

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urshela

  13. Garrett says:
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    Hey Grey !

    Workman is on waivers in my pool. Do I Drop Giles or pagan for Workman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles

  14. Jayrod says:
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    Good morning sir!!

    I’m in 2nd in AL ROTO 8tm KEEPER league. I’m slacking bad in saves and my ERA/WHIP 5/6th place so thinking about making a deal to help those ratios.

    Frankie Lindor for Xander Bogaerts, Jose Berrios, Corey Kluber..

    It originally started with Gleyber and those pitchers for my Lindor, but the core injury changed it slightly..

    You willing to move the Great Frankie Lindor?!?
    Thanks in advance sir!
    -J

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander side, not really close

  15. Vash says:
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    JD Davis: People talked about his talent and he seemed to have gotten the opportunity. I like his power numbers, his k/bb, his average is good. Is he a legit fantasy bat in the future as well as now?

    In a Keeper, would you trade both Reyes and Riley for someone like a Kris Bryant?

    • Grey

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      JD is at best Piscotty, maybe a 5th OF type

      I’d take Bryant

  16. C says:
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    Yo Grey – nice writeup!

    I need SP in my 12-team 6×6 and have two potential trades. You taking either or both?

    My C. Bellinger, C. Yelich, and M. Soroka for M. Betts, T. Story and G. Cole.

    And

    My J. Hader and A. Benentendi for J. DeGrom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Though, I guess deGrom isn’t terrible there if really need SP

  17. C says:
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    Yo Grey – nice writeup!

    I need SP in my 12-team 6×6 and have two potential trades. You taking either or both?

    My C. Bellinger, C. Yelich, and M. Soroka for M. Betts, T. Story and G. Cole.

    And

    My J. Hader and A. Benentendi for J. DeGrom

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d do the deGrom one but not the first

  18. Tony C says:
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    As one razzball reader mentioned above I also recently added Franmil and Soler when Voit and Laureano went to the IL. Soler has been decent but Reyes has really struggled with Cleveland since the trade. In a 12 team H2H with 10 hitting cats including hitting cats for K, B and OPS should I drop either or both for Tahchman, Amed Rosario, JD Davis, BRian Anderson, Urshela or Kipnis?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d try Rosario over Franmil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. aardvark says:
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    Is it just me or does Isan resemble Odor a ton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t see it, tbh

  20. C says:
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    Yo Grey – loved the writeup, per usual and sorry if this is a double post, but not sure if my first one made it through. I’m trying to work a trade or two in my 12-team 6×6 as I am stuck in 2nd and need a SP. What are your thoughts on these potential trades?

    1. My C. Yelich, C. Bellinger, and M. Soroka for M. Betts, T. Story, and G. Cole

    2. My J. Hader and A. Benentendi for J. deGrom and a middle reliever to be named

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  21. Richard Nelson says:
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    1. Who would you hold if you had 1 DL slot (or is it worth using a bench spot as well if I have 6 weeks of playoffs left): Stanton or Encarnacion?

    2. Tauchman or Braun?

    3. Pick 2: Giles, Oberg, LeClerc, Workman

    4. Pick 1: Kingery, Isan Diaz or Hiura?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Wouldn’t use the bench spot – Encarnacion, not sure if Stanton contributes at all
      2. Tauchman for me
      3. Giles and Oberg
      4. Kingery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  22. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Desperate at 1B so going to pickup JD Davis while he’s schmotatoing in roto – which gimp do you dump- Encarnacion it Manaea?

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Lose Manaea

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  23. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Hey Grey, good stuff.

    So, I’m watching my ratios. I’m not fat! I just own bad pitchers!!

    My 5 solid SPs have decent matchups this week. Since we are a “Saves+Holds” league, I’m thinking of starting 4 RPs (Hand, Hendriks, Oberg, and Bradley) but might drop one for a decent matchup to stream.

    All I can find are these that make me go MEH.

    Gonsolin ARI
    T.Alexander CHW
    Menez WSH/PHI
    Nova @DET
    VV @SF

    Anything worth dropping a RP? If so, which RP is the drop?

    Thanks as always.
    Men still want to be you and women still want to be with you, Fantasy Master Lothario.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      VV isn’t bad but I’d stick with the RPs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

      Agree with DT

  24. the tone ranger says:
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    Hi grey.
    How do you rank these guys goin goin forward are they all pretty much the same? or are there a top 3

    Khris Davis
    Gallo
    Sano
    DUvall
    Grisham
    COle Calhoun
    conforto

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Conforto, Davis, Sano for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT, but prolly go Calhoun over Sano

  25. I step Closer to the Edge (AND IM ABOUT TO BREAK) says:
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    Stankek or Jimenez…which is the turd with corn kernels of gold inside? Also is Alvarado worth holding onto still in hopes of saves?

    • knucks says:
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      I’ve finally moved on from the Rays entirely (had drafted Diego Castillo and Alvarado). Too many mouths to feed and too unpredictable. Only Rays reliever I would be holding is Pagan if I had him.

      And Jimenez over Stanek for now, though I own both everywhere.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Knucks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks

  26. Statler says:
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    Grey, 15 team league, no specific category need who do you like the best the rest of the way? JD Davis, Tauchman, Kiermaier, or Grichuk?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d try JD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tauchman

  27. Statler says:
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    Mr Albright, 16 team H2H, no specific category need who do you like the rest of the way? JD Davis, Kiermaier, or Tauchman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tauchman

  28. Statler says:
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    Mr Albright, 16 team H2H, no specific category need who do you like the rest of the way? JD Davis, Kiermaier, or Tauchman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tauchman

  29. bigbear says:
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    Rank these please sir: Lugo, Bradley, Leclerc

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Bradley, Leclerc, Lugo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  30. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Which 3 do you like most for the rest of the way? 11 tm roto.

    Smyly, Samardzija, Reynaldo Lopez, Hudson, Matz, Roark or Vargas?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Matz, Reynaldo, Samardzija

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark, Matz, ReyLo, streamers tho

  31. Statler says:
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    Mr. Grey, 16 team H2H no specific category need who do you like best the rest of the way? JD Davis, Tauchman, or Kiermaier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tauchman

  32. Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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    kaplat did mention underware change ananalytics in his post game assessment

    • Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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      In the “too much information “ department I haven’t changed my line up since Saturday beeen out on the boat since Saturday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  33. Twins Peaker says:
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    Was offered Sonny Gray for Rhys. Rhys expires after this year but can be retained at draft with 25% discount to draft price. Gray is $1×3. Do you trust Gray as sp2-3 for my team next year. Right now best pitchers for 2020 for me are C. Smith, Gallen and Paddack.

    Was thinking of countering with Altuve/Rhys and I get McNeil/Gray. Gray is $1×2 and Altuve has same contract as Rhys. Pts keeper. Thoughts?

    • Twins Peaker says:
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      Should have mentioned my plan is to buy a top pitcher with a lot of money in next year’s draft.

      One other question is….he’s contending and I’m not. Does this seem like a he wins now, I win later deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are not good

      • Twins Peaker says:
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        Would you do Rhys OR Altuve straight up for McNeil then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So, Rhys and Altuve you can’t keep?

          • Twins Peaker says:
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            If team A bods and wins $40 on either one, I could get him for $30×3 but can’t drop him. With a $300 cap, they would probably each go for $80 before the discount. Hence me asking if McNeil would be worth it as he seems like a 2017 Jose Ramirez to me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              McNeil isn’t 2017 Jo-Ram, he’s maybe 2017 DJ LeMahieu

              • Twins Peaker says:
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                I’m guessing you say stick with what I have then?;)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  If those are your only options

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Think I’d rather have the chance to get Rhys at a 25% discount

  34. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Which 3 do you like the most for the rest of the way (playing matchups of course)? 11 tm. roto.

    Smyly, Samardzija, Rey-Lo, D. Hudson, Matz, Roark or Vargas?

    • Scuffy McGee says:
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      Sorry for the double-post. Kept getting an error message but of course it still posted…

  35. LaRockakis says:
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    Mancini!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  36. jose says:
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    Kintzler, after completing his inning, left the mound holding his pec and wincing. Reported after the game he experienced discomfort and received treatment and will be re-evaluated today. Rowan Wick has probably been the best reliever in the Cubs pen that is still healthy. I’d trust him more than Cishek, but that’s not saying much and Maddon gunna Maddon.

    Also, Castellanos’ HR was a basket shot. Saw his overlay of his spray chart overlayed at Wrigley Field. Looked promising.

  37. jose says:
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    Kintzler left after his inning holding his right pec and wincing. Reports after the game said it was sore and he received treatment after the game. Will be re-evaluated today. Rowan Wick has been good in the Cubs pen and at AAA this year. Trust him more than Cishek, but that’s not saying much. Also, Maddon gunna Maddon.

    Castellanos’s HR last night was a basket shot. I saw an overlay of his spray chart at Wrigley. It should be helpful for a few more HRs.

    • jose says:
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      Sorry, double post. The computer and site weren’t getting along this morning I guess….

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        We’re having server issues this morning

  38. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Grey I always enjoy your writeups!

    I’m in 16 team h2h keeper league. I’m 12-5, first place in my division.

    I lost Voit, Encarnacion, Dahl, Snell, A. Simmons, Arrieta (I consider him useless).

    I have Trout, Blackmon, Domingo Santana ,Tapia, G. Cooper, Bichette, Alfaro, Goodrum, B.Dozier, Carlos Santana.

    Sp: Lester, Boyd, Maeda, C.Smith, Gallen, Luchessi, Quantrill, Snell (IR)

    RP: D. Castillo, Matt Barnes, Swarak, S. Greene

    Holds, saves, HLD+Saves are big points in my league along with QS, QS1, QS2.

    Glaring weakness is my RP, then SP for ROS.
    I have enough cash for 1 FA Rest of season.

    Failed to make a trade with crap teams for a RP or SP.

    Best available:

    RP- N. Anderson, Chris Martin, T. May, Munoz,

    SP- Bassitt, A. Sanchez, B. Anderson, Civale, Smyle, Chase Anderson.

    Bats- A. Duvall, Tauchman, T. Grisham, A.Eaton, Soler, A. Santander, J. Davis

    My RP is horrible, SP is meh, my Cooper and Domingo are not helping my batting.

    Go for RP (not many great options), SP, or another bat for support?

    5 players on IR in 2 days. I need to fill out a hurt feelings report.

    Thankyou.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of the guys you mention as pickups are going to fix all your problems — can try Grisham or Soler

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        I got issues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s your issues?

          • Hebrew Hammer says:
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            Bullpen issues.

            So you like Grisham or Soler over Tauchman?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, thought you meant site issues

              I’d go Tauchman, but all could be close and go different ways

  39. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Ha, when you said Mike Wallace I saw the old speed reciever for the Steelers. Took me awhile to get it..always keeping us on our toes!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  40. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Ha, when you said Mike Wallace I saw the old speed reciever for the Steelers that bounced around after that. Always keeping us on our toes!

  41. Synyster says:
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    Stanton droppable? Do we have any faith he will come back and be productive? Our 8 man league has a shortened season so two more regular season weeks then 3 weeks of playoffs. I also have Mondesi, Dahl, and Pineda in the DL spots.

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      He’s droppable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  42. sgamby says:
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    Do you think Wacha gets removed from the rotation? Is Helsely a good stash in a deep league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m surprised Wacha is in the rotation still… Can try to stash him

  43. starz31 says:
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    How would you rank: JD Davis, Sano, Tauchman, W. Myers? ROS in H2H cat.
    Davis has a .389 xwOBA (18th overall), while Sano has turned it on as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tauchman, Sano

  44. Wox says:
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    ReyLo vs Oak or Lyles vs Tex

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      ReyLo for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  45. jose says:
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    Trying to decide who sits so Correa comes off the bench after not having a game yesterday.

    First instinct would be Jimenez, but Sox have a double header against Norris and VerHagen @ Detroit. Other options are Senzel @ Cin against Suarez and Hiura @ Pit against Brault. Could also sit Albies @ Min against Berrios. IT’s a util spot so there’s plenty of flexibility.

    Would consult hittertron, but it keeps timing out and sending a connection error.

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d sit Albies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  46. Wox says:
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    Lyles vs Tex or Rey-Lo vs Oak?

    • Wox says:
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      Ignore

  47. Dave says:
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    Good Morning Grey
    Replacing Dahl
    Available- H Dozier, Conforto, Soler, Bichette, Choo
    Please rank ROS
    10 team hth with obp
    Thank you

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Bichette for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  48. Wox says:
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    Might be a repost, but do you like Lyles vs Tex or ReyLo vs Oak this weekend?

    • Wox says:
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      Ignore

  49. ma says:
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    I have Adalberto Mondesi in my only IL slot and now Craig Kimbrel went to IL10 status. Thoughts on when / if Mondesi might return? Continue to hold him on IL or drop him and move Kimbrel to IL? Our playoffs begin Sept. 2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mondesi seems like an at best Sept. guy, maybe not at all this year — Depends on how badly you need Kimbrel… If you’re in the playoffs, just hold both

  50. I have Adalberto Mondesi in my only IL slot and now Craig Kimbrel went to IL10 status. Thoughts on when / if Mondesi might return? Continue to hold him on IL or drop him and move Kimbrel to IL? Our playoffs begin Sept. 2.

    • starz31 says:
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      I’m in the same boat, but with 3 IL spots filled (Mondesi, Sanchez, Snell) and Kimbrel, Ryu on my bench. Luckily I have enough cushion to wait it out this month and see what happens.

      My uninformed opinion is that Mondesi is missing August with possible return early Sept. Kimbrel sounds like could be back in a few weeks.

      Maybe play it week by week? See where we’re at next week if you can afford to wait. They may have an updated timeline on Mondesi by then since he was light tossing recently. Luckily his hurt shoulder is his non-throwing arm, but still impacts the swing. At this point, just trying to keep my options open for playoffs.

  51. Dave says:
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    Good Morning Grey
    Replacing Dahl
    10 team hth with obp
    Available: Conforto, H Dozier, Soler, Choo, Bichette
    Please rank ROS
    Thank you

    • starz31 says:
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      Replacing Dahl would be a good team name.

    • Dave says:
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      Sorry for the repeat
      Was having trouble posting

  52. I have Mondesi in my only IL slot, and know Kimbrel went to IL status. Our playoffs start Sept. 2. Do you think I should continue to hold on Mondesi? I realize you don’t have a crystal ball, well maybe you do, but does it appear to be a waste of my only IL slot to hold him? If I dropped Mondesi I could move Kimbrel to IL and fill a pitching slot with someone who is active. Merci.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  53. William Hung says:
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    when it rains it pours with injuries huh? there should be a term for this…

    picked up kintzler yesterday, promptly leaves game with an injury – seems like the 105th injury in past 6 days

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah

  54. C says:
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    Test

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Test

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Test

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Test

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Test

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not a test, but a test

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                One more test

                • Donkey Teeth

                  Donkey Teeth says:
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                  I hate tests

                • Donkey Teeth

                  Donkey Teeth says:
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                  You have gonorrea

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, well, no dur

                  • RicoSuave says:
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                    Test…icle

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  55. SlimJim13 says:
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    Hi Grey & D T

    Quick keeper question roto league 6X6

    Hoskins $13 or E5 $10 next year?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hey SlimJim,

      Hoskins…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    SORRY GUYS HAVING SOME SERVER ISSUES TODAY, WE’RE WORKING ON IT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fixed, but let me know if anyone has issues

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        My daddy didn’t love me

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am your daddy

          • Donkey Teeth

            Donkey Teeth says:
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            Love me!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

        • Fred Garvin MP says:
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          HA

  57. Dancin Homer says:
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    so….Treinen…. is this guy even worth holding at this point?

    I’m in a 12-team, H2H, 6×6 (OPS & QS), redraft league.

    My current RP’s are:
    Giles, Hendricks, Leclerc, A. Bradley, Treinen

    Should I flat out drop him as opposed to dealing with him getting lit up without the possibility of saves?

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Treinen

  58. Sam says:
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    How’s the Lux promotion looking? Think he’ll be up soon?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Maybe September

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dodgers said he won’t be up, they might’ve been lying

  59. Twins Peaker says:
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    Would you trade Benintendi ($1×1) for Verdugo ($1×3)…..Benintendi can be retained at the draft at a discount….pts league, I have to do this, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should do better

  60. William Hung says:
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    RE: LeClerc

    Since I have him rostered, I forced myself to watch his inning – he promptly gave up a leadoff double to Jo-Ram. These were the following points I thought LeClerc would blow the game:

    1. On the sac bunt to move Jo-Ram over to 3rd, I thought LeClerc would misplay the grounder and throw the ball away
    2. First pitch to Kipnis was an inside slider that almost hit him – thought there would be a wild pitch at some point
    3. Kipnis hits a hard grounder to 1st that held Jo-Ram at 3rd
    4. Franmil hitting that high FB out of the park for a walkoff homer – but instead it’s a harmless fly ball to CF

    Baby steps cause LeClerc would have gone nuclear in grand fashion 2 months ago – also, what is with the lack of Ks all of a sudden from this guy? Only 1 K in last 3 appearances

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jose Lenuclear is good name for him

  61. Bom says:
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    Which guy has the most value the rest of the way

    Lyles
    ReyLo
    Woj

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None, ReyLo

  62. Bax says:
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    Starting or sitting

    Woj vs NYY
    Marquez @ Hou

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start German

  63. Dave D says:
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    BTW, I thought tor sure you would comment on Ausmus’ genius strategy of running T. Cole out there as an opener three days after the experiment failed with the same guy. Nearly identical results. Brad’s a bad copycat. How long until he realizes Cole is no Stanek and he’s a better surfer than MLB manager…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brad has no idea what he’s doing, don’t think that’s an understatement

  64. Tax says:
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    Choose one (H2h points)

    Franmil
    Tauchman
    Isan
    Reynolds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Diaz

  65. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    H2H keeper where we keep 10 forever. I have a very good core of keepers and was offered his Yelich for my Benintendi, Yordan and V. Robles. Would you take Yelich? Those three i would be giving up would be my bottom keepers and I’d have likely drop one of them next year.

    Yelich is awesome but I also think all of those guys could be great for years to come so tough call.

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Yelich

  66. Ton Capone says:
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    Hey Gray,

    12 team h2h keeper league. Would you trade Aldeberto Mondesi and Ramon Laureano for Bryce Harper? I’m in 1st place but am plagued w injuries and need a bat. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine to me

  67. Cohen says:
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    Grey, would u stream McKay vs Tor or
    May vs Cards or neither
    Both at home
    SON likes both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both

      • Cohen says:
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        U prefer one over the other?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          McKay

  68. Doing my morning scroll past Abbott & Costello (sorry Ante) wondering if that brain trust for the Nationals will EVER see the light and bat V. Robles 1 or 2? Doubt it, just not confident D. Martinez will give Victor (and his ballclub) a much needed boost. That said, with W. Myers seeing uptick – Myers or Robles ROS? Thanks Grey / DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  69. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Not fantasy related, but does anyone know how 2 mlb trades have happened after the deadline?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trades?

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        August 5: Minnesota Twins traded RHP Drew Hutchison to Los Angeles Angels for cash.

        August 2: Cleveland Indians traded OF Brandon Barnes to Minnesota Twins for cash.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They must’ve been released and cleared waivers

  70. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    You starting Marquez @Hou today? (-$2.9)

    Which start do you like best for tomorrow?
    McKay v. Tor ($22.9)
    Matz v. Mia ($17.7)
    Lucchesi @Sea ($16.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am starting German… Matz

  71. Cram It says:
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    How’s NFBC going for ya? I’ve been middling around 5th for a while. The talent is there but the execution is not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Draft Champions league has been a bust for me, Giancarlo killed me… I’m doing well in Cutline, made it through to 3rd cutoff

      • Cram It says:
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        I saw you reference that Cutline yesterday, or last week or something. I like the idea.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s been okay, not much to do with it, it’s set it and forget it for the whole lineup

  72. Yep, thought so. Too bad, had visions of Robles being a top of the order stud this year. Maybe a bargain next year? Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I still like him for next year

  73. baby seal says:
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    Jacob Waguespack always makes me think of Lake Wobegone! Great stuff yesterday, didn’t get time to read until today!

    So w/ Workman and Oberg somewhat-officially getting the closing roles, thinking I can kill Peralta and his shiz. Also have Hand and CMART!

    Losing Cruz in that trade has been OUCH so far.

    Rolling w/ Cease as the stream over Lamet. Maybe Lamet later in za week.

    You like Diaz over Sano or Franmili-a-mili? Ender DTD and I’m leaning like I need powa.

    Also, Deep Thoughts w/ Anime Grey is something I can get behind!

    -sealitooo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I’d try Diaz over Franmil see how it goes

      Thanks, Baby Seal!

  74. JP says:
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    How would you rank these 3:

    W. Calhoun, Franmil, Tauchman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tauchman, Willie

  75. G says:
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    Would you rather have Marte or Conforto ROS in H2H that counts Average and OBP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  76. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    It makes no sense that the Yankees don’t use the opener play with all of their starters. Yarbrough isn’t even good they Rays just put him in position to be successful. You use an opener, don’t let Tanaka or whoever face the top of the order in the first, the opener only has to face those guys once, then Tanaka or whoever is “bulking” starts with the middle to bottom of the order In the 2nd inning and would only have to face the meat of the order twice and u still get thru 6 or 7. The opener play is amazing. Why try to get your pitcher through 6 or 7 and face the best hitters max times when your going to need to use guys in the pen after anyways
    May as well just use an opener with almost every pitcher besides the stud aces. It’s an insane play. The Ray’s went from like the worst era last year before using openers to one of the best era’s after they started doing it.
    You have Brian cashmans cell? He needs to hear this!
    Yankees can’t keep giving up 6 runs and winning, not in the playoffs anyway. The opener can save the rotation. Paxton Happ all of them would benefit a ton from following openers. Got to think outside the box if ur cashman (aka steal an amazing play that the rays use)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, it’s a good point… At least it can’t be worse than it’s been…

    • William Hung says:
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      is this name in reference to that Whoopi Goldberg bball movie?

      • Ivanmakebasket says:
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        Naturally… Pretty sick there’s no YouTube clip of it being said

        • Ivanmakebasket says:
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          Eddie

  77. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    first off, sorry so long but if anyone can help.

    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), no streaming.

    Trying to send off some trades, nobody is biting, can you help me complete/rank/comment on the trades below (all trading with teams out of the playoff race) Included in these trades are my first round pick (13th round) for their approx. 10th round (23rd):

    TRADE #1: His – Kepler, MadBum & Flaherty for My – Dom. Santana, H. Dozier and…

    TRADE #2: His – J.T. Realmuto, E. Rosario & Vazquez for My – W. Ramos, Dom. Santana, E. Suarez, Dustin May and …

    TRADE #3: His – E. Escobar, M. Conforto, (One of: Domingo German or E. Rodriguez) for My – Dom. Santana, E. Suarez, Dustin May and…

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

    SP – J. Paxton
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – W. Buehler
    RP – K. Jansen (RP)
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    P – K. Giles (RP)
    P – Z. Gallen
    BN – B. Mckay
    BN – D. Lamet
    BN – D. May
    DL – C. Kluber (60-DL)
    DL – A. Heaney (10-DL)

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take #1 — #2 is meh, #3 isn’t great

      • MarvPesos

        Marv says:
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        thanks for the above.
        If I calculate it out, and don’t think I can win this year, would you do this deal:

        MY: Goldy, Blackmon,E. Suarez, Verlander, Paxton
        for His: P. Alonso, Soto, Bryant, Bieber, Paddack

        is it close ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  78. LaRockakis says:
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    Points keeper league. I’m probably gonna miss the playoffs.

    Give: Altuve, Muncy, Charlie Morton (all non keepers)
    Get: Soto, Mondesi (both keepers)

    Is that enough of a return to set me up for 2020 or should I keep fishing for a better deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sounds solid

  79. TBunz says:
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    Drop Encarnacion or Dahl in redraft league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both? Edwin

  80. dustyfingers says:
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    Who’s the odd man out, Hiura, JD Davis, VanMeter, or Bichette?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      VanMeter

  81. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    I have Ender in a few leagues, and I fear a groin injuiry for someone like him who is speed-oriented (do you agree?). Please rank the following (different availability in different leagues) — positions don’t matter.

    AJ Pollock
    Bichette
    Margot
    Myers
    Sano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bichette, Pollock

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        And are both preferable to Ender?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  82. Blaster says:
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    Brandon Workman or Joe Jimenez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Workman

  83. Drunk Mets PR Team says:
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    Afternoon! General thought: Wondering if anyone has any advice or even articles on how to think about trading keepers for present value when contending… I have a cheap keepable Tatis Jr. who I could sell for a haul in my H2H keeper league (Arenado, Greinke, Aroldis offered to me) and I’m agonizing over it.

    I’m in first and I want my flag! But then again, I’m in first already, and the playoffs are fickle. Plus, I enjoy his steals. How do I think about this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Tatis

  84. Trader says:
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    Playoffs start Sept 2. Which of these three would you stash? Laureano, Encarancion , Yonny

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramon

  85. erad says:
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    Ugh here we go again with Marquez

    After YOLO’ing all year – I benched him for the first time all year home against LAD – now I’m back to YOLO, but gotta say – this YOLO business is stressful stuff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YOLO gives me an ulcer

  86. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey – new offer and please tell me what you think in my H2H keep 10 forever:

    My Alonso, Benintendi, Yordan and V. Robles

    For

    His Yelich, Rizzo and Bauer

    I could maybe try and squeeze Verlander instead of Bauer for my playoff run but let me know what you think of the trade.

    Thanks,
    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks decent for you, squeeze out Verlander if you can

      • LG Baseball says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  87. Licketty Splits says:
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    In 2 different RCLs are either Stanek or Law worth rostering as spec closers??

    1) replacing either Martin or else SP Lament or Plesac after today’s games.

    2) replacing either Shafer or Diego Castillo

    Also is Plesac a viable start today vs Tex? (only -4.7 on SON)

    • Licketty Splits says:
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      BTW the website is still acting wonky

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It just doublechecks you’re not a Russian spammer now, and then lets you through if you’re cool — need that countermeasure for a few

        • pinkman says:
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          I for one appreciate that! Pleasant surprise to see the site protected :)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, hopefully we can take down the barrier soon — tear down that wall, Mr. Albright!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanek == 1. One of the SPs

      2. Diego

      Plesac seems fine to me

  88. pinkman says:
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    Drop Verdugo for Franmil if I have limited moves left in a 12-team 5×5?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’d hold

  89. What's A Drexl? says:
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    schoop now getting seriously f’d around by a slap hitter who’s .36 points of AVG BABIP lucky, benched 4 out of last 5 days, 5 out of last 7. in 14 team h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases, hits added drop schoop time it appears.
    team:
    C DTD arnaud
    1B goldy
    2B schoop a doop about to be pooped de doop
    SS treat urner
    3B kingery (SS/LF/CF)
    MI semien
    CI jelly donut
    LF brantley
    CF kiermaier
    RF puig
    OF franmil
    util (1) otani
    BN mckay (espn, i have both), chavis (1-3B), van meter (3B/LF)

    options: kipnis, arraez (2B/3B), al berti (MIA, 2B/3B, married with children joke), drury (3B/RF/2B)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis

    • What's A Drexl? says:
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      also these in DL: molina, stanton, andujar (keep 5 hitters, 4 pitchers per year)

  90. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    Just wanted to get your opinion on Aristide Aquino? Besides having the greatest first name since Socrates Brito, do you see some possibilities with this kid? His minor league numbers appear pretty good, especially this year after a stance/swing change. Worth a flier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s a big power guy with lots of Ks and bad AVG

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Yikes. That doesn’t sound very promising! Better to hold Mike Brosseau?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  91. knucks says:
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    Eloy about to go 0-11 today isn’t he… ughhh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

  92. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Thoughts on Kolby Alllard? Just called up by Texas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He doesn’t look worth owning in most leagues, at least yet or in bad matchups

  93. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Hey Grey, hope all is well

    Folty or aaron Civale? 12 teamer mixed points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Civale, I guess

  94. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    it did that a while back too, but not every time you refresh.

  95. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    you holding kelley till we actually SEE leclerc close successfully over him or go about dropping kelley for bass or c.martin (in case soylent greene forgets to remember it’s 2019 rather than remebering to forget that it’s 2019, rather than his last few years before?). i have kelley in active slot since i’m seeing he’ll be back soon and i had moved kimbrel down there (also mondesi in 2nd DL slot), saves only here and i now have
    hansel and gretel
    kelley
    jarlin
    pagan

    also these are all out there: alvarado (back pretty soon i think), CUBS guys (strop too), bass, c.martin. only 6 moves a week i’ve gone through 2 for gonsolin (stream spot, but he’s back down again, and i have ryu wasting away in active slot too), so while i can probably act quickly on new news, i might not want to make any move on small amount of news on these.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Kelley for Martin

  96. i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    lugo too in case diaz gets removed.

  97. Game Of Throws says:
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    Josh Bell is getting benched for the next two games in hopes that he will “recharge” and come out of his slump.

    I took a look at his splits and it’s pretty obvious that May was the outlier. He had 12 Hrs and hit .390. He averaged 5 HRs and .238 per month in April, June and July.

    Is it safe to say he isn’t the stud we thought he was?

    Now obviously he has the potential for huge streaks but would I be crazy to drop him at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was saying sell him in June

      • Game Of Throws says:
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        Wish I listened!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

  98. toolshed says:
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    Strategy question. I added urias when stripling went on the IL thinking he may get a spot. Would you keep him for ratio help in a 12 team league? Or would you rather use that spot for a bench hitter as guys start getting more days off later in the season? We have daily lineups. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Julio

  99. Mr. A Knife says:
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    NL only 10 teamer h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases added.
    C wieters
    1B freeman
    2B wong
    SS newman (2B)
    3B mcneil (2B/OF)
    MI edman (2-3/SS)
    CI fatt adams (1B/OF)
    OF (4) grisham, conforto, harper, rhysus (1B)
    util (1) dyson
    BN camargo (2-3B/SS)
    DL: bruce, molina, kike

    1. drop camargo or edman for: berti, bote (back to playing mostly again with robel gone), osuna, solano,

    2. same league, strop isn’t owned. holds added, QS over wins have:
    SP: wainwrong, matz, V2 (first QS maybe ever or at least in a few years just yesterday in matchup SON didn’t love but i started him, didn’t hate him either for this deep), gallen, castillo, lester, stressbird, lucchesi
    RP (4): urias, baez, jarlin, greene
    DL: pab lop (so i’m probably dropping one of V2, wainwrong, matz for pab lop soonish anyway)

    drop anybody here for strop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Edman for Bote

      2. Meh, prolly Jarlin

      • Mr. A Knife says:
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        all the possible MIA arlins guys are around if it ain’t jarlin there, stanek, guerrero, quesadilla) but not cishek.

  100. Kingslayer says:
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    Drop Diego Castillo for Kolby Allard?

    • Kingslayer says:
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      AL only league with 3 RP spots Allard is RP elgible

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  101. Brett says:
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    12 team league have categories for holds and another for saves.

    Current relievers are pagan Bradley Jansen Chapman c mart Hendriks lugo il kimbrel and Pressly

    Would you trade pagan for ottavino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  102. Mr. A Knife says:
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    all the possible MIA arlins guys are around if it ain’t jarlin there, stanek, guerrero, quesadilla) but not cishek.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  103. Jimmy Suitcase says:
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    Are you at all interested in Jose Peraza now that it appears he has regular playing time with Scooter and Dietrich out of the way? 14 teams league so a bit deeper.

    Drop Leury Garcia, Kingery or Dickerson for him? Need average and steals

    Or wait and see how he does?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Leury for him

  104. Alps says:
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    Grey
    I am chasing saves
    Every little bit helps
    I am dropping Kintzler need to pick one up
    Strop,
    Baltimore relieves. Givens,Armstrong,Fry
    Romo (I have Rogers)
    Law ( I have Giles)
    Nick Anderson
    Sllim pickings I Know
    If all else fails I would have to go after an SP
    But prefer not to
    Thanks pal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strop

  105. Test says:
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    Sorry if this posts twice.

    Send my Verlander for Bauer, Carlos Santana, Soler?

    Do you think Carlos Santana is a keeper in a 12 team keep 10 mixed league?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana is a weak keeper, I’d take Verlander

      • Test says:
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        Would you rather keep Carlos Santana or Goldy for next year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Goldy

  106. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Follow-up to a question I asked this morning – I need to dump one to make a pickup – 15 team roto w QS:

    Stripling
    Manaea
    Schwarber
    J.Aguilar
    Encarnacion

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

      • Jimmy Jack James says:
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        Thanks – think he’s done for the year or just back late w/ rust and potential loss of power from the wrist?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fractured wrist this late in the year seems done… but I don’t think much of Manaea or Stripling, that order

          • Jimmy Jack James says:
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            Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  107. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points

    Pick a streamer for tomorrow

    D. May vs Stl (Son 6.3) or

    B. McKay vs Tor (Son 22.6)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McKay

  108. William Hung says:
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    Interesting that the Braves pitched Greene tonight in a blowout – more interesting is that he gave up another run and has yet to pitch a clean inning for the Braves

  109. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    You might remember a trade I wanted to turn down and you confirmed it for me a few days ago…
    Gleyber Torres, Corey Kluber, Giancarlo Stanton, Max Scherzer, Jose Ramirez, Charlie Blackmon and Aaron Judge (all of these guys would either not be eligible for keepers or very expensive keepers) for my stud cheap keepers Victor Robles, Eloy Jimenez, and Vladimir Guerrero.

    Now it’s more pitcher heavy. I’m still turning this down. AmICrazy!?!?

    Corey Kluber, Ryan Mountcastle, Noah Syndergaard, Jose Ramirez, Charlie Blackmon, Aaron Judge and Jacob deGrom for Victor Robles, Eloy Jimenez, Vladimir Guerrero, and Wander Franco.

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