You could set your watch by Marcus Stroman. In almost a 1,000 career innings, he has a 7.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 3.60 xFIP, and a 13.3% HR/FB. This year? 7.5 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 3.59 xFIP, and 13.5% HR/FB. In a world full of unknowns like: Why does Sirius only have a Yacht Rock channel in the summer? Why did I scream at a supermarket employee the other day, “I stan my deodorant, even if it’s against it!” only to realize later at home the bottle read anti-stain? Or why has no one come up with vitamints — vitamin/mints? These are unknowns. Marcus Stroman, that guy is a known, and his known is a solid number three fantasy starter. Yesterday, Marcus Stroman went 8 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 Ks in 90 pitches, ERA at 2.59. Perhaps most impressively is how that terrible pitching park, Great American Ballpark, didn’t even affect him, but that’s because of his 51% GB rate. Yes, that’s on par with past seasons too. What’s someone with no upside or downside? Marcus Stroman is Side. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer. Good for Villar, but Cincy is such a joke of a park for homers. It’s gotta be easier to homer there than Coors. Don’t care what the stats say, that park is goofy for homers.
Dominic Smith – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer. Once again, what I said for Villar. One love with Dom Smith, but GAB is a Goofy Ass Ballpark.
Luis Guillorme – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Who needs Lindor!
Nick Castellanos – Scan revealed a microfracture of his wrist. Welp, that’s Suckellanus. What the hell is a microfracture? Does it hurt, but only micro-ly? Did he hit it on a microwave because it was taking too long? Not that that ever happened to me. How did it take the Reds this long to find a fracture? Is it that micro-y? I have questions, y’all! First pregunta, will he miss a lot of time?
Chris Paddack – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 hits, zero walks, 1 K, ERA at 5.17. This was his first scoreless start all year that was more than three innings. Even if he has a great start, he’ll be on waivers or my bench, so, yeah, not sure why I even have him rostered still. Paddack has the swagger of Nolan Ryan and stuff of a pitcher who needs to reinvent himself in the KBO.
Fernando Tatis Jr. – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer. FTJ! Fun the Jewels! Fun the Jewels fast! That’s the most homers by any player at age 22 or younger in his 1st 79 games of a season.
Kyle Muller – 4 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.20. Was watching other games so didn’t see him, but not sure how Muller threw 87 pitches (a decent amount), only walked three guys and only made it through four innings. Did the Padres foul off an exorbitant number of pitches? Not a joke (which is why it’s not funny), seriously wondering. Guess I’m asking for the Muller report. Sigh.
Austin Gomber – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.74, as he was activated from the IL. I streamed him yesterday, because I have nothing to lose — come get some, you little bum! Streamonator has his next start away from Coors — yay! But it’s vs. the Padres — lowercase yay. He’s returning from forearm tightness — uppercase MEH.
Kyle Seager – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer. If you would’ve bet someone that Kyle would be better than Corey Seager for every season of his career you would’ve made money more times than not. Though, only one taking that bet is Kyle and Corey’s mom.
Mitch Haniger – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer. Never realized the guy who had testicles clobbered has a last name that sounds like someone saying they need a, “‘Hand there, girl.'”
Luis Torrens – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer. Was in the Buy column for about five straight weeks, but I stopped recommending him because y’all were moving too slow. By the by, already wrote up my Buy/Sell, and it’s available on our Patreon.
Jorge Soler – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games, and 2nd day in a row I’m saying if you want a guy who could hit 20 homers in the 2nd half, and is available, here ya go.
Scott Barlow – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.76, and his 5th save. Seems to be the Royals’ best bet for saves, but with Holland and Staumont, the Barlow indeed.
Eric Lauer – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.52. Have Lauer in an NL-Only league, where he’s been terrific. Would I grab him in a mixed league? Alphabetically, I’d say, “Gee tee eff oh.”
Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at…Guess. He’s pitched well, right? The no-hitter that wasn’t a no-hitter. The other good pitching that you think he’s done. Right? Say right! Yes, I’m trying to bait you! His ERA is 5.09. That’s a woof from me, dawg.
Pavin Smith – 2-for-3, 2 runs, and his 9th homer, hitting .265. Has anyone seen this guy homer? He hits some absolute bombs, but only when the ball is down and in. Real one trick pony. Like Bud Fox, but instead of Blue Star, it’s for low and inside fastballs.
Daulton Varsho – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting .175. He went back-to-back with Smith. Guess you could say Smith was Pavin the way. High five the heck out of me! C’mon, that was good! No? Okay.
Josh Rojas – 2-for-4, 1 run, 7th steal and dislocated his pinkie on 2nd base that looked gnarly, but hopefully he’s fine because I need him in deep leagues. Hexagonal prayers up!
Enrique Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd and 3rd homer in the last two games at the insane park in Buffaloronto. Can’t the Jays play there for another two months? Are we worried at all about Cake Batter? Boba Chette? Marcus Manjuice?
Hunter Renfroe – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer. One other side note about the Jays’ stadiums which I’m choosing to talk about in Sawx player blurbs, the Jays’ pitchers could get a bit of a boost no longer pitching in a Buffalo’s Wild Winds Stadium.
J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 20th homer, hitting .307. Just Dong because the alternative is just don’t.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 32nd homer. If Cake Batter doesn’t hit 12 homers a month in August and September in Rogers Centre, we’re gonna have to listen to so many hot takes about how his power was due to Buffaloronto and Dunedin.
Teoscar Hernandez – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer. Imagine playing for the Jays and not having a decent relationship with your father and just seeing all of those juniors. Repressed emotions bubbling like La Croix.
George Springer – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer. If I were a terrible person, I’d search the preseason comments for every person who said something like, “Are you worried Semien is going to bat 8th or 9th?” Every comment about Spring Training lineups is 100% wrong 100% of the time.
Jean Segura – 1-for-5 and his 5th homer. He hit that homer off Yankees’ starter Asher Woj[keyboard smash]. Any ideas how he got the start? Here’s how: “Hey, Booney, we have no starters.” Boone, “[keyboard smash]”
Gleyber Torres – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer. Finally, he seems to be coming out of his terrible funk from the first three months with three homers in the last four games. For a while it looked like Gleyber would homer less than the number of women Nick Cannon was going to impregnate in the same amount of time.
Rougned Odor – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer. We’re like a week away from Odor passing Giancarlo for fantasy value. Damn, mi novio makes me so sad.
Chris Taylor – 2-for-4 and a slam (14) and legs (9), and three homers in the last two games. The qweef that is Cody Bellinger went hitless with a run and is hitting .156.
Mike Yastrzemski – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Carl’s Jr. Jr. went deep in the 1st inning, then the Giants went cold, until the ninth inning when Wilmer Flores — for crying out loud! — hit his 11th homer, a 2-run homer off Kenley Jansen (1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA up to 2.15), because the Giants are a 100-win team, and you can’t name the top three in the lineup on any given day.
Kyle Hendricks – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.61 vs. Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.56. This matchup was billed as, “I fell asleep thinking about it.”
Rafael Ortega – 2-for-3, 1 RBI and his 3rd steal, as he hits leadoff. He’s a platoon bat, and ‘bat’ is being generous, and Big Ol’ Dummy David Ross has the .300+ hitter, Nico Hoerner, hitting eighth.
Jose Altuve – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and 3rd homer in two games. Altuve’s four-foot, eight-inches tall and carrying the world on his shoulders!
Kyle Tucker – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. I already took the L on calling Tucker overrated in the preseason, but anyone who thought he was worth the draft slot, if they’re being honest, they’d tell you he’s a disappointment.
Cesar Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a home run. Any guesses how many homers he has? He’s just a slap-hitting MI, right? I’m baiting you again! He has 16 homers. Nuts, and I don’t mean the body part that Gary Sanchez uses to block pitches.
Akil Baddoo – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, 2nd homer in the last three games. Baddoo has been on my RCL team for about a month. No, the team isn’t garbage. Be nice! There’s no getting near Son this year though. My boy is absolutely housing the competish.
Robbie Grossman – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Technically, Grossman is rostered in more than 50% of ESPN leagues, so there’s no hot schmotato here, but, on the other hand that makes a bit more sense, Grossman is available everywhere, isn’t he?
Matt Manning – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.79. Tigers’ young starters really give me serious yawnstipating vibes. Any hoo! It’s all about the (Benjamins) and what Streamonator thinks for his next start.
Nomar Mazara – Released from the Tigers. Mazara should’ve secured himself to the clubhouse door frame like a mezuzah. There’s no getting one of those suckers off.
Yermin Mercedes – Retired from baseball, apparently. He posted on Instagram, “It’s over,” and wiped his IG of all White Sox related pics. That’s a wild turn of events for Yermin, but my father always said, “Don’t get a Mercedes, you can’t handle the upkeep.” Tony La Russa really seemed to break Yermin’s spirit, and it was so, so vast. Hopefully, Yermin dons a wig, changes his name and gets a job at Tony’s animal shelter, where he kidnaps all his rescues for a hefty ransom. No, seriously, how long until Yermin Mercedes signs with another team with the uniform number 3-0?
Alex Kirilloff – Out for the season with a wrist injury that will require surgery. It was a ligament tear. That’s the last time he gets a janky jail tattoo on his ligament.
Michael Pineda – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.93, and out at 73 pitches. Guys and five girls, it’s still July and they’re already pulling pitchers at under 75 pitches. There’s going to be one starter in September, who’s been pitching more or less the whole year, and his name is Lance Lynn.
Max Kepler – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Hot schmotato alert!
Jorge Polanco – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (14) and legs (9), and 2nd homer in as many games. Jo-Po ain’t just a place that sounds like where they sent your uncle for public diddling.
Ryan Mountcastle – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer. As the ball left the bat, Mountcastle said in a deep cockney, “That case is a longshot, innit?”
Vidal Brujan – Sent back to Triple-A. That was one of the more bizarre call-ups in recent memory. He was promoted at the tail-end of a cold streak, didn’t get a chance to play every day then demoted. Oh…*climbs up Machu Picchu on a llama that has to stop every five feet*…kay.
Randy Arozarena – 3-for-5, and his 12th and 13th homer, and 2nd and 3rd homer in the past two games. Okay, who hypnotized The Rice Bowl to think it was the playoffs? On the reals, who gets hotter or colder than this guy? Okay, besides Justin Upton. In fairness to my Sell on The Rice Bowl, he has 13 homers and seven against the Orioles. Yo, Gleyber about to sue for trademark infringement.
Luis Patino – Will be called up today. He’s an ace in the making. A mace’ing. Hmm, that doesn’t work at all. He’s a 10 K/9, 2 BB/9, 2.75 ERA guy on the verge. Looking off the cliff into the Valley of Stardom. This year? Yeah, I doubt it. But I guess you never know. He’s averaging four innings per start this year in the minors, so it’s gonna be hard to accumulate any real value.
J.P. Feyereisen – Hit the IL with shoulder discomfort. Ya know what this means? J.B. Wendelken wins in the battle of early-20th century pharmacists. Can’t wait for the celebration where he’s spraying laudanum like champagne.
that’s now 2 utter blowups (certainly as bad as anything a.chapman did a few weeks back) by kenley in 2 nights. treinen add over the place if saves needed.
ok, not that bad, chapman’s were mostly HR’s allowed. kenley’s aren’t that, but still bad.
Grey, how do you feel about acquiring Flaherty for the stretch run? Is he too risky to give up a lot for. Someone like Manaea or Framber is what I was thinking? Maybe Luis Garcia?
H2H Yahoo 5X5 standard but OBP instead of AVG (keep Yelich in mind OBP)
I got counter offered and I’m thinking about accepting.
I’m in first. I’m killing it. I have won H2H loss this season. I’m losing players every week but I’m absolutely destroying the wire and my team is good. I will show you my team and show you the offer:
I didn’t draft Sanchez by the way he was dropped lol.
C – G. Sanchez
1B – Alonso
2B – Albies
3B – Arenado
OF – Yelich
OF – Teoscar
OF – Franmil
UTIL – Jesus Aguilar
UTIL – Grichuk
B/IL – Brandon Crawford
IL – Lindor
I have lost Luis Robert’s (I dropped him he was picked up when they announced he’d make it back this season by the woman who traded him to me with Albies for Blackmon believe it or not earlier this season but I still got Albies so yeah lol.) I lost Upton when he original got injured. You can see I lost Lindor, I hesitated on Eloy pick up not wanting to drop Brujan. I lost Schwarber and a few others.
SP – Lynn
SP – T. Rogers
SP – Urias
SP – Ryu
SP – Means
SP – Mize (Stream)
RP – McGee
RP – Diego Castillo
RP – Yimi
RP – Barnes
IL/B – Pablo
IL/B – Civale
IL – Sale
NA – Baz
I have 2 IL Spots and 1 NA spot so I’m carrying a ton of guys on my bench including Pablo until I hear news he’s done for the season I’m hesitant on dropping him. I keep seeing you say he’s done but you sure?
Anyhow, I’m hesitant to pull the trigger but this is what I’m being offered, it is a yearly redraft league, if it were a keeper I’d pull the trigger, but I am hesitant cause I really don’t want to mess with my team but I need pitching but I don’t want to rid of a pitcher and he asked for the following:
His: Bichette, Pollock (I don’t want) and Sonny Gray
My: Yelich, Teoscar, Sale
Best player in trade is Bichette but I feel like I’m giving up the best overall package.
Let me know and Thanks !!
Looks like Gleyber Torres is being powered by your shade
Ha, yeah, wish Cody would be
Looking to add Touki and will need to drop a RP.
Clase hasn’t had a save since 6-16. Kennedy and Yimi possible trade candidates.
Clase, Kennedy, Yimi, Hembree. Whose the drop?
Sounds good. Clase in the 8th in front of Karinchak again tonight!
Please rank 5×5 OBP best two to replace the Mookie Castellano sized hole in my heart: Bader, Larnach, Naquin
Add Votto, Vaughn to the list pls
Cruz deal will kill meadows playing time
14T obp & Ks, h2h keeper
Who’s the cut:
Upton, Rodgers, Marsh, Duran
14T obp & Ks, h2h keeper
Who’s the cut:
Upton, Rodgers, Marsh, Duran
What kind of value do you see for Conforto rest of season? I pickup him up off of waivers about a month ago. Was thinking of maybe trying to move him to upgrade at 1B(Votto). I was looking at Hoskins. The other option is to deal some pitching Could move any of Kikuchi/Manaea, Odorizzi, Montas. Any other 1B you like as a buy low?
Could be a top 10 OF — Manaea for Hoskins?
Which player fits?
5×5 H2H 12 team redraft:
3B: Jose Ramirez
OF: Grisham, Soto, Yordan,
UT: Bader, Tyler O’Neill
Bench: JD Davis, Austin Riley, Canha
SP: Means, Lynn, McClanahan, DeSclafani,
Streamers: Megill, Minor
RP: Yimi, Kennedy, Rodriguez, Edwin Diaz
I can have either Eloy or Chris Sale. Which of these two does this team need?
Cruz to the Devil Ray’s. Wtf
and sano’s now wearing cruz’s old MIN pants. weird, funny, wonder how long that goes on.
Hey Grey! Rebuilding and can trade Stroman for Lindor (keepable for $21) or Kelenic (keepable for $9). Which would be your preference, and would you do either deal? Not sure which he’ll go for but he listed both as possible.
Take Kelenic and run
Thanks! If I can’t convince him on kelenic, Lindor still a good deal, or nah?
I am out of moves this long ASG week, but I ended up with a lot of extra bats. This worked out ok since Castellanos is IL bound (insert “this is fine” dog).
1. Wondering who I should drop for Price (if anyone) assuming he is still available for a 5×5 non-keeper cat league.
– JD Davis
2. Also someone dropped Sir Mountcastle… you swapping him with any of the above – (this would be in addition to the drop move for Price)?
3. Is Kikuchi still worth holding? Would you replace with any of these?
Odor, Cobb, Jon Gray, Patrick Sandoval, Megill, Framber
3a. Top 3 from above?
Thanks as always!
Haha, 1. No one 2. Meh, I guess over Dansby 3. Nah — Framber A. Megill, Gray, Sandoval
Awesome. Thanks Grey. You have a boba in your future once this 2021 injury hellscape is behind us.
Grey wins this round suckas!
Dansby just hit a grand salami. Why does he have to make this so difficult??
Dansby is good, your league is too shallow
Dammit Grey, you’re not wrong. I’m holding.. err.. hodling as the kids say.
I cannot afford to carry Duran if he isn’t full-time.
Please order the following. Bohm (when he returns); Kike; and Urias.
Verdugo hitting seventh tonight, even without Duran in the lineup. Yeesh.
Not a great schedule for me this week. Must get another 31 innings out of my bullpen and starters. Definitely starting Burnes, Gausman and Eovaldi. But worried about these match ups. Would you bench any of these starters??
Flexen home vs A’s (Manaea)
Disco road vs Dodgers (Buehler…ugh)
Mahle home vs Cards (LeBlanc)
Irvin road vs Mariners (Marco)
I wouldn’t bench any of them
How do you rank for ROS(regardless of position). 5×5 roto
Santander(if he were healthy)
Santander, Soler, Wisdom
14 team h2h with OBP and TB
Drop Kiriloff for: Soler, P Smith, Hampson, Dozier, Flores,
And Aquino to that
aquino is yr answer till he’s not starting.
Can I Haase home run?
Yaase you can
@Grey: weekly roto, story for adolis. which side?
@Grey: thanks. do you have an OF or two to target for a one for one swap with story? i tried for soto, but it was just as he started to heat up…
Can look at https://razzball.com/top-100-for-2nd-half-of-2021-fantasy-baseball/
@Grey: thanks. OF is just so light this year. not sure if i asked this already (or if it was just in my head), but would you trade story for trout or too hard to say when trout actually get back on the field?
I’d take Trout
Trade question for the gang:
Another manager is punting saves and looking to fill his RP slots with SPs (to get more K’s and W’s). I have David Price who nicely qualifies for such a role. I need a CI (currently rocking Gavin Sheets or IKF in that role).
He has Abreu, Cronenworth, Edu.Escobar, Villar, France Bellinger, Dom Smith, Vaughn and India, all of whom qualify at CI.
Which of his CI eligible players are enough of an upgrade over my two guys, to justify my trading away Price (who may be a useful SP down the stretch… maybe)?
Thanks for the advice.
Any of them — you’re not getting most, I wouldn’t think…I’d try for Edu or Cronenworth
I dropped Miley for Mahle a few weeks back when Miley was dodging bullets. He still is while Mahle is awful.
Assuming Mahle blows again Friday, would you drop him in a 12 teamer for one of:
Gomber, J Gray, Gallen, E Rod, MadBum, Cease, Pineda
Duran’s riding the pine two days in a row. Looks to be the dreaded platoon. Franchy’s back too making the situation worse.
You holding in a 10T redraft h2h?
Already have: Soto, Adolis, Franmil starting and sub-in: Riley & Conforto on better matchup days.
I’d hold if I needed SBs
Next week or so it looks likely that the Red Sox will be facing 5 lefties in a row. That might change my calculus.
Also, Duran was hitting .300 against lefties this season at AAA. Managers do this all the time, and it’s annoying as hell. If a guy doesn’t have bad platoon splits in the minors, why make him a platoon player? Isn’t that going to stunt their development?
Yeah, it makes no sense…Have no logical reasoning…Guess they figure it eases them in
Segura or Adames in a 10 team H2H 5×5 OBP
Who’s the drop?
A. Wood, Price, Wainwright?
B. Price,Irvin, Kim?
You have Price listed twice — these guys depend on matchups
Two different teams (12 team H2H).
I assume you’re saying “These are all streamer-only; none are worthy of a steady roster spot.
Ah, gotcha…yeah, I like Price but really matters who these guys are facing
Would you trade Mondesi and Ketel Marte for Giolito and Hoskins in a 12 team H2H league 6×6 (OBP and QS)?
Current SP: Ryu, Gray, Mahle, Trevor Rogers, Logan Gilbert, Carrasco (hopefully back soon from IL), Pablo Lopez (IL)
Which side would rather want in a dynasty…George Kirby Oswald Peraza or Shane McClanahan Riley Greene?
Saying Castellanos is out a few weeks…out for season IMO.
Yeah grab him
Think Akiyama will will cut into playing time alot?
Not a lot, Shogo hasn’t been playing much at all
Hey Grey! Thanks for the sage advice as always. Just picked up Soler, need power and you convinced me.
I’m in an 11-team roto league (6×6, usual cats plus OBP for hitting). Got an offer, his Rendon for my Matt Chapman. Trade Analyzer favors Rendon by a lot. I have an IL spot and Chapman has been driving me nuts with his inconsistency (not that Rendon has been much better).
Who do you like ROS – Rendon (post-IL) or Matt Chapman?
Meh prolly would go Chapman
Hello again Grey,
One more question. I just realized that when I dropped Kirilloff, I had to add Means back on my roster from the IL, so now I need to drop someone to add Soler.
I am thinking one of Brujan, Paddack or Means?
It’s a Keep 2 League by the way, but I am thinking Brujan would not be a Keeper (Players are kept in the round they are drafted with a cap of the 12th round being the highest round. Make sense?).
Thanks again Grey.
Would you p/u FA India or Votto and drop either Biggio or McNeil?
Love this twitter follow. Seems to somewhat confirm your suspicions about Reds stadium
Reds park is a joke
Is Brujan worth holding on to at this point in a redraft? I don’t need to drop him right now, but could for a guy like Thairo Estrada or Florial at least until either K. Marte or Mondesi come back. Itch seems to like Estrada a bit – what do you think?
Nah, lose him — Estrada seems fine to try
So I need to replace Kirilloff as my 4th OF in our Yahoo 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds. The following are available:
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Hello my wanky, Soler
Cool. Thanks much Grey.
Best guess, is Pablo worth holding for anything ROS?
Thanks – would you ship him for Marquez at this point? I’m in contention for this year.
Thanks, appreciate all your content!
A couple weeks out from the trade deadline in my 16-team OPS. Currently in first, but have started wondering if I should move F. Peralta for another SP with higher innings limit or package him with Starling for a stud OF bat.
My rotation is currently: Woodruff, Gausman, Wheeler, Peralta, Manoah, and Flaherty (IL).
With Flaherty coming back before too long, would I need another solid SP workhorse? Should I package with Marte and go for a bat?
You don’t look like you need another SP — maybe an OF
Buxton, Trout and now Castellanos. My OF has been decimated by injuries this season. Aaarrrrgggghhhh.
Is IKF over? He’s been really struggling despite all the chances in the world.
Like Garver, Varsho, Torrens to replace in a 10T redraft h2h 5×5?
Weird league too, playoffs start in a week.
What’s good Grey? I’m assuming everything went well last week. I appreciate you lighting a fire under The Rice Bowl as I’m going to need him down the stretch.
Take’er easy dude.
Thanks! Yeah, all good…Happy to help out The Rice Bowl, wish I could same for Cody
Hey Grey, I’m guessing these will be pretty matchup dependent but in a shallow league can you rank these guys going forward please….Touki, D Price, Houck, Josiah, Alzolay
Add Kaprielian to this list please
You remember when Odor punched Joey Bats in the face, and Joey Bats was never the same hitter after that? His career numbers can be summed up as pre and post punch. La Russa had the same effect on Mercedes. Hey, maybe Odor can go punch Bellinger in the face. Maybe, just maybe, it would have the opposite effect on him. In either case, me (the fantasy owner) wins!
I’m simultaneously reading an article about how Kate Beckinsale says she doesn’t date men, she only marries them or gets knocked up by them. Grey, if you’re out and about and you run into her on the streets…my man- tell her Huffin Gas is coming.
You’re telling me Cesar Hernandez has the same amount of homers as a healthy Giancarlo Stanton? That makes my head hurt. Or how about this one: Adam Duval has twice as many RBIs as Bryce Harper.
Yeah, so absolutely crazy
What’s your take on C.Mullen’s long term / full dynasty league?
Could be a top 25 guy, pretty excited about him
Standard 5×5 roto redraft – Gallo or Tucker ROS?
I have Sale and Carrasco stashed (doubts creeping in about Carrasco after he was shelled in recent rehab start). I will need to drop two from my pitching staff pretty soon. I need another IL slot freed up for Crawford and I’d like to carry only 8 SP. 12-team H2H. Trying to work trades but nothing doing yet. Who are the first and second drops from this list? Thanks for your help!
5×5 OBP 11 team.
Picked up Megill and Touki on your advice (thank you). Do we think Sandoval is a stream or a keep around? Benching him for his next start @MIN but curious as to your thoughts.
Thoughts on Corey Kluber or Domingo German?
Thoughts also on Rhys Hoskins as a permanent UTL. I also have Kyle Bryant and Jose Abreu for first base.
Blech, neither…Sure, Rhys is fine for power
Would you waive Yoan Moncada to get Rhys Hoskins in a Yahoo points league?
Mitch Haniger, Tommy Pham and Sandy Alcantara for
Gerrit Cole and Didi?
5×5 with QS as a pitching category
Have Soto, Yordan, Franmil and eventually Eloy in my 3 OF slots
Love the content, Grey!
Dynasty question. My reign in my 10 team dynasty is likely over with a rebuild looming. Scherzer has obviously been an integral part of my 4 wins in the past 6 years. What kind of hitter(s) or pitchers(s) should I be looking for in return? Best offer I’ve received so far is Haniger or Walsh.
Hitting categories: H, R, HR, TB, RBI, BB, K, SB, AVG and OPS
Pitching categories: H, K, QS, W, L, ERA, WHIP, K/9, K/BB and SV+HD
Walsh is decent…I’d want a top 30 bat
Uh oh.. New Era is at it again!
Why would they do upside down caps? In case gravity gives out?
You mean you don’t watch games from the comfort of your teeter hang-up?
Watching the games with my ankles holding onto a tree branch
How would you view a $42 Bellinger (points league, $400 cap, 40 man rosters)— would you be interested in keeping him at that price and hoping he’s healthy next year? Or too pricey for the injury risk?
Ha, no way
Hey Grey, Hope all is well! H2H, 12 team.
1- ROS, Drop one of Rendon or KBH?
2- ROS, Drop one of McNeil, Biggio or IKF?
3- Would you drop Gallen or Paddock for Touki, Gilbert, Price, Skubal or Odorizzi?..your top 3.
3. Price, Odor, Logan
Chris Davis body-snatched Bellinger. It’s the only logical explanation. Get Monty on the case!
Apologies for the last two games of Adames and Conforto… It aligns when I picked them up. My b.
Haha, damn, it’s true
Happy National Mango Day!
Been holding Chad Green as a potential handcuff for Chapman, but is it time to cut bait and use that spot for a battycall today/ streamer?
Thanks as always!
Oh, man, and I just late a papaya…Some egg on my face!
Lose Green to stream
Mangos only get a day; Papayas gets an entire month (Sep); crazy!
Anyway, thanks again!
What? How is that possible? I’m a fan of papayas as much as next guy, but what
I know; I had no idea the apparent love for papayas!
Yeah, what on earth
Hey Grey –
Hope you’re well . . .
I’m in a 12 team mixed keeper league, currently middle of the pack. OBP, QS. Just got offered
Buehler, Eloy, and Gore for my Framber, Gallen and Nate Lowe. The only player I’m getting that I can keep next year is Gore ($1); all of mine can be kept (Gallen at $1 for one year, Lowe at $1 for two years, and Valdez at $7 for two years).
I’m probably not a championship team this year. Better to take the trade to see if this puts me over the top, or hold at least the pitchers for the future? My other potential SP keepers are Scherzer ($37, 2 years), Trevor Rogers ($1, 2 years), Kaprielian ($1, 2 years), Berrios ($23, 2 years), Manoah ($1, 2 years), Kopech ($1, 2 years), Pearson ($5, 2 years), Lamet ($1, 1 year).
We can keep 9. I also have a few hitting keepers that I’ll get cheap.
Do I have enough keepers to give these guys up and make a run for it?
Thanks, as always.
You too, Jeff! If you’re not competing this year, why trade away guys who can be kept for guys who can’t?
I think Buehler and Jimenez make me better this year, and anything can happen in the playoffs, right?. I guess the real question is how high on the list of potential keepers are Gallen and Valdez?
I also have Duran, Luis Robert, Bichette, Mullins, Franmil, Bobby Witt, and Walsh all available to kept for $1 in addition to the pitchers I menationed abvove I could keep (Manoah, Rogers, Kaprielian, Berrios, Kopech, Pearson, Lamet, Scherzer)
Since 9 is my max, are Gallen and Valdez high on that list?
Thanks for looking at this followup!
Doubt you keep Framber or Gallen either so grab Walker if it gets you a possible win this year
When lindor went down I picked up Polanco… accidental upgrade baby!
Sometimes I need to really hog it up with two questions in the same day (and not even be polite enough to put them in a single post).
What the F am I supposed to do with this Cody? Guy is batting sub-100 in the past week, but I just can’t bring myself to bench a guy with his history who plays on a stacked team. Right? And of course, the fantasy fates will see to it that he goes 4/4 with 2 HR and a steal if I bench him.
Dood is killlllling us.
Why don’t you take one for the team and bench him so he can do something for the rest of us?
He’s killing me too…Please bench him for all of us
wins saves ERA Whip K/bb k/9 QS league
would you add Shane Mclanahan Toukie toussant CHris Paddack or tanner houck if so who would you drop? i also have means on IL still not sure if i should activate or drop to waiver wire
IL- John Means
Sandoval for Means, I guess…Might want to drop Means for Shane tho
Funny, not funny, I was planning to come here and ask if something more was going on with White Castellanos (love those greek sliders with tzatziki sauce!) . . . and here’s where I learn the news about his microproblem. Uggh.
I know you don’t think nice things about him, but I loved Fulmer or anyone else getting saves with an “SP” next to their name. You think he’s a drop now that Soto looks to have that gig?
Soto looks like the closer, year…lurves!
Keep forever. Kept Biggio over Muncy, yeah I know. Ok to dump the aforementioned Biggio for the likes of Kiki? Cesar Hernandez? Not looking for a keeper here, just trying to stay relevant attempting to snag one of the final playoff slots.
Just so done with Story. His piss poor 2021 is going to cost him some bucks as he enters FA. I can think of a dozen SS’s I’d rather have then Trevor who’s morphed into a home field stream. Late first round pick, ugotz!
Yeah, Cesar — ugotz indeed
15 team 5×5 – David Price, Isaiah Gray, Zach Thompson, Kyle Muller, Tylor Megill, Touki Toussaint, Matt Manning. Who are your Top 4? All are avail on waivers.
1.) A wild Harrison Bader appeared! He’s hot again, the Pokémon master himself. Keep an eye on him.
2.) Alcantara has been bad in his last 5/6 starts. Might be wearing out. It’s especially bad since his Ks are low (unlike TRogers). Is he droppable in deep 10 team where I need starters? Not sure I trust him more than streamers.
1. Especially with that balance of his!
2. Drop him
I’m not sure I understand the Tucker mention of owners being disappointed. He was ranked 41st in Yahoo preseason and currently is listed at 44th. In my league he was chosen in the 4th and his owner is not interested in trading him at all but he’s trying to move Betts. Every one of us has underachievers worse than Tucker. Betts, Story, Lindor are pretty good examples.
Yeah, that’s true, fair point…
My Bellinger is a mess recently, and I still can keep Bregman, JDM, Olson, T Anderson, Bichette, L Robert to next year.
How about trade Bellinger for Burnes or Darvish if I need K/QS/WHIP in a keeper league? Thoughts appriciated.
Sure, that works, I’d take Burnes
I’d take either, just Burnes first
Hi Grey, how do think Bellinger now? Look down or will recover ROS or next year?
Maybe next year
If you look at Vlad’s splits they are interesting to say the least. I am not selling by any means. I am also interested to see how this plays out.
Yeah, I hear ya
Conforto or Soler ROS?
Also, Torrens or IFK. Really getting sick of IFK but feels dumb dropping him.
15 Team 5 x5 – all avail on waivers: Isaiah Gray, David Price, Tanner Houck, Zach Thompson, Tylor Megill, Kyle Muller, Touki Toussaint.
Who are your top 4 ROS?
Price, Megill, Touki, Zach
Struggling with putting a full hitting lineup out there due to injuries (I have Bregman, mondesi, lindor, trout, Castellanos, Jiménez and Robert). It’s a keeper league (keep 6 players at an escalated cost from their draft salary)
Is it safe to drop brujan? Or do you think his upside is tremendous over next 1-3 years?
I think his upside is pretty great, but in a keep 6 league you can drop
Gray, I watched the Brave game and while Muller only threw 87 pitches he attempted another 30 pick off attempts to home base. 117 total throws so he was gassed.
Ah, makes sense, thanks!
Excellent work Grey!
16 team H2H weekly points league
Please rank :
Patino, Isaiah Gray and Tanner Houck.
Who’s got the better potential ROS
Gray. Dodgers need him, so he has a spot, at least for an extended look. If he is good or better, he probably holds that spot. Patino is probably going to have his innings limited pretty hard bc that is what Tampa does. Houck hasn’t pitched deep into games this season, but has some high K and W upside pitching for Boston.
Would rank them Gray, Houck, Patino if truly for RoS of value
Thanks! Agree with B — but could change
Thairo Estrada has been filling in nicely for Crawford so far. Think he’s worth a pick up in 10/12/14 teamers?
Think Itch likes him more than I do…Some contact, some speed, some power, fine for 14 teamer
I need an OF ros in a pts league. Who ya got?
Yelich, Haniger, Alvarez
Agree with B
Hey Grey, I’ve got a way-too-early keeper question for you since I’m out of it. We keep two pitchers, and my options are only ok – Buehler, Giolito, and Gallen are really the only ones to consider at this point.
A) One of the contenders is possibly willing to trade either Wander or Rutschman + if I’m willing to trade Gio or Buehler (prospects are treated as separate keepers). I know your stance on pitchers, but how much do you think it would hurt if I’m left with either GIo/Gallen or Buehler Gallen as my keeper SPs?
B) I may be able to trade for Nola – I know he’s had a down season, but if I can get my hands on him, does he soften the blow? I see you have him ahead of Gio in the top 100 ROS rankings.
Don’t trade Buehler.
What are you other prospect keeper options?
Wander obvs hasnt been great this year, but theres a reason he was a consensus top 3 prospect all year.
How long can you keep players and at what cost?
All good questions – we can carry over 3 designated prospects for a max of 3 years, at which point I either lose them or have to keep them as a “normal” keeper (4 hitters, 2 pitchers, can keep as long as we choose). For prospects, I’ve got Kelenic and Kirilloff who I can keep for one more year, and I’ve recently drafted Marco Luciano, Corbin Carroll and Hunter Greene all of whom I could keep for this and two more season. One of the contenders is looking for a good SP. My thinking was if I have excess pitching that I’m comfortable not keeping, I could improve my prospect keepers with a blue chipper that is closer (or in) the bigs.
A. I’d take Wander for Gio
B. Yes, I like Nola still, think he’s better than Gio still but that could change
Thanks Grey! I have Gallen and Severino as backups – I’m sure I can rely on either of them!
H2H Keeper league. We keep 6 and I have a lot of pitching. I’m in the mix, worried about Peralta innings. Team with Scherzer is out of it. My Peralta for his Max? I’m pretty sure hes gonna be on that short list of horses that pitch all the way to the end. Thank you in adavance.
I think the concerns are a bit overblown, but Scherzer, if he stays healthy, will probably pitch more innings of basically the same quality as Peralta.
It is a solid deal for this year, but if Peralta was going to be a keeper for next year, it hurts you for the future, at least a bit, as Scherzer could continue to be a workhorse next year…..but at some point in the relatively near future he will slow down/start to decline.
Agree with B
Rank please.. ROS
Molina, Torrens, Garver
spanks for the mammaries
Garver, torrens, molina
Agree with B
What are we to expect from David Price? He is building his pitch count. Need QS. Would you drop Soler for Price? Soler would be on my bench unless on a roll like now. Don’t need either just looking for who would make biggest impact ROS. If I don’t pick up Price today, he will be gone.
The Dodgers could need him to be a starter for much of the second half, and he is pitching well enough to hold that spot once he gets it I think.
Agree with B
Reds are acting like the Mets with this Castellanos fiasco….what a mess. So frustrating.