Felix Hernandez hit the DL with a calf strain.  He could veal it during his last start.  Sounds like a good injury to milk.  Sorry, I was just shaking out the pockets of these jeans I wore last night and I had a bunch of unused cow puns.  What’s a dad cow’s poop called?  Pa-nure!  Take it, Highlights, it’s yours!  So, James Paxton was called up to replace F-Her, who is likely going to only miss a few weeks, but Paxton could continue to get starts if he’s good.  So, can Paxton be good?  Is there’s twelve posts in post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-hype sleeper?  Paxton has shown flashes of brilliance with his 94 MPH fastball but the M’s have wanted Paxton to improve on a bunch of pitches and he’s already 27 years old, so is improvement coming?  Well, he had a 3.97 ERA in Triple-A this year and Steamer projects him as a streamer, so I have no faith whatsoever.   Speaking of faith, yesterday Paxton gave up runs like his character gave out marriage proposals.  Looking at his line is like looking at Chloe Sevigny — 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 unearned runs.  Paxton’s like when Picasso stood up from the toilet.  He’d look down and say, “That’s a work in progress.”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Wil Myers – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Save some posts for this post12-hype sleeper.

Jon Jay – 4-for-6, 2 runs.  Nice game from The Federalist, but this is the problem with the Padres.  Okay, one of the problems.  Yangervis Solarte (3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Matt Kemp (2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI), Alexei Ramirez (3-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs with his 2nd and 3rd homers), Adam Rosales (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 3rd homer), and where does that get you?  Myers is the only one worth anything moving forward.  The rest of their team is placeholders until they find someone either younger or better.  Go younger now, stop with the placeholders.  Like Jay, Yangervis, Kemp, Alexei, Rosales, Norris, Upton, etc. is the future of your franchise.  Please.  Okay, could someone help me down from this soapbox?

Miguel Sano – Hit the DL.  Every preseason schmohawk I listed as overrated is on the DL.  Not one.  Not two.  Not three.  Not four.  Five.  Five guys I told you to avoid in the preseason and all five are currently on the DL.  I’m reminded of Posdnuos’ line from Afro Connections at a Hi 5, “Now I hold my crotch cause I’m top-notch.”  Yo, G, you nailed the overrated guys once again.  And you know that!

Sean Manaea – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 6.16.  Stream-o-Nator was slightly more positive than meh on his start yesterday vs. the Twins, and is slightly less than meh on his next start.  Be it as it meh.

Danny Valencia – 3-for-4, hitting .346.  Only a handful of people asked to drop him yesterday.  We’ve come a long way.  Not far enough though.  Damn, I sound downright MLK!  That’s Mark Linn-Baker.  Ask him why he didn’t use the B in his initials.

Jed Lowrie – 2-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .315.  Good news is he’s hitting.  Bad news is once you pick him up he’ll get injury.  It’s scientific.

Austin Jackson – Sat out again with turf toe.  A-Jax needs to scrub better!

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.62.  I just heard the ice cream truck jingle and ran out to find a Jacob deGrom Buy Low truck.  So glad I didn’t miss you!  Let me have one deGrom with jimmies…*truck pulls away*  Wait, where are you going?  Come back!  At least shut off Three Blind Mice!

Jose Abreu – 0-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .242.  Yesterday, he knocked in the winning run with a sac fly.  I’d prefer he grew a sack and hit a big fly.  I used to call him El Grande Dolor because of his similarity to The Big Hurt, Frank Thomas, but now I wish to hire a lawyer for Frank Thomas to sue me for insulting him.  Serious question, can I hire a lawyer to sue myself?

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer.  Mean’s while, Abreu picked his nose for the 17th time.

Gregory Polanco – Missed yesterday due to discomfort in his foot and is headed for an x-ray.  Ugh, we need a prayer hexagon immediately.

Jon Niese – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Cool, sweet, adjective, so where’s Jameson Taillon?

Adam Conley – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.72.  Prior to yesterday, he had an ERA near-6 at home, and has gone less than six innings in five of 11 starts.  What does this mean?  That it’s impossible to know what Conley you’re going to get on any given day.

Derek Dietrich – Left in serious pain after being hit on the wrist.  Miguel Rojas come on down the depth chart!

Jon Lester – 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.29.  Terrific year so far from Lester and he’s not allowing steals at the usual rate; I know this because I’ve now streamed multiple fast players against in the last few starts with no results.  Yay me!

Hector Rondon – Was unavailable with back stiffness.  Maddon didn’t know if Rondon would be available today, then Maddon drew on the replay screen, showing which way the O-line was blocking.  Grab Pedro Strop now, just in case.

John Lamb – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.58.  Yesterday’s start came in Coors, where he should’ve been killed, but the Pun Gods refused to allow me a Lamb to slaughter.

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and two steals (11, 12).  For one series in Coors, Hamilton was the player everyone thought they were drafting for the last two years.

Anibal Sanchez – Moved to the bullpen as he lost his rotation spot.  Only thing that could break him out of this slump is posing naked with Kate Upton.  Or at least that’s what he keeps trying to sell Verlander on.

Michael Fulmer – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  He’s not only striking guys out, but he’s also getting guys to ground out.  That’s a combination for success.  Here’s what Big Magoo just said the other day, “In addition to the swings and misses (10.7 SwStr%), Fulmer’s been able to keep the ball on the ground as well, as his 51.0% GB% can attest. In fact, he’s one of only ten starting pitchers (min. 30 IP) who has managed a 50% GB% combined with a 10% SwStr% this season: Kershaw, Syndergaard, Nola, Arrieta, Salazar, Kluber, Tanaka, Hamels, and Liriano are the others.  He’s as pretty as Grey is ugly.”  Hey, what?  Who proofread this?  I’ve taken a long time to come around on Fulmer, but I’m around now.

Francisco Rodriguez –  1 1/3 IP, 0 ER, and his 15th save, ERA at 3.60.  Yesterday, K-Rod revealed he had the Zika virus this offseason.  I will say this.  K-Rod’s father-in-law has some killer long game.  Revenge is a dish best served cold with chimichurri sauce hiding the flavor of ground-up infected mosquitos.

Matt Shoemaker – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (0 walks), 8 Ks, ERA at 5.50, but has 31 Ks in his past 22 2/3 IP and has only given up 4 ER in that time, lowering his ERA from 8.49 to 5.50 in three starts.  Yes, I’m a fan.  His xFIP is 3.56 and his K and BB rates are 9.1 and 2.2.  Those numbers make him ownable in all leagues.  Those numbers are remarkable similar to his opponent, Fulmer.  Shoemaker vs. Fulmer?  Fulmer has more upside and downside, Shoemaker is safer.

Bryce Harper – Dusty Baker said there’s no structural damage in Harper’s knee.  I’m sorry, but I can’t imagine Dusty saying the phrase “no structural damage.”  I could see him saying Harper’s knee isn’t “jammed up,” or “is feeling good, what is this twenty questions,” or “you really want me to remove my toothpick so I can answer you?”

Danny Espinosa – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Great, he’s getting hot just as Super Two’s start to become eligible.  Just terrific with a squiggly-mouthed emoji.

Wilson Ramos – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .338.  Amazing how many people want to drop Ramos in the comments.  They should try and own Tyler Flowers and Yan Gomes for a game or two months.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  This game came against the Phils, who he’s faced three times (2.57 ERA in 21 IP).  Just due to the Braves and Phils, Scherzer will have an ERA around 2.75 this year.

Jimmy ParedesPhillies acquired him from the Jays for cash.  The cash amount was said to be less than twenty-seven dollars but more than sixteen.  Phillies’ fans are excited about greeting Paredes with ticker tape.  Giant rolled up containers of ticker tape that will hurt when they hit someone.

Gordon Beckham – Left yesterday’s game with a hamstring injury.  But what about the .06% that own him?  What will they do?!

Hunter Pence – Sounds to be headed to the DL with a hamstring injury.  I think Pence is getting to the age where we’re lucky to see 100 games from him before his Gangly Manbird body breaks down.

Brandon Belt – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  He’s totally cooled off.  Wait, no he hasn’t.

Michael Pineda – Joe Girardi removed his bite guard and said Pineda is not in danger of losing his rotation spot.  Is this more of a confidence builder for Pineda or more of an insult to Severino?

Masahiro Tanaka – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.78 vs. Aaron Sanchez – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.99.  This matchup was billed as Chopped judge Aaron Sanchez vs. Iron Chef Masahiro.  Sanchez opened with pozole that made the judges go “hominy, hominy, hominy” and Masahiro met the challenge with a course he called “Tempura’d Expectations, The Japanese Have No Letter K.”  I’m Alton Brown and I will make you want to Hulk smash your TV.

Darwin Barney – 3-for-3, 2 runs.  The Purple Evolutionist has been playing every day, and has a hit in his last five games.  Could be a very light schmotato.

Brad Boxberger – Hit the DL again with an oblique injury.  This comes after he missed two months due to core muscle surgery.  Hope he held onto his receipt!  Yes, pick Alex Colome back up if he was dropped.

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.75.  You know what I love in a not-loving-at-all kinda way?  When I need streamers and middle relievers to help bring down my so-called ace, Chris Archer’s, stats.  That is awesome.

Curt Casali – 2-for-3 and his 6th homer, but 12 homers if he played every day.  Yeah, I’m keeping track of his fictitious homer count.

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-3, 1 RBI, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-5, 1 run, hitting .360.  Gonna kinda miss him when Odor returns.  Okay, not that much.

Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.44.  He looks better than my ‘ace’ Chris Archer.  Lowercase yay.

Will Smith – Craig Counsell said Smith could see save opportunities.  When Counsell said it, he was holding the microphone is a really odd way.  Like he was Trump mocking a physical disability.  I’d own Smith in every league where I needed saves.  He’s usually safe for ratios and saves would be a cherry on top like this Tawny Kitaen magnet I put on top of my ice cream sundae magnet on the refrigerator.

Zach Davies – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.53.  He throws a 89 MPH fastball, which isn’t the end all, except Davies throws it 63% of the time.  Nothing like relying on a blazingly whatever fastball.  In fairness to him, he induces ground balls.  Also, in fairness to him, he’s fair.

Evan Gattis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Better yet, this was his 5th game catching.  Should have eligibility in Yahoo now, assuming they don’t freeze everyone out of their teams and revert all stats accidentally back to last week.

George Springer – 2-for-5 and his 13th homer, hitting .290.  Overwhelmingly, Springer lost out to Trout yesterday in the consensus, which does make sense.  By the by, there are two guys above Trout on our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  Can you guess which two?

Mike Fiers – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.84.  He was the Stream-o-Nator pick of the day, after the Stream-o-Nator picked up the phone, thinking it was ringing, when it was really a phone on the TV.  Aw, the Stream-o-Nator is so sad!

Luke Gregerson – 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  The owning of Ken Giles commences in 3, 2, 1…

Jake Lamb – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  He got into that ball in a baaaaaaaaahd way.

Mike Napoli – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and his 5th homer in the last nine games (sample sizing!).  There’s no schmotato hotter right now in the entire universe.  The universe that rotates around Napoli’s mother’s nipples.

Trevor Bauer – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.27.  Can I be honest with you?  Thanks, I appreciate your discretion.  Okay, I wouldn’t own Bauer in any mixed league.  Whew, that felt good to get off my chest.  Speaking of chests, how about that Napoli?!

Marlon Byrd – Suspended for 162 games for his 2nd PEDs offense.  The only people that want to see Byrd play again are Lynyrd Skynyrd fans.  Byrd will now follow his namesake and explore the South Pole to see if Santa has some undetectable PEDs.

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-5, 1 run, hitting .357 in a little less than a week.  Did I say week?  Where’s my Odor?!  Don’t point to my armpits.  Not cool.

Hyun-soo Kim – 3-for-5, 1 run, hitting near-.350 in the last week, and has a homer a few games ago.  Honestly, his upside is unclear, as is why he doesn’t have a Ho in his Korean name, but he has been hot.

Pedro Alvarez – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Pe-Al doesn’t get three hits in a game without being locked in.  That means he’s going to homer in the next few days.  You can bank on it (or never mention this again if he doesn’t).

Joe Kelly – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA up to 8.46.  Picking up right where Buchholz left off!  Kelly was optioned to Triple-A, where he should be joined by most of the Sawx starters.

David Ortiz – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  He’s going for Bonds this year?

Krispie Young – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homers, has hits in eight of his last ten games, and hitting over .300 in the last week, but Krispie platoons, so you need to do the same.  Yeah, I’m your boss!

Mookie Betts – 2-for-3 and two more homers (13, 14).  Betts is on the Zone Diet, eating at ESPN Zone, while listening to his Zune that he’s strategically altered to now read Zone, while watching an interview with Billy Zane that the interviewer keeps mispronouncing to be Zone, when Joan from Mad Men walks in and someone yells, “Hey, it’s Joan!” but they sneeze at the worst possible time and end up saying, “Hey, it’s Zone!”  That’s how in the Zone Betts is.  He had as many homers in a seven at-bat stretch as the Braves had in April.  Betts is the 2nd youngest to hit 5 HRs in two games, but Bryce Harper, the record holder, had an off day between the two games.  BETTS DOESN’T NEED OFF DAYS!  Sorry, I didn’t mean to do all caps, but my keyboard is sticky from owning Betts.

 
  1. Mark says:
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    Shoemaker is safer than Fulmer? Were you asleep during 2015 season?

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Mark: He simply meant that Shoemaker stays on safer footing.

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Mark: Also triple A Salt Lake City is a very safe place, you know, because all the Mormons.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Mark: 2015 is soooo 2015

    • Scott says:
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      @Mark: If you’re looking for rookie love, check out Ralph’s posts.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Scott: Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey

    • los locos says:
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      @Mark: Shoemaker has string along some nice starts, continue to ride the nice streak before he blows up and give up 7 runs. He was a nice surprise two years ago too and we all know what happened after that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: Vet is safer than a rookie, and it wasn’t asleep, doctors said it was a coma after all

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: Shoemaker – No innings limit…

        In a head to head, I’m leaning towards the Cobbler over the kid… but in Roto, those Ks are tasty.

        I love rookie pitchers, until they become good and I am counting on them only for them to be shut down.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  2. john c hull says:
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    I’m thinking of dropping Rodon for Fulmer for the 2 start h2h.

  3. Manley Ramirez says:
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    With a name like Jimmy Paredes, it seems fitting any deal he is involved with is cash only.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Manley Ramirez: Because Puerto Ricans pin money to a new bride’s dress and the Puerto Rican parade is famous? I don’t follow

  4. Kiss The Mad Bum says:
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    You will miss merrifield… Will he be sent down when Odor returns because they may be keeping Profar?

    • knucks says:
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      @Kiss The Mad Bum: He will be cut… off Grey’s fantasy team. He’s a Royal not a TEX Ranger.

    • justthefoultip says:
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      @Kiss The Mad Bum:

      Merrifield is on the royals, so no.

  5. Alex says:
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    Is Duvall better than Kemp this year, or is Duvall just on a lengthy hot streak?

    Drop Duvall for Kemp OR Will Myers?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: I’d prefer Kemp, but it could go either way

  6. True and Correct says:
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    Sano on d.l. forces me to use a buy. Mazara, Duvall, Piscotty….please rank for R.O.S.. If you don’t mind, for roto and points. Mazara and Duvall are both $1 mil. and Piscotty is $1.54 mil. Duvall is en fuego, but strikes out more than Sano. San is only $1.55 mil., so I’m considering droppng Stanton whose salary is $3 mil. Tough to fit him in even if I wanted to, with Trout, Harper, Goldy, Rizzo, Betts, Cain, Correa, Altuve, Bryant, Arenado, Machado, and Springer all more playable than Giancarlo.
    Also Carrasco or Darvish ? Thanks.
    I’ll read your response when I wake up. You the Man.

    • Chester says:
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      @True and Correct: Are there other teams in your league? You have Trout, Harper, Goldy, Rizzo, Betts, Cain, Correa, Altuve, Bryant, Arenado, Machado, and Springer and Stanton…………..

      • bing says:
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        @Chester: so I was going to
        Back this guy up as a trout/HARPER/goldy/Rizzo/ correa owner in my keeper league because I get the same response (are their other teams yardda yadda, and yes it’s very competitive) but I fill it out with the ozunas and Kyle Seagers of the world. Do your leaguemates actually pay money to get slaughtered by your team every year?literally every player on your team is a first or second rounder wow.

        • Chester says:
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          @bing: Yea I never say this because I understand keepers and sometimes it happens. But this team is literally insane.

          • Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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            @Chester:
            This has to be some special kind of league where either the only limitation is budget, so any team can own anybody, or the only limitation is that you have to draft blindfolded in person and this guy cheated

            • True and Correct says:
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              @Odor’s Odor-izzi spray: Sorry to disappoint, but no cheating and this league (CDM Sports) is an incredible amount of fun and tremendous competition. Some of the best players in the country who play fantasy baseball are regulars. Yeah, I also play several teams every year at NFBC. I’ve has a lot of monetary success in both types of fantasy competitions.
              To even suggest that it is easy or dumb or make fun of CDM is foolhardy until you try and compete. I’m kind of amazed how I read these snarky remarks from those who have never even played CDM.
              The best players know more about baseball than anyone I’ve ever known which rare exception.
              Salary cap w/ limited buys requires real management of a team, both in ROTO and Points.
              I love both types of games, salary cap, and drafts.

          • True and Correct says:
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            @Chester: Check out CDM Sports and take a look at some of the players. Just another take on fantasy baseball. I practiced law for 30 years, and passed the N.Y., Cal., and Fla. Bar Exams. Trust me buddy, this is not a league for ANYONE without a good mind and anyone not heavily in to baseball. Almost everyone in this league also plays in many NFBC leagues.

            • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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              @True and Correct: sooooo, you are an entrepreneur who owns CDM…

              Get on CDM sports and you can own all the best players!

              • True and Correct says:
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                @F.K.A. Ralph: Sound like those who comment on Yahoo. What a fool.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @True and Correct: This sounds like the way fantasy football (soccer) is played in the UK and elsewhere, since forever. Anybody can own anybody within the confines of a cap. You need your stars, but you need to find cheap guys who can outperform their price too.

        • Chris says:
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          Can’t imagine how this could be a fun league, but what do I know!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Chester: Maz and Piscotty aren’t owned

      • True and Correct says:
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        @Chester: It’s a salary cap league. Given either $30mil. (Roto) or $60 mil. (points) with 16 buys for the season, plus 2 add ons on sept. 1.
        I’ve played this (CDMSports) for 20 years. Huge prizes. Great game.
        Btw, I also play 5-6 teams in NFBC. Obviously I’m retired and LOVE baseball……..and LOVE Greay and Razzball.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @True and Correct: of course it’s “fun” for this guy, and i’m sure he wants really bad to think it’s competitive too.

    • Holden says:
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      @True and Correct:

      Here’s some advice, find a real league to play in.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Holden: HA! This has to be a joke. He has Grey’s entire first round on his team except Donaldson.

        • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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          @Teddy Heater: Based on looking at this site for 10 seconds (so I could definitely be mistaken), It looks like this is a format where you can have anyone you want within the salary cap and you are basically competing with your roster against the field. Given the salaries he mentioned ($3M for Stanton), it probably wouldn’t be too hard to get all those guys on the same team with a $60M budget. He probably blew his entire budget on hitters and had almost nothing left for pitchers.

          • True and Correct says:
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            @F.K.A. Ralph: I’ll pay your entry fee next year, genius. 10 seconds …..about the extent of your attention span. The only correct thing you said is i could definitely be mistaken. Unfortunately you’d rather play in a Yahoo league for free.

      • True and Correct says:
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        @Holden: A real league ? Some of the best players in the country play evert year. Why when someone is unfamiliar with something do I hear snarky, unknowledgeable remarks. Now 10 team leagues, IMO, is a joke.
        Exactly what leagues do you play in ?

      • True and Correct says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Just for your edification, I’ve been playing CDM for close to 20 years. Many of the best fantasy players in the country play and have played. Many NFBC Main Event and Online Championship winners. Cocktails and Dreams is in my points league.
        I also play NFBC, but love CDM. It’s a tremendous challenge and huge prizes. I also love baseball.
        More importantly I think you’re a tremendous asset to fantasy baseball analysis and am grateful for your website. Wish all of your readers wouldn’t make such erroneous assumptions as to CDM being a “real league”. As long as you understand is really all I care about.
        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

        • The Harrow says:
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          @True and Correct: those people above weren’t boo hooing that site’s leagues, just yours, since you have like an entire 1st round to yourself.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @The Harrow: But that’s the thing. In this kind of league you don’t draft players. You choose whoever you want – you just have to fit them under a cap.

  7. crushbombs says:
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    salazar at home vs KC
    Sky Walker in Tex

    start both, 1 or none

  8. Scott says:
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    Pick 2 MI: Schoop, Lawrie, Starlin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Schoop, Castro

      • LightBlack says:
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        @Grey:

        Piggy back time! OBP league. Lawrie,Schoop,Cozart?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Schoop

  9. Dirty it's says:
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    Drop Arcia for contreras if middle infield is this
    Villar,Seager,Devon Travis, schoop , Lindor?

    Catcher Carlos Perez

  10. Dirty it's says:
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    Tajuan walker dropped in my league must add right ??

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Dirty it’s: How big is your league? In ten-team leagues he’s probably fringy at this point. I own him in a 12-teamer and it’s been a lean past month for him. Just one quality start in May.

    • bing says:
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      @Dirty it’s: Id grab him. Especially if a keeper

  11. SF says:
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    Pick up Hyun Soo Kim and drop Trayce Thompson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SF: Yeah

  12. JakeTPE says:
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    First Locke and now Niese? Come on! I mean COME ON!!!! What’s up with that??? It’s June. Now these guys decide to pitch?! It’s like their jobs are on the line or something. So disappointing.

    And this Giles-Gregerson thing has been haunting us since spring and I have an eerie feeling it is going to continue to haunt us moving forward. Hinch says he’s “fatigued” Gregerson and perhaps shouldn’t have used him in that situation (he struck out the side the previous night). Ugh. Sounds like Luke gets next save chance. But Giles may get another look soon as well. Constant flux!

    Anyhow, thanks Grey! Always a fantastic read.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Haha, thanks! Agreed on Gregerson, he’s not out that easy

  13. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Fabulous, write-up! Or fabuloso as they say in Minatitlán, México! I met two ladies from Minatitlán on reading week (aka Spring Break, stateside) in sophomore year in college at a Senor Frogg’s in Mazatlán for Mardi Gras. They both confirmed this.

    a. On the Gregerson-Giles paradigm, I own Michael Feliz in THAT RCL! So, am happy that there is confusion at the back end of the HOU bullpen while this guy just throws 98 with ease and throws up donuts for like 3 INN at a time. They should install Feliz as the closer. Best pitcher in the Hou BP, hands down.

    b. Who would you rather own ROS in a 12-team 5 x 5, RCL?

    Biagini (I pronounce his name (please) Be a Geenie!)

    or

    Giles

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (June 2)

    Tripp: The homeowner? Uh, wayne reynolds. Runs some kind of seminar. Teaches single guys how to pick up girls.
    Horatio: Runs a seminar?
    Tripp: Found that in a drawer. ‘Score at will’, ‘Nail chicks like a rock star’. He’s got the corner on this dirt-bag market. He’s also got quite a little business on his hands.
    Horatio: Yes, he does, Frank. (queue the sunglasses) He also has murder one.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante GALIC: Did you give the sprig break ladies a CSI quote? Cause that would be awesome…. A. Harris has actually been insane, but seems like a 8th inning guy, Feliz has been nasty too B. Giles C. Ha!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Haha! on did I give them a CSI quote! I was on spring break when I met those ladies in February of 1988!!!! So well ahead of my CSI quote days!

        b. Thank you for the advice on Giles v Biagini.

        c. What is up with the TOR BP? Why so many Italians in that BP? Do you have a theory on that one? There is a huge Italian community in Toronto (they went crazy in 1982 when Italy won the world cup, btw) so maybe it’s a way to get the Italian community to enjoy baseball more?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          @Ante GALIC: A. Then it would be really amazing! C. Storeni? Ozuna’s not Italian, I don’t think but it does end in a vowel

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            The constant barrage of misspelled player names has finally got to you! Ozuna=Marcel the MIA OF…Osuna=Roberto the TOR closer. Don’t shoot the messenger!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Haha, dah!

  14. Mike says:
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    Love the write up!

    I just stashed Trea Turner. I’ve got C. Seager and DJ LeMahieu in my 2B and 2B/SS slots, neither of which I want to move out of the lineup. I’ve got V-Mart at UTL that I was thinking about shopping to fit Turner in when he gets the call. What kind of arm/bat do you think I could get for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Thanks! Maybe a Maz type?

  15. Jojo says:
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    Somebody just dropped Archer in my 10 team roto league.
    How much FAAB out of $100 should I use to pick him up?
    He’s going to come around right??

    Thanks!!

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Jojo: $20..he should come around.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Can’t resist! 22$

        Cheers,
        Ante

  16. Mike says:
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    Jake Lamb over Prince Fielder and/or Chris Carter ROS? If I could get Taillion for Lamb should I jump on it?

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Mike: I just dropped Fielder for Lamb yesterday and have no regrets about it whatsoever. If Fielder turns a corner, so be it, but Im done with his sub-mendoza line and no power.

    • Grey

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      @Mike: I’d take Lamb over Fielder…And would take Taillon if I needed SP

  17. The Fridge says:
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    Need to drop one to activate Carrasco….Karns, Shoemaker or Guerra

    • Alex says:
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      @The Fridge: Same story here… Do I drop E. Rodriguez or Guerra? Out of your list, Fridge, I’d drop Karns.

    • Grey

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      @The Fridge: Karns, I’d look at upcoming matchups though

  18. Joe says:
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    Is Frazier too much to give up to maybe get Lindor? I’d be slotting Castellanos in as my regular 3B. I could also throw in a solid closer, since he needs one, and ask for Sano but I agree with you his Ks make him a schmohawk. So would you do either of these if you had starlin at ss?

    A. Frazier for Lindor
    B. Frazier/Jeanmar for Lindor/Sano

    C – Ramos, 1B – Hosmer, 2B – Altuve, SS – Starlin, 3B – Frazier, OF – Stanton, Cespedes, Trumbo, Util – Castellanos, Bench – Polanco (d2d) ||| SP – Price, Salazar, Odorizzi, Nola, McCullers, Iglesias (DL); RP – McGee, Vizcaino, Ziegler, Jeanmar, Osuna, Chapman

    • Grey

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      @Joe: These are fair

  19. Piranhaman says:
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    Nice works Grey as usual.
    I’m a korean fan of Razzball. So I have more informations about korean and japanese players.
    Korean first name consists of two different words in general. For example, ‘Shin’ and ‘Soo’ are separate words that has each of unique meaning. When they met, it becomes a new word. So, Shin-soo is one word. Soo isn’t a middle name. Korean has no middle names.
    Likewise, ‘Ho’ isn’t a middle name, even that word is not that popular in Korean names. Some Korean major leaguers have got ‘Ho’ for instance Chan-ho Park, Jung-ho Kang, Dae-ho Lee, and Byung-ho Park. However, it’s a small sample, and might be more like coincidence.
    I just wanted to let you know this. Thanks :)

    PS. anyway, should I drop Liriano and grab Shoemaker?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Piranhaman: Good stuff, Piranhaman! In addition to those Korean ball players, don’t forget Shin Soo-ji and her first pitch exploits.

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @JakeTPE: haha, you watched it! She’s a legend of first pitch history.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: Nice! Thanks for the info! I’d try Shoemaker

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @Grey: oh, thanks Grey :)

  20. Charles says:
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    RCL- is Porcello worth holding? He’s had value all year due to his wins, but lately has been bleh. Alternative is streaming the likes of Eickhoff, Guerra, etc for good matchups. Also the roster spot would be used for short-schedule hitter days and RP stockpiles.

    • Grey

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      @Charles: He’s on waivers in my league

  21. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    One more to add. Just coined a new phrase for Gattis. Hope it hasn’t been already trademarked and registered elsewhere!

    In Gattis we trust!

    Cheers,
    Ante

  22. Chester says:
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    Would you rather:

    Just Dong & McCullers

    or

    Beltre & Carlos Martinez

    • Chester says:
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      @Chester: Also – what do you think is going on with Stanton? Think he’s more hurt than they’re saying and he’s playing through injury, or is it he’s just rich as hell now?

      Is he worth trying to buy? I’ve got Chris Davis that I may be able to use to buy him but I’m worried about his health and ROS potential.

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Chester: JD

    • Grey

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      @Chester: JD…Stanton seems hurt, yeah…I’d try to buy him, but for Davis is likely a push

  23. Happyharry says:
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    Good Update, Thanks…12 team, H2H, 6×6, no bench. – What to do with Prince ROS ?, do I drop him for Duvall or Napoli?

    Also, Drop Nicasio for Hellickson, Duffy, Leake, Shoemaker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Happyharry: Thanks! Sure, Duvall…. These are streamers, Shoemaker

  24. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    I won’t believe in Will Myers until he gets at least 13 post- prefixes.

    As a speculative saves add, what’s your order of preference: Will Smith, Pedro Strop, Ken Giles?

    • MattTruss

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      Giles, Smith, Strop is how I’d rank them.

      It’s a matter of time on Giles. Smith just got the verbal from his manager that he’ll be seeing save situations soon, probably a committee there until someone runs away with it.

  25. Rusty says:
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    I need to drop one: ERod, Liriano, or Fulmer.

    Thanks!

  26. Robert says:
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    Fulmer or Shields?

  27. JoeG414 says:
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    Any news on Polanco ? No news is good news ? I was checking the beat writers all night for an update. Only thing I got was that someone maybe saw him walking in the dugout.
    I guess hockey is more important.

    • knucks says:
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      @JoeG414: Per our own beat commenter, Fred Garvin MP, Brocktune was available to pinch hit last night (so says the Marlins broadcast). Who knows if they really heard that or not, but I sure slept better after Fred mentioned it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG414: What knucks said, but Marlins announcers said it so not sure they know

  28. FriendlyFriar says:
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    Would you put T. Jankowski in the category of the kids the Padres ought to be running out there? I can’t buy into the idea that Jon Jay is really that much better, but I’m also intrigued by the speed and 11% walk rate Jankowski showed in the upper minors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FriendlyFriar: Jay is a utility guy that should not be starting on a rebuilding team

  29. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Liriano or Ed rod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Liriano, but tossup

  30. Anon says:
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    Is there a stat like xFIP for hitters that might suggest what a player’s avg might be without, for example, a ridiculously high BABIP? thanks!

    • Grey

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      @Anon: There’s expected average, but I don’t think kinks are worked out of it, hitters you need to look at a few things (LD, FB, BABIP, Hard%, etc)

  31. Runner says:
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    I would also prefer he grow a sac and hit a fly

  32. Anon says:
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    I picked up Urias hoping that his next start would be against Atlanta, but instead he is throwing @ the Cubs tonight. Also have Carrasco coming back from the DL against KC. Starting both!! YOLO!!!

    • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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      @Anon: If I was a Urias owner I’d be a bit nervous about a start at Chicago. I own Archie Bradley (another prospect, but not as solid as Urias) and I’m benching him against Chicago Friday. Just the facts, ma’am:
      At home compared to all 32 MLB teams Chicago is:
      20th in batting average
      19th in HRs
      9th in Runs Scored

      Against Lefties Chicago is:
      19th in batting average
      17th in HRs
      13th in Runs Scored

      So the numbers indicate they’re maybe not as scary as many of us think they are. Myself being a nobody on a comment board pay no attention to any recommendation I would make. If I owned him I’d be benching him. But the league mate who DOES own him is throwing him tonight.

  33. Clint says:
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    Good trade? 12 team roto keeper where we’re currently keeping 8 but may drop to 5 next season. I’m sinking in pitching stats this year but hanging out in 2nd place right now:

    I gave up Rizzo, JD Mart, & Smyly
    I got back Pujols, Stanton, & Harvey

    Gives me an OF of Betts/Harper/Stanton, Machado at SS, & SP’s of Kluber/Strasburg/Price/Harvey/Kennedy. And I already had some spare bench power to stem the Rizzo loss w/Schoop, KD, Joc, & Lawrie.

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @Clint: Sorry, but that looks like a good trade for the other guy to me. You got Stanton and I understand the belief/hope that he’ll come around, but you gave up Rizzo and Just Dong to do it.

    • Grey

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      @Clint: Meh, hopefully it works out

  34. Five-On-One says:
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    So, I have a bit of a crush on Machado. Is Castellanos + Nola + Closer too much to give up? I am trying to acquire him for less, but the current owner is holding out.

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Five-On-One: Its a lot, depending on the league environment, who the closer is, etc. Also would depend on who you would be able to pick up / obtain to fill the 2 roster spots that would be open….they have to be factored in as part of the trade.

      Machado is a top 5 offensive player, so probably worth it!

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @B the Esq.: Machado slots in for Cast. I have an extra closer on my bench (Osuna, K-Rod, McGee and Dyson). He could throw in a SP that he would otherwise release or I could find a streamer on waivers.

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Five-On-One: Not too much

  35. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Looking at his line is like looking at Chloe Sevigny… hahaha – dude, that slays! Great way to start the day. Good thing about Chloe is she’s always willing to get deep into a role. And let the role get deep into her.

    Dude – Alex Reyes looks absolutely sick! Another 11Ks in 6IP. Hoping The Fates go all Tonya Harding on someone’s knee in the Cards rotation. What awfulness something as insignificant as fantasy baseball leads us to. Wishing injury upon a real-life pro athlete.

    Now I feel terrible…like the back of Chloe’s throat.

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse: I found that comment a little odd myself, but I’ve had a thing for Chloe Sevigny. Was that a dig on Chloe, Grey? Even before seeing 5 minutes of Brown Bunny I’ve been intrigued.

      • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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        @Hal Incandenza: I’m kinda with you, Hal. People like Chloe have a certain allure because there’s a part of us that think – I could pull that. Anna Kendrick is another one…oddly cute. But not. But then yeah because she’d be gettable in the real world. She’s from Portland, Maine and I can tell you, there hasn’t been a cute girl born in Maine since…Dorothea Dix – and she came by that name honestly.

        • Hal Incandenza says:
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          @Hieronymous Lohse: Chloe screams kitchen sex for me. Not that I normally want to take care of business in la cocina, but you get my point. I dunno, maybe there’s an element of Bridget Fonda in Jackie Brown at play in it. Wait, that was kitchen sex! I guess that was pretty real life, as far as on-screen action is concerned.

          Googled Dorthea and I’m making the same connection, but I’m also only seeing the typical Hollywood type red-carpet shots. If there’s a film with her being more “real”, drop a comment and I’ll “research” it further. :)

          • Hal Incandenza says:
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            @Hal Incandenza: Correction: I Googled Anna Kendrick.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Total kitchen sex

            • Hieronymous Lohse says:
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              @Grey: “kitchen sex”. Hahaha – great phrase! Perfect sense.

  36. Bryan says:
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    Donaldson and Mccullers or Stanton and Salazar?

  37. Eric says:
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    Ello Grey,

    Have a lot of starters going tomorrow – would like your opinion on some. Who are you starting?

    Rodon @Det
    Liriano at home vs. LAA
    Taijuan Walker @Tex

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Starting Liriano

  38. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    with this roster in OPS, hits, total bases, K’s added 16 team h2h, do i have enough steals/runs to drop eaton for saunders?
    C swihart
    1B rizzo
    2B schoop
    SS bogey
    3B carpenter
    CI carter
    MI miller
    LF k.davis
    CF revere
    RF stanton
    OF braun
    Util r-zimm
    BN suarez/hundley/eaton
    DL pollock

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Grey: that’s what i was worried about too, i see that nice saunders OPS and it’s so damn pretty. he’s much too good to even be out there in a 16 teamer with 4 OF starting.

  39. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS QS

    Drop Lawrie for J. Harrison?

  40. Carlos says:
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    Grey!

    Drop Matt Adams for J Lamb? Thanks!

  41. tyler says:
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    Lamb over Franco rest of season? The Phils are not helping with the runs category and Franco’s AVG is pretty bad.

    • knucks says:
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      @tyler: Yikes, I hope not. Lamb is nice player. And I get the Phildo’s suck and all that, but you’re talking about a guy that gets platooned over him. Do you have another guy to slide in at 3B on days that the Snakes face Lefties? If so I guess you could consider this kinda thing.

      • tyler says:
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        @knucks: Once Odor comes back, I can slot Manny back at 3rd instead of MI and bench Franco. Just looking stats based, as Lamb is a platoon, he STILL has better counting stats than Franco.

    • Grey

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      @tyler: Agree with knucks

  42. potus says:
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    For a meh guy those last 5 ERA’s are far from…………..the 1st 3 are all accidentally from 2014…..BOS(2.52), OAK(2.35), Total(2.46)……….2.46(2014), 3.75(2013), 4.82(2012) should be the correct digits.

    Funny I didn’t feel let down by Jon last year, I felt meh, so I had to check.

    Think Jon might’ve taken a South American road trip with my boys in 2012 after his Apr11th start. 6 days later he got spanked starting his 2012 spiral.

    Really appreciate the work ……keep it up!

    • Grey

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      @potus: Thanks! My bad on the ERAs

  43. Rusty Arms says:
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    Looks like Gegerson may be sliding far enough to warrant a change soon. How long of a leash do you think he has?
    Does the future hold for Giles or Harris? Kinda think that big paycheck may force them to give it to Giles first and maybe before the break! What are the thoughts. As usual thanks

    • ashtray says:
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      @Rusty Arms: They paid big for Giles but Harris has had the 8th. I’m waiting to see who they give the ball to in the 9th tonight before I decide who to roster.

    • knucks says:
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      @Rusty Arms: If the Astro’s continue the trend they are on, look for someone to get dealt within the next 45 days. That doesn’t exactly clear things up. Just saying, keep it in mind.

  44. Reid says:
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    Greetings Razzball enthusiasts! Last night saw a few big names added to the waiver wire in my 11 tm roto. I currently have Just Dong, Marte, Polanco (pray), and Duvall. Both Conforto and Herrera were dropped last night. Do I need to pick any of them up? Have Beef, Belt, Travis, Donaldson, Correa, Reed (stash), and Frazier to round out the squad FYI. I’m in first place currently.

    Secondly, is Fulmer worth the add to replace Liriano, McCullers, Hill, or Taillon (stashing him)? Thanks everyone!

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Reid: I dont see a definite drop to add one of those 2 at this point.

      Drop Liriano for Fulmer….hope for the upside!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Reid: Conforto over Duvall….Fulmer over Liriano

      • Reid says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. B the Esq. says:
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    Grey-t write up, as usual.

    8 team Yahoo Keeper (we had a mass exodus from our 10 team and only had enough replacement managers to continue with 8 teams). Keep up to 10 with rules for rookie pickups. (Last round if picked up mid season, same round next year if drafted. Move up 5 rounds each yea kept).

    Been rolling with the Wellington for the majority of the year in a Yahoo league, but with his days off and complete lack of productivity, I was able to swap him out for Gattis last night, with the C eligibility showing up this morning. Sound good?

    Also, thoughts on Drew Smyly? Been relatively lousy for the past several starts, but he seems to have a good bit of upside. Hold or drop for Nelson, Kazmir, Karns, Wisler, Eichoff or Volquez who was just dropped. Could also stash Alex Reyes. Already have Urias active and Tailon in my N/A spot.

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      @B the Esq.: Sounds fine… I’d stream out of Smyly’s spot w/ those available guys

      • B the Esq. says:
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        @Grey: would love to stream it but only 4 transactions per week..can still do a little, but also need some flexibility as well….

        • Grey

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          Could you look at the next few matchups for guys and pick from that?

          • B the Esq. says:
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            @Grey: I think that will be the plan, focus on 2 start pitchers each week….and look at that….SoN loves the emoticon’s next 2 starts…..so much for change!

  46. John says:
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    1. Do I hold Park and be patient or drop him for LoMo? Absolute no league interest in him as a trade part.

    2. Related question: I have Schoop, Villar and Semiem at MI. Is Trea a huge improvement over Semien or do I shop him in a package for Longoria as opposed to the LoMo for Park idea.

    • ashtray says:
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      @John: I asked about Park a couple days ago and Grey said he was really only rosterable in 15 team or AL-only, if that helps.

      I dropped him in my 12 team competitive league and he’s still sitting there.

    • Grey

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      @John: 1. Stream until something sticks 2. Forget Longo

  47. ashtray says:
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    Which 3 are you rostering ROS just for saves and ratios (no holds):

    Jepsen
    Abad
    Doolittle
    Harris
    Giles
    Miller
    Daniel Hudson
    Will Smith

    • Hal Incandenza says:
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      @ashtray: Miller, Doolittle, Giles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Giles, Smith, Doolittle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Didn’t see ratios mentioned, obviously Miller’s first

  48. Scott says:
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    Is Dietrich worth taking up a spot?

    I have Drury, Guyer,Trayce on waivers

  49. Luke T says:
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    Where abouts does Gattis rank in the catcher department now that he is eligible? I have Realmuto who is hitting for avg, but not much pop. Thank you for the free advice, other sites want us to pay for that shit, the nerve!

    • Grey

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      @Luke T: Thanks! Top 5 catcher

  50. Glory daze says:
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    Grey
    Ros
    Kennedy or Mchugh

  51. Joe Cool says:
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    I have one add left this week. Should I use it on Brandon Belt, on Billy Hamilton, or hold on to it to see if any of the super-twos (Glasnow, Snell, Berrios) get called up later this week?

    C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Schoop, SS – Machado, 3B – Frazier, OF – Martinez, Herrera, Valencia, Util – Duvall, Bench – Heyward, J-Up, Odor ||| SP – J-Zim, Smyly, Velasquez, Gausman, Shoemaker, Taillon, Carrasco (DL); RP – Chapman, Rondon, Cishek, Rodney

    • knucks says:
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      @Joe Cool: I would forget about super two’s (especially Berrios) in a league where Brandon Belt is sitting on the wire right now. Not sure about how your league works or anything. Are you starting either player if you pick them up? Without delving too much into this, you’ll likely need that spot to activate Carrasco right? I’d start him today if it where me.

      • Joe Cool says:
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        @knucks: @knucks:

        Somehow Belt this year has seemed much better in real life than in fantasy. He’d likely be platooning for me (not as in, real life platoon, but as in someone I’d start depending on match ups and who else I’m starting. I have a bench with underperformers already).

        I won’t be able to start Carrasco today so I’ll drop Schoop to make room for him when Odor gets activated. The question I guess is who else can I drop to make room for Belt?

  52. King Trout says:
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    Gattis or Castillo as catcher for rest of season.

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @King Trout: I just dropped Castillo for Gattis last night, and the C eligibility arrived on Yahoo this morning. Wellington has been sitting often, and not producing the last month or so….. I will take the chance on Gattis playing regularly either as their C or DHing.

  53. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Parades blurb was hilarious. The “less than twenty-seven dollars but more than sixteen” line made me smile. Like the giant kreep I am.

  54. Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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    Who is the add? I need a reliable SP: Shoemaker or Liriano. I’m leaning Liriano because he usually turns it around in the summer.

    Loved the write up! Pray for Polanco!

  55. bing says:
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    Mcullers> fulmer > gausman > shoemaker > liriano look right to you? Flip gaus and shoe maybe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bing: Prolly move Gausman and Liriano depending on matchups, but looks fine

  56. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the great write up!
    Conley or Shoemaker going forward?
    Thanks again…

  57. Chud says:
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    Need bench depth……

    ROS 1B: Matt Adams/ CJ Cron/Napoli?

    ROS OF: MSaunders/LMartin/Maybin?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chud: Nap…Saunders

  58. bing says:
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    Is archer a buy low target? I have. $10 ozuna in a keeper league that looks to be crash landing. Guy has Khris davis perhaps a Archer/Khris davis swap for ozuna/liriano?

    • Cram It says:
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      @bing: Ozuna is crash landing?

      • bing says:
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        @Cram It: not exactly just 0-9 last 3 days obviously overreacting but wondering if grey would prefer a archer type player over ozuna at this point.

        • Cram It says:
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          @bing: Yeah, that’s baseball. It’s apples and oranges. I’d rather have Ozuna for $10 than Archer (will be 28 y/o already this year). I wouldn’t give up on Ozuna considering his age and this maybe being a breakout year with future staying power.

      • bing says:
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        @Cram It: fwiw, I know he’s only 25 y/o but he feels like a Justin upton type without the potential steals (crazy highs and lows, high strikeout guy with a lot of power)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bing: I’d take Archer if I needed an SP, it’s not like these are different on the keeper front

  59. Joe says:
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    Rank in OBP league ROS: K Morales, P Fielder, C Carter

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Morales, Carter

  60. I don't want to leave my name because others in my league read this site says:
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    How long should I leave Wainwright hogging up a roster spot?

  61. Curt C says:
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    Shoemaker or McHugh for ROS?

  62. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Seriously considering trading Gregerson for Betances straight up in my 6×6 league that doesn’t count holds. It’s to the point where I expect the worst anytime he enters the game. Is that selling too low or is this the last chance to get value in return for Gregerson before eventually Houston makes a change? My other closers are Chapman, Rosenthal, Jeanmar so I won’t be hurting for saves without him

      • Here Comes the Pizza says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Appreciate the response as always

  63. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    10 team AL only with QS over wins. gotta drop somebody for carrasco.
    shoemaker/duffy/porcello/pineda/bauer/kennedy/hill/andriese

    hard to believe this might be pineda, but it might be. looks as if bauer’s keeping his job over clevinger.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Grey: if i want to use carrasco today i have to drop somebody before that game starts. yahoo daily today transactions.

  64. RePete says:
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    Would you trade Lucroy for Valencia in a 14-Team H2H OBP League? I need a 3B badly and I have the now eligible Gattis to take over at catcher.

  65. B Boyle says:
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    12 team H2H 6X5

    Do I drop Joc Pederson for either Mazaro or Jose Rameriez OR drop two and pick up both??
    Castillo, Rizzo, Odor, Franco, Seagar, Marte, Fowler, JUP, Pujols, K. Davis, Harriston.

    DropJ Smith and pick up W Smith??
    Thor, Straily, Lewis, Shoe, J Gray, Rodon, Gauesman, Velasquez, Nelson, Roark, DL Ross, McGee, Papelbon.

    Thanks for all the help!!

    BB

  66. Johnny boy says:
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    His Stanton for my Springer. 12 team H2H with obp/slug/r/hr/rbi/sbn

  67. bing says:
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    Does buxton need to be owned in a keeper league?

    10 teams, keep 6 players each so he’d have to be a top 60 player (granted we keep on $ amount so he’s be minimum forever) I just dk if I believe in this guy. It’s him vs Gerardo parra for a bench bat

  68. Mel

    littlecf24 says:
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    Will Myers or Khris Davis?

  69. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Your Schmohawk list is the new Madden videogame cover curse!

    In my OBP OPS H2H league, speaking of Sano, he just hit waivers following the DL news. My current DL slot is Wheeler (though my pitching is in great shape).

    I just traded away my bench bat (Obudel) in that tasty tasty Scherzer trade, so I’m looking for someone new to potentially fill that role. Sano’s got the nice walk rate and went on a tear before injuring himself, and in 5 more games at 3B will be both OF and 3B eligible.

    So, Sano over Wheeler as a DL?

  70. nyjacobs says:
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    grey – trade chapman/grandy for hosmer or is that too much?

    • Cram It says:
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      @nyjacobs: Fair

    • knucks says:
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      @nyjacobs: Agree with Cram. If you got spare saves, do it.

  71. Dusty says:
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    Belt or Franco at CI?

    • knucks says:
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      @Dusty: Belt right now

  72. stoopid says:
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    Lifetime keeper, 5×5 Roto (w/ OBP)

    Got offered Yu & Braun for my Scherzer.

    Have much more to gain on the offensive side than the pitching as it stands right now. (Kershaw, Scherzer, Samardjza, Estrada, Odorizzi, Gausman and Iglesias on the DL).

    Braun would replace slumping J-UP and I’d drop some schmohawk.

    Initial reaction was no, but now I’m contemplating it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid: Sounds fair, with added risk

  73. Spring Blake says:
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    Some interesting trade offers…:

    T. Shaw for JD Martinez straight up?
    Shaw is currently my util, OF is stanton, marte,ozuna. Davis at 1B Arenado at 3B

    Fiers, Villar and Yelich for Samardizja and Brad Miller?

    Fielder, Yelich, Corbin for salazar jeffress (no, right?)

  74. Phil of the Future says:
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    Eff this season, G. This yahoo snafu costing me the Harvey start(and another over the weekend) is the last straw!

    At least I have ARcher and Smyly. Oh wait…

  75. Murph says:
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    Yo grey
    Pence polanco and rondon all hurt.
    Two questions
    1 – drop fielder for Lind, parra, dyson, Gutierrez?
    2 – gotta grab will harris if u own jeffress?

    • knucks says:
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      @Murph: Nah Nah Nah Nah, nuh nuh nuh…. (you mean Will Smith?)

      Also Pence to the DL. Other two sound like they should be fine. Unless we get some news later today. But that won’t happen because the Brocktune prayer hexagon is firmly in place. Care to join us?

      • Murph says:
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        @knucks: yes please

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Parra….Smith

  76. We're Out Of Room says:
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    Have a few roster issues, Polancos health is up in the air obviously and my pitching has been meh lately as well. Few guys on the wire that you’ve touched on, so I’d appreciate your take on what direction to go. This is my current roster:

    ESPN 12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS daily moves and 4 keepers per season

    C Molina
    1B Cabrera
    2B Daniel Murphy
    3B Seager
    SS A. Russell
    OF Stanton
    OF Springer
    OF Polanco
    UTIL OF Burns
    UTIL Maybin
    Bench 2B/SS Castro
    DL Pollock
    DL OF/DH Sano

    SP Salazar
    SP Corbin
    RP Kimbrel
    RP Melancon
    P T. Walker
    P Odorizzi
    P C.Rodon
    P Chen
    Bench SP Pomeranz
    Bench SP Kennedy
    Bench RP McGee
    Bench SP E-Rod

    Players on O that are available are Carlos Gomez(I know he’s sucked but curious if he can rebound and help with pwr and SBs), Matt Holliday, Dickerson, Buxton or Bour. If Polanco is hurt, I’d have no bench bats, hence my interest in the aforementioned guys.

    On the pitching side there’s Shoemaker, Hellickson(who’s been pretty good lately himself), McHugh, Manaea and Bradley.

    Ive contemplated dropping Chen and/or Corbin for two better starters(like Shoemaker and Hellickson) or maybe adding one bat and an arm. Based on my roster who are your adds/drops or would you just hold? Thanks in advance.

      • We're Out Of Room says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey…also just curious do you like Hellickson as a stream this week, and will Carlos Gomez rebound or do you think he’s done?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hellickson’s solid stream, Gomez will be better

          • We're Out Of Room says:
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            @Grey: Thanks man, appreciate your time.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  77. ebudz says:
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    10 team (3 keeper) ESPN H2H Points (weekly 12 start pitcher limit)

    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), HOLD (+1), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    I need some help managing my team now that my trade for Stanton went through this AM! I gave up Scherzer for Stanton so now I’ve got a slight roster crunch and I have two bench bats (Odor and Upton) which makes streaming more difficult. Team looks likes this now:

    (1) C: Posey
    (1) 1B: Abreu
    (1) 2B: Panik
    (1) SS: Correa
    (1) 3B: Seager
    (3) OF: Trout, Stanton, J.D. Martinez
    (1) UT: Polanco
    Bench: (J. Upton, Odor)

    (4) SP: Salazar, Harvey, Matz, Walker
    (3) RP: Osuna, Jeffress, Betances
    Bench: (Hill, McCullers, Shoemaker)

    (1) DL: Carrasco

    1) Number one, if I’m gonna start Carrasco today then someone has to get dropped? Who is it? Do I just cut Panik now and got without a 2nd basemen today since Odor should be back in a day or two? Or drop a pitcher?
    2) Who do I drop for streaming now? I’m up by 30 points and my opponent has at least 7 starts left so I wanna make sure I can keep up. Thought I’d drop Shoemaker but you’re saying he’s worth holding? However his next start looks like it’s @NYA (-6.0)..

    a) Start Carrasco AND stream Chen or Miley today? Or just Carrasco?
    Carrasco vs. KC (24.8)
    Miley @SD (4.0)
    Chen vs. PIT (1.2)

    b) Start one or both of these guys tomorrow?
    Salazar vs. KC (20.4)
    Walker @TEX (-4.4)

    c) Start Hill AND one of Guerra OR McHugh on Sat.?
    Guerra @PHI (17.5)
    McHugh vs. OAK (4.9)
    Hill @HOU (3.3)

    d) Start McCullers, Harvey AND one of the other streams or just McCullers and which streamer?
    Kazmir vs. ATL (21.9)
    J. Gray @SD (19.6)
    McCullers vs. OAK (8.4)
    Tomlin vs. KC (7.7)
    Gausman vs. NYA (4.6)
    Harvey @MIA (2.0)

    Sorry for the length but thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: 1. Panik 2. Shoemaker A) Just Carrasco B) Salazar C) All three, if only two McHugh D) McCullers, Harvey, Gray

  78. Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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    Grey and others-
    In a 16 team dynasty, give my E5 + Kluber for Hosmer + MadBum? I’m looking to the future for a 1B? Is it enough/too much/fair?
    Cheers!

  79. Wywyz says:
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    2 quickies….

    Catcher is a black hole for me. I have Hundley stashed on the DL, but Gattis’ owner asked me to make an offer. Wait for Hundley or offer Castro, Schoop, Dozier, Dickenson or Myers for Gattis?

    I dropped Mannea for Junior Guerra, is Mannea worth adding now? I can drop Glasgow or Taillon, but at least one should be called up next week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wywyz: Castro or Schoop for Gattis….Forget Manaea, Taillon

  80. The JoGarza says:
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    The Shoemaker floodgates have opened!

    12-team QS and OBP, have some limited options to drop for Shoe.

    JUP, C.Carter, Jon Gray (gets @SD next, though), Will Smith (need saves)

    Are any of these guys worth dropping? FWIW, I snagged Upton on waivers. He was dropped once before.

  81. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    that zika disease isn’t bad at all, it really just makes people have flu-like symptoms (or not even those in all instances) and you shouldn’t either already be pregnant, get pregant, or impregnate anybody for 6 months when getting it, at risk of having a late career barry bonds sized head on your offspring. so it makes people either not clog up the earth as fast, and/or plan for breeding, both really good things for the long term of humanity.

    • Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Not serious at all? So, your beloved child either dies, or maybe worse, lives, and needs constant care, forcing you to abandon all your dreams of a pleasant, normal life so you can schedule care for your child–giving up jobs, opportunities, hopes? Yeah, sure, it’s not that bad.

      I think you may be sitting at your own table on this one, Jones.

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Rufus Xavier Sasparilla: i’m not saying it’s good to get it if you’re already pregnant, but that not being the case it would make people actually plan for their breeding, which in itself can’t be a bad thing, for everybody involved, and by everybody involved i mean all people.

        • Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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          @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: In case you don’t know, planning for breeding = first world privilege. I don’t want to get to heavy into this, but any disease that involves causing a radical refiguring of the rest of your life, and the possible death or complete incapacitation of a child is never going to have a “good side.” There are much better ways to provoke thinking about breeding than killing someone’s children.

          • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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            @Rufus Xavier Sasparilla: i’m not advocating giving it to people on purpose. and yeah, everybody can not have kids if they try to, other than instances of rape. it’s quite easy.

          • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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            @Rufus Xavier Sasparilla: and if making sure you don’t get somebody pregnant or get pregant yourself for 6 months is “a radical refiguring of the rest of your life” you shouldn’t have been having kids in the first place. i’m quite familiar with people not planning for breeding, as everybody i know (pretty sure 100% of them) that have kids had them accidentally, and it’s not a good situation for the kids or the parents, at all. nobody wants to have kids they didn’t want, nor be a kid in that situation.

  82. Niq Castro says:
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    Help me rank these crappers, ROS:

    Trayce Thompson
    Rajai Davis
    Jorge Soler
    Byron Buxton

  83. Matty says:
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    In a deep dynasty I figure I’ll lose two of Hahn, Stripling, and Finnegan for Shoemaker and Fulmer. Which (if any) of the first three are worth keeping?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Matty: Keep Hahn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Agree w/ Cram

  84. Burt says:
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    Jake Lamb or Wil Myers?

  85. Steve says:
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    UTIL outfielder, Trayce or Domingo (when he’s back)? ROS redraft.

    Thanks

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: actually, whose best of:

      Trayce
      Domingo
      Jarrett Parker (pence laid up for a while)

      Thanks

      • Cram It says:
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        @Steve: TT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Agree w/ Cram

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys, TT, I like it!

  86. John says:
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    Please rank ROS: Saunders, Kendrys, L Morrison
    Trea

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Kendrys, Saunders

      • John says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. With Trea getting called up, does it change your order or does he remain behind Kendrys and Saunders?

  87. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Never have I been so excited for a Jason Castro flu update. Bring on those Gattis C starts!

  88. LastPlace says:
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    Archer.

    Buy low or stay away?

    • Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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      @LastPlace: Need more context. I say buy low, though, if none is proffered.

    • Cram It says:
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      @LastPlace: Buy if the price is right. Depends who you’re giving up. If you’re in last place as your name suggests, probably won’t matter anyway. #realtalk.

      • LastPlace says:
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        @Cram It: I am not in last place. I need SP badly, and I have some pop to spare. The better question is which Archer will we get the rest of the season!

        • LastPlace says:
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          @LastPlace: would you give up CDick for Archer?

  89. Kenny Plane says:
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    Grey – Two catcher league, Two from Gattis, Martin or Hundley and would you drop Heyward for either Enciarte or Peralta? Thanks.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Kenny Plane: Gattis and flip a coin/Hundley @ Coors

      No.

  90. Dodger Fan says:
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    Start Urias tonight?

    • Dodger Fan says:
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      @Dodger Fan: Also wait on Puig or drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dodger Fan: You should give info about your league, don’t drop Puig

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      I’m benching him most places, starting him in my points league and crossing my fingers, but benching him in my roto leagues. Sucks he missed the Braves and instead faces the Cubs in Wrigley, for a day game, with a slight breeze out of the park. Bad luck, and a bad spot to throw your prized pitching prospect who got shellacked last time out. Way to build up confidence LA!

  91. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    AL only, 4 RP slots and holds added. i have dyson/allen/colome/n.jones, want to move 1 closer for improvements elsewhere and grab a 2nd holds guy. 10 team so really 2 closers is more than enough (assuming their jobs are somewhat safe). this offense
    C swihart (casali or TEX guys open if/when holt sends swihart down)
    1B miggy
    2B lawrie
    SS iglesias
    3B frazier
    CI longo
    MI lowrie
    OF (4) springer/hanram/guyer/avisail
    util castellanos
    BN pedro
    DL reddick
    NA moncada (we keep 3 with previous year’s ADP as round cost, so he’s a last round keeper for next year, kept him over aj reed as i don’t have room at CI anyway)

    after replacing delino with guyer i’m pretty steals weak (net steals here too over steals). if trying to trade closer, which of eaton/rajai should i go for first?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: owner that needs closer is OF weak and is more willing to move eaton/melky over rajai. if i’m able to trade for closer i’d drop avisail and add holds RP.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: might go for next year draft pick here over eaton/melky. OBP over AVG and total bases added.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: if he won’t do rajai (it’s sounding that way) take eaton/melky or just get the draft pick commensurate with an average closer?

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: while talking on this guy said he’d do correa for frazier + dyson, is that too little for correa. for next year correa would be a 1st rounder (this year’s ADP had him 3rd overall in an AL only), frazier would be a 2nd (20th overall by ADP for AL player)

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Grey: what about cast + dyson + r.hill for correa?

            • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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              @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: WOAH, what about these
              1. cast +dyson + r.hill for correa
              2. cast + dyson + hill + iglesias for correa + rajai

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Correa side, not really close

  92. Kdawg says:
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    Gotta drop 1 for carrasco…
    Wacha, smyly, gausman, rodon, porcello

    • Matt says:
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      @Kdawg: prob smyly

      • Kdawg says:
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        @Grey:
        Add Shoemaker over another of them scrubs?

  93. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great writeup as usual. Missed out on Napoli and his moms nipoli, and Duvall as well. Have Leonys Martin and figure I’ll just wait it out until he returns next week. Do you think that he can maintain that hot streak he had prior to the injury?

    Also Gattis finally gained catcher eligibility.. about time. Vogt was just dropped. Would you keep Gattis over him? I figure that’s a no brainer. Thanks

    #1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh-NYC: Thanks! Nah, I think Martin’s likely cold now…. Gattis over Vogt

  94. Don Majikowski says:
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    Jason Castro out of lineup (illness)!! Looks like Gattis behind the dish for game #6 ESPN owners!! Pump your wieners!!

  95. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey, please assist:

    1) Aledmys Diaz, Neil Walker, or DJ LeMahieu?

    2) Odubel Herrera, Jake Lamb, Khris Davis, or Danny Valencia?

    Thanks much!

      • 200 Proof says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        Any chance you’d ever compile a rest-of-season rankings (straight from you) or would you be stepping on toes? *It’s your brilliance we keep coming back for*

        (I know you’re already the hardest working fantasy man around, don’t mean to suggest even more to be slopped on your plate..)

          • 200 Proof says:
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            @Grey: Sweet… can’t wait.

  96. Matt says:
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    Whey grey major question here. 12 team dynasty league would you trade mookie betts for Jose altuve and Kenya meada?

    I have Harper and starlin marte in the outfield and my 2b is Murphy at the moment. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: I’d take Altuve, but it’s fair

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: if I were getting Carlos Rodon in that deal instead of meada would you be more convinced to do it??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes no difference

  97. knucks says:
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    Update on the Bill Nye the Crayola guy thing… I texted my brother (current Crayola employee). I gotta assume that text has gone to space and landed in Minnesota by now. So in other words. No update yet hahha. I just really want there to be a conversation where JB gets back from vaca and you explain to him why he has to make room on the Pod to discuss crayons next week.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Update to the update… the text seems to have been received, as I have gotten back several pictures of my 4 year old niece a moment ago… so still not much. But I can confirm that she has eaten a lot of crayons in the past. So maybe she can help us talk him into it?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @knucks: Haha, thanks for trying!

  98. Bob says:
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    12 team h2h keeper league. Why side do you prefer? Strasburg and Mazara or Goldy. Stras and Goldy combines is the same cost as Goldy. QS instead of wins and k/9 & bb/9 instead of k’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Goldy

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: Thanks grey! Would you rather deal strasburg or Scherzer in this deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stras

  99. Juan says:
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    12 Team Keeper H2H.
    Walker Velasquez 4 Herrera Valencia? Which side is preferred?
    I would be getting Walker Velasquez.

    My pitching – Tanaka, Gio, Harvey, Gausmen, Mccullers.
    Iglesias on DL and Jose Reyes.

    My OF – Lorenzo, Cespedes, Mazara, Brantley, Maybin.

  100. Ron Rondell Dell says:
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    Would you drop any of these starters for Will Smith?

    Karns, Wisler, Eickhoff.

    My RPs are currently – K-Rod, Rodney, Dyson, Jepsen, Giles

    Its a H2H categories league, where I’ve found owning many closers is beneficial.

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eickhoff

  101. Jon says:
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    Gattis over Beef Welington?

    Also, who do you prefer ROS: Schoop or Jose Ramirez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Gattis…Schoop

  102. Jon says:
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    Will Smith over Neris?

  103. Charlie says:
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    Need to make room for Darvish by dropping a pitcher. Also Fulmer is available.

    Drop both Liriano and Shields to make room for Darvish and pick up Fulmer? Or just drop one of Liriano/Shields for Darvish?

    Still holding on to Beef Wellington over Gattis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charlie: Both Shields and Liriano…Gattis over Beef

      • Charlie says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  104. Rich says:
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    Trade option;

    Give up Conforto and Guerra for Kluber

    OR

    Give up Odubel Herrera for Kluber

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on both, Odubel first

      • Rich says:
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        Thanks man. Just to clarify–you mean you’d part with the herrera package before the conforto one? @Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  105. JB says:
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    Grey – in one of my leagues, we are only able to roster 6 SPs at any given time, so there are always usable options available on waivers. We can only make 35 transactions per year, and I’ve used 14 so far (mostly due to injuries). Currently I have Salazar, Matz, Hamels, Rodon, Hammel and E. Rodriguez as my 6 (also have Ross and A. Wood on the DL). Currently available are Maeda, McCullers, Fulmer and Shoemaker. Any no-brainer changes there, or should I continue to roll with who I have?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  106. Mike Morrison says:
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    No mention of Freddie Freeman’s game winner in the 11th? Braves get so little (deservedly so) press but that should warrant a sentence or two.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Mike Morrison: he’s not underperforming badly enough to quote that result. only time he’s mentioned is it to show how one guy’s had as many RBI’s in alike a week as he’s had all year or something of that nature.

  107. Andre says:
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    Drop D. Travis for Valencia ROS? I have Neil Walker at 2b for me right now. With the news that Smith could snake some saves, I could also drop Jeffress. I have Jansen, Britton, and Colomé as my closers. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Andre says:
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        @Grey: Travis or Jeffress?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A 2nd baseman or a closer?

          • Andre says:
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            @Grey: Yeah. I was wondering which of those two you’d drop for Valencia given that I have Walker at 2b but Jeffress might lose some saves to Smith. Is it a safer bet that Walker keeps up production so Travis isn’t needed or that Jeffress loses enough saves that he’s not worth rostering.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Drop Travis

              • Andre says:
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                @Grey: thanks for the help!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  108. david says:
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    12 team Yahoo H2H league, Please rank these SP for ROS

    Mil Guerra
    LAA Shoemaker
    STL Leake

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemake, Leake

  109. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I prefer Plug One over Plug Two. Ewww.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  110. Z-Easy says:
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    6×6 roto league with IP and QS

    Porcello, Chen, or Hellickson ROS?

    I know you’re low on him, but Porcello probably has the most trade value of the 3 in my league right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello

  111. a bag of sand says:
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    W Smith or A Vizc for saves??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viz

  112. Homerj24 says:
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    Fulmer is available. I don’t love his next start against Toronto, but would you drop any of the below to add him? Please also note that there is not a bench in this league. I cannot spot start without streaming.

    Archer
    Valasquez
    McCullers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  113. Ascher says:
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    Start Chen, Matt Moore, both or neither?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea of matchups

      • Ascher says:
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        @Grey:
        Chen home against Pirates
        Moore @ Minnesota

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start Chen

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Ascher: Chen, after today he gets Twins and Padres.

  114. Stat Checker says:
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    You write about Lester- “His ERAs the last five years: 2.52, 2.35, 2.46, 3.34, 2.29”

    What years are you looking at? In 2014 he had a 2.46 ERA, but the 2 years before that it was 3.76 and 4.83. So yeah, his 2013 and 2012 owners are looking at this year and saying, dayam Kazaam.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Typo, sorry

  115. Rice says:
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    I’m holding onto Smyly because (a) I’m not sure why, (b) he had such a great start, (c) there is no c, and (d) I’m so frustrated with Archer???

    I know you dropped him a month ago and never looked back.

    Should I do the same finally? Fulmer available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  116. Colin Willis says:
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    Keep Bregman or AJ Reed in my 10 team OBP + SLG roto league?

    Whoever I keep I will get to keep in the 24th round in 2017, 2018, and 2019

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reed

  117. Chris says:
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    Grey, having some trouble with 1B after Abreu has betrayed me and stunk up the joint. Who should I add for 1B out of these?

    Napoli
    Myers
    Carter
    Zimmerman
    Adams
    Pearce
    Morales

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nap

  118. CMUTimmah says:
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    Scooped on Fulmer by an hour last week… and I live in the Detroit metro area. I’m a pitiful excuse for a human being. The term “Shit or get off the pot” is applicable to me in this instance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  119. Wudaben says:
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    If you were stashing a lotto ticket for ROS would it be Duffy or Giolitio?

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Wudaben: Giolito

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy?

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I wasn’t sure who that was. I assume Duffy is of the Danny variety, who’s a streamer at best.

      • Wudaben says:
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        @Grey: Danny… Seems logical to say Giolito but with that walk rate and the meh K rate in AA I’m not sure.

        With Duffy’s uptick in mph (if it stays) and if his walks are truly in check he wouldn’t be the first former sp that benefited by going to the bullpen first. Also doesn’t hurt that he pitches for KC…

        I also already have Taillon & Glasnow stashed.

        • Fred Garvin MP says:
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          @Wudaben: Since you mentioned lottery tickets: Duffy is a scratchoff and Giolito is Powerball.

          If you got the room to stash and don’t need immediate help, Giolito. Otherwise Duffy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Giolito long term, a few weeks at Double-A doesn’t change long term… Duffy’s better for this year

  120. MelonManSon says:
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    Hellickson/Jaime/Bregman or Rodon/Reddick

    team with reddick has 5 players on DL with 2 DL spots

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon

  121. joe says:
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    schoop, dietrich , lowrie, panik? need R/AVG
    drop any of these young guys fulmer, urias, rodon for talion?

    standard 12 team roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie, hold for now

  122. Great White North says:
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    RCL. My SPs are Harvey, Archer, Cueto, Liriano, and Joe Ross. Drop Liriano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  123. Nightmare says:
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    Pence to the DL just kills me!

    I need to pick someone up. Only 1

    Duvall, lamb, Valencia, parra, Saunders

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Nightmare: Valencia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Val

  124. Gibby says:
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    Gattis or B.McCann ROS? 6×6 head to head with OBP, SLG.

    What’s a reasonable OF to target with whichever one I try to trade?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gattis, maybe Parra

  125. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. jon gray or jamie garcia or does it matter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray, not really

  126. herschel says:
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    @Grey: i own gregerson and jeffress. which will for sagnof – harris or smith?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith

  127. Ostyle15 says:
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    Great read as always Grey!

    Day late on this one: Continue to hold Smyly and hope he turns it around? C.Lewis, C.McHugh, M.Andriese, J.Urias, and J.Hellickson on waivers (12 Team H2H league, weekly lock). Not a lot of alternatives!

    Thanks in advance good sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urias

  128. Dorn says:
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    I have an empty slot on my roster. Pick up Shoe or Fulmer?

    • knucks says:
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      @Dorn: “Fulmer has more upside and downside, Shoemaker is safer.”

      Up to you and your league type/roster

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fulmer

  129. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    ok, he wanted to move iglesias out for lowrie making this:

    1.my lowrie + dyson + hill + cast for correa + rajai
    but he will also do this
    2. my lowrie + iglesias + dyson + hill + cast for correa + rajai + schoop

    i know 2nd deal is value better for me, but there are NO starting SS in FA (sardinas, but he’s out when ketel one is back), so go with 1st to be risk averse? This owner also has profar, so somehow if he keeps getting playing time, or is traded and gets it there i could either get iglesias back cheaply (draft pick) or he might even drop him to FA.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: the fear in #2 is correa gets hurt and i have NO SS at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1

  130. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Following my rant late last night in your post about my pitching staff – I am wondering what moves I should make to improve that part of my team. My staff is currently:

    SP – Archer, Walker, Salazar, Cole, Hendricks, Urias, E-Rod
    RP – Will Smith, Allen, Colome, Rodney
    DL – Raisel

    Bench Bats – Mazara and Khris Davis

    I am contemplating picking up Fulmer and Shoemaker. Though Fulmer’s next start is versus the Blue Jays…

    Who should I drop for those 2 pitchers? Also, debating on whether or not to pick up Kazmir v. Braves for Sunday…

    What is also frustrating is that in my league, Archer and Cole have zero value – I couldn’t even get Quintana for one of them.

    • Cram It says:
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      @William Hung: Stream Davis’ spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream out of Ed-Rod’s spot, no reason to pick up Fulmer if he has a bad next matchup

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Karns and Gio Gonzalez were just dropped in my league – are either of them upgrades over my Colorado-like pitching staff?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe don’t know who you own

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: see above on my original post

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can’t

              • William Hung says:
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                @Grey: SP – Archer, Walker, Salazar, Cole, Hendricks, Urias, E-Rod
                RP – Will Smith, Allen, Colome, Rodney
                DL – Raisel

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hold

  131. Jonathan A says:
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    Jose Fernandez and Agone for Rizzo?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jonathan A: Fair. Rizzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

      • jon a says:
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        @Grey:

        I like the deal also but look what it does to my pitching.

        Madbum
        Cole
        Walker
        Cmart
        Shark

        those are all that remain.

        Unless I deal Votto for an SP but noone seems to like him enough to offer up a good SP

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If it doesn’t make sense for your team don’t do it

        • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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          @jon a: you drafted 3 aces and now are worried about only having 2? you’re getting the 1st round hitter (late 1st) you probably should’ve drafted earlier.

  132. Scott says:
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    Does MadBum hit a HR in every game he pitches?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I wish he were my 1st baseman over Abreu

  133. Scott says:
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    I saw Panik hit the waiver wire yesterday in a few leagues. I bet they wish there was a recall button.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  134. Scott says:
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    Byung Ho Park or Chris Carter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carter

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: bung hole gets the shaft

  135. los locos says:
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    Grey, Profar what will they do with him once Odor comes back? The kid is hitting, looks good so far. Could they keep him up and Platoon him? I know he was out last two years, but the kid future at one point looked promising…

    I put Hunter on the DL and was either thinking picking him up or Matt Adams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea, play him occasionally around the diamond

  136. 740 says:
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    yo Grey, wat it do?

    please help.

    Walker @ Tex
    Rodon @ Det
    Koehler vs NYM
    Rusin @ SD

    which match up do u like best?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Koehler

  137. Don Julio says:
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    Better closer stash pickup for ROS…will Smith or ken giles?

    • William Hung says:
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      @Don Julio: Smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Harris not next in line?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Giles

  138. Scott says:
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    Merrifield or Panik for MI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Merrfield

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: wow! Merrfield over Suarez?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I never said that, and if I did, I didn’t mean it

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: you never said it, was just gauging whether I should put in a waiver claim. A quick glance at his recent games has Merrfield raking.

            Suarez (outside of Coors) and Park have been a black hole in my lineup.

  139. William Hung says:
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    Any word on Polanco’s injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  140. Brian Edge says:
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    So, I have Aledmys Diaz at SS. Trevor Story was just dropped in my league…Do I lose Diaz for Story?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  141. Chosen 1 says:
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    Gattis or Russell Martin ROS? Thanks!

    • knucks says:
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      @Chosen 1: El Oso Blanco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gattis

  142. knucks says:
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    Lamb getting the start against Keuchel. He’ll have to hit them obviously, but getting in there against a Lefty is a step in the right direction. The start today likely has to do with Tomas not being available. Still though, they didn’t stick Herman in the OF and Drury at 3B, so something to monitor.

    Rickie Weeks at DH? Yikes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Great White North says:
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      @knucks: Every once in a Blue Moon I make it back to Wisconsin and take my Mom to a Brewers game. She got mad last time when she found out they didn’t have her two favs: JJ Hardy and Ricky Weeks. She thought they were cute on the jumbotron.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hahaha

  143. I only use Grey Poupon because of Razzball says:
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    Belt/Polanco for Rizzo. Who ya got? Billy Hamilton would become my 3rd OF…Thanks as always Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  144. William Hung says:
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    Different 1st inning for Urias – lets go kid!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  145. Great White North says:
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    Instead of researching what RPs to pick up for the weekend to recover my era and whip from Archer’s latest start, I was like eff it – Houston pen looks good. Why waste any of my limited brain power on research. Picked up Giles, Harris and Feliz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  146. Dorn says:
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    drop Iwakuma for shoemaker/fulmer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

  147. Corey says:
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    If you could stream just one this week: Jon Gray @ SD or Junior Guerera @ PHI?

    I’m thinking Gray cause Padres. And Petco.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  148. Jiggy Nits says:
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    just got offered degrom and gerardo parra for MY polanco and cingrani

    i mean if i find out tonight polancos foot is broken of course id do it. but assuming polanco is healty, which side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • Jiggy Nits says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: ^^ just like all my questions ever are, NL ONLY ROTO. thanks

  149. agarthered says:
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    Taillon or Urias?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urias

  150. Jiggy Nits says:
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    what about if i get him to upgrade it to grichuk. again assume healthy polanco

    grichuk and degrom VS polanco and cingrani pick a side. thanks agains sir

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parra to Grichuk doesn’t change anything…The trade’s fair, if you need deGrom

      • jiggy nits says:
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        @Grey: okay thanks makes sense to me

  151. Great White North says:
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    Maybe don’t start a 19-year-old away at the Cubs and Mets his first two games in the bigs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  152. JoeG414 says:
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    Which Two bench bats for a mixed daily 6×6 roto:
    Logan Morrison , J.Werth , J.Smoak , T.Joseph , CJ Cron , Paul Orlando , Avisail Garcia .
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron, Orlando

  153. a bag of sand says:
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    Matz or Cole ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole

  154. Jason Morgan says:
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    Which side?

    Archer, Nola and Bautista for Bumgarner and Blackmon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum

  155. Mayhem in Seattle says:
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    Grey: as always, great column. Thanks for the laughs.

    7X7 keeper league. My pitching is great (Sale, Strasbourg, Lester, J. Garcia, Darvish) as I dumped Nicaso when Darvish came back. My hitting bites the big one and several smaller ones as well. I just traded A. Gonzalez and Ramos (I have Lucroy) for Belt and Smardzija, so I can trade a top pitcher for a hitter I desperately need (I have Lucroy, Panik, M. Franco, Suarez, Span, Marte, Pederson, Lamb, K. Davis and fricking Dee G, on 80 game detox). I am so far gone that I even grabbed Puig off of waivers.

    I’ve been offered Ryan Braun for Strasbourg. What think? I’ve tried to deal Lester, and no one believes he will sustain. I’m starting to believe so maybe trading Mr. Fragility for Mr. Catch-Me-With-Steroids-If-You-Can is a good deal. All bon mots appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Braun if you need him

  156. ashtray says:
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    Would you drop any of these pitchers:

    Liriano
    Walker

    To pick up any of these:

    Fulmer
    Shoemaker
    Sabathia
    Leake
    Happ
    Hellickson
    Wisler
    Wright

    12 team H2H includes QS & L

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Liriano, Fulmer

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: I’m reading this as keep Liriano and drop Taijuan Walker for Fulmer… is that correct?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reverse

  157. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    So Paxton is a Picasso mud pie.Nice analogy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  158. Bye Felica says:
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    Urias yeah…. more like Anus

    Doggers are a stupid organization. Why would you start him vs 2 of the best teams in the NL?

    Ignorant

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bye Felica: This doubles nicely as a pot-shot at every fantasy baseballer who couldn’t resist deploying their shiny new toy. Suckas!

      • Bye Felica says:
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        @Cram It: I mean at least let him get a little confidence building game under his belt.

        Nope throw him straight into the lions den vs last year’s WS runner up and the best offensive team in all of baseball. Geez WTF are they smoking out there in California.

        HAHAHAHA Oh yeah the good shit XD

    • Snyders of hanover says:
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      @Bye Felica:

      I was going to say the same thing!

      I thought Donny Baseball left the Dodgers?

      Awful

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally

  159. knucks says:
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    No injury update yet. Just that Brocktune is missing in today’s lineup vs. Chen (Lefty).

    Hopefully just to give him more rest and avoid the match up. But lets pray harder, just in case!

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @knucks: Prayer hexagon has been engaged.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  160. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Please help me pick 3 of these starts, with wins being a sizable part of the equation:

    Nelson @ Phi (Velasquez)
    Kennedy @ Cle (Tomlin)
    Roark @ Cin (Muscot)
    Gausman vs. NYY (Sabathia)
    McCullers vs. Oak (Graveman)

    • knucks says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: Agree with Cram-a-lamb, but Nelson over Gaus was a close call for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nelson, Kennedy, Roark

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: Thanks for the input fellas.

  161. Dawg says:
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    Which OF should I throw in to make this trade happen? Trade would be Carrasco, Kinsler, and Dexter Fowler for Hill, Addison Russell, and one of my OF.

    My OF is Bautista, Just Dong, CarGo, Polanco, Piscotty, Mazara, and Grichuk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty

  162. #flytheW says:
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    Gattis with another game at catcher today bringing his total to 6 games now. My league you need to play 15 games to gain eligibility. How long before you think gattis gets another 9 games under his belt ? Thx again grey !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      6 weeks

    • The Harrow says:
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      @#flytheW: i got the under on 6 weeks, by a little, still over 5 weeks (so i guess it’s 6 if you’re rounding off by weeks)

  163. JoeG414 says:
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    Polanco said his foot is fine, ready to go if necessary tonight. He had an x-ray, and it came back negative.

    • Cram It says:
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      @JoeG414: Thanks for calling him for us.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  164. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    Drop Maybin for which one:

    Duvall
    Merrifield
    L. Martin
    Gattis

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        even though he has 6 BB to 52 k’s in 164 AB?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: I’m going to straight murder you.

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            Line forms to the back.So cram it Cram It

              • Cram It to what, joining the line forming in the back or you shutting the hell up?

                  • i’ll tell you what Cram. when you decide to not being a complete and utter d-bag AND [email protected]# to me then i’ll talk you. Until then S.T.F.U.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Scott Kimmel: All good fluffer. I’d rather be a Dbag than a complete moron.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Cram It: “line starts at the back” would’ve been better as “take a number” but this is first time he’s said anything amusing all year so i’ll take it. i love how he thinks grey isn’t aware of duvall having a low BB rate, esp when he doesn’t actually read the columns.

            • Harrow

              If you are going to quote me have the decency to get the quote right. It’s line forms to the back, not line starts at the back. Maybe you need eyeglasses to see what I typed. And second of all, I would take Grey’s advice before I would ever take yours Harrow. If he thinks Duvall was better than Maybin, I would believe him over you. Which was what I ended up doing. So it’s cool Harrow. You know everything and I know @#$%.

    • knucks says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: Scottyyy doing some stat checkin’. A step in the right direction. Just don’t make Grey double/triple post when he gives you an answer like this.

      • knucks

        I would pick him up but feel like he will be another adam Dunn. high HR, Low avg, high K total

        • knucks says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: That’s correct. This is not earth shattering info. Thing is… you listed him with guys that aren’t gonna be doing anything that special. If you don’t have Khris Davis or Chris Carter, Duvall can be pretty valuable.

          • knucks would you consider Duvall a high risk high reward type of hitter?

            • The Harrow says:
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              @Scott Kimmel: oh my god read the columns, one last clue, he’s EXACTLY that kind of hitter.

            • Cram It says:
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              While you were deciding whether the advice you sought was good enough for you, Duvall hit another homerun.

              • The Harrow says:
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                @Cram It: maybe so, but he’s winning his league in forgetting answers, needing answers repeated, trying to move good players for worse ones (needing minimum 3 stepping stones off those ledges on daily basis, per player), and doubting the very answers he just got by landslides.

  165. Long Bawls says:
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    Dallas Keuchel, I dub you D-Koi. Because you fooled a lot of people, and are fishy as hell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  166. NRC for life says:
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    OBP and SLG league…
    Arenado and JD
    for
    Marte, Springer, Franco
    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD

  167. Great White North says:
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    Wonder if the Brew Crew is about to go on another purge for the future. Braun and Lucroy are obvious candidates. Jeffries, Will Smith, and Villar could be in play, along with every starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They should

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Great White North: no trading villar to some team where he won’t start or leadoff. NO. or jeffress to somebody he won’t close for (esp if it’s in the AL)

  168. dhouse says:
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    Wow – your call on all 5 schmohawks is awesome!

    I traded my Archer for Hill and I’ve been pretty happy. I know it’s a bad trade and Hill may very well break and blah blah but I don’t think Archer figures it out

    Someone dropped Vince Velasquez (in yahoo roto 5×5 12-team) and I have 5th priority in waivers, and meh pitching – I try to grab him, right? Seems like he hasn’t been that good since his 16 k cgso but still

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I had Hill instead of Archer… Can grab him, but I’d only start him at home, see his splits

  169. Rusty says:
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    Trea Turner or Schoop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner

  170. Anthony says:
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    Here’s a good question for you! Long term keeper, what duo would you take..Correa/Mazara or Lindor/Betts?! Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts, it’s fair

  171. los locos says:
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    Grey, Pence on the DL.

    Need a roster spot. D Peralta coming of DL Monday, M Adams, C Carter, J Profar, B Lawrie, M Napoli

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nap

  172. Hello! says:
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    Another long term keeper league:

    $30 arenado, $14 Gerrit cole for $15 kyle Seager, $12 ozuna, $7 taillion?

    Same deal as above but swap $7 taillion for $16 taijuan walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  173. JimmyJackJames says:
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    Roto with QS instead of W – who you got:

    Porcello/Grandy for Lo Cain

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  174. Phil says:
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    Another great article plus great comments work.
    Would you trade Altuve for Rizzoli straight uo? I need a corner infielder and I am winning steals by a lot.
    I am in new york. Any unny mean but not cruel playrights I should see?
    I will be eating at Grey’s Papaya and reading Razzball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Rizzo

  175. John says:
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    I received a trade offer that almost made me cry LOL. His Freeman for my J Up. The crying part is that it sounded reasonable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I’d take Freeman

      • John says:
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        @Grey:

        Wait….What happened to the two month hot streak for J Up that you spoke of a few days back??? That was inspiring. You like Freeman better? Really? He still plays for The Braves, right? Ha ha. No worries. You gave me Villar a month ago.

  176. letsgobravos says:
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    BMac has been horrific. Should I drop him for Gattis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  177. BrewerFan says:
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    Aaron Nola or Archer?

    Is Archer worth that deal for the potential ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Nola

  178. dem ribbies says:
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    So you blessed this deal yesterday and my trade partner accepted very quickly… has me overthinking it… This deal is okay for me right?

    my Abreu and Segura for his Lorenzo Cain and Ian Desmond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I could get Cain there

  179. PetFed says:
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    Will Myers for either Pujols or Freeman for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols, both are decent

  180. PetFed says:
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    Shoemaker or Urias ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

  181. Kiss The Mad Bum says:
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    Tim Anderson is up to .300/3/10 at aaa. Time to stash him? I don’t know how to check his defensive metrics?.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure if it’s a deep league

  182. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I know you like it when I trade for pitchers, so here’s another one. I just traded a closer for Scherzer. Am I going to be rewarded? I traded for him last year and regretted it, so I figure this is probably the year I should trade for him.

    On various teams I’ve now traded for Harvey, Greinke, Sale, Cueto, Joe Ross, Ventura, and Quintana.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Geez, what closer got Scherzer?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: I’m sure a good one. 12 saves/2.08/0.97. Casilla.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Um, hmm… Well nice trade!

  183. Rotten says:
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    Danny Valencia l, Franco, or Rendon at 3rd?? 12 6×6. I have to cut one, maybe two can you rank them, please?

    • Rotten says:
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      @Rotten:
      And drury. My 3b is great this year!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut Rendon

      • Rotten says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks. And if you had to cut another? Guys coming off DL and my pitching is horrible.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drury

  184. Graham says:
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    5×5 obp and QS 12 team league

    Players can be kept in the round previous until their “contract” is up.

    Trade away:
    Carlos Correa (Kept three more years in 22 round)
    Thor (Kept two more years in 23 round)

    REceive:
    Mike Trout ( Cannot be kept)
    Goldy (Cannot be kept)
    Jose Fernandez (Cannot be kept)

    I have Machado to replace correa at SS and have Arrieta, Stras, Carrasco to head up my staff.

    Do I go all in to win it this year and make the blockbuster trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, go all in to win

  185. Big league choo says:
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    10 team h2h 6×6 no hrs sub total bases and walks

    My votto/jo-Fer for his bryant/cueto

    Would be able to sub bryant in as 3rd OF when heyward is slumping…don’t like trading away fernandez, but I’m 24.5 games out of playoffs.

    CI Goldy/votto/pujols/franco/frazier
    OF JD/Marte/heyward

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  186. Big league choo says:
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    I traded votto away last year 50 games in with bauer for cargo and kluber in this league and even with cargo smacking 35 homers in 100 games I think he had the better end of the deal as votto had one of his best seasons.

  187. The Tucker says:
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    Awesome read Grey as usual Grey!

    Betts/Salazar or Harper/Quintana?

    Thanks!

    7×6 scoring

    R HR RBI SB TB AVG OPS K ERA WHIP K/BB WIN% QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Betts, it’s fair

  188. SteveNZ says:
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    Wait, Stanton is in the lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Modern day miracle

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Indeed. Though he needs to hit a home run to make up for the one that Trace hit on my bench, due the fact that I was not prepared to wake up early enough to check my lineup.

        How is the desert? (stupid question)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hot as dog balls

  189. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Cesp or JBJ ROS in an OBP/SLG league?

    Thanks

    • Test Kitchen says:
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      @Test Kitchen: and is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yoenis

  190. Mike says:
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    Trea Turner!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  191. Slowmez says:
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    Drop Maybin, Travis or B Lawrie for Kim? H2H 10-team 5×5 keeper(5)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any? Lawrie

      • Slowmez says:
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        @Grey: what about Eaton or Lawrie?

        I have 5 OF (C Davis, Cain, Polanco, Eaton and Maybin) – B Lawrie has been in my MI spot with Odor suspended and Travis active. Once Odor comes back I won’t need one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eaton

  192. Rick says:
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    Was offered Trumbo for JUP and Matz Dexter Fowler is also on the wire should I just drop JUP for Fowler and keep Matz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Fowler forget Trumbo

  193. Bill says:
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    Rolling with Rendon at 2b would you drop for Turner or Doz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  194. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. abreu/darvish for goldy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  195. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft, pick one of orlando arcia, bregman or eduardo nunez for this season only. thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nunez

  196. Surfer dude says:
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    Hi, in a h2h pts, need to drop 1 (possibly 2), so could you please rank in order which 3 to keep for ROS: Dickey, Guerra, Gausman, Iwakuma, – thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman, Iwakuma, Guerra

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hang ten!

  197. Jerry says:
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    Grey…………Shoe or Velasquez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

  198. Q says:
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    12 team OPS league

    Would you trade Marte for Freeman & JBJ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  199. Q says:
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    Also Gausman or Maeda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maeda

  200. Joey Biggs Bosco says:
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    D. Santana or B. Guyer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guyer

  201. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    in that AL only i have to wait on pending trade time, meaning i didn’t get to use carrasco today, but looking like i got lucky on that one anyway. did get to use him in many other leagues and that ugly getting porcello’d 2 whip.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: you don’t think rajai is one who gets screwed when brantley gets back (it looks as if naquin is guy getting screwed). that would suck.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: nice pedro bomb, another reason i was able to move doctor castellanos from team, having all of cast/longo/miggy/frazier/pedro for at most 4 spots per day. of course now i can still bench him if i want to, but don’t have to.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          When’s Brantley back? Does he have a timetable yet?

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Grey: no, just wondering. a mostly non-update update, he’s been cleared for “soft-tossing” which really sounds like some kind of sex act.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Yeah, soft tossing is great, if he were playing office softball, not so great for MLB

  202. Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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    brocktune with IBB. they could’ve just hit him and sent him back to netherworlds of fear and loathing for the rest of us.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  203. Primetime says:
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    Grey, currently have Kimbrel and betances. Our league is k/9 era whip sv. Should I hold betances or drop him for Dyson or Jeffress? Miller and will smith both on waivers. Drafted betances for whip/ era and k/9 but losing save category cause Kimbrel not getting the opportunity

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson

  204. joe says:
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    is there a glossary term for irrationally holding a player just because he did well today. i was gonna drop panik becasue turner is finally up but … he hit a homer today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, no, but there should be

    • I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @joe: i’ve done the exact opposite sometimes where it ends up looking stupid when guy goes on a tear right after that last day on my roster. if the guy’s sucked for a long time i see the last day (the good day) as somewhat lucky for me, rather than start of something better. often i don’t end up looking stupid, but i bet i drop the guy same as i would’ve more than probably 80% of fantasy baseballers.

  205. Los locos says:
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    10 team keeper league 7 keepers Obp

    What side? Miggy for Stanton and t walker?

  206. moobs says:
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    Crush Davis has me supremely worried. But guarantee moments after I deal he goes all dongville like last year.

    I’ve got the other Krush and need some AVCG help.

    Is Krush for Yelich fair?

    Crush for Stanton? Feels like a lateral move…

    Crush for Lindor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have to know Davis is going to hit 40 HRs in 4 months starting any day now

      • moobs says:
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        @Grey
        : @Grey:

        So true… so hard to wait…

        So in other words, be patient until Sir Crush arrives at the pearly gates of Dongville any day now.

        Good advice Grey one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  207. Dan says:
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    Is it safe to drop Urias in a 12 team standard redraft league to stream someone else, or hold and see what he can do against some lesser teams assuming he stays up?

    • I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @Dan: depends on streamers but in standard leagues very likely better options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, can lose him if you like, I wouldn’t start him yet in a 12 teamer

  208. I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    WTF, PHI just put d.hernandez in at 2B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, I missed it

  209. William Hung says:
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    do I straight up drop Kipnis for Trea Turner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, Turner may not start every day, if it’s a bench flyer it’s okay, dropping Kipnis doesn’t feel that way

  210. Dirty it's says:
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    Was Miley vs San Diego a bad streamer for today???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  211. goodfold2 says:
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    what kind of “news” is this

    “Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports David Wright (neck) is expected to be out for “an expected period.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Funscombe says:
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        @Grey: they’re just trying to drive home the point that- face it, you knew this was coming.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Funscombe: well of course, but this is like saying today’s news will be about today. completely superfluous sentence that twit got paid to write.

  212. Funscombe says:
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    Thanks for another great one Grey!

    Someone dropped Belt in my league.

    I have Abreu in my 1B slot every day but he continues to disappoint. I have Upton and Freeman sitting on my bench.

    Ideally I would trade one of them for an SP or RP but no one is going to bite on that. For Freeman or Upton, it seems.

    Drop Upton for Belt and put Abreu on the bench until he remembers how to play?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I guess you have to

  213. g-

    F golden state, go cavs

    Got an interesting offer, 12 teamer, it’s a. 10x 10 so lots of cats, H2H, and this year we implemented it as a keeper…,…, keep 4, subtract 3 rounds from the round they were drafted. Top 3 rounds go back…..

    I give Ian Desmond 9th

    I get Archer 4th and Conforto 15th……..

    Archer is not even remotely a keeper contender as he would be my 1st rounder, conforto? Meh….. Desmond would be a 6th next yr which is interesting…….

    Back story : the other owner dropped desmond, I picked him up, I am stacked on offense and weak on pitching…… Do you have any faith in archer? Conforton probly isntnankeeper with my other options, Desmond most likely is!

    Go cavs! Delly is ruthless but draymond is ok!?5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Conforto

  214. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    16 – 13. 2 HRs. 30 singles.

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